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!

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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!

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.

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!