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.

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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!

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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!

Chinese Puzzle…

Yesterday and today I worked on a project that was a recent gift from my mom. She got me into quilting, but currently does more rug hooking. Would like to alternate some of my projects. I love the colors and use of some batik fabrics. It actually has lot of folded pieces and when sewing the block it becomes quite thick. Today I finished up piecing the back with the left over pieces in the kit. 



Close up of the folding, sewing of the blocks. Pretty fun to do.


Not sure how I will quilt this one as the middle is quite thick, also very pretty. May just do quilting on the borders. Will have to look at it and marinated it in my thoughts.


In Arizona we learned how to quilt as you go and I finished putting on the binding for this. These are string paper pieced Blocks with some machine quilting stitches and some hand Quilting. 
Finally a charity quilt. I have two exactly the same pinned and ready to machine quilt. This summer I want to play around with machine quilting and various quilting patterns. I ran across and excelled blog that does this and I am going to try it out. Machine quilting tips

I am mostly a hand quilter so want to explore this area more. So got the walking foot on the machine and today had enough time to just go around one block. I think if I try to do a block a day ( or so) it is not as overwhelming and a bit easier on the back. Currently I am sitting while sewing. I am used to standing for sewing. Hopefully once I get the injection I can return to this position. Pinning and in pinning I was sitting on the balance ball. Today I actually walked around the grocery store with spouse and it was not too bad. I just want to make it thru this weekend’s pinning ceremony and graduation. Did not sleep well last night, storms and just a bit uncomfortable. Looks like a cool and wet week ahead…..perfect for sewing/Quilting. Resting in chair I continue to design quilts via patternjam. So addictive!

Happy Quilting!

Charity quilt progress -1

Made a little progress on this quilt. So far I am liking it. Playing around with the top and bottom corners with different fabrics. Today did a bit more sewing…more of distraction therapy for my back/leg pain. But early afternoon had to stop and did a little reading. I had my MRI yesterday. Since I got a CD of the pictures I was able to view them.  Being a nurse I can look at the picture, use the internet and I can maybe self diagnose. Well I will wait until Monday.

Wanted to share a few pictures of the added additions I mentioned to the Allietarecherith quilt. Very pleased with them.


Now Cherith does not like spiders but she loves cats…so perfect!


Had two visitors and one seems a bit interested in my homemade leaves on a stick….well they are orange.

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Back in Wisconsin…

Our return drive was uneventful. Sunny warm days excellent for car travel. Our new Prius has a few new bells and whistles which were also fun. Gas mileage was great and new safety features awesome. We got home on Sunday late afternoon. Whiskers was happy to see us. However our condo was very humid. We are on a concrete slab and it has been wet of late. We noticed lots of condensation on our floors and underneath furniture. We also have water in our ducts. We will be in contact with the builder as the condo owner said a trench was dug around the condo when our joint neighbor also had the problems a few years ago. We moved in late summer. So we went from little humidity to 78%, my curly hair has returned. To day able to open the windows and got the humidity down to the low 60’s. Everything is just damp. Our concern it mold! Otherwise good to be back, everything is green and trees flowering. 

My back continues to be uncomfortable. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic MD. While he took X-rays, said I have some arthritis but a bit hard to tell if I have a herniated disc. So left appointment with no answer, pain and to schedule MRI. The office was to do this but I ended up scheduling it and having them call for the order. I am a nurse and I know how things work or do not work. So the MRI is tomorrow, 24 hours to read it, then follow up but of course his office hours are not until next Monday. So another week goes by. I guess if I need an injection that could also be another week. Good grief! I am able to get around the house, but worrying about my strength in my left leg, I may need PT as well. We decided to cancel our trip to TN in a few weeks thinking this might not be done in time. We will plan to go early fall. Standing is difficult so husband has become a temporary cook. I have a graduation the following weekend, so would love to have the injection prior…but we will see.

I was able to unpack my sewing stuff. I had done a lot of cutting for one charity quilt prior to leaving. I was able to work on it a bit today sewing half and quarter size triangles. Quick picture of some of the blocks and material. I have all the blocks finished so I can begin to put it together. I designed it from patternjam. I hear they are going out of business. They are going to try to keep the designing web site up and running for now. This is such a cool site! My plan is to sew several charity quilts with some of the material I brought back.

I washed my daughter’s graduation quilt….Allietarecherith. I had only one fabric that ran, out of so many reds…was pleased. So rewashed with 2 new color catchers and no bleeding noted. I hand sewed a spider and small cat on the quilt. I will keep that to myself. I am going to enter it in our country fair. 

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Happy Quilting to all!

Watercolor quilt progress

Last year began cutting 1.5×4 strips for this project. Last week we did some sewing of blocks, light to dark in values and finding those perfect color combinations. I spend two days sewing blocks during quilting class time. Spent a day last weekend sewing the light value blocks together and today added medium blocks some started setting the dark blocks. I made mine a little bigger and after placing the solid triangles on the corners may added a log border along with a piano key border. So we will see it I get that far. Here are some pictures to enjoy. This is a Sunflower Quilter class.






So I was about 25 blocks short and will need to see them and mix up the dark ones a bit before completing this step.

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