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.

Graduation

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!

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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!

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.

Education

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!

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!