Just a wee bit of progress of the neutral string quilt. I am putting just about anything that is in my neutral strings into this, and will probably use them all up. These blocks are surprisingly labor intensive! Each string is a different size, and must be squared up and measured...each one! Wheww!!
I made up my own pattern for the purple and green block for two weeks ago...these are for the Moda Blockheads quilt along. Because...
The block to be done was this one! It is really not amenable to purple and green as a colorway...so I made this block in patriotic colors as shown and made up my own pattern for a block to make up for it. This is hand needle turn applique. I am loving it!!
I have been procrastinating finishing this Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt for a long time. It just needed binding! But it was black binding, and you see, I cannot see on black very well to stitch anymore!!
But, tada! It is done! It is some number of years old, but is done, and ready for gifting, or keeping. Not sure...I am quite fond of it.
I have been working on the circular reasoning quilt, too. These are all hand applique. The premise was to choose a fabric to suit your mood, each day, for a year. I just went through my color bins and chose fabrics I loved. But, I found some days, when I felt really good, like I hit the mark with my work or at home...I made a bulls eye, with a circle within a circle. Other days, I felt fragmented, so I made circles of two colors or more. It is great fun, and I am moving toward an end of the project. But, more neutral circles were created, cutting the back out from behind the colored circles, so stay tuned! I have a feeling that this project may not end any time soon. Thank you, Audrey, for your lovely circle project idea. See Audrey's blog here!
I have been organizing, and with that, comes many new ideas! One of the ideas was to make a low volume quilt, which was on my list for this year. A variable strip size, wonky, 1/4 square log cabin quilt was on my list, too! So...TADA!! The two ideas are becoming the above quilt! Kind of fun, so far, to pull out the next string in the bag and GO WITH IT!!
These little blocks are 3 inches finished, and can be found on Betsy's blog, below, throughout the last several posts.
With all this purple floating around from sewing purple and green quilt blocks, I just had to make a small purple heart quilt.
I did something really good! I went through all my green and purple fabrics, and eliminated those I will never use, like a piece of green velvet and a chunk of purple corduroy. I have a surprising small stack of each!! I am making headway in using everything I have up...at least that is what I say, and I am sticking to it!
I tend to remember what I was doing, when I hand stitch quilts, and this one will be forevermore known as the day that the Baseball team in Washington was attacked...I went from hot tears to hot anger about that situation today. I pray for swift recovery for those attacked and peace and unity for our nation.
There is a sew along going on...the Moda Blockheads quilt along! It is 48 different sampler blocks, all 6 inches, finished. Well, you know me...as I had already done two samplers two years running with six inch blocks, I decided to be different. These are 9 inch blocks (I love the math part), and very different colors of green and purple, instead of the more traditional reproductions that most quilters are using. I do not have a green and purple quilt, so now I will have one.
One funny thing about this was...I cut out all the pieces and parts ahead of time, and labeled them. Well, I labeled one batch wrong, and ended up with a bunch of miscellaneous parts. So...that is why I have at least one block that is not the same as the pattern...I just winged it, and made my own block from those parts!
This block is not one of the blocks offered in the quilt along, but I made it, instead of the beehive block. It stands for four friends at work, when we all used to work at the hospital Everyone is retired but me!
This is a toad stool in our yard...with my foot in comparison for size. It was a whopper!!
High fiber diet, anyone? I used the turkey platter to hold my cut out Triangle Gatherings blocks, a quilt along by Lisa Bongean. I have had the strips cut out since January, but just have not cut out the blocks...until today! I figured it is not gonna get done, unless I ACTUALLY do it...imagine that!!!
Above are some scraps from my 3.5 inch bin. Stay tuned! Something may be swimming toward you soon! Does these scraps look a little rainbow-like to you??
All these recipes from Pinterest are being saved, yep, by me...so I decided to make a few! This cake really was delicious and super easy to make. I used a sugar free cake mix and sugar free pudding mix too...not sure if it made it that much healthier, but maybe!
Garage sales!! I went to one in the neighborhood recently, always on the hunt for plaid shirts. Here is one I found...it is pretty cute though, and I may wear it a bit before cutting it up!!! One lady had VERY expensive clothing...all at $1.00 per item. Some with the tags still on them!!!
Please go and look at all the fun projects, in a rainbow of colors! Yellow is the color for June and someone (Please let me know who? If it is you, please let me know, and I salute you! OINK!) made a delightful piggy pattern!! So, here is a yellow piggy for June. Hurrah!! I am going to use polka dots for these pigs.
Update! Chantal found the piggy designer!! Here is the link...thank you dear Chantal!
I am working on hand binding this quilt! I am using single fold red scrappy binding. A few minutes each night will eventually get all my bindings done.
Here is the whole quilt...so may I have your opinion on single fold versus double fold binding, and straight binding versus bias binding!?? This is the first large quilt, I think, that I have used single binding on.
Here are three more blocks, heading toward twenty! Whoop!!!
We had a patient code... (cardiac arrest)...and was shocked over 30 times. I got him the next morning, and he did it again!! So, my first code blue in a little while. My nerves were jangling all morning after that, watching him, his rhythm...just every little nuance that I could imagine to make sure he STAYED OK!! I sat in his room and watched him, minute by minute! Miraculously, he was neuro intact after all this and was joking and playing around with the nurses and his family. I truly think this was a miracle...so this balances out some of those tougher nursing day!! Hurrah!!
Here my two blocks from today, made all from batiks, with an added contrast fabric. One with high contrast!! and one with low contrast. I like them both...just different, aren't they?? I am having great fun with these! The quilt planned has twenty blocks, and I have seven made.
I am making pinwheel blocks from the cut off corners, and you know I love that!!
But...my other cut off corners that have sat patiently in their box for years got upset! "Make us into pinwheels too, they cried!" So, I am doing that too...only one zillion to go!
OK. I got to go to a quilt guild meeting, and it was pretty darn fun!! I brought a bunch of goodies for the free table, and they were snatched up...yahoo! On the free table was this piece of blue fabric. It is a fun stripe, so I tucked it in my bag to take home. THEN!!!
I unfolded it. It is about 28 inches, selvage to selvage, which I think may tell some of you the age of the fabric. I threw it in the washer, and washed and dried it. Modern quilt fabrics are 44-45 inches wide.
It feels so funky!! I cannot get a pin through it easily!! I cannot iron it flat, even though soaking it with spray starch and water!! It is slippery and squirrelly!! What is it!!? I love the subtle stripe and love the soft blue...but I will be darned if I know what it is. It looks like the end was cut on the bias, like someone used it for binding? LOL! It is FUNKY!! Do you know what it is??? I still like it, however...Hee!!!
Home blessing: vacuum, empty all garbage and recycle, cull magazines, clean mirrors, sweep and mop, clean bathrooms, change all linens and towels, and then do the laundry. That is my routine...and yours??
We had only 3 critical care nurses on the whole floor yesterday. I had two fresh hearts with swan ganz catheters, art lines, central lines, ventilators, chest tubes, pacer wires, foleys....all of it! Plus!! I had a fresh tracheostomy and peg patient, on the vent. Non of them stable, 2/3 on tons of drips with hourly blood sugars.
I ran my BACKSIDE off. Literally. It is all gone (NOT! hee!) I was so exhausted that I just collapsed when I got home, with over 20,000 steps on the step counter. But? I am OK today, and raring to go for the next day! Sleep is a great re-set for me...how about for you?
Hi everyone! I have been working a lot of days straight, so that is why you have not noticed me posting anything. I did get the border on this little quilt. It is the same as my folk flowers quiltlet border. I tend to do that a lot...when I get something that works, I repeat it! Although this one was a bit tough. The background and white borders were kind of a textured fabric. It was in the stash, so I was trying to use it! It was kind of difficult to use...and made the quilt a bit wonky. I laugh at the old time practice of deliberately making a mistake in a quilt...I make enough of them naturally, LOL! This was on the list to finish this year, so I am very glad to get it to the flimsy stage.
Isn't this the cutest quilt ever? A very generous, kind hearted and loving person donated it, as a patient quilt. I love it!
It is all made of flannels, and is so snuggly and warm looking!
Another scrappy lovely beauty...
And a close up of the blocks.
And this gorgeous quilt!!!
and a close up.
And!! Another flannel, soft quilt!!
I love this block...isn't it fun? Plaids make it sing for me. A huge thank you, on behalf of our hospital patients, for these quilts. These are being donated by an anonymous donor, to help share some love and comfort with some very sick patients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! They will soon be shared with sweet and loving patients! I am awestruck with the generosity of this person!
Mother's day was spent at work...13 hours at the hospital, in charge. Dear husband got me these roses...thank you so much!!