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.

Charity quilt #3 Golden Cornflower

Today finished up our challenge charity quilt using nickel squares. I have always liked blue and yellow but have never made a quilt with these colors. So pleased with results. Now I am not a machine quilter, but trying learn, so far it is fun and quite fun. I had some multicolored blue thread although I think it was quite old as I broke a few times sewing down the binding. I really like the sway stiching and added some curly circles. Those were fun but I was afraid I would run out of thread. Overall pleased with result. Will present my 3 quilts during our final quilt meeting before snowbirds return home. We are here one more month.


I have moved from the chiropractor to acupuncture this past week. I had one treatment Friday and was amazed how well I felt over the weekend. However last night it started to return, but not as bad. Have a second treatment tomorrow. (forsciatica ). I am hooding to have better control of this so I can return to pickleball by April 1st. We will see as it appears hopeful. Amazing being in pain for past 3 months and to have it almost gone, one forgets what that feels like.

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Abi has transferred our cat from Milwaukee back to our condo. Of course Cherith misses him greatly. We have some wonderful neighbors that will visit him every 3 days. He spends a lot of time looking out the window at their house. Wednesday Abi begins her trip coming to AZ and beginning a new life so to speak. She will spend some time with us, find an apartment and begin realtor school. She should be cone with that before we head back to WI. Praying she has a safe trip and her car makes it.

We are traveling with the community travel club to Laughlin NV basically for a Buddy Holly show. About a 7 hour trip there and staying two days. I guess it is a casino hotel, but we do not gamble. Will be fun to travel with the group and see Northern AZ.

Finally our Wisconsin Badgers (basketball) are in the sweet sixteen. They played two outstanding games, fun to watch. We will see how far they go. We will be back just in time to watch the game.

Happy Quilting!

Thunderbird trail off Sweetwater trail, Tucson AZ

Today we hiked with Mike a pickleball friend. We decided to take Thunderbird trail as Mike had been on part of it before. This trail is known for some mines. We passed the first and continued on the trail. It was sunny cooler and breezy a perfect day for a hike. I led the way. It was nice to see some of the fairydusters blooming and some small yellow and purple poppies. We have had more rain this year it seems and everything is green. We did not see any wildlife. We got to another abandoned mine, had a snack/ water break and decided to follow a trail to the east. This was fairly flat and we ended up in a wash. We were not sure where this was headed so decided to turn around. About 2 hours hiking and about 3.2 miles. Lately we have finished our hikes with some quick food, today it was in and out burgers.

The above pictures were some of the highlights of the hike. Predicting some rain later today and tomorrow. I did decide to try the front bush a bit. We have several outdoor projects to do prior to leaving.

I have fallen a bit behind in this blog. I have been quilting and have 3 more sides to Cherith’s quilt and it will be finished. Also working on a community quilt and our quilters recent project. I will blog about that in the future.

It looks like cat allergies of Cherith’s roommate are too great and Whiskers is headed back to condo mid march and will need to fed for self with a few visits until we return. He has been such a stress reliever for Cherith and it will be hard for her to give him up. Hopefully one daughter will be able to house him next year or we will need to bring him down with us.

Happy quilting!

February has arrived…

Quilting

Today was the monthly Sunflower quilters meeting. So nice to see all these gals and the wonderful things they do. A very active quilter project agenda was shared. This time of year neat and often challenging quilting projects. We also do charity quilts so today spent some time sewing labels to quilts. Many also helped pin some quilts for some machine quilting to be done. Show and tell is always wonderful. 

I have been working hard on my EnProvence  and finished the flimsy today. Another beautiful quilt. Now will have to go fabric backing shopping and also using up some extra blocks for the backing. Maybe hand quilt this one this summer.


Now that this is complete I can return to machine quilting my charity quilt for this year. Will cut some binding tomorrow for that quilt and for my daughters quilt which is just about ready for the scallops.

My sciatica is improving. I actually feel like doing more including some bush trimming, cleaning and returned to pickleball. I have continued my stretching several times a day and that seems to help.

Arizonia weather is just perfect. Warm sun that allows bike ride in morning to clubhouse (40’s) and later is in the 70’s. We did a 3.5 mile hike on Sweetwater Trail, but still have quite a distance to get to the saddle. 

Happy Quilting!