Hope all had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus. We attended our church’s candlelight service with our daughter Abigail. Such a wonderful blessing! We talked with family back in Wisconsin as well. While they are having bitter cold, we are having some warm weather. So nice to sit out in sunshine in afternoon. I am still trying to get rid of a cold/cough that has prevented me from my usual walks and exercise. Tried it this morning and had to return. Hope I can shake this soon.
I did finish up my flying geese. I have a few more small triangles to play around with. I just something miniature in the future.
I also finished up my cathedral windows class quilt. Got it machine quilted and bound. I still need to work on my machine quilting.
You can just make out then next machine quilting project. I was lucky and got 2 of my quilts pinned by the gals. Today will be cloudy so good time to quilt.
I will be linking up to quiltville : Clue 5
Happy Quilting to all!
This is my sewing area here in AZ. The sun is shining after a few days of clouds. First snow fall on Mt. Lemon. Daughter had to drive and take a few pictures.
I guess winter has come to Arizona, but still love the sun and warmer temperatures to do some outdoor walking.
Back to the mystery, this clue was fun to do. I guess I cut out too many aqua squares, will hold on to them as might need them in the future one never knows. I really like the browns and aquas. I have three charity quilts ready for pinning this week and I sewed a few backs for them. I had a bit of a cold so skipped quilting this week as I did not want to spread it. I did work on the cathedral windows pattern and was able to finish it and crest it’s back as well.
This is also a fun pattern using 2.5 inch strips. I just picked out some scraps from the quilters stash and it turned out very nice.
In the first picture you can see my borrowed featherweight. It was making some noise with sewing so I got some lube and oil and cleaned it up. Runs real nice now. Picked up a guide and thread holder for my large cone of thread. Today got some polish and she looks real fine. The quilt you see in the chair is mid machine quilted and want to finish it up this week. May have to wait til Thursday to get some material of binding. I have one other quilt that is ready to sew blocks into rows, but will hold off on that so I can get some machine quilting down between the mystery. I think I have about 4-5 more Quilts I made that need backing and machine quilting.
Will be linking up: Clue 4
As I gave my second mystery class I was cutting out my fabric. While many asked if this was their mystery…I said no…too small pieces for them. Now these are indeed tricky blocks. I remember making them with my first mystery quilt with Bonnie..Celtic Solstice. It took some time to master this block. However we have now the essential triangle and easy angle to help us along. I found both worked well for me. This block seemed to take forever…I guess sewing all those triangles. But I know it will be well worth it.
This worked just as well as the corner ruler suggested.
Then of course it laying blocks correctly to cut correctly.
Next to set up a system for sewing correctly.
Then pressing..I just made one for a reference as your mind can play tricks….
Finished all my blocks today and linking up Clue 3
Other news…neurosurgeon reports my 12 wk X-ray looks great! I did a hike yesterday 1.4 miles, felt good but a little sore today.
Daughter just found out today that she will head to Paris Island boot camp February 5 and will graduate May 5th if all goes well. She had a good time with friends, when she came back the gal she was working out had improved so much they wanted her to go in January. Abi was hoping for late February but a spot did open in January. I guess the Gunnery Master Sergeant approved her for the above date. So now she can start planning. As well as us. Looks like we will fly from AZ to SC and return here and maybe do our Western swing of states before heading back to WI.
Tomorrow will work on a charity quilt or machine quilting. Our Thursday/Friday quilting guild has a class on Cathedral Windows a very simple pattern. I will make that one for charity.
Block in a Box
Box in a block is another great quilt block. Today we will focus on accurate
cutting and accurate piecing. There are a number of shortcuts to making this block but I really wanted to focus on pure basics of block construction.
For this block you will need:
Fabric B (8) 2.5” squares
Fabric A (16) 2.5 x 6.5 rectangles
Fabric A (16) 2.5 “ squares
- I like to lay out my block pieces.
Sew the 2.5 inch square together in middle. (Press to the dark or outside fabric)
Sew the side pieces to the middle.
Block should measure 6.5” unfinished.
You will make 8 blocks for the mystery quilt.
This month’s Bonus Block
For the bonus Block:
Fabric A- (4) 2” squares and (1) 3.5” Square
Fabric B- (4) 2” x 3.5” rectangle
Mirana Quilt design by Linda Holzhueter prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018.
The Quilts dug right in to do today’s blocks. They all did a great job. The bonus blocks came be used in the mystery quilt. I would suggest doing between 4-6 blocks in case you want to subside them. I think it would be ok to use different fabrics but maintain same color scheme.
While they sewed I worked on “on Ringo Lake” clue 3 doing most of the cutting. I finished up the cutting at home. Tomorrow I will tackle the additional cus and sewing. Using the Bonnie method with the essential ruler and I will use easy angle ruler. I remember making these units in Celtic Solstice and Grand Illusion mysteries. They can be tricky and you need to slow down and follow Bonnie’s directions. Lots of blocks to sew, but again spacing them out. I made significant progress on a charity quilt using 3 Dudes YouTube video. I have all the four strips sewn and cut, now to sew around the two blocks prior to cutting. Using the fabric I pulled about a week ago. I post pictures maybe next time.
Our sunflower community put on a Christmas singing program…quite good. I will leave you with some lyrics that I thought were quite good!
This morning I finished up clue 2. Flying geese…had lots of practice over summer and use on the essential triangle by Bonnie Hunter. I did not rush these but did them in short batches. This clue I was able to use a borrowed Featherweight machine. Just love sewing on it.
Link up clue 2
I sewed on some labels for three of my donated charity quilts and began machine quilting a pinned quilt. I love that I can keep this machine set up for machine quilting. Last week hunted for some backing fabrics and some smaller pieces that I can use to make another quilt. Good thing I have an extra bedroom with two twin beds that I can lay things out.
I decided to try hiking. This was the same trail I hiked last year prior to leaving AZ with all my sciatic pains. Today it went very well. Did not stop and felt like I could repeat it. Much cooler today…upper fifties and clouds. Just a little aching near sacrum probably using different muscles and subsided quickly. I have been walking 2 miles most mornings, started some strength training and adding a short walk in evening. My goal is to do my walking prior to any quilting. So far it has been working.
Sunflower quilters got to hang a few things in the clubhouse wall. Just beautiful!
Well off to do some machine quilting and finish up boarders using mitered technique.
Happy Quilting all…welcome Mystery quilters!