Sunflower Quilters – Mirana Mystery

We had about half of our guild participate in this year’s challenge. Several basic blocks to work on our quilting skills. The group had fun sewing the blocks and even more fun putting them into a pleasing to the eye quilt. So here are the results. Each person had to choose a fabric color with their first name.

Had to get some outdoor pictures in Warm Arizona…

Many are now getting ready to return to their home but had wonderful times this year in sunny Arizona. Today we met as board members to plan next year.

I made several kits for snowbirds to take back home to make for our craft fair.

I am sorting my take home projects as well. I finished one baby quilt working on some free motion quilting. I have another medium size one to machine quilt as well as a table runner.

No pattern just scraps.

Happy Quilting to all!

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1-2-3 finishes

I promise that I have been working on a few things. Here they are..

I machine pieced this last summer and have been hand quilting it over the weekend. It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern, “straits of Mackinac” fun to do but 9 blocks was enough for me.

Continued practice of machine free motion quilting. Blocks are from my mystery classes this past winter. Got them bonded today.

Watch for class pictures of quilt members “Mirana Quilts” coming soon as reveal is tomorrow, so fun to see how everyone finally designed their quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Mystery quilt teaching squares- free motion quilting

I have several new followers to my blog! Welcome and you know who you are.

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. 🙂 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!

Lists…they are made to get things accomplished right?

The good news is I got my borrowed featherweight back from the repair shop. It indeed was a thread behind the bobbin, I just could not get the glib screw to move. Anyway it got a good tune up by a great guy. She is sewing beautifully now. Seems the weeks are just flying by. We recently had a class on machine free motion quilting. Really enjoyed it and will make an effort to do it more often. We sew placemats for a local church’s meals on wheels so great practice. I also got a doddle book for quilting designs and to train my brain/ hand coordination. Of course Pinterest is a treasure clove of great designs.

So getting back to list. I had about 10 things to work on. I have been assembling kits for different projects to sew for our fall craft fair. It is a lot of work and something that has not been done in past so we will see how everyone likes them. I probably have out together over 20 kits. Will bring them this week for those who are leaving to go back home. Plan on formal presentation at our April meeting.

So I did a few practice projects from the kits. I am almost finished with my hand quilting project, quilting the borders. Another one is waiting in the wings. I have about 4 table toppers to machine quilt and 2 quilts to machine quilt. Would like to get them done before returning to Wisconsin mid May is when we will leave. I just finished up my “monkey blocks” that is a pattern from Bonnie Hunter using lots of scraps. I have some material back home that I will use for sashing strips, so they will be packed up. They were great fun to sew. I have a lot of batik scraps that I may do that with them as well.

We got a dining room table but unfortunately spouse did not notice it did not include chairs. So borrowing our kitchen bar chairs and have ordered two more. This is a great height for cutting. Just above are the cute monkey blocks. Then the mystery quilt my blocks from teaching the class. That will go home for machine quilting.

Abi has made it to the half way point of Marine boot camp. She did come down with pneumonia and spent 6 days in medical. Missed a few things but was able to get caught up. She said it was hard to miss things with platoon, but now has a second wind which will get her thru to the end. Graduation is May 4th. She gets to fire her rifle the next two weeks with special training. She is excited for that. We have written to her every day, spouse and I take turns. So misses us, friends, AZ and everything! So her sisters have printed pictures of their cats, our old dog and I printed some of the Packer news.

That is all for now..nice sunny day here is AZ

Happy Quilting!

Mirana Quilt Mystery- Class 4

Today was class for of our Sunflower Quilter’s Mystery. We have two blocks this month. We will make 4 of each block.

Nine Patch

Cotton Reals Block

The 9-patch block is another staple block in the quilters library. Many other patterns are based on this block. There are some shortcuts in making this blocks, but we will stick with the basics.

Activity

You will need the following fabrics

Fabric B: (20) 2.5” squares

Fabric C: (16) 2.5” squares

This block is sewn in vertical rows first.

Press towards your darker fabric

Then sew vertical rows together.

Laying out the squares as you sew will prevent them from getting mixed up.

Block will measure 6.5″ unfinished

Cotton Reals Block

The Cotton Reels block is taking some of our previous lessons up one notch. It also is a cute block and when changing colors and the direction of the block in the quilt setting creates some unusual sub-patterns.

You will need the following fabrics

Fabric A: (4) 3 ⅞” squares

Fabric B: (8) 3.5” squares

Fabric D: (4) 3 ⅞” squares

We begin by making HST units.

Press to the darker triangle unit

We will lay out our blocks again as above.

Sew blocks in rows.

Note in the middle the ¼ inch. This is necessary for points to occur.

Next sew the center seam and sew thru the point as indicated by the arrow.

I like to spin these seams.

Block will measure 6.5” unfinished.

You will make 4 blocks.

This block will measure 6.5” unfinished.

The gals had lots of fun today. We practiced getting those points. So by the forth block we had it got pretty good! It is a good thing as our center block (next month) will have a few more points.

Based on today’s lesson, I am going to redo the instructions and have them cut larger blocks and then cut down. I do not want frustration next month because we will begin to put our quilts together. But there is a surprise……

Sorry I forgot to get pictures of all the pretty blocks. I am anxious to see them all come together. Some are even getting a little brave and changing their colors a bit. I will all work out just fine. Our due date for flimsy tops is our April business meeting!

Enjoy if you are following along.

Happy Quilting!

Marana Quilt Mystery

Today we constructed our fourth block in the mystery. Everyone is having so much fun. It is even better seeing all the different fabrics used by the gals. I wanted to share this block with those of you wanting to follow along.

Preppy Plaid

Overview

As I was writing up this lesson I really did not know the true name of this block. By this time you can probably notice my color theme. I have never had much aqua in my stash and a recent fabric purchase allowed me to choose several. I see in this block I actually have a plaid fabric! I am sure we all have worn some plaid in our days, even the young folk wear plaids-country singers influence I guess.

I really like this block as it goes together like a log cabin block and by turning it in different directions there are so many possibilities a very cool quilt.

Activity

You will need the following:

Fabric B: (24) 2” x 3.5” rectangles

Fabric C: (24) 2” x 5” rectangles

Fabric D: (12) 2” squares and (12) 3.5” squares

Fabric E: (12) 2” squares

Let’s begin with laying out all our pieces in the block.

Take the larger square and sew it to the multicolored strip.

Press to square

The take the top multicolored strip and sew to red block.

Press to square

Sew the light rectangle to the completed square you just made.

Press to the square

Take the other light rectangle and sew to other smaller square.

Press to smaller square

See below picture

Above block should measure 6.5” unfinished.

We will make 12 blocks for the mystery quilt.

This month’s Bonus Block

For bonus blocks pick any fabric

Fabric A: (1) 2.5” x 6.5”

Fabric B: (1) 2.5” x 6.5”

Fabric C: (1) 2.5” x 6.5”

Sunflower quilter’s blocks

I did not get everyone’s block. We had about 6 gals in class today and a few that just stopped by to do just one block.

After laying things out everyone was able to sew the block without issues.

Next month will be two blocks, March we will do the center block and assembly of quilt will be revealed!

Quilters will have the remainder of month to put blocks together prior to our business meeting for the group reveal. I want to get outdoor pictures of everyone’s creation.

Happy Quilting!

Mirana Quilt design by Linda Holzhueter prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018.

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 “ 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!

Mirana Mystery Block 2

The gals in our guild had a great time putting their blocks together. So much so they wanted wanted to continue, but it is a mystery quilt that goes on for a few months. This next block builds off the last block.

I am going to put cutting instructions along with the block. QST or hourglass blocks.

Jan here is showing off her completed block.

Cut

Cut six – 7 1/4 squares from each fabric.

We begin with our squares placing them right sides together. We then mark a line 1/4 off the center just as we did with our previous HST. Sew on this line and cut down the middle.

After pressing ( to the dark side) we then position the blocks as below.

Then do the same marking as HST and cut.

Each above square will yield two blocks.

I did a total of 12 blocks. I like to spin my centers.

Here are some more pictures of our members….

Happy Quilting!

Mirana Quilt Mystery BOM – Block 1

½ Square Triangle Blocks

Overview

Today we will construct 2 blocks- both blocks will measure 6.5 unfinished.

  • ½ square triangle blocks (HST)
  • Hourglass blocks

Lesson: ½ Square Triangle blocks

  • ½ square triangle block is one of the most basic units in quilting.
  • It is also referred to as either ‘HST’ or triangle square.
  • These units are a simple square made from 2 equal triangles.
  • The bias seam is contained within the edges of the unit for stability during construction.
  • All outside edges are on the straight of grain.
  • You will make 2 at a time.

Activity

We will begin with 2 squares. Place them right side to right side. I like to give them a good pressing at this point.

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Make a line from corner to corner.

Then mark a line ¼ from that line on each side. (This will be your sewing line.) However I sew just to the side of the line, so when you fold the triangle the fold will be directly on the line. If you prefer I sometimes just draw the 2 sewing lines and line up the ¼ inch line down the center of the block. See below.

The above you can see my stitching line and then my cutting line.

Here is the completed block.

I trim off the “dog ears”.

Block will be 6.5” unfinished.

Continue makings many blocks as you wish.

For my quilt I made 8 blocks.

My Sunflower Quilters will be making this block tomorrow.

Happy Quilting

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

4-Yellow

(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

Yellow

(2) 3 7/8″ squares

Fabric B

Multi-color

(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

Mirana Mystery Quilt BOM 

                                                                      

Greetings to all. I have had the sewing machine packed for our trip to AZ this winter. We are going earlier this year. Good thing as winter has arrived here in Wisconsin. This time has allowed me to do some hand stitching and quilting. I have 12 Dutch treat blocks sewen. Good progress on my hand Quilting night project. Today was the fabric color reveal of the up coming Bonnie Hunter Mystery….”On Ringo Lake” with aqua, brown, melon and neural fabrics. So quickly pulled fabric from my stash to pack on the trip. I will not do a full size but probably half. Thinking about doing one half size for charity but in different colors. We will see.

This year I volunteered to do a Mystery Quilt via BOM format. So the group in AZ will be doing this as this year’s challenge. I actually played with the pattern on patternjam, but it is no longer active.  I do have the directions and class directions so. I will share this on this blog. So you can have fun along with them.

Sunflower Quilters

2017-2018 Challenge

So are you ready for this year’s quilt challenge? Well this challenge is something we are doing for the first time. As quilters we like to have a project in mind, the fabrics we might wish to use and of course the time to complete the project. You are in luck this year, as we are ( sort of) going to do some of this “quilter’s work”. 

Colors- The colors for this challenge are up to you. However there is one rule. One fabric color must be from the first initial in your name. Example: Linda- lime, lavender, or whatever you come up with. The rest of the color palate can be from your own choosing. 

I would recommend a focus fabric and 4-6 coordinating fabrics; a few lights and few darks for contrast.

This year we are returning to “basics”. We have several new members/ quilters and this challenge is perfect for them to develop their quilting skills. For those of us that are a bit more experienced it is always good to review some skills but in a fun way.

Challenges are designed to make us go out of our “comfort” zone.

Time… if planned in advance, one can create great things.

We hope that you are as excited as we are in presenting this challenge.

This year’s challenge is called “Mirana Quilt”. Here are some additional details.

This is a Mystery BOM quilt. 

One layout is 42″x 42″ will use 49 blocks. Blocks will be 6.5 unfinished.

Members can decide monthly how many blocks they want to make. So you will determine your own size!

Bonus blocks will provided each month and can also be can be put into this quilt. These blocks are a little more challenging based on the month’s lesson.

Each month a quilting day will be set aside to construct the BOM. 

Members will be given cutting instructions one week prior to class.

Cutting instructions will be for one block, members have the choice of deciding how many blocks they wish to make. 

All blocks are 6.5 unfinished (6 inches finished).

Class day, the block(s) will be revealed.

Goals for this challenge:

construct basic quilt blocks

members decide how many blocks to sew each month

sew all blocks together ( a flimsy)

Members will share their Mirana Quilt at the April meeting. Members can finish their quilts at their leisure ( after April meeting) as it is NOT NECESSARY for them to be quilted and finished.

Quilter’s Tip: You are in control of this challenge. We want to do something different, no matter your skill level YOU can do this! By sewing blocks each month, in the end we all will have a unique quilt!

Linda

 Mirana prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018

I will post cutting instructions and block directions next time.

Fabrics

The final quilt is about 42″ x 42″

Fabric A: 3/4 yard

Fabric B: 5/8 yard

Fabric C: 5/8 yard

Fabric D: 7/8 yard (this is the neutral)

Fabric E: 3/4 yard

Backing: 1 3/4 yards

Binding: 3/8 yard

There is no yardage for borders is you want to make the quilt larger

Happy Quilting!

                                                                      

Greetings to all. I have had the sewing machine packed for our trip to AZ this winter. We are going earlier this year. Good thing as winter has arrived here in Wisconsin. This time has allowed me to do some hand stitching and quilting. I have 12 Dutch treat blocks sewen. Good progress on my hand Quilting night project. Today was the fabric color reveal of the up coming Bonnie Hunter Mystery….”On Ringo Lake” with aqua, brown, melon and neural fabrics. So quickly pulled fabric from my stash to pack on the trip. I will not do a full size but probably half. Thinking about doing one half size for charity but in different colors. We will see.

This year I volunteered to do a Mystery Quilt via BOM format. So the group in AZ will be doing this as this year’s challenge. I actually played with the pattern on patternjam, but it is no longer active.  I do have the directions and class directions so. I will share this on this blog. So you can have fun along with them.

Sunflower Quilters

2017-2018 Challenge

So are you ready for this year’s quilt challenge? Well this challenge is something we are doing for the first time. As quilters we like to have a project in mind, the fabrics we might wish to use and of course the time to complete the project. You are in luck this year, as we are ( sort of) going to do some of this “quilter’s work”. 

Colors- The colors for this challenge are up to you. However there is one rule. One fabric color must be from the first initial in your name. Example: Linda- lime, lavender, or whatever you come up with. The rest of the color palate can be from your own choosing. 

I would recommend a focus fabric and 4-6 coordinating fabrics; a few lights and few darks for contrast.

This year we are returning to “basics”. We have several new members/ quilters and this challenge is perfect for them to develop their quilting skills. For those of us that are a bit more experienced it is always good to review some skills but in a fun way.

Challenges are designed to make us go out of our “comfort” zone.

Time… if planned in advance, one can create great things.

We hope that you are as excited as we are in presenting this challenge.

This year’s challenge is called “Mirana Quilt”. Here are some additional details.

This is a Mystery BOM quilt. 

One layout is 42”x 42” will use 49 blocks. Blocks will be 6.5 unfinished.

Members can decide monthly how many blocks they want to make. So you will determine your own size!

Bonus blocks will provided each month and can also be can be put into this quilt. These blocks are a little more challenging based on the month’s lesson.

Each month a quilting day will be set aside to construct the BOM. 

Members will be given cutting instructions one week prior to class.

Cutting instructions will be for one block, members have the choice of deciding how many blocks they wish to make. 

All blocks are 6.5 unfinished (6 inches finished).

Class day, the block(s) will be revealed.

Goals for this challenge:

construct basic quilt blocks

members decide how many blocks to sew each month

sew all blocks together ( a flimsy)

Members will share their Mirana Quilt at the April meeting. Members can finish their quilts at their leisure ( after April meeting) as it is NOT NECESSARY for them to be quilted and finished.

Quilter’s Tip: You are in control of this challenge. We want to do something different, no matter your skill level YOU can do this! By sewing blocks each month, in the end we all will have a unique quilt!

Linda

 Mirana prepared for Sunflower Quilters Members 2017-2018

I will post cutting instructions and block directions next time.

Fabrics

The final quilt is about 42″ x 42″

Fabric A: 3/4 yard

Fabric B: 5/8 yard

Fabric C: 5/8 yard

Fabric D: 7/8 yard (this is the neutral)

Fabric E: 3/4 yard

Backing: 1 3/4 yards

Binding: 3/8 yard

There is no yardage for borders is you want to make the quilt larger

Happy Quilting!