Happy Valentines (belated) to everyone. Clay gave me Red Roses and I gave him two Vermont Teddy Bears that we both love. We just love our President Trump and now we have the cutest Vermont Trump Teddy Bear! The Koala Bear was just too cute to pass up! The Roses are artificial and so pretty! They will last a LONG time!
Now on to where I am in my quilting projects – Should I just say ZERO? LOL. I have progressed very little on Mary Brown but as always hoping to produce something this week.
On one of my post I believe I discussed the issues about me doing scrappy quilts! OMIGOSH is extremely scrappy and I tried 2 different fabrics to make this quilt last month with no success. I decided that I would just work on a couple of on-line BOMs until Clay was up and running again. Well, that did not work out too well.
I made one block from one of the 4 selected BOMs and after spending the time and effort in doing that, the block has a problem, but I don’t anymore – it is called TRASH CAN FIX! The block and the other projects I had printed out to work on are also visiting the TRASH CAN FIX! I hope I have learned that I have plenty of beautiful patterns and do not need to participate in the on-line BOMs! OMIGOSH is a quilt that I have been wanting to make for years!
After the TRASH CAN FIX, I decided to go back to OMIGOSH – especially when Gretchen posted her finished quilt. She made a smaller version, but I love the way the 9 patches show the diagonal lines! We were going to start this quilt together in January, but of course, I am behind. My biggest problem was fabric selection. When I first started my OMIGOSH you can see what I ended up with. I really like the little top that I made and the 9 patches really did provide the effect I wanted. For the 2nd fabric start, I selected some Jenny Beyer fabrics BUT that did not work out either.
Gretchen used a white background for her quilt which really allows her Shoofly Block fabrics to pop in this quilt. When I saw her finished top I realized that I could use my original Reproduction Fabric selections but change the background to a Bella Solid beige background. Yesterday I started working with them and I am very pleased with the first 9 patch block. All blocks are 5″ unfinished and 4 1/2″ finished – I really do enjoy working with the small blocks and the positive out of this story is that I have practiced enough that all blocks are coming out perfect! YEA.
This is the first row of the Shoofly block and I really think that I will be happy now with this quilt.
This is the stack of fat quarters that I will use. They are from Barbara Brackman’s Union Blues, Lady Albums, and Richmond Reds. I do hope that this turns out like I want it to. It will be “scrappy” but very controlled!
OMIGOSH is a quilt that I can pick up at anytime (with current time constraints) and not have to revisit the pattern to refresh the memory (what memory I have left these days)LOL.
UPDATE on Clay: Clay had a highly successful reconstructive surgery on Thursday morning. He is doing very well and his Orthopedic Doctor is very pleased that the Masquelet Technique** used in repairing his hand. The gunshot had shattered almost an inch of the 5th medial bone in the middle below his little finger. By the grace of God there was solid bone at the top and bottom of the bone remaining and Major Wilson was able to put a screw into the top portion of the bone and the bottom portion and grafted bone from the wrist in the middle! Major Wilson was praying that this would be possible as he did not want to have to use pins. We are so indebted to BAMC and the Excellent Orthopedic Team that has been caring for Clay! They have performed a miracle.
The Masquelet Technique**of repairing trauma incidents like this and those on the battlefield is absolutely amazing. We go in for a checkup on Friday! We are about half way through the toughest part in this process. He most likely will be put in another cast in two weeks or so. Right now he has a splint on his hand and will find out Friday about the next phase.
UPDATE: I forgot to post about the neat Smart Cart that Clay also bought for me on Amazon. I used it for the first time Thursday morning and talk about saving my back from carrying a snack, purse, and water – great little cart! Love it! This time I had two Mophie’s (extended batteries for iPhones)stuck in the outside pocket – this way I would not run out of battery time if we had to stay overnight! This little cart will get a lot of workouts in the future!
**Masquelet technique, which is the use of a temporary cement spacer in the first surgery followed by staged bone grafting in the second surgery and is a recent treatment strategy to manage a posttraumatic bone defect. This procedure was developed by the French and used in combat injuries.
This week will be busy and probably very little time for the Studio but it is OK as after Friday I do believe things just MIGHT slow down and I can get into my quilting rhythm again. Less stress means more quilting!
Nanette – have a wonderful week
Linking To: My Quilt Infatuation; Confessions of a Fabric Addict; Finished or Not Friday ; Em’s Scrap Bag; BOM’s Away; Sew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts; Oh Scrap; Scrap Happy Saturday; Slow Sunday Stitching Quilt Fabrication Mid Week Makers; Peacock Party; Design Wall Monday