Alexander is Finished!

Greetings!  I am doing a Happy Dance!  I finished Alexander Bean Pot designed by Carol Hopkins!  I started about a year ago with 16 blocks, then put them in a drawer and it became a UFO!  So from the end of August 2019 until yesterday I worked on making an additional 48 blocks and the 9 patch sashings!  I am glad that I did have this project to work on while I recuperated from Cataract surgery as it was easier to work on them as I could.  There were other issues that delayed my ability to finish earlier, but I have made myself a promise to not look back anymore and go forward (thank you Jaydee!!!!).

So without further ado here he is!

Another view:

Now for a tree update!  We hired someone to prune all of our pine trees.  Then we hired a great company to come in and remove dead trees and all the limbs from the pine trees.  They both did a wonderful job.  Now Clay is left with getting all the leaves up!  He uses a Leave Vacuum system which helps him a lot.  We are in a serious drought here in our area of South Texas.  I believe we have had 5 inches of rain since June or July!  It is horrible as we did have some green grass before this drought started.  It has been well worth the $$ to have this baby!

These are pictures of the view I enjoy looking at through my Bay windows in our Studio!

 

You can easily see the damage that was caused by our feeding the Deer.  They are now gone to other places to eat.  We quit feeding them when they ate our little pine tree that Clay had nurtured and planted in the area so I could look out my windows while sewing.  Hopefully if we have a lot of rain in the next 3 months our grass might come back!

Friday we purchased another tree to replace the other one to put on the tree stump where a tree outside my window had to be cut down this week (boo boo) due to the possibility it could fall on our new roof in the Studio.  So Clay had them leave about 3 1/2’ of the stump and we placed the new tree on it.  I love it!

OH – you want to know what the poles are for?  WELL, it is a hot wire to keep any Deer from eating my tree!!!!!

AND we purchased a Bird Bath and placed it where our other tree was located (the one the Deer ate).

I am now putting all my quilting time into catching up Celebrating Brown.  I am at the point in my quilt life that if I do not like a block, I will be changing it.  I have found one that really needs to be changed.  More to come this week as I spend the majority of my day time appliquéing!   It would be so wonderful to have all blocks completed by the end of the week as I have one other small project that I want to work on – Hum – maybe I will mix them up rather than sitting all day doing hand work!

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching and other links I am working on Mary Brown!

Hugs

Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday

47 thoughts on “Alexander is Finished!

  1. Alexander is beautiful–nice work…we also have destructive deer munching on our plantings here in SE CT! I have totally given up planting any flowers as they consider them dessert!!
    So just daffodils and marigolds which they turn their noses up at!! ;)))
    Hugs, Julierose

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    • There were 6 babies this year and when we were gone for a week they started working on it. I am glad that we quit feeding. They were also tearing up the acreage. Hope they found a new home! I do not have a green thumb and we have too many snakes that would love a flower patch or garden.

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    • Thank you Gretchen – I forgot to post that the binding will be red! Not sure what the back will be – I really need to find a Longarm quilter to help me get caught up. Do not miss the deer! Should have got a dog! LOL. Hugs

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    • Thank you Michelle, The drought started in 2005 – we thought Katrina would help us but since then nothing but drought years! We had floods in the SA are in 1998-2000- and 2002 – it is out time again!

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  2. Alexander turned out wonderfully!!! Well done!! Deer are incredibly destructive! I hang chunks of Irish Spring soap in burlap bags in my trees and bushes to keep them away. I love to look at the deer, I just really don’t like them eating my garden and trees. Usually they feed in our hay fields or on the hay stacks (and make a terrible mess there as well). Hubby does know how to make great sausage with them though!!

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    • Well, it was my design choice, I had made 4 of each color so I started with the first 8 for Row 1 and then Row 2. Then I started a repeat 3 more times. I do not do random real well. I am not a good scrappy quilter either.

      I do better with some sort of order! I use binoculars (reversed) to see the light and darks on some quilts – depends.

      Mary Brown will be a challenge for me using all those Reproductions. I am already changing the pineapple block!

      Send me some of that snow! Hugs! When life settles down (and it finally is for me) we need to do a Skype! Maybe after Christmas as I see you are a busy lady!

      Hugs

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      • I love hearing how people decide to “organize” their blocks and such! I struggle with random too, but happily, my younger piano students always love to help me when I ask them to lay out the blocks, and then I can just tweak them. They are not bothered by random! Yes, a Skype session wold be great, maybe as early as Thursday or Friday morning.

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        • Thursday morning is grocery shopping -EARLY – but should be available about 11 our time (CST) or Friday – we are in for the Christmas Season after grocery shopping! Today is applique day and maybe a small SAL with Susan for Advent (I am 2 weeks behind!) Hugs

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  3. Enjoyed the yard tour – that was fun! Love the new tree too. The upside down terra cotta pot on feeder ~ is that to keep the squirrels at bay? ABP is wonderful 🙂 Bring on the rain!

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    • Why thank you Sharon – this is just the back of the property – the front is almost cleared of pine needles in the circle! Yup – that is a Clay design! He used to put axle grease on the pole – LOL – but this is working fine unless they jump down into the feeding tray!
      Thx on ABP! We need a 15″ flood – of course we live on a hill – and as long as we have food and water what else would we need! Although we would be cut off from La Vernia and Sutherland Springs. Hugs

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  4. Hi Nanette! Congrats on getting the bean pot quilt top all together. That has to feel great as it’s quite an accomplishment. I know deer can do a lot of damage, so I hope they leave your new tree alone. Those poles should certainly be a deterrent. That leaf vacuum looks pretty darn nifty. I would love to be there to see that in action! Happy Monday. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Thank you Roseanne! Yup did not realize that we had a problem…. A dog would have been cheaper! Hot wire set up works great! With it being so dry, when Clay was picking up the leaves he was leaving a trail of dust behind him! We need rain so badly! Have a great week – see you tomorrow on To Do Tuesdays! Yea! Hugs

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  5. Congrats on the quilt top finish you go girl. Love the pictures too. The little tree on the stump is wonderful. Such a spacious backyard. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to all.

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  6. Mr Alexander is a handsome one! Doing the happy dance with you!!Love your idea with the tree stumps,and yes wild life can be a pain,although there is an upside as they are delightful to watch especially when there’s little ones involved.

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  7. Your Bean Pot quilt is momentous and beautiful; I can’t find enough wonderful words to describe that piece. What a job!
    Sorry about the drought and I guess that means you can’t water as such either?? So in that case I wish you rain but just the right amount and not flooding. Weather gods just can’t seem to find the right balance lately!

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    • Thank you Jocelyn! I am glad that I pushed myself and did not allow me to stray to another project and put it back in the UFO section!

      We could water, but it would cost a fortune and in sand it is not worth it! I just hope we start getting rain soon! At least it is cold and not hot like the 100 degrees that lasted for 4 months!

      Hugs and I love your Redwork!

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  8. Oh my, you should *still* be doing that happy dance! What a beautiful quilt top! We have thrown up our hands at keeping deer away. The only thing we do is plant marigolds around our veggie garden in the spring/summer! And it works! 🙂

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      • It is called a Sierra Teck Motion Activated Voice Player – you record a noise that will scare the deer away as they get close to something that you do not want them there! About $28.00 Will post about it when he gets it set up! Worth looking into!

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  9. Congratulations on finishing off Alexander! It’s a beautiful and dynamic quilt. The drought and the deer really did a number on your landscaping. Hopefully you’ll get more rain this winter and the grass will grow back next spring.

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  10. Alexander is beautiful. I love how your husband left a tall stump to put the little tree on for you to see. I also noticed the upside down pot on the pole — squirrel baffle? Does it work? How did you keep it up there? I think that’s a great idea and looks great.
    PS Your applique is beautiful!

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    • Thank you Sue on Alexander and the applique. He has an old desk lamp cover under the pot! So much the Engineer! Yes it keeps the squirrels out of the bird seed – first he tried axle grease – that was just so much fun to watch! Now the neighbors cat can jump all the way into the pan and grab a little wren when she can – I hope someday to get a still shot of her doing that – and she can get her a treat! Merry Christmas!

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