HQAL! End of Another Month!

Lovely weather here in South Texas!  See?

AND another banner yesterday of 110 and probably today!   Do not need the Virus to keep us at home – Weather Virus for sure!

I did finish Santa this week!  YEA!  I have now am working on Mary Brown applique blocks – only 2 left and all corners will be completed – and Easy Breezy pieced quilt. (I need to do satin stitch for the eyes but will have to practice on that stitch).  Also will have to do some stitching around the holly and berries on Santa and other blocks.  Kathy Schmitz provides the finishing touches on each block with items that really make the blocks.

Here is a picture of completed blocks that I had finished previously and the 2 that will be done soon (I hope)

Clay set up the bird bath and started wondering why the dish would empty so fast – here is why – cuties!

Well, this is all I have for HQAL this round.  Have a great week – house cleaning has to be done today – Then I can start September off with a clean house.  The Studio doesn’t take long to clean the dust, but it has been June since I did a deep clean and that is longer than I have ever gone.

Hugs, Nanett

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

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey ,

ConnieMonica, Sherrie.

 

One Down 2 to Go!

Shall I say greetings AGAIN?  I am trying so hard to get over the “hump” of life and back into my quilting.  I think that I am getting there, but it is slow.  I have finished Santa and only 2 more blocks to go and this project will be ready for a setting.  I thought that everyone would like to see what the other blocks look like since it has been sooooo long when I started this project. The neat thing about Kathy Schmitz for this project is that she provides the little things like the leaves and berries on Santa’s hat that you press on and then button hole stitch around each one.  I will need to do the satin stitches for Santa’s eyes, but that will come later when I do the button hole stitches on the leaves and cherries.

Here are the last two blocks that I need to do, they are for October and November.

I am not sure how the setting will end up.  This was my first (and probably my last) BOM with fabrics that I had purchased.  Each block has fabric included to frame them as they can be done separately instead of a quilt.  I am opting for a quilt!

Next week Gretchen and I are going to start on the 3030 quilt project.  Today is the first day of peace and quiet and now I have so many projects that are in different stages, I have no idea what to do next.  I really need to take some sit down time and make some sewing decisions.  I looked at my “list to do and quilts I want to make” fro 22 December 2019.   Somehow I was overwhelmed – wonder why.  I will take stock of my projects and get busy and try to put a dent in them in the next week.  They are:

1.  OMIGOSH Blocks – This will not be a fast quilt to make so it will be a “what am I in the mood for today” type of sewing.

2.  Easy Breezy – This one is exactly what the names indicates EASY and fast!  I just need to settle into it.

3.  2 blocks for Mary Brown – Night work (Applique)

4.  2 blocks for Sweet Stitches – Night work (Embroidery)

5.  Blue and White Reproduction Quilt – (Started a year ago)

OK, I am already worn out just looking at the above.  Think for this week it is going to be Easy Breezy.  I believe the best thing is to try to finish something!  It has been too long since I made a quilt.

Have a great week, and shout out to East Texas and Western Louisiana.  We were hoping to get some rain from the storm or at least a cool down from the 100’s.  Time will tell.

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 Days.  

Slow Sunday Stitching

Greetings from South Texas or in other words the “New Desert”.  I had a week from Hell but finished lovely paperwork yesterday and forwarding my problems to the Doctors Billing Office, my Senator my Representative, and Amazon.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it!!!!

Let’s get to fun and quilting projects   I only have some Snowflakes to finish.

Have a wonderful week!

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 Days

 

 

 

 

Slow Sunday Stitching – 16 Aug 2019

Happy Slow Sunday Stitching!  Weather is conducive to in-the-house stitching!

I have made a little progress on Sweet Stitches block for December!  Maybe I will take time to do some more stitches later this evening as Santa will be here before we know it.

 

Have a wonderful week and enjoy quilting!

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 Days

I am a Quilter Again!!!

Greetings from our Happy Little 5 acres in burning up South Texas – Yesterday the thermometer hit 108 on the back porch!  OUCH – Bet it hits 110 today!  We might have a break in this horrible heat on Monday and Tuesday with changes of “rain”.  We are hoping.

For the remainder of August – 16 days – I want to work on the following.

  1.  Remaining 2 blocks to finish the corner sections.
  2.  Complete the last 3 blocks of Sweet Stitches (embroidery)
  3.  Continue on with OMIGOSH!
  4.  Reproduction quilt designed on my EQ8 last August.
  5. Easy Breezy

Easy Breezy –  Gretchen got me started on this one and so happy that she did.  I needed an easy project just to get back to my quilting life!  I had some fabric that my friends Wanda gave me years ago when she visited her daughter in New Zealand and I had no idea how to use the fabric, but I loved it anyway!

 

Easy Breezy is a Bonnie Hunter project.  I have never done the sewing technique that Bonnie uses, although I do have 2 of her books in case I decide to go there.  I made one 4” block and one 6” block.  I really enjoyed the 6” block more because I make working with small blocks with OMIGOSH and wanted to do something different.

I am making 2 quilts at the same time.  One with black and one with red.  I have 4 of the 6” blocks completed, all the 2” strips cut out, and 1 of the 4” block using the black with the bird fabric.  Not sure how large the quilts will be at this time or the setting, it is just so great to be hurrying to the Studio after exercise each morning and sew!

Here is the 4” Block.  The  neutral  fabric  is a P&B Apple Cider fabric.  After making this block, I realized that the fabric is not as tightly woven as the focus fabric and the Moda so I have changed it going forward.

Now for the 6” block.  Here are the 4 blocks together.

I have a nice stack of 2” strips cut and ready for sub cutting and sewing today!

 

Clay is doing great and I am de-stressing and my eye surgery was a resounding success!  Still healing, but it is great to be able to have my peripheral vision back!  It REALLY feels great to be back to a life that Clay and I have both missed so much in the last 7 months.  I am de-stressing through my quilting.  YEA!

Have a wonderful 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 

Happy New Year 2020 – HQAL and Slow Sunday Stitching

Happy New Year 2020!  Today is 9 August 2020 and I am now beginning my New Year Quilting Life.   Yes, if you have been following me at all this year you are aware it has been a disaster!  So here is the bottom line!

Clay’s hand is doing extremely well for what happened on New Year’s Eve 2019, AND his Transcather Aorta Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a 100% success!  He is back to being Clay, working on getting over the “sit in a chair for 6 months” and “do nothing or die”.  AND thanks to our blessings I still have him with me – lucky guy – I can still drive him nuts!

I made it through my corrective eyelid surgery from the October 2019 Cataract surgery.  What fun!  I am glad that is over with.  The icing on the cake was the fact that BAMC does not bill Medicare (or our other 2 insurances) for Part B charges.  I got to do that one!  I will NOT go into detail on how much time and stress it caused me – just know it was the icing on the cake.  I mailed the package to Medicare on Friday – ALL 250 pages!   I fixed it so there is NO WAY they can come back for more backup information!  (It paid to work for the Government for 33 years). Hope this package drives someone to stress out processing it.  LOL  Hopefully by the time I submit all charges to the other 2 insurances we will have our money back by November!  (Hope I am not dreaming).  Life is getting back to our ‘normal’ quiet life – most people are calling it Quarantine Time, but we are calling it Happy Time and loving it.  All the time others were complaining, we were either at the Doctors Offices, Hospitals, or having Surgeries.  We took all precautions – even to the point of carrying around by Super cart with all the necessities required to prevent the possibility of a Virus looking to land on these two old souls!!! Did not happen on our watch during that time. THIS NOW ENDS THE DRAMA FOR THIS HOUSEHOLD!

Update on love South Texas Summer of 2020!  We tried to continue doing our walk early in the morning, but it is just too hot.  I ride the stationery bike while Clay is talking with his Ham Buddies, then he rides it while I enjoy my coffee in the Studio.  We have ordered a Nordic Trak treadmill from Amazon and having issues getting them to get it in their system and shipped.  I hope it comes this week.  Having the bike and the treadmill will allow us to continue our exercise without wearing ourselves out from the horrible 100+ temps we continue to have each summer.

How about some quilting talk?   Needless to say all I have to show today for HQAL and Slow Sunday Stitching is the beginning of Block 10 for Sweet Stitches – this one is for December – Santa Claus.  I started my hand work again yesterday and this is as far as I have gotten.

Now that I am back on track with life and quilting, I have set a few goals for this month.

  1.  Finish the 3 blocks for Sweet Stitches
  2.  Finish the 2 remaining blocks for Mary Brown (this gives me a total of 16 blocks finished)
  3.  Work on OMIGOSH quilt – I am doing this in Reproduction fabrics
  4.  Work on a Blue and White quilt that I started to play with a year ago… (time passes quickly!)

I also will be doing hand work at night again, sewing during the day, and just enjoy doing nothing – depending on my mood.  I want to do some knitting and working with my wooden lap weaving hoops.  Sew much to do and sew little time!  So many of my blogging buddies are so far ahead of me for the year I will never catch up, but at least I am now able to start on the many projects that I want to make.

Thank you all for supporting us in our time of crisis and I am praying that all stay safe and well, and take care when out and about!

Hugs to all,

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

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

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie,

ConnieMonica,Sherrie

Life’s Little Hiccups!

Greetings from South Texas where we are in the depths of a HOT HOT Summer!  We are hitting the 100 degrees plus with horrible humidity.   But only 37 days until September when things could cool off! (Fingers crossed)

I just could not let Clay be the only one to get to ride to the Hospital in the Meat Wagon!  I brought this one on myself!  As you know I walk 30 minutes in the morning!  Well, things have to change on that one.  On Thursday I woke up with some radiating pain in the left shoulder!  I figured it was my Fibro.  We had 2 doctor appointments, grocery pick up, etc.  Got home about 3:00 and waited for our Hair Dresser to come and give us haircuts.

Long story short – I was getting my hair cut about 6:15 when the pain came back and I did not feel right.  I told Clay to call EMS.  They came and my BP was 200/91 – NEVER HAD THIS BEFORE!  So off we went for a ride to the Hospital.  They would not let Clay come in and that was horrible, but I had to do it.  On the ride to the Hospital they gave me aspirin and 2 nitro tablets.  Somehow I made it through this!

I was extremely low on Potassium – like 2.6 (anything lower I would be gone) as we have to maintain Potassium levels from 2.2 to 5.5 before we are no longer here!  And if too low or too high one can get into trouble.

I have experienced this before I think because I did not listen to my body the last 6 months that I really got in trouble.  They kept me overnight for observation.   Clay came home.   I was released about 2:00PM Thursday and so happy to be home. They pumped 2 bags of Potassium and Electrolytes and that brought it up to 4.0.  One great thing is that my Lungs and Heart are 100% fine!   This is a blessing and all that walking during the last 40 years has really paid off!

Now to prevent this from ever happening, I will go back to a banana and keep lots of Gatorade around for after I walk, or if I start sweating when my sugar drops.   BIG LESSON LEARNED.    I laughed with my EMS guy who kept me calm (me and my Anxiety Crap) and told him that the Cooks only did things like this on big Holidays!

I will be off the blog for awhile again – I get my eyelid surgery on Friday and looking forward to getting them fixed and those black eyes!  LOL

All in all, I am fine, feel so much better and will be smarter.  We will reduce the walking to 20 minutes only until things  cool off!

Have a great couple of weeks, and Hoping to be back in the quilting world by August!

Hugs, Nanette

 

What to Do During a Long Vacation at Home

WOW – 2 posts in one day, but I thought that everyone would enjoy seeing some of the “goodies” I purchased lately to keep my sanity and to have inspiration to get back to making quilts!!!

The first thing is a new Item that Quilt In A Day (Eleanor Burns) is selling.  It is basically a roll of plastic that is 1 1/4” wide on a spool and cut in strips to wrap around your thread spools to keep the thread from making a mess.

I am sure that every quilter (especially those that hand applique) will love this product and it works!  I use this type of plastic that I purchase from JoAnns, etc in long sheets to cover my fabric stash in the Studio.  Here is how it looks on some thread that would drive me nuts when I could not keep them from raveling project bag.

Next  good is a great fat quart bundle of French General’s Le Beau Papillon.  I am usually late in collecting certain fabrics and this is one.  This is my 2nd French General bundles.

Now lets go to Sashiko Projects!  Sylvia Pippen has great pre-printed projects and I really liked the two that I ordered.  One is for Nordic Christmas Panel for  20XX and the other is a panel with Sashiko Sea Reef.  Love them both!

Next is a preprinted block for hand quilting.  I purchased 2 different ones from The Stencil Company.  They had a great sale and I participated!  They are both preprinted on a black back ground.  Should be good practice for my hand quilting in 20XX!

And if the above wasn’t enough goodies that I did not need….Here are 2 books that were on sale with Connecting Threads.  I also purchased Book 4 for EQ8 software and hopefully by 20XX I can design my own quilts!  LOL

Now for the one that I had drooled over since Lynn from Sew’n Wild Oaks began working on the quilt.  I found the fabric at Shabby Fabrics (and purchased 3 fat quarter bundles of 14 fat quarters each). I believe this will be adequate fabric to make this quilt.  I normally do not use the same fabrics for quilt patterns, but this quilt screamed for the same fabric.  You be the judge.

My list of ‘quilts to make’ has grown and I realize that at my age I may never get them all made, but I am going to give it Hell when I am finished recouping from eyelid correction by the end of July.  Clay is doing well, but could the African’s keep their dust?  It is interfering with our morning walk!

Hugs and have a great day!

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

HQAL and Slow Stitching Sunday!

Greetings from a very hot, horrible air quality South Texas where we are on a Vacation from Walking!  YEA!  (Not really).  Looks like it will be a very hot summer again!  Only 2 more months and maybe we will be a nice Fall in September.

I have been trying to catch up on all things that had been put aside.  One of the things was to work on my new iMAC that I got for Christmas.  It feels good to be caught up with things that I have wanted to do.  Along with that I am “de-stressing” from the last 6 months.

I am just now beginning to think about all the projects I want to get started on!  So many, so little time. But by August I firmly believe I will be back at it 100%!

I finished one small thing I have accomplished!  I took the little block made from 4 OMG blocks that I was not going to use in my OMG quilt and made a pillow case for hand applique. I am pleased with how it turned out.

I am really enjoying just taking each day as it comes – if I feel like quilting I do, if not , it is OK.

On 10 July (unless cancelled) I will finally get my eyelids fixed. I am excited to get this done and over also!

Have a great week and stay safe!

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

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

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.

Slow Stitching Sunday- Finally

Greetings from South Texas.  It is so wonderful to have Clay walking with me each morning as soon as we get up!  Love it – Although he walks the circle while I do my 9 times to the gate (which is 1.5 miles) he is walking 30 minutes each morning.  He is walking at a faster pace than I have ever seen before.  What a miracle!

This week I completed the basket block for the lower quadrant for Celebrating Mary Brown quilt project.  I have 2 more blocks to complete and all 4 corners will be finished – with the exception that I need to add the fines to connect the leaves and basket blocks.  I have now finished 14 blocks.

My friend Jaydee and I started on Brinton Hall Quilt a couple of years ago.  I changed the pattern and used batik fabrics with Asian fabrics in the Center of the Medallion.   I have not been able to quilt mine due to life, but hopefully by 2021.

My Brinton Hall Modified Pattern

Jaydee finished hand quilting her quilt.  She used Reproduction fabrics and Toille fabrics for the Center Hexagons.  It is a beautiful quilt and I wanted to show her work.  She is very pleased with the outcome and so am I!  Quite interesting how different fabrics can change the look of a quilt pattern.  Jaydee changed her quilt from the original pattern also and she did a beautiful job!

I am so happy to be back to my quilting.  Today I am going to do some piecing on OMG and another project that I started last year.  In fact it was August 29, 2019 when I had made the following blocks using EQ.  I have since upgraded to EQ8 with my new iMAC and hoping that I can transfer the EQ7 file without a problem to EQ8.  My friend Gretchen suggested that I go back to this project and finish it.  I remember I had so much fun making the sample blocks, so it will be great to finish this project!   In fact I started this right before the Cataract surgeries that we had in Sep/Oct timeframe.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week.  I am really looking forward to it.  Just one short trip to SA on Wednesday and we are free until the 23/24 Jun for Clay’s last appointment to BAMC for his hand and a checkup with the Cardiologist!  Light at the end of the tunnel.  I am trying to schedule my eye surgery around the 20th of July when Clay will have been given the green light to move on with life!

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 Monda

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 –  May Block

Information on Leaving a Post on Blogger

I started having issues when I visited my favorite Bloggers when I tried to leave a comment.

IF you are using Safari (iPhone, iPad) do the following:

Go to your Safari -> Settings -> Privacy -> uncheck “Prevent cross-site tracking.”

It has to do with how the new “Blogger” works.  I googled the problem and this is what they said needed to be done for Apple users!

AND yesterday I worked on a block for Mary Brown, should have it finished today – so I am on the quilting road again!  Now looking forward to this afternoon which will give us the beginning of 10 days before we have 2 doctor appointments for Clay!  We are really going to enjoy this time.  I plan on working on my hand projects and OMG, or if bored with it after I complete one more block I will start on another pieced quilt!

Quick update – I am heading to my Eye Surgeon today – I am going to try to get a surgery date around the 20th of July.

Clay had his 7 day check up – he walks 30 minutes each morning and is becoming a dedicated walker.  The Nurse Practitioner told us that he was at Critical Mass with his valve and that he would have died instantly if he had not shot himself in the hand, which of course led us to where we are today.  His valve was opened about 1/4 of an inch!  She believes it was Devine Intervention.  The walking will help repair the damage done to the heart (not real bad) due to the valve problem.   How about those apples for the day!  He is doing great only 10 days after this procedure – Only has to be on Plavix for 3 months (YEA).  AND his hand is improving quicker – guess it needed some blood to heal!   He has the greatest immune system – wish I had some of it!  LOL

I just had to tell the great news.  Life is really beginning for us again!  HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

Hugs,  Nanette

A Thank You

Thank you to everyone again who has offered a prayer for Clay during the last 5 months.  I apologize for not responding to comments lately.  That will change from now on.

Clay came out of the procedure with anesthesia psychosis which was very scary for me and him.  It lasted over 30 hours.  He went 48 hours with no sleep (wired and hallucinating).  I made it with 30 hours of no sleep before I gave up and came home and slept 3 hours on Wednesday.  I went back to the hospital that afternoon and by then Clay was 100% better.  I do wish the Nurses would have told us that what he was experiencing was from the anesthesia but they did not – only when we left did the hospital doctor tell Clay that was what had happened.  It would have been the decent thing to do and helped us understand.

Clay never had a problem with the heart valve replacement, his vital signs were back to normal with 8 hours of the procedure!  He is a tough guy for his age and that wonderful immune system of his really helped.

We were grateful that they let me stay with him in the CVICU both nights.  The Doctor would not release him until the anesthesia had worn off.  By Wednesday afternoon he was my Clay again and he was released on Thursday morning.  By Saturday we had recouped some of the lost sleep and have been back to our little routine of life.

Friday I get to go see my eye surgeon and am so ready to get the eyelids fixed from Cataract surgery.  The next 2 months will have some doctor appoints (mostly mine that I had to put off).

Today I am trying to work on my Mary Brown blocks and get back to my quilting.  But I have a feeling that it will take me a bit to get over what we have been through.  With my personality I expect to bounce back at 100% quickly, but guess I will have some good days and bad days as the stress level is reduced.  Clay always does better than me in situations like this and probably due to his years as a Lt in the SA Fire Department.  The Government only made me more nuts!  LOL!

I am so grateful to both heart doctors who cared for Clay.  Dr Palomino saved his life with his aggressive testing of Clay’s heart and Dr Alverez gave him a new Aorta Valve!  Together they saved his life and we will be ever grateful.

We are through the rough times and trying to get back to normal life which is getting up each day and spending the day in the Studio.  My goals are to get a good nights sleep, walk in the morning, and today the third goal is to start quilting again!

Have a great week and down here in the South we have already hit over 100 degrees.  I will say that I really have to push myself to want to do that early morning walk when it is 75+ degrees and 90+ humidity.  But it is worth it because it clears my mind and I have a better day from doing it!

I promise the next post will only be on QUILTING!!!!!

Nanette