Surprise Quilt Update – 13 August 2022 and To Do Tuesday

I have had an interesting week! Still hot as Hell here in South Texas with only 2 tenths of an inch of rain the other day! WOW Record breaking! Still 100 to 112 each day. Ready Refresh Ozarka Water Company cannot even find enough drivers to deliver our monthly order. So Far they are 12 days late and still counting. Then I had 2 dental appointments but all finished until mid September when I go in for a couple of fillings! BUT there is positive news on the quilting front!

I am so very excited about my Surprise Quilt. The Center Medallion turned out perfect. I wanted to continue with Stars for the next border but wanted a ‘floating’ star. In 2013 I had made a quilt called Floating Stars. I entered it in the Austin, Texas Quilt Show. The following paragraph was taken from a 2014 regarding issues with the pattern and the long arm quilter who quilted it.

“Now let’s talk about Floating Stars………..Nothing is easy in the quilting world……… The pattern had a cutting direction issue and it took me about 2 weeks of working with a practice block to get the star to float.  Believe me, I have perfected this one!  Thanks to Perseverance and Math!  Again if it wins a ribbon – any place – I will be so very Happy.  I really worked hard on color selection and placement.  I am not happy with the professional quilter who quilted it – she must have had a bad week – so again – I think that 2013 was not my best year – hoping 2015 gets better.   I will probably go back to quilting my own quilts or find someone who really cares about providing show quality quilting.  I had worked so hard to perfect star, I could have cried when I saw the mistakes on the quilting.”

Honorable Mention in 2014 Austin Show

Now for my Surprise Quilt which is a Medallion Quilt that I am designing and making as I go along! I am extremely pleased with how it is coming along. I spent about 3 days working with the floating stars again because I had to do a lot of math in order to reduce the block from 6 1/2” to 4 1/2”. Those nice point pieces had to be re-worked completely. I tried about 3 different ways to get to the 4 1/2” unfinished block and it took a lot of time, but they have turned out perfect! I have enjoyed working on this project all week.

And here she is measuring now at 28 1/2” x 28 1/2”!

I will be working on the next border next week. I want to really study some blocks before I do and I am now going to work on my Churn Dash SAL from Blogger Chookyblue.

I have now finished the Center of Boo’s and Bat’s. Next is to figure out how to start on the outer border! There are some areas where the pattern alls for white but I am not sure I want to use white – maybe a light beige for the background. Plenty of time to decide!

I have a lot of batiks that needed washing and so I am starting that project and you all know what that means (that is if you pre-wash your fabrics) – a lot of ironing.

I leave you with the following political statement – Remember I am A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN AND DONALD J. TRUMP IS MY PRESDENT – currently he is on a forced vacation but will return on January 20, 2025! These are my thoughts that I have been trying to sit on for 6 days now. Always feels good to say what I feel about the Country! So enjoy if you love America!

WELL! How about a our wonderful Government. I want to thank them for ensuring that My President Donald J. Trump will be elected in 2024! Now if you are one of the 81 million who love Brandon, then you probably won’t want to follow my Blog! I am still in total shock as to how corrupt this administration is! Not one of the Cabinet members know anything about their responsibilities. And Brandon definitely does not know where he is as he told us proudly the other day he is the Vice-President. Along with High Inflation, High Fuel Costs, killers running wild in the country, no one will be safe in this country anymore. Illegals running around all over the country, Polio found in New York, another disease around, and many more. None of these people that were let in OR just slipped in under the radar of the Border Agents. Our country has a cancer and it needs to be cured. So if you love America and our President Trump, be sure to vote IN PERSON on 8 November 2022! I am praying that Wyoming helps Chaney find a new job and that in Alaska Murkowski finds a good fishing job. I am praying for President Trump and his family for strength and safety. It appears that the Evil Swamp Creatures in DC have planned another way to cause them pure HELL!

Have a wonderful weekend,

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 Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party, To Do Tuesdays

A Surprise Update! 5 August 2022

I am so excited about the project I am working on. You will remember the quilt I made for my Housekeeper Georgia’s grandson Vision, it is the header on my Blog now. Well, the other day after cleaning out some drawers, I found that I had a lot strips cut and some left over blocks from the same fabrics.

I thought I would just go ahead and make me a quilt with the Double Hour Glass blocks after I made more. Then I started thinking about making a Medallion Quilt using a large 18” Star. Using my EQ8 Software I drew the Star out and colored it with 4 blues. I printed out the large block to have as a pattern. I use Elenor Burns rulers for the Flying Geese because you get 4 at a time and I need 4 with Dark and 4 with Medium light blue! I love it! I am truly inspired now to develop this quilt as I go along, so it will be called My Surprise Quilt!

I started with the DHG blocks and as I made more I realized I wanted the blocks to be the last border on a quilt!

A Start of My Surprise Quilt

Then I realized I wanted to use them for a border on a Medallion Quilt!

The blocks and Medallion are on the Design Board and now I will sew the Medallion together and start audition blocks for the next border! Not sure what the size of the quilt will be, but I know that I am really REALLY enjoying this project!

UPDATE – UPDATE! The Medallion went together perfectly! YEA. Now on to the next border – another surprise!

So for now, have a great week-end and see all on Slow Sunday Stitching!

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 Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party, To Do Tuesdays

To Do Tuesday – 2 August 2022

Happy Day – I am posting on a Tuesday! Weather – same – hot and dry. Exercise – Exercise Bike again. Today is our 26th Wedding Anniversary! We are happy and blessed! There is a new Hamburger Restaurant in town, so on Thursday we will go and celebrate our Anniversary. All problems are either being taken care of or completed (the unforeseen problems), so I am really looking forward to a quiet August!

Check out what I have been doing the month and last week. Check out my progress and change in quilting direction here and here.

This week I will be working on my 20 Churn Dash Blocks for August! I am going to cut out the fabric for 40 Churn Dash blocks but only sew 20 for this month! The are easy and fast and cutting is one of the things I love about quilting!

I am also making a Double Hourglass quilt for me from the left over strips and fabric from the baby quilt I made earlier this year. This is very very easy and a no-brainer quilt. Strip piecing and cutting out the sections! Fun Fun Fun!

I do have a very large quilt that I made years ago that needs binding. The long arm quilting (in 2014) sewed the binding on with her long arm and gave me a mess to clean up. I would really like to get the bind on and hand stitch it back in the evenings. So this may be a start this week.

I am also looking through my patterns that I would like to make and reviewing the Designers directions, etc. If the pattern appears to have great cutting instructions and provides the size that each section should be, then it is a good pattern. Those that do not provide that information will be put away never to be made in this Studio.

In the meantime I will be working on Boo’s and Bat’s cross stitch project along with appliquéing Bunny Rabbits from In the Garden quilt. These are evening projects.

Inflation and now a Recession is here to stay for awhile. Be sure to thank the 81 million who put us in this situation! Again, I do hope they are suffering like the rest of us. Karma is a great thing. We have 100 more days before we can stop the Liberal Runaway Train! Don’t forget 8 November 2022! Red Wave Day!

Have a great week, and keep on stitching, but only projects that are FUN!

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 Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party, To Do Tuesdays

OMG Goals for August 2022

Good morning! Another wonderful day in the Desert! We are averaging 110 each day! Lovely, but there is some good news – things should calm down by mid-September. To celebrate the coming of rain (some year) and lower temperatures (some year), here is what I want to do this month, they may not be 100% finished, but I plan on working on all of them during the month. We shall see if things stay peaceful and quiet!

First and most of all work on FUN projects! If I am not having fun working on a project then it is trash can time and move forward to something that will be FUN!

I will continue working on my Boo’s and Bats Cross Stitch. I am half way finished with the last Bat!

Next will be to start working on my applique project In The Garden. I want to work on the Bunny Blocks! There are 4 Bunnies – 2 light and 2 dark.

I will be working on my Moda Holiday-Stitch-A-Long, an embroidery project. I just finished Block 4 (done after Block 5).

Cannot forget the 20 Churn Dash blocks that I will complete – This will bring the total to 60 with 20 more to go in September. I have a couple of quilts that will be made from the 80 blocks. They are so much fun to make and the 6” and 3” blocks are my favorite! This is the fabric I will be using this month! More 1930’s fabrics.

Last week I enjoyed cleaning and straightening 5 drawers of fat quarters and scraps left over from previous projects. I sent Jaydee a care package just for her to enjoy or share with others. She was very happy with the fabrics. During the cleaning of fabric drawers, I went through a drawer where I keep left over fabric from quilts. I had made a baby quilt out of blue batiks earlier in the year and found that I still had strips cut out for the project, so now I am making myself a quilt. They are fun, fast, and easy to make! It is a Double Hour Glass! Mindless sewing, but so much fun again! This is a picture of the baby quilt.

I have 2 sets of fabrics that I want to make some Double Hourglass blocks. This will be just for fun as it may not work out like I am planning it to. I will post about this when I start the projects – which may be in September.

My goal for the month of projects to finish will be Boo’s and Bats, Churn Dash blocks, and at least one bunny, and Block 6 of the Christmas embroidery block. The other’s will be for fun!

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 Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party, To Do Tuesdays

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