RSC 2018 and York Lodge Update

Texas is experiencing the hottest summer since 1925!  Now I was not around then, but last night Clay and I were trying to think when our weather pattern started to change.  In 1996 when I came back to Texas from Virginia I knew I would miss the seasonal changes.  But during Fall of 1996,  the trees in our area were changing colors just like VA!  Well that was the last time I had that experience, and since then we have had 3 years of floods 1998-2002 and then in 2005 the water spicket turn off and it has been nothing but hot hot hot and drought.  This year is the worst!  We are happy that we did the new roofs this summer as there is not one place I would want to travel in this heat!  We will wait until Fall (if it ever gets here).

There will be no more RF back treatments for me.  This time the Twilight got me real good!  So my back brace will be my bestest buddy forever!  This set me back a week or so and time spent on my Yoder Lodge quilt project.  Well, OK, I cannot blame it all on that!  This time a week ago I had 10 finished and 4 ready to sew.  I was a happy camper.

Remember when?

The last step in making these 10” finished Lone Star Blocks requires a triangle be sewn on 4 of the 8 corner to make a square block.  Of course, like a dummy, I did not do this last step until I had the 10 blocks made.  Why worry, I had made a practice one and thought that would be the least of my worries!  What an eye opener and talk about absolutely sick when I realized the one part I had not completed would set me back on the hard work I had done to complete 10 of the 30 blocks.

Long sad story short – 8 of the 10 became rejects!  At first I tried to salvage them, but decided they would be difficult to remake the block because of the bias.  So they went into the mesh trash bin.  They stayed there 3 days and I decided to move them to the “never will be finished” drawer!  They are now back in the mesh trash bin!

I quickly pulled the same fabrics that I used in the rejected ‘8’ and recut the strips.   (Hell, I thought I would be through with this quilt by the end of July!)  All went fairly well UNTIL I started on the last 5 of that batch!  Somehow I had done something wrong because after making 3 blocks I realized that I had screwed up somehow because all the blocks were flaring beyond repair.  It takes up to 3 to 4 hours to make a block.  Precision is imperative I could not figured out what I was doing wrong!

Yesterday Clay and I performed an autopsy on the last two blocks that had not been sewn together, of course they had to be pulled out of the mesh trash bin, and the first strip that Clay checked for me was NOT CUT ON AN ACCURATE 45 degree angle….. Another Nanette error!   I then rechecked all strips and half of them were off.  This problem began when I cut the strips from the last 2 strip sets!  Duh – that was were the problem was!

I now know all pitfalls of this project and hopefully things will go smoother.  With all the problems I have experienced, I am still going to finish this quilt!  There is a plus side to the project – I am able to focus and look forward to working on it each day.  It is a challenge and one that I have needed to get back my passion for quilting!  At least this part is a success!   Here are the 9 blocks that are finished!  (I refuse to count the total number of blocks I have made counting the ‘throw away’s’!). I am so happy now that I purchased all the batiks I have through the years as I am using them now. Each block only uses 1/3 of a fat quarter so it is only time that has been wasted!  When complete there will be a sashing’s between each block!

Yoder Blocks (20 more to go)

Yesterday I sewed my 3 blocks for RSC and compared to what I had been working on this month they were so easy and a breeze to finish!  The color for the month of July Red!


Nesting is coming along nicely!  I have 2 Red Birds and 1 Blue Bird and some leaves and it will be a finish.  My goal is to finish by mid-week.  I will post when completed.

Other than still burning up here in South Texas and watching our beautiful 50’ pines starving for water, I will be working on my Star blocks.  Hiccups happen, and there were a few this month, hopefully August will be better!

It will continue to be in the 100’s with a possible chance of rain on Tuesday – I will believe it when I see it!  My walking took a hit for 7 days due to the heat and humidity.  I solved that problem by ordering a ‘cool’ hoodie cape that I wet, wring out and then keep it on my head and shoulders – makes a difference for me!

Have a great week!


Nesting, and York Lodge!

Happy Sunday to all.  The weather is hot and so humid, but we have been getting some rain for the last 4 days and then back to the horrible heat!  I have been working on 2 projects, Nesting and York Lodge blocks.   The border for Nesting is not complicated so I am pretty sure I can finish it by the end of the month or before!  Tomorrow is Radio Frequency treatment for my back – they cauterize the nerves from the waist down and it really helps!  So while ‘resting’ I will work on Nesting as soon as the twilight wears off!

Progress is being made on Nesting. The top border has 2 Red Birds, and each border side there is a Blue bird.  On the bottom border there is a nest with eggs!  Each corner has the 4 leaves.  There is some embroidery left to complete, but I usually do this when all the applique is complete.  This is going to be a striking quilt and will be hand quilted!  Hummm maybe this will be one that is going to be loaded on that new Grace Z44 frame that I purchased over a year ago.

The other project I am working on is York Lodge.  I have completed 10 of the 30 blocks that make up this quilt.  I am excited because each time I make one it takes less and less time!  Guess the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ still goes!  I am thinking that Wednesday or Thursday I will begin to cut some HSTs and add them to each corner in order to square each block.  The blocks will square to 10″ finished and 10 1/2″ unfinished so these are not large blocks I am making!  A lot of work, but I do believe this will be a great Show Quilt next year.  I have not seen anyone else making it.  The pattern is neatly tucked away in a Quiltmania book!

I am not sure, but that orange star with that dark background may be the first to square – just in case there is a problem.  It will not hurt my feelings if I have to make another orange as this background really sticks out like a sore thumb.  But that was my mood for the day!  LOL  I am very happy that all my points are turning out perfect, and crossing my fingers that all works out when I square the block or I will be one upset puppy!

I am off to cut out 5 more blocks and then hopefully I will complete one more for today.  the block on the bottom is the one I completed this morning.  My goal is for 2 per day and hopefully 3 a day as I get closer to completion.  Final goal would be end of July to have it completed.  The quilt will be put together with a sashing and there will not be a need for a border as this would take away from the floating star effect.  I am not sure which fabric I will use for the sashings, but thinking about the P&B white or a Batik white.

Have a great week and happy quilting!


A Warning to Bloggers on Rebot Spam

Please take the time to read what has happened to Bella.  I am not sure how Blogger works, but if you use WordPress you might want to take heed.  I change my ‘re-blog’ as Anita stated (copied from Bella’s latest post entities Help Please!!!!)

This information is from Anita and is posted on Bella’s blog post that I have linked to:

FROM ANITA:  “You’ve been hacked by a content robot. This is how it was explained to me. What has happened to your site is done by a robot system that searches for vulnerable blogs then exploits them for “visitor counts”. The blog owner probably doesn’t even look at their own site except for the numbers because they get paid per visit. When you send your readers to make comments that just ups their numbers even more. I believe it works similar to other spam sites that grab content and email addresses to make it look like the emails are coming from you.

In order to stop this from happening you need to re-set the “re-blog” button to NO.
1) go to your wordpress dashboard
2) click on the settings
3) click on the sharing
4) Scroll down to the wordpress re-blog button
5) change it from show re-blog to don’t show re-blog
6) important that you save the change
7) Change your wordpress password

This should stop the re-blog robots from grabbing your content. At least for now until the criminals find a way around the fix. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about what has already been stolen. I learned from experience when this happened to me a few months ago. It would be a good idea to change your email password too. My email got hacked soon after my blog got hacked. A message was sent to every single one of my blog readers that I was stranded in a foreign country and needed money to get back home. How embarrassing! I was at home and safe.

I don’t believe any of your faithful readers would dream of re-blogging your content. We would rather post a link for readers to see your site for themselves. The re-blog button is for hacker use only and should be destroyed by wordpress!

I forgot to say that those links on your post to other blogs are now vulnerable to being hacked too. Content robots look for any links within your site as another possible connection. Please warn them to reset their re-blog button ASAP”


Have a great week-end.

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