Monday, September 18, 2017

More about scraps

 Here is where I am on the flying goose quilt.  I think these geese are lost...going every which-a-way!  I have about twice as many blocks cut out and ready to sew...and it will be a colorful, scrappy quilt for a patient, one day!
 I have been sorting my strings from the laundry basket into shoe boxes.  Here are my nursing clogs...so you know what size these little shoe boxes are.  The boxes were on sale at Home Depot, so I bought a box full of them.
 And here are my strings, sorted by color, as best that I could, into the shoe boxes.  Rosie Posie the poodle helped a lot by wallowing and playing in the pile of strings that I was sorting, and gleefully getting a string or two in her mouth and running and prancing into the other room with them!!  I love that baby doggie!!  And I just love strings...love piecing with them and going through the boxes to pick out a piece.  Love, love, love!!

 This is just a picture of the quilt I put up, for autumn...I really am enjoying this quilt. It was a quilt along by Jeni from the Willow...it is still up and free to print off on her face book site.
This beautiful quilt was given to a bypass patient this last week. What a  lovely person...never an ugly word or cross thought.  Just grateful and oh, so sick.  She was an educator, very well read and just a super smart lady.  Not only did she have that huge surgery, she had a stroke afterward.  All of the nurses are taking turns spoiling her, and being her nurse at the hospital.  What a blessing for her...and she loves her quilt!!

This quilt was given anonymously, to donate to a patient. Thank you so much... It went to just the
right lady...hurrah!!









Have a great day, each of you!!


Julie K

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Scrappy start!

  I find that I am really uneasy and restless without a scrappy project to piece in my spare moments.  I looked through my already cut out pieces, and discovered enough pieces to make this quilt.  Tonight, I started piecing!!  The blocks are 6 inch finished, and that makes each flying goose block 2 x 4 inches.

My wish is to sew up every single scrap of fabric I have.  A lofty goal, to be sure...I better get sewing!!



I have been thinking of the fate of the quilts I have so enjoyed making and loved...I guess it is really about the quilting journey, for me. The finished quilts are humble, and really made to keep people warm in body and spirit.  None are great masterpieces, yet I love them as if they were.  I want these quilts to go to people who need a warm boost and quilty hug.  Do  you know what I mean?  I prefer that they are not sold in an estate or yard sale someday, but rather, go to people who can use them, now. Any thoughts?


Hugs to all!!  I am so glad my Florida friends are safe and unharmed...please keep posting, if you are able!!


Julie

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The top is finished!!

 The pink and red scrap top is done!  I guess this would be called a basket weave pattern, but I intended it to be a Rail fence quilt. Oh well...
 Finished to this point makes me smile!!  I hope I corrected all the laying out errors, LOL!
 I found three more heart rocks...I collect these.
Now here is what has been occupying me lately!  I found this little mourning dove in the grass, in the neighborhood, as I was walking to the post office.  It was at risk...lots of cats around, and this baby was not flying.  After watching it for some hours...I made the choice to pick it up and take it home.  After consultation, I took it to the Wild bird sanctuary and rehab place.  This place was magical!  Thousands of birds, from huge pelicans to tiny finches.  This was absolutely the right decision...this birdie would have been killed for sure, and now it has a chance to live. I loved seeing all the birds they have rescued, from eagles to raptors of all kinds, to hundreds of injured and tiny birds of all kinds. They rehab back to the wild.





Julie

Friday, September 8, 2017

A lot more circles!

 Here is what I have been doing, behind the scenes.  This is the folk art circle quilt, with a lot more circles added!  This is pretty labor intensive...but I like it.
 Lots more work to be done!
This quilt has some rows actually sewn together!  Hopefully I can get the pieces going the right way, all the way through!



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My  heart and prayers are with those in the mayhem of Harvey, and also impending monster storm coming to Florida.

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Julie

Monday, September 4, 2017

An oldie!

 I made this quilt a long time ago...unfortunately, I did not date it, because I just didn't for some reason!
Here is the whole thing.  Strange as it may seem, I did not see the huge, glaring error in it until I took this picture. OH well...perfection is for God alone, it seems!!  This is a hand quilted one.  Bright solids are fun!!


I am working on some quilts, but nothing picture worthy...behind the seams (scenes) stuff!!


Julie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Houston...

 This is what I am working on today!  This is all applique...and super fun.
Here is where I am, so far.





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I am heartbroken for Houston.  Please do what you can...people are trapped and dying now, and there will be more.





Julie

Monday, August 28, 2017

Some real finishes!! And the little throw away stool

 The snail trail quilt is bound!!  Yahoo!
 Do you know what this means???  I think it means....I am all caught up on bindings!!  Everything is bound that is ready to be bound.  This is surreal... it has been a BINDING BLITZ for me!!! I am sure that I will have something in the pile again soon, LOL!

This is my version of the quilt along that Jeni from the willow. It is all quilted now and bound.  I may have to block this one...it is so crooked!!  Giggle...I still love it, though. Hand quilted...and the background is Madras!!  That added such texture to the quilt!
 And this little quilt is all quilted and bound.  Thank you for bearing with the repeated pictures...it helps me keep track of when things are finished!!
 This is an old quilt...screams 80's and 90's, doesn't it?  I finished binding it too.
 Do you all know about this "Magic Binding?"  It is super fun, and a way to get a decent machine sewn binding in place.  I hand sewed this one though, because I love to, but the two color binding is just fun to me.  Super fun!
 This little step stool was thrown in the trash by my neighbor.  I loved it on sight, and asked if I could rescue it...and I did!
The lid was torn off, but it was easily repaired and I will refinish the wood and put another liner on the inside of the lid.  It is tiny!  Just the thing for threads, or some other sewing goodie.


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My sister has advanced Parkinson's disease.  I have been gone visiting her, as she is going into the nursing home...her husband just cannot do the 24/7 care anymore.  My heart aches...as the family member...not the nurse...She was a head book keeper for a major bank, but cannot remember me much, now.






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Have a super day, everyone!!


Julie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Birthday gifts!!

 I received a tiny quilt for my birthday!  I am so spoiled, just rotten, I tell you!  These tiny triangles are 1/2 an inch finished.  Can you even imagine working with something so tiny?  As you can see, it is just perfect.  I love it!
And home made soap!!  It smells just heavenly, and is all natural...nothing to make it smell good except natural spices.  Delicious! All this was a total surprise to me.


Thank you dear friend!!  I am thoroughly enjoying these!!


Julie

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scrappy Pink and Cream rules!! (at least for today...)

 This is a Rail fence quilt...Julie style!  I started out as a leader and ender, as Bonnie Hunter set forth in this years leader and ender challenge.  But?  I just can't leave it alone, once I have set forth on a project, LOL!  All these blocks are done...a great many of them with individual pieces sewn together, and some of them using strip piecing. 
 Close up!  I have found a couple of lay out errors in the picture, so I am grateful for the opportunity to fix them...I make enough mistakes without knowing, without doing it on purpose, as the quilters of old did..."Perfection is for God alone!"  So many deliberate mistakes were placed in their quilts, so as not to offend God.  I don't think he was offended, LOL!  Nothing is perfect!
Especially this mess of blocks!  I just stirred and mixed them all up and laid them out as above, and asked Rosie the poodle not to help rearrange them so much until I could get a picture, LOL!  She is such a good helper!




******Nurse's notes**********************

More terrorist attacks, this time in Barcelona , Spain.  My prayers are with the victims and families and citizenry, but special prayers are for the health care workers...I wish for wisdom for the doctors and nurses, and fortitude and strength to face the onslaught of those gravely hurt from the attack, throughout this long night.


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Hope each of you is having a wonderful day!!

Julie

Friday, August 11, 2017

And a little (lot!) more applique!!

 I am making progress on this quilt...I am on a bit of a roll with it, as a matter of fact! 
I will have some time to sit and applique coming up, so I did a lot of prep this morning.  The unfinished blocks look like spiders, somewhat, don't you think??



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Nurse's notes:


I have been in charge again lately on my floor, but yesterday, we had so many patients coming in that I had to take patients AND be in charge.  One stable heart attack patient (younger than I am), and one bypass surgery, straight from the surgical suite.  I loved the day yesterday, and was quite energized throughout today, too!!  Coffee?  Or estrogen?  I am not sure which chemical it is, but what a lovely day, with lots of accomplishments today!!  I am off to make supper and clean a bit.



Hugs to all!!


Julie





Have a super day!

Julie

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A little applique and a little piecing!!

 Just playing with some applique here, pinned together for now.  Scrappy and fun!!
 I made two more blocks for the batik quilt. 
 Rosie is such a good helper!!  Playing here...
She looks at me with the most earnest eyes!!!  I need to take a video so you can see her tail wagging a mile a minute!



Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Friday, August 4, 2017

Progress on the accidental quilt!

I had to hurry and take a picture, because Rosie the poodle really wanted to help with this quilt, but when she helps?  The blocks get "rearranged!"  This started out as a leader and ender project, but as these things go, the leaders and enders take over.  I strip sewed some of these little three inch blocks,  and leader and ender sewed some.  Anyway, here is where I am...so still a long time to go before I have a finished quilt top.  I am using strictly strings, cutting them to size, for this quilt.  Except for the neutrals...I did not have enough neutral strings to use for all of the quilt, so used my stash neutrals.


Onward!!


Julie

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I accidently started a new quilt.

 Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has a super fun idea going on for her "leaders and enders" project for this year.  It is the rail fence quilt!  I have made several, using up strings and scraps.  Above it the same kinds of thing, but with the center strips a color, and lots of neutrals for the other strips. I think another name of this may be Basket Weave strings, yes??
 Here is a string rail fence quilt I made and hand quilted.  It is a super heavy quilt, because I pieced the strings on muslin! 
 A little closer view.  All the strings are just that...strings. None cut to a specific width.
Rosie is now modeling for you, for you to get the full effect of this quilt.  She says she likes this one!!


I have made several rail fence quilts and given them away to patients...so here goes one more, as it is a fun and fast pattern!!




Hope each of you is having a super day!!



Julie

Monday, July 31, 2017

Utterly Spoiled...such fun!

 I am the recipient of some birthday gifts, a little early!  My friend Lyn, from Australia, MADE this baby doll!  Isn't she cute?  She is a nurse, with a little nursing cap perched on her darling head!  It looks so professionally made...and so dear to me.  What a darling baby doll!!
 Lyn also made a Poodle quilt!!  It is made from the most darling poodle fabrics, and if you zoom in, you can see them.  Precious!
 And there is even more!  A whole box of such fun things...thank you, Lyn, thank you!


Please see her blog here:

http://oldburycottage.blogspot.com/



 My friend Tricia sent some really fun patterns from magazines. Love them!! Especially the Prickly Pear one...it is right up my alley.   Thank you so much, Tricia!  Please see her website here:


http://www.turningtwenty.com/

 I ordered a pattern for the Timeless Traditions pattern, Sweet and Simple.  It is a lovely applique quilt.  I received two books, though!!  So I will check and see what I was charged for, and return one if I did not get charged for it...such a fun pattern.
And this little block has an inner border, and of course, I am stuck on the outer border. Seems like a repeat of the border dilemma I usually have, LOL!!




Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Slow stitching Sunday

 I have been slowly hand quilting this quilt.  It was a online quilt along by Jeni Gaston. It just makes me happy to stitch on it, because look at the fun blocks Jeni designed!  An eagle, for our country!  A heart...love that!  A pineapple, for welcome!  Bees!  For our future...to pollinate our food.  Flowers are my favorite thing, too.  It is just super fun to work on.  It is also very crooked.  Some of it is quilting out, and I sure hope more crookedness quilts out too!  I have no idea why it is, but the background is very stretchy Madras fabric, so perhaps that is the culprit.  I do like that texture, from a different fabric...just something different and hey, it was in the stash and is all used up now, so I win!  Hahaha!!
 This is our quilt guild's donation quilt for 2018.  It is a very pretty thing, but the picture really does not show it well.
 I was asked to hand stitch the binding down, so I am working on that.  I also donated fabrics to this one.





I hope each of you is having a wonderful weekend!!


Hugs from Julie