Sunflower Quilters…busy gals

It has been a bit since I have blogged. I guess busy with quilting, beautiful weather and enjoying life. Spouse has now picked up my cough/cold or whatever. Our elderly neighbor fell (nothing broken) but weak due to flu. Very nasty so we helped him get up..his son and my husband via the blanket. I got to play home health nurse again. You never forget some things. He was able to walk around so that kept him from heading to hospital. We picked up a few groceries and hopefully he will get better in a few days. We wanted to keep our distance for our health and also Abi who is shopping out to boot camp in 2 weeks. She did not get the shot. Although probably will get it there. She is closing out her apartment this weekend and moving in with us until her ship date.

Our group of quilters has been busy with personal projects and community projects. First up some personal projects, classes by a few members.

This is Sharon’s Cathedral Windows quilt being pinned by the gals. Sunday four of us got together and pinned 10 Quilts. Three were mine.

The next class was “sugar and spice “…

This was a fun class and everyone had great colors.

This is mine. I have never purchased batiks. The pack was a Tonga jelly pop package and I took advantage of Thousands of bolts batik fabric sale for the boarders. I have a cut owl backing and this week picked up some batting. This will be for my mom. I will hand quilt it as she prefers hand quilting. This will be my next project when I finish my “straits of Magellan” quilt. 4 blocks to go.

I finished up quilting this quilt, a recovery quilt from my back surgery. We all thought this backing looked like hospital gown fabric..how fitting I guess.

Jan is finishing up this month’s mystery quilt block. The featherweight has some of my scrap blocks I am making from a bag of scraps brought in recently.

This is how it coming together. Probably a border and maybe some four patches.

Two of us played with Accuquilt. Our group is looking into more dies and we played with the 9 inch cube. These are too many pieces and too small for charity quilts. We decided to purchase the 12 inch cube and will have it by next week’s retreat.

It is funny when I am sewing blocks the gals always ask if this block is our mystery block. I said it was close, because it is. This actually is our center block so they will make only one. Only difference is that the corners are squares. I am also going to do the flying geese as two HST together. Mystery blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished so these will be small pieces for the group, but a nice final block putting all the learned skills to test. I forgot how accurate the Accuquilt dies are and sewing them is quite fun. I may have to use it prior to returning to WI and cut my pieces for a quilt.

This will be my weekend quilting project…machine quilting. Cloudy today and wind to pick up as a “winter”storm is all the rage down here. 50’s on Sunday and freezing temps Sunday and Monday night. But spouse currently playing pickleball….life goes on.

I have all my “On Ringo Lake” blocks kitted together for the retreat. Hope to get them all sewn. (50 blocks) 🙂

Happy Quilting to all!

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Clue 5 On Ringo Lake Mystery

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!

On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

On the road again…

Today we left cold Wisconsin. And have arrive in Lawrenceburg, IN. We had an eight hour drive today stoping two times to stretch out my back. It did very well and just icing it a bit when we got to our hotel. Back in Wisconsin we still have a few yellow leaves on our birch tree. It has been cooler and some rain so I have not been walking too much. We were able to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner at a local church with my parents yesterday. Later we packed up the Prius and everything fit. I am going to leave more down there this year. 

Drive was unremarkable. The usual construction areas, but made very good time. We had a little sunshine but mostly clouds. I guess this area got lots of rain last night. You could see it in the fields. As we are Packer fams, relaxing watching the Pack tonight. We hope our backup quarterback will shine tonight. Should be a good game.

Tomorrow we will visit the Creation Museum. This will be our second trip there. We are looking forward to Noah’s Ark experience the following day. 

So a few frequent blogs to document our travels. 

Happy Quilting

Recent picture of Abi, training in Tucson. She is in back row on the left fourth one over. Girl below her is shipping out with her in April. Has daily PT with Master Drill Sargent ( the one with sunglasses). Needs to improve on pushups. ( off weekends)

Post op 15 days….and quilting 

Today I am 15 days post op and doing quite well. The sciatic nerve pain is gone, replaced with short lived surgical incision pain. I have almost weaned off the narcotics, just taking them at bedtime due to hyperactive nerves in my left leg preventing me from falling asleep. Each day there is progress. I continue on several restrictions. No lifting more than weight of gallon of milk, no bending or twisting. I anticipate these to continue for 2-3 months. Also limiting sitting, preferred laying or walking. I am currently up to 1.11 miles divided by 3 walks per day. I have my first post op visit this coming Monday. 

This is what is inside of me along with bone grafts to fuse the vertebrae. That is the reason for the restrictions.


I had prepared several things to do while I have restrictions. Hand bind 3 quilts and sandwiched two quilts ready for hand quilting. I finished the binding of the three quilts and today started hand Quilting one smaller quilt. I plan on doing some more detailed quilting. I have the time and I enjoy the process.


The below are the rows to my 365 challenge quilt. In fact I did get the rows sewn to the main quilt. I just cannot get a picture of the whole thing as I cannot bend. Will pack this up and plan to have this as another project for hand Quilting down in AZ. This quilt will rest on our bed in AZ.


This week I tried to do a little sewing, cutting and piecing. I found that this was extremely tiresome lasting only 30 minutes. I thought that if I did 2 blocks per day that would help build up my tolerance. I do know that this was a big surgery and takes time (months) to recover. Today I actually did 6 blocks. They are a Bonnie Hunter block called sugar blocks. I thought they were cute and easy to do. So I think I have about 20 sets cut to sew. Will make a great top. Again nice project to work on. This will eventually be a charity quilt.

As life brings us many things, young daughter Abigail has choose to change directions yet again. She is in Az working as nanny and trying real estate, which has been harder than she thought. She informed us that she was going to join the Marines. Well in fact this week actually went to the processing center and passed the multiple tests. Looks like she will be sent to boot camp in April. Not many passed to go on but she did. So this will be another change. However she will need to stay with them for 4 years. She seems to understand everything and what to expect. She maybe interested in intel. So we expect a call or visit from the FBI. Nothing like a bit of excitement. Thank goodness the other girls are more stable. So the above detailed quilt will be my so called prayer quilt as I stitch I pray she will be successful and excel serving our country, so we can enjoy the freedoms of this wonderful country.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to people of Houston, Florida and Caribbean for all the devastation of homes and way of life. So sad….

As quilters often do…..we quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Aqua colors…remind me of the ocean

I fell in love with Bonnie Hunters  block “Straits of Mackinac”. I even purchased some aqua fabric last winter just for this block. I decided this holiday weekend to begin sewing the blocks. It uses a lot of her favorite blocks. I decided to do 9 blocks and this was plenty. I cut and sewed the block sections, one per day. Today got to put the block together. I decided today to do the “Rest and Refreshing” blocks as leader and Enders. 



I also started hand Quilting the mystery quilt for the Sunflower guild. It also has a lot of aqua in it as well as verigated aqua thread. Simple quilt design. 

We went to Waupan yesterday for entertainment and pork sandwiches. Tomorrow headed to Columbus for that city’s entertainment. We have not been there for years. Meeting family for a fun afternoon. Weather has been great! Hannah is returning from hot Arizona. Abigail and her friends hiked Sedona and Grand Canyon this past weeken. Cherith has moved into her first apartment this weekend and Hannah is going to stop by tomorrow to crash there a day while Cherith works for the last time as a CNA. She will take her NCLEX next Tuesday. So far everyone from her nursing class has passed. I am sure she will as will. She is spending time studying and taking sample tests. 

Happy Quilting and Happy Fourth of July!