A Graduate Again

I am a graduate again.  I completed my second associates degree program this week. Here are my tassels from both programs.  The black one is from January and the purple one is from this week.


I have been doing a little sewing.  I hope to do more soon, but the main focus now will be looking for a job.  I have been on a few interviews, so hopefully I will find out something soon.


Modern Baby

A few months ago, while I was still in school for my first degree and working part time, my husband asked me if I would make a crib bed skirt for his coworker.  She couldn’t find the right colors that she wanted and knew I sewed.

I figured the best way to have her pick out colors was to send off my moda bella solids color card and have her pick from that.  Once I did that I sat down to order the fabrics.  Wouldn’t you know it, one of the fabrics was no longer in stock.  I tried to get one that was closest to the color, but without the color card, it was hard.

The Fat Quarter Shop fortunately had new color cards in stock on sale.  I love this thing.  Since Bella Solids are my “go to” fabric for backgrounds, I love having this on hand!  Especially when I am looking for a particular color to match.


Today was her baby shower.  I started working on this project around the 5th and you can see the start of the project here.



Here is one side of the skirt.  I couldn’t get a good picture of it laying out.  The colors are actually more turquoise than blue that it looks like here.  The colors are more true in the post from before.

I finished the crib skirt on Wednesday night.  Since it was a commissioned project, I still wanted to give her a gift.  I purchased extra fabrics and made her a baby quilt.


The pattern is basically Awesome by Jaimie Mueller .  Instead of the pieced strips, I did solid strips for each row.  I also altered the layout to make it more symmetrical. The quilting was just in the ditch around each block and then diagonally in the blank spaces.  To give it a little more interest, I  went one direction on one side of the quilt and then the other direction on the other side of the quilt.

The quilt was made in about 24 hours from start to finish.  I started the quilt at 10am on Thursday and finished the quilt about the same time on Friday.  That is from cutting, to piecing, to sandwiching, to quilting, and binding.  I don’t ever want to do that again.  I am exhausted!

Here is the label I put on the quilt (sorry for it being blurry, my hubby took the photo with his phone because I forgot to).  The reverse side says:

Made By Kimberly West


Because my husband forgot to pick up a card when he got the gift bags, I made a quick card this morning before dropping it off.

20150417_095708I used what I had on hand and just purchased the shape from the Silhouette store.  If I had more time I would have made something else, but it is still cute.

Now to take a small break before the start of the next project!

My Birthday

Last Friday was my birthday and I decided to buymyself a present. Traditionally,  I generally buy my quilting notions as presents myself.

These have been out a little while, it seems,  but I have not seen them until recently.  I saw a video and fell in love with the pillow case seen here


I got the following for a birthday present to myself

The 2″ scallop ruler and pusher,
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The 1.5″ prarie point ruler

PSX_20150411_203243and the 1.5″ mini point ruler and pusher

IMG_20150415_191256IMG_20150415_191408I can’t wait to use them.  Once I finish the current project  I plan on maing one or two pillowcases.


grad invite

This past Saturday, I walked the stage for my Associates Degree.  I actually graduated on the 27th of January (my last class date), but the ceremony was held Saturday.

10397823_909703525729818_2355588617198342183_nHere I am on the way to the ceremony.  It was a yucky rainy day.

11051846_10205421360907293_4351889024707658723_nMy husband and I right before the ceremony.  My daughter is taking the photo so that is why the weird angle.  I didn’t even think of taking photos with my kids until just now that is how nervous I was.

11018580_909480045752166_8405031794636175904_nHere is a closeup of my honor cords.  They are as follows:

Purple:  Program Mentor
Silver:   Suma Cum Laude  (3.99 – 3.77 GPA) Magna Cum Laude was 4.0 only) I had a 3.98 GPA
Red & Navy:  Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.


Here is most of my graduating class that was in the ceremony.  There was one other that was on stage because she was giving the speech.  Yes.  There was only 5 of us total walking the stage.


My husband bought me the little graduation owl for my charm bracelet.

So I officially have an Associates in Applied Science in Medical Practice Management.  

So what is next for me?  I am actually back in school.  I started back the week after I completed the MPM degree.   I am going for an Associates in Applied Science in Health Information Technology.

Why another associates instead of a bachelors you ask?  Because this one I can get in only 33 weeks (including breaks) since 70 of the 105 credits needed transferred from my MPM degree.  This degree also offers an externship and the ability to sit for a certificate exam at the end.

The first 10 weeks is almost up already – we are in week 7 – so this degree will be fast and furious and I should hold this degree by September 15th.

I’m A Graduate!!


I am now officially a graduate and hold an Associates in Medical Practice Management.

I have a 3.98 CGPA.  The ceremony will be March 21st.  The school only holds two ceremonies a year; one in the fall and one in the spring.  I will have three cords:  Program Mentor, National Honor Society, and Summa Cum Laude.

The last 18 months have been grueling and I have not had a whole lot of time to do much crafting, and what little bit I have done, I had forgot to take photos of before I gave them away.

This next week I plan on getting my sewing room (what I used for an office while I was in school) cleaned and organized.