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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!

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!

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

Quilting along…


This weekend I packed up my regular sewing machine for the trip back to AZ. My mom has given me her old Elna 6004 which I will keep here so wanted to do a bit of sewing on her. Nice machine, much quieter than my Brother. The above is a great pattern from Moda Bake shop “cartwheels quilt” a super easy one. This one would be great for our guild to do charity/community quilt. 2.5″ strips, cutting at 4.5″ and sewing two different blocks. I am short two blocks for the last row, but very cute and fast. I changed the background to a print. I certainly would do another one. Laid out the blocks and will sew them together this week. So another flimsy to bring down.

After this flimsy I will work on some hand quilting. Sewing, cutting and assembly has helped in my recoperation. I continue to do my daily walking and I am off all pain meds with occasional icing. Each day feeling improvement. Will be nice to get rid of these scabs…

We are enjoying some nice fall days. Too bad we cannot kayak, calm waters, but will do that next year. 

That is all for now…

Happy Quilting.

Distraction therapy…a quilt in the making


Pardon my bed…but this is easy to put it here due to my restriction. It is coming along.

I began with some “sugar blocks” per Bonnie Hunter. I made 20 of them with some material I had brought back with me from the Sunflower quilters stash. These are great blocks and quite easy to do. Finished block size is 6 inches.

Next up are some four patches which I love to do. These finish at 2 inches.

I then wanted to play with Bonnie’s new triangle ruler which is so easy and material efficient. So first up are hourglass blocks. I threw in a light material from my stash. These finish at 4 inches.

Today I worked on flying geese. I got two sides sew and plan to finish other sides tomorrow. These finish 2×4 inches.

I have some material left including some HST that might make it into the border or certainly the back. I think with what is leftover I may return to four patches finishing at 4 inches. Then I will call it a top. I will take this to AZ for pinning and finish it down there.

Back is doing well. We are hot and humid for a few days. So limited my walking to am. So putting things so I do more indoor walking. My limit is a hour before I have to recline a bit. Good time to cut apart string blocks or some pinning of rows. I do a morning session and an afternoon one. Currently icing my back…just because…no real pain, but feels good.

Wish I could go swimming, but back incision still has scabs and anyway today they are closing out the pool. Well soon will be in AZ to get my swimming fix, or adjusted swimming until restrictions lifted. Most likely walking in the pool as do so many down there. Our fall colors, well just starting…the more stressed trees. Maybe in a few weeks I will be up to a small hike in a state or national park. 

Happy Quilting!

Post op 15 days….and quilting 

Today I am 15 days post op and doing quite well. The sciatic nerve pain is gone, replaced with short lived surgical incision pain. I have almost weaned off the narcotics, just taking them at bedtime due to hyperactive nerves in my left leg preventing me from falling asleep. Each day there is progress. I continue on several restrictions. No lifting more than weight of gallon of milk, no bending or twisting. I anticipate these to continue for 2-3 months. Also limiting sitting, preferred laying or walking. I am currently up to 1.11 miles divided by 3 walks per day. I have my first post op visit this coming Monday. 

This is what is inside of me along with bone grafts to fuse the vertebrae. That is the reason for the restrictions.


I had prepared several things to do while I have restrictions. Hand bind 3 quilts and sandwiched two quilts ready for hand quilting. I finished the binding of the three quilts and today started hand Quilting one smaller quilt. I plan on doing some more detailed quilting. I have the time and I enjoy the process.


The below are the rows to my 365 challenge quilt. In fact I did get the rows sewn to the main quilt. I just cannot get a picture of the whole thing as I cannot bend. Will pack this up and plan to have this as another project for hand Quilting down in AZ. This quilt will rest on our bed in AZ.


This week I tried to do a little sewing, cutting and piecing. I found that this was extremely tiresome lasting only 30 minutes. I thought that if I did 2 blocks per day that would help build up my tolerance. I do know that this was a big surgery and takes time (months) to recover. Today I actually did 6 blocks. They are a Bonnie Hunter block called sugar blocks. I thought they were cute and easy to do. So I think I have about 20 sets cut to sew. Will make a great top. Again nice project to work on. This will eventually be a charity quilt.

As life brings us many things, young daughter Abigail has choose to change directions yet again. She is in Az working as nanny and trying real estate, which has been harder than she thought. She informed us that she was going to join the Marines. Well in fact this week actually went to the processing center and passed the multiple tests. Looks like she will be sent to boot camp in April. Not many passed to go on but she did. So this will be another change. However she will need to stay with them for 4 years. She seems to understand everything and what to expect. She maybe interested in intel. So we expect a call or visit from the FBI. Nothing like a bit of excitement. Thank goodness the other girls are more stable. So the above detailed quilt will be my so called prayer quilt as I stitch I pray she will be successful and excel serving our country, so we can enjoy the freedoms of this wonderful country.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to people of Houston, Florida and Caribbean for all the devastation of homes and way of life. So sad….

As quilters often do…..we quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Local fair results 

It has been quite some time since entering a quilt into the fair. This year I decided to enter 5 quilts. Here they are and the results.


The pieces of this table topper were from cut of triangles from a quilt quilt raffle quilt. This is hand pieced and hand quilted. I actually hand pieced this on a return trip from AZ last year. I loved these batiks.



This is my zoo quilt for charity. I loved this simple pattern and the fabrics. I wanted to try this type of machine quilting, not happy with it, but did learn a lot. It stretched quite a bit despite pinning it. I have a small throat on my machine that makes quilting challenging. Perfect size for a child.


This I call my Downton Abby quilt. Material is a jelly roll of Countess Dagner and pattern is the jelly roll race I think #2 by Missouri Quilts. Hand quilted with Baptist Fan.


Next up is my Chinese Coins pattern quilt. Only quilted the border as too thick with folding of fabric in main hanging.




I may have posted these before but here is Cherith’s quilt. It was a contender for grand Champion, was beat out by a quilt guild quilt. I was told the judge was so impressed with this quilt on many levels. 

  • Hand quilted 
  • Variegated thread
  • Scallops
  • So many pieces…size
  • Most important was the different fabrics in a color (scrap) and then when standing back noticing just one color. Had to look at this several times. (Well this is a Bonnie Hunter thing)


So I am working hard on this 365 day Challenge quilt. I have had these blocks done, but needed to sew them into rows. I put this quilt away for a year. This is the second border. Next will be to sew 6 inch light blocks together for the final border. This is hand pieced. 

Now for another update. My sciatica pain has returned. So I was painfree for about 4 weeks allowing me to enjoy summer. After much thought, being unable to once again climb stairs and more pain in evening I will be having lumbar fusion surgery with cyst removal. Repeat MRI last Friday shows that the cyst has returned. Surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday at 2pm. Hospital stay 1-4 days. No bending, twisting of lifting for 2-3 months. Sitting limited. Walking and lying will be my exercise program. Fusion involves a bone graft that needs to set. Once set then restrictions are removed my restrictions are lifted and PT to build up core and back begins. A total of 6-9 months for recovery. Currently trying to get my quilting projects at a point that they can be paused. I have 3 quilts that just need hand binding which I like to do if I need some diversion. Also the above 356 quilt to work on. I am going to sandwich 2 quilts should I want to do hand quilting. I can sew standing up but really would have to watch the twisting aspect. Today plan to pack up my quilting stuff for AZ as my husband could not do that…would be funny him doing it :). I have an excellent neurosurgeon and am very hopeful of an excellent outcome. Thoughts and prayers from you all would be great. I feel physically and mentally I am ready! My faith will also be a great support!

Happy Quilting….will update you all as I am able!