Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The last of the purple for me!

 Each month, I am making four of these blocks.  Here is where I am so far, with my addition of four purplish blocks.
 My churn dashes are all done and on the mail for exchange, for Barb's churn dash exchange.  It was super fun to make these, and I look forward to seeing what I will receive in return!
The winner of the Rainbow book is Robert Kent...please send me your address, Robert!







Julie

Monday, February 19, 2018

Expanding the rainbow!

 Continuing on with the purple...here are my triangle blocks.   Adding to the collection!!
 Here are all the colors I have so far.
And a few bow ties blocks.  These are 3 inches finished, and I have one metric ton of them cut out...and the goal is to get this quilt to flimsy stage this year!!







********************One more question?*********************


Thank you to all of you who were so kind to answer my couple of questions last post.  Just one more?

How do you decide what project to work on?  Is it kind of a seat of your pants, impromptu thing, or do you have a plan of what you want to accomplish in your life, or what?




Have a super day!

Julie

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Rainbow progress!

 February is purple month!  So...some purple birdies to add to the collection.
 Here are all the birds I have made so far.  Rosie the poodle was helping to arrange them.
I have just been really wanting to make something out of these bright blocks...we will see what takes place with these!  Thank you, Lori, for your recent contribution to these!!




******************A couple questions for you!************************



1.  Where and how do you store your finished quilts??

2.  Where do you hand quilt, or hand sew?  I have been sitting on the floor against the couch, but my hips doth protest!!



Have a super day!!


Julie

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Up all night!!

 OK!  So I had insomnia...and decided that maybe God intended for me to be up and finish this quilt!! Just to put a positive spin on this...I finished the last three blocks, and just need to figure out the sashing or how to put it all together in some fashion.
 A closer shot of the blocks, about 6AM this morning...so it is quite dark.  This was inspired by a quilt seen on Quilting by the River.
Happy Valentine's Day!  This is my offering for Valentine's Day, for this year.  NO hearts in sight...but lots of pinks!




Have a wonderful day, each of you!!!


Julie

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A more normal schedule.

 Here is where I am on Lori and Cheri's quilt along.  I am working on the Eagle block and the flying angel block.
This is a little closer view...since I drew my own angel, she did not fill the block well, but I think she needs some hearts surrounding her!
 I love her wild hair!!  See that fabric on her sleeves?  THAT is not fabric...it is really Wonder Woman magical bracelets!  Hahaha...I hope each of you got to see that movie, or the old series, so you know about the magic bracelets!!
 I am binding this quilt.  It is very bright, and each nine patch is showcased, because they all came from a swap with Barb from a previous year...and I love each one.  I am swapping churn dashes with her group this year!
There has been a lot of prep work, and above is a rail fence quilt, all cut out...and carefully placed in a clean to-go salad box, LOL!  I do use a lot of recycled stuff.  It is on my list to make a brightly colored rail fence for a patient quilt this year.
 Here is my messy box of churn dash pieces...I also use cookie sheets, and have a few stacked up with various projects in the works.

Kevin recently asked about my mom's improved nine patch quilt.  Here it is....I think that maybe those fabrics are 1950's?  Not sure...Mom was very ill when she make this one, but she was determined to make 2 quilts for each child in the family.  I love it!!


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

I have been trying a new schedule for the last week, and the next six weeks, as far as my work schedule goes.  I am working three days in a row, the same each week.  Instead of just being all over the place on my scheduled days, I am hoping this gives me some continuity for both work and home, as each is so busy.  Wish me luck!!    I am just not sleeping well...I need a change with that and also want to do better with my home care and quilting too!!!!!







Have a lovely day, each of you!!


Julie

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lots of hand sewing...bindings, bindings, bindings!

None of these are in season, but each is fun and the best part of all...FINISHED!!!  I had an opportunity to sew by hand for a while...and here it is, my progress.  

My fingers on the left hand have calluses, but my middle finger on my right hand has a worn through blister!!  No pain, though, so it is all good.  I try and try to use a thimble, and just cannot. Can you?  What do you recommend??



Have a super day, each of you!!!


Julie

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

One of the quilts on the goal list for this year!

Cheri Payne had a basket quilt along last year, and I kind of went my own way and made this four basket quilt. All the applique is done for the blocks, and most of it for the vines and cornerstones.  Just a few pieces left to still applique down!

The setting is my invention, or rather, the quilt came up with it and I just followed suit.  I love it when the quilt decides what it wants to be!!



Have a super day, each of you!!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another Rainbow post

 Here is where I am on my rainbow blocks...just a few colors into it.  I think it will be very pretty when it is filled out with a rainbow of colors!  Rosie the poodle is tired, after a strenuous day of quilt supervision and inspection, so she is resting by the blocks.
These are the blue one I made for the month of January.


ONWARD!!!


Julie

A Rainbow quilts giveaway!

 Hurrah!  This is last Saturday for the color BLUE, so I am linking up to Angela, at So Scrappy.  If you would like to be in a drawing for this book, please just leave me a comment, and there will be a random drawing this coming week for the book.  It is a good one!!

Please see Angela's blog below to see all the rainbow scrappy goodness going on.  So many lovely ideas!!
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http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/2018/01/scraphappy-saturday-last-light-blue-day.html

I am still working on blue scrappy blocks, so stay tuned!

 So?  Turns out I had a $75.00 credit at Amazon, for a reward program at work.  I had the most fun ever browsing all the quilting goodies!  I ended up choosing these bobbins above, because now I have a little bit of a lot of colors, for applique.  I really don't have much thread, so this really expands my variety.  Super fun!
 Some pretty fat quarters!!  from the quilt shop...I am in love!
 A few backgrounds...and these are Cherrywood fabrics that I received for Christmas.
 And a few little packages of precut fabrics and a jelly roll.
 My quilt buddies had these t-shirts made, so I got one of those too.
Hey, I made this quilt top some time ago...years.  I think now, that it is about 1/2 the size it should be...these are six inch squares.  I think  I just made this UFO...U F Older!  Because I really need to make it bigger!!!


So I rarely shop...and this was a rare treat.  I can't bring myself to actually unfold the fabrics and play yet...still admiring them. Do you do this too?  Hee!


Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Days off!

 Yahoo!  For some silly reason, I was scheduled for five twelve hour days in a row...wheew!  It is over!  I was just messing around with some little pinwheel blocks, and made this candle mat.
 I have also been busy sewing and cutting Churn dash blocks for Barb's swap!  I noticed that many of the swappers are sewing with cool fabrics, so I choose a warmer color for this bunch.

 At last!  This one is all sewn together.  I took a picture on the back patio...and I am so glad all the blocks are sewn together. This is a patient quilt.


Many sewing and quilting peeps save all their little pieces and tiny unusable stuff to make dog beds.  I thought I would never have enough to save so I tossed those little pieces away, until now.  The last year, I have been putting everything into here that I absolutely could not use...and lookee!  I have almost a pillowcase full, and that will be sewn shut and donated for a dog bed.  I guess you never know until you try something!





Have a great day, all of you!!


Julie

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Something on the list!!

 So....are we running down the stairs???


Or, are we walking up the stairs?


This one is on the list to finish this year, by golly!!  Yahoo!  All the blocks are done. Will this be OK for a patient quilt?  The blocks are 7.5 inch finished...eight inch strips, 2 x 8 and 1 x 8 inch strips.


Onward!!!


Julie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Making some progress!

 I have been sewing rainbow birds the last few months.  This month is blue!!  Some birdies have long legs...and some short legs...and some legs are straight and some all which-a-way!  I am in love with them!!
 Here are the blue birdies for this month.  I confess, I have to do the math again every month to make them, and that makes me hesitate...but this month!  I wrote all the pieces and parts sizes down!  SNORT!!  Yahoo!  Incidentally, I love math, and took every math class my high school and college offered, up to Calculus and mathematical analysis.  I find it amusing that the math of quilt making makes me a bit hesitant at times, LOL!!!
 I just love this grungy black plaid and green birdie...he might be my favorite!!
And this is another favorite...this little baby dog guards the door each time I shower or bath...right there is where she stays, and she woofs at me if anyone comes near.  I love her so dearly...precious little stray angel, with a forever home so I can spoil her rotten!!!





Have a super day!!  Have to go into work later for a mandatory class...new ventilators are coming.



Julie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Part of a day at work.

 Slow stitching.  Is there anything better?  I love it!  I usually do not have any time on Sundays for this, because I usually work the weekends at the hospital...but!  I was called off today...then I was called in 3 hours later.  BUT!  there were those three hours...wheeeeeeee!  I had coffee and worked on these blocks.  I now have four blue blocks.  The slow stitching part is the applique in the center of each block.  These blocks are ten inches, finished, so will make a pretty large quilt with 48 blocks planned.



Please see Kathy's blog here...I am linking to her, in celebration of slow stitching!

https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-new-year-of-slow-sunday-stitching.html

Now a question for you!  What color binding do I use for the above quilt?!  Majority wins!



Have a super day, each of you!!!


Julie

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A whole lot of cutting and a whole lot of thinking!

 I have so many plans and ideas that it is stifling me a little bit...even with lists and times slots and planning...it is just crazy making!!  But in the midst of all the thinking...there is the actual sewing, which is the redeeming part of it all, LOL!  Above it my blue block, for So Scrappy...please see below to see everyone's blue scrap projects for this week.



 I embroidered this saying on my folk art basket block...and I must say, that was great fun!  Relaxing and I just remember stitching penny squares as a child; embroidery that my mom started me on.  Lovely memories!  Mom...now she was a REAL quilter and seamstress...made all our clothing and quilted up a storm!
 Since it is "Blue" month at So Scrappy, I cut a ton of 2.5 inch strips for two quilts that I have in mind...neither one of which are on my list to make this year...but hey!!  No rules here, right?  I did make a mistake and stood barefoot for hours and cut strips, since the weather was so nice and sunshiny and warm...but my hips and knees and back really were aching last night.  I guess I will remember to wear my tennis shoes with my supports in them next time I go on a cutting binge!
With all the blue cutting, there were lots of tiny strings, too small to go in the string bin, so I made a couple coasters and put hearts on them too.  That was fun!!





Hope each of you is having a lovely day!!


Julie

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Days off! Yahoo!

 Whew!  I worked a LOT of hours in the four days around the first of the year, so I am delighted to have a couple days off.  GUESS WHAT???  Lori is having a quilt along!! It is a Cheri Payne inspired quilt...we are just all doing our own thing and making a quilt all our own, based on Cheri's quilt. I don't have the pattern, so I think it is great fun to design my own, pretty much based on her blocks.  Lori blogs at Humble Quilts, below...this just started and so you can start and be all caught up right now!!


www.humblequilts.blogspot.com


 Bonnie Hunter, as you probably know, has designed a fabulous mystery quilt each year around Christmas and the holiday time frame.  I have not been QUITE  (snort) keeping up with all the clues, but the big reveal has already been done!  It is GORGEOUS!!  However, I have been playing in the pieces and parts I have made...so I made this block.  I love to play in the pieces!!  Leftovers are lovely!
I think that every New year I am going to toss the socks that I just CANNOT find matches for.  Start the year fresh...or maybe I could just feed them to the dryer/washer system so the socks I have matches for will not be eaten, LOL!  I always save mismatches, hoping the sock will show up...but it is time to start fresh.


2017 exercise review:


My goal was to walk 2017 miles in the year 2017, and I walked 2156, so I did it!  Lots of those steps are taken at my work...but hey, they all count.  Onward for 2018 miles in 2018!



Quilts:  


Just looking back, I started a whole bunch of quilts, and got quite a ways into making most of them.  I won't bore you with all my starts, but on the list this year is to finish quite a few, but also to continue to start things.  New ideas and fun quilt alongs make it just fresh and oh so fun for me.  So onward!! 




Have a super day, each of you!!


Julie

Friday, December 29, 2017

Just some miscellaneous stuff!

 This froggie is well worn and loved, and probably twenty years old. All the seams are strained...and maybe I will fix him up! I found him today and he said he wanted up on the desk...so there you go.
 More frogs, from the same time frame.  These are dish towels, also froggies!!  These are made using fabric paints.
 The whole lot of them!!  I need to use these up...
 These are the finished stockings.  Rosie (the poodle) did not get her stocking completed, so I will do that for her before next year!
 There was a visitor of one of my patients in the hospital, and she was a needlepoint lady.  We all got to talking, and she found out I was a quilter...and the next day she brought me this!  It is the start of a needlepoint pillow and the design is hand painted.  She brought needles and scissors and yarn and the canvas!  I was blown away...she said I needed to do needlepoint too!  So I am learning.  What a nice thing to do!  I brought her friend, the patient, a quilt to help her heal faster.
 My friend Lyn from Australia sent a wonderful box of goodies!!  Just a sampling above; Lyn also sent a quilt, with all kinds of small quilted pieces to attach to form a beautiful crèche.  I did not get a picture of it, dang it!  Such fun and thank you so much!
This ornament was made by Marcie, of Patchalot quilt patterns fame.  I just love it...so cute!!!  Thank you, Marcie!


I also received soap and chocolate from my friend Janet, but they are already in use and consumed, LOL!  Thank you, Janet!



I am working on that list of what quilts to work on in 2018...stay tuned!





Hugs to all!!


Julie