Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sampler Supreme!

May I ask who is working on the Sampler Supreme, by Pat Sloan?  Here is where I am, which is woefully behind!!  My friend Lyn is almost caught up!!


Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A wee little tutorial!


A few people wanted to know how I make my Plaid and Plain flying geese, so I am writing this tutorial for you!  Please be kind...I am not an expert at tutorial writing, LOL!  Above is a 3 1/2 inch strip from my plaid scraps, and a plain 2 inch strip.  These are not chosen for their beauty (LOL!), but for contrast, so you can see better.

First, cut the 3 1/2 inch strip into two triangle pieces, with your easy angle ruler.  
ZIP! There goes the second one!!
Then, from a neutral 3 1/2 inch strip  (I used muslin for mine, 'cause that is what I have most of), cut two triangles using the same method.

Then, cut (2) two inch squares.

Then off to the sewing machine!  Each 3x6 inch block takes five seams.  First, sew the plaid and neutral triangles together, as above.  

Then, layer the plain (blue in this case) square on the pieces and sew in a connector corner fashion.

Then, trim the excess.  You can keep these extra triangles if you want, but they are pretty tiny...so I am not saving mine this time.

Then, press one to the dark side, and one to the light side.  This makes it easy for the seams to nest!!

Turn them this way, 

Then sew them together!  Press...trims your threads (like I obviously did NOT DO)...and Yahoo!!  You have one done already!!  


There are many ways to make any quilt block, but this is the one I used, this time...probably be different next time, LOL!!  I hope this helps those quilters who asked how I did mine.




A few more 2 inch finished bow ties, above



A few more basket blocks, four inches finished
Maybe I went on a little shopping spree at a local quilt show...everything on sale and it was great fun!!

A pretty little fabric sampler for $4.00...who could resist!!

This is a basket that one of the members made to sell, so I bought one for the cause.  It was very pretty!!



And that is all, folks!  I hope you are having a marvelous day!!!


Julie

Friday, September 16, 2016

Log Cabin Loonies!!



Happy Full Moon to all of you Log Cabin Loonies!!  This is an amazing quilt, a quilt of valor,
 shared on MyQuiltPlace by Lynn Welton Zimmerman. 


I love the differing sizes of the "logs" in this quilt...wonderful!  Lynn's fabric choices are so much fun, and thank you so much for allowing us to showcase your gorgeous quilt!!!


A penumbral lunar eclipse occurred at night on September 16, 2016 in Pekanbaru, Indonesia


Well, my moon pictures lacked a certain something.  Well...they lacked everything...focus, clarity and beauty.  So enjoy this picture of the full moon, instead!!  Please step out and try to see it yourself, too...it is so pretty and there is an eclipse tonight, too!!!


Please link up below, to share your own Log Cabin quilts.  Piles of strips, old quilts, new quilts, quilts in progress...share with us, and let us enjoy your work!!



Have a super night,

Julie

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marching on!!

 If you have been hanging out with me for a while (a long while, LOL!), you may remember this quilt, that I have been working on.  It was a Summer block of the week, by Lisa Bongean of primitive gatherings.  Her original quilt was a wool one, of three inch blocks, and I have the top all complete.  But then....I thought!  What if I enlarge the blocks to six inches, and put sashing in between the blocks, of vines...in between the flowers???
 So I did.  The blocks and sashing have been staring at me, more and more accusingly...saying, "When can WE be a quilt?"  Today was the day!!  I finally have the top all in one piece.  I have a ton more leaves to applique, but this is a huge step forward for me, and the very step that I needed to move forward on some other projects, too.  So yahoo!  Lots more work to be done on this one...tons more leaves, and lots of quilting and of course those borders that I am always challenged with.  But I am to this point!  And so I am grateful!!!  This is not trimmed...just TOGETHER, which is a huge celebration to me!!
 Another woolly block was released, so I prepped it, and did a tiny bit of stitching on it.  Turns out that this quilt is wanting to be a bit bright, instead of muted primitive colors!  Never can tell what these quilts are going to ask for, LOL!
 So...I decided I had enough plaid and plain flying geese blocks for my quilt, and had these leftover. I sewed them into a little runner.  AND THEN!!! I decided to make my original quilt bigger, so I need twenty more blocks.  SNORT!!! Figures, huh?? I am back cutting more out, LOL!
This is hand appliqued and hand quilted, for a very special friend.  Just working on the binding and label, and it will be in the post.  I hope she likes it! I have made dozens of heart quilts through the years, and love each and every one!!




Have a super day, everyone!!!




Julie K

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Plaids and Plains: Flying geese update!

I have been working hard on these blocks; my "plaids and plains"  flying geese blocks.  They are fun, and when you get into a rhythm, they are fast.  Five seams each...and I thought I would put a little surprise into this quilt, thus the plain muslin pieces at the top of the quilt.  Just can't leave well enough alone, can I?  Hee!!!

Hope you all are have a wonderful day!!

Julie

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wool applique!

 Jeni from the Willow is having another free quilt along!  Since I had so much fun with hers last year, I really want to keep up with this one.  So...here are the first two blocks.  I am loving them!!
 You can find her blog here, and also the free patterns.  Thank you, Jeni!!


www.jenifromthewillow.blogspot.com


 I have made a tiny bit of progress on the Buttermilk Basin "Let it Snow" bom.  I am missing some blocks, and I know I have printed them out, so will go through my files and find them, LOL!!
I had a call for gluten free, wheat free bread.  This is what I made.  It is made from rice and tapioca starch...and it is pretty good!!  Different, but good!  Especially yummy with peanut butter and honey, or butter and jam.  I would love a recipe for Oat bread, made only with oat flour...do you have a good one??




Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Making some tracks now!!

 I have a thought in my head, still...that, "OH, I am going to hand quilt all these quilts, some day!!"  Folks, it just can't be done...at least not all of them!!  So, I recently sent these to be quilted, and I am tickled as I can be to have them done, at least to this stage!!  These are all destined to go to the hospital, for patients.  A rail fence scrappy...
 A blue one, for a guy.
 Someone must love pink like I do, at least I am hoping so!
 This one!  This came from one scrap bag, and all seems to go together.  I have an orange scrappy binding planned for it.
 And I have been making progress on the Plaids and Plains flying geese...
 Liking them!!
This is my companion for all things...my Rosie.  A stray, she has become so very important to me.  I love her very dearly.


This one is to keep...I love it!  A Jacob's ladder variation.  It was super fun to make!  And to no surprise, I have another one cut out.




Have a great day!!  Thanks for hanging in there. on a lengthy post!!


Julie

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Log Cabin Loonies!!

Variation on a log cabin quilt | Log Cabin Quilts:



Hey y'all! I have been so busy at work, at least 14 hours a day...so I missed the 17th, the full moon!! It has also been blessedly raining, non stop, so no moon peeked out here, this month.   But here I am, and wow!  I have found the most wonderful log cabin quilt to share with you!  This is actually a pattern, available from Accuquilt.  I just really love how the cream part of the log cabin blocks appears to float in and out behind the other blocks.  Spectacular, and so typical of log cabin block versatility!!!


UPDATE!  Becky Babcock found where to find the pattern!  Please go here, if you want it.

http://www.accuquilt.com/shop/go-flying-home-quilt-pattern.html 

Thanks, Becky, and I know Sherrill was looking too!!

I have noticed some really amazing log cabin quilts showing up on your blogs! I would love you to link up below...even if all you have is an idea or pile of strips, or a few blocks...or a finished quilt!  We want to celebrate what you have been up to!!

Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UFO alert!!


I have been working on this applique quilt, by Piece o' Cake, for several years now.  All the blocks are prepared, and above are what I have stitched.  These are pre-cut and pre-fused pieces...what could be simpler??  It is fun when all the prep work is done for you!
 This is a favorite block of mine.
 And here is another!  Silly fun little bird...I love the imagination at Piece O' Cake!!
 I have been sewing a little on the Plaid and Plain flying geese.  I am liking the combinations!
 I found a whole bunch of pieces cut out, with no sample block to show me what I had in mind...I made this little messy block, but I don't think it was the original idea that I had...sigh!
 I may have done a little bit of shopping lately....what super fun that was!
I think these are called "shot cottons?"  What does that mean?  Whatever...they are so soft and lovely, I picked up these too!





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My husband has retired after 41 years with one company.  He did not plan to retire just now...so this is rough on him.  I am finding my sewing time is being more and more limited.  Has anyone else experienced this?

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Have a great day!!

Julie

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amazing mail!!!

 Oh MY!!!  I received the most wonderful box in the mail!!  Inside?  Was this quilt top!!  Perfectly pieced and amazing!!
 A close up...
 And this quilt top!!  All of reproduction fabrics, it is wonderful!!
 and a close up of it!
 And this quilt top too!!!
 And ONE HUNDRED log cabin blocks!!!  Gorgeous, and so timely for Log Cabin Loonies!!!
 And applique pieces, all prepped and ready to stitch!  At this point, I just sat down and had a happy cry.  Can you even imagine?  Also, there were pre-cut square's and a pattern and lovely fabrics...just the pick-up I needed to get my creative juices flowing again!!  Thank you, Linda O.!!  Thank you!!!




 Do you have some forever projects?  this is one of mine...these are four inch basket blocks, and I make one every once in a while.    I have a zillion of these cut out...just give me time and patience, and I will someday have a basket quilt made of them!
 These are another forever project...these are all two inch bow tie blocks.  I make a dozen or so, then put them away, and then make another dozen some time later.  About 200 are in this pile.
Teeny!!!





I have had some problems with my e-mail! I would try and answer an e-mail, and it would just disappear!!  I think it is fixed now, but if you have commented and I have not replied?  That is why, and I apologize...please know I love your comments and friendship!!


So there you have it, folks!!  and I hope you have a wonderful day!!


Julie