Accepted offer…hold on quilting

This is exactly how hubby and I feel! It is a cash offer which also is great. We have been looking at places and entertaining a variety of options over the past few months. Now the decisions come.

Our last view was a very cute log cabin ranch that had most of our checklist items. It is in a remote place and different area to get to know. It is tempting. Lately a few homes look great but basements not so much. We looked into apartments, but that did not feel right and certainly not private enough for hubby. There is a furnished place but needs to be finished by end of September. We are waiting for confirmation that we could stay there.

Then of course is packing. That task has started along with a little more downsizing. Quilting items also most packed expect for a few things I could work on before heading to AZ. Most would go into large storage trailer until next year. We would have to have somethings to use while in furnished place. Also we need to have room for all those things to AZ in car.

So currently on the fence as to our next steps. Heading to AZ early is also on the list, but we have tickets to a show with two of our daughters just after Thanksgiving which would mean flying back.

We had our condo inspection yesterday while we kayaked across the lake to our favorite beer/pizza place. Perfect day for doing that. I had wrote a note of things to know for the buyers and they wrote back a very nice note as well.

Next few weekends will be fun stuff, WisconsinDells waterpark as it will return to warm and humid again. LaCross trip for a Pizza Cruise on old paddle wheel boat. Weiner and Kraut weekend back at our old place. So fun!

It is possible we will not have a place and may need to just wait until next spring for home shopping, but also creates issues with a permanent address for stuff. We still want to maintain our primary residence in WI.

Marine daughter and RN daughter are meeting up in AZ. She got approved leave over Labor Day to get her car. Well she or they are putting some miles on it. She is taking her sister to Grand Canyon, Sedona, six flags Phoneix and they driving back to TX base. Good thing the military does not have a tracker on her. But they will have fun!

Many-be today will do something Quilty. I did find some yarn so finally finishing up some slippers for my dad and working on a baby blanket in baby blue color.

Happy Quilting!


Machine quilting continues


Returned to machine quilting. I did 4 orphan blocks, a little on my baby quilt and made 2 cat bags filled with small scraps.

So worked on some circles and fillers on the baby quilting.


Today decided to try circle swirls. Spent about 10 minutes warming up with them and it clicked! At least the basic ones. Now the brain need to work on doing them opposite direction and eliminate getting caught some place you cannot get out. Overall I was pleased. Did 4 orphan blocks today. I thought I had run out but found 2 more orphan blocks. So I spent some time sandwiching some other blocks and small table toppers. Once I get these done I have a few smaller quilts really to machine quilt. Getting the hang of this.

Did not work on the baby quilt as I wanted to do the sandwiching.

We attended a great Fireman’s corn roast with great music. We also played bingo. It is a smaller sized event and very comfortable. The corn was great! Sunday our church had its first outdoor service/picnic with musical family presenting the service. Food was roasted pig and turkey with the trimmings. They could have used another tent for shade but that will be on the list for next year. Food was excellent! Tomorrow tires have to be rotated and we will take in a movie. So enjoying our weather right now.

Finally got the solar approved by electric company, it we will hold off until monsoons are done. A showing this Saturday and we also looked at a house, too big for us and a little outside our desired area.

Happy Quilting to all!

Machine Quilting continued…

The humid weather is gone after a few thunderstorms last evening. Perfect breeze off the lake. I even went for my usual walk.

Back to machine quilting today. After a warm up jumped right into my orphan blocks. I think these are from some book, maybe nearly insane, but seem a little too big for them. Oh well make great practice blocks. Yesterday I made a post it note to remember to change my stitch length and width, I obviously did not put it where I could see it as it was a bit before I dropped my length down. Today put it right by the foot.

The ones on the right are the first 2 and I wanted to focus on loops of different size and focus. Also threw in a few string loops. I was fairly please with those. The next two blocks I noted would be for purses. Jagged glass pattern was ok, would need to work on that one again and other block a few pebbles which also were ok. I decided that was enough of the blocks so have two for tomorrow. (We might be taking car in for rotation and maybe a movie).

Next up is my baby blanket. In outlined the elephant which is good practice following a line or design. It is a bit harder than it looks. So worked on some fillers for hat and spots.

Pebbles and kind of a circle pattern. I guess both were ok and will probably do the rest the same way. I changed top thread to yellow, thicker thread and it was ok. Started breaking and changed needle and that did the trick. For some reason more difficult to stay in the confined area, but possible I was getting a bit tired. So stopped. I am thinking the white background will be some kind of filler. Overall was pretty good and back just a few area of thread backing up. Again right size to do domestic machine quilting. I am using some grip it’s that take place of gloves and they work well. It is just when I stop I have to manually put needle down, not automatic on this machine. Some say you can time the foot pedal to stop with the needle down, but does not work on my machine or with me trying, so takes a little time.

Until next time…

Happy Quilting!

Quilting stitches

Another day of machine quilting. After a warm up I returned to my orphan blocks. So had some hints on meandering and decided to dedicate two blocks to that type of quilting. I guess just relaxing is part of the key. They felt better and maybe looked better. So today I am quite pleased with them. It looks like the next few blocks I designated for purses so decided that it would be best to use walking foot to set the block. It also seemed better when I had a defined space to work within. So took off the free motion foot and on goes the walking foot. I needed practice on really stitching in the ditch and staying to the light fabric. So that was good. I completed 6 blocks to be ready for tomorrow.

Here is today’s accomplishments-

So front and back, one area of bunched up thread, but that is ok. I also ran across some quilting books I got a few years ago and now plan to use them as inspiration for other quilting designs. I have been following “Penguin and Fish” and her learning on live Facebook working on her first domestic machine quilt. Have picked up a few things as she is learning.

While I had the walking foot on I pulled out one of the baby panels I brought back to practice my machine quilting. There were 3 of these panels input into kits. We also had some flannel for the back and decided it really did not need batting. So I sprayed the top and sandwiched it to the back. I quilting around it and-sort of the inside border. Decided to use my very light lavender thread. I am thinking I might do one or two items on the panel and play around with quilting patterns. That will be fun.

I am also thinking that probably no one took the other kits, so might be able to do another one. This size is more manageable that a larger twin size, so good to start on this one.

So tomorrow the 6 blocks as they go fast and then maybe the elephant.

Happy Quilting!

Day one dedicated machine quilting

Wanted to share my machine quilting. I have tried this several times in the past. This past winter one of the Quilters gave an excellent workshop on machine quilting and I picked up some great tips and inspiration. As mentioned prior also following some gals on the internet/blog regarding quilting.

A few weeks ago I started quilting a small topper. It is certainly “free” motion and really is a learning topper. Goal today was to finish it. I only really had the outside blocks to quilt. I am using some polyester thread I picked up rather cheap. I also purchased a lot of top stitch needles that were recommended due to their large eyes and prevent thread breakage. Using the same thread on top and bottom. It is a light lavender but looks clear or silver.

First up is the topper made from scrap batiks.

So I worked on a few things. Meandering, I just cannot do those puzzle pieces, but like doing circles in both directions. The longer loops, working on consistency and size. Even did a few kind of flower designs. With time I was improving.

Next up are some orphan blocks that will be pot holders or parts of purse makings.

Front above, back below.

I do like the wiggly lines. So by end of day pretty good. Took a mid morning break for exercise and take hubby out for his birthday. Nice break in between.

Thing I learned…when thread begins to break….change needle.

Marine daughter called, she is starting her schooling this Wednesday her first class. It will last 1.5 months then two week break and then next class. So she is excited to be moving on. 105 degrees in TX.

Tomorrow we are headed to our favorite wine tasting place “VonKlaus” which pairs food with wine. We are also doing an afternoon hike at a nearby state park with picnic lunch. Probably no quilting tomorrow.

We also have decided that if we get an offer on condo, will put things in storage and move to a month to month furnished place until we can find a place. We really want to stay in the Green Lake area that has so much to do. Still leaning toward another condo in that area. With that being said most of quilting stuff would go into storage. Maybe that would force me to machine quilt all those UFO.s 🙂

Happy Quilting!

Oh those WASPS…

I guess it is that time of year, the dreaded wasps. We spent a day at my folks and I ran out the front door with the phone for my husband and got stung on my left middle finger. Boy that hurt! But I washed and iced it right away. It has been many years since I got bit. It was ok until later that evening, boy did it swell up. The next few days the remaining fingers also swelled up and progressed to hand. I tried everything, ice, calamine lotion, baking soda, drugs and nothing seemed to help. Decided to go to urgent care on Friday as no openings at my doctor. I was worried about a cellulitis setting in. We doctor said it was a venum reaction. Can it do anything. So continued to nurse it and by latter that day it started to improve. Today just very minor swelling present. But boy can this put a dent in your sewing/quilting! One day it was so bad that I just laid out some string blocks that I had just removed the paper backing. These scraps were from a gal that did a lot of paper piecing and had left overs in a fairly large bin. So this is what I came up with…

I did move that lower green blocks and purple ones a bit. So it is stacked and ready to sew together. Might make a good free motion quilting project when I am more confident.

My plan was to start machine quilting this week but that was out on hold. Now I will start it this week. Following several gals and really want to work on this. Today after sewing I cleaned up my sewing area to change over to quilting. I have a lot of practice pieces so that is this week’s goal.

I have been doing the Camp Odea May QAL. It is fun and now that it is getting bigger a bit more time. I have not put on this weeks boarder as I am unsure what color to do. Today finished up sewing geese and corner blocks and attached to main quilt. My geese are a little funky but I was using my stash and some of the strips from jelly roll were not accurate. But that is ok. I am also thinking that this will be a machine quilting project.

Here is current progress.

If I remember correctly it is to be around 72″ so this week is probably the last week, as it is around 52″.

We continue to look at possible homes and some apartments. We finally heard that last viewing, they liked the condo but are also looking at another area and have not made a final decision yet. The market is quite hot right now, new homes added almost daily and offers accepted quickly. Right now we have to wait for an offer on our place. Hubby is in charge of daily views of new listings. Something I think he likes to do. So time will tell.

So Camp Odea May will be put aside and on to machine quilting. Will let you know how that goes. Since my sewing area is in the garage I am able to enjoy the cooler weather and breezes. So far no mosquitos or wasps in garage to bother me. Able to sit in a rocking chair near the garage door and do any pinning or reverse sewing.

Happy Quilting this week!

Spring /summer stash cleaning???

As we have our condo on the market most of my quilting things are in the garage.

I ran across a new quilter/group Holly Anne- String and Story. Check her out! She has gotten a great endorsement from Bonnie Hunter and they were on live Facebook together. Fresh and works with scraps as well has machine quilting. She currently has some classes that are free to get you quilting. I also have been following Angela Walters and her free motion videos-Quilting is my Therapy. So with two great gals and their enthusiasm I am sure to succeed! I have finally got my Schmitz needles and using top stitch needles. They have a bigger eye and should cause less thread breakage. As I am cleaning I have found several toppers and orphan blocks that will be great for practicing. If I have any goal this summer is to be more comfortable machine quilting to finally get to some of those finished quilt tops.

Yesterday I had clean out some cubby holes on a dresser top. Found some unfinished blocks and fabric so today I sewed them together. One will be a small table topper or candle mat, others will be potholders and mug rug. Yep good for practicing machine quilting. I wanted to clean and sort out top drawer of fabric. First drawer is blacks/grays and pinks/red stash. Humidity is coming back to Wisconsin so did not get quite that far. I did put a fan in the garage but did not use today. So kind of cleaned up those leader-ender scraps sitting on the side of sewing machine. I love to make four patches!

I have been trying to do a project a week. Last week I worked on updating a pattern I did in AZ on a purse/water-bottle cozie. The Sunflower Quilters will have a little competition designing their own.

Our group wanted to make them just a bit taller and with a longer strap. I made 3 of them, one for myself, my mom and for the Quilters boutique. I tried it out this past weekend when we went to Strawberry fest nearby. It worked pretty well. My mom is a Red hatter so she will enjoy her’s.

Here is her egg skirt, she will love this as well. Also finished up her batik quilt “Sugar and Spice”, so I have had some accomplishments! I have to get a picture of that. I made a matching pillow case which I will stuff with the quilt.

She has had some difficult times with rude neighbors and recently my dad had another blood clot in the lung. Had pain two weeks prior, but did not find anything. This time they found multiple clots. So now he is on blood thinners for life. Turns out it came from vein in leg, asymptotic. In and out of hospital. So we saw him in hospital on Father’s Day. Luckily caught it in time.

Finally got our daughters Marine graduation picture. She is in a holding platoon awaiting a spot for her schooling. No real assignments just night watch. Last weekend volunteered to help with boat racing which I guess is popular in TX. Called a few days ago and is in good spirits.

As for our condo no offers and no showings this week. We actually looked at a cute log cabin a little outside our desired area and certainly very private. We would need to make a few changes but it has many of the things on our list. So it is privacy vs close to city with things to do. We have joined a health club continuing with our routine in AZ. So it is a difficult decision. We think it is priced a little high, so we will wait a bit as we have no offers on our place. We looked at a condo lease option in Green Lake, but it was small and just did not feel right to me. So we will wait patiently and see what the Lord’s Will will be.

Looks like we may kayak tomorrow. We like to go across the lake and hit a bar/grill place for a bit to eat and head back home. My back has been doing very well. I don’t think I twist too much kayaking so I should be fine. Rain, cool weather and wind has prevented us taking our first voyage across the lake. Then next thing on my list is a short game of pickleball. Maybe after the humidity leaves.

So for now Happy Quilting to all!

Marine Gradation

It turns out that we are spending our last week here in AZ with triple digit temperatures! It is just plain hot. Just had air on for an hour here and there, the ceiling fans work great. Today the winds crank up leading to red flag warnings. It is very dry as the last rain was back in February and that was not much. House is cleaned and most things are packed. Spouse cannot believe we are coming back with so much. Well a girl has to take some quilting stuff back you know :). Anyway I always find some cracks as he packs where something can fit.


So cool to be on the island early and the other recruits are already training. You can hear the cadences and the rifle shooting in the distance. We found our parking spot by 0530 and yes people were lining up for a good seat for graduation. We ran into friends that came down for Abi and they said they would save us spots and we decided to go to raising of colors. Every military base throughout the world has this special event Friday morning at the same time 0745. Well we were quite early for this so we took a walk past 4th Battalion quarter and saw the female recruits working hard. Some doing drill and some doing ammo can lifts. We walked down to one of the rivers near by than run into the ocean. By the time we got back some people were sitting down. It was a beautiful ceremony with the Marine Band playing several selections. The commander of the base was there and gave a very personal speech. Quite the funny guy. I guess he will be leaving in June for reassignment. We then walked back to the parade deck where all the celebrations were held.

Such pageantry and tradition. Was a great program about an hour. My daughter said they could not look around so did not see anything. I guess that is why they encourage you to purchase the DVD.

Abi and my spouse not eating to take pictures and she wanted to get off the island quickly. Actually it went fast. Graduation over around 10 and we returned to our town house by 1030. The she changed, repacked some of her things, threw out some things and activated her cell phone. It was so funny that if felt so foreign to her. Even going out for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings all the TV’s overwhelmed her. No TV or music for 13 weeks. A real culture shock. Then she was eyeing everyone’s uniform and what they were doing. She of course changed into civilian clothes. We also saw how much and how quickly she ate her food. She held open the doors for people behind her. We saw a lot of little details that were engrained into her.

She has a few more days prior to leaving for Camp Pendleton for her non-infantry training that will begin early in June. She has touched based with a lot of her friends. She has probably eaten things she missed but also has worked out. We came back to AZ. We both picked up a cold and hoping it will leave us prior to our west trip.

Happy nurses week to one of my daughters and Happy Teachers week to the other.

Welcome to new gals following my blog!

I am very close to finishing the hand quilting on my mom’s quilt. May start the borders on our trip.

Our first stop is Sedona on Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Marine Graduation week in review

This post will contain USMC topics. Seeing and appreciating the training and commitment of our military is truly a Blessing to the country. I was so honored to be on base to witness the above. I will share with you my past few days….

A break from quilting related things. Family events to cherish are so important as they never come around again. Many of you know my daughter recently joined the Marines and has spent 13 weeks in boot camp on Parris Island, SC. This is truly a challenge for her and I have to say she and some guardian angels watching over her. She overcame some sleep deprivation causing some hallucinations at the beginning due to forced lack of sleep-travel and bout of pneumonia mid-training. She described the “crucible ” their final exam as challenging but not as bad as she thought. My husband and I wrote to her almost every day along with other friends and family. Now it was time to travel to Parris Island and see our new Marine!

We left AZ Tuesday early am and arrived In Charleston early evening. Flights were uneventful. We met our second daughter who was able to attend at the airport. The eldest could not attend due to her teaching. We got our rental car and it seemed a little small. I mentioned we were picking up our Marine daughter and promptly he was kind enough to up grade our car to a new SUV. I was a bit worried as she had several bags to take home. We all just had our carry on’s. We rented a two bedroom townhouse in Beaufort about 15 minutes from base. Very cute place and convenient.


We decided to check out Parris Island. I should have made reservations for a behind scenes tour, but saw this too late and they were sold out. However we did get to the visitor center early enough and heard the last part of a briefing, were on standby for the tour and because it was a small group were were about to see the whole island and listened to the tour guide as he explained things. This is an open base and nothing was off limits except a recruit and drill instructor if they were “having a conversation”. We saw many recruits in different phases of training. Pictures were allowed but quite honestly everyone looks the same. We same running, obstacles, marching, snapping and shooting rifles. The guided tour was great. Afterwards we went to Subway on base for lunch. Next was the museum. It was fabulous and thoughtfully done. We knew that graduation practice was at 3pm and so we went to that. 5 platoons lined up on side and then them marching as they would graduation. Apparently they had practiced several times-hours already. This was really the first opportunity to see her and my daughter did get some close ups. ( she did see her sister, but they cannot smile or anything).

She in the last picture is in first row second from the end.

We they practiced the whole program two times. You see they demand perfection. You also see they are wearing watches, they got them last week and for the first time they were able to know exact time. Of course then they were told when to be back or how long they had to do certain duties. There were two female platoons in this graduating class. So we were happy to see a glimpse of her and she looked good and quite thin but fit. Hair done up in a bun, which is regulation. They wash their hair in a sink not the shower and have hair gel to keep it in place. We learned she always had someone else to her hair usually the night before.


Today is the day everyone looks forward to. Time with your new Marine and they also look forward to this day. We left our place early about 5:30 am. This is to get a parking spot and a spot on the running route. They call it a Mojo run or a motivational run. They run for the last time waits their platoon and ring a bell. You get to see the, actually twice from both sides of the street. Of course your Marine needs to tell you where they are in the formation. We had an idea from yesterday so we sat at on the appropriate side. Now remember it is dark. Then we saw some running and we got over to where they were going (pre Mojo) and we saw her. Did not get a great picture. They were doing warm ups on Parade deck which is the deck they will graduate from.

She is………………………………………..HERE

Then a few more pictures

Everyone including drill instructors run. With families lined up on both sides it was like a parade.

Now these pictures are there return back the same route. We did not see her in her usual spot. So we stayed out while other families did the bit of switch running across the road to opposite side.

Then we saw her…


We found out later that she was in a winning group on field day and she won the sprinting competition. We unbeknownst to her she was selected in her platoon to print to the bells along the route, ring the bell, do some pushups and sprint back to the platoon. That is way she looked so tired.

After the run the next we headed to the all weather building which is were the Marines will march in and be given liberty from their drill instructors for what is call Family day.

We went to the building a got our seat and waited….waited….waited about 2 hrs along with countless other families. They had some videos and you could get up and walk around, but it was a long time. But finally they came…

She in there, but could not see her well because people in front on chairs stood up and would not sit down…oh well when they were dismissed she found us. She wanted to get out of there and eat! Well first we had to get her sea bag and take it to the car. She was also not allowed to ride in car per Drill Instructor so she would get her exercise in. So we also got our exercise as we did a lot of walking that day. 18800 steps to be exact.

Here she is with her McFlurry. After eating and a few stories she wanted to got to the MCX the base version of Kohl’s. Another walk to other side island. We had one other surprise for her. Her best friend and mom flew in and had just got on base so I had to come up with a story to get to where we were. We actually had them meet near the sign We Make Marines…we were taking her picture when they came up behind her and surprised her. p

Back to the MCX for them to eat something. We all talked and then she had to line up for graduation practice. We all watched another run and then left for the day.

Some other pictures of Parris Island

Yellow footprints they step on as recruits and the silver doors they go thru

Back packs…carried during crucible

I will save graduation for next time.

Managed to get some hand quilting done. Most of my other sewing stuff packed up or put away. I have one quilt for gals to pin for me and I will take it home to quilt.

Happy Quilting!

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!

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!

New hand quilting project

I actually started handing quilting my “Sugar & Spice” quilt. This was a quilt our quilting guild did back in January. It is a fun pattern which we all used batiks. This is my first batik quilt. Took me forever to pick the colors. Backing is a fun owl pattern as this is a present for my mom. She loves hand quilting so I had to hand quilt it. Found out from others that batiks can be difficult to quilt. I however am not finding this to be a problem, I am doing a simple quilt design and it is coming right along. It is a nice project to do outdoors with our weather here and some gentle cool breezes. Meanwhile my home state is suffering with heavy snow and blizzard warnings. It has been a ruff month back home. So I am hoping to have main blocks quilted and maybe I can do hand quilting in the car on or Western swing of states prior to coming home.

So this is a very important week. Abi is getting close to completing her training. Past few letters are positive and applying the classroom things with actual events. She is really to get this whole thing behind her.

The crucible begins Thursday at 2am and ends around 8am on Saturday. Of course we are praying for her and all recruits in PAPA & KILO Companies for strength, wisdom and safety. We might even get a call on Sunday for her acknowledging her success. Lots of other testing early this week. So please remember them in your prayers!

I have also made some progress on my last charity quilt doing free motion quilting. Just started the border. This is a larger quilt so trying to get used to pushing it thru my machine. Goal is to have it completely done by end of this week.

Those of you who do machine quilting on your regular machine, I learned a lot from Superior Threads discussing thread and needles. Terrific site with great information.


Check the above link and go to education. I ordered some thread and hope to try it out. I especially liked how to position thread, cone vs spool vs normal spool and how thread comes off the spool affecting the stitches and even adjusting the tension. They also recommend topstich needles only. They have a groove that thread lines up with. I already have switched to topstich needles 100/19 and thinner tread (poly) in the bobbin. Tomorrow I will try the things I have learned as I was having some issues with thread breaking.

Plan to do some hiking again this week, maybe Tuesday as tomorrow is in the 90’s. Last Friday it got that warm and I had to stop more frequently, especially with no breeze.

Welcome to many new followers. I post mostly my quilting adventures and some family events. Soon there will be some travel adventures, first one will be to Parris Island, SC and some Marine education for all!

Happing Quilting!!

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!