To Do Tuesday – and Alexander is on the Design Wall!!!

Greetings from South Texas where we are having my kind of weather – cold and rainy!  What more could I want you ask – TO BE FINISHED WITH ALEXANDER BEAN POT!  I am rather tired of it since I started finishing this UFO in late August and that went out the window.   I am HOPING to finish it into a flimsy by Thursday (if I beat that day I will be very happy!)  I am not sure, but think it will be a 65″ x 65″ quilt!  We shall see!

I have decided that this quilt is a lap quilt and will not have to be perfect so lets see if I can just put the quilt together even if something does not match perfectly!  Now you may ask “What is that on the right side in the picture?”  the last row of 9 patches and strip piecing sashings will go on the left side of the quilt!  I am not sure about the border fabric I will use – it is a wait and see game!

I never thought that it would take this long to finish it, but I guess one needs the eyes to work well to sew!  LOL  I have never counted pieces in a quilt but here goes a count as close as I want to get!

There are 64 Blocks @ 5″ unfinished.  Each block has 5 ea – 2″ squares;  16 ea – 1 1/4″ squares; and 4 ea – 2″ strip set consisting of 1 1/4″ x 2″ of light and dark fabrics!     For a total of    320 – 2″ squares;    1,024 1 1/4″ squares;     AND    256 of the 2″ strip sets!

For the Sashings there are 81 ea – 2 3/4″ (unfinished) 9 Patches and 145 ea – 5″ strip sets of 2 darks and 1 light strips @ 1 1/4″ x 5.   I am tired, are  your?  LOL

Have a great day and enjoy stitching.

Hugs to all and if there is a quilter in my little space south of San Antonio Texas who wants to join me in quilting one day let me know – I need a quilting buddy!  Anyone outside of Texas is also welcome to come over although it may be a little longer commute!  LOL  I miss my sister/cousin Kay she was my best buddy!

Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday

Alexander Bean Pot Upate (Really?)

OK – Things were going good until Monday morning!  This is thanks to BCBS screwing up on Monday (cost me more time to get it cleaned up). Tuesday it was our Credit Union who screwed up our IRA RMD (another couple of days to get that fixed) and by then I was screaming at them!  Then by Thursday I did not feel good (Hum wonder why)  Is it me or am I having another bad month???? What am I doing wrong – breathing?????

Thursday I had interruptions most of the day and did not feel well due to having to deal with the 2 companies listed above – think it was a little left over STRESS? But I was determined to sew on Alexander!

But then I had problems with my eyes and could no longer stand it!  My eyes have been giving me fits ever since the surgery with swelling of the eye lids and bags under my eyes which I had never had before!  I hit the brick wall!  I called the eye doctor and got an appointment for yesterday – Problem Resolved – she put plugs in my eye ducts which has helped immensely.  My eyes are not near as puffy from the dry eye.  These are temporary plugs and I have to go back in January to get check to see how I am doing.  Oh Yea!  I will now have her put in permanent silicone plugs as soon as she can!

Additionally, those pesky eye lashes were growing back into the eye – and that is really fun!  She took care of them but I will probably have to go in every 6 weeks or so to make sure they are not doing it again!

I am done with this mess – why didn’t I go in sooner – well because I listened to them telling me it was dry eye and it would settle down.  Why do I listen to anyone? No sewing for 2 days – can you hear the frustration??????????????

Then this morning I was going to be on a roll UNTIL I realized that I was not receiving email from my Gmail account into my MSN account. I could not figure out why this was happening and I have been around computers since 1966!!!

Here it is 4:15 and I have found the problem after numb nuts from Microsoft drove me nuts for over an hour trying to figure out the problem, and of course there are no humans that work for Google, so I finally figured out what was happening because of ME!  We have been receiving so much Junk Mail that I guess I just blocked the wrong people.  I have now corrected that.  That was not fun either!  But before I did I manually sent all emails from the last 2 days to myself so now I have 63 emails to go through!

It wasn’t bad enough that I had this type of day, Clay called Home Depot to see if they had a 5′ gate to add to our chain link fence so he could get his mower and leaf vacuum machine in and out easier in the front yard.  Poor guy – the lady told him that she would hold the gate for him ##### BUT did not tell him that he needed to pay for it over the phone in order to hold it!  I was immersed with my Karma Saturday so he wasted over 3 hours at HD.  They could not find the gate that the lady was holding for him and wanted him to buy a double gate – he stood his ground and they finally found it!  What a ZOO!  If she would have given him the right information as to where it was being held AND that it would be better to give her a credit card to hold it!  Another company employee who doesn’t know their job! This was a 60 mile round trip – standing on cement for 3 hours for someone who has Neuropathy in his feet!  You know he is HAPPY with his Karma Saturday!

I think if we were drinkers we would be drunk and smoking a pack of cigarettes OR if I did not want to be sick tomorrow I would eat a whole pizza!

Thank you for listening – I feel better – do you!

Here is were I was on Wednesday afternoon and so happy because I had changed the way I was cutting my strips thank you to the Blogger who suggested that I cut a 10 1/2″ strip WOF and then cut the 1 1/4″ strips lengthwise – she was saving my bacon!

Clay and I know that we need to be thankful for our health at 75, financially sound, and have all the toys in the world, but this week was another week from Hell for both of us.  It is no wonder that I am not meeting my goals with my quilting.  I wish that the younger generation were not so ill informed about how to do their jobs – it is costing me precious time that I do not have at my age!

Does anyone else ever feel this way???????????  Where is Pizza Hut when you need a FIX?

I will make no promises to when this quilt due to stupid people who cause me problems, and tomorrow at 10 we have someone coming to give an estimate to do some clearing of dead trees – there goes my spending spree which usually gets me out of my depraved state of mind!  That is another issue that is not worth talking about!

Hoping that everyone comes back tomorrow for Slow Stitching Sunday – I MAY have something to show, but do not hold your breath! I promise to be nice!  I guess I should call my Blog – The Complaining Quilter!

Hugs

Nanette

It does pay to vent!!!  Unless everyone quits following me!  LOL

OMG December 2019

Well, here I am starting a new month!  I am hoping for no phone call problems, no mail problems, and the gate is LOCKED!!

Background information for OMG December Projects

My goals for this month are:

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown – Finish the first 14 blocks (I am behind) by the end of the month!

2.  Completing Alexander Bean Pot

3.  Starting a new piecing project – of which I am not sure which one it will be – I will make that decision as soon as Alexander is hanging on the rack for quilts to be quilted!

4.  Refuse to work on any problems caused by people who hack SSN’s from data bases, not answer the phone if there is a problem coming my way, and just putting any mail problems in a stack to deal with in 2020!   Any bets that I will achieve this goal – I can answer that one!  NO.

Have a great day and I will do an update next week!

Hugs and Happy Stitching!

Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday

To Do Tuesday – Alexander Bean Pot Update!

Can you believe it is already 3 December 2019?  I am joining in the fun To Do Tuesday linky party with Roseanne today!  I  had hoped to be further along with putting this project together, but you know that awful Ms Unforeseen Requirements Delays have again prevented that one!  Here is where I was the ultimate Optimist Here.   And if that isn’t bad enough Here is where things went South!

By Sunday afternoon I had corrected all issues and am now beginning to put the blocks on the Design Board so that all I will have to do is finish the 9 patches and the strip pieces between the blocks and on each row.  I have to have a total of 92 each 2 3/4″ 9 patches, and 150 of the Red/Light Strip pieces for the sashings!  I have 30 of the 9 patches completed and about 26 of the strip pieces finished!   NOW I am hoping to have the quilt put together by Friday or Saturday since I have the process down pat.

This is a repeat of other things I have completed this week.     Sweet Stitches Block 8 – September’s Block

I am working with a group of other quilters on Celebrating Mary Brown.  They started in September and Ms Cataract caused me to be late in meeting the goals.  So I have 16 blocks ready for applique an have finished 2 – WOW needed better eyesight to be current with this project, but now on a roll now!

Yesterday was a non-sewing day as we had errands to run and then lovely stupid phone calls to get BCBS straightened out – Think  by mid December I will receive my check for reimpursement of the $449 Vitamin D Sun Lamp I have to have to maintain my levels!  I am now headed for the sewing machine to make 9 patches and strip pieces for Alexander Bean Pot quilt!

I do hope to have a lot more done by next Tuesday – Happy Stitching and just know that all had a great Thanksgiving.

Goals for 3rd thru 9 December:

1.  DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE, THE MAIL, and KEEP THE GATE LOCKED!

2.  Complete Alexander Bean Pot

3.  Continue on with Celebrating Mary Brown (Catch up time)

4.  I would like to do the Advent quilt with Sharon  but of course I am a day late and a dollar short – I can catch up but not until I finish with Alexander and put him on the “to be quilted” rack!

Have a great week – and happy stitching!

Hugs

Nanette

 

HQAL – December 1

Happy Hand Quilt Along Day and the first day of the last month of 2019!  Can we PLEASE close out this year quietly and healthy?  Thank you!

I ALMOST met my goals, but, and that is all I have to say about that!  I have finished another block for Sweet Stitches an only 4 more to go.  I am really enjoying mixing this project with my Celebrating Mary Brown, who will now get all the attention until I catch up with the other ladies!

Hoping all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as we all have so much to be thankful for, if only I could get over my loss of time this year!  Never happen!  LOL  This is the September Block for the quilt!


Have a great week and enjoy the season!   Check out the ladies who participate in HQAL every 3 weeks!

Hugs

Nanette

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers 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.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday

OMG – Alexander Bean Pot and The Gopher Story

Well, I am just too much the Optimistic Quilter and need to remember that!!!

I did finish all 64 blocks for Alexander Bean Pot quilt for part of my OMG. (See previous post).

I started on the sashing yesterday and of course I made boo boo’s in cutting decisions. What else? I knew I would be making small 9 patches at 2 3/4″ for the cornerstones and strip pieces of red/white/red at 5 x 2 3/4″.

BUT when Ms. Know-It-All added her favorite 1/8″ extra in the strip cuttings – 20 strips of Red and 15 strips of the Lights, it became a BIG BIG MISTAKE. I tried to make the work out but now I have some 9 patches that will not be used in this quilt.

I put it aside yesterday and this morning started correcting the dumb thing I had done. I quickly trimmed the strips to 1 1/4″ BUT when testing them I found out the Light fabric was flaring when I was sewing the strip together making the 9 patches not square correctly.

To correct this issue I cut the 42″ strips in 10 1/2″ segments and checked each one individually. OH THE FUN OF BEING A PERFECTIONIST!!! (Note: I cut strips WOF and then sub cut to 20″ to prevent problems with curved strips).

Here are the steps I took to get back on track!

And here is how the sashing and blocks will look like:

So I did complete my OMG of completing all 64 blocks this month! BUT this will not be a flimsy for a few more days.

I made 64 blocks instead of the 20 blocks in the pattern so I assume I will make about 90 9 patches and over 130 5″ Red/Light/Red strips (above picture).

A lot more work to do on this one!

GOPHER STORY: One good thing for Clay today. He got the Gopher that has been evading gopher traps and gopher bombs and a shotgun blast for the last 3 weeks. At one point he took a chair by the hole with a shot gun and was determined to blow it away.

Note the gun barrel on his leg! That did not work!

So Clay, the retired Lt in the SAFD, became the Engineer and took 3 weeks of his life to do Research and Development (R&D) and designed and built his own Gopher Gun! This morning he was able to test it when his favorite gopher had a fresh hole dug!

He set it in the opening of the hole before breakfast and just as we sat down to eat we heard the gun go off! Bye bye 👋 Gopher

Have a great weekend! Linking to OMG

Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday. OMG

Celebrating Mary Brown

Greetings. I have been able to finish only 2 of the 8 blocks I had hoped to have completed.

I am making the others a priority this month for sure and now I am behind 2 more. Looking like an applique month after I finish Alexander Bean Pot.

Ms Jan did a beautiful job on her 2nd set of 4 blocks for the top right hand corner!

She did A beautiful job on her Sunflower.

Have a great weekend!

Nanette

This September Karen and Cathy selected Celebrating Mary Brown as their next project and invited anyone to join in the fun!  The following quilters are participating.  We will be showing completed blocks on the 30th of each month!  Take the time to visit them to see their completed monthly blocks!  If interested let Karen know you are interested in joining the group.

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter (Lead)
Cathy – Biglakequilter
Jennie  – Overthehillandrunning
Julie K –  Juliekquilts
Robin –   solsticestudio
Nanette – Doitrightquilter
Jan –  I will post her pictures with mine