Margaret Potts and Stonefields, 3 Quiet Days, and Dallas Quilt Show

Greetings from sunny/no sun/ hot/ LV Texas!  Well, guess winter is over, although the Mesquite trees are not blooming yet…. so maybe there is hope for some cooler days later in the month.

I am so excited. For the last  days it has been so nice and quiet and absolutely no problems have hit us.  It has been a long time that since I have had such peace of mind and spirit!  Thank You God!

On Wednesday Clay and I  took a day trip to the Corpus Christi area to pick up my son’s remains.   It was a good day and a very peaceful feeling came over me that is still with me!  Richard loved the Ocean but I would not give him up to it.  I wanted to bring him home with me and we did.   I love the Ocean and we were able to have time to sit by the bay in Rockport, watch the Sea Gulls and look out over the water where the sky and water meet.  So refreshing.  We stayed in Rockport to visit with a grade school friend and enjoy a leisure supper at a local eatery.

This was our first trip in the Navigator and boy did we have a fun time trying to use the GPS in a vehicle!  Everything went well until the return trip.   I am very familiar with the Corpus Christi area but not Ingleside where we had eaten supper.  Bonnie advised us to not take the same route home that we did earlier in the day coming to Ingleside. She said that there were too many wrecks, so at ‘dark thirty’ we were trying to figure which way to go to Portland, Gregory, and then on to Corpus Christi, where we would take IH 37 home.    The lady in the GPS just did not want us to go that way so we finally just entered in Portland and we were off! What a Hoot that was trying to remove the route from the GPS.  The lady would just not shut up – finally we figured that one out and we arrived in Portland and from there I knew the way home – over the Corpus Christi HIGH Bridge and on to IH-37!   I remember  when I lived in Corpus in the ’60’s that I did not like the HIGH bridge – I learned a trick – if you do not like to go over high bridges  and see how high you are from the water, only go over them at dark thirty – you do not see how high you are from the water!!!!!

Friday I spent a couple of hours planning a trip to the Dallas Quilt Show in March, a few days at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, and then off to the Mineral Wells area to visit friends of ours.  This will be a great week of fun and visiting friends!  We will be traveling in the Navigator – so much easier that hooking up a 36′ 5th wheel and packing up the house!!!

The Dallas Quilt Show is one that I have wanted to enter a quilt since 2014,  but life got in the way, so now my goal is to enter the show in March 2018! Guess I had better keep my fingers crossed on this wish.  Never thought I would wish for a dull quiet year, but that is what I am wanting this year – it would be great!

Progress has been made on my applique projects.  I finished Blocks 14, 16, and 18 of Margaret Potts Quilt.  Now I have only 2 more to applique and will be current with that monthly project.  YEA.  (Blocks are 10 1/2″ unfinished)

 

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Block 14

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Block 16

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Block 18

I also changed the middle flower buds on one of the blocks in Stonefields quilt, Section 4.  There is a lot more work to do to complete this Section.  Hopefully by the end of February I will be through and ready to go to Section 5.  I would love to have this one ready for next year!   (Blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished)

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I am still in a quandary as to which quilt to make with RSC 2016.  So hopefully when I am caught up on the applique projects I will feel more like making that decision.  WHOOPS – forgot Oh Glory is still patiently waiting loaded and ready to be quilted in the long arm.  Humm

I hope that everyone is having a good week-end.  I am headed back to the table to finish 2 more Margaret Blocks and 3 Stonefields blocks.  Easy blocks, and hoping to have them complete by Tuesday as Wednesday will be San Antonio Rodeo day.  It will be the coolest day of the week and I do not do Rodeo grounds in 89 degree weather!  We are “supposed” to get rain starting today (ha ha) and Monday and Tuesday.  Time will tell on that one.  So far the weatherman has missed a lot of predictions this year.

Have a wonderful Monday and keep on quilting!  Life is short!

17 in 2017 List and Completions

I decided to not go with One Monthly Goal (OMG) and instead I am switching to 17 in 2017 as this fits my projects and UFO’s better.  So here is my list.

Nanette’s 17 in 2017 Projects  (see my 9 January 2017 Post for additional information).

For January I have completed all my goals, well with one exception – quilting my Oh Glory quilt.  But it has now been moved over to February and hopefully finished soon.

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Oh Glory

Finished projects for January 2017.  Cross off quilting of Dear Jane Quilt; Circa 2016 – Modified; Sewing Machine Cover; and Xmas Place mats for Doug and Jean.

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Minature Dear Jane

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Miniature Circa 2016

 

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Pat Sloan’s Sewing Machine Cover

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Place Mats for Doug and Jean

I will now be working on catching up on A Bountiful Life – I have 4 blocks ready to prep for applique (selecting fabric) and have finished Block 6 in January – Yipee!   Upon finishing the next 4 blocks I will then be half-way through with this project.  There are a total of 20 blocks.  It is similar to the Australian Version of Civil War Bride.  I am saving the more difficult blocks for the end!

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Grapevine and Swooping “Yellow and Orange” Bird

I am currently working on Section 4 of Stonefields by Susan Smith;  Margaret Potts Quilt – a BOM with the Baltimore Applique Society, Brinton Hall (EPP project), and Handful of Scraps (EPP project).  All of my applique projects will be on going and hopefully will have Stonefield’s and Brinton Hall completed by the end of the year.  I am almost finished with Section 4 of Stonefield’s and have 6 more Sections – there are 121 blocks in the quilt.  This is my center medallion for Brinton Hall.  I am doing it in batik and need to sew all the hexagons around the 7 blocks.  I am used Asian prints for those blocks.  I am going to re-design the remainder of the quilt, just need a nudge to get going on completing the center!!!

Final Setting for the Medallion Center of Brinton Hall

Brinton Hall

For my new projects I am going to work from my list of 13 “Waiting in the Wings” Quilts See above list.  I am also adding the Quiltmania 2017 Mystery Quilt  2017. (I am not endorsing Homestead Hearth – they had the pictures of the first 2 blocks).   I have the first 2 blocks prepared and ready for reverse applique!  Think I will be seeing a lot of dots when I finish it because I could not purchase enough of the background fabric that the Designer used.  Quilt stores are holding it for kits.  Hope I did not select the wrong fabric for the background!  Time will tell.

When we are under stress in our lives – applique saves us because it is so calming.

Have a great Super Bowl week-end I would like to thank everyone for providing me comfort at this time in my life.

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for February

There is one common thing that all quilters have.  When we hurt, tired, or want to relax, we quilt or do hand work!  I do not know what I would do without my love of quilting.  It is one of the most rewarding hobby to have and quilting has helped me get through some difficult times in the last 3 years.  I completed all of January’s goals with the exception of quilting Oh Glory!  But she is loaded and ready to go.  I plan on having the quilt finished in the next couple of days.

Quilts to be Quilted:

  1. Enduring Legacy
  2. Colonial Ladies (Wanda’s quilt)
  3. Threads of Memory
  4. Miscellaneous small wall hangings

Applique/Hand Work Projects:

  1.  A Bountiful Life (BOM)  Prep 4 blocks
  2. Margaret Potts (BAS BOM)  6 blocks
  3. Stonefields (On-Going)  Complete Section 4
  4. Brinton Hall (EPP project)  Sew Hexigons together for Medallion
  5. Quiltmania BOM Mystery quilt
  6. Snowman in Blue – Start Project (Embroidery)
  7. Kathy Smithz BOM Project – Prep and work on Block 2 (Embroidery)

Pieced Projects:

  1.  RSC 2017 Monthly Blocks
  2. Robin’s Nest
  3. Dresden Plates Project

OK – now let’s see how I do.  Applique projects are ongoing each month.  The embroidery projects have not been started yet.   My back brace has really helped me so I know if life settles down and I continue to feel better maybe I can catch up on my projects – that is my main goal.

Have a blessed day and it looks like 6 more weeks of winter!

A Tale of Two Sons – Darryl Scott Cook and Richard Lee Gill

I was notified Monday that my only son, Richard Lee Gill had passed away.  He was 53 years old.  He had heart problems and was a diabetic.  Richard was a 6’5″ giant of a man with not one mean bone in his body.  He had a heart of gold.  He never said bad things about anyone.  He was loved by many friends in the Corpus Christi, Texas area where he was raised by his Father and Grandmother.  He was known as “Tiny” by many of the beloved friends and I know that their hearts are now breaking.  He loved living by the water and his passion was fishing.  He loved to make fishing poles and had a talent for drawing when he was younger.  I have memories of the times I had been with my son.  He loved to make people laugh.  May he rest in peace.

In 2015 we lost Darryl Scott Cook, my husband’s first-born to lung cancer at the age of 51.  It is a difficult to lose your children while still alive, but it seems to be happening more and more these days to parents our age.  It has been a very difficult time losing Darryl because he was closer to us, but for Clay and I to have lost both of our first-born children within 15 months is difficult.  Darryl and Richard will be missed.

Time heals all wounds and we will survive this.  We will be bringing Richard home in the next few weeks and he will be placed next to Darryl’s Urn in our home.  It is comforting to know that I gave him life and now in death he will remain with me always.

 

RSC 2017 – Beat the Clock!

Today I found a pattern that I really like and am going to use it for my RSC 2017 project!  YEA.  Happy To Be Scrappy  has the quilt on her Blog and I have been admiring it along with Gretchen.  So I did some research and Deb gave me some information on how she made the quilt and now I have finished 3 of the blocks this afternoon.  Now remember, I am not a scrappy person, so it will be interesting to see how this works out.

There is an off-setting block that will go with each block, but I am no longer “Wonder Woman” like I used to be and am calling it quits for today – the last day to post the Purple Blocks.  I am going to do something with my 4 patches, just not sure what!  Both Gretchen and I have added a quilt to RSC 2017 project.  It amazes me how we can start out on a project like this and then at the very end change directions.  But isn’t if fun to do!

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I am now pleased with this and enjoyed making the blocks.  It is really a very easy quilt to make so I will enjoy the process.  I am going to try to make the 3 off setting blocks for the blocks and hopefully can post them on Tuesday.  Wish me luck.

Starting another project tomorrow Robin’s Nest by Karen Styles and hopefully I will be in the Applique mood tonight!  The next bi-monthly quilt will be the Quiltmania Mystery Quilt.  It will be a nice slow project and the first 2 blocks are reverse applique.  I am trying to find the background fabric that they are using, but of course the 2 places you can order them from US are not selling any of the fabric because they are only going to use them for the Kits.  DARN!

IF and I say IF, I can get caught up on my Stonefields,  Margaret Potts Quilt, and A Bountiful Life then I will start Rowdy Flat Library Quilt.  It is a very intense appliqued quilt designed by Susan Smith.  I have my fabrics, just need to double up on my quilting time!  Hummmm  guess I need to clone myself!

Have a great week-end.

One Monthly Goal (OMG) January Goals Completed

I am so happy to have finished the following projects that I had schedule for January for OMG!

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Circa 2016  – Modified version of the quilt – quilted and binding completed.

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Miniature  Jane Quilt – quilted and binding completed

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Pat Sloan’s Sewing Machine Pattern  – quilted and binding completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas place mats for Doug and Jean – quilted, binding completed, and mailed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Block 6 of A Bountiful Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I joined the Ocean Waves Quilt A Long (QAL) only to decide that Ocean Waves is not a quilt that I want to continue with so I made a little quilt out of the one “practice” block I made.

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My Ocean Waves Quilt – Miniature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to participate in RSC 2017 this year.  I have started with purple 4 Patches.  I will continue with this project in February, and make a decision by March if I continue on.  I may find another pattern that  I really like and start over.  Time will tell.

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January Purple Blocks for RSC 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, Oh Glory quilt.  It now loaded on the long arm ready to be quilted!  My goal is to have it completed by Tuesday 31 Jan.

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Oh Glory Quilt – Embroidered Stars – Ready for Quilting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great day and enjoy quilting!

My “Your Fired” Experience, RSC 2016, and A Bountiful Life, and OMG

Well!  After retirement I began to have time to listen to my “gut” feelings about things.   I try to act on them and then sometimes I have to let them play out either all the way to see the issue to the end, OR I let the ‘issue’ play out for a bit – then I lower the boom!

Tuesday was a day that I had a gut feeling that my newly hired monthly housekeeper was not going to work out (she was due to clean on Tuesday).  She called 45 minutes before she was to arrive to tell me she had not put my address in her GPS (1st thing).  Then she showed up at 9:40 (not scheduled 9:00).  I began to have the feeling that this lady would not work out, but wanted to give her a chance.  It took her 1 hour to clean a room that should have taken 20 minutes or so (2nd thing).  Then she had to make a personal call (3rd thing).  Then her daughter called (4th thing).  Then she told me she had not eaten breakfast and her stomach was growling (5th thing).  Now while all this was going on I was cleaning 11 blinds in our den because I felt that something was not going to go right in this new hire!  Now I have never watched the Apprentice, but it did not take me more than 1 hour and 45 minutes to tell the Lady – Your are Fired!  I paid her for the time she was there and sent her on her way!  I was so “upset” (mild word) that I knew I would be cleaning my house that day and until I cannot get out bed!  I finished at 4:30!  Thank God for my new brace.  I will now continue on doing the house once a month myself and leave the house keepers to find another person to lie to!  I just had to get this off my chest.

OK – now on to my favorite thing – quilting!  I wanted to do Ocean Wave QAL and RSC 2016 this year just to have a couple of slow projects.  Well, I have finished Ocean Wave quilt!  I made one block and quickly decided – whoops – do not think I want to spend time doing all of these blocks – lots of work and detail to precision sewing is imperative to make this baby!  I can do it, but other projects would be more fun!  I followed the grid sheet and made a practice block to make sure that it would be accurate and if I really wanted to do this project.   Here is my finished Ocean Waves!

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My One and Only Ocean Wave Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished Block 6 of A Bountiful Life – YEA – I will not say how long it took me to finish this block – I just had “applique block” problem!  Hopefully that is over with as I have a lot more applique waiting for me to get with the program.  I am not real pleased with the “looped vine” in the center – I may have to redo that.  It is embroidered.

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A Bountiful Life – Block 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made numerous 4 Patches (purple) for an RSC 2016 project, but have now decided that I am not going to participate in this project this year.  Maybe next year.

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A LOT of 4 Patches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for One Monthly Goal Update:  I have met all of my goals!

  1. Small Jane Quilted
  2. Circa 2016 Quilted
  3. Pat Sloan’s Sewing Machine   Quilted
  4. Christmas placements for Doug and Jean (2)   Quilted
  5. Started RSC 2016 – Started but decided not to participate
  6. Ocean Waves – Completed

If you would like to see pictures of my quilts, check out my earlier posts this month!  Tomorrow I will quilt Oh Glory and that is the last of the monthly projects I wanted to complete.  I am now at a point where I am going to review some Australian Designer quilts that I had wanted to start in 2014.  I will make a decision on which one I will start in a day or two.

I hope that everyone has a great day and enjoy sewing!  On to my February schedule – whatever that is!