Slow Sunday Stitching and OMIGOSH AGAIN!

Happy Valentines (belated) to everyone.  Clay gave me Red Roses and I gave him two Vermont Teddy Bears that we both love.  We just love our President Trump and now we have the cutest Vermont Trump Teddy Bear!  The Koala Bear was just too cute to pass up!  The Roses are artificial and so pretty!  They will last a LONG time!

Now on to where I am in my quilting projects – Should I just say ZERO?  LOL.  I have progressed very little on Mary Brown but as always hoping to produce something this week.

On one of my post I believe I discussed the issues about me doing scrappy quilts!   OMIGOSH is extremely scrappy and I tried 2 different fabrics to make this quilt last month with no success.  I decided that I would just work on a couple of on-line BOMs until Clay was up and running again.  Well, that did not work out too well.

I made one block from one of the 4 selected BOMs and after spending the time and effort in doing that, the block has a problem, but I don’t anymore – it is called TRASH CAN FIX!  The block and the other projects I had printed out to work on are also visiting the TRASH CAN FIX!  I hope I have learned that I have plenty of beautiful patterns and do not need to participate in the on-line BOMs!  OMIGOSH is a quilt that I have been wanting to make for years!

After the TRASH CAN FIX, I decided to go back to OMIGOSH – especially when Gretchen posted her finished quilt.  She made a smaller version, but I love the way the 9 patches show the diagonal lines!  We were going to start this quilt together in January, but of course, I am behind.  My biggest problem was fabric selection.  When I first started my OMIGOSH you can see what I ended up with.  I really like the little top that I made and the 9 patches really did provide the effect I wanted.  For the 2nd fabric start, I selected some Jenny Beyer fabrics BUT that did not work out either.

Gretchen used a white background for her quilt which really allows her Shoofly Block fabrics to pop in this quilt.  When I saw her finished top I realized that I could use my original Reproduction Fabric selections but change the background to a Bella Solid beige background.  Yesterday I started working with them and I am very pleased with the first 9 patch block.  All blocks are 5″ unfinished and 4 1/2″ finished –  I really do enjoy working with the small blocks and the positive out of this story is that I have practiced enough that all blocks are coming out perfect!  YEA.

This is the first row of the Shoofly block and I really think that I will be happy now with this quilt.

This is the stack of fat quarters that I will use.  They are from Barbara Brackman’s Union Blues, Lady Albums, and Richmond Reds.  I do hope that this turns out like I want it to.  It will be “scrappy” but very controlled!

OMIGOSH is a quilt that I can pick up at anytime (with current time constraints) and not have to revisit the pattern to refresh the memory (what memory I have left these days)LOL.

UPDATE on Clay:  Clay had a highly successful reconstructive surgery on Thursday morning.  He is doing very well and his Orthopedic Doctor is very pleased that the Masquelet Technique** used in repairing his hand.  The gunshot had shattered almost an inch of the 5th medial bone in the middle below his little finger.  By the grace of God there was solid bone at the top and bottom of the bone remaining and Major Wilson was able to put a screw into the top portion of the bone and the bottom portion and grafted bone from the wrist in the middle!  Major Wilson was praying that this would be possible as he did not want to have to use pins. We are so indebted to BAMC and the Excellent Orthopedic Team that has been caring for Clay!  They have performed a miracle.

The Masquelet Technique**of repairing trauma incidents like this and those on the battlefield is absolutely amazing.   We go in for a checkup on Friday!  We are about half way through the toughest part in this process.  He most likely will be put in another cast in two weeks or so.  Right now he has a splint on his hand and will find out Friday about the next phase.

UPDATE:  I forgot to post about the neat Smart Cart that Clay also bought for me on Amazon.  I used it for the first time Thursday morning and talk about saving my back from carrying a snack, purse, and water – great little cart!  Love it! This time I had two Mophie’s (extended batteries for iPhones)stuck in the outside pocket – this way I would not run out of battery time if we had to stay overnight!  This little cart will get a lot of workouts in the future!

 

**Masquelet technique, which is the use of a temporary cement spacer in the first surgery followed by staged bone grafting in the second surgery and is a recent treatment strategy to manage a posttraumatic bone defect.  This procedure was developed by the French and used in combat injuries.

This week will be busy and probably very little time for the Studio but it is OK as after Friday I do believe things just MIGHT slow down and I can get into my quilting rhythm again.  Less stress means more quilting!

Nanette – have a wonderful week

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

Celebrating Mary Brown Update!

Weather Alert – Winter is over with in South Texas – EXCEPT for tomorrow.  80 today and 49 tomorrow…. Hummm!  Best way to get the correct weather report these days – open the back door and see if it is cold, warm, or HOT!  LOL

Now to the important things in life!  Quilting!   A quilter knows when they have a great friend!  Gretchen gave me some very sound advice Sunday and I am following it!    She encouraged me to work on the new iMAC and Celebrating Mary Brown rather than trying to make another quilt during the day!  I tried that yesterday and I know now that I was just trying to do too much given our situation!    I do believe things will get easier for me now!  THANK YOU GRETCHEN!   I just cannot be Wonder Woman anymore!  LOL

I finished my Sunflower Block yesterday!  This is a large quilt and when preparing each block, you will notice I have a tab that states the Block Number.  I find this very useful when making a quilt – pieced or appliquéd!

This block completes the 4 upper right corner blocks.  Looks like I need to get the connecting vines done soon!

These are the  4 upper left hand corner blocks that also need the vines that pull these corner bocks together.

I have 8 more blocks (Bottom Right and Left corner blocks) that are a repeat of the above except for the birds.  There is another block that will replace them and I think probably one of my favorites!

Have a great week – we are one day closer to surgery and hopefully on the road to recovery for Clay’s hand!  AND it appears that listening to Gretchen is proving a big positive for me in de-stressing and just enjoying things.

Nanette

In September 2019,  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

 

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

 

HQAL, Slow Sunday Stitching, Mary Brown, and OMIGOSH! All in One Post!

Well,  we are still living the good life, ‘alive and well’, re-organized daily schedule, and used to the ‘new and different life’!  BUT one month down and about 2 or 3 more months to go when Clay will be ‘almost’ back to being a 2 handed person!  YEA.  He is ready to get rid of the cast for good.  We are not sure as to what comes after the surgery – will find out on the 7th when we go to Pre-Op appointment.

Reconstruction surgery is scheduled on the 13th of February.  His birthday is the 6th of February and we will be celebrating with Jan and Mike at Sea Island Restaurant!  Our Valentine gift this year, for both of us, is to have a successful surgery that will get him back on the road to final recovery!  Our 2020 will start around 1 May!

Between the changes in daily routines and doctor appointments I have been limited on my quilting.  It seems by 7pm in the evening I am what you call “DONE”.  This has caused me to be late in my work on Mary Brown, BUT I am almost finished with my Sunflower block for the month.  I should have used a lighter color leaf fabric for the middle leaf, but too bad – no changes or redo’s this month!  LOL  Maybe during the Super Bowl tonight I will have it completed!  Just the middle and the bottom 2 flowers!


Here is Jan’s block for January.  Jan and I definitely did not get off to the great start for 2020 as we have planned, but we will recoup and catch up soon – right Jan?  Jan was not feeling well and we all know what was going on in the Cook household!

Now for an update on OMIGOSH project. Gretchen asked me if I would like to make this quilt with her this year and I jumped at the chance to have a quilting buddy while making this quilt.  She posted her progress yesterday on her blog, click on her name to view her colors and blocks.

I wanted to make this quilt with Reproduction fabrics, but my idea for that one did not work out.  I made 5 of the double nine patch blocks (each block is 5″ unfinished – 4 1/2″ finished) and 4 of the ShooFly blocks.  Here is a picture of the one square in a square I made before realizing my error by using a larger print for the HSTs!  Keep in mind that these are 2″ HSTs and the SnS is 2″ and the 4 patch in the center block is 1/2″!

It did not take long to realize that my fabric selection would not work, so here is what I did with the blocks I made!  Great Computer Laptop Cover (when quilted of course).  There is a problem with the lower right corner, but it will remain as it is!  I tried to use a larger print for the ShoFly block and it definitely did not work, although I like the outcome of this little mini-quilt!

At first I decided that I would just give up on OMG – but it is really a lot of fun making those 2″ 9 patches and then there is the lovely 2″ Square in a Square block.  They are all made from 1″ strips – so much fun, and really something that is not really challenging (other than the size) for me to work on during this time of healing.  One thing I do not like to do is to give up on a project because of a pattern problem, wrong fabric selection, or just do not like the way things are going.  I take it as a challenge.

With that being said, Here is another group of fabrics that I have selected.  They are Jenny Beyer fabrics that I was going to use for Hexagons for a Lucy Boston quilt but that will never happen!  I am testing them today to see if they will work out better, if not then I will probably go for a 2 color purple and lavender quilt!

Have a great week, enjoy the Super Bowl if you like football, and keep on stitching!

Nanette    Hope to see more progress the next 2 weeks!

Linking to the following groups!

Mary Brown Group – In September 2019 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

 

HQAL Group – This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.

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