Thursday, March 23, 2017

Size wise!!


 So....what would happen if I made a tiny version of the plaid star quilt I just made?  I have been making 4 inch stars for years, and I have a zillion of these made, just waiting to be put into projects. 
So I used 12 of them, then 1 inch strips for the scrappy sashing, and now I am working on the 1 inch  by 2 inch flying geese border.  Great fun, playing in the scraps!!







WARNING!  BELOW IS A GROSS PICTURE!!!




















I guess I am really a quilter now...I have been branded!  This is my inner forearm, and you can make out where I accidentally touched the tip of the iron to my arm.  It really did not hurt much, but I put ice on it stat, which really helped.  It is now more sore than when I did it!!  Yuck...I also have scars on my hands from when I was a kid, from ironing EVERYTHING from sheets to my dad's shirts!!  Did you iron everything when you were a kid, helping your mom??  Who remembers a sprinkle bottle of water or starch??

Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Monday, March 20, 2017

Final border...and something new!!

 The final border went on this morning.  By the time I measured, pressed, cut, crawled around on the floor and pinned the borders in place before sewing, it takes me over an hour to put on the final plain border.  Yahoo!!!  I just folded the quilt and am showing a quarter of it, only, because it is a big 'un!!  Big thanks to Karen, of the Log Cabin quilter, for letting me copy her quilt!!!  I love hers, and now love this one too!
 Cheri Payne!!  She is a super fun primitive style quilter, and I have been exploring her blog.  She has lots of fun blocks to make!  Please see HERE.http://quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com/    This quilt is not on my list of 17 in 2017 to finish...but that is OK!  These blocks are just fun, fun, fun to sew....so there! 
Cheri also is having a quilt along with baskets.  This is my third one...just have things pinned in place, not sewn down yet...just experimenting. 




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


Warning!  not quilting related, at all.



Lots of sick, sick patients at the hospital, but no new surgeries...the surgeons are on Spring break.  One lady we had on our floor for over 6 weeks passed over the weekend.  Please, please...consider what you want done at the end of your life.  CPR?  or no code?  This poor family agonized over what to do, as the patient never stated her wishes.  Please give the gift of peace to your family?? Any thoughts on this??



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Have a great day, everyone!!!


Julie

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nearing a finish...

 Just one more border, and it is a flimsy!!  I am putting a tiny outer border, to kind of protect the pieced one.  I have seen lots of antique quilts that are pulled out of shape on the border, so I think this is a good idea...and Karen's quilt had one too...so I am adding it!!
 Scrappy happy!!  The border is my favorite part!!
This was hard to get a picture of...but you get the idea.



Onward!!!  to bed!!



Have a super day,

Julie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Home Blessing Monday!!!

 Some fun, simple piecing today; my first day off for a while.  Yahoo!!  These blocks were found on Cheri Payne's blog, HERE.  Super fun, and super scrappy.  Love them!
And a few little pieces, maybe book marks, or parts of mug rugs...just fused and ready for hand stitching. 



I have been working on my 17 in 2017...which now is the flying geese border on my plaid star quilt.  It is fun, but I ran out of cut pieces!  Perish the thought!  So I will cut some more, for my piecing tomorrow.


Have a super day, everyone!!!


Julie K

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rosie Posie Poodle!!

 The binding game continues! The game is seeing how much I can get bound, in 30 minutes, and do it every night. I finished this binding last night.  The baby it was meant for in the first place will at last have his little quilt!
 I finished this block today.  It is hand applique, and is designed by Cheri Payne.  I just love that she gives the basic basket pattern, and then shapes...and you decide where they go!  Great, great fun!
Here is where I am on the green strings quilt. Please excuse the other blocks scattered about on the floor...the thing that tickled me was Rosie, my poodle!  She was intently watching TV!   Whenever she sees a dog on TV, she barks. She is a never ended source of fun and amusement for me!!!


Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Working on Number 5!!

 Wow!  This is a real stash busting quilt!!  This quilt is inspired by Karen, of the Log Cabin Quilter.  You can see her quilt HERE!!!  I have been in love with it for years, and have always wanted to make one just like Karen's.  So here is where I am in the process.  Karen graciously said I could make one like hers, and a lots of fabric pieces that Karen gifted me with are in this quilt.
 I had to snap some pictures quickly, because Rosie wanted in on the action, LOL!  Do you have a doggie who helps you quilt, too?
 I have continued to bind 30 minutes at night, and I finished this little bow tie quilt, for some baby, sometime!!
 Lots of girls at work are pregnant, so probably one of those babies will have a new quilt.
 The above block is by Cheri Payne.  She is having a quilt along, and you can find the files HERE for her blocks.   Look under files.   Many of you know that Cheri has been battling cancer, and is undergoing chemo for this, as well as having had extensive surgery.  We are all praying for you, Cheri!!  If you think this block is wonky?  Well, it is!  SNORT!!!  I like it anyway!
 Still making some green blocks!!These are so mindless, and great fun!!
 This is the first iris of Spring, in the back yard!!  I love these carefree lovely things...Jewels in the garden!
Many of you asked about this wool block, and the origin of the pattern.  It can be found HERE.  A free quilt along is always fun!!


Did you know? Randy, of the Barrister's block blog, is started a super fun quilt along too!!  Please see it HERE!!




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


It has been REALLY BUSY at work!  February was like a storm, but unusually,  January was so very slow, patient wise.  March is even busier so far.  Many, many heart surgeries, and many cancer surgeries.  One rotoprone bed (AARDS). 

I have a great love for the families...those walking wounded family members, who come in day by day, supporting their loved ones, some who cannot talk back to them.  Some on the ventilator chronically, with no hope of ever getting off of the vent.  I do my best to support them and love them, with coffee, warm blankets and talking.  I pray for them too!!

All in a nurse's day!

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


Julie K

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chuggin' along!!

 These basket blocks are 4 inch finished size, and I have been making them for a long time. Someday?  Maybe I will have enough for a quilt!!!  I still have to applique the basket handles down.  Good road trip sewing!
 Every day, I make these plaid stars...just love the scrappiness of them!
 I might have accidentally started a new quilt...merely by chance...SNORT!!!  Karen, from the Log Cabin quilter, asked how many strips/scraps did I have, so that got me to thinking about what I do  have and how I can use them up.  I sorted all the strips into colors.  I am not sure this is right thing to do, as I love the chaos of just picking up any color and using it in my string quilts...but here are the lime green ones.  I really don't have too many of these, but will make blocks until they are all used up.
 Pictures are out of order, but here are the baskets blocks, closer up.
 Pat Sloan is having a quilt along...several, actually.  Here is my first of her Solstice quilt along.  There are lots of fun blocks there!!
 Lisa Bongean is having a 1/2 square triangle quilt along!!  I thought maybe I could use my solid fabrics...I have a shoe box full of those, and this will use them up, I think, maybe!  Here is my first block.  Each block is made of 16 half square triangles.
 And this fun woolie block is a  new quilt along too!!  The instructions said to make the block 5 inch finished, but I think I will make them 6 inch finished and add them to my previous wool blocks.  Just depends on what the additional blocks look like.  I still have to stitch this one down and add the embroidery.
Every day, I make a handful of these bow tie blocks, too.  These are 2 inch finished. Using up my scraps here; I just love these little baby blocks!!  I have approximated a zillion made, and a zillion to go!!



So I might have "accidentally" started a lot of new quilts!  Mixing new ideas in with the old is fun, and keeps it all fresh and lively.  Hope your day is wonderful today!!!


Julie K.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Slow car stitching!

 I have been working every single day, or I have been riding in the car, on a road trip.  Whew!  Nice to have a day off to catch up on everything.  Above is my plaid Jewel box quilt.  It is bound!  Whoop!  I did it in the car, and it is KING sized.  It went quickly, though; I am so glad it is bound now and ready to use.
 I cannot get a picture of the whole thing;  it is just too big.  Lots  of shirts and plaid fabrics in this one!
 I am pretty much in love with the Circular thinking quilt.  I appliqued lots of circles onto squares, in the car...and have lots to go.  I am finding it great fun to remember all these old scraps, and some new scraps, too.   I am liking the whimsical children's fabrics, too...just as much fun for me as for children, I think!  I will include more pieced circles now, too, to sprinkle in, for interest.  Great fun, and I am loving this project!!!
Hand quilting and binding small things...I have made three of the little basket blocks, for mug rugs.  PROGRESS is the word!!!

Linking to Kathy, for Slow Stitching Sunday.

https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/








Hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday, full of rest and renewal and fun!!



Julie

Friday, February 10, 2017

A block for Cheri.

This block is for Cheri Payne, who recently was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  It will be part of a larger quilt, for her.    I don't think she reads my blog...so here it is!!  She likes Homespuns...it is a 6 inch finished block.


Have an amazing day, each of you!!!


Julie

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A very generous person!

 I have a treat for you.  An anonymous donor has given some of her best creations, for the quilts for patients project!!
 Isn't this the coolest quilt, ever!!?  I love it!!
 This will be an awesome quilt for a breast cancer patient!
 Look at how tiny those pieces are!  I am in awe!!
 This is perfect quilt for a guy...it is long and so fun!  Just what someone needs to pick up their spirits, and be long enough to cover his toes!
 Some of the gorgeous blocks in the above quilt.
 This lovely creation looks like kimono fabrics to me!  A definitely Oriental feel to it...it is just gorgeous!!  Thank you to this very generous person...these will bring a lot of comfort and love to some very ill patients!
I am making progress on my 5/17 quilt...the star quilt.  I made four more scrappy blocks, and started piecing the border.  I am loving it so far...only 30 blocks to go.






Have a great day, everyone!!!


Julie

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Moving on to # 5/17 for this year...a little rearranging of the list! and a wee giveaway.

 This is number 5, out of 17 projects I am trying to complete in 2017.  These stars have been cut out for a couple of years, and I make a few blocks, then put it away, then take it out and sew on it, then put it away...you get the idea!! This quilt comes from inspiration from Karen, the Log Cabin Quilter. She made an amazing quilt with this pattern, and she said she did not mind if I duplicated it...so I am!! 


You may be asking what happened to number 3 project and number 4 project....well, I stalled out on the borders for number 3, and am waiting for finishing instructions for number 4!!  So, wanting to continue the forward momentum, I moved to number 5!!
 Rosie just had to pose for you all.  She is the best quilt model around!! 
 The entire quilt will have a flying geese border, so  I need to get busy piecing that, too...and yep!  It is cut out!!
 I found some fleece on super sale at Joann's, and was experimenting with making hats.  This one is just silly, but I thought....maybe I could make some Chemo caps for our patients?  Not with the big fluffy stuff on top, but more subtle and prettier??  Some of our tiny patients get so very cold, with no hair.  Just thinkin'!!!  I will look for a good pattern...
And if you have stuck with me this entire post...hey, I would love to give away this book to one of you!!  Random drawing will be later in the month. This is a brand new book, just ordered from Sentimental Stitches...but I have such concentration going for my 17 in 2017 goal...I think the book would be better used in another quilter's hands!!  So just leave a comment and later on I will randomly draw a winner.



Have a marvelous day, everyone!!!



Julie K





Thursday, February 2, 2017

Number 4/17...the wool applique cutie!

Jeni from the Willow posted the last of nine blocks for this cute little wool wall hanging.  The upper left basket was the latest block I completed, just today. I am now wondering if she will design a applique border, or is this the end??  I had such fun making these blocks!! 

Just for grins and maybe to help me learn a little bit...the pink flowered block is cut a 1/4 too small. 

So...the lesson is!  Measure twice!  cut once!! LOL!!


https://www.facebook.com/groups/1164782056918053/files/


You can find the free files above, and hey, join the group!  It is super fun!!




I am linking to Pomegranate and Chinz, HERE...please go see what everyone is working on, for the 17 in 2017 challenge!!


Have a great day!


Julie

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Well, this is not where I was headed...but this is where I went!!

I was intending to work on the borders of the Alphabet quilt, in my previous post.  I am stuck on that...so I pulled out the string bin, and started piecing some string blocks.  I just ended it here...a table mat, for a candle and my little decorative pieces for Saint Patrick's day.  It will be fun to hand quilt this one!!!


When I am stuck on a phase or a decision surrounding a quilt, I hate to just dwell and dwell on it...it wastes my time, and I don't have that much time to waste.  Strings is something I just love, and so I turn to them for fun and inspiration, sometimes!!


Hope each of you is having a marvelous day!!

Julie

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The mystery of the disappearing quilt blocks!

 In 2014, I made these alphabet quilt blocks, from a Temecula sew along.  Then?  I carefully pressed and wrapped them up in the remaining white background fabric, and put them away for safe keeping. I could not find them anywhere!! Because they were all wrapped up in the background fabric, they stayed safely anonymous...
 Until now!  This is project 3/17, for the 17 in 2017 finish along.  I am auditioning a vine border, but am undecided on it.  Since it is close to Valentine's day, hearts are involved!!  I will have to think about this one, and decide on a plan of action for that applique border.  At least the blocks are all together, which is great progress from where they were!
This is just a little heart quilt for February.  Hearts, hearts, hearts!  I love them!!


Have a great day, everyone!!!


Julie