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 Tuesdays – 30 March 2021

Greetings from South Texas where we are about to receive the last cold front of 2021. It appears after Easter that the high 80’s will be returning for the summer and of course gradually turn into the 100’s!!! I am not sure, but I do not think El Niño is going to visit like they thought! But that is OK after all, it is the end of March (well OK 1 more day to go)!

I have not set anymore goals this month because of the need for me to finish OMIGOSH! Today I finished the last of the 8 remaining blocks. There are 30 blocks all together. Each block is made up of 2 each 5” UF 9 patch blocks and 2 each 5” UF Shoo Fly blocks which make up a “block”. The 9 patches and the Square in a Square 4 patch blocks are 2” UF. I have no idea how to count the pieces and all the cutting I did for this project, but if I EVER sold it – it would be expensive as there a many hours spent in making it. I may get it appraised someday. They are all on the design wall, and so now I give you Nanette’s OMIGOSH Am I Ever Crazy Quilt:

I am pleased with the setting, so tomorrow morning I will be putting the quilt top together!

My goals for 29 March through 5 April 2021 will be to finish this quilt. If I am blessed enough to do so, I will be reviewing my UFO list again and see if it would be better to put Stars Around the Garden (SAG) together and start on the borders at night; put Sweet Stitches together, or just to save my sanity – start on a new quilt that I have been wanting to make. I have some fabric that will look great with this quilt from Missouri Quilt Company. I also have Dresden Plates to applique to background blocks, hand quilting on Indian Summer, oops, Mary Brown, Stonefields, and Jacobean Lights for applique. Talk about being so far behind in UFOs. Unbelievable I have a lot of money and time already invested in these UFOs and it looks like it will take me the rest of the year to complete them. This doesn’t include the 29 quilts that need to be quilted on the long arm…..No wonder I have high anxiety! LOL

Last Friday Clay and I went to the quilt store and I purchased some French General fabrics, and 2 end of bolts of 108” fabric for backgrounds. I will try to get pictures of all my French General fabric soon in another post. I have ordered a bolt of French General Favorites Pearl Linen. The FQS is a great on-line shop as they provide great service and when buying a bolt you get a discount. This bolt will strictly be used with all of my French General fabrics.

Maybe by next week I will have a list of To-Do’s and get back on track with life and quilting. I know one thing. I will NOT take any generics that have polyethylene glycol. Those 3 generic fluid pills I took last week because they quit making my Brand Name medication, activated my Meniere’s, increased my sugar, gave me 2 horrible Migraines with Aura, ended up with floaters in my right eye and activated my anxiety! That ingredient is in the lovely CHINESE virus vaccine. I believe this inactive ingredient is the reason that people are having bad reactions like extreme tiredness and headaches possibly Migraines. The Owner of the Texas Road House Cafe killed himself because he could not cope with the Tinnitus that comes with Meniere’s after taking the Vaccine!!! Horrible. Johnson and Johnson uses aborted fetus tissue. I will NEVER take this vaccine and NEVER take another Flu Shot. This is MY OPINION based on my PROBLEMS with inactive ingredients in medications and preservatives in foods.

Have a wonderful week. Thursday I will get a hair cut – have not had a real one for over a year (Between Clay and I we kept it trimmed). Tomorrow is Facetime with my friend Kathy. The time we spend together is so uplifting to me just to sit and sew and talk with another quilter is a gift from Heaven!

It seems that I am learning to deal with the new software for WordPress! I pay an annual fee, so I can get help and support if I run into a problem while writing a post. I do appreciate that! I learned a few more things tonight while writing this post on my iPad!

Hugs, Nanette (haven’t figured out how to change the color of my text – maybe next time!)

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; 

Easter Day a Time for Renewal of Faith and Hope

Happy Easter and hoping all are having a great day in rejoicing the fact that He Has Risen from the Grave!

I know I am late in posting for HQAL, but I have just finished another block for Sweet Stitches. Check out the ladies who participate in this group – they really make some beautiful quilts!  This one is Number 9 of 12!  On the way to a finish (maybe this summer).  This is the Squirrel with the Acorns for the Winter!  When I purchased the BOM series, fabric was furnished, so it will be fun to make a whole quilt out of the ‘individual’ blocks.

After 3 months and 13 days of our personal journey of “distancing” from a normal life – today after my walk I sat on the porch and enjoyed the fresh air.  It is going to be a hot summer this year, at least in South Texas.  My Weather Radar kept telling me it would be in the 70’s with humidity in the 80’s but the Weather Woman kept telling us that it would be in the 40’s.  Humm I need to send her a link to my APP.  LOL.

I am beginning to miss our annual Spring getaway, but then remember that we still have to go through the Heart thing to get Clay up and running! (No control on the timeframe) I have started appliquéing and working on my embroidery projects again, especially when the TV is on, or if Mr Fibro is hanging around, like he usually does in the Spring time with all the drastic weather changes.   It would be so nice to just give up, sit in a chair and watch nothing but mindless movies, BUT alas, I cannot do that!  I must continue on with my schedule (really have lost the desire to be the house cleaner every 3 weeks).  Walking releases those endorphins that help us have an upbeat day with power positive thinking!  (Now do not think that I can be positive every day – LOL).

Have a blessed week and let’s all think positive about going back to living EVEN if it means gloves and masks!  Heck you will save on makeup!  LOL

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 PartyDesign Wall Monday

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers 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.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.

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 

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and 6 in 6 in 2018!

Merry Christmas (belated) and a Happy New Year – 2018 is 4 days away and I could not be happier to see this year over with!  14 days sitting in the chair, not wanting to do anything of value is on a downhill slide – Still have to continue taking  it easy so my immune system can get over the shock and awe of the wonderful 2017 Type A Flu!  I do not recommend this trip for anyone – In fact, carry a container of wipes and hand sanitizer around your neck along with a mask.  Run from anyone coughing!  If you see a nut job in public with all these goodies hanging around their neck it is ME!  Thank goodness for HEB Curbside!  Go on-line, order groceries, drive up and they load you up!  I will be doing that until the Flu Season is GONE!

We had a quiet Christmas (all cancelled due to illness).  But Santa was good to us.  I upgraded to an iPad Pro 12.9″ with 512GB and purchased a Space Black Milanese Loop watch band for my Apple Watch!  Then as a bonus for being sick, I ordered a Dooney and Burke handbag!  Santa brought Clay some things that he had on his list and a 1950 Kenmore Heavy Duty sewing machine (coming today or tomorrow) for his leather work!  Talk about 2 spoiled kids!   We will share our Christmas with Melissa this coming week-end!  Santa has left some gifts for her also!

OK – now back to the world of quilting, and hopefully I will have a very productive year!

I am going to attempt to do the 2018 Challenge – 6 in 6 in 2018.  This will fit right in with my very low productive 2017 year of quilting.

So here goes:

6 UFO Projects from 2017

  1.  A Bountiful Life (version of Civil War Bride)  I have 6 blocks completed, 4 ready for applique and a remaining 10 to finish the quilt.
  2.  Nesting – 2 blocks completed – remaining 2 blocks waiting for applique
  3.  Stonefields – About 6 blocks waiting for applique (they are small blocks) and Section 5 will be complete – AH half way through the 10 Sections
  4.  Sweet Stitches – trying to convince myself that I love the black embroidery thread (although getting bored with it)  6 more blocks to embroider
  5.  Brinton Hall – I really need to get with the program on this one – just more hexies for the side panels and then I will be piecing the remainder of the quilt.  I would like to have it completed by May – not sure if this is doable!
  6.  Mountmellick – Will be starting Border Number 3 in January – This one is a must finish if I am going to enter it in a quilt show this summer.

6 New Projects for 2018

  1.  Aunt Bea’s Parlor – Embroidery – I am looking forward to working on this one as it will be multi-colored thread – not just black!
  2. Star Dance by Jill Finley – Piecing
  3. Plantation Stars by Heartspun Quilts – Piecing (hum could be the blue and white quilt)
  4. Afternoon Delight by Sue Garmen  A mixture of applique and piecing
  5. Work on my Stars and Churn Dash Reproduction quilt – it will need a design setting also.

There could be some changes for the new projects and will update as I make the final decisions.  But as you can see I am really behind on my hand work.  Could it be those pesky surgeries?  I have more projects that I am thinking of working on, but will wait until I am at 100%.  I would also like to participate in OMG and 12 in 2018.  Maybe I can do without that 8 hours of sleep……

Have a wonderful day – it is nice and cold here in South Texas – 38 degrees for the day and no sun.  It will be this way for a week.  I am enjoying winter so far – much better than the 100 degrees each day this past summer!  Now for more rain!

One Monthly Goal – November

Greetings from summer again in South Texas!  Where is that Fall weather anyway we are now 59 days away from January 2018 – Time passes so quickly now.  DST is this Saturday so we do get an hour back – maybe I can do more with that hour each day!

I have a feeling that my productivity will not be as good as October, but that is OK.  A trip to Galveston for a week, and of course Thanksgiving means a few days that will not be sewing days.  Hopefully I can meet some of my goals for November.

  1.  Mountmellick – I am working on preparing the EPP flowers for the Medallion and will then sew them on in the corners of the Medallion.  Next will be the first border that is a mitred border from border fabric.  The next border consists of  the small circles  and hopefully those will be finished and the 2nd border completed.  I have already appliqued the circles and ready for the flowers.

The background is 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and the circles will be small. Then each block will be cut and sewn together with HST’s to make a border!

  1. Continue on with Sweet Stitches.  Currently I am working on Block 5 and should be able to complete it and Block 6.  – Then I would be halfway through.
  2. Aunt Bea’s Parlor –  Start preparing the blocks for embroidery

3.  Stonefields – Start preparing Section 5 for applique.  I really need to do a push on this quilt as I would love to have it completed by early 2018! If I can finish Section 5 I will be half way through!  There are 121 blocks for this quilt!

4.  Stars and Churn Dashes – I want to continue making these nice little blocks – no set number – I am just making a lot!

There are other projects to work on, but if I can achieve the November Goals I will be happy!

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