Diamond squares-On Ringo Lake Mystery

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.

Happy Quilting!

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Mirana Mystery Quilt Block 3

Block in a Box

Overview

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!

Happy Quilting!

Clue 2 of ORL and a return to hiking

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!

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:)

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!