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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Quilting along…


This weekend I packed up my regular sewing machine for the trip back to AZ. My mom has given me her old Elna 6004 which I will keep here so wanted to do a bit of sewing on her. Nice machine, much quieter than my Brother. The above is a great pattern from Moda Bake shop “cartwheels quilt” a super easy one. This one would be great for our guild to do charity/community quilt. 2.5″ strips, cutting at 4.5″ and sewing two different blocks. I am short two blocks for the last row, but very cute and fast. I changed the background to a print. I certainly would do another one. Laid out the blocks and will sew them together this week. So another flimsy to bring down.

After this flimsy I will work on some hand quilting. Sewing, cutting and assembly has helped in my recoperation. I continue to do my daily walking and I am off all pain meds with occasional icing. Each day feeling improvement. Will be nice to get rid of these scabs…

We are enjoying some nice fall days. Too bad we cannot kayak, calm waters, but will do that next year. 

That is all for now…

Happy Quilting.

Distraction therapy…a quilt in the making


Pardon my bed…but this is easy to put it here due to my restriction. It is coming along.

I began with some “sugar blocks” per Bonnie Hunter. I made 20 of them with some material I had brought back with me from the Sunflower quilters stash. These are great blocks and quite easy to do. Finished block size is 6 inches.

Next up are some four patches which I love to do. These finish at 2 inches.

I then wanted to play with Bonnie’s new triangle ruler which is so easy and material efficient. So first up are hourglass blocks. I threw in a light material from my stash. These finish at 4 inches.

Today I worked on flying geese. I got two sides sew and plan to finish other sides tomorrow. These finish 2×4 inches.

I have some material left including some HST that might make it into the border or certainly the back. I think with what is leftover I may return to four patches finishing at 4 inches. Then I will call it a top. I will take this to AZ for pinning and finish it down there.

Back is doing well. We are hot and humid for a few days. So limited my walking to am. So putting things so I do more indoor walking. My limit is a hour before I have to recline a bit. Good time to cut apart string blocks or some pinning of rows. I do a morning session and an afternoon one. Currently icing my back…just because…no real pain, but feels good.

Wish I could go swimming, but back incision still has scabs and anyway today they are closing out the pool. Well soon will be in AZ to get my swimming fix, or adjusted swimming until restrictions lifted. Most likely walking in the pool as do so many down there. Our fall colors, well just starting…the more stressed trees. Maybe in a few weeks I will be up to a small hike in a state or national park. 

Happy Quilting!

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!

Fimsy finishes…I have been busy

I guess I have been quiet. But I have been quilting. I am currently sewing the binding to my final finished quilt for the fair in a few weeks. Will post that in a few days. 

First up is my Bahama straits quilt. I love the colors and I think I will plan to hand quilt this one. At present I have no hand quilting project. This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunters block – Straits of Mackinac. A very time consuming block with lots of matching. I did 9 blocks…plenty.


I thought the above was a neat pattern I decided to do a charity quilt with bright colors. Today finished the two borders, but thinking about maybe adding some solid borders, but will wait until I return to AZ to raid the quilters stash.


Next up is some fabric, not loved by the AZ quilters so I got it and then picked up some precut 1.25 strips that were flannel at a resale shop and put this together. Again I don’t have much for backing so this also is headed to AZ. This one was kind of fun to do. Made up the pattern as I went along.


Next up is another charity quilt. I ran across a bear quilt with the pillow on top and thought it was so cute. I love doing four patches and loved the bear material and the soft peach color material. This is a made up pattern. Material from AZ quilters stash.  This one I am thinking maybe another side border. Will get packed to travel to AZ.


I have another blue/green baby quilt that is waiting for some secondary blocks to make, just have not decided on the block. I have some additional fabric scraps for something and a lady bug material for a quilt. Not sure if I will get to that. 

Just finished doing match stick quilting on my zoo quilt. NEVER again. Too labor intensive. Nice effect when done. I have about 3-4 quilts to machine quilt. So thinking I will stop composing quilts. I am working on QAL “Rest and Frefreshing” that has about three more blocks to go the all the side blocks. I will try to keep up with that one. This week as I do not have any hand quilting projects, got out my “365 day quilt blocks”, and noticed I am missing 3 6″ dark blocks. So currently sewing the second dark border blocks and then the 6″ light blocks. Maybe I can get this put together prior to travels to AZ and maybe hand quilt that monster. It already is a heavy quilt, I am thinking maybe quilt between the blocks. Might be a good project for AZ nights. I do have my finished Bonnie Hunter quilt mystery from last year down in AZ. But would like to do this one first. Would be a great fair entry if I can get it done for next year.

Another finished project is the quilt mystery for the Sunflower quilters. I finished the quilting and just have to put on the binding. I think I will post this mystery on here as I release it to the quilters. It was fun to do and is not very complicated. Stay tuned!

Health issues…we’ll I am doing ok. Added three more PT visits. I guess I have a weak gluteal muscle that is causing some discomfort. Some exercises made it worse so had to back off. I am also thinking that my cortisone injection has now worn off and maybe I am feeling more arthritis pain, although this seems muscular. Hubby came down with a terrible headcold and chest congestion that has progress to GI symptoms. Well thinking about it more, we are thinking it could be the condo and possible mold issues with all the humidity issues this past spring. We are going to have duct working put in attic and fill current vents with cement this fall while we take a fall trip to Nashville TN. Currently getting bids. Sure had limited his activity in recent weeks and has lost some weight. 

Well this is long enough….Packer Family night is on TV soon, preseason practice with 70,000 people watching at Lambau field. Is the only chance for people to see them live and in the stadium as regular season games are sold out and expensive. 

Happy Quilting!

Some real progress!

Back to my love of quilting. I have finally caught up on the Rest and Refreshing BOW. I chose one focus fabric I liked and used some greens and neutrals. Husband thinks it is a Christmas quilt. I guess that is ok. I have been using my Bonnie Hunter essential triangle ruler and makes things so easy. 

Then today I finished up machine quilting a charity quilt. Was able to sew outdoors today, sunny and just right temperature. 



Used up some of the Sunflower Quilter’s scraps.

Started machine quilting the next charity quilt that I designed on patternjam. Got it half quilted and then decided to stop for the day.

I am pacing myself and have continued my 3 walks a day. Today did total of 1.3 miles. PT visit tomorrow for exercises and strech recommendations. 

Happy Quilting!