I love to share my Quilting projects with other Quilters. My goal is to share my progress on projects that I am working on. I would love for you to follow along with me during my endeavors. I hope you enjoy watching me tackle new techniques and projects. Hopefully you can learn from my "hiccups" and mistakes and make your journey easier.
I am sure most of you are preparing for a lot of company and cooking all the goodies you can tonight! Clay and I will have meatloaf and scalloped potatoes. The only thing missing is a cake, pie, or cobbler, so we will settle for Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses!
I have completed my Boo’s and Bat’s quilt top! I made the outside border with the same fabric as the black, but with a white background and black and orange lightening. I made it larger for a reason. It gives me time to decide on the 6″ finished border, or cut it down to 5″ finished. I will be binding it in the black lightening fabric and that should calm down the 6″ border.
Maybe I make it a 4” border. Would that look better like this?
Next up is my first Cross Stitch project – now don’t laugh because it is small, but I learned so much working on her! I gave it to Clay to hang on his wall by his little kitty cat that reminded him of his Ms Kitty. Ms Kitty was a cat that he brought home from the Fire Department one shift in the 1990’s. She was a unique outside country cat that never wandered from home.
Well, that is all for now! Have a great Thanksgiving Day and a great meal!
A Happy Thanksgiving week to all! We will be enjoying more peace and quiet at home and being thankful for all the blessings that God has bestowed on Clay and I. Sometimes we do not understand why bad things happen in our lives, but eventually the reason comes out why.
I thank God mostly this week for Kyle Rittenhouse and the Jury he picked at random, who found him NOT Guilty. Just maybe the American public are beginning to wake up and realize that the USA has lost is moral compass and it needs to be corrected. This is just the beginning to push back on our freedoms that have been taken away by the Radicals. I pray that Kyle continues dealing with his Anxiety and PTSD and becomes a successful adult in his life. I watched the interview last evening on Tucker Carlson and Kyle is matured way beyond his 18 years. I pray for his safety and a free life.
But now to regular life in the country where the news will be shut off for awhile. Back to The Rifleman, Leave it to Beaver, and Lucy! It is peaceful and I am back to my walking routine after a 6 days of fun in the sun!
I have made some small accomplishments in the last month. My routine of appliquéing in the evening is getting better, I have worked on Minnie Mouse, and finished one dishcloth and starting on another, and have the Boo’s and Bat’s ready for borders or whatever. .
I am going to make Honeycomb. I tried it once and had issues, so I went on to another pattern. But now I wanted a challenge – and this it! Just trying to improve my knitting for bigger things.
I am pleased that after 4 starts I have finished Minnie Mouse, with the exception of outlining her face. I messed it up and will re-do it. All in all, I am looking forward to making more cross stitch patterns. It is so relaxing once I understood what I was doing!
Now for Boo’s and Bat’s. I changed the pumpkins – I just could not deal with the one in the pattern. I still have the fabric that I purchased for this project in which I cannot handle the fabric. Let me know if you are interested. I love the way I used the Spider Web for the corner patches and the bat’s head and tail are fabric that are little bats. How cool. Next is to do a border to stop them from flying out of their corners, and then add some more borders. I enjoyed making it thus far.
Of course, we love our new door mat that tells the story in a nutshell!
Clay has been busy adding acrylic plastic to the 4 front windows. Here is a picture of the last window he finished Saturday and will paint the silver trim brown to match the existing window. This acrylic will serve as double pane windows and hopefully stop the sweating inside the windows during the winter.
Clay is such the genius on fixing things and when he does something it is perfect or it doesn’t get done. I believe he has made me more of a perfectionist than I have been all my life because he challenges me when I quilt or work on other hobbies. He thinks out of the box so many times when either making something better, or fixing something that has broken! Lucky me!
As you can see – I was not born with a green thumb! No bushes, flowers, or gardens in my life! But then we live in the country and it has become drought country the last 10 years so it is good that I am not a plant/garden person. Just the bookkeeper and quilter!
I am doing much better, with no additional panic/anxiety attacks. But since I am 77 I will go and see Clay’s Cardiologist on 1 December – I think everyone should have access to one at our age. Probably the majority of the people have already been to one, but not me. I am very thankful that I have always maintained an exercise program and tried to keep my weight under control. I have lost half of the pounds I gained the last 10 months and want to lose 7 more! Wish me luck. Since I quit bananas in September I am sure that my A1C will be down to 6.1 again! I will get it checked in December!
Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving Day with your families or friends, and do not count the calories you intake Turkey Day – they are freebies!
Well, we can begin to kiss November 2021 goodby, and almost ready to leave the entire year! Weather here in South Texas is crazy – up and down – This morning’s walk was a summer hot and sweaty walk and that was at 7:00AM. But as usual, it will change this afternoon, a cool front to blow out the humidity! My walking is paying off as I have lost 7 pounds since I started walking again in September with 7 more to go. My goal now is to not take a day off from my routine and definitely won’t be doing any indoor exercise biking next summer. I will just have to love the humidity and heat!
About 2 weeks ago I had a critical Panic Anxiety attack – like the severe one I had while living in Sterling Virginia in 1995. I did get checked out and I am OK, but it made me realize we had to get away and relax from our last few years of stress and have a change of pace. So off we went for a week at the coast which is about a 2 and 1/2 hour trip from home – Rockport Fulton Beach, Texas. It was just what we needed – Six days on the water!
It was a wonderful trip. We stayed at The Lighthouse on Fulton Beach. We spent a lot of time on the pier and on our balcony watching the fishing boats leaving early in the morning and returning in the late afternoon with the great hauls of oysters (it is the season this month). Naps and rests were in store and it was absolutely perfect. There were over 50 boats that left out in the early morning (4:00-5:00 AM) and returning about 4:00 in the afternoon.
Here are some great pictures that I hope you will enjoy.
We will be leaving for another trip soon to Durant OK to visit my favorite – the Casino!!! We are hoping to return to Rockport for a Christmas on the Bay – we shall see if we are still needing more nights and morning on the Balcony.
Have a great day and Thanksgiving week! Enjoy your family gatherings.
Good morning! Great weather here in South Texas, nice and cool in the mid-40’s and 60 and 70’s during the day. Even though it will warm up a little this next week, next Friday our next cold front will arrive! We just might have a nice winter! Walking is going well, and I am increasing my steps each day. Life is without drama and I am at peace. We are both looking forward to our get away this month! AND best of all, we get rid of Daylight Savings Time! I will be able to walk in the daylight early in the morning and not in the dark. Just think – we all have an extra hour to sew today! YEA!
I have FINALLY started working on Minnie Mouse Cross Stitch project which is my first cross stitch project. Kathy helped me where I was having issues, such as going from one row to another. I had worked quite a few stitches but it had some problems, so Jack the Ripper came to visit. I started over with Minnie and glad I did because she is beginning to look so much better.
Since part of subject of this post was Making the Pumpkins, I first refer you back to my last post where I discussed Boo’s and Bat’s. I had finished the Bat blocks and started on the Pumpkin block. Right off the ‘bat’ I had problems with the fabric I had purchased for the pumpkins. There is nothing wrong with the fabric, it is the geometric designs that Mr Meniere’s does not like. Once I started sewing the block together, I discovered that I did not like the pattern at all! Once I realized that I had a fabric design problem and then a pattern issue, I stepped back from the project for a few days and to figure out my next step in making the quilt. I loved making the Bat blocks – so much fun but not the pumpkin block. I moved forward with another pumpkin block patten from Autumn Jubilee 2020.
I am not sure what the final quilt will look like when I am finished as it is a work in progress, and I am flying by the seat of my pants! I will be working on the Center Star today. I would like to make a larger center Star and may end up adding more pumpkin and bat blocks to accommodate that change. I want to make the quilt larger so I am considering different borders too. I liked what Laura did with her version. We shall see what I end up with.
Have a great week-end, enjoy what you are doing, and if not, change what you are doing. It makes life so much better when we eliminate the negatives.
Let me see, today is Thursday so about time for me to do a post for Tuesday (yea, I know, I am very late)! The weather today is great overcast and in the 50’s and 47 this morning. Yesterday it was a rainy day with a run into San Antonio. Tuesday was hair cut day and a trip to San Antonio. Oh what fun! My walking is improving and glad for that! Today is overcast and cool!
For some reason I am just not in the mood to quilt. Hand work – yes, but making or quilting a quilt – absolutely not! I am beginning to believe I am enjoying days that I do what ever I want to do, without ”have to’s”. It is new and interesting to me. When we did our annual trek to Sierra Vista AZ each winter I loved it. Very relaxing, cooler weather, going to Tombstone, leaving all the responsibilities at home in Texas!
I started on Boo’s and Bat’s, but have stopped in the middle of making the pumpkins. I have a Meniere’s problem with the fabric I purchased. I should have known better. Geometric and Diagnonal prints give me Migraine Headaches. I have 4 fabrics that I cannot use and would like to sell them. I paid $11.00 a yard, but will sell them for less. Here is a picture of the fabrics. There is one yard of fabric from Holiday Essentials by Moda (Orange with Bats) and the other 3 pieces are 2 yards each of the Sleepy Hollow fabric by Andover. You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested. I hate this because I invested so much to make the quilt, The other fabrics are agreeing with me, but not these. I will use my batiks to make the pumpkins. The last time this happened to me was in 2009 and I had cut out the entire quilt before I realized what the geometric designs were doing to me. Another lesson learned. Maybe this is what stopping me from making the quilt…..Hum….
I am pleased with how my Bat Blocks turned out! I will probably change the pattern.
I have made little progress on my leaves, but it is getting there.
I did finish one thing – the Color Wheel project that I received from Mary a couple of weeks ago. It was easy and fun to make. I did it by machine. Someday it will be quilted with my Designer.
Well, this is how my week + 2 days has gone. Have a wonderful week-end!
Good morning to all! It was a beautiful week this week. No drama, no problems, waking up with loads of energy and ready to walk. I have my 7 days of peace and quiet! Long time coming. I am back to my normal pattern of steps taken each day – 7500-11,000 and not running out of steam by 3PM.
It is hard to believe that on the last day of October, we have green grass and leaves on the trees. I do believe it was the 30 inches of rain we have had this year that has kept us with the greenery. NOAA has predicted that we may have a warmer than normal winter this year (doesn’t make me happy) but hopefully there will be rain to keep us out of the drought!
I have been working on my Bountiful LIfe border, adding the leaves. the spaces are where flowers will go. I am going to really start getting serious on this UFO so it will be finished by November.
Today will not be slow stitching time until the Dallas Cowboy game tonight. I am back on track with my schedule of working on pieced quilts during the day in the Studio and hand work at night!
Today is my 77th birthday. I love having my birthday on Halloween because everyone celebrates my Birth Date! Clay surprised me with a Norfolk Island Pine tree for my birthday this year! I love these little trees so this was a great birthday present. I have missed our little trees that we lost during the Snow Storm in February. We are hesitant in purchasing a second Pine for the pot outside my Studio window because of the deer milling around eating the Acorns in this area. Clay had planted one of the Pines in the ground a year or two ago and after coming home from a mini vacation the deer had eaten the tree! Grrr!
Clay put up new flags this week.
And here is my saying for today. Sometimes this is just difficult to do, but the peace that comes with forgiveness is wonderful!
Have a Happy Halloween and a great week stitching and relaxing (if retired).
Good morning to all. This has been the greatest Monday in 2 years! Peaceful, Quiet, and I am starting a small project! Today’s walk was a real hot one 75 and 95% Humidity! FUN! I have 2 more days before the weather turns more Fall like.
Additionally, after 5 days of not being myself (especially yesterday) my Liver finally metabolized the Hump Day Drug Follies from last Wednesday! LOL! I woke up feeling like myself and believe you me it is more than welcomed!
Today I am working on the Color Wheel Pattern that Mary sent me along with the fabric to make mine. This will be a short time fun project to work on.
Maybe I will have something to show on To-Do Tuesday (maybe on Wednesday this week). It is hard to believe that there is nothing but one appointment later in the month and a week vacation at my favorite – YUP – the Casino!
Have a great day, thought I would let you know I am alive, back to normal, with no pain! Have a wonderful peaceful week!
Weather Report – back to summer, but not as bad! Looking forward to cooler days (at least a few cooler days) Wednesday through next Sunday! I have had another crummy 4 days of walking in the horrible humidity.
I probably should not do this post, but it does have some information that might be of use to someone out there in the world and it helps me to document what happened last week.
I went for my Radio Frequency Treatment on Wednesday. (I have had at least 6 of them since 2015.) The Doctor whom I trusted for the last 36 years retired, so I stayed with the same Pain Management Group but a new Doctor. He was younger, but personable. Now let’s get to the idiot Anesthesiologist (try remembering how to spell this one) who popped into the doorway with no personality. I had never talked with this man, but told him – “No Steroids” and by the way whatever they gave me in April did great! He looked down and said “they boat loaded you”. Well, who cares when they are sticking 8 needles in your back right next to the spine! At least I did not feel anything (or remember it) and I had no issues! I thought that he would stay with the Propofol and Versted. DID NOT HAPPEN!
So Mr Brilliant decided to do it his way and boy is he on my list along with my new Doctor who does the RF treatment. This time I felt every needle and when I came out of it I was just to there. It was horrible. I remember saying numerous times “I can feel the needles”, etc. Then after the treatment was over, I remember the idiot sitting next to me in a chair telling me “You quit breathing” WHAT? I was alive, never had the paddles on my chest and everyone acted like it was nothing. When the let Clay in I told him, but he said no one seems upset about it.
I had the following side effects – headache, stomach messed up 4 days and counting, Menieres Tinnitus off the charts, and total weakness in every muscle in my body and shallow breathing. I was sent home with all of this. I am still experiencing the effects of the Cocktail that Anesthesiologist gave me!
It took a day to reach the Doctor, and he told me that the “nothing” turned out to be that my Oxygen Level began to lower and that I did not stop breathing. Then he told to me “that those “A’s” have different terminology” – REALLY? He really meant that my Oxygen level was dropping. He also told me the “A” used a poor choice of words when telling me that! He did not tell me what the “A” gave me.
I kept trying to find out what the “A” gave me and found out late Friday afternoon through the Patient Portal emails I had sent to the RF Doctor and the Anestheologist!
The “A” gave me the normal Versted (keeps you relaxed and you do not remember much), Propofol, which works great with me. But THEN he gave me Lidocaine which he gave me too much as far as I was concerned and just to make sure I had a miserable trip he shot me with some Fentanyl! Hell I cannot even tolerate Morphine and Fentanyl is stronger than Morphine. I had provided my health record history (I keep a detailed history of medications, reactions, and health issues and provide it to all doctors) and it clearly stated no Morphone! Fentanyl is an Opiod and lowers your breathing and should only be used for rare cases. Even with Meniere’s, Fibro, Pre-Diabetes, Degenerative disc Disease and Sacroiliac Joint Problems I NEVER take any pain medication NOT EVEN TYLENOL as it has Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in it now! What caused this? I believe when they moved from paper records into the digital world, they did not update my chart AND the Anesthesiologist did to take the time to read or ask questions regarding how my body reacts. THAT WAS A BIG MISTAKE!
I have a followup appointment in November and I have requested that another Anesthesiologist be present so they will understand how sensitive my body is to medication, preservatives and inactive ingredients in mediations. I had wondered why my new doctor did not want to meet with me before the procedure and had called a couple of times only to be “not necessary”. I will re-evaluate this Group before I have another RF treatment in April.
MORAL OF THIS STORY: Make sure that you spend time understanding the effects of Opiods, Steroids, and other mediations and what they can do to your body. Also, that Doctors and “Anestheisologists'” take the time with you before any Twilight procedure is done, because you know how your body reacts to medications. It may save your life.
OK enough of that – I am sick and tired of this lovely experience as I am of the last year in my life. It is setting me back physically and I have lost the desire to do any projects. But I did manage to accomplish the following inspire of the idiots in this world:
I finished the Vine on A Bountiful Life. All of those beautiful leaves have been cut out and ready for applique. I started on that portion the other night.
The other other thing I have been working on is a Dish Cloth. I love to knit – maybe someday I will spend more time with this hobby!
I did a few cross stitches on Minnie Mouse. I am just learning!
If you made it this far in this depressing post with a little anger sprinkled on top, I do hope that all have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the coming week. My goals are to continue walking, and get ready to get glued to the Poker machine. Maybe I will find a slot machine to throw some money away!
I leave you with this saying:
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Good afternoon! Don’t be too shocked since I am doing a post on the day it is due – I am sure I will be late again in the future! LOL Today has been busy day today which included an early morning walk, grocery shopping, enjoying a 15 minute relaxation in the Sun for my Vitamin D and now working on cutting out leaves for A Bountiful Life. I have the Vines just about finished and ready to sew the leaves and flowers for a finish!
Now it is time to cut and put them all in baggies. I have a few more to iron on and mark and the I will select the flower fabric and how many to do!
I participated in Lori’s Mystery Quilt and have the top finished. Mine is different from Lori’s setting in that I changed block 3 and added more blocks. I am very pleased with the quilt. I may hand quilt it. I love America and yearn for her to come back to us as we have always know her. This is the 2nd quilt I have made using Moda Stars fabric. Still have a lot of fabric left over to use in other projects.
Have a great week – My goals for next Tuesday will be to have the Vine and some leaves appliquéd. If I get too bored working on leaves I will do a few buttons (oops was trying to forget that project!)
Tomorrow I will be getting my Radio Frequency Treatment in my back and it is definitely time! My Sciatic Joint was really talking to me earlier! I will have a nice short nap and then come home and have a reason to just veg in the Recliner!
Yesterday I received a surprise package in the mail from Mary at Hill Country Quilter. A beautiful card for our recent loss, AND then a pattern and fabric to make the same color wheel she has just finished. If you click on her name you will see hers. What a thoughtful Lady to remember us and to send me the gift. I had asked about the pattern when I saw her Color Wheel. Thank you Mary for caring. Have a blessed week! Be sure to check out some of her quilts.
OK – here we go! Weather is my kind of weather – about 49 yesterday morning and topped off in the mid-70’s. I can live with that, but prefer 30’s and 50’s – What a dreamer I am living in the South Texas. I hit the 20 minute mile yesterday, but my watch did not track exactly, so I walked about 37 minutes! Getting back in shape is great. Wednesday I will get my RF treatment and looking forward to it. Today I felt tired, so skipping the walk! I know, I missed another cool day in the low 50’s.
On the 9th of October (my last post) I thought things would be so peaceful and quiet and quilting productivity would increase. Well, that did not happen. I thought I was through with paperwork, but alas I was not and now 9 days later, I have finally finished with Wills, Death Certificates, coordinating with the Choctaws, finalizing our pre-paid Funeral Arrangements along with required paperwork with the exception of the Obits and Eulogies.
The SA Fire Department Honor Guard will really provide so much support for Clay. It is amazing what they do for our Firefighters who had served the city so well during their careers. We still have a few changes to get a good final on the Wills, but all other paperwork has been done. It is now time to move on with life and the living and enjoy each day that we are given!
Now to the few things I did get accomplished and working on since my last post. I have the vines on 3 borders for A Bountiful Life and Saturday night I finished pinning the vine on the top border. During the great Dallas vs Patriot football game (Our Cowboys Won) I am half-way through one side of the top vine. By the time I finish adding leaves and flowers it will be a pretty quilt that I started in 2015 (or 2016).
Lori at Humble Quilts had a 4 part (very easy and small) Land That I Love Mystery Quilt. I decided to follow along. When she got to the last section, I moved in a different direction by changing the Part 3 block and added 3 additional blocks. The blocks are 6″ finished and I am very thrilled with how mine my version has turned out.
Never fear for those who love the Dresden Heaven quilt. I have to do some “ripping” to be able to sew all the buttons on in the center of the quilt. I decided that I wanted to get all the leaves and flowers cut and prepared for A Bountiful Life before I go back to the very last UFO’s prior to 2021!
Have a wonderful week, enjoy the Fall weather, and keep on stitching.
I love the week-ends! They are so peaceful and quiet here on our 5 acres! We are so blessed to live in the country rather than the City. I am beginning to get back in shape in my walking and this morning I am not dragging after walking. It has taken a month to recoup from thinking I was getting exercise on that indoor bike, but that is OK. My stress level is really going down and I am grateful for that!
The last 2 weeks were not the most pleasant and were rather difficult and then very I was busy rewriting our Wills and I pray to God that this is the last time we have to do this. For us we no longer have any living children as they are all in Heaven with God. So it is just Clay and I. We are so blessed to have been together 25 years and that we are still here working on 26. The last 7 years have been so difficult and hard to experience, but I truly believe that now life will begin to provide us laughter and peace each day.
The week of the 27th of September was difficult with the Memorial Service for Melissa and this week was just a lot of work with the Wills. We signed up for monthly donations to the Jones Academy a Choctaw boarding school for underprivileged children. They provide support from K through 12th grade for all Native American underprivileged children.
They have 4 wonderful programs to donate to and we picked the Choctaw Pony Project. This project has 8 horses that are direct descendants from the horses that traveled on the Trail of Tears in 1830. The other one is the Evening Enrichment Programing where they use the donations to take the kids to movies, County Fairs, and support their FHA projects. All in all they provide a loving environment, opportunities to learn social skills, and receive their education. The hold the future for all Native Americans, which Clay and I call ”the forgotten ones”.
Additionally, the Choctaw Nation matches all donations which is wonderful. We did 3 memorials for our children who have passed, to the Scholarship Fund. Jones will be the benefactor from our Estate when we pass.
Yesterday seemed to be a day of laughter and fun – even while working on the 2nd review and corrections of the Wills. Things just fell into place for us and that in itself has not happened in a VERY long time. I finished the Will work, we are set up for Fort Sam Cemetary to be our final resting place, and Clay will be receiving some benefits from the Choctaw Tribe that we were unaware of. All in all, by 6:30PM I was finished forever with my work.
Today is a day to just enjoy breathing! I will be working on the borders for A Bountiful Life – Yes I know, I have been saying that for months, but it will happen today. After I get the top and bottom borders on I will begin to cut out the leaves and flowers for applique. There has not bee a lot of button sewing for the Dresden quilt but I am seeing some starting tonight!
During the last couple of weeks I have been looking at Boos and Bats quilt pattern with The Fat Quarter Shop. I have to blame Laura for getting this one going (hopefully next week). I fell in love with it and the fabrics that they used. They used Sleepy Hollow by Andover and Holiday Collections – Halloween and I was the weak one on this and purchased a lot of each piece. I was surprised that Amazon carried the fabrics along with FQS. Here is a sample of the fabrics and they are so lucious. (I could not get the photo below to reduce – sorry)
Next I purchased some great embroider fabric from WebFabrics. It is a Michael Miller Cotton Coutour fabric.
Next temptation was an email from Quiltmania showcasing Dawn Heese. Around 2014, Jaydee sent me a picture of a quilt that she had made and I fell in love with it, but never got around to it. So when I saw the picture of the quilt with Dawn and the fact that she was had the pattern in her new book, I purchased it from Quiltmania. I absolutely love those bunnies!!!! The pattern is called In the Garden!!!
Here is a picture of Jaydee’s quilt before she had sewn it together. I need to get her to send me a picture of the finished quilt. She is quite the appliquer!
So as you can see, life begins anew today and I am want to get back on the Quilt Train and away from negative thoughts even though the world around us is falling apart, we are not going to participate.
One of the things I did when all the work was finished was to call and make reservations for the Choctaw Casino for next month. There are so many places to visit in the area so this trip will be a much needed getaway! We are ready to see new places and visit old places. ME – I am ready to turn off the world with Casino noise! Since I am limited to eggs and potatoes maybe I will lose a few pounds!