On Ringo Lake Finish

Just finished the mystery. Fun mystery and wonderful outcome. This of course is my Arizona design floor. I spent the last few weeks sewing the blocks into rows. I took my time and did one row a day or so. Today finished up the lower two rows and then sewed the half’s together. I have some leftover blocks and some fabric for the back. I am thinking I will sew a back and probably take it back to WI and machine quilt it back there.

Now it will be back to my hand quilting project, grandmother flower quilt and some scrap quilt blocks as I have definitely become the scrap queen. Quilters hand me their scraps in bags now. I even have a few batik fabric scraps. Have to get a backing sewn for my mom’s quilt so I can get it pinned for hand quilting. I have a pinned quilt ready for machine quilting waiting in the wings. So we will see what I get to this week. 🙂

Happy Quilting

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Quilting retreat-Sunflower style

I always have enjoyed reading about quilting retreats but never have gone on any. Here in Sunflower our guild has retreats every other year mostly because they are a lot of work. This is our third year down here and this year I am able to go! YEY!!!

I guess they have been doing them for over twelve years and have it down to a science. I guess there is even a book or manual should present organizers retire from this project. I would just like to share my experiences with you all.

The retreat is actually held at a church about 5 minutes away. So convenient that some slipped out for a few hours if needed. We had 18 quilters participate and 2 event leaders. We were put into one of three groups. Each group had to bring an iron, ironing board, extension cord and power strip. We gathered up our sunflower quilters stuff and someone brought that. Cutting boards, rotary cutters with new blades, rulers of all shapes and sizes, and our accu cut machine with a new die cube we just purchased for everyone to play with. Each group was also assigned a meal to set up, finish preparing and clean up. We had a great kitchen with two dishwashers. We had a itinerary with times and what was planned. Leaders got all the food (too much but each time the reduce it) so it was well planned and organized.

As quilters we could bring anything to work on. Lots of different projects going on, laying out of blocks and plenty of options on what or how it should be done. I put my Bonnie Hunter Mystery on hold to sew the main blocks together at this retreat. 50 of them, at first I thought never will I get them all done. There was also a lot of socializing and getting to know other quilters a little more in depth and of course common discussion.

We began early Friday morning, 8:30 setup time and breakfast at 9. We all arrived with our “personal stuff”, and set up at a table. It was 3 to a table. We were greeted with a wonderful small quilted gift. After all we’re set up and everyone was hooked up to power we had a small breakfast. 930 we started our sewing.

I guess as with any retreat, lots of sewing, conversations, opinions and FOOD! It seemed like we were eating all the time. But it was all good!

Here is our big room. We usually have a small room and it gets quite noisy, but this was so nice.

Cutting area and at far end was bin of scraps and the accu cutter to play with.

These were busy and just the right amount..no waiting. One quilter also made 2 gallons of homemade Best press and we loaded up our spray bottles.

So above are our leaders in our game of the day. It was a white elephant game. You were to bring something you had and would like to get yourselves, out it in a brown bag. We all got a number and went in order, picked a bag, opened it and showed it to all. Next person did the same, but could steal that one or anyone else’s or pick a bag. So what you picked someone else could have taken it. It was lots of fun. I picked a LED headlight to do hand stitching or anything. Perfect for me, but I ended up with 2 fat quarters red hatter material which also was very cool.

We had our supper and some had enough and left. I stayed until 7pm. Back was getting a bit sore and I was pleased with my sewing progress. I was able to lay flat on floor a few times and stretch out.

We returned the following morning for breakfast and sewing. We had our lunch of leftovers and still more leftover so we all got to take 3-4 bags of leftover food items. Someone also brought in some fresh grapefruit…they are so big and fresh down here. I have been looking forward to them.

We had sort of a quilt show and some show and tell. I brought in my daughters “Packer Celtic Solstice” I made a few years ago.

(No this is not snow in AZ…old pic)

And yes I got all 50 blocks done. I did play with accu cutter as I cut several scraps into triangles and squares most of Saturday afternoon.

Here is some other picture candy.

We had one final game. Sort of a dice game. Three dice. One with L, R, C or *. We all had three fat quarters, shook the dice. And L meant pass one to the left, R to the right, C to the Center and * you keep it. You play until one person has a fat quarter in their hand. So fun…

Guess who won…ME!

We all had so much fun! I also got to take home the scrap bin as I am known as the scrap queen. I love it! All scrap batik fabrics!

So I spent Sunday sorting them by color and some by potential sewing projects! Now I have a better stash down here!

Here is today’s finish. Quilted and binding applied…next charity quilt. Reminds me of a book I read to my girls Mr. Downs and balloons.

Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Quilting!

Sunflower Quilters…busy gals

It has been a bit since I have blogged. I guess busy with quilting, beautiful weather and enjoying life. Spouse has now picked up my cough/cold or whatever. Our elderly neighbor fell (nothing broken) but weak due to flu. Very nasty so we helped him get up..his son and my husband via the blanket. I got to play home health nurse again. You never forget some things. He was able to walk around so that kept him from heading to hospital. We picked up a few groceries and hopefully he will get better in a few days. We wanted to keep our distance for our health and also Abi who is shopping out to boot camp in 2 weeks. She did not get the shot. Although probably will get it there. She is closing out her apartment this weekend and moving in with us until her ship date.

Our group of quilters has been busy with personal projects and community projects. First up some personal projects, classes by a few members.

This is Sharon’s Cathedral Windows quilt being pinned by the gals. Sunday four of us got together and pinned 10 Quilts. Three were mine.

The next class was “sugar and spice “…

This was a fun class and everyone had great colors.

This is mine. I have never purchased batiks. The pack was a Tonga jelly pop package and I took advantage of Thousands of bolts batik fabric sale for the boarders. I have a cut owl backing and this week picked up some batting. This will be for my mom. I will hand quilt it as she prefers hand quilting. This will be my next project when I finish my “straits of Magellan” quilt. 4 blocks to go.

I finished up quilting this quilt, a recovery quilt from my back surgery. We all thought this backing looked like hospital gown fabric..how fitting I guess.

Jan is finishing up this month’s mystery quilt block. The featherweight has some of my scrap blocks I am making from a bag of scraps brought in recently.

This is how it coming together. Probably a border and maybe some four patches.

Two of us played with Accuquilt. Our group is looking into more dies and we played with the 9 inch cube. These are too many pieces and too small for charity quilts. We decided to purchase the 12 inch cube and will have it by next week’s retreat.

It is funny when I am sewing blocks the gals always ask if this block is our mystery block. I said it was close, because it is. This actually is our center block so they will make only one. Only difference is that the corners are squares. I am also going to do the flying geese as two HST together. Mystery blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished so these will be small pieces for the group, but a nice final block putting all the learned skills to test. I forgot how accurate the Accuquilt dies are and sewing them is quite fun. I may have to use it prior to returning to WI and cut my pieces for a quilt.

This will be my weekend quilting project…machine quilting. Cloudy today and wind to pick up as a “winter”storm is all the rage down here. 50’s on Sunday and freezing temps Sunday and Monday night. But spouse currently playing pickleball….life goes on.

I have all my “On Ringo Lake” blocks kitted together for the retreat. Hope to get them all sewn. (50 blocks) 🙂

Happy Quilting to all!

Clue 5 On Ringo Lake Mystery

Hope all had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus. We attended our church’s candlelight service with our daughter Abigail. Such a wonderful blessing! We talked with family back in Wisconsin as well. While they are having bitter cold, we are having some warm weather. So nice to sit out in sunshine in afternoon. I am still trying to get rid of a cold/cough that has prevented me from my usual walks and exercise. Tried it this morning and had to return. Hope I can shake this soon.

I did finish up my flying geese. I have a few more small triangles to play around with. I just something miniature in the future.

I also finished up my cathedral windows class quilt. Got it machine quilted and bound. I still need to work on my machine quilting.

You can just make out then next machine quilting project. I was lucky and got 2 of my quilts pinned by the gals. Today will be cloudy so good time to quilt.

I will be linking up to quiltville : Clue 5

Happy Quilting to all!

Autumn in the air..Christmas?


My least favorite thing about quilting is sewing the rows. Not sure why. I really like these 16 patches and have several left over for matching pillowcases. Sewing the main rows I took my time. Thank goodness triangles were oversized so made sewing and trimming easier. I had just enough white on white fabric and while I was going to make sashing strips green I did not have enough material, so back up was this tan color which I prefer. 

Now this quilt started out with a burgundy floral material with coordinating fabrics, soon turned into more of a Christmas quilt which will go on my AZ bed, hopefully by next Christmas. I will begin handquilting when I return from winter in AZ. (unless I can sneak it into the car), but probably not as we usually have a packed car going down despite all our clothes being down there. We have some things set aside that have waited 2 yrs now. A few Christmas items coming down as we think we will always spend  Christmas down there.

Fish Fry today..celebrating my Dad’s 82 birthday and spouse is helping with raking leaves. Something I cannot do this year. Each day is better for me. Just having a hard time falling asleep. Then I tend to sleep later.


Fall my favorite time of year! 

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!