Well, it is 5 April 2021 and Spring has come and gone here in South Texas (the new Desert) and Summer is here – they are predicting 90’s this week – and the walk this morning was back to the Sauna! I am getting used to it again (not really).
I finished OMIGOSH yesterday! (Check out my To Do Tuesday post tomorrow) I remember when I purchased that pattern and how I wanted to make the quilt but could not decide on the fabrics and if I really wanted to drive myself to work with such small blocks. I finally decided to use Barbara Brackman’s Ladies Album, Richmond Reds, and Union Blues fat quarter bundles and Bella Solids for the background. Now that I have completed this challenge quilt, I need to review where I was at the beginning of the year and if I was able to accomplish any of my goals.
On 1 January 2021 I posted a listing of UFOs! I must continue to ask myself WHY did I do that? The insurance issue was not yet resolved, and it still is not, but we have both taken a different approach and view of how to handle whatever the outcome of the reimbursement happens. The attitude is now ‘WE DO NOT GIVE A XXXX”. Clay and I are blessed and we just want to get back to a normal peace and quiet life! I will say that the problem is in the appeals process with Medicare and WebTPA. As soon as we get the EOBs back from Web they are going to BCBS and whatever they pay on is it! Our lives have left the train station leaving Insurance Idiots in the dust! LOL
So here I sit on 5 April 2021 trying to make a decision on what I want to do next. So many things that I want to do. Knitting, Cross Stitching, Embroidery, Lap Weaving, Sashiko, and Quilting! I have just too many hobby projects that are near finish, halfway finished, not even started, etc. But I take comfort in the fact that I am not the only one and that makes me feel a little more sane!
As I sat here writing this post, Jaydee called – talk about an Angel appearing! Here is the outcome of that phone call that helped me make decisions on what UFOs I will finish and I mean finish by June 2021!!!
We discussed my UFOs and she suggested that I just go ahead and do a border for the Bountiful Life (it will be a surprise) and call it a day on that quilt.
Then she agreed with my decision on the border for Stars Around the Garden – add the border and do the appliqued flowers in each corner! YEA another one on the road to completion.
Next in line is Dresden Plates quilt. I am going to select the background fabric, cut out some background fabric and draw a grid and start appliquéing them at night. I will take a few days to make a final decision on fabric.
I am going to take a break from hand quilting on Indian Summer as soon as I finish the section I am working on now and just let it sit until I know what I really want to do with the borders.
Jacobean Holiday is a quilt that I started in or around 2010! I have 3 large blocks ready to applique. They are the Christmas gift box, the Tree with Angels, and the Pineapple above the box. I will give myself 2 weeks to either finish the 3 or forget them! That is it! If I do not finish them then the quilt will be put together without them! Final Decision!
Sweet Stitches requires little borders sewn around each block (fabric came with each pattern) so it will become an embroidery quilt with some scrappy borders! I will also have to do button hole stitching around the little goodies that came with each block (i.e., the Birds, Easter eggs) as they are ironed on. Call it a close finish!
Once I am caught up with these projects, I will again start working on Stonefields, Mary Brown, and my Antique Blue and White Quilt which is a sewing project. I signed up for Kay England’s Mystery Medallion quilt but will not start it or the Blue and White until I have completed all of the above UFOs! I am going to shoot for June 2021!
I have enjoyed writing this post. It has given me a way to logically approach the remaining UFOs and I have needed that. Sometimes when we work on UFOs it becomes more of a job than fun, but I have invested a lot of hours in these projects and there is no sense in letting them just sit for someone else to finish them when I am gone!
Now the next very important goal is to get with the long arm and quilt. I may try to get one done before my RF treatment on the 15th. We shall see. If I do it will be Autumn Jubliee OR, OR, OMIGOSH. OMIGOSH is a very heavy quilt and I will do a rather large meandering with a looser stitch length than I usually use. I do not want to have problems with it and I would like to see it on the quilt rack finished. I may have time to do both before we go on our trip. If not, I am certain that in May I will be doing a lot of quilting on my long arm, or start selling the tops!
Well, this is it for today! I will have my To-Do Tuesday on time this week with a set of a goals that are reachable for next week. Have a great week and stay positive (well, as positive as we can with all the craziness).
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