Happily Quilting

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My finished pinwheel quilt

I finished my pinwheel quilt and an very proud of myself for the design.  I had 7 large pinwheels that I made from the cutoff corners of the Heartstrings quilt designed by Gail Yakos.  Not really enough to make a quilt.  I took the coordinating solid strips from the Jellyroll I used,  sewed three jellyrolls together and then cut them in 6.5 inch squares.  I used the tutorial from "that girl that quilts" bloghttp://www.thatgirlthatquilt.com/2011/11/half-square-triangles-3-ways.html   I wish I had found that tutorial ages ago, what an easy way to make HST.  I did not do any math just let them come out at what size they did.  I now had 8 11 inch HST and 11 8 inch HST.  I cut down one of the large HST to 8 inches and put them on the design board.  After staring at them for a while I found I could cut 8x11 rectangles and, voila, a quilt was born.  I wanted the quilting to stand out so I used a King Tut variegatedthread Chariots of Fire.  I pictured this to be a spring quilt so used the Flutterby groovy board for the butterfly's.  And here it is.


Wednesday Ramblings

Got home from the bridge tournament Sunday night after having a wonderful week away.
I did okay getting just a little bit over three points so that was a good thing. Had something bad happen while in Monterey, I have a spinal cord stimulator and it malfunctioned while I was gone. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow and hopefully it's just some loose wires that they can route around and I won't have to have surgery again. What a pain in the neck to have to deal with this.  Just had it replaced in April!  I will have to go to Santa Barbara to see the doctor I'll be combining it with some fun and having lunch with my sister and seen the latest quilt She's completed. I'm going to bring some thread down for her and hopefully it'll match so she will have something to quilt with.  hope you all have a great weekend and I will post more ramblings next week.

Saturday in Monterey

Well things in the Bridge land are looking  better now that we've switched To pairs.  We played Friday's afternoon and evening sessions and came in forth in or section so that we had got two points.  this afternoon we pay played the first of the two session game and came in second in our our stat and got .81 points so hopefully tonight will win as well and I can come away from the tournament with at least four points.  hope you're having fun quilting and I can't wait to get back home and continue my sisters ocean wave quilt.

Friday in Monterey

Hi to you all from beautiful Monterey, the

weather here is not the best, overcast.  I did have a beautiful blue sky yesterday morning and was able to take a short walk around old Monterey.  Bridge has not gone well, but hope springs eternal and we are going to switch from team games to pair.  In team you have another pair that can help or hinder your results, unfortunately our team mates were a hi defense.  We still had fun but were consistent losers, so today we will just play pairs and see how we do.

have a blessed day :)

Off to Monteray

I am leaving today for a bridge tournement in Monteray, CA.  This is one of my favorite tournements and I have not been for 4 years.  My BFF bridge partner Muriel, who I have not played with in four years is again at my side.  This is as exciting as going to the  Leavenworth Quilt retreat, but closer.  To those of you who know duplicate bridge I am just 30 point away from my life masters.  My goal was to have it by the time I was 60 but life got in the way.  I only need black points and hope to reach that milestone this year.  I will not be on the site much this week so wish you all happy sewing.


For those of you that don't already know it I hate triangles. Don't ask me why I just hate them,  they don't work well with my brain and if anybody can get triangles backwards I do. Well for someone who hates triangles I certainly bit off more than I can chew I agreed to make my sister Pat a queen size ocean waves quilts. I did the math today each square is 16 x 16 and I need 30 squares each square has 56 triangles therefore I need 1680 triangles to make this quilt. I'm certifiably crazy.  Here is a picture of the first square.  My sister picked the material and the pattern. Ok something is wrong and I can not post the picture.  Will try again later




Weekly ramblings

Well I finally been able to get some quilting done. I've been slowly working on the quilt on my long arm trying to get it done for a wounded veteran who is in VA Hospital due to a brain injury. It's slow going as I can't stand very long but I am getting it done. I also started work again on my sister paths quilt which is an ocean wave. I just hate triangles and I can't even begin to tell you how many I need to do for this.  Currently I am using triangles on a roll and I  did get them all cut now I need to tear the paper and press.  i think once I finish those I'm going to look for another method to complete the rest of the quilt.   I'm looking at the Sizzix bigshot so that I can maybe cut triangles quickly that way we'll have to see.  I am off to a bridge tournament on Wednesday so I'll be gone till Sunday and hopefully when I get home I'll be able to get back into the quilting room until then hope y'all have a really good week and I'll see you later.

Super Cool Chart

In another thread we were discussing how to enlarge pattern.  I have that methed and many other cool quiting trick in a wonderful chart.  I have shared it with several people.  I have tried to attach it here but if it does not work  please pm me with your email and I will be happy to share it.  It is in a pdf format.

Happy New Year Quilting Friends, Memories

I hope all my quiltin friends here and elsewhere have a wonderful 2013.  My wish is we all stay healthy and happy.  My close to 2012 was peaceful and quiet, just like I like it.  I did get to go out and play bridge on the 31st (bridge is my other passion)  had a horrible game but who cares I git out and had fun.  Christmas was wonderful as all my sister were together, this does not happen very often so it is always special.  My quilty sister made us all matching shirts, well shirts of the same pattern but in different colors of seersucker.  My mom always made us matching outfits for picture taking time so'Sister Sue thought it would be a hoot and of course it was/  Here is all of us together


Merry Christmas

Wow, it has been so long since I have done anything, can't remember the last time I felt we'll.  I did FINALLY do some sewing today.  I was at a loss what to make for my older sister, she is so hard to shop for.  She has had two major kitchen accidents this year so as a little joke I made her this apron.  Her kitchen has the orange in it so I can see it hanging from a hook in the kitchen.  I will let you know what she thinks.


Thanksgiving is passed and I managed not to offend my mom by not going to her house for dinner.  The though of having to drive for 45 minutes made my head ache.  Had a quiet day at home with Chicken Pot pies for dinner.  My pain is finally decreasing and I took a short walk last night at sunset.  I only have moderate pain this am so maybe the end is in sight.  My family is coming up today to take me out to lunch for my BD.  Could not convience them that I REALLY did not want to celebrate.  Birthdays have always been overrated, in my opinion, and the older I get the less I want to celebrate.  Ah well my mom does want to celebrate the birth of her wonderful daughter, her words not mine, so who could say no to that.  I am going to gift myself a new bed.  One of the wonderful ones that raises at the head and feet and has a zero gravity setting so I can maybe actually get comfortable.  Canceled bridge for next week, again, but I dearly hope to finally get some sewing time in.  All of you have a great week.


My friend Kris's blog have a title, "So much to do, So little Time".  I have always loved this.  However mine is now called So much to do but to much pain.  I suffer from CRPS, a truly horrible thing.  I have had it now for 15 years, most of the time my pain is on a level of 1-3, bearable.  Periodically I have flareups, and I am in one now.  I have been laying on my couch for the past week.  I have had to cancel all my activities because when you can't walk its hard to do things.  Having had this for so long I can usually deal with the pain it's the not being able to do anything that is the mind bender.  I would love to be working on MQ7, I would love to be at my longarm but no I am immobile on the couch having a major pity party.   Then this morning my thoughts turned to the other people out in the QCA world who are also suffering and suddenly I did not feel so alone.  So to all of you out there who are suffering - you are not alone.  I hope relief is yours soon.

East Coast Storm

Hope all you QCA stay safe!


I am so lucky that my four sisters are my best friends abd even more lucky that one of them quilts.  Sister Sue let me quilt a lot of her quilts on my longarm as praactice.  Now I do almost all of them for her.  I finally am feeling better this week and got two quilts on and off Jules (that the longarm) both of them for my sisters.  My siter Sue loves triangles and pinwheels are her Favorite.  This quilt center was make ut of leftover 1/2 square triangles from another quilt.  On one of our quilty days we designed this quilt.  I love how it turned out.

My sister Laura's mother-in-law died last year.  She and her hubby finally got around to going through her thing.  Laura did not know she was a quilter and boxed up all her stuff and sent it to me.  Within that was this pretty pieced top.  It looks like it was a BOM of class quilt.  I have finished it and will be giving it to Brian, my brother-in-law as a remembrence of his mom.  I used it to practice my feathers and other long arm techniques. 


Wedding Gift

I am feeling so OLD this morning.  I made a wedding quilt that my sister and Dan had commiioned for his nieces wedding. Barbara and Dan were very involved in the pattern and color selection, it turned out great and Barbara and Dan loved it.  In fact Dan gave me $1500.00 for making it!!!!!  Talk about overwhelmed.  The wedding was the first weekend of September.  I asked Barbara last week if she or Dan had heard from the bride about the quilt, nope not a word.  Now here is why I feel old, in my day thank you notes MUST be sent out within 6 weeks!!!!!!  Nowadays those thing have gone by the wayside and for that I am so sad.  Good manners should never go out of style.  My sisters and I always called my mom Emily Post, I mentioned that to someone the other day and they wanted to know who Emily was, sigh.  Anyway here is the quilt.  Pattern is Metro Link and it is done all in batiks and backed in flannel.  Dan wrote the hiku and the wording for the label.

Here is the back

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