A Special Post – All about Histamines, Tyramines, and Food Intolerances

This Post is about how my summer has gone with my food intolerance’s – maybe someone else can learn from my experiences.   I have made some progress on my projects, albeit a little slow due to having bad days.  But such is when one is changing things in their lives – like quitting a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI i.e Aciphex) and dealing with rebound reflux that I never had before I took the darn things for 13 years and before that 10 years on Zantac 150.  WOW withdrawal from these can do a number on one’s body, but I am just about through the process of the rebound from the Aciphex to quit (3 months now).  NOW I have been reducing the amount of Zantac 150!  Where was I in 2010 when everyone else found out about the side effects of taking this medication so long – guess I was having too much fun.  The internet has been a tremendous aid for me in figuring out that I really do not need all of this medication!!!!! – NOT MY DOCTORS!

Most of my issues are food intolerance’s – that is the issue that can cause the acid reflux for me.   I had an extensive “food allergy blood test” in 2011.  All that did for me was to show which foods I should not eat.  OK – worked on that one for a few years, but I never understood why my blood test showed a problem with eating those foods.  About a month ago I started baking my french fries with Parmesan grated cheese – BOY WERE THEY EVER DELICIOUS and I had a serving everyday for 3 weeks! Then my eyes started giving me issues, like blurry vision, red and dark circles, and the horrible itching.  I figured it was the lovely African Dust!  WRONG.  Through researching my symptoms on the “net” I realized  that I have food allergies/intolerance  to foods that have “histamines” and “tyramine” in them.  NOW, this is the answer as to why there are so many foods I cannot tolerate, and why I start itching when I eat something with nitrates or nitrites, or when I get a migraine with MSG, etc.   Why don’t doctors tell the patient about the “root” cause?  This would have saved me 6 years of the 23 years I have been trying to understand why my food list is so limited!  I found out that Parmesan grated AND egg whites AND my chocolate kisses are three (3)  of the foods with the highest counts in histamines and maybe tyramine!  These were 3 main staples of my “Limited Diet” –  (Chicken breast (organic), Lay’s Lightly Salted potato chips, Almond Breeze drink, E-nerG yeast free bread, potatoes (buttery only), eggs (3 to 4 a day), and Follow Your Heart Veganease (no dairy, eggs, soy, gluten) and for a treat Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses.   I still can have potatoes and eggs but only the yolk!

Through my research I discovered that unbleached flour and egg yolks do not have histamines.  I was convinced I could make some cookies (the cake flopped) and be safe because unbleached flour and egg yolks do not have histamines or tyramine!   I forgot to mention that I am also Celiac (no wheat or gluten, etc)  and the gluten free flour is made with corn and I cannot do corn, so I decided to give the flour one more test!!!  Boy those peanut butter cookies were so darn good and of course I indulged in those puppies for 2 days straight!

The outcome of that fun trip was to have a wonderful night of Vertigo  (Meniere’s) and the next day a great Migraine (Meniere’s) and lovely Fibromyalgia flareup!   BECAUSE people who have Fibromyalgia and Meniere’s have to stay on a strict low sodium and low sugar diet!  Otherwise, you will be the recipient of Vertigo (Meniere’s) and a Migraine and the Fibromyalgia will go in to high gear!

When this happens, I do not have the energy level, nor the desire to do anything.  This is just not me!  So I am back to my limited diet, happy that maybe in the next 2 months or so the rebound reflux will go away and I can manage with Gaviscon or some Tums.  Anything but an acid blocker (Zantac) or a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)!  So far I have reduced the amount of Zantac from 2 a day to 1 a day and now I have made it 48 hours without one.  I learned the hard way – one cannot go cold turkey on getting off Aciphex or Zantac.  This time I am weaning myself off of Zantac 150’s slowly.  Maybe I have learned something this summer.  Now to try to use all the will power in my being and not stray from my “cheap date diet”

I think I have now vented and feel so much better, especially if you made it all the way through this “special post”!

Have a great day!   Next Post coming up – Grammy Squares, Circa 2016, Ms Potts, and Dresden Heaven!!!!  The fun things in life!

 

Here Comes Grammy

After much contemplation, I decided to make the Grammy Squares from Sew’n Wild Oaks.  I felt so guilty about putting it aside (LOL) that I decided to make one block to see if I wanted to REALLY do this!

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The block measures 6 1/4″.   The fabric is from a Moda line fat quarter pack from 2010.  Then a year or so ago I made a Happy Scrappy quilt  with Rosemary Youngs.  I changed mine around from her pattern thinking I would use a lot of fabric and ordered more of the fabric.  It is absolutely amazing how little fabric goes into a quilt when making it scrappy!  Here are the fabrics I am going to use.

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This bundle is not very well organized so I will do that tomorrow before I start cutting fabric.   My plan is to cut out 10 blocks for Grammy Squares and sew them along with my Dresden Heaven.  This way I will not become bored!!!

I will now have projects ready to work on while I load a quilt on the long arm and when I get tired, I can go the sewing machine and work on these 2 projects.  Happiness is being NUTS, but I seem to be having fun and excited that I have so many choices, quilting, piecing quits, and working on my applique at night!

What more could a quilter want?  (30 years to make all the quilts that are waiting in the wings). Have a great evening.

Brinton Hall is coming along!

I am still in the “cabin fever” mood!  Darn Fall cannot get her soon enough – I was hoping that the latest disturbance in the Gulf would at least bring rain and some cooler weather, but no here we are in the 99’s forever (at least it seems like).

In my last post about Brinton Hall, I was going to take the “easy way out” and just make one corner of the hexagons and then use the same colors on each of the corners.  After looking at the middle hexagons (top and bottom) I realized that I did not think saving time (and creative energy) would be the best thing to do.  So here is what I have come up with.

I surrounded each large hexagon with the main colors of  the flowers and first row of hexagons for each large hexagon!  From there I tried to incorporate colors that blended, ending with the green as a “final border”.  It took some time but I am so glad I did it because I really like the results. Because I have changed the design of the outer hexagons, I have changed the pattern.  Rather than having a space between the center medallion and the last row of hexagons I will sew them all together and then sew them on a background.

I had wondered if there would be anyway I could have just fixed a “border” for the outer hexagons to be sewn to, but realized that the middle would not be stable while doing that and more than likely I would have “bubble” problems.   I had contacted Karen of Faeries and Fibres on problems that I might encounter with that idea, when the light bulb went on in my head!  I would use a piece of muslin, and ONLY baste it to the border that would show!  Then I will not have to cut out the fabric, just rip the basting stitches.  So here is where I am now, the quilt is on the design board and I need to sew each corner together.  I will start by taking each row and sewing them into strips, label each row for placement, and then work on them in the evening.  I have taken a picture of each corner as a precautionary measure for insurance of the mind!  LOTS OF HAND WORK IN THE FUTURE!

 

Final Setting for the Medallion Center of Brinton Hall

I also realized that by changing the pattern I had to add two rows of hexagons on the top and bottom or it would not look right – Duh!  I may still have to do some more re-designing, hopefully not.   The bottom row is ready but I still need to place colors for the top row.  That will wait until I can get the hexagons stabilized because I fell into a reactionary mode by not leaving enough room at the top for additional top rows.  (Guess too many years working for the government – LOL) Wish me luck – any heavy breathing might start a free fall of hexagons and that would not be fun to redo this project!

Have a great day and do some stitching and quilting!

Stonefields, Bountiful Life, and Civil War Bride Progress

Here we are  at the end of July 2016!  WOW!  Only one more month of hot weather and maybe we will all have a Fall Season that will begin in September!  We have had a break in the 50 days of no rain and now are 5″ richer.  Tomorrow the hot weather will return and I am hoping that the air will be a little dryer and not quite so humid, but who knows.  I would have never guessed that we would have rain at the end of July and it is good that we are heading into the hottest month with green grass.

I am experiencing a “little” cabin fever with this hot weather, just the opposite of cabin fever that can hit in the winter.  Maybe it is the weather change this week, but I have no desire to do anything, much less start a new piecing project, or start quilting on a quilt.  Maybe tomorrow will bring me some drive and the desire, but for now it is movie time and work on some hand applique.  We were scheduled for a trip to Durant, OK for 2 weeks, but somehow we realized that sitting in a 36 foot fifth wheel in 100 degree weather would be even worse than staying home.  At least we have the Studio to come to each day and work on our hobbies.  So that trip will be in September (darn) but it was the smart thing to do!

I have completed my current (not counting today’s) Circa 2016 blocks, finished Block 4 with CWB (Bountiful Life for me) and began working on my medallion on Brinton Hall quilt that I started late last year.

Bountiful Life Block 4
Bountiful Life Block 4

Cathy has finished Block 5 and progressing very well.  I like the fabrics she used for her block and the changes she made.  Remember – she is making this quilt with  10 1/2″ blocks – you go girl!

Cathy's Block 5

 

Here are my  Circa Blocks through the 22nd of July.

MVC-621S

 

MVC-620S

MVC-619S

MVC-617S

MVC-615S

MVC-616S

MVC-614S

MVC-613S

Stonefields Segment 4 is WIP, but I have finished 6 of the 12 blocks for this segment.  I incorporated some new fabrics and made the “mirror” block the same, but fussy cut 3 different flowers from Barbara Brackman’s Ladies Album fabric.

Stonefields Block

MVC-608S

MVC-607S

MVC-611S

MVC-610S

MVC-609S
The center has the same hexagons as my background fabric! Looks like it belongs together – LOL

Well, this is it for now.  Maybe tomorrow will bring a better day – I am still dealing with the lovely “acid rebound” from quitting the Aciphex.  It is getting better, but a very slow progress.   I am hoping that by September things will be even better!  Have a great day and keep on stitching!  Stay cool!

 

Threads of Memory – Mini Dear Jane – Ms Potts Block

Just when one thinks that the weather is really HOT it gets HOTTER.  Yikes 104 heat index today and believe you me – it is HOT!

But inside my Studio it is nice and cool!   Today I have completed all of my UFO’s and am totally caught up with my monthly project blocks. I have even been working on Block 4 of Bountiful Life – hope to have it finished this next week.

A couple of months ago I sent Jaydee some batik blocks that I had made along with 3 other ladies in my one and ONLY block exchange.  I decided that if I had not put those blocks together in 4 years that I was not interested, so they took a trip to Jaydee and here is the result.  She did such a beautiful job putting all 96 blocks together to make a beautiful quilt for her bed!  I know that she will enjoy it very much!

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Jaydee’s Quilt

Today I finished my Mini Dear Jane quilt, the last of my UFO’s for now (remember the Texas quilt is still WIP status).  I really like how it turned out.  I auditioned 4 different fabrics for the background before I selected the Pin Money fabric.

Mini Dear Jane 2016
Mini Dear Jane Quilt – 26″ X 26″

Moving right along, I have also finished my Threads of Memory quilt by Barbara Brackman.  This will be a wonderful lap blanket for winter time (if it gets cold this winter).

Threads of Memory 2014 BOM
Threads of Memory 2014 BOM

And last, but not least, I finished the applique for Block 10 of Ms Potts from the BAS project.

Ms Potts Block 10
Ms Potts Block 10

Looking back, the month of June has been one of my productive months in quite awhile, mostly because I am feeling great and my energy level is at 100%!  This is attributed to eliminating my acid medication Aciphex and Zantac!  I did a cold turkey after I found out that the Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) can cause hip issues, gastroparesis, and in itself cause GERD!  It was not easy to do this, but I knew that something was not right with my body and after 13 years of a GERD medication that I thought was helping me was actually hurting me!  I have a very unique genetic makeup so not everyone needs to do what I did, but for me it was a God send that something told me to do this.  Glad I did it.   I may have to still stay on a  modified diet, but boy do I ever feel great!

I may start up the long arm tomorrow and begin quilting some of these tops.  That would really make me feel even better!

Have a wonderful 4th, be safe, and happy!   Keep stitching!

The Ladies Quilt is Completed!

Greetings from lovely Hotsville, Texas.  I am getting somewhat used to it as long as I do not have to go anywhere after 11 AM. (LOL).

I have finally finished Wanda’s Ladies quilt.  It is an older pattern but one that was fun to applique.  I used fabrics from the Connecting Threads Charleston collection about 2 years ago – maybe a little longer.  I am very pleased as to how it turned out.  I love the piano keys border.   The fabrics are coordinating and rather than just sewing the ladies together, I put a corresponding fabric around each block that matched the dresses and umbrellas.   Of course the piano keys are made from the same for coordinating fabrics.   The ribbons on the top of the umbrellas are embroidered.

Ladies Quilt for Wanda 1

 

Now on to putting the Threads of Memory (think that was a 2014 project by Barbara Brackman).  I have not had a “vision” of how to set the blocks, so it will take me a few days to think it over.  I really feels good to finally finish a project, albeit a small quilt.  Have a great evening and sewing day tomorrow.

CWB Update Post for Jaydee’s Block 1

Yesterday I posted Jaydee’s CWB blocks.  We inadvertently posted her block without the embroidery.  I am posting both pictures so you can see the difference the embellishment makes on a block.

Have a great day!

Jaydee's CWB Block 1
Jaydee’s original Block 1 without embroidery!
Jaydee's Block 1 with Embroidery
Jaydee’s Block 1 with Embroidery

I like the way that the embroidery makes the leaves look like they are attached to the stems!  Great job Jaydee – lots of work doing this!

Circa 2016 Medallion is on the design board!!!

I have finally accomplished what I said I was going to do!  Start on Circa 2016 and yesterday I posted some pictures of a few pinwheels and 5  – 9 patches!  I knew I did not like where I was going with the fabrics and rather than “rip” a 2 3/4″ block, I started over with them using different fabrics.

I kept the original 5 patches (too small to rip!) and looked for additional fabrics to add some movement to the quilt.  I am using my Michael Miller Krystals for the background fabric and the border is a dark chocolate Dimples!  I am really loving this version.  I set the medallion on the design board to see how the background fabric and the darker 1 1/2″ bord would look!  I love it!  Tomorrow I will sew it together.

Change in Pace Circa 2016 Medallion

It is such a good feeling to start on a project and see the fruits of one’s labor immediately.  Applique is wonderful and my first love, but there is nothing like piecing for “instant” gratification.  I will now start on the quarter square blocks and continue to play the “catch up” game with the other quilters who are working on Circa 2016.

By the way, anytime I start the chocolate cravings I know there is a strong weather change coming down the pike and it is here.  We are having rain all this week, so best to sit and sew, and watch the rain from my nice bay windows!  Have a great evening!  I am Happy Happy Happy!

Circa 2016 and the Beginning of Summer at the Choctaw Casino

Happy Memorial Day – I love holidays in our retirement years – the phone does not bring me problems to solve because all the “problem makers” are not working!!!!  Yea!!!!   This is why I crave breaks even from the retirement life which can become boring to a Type A like myself!  I like variety and changes!  Additionally, when things do not go right, it is so good for the soul to take a short break from whatever “unforeseen requirements” are driving one nuts and change the scenery.  Clay and I had a great change of pace last week and went to the Choctaw Casino for  4 days and 3 nights at the Choctaw Lodge, a place where we have always stayed when visiting the Casino.  We both prefer to take the RV and stay at the KOA on the Casino grounds, but we did not want to do that much work after the lovely remodeling job fiascal.

Here are some pictures that show how relaxing a trip can be just sitting and people watching by the Oasis Pool.   The Choctaw Inn is in the background!

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The Choctaw Lodge is on Choctaw land, but not connected to the Casion.  I guess those of us who are blessed enough to live on 5 acres and definitely not used to crowds prefer a more secluded hotel.  For a change in pace, for our 20th wedding anniversary in August, we have made reservations to stay in the Grand Hotel.  There are 3 hotels connected to the Choctaw Casino.  The Grand, The Choctaw Inn (the original Inn that Clay and I used to stay in early 2000’s before this enterprise grew) and the  brand new hotel now – called The Spa.  There is a wonderful new concert hall, convention center, meeting rooms, and of course more hotel rooms.  On the other side of the Choctaw Inn, they have added a movie complex, game area for kids, and a bowling alley.   The Durant, Oklahome and Dallas, Texas area now have a great entertainment complex for adults and children to enjoy thanks to the Choctaws.

Here are some pictures of the Grand Hotel and the new Spa facility.

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The Grand Hotel – This is where we will stay in August!
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View of the Grand and The Spa hotel
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Love the swimming pools at the Oasis and the hotel views.
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Ah – relaxation!

We were planning on staying a week, but by Monday evening we were ready to pack up and come home.  It is amazing what a short trip away from home daily routines can do for a person! I enjoy day trips too for a break in the daily routine of life.

Now on to quilting.  I finally did get to work on Circa 2016 after 2 days of washing new fat quarters and fabric purchased in Arizona this last winter – WINTER OF 2015!  Have you realized yet that 6 months from tomorrow will be New Year’s Eve?  Summer Stolstice will arrive in 23 days (21 June) and then the days will begin to be shorter – something I love to see coming – only about 4 more months of hot humid Texas weather and maybe a nice cool Fall will be here!

Now on to Circa 2016 BOW.  Here are pictures of  the blocks I have completed.  I am using reproduction fabrics that I purchased from a 2002 trip to Branson Missouri.  I have already made a quilt from this fabric and I love it.  I have a shoe box size container that has 4″ squares and some 6 1/2″ squares of the remaining fabric and decided that there would be adequate stash for this quilt.   I chose a light tone on tone for the 9 patches, but will only use it for the 9 patches.  It looks OK, but wish I would have auditioned more background fabrics.   The little setting blocks will be another fabric – probably a lighter tan.  I thought about redoing the 5 blocks I had completed yesterday but will continue on with 7 more 9 patches and put that fabric back in the stash draw for another day!  I laid the blocks (2 3/4″ square) on the background fabric that I do not like – any comments/suggestions?  Redo – change?  (I am leaning toward changing them before I get too far into this project and definitely realize I made a boo boo!)

Pinwheels
I love this pattern – everything comes out perfect!
9 Patches
I am leaning toward changing the lights in the 9 Patches
Pinwheels and 9 Patches
Setting the Center Medallion of Pinwheels and 9 Patches!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your stitching!

Changing in Mid-Stream and the “Getaway”

Greetings.  We are back early from our “7 day planned trip” getaway, but we decided that we had just had more fun that we could handle so we came home yesterday.  There might be some serious storms in the area later in the week, so we probably made a wise decision to come home early.  I did get tired of feeding those machines and would rather purchase some fabric (of which I did this morning).

So here I am back in the Studio cleaning up the email, etc and heading for the other room to cut out my Temecula Circa 2016 quilt blocks!  I have realized that I have been stressed trying to do 2 blocks a month on CWB and with the stress of the “small remodeling job going South” problem, adding the CWB really got to me.  Anyone who has made an Album quilt (needle turn applique) knows that it is time-consuming and can be stressful.  I did not realize I was stressing over it until the night before we left for Durant.  I am almost through with Block 3 and MAY try to finish it by next week, but I am going to take a month off from that project and see if I can get back into my “groove”.

It is very interesting how quilters  to do so much with their time.  But when it becomes a chore, I am “outta” there for awhile.  I think this is what happened to me when I started my Capt Aust baltimore album quilt a few years ago.  I really do want to complete the CWB, but not with time frames of having to work on 2 blocks a month!  So I will start a new block in the next month, but for now I have 5 quilts that need to be completed (at least the tops put together).  Cathy and Lynn are continuing on and Jaydee is, of course, way ahead of us with her 10 completed blocks.  She has been embroidering on those finished blocks and as soon as I receive her pictures they will be posted!

Cathy has been working on Block 4 – She has changed this block to have a dog and a squirrel.  I think this is going to be the cutest block – The dog looking up at the Squirrel.  So creative Cathy!  Look at all those beautiful leaves to applique – Whoopee!  I think this will be a favorite of mine!  It takes time to make these changes and Cathy is really doing a great job!

Cathy's Block 4

I am really enjoying the BAS Margaret Potts’ BOM.  The blocks are small and doing one per month is fine.  Easy to complete one small block compared to a 14″x 14″ block loaded with lots of “pieces”.  I have not completed my block for May yet but will soon.  I have changed that block to do some EPP rather than the small “Dresden” flowers.

Jaydee has gone back to her original blocks and incorporated some embroidery.  I am re-posting her pictures to showcase her hard work.   Nice accent work.  Makes the pieces pop.  Jaydee is using Kona fabrics for her quilt.

Block 11
Jaydee’s Block 11 (Embroidery Added)
Block 30
Jaydee’s Block 30 (embroidery added)
Block 31
Jaydee’s Block 31 (embroidery added)
Block 32
Jaydee’s Block 32 (embroidery added)
Block 12
Jaydee’s Block 12 (embroidery added)

So off to the sewing room – I have 6 more Alexander Bean Pot blocks to make and will be preparing the blocks for Circa 2016.  Since we are just about half way through this year, I really need to get serious about my projects.  Also, Clay and I will be taking some day trips just to have a change of scenery.  We may head to Kerrville, Texas next week to visit Creations Quilt Shop.  This is a premier shop in the Hill Country of Texas and so much fun to visit.

Till next post, have a wonderful Memorial Day week-end and stay safe!

 

Boring Post – How to NOT Remodel Your Bathrooms – Patience Dear Jane

This story may not be interesting and really not a quilting story, but this is what has kept me (AGAIN) from just having a nice quiet retirement quilting life!  My close friends have heard this story but maybe others can get a few chuckles on me today.

Well, here we are again – in a mess – but soon it will be over.  All I wanted was to have new kitchen flooring and upgrade the bathroom vanities.  But as we all know now, nothing goes well and nothing is the same.  This idea started in the middle of March.  Such a small job – hire O’Krents to do the flooring (no problem there) contract out having the bathroom vanities taken out and re-installed!  But as I am finding out now that NOTHING in this country is as it was.  The contractor did not work out so Mr Clay decided to paint over the wall paper in each bathroom. So Clay decided to do the job – Easy you say – HA!

That decision caused us heartburn and a big mess.  We were told to put a primer over the wallpaper, smooth it out, and paint.  No big deal – Clay had done this before. The only problem was that Lowe’s gave us the wrong advise, told us to use latex primer instead of oil based and then the  big mistake was using Valspar paint!  But I get ahead of myself,  before the new flooring, Clay set up the new vanity in the Master Bath temporarily before the new floors were laid.  As soon as the new flooring was installed, he had already primed the Master Bath walls and had one wall painted so that things could be ready to move back in place with the help of the guys.  Then all was put back together permanently.  There were problems with the painting over wallpaper – neither of us were happy with it, but would just live with it.  Then for the next 10 days we discovered that the paint would not dry and was sticky and had a high chemical smell.  (Of course this does not include all the electrical work he had to do to accommodate the new lighting!)

OK, back to Lowe’s.  They should have advised us to use an oil based primer. We were in panic mode – how to get all this off our walls.   Lowe’s stood behind the information that they gave us and sent out a crew 2 weeks ago to remove the old wallpaper and new tacky paint.  Of course that meant that Clay had to undo his permanent placement of the Vanity and Medicine Cabinet – Oh so much fun! After the crew removed the mess  Clay spent 3 more days trying to finish preparing the walls for wallpaper.  Then we had to order wallpaper and of course you cannot buy any wallpaper at a store anymore –  one has to go select and order and wait for it to be shipped.  I ordered some on-line – BIG MISTAKE – but I was blessed – they were late in shipping it and we cancelled that order and went to Sherwin Williams and selected better paper (fewer rolls also) and saved about $350.00!

I think everyone is getting the drift – the story may not be exact, but since the decision to do this we have been in the following situation for 3 weeks – Shower in the Master Bath, Toilet in the other bathroom, and hand washing and brushing teeth in the Kitchen Sink!    Finally the paper comes today and we have hired a contractor to hang the wallpaper.  But he cannot come until Saturday.  To top this off, I have a house full of dust since my housekeeper did not need to come with all of the work going on.  My computer room and music room are in a mess.  One has all of the things Clay needed to work with and the other has a toilet, vanity, sink, and Medicine cabinet sitting in it.  Two weeks ago I told Clay to keep the door shut – I could not handle the mess.  Darla comes on Sunday – YEA I will not have to do the detailed cleaning!

But the fun and games continue…..Yesterday (Wednesday) we had 2 “easy” doctor checkups and we planned on it being a short day – HA to that one too.  It took us 2 hours to go 50 miles to the doctor and that wonderful traffic mess caused me to miss my appointment time.  It took 4 hours to get there, see my ear doctor, and hurry and get to our 1:00 PM dermatology appointment.  We were on a roll – we were in and out in 25 minutes – Love that Doctor!   But Murphy was not through with us yet.  I figured that the stupid black cat had run across my path and I just did not realize it.  Clay stills tells me to not blame that poor little kitty because he cannot help that he is all black!  LOL

When we got to the car, the keypad entry on the Town Car was non responsive – the key less entry button would not work!  JOY.  90 degrees and about 85% humidity!   The car started and everything worked with the exception I could not control my outside mirrors, the driver’s seat, or the door locks – Talk about 2 old people wanting to just run away ….. LOL.  We were able to run 2 more errands, make numerous calls trying to figure out the issue and decided to come home and this AM will take the car into the local mechanic for him to trouble shoot the problem.

A few days ago when the “fun” of remodeling the house (new furniture came on the 26th of April) became a “little” overwhelming,  I told Clay that I needed a “REAL” getaway and would he like to go to Durant, OK for a short Casino visit and stay at the Lodge (no RV this trip).  YEA he is ready!  So we will be leaving in a week or so for a 5 day casino trip and I told him I did not want to do anything but enjoy the Lodge visit and stay in the Casino.  All I want to hear is NOISE of the lovely machines where my brain cannot think about where we have been!  Assuming that the wallpaper hanging goes as planned this Saturday and the house is cleaned on Sunday and the he mows the yard we will be on the road.  ANY BETS?

Have a great day and hope you can find a good laugh on this story!   Now that it is almost over, I can begin to make lite of it.  I will post my quilting progress next post!  Poor Dear Jane – maybe in the Fall!

Progress on the CWB QAL

Good morning to all.  Well, we can almost scratch April 2016 off the calendar.  Before we know it Christmas will be here, but before that I am sure that the 100 degree weather is just around the corner – YEA (not really).

We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and bathrooms and are almost through (I say “we” but O’Krent and Clay have done all the work), but what a messy month with this project.   Nothing is in its’ place, and time to sit down and really finish something, or work on a quilt project is out the window.  In fact, again, I am in a holding pattern!  I am really looking forward to 1 May – my house cleaner will be here to take care of that and maybe the 2nd bath will be complete and we can start the month of May having fun – at least I hope it goes that way.  I could have skipped all the “fun” I had this past week, and Clay surly could have been having more fun working on his hobbies than doing what he did.  But I digress again…. This is time for CWB updates.

Today I am going to post Lynn’s Block 1 and 2 today and re-post Cathy’s, Jaydee’s and my Block 1 along with our completed Block 2.   Cathy and I are playing the “catchup” game with this project.  My hands (CTS) sometimes just do not want to applique anymore.  I am in the mood to just do some “easy” piecing and getting some quilt tops put together and of course, quilt the darn quilts that are screaming at me!  Oh well.

Lynn is doing machine applique (smart lady – saves the hands – but I do not do machine applique) and is using the Lost Boy quilt pattern.  She is miles ahead of Cathy and I but that is OK we have not clock to watch.  Our original goal was to post 2 blocks a month, but when it takes 30 hours plus to needle turn one block,and about 10 hours in fabric selection and preparation of the pieces,  this tends to take up a lot of time, so we will be posting our progress as we finish our blocks.  I am trying to post the same block for all of us at the same time so it will be easier to compare the differences in the blocks.

Lynn is also modifying the pattern as she goes.  She is using reproduction fabrics and machine applique.  Lynn also changed the birds from the original pattern.  The bunny rabbits in the vase are quite different and she added Lady Bugs on the leaves!  Good idea.

Lynn's Block 1
Lynn’s Block 1

Lynn changed the stems in the original pattern to a tree and re-drew the “buzzard birds” to Eagles.  Nice work.

Lynn's Block 2 Eagles
Lynn’s Block 2 Eagles

Cathy is using The Lost Boy quilt pattern and here is her Block 1.  She decided to put Butterflies rather than birds!  Cute

 Cathy's Completed Lost Boy Block 1 with Butterflies
Cathy’s  Lost Boy Block 1 with Butterflies

For Block 2 Cathy has used ultra suede for the bird’s feet and the eyes are part of the black paisley found on the brown.  Neat feet!  She is using reproduction fabrics.  Cathy also changed her “buzzard birds” and did some fussy cutting!  She also used a different fabric for each leaf for a very different look.

Cathy's Block 2
Cathy’s Lost Boy  Block 2

I am doing my quilt in Batiks, so mine definitely has a different look. I did not like the “original” birds, so I added Humming Birds.   I am following A Bountiful Life quilt pattern.

CWB Block 1
Nanette’s A Bountiful Life  Block 1

I totally wiped the buzzard’s and/or eagles off the block and chose to do Blue Birds.  I do not think they will have feet on the stems as I like to think of them just lighting on the branches.  I may get some suede from Cathy do redo the eyes as it is hard to see them with the embroidery thread and the dark fabric I used for the heads.  The background fabric did not come out the true color that is in Block 2.  I am using Michael Miller Krystal fabric and it is the accurate color in my Block one.  I guess the lighting makes all the difference in the world when taking the pictures!

Nanette's Block 2 CWB
Nanette’s A Bountiful Life   Block 2

Here is Jaydee’s Block 1.  She has been working on this project before we decided to start the QAL and she is using the Australian quilt pattern Civil War Bride.  She is also using Reproduction fabrics.  The blocks that she has already completed are set different in her pattern, so she is realigning her block numbers to coincide with ours and working on Block 2.  She calls that block the “pink” bird blocks.   No hurry as I am on my tricycle trying to just get to Block 3!

Jaydee's CWB Block 1
Jaydee’s Australian Civil War Block 1

I have decided that my nighttime fun will be A Bountiful Life of Applique.  Daytime is going to be Dear Jane and maybe Brinton Hall placement of hexagons.  Whichever, I had better hurry up if I am going to have anything finished by the end of the year – maybe my choice of doing different quilts at the same time was not to smart – time will tell!

Well, hope you have enjoyed revisiting our progress of CWB, Lost Boy Quilt, and A Bountiful Life, and from now on I will be posting each series of blocks as we have completed.

Have a wonderful Sunday and hopefully a safe and sound and happy sewing week!

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