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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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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HQAL 20 June 2021

Greetings to all Traditional Quilters! I did a post regarding how our quilting world has changed. Check it out here!

Now on how I am doing with my hand work in the last 3 weeks. Not as fast as I would have liked to but the Vitamin D is kicking in and I am now getting a great Tan sitting in the sun 15 minutes each day. So here goes with progress!

Dresden Heaven now has 35 plates sewn to the background! I chose to work on quilting my UFO stack of tops to be quilted rather than working on the plates. I will start on them after I go take my “nap” on Wednesday at the Endoscopy Table!

in the meantime Autumn Jubilee is a finish! Binding and all! I love this quilt even with the bottom left corner. Humbling to have to show you Boo Boo’s. LOL

Next on the list was the Red, White and Blue Log Cabin Quilt. I am now sewing the binding on. Hope to have it completed tomorrow. Today was another busy day.

Quilted

A Bountiful Life. I have not progressed a lot on this block. Now my thought is to ditch it and do it over with different leaves. I selected the fabric a few years back. Must have been a day before Cataract Surgeries because I do not like it! Time will tell what happens on this one. Either the trash can or finish it.

Again Check out my previous post from this afternoon. Lots of goodies in it!

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

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To-Do Tuesday – 8 June 2021

And a Happy Tuesday to all! It is summer hot here in South Texas now – reaching into heat index’s of over 100! I will be sitting in the sun about 15 minutes each day to supplement my Vitamin D with a fan on me, but it is worth it as each day I have more energy, no depression, sleeping well, and motivation to quilt on my projects! YEA! Life is getting better.

These were my goals last week.

  • Be happy for all that we have and forget about the bad!
  • Sew the binding for Autumn Jubilee
  • Load and quilt another quilt (May be my Red, White and Blue Log Cabin)
  • Work on Dresden Plates (Applique)
  • Work on A Bountiful Life (Applique)
  • Stay on my special diet!

Happiness has found me again thanks to time in the Sun and more Sun Lamp time! ☀

I have the binding sewn and ready to hand stitch for Autumn Jubilee

I did not get my RWB Log Cabin load, but it will be done this week. It is a smaller quilt and will not take long to complete it.

Patriotic Log Cabin – Moda Stars – Flimsy

AND finally I am beginning to make progress on Dresden Heaven! Amazing when one has energy, creativity, and drive to work on hobbies! I have a total of 26 completed (without the circles) and only 79 small ones to finish! I believe there are about 10 larger Dresdens to applique when those are completed, but the end is getting closer to completion. The push is on as I am working on this project during the day to get it finished!

26 of 109 Dresden Heaven Plates!

I am sticking to my Cluck Cluck Diet and not straying anymore! It just is not worth it.

Goals for 7 – 14 June 2021

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

Have a great week stitching and enjoy what you are doing! Take time to sit in the sun for 10 minutes if possible each day! Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin!

Hugs, Nanette

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To Do Tuesday (Wednesday) – 2 June 2021

Well, Happy Tuesday (Wednesday for me) everyone! A new month! Just think, in 8 months it will 2 January 2022! Maybe the next 7 months will be full of rain and a cool Fall for 2021! I have changed my exercise program to the indoor exercise bike – just too humid and warm for this 76 year old! I do miss the walk, but not the hot and humid weather of which we have more earlier this year with the rain! Absolutely no complaints on the rain. We have had close to 11.5 inches in the last month, so we are very pleased with having some beautiful green grass again!

It has been a year today that Clay had his Aorta Valve replaced. It is a great day in the neighborhood here and much to be thankful for! Although, Clay and I wish our country was not in such a downward spiral!

I have not felt well in May (my fault for trying new foods and problems with Polyethylene Glycol and low Potassium). So I am back on track and beginning to feel better by not losing potassium sweating my posterior off each morning! My glucose is also much lower so still not going to have to take medication for Pre-Diabetics. June is looking good for us.

New and Old Goals for 31 May through 7 June 2021:

  • Be happy for all that we have and forget about the bad!
  • Sew the binding for Autumn Jubilee
  • Load and quilt another quilt (May be my Red, White and Blue Log Cabin)
  • Work on Dresden Plates (Applique)
  • Work on A Bountiful Life (Applique)
  • Stay on my special diet!

I did get Autumn Jubilee quilt quilted but mistakes were made in the cutting of the backing and I had to load the quilt different and will never do that again! You can see the mess on the lower left corner! Grrr! It still is a pretty quilt and no one will know the difference when keeping warm under it!

Autumn Jubilee – Mistakes and all!

I have finished a few more of the Dresden Plates, but not going fast enough so am leaning toward spending the next couple of days doing only had work. If I really work hard at it I could get this project done a lot quicker! I am going to start cutting out the circles for this group and the first group that are completed and sew them on. Then it won’t be so overwhelming doing 105 at one time.

I was planning on getting this post out yesterday as I only had an appointment in the morning in Seguin to drop off my hearing aids for cleaning. Clay hurt his knee on Friday and I was able to get him in with the knee doctor in the afternoon in San Antonio. Dr Heckman gave him a steroid shot in the knee and on the 16th of June Radiology will take care of the Baker’s Cyst.

It was a good day as we checked off 2 appointments and 2 errands that required our attention and a no cooking supper topped it off! Clay had sausage from Bill Miller with Potato Salad and I fixed tuna and had some of his Potato Salad! But at 9PM we were headed for the bed! I mentioned to Clay that we could have gone to the coast for the day with the mileage I drove! LOL

I am not going to add anything new to my weekly goal as I want to get something finished instead of staying overwhelmed with the things that I want to do and what I call “need” to finish! We shall see – our calendar is empty until the 14th of June. I will enjoy the free time.

Please keep Susan in your prayers while she goes through her changes now in her journey of life. Thank you!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy stitching and life!

Hugs, Nanette

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HQAL – 30 May 2021

I want to thank all the Veterans (including Clay) for their service to this country. It must be a very difficult to be an active duty military at this time in our country, so my hat is off to them for serving a Nation that has some serious issues facing us for the next 3 1/2 years. Thank you many times over!

Now to HQAL. Well, I do not have much to show this time. I did work on a few leaves for A Bountiful Life, but not enough to show much progress. I tried Minnie Mouse (Cross Stitch) and have decided she will go away! I was working on the “white” thread, but the holes were so small and background white, I lost the thread count and could not see what I was doing. Time for another pattern and maybe different cloth!

I worked on another grid panel for Dresden Heaven and finished 5 of the 9. Slow going here.

The month flew by and very little quilting. This is mostly due to the fact that I had changed the diet (when will I ever learn?) and that impacted me a lot. Especially when I walk. I am a heavy sweater and I lost Potassium again. This time I avoided a ride in the meat wagon, but have now switched to the indoor exercise bike and eat my potatoes! It will have to do until we get to Fall. I never realized the things that low Potassium can do to a person. I was aware that if it falls below 2.2 that is meat wagon time and if it gets above 5.8 it is meat wagon time but when it falls below 3.6 you will become very tired and that is what happened to me! So I opted to be a good 76 year old idiot and stay out of the heat!

Here’s hoping that all are having a wonderful holiday weekend with your families and MASKs OFF! Enjoy!

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

To-Do Tuesday – (Oops Friday) 5-18-2021

What can I say! Time just flies by when we are having fun and getting older! We have now been blessed with almost 10 inches of rain during the last 3 weeks! YIPEE! Green grass again – and we are hoping for more during the summer! I have been busy trying to stay as positive as I can about life in general and we shut the world out as long as we are on our 5 acre patch of land! Speaking of land – Texas is booming from all the people moving into our state From all over to get away from their control freaks. Clay and I are now sitting on a gold mine of sand based on the new tax appraisal we received advising us how much our land is valued at. It is amusing and absolutely ridiculous that sand would be so valuable! LOL.

I have my stupid health issues under control now and feeling much better – if only I did not get sick and tired of chicken, potatoes, eggs, and lightly salted potato chips! My problem is when I have had enough of that diet that I tend to want to eat an entire chocolate cake – which of course I cannot do and end of eating something with gluten in it and we know that is a killer for a Celiac. But all in all, I am 100% better! YEA!

Yesterday Clay and I cleaned out the portion of our 3 car garage that was a mess, and now it really looks so neat and in order and to see things that we did not need GONE. He had a big burn pile going and the company who picks up our garbage really earned their money today. I really enjoyed doing the de-cluttering at this time because it was something different to do because it broke the “Groundhog Day” effect. In fact, I do believe it will now be the catalyst that moves me back to my quilting.

Here were my goals from last week: (Looks like I did nothing, but I did a lot, it just took time)

  • Continue with preparing A Bountiful Life Blocks (7)
  • Straighten Fabric Stash – Tomorrow.
  • Load Autumn Jubilee – Tomorrow.
  • Work on Stonefields (decision time) – Next time — maybe.
  • Increase time spent in the evenings on ABL and Dresdens
  • Select Fabrics for A Bountiful Life – Increasing hand work time.

As I worked on preparing the 6 additional blocks for A Bountiful Life, I found 2 of the blocks that I did not like and decided to redraw them. Here is what I came up with.

Original Block

I did not like the birds and butterflies and the fruit looked awful (my opinion). My block is not as busy and I prefer my birds just hanging around! LOL

My Version – A bowl with 2 oranges on the bottom of nice red apples!

This block did nothing for me – I did not like the fruit in their beaks and the topknots and the thing on the upper left that is supposed to be a bird, or the moth!

Original Version

I chose to do the birds a different way and let the leaves be on the tree trunk.

My Version – not quite so busy

I have 2 blocks ready to applique and the remaining 5 are in a holding pattern. I need to take a break from this project (except I will be appliquéing the 2 blocks) before I select the fabrics. I have all the freezer paper pieces cut out and in bags and ready for fabric selection maybe next week. Getting to this point took a lot of sit down time and I want to start piecing on a few projects!

Now I want to share with you a picture of Jaydee’s quilt top. She started this project in or around 2015. I think I started mine around that time or maybe 2016 – who knows. Her quilt is a stunner and I hope that mine will be as striking. She did her quilt in Reproduction fabrics and I am doing mine in darker shades with batiks (which are my favorites).

Hand Appliqued by Jaydee Price ready for Hand quilting!

This is the backing she will be using for her Civil War Bride quilt.

Interesting backing! Blends with the Civil War Era

Last night I was in the mood to do something DIFFERENT!!!! I started working on the little Minnie Mouse Cross Stitch! YEA again for me. I think I understand it much better! Have a spot lite hovering over your head and very strong peep overs to see what in the heck you are doing! LOL ! Here is Minnie Mouse picture!

Minnie Mouse Cross Stitch Pattern

AND here is what I have done so far (her face and lips)(Took awhile to get it right)

Doesn’t look like much, but I know understand how to Cross Stitch!

Today my original plan was to put a new zipper in a pair of pants for my neighbor (good luck on the outcome of that for her), do some grocery shopping at HEB, write this post, make the 3rd block for Melva’s SAL, load Autumn Jubilee, and of course walk my 1.5 miles. Yesterday I did over 11,000 steps! No wonder I was lazy in getting up this morning! I only accomplished the walk, HEB, this post, and had to spend about an hour and a half on getting Clay an appointment with his Cardiologist in July (required me to download some medical reports for the new doctor). So out went the zipper and the block and poor ole’ Autumn Jubilee, BUT alas, it has made it to the long arm, so I am getting there!

Since I am late in my goals, here is where I would love to be by next Tuesday!

  • Continue working on Cross Stitch, Dresdens, and A Bountiful Life blocks (2)
  • Make Melva’s 3rd block
  • Make a definite decision on Stonefields
  • Load Autumn Jubilee quilt and get it quilted!!!!
  • Sew Stars Around the Garden together
  • Decide on a Squirrel project (like I need another quilt to make) Check out the backlog:

If I can finish these goals by Tuesday I will be a happy person! I feel like I am producing nothing while everyone else has completed so much already this year, but life is different for everyone, so sometimes I cannot meet my desired goals with my quilting.

Now it is 4:10 and I have meat to vacuum pack for the freezer. Here are fingers crossed that tomorrow is a quiet day with no other things to do but catch up on my goals.

Have a wonderful week-end. We are going to plan a trip to Rockport Texas for sometime in July so I need to start looking for a place to stay where I can cook and we are not limited to just eating out (where I cannot partake).

Hugs, Nanette

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To-Do-Tuesday – 11 May 2021

Good morning!!! We are enjoying being home and Clay has been working on installing the outside Cameras. It is neat to have them and of course he is doing a wonderful job in mounting them. No electrical cords visible – he is just so talented when it comes to electronics, electrical things, and building. This home is over secured, but if any illegals tempt to come onto our property or break in our home…..they will have issues.

Here was my CRAZY list from last week: (What was I thinking?)

  • Maintain a Positive Attitude and get the quilting mojo back! Done
  • Prepare 6 blocks for applique for A Bountiful Life  Done!
  • Work on Dresden Plates  Done!
  • Applique Block 10 for A Bountiful Life  Started
  • Work on Stonefields  No Progress
  • Start Sewialites – Goal would be 2 blocks. No Progress – may be shifted to June
  • Straighten fabric stash – No Progress
  • Work with Clay and clean out the garage! Will start when the Security System is done.
  • Help with the new Security System. Yes

A Bountiful Life progress:

Four Completed -Ready for Fabric Selection
Cutting this one out this morning!
I am changing this block to be a bowl full of 2 oranges and apples
This block has been sitting around awhile just ‘waiting’

Dresden Plates:

Just need circles and 9 will be complete (out of 105)

Goals for 10 through 17 May:

  • Select Fabrics for A Bountiful Life
  • Straighten up Fabric
  • Load Autumn Jubilee on the Long Arm
  • Work on Stonefields (decision time)
  • Increase time spent in the evenings on ABL and Dresdens.

I had a few bad days this week – due to diet and finding out that Senokot changed their formula and now has Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in the inactive ingredients – no wonder I got sick. They need to take that poison off the market! Today I am getting back to normal, but my Tinnitus is off the charts and I do not know why. But I am 90% better than yesterday so that is a great improvement and I am happy. I missed 2 days of my walking, but back on the road this morning. Felt great! I have reduced my goals – maybe I will be able to achieve them all or excel and finish more! LOL

Hopefully, the next 7 days will be much better. I keep saying that each Tuesday, but somehow either I mess it up or interruptions get me. Anyway, still staying positive and enjoying living.

Have a great week and happy stitching.

Hugs, Nanette

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Happy Mother’s Day and Slow Sunday Stitching!

Mother’s Day already in 2021! I am hoping that all have the opportunity (freedom) to visit your Mother, Grandmother, God Mother, or just a woman who you have adopted as a 2nd Mother. I had a 2nd Mother that when I met her in 2000 she was the spitting image of my Mother but a total opposite personality and I loved her and still miss her. Her name was Mary Etta Peters from Caddo Oklahoma and a 4th cousin to Clay through his Choctaw linage. She and I bonded immediately. I made a lot of quilts and wall hangings for her and she was so appreciative and she truly loved me. We had her in our lives for 6 years or so before she passed. My parents were in their mid and late 30’s when I was born and they passed away in 1996 and 1997. It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since my Mother passed. We were not close, but she was my Mother and I loved her. I was blessed to have found Mary Etta after Clay and I retired and started looking for his relatives. She loved me for me!! Just as Clay loves me for me! That type of love is so very hard to find and if you have some one who loves you for you – then you are Blessed! We lost Mary Etta close to 2008. Still miss her so much. Can you see the resemblance between them?

My Mother who was the most accomplish Pianist EVER!
A brilliant woman ahead of her time.
My 2nd Choctaw Mother Whom I loved so much!

On the health side of life…..I am having issues with controlling my diabetes. I had the brainy idea to quit potatoes in early February because I thought they was attributing to the 6 pounds I had gained (although I had been eating them for years and even lost the original 26 pounds doing that and lowering my A1C). That along with stop eating my eggs (4 each morning) has really hurt me because it is through those 2 foods which provide me with the vitamins I need. I was really struggling to do my 20 minute mile and the total of 1.5 miles in 30 minutes.

About 3 weeks ago I re-introduced eggs and added 2 small tortillas with my eggs for my carbs! This was the worst thing I could have done CORN! My Glucose readings were really getting higher and when I decided to add 1/2 cup of orange juice each day it just about killed me! My energy level has gone down since stopping potatoes and I could not figure why. Then when I added the corn and juice that got me with my IBS. Now that I have just done my research on IBS and Corn I will never eat corn tortillas again! Because I am Celiac (nothing with flour) or for that matter no fiber and especially no fruit juices or fruit or vegetables! (I have 3 different diets to follow and the only things that I can eat are potatoes, eggs, chicken, and Lay’s Lightly Salted potato chips).

The good news is that the RF treatment worked like a charm, and the new mattress topper we purchased has eased the Fibro trigger points, and now that I have figured out the corn issue and today started eating potatoes and my eggs for breakfast again, I believe will begin to feel 100% better. Control of “stupid” health issues means more happiness!

BABY ALERT! You may remember in February I made a quilt for Julie (worked at HEB Curbside) whose baby was due in April. Friday I received pictures of Scarlett Avery Henson! She was born on 1 April! What a precious baby! Welcome Scarlett!

Now on to Quilting UFOs! I have completed 8 of the 105 Dresden Plates. OH BOY – only 97 more to go. Then I will have to do 105 very small circles – Whoopie! I was using YLI silk thread to sew them onto the background which is 100 wt – I hate that thread! I thought I did not have any of the Tire Number 401 White 50wt Silk Thread – well I will have an abundance of white 50 wt because I ordered 6 and found 5 more! Guess I need to have a sale!

Next, I am working on preparing the 6 blocks for A Bountiful Life! Even using 8 1/2″ x 11″ cut freezer paper sheets it still takes time to prepare the blocks and that is without selecting the fabrics. I have completed 4 blocks so far.

I have 1 more block to prepare for fabric selection.

This block is one that I am totally changing. The block is supposed to represent Oranges, Lemons, and apples. I did not like the birds so I changed them and not using the “feet” that the pattern has. The apples are fine, but the others look like circles and do not do the block justice. I am going to make it a bowl with 2 oranges and full of apples with the birds and the butterflies. I will be adding stems to the apples and not the leaves. When these blocks are ready for fabric selection I will have 6 more blocks to applique. Last night I started on a block that had been sitting around for a couple of years. (Number 7 to have a total of 16 blocks when finished)

ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE BLOCK – Terrible Feet for Birds
My Version of the Block
Block 1 of 7 Remaining Blocks for A Bountiful Life

I have finished all of the hand work for Sweet Stitches and it is now hanging in the “long arm” rack! Just waiting, waiting, waiting. The list to quilt is quietly growing!!!!

33 Quilts in Total a mixture of long arm, sending out for quilting, and Hand quilting!

I do hope that all of you are enjoying your families and that you received many cards and flowers and other goodies for Mother’s Day! Have a blessed one!

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Nanette

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To Do Tuesday – 4 May 2021

Good morning to all! Welcome to To Do Tuesday where I will ATTEMPT to set a few goals and actually get them done this next week. We are back from a shortened week vacation to Durant Oklahoma and I am glad to be home. Next time it will be a night out in the Best Western in town – less work and cheaper! LOL

Here are my goals before our trip.

My goals for 19-26 April are as listed below. Not a good record of accomplishments!

Well, I did not fair well did I? It is time to get serious again after 2 weeks of no organization of my days!

I have made a decision to add 7 more blocks to my A Bountiful Life and have printed out the blocks on freezer paper for fabric selection and regular paper for tracing the pattern on the backgrounds. The border will be vines with leaves.

Here are my goals for this next week (there will be some interruptions, but hoping not as many as the last 2 weeks.)

  • Maintain a Positive Attitude and get the quilting mojo back!
  • Prepare 6 blocks for applique for A Bountiful Life
  • Work on Dresden Plates
  • Applique Block 10 for A Bountiful Life
  • Work on Stonefields
  • Start Sewialites – Goal would be 2 blocks
  • Straighten fabric stash – I did a a lot of pulling of fabrics and did not put them back where they belong!
  • Work with Clay and clean out the garage!
  • Help with the new Security System

I know that I may not reach all of the goals, but the last two will be accomplished! A visit to San Antonio tomorrow is on the calendar for a doctor appointment for Clay and another errand, so time will be limited! Just need to work faster!

Have a wonderful week – see you next week.

Hugs, Nanette

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Santa Fe Trail SAL and Other Projects

Greetings – from South Texas where we had 6 inches of rain in the last week – YIPEE! Now we can quit worrying about having to cut down a few more trees (hopefully more rain this month!)

I am participating in the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail SAL with Melva. I have completed the 2 blocks and now on to other things (waiting for the next block).

I have also decided (for certain) to increase the blocks for A Bountiful Life quilt to 16 blocks rather than the 9 blocks I had decided to do previously and then add a border.

A Bountiful Life

I have one of the blocks ready for applique and today I will start preparing the other 6 blocks to complete the quilt. Then there will be a border with vines and leaves – no flowers as I do not want to take away from the blocks. I have all 4 of the different versions of the pattern, including the original one by Patricia Cox entitled Folk Art City for Jean) that were sold for this quilt, but I really liked A Beautiful Life pattern the best.

Next I am contemplating whether to continue on with Stonefields, or just put the blocks I have completed together and go forward. The pattern was the most expensive I have ever purchased ($200.00) and will just hate myself for not making the entire quilt, so I will make that decision after I have the remaining 6 blocks for A Beautiful Life blocks ready for applique! I will change the border like Jaydee did on her Stonefields, as I am not in the mood to do all the hexagon flowers, but everyone knows by now that I tend to change my mind often.

Original Stonefields by Susan Smith

I am working on Dresden Plates and finishing the button hole stitching on Sweet Stitches! Hopefully (HOPEFULLY) I can finish the Sweet Stitches this evening (just a little bit of stitching) and get back to the Dresden Plates and now A Bountiful Life!

Dresden Plates – 105 to do!
Sweet Stitches – 6 more pieces to Button Hole Stitch

We are in the process of adding security cameras to our current system and adding a new front fence in the front of our property. We estimated the footage to be about 370 feet! Now we just need someone to take down the existing fence and putting up the new one. I have been enjoying doing whatever comes along each day and not in a big hurry, although I do wish I were 10 years younger – thing I might finish more quilts.

Let me mention the long arm situation. I have to set a date and just get a quilt loaded and do it! Here it is May and I have missed 2 months in PHD2021. This has to stop as it does not take that long to get them quilted! (I do not do custom only free hand since my is not computer driven!)

I do believe if I stayed away from the computer I would have more time! But, alas, sometimes we just have other things to do that take us away from playing!

Hugs and have a wonderful week!

Nanette

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To-Do Tuesday – 20 April 2021

Well, don’t fall off your chair, but I am working only To Do Tuesday post today (Monday)! I have some completions to show and am so happy as I am getting closer and closer to finishing all the “old” UFOs that have been around as long as 10 years! YEA!

Last Thursday I had my Radio Frequency Treatment and it was very successful. I did lose a couple of days with my quilting but feeling great since Sunday! Yea!

I have listed a short recap my goals for 2021 that I had listed in January!

  • Jacobean Lights – 4 blocks remaining – Completed Started in 2010!
  • Stars Around the Garden Medallion –  Waiting to be sewn into a quilt top.
  • Dresden Heaven – Appliquéing to background blocks
  • Stonefields – Finish Sections 6-10 – 60% complete. No Progress
  • Celebrating Mary Brown – 2020 project on hold – Maybe in June
  • A Bountiful Life  – Ready to add borders this week
  • OMIGOSH Completed
  • The Arrowhead Block projectCancelled
  • Sweet Stitches – Completed
  • Antique Blue and White Quilt – New to work on after May
  • Eleanor Burns Egg Money Quilt – New to work on after May with 1930 fabrics
  • RSC Challenge 2021 – NEWCancelled

I have FINALLY started Dresden Heaven. I believe there are 105 mini and 10 large Dresden Plate blocks to applique to background squares. The small ones are appliqued to 5” Squares. I cut a section of the background fabric and draw a grid. This makes it much easier to applique when working with small blocks.

Background fabric with grid drawn for placement of mini Dresden Plates
Mini Dresden Plates-3 inch plates!
Jacobean Holidays Lite

I am very pleased with my progress so far for the month of April. ! I have completed 3 UFO quilt tops with A Bountiful Life to be completed this week! I am FINALLY beginning to see the light at the end of the UFOs. Now to get with the long arm quilting in May! I do believe my back will support me and can possible catch up with my quilting.

My goals for 19-26 April are as listed below. I am trying to work in some BOWs and SAL just for fun.

I will be working this week on my projects, but next week is vacation time! YIPPEE! Have a great week and will attempt to do a post from afar next week!

Have a great week and happy stitching!

Hugs, Nanette

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