February has arrived…

Quilting

Today was the monthly Sunflower quilters meeting. So nice to see all these gals and the wonderful things they do. A very active quilter project agenda was shared. This time of year neat and often challenging quilting projects. We also do charity quilts so today spent some time sewing labels to quilts. Many also helped pin some quilts for some machine quilting to be done. Show and tell is always wonderful. 

I have been working hard on my EnProvence  and finished the flimsy today. Another beautiful quilt. Now will have to go fabric backing shopping and also using up some extra blocks for the backing. Maybe hand quilt this one this summer.


Now that this is complete I can return to machine quilting my charity quilt for this year. Will cut some binding tomorrow for that quilt and for my daughters quilt which is just about ready for the scallops.

My sciatica is improving. I actually feel like doing more including some bush trimming, cleaning and returned to pickleball. I have continued my stretching several times a day and that seems to help.

Arizonia weather is just perfect. Warm sun that allows bike ride in morning to clubhouse (40’s) and later is in the 70’s. We did a 3.5 mile hike on Sweetwater Trail, but still have quite a distance to get to the saddle. 

Happy Quilting!

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Cool, wet Arizonia

We love being down here dispite the cooler and wetter weather. For us it seems like spring. The sun also makes a huge difference. We are told that ice and snow, now fog are present back home. I continue to nurse sciatica on my left side. Treatments are helping a bit with some stretching and Motrin I am surviving. At least I can hike. We may do some hiking tomorrow with some pickleball friends. Rain is to hold off until afternoon. I have continued to work on some of my Dutch Treat blocks and recently had to prep some additional blocks. These next blocks use fabric from my cotton scrubs. My En Provence mystery quilt is coming along. I finished 6 blocks the other day, sewing standing up. ( more comfortable than sitting). This week our Sunflower Quilters will be doing a diamond table runner. I think I may have enough fabric or I may use the groups stash and donate for our fall show.  It will be nice to rejoin the group this week.

I have been doing more reading. Our clubhouse has a library full of interesting books. I just started “Crossroads” by William Paul Young. So far very interesting.  

Yes I did watch the inauguration this past week. It sure is historic no matter what you’re policitical thoughts reside. Democracy and our freedoms are something to treasure, something you do not realize until you are out of the country. 

We are contemplating traveling to Europe maybe this fall. Looking at several agencies,what they offer, prices and what we want to see. It is traveling there or Oregon, Washington and part of California.

Yes we did watch our Green Bay PACKERS…loose. Such a run with a team that has had so many injuries, that not being an excuse. Previous games so fun to watch. Now we will cheer for the Falcons, truely and great team.

Here are some picture to enjoy and Happy Quilting!

Above is block layout for En Provence.  


New sewing area to sew while standing. It all works for me!

A new week begins…reflect on the past week

Did a lot of things last week. So get ready….

I was able to find temporary homes for my sewing things. I also put together the first quarter of the En Provence mystery quilt. One thing I find hard is sewing rows when quilting. Someone posted that they sew in quarters the mystery quilt. I thought this is perfect for me. Now this is a beautiful quilt, but one really needs to pay close attention to the block orientation. One you lay it out, you have to be careful in sewing as things sometimes get turned. This quilt has lots of seams and bulk so pressing the seams correctly also needs attention. With that all said I was able to complete the quarter in one day. I think some of my purples could be more light or dark for better contrast, but overall I am pleased. I really like the neutral borders and the magenta color in this quilt. Unfortunately I am currently dealing with some lower back/left leg issues from picking weeds last week. So going slow on this quilt. Sitting long time is difficult.

I did get it all sewn! Now I will work on the components and then do the assembly. The main blocks I will do at home and other blocks with quilting gals.

Sweetwater preserve trail is a beautiful hike with many trails. Despite my hip/leg I am still able to do 2.6 miles hiking. It is a little cooler 50’s and we had rain over the weekend. This is our favorite hike and we will do more hikes here than anywhere. Saguaro’ are beautiful and appear like a forest. People hike with their dogs and many mountain bikers love these trails. Now we have decide to add “In and Out” burgers as a Treat following our hikes.

Sweetwater Preserve hike
In and Out burgers
We also returned to playing pickleball. Great people, a lot of fun and great exercise. We even went of their open house and met more people within our community. Dan won a hat and I a cozie.

Pickleball
Arizona church family
We also returned to our winter church family. Wonderful people, pastors and Christian messages of faith. We intend to go to bible studies on Tuesday evenings.

Dutch Treat blocks completed…

I was hoping to get to a chiropractor today. Had to wait to get an appointment until they opened today at 3pm. Found out the next new patient appointment would be in one week! Really???? So have found another one and hope to get in tomorrow or the following day at the latest. This back-leg thing is really bothersome. I look forward to the correction so I can return to more exercise and doing things, one of the reasons we come here during the winter. Would like to loose a few pounds as well.

Also our wonderful Packer won an outstanding game inlast few seconds beating the Cowboys and now off to the division champions. We actually went to a bar to join a packer party down here…it was dead as it was on national tv. We ended up coming home and watching it at home. Only liquor we had was bottle of old Morgan David wine that we drank as slots. New game will be difficult as we have a lot of injuries.


Next week…Go Pack GO

Almost settled in our winter home..

We arrived Sunday early afternoon. We were able to unload the car, check to make sure Internet was up and finally tune in to our favorite team..PACKERS. What a game. Looking forward to next week playing the cowboys. We even joked, maybe we could drive to Dallas??? No I think we are happy to be here. As Dan had packed the car I was unsure of what he packed and we did leave several boxes behind. Turns out his sandals, coffee maker, air mister,gardening gloves and a few other things will have to wait til next year. 

Nice to be back to this home. We both really love it and it seems like we never left. We did have the chirping fire alarms and wouldn’t you know it it was the living room with it being located on the cathedral ceiling. Well we pushed a chair on the wall and set up the extension ladder. Able to remove it and another one was chirping. With that done we turned off the breaker to all of the alarms. Well 2:30am the bedroom alarm start d chirping. Dan went outside (where breakers are located) and turned it on and it stopped. We did order some lithium alarms that should arrive in a few days. They will last 10 years.

Today was spent cleaning and putting things in their place. The gas man came early to turn on the gas. No heat last night, but was in 70’s yesterday and had opened some of the windows. Temperature did not drop below 65. We also spent the day trimming our green bushes. They really have grown and person who watches house did not mention this and did not have them trimmed. We were very surprised that we were not cited for this issue. We had purchased a trimmer and it worked great. Except quite the mess to clean up. We noticed a company trimming neighbors bushes used tarp under the bushes. Why did we not see this last year. May need to invest in a tarp. Will probably do another trim close to April around inspection time. More work to be done, but for another day.

Next stop was grocery store for much needed food. $300.00 worth that will last quite awhile. There are some other supplies at Walmart that are needed, will do that tomorrow.

Looks like week’s weather will be in mid 60’s with clouds. Back home more snow. 

I was able to sew on sashing on about 150 blocks on my Dutch Treat quilt. Would like to finish these blocks here. Also worked on Challenge on the week. Will not finish by deadline, just have to sew down the binding. My quilting stuff is still packed in the empty dinning room. Not planning on attending Sunflowers quilter meetings this Thursday and Friday. Will start up the following week. Tomorrow my go to clubhouse and do some exercising. Able to walk one time on treadmill at hotel. Would like to get some weight off as had to rest my right leg and hence put on a few pounds. With all the activity here that should come off. We also tend to eat a bit more healthier.

I did order 2 yards of black material for Cherith’s quilt for the binding. I have about 1.5 rows to go and then I will do the scallops and bind the quilt. Will do the quilting in the final borders/scallops after that part is complete. I also need to work on En Provence,sew my blocks together and eventually sew the quilt together.

Happy Quilting!

Welcome to 2017

Always fun to say good bye to the year and welcome a new year! We all have our wishes but for me each day is a blessing and so enjoy my retirement. New Year’s Eve we had my sister-in-law/spouse over to our condo. For over 26 years we have alternated homes. Over the years our child appeared and we celebrated the new year a bit early…9pm and the headed home to watch the ball fall. New Year’s Eve is filled with a meal, catching up and playing games. As our children have all now grown and celebrate the new year their own way, we are back to just us. This year Cherith was present as was spending time here as a break from college. So yes we talked, ate turkey and the trimmings and played 3 games. New Year’s Eve came at 930pm. So toasted the new year and what is to come.


We of course watched our Packer win the division and today watched our Badgers play in the Cotton Bowl. Today we bid farewell to Cherith and our cat “Whiskers” as he left for his mini vacation to Cherith’s apartment while we are in Az. Whiskers is not a car traveling cat. We tried a bit a liquid children’s Benadryl and he proceeded to vomit mostly his morning meal. I think he knew something was up when his food and water dish disappeared. We loaded up her car and off they went. I guess he did ok except on the freeway and sudden turns. He has explored his new temporary home and seems to be ok with new hiding places. Hopefully he will help Cherith with all the stress that comes with school.


Our next project is to take down the Christmas decorations, last cleaning, packing the car and closing up the condo. Looks like the travel weather is good. Leaving here as the temps dip down to zero. 


The of course was the En Provence mystery reveal on New Years Day! Beautiful quilt. So I was able to sew on block and one sashing. Looks great! These blocks are tricky so it will pay to go slow and triple check the layout. I was able to finish sewing Clue 7 blocks today so the are packed along with other clues to work on in AZ. Some people are sewing quarters rather than the whole quilt. This would make quilting easier. I probably will hand quilt this one.

En Provence final reveal
The 365 challenge block quilt is also complete. Great quilt along! Another one starts for 2017. Will bring these blocks if room in car. Not sure I will have time to work on this one.

So a few days of travel until at our winter home. 

Happy Quilting!

En Provence Clue 6

                                                     
Bonnie has finally reached the greens in this quilt. Today a pretty combination of light purple, greens and neutrals. I decided to use the companion ruler for this clue. I did try the easy angle ruler, but preferred the results of the companion ruler. 64 blocks not too many, but I added another 15 spare blocks. My daughter Cherith finds the process quite boring, but when Internet went out for a bit she was ironing my strips and stacking them. That is about the extent of her help. 

So have have everything bagged up, but not sure if Bonnie will reveal on New Year’s. I would have a day or two to work on putting a few blocks together before we leave for AZ. So not quite yet packing up my sewing things. I will have to work at getting everything to fit in the car. This is our second year and now bringing some of the nice things this round of travel. Something’s we will leave behind. We called today to get our gas turned on on Monday after we arrive. We will go two nights without heat, but we are bringing a portable heater this year and sleeping….well plenty on quilts. We can go without hot water as we have a clubhouse to use for showering if needed. Looks like it has been raining and 50-60’s during day. It is the sun that always feels great and so much to do outdoors. We are leaving just in time as temperatures are predicted to drop down to zero. 

New Year’s Eve will be at our condo. We have my husband’s sister and spouse for dinner and games. The we will watch our Packers and Badgers in days to come hoping for great wins!

I will put together the last block of the 365 Challenge block quilt. Then it will be ready to assemble.

Happy Quilting!

Time in-between

                                                                                            

I have been seeing a lot about the week between Christmas and the New Year. Excitement of Christmas is over and now waiting for the new year and what might come about. For us we have had one daughter with us. Sort of her downtime from college and entering her last semester of nursing school. We wait for the day we head down to our winter home in Marana AZ and meet up with friends down there. Of course we are watching weather closely as we drive down there over four days. This year our cat “whiskers” will be staying with this daughter in Milwaukee. He would never make the trip as he gets car sick. This year we will leave behind our condo and have less to worry about back here. Our plan is to stay a little longer but return in time for daughter’s graduation. So weather tells us travel is a go and just in time as a polar vortex is heading here. We have already had two significant snow falls. That is enough for us. I had a cold back around Thanksgiving and now spouse has a good head cold. Two of our other daughters already treated for step this year.

I have participated in the 356 day Challenge quilt and tomorrow is the last block. So I have tons of 3 inch dark blocks and the remaining 6 inch blocks to add. So may just take this with me in case I want to work on it. I have hand seven these blocks. This will be a quilt for our AZ master bed.

                                                                    
En Provence is the current Bonnie Hunter mystery and loving the colors. We have yellow and green to use in this quilt and clue 6 is coming tomorrow. It is possible the reveal will be on New Year’s Day, but one never knows. I hope to be able to do this clue before we leave for AZ. I do have some time as I have most things packed and ready to load into car. I am hoping all my sewing stuff will find a spot. This year taking my sewing machine.

Here are all the clues to the mystery so far.


It is fun looking at all the new 2017 quilting challenges and such. I do need to do some hand quilting but will do some smaller challenges. Our quilting group in AZ always has some great projects as well.

Thanks for stopping by….Happy Quilting!

Clue 4 En Provence…week in review

En Provence mystery continues. Clue 4 returns back to a repeat but with different colors. The more I do this block the more I like it. Even found a post that uses it as Christmas trees. uhmmmm maybe a project for next year. While I am not necessarily a purple girl I do love heather or lavender. I am falling in love with purple but anxious to see how the greens and yellows will play in this quilt. This week I visited my stash and found a few dark purples not previously used so this was fun also. A few are from previous quilt blocks. Here are some pictures.

Today is the LinkUp where fellow En Provence post their blocks and progress. Enjoy! 

Clue 4 LinkUp






Above are my soup bowl cozies. Will stuff with great-grandma recipe and small stuffer. I love these!


This is Bethany who graduated with double major, psychology and human social studies. We got to attend the graduation. She is my God child.


She will do great things!


We got about 10 inches of snow this past weekend. Now bitterly cold. We leave for our winter home in Tucson Az in two weeks. It is a four day drive and we will be watching for storms but hope to be there end of first week in January. A change in our daily routine to return to more outdoor activities and meeting up with our Arizonia friends. Our Packers really played an awesome game winning in the finial seconds of the game. Maybe they will make the playoffs.

Daughter in nursing school her final year has completed a very difficult semester. She will be joining us in a few days for a break. She announced that her senior preceptorship will be postpartum unit a Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. She wanted to be close to her apartment and thinks she might consider going this route post graduation. She will complete over 100 hours in this preceptorship prior to graduation in May. We will return from Az to attend.

My iron died, so will need to purchase one. Only a few blocks left until end of 365 Challenge block quilt. I am thinking I will leave this behind and put remaining blocks together in the quilt when I return. I have another quilt “Dutch Treat” that I have not worked on for over a year. I have about 30-40 blocks to make. I am thinking that during our drive down I will sew the sashing strips on the tops of those completed. This quilt uses reverse appliqué. Very detailed, but beautiful. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting!

En Provence Clue 3 


I was not expecting to use purples this week, but pleasantly surprised. I purchased three different purples as I recently completed a purple quilt for daughter Hannah upon her graduation from college this past spring. Boy has time flown by! I also was looking forward to a more complicated block, but not quite yet. I guess a lot of mystery folks don’t have their special rulers from Bonnie. I probably will get one in future when all the hype dies down. I know I can use the easy angle and companion to do the quilt blocks coming. 

More practice with four patches. I really need to do another quilt with these. Maybe will use some of the sunflower quilter strips for charity. It took a little longer this weekend to complete. Finished early yesterday. I just cut strips and estimated how many blocks they would make. Again I really like the purple blocks. I have a few scraps from cutting that will go to my scrap pillowcases that will match the quilt. Did not play with these yet. Maybe today after my dental appointment.

We got our first big snow fall 6 plus inches. Condo association had us plowed out by noon. Nice not to have to get out in elements! Continue to nurse my cold, seems to hang on like others. Just a nuciance!

Here is the LinkUp to weekly Mystery quilt to see everyone’s progress and great color combinations.

LinkUp Clue 3
Happy Quilting

Clue 2 -En Provence….Tri Rex squares

Today was unveiling of clue 2 for the En Provence mystery quilt. We are revisiting a block done from Celtic Solstice my first mystery quilt with Bonnie. At that time I viewed it as a race with lots of pieces and use of rulers. Going on my fourth mystery I guess I have grown as a quilted. I also now am retired with a bit more time, although currently nursing a head cold.

This mystery I have slowed down, taken more risks with fabric and enjoying the process. I also am paying attention to cutting more accurately, pressing and starching more this step. I am also checking my seam allowance with tests blocks. So far this entire mystery I have not had to trim all those blocks and have not used a pin to pin in place. I was even able to finish the clue in one day. I think the last time we made over 200 blocks. I remember them being not so perfect. Today’s blocks are much improved. I however will make an additional 20 blocks for reserve.

Today we used our focus fabric….magenta. I love this color and my fabric. It is bright and looks like Bonnie’s flowers on the picture. I actually purchased 2 yards of this fabric. I ran to my neutrals and found that 100 is actually a small number. I have 4-6 fabrics that I want to use and others are just stash. So I cut a few more, but will use them in my pillowscases. I may pair them with the light purple which I have a lot of for maybe something different. We will see.

Here are some pictures.

Link up clue 2



Above are pictures from Bonnie’s

Clue 2





Happy Quilting!

Tuesday tales…

As the end of the year is approaching, time for all those health checkups. Yesterday was to a new provider to establish care, physical and med review. I do have a slight episode of tendinitis in my left forearm. Rest, excercises and ice should help. Will need to return for lab work later this week. Today was the dentist. I have never had so many X-rays! But she is very good. I have the dreaded 5 on some of my teeth and need further intervention of deep cleaning with antibiotics. Also one new cavity. So will get that work done in December. Return for routine cleaning this Thursday.  The all that stuff is done prior to leaving for Az. And yes I caught the dreaded virus on Thanksgiving. Sore throat, post-nasal cough and headache. It is the first cold I have had in years! 

Today finished up the below. It took some of the left over scraps from cutting my 4-patches and put them together. I plan on making two pillowcases, put a border around these and with this week’s clue will add those left over blocks or scraps. At least that is the plan.


Happy Quilting!

Day 3 En Provence

Able to spend more time on mystery today. I even happened to cut enough strips to get to 230 4-patches. Even more for either backing or matching pillow cases. Tomorrow will work on those and some of the left over scraps from this clue’s cutting.

This mystery brings out the creative quilters. So many color variations and even new quilters to the mystery. So fun to look at everyone’s progress. So lucky to be part of this community.

To see many others work see link: LinkUp Party clue one

This week is filled with new physician visit for physical and new dentist for routine cleaning. As the Badgers are in the championship game this Saturday we are even entertaining attending the game. Maybe a rally bus to game and return. A little expensive, but would be fun. We will see if we go. Also noticed today I may have caught the cold virus circulating at Thnaksgiving. It has been several years since I had one. Little sore throat, slight runny nose and slight headache. So taking my vitamin c and added aireborn, hot tea and maybe some broth.



Clue one
Happy Quilting and a great week!