Quilting progress

Hello to all! I have continued my distraction therapy as much as possible. Currently despite moving from sewing sitting, pressing and cutting I am trying to move around. I also cleaned up my sewing area and organized some of my projects. I now have several to machine quilt. As I wait for my treatment options I am sure I will have time to quilt some of them. I do have a top that I created on patternjam that is part of my Sunflower quilters mystery this fall that I am thinking will be a good hand Quilting project this summer/fall. I just have to sandwich that together. I need a bit more room so thinking of doing it on the ping pong table at the clubhouse.


The above are from the Red and Refreshing QAL. 


This is a charity quilt, very bright.


Another charity quilt. I really liked the batik nickel squares and did four patches and then cut them up into two different blocks. Very fun to do.


I continue to work on these 4 in 9 blocks by Bonnie Hunter. These are Leader and Enders. I have a lot of these especially with fabric left over from quilts. I think Bonnie will add a second block but have not seen what this would be.


We celebrated our 26th Wedding anniversary this week. So blessed to find a wonderful guy to share my life with. He even now checks over the quilts and adds a few comments. 

So tomorrow will be the neurosurgeon visit. Anxious to see what my options are. I have prepared myself for the whole range of options. Husband thinks it will be a simple fix and continues to plan vacations trips. I cautioned him to now wait until after this visit. But that keeps him busy. He has been great waiting on me and doing a lot of the household stuff.

Happy Quilting!

June…Summertime

This is the sixth block in Rest and Refreshing BOM. I have not done the other blocks, but wanted to make this quilt for charity. I used my new Bonnie Hunter essential quilt ruler. The red will be my main color with a variety of neutral backgrounds. I cut some yesterday and today and finished sewing it this afternoon.

Rest and Refreshing BOM
Above is the completed flimsy I am calling “Zoo Animinals”. Very simple blocks that came together quickly this past weekend. I even pieced a backing for this top.

Had a bit of a set back regarding my back/leg pain. Took a short walk this past weekend to get some brats at our city’s brat fry. Must have been too much. Pain has resumed in greater intensity and is more constant. I am limiting my sewing to short intervals. Called to see if I could move up. My appointment, but has only this upcoming Monday and they will be gone until my appointment. I have stopped all over the counter pain meds as they don’t help. Just laying or reclining. I so want this gone! I have searched my issues online, viewed YouTube’s, message boards and research papers. And yes  I am counting the days. Our weather is warmer, but really cannot do anything outdoors. I am afraid my summer will pass by quickly. 

I have taken up some crocheting some slippers for my dad. Trying to figure out the pattern my grandma used. That helps, but already tired of that.

Good news, Abi the realtor has had her first real hit on someone interested in buying home. Today had to go to home and take pictures as they are out of state. Pretty nice place. So fingers crossed this will all go well. She actually drove to San Diego to visit a close friend from grade school, currently a Marine stationed there. He took her to top of Mt. Baldy and to LA. Looks like they had a great time. She also will have visits form two friends and her sister in upcoming months. 

Happy Quilting to all!

Quilt #5…flimsy

Here is the final result of playing. I have a little fabric left to make a backing. I guess it will be called “Cats and Dogs”. This pattern I designed in PatternJam and wanted to make the different blocks, with a few short cuts. Turning and twisting the blocks in different directions is pretty neat.

So I am already planning the next quilt,but we are day tripping tomorrow to Baraboo and a favorite wine/food pairing place. Maybe even get a planter for some outdoor plants for patio. 

Happy Quilting

Ready to play a bit

Finished up several blocks today. You know how you just start and cannot stop. Got the blocks done today and now playing with them a bit. A few of the blocks are too light so will keep them for another quilt. So here is the progress…


First up is the hour glass block. Again used Bonnie Hunter’s tool. So pleased how they turned out.


Then up some larger HST blocks that combined look like flying geese.


Then the center block. I think it is a Sawtooth Star block.


This one got a bit small as these blocks all finish up 4 inches.


A simple block with some bright yellow green material.


Final block is called a preppy Plaid Block, I call it a modified log cabin block.


Now putting them together…not bad. I actually moved some around after this picture, will let it sit overnight and hopefully the cat will not mess it up. I plan on some borders to enlarge it a bit. Also going to turn the yellow blocks different directions. I plan on sewing it together tomorrow. Lots of different colors and use of guild material into a cute quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Few more blocks…

Another chilly and rainy day here. Able to completed a few more blocks. Today I played with Bonnie Hunter’s Essential triangle tool. It really is very cool, accurate and able to produce many blocks. With patternjam I am able to take the blocks, cut and sew them the way I want.


So yesterday’s block I and to combine tow of the together for a total of 8 blocks. I guess I did not get a picture of that, but imagine them together. 


This is the next block, a broken dishes blocks done with HST blocks.


So here is the tool, you add 1/2 inch to finished size of block and ruler has cutting on the finished size. 


You turn the ruler and make you ur next cut. Very little fabric waste.


The next block is my favorite, the 4 Patch using strips and then sandwiching them and making another cut that puts them into pairs ready for sewing. Now this fabric was not in the initial design, but kind of like the stripe and circle thing going on. I did spin the back which is a lot of fun.

This evening looking at the next few blocks and use of the tool to make things go a bit faster and a bit more accurate. We are still dealing with high humidity in the condo. We must have water in the vents as it gets worse with heat on. I can also see it in my fabric.  Condo owner will be here this weekend and we ordered a dehumidifier portable until vents can be cleaned. We are also checking out some apartments just in case we decide we need to move on. Although I dread the idea of moving yet again. Hopefully our condo owner will come up with something to fix this problem. We can blame the rain, how it is unusually more this year, but we cannot live with topical humidity, let alone potential issues it could have on our health and possessions.

Well we will see what blocks I feel like working on tomorrow and what fabric may go into these blocks. Having so much fun!

Happy Quilting!

Tucows I quilt


This is charity quilt #4. The sunflower quilters had several yards of this material, so being from WI I grabbed it. The back is exactly the same and I have another identical one. While I had great thoughts of detailed machine quilting, I have a very basic Brother machine with a small throats that makes it too difficult. I will stick with straight line walking foot quilting. It really is a bright cheerful quilt for some child.


So after completing this today I started on the next quilt, pattern designed on Patternjam. Above are the first 20 blocks that are 4.5 unfinished. I did get Bonnie Hunters new essential triangle tool so will try that out on some of the next 1/2 square triangle blocks. This may be a larger quilt but I had started cutting the fabric in AZ. This quilt will have several different blocks. I have lots of fabric stash to play with so it should be fun. We continue our cool wet weather here, so good for sewing.

Today I would have gotten my injection, but decided I wanted a second opinion and today got a call back for an appointment June 19th. I really don’t want to spend money if there might be a possibility it will not work. This second opinion is a spine specialist so would be more likely to follow his recommendation. Pain is tolerable, I just have to watch what I do, space things out and quilting provides great distraction. 

Happy Quilting!

Chinese Puzzle…

Yesterday and today I worked on a project that was a recent gift from my mom. She got me into quilting, but currently does more rug hooking. Would like to alternate some of my projects. I love the colors and use of some batik fabrics. It actually has lot of folded pieces and when sewing the block it becomes quite thick. Today I finished up piecing the back with the left over pieces in the kit. 



Close up of the folding, sewing of the blocks. Pretty fun to do.


Not sure how I will quilt this one as the middle is quite thick, also very pretty. May just do quilting on the borders. Will have to look at it and marinated it in my thoughts.


In Arizona we learned how to quilt as you go and I finished putting on the binding for this. These are string paper pieced Blocks with some machine quilting stitches and some hand Quilting. 
Finally a charity quilt. I have two exactly the same pinned and ready to machine quilt. This summer I want to play around with machine quilting and various quilting patterns. I ran across and excelled blog that does this and I am going to try it out. Machine quilting tips

I am mostly a hand quilter so want to explore this area more. So got the walking foot on the machine and today had enough time to just go around one block. I think if I try to do a block a day ( or so) it is not as overwhelming and a bit easier on the back. Currently I am sitting while sewing. I am used to standing for sewing. Hopefully once I get the injection I can return to this position. Pinning and in pinning I was sitting on the balance ball. Today I actually walked around the grocery store with spouse and it was not too bad. I just want to make it thru this weekend’s pinning ceremony and graduation. Did not sleep well last night, storms and just a bit uncomfortable. Looks like a cool and wet week ahead…..perfect for sewing/Quilting. Resting in chair I continue to design quilts via patternjam. So addictive!

Happy Quilting!