Celebrating Mary Brown

Greetings – Less than 48 hours and we will be in 2020!  I cannot say it enough – I am so glad to get rid of the last Decade!  On to a new and brighter year for Clay and I!  Excitement is in the air!  We are blessed!  We are praying for a year full of fun, hobbies, and no health issues!  Would be nice Huh?

Due to problems with my iPhone and Apple watch and good ole Microsoft not supporting Windows 7 anymore, I am, as usual going to be behind in my goals for this month – but that is why we make goals – to break them! LOL.  I had wanted to have 4 more blocks completed for this month toward MB, but only have 2!  Here are my finishes for December:

 

The flower on the left is black with beige leaves (tiny) and the flower on the right is a cheddar with the same black and beige centers.

Here is what I finished early in the month!  I had wanted to have all 4 corners (16 blocks) completed this year but did not make it!  Goal is to get them finished and then I will start back on the top row and probably do either 1 or 2 blocks a month but no more as I have other UFOs that are begging for my attention!  I did change the pineapple pattern as I did not like all the “leaves” that covered up the pineapple!

I will be adding the vines on the corner blocks as I finish all of them OR wait until I have Rows 1 and 2 completed and the bottom 2 rows completed!  We shall see what happens.

Jan has been sick this month and if she has something completed soon I will do a post for her work.  Let’s hope she will get well soon!!!

Have a great week, enjoy the end of this Decade and let’s go and have a great 2020!

Nanette

September 2019 Karen and Cathy selected Celebrating Mary Brown as their next project and invited anyone to join in the fun!  The following quilters are participating.  We will be showing completed blocks on the 30th of each month!  Take the time to visit them to see their completed monthly blocks!  If interested let Karen know you are interested in joining the group.

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter (Lead)
Cathy – Biglakequilter
Jennie  – Overthehillandrunning
Julie K –  Juliekquilts
Robin –   solsticestudio
Nanette – Doitrightquilter
Jan –  I will post her pictures with mine

To Do Tuesday – 17 Dec 2019

Hello all!  Are you ready for Santa and a brand New Year?  Well, it is coming.  I am always excited about having a new year!  I can put all things behind me and start over and it is such a great feeling!

The weather is my type of weather – except we really need rain!  Maybe next week!

I will be looking at all the UFOs and all the quilt tops that need to be quilted before New Years Eve, so that on  the first day of January 2020 I can get started with my project list! (Updated from last year)

So for this last week To Do Tuesday –  I have finished Alexander Bean Pot!

After quilting the binding will be red and the border will probably be less than 3” finished! I am relieved and happy that I am finished with it!

I am also excited about finishing 4 blocks for Mary Brown (less the vines).  One of the blocks in this quadrant of 4 blocks was a pineapple.  I almost finished it but then realized I hated the block pattern and wanted to have a real pineapple rather than one that was mostly leaves.  I searched and searched for a picture of a pineapple that I wanted and found Cheryl Lynch designs!  She has a beautiful mosaic wall hanging of a pineapple!  So now I have a “real” pineapple ready to go!  I purchased one of her other patterns that caught my eye and the ruler for cutting the small strips!  It is the Terra Potta.   We love the Southwest and this will be fun to play with!

This is the original one from the pattern – you can see that I stopped with the middle leaf!  UGLY – maybe I chose the wrong fabric but either way I did not like it!

This is the new one and the prettiest (my opinion).  I want to thank Cheryl so much for the support!

Here are the 4 blocks that I have completed that were to be done in September – I am slowly catching up!  Only 12 more blocks that I want to finish by the end of this year – 2019!

There will be a vine that runs through the leaf and bird blocks.  I am happy now with where I am going with this quilt!

I am linking up with Roseanne’s To Do Tuesday Linky Party.  She has kept me grounded for the last 2 weeks!  Check it out!

For 17 –  24 December I will be working on applique blocks for Celebrating Mary Brown and might slip in some piecing on a quick project that I had signed up for but have not been able to work on.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching and a Computer Retreat!

Good morning!  I would like to apologize for not responding to all the lovely comments that I received on my last posts.  Want to know how the week went?  OK I know you did not ask, but you must hear this.

I started Sunday afternoon and Monday morning cleaning the house – the company I had hired decided to quit cleaning in my area so I am back to doing that!  I wanted to get my “to do” list done before Tuesday!

BUT being in an upbeat mood from gifting Enduring Legacy,  I just knew that Tuesday through Thursday life would allow me to do what I wanted to do – keep up with the idiots in DC and do hand work or sew on Alexander Bean Pot quilt and Celebrating Mary Brown.  What,  you say, how could I want to watch that mess?  I spent 33 years with some of those idiots (Federal Govt and in the intelligence world)  as to how nasty and dirty they can be to those individuals who against the grain of their rules.  This is the worst I have ever seen them and I wanted to evaluate the situation myself!  WHAT A DREAMER I WAS!

That goal was not in the cards for me this week – I chipped a tooth first thing Tuesday morning (got that fixed), had to go to the grocery store, and then received notification that Clay’s SSN had been hacked!   That took up a lot of time Tuesday and Wednesday and some Thursday morning.  By Thursday and Friday I was worn out!  I also was so upset that I had lost another week of doing what I wanted to do. I can add that to the last 3 months that I lost (but at least that was for a good reason)!

Getting back to the hacking!  If you have ever experienced someone stealing your identity I feel for you.  We subscribe to a theft prevention service who alerted us.  To protect Clay’s identify a fraud alert was attached to Clays SSN and to protect our credit, we had to contact all 3 Credit Bureau’s (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax) and put a freeze on our credit and SS numbers.  This means that no one – not even Clay or I can just go in and apply for credit without a special code!  I also had to spend time checking on a few cards that we had but knew they were expired.  Then yesterday I spent the entire documenting all that happened, and all the information such as all the new accounts to sign in to and special codes to remember!  NO, the information is not stored on any device – Just paper copies are saved.

Today is the beginning of a new week.  Maybe the Cowboys will win today, no house work needs to be done, the MacBook Pro is up to date and being backed up every day in addition to my PC.  That will be another issue in January – what do I do about Windows 7 support going away and do I upgrade to Windows 10 operating system – which I have heard is an absolute nightmare!  Apple really screwed up with their lovely IOS 13 which shocked me – I am not a beta tester for either Microsoft or Apple and I am frustrated when these companies throw out an upgrade and wait for the User to complain before it is fixed!!!  At least I do not have to make an upgrade decision on my PC now!

I am so blessed that I have been around computers since 1966 and am computer literate, otherwise I would be out of luck as far as being able to take care of this mess.

But let me add some positive to this lovely post:  I did work on Sweet Stitches Block 8 (I believe) and Block 2 (I should be on Block 9) of Celebrating Mary Brown.  I DO PLAN on a very very quiet week of sewing on Alexander Bean Pot quilt.  We do not have family so there will be plenty of quiet time for both Clay and I.   I have a Gopher story to tell, but that is for another post!   Clay and I just want a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving week – one where he is on a Gopher Trap Design, and I will be on my own personal Quilt Retreat in my Studio!  Karma is just not welcome anymore!  LOL

Here is what I have accomplished this week!  TA DA!

Just a few more leaves and this block will be one – I love to embroidery when I am so stressed out or when the stress is over with!

I only have 3 leaves and will move on to Block 3 and 4 and then I need to start on the other 4 blocks for the Blue Bird.  I would love to have them all done by the 30th – Any Bets?  Oops, I see a leaf that needs some adjusting!  Hummm!  Did anyone realize that stress affects our quilting – well it can!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends and enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Hugs to all, 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 Party