Life Again! A 2018 Update!

Well, I must say my 2018 New Year did not start off well at all.   I decided 1 Feb would be the beginning of my New Year.   I am 3 days late in starting, but I do believe now that I am 100% back among the healthy and into the ‘sameness of routine’, as Gretchen calls it!

I call it ‘Heaven’ because the last 7 months have been Hell!  I started off fairly well with some goals for January, only to have back issues that were caused by the wrong tennis shoes and THEN on the day after my last post (21 Jan) I had finished my morning walk and upon stepping up on the 2nd step with my right leg I heard a lot pop and figured I had blown my knee out. That was the beginning of 2 weeks of pure pain!  Long story short – I had a Bakers Cyst in the knee!  Talk about depressing and hurting!  Anyway, this week I had an MRI and it took about 15 seconds for the radiologists to drain the fluid and I am up and running.  Well, not running, but the knee is fine, just sore from not realizing that I have probably had that stupid cyst for a while!  SO, I am now back to normal and will resume my 1.5 mile walk starting Monday!  I certainly hope that I can stay healthy for a L-O-N-G while!  I am surprised I completed anything during January!

In my 17 Jan Aunt Bea’s post I discussed ordering  a bolt of Kaufman Premium Kona Cotton from the Fat Quarter Shop in January because I had selected the wrong fabric for Aunt Bea’s Parlor (but did not realize it before I finished tracing all 20 blocks) and received it on the 21st of January.   The next morning I was going to cut off 4 yards for Aunt Baa’s only to find that a dot of lovely red dye that was on the 3 roll off the bolt and it had bled through almost 4 yards.  I returned the bad bolt and ordered 2 more bolts (they were checked by the store before shipping this time)  This fabric is so nice and so wonderful for embroidery projects.  If you purchase a bolt of any one fabric from them you will receive a 20% off the price – I thought $6.78 was a great deal!

So now here I am on 3 Feb and I have spent the morning on cleaning out emails and catching up on Blogging.  The only day for sewing this week was Friday!  I am going to be another few days before complete organization of 2018 projects will be completed, but so far things really have gone great for me since 1 Feb.  I have a great new house cleaner to help me twice a month and she is a very good worker!  I have all body parts working again and I have no other problems with my knees – they are in good shape!  Clay ordered his birthday present Thursday evening and I ordered my Valentine present – 2 more new iPad’s!  They will arrive today – Apple products are great! For Christmas I purchased the iPad Pro 12.5″ and love it and now I will have one for the Studio.  What more could we want?

Have a great week-end, enjoy the Super Bowl (hoping the Eagles can beat the Patriots) and do some quilting!

Poor Aunt Bea’s Parlor and My Little Quilting Fairy

Welcome to the deep freeze in South Texas.  I am enjoying this winter and so glad to be retired!!!! So far the month is going fairly well (as soon as I quit coughing) and the only unforeseen requirement that came up was a phone call from my house cleaner who quit for a full-time job!  Yesterday Clay and I took care of this week’s work.  Think I am going to continue to find a replacement!  Wish I were 55 again!!!

My goal has been for the last two months was to have all of Aunt Bea’s Parlor blocks traced and ready to work on this month!  Well, I have met that goal yesterday only to have to start over because AGAIN because I did not listen to that stupid Little Quilt Fairy in my head who was telling me that I had selected (again) the wrong background fabric for this quilt.  So after finishing the tracing all 20 blocks yesterday I looked at them and had a sinking feeling that I should have listed to the Little Quilt Fairy!   In order to prove her correct and me wrong, I took a piece of the background fabric, put the needle and thread test to it and knew immediately that I, AGAIN, have screwed up!

This is why I am NOT starting anything of importance until 1 February 2018!  This is when my quilting New Year will begin.  I attribute the last 7 months as a learning curve for anyone over the age of 70!  Do not have hand surgery EVER if you are a quilter over that age, and DO NOT get the H3N2 Flu!  You will become one extremely frustrated quilter!!!

Now to the fix.  As I tracing each pattern, I realized that the blocks at 5″ were not going to be fun to embroidery and this project may die on the vine.  So I spent the time to call Canon to seek advice on how to enlarge pattern through the software.  (I was advised that the one I purchased last year is a cheap model – no wonder I miss my Canon 480 and 490 printers).  The young man was very helpful and I learned a lot from him in a short time!  Great support.

This afternoon I have scanned in all the blocks, resized them, printed out paper copies, and copies onto my pre-cut freezer paper.  YEA! Ready to go, but wait which background fabric will I use (I asked myself) I had already purchased 7 yards of the “wrong” background fabric (it will be used in other projects) specifically for this project and I do not have a lot of plain ‘white’ background fabric – plenty of muslin – but I did not want to use that!  So it was between ordering white Bella Solid, Kona Cotton White, or  Kona Premium Cotton White.  At this point in life I did not feel like taking the time to shop for the best price  for the fabric so I called the Fat Quarter Shop and ordered a bolt of it!  In the future, if I need a good plain white for background for my embroidery projects I have plenty of Beige, White, and Snow of Kona Cotton fabric!  Heck, I am becoming a regular fabric store!  LOL.

Tomorrow I will take the time to work on my 2018 projects and UFO’s from 2017 and try to become more organized (if my body will cooperate).   I hope my brain will be up to all that hard work!  I have joined a few QALs –  Squared Away BOM,  a new one Stars Over Baltimore , to assist me in attaining some of my goals for 2018  I am using One Monthly Goal and 6 & 6 in 2018, and the APQ 2018 UFO Challenge!  Good luck to me huh?

I am still going to try to meet January goals of ‘looking’ at Mountmellick (do not trust myself to start this one yet), finishing the 42 Mini Dresden’s, complete tracing for Aunt Bea’s Parlor, and Regatta.  I have a neat idea going for the Regatta, but the way things are going it may not turn out but worth the time to play with it, after all I have 2 full weeks – 14 days to finish SOMETHING!

Have a wonderful evening and enjoy stitching!

Rowdy Flats Library Quilt and Betsy’s Basket Fabric

 

Happy Friday!  We are still enjoying the lovely hot and humid weather.  But no complaints because we have received 30″ of rain on our hill this summer and the majority of it was in August.   Our planned trip to Choctaw Casino has now been delayed until October!  Life’s unforeseen requirements have gotten in the way – darn it!   But there is always a reason for everything good or bad, so we just go on.  At least it will be cooler in October (fingers crossed).

Last week I was searching for toille fabric for the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt.  I had found a very nice piece on Etsy, but waited too long to make the purchase.  One of the Blogs I follow was talking about some fabric from Robert Kaufman called Betsy’s Basket by Darlene Zimmerman.

This fabric has a very nice toille in red, navy, and blue denim.  I found a fat quarter bundle on Etsy, some of the darker blues at the Fat Quarter Shop, and the shirting and red toille at Hancocks of Paducah.  Thought you might like to see the nice colorways.  I think that with this stash and what I already have on hand it will make a nice Rowdy Flats Quilt.  This will be a 2017 project.

betsys-basket-fabric

 

red-toille

navy-toille

blue-denim-toille

It has been a “no quilting/sewing” week for me.   It is going to be a “slow quilting/sewing” week-end.  Have a great week-end and happy stitching and quilting!

 

Farmer’s Wife 1930 Sampler and Me

In October I posted the story about me doing a “dum-dum” by not realizing that there was a new Farmer’s Wife Book!  I joined a Quilt a Long with Marti Michell,  Fat Quarter Shop and Gnomeangel Blogger for the Farmers Wife 1930’s Sampler (not the 1920).  Marti provides conversion charts for the blocks that will be rotary cut and Fat Quarter shop provides a kit (fabrics).   Since then, I have changed to Very Kerry Berry Farmers Wife Quilt Along.  Kerry is starting from Block One in the Book rather than skipping around.  I am providing both sites in case someone would like to start this project.  Both provide 2 blocks each week.  Of course by now I am behind 20 blocks, and by tomorrow 22!  (LOL).   The blocks provide challenges to all quilters.  I am going to do a mix – rotary cutting and paper-piecing (see how long this lasts).

Today I am determined to start this project.   Any bets?  I wanted to show my fabric selection for this project.   I purchased some fat eighths from Westwood Acres Fabric and all the fat quarters from Calico Annies.   The background fabrics are Bella Solids from Hancocks of Paducah .  I am not going to spend the time in trying to wash them so keep your fingers crossed – it is the first time I will make a quilt without washing the fabric.

1930 Fabrics 5

1930 Fat Quarters

1930 Fabrics 3

1930 Fat Quarters

1930 Fabrics 2

1930 Fat Quarters

Fat Eighths

Fat Eighths

1930 Fabric Background Fabrics

Background Fabric

I would like to end this short Blog wishing each and all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  Please keep the families of the victims of France and Russia Terrorist attacks in your prayers.  We all have many things to be thankful for but the main one is our Freedom.  My prayer is that our great Nation CAN and WILL somehow remain safe from further attacks until 20 January 2017!!!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO ALL.