I love to share my Quilting projects with other Quilters. My goal is to share my progress on projects that I am working on. I would love for you to follow along with me during my endeavors. I hope you enjoy watching me tackle new techniques and projects. Hopefully you can learn from my "hiccups" and mistakes and make your journey easier.
Good morning to all. This has been the greatest Monday in 2 years! Peaceful, Quiet, and I am starting a small project! Today’s walk was a real hot one 75 and 95% Humidity! FUN! I have 2 more days before the weather turns more Fall like.
Additionally, after 5 days of not being myself (especially yesterday) my Liver finally metabolized the Hump Day Drug Follies from last Wednesday! LOL! I woke up feeling like myself and believe you me it is more than welcomed!
Today I am working on the Color Wheel Pattern that Mary sent me along with the fabric to make mine. This will be a short time fun project to work on.
Maybe I will have something to show on To-Do Tuesday (maybe on Wednesday this week). It is hard to believe that there is nothing but one appointment later in the month and a week vacation at my favorite – YUP – the Casino!
Have a great day, thought I would let you know I am alive, back to normal, with no pain! Have a wonderful peaceful week!
Weather Report – back to summer, but not as bad! Looking forward to cooler days (at least a few cooler days) Wednesday through next Sunday! I have had another crummy 4 days of walking in the horrible humidity.
I probably should not do this post, but it does have some information that might be of use to someone out there in the world and it helps me to document what happened last week.
I went for my Radio Frequency Treatment on Wednesday. (I have had at least 6 of them since 2015.) The Doctor whom I trusted for the last 36 years retired, so I stayed with the same Pain Management Group but a new Doctor. He was younger, but personable. Now let’s get to the idiot Anesthesiologist (try remembering how to spell this one) who popped into the doorway with no personality. I had never talked with this man, but told him – “No Steroids” and by the way whatever they gave me in April did great! He looked down and said “they boat loaded you”. Well, who cares when they are sticking 8 needles in your back right next to the spine! At least I did not feel anything (or remember it) and I had no issues! I thought that he would stay with the Propofol and Versted. DID NOT HAPPEN!
So Mr Brilliant decided to do it his way and boy is he on my list along with my new Doctor who does the RF treatment. This time I felt every needle and when I came out of it I was just to there. It was horrible. I remember saying numerous times “I can feel the needles”, etc. Then after the treatment was over, I remember the idiot sitting next to me in a chair telling me “You quit breathing” WHAT? I was alive, never had the paddles on my chest and everyone acted like it was nothing. When the let Clay in I told him, but he said no one seems upset about it.
I had the following side effects – headache, stomach messed up 4 days and counting, Menieres Tinnitus off the charts, and total weakness in every muscle in my body and shallow breathing. I was sent home with all of this. I am still experiencing the effects of the Cocktail that Anesthesiologist gave me!
It took a day to reach the Doctor, and he told me that the “nothing” turned out to be that my Oxygen Level began to lower and that I did not stop breathing. Then he told to me “that those “A’s” have different terminology” – REALLY? He really meant that my Oxygen level was dropping. He also told me the “A” used a poor choice of words when telling me that! He did not tell me what the “A” gave me.
I kept trying to find out what the “A” gave me and found out late Friday afternoon through the Patient Portal emails I had sent to the RF Doctor and the Anestheologist!
The “A” gave me the normal Versted (keeps you relaxed and you do not remember much), Propofol, which works great with me. But THEN he gave me Lidocaine which he gave me too much as far as I was concerned and just to make sure I had a miserable trip he shot me with some Fentanyl! Hell I cannot even tolerate Morphine and Fentanyl is stronger than Morphine. I had provided my health record history (I keep a detailed history of medications, reactions, and health issues and provide it to all doctors) and it clearly stated no Morphone! Fentanyl is an Opiod and lowers your breathing and should only be used for rare cases. Even with Meniere’s, Fibro, Pre-Diabetes, Degenerative disc Disease and Sacroiliac Joint Problems I NEVER take any pain medication NOT EVEN TYLENOL as it has Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in it now! What caused this? I believe when they moved from paper records into the digital world, they did not update my chart AND the Anesthesiologist did to take the time to read or ask questions regarding how my body reacts. THAT WAS A BIG MISTAKE!
I have a followup appointment in November and I have requested that another Anesthesiologist be present so they will understand how sensitive my body is to medication, preservatives and inactive ingredients in mediations. I had wondered why my new doctor did not want to meet with me before the procedure and had called a couple of times only to be “not necessary”. I will re-evaluate this Group before I have another RF treatment in April.
MORAL OF THIS STORY: Make sure that you spend time understanding the effects of Opiods, Steroids, and other mediations and what they can do to your body. Also, that Doctors and “Anestheisologists'” take the time with you before any Twilight procedure is done, because you know how your body reacts to medications. It may save your life.
OK enough of that – I am sick and tired of this lovely experience as I am of the last year in my life. It is setting me back physically and I have lost the desire to do any projects. But I did manage to accomplish the following inspire of the idiots in this world:
I finished the Vine on A Bountiful Life. All of those beautiful leaves have been cut out and ready for applique. I started on that portion the other night.
The other other thing I have been working on is a Dish Cloth. I love to knit – maybe someday I will spend more time with this hobby!
I did a few cross stitches on Minnie Mouse. I am just learning!
If you made it this far in this depressing post with a little anger sprinkled on top, I do hope that all have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the coming week. My goals are to continue walking, and get ready to get glued to the Poker machine. Maybe I will find a slot machine to throw some money away!
I leave you with this saying:
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Good afternoon! Don’t be too shocked since I am doing a post on the day it is due – I am sure I will be late again in the future! LOL Today has been busy day today which included an early morning walk, grocery shopping, enjoying a 15 minute relaxation in the Sun for my Vitamin D and now working on cutting out leaves for A Bountiful Life. I have the Vines just about finished and ready to sew the leaves and flowers for a finish!
Now it is time to cut and put them all in baggies. I have a few more to iron on and mark and the I will select the flower fabric and how many to do!
I participated in Lori’s Mystery Quilt and have the top finished. Mine is different from Lori’s setting in that I changed block 3 and added more blocks. I am very pleased with the quilt. I may hand quilt it. I love America and yearn for her to come back to us as we have always know her. This is the 2nd quilt I have made using Moda Stars fabric. Still have a lot of fabric left over to use in other projects.
Have a great week – My goals for next Tuesday will be to have the Vine and some leaves appliquéd. If I get too bored working on leaves I will do a few buttons (oops was trying to forget that project!)
Tomorrow I will be getting my Radio Frequency Treatment in my back and it is definitely time! My Sciatic Joint was really talking to me earlier! I will have a nice short nap and then come home and have a reason to just veg in the Recliner!
Yesterday I received a surprise package in the mail from Mary at Hill Country Quilter. A beautiful card for our recent loss, AND then a pattern and fabric to make the same color wheel she has just finished. If you click on her name you will see hers. What a thoughtful Lady to remember us and to send me the gift. I had asked about the pattern when I saw her Color Wheel. Thank you Mary for caring. Have a blessed week! Be sure to check out some of her quilts.
OK – here we go! Weather is my kind of weather – about 49 yesterday morning and topped off in the mid-70’s. I can live with that, but prefer 30’s and 50’s – What a dreamer I am living in the South Texas. I hit the 20 minute mile yesterday, but my watch did not track exactly, so I walked about 37 minutes! Getting back in shape is great. Wednesday I will get my RF treatment and looking forward to it. Today I felt tired, so skipping the walk! I know, I missed another cool day in the low 50’s.
On the 9th of October (my last post) I thought things would be so peaceful and quiet and quilting productivity would increase. Well, that did not happen. I thought I was through with paperwork, but alas I was not and now 9 days later, I have finally finished with Wills, Death Certificates, coordinating with the Choctaws, finalizing our pre-paid Funeral Arrangements along with required paperwork with the exception of the Obits and Eulogies.
The SA Fire Department Honor Guard will really provide so much support for Clay. It is amazing what they do for our Firefighters who had served the city so well during their careers. We still have a few changes to get a good final on the Wills, but all other paperwork has been done. It is now time to move on with life and the living and enjoy each day that we are given!
Now to the few things I did get accomplished and working on since my last post. I have the vines on 3 borders for A Bountiful Life and Saturday night I finished pinning the vine on the top border. During the great Dallas vs Patriot football game (Our Cowboys Won) I am half-way through one side of the top vine. By the time I finish adding leaves and flowers it will be a pretty quilt that I started in 2015 (or 2016).
Lori at Humble Quilts had a 4 part (very easy and small) Land That I Love Mystery Quilt. I decided to follow along. When she got to the last section, I moved in a different direction by changing the Part 3 block and added 3 additional blocks. The blocks are 6″ finished and I am very thrilled with how mine my version has turned out.
Never fear for those who love the Dresden Heaven quilt. I have to do some “ripping” to be able to sew all the buttons on in the center of the quilt. I decided that I wanted to get all the leaves and flowers cut and prepared for A Bountiful Life before I go back to the very last UFO’s prior to 2021!
Have a wonderful week, enjoy the Fall weather, and keep on stitching.
I love the week-ends! They are so peaceful and quiet here on our 5 acres! We are so blessed to live in the country rather than the City. I am beginning to get back in shape in my walking and this morning I am not dragging after walking. It has taken a month to recoup from thinking I was getting exercise on that indoor bike, but that is OK. My stress level is really going down and I am grateful for that!
The last 2 weeks were not the most pleasant and were rather difficult and then very I was busy rewriting our Wills and I pray to God that this is the last time we have to do this. For us we no longer have any living children as they are all in Heaven with God. So it is just Clay and I. We are so blessed to have been together 25 years and that we are still here working on 26. The last 7 years have been so difficult and hard to experience, but I truly believe that now life will begin to provide us laughter and peace each day.
The week of the 27th of September was difficult with the Memorial Service for Melissa and this week was just a lot of work with the Wills. We signed up for monthly donations to the Jones Academy a Choctaw boarding school for underprivileged children. They provide support from K through 12th grade for all Native American underprivileged children.
They have 4 wonderful programs to donate to and we picked the Choctaw Pony Project. This project has 8 horses that are direct descendants from the horses that traveled on the Trail of Tears in 1830. The other one is the Evening Enrichment Programing where they use the donations to take the kids to movies, County Fairs, and support their FHA projects. All in all they provide a loving environment, opportunities to learn social skills, and receive their education. The hold the future for all Native Americans, which Clay and I call ”the forgotten ones”.
Additionally, the Choctaw Nation matches all donations which is wonderful. We did 3 memorials for our children who have passed, to the Scholarship Fund. Jones will be the benefactor from our Estate when we pass.
Yesterday seemed to be a day of laughter and fun – even while working on the 2nd review and corrections of the Wills. Things just fell into place for us and that in itself has not happened in a VERY long time. I finished the Will work, we are set up for Fort Sam Cemetary to be our final resting place, and Clay will be receiving some benefits from the Choctaw Tribe that we were unaware of. All in all, by 6:30PM I was finished forever with my work.
Today is a day to just enjoy breathing! I will be working on the borders for A Bountiful Life – Yes I know, I have been saying that for months, but it will happen today. After I get the top and bottom borders on I will begin to cut out the leaves and flowers for applique. There has not bee a lot of button sewing for the Dresden quilt but I am seeing some starting tonight!
During the last couple of weeks I have been looking at Boos and Bats quilt pattern with The Fat Quarter Shop. I have to blame Laura for getting this one going (hopefully next week). I fell in love with it and the fabrics that they used. They used Sleepy Hollow by Andover and Holiday Collections – Halloween and I was the weak one on this and purchased a lot of each piece. I was surprised that Amazon carried the fabrics along with FQS. Here is a sample of the fabrics and they are so lucious. (I could not get the photo below to reduce – sorry)
Next I purchased some great embroider fabric from WebFabrics. It is a Michael Miller Cotton Coutour fabric.
Next temptation was an email from Quiltmania showcasing Dawn Heese. Around 2014, Jaydee sent me a picture of a quilt that she had made and I fell in love with it, but never got around to it. So when I saw the picture of the quilt with Dawn and the fact that she was had the pattern in her new book, I purchased it from Quiltmania. I absolutely love those bunnies!!!! The pattern is called In the Garden!!!
Here is a picture of Jaydee’s quilt before she had sewn it together. I need to get her to send me a picture of the finished quilt. She is quite the appliquer!
So as you can see, life begins anew today and I am want to get back on the Quilt Train and away from negative thoughts even though the world around us is falling apart, we are not going to participate.
One of the things I did when all the work was finished was to call and make reservations for the Choctaw Casino for next month. There are so many places to visit in the area so this trip will be a much needed getaway! We are ready to see new places and visit old places. ME – I am ready to turn off the world with Casino noise! Since I am limited to eggs and potatoes maybe I will lose a few pounds!
I am always late for my To Do Tuesday post, but that is OK. Celiacs who eat 1/3 of a Bear Claw should suffer!!!!
OK, so time is speeding towards Christmas and 2022 and it is interesting that the first 8 months of each year tend to be a little slower in passing than October through December, so watch out for 30 September! I am making great progress on UFOs (finishing up the last 2) and will be starting new things in October. I am excited!
But for the time being, Here are my small goals completed in the last week.
Completed with the border on Dresden Heaven!
The last UFO is Beautiful Life quilt border! I have the vines appliqued on the side borders! but I have a problem with the vine on the right one. Looks like Jack the Ripper will be here today to correct that! I have never done a border like this before so Lesson learned – FOLLOW THE LINES STUPID that is why you drew them the same and marked the top and bottom of each side! LOL
Goals for 5 October 2021:
Have buttons sew on Dresden centers
Complete vines on top and bottom borders for ABL (above) and all flowers and leaves prepared for applique
It has been a long 9 months, but I finally have arrived at a point where I will be able to start a new project and I am looking forward to retiring these quilts to the “To Be Quilted Que”!
Have a great rest of the week and the week-end and hoping we receive about 5″ of rain. Then cold weather can come anytime.
Well, I worked on my idea for this quilt most of the day. My idea was to cut a border out of the background fabric and applique pink scallops on the same background fabric of the blocks, but it looked horrible. Then I tried numerous ways to come up with a second design for the border for Dresden Heaven (which is turning into Dresden Hell)….. and that did not work.
The background fabrics for this quilt are from the P&B Apple Cider line and the border is from the same line and the color ties in with the background fabric.
I am happy that I am to this point. Now to sew the buttons on and it will be in the “quilting” que. This one has to be hand quilted, but it will be long stitch quilting as there is not enough to really do heavy quilting. Machine and long arm are out since I chose to go with buttons.
Like I said, it is not what I had envisioned for the border but at least it is done and now I am down to 2 quilts! Yea. The border fabric has a very small swirling pattern and it really compliments the background fabric, but it does not appear that way in the picture. Thanks to Clay, it is a good picture. One good thing about the border I used now can be replaced if I change my mind! But NOT NOW! I am DONE! LOL
Have a wonderful week, happy stitching and hopefully some Fall weather!
Good Sunday morning! Weather was great for my morning walk, but starting tomorrow and the rest of the week the humidity comes back and I certainly hope it brings us some rain!
Today I will be working on the border for my Dresden Heaven quilt. I finished it yesterday and now it needs a border – a special one.
I am also working on the borders for A Bountiful Life which will be vines and leaves with a few flowers mixed in. Today I hope to start on ironing the freezer paper leaves on the fabric and then cutting them out this week. It should go fast because the quilt is only 9 blocks. Maybe I will have it completed in October.
Other than that, it will be another wonderful peaceful and productive quilting day for me.
Good afternoon! We have had very nice weather in the morning for the last 3 days. Great for walking. We will be getting the humidity back starting tomorrow and through next week and hoping for rain. BAMC has finally reimbursed us for the surgery charge and we have now recouped all the monies we paid out last year. It is so hard to believe that it has been 21 months (almost 2 years) since that New Year’s Eve in 2019. But it was such the blessing from God in the end! He has recovered from the hand injury and has a new Heart Valve that provides us more time together! What a blessing!
I have finished sewing Dresden Heaven together this afternoon. I have a special idea for the border that I believe will really make this quilt unique! But for today – here she is without the border.
I am very excited now about finishing this quilt. It has been a long time in the making and the idea I have for the border is going to be fun to make! It will delay me finishing it by tomorrow, but this quilt requires that I spend more time with the Border. After all the work that went into it a plain border will not do it justice.
As soon as I finish the border I will only have A Bountiful Life (border in the making) and Stars Around the Garden to finish sewing the quilt blocks together! Then it will be time to start a 2021 project! I certainly have a lot of quilts that I want to make to chose from. LOL
On a personal note, on 12 August 2021 Clay lost his only Daughter Melissa who was such a beautiful Lady. She was only 54 years old. She was a carbon copy of her Father in her facial looks with that beautiful Indian Hair (Clay and his children are Choctaws on his Mother Clara June Cook’s side of the family and related to the original Choctaw Chief MoShuLaTubbe). I always wanted my hair to be as thick as hers as I grew older but mine thinned and she always wanted my skin type that I inherited from my French side. We had many good and bad times together with Melissa during the last 25 years. Just as other families experience the ups and downs with their children. She is now at peace with life and with her brother Darryl and her Mother Linda in Heaven. Please remember Clay in your prayers as he was devastated when we got the call. We are doing better now, but the loss is very much on both of our minds as we go on with our lives.
Melissa Dawn Cook Lane – 22 February 1967 – 12 August 2021
Good evening! It was a cool 104 today here at in our town. We are so blessed to have our home and Studio while the world is going absolutely nuts with the lovely uptick of the CV! Tuesday evening we are going to have a cool front arrive – the first of the season! This will certainly make my morning walk a lot easier (it will be in the ’60s rather than the mid-to high 70’s. Hopefully the humidity will also drop!
Today I finished sewing the larger Dresden Plates to the background fabric! YIPEE!
I was going to sew the buttons on before I put the quilt top together, BUT, alas, my brain kicked in and realized that I needed to sew the top together WITHOUT BUTTONS or I would have had a BIG mess! So tomorrow will be a day to move the cutting table out and put all the blocks on the design board. It will be fun to see how it turns out. I used 1930 fabrics for this quilt.
I also have the borders for A Bountiful Life cut out and the side borders are marked where the vines will go, so I will be working on that in the evening. Once I get all the vines, leaves, and flowers appliqued on the side borders, I will then mark the top and bottom borders. I am hoping to complete this quilt top by the end of October.
I am really feeling good about getting very close to completing all of my UFOs left over from previous years. After I finish sewing Dresden Heaven together, it will be more night work, but only to sew on 110 buttons.
Hopefully by Wednesday (or sooner) I can start on putting Stars Around the Garden together! All blocks are ready to be sewn together but I have to cut out the sashing strips and after I have the top together, I will have some applique for the top left and bottom right corners. It is easy applique, so I do believe that by the the first of October I will be making a new quilt! I am really getting excited now.
I am not concerned about the quilt tops that I need to complete. On 20 October I get another Radio Frequency treatment that will cauterize the nerves again. After that I will begin to focus on getting those quilts quilted! In November or December, the professional long arm quilter is supposed to call about quilting 10 quilts for me. I have my fingers crossed that this will happen.
Good afternoon! What a weather change today from yesterday! The last 3 days were rather cool with lower humidity, but today it is heading to a 100! UGH! I am back to walking and each day I am getting closer to my 1.5 miles each morning. I have done 1.25 for the last 2 days, takes me a little longer, but in time I will be back to my normal 20 minute mile. I can certainly tell the difference in how my days are better! I also believe that I will start losing the 10 pounds that need to go away.
Today I finished Stonefields quilt top! Anyone wishing to purchase the pattern can have it for $125.00 with postage. I never mark on my originals so it is just as it was when I purchased it at $200.00 (2015) and Sentimental Stitches now sells it for $190. If no one wants it I will keep it as a memory pattern. I purchased this pattern in July 2015! Amazing when life goes South and we end up with long awaited UFOs to be completed! So finish date is September 2021! I would have never thought it would have taken me this long to make the quilt.
I changed the border as I did not want to put anymore time into this project. This is the fabric I used – it is a Robert Kaufman border fabric that came from Japan called La Scala. It is a rich gold and I fussy cut the fabric and it went together beautifully.
So here is Stonefields Redesigned by Nanette! I am very happy how it has turned out and it will go on the rack for hand quilting.
Starting tomorrow I will cut out the border for A Bountiful Life. I am pleased with my decision to not add anymore blocks to this quilt as I am burned out working on it! The border will be vines and leaves. I may get creative and add either flowers or something else, but I want this one finished and do not want to spend 2 months appliquéing the border.
Then I plan on getting A Quilter’s Dream marked for hand quilting and loaded on the Z44 – any bets going on out there that maybe by October this will be accomplished? LOL
I am still working on Dresden Heaven. I have 6 of the 16 large Dresdens sewn to the background grid. I am hoping to be in the mood to complete them this week. I hope that I could have this quilt completed by next Tuesday as it would be a large relief. I started this quilt in August 2016!!! You can see where I am in this UFO here.
The very last UFO will be the completion of the top for Stars Around the Garden! I have the Medallion Center completed and all the star blocks finished also. This LAST UFO was started in the March 2020 timeframe and the Medallion was finished in early 2021. After sewing the top together, the border will require more applique, but not difficult. My goal for completion for these 3 projects will be mid-October and hopefully sooner. It has been a long 9 months trying to finish all of my UFOs, but the end is near and I can start making something new. Heck, I may even pick up with Mary Brown quilt! We shall see as I no longer set short time goals because life always provides Unforeseen Requirements for me as I get a smidgen older! But take heart! I will be back to 100% soon!
Am I glad that I stopped making new quilts this year so far and deal with all the UFOs? You bet! I still have quilts to quilt, but that will also come in time.
So I leave you with a wish for a Happy Stitching week! I am so looking forward for Fall weather and am sure most all!
Greetings! It was 68 this morning with lower humidity and a nice breeze. I am back to my walking, albeit a little out of shape (lung wise). That will be easily fixed by doing some breathing lessons and walking every day. It has been about 2 months or more since I had to ride the indoor bike which does not require near the energy that my walking does. But I digress from the subject matter!
Last week I made a decision to finish the last 3 UFOs. Dresden Heaven is “close” to being ready to hit the design board, but I have taken a break from it at this time. I then decided that it was time to just ‘FINISH’ the other two. So the second one is Stonefields, one of the most expensive patterns that I have ever purchased and will not do that again! This is a pattern that is not for a beginner, it is a pattern for a Master Quilter who loves math and enjoys a challenge! There are 121 blocks (6 1/2″) in this pattern. I made it to 81! First of all, I became frustrated and tired of the pattern when I quit it for awhile a couple of years ago. I had forgotten why it remained a UFO, but when I picked it up and started making more blocks, I remembered why it had become a UFO! There are absolutely no directions, no measurements, only copies of graph paper with the design hand drawn with this $200 pattern. Colored pictures of the blocks were sent through the internet and Susan Smith is definitely not a proficient hand Appliquer. The quilt is unique and very popular, but as I previously stated, it is not for a beginner quilter. Here is my version of the 81 blocks on my design wall. You will note the Center with 5 Eight Pointed Stars, Cameo pictures, and the cutest Bunny Rabbit. This was my design choice.
I changed many of the blocks in this quilt. Some of the blocks were not my favorites, so I made the quilt for me to enjoy! I will not be doing the border that is on the original quilt as I want to get this one done and out of the way. It will be hand quilted with long stitches.
The next and last UFO will be A Bountiful Life (ABL). I am also sticking to my latest decision to not make any more blocks as 9 blocks will be great as this quilt just needs to be FINISHED! I have selected the pattern for the border which will be vines with leaves and some flowers. As soon as I finish Stonefields ABL will be next.
I have a lot of choice words for the idiot who is turning our country into a Marxism country but will keep them to myself. BUT I will say that this country just may not survive him, Susan Rice, Pelosi, Schumer, Obama and all the idiot Democrats who voted this idiot into office! I just keep on praying that God will intervene and help this Nation return to a Democracy. Yesterday was the most threatening speech to the American public given by a President of the United States that I have ever witnessed. I am only glad that I am retired now and they have no control over me other than to tax us to the poor house.