Blue and yellow

Two of my favorite colors together and yet I don’t think I have made anything with those colors. I was gifted some scraps with these colors and decided to do a mini scrap vortex layout for a purse. Today I pieced the scraps and have completed for the front and back. I like it very much. I don’t usually sew many purses, but decided to do one for me for spring. Tomorrow I will add the batting and practice some free motion quilting. I like the idea of sewing scraps and putting them to good use. I will be doing a class on the scrap vortex next year and this is perfect for those who don’t want to do a quilt. One could easily do a table runner or placemats.

This will be my final sewing project. We have a community guided quilt we will be doing this week…lasagna quilt pattern. I think there are about 4 bins full of 2.5 fabric strips. I sort of did a small table runner and it was quite fun and not stressful. I think the gals will love it.

We got a call from our Marine daughter yesterday. We were not sure if she would call but talked to her for 20 minutes. She is doing fine. The crucible was challenging, but walk back was not bad. She was going to head to subway to eat some real food. They did have a Marine Breakfast after the crucible, she had pancakes, French toast, cinnamon rolls, bacon and chocolate cake. Some people ate too much and payed for it later. Mostly classes this week and then Battalion inspection the last thing before graduation. She is looking forward to the down time. We will leave on Tuesday and return on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing her and the base she trained on. Her one sister is meeting us in Charleston at the airport. We also know her good friend and mom are coming to surprise her. We are all flying Southwest so hopefully they get all those engines inspected. This is one trip we need to get there and for Abi to return to Milwaukee for her 10 day leave.

Happy Quilting!

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Scraps turn into treasures

This is my Arizona sewing set up. I have accomplished all my main projects so taking the scraps that were gifted to me at our retreat and making string squares for some unknown project. I had tried to sort them into color families, some are very nice strips for 4-patches and some larger pieces for whatever. This bag was mainly Browns or darker colors. Spent yesterday and today doing the bag and got about 60 5″ blocks. A fun sewing thing to do. Recently my allergies have gotten really bad. So staying indoors and keeping doors closed has helped with a minor switch in my meds. So perfect time to tackle these scraps. I also found a cute landscape pattern that I will adapt and use up some other batik scraps. I kitted that project to return to Wisconsin.

So in the wee hours of tomorrow, 2am east coast time my daughter will begin her crucible at Parris Island. Weather looks great. No new news from her so looks like she passed her combat warrior test. She was a bit worried as she did not do the initial one due to her pneumonia. But she is a strong girl so I had no doubts she could do it. By Saturday at 8 am the event is completed and she will be a Marine! oorah so they say. So keep her and all recruits in your prayers that they stay strong both physically and mentally and free from injury. This is truly a journey are young people go thru to protect our country. I am sure she will look at things quite differently. She even said the museum on Parris Island is very cool and interesting. So will be cool for her to take us thru it. I guess they spent over 2 hours there. As for me I will do some quilting, guild meets next to days, I will lap swim and due my biking riding to keep me occupied. Looking forward to seeing her transformation.

Happy Quilting!

Mystery quilt teaching squares- free motion quilting

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It has been a bit since my last post….sorry. Busy with many things, aren’t we all? For our quilt guild made several project packets and they seemed to go well. They are a lot of work. Hopefully resupplying them will be easy. It is great for snowbirds to grab and go have have all the supplies. This Thursday we will install new officers, including me for fundraising. Having a board meeting on Friday but we are planning a spring purse show with tea and sweets. Members will be asked to make a purse and be part of the show. We decided on this instead of a garage sale or quilt show this year. Something a bit different and something our community will enjoy and support.

The mystery quilt has been revealed to all and members will show off their accomplished quilt flimsy although some will probably have it quilted and complete. We had a free motion class this year and I am going to challenge the group to try it our on their top as they are not too big and would be perfect to practice on with all the free space in the quilt. I had some blocks from class direction and some of the bonus blocks and made them into table toppers. Today I finished one and while not perfect I was pleased with this accomplishment.

It is difficult to see quilting but I did some circles and some basic flower design in corners and some wobbly lines. The other two I need to get the binding on them. Should have them done by Thursday.

As I am winding down getting ready to return to Wisconsin I am try to finish some projects down here mostly machine quilting. I have a table runner and two smaller children’s quilts. I think I can get at least one of the quilts done. Yes I have several things I am taking back mostly some scraps for some unknown project.

Some of you may know my daughter Abi is currently at Parris Island boot camp for the Marines. This is week 8 of 13. In two weeks she will be doing her final test the crucible. Graduation is May 4 and we will see her the day before for a few hours. So a quick trip to South Carolina before our west coast trip going back home. Abi did have pneumonia that had her on light duty for about a week, luckily it was during a slow part of training. Past two weeks was learning to shoot her gun which she loved and apparently did pretty good. She has warier training this week. We have been writing almost every day. Her spirits are good and reading the Bible to keep spirits up. πŸ™‚ so baring any unforeseen issues she will graduate and have a 10 day leave before her next steps.

Arizona is warming up, today near 90 with some breezes. Glad we are missing the snow back home as are daughters are updating us.

Happy Quilting to All!

Abi’s Journey

Some of you may know that my youngest daughter Abigail signed up with the Marines last summer. She has had some problems with finding the right direction in life. Last year about this time it was a bad relationship that caused her to leave her home in Wisconsin and relocate in Tucson. She worked on a realtor license for Tucson, took the course and passed the test. She tried but found it was a very difficult job to get established and with college loans needing to be paid off. She found a wonderful nanny job with lots of freedom and great pay. We even had a house monitor while we were back in Wisconsin.

During the summer she dropped by the Marine recruitment center and found this was something she wanted to do, challenging and serve her country. The crucible the final test she found very interesting. Abi has several guy friends in the Marines and I know she knows what to expect. Since passing all the required things she has been eager to get things going. Testing showed she could could choose any job, but she has chosen intel. With this job she will be signed up for 5 years. Abi has taken her physical conditioning very seriously and meets all the criteria. She has put on more muscle weight. The only thing is doing pull ups on the bar. Not required for girls, but I guess they work on them in boot camp. Her diet has changed to healthy foods, but an occasional sweet treat.

We were fortunate to have her in our home for two weeks. Good conversation. However we could not do things like hiking as she was to live in a bubble, fear of an injury and delaying ship date. It also was fun to watch her condense her “stuff” to two suitcases, and a few things we will store back in Wisconsin until we know where her assigned base will be. Her car will be in storage, garage down here until we know that fact as well.

Her final day of work she surprised us with Valentines, Birthday and anniversary gifts of roses, candy and treats.

Then the day came. Sunday morning church and off to office by 11 am. She wore clothes that do not bring attention to self. Button polo shirt, jeans with belt and tennis shoes. These clothes she will wear next three days until she is processed. They really do it want you to bring anything,especially anything that brings attention to yourself. She had a red and blue top, I said blue. Of course I had strict guidelines on what suitcases to bring with us and how to charge her cell phone. There is no phones or communication except one scripted phone call on arrival and written letters, once she tells us her address and platoon number in two weeks.

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

Overview

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 β€œ 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!