Alexander Bean Pot, Mary Brown, and Back to Quilting Blog!

South Texas is finally experiencing some lovely wintertime – EARLY! There is nothing like having a cold front come in for your birthday! YUP I am a Scorpio and a Witch (born 2 minutes to Midnight on Halloween)! Proud of it – LOL – just think everyone celebrates my birthday!

I am now back to life in the real retirement world! All through with the Cataract Surgeries (both Clay and I) and glad it was done, with the exception of the horrible drops that one has to use for 30 days. Of course I had problems with 2 and had to quit them and only have 5 more days to put one drop in the left eye! Then I will get some new reading glasses which will take care of the Astigmatism problem.

IN THE MEANTIME, I did finish one goal for the month of October – I now have 40 blocks completed for Alexander Bean Pot quilt.

You will notice that the lower 16 blocks I made 4 of each block colorway. Then I decided to pick up where I had left off and only made 2 each of the remaining 24. I JUST finished them this month (real whiz kid here). So I have decided to continue on and make an additional 24 blocks to fill in the blanks. Sorry for the leaning tower of blocks – cannot seem to get it straight.

I had planned on getting the 24 cut out today, but instead I escorted the Exterminator around, and then decided to do the 1st of the month check balancing. So I may only get a few done.

Now on Mary Brown update! I have 16 blocks ALMOST ready to work on, BUT then I decided I needed to find some more greens, blues, reds, and yellows to use. (Plus it was difficult to make good decisions on colors with the surgeries). It will be November before I can catch up with the other ladies.

Jan finished her second corner (4 blocks less the pineapple block due to issues that too precedent over Mary). She does such beautiful work!

Have a great day and enjoy the Halloween Candy!


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

18 Replies to “Alexander Bean Pot, Mary Brown, and Back to Quilting Blog!”

  1. The bird wing fabric is a wonderful choice. Please share that with Jan.

    I am liking the Bean Pot blocks. I did a search in Block Base to see if bean pot was listed and it was not. So the block must have another name or two as I feel like I have seen it before. I like the fabrics both in color and design that you are using.


  2. You have been busy with the Bean Pot blocks. I love the high contrast. It looks crisp and neat. I look forward to seeing your applique blocks. I know getting new glasses will really help. I have astigmatism too (along with my near-sightedness). I wondered how cataract surgery would affect that. Learning from you, I now know what to expect.


    1. Expect a month of slow down time – It is the stupid drops that drives you crazy! My vision is 20/20 – better than Clay’s I bet I would not need glasses if it were not for the big “A”! LOL
      Thank you for the nice comments on Alexander, I love the quilt pattern! Carol Hopkins is a great designer for Reproduction quilts.


  3. You’ve been a busy with ‘Bean Pot’ and it looks great – I love the colors – so colonial ~ it also has a great textural look to it which is appealing. Are you piecing this by machine or hand? So glad your summer eye surgery adventure has come to an end and cooler temps too! Hugs


    1. I am machine sewing the blocks! When I tried to sew them after surgery I could not eve sew on the line of the 2″ square in a square corner blocks! It is so much better now! But it really slowed me down! Thx on the nice comment Sharon! Things are looking better for the remainder of this year – Now to just sew 24/7 to catch up! (never happen) Hugs


  4. Hi Nanette! I know you enjoyed your birthday immensely – did you get a few trick or treaters? I really love your Alexander Bean Pot blocks. I look forward to seeing how this project progresses! ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. A belated Happy Birthday! Love those Alexander Bean Pot blocks. Jan’s Mary Brown blocks are beautiful. I love the bird’s wings. I look forward to seeing yours. I finally got a start on my first one.


    1. Hi Rebecca! Thank you for the BD wish! It was a good day and great week!
      Jan does some beautiful reproduction work! Very precise and selection of fabrics are great! I should be able to have a couple of blocks next week as I ordered more fabrics and am basically starting over on fabric selection! I did not like the 2 selection for the red bird and others. I needed to add more greens and yellows to my repro stash!


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