Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blocks for this day.

 I got a few more blocks done for the Temecula Sampler, that I mentioned yesterday.  The right bottom block was supposed to be a crazy block, but some of the muddy colors crept in, so I will re-do that one.
 Our Bonnie has a really fun block going on in her latest column, "Addicted to Scraps", in Quiltmaker magazine.  I saw that Randy, at Barrister's block, is making some.
 I found two copies of the magazine at Joann's, so I am giving them away.  Just leave a comment if you would like to be placed in the drawing for one of them.
Tomatoes from the garden are ready....pretty color, don't you think?

Have a great day!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A wee bit of progress today!

 Temecula Quilt company is having a sampler quilt along.  I have cut out all the blocks and am making tracks!  Today, I made the above blocks.   If you would like to sew some fun and easy blocks, they are posting one every Friday.  The link is below.

 I changed the middle block, as the dark green seemed a bit too muddy or dark for the rest of the blocks.
 Tell me, if you will, what would you do with these?  These were given to me, and are English paper pieced with 1/2 inch hexies. What you see here is all there are of these; eight of them.
 Also in the packet were these, made from quarter inch hexies!  They are itty bitty!! Any ideas???
In the same little packet were these blocks.  I see them as signature blocks, and as you see, one is smaller than the rest.  Maybe this quilter gave up, when she realized the block was smaller, or maybe the whole thing just lost its shine for her.  I think I will make another one of the bigger size and use them somewhere.  They are fun blocks!!

Thread!!   Someone recently said to try Signature 60 three ply thread, so I ordered some.  It is so, so thin, and snaps easily.  But, my sewing machine loves it!!  I will use it up.  My big time favorite is Aurifil.  What is your favorite thread?  I have some old spools of dual duty I am trying to use up, also.

Also, what is your best needle for hand quilting, and what thread do you use?  Thank you so much for your advice and wisdom!!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Due by the end of the month!!

I am appliqueing on this block.  It is a Linda Brannock pattern, "Flowers".  I added the extra hearts inside the pink hearts.....

I vacuumed, mowed the lawn, did laundry, dishes, etc...and round and round it goes, week after week.    I love stays done!!

Have a super day!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sister's Choice

 I made this quilt, all from the scrap bin, some years ago.  It is a favorite of mine, and I love the blocks with high contrast the best.    You can find a free pattern for it below.  I became acquainted with the quilt pattern on Bonnie Hunter's Website, and immediate loved it for the use of scraps and maybe because of the name, too!!

Please take a look at all her free scrap quilt patterns!   Go down a little ways down on her page to find the sister's choice pattern.   This is one of my favorite pattern places!

So...I was just playing around, and what if...I made the nine patch from 2 inch strips, and the muslin background from 2.5 inch strips!!  Yahoo!  Another variation is born!!  And I just love plaids, as you know, and can use my strings and scraps for this quilt.

I am going to try to make 56 of these babies, and sash them with pieced sashing.  I love that part, and by the way? This is not on my to-do list....and that makes it even more fun!!

Hope each of you is having an amazing day!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Borders are on!!

 So....I found a border fabric in the stash!  It is another red, LOL!!  Anyway, it seemed to go better than anything else I had, so THERE YOU GO!!

One more glad to mark this Log Cabin quilt on the "top is done" list!

Have a super evening!!

Some hand stitching

 I completed all  of the hearts block applique I have ready.  Pink ones are for this month, so stay tuned for those, as they are cut out and ready to go.  I am linking with Angela, for Rainbow quilting,  and Kathy, for slow stitching,  so please go see their blogs below!!

Whoops, Kathy's link up is closed, but still go see all the amazing hand stitching going there.  Fabulous!

I finished the hand quilting and applique and binding on these little mug rugs.  The bluebonnet block is one block from a vest that my friend wore out and threw in the rag bag.  I have 12 more of the little blue bonnet blocks, and they are so cute!  Tiny, tiny....

I also bound two quilts, but they are old news by now, and will be given to patients or anyone who needs one.

I am appliqueing on the Dearest Boy goose is super cute!!  Stay tuned for the 30th, when we will all show our blocks.


Nurse's Notes:

I don't know...I worked 20,000 steps worth yesterday, got home way late, and still feel like I didn't do everything I should have.  No lunch, not even time to tinkle!!!  Sigh...some days are just like that, so I look forward to the days that are full and fun, with people healing and doing great!!

I would like some cheese with this bit of wine... (whine)!!!  Thanks for listening...


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Collaborative quilting: Dearest Boy

I finished this block; the first block from the quilt, "Dearest Boy."  I used a few less leaves than the original pattern, because I could not fit them all in the space without really being crowded.  So I have a few left over leaves for something scrappy, LOL!!!  I still need to trim the block.

This block reminds me of the lace that my mom sewed onto the edges of blouses and skirts.

I am making this quilt along with Karen, who blogs at Log Cabin Quilter, and Cathy, who blogs at Big Lake Quilter.  Please go and see their versions of this block!  We will be posting on the 15th and the 30th of the month for our progress on the quilt.

Of course my mom would say, "If the good Lord willing and the crick don't rise!"

Have a super day!!


Sunday, May 13, 2018


 I got the red border on the log cabin quilt, but now I am trying to figure out a small outer border...a "pull border", so that when the quilt is yanked around with hands pulling it up around their shoulders, that the pieced logs don't get pulled on.  I have seen many antique quilts very much pulled out of shape from years of use, so I want a little something there...

And so it begins...the silly little quest, yet kinda important to me, of picking the correct border, out of my stash.  Wheww!  Let me think on it, and choose and see what the quilt is asking for.  
My darling friend Marilyn painted this for me.  She is a retired nurse, a quilter, and an amazing artist too.  This is a water color barn...and I just love it.  Thank you, Marilyn!

******************Nurse's Notes**********************

My patient of the week is very, very sick.  He probably won't make this is graphic, so skip it if you are not interested.  He has been in and out of the hospital for several months, and has had multiple amputations...both feet, lots of fingers, is dependent on oxygen and several drips to sustain him.

And yet?  He greets me with a big smile, hugs!  and "There is my angel nurse!"  He greets everyone the same, and loves us all, and we love him too...and his darling wife of 53 years, and his three beautiful daughters!!

I feel small complaining about ANYTHING, when there is a man, who has every reason to be bitter and depressed, spreading love around like pixie dust.  Oh what a self actualized, sweet man...I am so fortunate to be a nurse!!!


Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there...and this includes dog moms and all the rest of people who nurture anything and anyone!!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Scrappy all the way!

 What to do with all the tiniest pieces of fabric?  Here is an idea.  I made this top a few years back, but now it is quilted and the binding is on.  Yahoo!!
Scrappy binding, too!!

*********************Nurse's Notes***********************

Happy Nurse's Week to all those  nurses out there, past and present!

Happy Teacher's week, too!!  Hope each of you has a wonderful day!!



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Another view!

Just working on the layout, and adding a few little applique off!   To a lunch out!!!  BBQ....yum!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Fragmented days

 I have been working on this quilt, "Sweet Land of Liberty", quilt along with Lori of Humble Quilts.  A bit of slow progress, but any path forward is good, right??
I changed up some of the blocks, and I am planning more.

I did some cutting out of pieces and parts today, and mowed the lawn, cleaned, did laundry and the like.  Hope each of you had some stitching time!!!

Have a super day,


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

One of the list quilts

 Some years ago, Lori of Humble quilts had a quilt along, make tiny blocks, using this log cabin block variation.  I had to make a whole bunch, being so in love with them, and then they sat...and sat...and sat...and then!!!

I decided to put this one on the list, to get it in one piece this year!!  So...I am working on this one.  It will have some plain borders added, and be done.

The list is helping me.  It keeps me a bit on focus, when I have a tendency to have start-itis and leap from project to project.  Does list making help you?

Have a great day!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April Rainbow catch-up!!

 The birds, the birds!  They are gathering!!  Some of you may remember that old Alfred Hitchcock classic, "The Birds", and remember that classic line.  

Here is where I am on my birdie quilt.  Yellow was the color for April, and even though I cut out all the blocks very early in the month, I did absolutely nothing on them until the end of the month...silly girl!  I am going to keep on making blocks, of the color selected of the month by Angela, until I have a big enough quilt to cover a person.

Hey, you just must go see Angela's blog HERE!   Check all the rainbow quilts of all sorts...great fun!
 My yellow birdies...silly little yellow babies!!
 And here is this quilt, too, with the addition of the yellow blocks.  Same goes...gonna make blocks until it is big enough to be useful as a quilt, LOL!
 Yellow blocks of the month.
And at last, the heartie blocks, in yellow, for this month.

I am fascinated by the rainbow quilts, because they give me an opportunity to use my sorted-into-colors scraps, and hey, that is the goal, right?  To use things up?

I have to admit I am having string and plaids withdrawal, though...

Have a super day, everyone!!!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Dearest Boy! and some other fun stuff

 I am very excited to be starting on this quilt, along with my friends Karen at Log Cabin Quilter, and Cathy, at Big Lake Quilter!!  Karen and Cathy have been sewing along together, with some amazing applique quilts already completed.  They have recently finished all the blocks for the quilt, "Early American Life", and it is such a wonderful quilt, so please go see their blogs and enjoy their amazing work.

I am so happy to sew with them for this quilt, "Dearest Boy!"  It is super fun, with stories and letters accompanying each block.  I love it, as it reminds me of my childhood on the farm, with that fun cow!!

Randy at Barrister's Block and I have been talking about making a quilt that she recently saw at a quilt show and featured on her blog.    The quilt has various sizes of blocks, and I was making some, and then had a small epiphany...I have a whole bunch of blocks, already made,  sorted according to size...why not use them!!!  Above are the 8 inch blocks.
And here are the six inch blocks.  I hope to use some of these in our collaborative quilt, which is a row quilt, vertically!  Stay tuned...there is no pattern, so we are just winging it!
I hung this little quilt I made a couple of years ago in the foyer, and the hanger is from the owner and designer of Turning Twenty quilts,  Tricia Cribbs.  It was perfect for hanging this quilt...thank you, Tricia!!
Now if you have hung around this long, you deserve a reward, LOL!  Have you ever wanted to make a Double Wedding ring quilt?  I bought this pattern and templates, and also this fabric, to make one.  I am just not going to get there, so I would like to have a giveaway for this grouping of fabrics and pattern.  Just leave me a comment if you would like to be in the drawing.

Have a super day!!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

a little applique

 This block is trimmed...
and these are not!!  I am practicing tiny stitches and smooth curves!!

(don't look too closely...LOL!!)

I am linking at Kathy's blog; a slow stitching Sunday!

Have a super day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The new schedule is working for me!

 I had a night of not sleeping, so I decided to celebrate it and sew, sew, sew!!  It was fun!  The flying geese are cut off parts of blocks I am making, so instead of tossing them, I am making tiny flying geese.  So quiet...only the raccoons rattling their supper pans in the back yard.  We have four different raccoons that come and visit now.  One has been dreadfully injured, and is missing his beautiful "coon tail", and limps on his right back leg.  I always make sure he has a bite of dog food to crunch on, poor baby!!  Coons, possums, foxes, cats; they all come in the twilight and I love watching them, sometimes eating together.  They are not particularly scared of me, and I guess I am a member of the tribe, now.
I am working on this block...isn't that a pitiful piece of background?  Don't will be pressed and pretty and trimmed before you know it!  Just keeping it real, friends, LOL!!

I am loving working the same days, every week. It has helped me tremendously with not only rest, but housework and sewing and just everything.  I am grateful, and hope it lasts, LOL!!

Have a super day!!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Something to mark off my list!!

 OK, so STRINGS RULE!!!  I am calling this quilt top done!!  It really is not quite done, but I like it, and, well, YAHOO!  I made the border out of strings, and most everyone knows I love those.  This is a Cheri Payne quilt along from a while back.   The border is four inches wide, finished.
Speaking of strings, I made these little mug rugs today...just need bindings and some hand stitching to make them come alive, a little bit.
 This was my mom's little has tiny applique, and she loved it.  It is pretty old...does anyone know anything about these little creations?  I have seen some in antique shops, now.  Vintage, more like it?
Just a few blocks, sewn together...loving this!!

I hope each of you is having a great day!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Working on my list...or not?

 Some years ago, I made this "Sister's Choice" quilt.  I still love it, and the scrappy border.  These are made from 2.5 inch strips and squares.  I made a tiny one from 1 inch pieces, but it is gone...I think I gave it away.  The pattern is right here, on Bonnie's site:

 I need to make one from 2 inch pieces!!!  That would be super fun and scrappy, and also help with my goal of using up every scrap of fabric I have!!
I made a scrappy happy houses quilt, back in the day, as well.  I had a hot pink piece of fabric, and it became the backing.   This one is a Bonnie Hunter pattern, also.  My darling son used to tease me and say I was in the "Bonnie Hunter quilting cult"...hahaha!!  Now that is my kinda group, LOL!!!!

I am off to plan meals for the week, grocery shop, and clean a little bit.  And hopefully sew some too!!

Have a super day, each of you!


Friday, April 20, 2018

An unexpected day off.

 I have been making some progress on this set of "Rainbow" blocks.  I still need to make the yellow ones for this month.  I find if I have all my pieces cut out and ready to go, I can make some real progress in unexpected moments.
 CHANTAL!  These two are for you, and the other two are for me...these are the fabrics I made the original blocks from. I made these this morning.
 A few more bow ties!!  Five, every night, is the goal.  Fast and fun...hopefully I can get through the whole box of cut out pieces this year.
 Does anyone know what pattern these blocks are from?  I know it was a quilt along...and I got behind and was unable to finish all the blocks.
 I like this little guy!!!
 And this one!!  It was a few years back...I know that much.
I found a piece of leftover carpentry wood on the ground, and wanted to make a wooden spoon.  Dear husband made this!  Isn't it pretty??

Have a great day!!