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.
Greetings, I am now starting 2022, this is hanks to the nice wintery mix in the Hill Country, where the lovely Cedar Trees reside. They had some sleet and maybe ice on those love trees. and today the Cedar Count is down, and I am going to assume that it will now be less of a problem for me going forward. I woke up today normal, no coughing, etc. I also did my 30 minute walk – not as fast as I normally do – but it was 33 degrees and I had missed the last 20 days. So I am happy with doing 1 and 1/4th of a mile in 30 minutes! Even with a few stops just to let the body know I was not planning on killing it today.
Today is my 2022 New Years Day as I am well and starting to clear up a few things that I want finished by 1 February!
I am changing the thread colors. I wanted a black outline where they used grey and a red outline where they used blue. This will make my house more of a Barn! I have tons of floss that were purchased around 2008 and when they quit making the thread in France. How lucky I was to be able to have nothing but floss made in France!
I started working on ‘Love’ last night. Kathy gave me some great tips the other day on figuring where to start on this project. Instead of using the painter’s tape around the edges, I am trying to see how cutting the Aida cloth with my pinking rotary cutter. So far so good!
For today I am going to try to sew buttons on my Dresden Heaven using a quilting hoop. We shall see how that goes. I want to also work on ’Love’! Then there are 12 blocks to trace for my Holiday Sew Along quilt! Sounds like a busy afternoon doesn’t it! Feels good to me!
Have a great week-end and it feels so good to be ME AGAIN!
Just a short note to say Hi and that we have survived the ”whatever”. Not sure what we picked up in Rockport but after 2 years of being very careful, I did not pay attention to the fast spread of the Flu, Omicron, Viral Bronchitis, OR that the fact that Cedar was alive and well in Rockport. Which ever it was we started with a ”cold” which turned into Bronchitis for Clay and I. Clay suffered from the cough and slept in his recliner for 7 or 8 nights to keep from coughing. FINALLY after a Z-pack and a round of steroid pill pack we called and they gave him a prescription for cough syrup with Codine. That stopped his coughing and he is sleeping like a baby. He is over it! Mine has hung on from mixing the ”cold” with a nice Cedar attack.
I am still suffering from the Cedar which has now caused me Eustachian tube problems. I am taking a 2nd round of my antibiotic to make sure that the tubes will clear up. With my weak immune system, I think I have made it through the ’cold’ and a sinus infection very well. I am hoping that the weather mix in the Hill Country today will freeze the Cedar trees and kill them! LOL
I finally found some plain cough syrup Tuesday in hopes of stopping my coughing, but when I got home I found out it had high fructose corn syrup and red dyes. The person helping me at the Drug Store gave me the wrong bottles. I did try a very small amount of it that afternoon and on Tuesday evening after taking another small sip, I became sick with stomach and my ears were killing me because of the HFCS and sugars in the syrup. I am just so sensitive to any medication and the horrible inactive ingredients that they put in our medication and and all the chemicals they put in our foods that it is difficult to treat me. I can take the food problem, but the Cedar just puts me down. But, alas, it seems that my 2nd round of Antibotics are kicking in and my ears are calming down. Thank you Lord!
I have not felt like doing anything and it kills me that I cannot get outside and walk. This is day 20 that I have not walked – I will catch up as soon as the Cedar settles down in a week or so! The weather is so dry this winter and those damn Cedar trees are over blooming. The count has ranged from 900 to 28,800. I wear 3 masks when I come out to the Studio and the other day I went to HEB with my 3 masks and gloves as I do not want to pick up any other germs. I see people walking around without a mask and wish them luck. As we all know the Vaccine does not protect anyone from Omicron! We opted to decline testing since our blood oxygen was great and no fever. Just a cold and if it was the Omicron, it was no worse than a cold, no fever, no aches, etc.
On the hobby front, thanks to Jocelyn who posted about her blocks from the 2020 Moda Holiday Sew Along, I printed out the patterns and cut out 14 blocks before leaving for Rockport. I finished Block 1 while there and now have finished Block 2. Block Number 3 is ready for embroidery and the remaining 12 background fabrics are ready for tracing the pattern. I purchased Linen fabric in 1989 when I thought I would start making my clothes again – WRONG – I have kept this fabric for all these years and have the fabric in pink, turquoise, and white. I am using an inexpensive, thin muslin as the backing. This is a fun and very easy project to work on anytime. Thank you Jocelyn for providing the link in your post which provided a reminder to me that I had already downloaded the patterns in July!
I have also finished another Dishcloth! I love this one, especially the pattern and the yarn color! The pattern is called ‘Chain’. I love the look of the chain side and the reverse side. Clay asked me if I was going to make a sweater – what a joke! That might be next year when I take that one on!
This morning, I dusted my two rooms in the Studio with Murphy’s Oil and do believe it has helped. I am planning on working on tracing some more blocks for the Holiday Blocks and determined to work on my cross stitch project. I am trying to move around more and just deal with the allergies. I do not mean to complain, as we are so blessed, but it is frustrating when it takes me away from my routine of my exercise and the desire to quilt.
It is hard to believe that we are heading into February already. I am going to plan to start on quilting projects around 1 February! That is when the Cedar will almost be gone, and I know I will feel better. In the meantime, I just may get those buttons sewn on the Dresden Heaven quilt – SHOCK SHOCK!!
My goal for the next week is to get better and back on track and work on hand projects.
Good morning! Just a quick post to let you know that I have not started anything in 2022!
When we got home from Rockport I came down with a Sinus infection from Cedar and Bronchitis in which I politely passed it to Clay. It could have been the new and popular Con version of whatever, but we did not get tested. WHY? Clay is beginning to get better and I am dealing with Cedar allergies. No fever and we took antibiotics, etc and the normal things when you get a bad head cold. Lingering cough which should pass soon. we both had the best night’s sleep last night. things are getting better
Until I am 100% i will not be posting or quilting.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and that everyone had a great Christmas. We spent 7 days in Rockport, Texas enjoying the time sitting on the balcony of our Suite and enjoying time on the Pier just watching the Pelicans and fishing boats. I do believe that starting Monday all of South Texas had converged on little ole’ Rockport! We left one day early! The weather was warm (too warm for me) but then again this is a La Nino season and due to the lack of rain for the last couple of months, it will be a horrific Cedar Fever Season! The count today is 28,000 plus. During this time when the count gets this high I cannot get out and walk – boo hoo!
Here are my finishes for 2021 which consists of my UFO’s from 2001 thru 2020, I either finished the tops or finished quilting older quilt tops. A total of 21 UFOs! Stars Around the Garden, and buttons for Dresden Heaven are ready to complete. If we had not taken the 2 vacations in the last 40 days I would have been completely finished with the last 2 UFOs. But that is the way the cookie crumbles when one is ‘de-stressing’.
I have not decided on my 2022 projects, but I know I will be doing Cross Stitch, Knitting, Embroidery, Hand Quilting (hopefully) and piecing some new quilts, but not sure yet which ones and when. I do know that I WILL NOT set any self inflicted deadlines for anything nor do anything that has a hard deadline. I plan on having a stress free 2022 just doing what I feel like doing each day. (But I have to remember that I am not in control of life). Of course I will try to set a few goals once I start on some of my projects, but nothing like I have been doing in the past 20 years of quilting.
My Longarm Quilter is ready to take 8 quilts off my hands which leaves me about 10 to quilt. Evidently there will be a lot of binding done this year. I do hope to feel up to the task of working on my longarm this year and quilting some of the backlog of quilts. !
Again, have a wonderful New Year and enjoy and love life!
Good Monday morning! The weather has been more like winter for the week-end, overcast, rain and cold. Now we will have summer again for a week or so. Looks like a cooler New Year’s Eve. We will be playing in the sun and warm weather for awhile soon. Looking forward to it. We have had only had approximately 6 days of sunshine since we arrived home last month from the coast. I am certainly looking forward to getting my nice tan back. It looks like it might be more cloudy than sun shine at home this winter and we are in a roller coaster ride as far as cool, cold, hot, and hotter. Oh well, maybe next year.
I reached a milestone and goal last night!!!! Of the 2 UFOs left over from previous years (Dresden Heaven and A Bountiful Life) I completed A Bountiful Life was last night. Thank goodness for football! Lesson learned the hard way. Because there was not a pattern for my border I got the brainy idea to put the border on, trace the vine, and then add the leaves and flowers. I do NOT recommend doing appliqued borders this way to anyone. But all I wanted was to get this one done, and it is. It would have gone much faster if I had just done the applique on 4 sections of the border, then joined the vines, etc. But I love to learn lessons the hard way! LOL. I started this project in 2015 or 2016, did not make the 20 blocks and very glad that I did not. I call it DONE!
I finished Dresden Plates a couple of months ago, but had another brainy idea to do buttons instead of the tiny circles – Lazy and another big mistake. The quilt is completed, but now in order to reach all the blocks to add the buttons it will require me taking a couple of rows apart to reach the blocks……DUH. One thing I hope for 2022 is that I lose the stupid ideas and really get back on track on working on my new projects. We shall see!
I am adding Counted Cross Stitch to my hobby list. I ordered all the supplies and patterns that I need to start. I signed up for the Fat Quarter Shop Cross Stitch Newsletter which led me to a free pattern and their YouTube classes on cross stitching. Great site! I find that the hand work is so relaxing for me at this time. I will be taking cross stitch, knitting, and sashiko projects to work on while we sit on the our balcony and listen to the water rush to shore. No need for books!
I will also take some time while we are enjoying the peacefulness of the area to really think about and decide on how I will divide my time working on my hobbies in 2022. I really have too many things I want to accomplish and I must prioritize them in a workable schedule (not binding of course) I want to establish ”wish goals” for my projects, no more hard and fast deadlines for the quilts I need to quilt either. I have been in touch with the longarm quilter who will take care of 8 or 9 of my quilt tops and that leaves me with the smaller projects that I know I can get completed. I just need to be in the mood. I have finished all my UFOs from previous years with the exception of getting the quilt tops quilted. So even though it took me longer to reach the goal I had set, I am happy that I stuck to my goal.
In January, I think I will go back and post all that I have accomplished this year – that always makes a quilter happy!
Again, I wish all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Be happy and hang in there only 3 more years of you know who!
For the last two weeks I have been working hard to design a quilt from the Terracina fabric collection that I purchased about 2 or 3 years ago, click here. After 2 weeks of trying to work with fabrics that do not like me (YES AGAIN), I mailed them to my FaceTime quilting buddy who keeps me on the straight and narrow path of life for her Christmas. I am hoping that she enjoys the fabrics. When a project is no longer fun, it is time to get pass it on. So I did. This is the only picture that I have remaining of the progress I made before throwing in the towel! I cannot tell you how nice it is to share! LOL.
The rest of December I will be working on leaves for A Bountiful Life and Dresden Heaven Buttons quilts and just MAYBE I will have them finished by the end of the year. But if I do not get them done, then they move to January 2022! I want to prepare a new embroidery project along with a cross stitch project to take along on our next mini vacation!
The Longarm Quilter I spoke with this summer will be starting to work on my backlog of quilts in January – and I need to work on the few tops that I will be responsible for to quilt. All in all, 2022 is beginning to look like a great year for Clay and I and if I can continue to just enjoy the projects that I love working on I will be fine. Even at 77 we can learn how to do things differently with some small changes in our lives.
This year I have learned that I no control over anything other than enjoying a quiet life with Clay. I am happy to be back to my daily walking at the 30 minutes doing that 20 minute mile and throwing in another 1/2 mile for good measure. I am blessed that I am healthy (unless the Echocardiogram shows something unexpected on Wednesday). If I make a resolution this coming New Year, it will be to not worry about the weather, or other problems that I have no control over. This includes the idiots controlling this country. I keep up with the headlines knowing full well that this Nation is in a horrible place and only God knows if America can survive the next year until the 2022 election, which could stop the craziness. We shall see.
I will not be posting or spending a lot of time on the computer the rest of this month as I want to relax and not set any goals for myself at this time – it is now a NO-STRESS life that I am striving for. I guess you could call that a goal for living. Rockport is in the near future and we are so looking forward to the trip again. We love staying at The Lighthouse!
I will now wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may you have a blessed 2022. In reality I feel that 2024 will be the best year for all of us. Take care, enjoy your families and the gift of life from God. Celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Have a great rest of December 2021 and enjoy stitching!
Happy Monday – This morning when I walked it was 71 with 99% humidity – about 10 the cool front arrived and it is now 63 with 56% humidity. I should have waited to walk! LOL! I would love to see our weather settle into 30’s at night and 60’s during the day, but concerned that this winter will be called “the seesaw or up and down” winter. Not my favorite.
New Project: Last December Kay England started a program called Medallion Mastery. I signed up for the project, but was unable to start a quilt with the group. I kept the project on the top of the stack of “want to do” because I love Medallion quilts and have always wanted to design my own. Kaye is an absolute hoot to watch and listen to she has been around a long time in the quilting world. So, last week was the week for me to start on a Medallion quilt. I watched and listened to her video’s and rejoined her Facebook group. There are some beautiful Medallion quilts that were done last year. The cost of the program was $30.00 and well worth it. I also subscribed to YouTube videos in order to download all of her the sessions .
This is my journey in attempting to start from scratch and design a Medallion quilt. I started looking for fabric (not in a store but in my stash) that I would use and found my Terracina fabric sitting in a drawer that I had purchased a couple years ago. When I purchased it (probably on sale) I purchased 4 fat quarter bundles, 2 Layer Cakes (never buy them), and 2 Jelly Rolls (never buy them either). One thing that I did not realize that each fat quarter bundle had a Panel included! Talk about an over kill on this purchase!
I started out with the Panel, added a 1/2″ batik blue border, and a 2 3/4″ gold screen print border. I knew that the center was off an inch, but was hoping to find a way to get it squared.
Then, hoping that it would work out, I tried some HSTs for the next border.
Then I tried different color HSTs. That did not work out either – remember I was off an inch between the length and width.
Next step – back to the drawing board (Note, I never draw a picture of where I am going in the quilting process my drawing pad and pencil are in my head) as I knew I had to deal with how to get this thing squared. I also got Clay involved in the problem as I figured 2 heads would be better than one since mine had air in it for a couple of days this week (oops ate some gluten)!
The way I resolved the issue was to take off 1/2′ blue border, trim the top and bottom gold border by 1/2″ and I then had a square Center working great! I added a 2 1/2″ strip from the Jelly Roll fabric. This time the quilt told me I was on the right track.
As of Sunday, this is where I am now. All squared, with only 2 borders and ready to go for the 3rd border, which is going to be a surprise to me also!
I spent the entire week working on this project. Once I figured out how to take care of the squaring problem, things fell in place! I am happy with the outcome so far!
Rockport Texas: When we were in Rockport I visited Sew By The Bay quilt store. Darleen was so much fun to visit with. The day before we left I went back and came home with some goodies (like I really needed any fabric).
When I first walked into the store, I saw a quilt hanging on the wall that I was intrigued with. This designer produces post card size patterns for $2.99 and the patterns are quick and easy to make. The one that was on the wall was made with some fabrics that I would have never selected but Darleen told me how she achieved the look of the quilt and I was hooked!
I purchased the top piece from an online store after I returned home because Darleen was out of the color, but the next two were purchased at Darleen’s store. I enjoy helping out our Brick and Mortar stores whenever I visit one. The two bubble print fabrics are gradated fabrics. The way the pattern is made you would never know that the quilt was made from the bubble/wild fabrics. The blue batik was the fabric that first caught my eye. I wanted to use it in another project for 2022.
Oh My Stars: Rockport is in our future plans again – this time for a longer stay and we are prepared to have a closer look at things. Clay purchased some Astronomy Binoculars so we can enjoy looking at Stars, Planets, and the Moon from our balcony. Of course this will mostly include watching the Shrimp boats coming and going out to the Aransas Bay for the catch of the day.
We have been watching Centennial a 1979 mini-series made for television. It was quite interesting but I am glad that one is over with. Makes me yearn for the past times in our lives where things were more simple.
For an update on my hand stitching projects check out my HQAL post if you have not read it yet. I have a ‘beautiful’ EKG (words straight from the Doctor’s mouth) with no issues, just some idiot giving me Fentanyl during the RF treatment and then a Large Dose of Anxiety. Easy to cure – fire the Doctor and get rid of stress, of which I have!
Have a great week and enjoy life and stitching. We have a new year coming to your town soon along with Santa Clause in just 19 days!
Great morning to all. I am enjoying life again because it is so nice to not have any deadlines, etc., to greet me each day. My walking goal has been reached and unless I can turn 51 again, I must be happy with my 1.5 miles, 30 minute walk each morning. I will say that I am very upset with Mother Nature, who it appears is not happy with me. It feels like a hot humid July morning when walking the last 6 days. Today we will have a cool front and tomorrow it will be about 45 when I walk. Different from the 70 and 99% humidity the last few days! I am grateful that at my age I can do this daily exercise for the body and my brain.
Speaking of the body – I visited my new Cardiologist (I guess everyone by age 77 should meet and greet one) and he said I have a beautiful EKG, sees no problems, but I will have an Echocardiogram on the 15th of December. He indicated that he guaranteed that 99% it would be perfect! The low heart rate drop last month was attributed to the Fentanyl that the idiot gave me during my RF Procedure. I have now fired the Doctor and will either stop those treatments altogether or find another Doctor if I need one.
So I am ending my 2021 year heathy, wealthy (except when we go to the grocery store or gas for the vehicles) and definitely more wiser! I am realizing that I cannot solve the problems of the world and cannot fix other’s problems. I leave those things to God as I have a life to live and enjoy.
Now on to the things at hand – hand work. I have been working a on the 2 hand projects that I am trying to finish before the end of the year. I have reached the half-way point with leaves on A Bountiful Life. The blank spaces will be where the flowers go and you can see I am not flooding the border with leaves as I do not want to detract from the 9 blocks. My goal is to have this one done by the 20th of December.
The other hand work was a dish cloth. This is the pattern, Honeycomb, that I had tried before but not successful in able to really do it without mistakes. This one is coming along great. Last month I finished my green one and this one should be done in the next week. We need to watch more football!
As far as hand work goes, this is all I have accomplished. I am working on another project during the day in the Studio that I am thoroughly enjoying and that will be in my next post!
Have a great week and have a good laugh on this little short video.
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.
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.