New(old) machine testing, new quilt top


This is from Moda Bake shop -Cartweels Quilt pattern. 

I had some quilter’s fabric, a simple quick pattern and a machine to try out. I got my mom’s old Elna 6004 a few weeks ago. Pretty nice machine, quieter than my Brother. I also used some of my old singer attachments as both are low shank machines. Pretty happy with results and very fun to do. I think we will use this as a community quilt along. Blocks I believe were 8.5 unfinished. Liked the final border. So will pack this up to take to AZ for backing and pinning.

I spent the week doing some sample blocks for my BOM, mystery quilt for the Sunflower Quilters. I think this will be fun for the group. Will begin in November and reveals at our business meeting in April. All blocks will be the same, members pick out how many to make. We are having members pick one fabric color based on letter in their name. Linda-lime green. I will post this as it presented to the quilters. 

Happy Quilting:)

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Quilting along…


This weekend I packed up my regular sewing machine for the trip back to AZ. My mom has given me her old Elna 6004 which I will keep here so wanted to do a bit of sewing on her. Nice machine, much quieter than my Brother. The above is a great pattern from Moda Bake shop “cartwheels quilt” a super easy one. This one would be great for our guild to do charity/community quilt. 2.5″ strips, cutting at 4.5″ and sewing two different blocks. I am short two blocks for the last row, but very cute and fast. I changed the background to a print. I certainly would do another one. Laid out the blocks and will sew them together this week. So another flimsy to bring down.

After this flimsy I will work on some hand quilting. Sewing, cutting and assembly has helped in my recoperation. I continue to do my daily walking and I am off all pain meds with occasional icing. Each day feeling improvement. Will be nice to get rid of these scabs…

We are enjoying some nice fall days. Too bad we cannot kayak, calm waters, but will do that next year. 

That is all for now…

Happy Quilting.

Distraction therapy…a quilt in the making


Pardon my bed…but this is easy to put it here due to my restriction. It is coming along.

I began with some “sugar blocks” per Bonnie Hunter. I made 20 of them with some material I had brought back with me from the Sunflower quilters stash. These are great blocks and quite easy to do. Finished block size is 6 inches.

Next up are some four patches which I love to do. These finish at 2 inches.

I then wanted to play with Bonnie’s new triangle ruler which is so easy and material efficient. So first up are hourglass blocks. I threw in a light material from my stash. These finish at 4 inches.

Today I worked on flying geese. I got two sides sew and plan to finish other sides tomorrow. These finish 2×4 inches.

I have some material left including some HST that might make it into the border or certainly the back. I think with what is leftover I may return to four patches finishing at 4 inches. Then I will call it a top. I will take this to AZ for pinning and finish it down there.

Back is doing well. We are hot and humid for a few days. So limited my walking to am. So putting things so I do more indoor walking. My limit is a hour before I have to recline a bit. Good time to cut apart string blocks or some pinning of rows. I do a morning session and an afternoon one. Currently icing my back…just because…no real pain, but feels good.

Wish I could go swimming, but back incision still has scabs and anyway today they are closing out the pool. Well soon will be in AZ to get my swimming fix, or adjusted swimming until restrictions lifted. Most likely walking in the pool as do so many down there. Our fall colors, well just starting…the more stressed trees. Maybe in a few weeks I will be up to a small hike in a state or national park. 

Happy Quilting!

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!

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!

June…Summertime

This is the sixth block in Rest and Refreshing BOM. I have not done the other blocks, but wanted to make this quilt for charity. I used my new Bonnie Hunter essential quilt ruler. The red will be my main color with a variety of neutral backgrounds. I cut some yesterday and today and finished sewing it this afternoon.

Rest and Refreshing BOM
Above is the completed flimsy I am calling “Zoo Animinals”. Very simple blocks that came together quickly this past weekend. I even pieced a backing for this top.

Had a bit of a set back regarding my back/leg pain. Took a short walk this past weekend to get some brats at our city’s brat fry. Must have been too much. Pain has resumed in greater intensity and is more constant. I am limiting my sewing to short intervals. Called to see if I could move up. My appointment, but has only this upcoming Monday and they will be gone until my appointment. I have stopped all over the counter pain meds as they don’t help. Just laying or reclining. I so want this gone! I have searched my issues online, viewed YouTube’s, message boards and research papers. And yes  I am counting the days. Our weather is warmer, but really cannot do anything outdoors. I am afraid my summer will pass by quickly. 

I have taken up some crocheting some slippers for my dad. Trying to figure out the pattern my grandma used. That helps, but already tired of that.

Good news, Abi the realtor has had her first real hit on someone interested in buying home. Today had to go to home and take pictures as they are out of state. Pretty nice place. So fingers crossed this will all go well. She actually drove to San Diego to visit a close friend from grade school, currently a Marine stationed there. He took her to top of Mt. Baldy and to LA. Looks like they had a great time. She also will have visits form two friends and her sister in upcoming months. 

Happy Quilting to all!