Wednesday, November 28, 2018
BUT the hexie block just won't FIT IN THE 10.5 INCH BLOCK, which is EXACTLY the right size!!!
Does anyone have any suggestions of how this went wrong?
Thanks for listening...but these have taken me a long time and I will not have time to make another block by the date it is due...grrrrr!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
I try and post when I have made some progress...a lot of years ago, we wanted to know about process...so that is why I post not only finishes, but along the sewing road as well.
I am trying to work on it in between cleaning, holiday preparations and cooking...and the ever present laundry.
This has made me realize just how many orphan blocks I have...so I gathered them all up, separated them by size...and off I went!!! I am sure I have enough blocks for another quilt...just not Americana style.
I hope you have a great day, today!!! That mystery quilt is still calling to me!!
Monday, November 26, 2018
Have a great day, each of you? Are any of you working on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt?? It is called Good Fortune!
Here is the first clue!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Randy blogs here:
I work tomorrow, which is Thanksgiving in the USA. I wish every one of you an amazing holiday and lovely time...and eat a lot of turkey for me!! I made one today, so I have lots of leftovers!!! What is your thanksgiving go to food...what do you love to eat on this day???? What are you thankful for?
I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life, and you are all high on my list!
Monday, November 19, 2018
I am down to sewing the large cream colored triangles onto the blocks...it will go in a hurry, now. These blues are so soothing, and the fabrics are my old friends. I do not have many of these blues anymore, having been all used up in quilts over the years. I think I have more than eighty blocks, now!! All those bias edges...yikes!
I am sure that many of you have heard of the devastating fires in California, of late. I heard an interview with the mayor of Paradise, California, which was over 90 percent burned to the ground. Elderly people are living in tents in the Walmart parking lot...you get how absolutely devastating this is, and is still ongoing. Many are reaching out to help, and at the forefront, are our beloved quilters. Quilters are just the nicest, best people. Below are a couple opportunities for you to help, if you can, with this hard hit community.
Lori blogs here:
Lynn blogs here:
Thank you so much for taking a look to see what we can do, together.
OR HOW JULIE GOT TO BE IN THE BACK OF A COP CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Settle in...it is a bit of a story.
I have been pretty sick with a cold/flu thing, for the last couple of weeks. Good news is, I lost 6 pounds! So now that I am feeling a bit better, I thought I would go get a hamburger at Kincaid's. It was delicious!!!
On the way back, we were buzzing down the road, and there was an elderly lady, pushing a wheelchair, with a suitcase in it, and a pair of crutches, struggling along the sidewalk. Tears were streaming down her face, and it was obvious she was struggling. She had one of those blue soft casts on her right leg.
We went for a bit, then I hollered..."turn around!!" We went back and I hopped out, and with my best and brightest nurse's smile...said, "Hey, can I help you?" She just dissolved in tears...had apparently been walking back from the hospital, where she had a broken bone in her foot! Yes, the same one she was gimping along on!! The hospital was a long ways back...miles, in fact.
I asked her how far she had to go, and she said, not far now...past the park. So I just got her in her wheelchair, thinking it was not far and starting pushing her and carrying her stuff. I thought it was just a couple blocks, so thought it would be not far...our truck was full of stuff and so I could not fit everything she had in there.
We went a few blocks, then she said, it is not far, went a few more blocks, me pushing the wheelchair, and dear husband following along behind, and then it was a mile or more...and then she said through the park, so off we went...long story short, it was a LONG walk, LOL!!! about two miles? I got her close to her home, and by that time, it was obvious that she didn't want me to know where exactly that she lived, and that she had even more obvious mental illness, as well as physical ailments. She was quite dirty and ill kept, and just skinny and sad. Talked a mile a minute, kind of word salad, as some mental patients do.
AND THEN! she said she was fine to go the rest of the way. I think she maybe lived in that park, in retrospect!!!
Dear husband was frantic by that point, because he didn't know where I was, pushing a wheelchair through a not-too-safe urban park...and then two cop cars showed up!! They actually were driving through the park. Since the lady had gone on, they offered to take me back to the truck...by the way, they were just kids! Early twenties...don't I sound old??
So they put me in the back OF THE COP CAR!!! Ha!!! So now I have been in the back of a police car!! It was weird...can't open the windows or doors...slick, no upholstery. Just weird, I tell you!! Such kind policemen, both of them.
He got me back to the truck, the lady was OK, and I have a story to tell. And that is the end!!! Well not quite the end...the police helped with a social services referral for the lady, which I think was really needed.
Have a great day, all!!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
I am linking to Kathy, HERE, for slow stitching!
and Cynthia, HERE for Scrappy!!!
Hope each of you has a great day,
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Here is my newest block. This one was lots of fun to piece!
I really don't have much of a theme going...just using scraps as I go. I guess scrappy is my theme, as is for many of my quilts.
Please see the following quilt bloggers, who are also working on this quilt.
Cathy: Big Lake Quilter
Julie: Juliekquilts (me)
Carole: Wheels on the Warrandyte bus
Doreen: Aunt Reen's Place
I wish each of you a wonderful day!!
Sunday, November 11, 2018
LOG CABIN LOONIES!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to Mary R, at urban quilter, who won the fabrics from the last log cabin loonie post. Just need your address and I will get your gift on the way!
Also, Kathy won a fabric gift too...I already sent yours, because I had your address in my book, already.
Have a super day, each of you!
Monday, November 5, 2018
www.weddingdressblue.wordpress.com gifted some blocks to me...a long time ago! She challenged me to make a quilt with all those blocks! I am finding myself using them to make a variety of quilts...and it is so much fun! About are her house blocks. I squared them up, and have an idea to finish this small quilt, above. I like those arrows!!
Deanna sent five of these blocks, and three went into this table runner.
www.barristersblock.blogspot.com inspired me to make.
Whoop for me!! Out loud...I dare you!!
www.barristersblock.blogspot.com inspired me to make.
Whoop for me!! Out loud...I dare you!!
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Those quiet moments, when I have something to sew on, by hand...still my brain and heart. I find myself so much more relaxed, thinking better and more clearly.
Try it? You will love it!
I am stitching on this circle quilt...it is a scrappy thing that I started last year, and still have many slow stitches to take, to finish it.
"A great journey starts with a single step, " or a fun quilt begins with a single stitch!
I am linking to Kathy's blog, below...so go see what slow stitching other quilters and crafters have going on.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Log Cabin Loonies!!
I have really enjoyed seeing all the log cabin quilts you have made...I am thinking that with the holidays coming, and flu season coming (read lots of hours of work at the hospital), that this will be the last of the Loonie posts for a while. I have made a TON of progress on my log cabin quilts...nothing done to actually show, but lots of cutting and sewing, etc!! Your quilts have all inspired me!!
So...link up below, and I have a fabric tower to give away, as the last gift...for now, LOL! By the way? I have given away a lot of fabric from my stash...which was one of the primary intentions, anyway...to share with all of you.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The funny thing is, I should have made a test block, but once I got sewing...everything went wrong. The needle unthreaded multiple times...nothing fit together...the bobbin ran out...then the thread tangled terribly on the bottom on the patchwork. When this stuff happens, I need to STOP and see why I am being stopped, LOL!!
Bonnie provided the pattern free, click above on the link.
And how is your Tuesday????
Hugs to all!
This is my interpretation of our current block. These are supposed to be trees, but I preferred to make circles for the trees instead. I tried to make the trees as shown, but could not make them fit within the block very well, so...I improvised! I very much like this block!! I appliqued a circle in the middle in the tree trunks, instead of each individual trunk, and I really like the way it turned out. It is not trimmed yet.
Have a super day, everyone!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
I just love this block...a log cabin variation! A super fun block. There are endless possibilities, sewing with a few strips and scraps.
These log cabin blocks are HAND pieced by Els!! Wow...they are so pretty! Thank you for sending this email to me, Els!!
This is a poor picture of a pretty group of fabrics for this weeks gift. Link up below to be entered in this week's drawing, for Log Cabin Loonies! Show us your stuff!
Congratulations to the Frog Quilter, who won the fabrics from last Log Cabin Loonies!!
Monday, October 22, 2018
I have added the bottom row on the "Sweet Land of Liberty" quilt, with Lori of Humble Quilts. This is a Cherie Payne design, but since I did not have a pattern, it has become a rogue quilt! I had to add one more cabin on the bottom row...one of these days, I would like to live in a log cabin in the big woods, so I just had to add it! All the piecing is pretty much done. I still have that big empty spot up on the left, but it will fill in soon, I am hoping. When the elves come at night, you know...did you ever read that children's book, about the cobbler and the elves? When the cobbler was asleep, the elves would mend his shoes that were taken in by day.
Sounds like a good thing to me, except they can work on my quilts!!!
My most productive time is in the mornings, early, so I am really trying to use that time for sewing, along with the housework stuff.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Forgive the streak of sunshine across this finished quilt top...but it is finished!! Whoop!! I added some silly things to the border...one fabric just seemed to make it dark and off looking, so scrappy is always the answer to life's questions...maybe? LOL!! This one is on my list to get done, and is mostly blocks from Moda Blockheads quiltalong of last year.
I cannot thank you enough, every one who commented on last post. It really helped, because I was working through Google to fix my comments, which were not coming through to my email. With each intervention I tried, I could see if what I was doing worked or not, based on your comments coming in. So I really appreciate you!! Chantal and Cheryl and many others tried to help, but finally I got it to working...I am not really sure how. I went to comments and had to add myself to the list of contacts, and then instructed blogger to email comments to that email address.
Goodness! I was just about ready to throw in the proverbial towel!!!
If you read some of the comments about how long each of you has been quilting...wow! What a lot of very experienced and awesome quilters we have! I am so grateful for each of you!
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Another lady, a very much older lady, was selling big bundles and kits and yardage and bolts of fabric. We started talking, and she said that her best friend had died, and her friend's children were throwing out all her quilting supplies, and so the lady went and rescued it and was selling it for the money to help finish some of her deceased friends quilts in progress, for quilting and batting and the like. Her eyes were so full of tears, and I just hugged her tight, and said thank you for being such a lovely friend. She told me she loved me!! What a sweet lady, don't you think??? She had lots of bundles of plaids, so I purchased some of those.