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!

Graduation pomp and ceremony 

While quilting is a current passion, I admit I had another…Nursing. 27 years ago I graduated from a BSN program and began my nursing career. Oh the many different pathways it has taken me. My daughter decided on this career and choose a fine college Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked very hard and many stressful days has lead to this wonderful celebration. Last night she received her nursing pin. A tradition that started by Florence Nightengale and has continued to this day. A previous nursing alumni even mentioned Cherith as when she was in Zambia last summer, a mother asked her to name her child…the name given was Emily. This touched Cherith so much. I am so proud of her accomplishment and know the hard work she has done. She will be working on a Med-surg floor beginning in mid July. She will next week use Kaplan nursing review course to prepare for boards or now called NCLEX, in early July. My husband and my oldest daughter were able to see a wonderful graduation, music, pomp and ceremony and the speeches. We wish her God’s Blessings on her next chapter in life.


Aboveis picture of the nursing class after pinning ceremony.


Our youngest daughter Abi also graduated and now is a realtor at Long in Tucson Az. She also is very excited for this new career. Will will be working on the internet team and doing some open houses to establish a referral base. She is one of the youngest. We also wish her the best as she starts this career.


Our oldest Hannah is here with her first class. This is a field trip and I love this picture. Next week they will graduate from Prek and Kindergarten. She will have her first year of teaching completed. I think she is ready for a vacation, in fact she will be visiting Abi in a few weeks.

Lots to celebrate and so Thankful!!!  My girls all now have careers and living their life. I have always wondered what they will be when they grow up. Now I know…at least as of today…

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!

Design finish…


Finished this up today. I think I will add a border to it to make it a bit larger. You can see we have green grass and was windy today in Wisconsin. In fact hot and humid, at least for two days and then back to the 50-60’s. 

I felt a bit better this afternoon so cleanup my sewing area and finished unpacking some of the things I took to AZ. I have a new project to cut out a gift from my mom…Chinese Coins. It has some batik fabrics.

Visit to orthopedic MD reviewed my MRI. I guess I have L4-5 facet joint syndrome, with a cyst also in the area. Facets do have arthritis, worse on the left. So not sure which is causing the pain, most likely the facets although cyst is closer to the nerves. So planning on having a facet joint injection next Monday. Was hoping for this Thursday, but have not heard that they can do it. Looks like if this helps the pain it is tha facets. If not then the cyst. Today I actually took acetaminophen as I have to be off Motrin and aspirin. The back/ leg felt better, but pain returned when med wore off. Well hopefully this will decrease any inflammation and I can return to my activities.

Hello to all and 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.

Happy Quilting!

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!

Blessings abound 

So here is my sewing stuff packed up for return home. Hopefully it will all fit. This is a dining room with no furniture and was my design wall down here. I may use it as a sewing room, but really prefer our kitchen area. We will see when we return.Today just soaking in the last Arizona warmth. Sun is too hot to sit out in. Pool is closed due to some renovations. Finished lightly cleaning home as it really is pointless due to all the dust that comes. Will have one final chiropractor treatment down here, last adjustment I reverted back to old way and past two days were not great. A bit better later today.

Cherith who will be an RN had here interview and will work on a med-surgical orthopedic floor. She had been working there every third weekend as a CNA since last summer and really likes the staff and they her. So excited to be offered a job and she has accepted. So things falling into place for her. Plans to start as RN mid July and will work a few hours as CNA will studying for her NCLEX that she will take beginning of July. 

Abigail also passed her real estate exam yesterday and today will meet with Long Realty and sign a contract. She really has worked hard and the exam was more difficult that she thought. So now just needs to have a few weeks of their orientation and then she will be working. Hoping for success for her. Her apartment is giving her issues with roaches. She has tried a lot of things but needs to work with management and bug company.

So for now nice to see all girls settled into jobs. We have planned a few short trips this summer and would like to see more towns in Wisconsin. 

Whiskers we are on our way….

Happy Quilting…sure miss it…