New(old) machine testing, new quilt top


This is from Moda Bake shop -Cartweels Quilt pattern. 

I had some quilter’s fabric, a simple quick pattern and a machine to try out. I got my mom’s old Elna 6004 a few weeks ago. Pretty nice machine, quieter than my Brother. I also used some of my old singer attachments as both are low shank machines. Pretty happy with results and very fun to do. I think we will use this as a community quilt along. Blocks I believe were 8.5 unfinished. Liked the final border. So will pack this up to take to AZ for backing and pinning.

I spent the week doing some sample blocks for my BOM, mystery quilt for the Sunflower Quilters. I think this will be fun for the group. Will begin in November and reveals at our business meeting in April. All blocks will be the same, members pick out how many to make. We are having members pick one fabric color based on letter in their name. Linda-lime green. I will post this as it presented to the quilters. 

Happy Quilting:)

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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!

Local fair results 

It has been quite some time since entering a quilt into the fair. This year I decided to enter 5 quilts. Here they are and the results.


The pieces of this table topper were from cut of triangles from a quilt quilt raffle quilt. This is hand pieced and hand quilted. I actually hand pieced this on a return trip from AZ last year. I loved these batiks.



This is my zoo quilt for charity. I loved this simple pattern and the fabrics. I wanted to try this type of machine quilting, not happy with it, but did learn a lot. It stretched quite a bit despite pinning it. I have a small throat on my machine that makes quilting challenging. Perfect size for a child.


This I call my Downton Abby quilt. Material is a jelly roll of Countess Dagner and pattern is the jelly roll race I think #2 by Missouri Quilts. Hand quilted with Baptist Fan.


Next up is my Chinese Coins pattern quilt. Only quilted the border as too thick with folding of fabric in main hanging.




I may have posted these before but here is Cherith’s quilt. It was a contender for grand Champion, was beat out by a quilt guild quilt. I was told the judge was so impressed with this quilt on many levels. 

  • Hand quilted 
  • Variegated thread
  • Scallops
  • So many pieces…size
  • Most important was the different fabrics in a color (scrap) and then when standing back noticing just one color. Had to look at this several times. (Well this is a Bonnie Hunter thing)


So I am working hard on this 365 day Challenge quilt. I have had these blocks done, but needed to sew them into rows. I put this quilt away for a year. This is the second border. Next will be to sew 6 inch light blocks together for the final border. This is hand pieced. 

Now for another update. My sciatica pain has returned. So I was painfree for about 4 weeks allowing me to enjoy summer. After much thought, being unable to once again climb stairs and more pain in evening I will be having lumbar fusion surgery with cyst removal. Repeat MRI last Friday shows that the cyst has returned. Surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday at 2pm. Hospital stay 1-4 days. No bending, twisting of lifting for 2-3 months. Sitting limited. Walking and lying will be my exercise program. Fusion involves a bone graft that needs to set. Once set then restrictions are removed my restrictions are lifted and PT to build up core and back begins. A total of 6-9 months for recovery. Currently trying to get my quilting projects at a point that they can be paused. I have 3 quilts that just need hand binding which I like to do if I need some diversion. Also the above 356 quilt to work on. I am going to sandwich 2 quilts should I want to do hand quilting. I can sew standing up but really would have to watch the twisting aspect. Today plan to pack up my quilting stuff for AZ as my husband could not do that…would be funny him doing it :). I have an excellent neurosurgeon and am very hopeful of an excellent outcome. Thoughts and prayers from you all would be great. I feel physically and mentally I am ready! My faith will also be a great support!

Happy Quilting….will update you all as I am able!

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!

Blessings abound 

So here is my sewing stuff packed up for return home. Hopefully it will all fit. This is a dining room with no furniture and was my design wall down here. I may use it as a sewing room, but really prefer our kitchen area. We will see when we return.Today just soaking in the last Arizona warmth. Sun is too hot to sit out in. Pool is closed due to some renovations. Finished lightly cleaning home as it really is pointless due to all the dust that comes. Will have one final chiropractor treatment down here, last adjustment I reverted back to old way and past two days were not great. A bit better later today.

Cherith who will be an RN had here interview and will work on a med-surgical orthopedic floor. She had been working there every third weekend as a CNA since last summer and really likes the staff and they her. So excited to be offered a job and she has accepted. So things falling into place for her. Plans to start as RN mid July and will work a few hours as CNA will studying for her NCLEX that she will take beginning of July. 

Abigail also passed her real estate exam yesterday and today will meet with Long Realty and sign a contract. She really has worked hard and the exam was more difficult that she thought. So now just needs to have a few weeks of their orientation and then she will be working. Hoping for success for her. Her apartment is giving her issues with roaches. She has tried a lot of things but needs to work with management and bug company.

So for now nice to see all girls settled into jobs. We have planned a few short trips this summer and would like to see more towns in Wisconsin. 

Whiskers we are on our way….

Happy Quilting…sure miss it…

Almost traveling time..


It has been a bit since last post, but I have been busy. We are starting to clean and pack up place for our return back to WI. I hear it has been cool and wet. Total opposite from here. Looks like we will just miss the 100 this Thursday or Friday. Lately it has been perfect sitting in our back patio I shade overhang. So much has happened so bear with me on this post. 

I will begin with our wonderful quilting group down here. So talented and I enjoy each one of them and their talents. So fun to pick out fabric and potential creations to come. I have several bags and one suitcase full of inspiration to sew when I get back home. I have about 3-4 quilts to machine quilt that are pinned. So nice to have a car fairly empty to pack all this stuff.  I am known as the scrap queen, so I get a lot of those from the gals. I have selected some of the pics off my iPad already, so as I create I will post. I also have been playing with a quilters software program patternjam. It is really cool and very addictive. I had so much fun that I designed a mystery BOM for our quilters challenge late this year into next. The program gal loved it. So gals will be able to make as many blocks and come next March will put them together in a quilt. They will be 6 inch blocks, very easy sewing as we have several new members. I have spent sometime writing the monthly lessons which also was fun. I probably will post them here. Here is the link if you want to play: Patternjam.

Aches and pains…we’ll had made some progress with new chiropractor. He does a rolling table massage, then adjusts you on two different tables and then gives you some home exercises. I have seen progress…but last Friday he wanted me to do some hiking prior to returning WI to see how it responded. Well I failed… I went .6 miles and the pain was terrible and really did not go away. We went to our favorite spot and had wanted to go today, but no luck. I have a visit a bit later. He assured me that if I had a setback it would be adjusted back. While I like the exercises and ice to keep it in check, I was hoping I could do more walking. Today walking and standing are difficult. I have a stiff sacralilliac joint that still has inflammation causing sciatic pain down my left leg. At least I can drive. Also picked up a cold or bad allergy with sore throat and cough. So taking it a bit easy, all while trying to get certain things done.

Daughter Cherith will be graduating soon. Her sister got her a stethoscope and now called to talk. Got her graduation gown and passed her first ATI test. So just has a few things yet to do. Is going for her interview at the same place she currently but as a nurse on night shift which she does not mind. Will be living a a friends parent’s home until she decides where she wants to move  to. Looking at a few very nice places so after graduation. A little more expensive than when I started out.

Daughter Abigail has graduated from Hogan real estate and passed their exam. So tomorrow she will take the real test. She is a free spirit and took her car half to top of MT Lemon and car light went on. She made it down, but rethought our offer to buy our Prius. So last week was a day of us buying a new car- a Prius and trading her old car and then giving her the new car. And like the you know it the first day she had it she drove to first stop on Mt Lemon. A few days later to the top. Yesterday we took her to a church near her apartment in hopes she will return to going to church and also out to eat. Stopped by her place and it is amazing what you can do with cardboard boxes…DVD movie holder and a small side table. She did have a problem with roaches so baited the apartment and per a quilter tried borax and that worked. Bugs is something she will have to get used to.

Our faith has always been central to us so praying Abi will return to church and her faith. 

Daughter Hannah has a few weeks until she completes her first school year. I think she is ready for a break. Thinking about moving so she can have a cat.

And our cat…Whiskers we will be home soon!


Happy Quilting!

Abi arrives, transition to AZ and a bit of quilting

Well it has been an interesting week. Abi made it safely and has been spending the week with us. We went apartment hunting and found a nice place within her budget (or the budget we made). While this is an exciting time getting her first apartment it does come with responsibilities and financial foresight. We are going to make sure she has enough for seven months, but added expenses she will need to pay for via a little cash advancement until she gets a job. She quickly unloaded her car full of things into her apartment and tomorrow we are giving her our sofa,matching chair and a queen size blow up mattress. So many of the other things she sees as necessarities,we see as things you could do without. But then she puts on the pouting face…. So in some respects it will be good for her to move into apartment and get on with school starting on Monday. She will have internet and cable here and of course food, so I am sure we will see her before we leave. I guess we are a safety net for four more weeks. We have enjoyed hiking with her except today my sciatica was bad so I finished up some hand quilting. She thought she could hike to top of peak, but realized there was a deep ravine to go down and up. 

The above is made from quilters scraps from a raffle quilt. I hand sewed the entire quilt and also hand quilted it. This will be my challenge presented at our last quilters meeting in April.

Update on my acupuncture treatments, not seeming to work very well. I do have a calcified mass ( fibroid) via X-ray in uterus that could be the cause, so I am thinking it might be the origin. I will have to follow up on this upon returning to WI. We have only 4 more weeks here, that is a long time but probably not enough time do any intervention. 

I also finished up another scrap quilt miniature scraps from a member. So I have my projects completed. May look at one of the BOM and start some of those with some of the charity fabric I am bringing home.

We also saw movie Beauty and the Beast….very good. 

Happy Quilting ….for us a moving day tomorrow.