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 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.

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