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


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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!


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

Post Number 365! – Alexander Bean Pot Status

Greetings and hoping that all had a great Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, or just doing what you wanted to do!

I finished all 64 blocks for my Alexander Bean Pot quilt by Carol Hopkins!   Today I will make the sashings and hopefully by Saturday or Sunday it will be a quilt top.  Being the optimist, I will see if I can accomplish my goals!

Notice a stack of the blocks (20 of them) in the lower right corner!  I have a total of 64 blocks – ready to go!

I was too busy yesterday to work on my Celebrating Mary Brown and Sweet Stitches – maybe this evening.

Have a great day and either enjoy Black Friday spending $$$ or stitching!



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One Monthly Goal (OMG) Week 25 – 30 November 2019

I need something to get me kick started on catching up on UFOs and current projects, so I am going to do the OMG Weekly Goal!  I had designated November OMG to complete or catch up on 3 projects.  Celebrating Mary Brown (applique), Sweet Stitches (embroidery), and finish 24 blocks for Alexander Bean Pot quilt!  Current progress is:

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown.  Corner Blocks Top and Bottom

Order additional fabrics – done

Wash, Iron, and Organize all fabric – done

Prepare 16 blocks for applique – done

Complete 8 blocks – Only 2 completed

2.  Sweet Stitches

Complete Block 7 – done

Block 8 – Almost done – 10.5 leaves and 3 Cherries to do!

3.  Alexander Bean Pot 

Cut out 24 additional blocks to have a total of 64 blocks – done

Sew 24 blocks – Only 14 left to sew – I had originally made 4 blocks of each colorway, then when I picked up the project again I only made 2 of each colorway.  Decision made to make the 24 blocks to have 4 blocks of each colorway (make sense – LOL).

The blocks are 4 1/2″ finished – the pesky 2″ Square in a Square corners can be tricky!  So it takes a little more time to sew the blocks – about an hour or so to make 2 blocks.  This does not count the time to cut them out!  Just sewing time.

I am hoping that documenting my goals for each week will help challenge me to make the most of the time I do have to work on projects.  It is the Unforeseen Requirements that drive me nuts – Interruptions!

Have a great day and will see how I do by Saturday!


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Slow Sunday Stitching and a Computer Retreat!

Good morning!  I would like to apologize for not responding to all the lovely comments that I received on my last posts.  Want to know how the week went?  OK I know you did not ask, but you must hear this.

I started Sunday afternoon and Monday morning cleaning the house – the company I had hired decided to quit cleaning in my area so I am back to doing that!  I wanted to get my “to do” list done before Tuesday!

BUT being in an upbeat mood from gifting Enduring Legacy,  I just knew that Tuesday through Thursday life would allow me to do what I wanted to do – keep up with the idiots in DC and do hand work or sew on Alexander Bean Pot quilt and Celebrating Mary Brown.  What,  you say, how could I want to watch that mess?  I spent 33 years with some of those idiots (Federal Govt and in the intelligence world)  as to how nasty and dirty they can be to those individuals who against the grain of their rules.  This is the worst I have ever seen them and I wanted to evaluate the situation myself!  WHAT A DREAMER I WAS!

That goal was not in the cards for me this week – I chipped a tooth first thing Tuesday morning (got that fixed), had to go to the grocery store, and then received notification that Clay’s SSN had been hacked!   That took up a lot of time Tuesday and Wednesday and some Thursday morning.  By Thursday and Friday I was worn out!  I also was so upset that I had lost another week of doing what I wanted to do. I can add that to the last 3 months that I lost (but at least that was for a good reason)!

Getting back to the hacking!  If you have ever experienced someone stealing your identity I feel for you.  We subscribe to a theft prevention service who alerted us.  To protect Clay’s identify a fraud alert was attached to Clays SSN and to protect our credit, we had to contact all 3 Credit Bureau’s (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) and put a freeze on our credit and SS numbers.  This means that no one – not even Clay or I can just go in and apply for credit without a special code!  I also had to spend time checking on a few cards that we had but knew they were expired.  Then yesterday I spent the entire documenting all that happened, and all the information such as all the new accounts to sign in to and special codes to remember!  NO, the information is not stored on any device – Just paper copies are saved.

Today is the beginning of a new week.  Maybe the Cowboys will win today, no house work needs to be done, the MacBook Pro is up to date and being backed up every day in addition to my PC.  That will be another issue in January – what do I do about Windows 7 support going away and do I upgrade to Windows 10 operating system – which I have heard is an absolute nightmare!  Apple really screwed up with their lovely IOS 13 which shocked me – I am not a beta tester for either Microsoft or Apple and I am frustrated when these companies throw out an upgrade and wait for the User to complain before it is fixed!!!  At least I do not have to make an upgrade decision on my PC now!

I am so blessed that I have been around computers since 1966 and am computer literate, otherwise I would be out of luck as far as being able to take care of this mess.

But let me add some positive to this lovely post:  I did work on Sweet Stitches Block 8 (I believe) and Block 2 (I should be on Block 9) of Celebrating Mary Brown.  I DO PLAN on a very very quiet week of sewing on Alexander Bean Pot quilt.  We do not have family so there will be plenty of quiet time for both Clay and I.   I have a Gopher story to tell, but that is for another post!   Clay and I just want a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving week – one where he is on a Gopher Trap Design, and I will be on my own personal Quilt Retreat in my Studio!  Karma is just not welcome anymore!  LOL

Here is what I have accomplished this week!  TA DA!

Just a few more leaves and this block will be one – I love to embroidery when I am so stressed out or when the stress is over with!

I only have 3 leaves and will move on to Block 3 and 4 and then I need to start on the other 4 blocks for the Blue Bird.  I would love to have them all done by the 30th – Any Bets?  Oops, I see a leaf that needs some adjusting!  Hummm!  Did anyone realize that stress affects our quilting – well it can!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends and enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hugs to all, Nanette

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Slow Sunday Stitching – 17 Nov 2019 – Accomplishments

Hello again from South Texas and this time a more positive post!  YEA!

I have been working on Alexander Bean Pot quilt by Carol Hopkins in her book Civil War Legacies.  I have done an additional 4 blocks, with 20 more remaining.  They are 5” unfinished and when I finish the 20 I will have 4 blocks of each color with a total of 64 blocks.   I finished 2 of the red and beige and 2 of the black and white.

In getting back to my applique work, I finished one block for Jacobean Holiday.  I have 2 other small blocks to finish and then 3 large blocks and then it will be time to put the blocks together!  This one has been in the making probably 9 years due to the lack of interest.  I found the other finished blocks in my UFO bin.

I have started on Mary Brown after purchasing tons of new reproduction fabrics.  They will all be used in this quilt.  I have the 16 corner blocks prepared and will be working toward getting 8 blocks completed by the end of the month!  It is really feeling good to be back on schedule for November.

Here is Mary Brown – Block 1 of the top left quadrant section!


This was my original bird but I just was not happy after seeing purple instead of black in the fabric (new eyes help)!  LOL

Goal for this week is to finish up with Alexander blocks and work on Sweet Stitches, Mary Brown, and Jacobean Holiday.  There are so many other quilts that I would love to start working on, but I really want to finish up my UFO’s and catch up on Mary Brown!

Have a great week!


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Bye Bye Enduring Legacy – A Lesson Learned – “KnowingWhen to Just Give Up on a Quilt”!

Greetings from South Texas – where we are having a wonderful cool November and I am back to 100% normal! OK – well just dry eye!!!

I had made this beautiful quilt – Enduring Legacy – in fact, I made it twice (exception – the medallion in the center)!! It was showcased by Barbara Brackman on her Blog!

Then I loaded it on the Long Arm in August only to end up with this mess the week I found out about Cataracts (15 Aug 2019) – No wonder I had issues seeing!

That did not go well did it! But never fear! I was not going to give up on this puppy! Fast forward to this last week when I felt that I could get this baby finally quilted! But ALAS, I ended up with this quilt on the floor half quilted! The quilt was lucky to not be in the burn pile!!! NEVER have I EVER wanted to rip a quilt off the frame before finishing, but I almost did this one.

This quilt was doomed from the beginning and I should have known to not even try to quilt it EVER! This quilt will be gifted to my cousin Susan. I offered to rip my mess out, but she said she would love to have the quilt and take care of it! Sweet Susan!

IF I ever start working on a quilt and have issues like I experienced with this one, it will NOT become an obsession to “not give up”. There are too many other quilts that may not cause issues waiting in the wings to be made!!! They offer more positive challenges!

OK – I have vented enough on this project and it is in a bag awaiting its’ new owner!

Once I decided to move forward from this heart break, I felt that I needed to start making some changes with my Handi Quilter and its frame. I am so happy that I did that, as I figured out why there were problems in loading the backing and as the left side did not load as well as the right side – PROBLEM: The top pole (which Clay changed to a one piece rather than the original break down pole) was not able to keep from bowing a slight little bit. The original poles were so much worse. I realized that the bow was causing me to have issues with the background not being as tight on that side! YEA – one problem resolved. I will now make adjustments when loading the quilt back.

The next issue was to have Clay lower the frame by 4 inches! With new eyes (without glasses now) I can see where I am going while quilting and where I have been. The lighting is perfect (he adjusted it to where I have more than enough light).

One thing I hate to do is ‘practice’ doing anything, but this time, since I have not quilted as much as I used to since 2014, it appeared be a good idea to do a muslin practice quilt! I practiced all the different free handed designs I used to use in my quilts prior to 2014! I do not use panto’s and my machine is not computerized. I purchased it in 2005 and it has been one of the best performing quilting machines for someone who does not want to spend $30K+ on a new long arm.

The ONLY reason it performs so perfectly is due to my Clay (and engineering genius) who has just re-engineered the original table, poles, lighting, and modifying how the electrical cord is positioned to prevent it from causing unexpected jerking while quilting.

I have made the right decision on this quilt and going back to the beginning on my Handi Quilter! I am certain that the next quilt loaded will be a success!

Here are some of my favorite free motion stitches that I am working on:

Here is the Sampler Quilt of Stitches that I ended up binding and now it will replace the Dresden Plate quilt that covered my machine! I prefer the Dresden, but this is a great way to review the patterns that I like when quilting!

Have a great stitching week!


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