Slow Sunday Stitching – VERY SLOW!

Welcome to South Texas where it is just to hot and humid to be outside! One day I will realize that I am not 50 and cannot take a lot of this hot humid weather! (Not sure when that will be…).

I am recouperating from a marathon cleaning of the Studio Rooms. I may be worn out, but it was so worth it. From the cleaned out bookcase and getting fabrics back in the right place in Room 1 to cleaning out 37 Elfa drawers, miscellaneous binders, downloaded patterns that were printed out and never will be made, to preparing a gift box for Susan in Room 2! She will have a field day on reading her new books and enjoy making something pretty with the fabrics that I am passing on to her.

It always feels so good to share with others. Lisa stopped by yesterday and I loaded her down with beginning books for her. She will also have plenty to read and stay busy learning all about our quilting world.

The last 2 years I tended to just put things here and there in different drawers, not really remembering what I had purchased and when. I now know where everything is and so ready to start on a new quilt, BUT, alas, I have 7 quilts to quilt on the long arm and hoping to have them done by the end of August – quilted and binding hand sewn. I also found my copy of A Quilter’s Dream pattern!!! YUP, I had attended a workshop class with NB Guild in mid-2000. It was a walk down memory lane for sure!

Yesterday I finished making the labels for 8 quilts and 2 table runners. For some reason I decided to make them larger than I usually do, but these are older projects and some had a history behind them.

I ordered 2 more Horn Sewing chairs like the one I purchased for the Z44 in the Den. The 2 chairs in the Studio were getting to the point where I had to used extra cushions (back issue) to sit on them. Susan is going to take the other 2 chairs so I am very pleased that she can use them they still have a lot of life in them.

So for my Slow Sunday Stitching I am going to try to start tacking them down to the quilts. Heaven only knows where they quilts will be stored – I think I have some room in a closet!

I have almost finished 9 more of the Dresden Plates – just 4 more to tack down and it will be on to Number 64 – getting closer to 105! Then the circles (UGH)!

Today I am going to load Raggedy Ann and Andy on the long arm and work on selecting the stencils for marking A Dreamer’s Quilt which will be loaded on the Z44! As you an tell, I am a week behind my goal of having them loaded last week. But loving my clean and organized Studio!

Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!

Hugs, Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

To Do Tuesday – On a Wednesday Morning

Good morning all! I do not have any progress on quilting, but my Studio rooms are getting cleaner. On my last post I showed my progress on cleaning out the quilting books that I will never use and have no use for them. I have made room for the books that I know I will be using in the future and plan on not purchasing anymore!!!

I now have all my Quiltmania books (Di Ford books, etc) on the top shelf and the book case is now covered with clear plastic to keep them dust free and protected. You can see what it looked like Monday here when I had pulled the books that I did not want to keep.

NOTICE: Rather than selling the books that I listed for sale, I will be giving some to my Cousin Susan, and other friends, with the remaining being donated to the Wilson County Library in La Vernia. Clay and I are very blessed and I have decided to share with others.

UPDATE on the BAMC Reimbursement from 3 insurances. It has been exactly 1 year that I sent the first reimbursement claim to Medicare, 9 months to the Secondary, and 5 months to BCBS. Yesterday after putting some serious pressure on the BCBS representative, she has been assigned to work my package full time this week to finish it. There was a conference call between BCBS and BAMC and I yesterday which will end this mess for sure.

I am beginning to feel somewhat relieved that I will be closing this chapter of our lives. Now to see if we get $10 or more. Should be nice whatever because I will not have to think about it ever again. Time to burn some paperwork.

Update on my room cleaning. I am about halfway finished with the large room. We have to run to San Antonio this morning, but this afternoon I will finish and tomorrow I will join the quilting world again!!! I have thrown out a lot of paperwork (free patterns downloaded and printed out). It was memory lane all over again. Some I kept some are in the trash. BUT I did find the book where my copy of the pattern for A Quilter’s Dream was…. I now have 2 copies – anyone ever do this?

Yesterday I ordered 2 more Horn Quilting Chairs for the Studio. Mine are both over 10 years old and will be gifted to Susan! I was being good to Nanette yesterday. What more could a Quilter want? A clean Studio and 3 new chairs to be comfortable in.

I am looking forward to the month of August because after today there is NOTHING other than quilting on my calendar! That is a good feeling!

Maybe by next Tuesday I will have Raggity Ann and Andy loaded and quilted, and A Quilter’s Dream loaded and started on the Z44, until then have a great week and thanks for listening.

Have a blessed day and happy stitching!

Hugs, Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

Cleaning The Studio on our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Happy 25th Anniversary to my wonderful sweet husband who puts up with me and still loves me like he did in 1996! What more could I ever want in life?

The cleaning started yesterday when I was looking for a pattern called A Quilter’s Dream. I had made the quilt in or around 2008 but could not find the pattern. I picked up some binders and realized that the dust was getting pretty thick and started cleaning the area where I have 4 sets of Elfa cabinets. What a mess!!! So I moved on to another area where there were some more binders. Another inch of dust.

I do believe that it has been over a year or more since I have done a detailed cleaning. I was wondering what was giving my sinuses fits after spending the days in the Studio. So I made a commitment to put off anymore quilting until I had my 2 rooms cleaned. I started with my book case and nearly fell over Rolling Dust!!!! I know that has not been touched in a long time. It was also time to weed out the books that I would never use and donate them to the Library. I also wanted my Quiltmania Books in the bookcase. Clay built it for me in 2009. It looks so nice and neat and CLEAN now, but that took about 5 hours to go through each book to either keep or give away! Now I need to quit adding anymore books! I have them separated by Applique, Designers, Embroidery, Reproductions and Miscellaneous.

This stack will be for Lisa to go through and pick and chose what she wants and the remaining will then go to the Library for others to either take home of just enjoy.

Now here is what will be giveaways.

Here are some that I want to sell. If you are interested in any of these books email me at fredericsneice@gmail.com.

New
Hard Cover Books – Never been used

If you are a paper piecer or want to learn, I have 7 books from Carol Doak. I tried paper piecing one time and that was enough. It is not my forte’

Carol Doak Paper Piecing

How about some Bonnie Hunter books – too scrappy for me.

Bonnie Hunter Books

Here are 5 of Rosemary Youngs books. The Civil War Love Letter Quilt was purchased as a used book. The others are new and never been used.

How about a Ricky Tims or Kaffe Fassett book? Kaffe is just too loud for me!

Tims and Fassett Books

These are the last of them. I purchased the books and will never make a quilt from them. Fruitful Hands has some embroidery and lots and lots of recipes for dishes that I cannot not eat. The 101 Log Cabin book is paper piecing.

Well, I must get back to my dusting as I have the bigger room to clean and what a dust bowl. I will be back in a few days after I figure out how to load my Z44 and get Raggity Ann and Andy loaded. The pressure is on. Clay did help clean the top shelves above our little kitchen area – he is such a wonderful husband and today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary – we were married in the house then. On 1 September 1996 (seems like yesterday) we were married in the Church!

Have a wonderful week,

Hugs Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021;

HQAL – 1 August 2021

Hello fellow hand quilters! I believe that we are a dying breed! It takes a long time to quilt a quilt by hand, but it is rewarding! When I purchased my HQ16 (2005 – no computer driven machines at that time for novices) I had illusions of grandeur that I would love it and really learn how to do some of the beautiful work that the professional quilts do. But I will say that now I will finally really join the hand quilters of our group and quilt a quilt on my Z44!

I have been working on Dresden Plates and binding quilts – check out my previous posts to see the quilts I have completed the last 2 months! I definitely will never quit a wall hanging or a quilt on my Domestic machine! Just not for me! My shoulders hurt more than when I work on my long arm! Lesson learned that I am not a Domestic Machine quilter as I am not pleased with the outcome!

Sashiko Wall Hanging

I have completed 54 (plus 3 others on another grid) Dresdens (boy am I slow) with 45 left to tack down. They go fast but I have been wearing myself out with quilting and do not feel like doing hand work each night. Where or where has my 50 year old body gone??? LOL

I will be loading A Quilter’s Dream this week on the Z44 along with my new Horn Chair! This will be the first time my frame has been used since I purchased it in 2016. I discovered that The Grace Company no longer makes this frame. Very happy I did not sell it earlier this year.

A Quilter’s Dream
Backing for A Quilter’s Dream

Have a great beginning of August and keep on hand quilting and hand work. Our calendar is clear except for one day to San Antonio for Clay’s last knee shot! YIPPEE!!!!

Hugs, Nanette

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piercers to share and motivate one another.  We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.  

KathyMargaret, Deb, Sharon, Sherrie,  Karrin, Daisey, Connie

PHD – July 2021

Greetings from now rain soaked South Texas and on 2 August 2021! I do believe the drought is over with. Now to just have a wonderful Fall and a cold Winter and a vote to do away with Daylight Savings Time for Texas! That would be a Big Whoopie!

I have been busy catching up on quilting 33 quilt tops that have been “hanging” around for quite a few years. I have now been blessed to find Sarabeth who is a local long arm quilter.

On the quilting backlog, I have scheduled 8 quilts for Sarabeth. It will be a few months before she will start on my quilts, which is fine with me. I have moved the 8 quilts to the back of the rack! I started with 34 quilts to quilt and now the remaining 28 will be done as follows:

  • 8 quilts to Sarabeth
  • 10 quilts that will be hand quilted (applique or embroidered)
  • 2 quilts that will be done by hand with the Long Stitch
  • 8 quilts for me to quilt on my HQ Sixteen

Bottom line I have 20 quilts to complete! Finding Sarabeth has really relieved a lot pressure off me by agreeing to quilt them. I am having her quilt the quilts that are complex quilts and Quilt Show prospects and my free motion meandering would absolutely ruin them. So another Happy 🕺 Dance going on here.

Now you may ask where are the other 6 quilts? Glad you asked – I have completed them and here they are! I finished 4 this month and 2 in June.

Autumn Jubilee (June)
Red White and Blue Log Cabins
Autumn Leaves
Aspen Gold Pattern in Greens
Indian Summer
Thru Grandmothers Window
Sashiko Wall Hanging

Click here to see the background on these quilt tops.

For August, I will be working on the 8 remaining quilts that I will quilt on my HQ16. Domestic sewing machine is not my bag as you an see on the Sashiko and the border on Indian summer, but they are finished and that is the goal.

So for 2021, I have completed 9 UFO quilt tops! I am hoping to complete the remaining 8 in August. I will be loading A Quilter’s Dream quilt on my Z44 for hand quilting and Raggity Ann and Andy on the HQ16. This quilt measures 72 x 92! We shall see if my month goes as well as I intend it to.

A Quilter’s Dream
Raggity Ann and Andy – 2001

Have a blessed month and enjoy quilting those PHD 2021 in August!

Hugs Nanette

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Happy Thursday

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Hugs Nanette

To Do Tuesday 27 July 2021 – Quilting is Back in My Life

It has been an interesting time since 6 July 2021! I have transitioned out of the Computer World (which definitely eats up time) back into my quilting world. I have accomplished a lot in spite of last week’s Unforeseen Requirements (remember them?). I have quilted 4 quilts since my last post and that was with a week full of appointments and interruptions! I am pleased with my new routine of less computer time and more productive time with quilting.

Autumn Jubilee – Completed in June

Autumn Jubilee

Patriotic Log Cabins – Completed in June

Patriotic Log Cabin

Autumn Leaves was one of my first quilts that I made when I started quilting in 2000. It was fused leaves with buttonhole hand stitching. I quilted it this month (July 2021).

Autumn Leaves Made in 2001 and Quilted in 2021

The fabrics I used in this quilt, Indian Summer were the first I had purchased from a quilt store in San Antonio around 2000-2001 which were specifically for this quilt. I am not sure of the year I finished it, but it was applique and I worked on it while we were traveling to Sierra Vista Arizona each winter. The center was hand quilted and the borders were done on my domestic Sapphire. Of course I new the risk (borders not quilted as tight as the middle which causes flaring) by not hand quilting the borders, but I felt that it was a quilt that needed to just be finished!

Indian Summer – Made in 2002 and Quilted in 2021

Aspen Gold was a quilt that I made after helping some quilting buddies figure out the pattern. This quilt was made in the 2007 timeframe and patiently waited for me to quilt. I was so sure I was going to hand quilt it, but after so many years, it also just needed to be done!

Aspen Gold turned Green Made in 2007 and Quilted in 2021

The 4th quilt I did this month is a pattern by Piece O’Cake Designers called Thru Grandmother’s Window. I am very pleased with the way the Sawtooth Border turned out since nothing else went very well with the quilting. All points look good.

Through Grandmother’s Window Made in 2005 quilted in 2021

There is, of course, a good background story on why it took so long to finish this quilt. First off, it was the first hand applique quilt I made that would be placed in a Quilt Show in 2006. In mid-2005 I purchased my HQ Sixteen thinking that I would quilt my own quilts. I quilted it about 2 months before the show. The quilting did not cross over the applique in each block. I did free motion quilting consisting of small circles on the entire quilt!!! I was so excited to have it completed BUT alas, when I started to take it off the frame there was nothing but globs of thread on the back! This is what happens to a novice long arm quilter who thinks they are proficient in 2 months of quilting! It was obvious I was not familiar enough with the machine and did not check the tension! What a squirrel’s nest of thread. I had to take the quilt out of the Quilt Show at the last minute and that really upset me.

Clay helped me and we ripped all of the quilting out. It took 3 1/2 days to accomplish that feat and this is how I learned to rip seams using a rotary cutter! So sad. So the quilt was put back to someday be hand quilted. When I purchased my Grace Z44 hand quilting frame in 2017 (now discontinued) this quilt was removed from the waiting list and would be the first one to be quilted on the frame. That never happened – life just did not go as planned!

Now that life is back to normal, I have moved the frame back where I will have great lighting and have a new Horn quilting chair arriving today. You can see the Chair Mat I ordered from Amazon, which is just waiting to have the new chair sitting there!

Grace Z44 Quilting Frame

On the quilting backlog, I now have scheduled 8 quilts to be quilted by a professional long arm quilter. I do believe I have found a jewel and a blessing in finding Sarabeth. It will be a few months before she will start on my quilts, which is fine with me. I have moved the 8 quilts to the back of the rack! I started with 34 quilts to quilt and now the remaining 28 will be done as follows:

  • 8 quilts to the Professional Quilter
  • 10 quilts that are either hand appliqued, hand embroidered, or just require hand quilting
  • 2 quilts that will be done by hand with the Long Stitch
  • 8 quilts for me to quilt on my HQ Sixteen

Bottom line I have 20 quilts to complete! Finding Sarabeth has really relieved the pressure off me to have to quilt all of the quilts. The 8 that she will quilt are my ‘special’ quilts. Those that were complex quilts and meandering would absolutely ruin them. So another Happy 🕺 Dance going on here.

I will be loading A Quilters Dream quilt by Linda Ballard in the next few days. I am not sure what year I made it but it had to be after 2005 or 2006. I was still a beginner quilter as I had pieced my first quilt in 2004. I could not remember the name of the quilt, but did remember that Linda Ballard had designed the quilt. I have gone through all of my patterns and it is not where it should be with Linda’s other patterns. I just found a copy on Etsy and purchased it. It is a beautiful quilt and I wanted to make another one. Now that I have ordered a copy watch and see if mine doesn’t turn up! That is always the case! LOL

A Quilter’s Dream

Things have really calmed down for Clay and I and my Gastritis is controlled now that I know what triggers it. Today has been a day to just do whatever. I am still participating in PHD2021 and HQAL, but no other projects will be started until more quilting is done.

Dresden Plates are coming along – 54 completed out of the 105! As soon as I have A Quilter’s Dream in the frame I will start hand quilting, along with the Dresden Plates quilt. I will continue to quilt the 8 quilts and by then I will be ready to start some new projects. There are 9 more Dresden Plates but do not have a picture of them. Next time!

We had a week’s vacation scheduled for Rockport Texas but that was cancelled due to the 18 inches of rain they received after the 4th of July and the Alligators that decided to come and visit! We rescheduled for a later time in the year.

I hope that everyone is well and enjoying stitching. I really need to get some more hand work done so I can post for HQAL this Sunday!

Hugs, Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

To-Do Tuesday – 6 July 2021

Greetings. I have nothing to show from last week. Just too many interruptions, too much time spent on the Computer in the morning, and worst of all just giving in to being overwhelmed with things I would rather do than UFOs by doing nothing.

I feel like every day is Ground Hog Day – same thing but a different day! It is time for me to reorganize my time and get out of the rut I have put myself in. I remember Clay telling me how he would just lay in his room at the Firehouse just waiting for the next Alarm to go off while the other Firemen slept like babies and just jumped when necessary. I could not relate to that story until the last 2 years. Now I think I am just waiting for the next shoe to drop rather than focusing on what I really want to do and do it!

I must re-evaluate what I will do with my life at the age of 76 now that health issues are under control OR- wait for the NEXT Alarm TO GO OFF to find my passion again.

This means that I am going to take a much needed Blogger Vacation, along with limited Computer time. A time to clear my muddled mind which has been stressed to the max.

I had been working on challenging quilts up until Clay was hurt and now I find myself only working on 3 things, 2 of which are what is know as Grunt Work of Quilting and one block that I hate! Thank you Kathy for giving me a name for it. One day I am wanting to finish A Bountiful Life and Dresden Plates and thinking about Stonefields then the next day “I could care less”. I have just resolved the One Block Problem and here is how I did it!

From this:

To This:

Bye Bye

I already feel better. I hated this block. Especially the fabric I had picked out for those leaves. If I was excited about it I would have finished it 3 months ago

I know I just cannot be the only one with this issue, but for me I refuse to continue on with this mindset. I do not want to continue on accomplishing nothing, so the only way to dig out of this situation is to just STOP and go back to my previous life of making quilts that bring out my creativity and passion!.

During the time I am on my blogging vacation I will only post when I have produced something of value. I will still look at posts of others as I have time, but may not be commenting. I just have to get out of this mindset I am in. My routine has to change or I will become a Recliner Potato! Handwork for me is a nighttime activity. Piecing or quilting on the backlog of quilt tops is for the daytime!

I like this saying:

I have to include the fact that political garbage is also upsetting but as of now I can do nothing but continue to NOT watch the idiots on the News. We keep up with Epoch and I love Mark Levin and John Solomon podcasts. They keep me informed with only the important things.

Have a great week and keep on creating those beautiful quilts

Hugs Nanette.

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

PHD 2021 – June 2021

The last 10 days were filled with other things rather than quilting and I am now behind schedule again! We have been on the “lets go to the Doctor” visits – Clay with his knee and my Endoscopy. All in all we are both in great shape! No problems just a flare up with my Gastritis so he doubled my PPI and it is kicking in! Clay had his first Rooster Comb shot in the knee and then upon leaving the office assuming that we were finished with this issue, we found out we would have to come back for 4 more shots beginning on each Monday from 19 Jun through 9 August. Of course we were just so happy to know that we will be able to run to San Antonio on those Monday Mornings. (UGH). But at least it is just for a shot! Again we are blessed.

I had hoped to finish Autumn Leaves this week (on the long arm already to go for July now) but that did not happen due to life’s little interruptions and the corrections made to my first quilt made in 2000.

Autumn Leaves

I did finish my Red, White, and Blue Log Cabin quilt and the binding on Autumn Jubilee!

Sometime this month a trip to the Gulf Coast is in order – will be nice to visit and sit by the water! Here’s hoping that a hurricane doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere!

I hope that this finds all healthy and ready to enjoy celebrating our country on 4 July 2021! Have a wonderful time with family and friends and stay cool! We have rain predicted for the next 8 days! Interesting July weather.

Hugs, Nanette

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap BagBOM’s Away;  Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdaySlow Sunday Stitching  Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock PartyDesign Wall Monday, Scrap Happy DaysQuilting Patch Linky Party To-Do-Tuesdays;PHD in 2021; 

To-Do Tuesday – 29 June 2021

Warning – Status of Things to make you Depressed! June 2021 is almost over with and we are now 6 months and 2 days until 2022! Are you ready or that? Well, if not you should be, and in fact, you should be praying for 2024 to come FAST! Clay and I realized how dangerous this country is dangerously getting close to another 1929 Depression! Our first experience that gave us the first indicator was the visit to Durant Oklahoma when the Choctaw Nation had a job fair and was offering a $1,000.00 bonus to ACTUALLY ACCEPT a job with the Casino. WOW what an eye opener in April 2021 to see that they could not get people to take a job without paying them to come to work.

We had to come home early from Durant because of the Illegal Aliens who cross the border were being dropped off with 6 miles of our home and these Illegal Aliens who cross our border are not really nice people – they hurt US Citizens and break into our homes. One cannot enjoy a vacation knowing that this is going on so close to our home. Texas is just one of the border states for the Illegal Aliens to start living off solid American Citizens with our hard earned tax dollars. Do not be dismayed though if you live north of Texas and beyond, because we share and they are also headed throughout the US! This is compliments of the Democrats.

Now let’s fast forward to our day yesterday. If we thought that we had a shock in Durant, and the Illegals, nothing compared to what we experienced at the furniture store. We had decided to purchase a double recliner love seat and one single recliner. The first store we stopped at only had 7 recliners on the floor (when they used to have over 50)! Then we were advised it would be a YEAR if we placed an order with them! WHAT??? We had wanted to replace 360 feet of fence line last month but found out how the prices had tripled for materials, but never figured it had hit the furniture industry (DUH!).

Now on to the second store! We found a perfect (or at least we thought we did) Recliner Love Seat, BUT they did not have a matching single recliner we wanted. Another shock – this time they said it would be April 2022 before they would receive any orders placed now! We spent about one and a half hours to sit in the different chairs trying to decide if we wanted to pay close to $2,000 for the double recliner. I noticed that one side was a little higher than the other so I sat on one side, then the other, only to find out that one was softer! When I mentioned this to the Owner and asked him to do the same thing and let me know if it was me or the chair, he quickly stated that he did not need to because they were made by humans and one was different. Well, out of that store and it was a Lazy Boy Recliner that has poor workmanship!

Now you may not want to read something like this on my Blog as I know it is not quilting, but if you were not aware by now, this is not the time to purchase any big ticket items because the prices have tripled and most not available.

Now is the time to just sit and wait it out and pray for our country that our economy does not tank. I am surprised that it has not hit the Quilting World. Maybe it has but I am blessed and do not need any supplies for a long time.

OK enough of that depressing news – I have had enough of it by just trying to purchase a chair. Just let us stay on our 5 acres where we are well protected and make a short trip every now and then. No shopping because there is nothing available to purchase!

Goals from last week for To Do Tuesdays!

  • Continue with Personal Fitness and Attitude Goals
  • Continue with Dresden Heaven blocks
  • Continue with A Bountiful LIfe blocks
  • Make Block 4 (titled Snow) for Santa Fe Trail with Melva
  • Drag out Stonefields Pattern – Sections 7-10 need to be prepared.
  • Quilt my Autumn Leaves Quilt Top that was one of the first quilts I had made in 2000.

I had some life interruptions last week that took 2 days so I am a little behind. I will be quilting Autumn Leaves today. The backing is ready and I have taken the time to make sure that the quilt will not be out of square! I was a beginner when I made this quilt in 2000 timeframe.

First problem Identified!
Another well know beginner mistake found
I still have a problem trailing off from the seam line!

I understand that these are little errors, but they really can ruin a quilt top! It looks much better now. The border was done at 5 1/2″ but after quilting I plan on reducing it to 5 inches unfinished, 4 1/2″ finished! I am not sure exactly how it will turn out because of the button hole hand stitching, but I will do my best!

The top is looking much better and I love the backing that I picked. The green is Kona Bay fabric from 2000! I loved it at the time, but never could figure out what to do with it! Now it has a home on the back of Autumn Leaves quilt!

Autumn Leaves Corrected
Backing for Autumn Leaves

Santa Fe Trail Block 4 is completed. I am following Melva‘s Quilt Along!

Block 4

I am almost finished with Block 10 of 16 for A Bountiful Life. Just need to do the flowers and a few stems.

Block 10 of 16

Goals for 28 June thru 5 July 2021 are:

  • Finish Block 10 of A Bountiful Life
  • Work on Block 11 of A Bountiful Life
  • Finish Quilting Autumn Leaves and do the binding
  • Work on Stonefields
  • Tack on more Dresden Heaven plates to background fabric

I will make another attempt at Stonefields, but no promises hard and fast for me on this one. Depend if I can get excited about it again. We have Thursday and Friday filled with Doctor Appointments again, so that takes care of 2 days. If other days are peaceful and quiet, I just may reach my goals.

I hope everyone is looking forward to some celebrations for the 4th of July! Maybe next year our lives will be back in order and things won’t be so unpleasant. This one is difficult these days!

Hugs, Nanette and enjoy stitching! I AM!

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Slow Sunday Stitching and Santa Fe Trail

Greetings to all! We are hoping for a break in the weather this week. Rain today and 10 degrees cooler with rain through Thursday. I certainly hope their predictions are accurate!

I had my Endoscopy on Wednesday. Same diagnosis as 2011 – Gastritis and Gastric Polyps and this time he took a biopsy. Should have the results by Tuesday. No Ulcer which is good. Clay and I are enjoying a full week of not one appointment with a Doctor. Next Thursday he will have his first year Echo Cardiogram and Friday he will get a Rooster Comb shot in his left knee. Then sometime in July there might be a trip to the Gulf Coast for a much needed time away! We are Ready!

I am slowly getting on top of the UFO’s. Here is my progress on Block 10 for A Bountiful Life. The stems and yellow flowers will tone down the wild green leaves.

Block 10 A Bountiful Life

I finished Block 4 for Santa Fe Trail.

SFT Block 4

The fabrics are I am using Eliza’s Indigo by Betsy Chutchian for Santa Fe Trails. Here are the first 4 Blocks.

Blocks One thru Four


Have a wonderful week and enjoy stitching!

Hugs Nanette

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To Do Tuesday – 22 June 2021

Life is interesting isn’t it? Well, nothing really new here other than I am trying to really get things finished. Still missing my outside walk, but am enjoying the ‘bike to nowhere’ in the house for 30 minutes. Today was a day to go to lovely San Antonio and that took up the morning. The weather was pleasant due to a mild cool front and light rain in the area during the night. But that won’t last long – because the high heat and high humidity will return tomorrow. The happy thing is that we probably will only have MAYBE 3 more months of the hot stuff and MAYBE have a Fall this year!

If you have time – check out one of my latest posts here! It is an interesting take on how the quilting world has changed since 2000, Quilt Shows, and a new friend’s antique quilts made by her Grandmother! She is a newbie to quilting and I am teaching her all of my bad habits! LOL!

It appears that I missed last week reporting, so I am going to pick up from my 8 June 2021 post and there and go forward. I will be out of commission for 2 days as I will be going to the Gastrointerologist for a quick nap in the early morning tomorrow. It is called an Endoscopy Nap! Then it usually takes the rest of the day to get over the Twilight sleep and then sit in the Sun (working on D and Tan) on Thursday to wake me up!

These were my goals for the last two weeks:

  • Continuing working on Dresden Plates  √. Completed 9 more
  • Load RWB Log Cabin quilt on long arm and quilt it. . Quilted and binding is on
  • Work on binding for Autumn Jubilee.. Finished Binding
  • Work on A Bountiful Life Blocks.√. Worked on Leaves
  • Continue with improving my Vitamin D levels and staying on the Cluck Cluck Diet.. Done
  • Look through the windshield of life and not in the rearview mirror – Yesterday is gone.Done

Progress Report on Projects!

Dresden Plates – Only 70 more mini Dresdens left to applique to the background grid! YEA! Maybe this will incentivize me to get with the program! I wonder if I could work on them while napping in the morning! LOL

Dresden Heaven Plates

A Bountiful Life. I kept looking at the leaf fabric and wondered why I chose that fabric. I toyed with the idea of just throwing that one out and starting over until I laid the flowers over the area where they will be and realized that I chose that color (probably in 2018) because the yellow flowers will tone down the wild leaves! Whew! Beginning to get excited about finishing this block. The next block is a fun block and will go faster!

A Bountiful Life Block

Autumn Jubilee. Completed, just needs a label!

Autumn Jubilee

Red, White, and Blue Log Cabin is quilted and the binding finished yesterday! It also needs a label!

Log Cabin Quilt Front

Back of the quilt

Cluck Cluck Diet, Vitamin D, Sleep pattern, and attitude are all under stable control. Another group of personal goals DONE! Clay said I could hang around another 25 years! Whew!

Now on to my goals for 21-28 June 2021!

  • Continue with Personal Fitness and Attitude Goals
  • Continue with Dresden Heaven blocks
  • Continue with A Bountiful LIfe blocks
  • Make Block 4 (titled Snow) for Santa Fe Trail with Melva
  • Quilt Autumn Leaves Quilt **
  • Drag out Stonefields Pattern Sections 7-10 need to be prepared. *
  • Quilt my Autumn Leaf Quilt Top that was one of the first quilts I had made in 2000.

*Stonefields Pattern has 121 blocks but there are some of the blocks that I do not plan to make 121. I will need to review the remaining blocks and select the ones that appeal to me. Then I will need to figure where I am as far as a setting would go and begin preparing the blocks and finish this quilt top. After all the blocks are complete, there will be more work on the borders. I visualize a completion date of possibly October 2021. We shall see, but at least Stonefields has made it back on the goal list!

**Autumn Leaves – Made in 2000-2001 timeframe – one of my first quilts! I would love to hand quilt it, but I have others that will be hand quilted – This one will be done on my Long Arm.

Autumn Leaves

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy stitching!

Hugs, Nanette

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