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.
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!
Made a little progress on this quilt. So far I am liking it. Playing around with the top and bottom corners with different fabrics. Today did a bit more sewing…more of distraction therapy for my back/leg pain. But early afternoon had to stop and did a little reading. I had my MRI yesterday. Since I got a CD of the pictures I was able to view them. Being a nurse I can look at the picture, use the internet and I can maybe self diagnose. Well I will wait until Monday.
Wanted to share a few pictures of the added additions I mentioned to the Allietarecherith quilt. Very pleased with them.
Now Cherith does not like spiders but she loves cats…so perfect!
Had two visitors and one seems a bit interested in my homemade leaves on a stick….well they are orange.
Our return drive was uneventful. Sunny warm days excellent for car travel. Our new Prius has a few new bells and whistles which were also fun. Gas mileage was great and new safety features awesome. We got home on Sunday late afternoon. Whiskers was happy to see us. However our condo was very humid. We are on a concrete slab and it has been wet of late. We noticed lots of condensation on our floors and underneath furniture. We also have water in our ducts. We will be in contact with the builder as the condo owner said a trench was dug around the condo when our joint neighbor also had the problems a few years ago. We moved in late summer. So we went from little humidity to 78%, my curly hair has returned. To day able to open the windows and got the humidity down to the low 60’s. Everything is just damp. Our concern it mold! Otherwise good to be back, everything is green and trees flowering.
My back continues to be uncomfortable. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic MD. While he took X-rays, said I have some arthritis but a bit hard to tell if I have a herniated disc. So left appointment with no answer, pain and to schedule MRI. The office was to do this but I ended up scheduling it and having them call for the order. I am a nurse and I know how things work or do not work. So the MRI is tomorrow, 24 hours to read it, then follow up but of course his office hours are not until next Monday. So another week goes by. I guess if I need an injection that could also be another week. Good grief! I am able to get around the house, but worrying about my strength in my left leg, I may need PT as well. We decided to cancel our trip to TN in a few weeks thinking this might not be done in time. We will plan to go early fall. Standing is difficult so husband has become a temporary cook. I have a graduation the following weekend, so would love to have the injection prior…but we will see.
I was able to unpack my sewing stuff. I had done a lot of cutting for one charity quilt prior to leaving. I was able to work on it a bit today sewing half and quarter size triangles. Quick picture of some of the blocks and material. I have all the blocks finished so I can begin to put it together. I designed it from patternjam. I hear they are going out of business. They are going to try to keep the designing web site up and running for now. This is such a cool site! My plan is to sew several charity quilts with some of the material I brought back.
I washed my daughter’s graduation quilt….Allietarecherith. I had only one fabric that ran, out of so many reds…was pleased. So rewashed with 2 new color catchers and no bleeding noted. I hand sewed a spider and small cat on the quilt. I will keep that to myself. I am going to enter it in our country fair.
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Happy Quilting to all!
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.
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.
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.
When my husband and I built our dream home in the country we allowed each of our three girls to pink colors for their own bedrooms. Hannah picked purple, Cherith loves red but settled for more of a deep dark maroon and Abigail liked pink and green. Bright pink and lime green. We had the opportunity to pain the walls prior to wood trim and carpeting being laid. So Abigail had pink and green striped walls. It is pretty hard to get straight lines even using painters tape. So this quilt will remind me of Abigail and that bedroom. (I will have to find a picture)
Charity quilt #2