Diamond squares-On Ringo Lake Mystery

As I gave my second mystery class I was cutting out my fabric. While many asked if this was their mystery…I said no…too small pieces for them. Now these are indeed tricky blocks. I remember making them with my first mystery quilt with Bonnie..Celtic Solstice. It took some time to master this block. However we have now the essential triangle and easy angle to help us along. I found both worked well for me. This block seemed to take forever…I guess sewing all those triangles. But I know it will be well worth it.

This worked just as well as the corner ruler suggested.

Then of course it laying blocks correctly to cut correctly.

Next to set up a system for sewing correctly.

Then pressing..I just made one for a reference as your mind can play tricks….

Finished all my blocks today and linking up Clue 3

Other news…neurosurgeon reports my 12 wk X-ray looks great! I did a hike yesterday 1.4 miles, felt good but a little sore today.

Daughter just found out today that she will head to Paris Island boot camp February 5 and will graduate May 5th if all goes well. She had a good time with friends, when she came back the gal she was working out had improved so much they wanted her to go in January. Abi was hoping for late February but a spot did open in January. I guess the Gunnery Master Sergeant approved her for the above date. So now she can start planning. As well as us. Looks like we will fly from AZ to SC and return here and maybe do our Western swing of states before heading back to WI.

Tomorrow will work on a charity quilt or machine quilting. Our Thursday/Friday quilting guild has a class on Cathedral Windows a very simple pattern. I will make that one for charity.

Happy Quilting!


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!

Clue 2 of ORL and a return to hiking

This morning I finished up clue 2. Flying geese…had lots of practice over summer and use on the essential triangle by Bonnie Hunter. I did not rush these but did them in short batches. This clue I was able to use a borrowed Featherweight machine. Just love sewing on it.

Link up clue 2

I sewed on some labels for three of my donated charity quilts and began machine quilting a pinned quilt. I love that I can keep this machine set up for machine quilting. Last week hunted for some backing fabrics and some smaller pieces that I can use to make another quilt. Good thing I have an extra bedroom with two twin beds that I can lay things out.

I decided to try hiking. This was the same trail I hiked last year prior to leaving AZ with all my sciatic pains. Today it went very well. Did not stop and felt like I could repeat it. Much cooler today…upper fifties and clouds. Just a little aching near sacrum probably using different muscles and subsided quickly. I have been walking 2 miles most mornings, started some strength training and adding a short walk in evening. My goal is to do my walking prior to any quilting. So far it has been working.

Sunflower quilters got to hang a few things in the clubhouse wall. Just beautiful!

Well off to do some machine quilting and finish up boarders using mitered technique.

Happy Quilting all…welcome Mystery quilters!

My mystery progress

I have finished clue one, but I always make a few more. I limited myself to do about 10 a day and leave time to work on other projects. Actually I like doing this as you work little by little each day and are not rushed to complete them. I guess enjoy the process of each block. I really like the size of these blocks and they are so cute. They look a little blue but they are aqua. Some I. The mystery have used other colors which are also interesting.

I will be linking up to Bonnie’s link up page. Link up clue one

I have continued to work on a charity quilt. I decided to use the 9 patches for a border. This is as far as I have gotten.

I think I will still add one final solid border alternating the green and blue solid fabrics and using 4 extra 9 patches on the corners. Then it will be a nice size quilt for a child. After sewing this one up will do some machine quilting.

Today got my week 12 post fusion X-rays. To me they look fine. They are off to the neurosurgeon for review. My hope is to have most restrictions lifted. Would like to get back to some light weight lifting for my upper body strength, need my quads and hamstrings to get stronger before hitting the hiking trails. I think my goal would be Christmas week.

Friend stopped by during our outdoor lunch…..

I think today is the last 90 degree day, cooling to the upper 70’s…that is fine by me.

Welcome to the “On Ringo Lake” Mystery quilters..

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!

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