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!


Mirana Mystery Quilt Block 3

Block in a Box


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!

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Just wanted to check in and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We went to afternoon services yesterday and it was a wonderful service singing favorite hymns. Devotion was that we have everything in the world, yet we go for Black Friday deals that people will forget or do not need. We are thankful for Jesus and will spend eternity in heaven.

This being our first Thanksgiving we had a turkey breast with all the sides. Saved the bones for soup. Made even make some homemade noodles. Beautiful day here in Az. Upper 80’s and sunny. Just finished my evening walk. So icing the back, but able to do most of the dinner cooking.

My husband, hates photos but will not see it here.

My niece helped create Olof in South Dakota, so excited to see it at the beginning of the parade.

No Black Friday shopping for me. Will raid the quilters stash and cut out first clue of Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My “Mirana Mystery” quilt BOM

Last spring I designed a quilt and presented it to our Sunflower quilters activity director. She thought it would be a great mystery quilt and simple BOM. We have several new quilters to the group and the blocks are back to basics. These gals do a challenge every year, so this is this year’s challenge. We added a little twist that one of the fabrics must come from an initial of your first name. (LIME-Linda)

I actually sewed the quilt last spring and finished quilting it this summer. My quilt has several fabrics and while I love it, I think it would be better with 5 fabrics. I had sent the 5 color quilt with cutting directions to our activity director and she by mistake sent them out to the group. I guess they all had their colors picked and I am now afraid everything is cut out, which is fine. My original plan was to send out cutting directions month by month a week prior to class and then class would be to assemble the block. With our group some ladies may not want to do the whole quilt, but participate with each block. So I developed excel sheets with 1 block option and another option if you wanted to do the whole quilt 42×42. That is what you will be below.

The colors mentioned are the colors in the cutting instructions to match my original quilt design. I have attached numbers to those colors.

  • 1-Red
  • 2-Blue
  • 3-Green
  • 4-Yellow
  • 5-Multi-colored

You can use the above or substitute your own colors but mark your fabric although I really don’t think it matters.

This quilt does not use any special rulers. Measuring and cutting accurate is important as is checking you quarter seam allowance. All blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished and 6 inches finished.

This pattern I designed in Patternjam and I see they are making a come back. They also have a Facebook page until website is up.

Color to match cutting instructions

If you want to add 1/4 to the block ( prior to sewing/cutting) then you can trim down to correct measurement.

Class 1

Block 1A

Fabric A

(5) 6 7/8″ square

Fabric B

(5) 6 7/8″ square

You will be making total of 8 blocks

Block 1B

Fabric A


(6) 7 1/4″ squares

Fabric B

5- Multi-color

(6) 7 1/4″ squares

You will be making total of 12 blocks

Bonus Block ( just another block or blocks if you wish to add to quilt)

Fabric A


(2) 3 7/8″ squares

Fabric B


(2) 3 7/8″ squares

The above makes 1 Block

Happy Quilting

Arrival in AZ and so warm!

We arrived on Sunday and just taking a few days to settle in. We arrive and record high for next two weeks due to high pressure off Baha. Sure feels nice. Sitting in our cover backyard enjoying the gentle breezes. Out outdoor plants/ scrubs and cacti have grown. Apparently did not get much monsoon rains, but hot. The original water heater died so we are waiting to get that replaced tomorrow. Daughter who has been watching house commented that that was the coldest shower ever. We got suspicious and figured out no hot water and pilot light could not be lit.

Some of our projects here are to look at our landscaping and get our prickly pear cacti out. We also have some huge agave that need to go. We also need to look at our irrigation as some of our flowering plants look a little dry. Our plan is when and if it goes out to proceed with xeriscape. We have some lovely scrubs, but they require some maintenance. They will stay for now. We will focus outdoors and maybe following year replace our living and bedroom carpet. As some point get an elevated toilet for master bath. Our air conditioner is original and soon that may need to be replaced, so always have that in mind.

I am glad I am farther along post lumbar fusion. I have about 2 weeks until my final X-ray, then my restrictions should be lifted. I admit I have been doing a bit more, especially with a house but remain careful. I returned to my walking program and that combined with some unpacking did stress my back a bit. Ice and rest helped. This morning I walked a little farther and felt good. Hamstrings and quads are so tight. It is warm enough to use the pool so plan on getting there today or tomorrow for a little pool walking.

Thursday and Friday I return to the Sunflower quilters and begin my BOM Mystery Quilt. I will post the directions to this blog. Going to make a separate blog entry for that.

I know the rest of the country is dealing with winter, I am so blessed that we were able to retire early, have a home in AZ and enjoy being more active in next few months here.

Happy Quilting

Christmas decoration first sighting

Drive today was long and a bit boring except for a few tolls. At least we had sunny skies most of the time. Darker low gray clouds western Oklahoma. We ate at our favorite Italian place in Elk City next to our hotel. This is on the corner. 

Well at least no snow here. Air is quite cool with the wind. Looks like 70’s as we continue westward.👍

Happy Quilting

Traveling while catching last few colors of Autumn 

Today we transversed accross Kentucky and ended up southern part of Missouri. I now remember that the reds and oranges are beautiful in this area. Even areas where there is bare trees, the gray colors against these colors would make a wonderful painting. We traveled mostly on interstate, but a short bit on the above Missouri Highway after we crossed the Mississippi River. These lanes are quite tight and we even saw semis on these roads.

Then we came accross fields of these. Cotton fields. Even saw some on roads and then rolled up in rolls like we have hay rolled up. I told my spouse they grow their own cotton for all the quilt shops they have in Missouri.  After we reached our destination we had some strands on windshield and he said here is some thread. 😳

Today was a 6 hour drive with a backup near Lexington for about 45 minutes. Tomorrow is almost 9 hours. We hit the tolls in Oklahoma. When we stopped for gas gots some quarters to add to our dime collection. Final destination is Elk City. Looks like we are escaping the cold weather settling down in  the Midwest. Hopping to catch some 80’s in Tucson in a few day. 
Enjoying the ride and have not done any quilting maybe tomorrow. So far back is doing well. (10 weeks post lumbar fusion)

Happy Quilting to all