A New Year and a New Hobby

I decided in late December that I needed something to spark my desire to continue on with quilting or sell it all and do NOTHING or do something really different after such a horrible 15 months of BAD for Clay and I.  Well, I did not sell all my books and fabrics, it was just a bad day!

I have been watching the resurgence of Counted Cross Stitching becoming popular again, so I decided that I would give it a try.   I am glad I did.  I sought the advice from a couple of great cross stitchers and a lady at Herrschners as to the best way to approach this new hobby.  I was provided with a couple of on-line shops to purchase the Aida Cloth or Linen and other supplies, which proved to be extremely useful sites.  They are Stitcher and Everything Cross Stitch.

The first order of business was to order a pre-printed Kitty Cat Kit from Amazon (for beginners).    When I received it I realized that I did not want a pre-printed kit from China and returned it, as the thread and cloth were horrible.  Next step was to find some good books to guide me through the technique.   I looked for books on Amazon and found some great buys on used books.  The 2001 was a big bargain – used for $6.00.  The Readers Digest book was about $16.00.

I placed an order for another book that was recommended to me from Jaydee.  This is a fantastic book if and when I become proficient in Counted Cross Stitch!  Blackbird Designs is a great place for quilting and cross stitch advocates. If not guess Jaydee will get it for Christmas next year!  LOL

Next step was to order samples of different cross stitch cloth to work with and  a couple of little patterns to play with while learning.  I ordered a yard of Aida cloth from Amazon – another big mistake on that one – more China stuff – and it was returned.  That is when I went to the 3 on line places to purchase some better Aida cloth and needles.  I am pleased with this purchase.

I visited one of the other shops and came away with this little project!   I also purchased a Minnie Mouse Kit which will be a great way to learn the craft  – small and easy.  What I did not pay attention to when I ordered it was the fact it came from China.   I threw everything away in this package except for the pattern and the little hoop which you use as a frame when finished! The cloth was like hard paper!

I am blessed to have an extensive collection of DMC embroidery thread that was made in France before another company bought them out, so I did not need to purchase any embroidery thread.

There was another little kit, but that one will be gifted so I do not want to show it.  (Notice DongGuan, China – no thank you!

I purchased this little pattern to practice on.  Great Challenge!

We love the Southwest so this is on my list to make some day!

So now I am ready to play with Counted Cross Stitch in the evenings along with my work on Stars Around the Garden (SAG) Medallion – I am just about half of the way finished with it.  3 Flowers and a 2 stems and then I will do a mirror image of this and will be able to put my quilt together!  Yea!  

If life will just start calming down now 2021 is looking good for me to have a lot of fun with UFOs and Hand work.  I do want to sell my Z44 hand quilter frame, but it would have to be someone local.  I will probably advertise it in the local paper.  It has never been used.  I do not believe they sell it anymore.

Another tip – I read where the gold needles are better to work with so I went shopping for John James gold plated.  Most of the shops do not have the Number 28 Tapestery JJ Gold, but Everything Cross Stitch does have Sizes 22, 24, and 26 so I scooped them up!  Hopefully they are as good as they say they are!

I must get to work now on OMIGOSH goal for the week, so have a great week-end!

Hugs, Nanette

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Moving Right Along in 2021!

Yesterday Kathy and I scheduled a Face Time visit and sew along.  She worked on embroidery and I worked on my hand quilting project!  It was so neat to be able to visit with another quilter face to face while we worked on individual projects.  I am open to anyone else who is interested in doing a Face Time QAL.

I am playing with some pre-printed blocks to practice my hand quilting.  I finished the inner circle while visiting with Kathy!

I purchased 12 of these blocks (2 different patterns) and thought I would sew them together and hand quilt, but appears I forgot that I needed to sew them together before I started quilting – Hum must have been a Senior Moment when I loaded this one block in my lap frame!   Shame on me!  But no worries I have plenty left over – maybe I will make 2 different quilts!  Who knows what I will do with them!

OMIGOSH is still waiting and I am going to have a quiet day for sewing and plan on getting them started.  I would love to have the next 4 days to finish the 12 blocks so I can work on another UFO for a change of pace!

Closing out 2020 –  The Medicare problem has now been resolved and the package is in the hands of Clays Secondary Insurance.  As soon as they finish I have the 3rd package going to our Tertiary Insurance and hopefully by the end of April we should have recouped the majority of that $$$.

Starting 2021 – We started off the year with a great positive bang by paying off the Navigator.  We paid it off in 3 years interest free!  YEA.  Then the fun started – you know how it goes – Fast Trac lawn mower motor went belly up!  We thought – OK – we can handle that.  So the first week of January was to order a new one.  On to week 2 of January 2021 another issue.   Tuesday Clay checked into a problem with a spot on the siding (outside) of the Music Room – BINGO – TERMITES!  The good thing is that it can be fixed – but not for free or low cost!  NOPE  – this is how to drain your savings!  Next Thursday our Exterminator will come and treat the house (they feel it is isolated) and Studio.     This will mean we get to try out the Best Western in our little town of 1200 people next week for one night!  Guess I can consider that it will be a mini vacation!   I certainly hope that there is not a 3rd week of surprises!  I remain positive as this is just life and I can handle it better than what we went through last year.

On a few words of how exercise can really help in our mind set for each day!  As all know, I walk each morning for 30 minutes and can do 1.5 miles in that time.  Some days are harder (I am 76)  but I still do my exercise and have done this my entire life!  I downloaded an App in October 2017 that allows me to track my steps (this was before I purchased an Apple Watch).  Here is my tally of steps since that month in 2017!

Using the Watch and this Pedometer keeps me challenged and motivates me to continue each day to meet my goals.

Have a great week-end – Holiday Week-End!

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 MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021. 

To-Do Tuesday – 12 Jan 2021

Greetings from a wonderful winter time in South Texas.  I have lost an entire week as far as my projects go.  BUT, I am finished with Medicare, the package was delivered to the Secondary Insurance yesterday (by hand) and hopefully will be processed within a month.  Then on to the Tertiary Insurance and it will take them 2 months.  Hey – may have some $$ by the end of April 2021 over a year later!

Here were my goals for this last week

To-Do’s from 4 January to 11 January:


  • Complete 12 blocks for OMIGOSH.  The only accomplishment here is that all pieces for the blocks are ready for sewing. NOT DONE

  • Continue working on SAG Medallion.  I have been working on leaves and progressing working on the applique in the evening!  I have added 4 more leaves on the bottom right and would like to finish this half by Thursday..

  • Load my a quilt  in the Longarm and get it quilted this month! Not Done 

I had good excuses that caused the wipe out of fun with quilting – Medicare, purchasing a new Lawn Mower,  Doctor Appointment, more Medicare, and 2 days spent preparing the Part B packages for the Secondary and Tertiary Insurances.

Life is still good, and I only had 2 unhappy days this week.  So I did achieve staying Happy the rest of the week!  Today is a day to just go slow, enjoy the winter time, and sew blocks!

Have a great week!  Maybe next week there will be some new little goals.

Hugs, Nanette

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Slow Sunday Stitching – 10 Jan 2021

Good morning!  Great day here – cold and rainy.  I do hope we get at least an inch or so.  This week has been hectic and not a lot of sewing accomplished, but it was a Happy week for me (well, OK Tuesday and Friday were not that much fun) but it has ended my relationship with Medicare which is a good thing.   I will be meeting with Clay’s SAFD Insurance POC tomorrow afternoon to deliver a 250 page reimbursement package – things are looking up now – maybe by March or April we will receive the rest of the money due us!  I have never dealt with so many individuals who did not know their jobs, and so many who did not care!  But it is over with and I go forward.

I am coming along with my Stars Around the Garden Medallion.

I want everyone to know who follows me on my Blog that I am a Staunch Conservative Republican and I love my President Donald J. Trump.   If this bothers you, please feel free to unsubscribe from my Blog.  I know there are 75 million Americans who support and love this President and I am one of them – the others do not matter to me because it was through the electoral process that they could purport fraud to the extent they did.  I wish all of those who  participated in this fraud of an election enjoy the next 2 years. They have elected two of the dirtiest Politicians in America to run this Country into the ground.   You will suffer along with the rest of us in the end.   With that I say – God Bless America and President Donald John Trump and his family!

Have a wonderful week!

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 MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021. 

To-Do Tuesday – 5 Jan 2021

Greetings from South Texas where we are having a nice winter for a change.  We need rain badly, but there is some coming this week-end, along with more cold fronts.  So much better than the 100+ this summer!

This is a great New Year for me with tons of UFOs projects to complete!  I will be working on all of my COPs this year instead of starting any new quilts.  I am trying desperately to not put myself under any stress in completing them because I want to enjoy the procerss

I will also participate in the RSC Challenge this year, but may not start until later in the month.  I have 3 different patterns that I would like to do with this Challenge.  But can decide next week or so on that.

I will be selecting from my 2021 list for my To-Do Tuesdays Challenges.

My goals for 28 December 2020 – 4 January 2021 were:

  • Be Happy and enjoy the day!    √ Done
  • List all of the UFOs that have been started but not completed!   √ Done
  • Do a Post on my 2021 quilting projects! √ Done
  • Cut out fabric for 12 OMIGOSH blocks – ready for sewing!   All blocks in zip lock bags ready for sewing! √ Done
  • Order Cross Stitch book and supplies! √ Done

To-Do’s from 4 January to 11 January:

  • Complete 12 blocks for OMIGOSH.

  • Continue working on SAG Medallion.

  • Load my first applique quilt in the Longarm and get it quilted this month!

I am looking forward to achieving these 3 goals for the week.  I want to enjoy the process, not beat the clock!

Have a great week!

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 MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021. 

HQAL and Slow Sunday Stitching!

Greetings and here we are in 2021 and things are wonderful compared to the last year!  I set my Goals (COPs) in a different manner this year.  Instead of monthly finishes, I am working from a “to do” list of unfinished projects and will do weekly shorter goals.  I believe that this will be less stressful than having an entire month to do something.  I believe I work better under shorter deadlines! I participate in To-Do-Tuesdayshosted by Roseanne!

Quilting Projects will continue to be one (1) per month maybe two (2) if things go well.  It would be great to reduce the quilt tops hanging on the rack!

Here is where I am on Stars Around the Garden (SAG) since last posting.

I am getting back in the swing of things and life seems simple now – I love it!

Today I will be working on OMIGOSH.   I have working on another 12 blocks and hope to have them done by Tuesday.

Hugs, Nanette

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers to share and motivate one another.  We pot 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 ,ConnieMonica, Sherrie.

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A Year for Completion of Projects (COP)!

Good Morning and Happy New Year – Again!  In my last post Happy 2021, I listed all the quilts that I want to quilt this year.  Now I am going to list my UFO’s by Technique that are PHD (Piled High and Deeper) waiting to become completed projects.

As far as goals go, I have THREE!   Number One is to Be Happy and No Negative Thoughts (BHNNT).(Maybe)  Number Two is to QUIT BUYING FABRIC AND PATTERNS (QBFAP)!  FOR SURE THIS TIME.  NUMBER THREE is to limit the time on the computer!  This is why I am calling it  a year for Completion of Projects (COP)!

Applique Projects:  In Various Stages of Completions:

    • Jacobean Lights – 4 blocks remaining – 95% complete
    • Stars Around the Garden Medallion –  90% complete waiting on Medallion
    • Dresden Plates – Applique Plates to background fabric – 75% complete
    • Stonefields – Finish Sections 6-10 – 60% complete
    • Celebrating Mary Brown – Continue making a block a month – 10% complete
    • A Bountiful Life  – Decision on doing a Border or make more blocks – ??

Pieced Projects:  In Various Stages:

    • OMIGOSH – 10 Blocks Completed – Working on 12 more.
    • The Arrowhead Block project – This will be a new project.  NEW
    • Sweet Stitches – All blocks completed – Need to decide on setting.
    • Antique Blue and White Quilt – Started in 2019 – Restart this year.  NEW
    • Eleanor Burns Egg Money Quilt – 1930 Fabric!  NEW
    • RSC Challenge 2021 – NEW

Embroidery Projects:  Prepared in 2019 – New Projects

    • Happy Little Things –  NEW
    • Aunt Bea’s Parlor – NEW

Sashiko: Pre printed panels

Knitting:

    • Knit more dish cloths – NEW
    • Work on re-learning how to knit socks – NEW

New Techniques/Hobbies:

    • Lap Weaving – I have all the materials just need to DO IT!
    • Cross Stitch – I tried it in early 2000 but did not stay with it.

I will start the year with To-Do Tuesdays with Roseanne to get me back in the groove.  I will attempt to join One Monthly Goal in February.

I am really trying to finish up these projects and getting finish the 30 quilts that require quilting.  I want to finish the hand applique projects first and then start on my embroidery along with the one hand quilted, Indian Summer quilt that needs to be completed.  A lot of work but it either “finish them” or give them away for someone else to complete!  We shall see how I do.  I should not be bored with any aspect of my hobbies this year!

Have a great 2021!

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 MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021.

 

 

Happy New Year and PHD 2021

So far so good for 2021!  Slept great!  Weather is wonderful (cold)! And I am working on developing my Quilting Goals for the year!  First Goal – NO NEGATIVES – only Positive Thoughts!  No looking back at where we have been – only forward and asking God to protect us from negative thoughts that so often creep into our minds!!!

On to Quilting:  I have more than enough projects that are anywhere from  2%, to 90% finished that have been laying around since December 2019!  I started making my ‘goal’ list for the year yesterday and quickly became overwhelmed! LOL.  So I am going to do what Linda  is doing – Breaking my leftovers down to “techniques”.

This year I am joining Gail in PHD 2021!  (PHD=Projects Half Done) (I call them Piled High and Deeper) that need to be quilted on the Longarm!  Gail provided a neat chart for tracking!  This Section is for Quilts to Be Quilted in 2021!  I have 30 quilts that have been patiently been hanging around since 2004 and ended in 2019!

There are approximately 4 that I will send out for special quilting, but the remaining are for me to quilt.  I have scheduled 12 quilts to have completed by the end of the year.  I will attempt to do 2 a month, but no promises as I will be working on other projects during this time also.  (I am very computer literate, but not on Numbers (iMAC) yet – So I sent the chart to myself in an email, took a picture and here it is.

Have a wonderful New Years Day and the remaining 364 days of 2021 – Now on to my list of PHD’s to complete in 2021.

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 MondayFor the Love of Geese,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021.