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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It’s an HQAL and Slow Sunday Stitching Day!

Good morning Quilters! It is HQAL and a Slow Sunday Stitching day all in one! Take the time to click on the ladies (links below) who participate in HQAL and review their latest projects.

We are now the new Desert for sure – 66 days without rain, and 141 days with some rain, but nothing over an inch or two! Setting up a piggy bank for tree cutting – maybe I need to get a part time job because the tree cutting business is beginning to really boom in South Texas and probably all across the state. The area lakes are down about 49 feet! We will just pray for rain because there is nothing in the forecast forthe remainder of April.

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.

Dresden Plates for Dresden Heaven

Now on to Jacobean Holidays. I finally have it on the Design Wall and know what I will do with it! The last 4 blocks (along with a few that were finished but did not make the Design Wall) are in the “trash drawer” never to be used! I think I just may hand quilt this puppy as the background fabric is very light weight and probably would not be a good candidate for the long arm machine. I have one more border to add and then I will do a post tomorrow for To Do Tuesday.

Counting down the time to head to our favorite Casino! Cannot wait! Have 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; 

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

KathyMargaret, Deb, Sharon, Sherrie, Gretchen, Karin, Daisey, Connie, Sherrie

To-Do Tuesday – 13 March 2021 – OOPS 13 April 2021

Happy Tuesday! The weather in South Texas is really something this year. The Oak Pollen was up to 40,000 and it got me this time! The trees are blooming so pretty this year even with the horrible drought. There is a chance that the next 5 days will bring some rain and I am hoping for a gully washer! 10 inches would be fine with us as we have had about 2 inches all winter. We used to average 30 inches a year, but that stopped around 2006.

I accomplished a lot this past week. Life has been peaceful but the pollen caused me problems with my Meniere’s. I did complete the insurance problem so that is a DONE DEAL FOREVER!

Here were my goals for this last week:

  • Applique Jacobean Lights – The 3 blocks are win the trash drawer!
  • Sweet Stitches Borders and into a finished top – Goal 12 April. Completed
  • A Bountiful Life Border – Still working on X
  • Dresden Heaven – prepare fabric background grid – Completed
  • Stars Around the Garden – Begin working on Setting – Still working on X
  • Stonefields – Either finish the last 4 sections or forget them – May
  • Celebrating Brown – prepare 2 blocks for applique –May
  • Antique Blue and White Quilt – New Project – May
  • Kaye England’s Mystery Medallion – New Project – May 
  • Quilt Autumn Jubilee – Still working on. X

The 3 blocks remaining for Jacobean Lights will not be finished, as I have had enough of that quilt. I will take all the finished blocks and put a top together. Hopefully it will come out nice without those puppies!

I did finish Sweet Stitches. I did not like the fabrics that came with the blocks, so I found a black fabric with red, blue, yellow, and green tiny dots in my stash. I pulled some batiks that matched the dots and started with a different color for each block. I was hoping that by doing it that way when sew together the corners would pull them together. That did not work like I thought it would, so I ripped the corner squares out and decided to put a blue, red, yellow, and green around each block in the corner. I am very pleased with the outcome! (My colors remind me of the Microsoft image! LOL) The fabric used for the background and borders is a beige Crackle fabric, some of my favorites for embroidery. Today I will finish with doing a buttonhole stitch around the little add on’s that came with the patterns (i.e., Easter eggs, flag, etc)

Sweet Stitches

For Dresden Plates, I have cut fabric and drawn the grids for 5″ blocks for appliquéing the Dresden Plates. There are 109 small plates and about 10 of the larger plates. If I become “dedicated” to it at night I might finish the quilt by the end of May!

My goals for 12 April – 19 April are:

  • A Bountiful Life Border – Select fabric and finish! 
  • Dresden Heaven – prepare fabric background grid – Applique Plates to background
  • Stars Around the Garden – Begin working on adding borders and blocks
  • Load Autum jubilee on long arm
  • Start on Sewcialites – Maybe!
  • Make a block for Melva’s Santa Fe Trail

We will be traveling later this month, so my To-Do list is rather slim. But May will be a full month and I will be busy continuing on with UFOs and hopefully by June I can start on some new projects. Life and time will tell the story on this goal! LOL

In the meantime – have a wonderful week and enjoy 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; 

To-Do Tuesday – Happy Day 6 April 2021

Greetings! April is turning out to be a great positive month for us! Things are really getting back to normal. Weather is acceptable and we have a trip planned for this month! Finally something to look forward to for fun!

Yesterday I took time to evaluate my weekly and monthly check out my thought process for my UFO goals. Taking the time to do this has encouraged me that by June I just may be caught up!

  • Applique Jacobean Lights – Work on the 3 large blocks by Goal by 20 April or forget it
  • Sweet Stitches Borders and into a finished top – Goal 12 April
  • A Bountiful Life Border – Goal 12 April
  • Dresden Heaven – prepare fabric background grid – Goal 12 April
  • Stars Around the Garden – Begin working on Setting – 12 April
  • Stonefields – Either finish the last 4 sections or forget them – May
  • Celebrating Brown – prepare 2 blocks for applique -May
  • Antique Blue and White Quilt – New Project – May
  • Kaye England’s Mystery Medallion – New Project – May
  • Quilt Autumn Jubilee

If I do not complete the 3 remaining blocks for the Jacobean Lights then they will be put in the “never never’ drawer and I will put the other blocks together for a top. The other 3 goals will be doable in the next week and it will be great if I can achieve that goal. As far as quilting tops, my RF has been delayed until the 15th of April. I should be able to quilt at least 1 top this month. The trip will prevent me from accomplishing other things, but the getaway is worth it! I will come back ready to get on the “Catch up” quilting train!

Now for the finishes! I am thrilled that I am completely finished with OMIGOSH!

This quilt was my challenge quilt and so glad I did it! I will say that I have never seen so many strings and raveling of fabric in my 20 years of quilting. This quilt will be quilted soon as possible because anytime you touch it there are more strings on the floor!

I love being able to hang my quilts when taking pictures, but have not figured out how to get the bottom from appearing wavy. The quilt is square even if it looks wavy! I forgot to measure it and will not until it is complete finished but it is close to 60″ x 70″.

Next goal completed! I have finished hand quilting the main part of Indian Summer. I have decided to put it away for awhile to let my fingers rest. I also need time to study the borders and decide the best way to quilt them. The quilting will be 1/4″ to prevent flaring, so I need to allow myself the time to do it correctly. The last last time I hand quilted a quilt was in July 2013, so I have really enjoyed the hand quilting and moving this one into the finished column by June. I remember when and where I purchased this fabric in 2002, and I never thought I would ever complete it but I am close to the finish line!

Indian Summer

Have a wonderful day and today is hair cut day for me – long time in coming!

Hugs, Nanette

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OMG Finishes (?) for January

Greetings!  My OMG’s for January were the following:

Look at Mountmellick – no such luck!

Make a Regatta quilt – Completed! I call it Rainbow Regatta

Complete 105  – 3″ Mini Dresden’s for my Dresden Heaven!  Well…. I have 64 Mini’s completed and another 25 ready to sew together this afternoon.  There are 16 larger Dresden plates to make when those are finished.  There are 1,260 individual mini ‘plates’ pieces in this quilt.  Here is the process I go through to make one Mini Dresden:

Stacks of 5 each color Mini Dresden!

Stitch each Plate at the top.

Trim each plate and using a wooden stick that came with some polyester stuffing (curved at the end by Clay) open each one up and either finger press or iron each point.

14 Finished sometime in the last 10 days!

Ready and Waiting for me to Stitch!

The next 25 are waiting for me at the sewing machine!  After completing them I will be down to 16 more to cut out, stitch, trim, turn, and then sew!  The end is getting near!

I was able to work on Stonefields and completed 3 more blocks of Segment 5.  I have 2 more blocks to appliqué and I will be have way finished with Stonefields!!!

Stonefields Blocks for Segment 5

Now to select my OMG for February – Maybe March will find me caught up!  Have a great day sewing!

A Few Finishes!

I have finished 15 more Mini Dresden’s from the pattern Dresden Heaven .  Out of the 105 Mini Dresden’s that I need to make for this quilt I have completed a total of 62.  I think I must have been in la la Land to think I could make 43 more of the puppies by the end of this week!  Of course I did not count on my sacroiliac joint going bonkers on me so now I am doing stretches as much as I can and lay off the walking until (maybe) next week.  At least today (almost one month to the day) my cough is getting less and less.  I am sure that the Cedar is off the charts but not taking a chance by breathing any outside air in!

Here are the latest plates I have finished.  I tried to get the colors more true but the iPhone camera has a mind of its own, so this is the best I can do for now.

15 More Mini Dresden’s

I think it is time for me go find my comfy chair and do some hand work – and this time I mean it!  I have developed a bad habit of not even touching my applique, knitting, or embroidery projects after supper!  This must change.

Have a great week-end and I am hoping that things will turn around for the remainder of 2018!!!

OMG – Mini Dresdens, Aunt Bea’s Parlor, and Regatta Quilt

Happy New Year and hope all is going well for everyone.  I plan on starting my New Year tomorrow (Saturday 6 Jan 2018).  After losing another 3 weeks to the Flu (still coughing) now 2 days of R&R from the RF treatment yesterday (they cauterised the nerves in my back).  Everything went well and I am hoping that I will begin to have more energy soon.  I am getting so sick of R&R that I am surprised that my Recliner really lets me get out of it anymore.  This is going to really be a big push tomorrow to start my walking again, but I am bound and determined to get back to where I was before the Flu got me!  So my main goal for this month is to get healthy, lose some weight (10 pounds would be nice), and walk my 1.5 mile each morning!!!!!  Hopefully by the end of the month I will be doing a lot better!

I worked on my Mini-Dresden’s earlier in the week and have 47 finished.   I  rechecked the pattern and I will be making 105 of the little mini’s and 16 of the larger Dresden’s.  So this is now a January OMG project.  I hope to complete the 105 in the next week and then there will be 105 Mini’s to hand appliqué to the background fabrics!  I think I can make this goal of having the Mini’s sewn, but not appliquéd (that would be a miracle).  I now have a process going when sewing them and can usually roll out about 5 to 6 a day!  Doesn’t sound like much, but when you add in the stitching, trimming, and then pressing before one can be put together, I will be happy to have them completed by the 13th.  This is what I accomplished this week on them.  They are 3 1/2″.

Mini’s Finished this week

Mini’s made in 2017

I also am working on preparing Aunt Bea’s Parlor blocks – I cut out 20 each 10″ squares of muslin for the backing and 2 are ready for embroidery work.  (Along with the other hand projects that are yelling at me to get with the program).  For some reason (couldn’t be the 2 hand surgeries and the Flu) I just am worn out and do not feel like doing any hand work in the evening!  This just has to change or I will just need to give up!

Sometimes we need to have a “mindless sewing project” and I have found one that Gretchen and Peggy are working on called Regatta designed by Block M Quilts.  Very very simple quilt and Gretchen made hers in 2 days and Peggy has selected the fabrics.  Since this one is made for a jelly roll, etc, I checked my stash and found some batik Bali Pops that did not have a home – so this is the fabric for my Regatta Quilt.

I plan to start working on this Saturday!  If I can get these 3 things completed I will be a happy camper.  I must get myself back on a stricter routine or I will never achieve any goal that I set.  So tomorrow my 2018 will start – and my main resolution is to set goals and achieve them and totally ignore any UFR (Unforeseen Requirements) that will try to cause me to stray!

Have a great week-end.

Linking up with OMG

Back To Quilting!

Six months from today will be January 1, 2018!!!  Doesn’t it make you want to start working on a Christmas projects?  I have a couple of those perpetual calendars and it amazes me how fast the months and years fly by!  We are really in for some warm weather, especially when it is 80 degrees and 90% humidity in the morning.  It is definitely not a walking day!  This week we were blessed with over 7 inches of rain!  What a blessing!  Saved our Pines and the grass loved it.  Hopefully we will get more this month!

View from the Studio Porch

View from the Back Porch

View from the Studio Porch Again

Speaking of blessings, the housekeeper I have hired this time (and I have been through many who say they know how to clean but cannot) is an absolute jewel!  She will come twice a month and I am no longer going to have to clean one day and tired the next!  Saving my back and hands for sewing and walking.  What a life!  And to top it off, I have a great Hair Stylist that is also doing a great job on my hair cuts!   I have decided that I am going to be like the younger generation and say, ‘I deserve it’!  LOL

I am recovering from the hand surgery and have been back to my sewing, albeit slowly, but steadily progressing.  I have been making 3″ Churn Dash Blocks and plan on making some more of my 3″ Star Blocks.  Not sure what the quilt will look like, but it will be a reproduction quilt.  I would like to have a Medallion in the center and go from there.  The blocks are so much fun to make.   Even wearing the CTS splints on both hands I can sew – no hand work yet – but it feels good to feel good!  One more to go and wish it could be tomorrow but I know I have to wait until August!  Having any type of surgery after the age of 70 is not recommended!!!!!  Takes longer to get back to normal – Darn!

I am making 10 CD blocks of each color that I select.  I have completed 30 blocks and have 10 Stars left over from Robin’s Nest that went away a couple of months ago.  I have the Churn Dash and Star blocks down to perfection.  No bias edges and they all come out at 3 1/2″ unfinished!  I believe that is what makes me enjoy them so much.

Reproduction Churn Dashes

I was working on a Dresden Plate quilt pattern earlier this year using 1930 reproduction fabrics.  I did get one made the other day.  They are also 3″ and so much fun to make!  I have more of the same color way ready to sew.  I really need to revisit the pattern, or else it will be a Mini-Dresden quilt!

Mini Dresden Plate

I am bound and determined to come up with a quilt for RSC 2017!  I am down to 4 patches and Circle of Squares that Gretchen is making.  This is going to be one of my July goals!

I have been keeping up with the Blogs that I follow and it really keeps me inspired and yet anxious to get back to my passion of quilting!  Have a great day and maybe today I will be able to be even more productive.

Have a great 4th of July and stay safe!

Linking up to the following:

My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday Sew Can SheEm’s Scrap BagBOM’s AwayFiber Tuesday;   Esther’s Wednesday WOWSew, Stitch, Snap, SHOWSew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdayShow and Tell Monday with Bambi;

 

 

Starting My Dresden Heaven Project

Today I am taking some time out of cutting and sewing to show the process I am following to make Dresden Heaven by Susan Marth.   I purchased the pattern and the “Tiny” and “Mini” templates to make the Dresden plates which can be used with all of her patterns.  I am using the 1930’s fat quarter fabrics that I had purchased for the FW project that I am not going to make (too many problems with the book).

I cut my 2″ fabric strips for the “tiny” plates and I use my Stripin’ Sews to organize them while I am in the process of cutting the Dresden plates.   I noticed the Stripin’ Sews on  Lynn Wilder’s Blog  on one of her posts which showcased her vendor set up at a quilt show and I asked her about it.   (Lynn’s husband makes the Stripin’ Sews so if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Lynn at sewnwildoaks@gmail.com) I love the Strippin’ Sews for the following reasons, it provides a great way to organize fabric strips, folds down to 3″ x 17″ for easy storage, and is shipped in a heavy-duty cardboard box which is great to have to store the holder when not in use.

Sew'n Wild Oaks Stand Front Fiew
Front View

Sew'n Wild Oaks Stand Side View
Side View

Sew'n Wild Oaks

And here are pictures of the my first 4″ Dresden plate block!  I plan on making all of the “tiny” plates first and then make a decision on the color for the background fabric for the plates.  That decision will be easier to make after I have them all made.  I do not want to cut up my fabric only to find out my “idea now” would not “be a good idea then”!

First Tiny Dresden Plate
First “Tiny” Dresden Plate with Circle to Applique

 

Now to applique circle
4″ Tiny Dresden Plate

I originally purchased the Strippin’ Sews to make Lynn’s Grammy Squares pattern Here, but decided to make the Dresden Heaven quilt first (sorry Lynn).  Lynn has a great blog and has some neat patterns to look at on her website.

Grammy Squares Pattern

Today I picked up my new glasses….. OK…. I have learned that when you have a good thing going don’t change it.   I use Verilux Physio progressive lens and have for years because they provide the widest “corridor” without distortion and do not make me dizzy (Meniere’s).   I was advised that the new “S” lens would have a wider corridor, but not for Nanny!   I will have a new set of lens next Thursday (hopefully sooner) made with my  Verilux Physio lens and not the latest and greatest “S” lens.  I believe the old saying is, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”!  I do like the new sun shades that clip on with magnets – now those are cool!

Since I am talking about items that I use and have purchased and providing information as to where to purchase them, I thought that I would provide the following statement.  This is just to clarify that I am not in business with anyone, I just love to share what I am using and patterns that I really like or dislike.

DISCLAIMER.  When I blog about my projects, I DO NOT RECEIVE any gratuities.  I am not running a business, but just a quilter who loves to share my progress and opinions on patterns, etc.  So please do not think I am pushing any products for personal gain –  these are quilting tools that I have found work well for me and my quilting journey.  I felt that I needed to state this because there are some bloggers who do receive things for advertising products.  I Blog about my projects to assist other quilters learn from my mistakes and successes.