HQAL – 28 March 2021

Greetings from South Texas where I am sure we have become the next Desert and Coastal Land, hot, dry, and so very windy since December. Last week was not the best – I tried a generic medication and had a horrible reaction – 2 Migraine headaches Wednesday and Thursday. Additionally, I had flashes in my right eye along with now a circular floater? Friday I visited the Eye Doctor and she will see me again in 3 weeks. Retina is fine and vision is find – just the stupid floater? is still there.

For HQAL, I have trying to finish the center of Indian Summer – then on to the borders. I did not get as far as I wanted to (unforeseen requirements for me) in my hand quilting, but have made progress and pleased with it so far.

I have also been trying to finish OMIGOSH! The end is near. I finished 16 9 Patch blocks and have been working on the 16 Shoo Fly Blocks. This afternoon I have the remaining 12 Shoo Fly Blocks to sew together tomorrow. I can already feel R-E-L-I-E-F! After I have the blocks sewn, I will put the blocks in sewing order on my Design board. Now hoping that the 30 blocks will go together great with no issues!

Just in case some have not see the pattern by Sue Garmen check it out. I used only fat quarters when making this quilt. I was able to make 2 blocks from each of the fat quarters. My quilt will not be as scrappy as Sue’s, but I like it. When I first started making the quilt, I would cut out 2 blocks at a time. After I made 22 blocks (each “block” consists of 2 each 5″ 9 patches (with 5 each 2 inch 9 patches within the 9 patch) I decided on the remaining 8 fat quarters for the next 8 blocks and cut out all pieces. Then I sewed all the 4 patches, HSTs, and 9 patches. I had previously cut out the background squares and triangles for the nice 2″ square in a square blocks. It seemed to go faster for me and I am very pleased to get to this point. I am sure it will take me the rest of the week to have a quilt top finished and it won’t be soon enough. Here are the 9 patch blocks. I did not take an updated picture that has 2 blocks completed! Oh well, Change is coming to WordPress and I do not like it!


Have a great week and hoping that my week is peaceful, calm, and full of time to quilt.  

Hugs, Nanette 

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers 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.  

KathyMargaret, Deb, Sharon, Sherrie, Gretchen, Karin, Daisey, Connie, Sherrie

PS – WordPress has now automatically sent me to their App to do my post! I certainly hope it works!

17 Replies to “HQAL – 28 March 2021”

  1. I just love your Indian summer quilt ,and the hand quilting adds movement! Hope those eyes straightened up. Those migraines are so nasty… I struggle with them myself.

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    1. I am enjoying the hand quilting. It has been since 2013 that I hand quilted. I have very few. they all seem to be Ocular – and related to Menieres. Darn! Doing better – ignoring the floater circle, but it is something that is caused by the fluid somewhere in the eye. Not getting worse – at least no flashes just jell floating around on the right side! Ugh

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    1. It is interesting on this quilt. It was made when I was a newbie. First fabric I bought that cost $$$. About 2002. Thank you – will be good to see it hanging waiting to be quite, or I may just quilt the darn thing and not see it again. LOL

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    1. Well, I will try again! WordPress is a mess! I am 100% sure the medication caused it. First the flashes (migraine) 24 hours later there was something that looked like water spots on you lens. That has something to do with the jell tearing away from the eye somewhere. Anyway, my brain is getting used to it.

      I do like the Reproduction fabrics that I am using. They are from Lady in Red, and 2 other lines (fat quarter packs) from Barbara Brackman in the last 5 years. (A little late in getting this project done.). Hugs. Have a great week – you go in Friday – right? I am postponed until 15 April.. Darn Hugs

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  2. You always have wonderful projects in the works. My first love is the desert so loving Indian Summer. I agree with Deb – such beautiful movement in this. Go away and stay away you nasty migraines – hope today you’re feeling much better 🙂

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    1. I miss the desert so much during the winter! Thank you for the decision I made on how to hand quilt this side of the quilt. I am doing better, just the drop of water on the lens that is there – working on the brain to ignore it. I will have a check up on the 14th, as long as the Retina is OK, I can live with this circle (hopefully LOL). Hugs have a great week!


  3. Sorry to hear of the medical issues. You are making great progress on ohmygosh. Hand quilting looks beautiful as well. Hope this week is going better


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