Sunday, April 26, 2015

Basketry!

 Sitting quietly lately, I have completed the quilting on this little quilt.  I am making progress on my UFO's, doing this kind of stuff.  This quilt reminds me of my mother, who had the basket below for as long as I can remember.

She kept clothes pins in it, and so I do too, as well as my mismatched socks, waiting for the lost sock mate to show up!!  I have a couple of her darning eggs in there.  My mom always hung out all the clothes to dry, and there was a hook on the line to hook this basket onto.  It was old 40 years ago, and I don't know how old it really is, but it is quite sturdy and I just love it.


Have a wonderful day, each of you!!!


Julie

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Playing with blocks!

Just playing, here...another layout!  Something is wrong on the left side...I will figure it out and play more later.    It is much easier to see in the picture.  I hope each of you has a wonderful day today!!

Julie

Monday, April 20, 2015

Re-working some things...

 Good Evening!!  It is rare that I ever get to post at night, due to work, dinner, dishes, etc...but here I am!  You may remember Lori's of Humble Quilts quilt along...the blocks looked something like this, but in a different setting.  I had made twelve blocks...but used another pattern??  I don't know what I was thinking!!  (please see the Nurse's notes below for a possible reason I can't remember...) Anyway, I recently found the original twelve blocks, and was smitten...and made some more!
 Just a sample layout...I am going to enjoy just playing with these.
 Do you know about the Bitty Blocks quilt along??  It is a row quilt...and I have the fourth row all cut out, but just can't seem to get it together.  I still need to applique the basket handles down...I changed the original basket pattern.  Can't leave well enough alone, can I??
And a little runner...just making something out of leftovers.  Need to use every little bit up!!




************************Symptoms of the patient...Nurse's notes

*******Fever(no infection)
*******Tachycardia (high heart rate), up to 160
*******Hot, hot, hot...all the time
*******Can't sleep
*******Irritability
*******Fuzzy thinking
*******Short of breath
*******Tremor
*******weakness
*******So very tired...


OK, did you guess the disease??  By the way, this is me.  Yep!!  My Hashimoto's thyroiditis has reared it's ugly little head again.  This is an autoimmune disease, where my body is attacking and  killing off the thyroid gland, which controls metabolism functions.  Autoimmune disease, like Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus.  TSH is 0.00...which means my thyroid levels are sky high.  This has happened again...which means they are looking again for thyroid cancer (scanning this week)  and also...maybe I have it radiated  or surgically removed to just kill it off.  I will then be on thyroid supplement for the rest of my days, which many people are on.

This time, it is worse...I don't think my heart will tolerate another go around.  I have about 120 pulse all the time...and I am on massive beta blockers.  So, I will keep you posted...I am praying about what is the best option to do.  The anti-thyroid meds are very hard on the liver and on the bone marrow.  The radiation can cause Leukemia.  The surgery is invasive and there is no guarantee that they can get all the thyroid gland out.  So I am praying....and thanks for listening!


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Have a great night, everyone!!

Julie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Looking for inspiration! Or maybe have too much??

 I have been making 4 inch scrappy stars for years.  And hoarding them, too...So I gathered them all up and put them together with these 1/2 square triangles.  I have had these made for years too.
 Sooooo........
Any suggestions?


I am having a problem finding a focus, here.  Too many projects whirling about like a cyclone in my wee brain...fogged with Nyquil!!  (remember, I have the mother of all colds)  What is a girl to do???  How do you find ONE project to focus on??





Hugs to all, and have an amazing day!!  (without Nyquil......)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Binding Blitz!! April gift!!

 I am working on this binding...this quilt is all quilted!!
 Another view...
 And another!!  Randy D., of the Barrister's block blog,  had a quilt along a couple years ago.  I actually pretty much stayed caught up, and this quilt was the result.  Thank you, Randy!!
 This is the April Binding blitz prize!!  It is a bunch of fat eighths, and a few fat quarters as well.  The picture does not show it as well as I would like, but the fabrics are pretty reds...
and browns.  I like this bundle, and got it especially for someone who participates in the binding blitz this month.



**********************What in tarnation!!!!?????????????????????


I have a cold!!  A DOOZY of a cold!!  Rotten, I tell ya.  That is the way I feel!  I kind of thought I was immune...been a long time since I have been sick.  NyQuil is my favorite friend.  I can sleep with it!!  Love, Love, LOVE that!!

My heart rate is quite high again...Hashimoto's strikes again!!  OH well...this too shall pass!!

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Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A crooked piano!! and a WINNER!!

 A border!!  Jeni from the Willow's quilt is a top.  I lack just a little bit of applique stitching yet...but decided to put it together anyway.  I decided to make a piano key border, out of my smallest plaid scraps.
 Here is when I was thinking about the border...LOL!!
 I put it up on my dining room wall to think about it a little bit.  A design wall!!  But I must not use it as such...that old wall paper would fall apart!!
I made this quilt a long time ago...it is hand quilted.  I was just was looking at it, and I don't know if I have shared it before.


***************************Winner of the Binding Blitz for March!!!  And on to April!!



Congratulations, number eight!!  That happens to be...Dolores, who blogs at the True Blue Canadian!  Congratulations, Dolores!!  The fun of this whole Binding Blitz is that I am discovering new-to-me blogs...I love it!

I had one lady who sent me a picture of her lovely quilt, that she had bound.  I loved it!!  For the life of me, I could not get the picture to download to my computer, so I could show you....I will try again this month if that happens.  Thank you, everyone, for your participation.  I have something special as the prize for April Binding Blitz prize, which I will show soon.  So keep finishing up your bindings, friends!!!


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Have a great day, all!!!


Julie



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Binding Blitz!!

 I bound this quilt in March!!  And also hand quilted it.  It is fresh from the washer and dryer, and I love that I got it done!!  I really enjoy hand quilting, and do it on the road...big stitching, you know?  Love that for sure.  You can click on the picture to see just how big those stitches are...no perfection here, just a warm quilt full of love.
 Another view...
 And another!  These are all plaids from the thrift store shirts, and whatever strings I could possible come up with.  I love them all.
 This quilt is all ready to bind too!!  Rosie the quilt inspector is doing her thing.  She is a tough judge...but someone has to do it!
 And this one is ready to bind too!  I love what we do...making something from scraps.  Yahoo!
Spring is here...is it spring where you are??  These Iris are in my back yard...moved with me from place to place.  And I will move them again if need be.  I have divided these lots, and have tons of these pretty flowers.  Do you have Iris too??



********************BINDING BLITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please add your link below...I would love to see your gorgeous finishes for March!!  The link will stay open for five days, then I will randomly draw a winner for the gift.


Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Monday, March 23, 2015

Something very special

 I bought something...a piece of art.  This is Kaaren's quilt, of the Painted quilt, HERE. She was selling this treasure, and I had already planned to make this one when I had the wool...so I bought hers!!  This quilt was featured in Primitive Quilts.  I am in love with it!!  I just pinned it up for a moment on my dining room wall, but it is now being framed.  (Like my old, old, antique wall paper?)  It will be a gift for my first grandchild's room decor.   I am having it framed to protect it.   If I ever have a grandchild...no pressure here!!  Actually I don't nag the kids...it will happen in it's own good time!!
 A close up.  Kaaren hand stitched every delicious morsel of this quilt.  I love it.  My pictures are not good...but her quilt is amazing!
And here is where I am on the sampler quilt.  I am way, way excited about this quilt!!  It has been nothing but joy, from beginning to end.  You can make this quilt too!!  See Jeni's blog HERE.




**********************Nurse's notes**********************************

The man was a cowboy.  A real cowboy, with horses, cows, and a ranch.  And a bevy of lovely ladies in his life, a wife and darling daughters.  Down for a rodeo...he fell down dead...really...dead.    CPR was immediate!!  And he was revived.  BUT!!  He needed heart surgery, emergently.  And so he had it...and so he rode off in his huge pickup, into the sunset.  And did amazingly well!!

His tough, rough ranch life of hard, hard work served him in good stead.  I truly believe a weaker man or woman would not have survived.  I just loved them all, and will never forget them. What a blessing my patients are to me!




Now keep in mind...this story has been changed for privacy purposes, and has taken place in the past...maybe ten years ago...or less...and also I have written permission to talk about it from the cowboy himself.

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Have a great day, all!!

Julie


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Progress for the day

 So here I am with my little quilt above, from Jeni from the Willow's blog.  Jeni did not have the hearts all over the place...that is from my little heart!!  Only one more section to go, and I have most of the blocks made for that section too.  Woohoo!!!  Her version is amazing, I really love it.
And this is my yellow block for March.  The pattern is Connie's, and she has the free pattern HERE.  And a whole bunch more!!  You should get a cup of tea and sit down and check her site out!!


Have a wonderful day, everyone!!  I am working on the string purse tutorial, and will have it here shortly.  ARE YOU WORKING on BINDING for this month??  I am!!

Julie




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Country Girl Modern Winner!! and the design wall, and a new scrappy purse

 I am making some blocks for the Rainbow Challenge.  This blogger is really a fun scrapper, using every color of the rainbow!  I am making a few blocks along this year, just to enjoy the fun.  Please see her blog at:  http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/
Is anyone interested in making string purses?  Of course, you can make any color you want...I just wanted to know if there is enough interest in a tutorial.  This one took about 90 minutes to make.  Fun and fast!!


JO at Jo's Country Junction had the most wonderful giveaway this past week, and the prize is their BRAND NEW BOOK, Country Girl Modern. If you click on the title, you will go right to Jo's blog, and be able to purchase this book for yourself!!   By random number selection, Teresa in Music City, who blogs at http://aquiltandaprayer.blogspot.com/ won the book!  Congratulations, Teresa!!  I will be sending you an e-mail notifying you, and Jo will send you your book!!



*******************Nurse's notes*********************************


I have had the privilege of taking care of the oldest of the old patients this past week.  One lady was 109 years old!!  The oldest patient I have ever taken care of by far.  She was in great shape, but she was blind, so she needed just the slightest bit of help with meals and activities of daily living.  She asked me to get her in the hall so she could walk, and used the side rail for walking up and down the hall.  Her advice to me for longevity and health??  Don't smoke!!  Stay Active!!  And don't get FAT!! Very sternly I was told all of this... She was so darling, I loved her on sight!  She went back to her assisted living, where she is apparently just happy as a clam.

I had a 98 year old lady yesterday.  She was also blind, but other than that, in wonderful shape too. Maybe eyes just don't last that long! She walked four times in the hall yesterday, and she was most interesting.  She said she could sense changes in the air when people or objects where near, and knew just how to zig and zag without running into anything, even though she could not see.  She always knew when we came into the room, etc.   All her other senses were heightened, due to her failed sight.  Very interesting!!  Have you had any experience with this??  I would love to know!!  Her big wish was to not miss the Maverick's game on TV, so she could listen to it.  She too was not fat, never smoked, and she was very active.  THERE IS SOME WISDOM HERE FOR ME!!!  SELF,  PAY ATTENTION!

She would trace my hand each time I came in, carefully touching my skin and tracing my nails.  I felt that she "saw" me more clearly than a lot of sighted people!!

I love my nursing job...really want to savor these moments of connection and shared wisdom.


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Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Winner of the Binding blitz, and a quilt...of course!!

 Well I must be losing my little mind, because I don't remember making this quilt either!!  But there it is, in my stack, signed on the label with my handwriting!!  Crazy...this means I MUST GET MORE SLEEP, LOL!!  This will go to the hospital tomorrow...a patient quilt.  It is the perfect size for warmth in a hospital bed.
 Congratulations to our winner of February's binding blitz!!  Sylvia, you are lucky number 14!!  I will send you an e-mail so you can get me your address for your gift.  Sylvia blogs here  http://flickenstichlerei.blogspot.com/ ...what a treat to go and see her work!!
And here is the prize for March!!  I just got this book at the quilt store.  I love it!  It has some very cool patterns, easily adaptable for brights or batiks...just a fun book.  Civil war ladies...this is for you!  So get working on bindings for March, and we will link up at the end of the month.  Random number selection will be done at the end of March for the winner!!



Hope you all are having a great day!!

Julie

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Country Girl Modern!!

 It is my turn for Jo's fun blog hop!!  Jo and Kelli, of Jo's Country Junction, have written a book!!  It is Country Girl Modern, and you will love it!!  This book has the best of both worlds...with fun piecing techniques, and beautiful colorful modern fabrics.  It is such a fun book!
 This is my big time favorite quilt in the book...I love it!!  It looks more complicated than it is to sew, and this quilt is just right for scrappy fun, which is the kind of quilting I like best.
And talking about SCRAPPY!!  How about this quilt!!  I love it!!  This quilt would definitely qualify as a scrappy marvelous quilt.  Using it all up is the name of the game here!.


A little about Jo and her family...Jo lives in Iowa, and her family are farming folks.  That is my background too, so I instantly just loved Jo's blog and her quilts too, of course, and I read their blog every day. Jo and her husband recently bought a new home and are in the process of making the house just right for them.  Jo is the kind of lady that you love right away.  She would make the perfect sister, best friend or neighbor...too bad I live half the world away!  I love that Jo and  Kelli, Jo's daughter work as the perfect team doing the  quilting.  Jo designs...Kelli cuts and sews...Jo sews too...Jo quilts...they just work as a well oiled machine!

The best thing is...if you leave a comment here, you are eligible for a drawing to win this book from Jo!!  So please leave a comment, and if you are selected, you are also eligible for a bigger grand prize from Jo's Country Junction.   The drawing is on the 17th of March.

Please see her blog HERE, at Jo's Country Junction, to order your own personally autographed copy of Jo and Kelli's book. Jo has a book store now!! This book is a great gift idea too, because there is something in the book for everyone.  It is published through Kansas City Star quilts. Jo has also been published many times in quilt magazines and different venues, and I am always tickled to see her name in my quilt magazines.



Please see all these fun bloggers too on the blog hop!  I am day Three...Bonnie and I from Quiltville switched due to Bonnie's teaching schedule...so there are so many fun blogs to go to and enjoy.

March 7th Country Threads  http://country-threads-chicken-scratch.com/

March 8th Michelle's Romantic Tangle http://mychellem.blogspot.com/

March 13th-Quiltville  http://quiltville.blogspot.com/

March 10th-Patchwork Times http://www.patchworktimes.com/

March 11th-Quilt Hollow  http://www.quilthollow.com/

March 12th Moda's Cutting Table http://blog.modafabrics.com/

March 12th Confessions of a Fabric Addict http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/ 
March 9th Julie K Quilts http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/

March 14th Sweet P Quilting and Creations http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com/


Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Slow Stitching

 Binding here.  This is not my quilt, but my friend Robin's quilt.  It appears maybe to be a 1950's quilt?  Anyway, her grandmother made four of these quilt tops, and I have been trying to get them all done for her. Millie quilted them, and I am binding them.  This is the very last one.  Robin has all the rest of them already.
Scraps and florals galore!!  It is not straight...it is not perfect...but I love the heart and soul and love that Robin's grandmother put into it.  So this is my slow stitching for the day!!  I am linking with Kathy, HERE.


Have a great day, everyone!

Julie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Binding Blitz!!

 I am working steadily along on the Orange peel/Pumpkin seed blocks.  I am still in the prepping stage for all these blocks.  Lots of reds are cut out, so hopefully it will be a big quilt!!
And this is what I bound in February!!  Yahoo!!  Done...I used a scrappy binding for this scrappy quilt!

It is time to show your bindings for February!!  Please link below...I will keep the link open for 5 days, to let everyone have a chance to join in who wants to.

I will link my quilt first, just to make sure the link works.  I, of course, don't count mine in the prize drawing, LOL!!

Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Monday!

 Good Morning!!  I worked the weekend, so I am off today.  Had some pretty sick patients at the hospital, and not quite enough of me to go around, LOL!!  So...today is house keeping, and cooking for the week, and of course a little quilting!  Above is a quilt top I made some time (years) ago.  It is made entirely of shirts from the thrift store, except for the border.  Last night, I layered it and pinned it for quilting.  I am in love with Rose Cream batting by Mountain Mist.  It has a wonderful old fashioned drape and needles easily and is so, so soft!!  So that is what I used...and it was on sale one day at Joann's, so I bought three of the batting packages.  I do love their coupons!
 I know you are tired of seeing this quilt, but here it is again.  The top portion is all sewn together, with my changed, my own personal stamp on Jeni's idea. Can't wait to work on the next portions as they come available!!  Go see Jeni's blog...and you can make this quilt too...for free!  She is offering all these fun applique blocks freely for all of us.
Hey, guess what??  I started a new project!!  I know you must be shocked, right?  I love Pumpkin seed blocks, and have been admired Kathy's for years.  so.....I decided to go for it!  I have cut out a zillion red pumpkin seeds, and am appliqueing them onto backgrounds.  This will be the perfect take along project for the busy bag!  Please, oh please go see Kathy's blog if you have never visited...she is a fab quilter!


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Here in Texas, it rains ice balls.  Truly, that is what is falling from the sky!!  Crazy, huh...but what this means is that the electricity is going to be going out.  As the lines and trees get heavier and heavier with ice, inevitably the lines get snapped somewhere along the route.  So...I am trying to do everything I can think of that uses electricity...before it goes out!  So the laundry is done...the vacuuming is done...the dinner is made...and this post...is done!!!


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Have a great Monday, everyone!!

Julie

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Progress!

 I prepped many blocks today, but just two for this project.  I am loving this applique!! It is available here, on Jeni's blog.
A little dinner!  Looks like a Christmas quilt to me...stir fry veggies in Christmas colors!


Have a great day!!

Julie

Monday, February 16, 2015

The making of UFO's...

 In my cleaning today, I found the above little quilt.  I guess I started it sometime in the past, but have no memory of it!!  This, my dear friends, is how UFO's are born.  So....I cut out all the rest of the pieces of a decent sized quilt for it today.  Luckily, I still had some of the red left, in the solids stash.  I have a small box of solids.
And my newest mug rug.  Just using things up here!!

I feel like I am drowning in ideas here.  Must focus, and STOP making UFO"s!!  How about you?  Does your stash and ideas and starts make you feel like saying,"Whoa!!  Too much!"

Julie

Four patches and cleaning

 I am playing in the two inch strips and squares bin today.  It seems that four patches are kind of the rage right now, so I will make a few too!  Some of these are pretty muddy looking, and maybe they will go into their own muddy quilt, LOL!!  I like the jewel toned, pretty ones, though.
 I have been cleaning out my sewing closet!  I found this little package of cut out star blocks, with a sample block attached.  Good girl, Julie!  At least I know what all those little pieces are for...four inch stars.
But below?  All these 2.5 inch squares?  I have no clue.  I know that they were something special, but since I did not make a sample block....back they go into circulation...back into the stash to use!!


This is a four patch quilt I found on Pinterest.  It was pinned from the website:   www.kendigquilts.wordpress.com.  Other than that, no quilter is given credit for it, as the quilt is part of a collection and apparently was not labeled.  I really love it!!  It is just simple and lovely.  The quilting makes it even more special.



Have a great day, each of you!!

Julie