Fimsy finishes…I have been busy

I guess I have been quiet. But I have been quilting. I am currently sewing the binding to my final finished quilt for the fair in a few weeks. Will post that in a few days. 

First up is my Bahama straits quilt. I love the colors and I think I will plan to hand quilt this one. At present I have no hand quilting project. This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunters block – Straits of Mackinac. A very time consuming block with lots of matching. I did 9 blocks…plenty.


I thought the above was a neat pattern I decided to do a charity quilt with bright colors. Today finished the two borders, but thinking about maybe adding some solid borders, but will wait until I return to AZ to raid the quilters stash.


Next up is some fabric, not loved by the AZ quilters so I got it and then picked up some precut 1.25 strips that were flannel at a resale shop and put this together. Again I don’t have much for backing so this also is headed to AZ. This one was kind of fun to do. Made up the pattern as I went along.


Next up is another charity quilt. I ran across a bear quilt with the pillow on top and thought it was so cute. I love doing four patches and loved the bear material and the soft peach color material. This is a made up pattern. Material from AZ quilters stash.  This one I am thinking maybe another side border. Will get packed to travel to AZ.


I have another blue/green baby quilt that is waiting for some secondary blocks to make, just have not decided on the block. I have some additional fabric scraps for something and a lady bug material for a quilt. Not sure if I will get to that. 

Just finished doing match stick quilting on my zoo quilt. NEVER again. Too labor intensive. Nice effect when done. I have about 3-4 quilts to machine quilt. So thinking I will stop composing quilts. I am working on QAL “Rest and Frefreshing” that has about three more blocks to go the all the side blocks. I will try to keep up with that one. This week as I do not have any hand quilting projects, got out my “365 day quilt blocks”, and noticed I am missing 3 6″ dark blocks. So currently sewing the second dark border blocks and then the 6″ light blocks. Maybe I can get this put together prior to travels to AZ and maybe hand quilt that monster. It already is a heavy quilt, I am thinking maybe quilt between the blocks. Might be a good project for AZ nights. I do have my finished Bonnie Hunter quilt mystery from last year down in AZ. But would like to do this one first. Would be a great fair entry if I can get it done for next year.

Another finished project is the quilt mystery for the Sunflower quilters. I finished the quilting and just have to put on the binding. I think I will post this mystery on here as I release it to the quilters. It was fun to do and is not very complicated. Stay tuned!

Health issues…we’ll I am doing ok. Added three more PT visits. I guess I have a weak gluteal muscle that is causing some discomfort. Some exercises made it worse so had to back off. I am also thinking that my cortisone injection has now worn off and maybe I am feeling more arthritis pain, although this seems muscular. Hubby came down with a terrible headcold and chest congestion that has progress to GI symptoms. Well thinking about it more, we are thinking it could be the condo and possible mold issues with all the humidity issues this past spring. We are going to have duct working put in attic and fill current vents with cement this fall while we take a fall trip to Nashville TN. Currently getting bids. Sure had limited his activity in recent weeks and has lost some weight. 

Well this is long enough….Packer Family night is on TV soon, preseason practice with 70,000 people watching at Lambau field. Is the only chance for people to see them live and in the stadium as regular season games are sold out and expensive. 

Happy Quilting!

Summer fun & Summer quilting

Community summer events are so fun! The Sunday before last we went to the Marquette county fair to watch Harness horse racing. Now we did not know a thing about this but it apparently is quite popular. The lions club sold betting tickets and many hand fun with that. We are not gamblers so we just enjoyed the race. 

The beginning of each race was announced…just like at Churchill downs I guess.


Some races were close.


Sponsors got their pictures taken with winning horse.

It was a lot of fun watching the races.

Next up we went to Eldorado community picnic. This was about an hour east of us. We wentfor the food and entertainment with was “The Del Rays” a group from Oshkosh. They were very good a nice change from the usual groups we see. This place was packed and the weather was great!

I finished up “My Straits of Caribbean”. I changed the border from scrap neutrals to a aqua print. These 9 blocks were enough for me, cannot imagine a whole quilt…but I guess I do do Bonnie’s mysteries. I may save this for hand quilting during our fall trip.


Next few weeks going to focus on some machine quilting. One quilt will be in a fair and others just need to get quilted. I think I have had my fix for sewing blocks for a bit. 

Daughter Cherith passed her NCLEX exam last week so officially a RN. Today was her first day of orientation. We plan on seeing her and her apartment next week when we drop off a few things she has in storage in our garage.

Saturday we took a lovey ride to look at a log cabin with a wonderful view. The view indeed was breath taking, but we felt a little isolated. I worry that my spouse will not have enough to do. Also the price of cabin for only living ther for 6 months did not make much sense. I think we will probably put condo up on market next year when we return and may look at apartment living. Not sure he will like that either, but he can be a restless soul. We still would like to be close to family.

Today added a little hill to my walk, went ok. Humid next few days so I do not do walking. Will probably do some pool exercises.

Happy Quilting!

Aqua colors…remind me of the ocean

I fell in love with Bonnie Hunters  block “Straits of Mackinac”. I even purchased some aqua fabric last winter just for this block. I decided this holiday weekend to begin sewing the blocks. It uses a lot of her favorite blocks. I decided to do 9 blocks and this was plenty. I cut and sewed the block sections, one per day. Today got to put the block together. I decided today to do the “Rest and Refreshing” blocks as leader and Enders. 



I also started hand Quilting the mystery quilt for the Sunflower guild. It also has a lot of aqua in it as well as verigated aqua thread. Simple quilt design. 

We went to Waupan yesterday for entertainment and pork sandwiches. Tomorrow headed to Columbus for that city’s entertainment. We have not been there for years. Meeting family for a fun afternoon. Weather has been great! Hannah is returning from hot Arizona. Abigail and her friends hiked Sedona and Grand Canyon this past weeken. Cherith has moved into her first apartment this weekend and Hannah is going to stop by tomorrow to crash there a day while Cherith works for the last time as a CNA. She will take her NCLEX next Tuesday. So far everyone from her nursing class has passed. I am sure she will as will. She is spending time studying and taking sample tests. 

Happy Quilting and Happy Fourth of July!

Some real progress!

Back to my love of quilting. I have finally caught up on the Rest and Refreshing BOW. I chose one focus fabric I liked and used some greens and neutrals. Husband thinks it is a Christmas quilt. I guess that is ok. I have been using my Bonnie Hunter essential triangle ruler and makes things so easy. 

Then today I finished up machine quilting a charity quilt. Was able to sew outdoors today, sunny and just right temperature. 



Used up some of the Sunflower Quilter’s scraps.

Started machine quilting the next charity quilt that I designed on patternjam. Got it half quilted and then decided to stop for the day.

I am pacing myself and have continued my 3 walks a day. Today did total of 1.3 miles. PT visit tomorrow for exercises and strech recommendations. 

Happy Quilting!

Ready to play a bit

Finished up several blocks today. You know how you just start and cannot stop. Got the blocks done today and now playing with them a bit. A few of the blocks are too light so will keep them for another quilt. So here is the progress…


First up is the hour glass block. Again used Bonnie Hunter’s tool. So pleased how they turned out.


Then up some larger HST blocks that combined look like flying geese.


Then the center block. I think it is a Sawtooth Star block.


This one got a bit small as these blocks all finish up 4 inches.


A simple block with some bright yellow green material.


Final block is called a preppy Plaid Block, I call it a modified log cabin block.


Now putting them together…not bad. I actually moved some around after this picture, will let it sit overnight and hopefully the cat will not mess it up. I plan on some borders to enlarge it a bit. Also going to turn the yellow blocks different directions. I plan on sewing it together tomorrow. Lots of different colors and use of guild material into a cute quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Few more blocks…

Another chilly and rainy day here. Able to completed a few more blocks. Today I played with Bonnie Hunter’s Essential triangle tool. It really is very cool, accurate and able to produce many blocks. With patternjam I am able to take the blocks, cut and sew them the way I want.


So yesterday’s block I and to combine tow of the together for a total of 8 blocks. I guess I did not get a picture of that, but imagine them together. 


This is the next block, a broken dishes blocks done with HST blocks.


So here is the tool, you add 1/2 inch to finished size of block and ruler has cutting on the finished size. 


You turn the ruler and make you ur next cut. Very little fabric waste.


The next block is my favorite, the 4 Patch using strips and then sandwiching them and making another cut that puts them into pairs ready for sewing. Now this fabric was not in the initial design, but kind of like the stripe and circle thing going on. I did spin the back which is a lot of fun.

This evening looking at the next few blocks and use of the tool to make things go a bit faster and a bit more accurate. We are still dealing with high humidity in the condo. We must have water in the vents as it gets worse with heat on. I can also see it in my fabric.  Condo owner will be here this weekend and we ordered a dehumidifier portable until vents can be cleaned. We are also checking out some apartments just in case we decide we need to move on. Although I dread the idea of moving yet again. Hopefully our condo owner will come up with something to fix this problem. We can blame the rain, how it is unusually more this year, but we cannot live with topical humidity, let alone potential issues it could have on our health and possessions.

Well we will see what blocks I feel like working on tomorrow and what fabric may go into these blocks. Having so much fun!

Happy Quilting!

Tucows I quilt


This is charity quilt #4. The sunflower quilters had several yards of this material, so being from WI I grabbed it. The back is exactly the same and I have another identical one. While I had great thoughts of detailed machine quilting, I have a very basic Brother machine with a small throats that makes it too difficult. I will stick with straight line walking foot quilting. It really is a bright cheerful quilt for some child.


So after completing this today I started on the next quilt, pattern designed on Patternjam. Above are the first 20 blocks that are 4.5 unfinished. I did get Bonnie Hunters new essential triangle tool so will try that out on some of the next 1/2 square triangle blocks. This may be a larger quilt but I had started cutting the fabric in AZ. This quilt will have several different blocks. I have lots of fabric stash to play with so it should be fun. We continue our cool wet weather here, so good for sewing.

Today I would have gotten my injection, but decided I wanted a second opinion and today got a call back for an appointment June 19th. I really don’t want to spend money if there might be a possibility it will not work. This second opinion is a spine specialist so would be more likely to follow his recommendation. Pain is tolerable, I just have to watch what I do, space things out and quilting provides great distraction. 

Happy Quilting!