What a Surprise – Nominated for Outstanding Blogger

I have been nominated for Outstanding Blogger Award by Laura and what a shock!   I definitely take this as an honor from Laura who is one of the hardest working Ladies with a full time job and yet has time to take some day trips for getaways, and still produce some beautiful quilts.  Thank you Laura!

So here goes!

Which lifestyle are you most comfortable living…cluttered or organized?

I love Comfortable living in the country away from the a City.  I am also a true Organized Perfectionist that does not do well around clutter.  I am blessed to be married to another Perfectionist who does not like clutter.  I have always been that way when it comes to my home and vehicles, but when I worked my Desk was always cluttered, but organized in my mind.  I knew where everything was and it drove my peers nuts.  I was blessed with a photographic mind, and if not under stress, can remember where everything and anything is in my daily life, or quilting world.  (Remember ‘NOT UNDER STRESS’!  LOL)   Clay and I share an 800 sq ft. Studio during each day where we spend time on our hobbies like my sewing and he works on whatever the day brings.  After a day of sewing, I prefer to vacuum the floor, straighten up, and clean the sewing machine at the end of the day so when I come in the next morning the room is in order.    Before we enlarged the Studio in 2009 I had my Longarm in the Den and my sewing machine in the one room I had in the original Studio.  What a difference it makes to have a place to do a hobby and come into the house that is in order.   We are so blessed to have this ‘playroom for retirees’ all built by Clay.

What is your favorite quiet place? 

My quiet place….Hum…I would say just being at home on our 5 acres away from noise with Clay.  When we get up each morning, Clay comes to the Studio  to talk with his buddies on the Radio (Ham Radio Operator) and starts our coffee.  I take time to do my sunlamp and watch the weather and then come and have coffee before my daily walk.   I love my 1.5 mile walk each morning listening to Mark Levin or John Solomon and other Podcasts.  I very much miss Rush Limbaugh and he will never be replaced.  Sometimes when the weather is very hot, I will walk at 6 AM in the dark (advantage is that I never leave our property).  During the winter I love walking around 8 AM).  My favorite place was in Sierra Vista, AZ where we would winter in the RV.  But we no longer do that, so I would say that going to Rockport, Texas and just sitting by the water with the wind blowing and the waves coming in and going out can be a very peaceful and quiet place for me.  There is one place that I love to go to clear my head – A Casino!  Where else can you go and be around people, play the poker machines, and have noice so loud that you no longer can think about problems!  LOL. Think about it!

To party hearty or enjoy an intimate gathering?

I have found that smaller gatherings are my cup of tea.    I am what you might consider a ‘loner’.  I love visiting with my friends on the phone (most are out of town or out of state) or doing FaceTime with my friend Kathy.  But I am content to just be at home with Clay working on our hobbies, or just enjoying the sunshine on the porch or watching a movie in the evening and working on my hand projects.  I used to read a lot, but have not read a book in a few years, although I have a full library of books, I figure when I can no longer quilt that I will have plenty of time to read!

Early to bed or a night owl?  

This one is easy!  Early to bed – 10PM every night and Early to Rise – 6 AM!  Why waste the day sleeping – I only take a nap, or lay down during the day if I am sick or just worn out!  I do believe that “no naps here” came from my childhood when my sister and I had to take a nap each afternoon when we were young.   Mother came from Waterloo, Iowa and I do believe that it must be a tradition to take a nap each day if you are from the Mid-West area.   My cousins on my Mother’s side still take naps in the afternoon!  Clay will take an afternoon nap and still be able to drop off to sleep at 10 before I do.

What makes you accountable to your goals?  What keeps you motivated

I am a Type A personality and it makes me feel good to have accomplished something each day.  I wanted to attend college but was unable to do so after high school, so it took me 30 years to the day to walk across the Graduation Stage at Southwest Texas University in 1993!   I earned my degree by going to night school off and on for those 30 years!  It was the greatest feeling that I had ever experienced to be able to achieve my goal even with all the ups and down during my life.  Plus, I started working when I was 14 and retired when I was 54 1/2.  so the majority of my life has been working and producing.  As a younger person I always felt that I was not self disciplined, but soon realized that I am a very disciplined person when it comes to setting goals.  Such as the importance of my daily walking routine to maintain good health and staying on top of household chores (now I have a cleaning lady and just do the laundry).  I love a challenge, and blogging challenges me to stay on top of my goals (providing that unforeseen requirements stay away).  I enjoy seeing what other quilters are working on and becoming inspired more and more to produce more quilts.  I love to make a quilt that challenges my skill as a quilter.  Sometimes though it is nice to make a quilt that is easy to make without much thinking involved.  I was highly motivated when I entered Quilt Shows and miss that motivation immensely, (that stopped in 2014) so I have now challenged myself to quilt a quilt on my Longarm once a month, keep up with goals that I set for myself, and maybe just enjoy doing whatever comes that day.  But my preference is to have my days planned, along with planning trips away from just staying at home all the time.

Here are my questions for the next 5 Bloggers that I nominate for Outstanding Blogger:

How did you learn to quilt?  Self-Taught, Taught by Mother,  Grandmother or a Friend ?

What are your favorite techniques when quilting?  Traditional Applique or Machine Applique, hand sewing, hand quilting, paper piecing, or other techniques used in your quilts. 

Who is your favorite designer?  And why?

Do you attend retreats and if so what is your favorite thing about quilting with a large group of quilters?

Do you feel that Quilters still support and enjoy Quilting Guilds as we did before the Blogging world came into being?

I nominate the following Bloggers for the Outstanding Blogger Award:

Frederic at Quilting Patch Applique

Susan at Quilt Fabrication

Lori @ Quilting Needs

Wendy at Wendy’s Quilts and More

Sharon at Piecing Life Together One Stitch at a Time

To those nominated, there is no obligation to take up the challenge of answering and asking the questions. If you do accept, then please answer the questions, nominate 5 other bloggers and then compile a set of 5 of your own questions.

I leave you with this thought! From GodTube.com Hugs, Nanette

Slow Sunday Stitching by Jaydee!

I am posting pictures of my friend Jaydee of her work.   She is a Master Quilter with lots of experience.   Just look at her Civil War Bride quilt.  She will hand quilt it when she finishes the corners.  I believe that she has embroidered around the edges of the applique.   Of course I am behind on either doing  borders on the 9 blocks I have completed, or continue with 6 more blocks!  Time will tell for me!  But Jaydee kept moving on with her’s and it is almost ready for the quilting frame!

Her Churndash is just striking with the Center Medallion

This is probably one of her designs for The Applique Society.  It was through this group that we met and and have been friends for almost 11 years or more now.

Jaydee would design blocks and they would be included in our newsletters.  I am sure that this is a group of them.  She is cleaning up the UFO’s.

I am linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching showing of a great friends hard work.

Have a great day!

Hugs, Nanette

To-Do Tuesday! OK – Thursday!

Good afternoon!   To-Do Tuesday has come and gone but I am going to do this one anyway!   Today I am FREE!  I have quit my Insurance Billing Position with BAMC (turned over to Senator Cruz), Medicare (last appeal) and the Secondary Insurance (first and last appeal)!  Now I will sit back and see what they all do with the 2 Final Appeals and the request for assistance from the Senator on all the problems that I have experienced.  Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) will get whatever comes out of my hard work trying to get our problems resolved correctly (doubtful).  After BCBS it will be over with 100%, as I no longer in the business!  If we take a financial hit – so be it.  I have everything in order and filed now – just waiting to send BCBS their package.

The thick folder in front is the last package that will go to BCBS.  I am DONE!

I will say that I have hit the jackpot on my house cleaner!  What a jewel.  Hope it stays this way for a long time.  She did an excellent job – the best that I have ever hired.

My goals for next Tuesday are to finish OMIGOSH and work on Indian summer (hand quilting project).  I have not had time for a month to even think about where I was in mid-February, much less look at the next list of things to do with quilting.  But today has been a fantastic day!  I have been working on OMIGOSH and really getting things done.  I had cut out the 16 remaining blocks I believe in late January or early February.  I did finish 8 of the 16 and now I am making the 4 patches, 9 patches, and HSTs for the next 8.  To challenge myself and break up the monotony I am sewing all 4 and 9 patches for the blocks, then do the Square in a Square blocks and THEN put all 8 blocks together at the same time.  GOAL:  To have them completed by Tuesday!

This is the status for the end of today:

And I am all set to sew the 9 patches for this group tomorrow:

I have made some small progress on Indian summer.

I have been studying the orange, blues, and beige as to how to quilt them.  I tried doing some cross hatching like the middle border, but it just did not go well.  So I will continue on with following the curve lines 1/4″ apart and maybe I can make headway quicker.  Not sure on the borders, I will wait until I get there!

I signed up for Kaye England Medallion Master and had planned to start in February!  That did not happen but I have downloaded the pattern and will have access to Kaye for a Year!

Piecing the Past Quilts has a new BOM coming called Redwork Baskets. Baskets were on my to do list somewhere in space.  This setting really caught my attention.

Well, it is time to shut down the Studio and enjoy my relaxing evening that is ahead.  I will say that I detest DST, but you know – we can shut the blinds and pretend we are still on Standard Time.   I am hoping Texas is successful in removing it from our Constitution and also approving Casino’s in Texas.

Today I did a great walk and just have to brag!  I am trying to lose the 8 pounds from this last year so I have to increase the speed in which I walk.  Today I really hit a great goal.  Hope I can repeat it tomorrow.   I was walking a 20 minute mile, this one was done has exceeded my 20 minute mile!

Hoping every is having a great week, I am just getting a slow start.  I had a great Face Time with Kathy today – so much fun to be able to sit and sew and chat for an hour or so!

Hugs, Nanette

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Happy Slow Stitching Someday!

Greetings!  I have missed my life the past month!  Sometimes I wonder if all of the difficult work I have done the last 13 months with BAMC, Medicare, and now SAFD will be worth it in the end.  I have lost precious time in my life to make all the quilts that I want to.  But in the end, is that what I have been put here on this earth to do all the time?  I have always felt that my purpose in life has always been to help others,  be a problem solver, and fight for what is right!    Only time will tell if I have either missed my calling, or hit it on the mark!  LOL!  I know that I am so very very blessed to have Clay with me in my life he has helped me through this mess, sometimes just having him sit there with me was enough to get me through the day.  The paperwork has taken me away from him and from my love of quilting, but God gave me the ability to do the work so I did it.  Clay was my biggest supporter and helped me when the brain was fried.  Best of all he is a great proof reader and helps me if I become to “wordy”.  We will have been together 25 years this summer!  Time has flown, but I would not trade a minute that we have been together!  I love my guy!

I have nothing new to show for the past week, and really for the past month but the following:

This is what I started with – a massive mess of paperwork to go through and set up files.  It is all the paperwork that I have had to do in order to file our reimbursement claim from BAMC last year to Medicare, Clay’s Secondary, and HOPEFULLY BCBS.   I did 3 Spreadsheets that contains all the information from all the BAMC invoices, all the information from the Medicare MSNs, and then I TRIED to make sense of the mess that Clay’s Secondary Insurance has made of their EOBs.  It did not take long to realize that I would have to submit an Appeal due to all of the mistakes they made.  This means another 30 day delay before I can file with BCBS (the 3rd and last of the filings).  So far his insurance will end of costing us 5 months delay before I can file to BCBS.

Now let’s add the last of the stack.  After 5 days, I arrived at this one.

The appeal letter took some time.  A lot of copying, a lot of shredding, and about 40 hours of sitting at the computer and the table going through everything and writing the Appeal Letter and one to Senator Cruz.   But it is all finshed now and as soon as we get the last EOB, the Appeal letter will be in the mail – Return Receipt Requested!  I am hoping it comes tomorrow so I can check it out and get to the Post Office ASAP.

Besides that, I filed a Congressional Inquiry to Senator Ted Cruz on all the problems and work I have had to deal with from February last year until now just to be reimbursed by 3 insurance companies.   If I were 15 years younger I would start a Consulting Business and make a million a year helping people get through the maize of Government Bureaucracies.  But my time has past at the age of 76!  I am so blessed to still have the ability to do what I can do for Clay and I.

Now for the pretty stuff!  Yes those are the White House Easter Eggs signed by President Trump!  OH – the folders?  That is the outcome of my 5 days as an Insurance Claim Processor!   See the stack closest to the chair on the left?  That is a 250 page submission waiting to be sent to BCBS.  I had to prepare 3 of those puppies.

 Tomorrow I will receive a file tub to file this master project in and hopefully I will not have to ever see it again.  I am curious though if Senator Cruz is really interested in all the problems that BAMC deals with each day with Civilian Trauma Patients.  I feel for those people who do not understand how to do what I have done.  The Military Trauma Facilities billing procedures are broken and needs to be fixed, but not until at least 2024 can that happen.

I leave you with this:

Have a wonderful week.  Tomorrow I will be able to start my life again.  Tuesday my new house cleaner will come and all I have to do is sit and quilt or applique – Ah looking forward to that.

Hugs, Nanette

Enjoy the world of Quilting everyday you can!

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 DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

 

 

 

To-Do Tuesday – On Wednesday!

WOW!  What a roller coaster I have been on since the last time I posted for a To-Do Tuesday!  February was going just to well for me!  I do believe I have not posted anything since 9 February OUCH!  I really was on a great roll!  Since then we did the Snow event, Insurance Work (again) and I hurt my back (a real ouch!).

Life is beginning to look up today as I hired a Lady to clean the house for me AND  will I have my Radio Frequency treatment (cauterizes the nerves from the T12 disc down) on 1 April.   This way I will be able to get back to my 20 minute mile without pain along with no pain sitting, standing, etc!  It will last for 6 months to a year.   Then the little nerves grow back!

Monday the nerve pain has become better so I have been able to walk Tuesday and this morning.   I was on a 77 day roll with my walking until 13 February and after that on 2 days until Tuesday!  YUK!  Even with some pain it is great to get the exercise going again!  Good for weight and Diabetes!

Here are my projects that remain open from February and still hanging around.

  • Applique Projects:
        • Jacobean Holidays – 4 Bloocks remaining √ 1 down 3 to go 
        •  Mary Brown – Prepare a block for the month – X  Poor Mary
      • Cross Stitch:   Minnie Mouse project – X – Poor Minnie
      • Longarm Quilting:
      • Sewing:  Continue on with OMIGOSH blocks – √  Working on 8 remaining  
      • Knitting:  Continue on Dish Cloth – X Waiting for the Knitter
      • Hand Quilt :
        • Indian summer – X No Progress
        • Kay’s Wall Hanging Quilt – X No Progress
        • Radiant Feathered Star Wall Hanging – X No Progress

I have completed 8 blocks for OMIGOSH: (The mistake in the circle has been fixed) I have 8 more blocks and then sew the top together!  

I FINALLY finished my center Medallion for Stars Around the Garden but will not be working on sewing the blocks around it until later in the month.  I need to decide how I want to do the borders.

Goals for 8 through 15 March.

  • Jacobean Holidays – 4 Bloocks remaining √ 1 down 3 large blocks to go!
  • OMIGOSH – I want this finished by next Tuesday!!!
  • Continue on with continual problems with BAMC Insurance issues.  Hopefully today will be only a few hours to develop a new spreadsheet to track invoices and I can sew on OMIGOSH.

It is difficult to see the last of February and the first of March go by so quickly.  Now we will lose an hour this week-end and I have always hated DST.  BUT our Texas Legislatures are working on putting an amendment to the Constitution to NOT participate in DST, just like Arizona.  Also, they are going to try to get an amendment for Casino’s in Texas – Two very smart moves at this time.

I am wishing all a great week – I am hoping that mine brings me more time to sew and relax again.  Happy Stitching!

Hugs, Nanette

From Godtube.com yesterday and today!   For me he does give me sleep, unless I eat a late supper with a baked potato or any sweets at supper!  LOL – Cannot blame him on that one!

And I need this one for today!

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 DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

HQAL – 7 March 2021

Good afternoon!  Nice weather here in South Texas.  Looks like Spring is upon us AND I have finally finished Stars Around the Garden Medallion.  I missed the last HQAL so it feels good to be back in the routine of my quilting!

I cannot even remember when I started this medallion, but I know that it took me too long to do it and I am not pleased with it 100%, but it is done and now to put the quilt top together.  Here are the blocks that will go around the Center Medallion.

This is Stars Around the Garden quilt pattern.  I am not ready to complete the top because I do not like the border.  The pattern also offers a border with more applique.  I will take some time and decide what I am going to do with the outside border.

In the meantime, I will be completing OMIGOSH and start on my 4  applique blocks left to finish Jacobean Holiday quilt.

Have a great week and keep on stitching!

Hugs, Nanette

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers to share and motivate one another.  We pot 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.

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Slow Sunday Stitching – 7 March 2021

Spring is here in South Texas and I have finished my Stars Around the Garden Medallion!  Click on the link to find more information on my project status.

These are the blocks that will go around the Center Medallion.  I will have to decide on the border.

For today – this is it!  Have a great week, and enjoy all who have been Slow Sunday Stitching today!

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,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

PHD 2021, The Texas Blizzard, and OMIGOSH

Good morning to all. The first two weeks of February were going so nice and peaceful and s-l-o-w and I was enjoying 2021 –  I was relaxed and enjoying my daily routine and really progressing on my hand work and OMIGOSH!

Then up jumped Mother Nature and GLOBAL WARMING – the 2021 Texas Blizzard with snow, ice, snow and an Electrical Grid that failed due to the idiots who WERE in charge – they have since resigned and Governor Abbot will correct this problem.  My hat is off to our electrical company in Wilson County, (FELPs) because we only lost electricity 4 hours and the bill only went up $100.00.  We normally do not run the heat in the winter unless it gets in the 20’s.  We had to keep the Thermostat at 60 to prevent frozen pipes and we were blessed with no issues.

We faired better than most of our fellow Texans.  We were only without water for over 2 and 1/2 days, no internet for 10 days, used the snow and ice for bathroom breaks, but we had a good supply of Spring Water for drinking as they had to issue a “boil the water” notification for 9 days until SS Water Supply fixed their frozen pipes.

During Snow week (and probably before) I screwed up my back.  I have Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, so I have an appointment with my  Pain Management Doctor for Monday.  To get rid of the pain in my left leg when I walk, I will need a Radio Frequency (RF) treatment.   The RF treatment consists of twilight sleep while they cauterize the nerves from the waist down so I can walk without pain.  The last RF was in 2018, so I am hoping that I do not have to have another MRI but if I do that is OK – I want my life back.  My daily walk has really suffered and now I am hoping to get back to my normal routine soon.

This is a picture on Day 2 of the Snow as the sun was coming up.

This is a picture of the front of our house.  Love those flags flying in the wind.  Speaking of wind.  We have now become another Windy State in America.  We have had more high winds the last 4 months – almost every day between 15-25 MPH.   Very unusual for our area.

We lost both of our North Folk Island Pine trees.  The other tree had been with us since 2010 as we always took it to Sierra Vista Arizona each winter in the RV for our ‘little Christmas’ tree.  It had really grown this past year so it was sad to lose it.  Now it is time to make new memories with some new ones.  Clay has the green thumb in the family – not me!  They see me coming and just die!  LOL

As for my quilting life and time spent reading my favorite Blogs was not doable.  There are blessings that have been happening – we sold Clay’s old FasTrack lawn mower yesterday, the SAFD has finally begun processing the BAMC Claim, and I have finished all I need to do with this job other than to wait for the final EOB’s from SAFD before sending the THIRD 250 page request for reimbursement to BCBS!  I have finished developing the 2 spread sheets which helps keep track of the bills paid and what the reimbursements will be. I consider this a  blessing since I am now finished with being Miss Billing Clerk of 2020 with no pay!  LOL.

Now for my PHD 2021 finish for February!  I made a quilt for Julie who is expecting a baby on 14 April 2021!  So not all was lost as far as that goal.  Just did not get a post done in time.

Status of OMIGOSH – I finished 8 more blocks for OMIGOSH in February!  Yea!  I only have 8 more blocks to make and the quilt will be called DONE!  I made two blocks (consisting of four 9 patch blocks and four ShooFly blocks) from each fat quarter that I had selected from Barbara Brackman’s fabric lines.   It will be great to get this one ready for quilting. Each block is 9 and 1/2″.    The 9 patches are 2 inches along with the Square in a Square for the ShooFly blocks.

UPDATE – UPDATE!  Thanks to Sharon Kwilter’s comment on pointing out a little SnS block that was placed incorrectly, it is now correct!  Thank you Sharon.

 

 

I have started to continue working on SAG Medallion , Indian summer, and Counted Cross Stitch in the evenings,  but they are not ready for pictures.  I lost a lot of quilting time the last 3 weeks.

Some of the days have been so difficult in the last 18 months.  I subscribe to  God Tube Today which gives me promise that things will get better when we have those dark days!  Today this one was so perfect for me!

I was raised win the Methodist Church with the King James Bible and this is the verse from that Bible.  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.  After all we have been through, peace and rest has arrived within me.  I pray that it stays this way.  Clay and I are so blessed to have each other – when one is down the other is there to help.

I have missed all my To Do Tuesday Goals, but did meet the PHD 2021 goal early on in the month of February.  Now to work harder to catch up in March!

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,Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

What a week!

Just a note to say that I enjoyed the snow but ready for it to be over with.  It is. We list water for 50 hours and electricity fir only 4 hours. We were blessed.

We have no Internet until Wednesday and no sewing here. Not in the mood. See all next week.

Hugs Nanette

on my phone

To-Do Tuesday – 9 February 2021

Good evening.   The cold front has arrived –  I love winter, guess I should have been born in the North Pole!  LOL  I had a long day – 12 hours that included my walk, breakfast, and cutting out blocks for OMIGOSH, and mix in a few interruptions.  It was a great day!  I am now relaxing and ready for my evening show.   This morning It was sweat day for walking – 60 degrees with 93% humidity and tomorrow is going to be in the 40’s and  50’s during the day, and not much warmer for a week, so no sweating during the walk.  Yea.

On to Quilting and last week’s goals:  (Yup – I am a Dreamer)

  • Applique Projects:
        •  SAG Medallion – Continue on with the 2nd half  –   Almost finished
        • Jacobean Holidays – 4 Bloocks remaining – X Next after SAG
        •  Mary Brown – Prepare a block for the month – X  Poor Mary
      • Cross Stitch:   Minnie Mouse project – X – Poor Minnie
      • Longarm Quilting:  2 quilts this month for PHD 2021 – Progress Made
        •  Load Autumn Autumn Jubilee  – X
        • Scarlett’s Baby Quilt – √ 100% Completed!
      • Sewing:  Continue on with OMIGOSH blocks – √  16 Blocks Ready to Sew 
      • Knitting:  Continue on Dish Cloth – X Waiting for the Knitter
      • Hand Quilt :
        • Indian summer – X No Progress
        • Kay’s Wall Hanging Quilt – X No Progress
        • Radiant Feathered Star Wall Hanging – X No Progress

Scarlett’s Baby Quilt.  I decided that I wanted to put all my energies into making a quilt for Julie’s baby this week since her last day at work would be the 14th!  I decided on 9 patches on point.  She wanted Lavendar and Grey so I chose a lavendar with dots, a medium purple, and a dark purple for the quilt and the grey border! This quilt fabric is from my original Patrick Lose Moda Marbles stash from early 2000.   The quality of the Moda fabric has changed so it makes the quilt even more special.   I quilted it Sunday and took it to her on Monday.  She is such a nice young woman.  I thought that she was about 19, but she is 26 years old!  I asked her to let me know when Baby Scarlett arrives in April and send pictures.  I am sure she will.  The quilt measures 48” x 48”.

I have progressed on my SAG Medallion.  I believe I have 3 leaves, all stems and 5 flowers including the Center Flower.  Now that I have finished the baby quilt, I will finish SAG this week in the evenings.   I am just too tired to do anymore this evening!

OMIGOSH!  I am really enjoying making this quilt.  I finished cutting out the last of the 16 remaining blocks.  I have all of the 9 patches, 4 patches, HSTs, and background pieces cut and put in individual plastic bags for 16 blocks  – all I need to do now is sit, sew, iron, and square things up.  This entails up and down work and no straight sitting all day!  Better for the body – not mine, but someone’s.

Goals for 8 February – 15 February:  (Better work faster – the month will be more than half over!  Yikes!!!

  • Complete SAG Medallion
  • Complete OMIGOSH
  • Load Autumn Jubilee on the Longarm for 2012
  • Cross Stitch Minnie – She is tiny!

Remaining February Goals:

  • Knitting:  Continue on Dish Cloth – X Waiting for the Knitter
  • Hand Quilt :
    • Indian summer – X
    • Kay’s Wall Hanging Quilt – X
    • Radiant Feathered Star Wall Hanging – X
  • Review all UFOs

Have a wonderful week and keep on stitching and having fun.

Hugs, Nanette

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Slow Sunday Stitching – 7 February 2021

Good morning.  I am trying to figure out who beat me up during the night as I woke up stiff as a board!  I do believe it is the extreme weather changes here in good ole’ South Texas.  The weatherman just does not know what will happen with the Arctic Cold front that is projected this week.   As much as I would like to just sit in a chair today that won’t happen.  I am heading out for my walk and goal for the day is to quilt Scarlett’s quilt!

I am making great progress on SAG Medallion.  I see the end of this puppy this week, heck IF we watch the Super Bowl, I may have it completed tonight!  (Wishful thinking). Only 7 more leaves, 2 daisies, and 2 roses, and one large flower in the center to join everything!

This week as an “added” attraction, I am making a baby quilt for the sweetest young girl who works at HEB Curbside who is expecting a baby on 14 April which was my Mothers Birthday.  She was born in 1911 and would be 110.  Julie is naming her baby girl Scarlett.  Mother used to call me Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind) because she said I would now worry about things until later!  These are the colors she chose for Scarlett.  I did not know if I would be able to work with the “grey” that the younger generation loves, but I did!  Yea for me!

It is loaded and ready to be quilted today!  I have not decided whether I will bind it by hand or machine.  I prefer hand method.  I have to have it completed by tomorrow since Julie’s last day at work will be the 14th.  

When this “unplanned” quilt is finished, I will be moving back to OMIGOSH.  I have 8 more blocks to cut out and prepare for sewing.  I have 16 blocks to make to finish the quilt, so I will be working 100% on OMIGOSH this coming week and hoping to finish it!

Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!  I am pulling for the Kansas City Chief’s to win the game tonight.  If we watch the game it is the only one we will have watched this season.

Hugs, Nanette

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To-Do Tuesdays – 2 February 2021

Good Tuesday morning.  The weather is calm and cool today!  The wind has stopped coming in from the North which is a blessing for me!  This Cedar season has been mixed with dust from the Plains blowing in and giving me fits, but I am great today!   Additionally being a Celiac, the diet can be very challenging, to say the least.  I was eating eggs (5 a day) for years, but now I have discovered that I have an intolerance to them.  Within 24 hours of eliminating them in my diet I began to feel 100% better with great energy coming back like I used to have!  This is really a big blessing for me, even if I can only tolerate chicken and potatoes – I am losing weight, sleeping better, and feeling great – so it doesn’t matter about limitations on food!

I have had a very productive week and very thankful for it being that way!  I made decisions that will keep me on track to finish as many of my UFOs and Longarm quilting backlog in the next 5 months.  I would hope that by June I will be working on new quilts!

Goals for 26 January – 1 February 2021:

    • Applique Projects:
        •  SAG Medallion – Continue on with the 2nd half
        • Jacobean Holidays – 4 Blocks remaining  X Waiting…waiting
    • Cross Stitch:   Minnie Mouse project – X  Waiting… waiting
    • Longarm Quilting:  Load a quilt and quilt it for PHD 2012 goal. √ Done
    • Sewing:  Continue on with OMIGOSH blocks. √ Done
    • Knitting:  Continue on Dish Cloth- √ In Progress 
    • Stay At Home Round Robin  (SAHRR) (Weekly). Cancelled
      • Complete Round 2 for Kay’s Quilt (Sashiko Medallion)
      • Feathered Star Wall Hanging
    • Cut 10″ squares for The Arrowhead Block as I need to put the 4′ table away   I can put the fabric back in the stash bin and out of the way!   √  Cancelled

SAG Medallion.  I have started on the 2nd half of the Medallion but after taking this picture, I realized that I had to change one of the leaves on the right hand side since I am using a different fabric for the leaves under the Daisies (little oops).   SAG Medallion and Jacobean Holiday hopefully by the end of February.

Poor Minnie Mouse and Cross Stitch – she is just not getting her just do.  I am hoping to play with the Counted Cross Stitch this coming week since I have made some changes to my projects that will free up a lot of time.

PHD 2021:  I had not quilted in quite awhile, so I had to let my HQ warm up, set up a practice piece, and then worked on the backing, cut the batting, and loaded the quilt on Saturday!  I quilted it on Sunday and did the binding by machine (not my preference, but…it is done!)!  My HQ is not computerized, so I do free motion.  I did a mid-size (small) meandering.  I am calling it Colorful HSTs.

And the backing:

OMIGOSH – I decided to make a total of 30 blocks.  I have 8 ready to sew (completed 4 this week) and have the remaining 8 strips cut out and ready to sew the 9 patches together and Shoo Fly HSTs and they will be put in baggies waiting to be sewn together.  A good goal would be to finish this quilt by the end of February – we shall see.

SAHRR.  I have decided to not continue on with the Round Robin, so I am stopping with the first border and will hand quilt both wall hangings.  I am so happy that I have now completed these UFOs as they have found a home!  They are basted and ready for the quilting hoop!

The backing fabric is Kona Bay for Seattle Bay Fabrics, a fabric line out in the mid or early 2000’s.  Very difficult to find any and if so, it is expensive.  I wish there were more fabrics like it.  It feels like silk and to me it was the perfect fabric for the backing.  My only regret is that I had only purchased 1.5 yards.

The Arrowhead Block:  This project is cancelled!  Another decision – I have too many other quilts that I wish to make or finish this year, PLUS I do not know if I will ever use the Jenny Beyer fabric! 

I am thinking I need some suggestions as what to do with this fabric!

Goals for week of 1 February – 8 February

    • Applique Projects:
        •  SAG Medallion – Continue on with the 2nd half
        • Jacobean Holidays – 4 Blocks remaining
        • Mary Brown – Prepare a block for the month
    • Cross Stitch:   Minnie Mouse project –
    • Longarm Quilting:  Load Autumn Autumn Jubilee for PHD 2021
    • Sewing:  Continue on with OMIGOSH blocks.
    • Knitting:  Continue on Dish Cloth
    • Hand Quilt –
      • Indian summer
      • Kay’s Wall Hanging Quilt
      • Radiant Feathered Star Wall Hanging
    • Baby Quilt for Julie

Included in this weekly goal, yesterday I did my monthly house clean and did all the washing!  DONE √  This will give me the entire week for quilting!

Have a wonderful week and keep on stitching – it is truly calming and rewarding!

Hugs, Nanette

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