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.


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


34 Replies to “Celebrating Mary Brown Update!”

  1. I love your blocks but especially the sunflower! Yes 80 today and 40’s tomorrow. But it has been a mild winter so I won’t complain!


      1. We lived in MN for 9 1/2 years. My parents were visiting Alaska and mentioned where we lived. They said MN was too cold why would anyone want to live there!


  2. Gretchen told you exactly what I had been thinking…that you are trying to accomplish too much at once. It sounds like you are more focused and happier now! Love the sunflower block, Nanette! 🙂

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  3. Hi Nanette! It takes a wise friend to listen to a wise friend! I’m glad Gretchen gave you that fabulous sage wisdom . . . and even more glad that you took it and made it your own. The sunflowers are so pretty and with that weather you’re having they’ll be blooming in short time. ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Why thank you Roseanne! I worked on the iMAC today – Turbo Tax downloaded and taxes finished – and downloaded EQ8! I am so happy that I changed to the iMAC and get out of the PC world. I love it! Hugs


  4. Good advise. So glad that decision has reduced your stress level. Remember…. fabric projects and deadline…. are always flexible. Love that pineapple, by the way.


  5. Hi Nan. A lot of us at the retreat are working on Omigosh. I have done a few but not in the mood right now. Looking at your beautiful appliqué makes me want to stitch so I’m going to prep some blocks (not sure what) and do some appliqué. Prayers for you and Clay as he goes through surgery. Take care.


  6. All the Mary Brown blocks look great! You may have some time for hand work after the surgery. I found that Regan was sleeping a lot while I sat there.


  7. I agree with Gretchen. Focus on the hot projects that give you satisfaction and you cannot do it all. I should know that too. Do what makes you happy and forge ahead and the happy wave will come. I love the blocks you are working on. That is a pattern I have but not done YET.


    1. You and I both know that it is so hard to NOT be able to do all the things we want to accomplish with our quilts! It finally hit me that I had to give something up or I would to be able to function for Clay. Amazing when we let things go – so relaxing and free! Love ya!


  8. Beautiful applique blocks! It does help to keep things simple when things aren’t normal. I’m finding that a weekly to do list with no more then 3 projects is helping me stay on track and not be so stressed about moving projects along. Hopefully you’ve got a strategy that will help keep you sane with all the craziness in your life at the moment.


    1. I know that Thursday and Friday will be difficult days, so am doing what has to be done and then if time permits and I feel like it I will do some things with quilting! We were out and about with doctor appts Thurs and Friday and I was very tired yesterday – After I finished my walk, housework, etc I just vegged in the afternoon! Thx for the support!


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