#41 Back in the Swing

The big reveal! My friend at work, Twila, is retiring at the end of the upcoming week. She was our solder trainer at work and I learned most of what I know from her vast knowledge. She played Mrs. Claus at Christmas every year and absolutely adores the color red. She and her husband are planning to retire to Tennessee but most of their family is in Ohio. ย She’s become a very good friend of mine, offering me wonderful advice about a lot of things lately. ย I will miss her a ton.


I used Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Mountain Majesties to create this one. ย Hubs thought it was too red and very dark. Although I completely agree with him, I knew it would be perfect for her. I did video her receiving it, but because she had a no makeup day, I promised to keep it for myself. I can tell you she squealed when she saw it!


It is a king sized quilt, all from my scrap bin. I probably still have 10 more quilts in there!

The quilting motif is a meandering feather pattern following the zig zags that the mountain blocks created.

I named it “My heart is in Ohio” to remind her no matter where she goes, she has people here who love her and will never forget her. Note the bluebird of happiness ๐Ÿ™‚


This is a picture of the two of us at our company picnic. I think our table became the loudest and giggliest of the whole party!


I finally managed to finish this one for Love Quilts. I did only the quilting, this one came to me already beautifully pieced.


I did start a new project and I know who will receive it. I think it’ll end up being a Christmas gift. These fabrics were gifted to me because they were found in a place someone had moved into. They had no use for them and I was reluctant to use them. They came from Walmart in precut fat quarters and strips and someone got them on clearance. After looking at them for awhile, I realized the quality isn’t the best but I’ve seen much worse from Walmart and it will make a suitable quilt for a young family to wear out. I added the orange with the recipient in mind.


The family reunion was a success and my dear grandfather asked for another lap quilt if I could find the time. Of course I will always have time for him! I had the perfect top already made, it just needs quilted and bound.


This was a leftover from the quilt I gifted to some Louisiana friends. I made so many blocks that I lost count! I then framed them in scraps of green that I had left over from cutting. I’m also experimenting with other quilting designs while getting the tension in line.


This week we saw a doggie dentist for sweet little Mojo. He stopped playing with the toy rope about a month ago, so I made him a vet appointment to make sure he’s ok. His teeth look fine on the surface but he could have tooth damage we can’t see or possibly a broken jaw. This stuff happens for no particular reason in small breeds and he’s eating fairly well but I worry that he’s in pain. They gave him pain meds and referred us to a specialist about an hour and a half away. Dr. Stokes not only works on dogs like mine, but does work for zoos and K-9 officers. Mojo will have to be sedated to get the proper x-rays and the problems will be corrected during that time.


Here’s to hoping everyone will be well soon!

3 comments on “#41 Back in the Swing
  1. Jodie N says:

    Hey Tina ! Loved your podcast, loved your quilt too ! You are so inspirational, I don’t know how you fit everything into your busy life, but keep going !
    I had a bit of a food hiccup a week or so ago, with my intolerance issues, I get very bored with my food selections, so whilst I am back on my basic ( read boring) diet for awhile, I thought I would treat myself to a few new cooking gadgets. A new grill, a handy little kebab maker, and best of all a spiralizer ! You so have to get one of these, makes all your veggies curly twirly. They still taste the same, but look so much prettier. I am going to try out some zucchini pasta recipes soon.

  2. Emma says:

    Hello Tina, brilliant podcast, really enjoyed it. Well done on your weight loss and getting fit ! Boy you have some willpower! You should be SO proud of yourself ?
    I so know what you mean about our furry friends costing us a fortune! I have two dogs that have been to the doggie dentist in the last year with teeth problems, yikes! I just resign myself to no new fabric purchases till it’s all paid off! Groan! They are worth it!

    Loved hearing about your Grandad, made me laugh, he sounds lovely, thanks again

    Emma X

  3. Jaye says:

    Your red quilt is gorgeous! I love it! I can’t believe that you still have red scraps. Amazing! I have tons of scraps, so, perhaps, not so amazing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I am so glad your quilt was a success at the family reunion. It is simple, but really beautiful. Read your “Sure, I can make you a quilt” page before you agree to make more than one quilt for the reunion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I am really glad you had fun at the reunion.

    You are beautiful! I love seeing pictures of you. Yes, it is a life change. You are doing great! Keep up the good work and don’t get discouraged.

    How nice that you still have a grandfather! I don’t think I have any left, but I remember several of them and loved them dearly. It is so nice to hear how much you make for each other.

    I loved the Cross Stitch magazine you mentioned and I always wanted to make the stockings. I never did and then I got into quiltmaking. You know how that goes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Definitely try to improve your longarm skills! You’ll be so happy. Perhaps you can meander part of a quilt and try a few new designs in another part? You will be so happy when you have more choices.

    I am thinking of knitting a scarf. Periodically, I knit something, but your comments are really making me want to do it. Temptress. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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