Monday, October 15, 2018

Dearest Boy update

I finished our latest block for the quilt along, "Dearest Boy"  I do love this block!  I tried to follow the directions, but I was not clear with them, so went out on my own and pieced it my own way.  I like it!!  Oops!  Just noticed the plaid light yellow is going two different directions in the blocks.
 I tend to organize my projects into these leftover bins from the hospital cath. lab.  Every project has a unique bin.
I thought it might be fun to see all the blocks together.  None are trimmed yet.  I love the goose blocks the very best!!

Please see the quilter's below to see their progress!

Cathy:  Big Lake Quilter
Julie:  Juliekquilts (me)
Carole: Wheels on the Warrandyte bus


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall has arrived!

 Good morning, everyone!!  I have been working on a little fall table runner.  I have five blocks planned, and here are the first four.  Love those thrift store plaid shirts, for that is what the block centers are cut from.
Just playing with the waste triangles, again.

Scraps rule!!!

Have a super day, each of you!!!  Each of you is vital and important in our world...I appreciate you!

No Log Cabin Loonies this week...but stay tuned on the following Tuesday!  Work, work, work!


Saturday, October 13, 2018


I went into my email and tried to reply to everyone's sweet comments from yesterday and not one went to my email.

What is up with that??  I thought that was all fixed??

Anyway...Thank you to everyone!!!  Have a wonderful day!!!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Strings are the best thing ever!!! Aren't they??

 I sandwiched this top today.  I am not using a batting, because the strings are piecing on muslin, so technically there ARE three I will let you know how that goes with the quilting!!
This was pieced from one bag of strings.  Anything goes in this one!  I just love working with strips of fabric; just makes me happy.  I pieced the leaves from strings, too.  How much more fun could it be!!!??  This is one I can work on in the car...quilting in zig-zags, following the string pieces.

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

I thank you, each of you, for your sweetness and understanding of my last post.  I was pretty discouraged, because I have put my heart and soul into my nursing, day by day, for the last thirty years.  I really love and care for these patients!!  I think the topping of that day was when, after 12 hours of trying to "love that patient into submission!", and him hitting and kicking me and others at will....he called me a "loud-mouth bitch."  Excuse my language, but that is what really hurt my feelings.  I was shocked, because I am soft spoken and used every skill I had to take care of him.  So...that is why I posted that...

I also know that I need to be not sensitive at all to this kind of thing...but I am, after so many years.  I am still not a tough battle-axe nurse!

This is my weblog, and I will probably delete this in the future...because I don't want to remember that, LOL!!

But you know what?  Yesterday, I had the most amazing patient.  Really, really sick...I got her breathing tube out (extubated), and she was just a darling, and her family hugged me and thanked me profusely for every little ordinary thing I did for them.  

I thank dear Jesus for those days...still hard days of work, don't get me wrong, but so rewarding with the progress and love from my patients.

So thanks for listening!



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies!!

Log Cabin Lunacy!!!  I found the above quilt, courtesy of Yahoo images.  Isn't it so pretty???  I continue to love the versatility of this block, and the lovely quilts that are being created.  I try really hard to find out who made each quilt, but could not find out who made this one...but I salute your creativity, dear quilter!

This is the gift from me, for this week.  So please link up below, and show us what you have been up to, Log Cabin Loonies!!!

Our winner from last week is Alycia, from Colorado.  I will send an email to you, and please send me your snail mail address.

Nurse's Notes!

I am a day late...and a dollar short, as my daddy would have said; having missed my usual Tuesday post for Log Cabin Loonies.  I worked yesterday.  It was dreadful from morning until night.  I had a very difficult confused, abusive, combative,  and mean patient, and got hit more than once.  I am sore all over and am SO glad to off today!!!  Just a day in the life of a nurse, but one I would rather not repeat any time soon...

Link up below!!!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Cutting and cutting and cutting!!

 This is a ton of squares, cut by me for the Rainbow quilt challenge, that Angela so nicely facilitates each year.  I have an idea, which I will show you when it comes to fruition.

Please go see what she has going on!!

 While I was cleaning today, I found a bunch of pieces and parts of blocks; more than enough for a quilt. you like this center?
 or this center?
Or just a plain center??!

I would love to know what you think!  I have a colorful sashing planned.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Slow Sunday stitching

I hand appliqued the borders on these round blocks today, while watching TV, quietly.  It was quite relaxing, and I understand the importance of doing this I am linking to Kathy!  and to Cynthia!

Please see their blogs here:

Cynthia is at:

Kathy is at:

Have a super day, each of you!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

15minute increments work!

 I found this block, made long ago, in my red, white and blue box of fabrics.  In my quilting past, I wanted to make the most difficult and challenging blocks there were, so I did!  Not so much anymore; been there and done that, but I still like this block!

The reason that I mentioned 15 minute increments, is that I work well that way.  Run around with a movie to listen to, or music on, and clean, clean, clean for 15 minutes, making it fun!!  Then plop down and sew, sew, sew for 15 minutes!  Rinse and repeat.  It works great for me, and I get a lot done this way.

 I also found this block.  I need to finish these blocks!
 I was making flower blocks, to go in the birdie quilt, but I made them a tiny bit too small!!  OH well...I will use them somewhere, LOL!
 These are pinwheels leftover from the medallion center I made a couple of days ago.  Just can't throw anything away, I guess. m These are 5 inch finished.
 A little tiny mug rug was also made, from little bitty leftovers.
 I made these, planning another quilt...but it just didn't look right for the project I planned, so I have a bunch of these blocks now, waiting for an opportunity to be in a quilt; they will find their proper place!  Funny how large they look to me...these are made from 2.5 inch squares.
Just playing, here!

I made some banana bread, from Bonnie's' recipe.  Bonnie-cakes, to me!  Please see the recipe here!

Take a look at her free quilt patterns and she even has quick download patterns for purchase now!!  Love Quiltville!!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies!!

 Squirrel!  I love this term, by the way...who came up with that; describing going off on a tangent with our quilt making?  It perfectly describes how I go along with my quilting, LOL!!  I took out this quilt, that I started about maybe a year ago...Love this one!  I can just imagine a big quilt, made from these blocks, on a wood frame bed in a cabin in the woods.  That is a dream of mine!!
 I have lots done, and lots cut out, and lots of just strips cut, also!!!
 These blocks are from 1 1/4 inch wide strips.  Here are the measurements for the logs, if anyone is interested.
Here is the prize for next week...fat quarters of these fabrics.  I think they are modern and pretty!

Congratulations to Mary R!  She is our winner from last week.

Please link up below and show us your lunacy!  (I mean...log cabin blocks....Hahahaha!)


Hugs to all,


Working on this right at the moment...

 My hospital quilt group, of which I am the only one left working at the hospital, is making the quilt below.  Here is my center block.  These quilts are to be donated to a veteran's group.
I am a little in love with this pattern!  So versatile and can make it bigger or smaller...I just love it.  I am cutting pieces out for the rest of the quilt this week.

Log Cabin loonies is coming up!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tweet tweet!

So I laid out all my finished birdie blocks, and found that I was missing the colors red and teal.  So?  I made these blocks today.  I have included all the colors of the rainbow, but I would like the quilt to be at lap sized quilt, so  I guess I will continue to make a few more.

Have a super day, each of you!!


Dearest Boy update

This is the latest block for the quilt Dearest Boy, the wonderful quilt along quilt, that the below quilters are working on.  Here is my latest block. 

Challenges for this block include...well...everything, LOL!  The pattern pieces in the pattern were not a perfect size to obtain the required block, at least for me, in my after a couple of attempts,  I drafted my own pattern and pieced it.  It is far from perfect, and I may redo it...maybe not, though.  I learned a lot making it...drafting this pattern was not so easy, as I got out my protractor and compass and cut out pieces and sewed them together the best I possibly could.    I kind of like the block's wonky humility.  Next time, I will make all the spikes the same color, instead of yellow and red, though.  I had a vision, just for a tiny moment, of a whole quilt of these blocks...then I shook that off, LOL!!

I know Cathy and also Karen appliqued their blocks, instead of piecing, and the original block looks to be applique as well.  

Please see the blogs below to admire their blocks!!!

Cathy:  Big Lake Quilter
Julie:  Juliekquilts (me)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time is marching on

I love this quilt.  I made it a long, long time ago, from a pattern by Shar Jorgensen.  I made a small quilt, hoping to save the pattern for a time when I could make a big quilt, because at that time,  I did not have the fabric to make a big one.

The day is here!  I cut up a ton of scraps, to make a bed sized quilt, from this idea.  I cut a bunch of pieces out yesterday, and find it amusing to see the difference of what is in my stash now, compared to back then. Most of the above scraps are reproductions.  Most of the scraps I have now are brighter. So the quilt will look quite different!!

I am feeling some time pressure in my life.  One thing is to get my home DE cluttered and cleaned out.    Maybe it is just my age, but I am feeling a very strong push to get quilts cut out, and prepared for the day when I cannot stand and cut pieces out anymore.  Also, to use up every scrap!!! I am not sure about why I am feeling such pressure...but I am going with it!!  Do any of you feel this way??

Have a super day!!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018


 Whoops!  I forgot the picture of this week's Log Cabin Loonie's gift.  It is this jelly roll, by Sandy Gervais.  It is so pretty to me!  Unfortunately, I just admired it, and looked at it, and looked at it...
 and it is time for someone to use it!!!  So this is the gift for this week.
 I cut a few more flowers from the garden, for the kitchen table.  The sun was shining right on them, and I thought it to be a lovely here you go!!

********************Watch out below...not for the faint of heart...a little sad!*************************

This little guy was in among the leaves on the porch, that I was sweeping.  He was already gone, but I just hated to sweep him up and discard him...he is so beautiful!  To everything there is a season, but I thought he deserved a little more than being dumped in a leaf here is to you, sweet butterfly...we love and admire you!


And  now...I wrote a tutorial.  A little one...please bear with me!

I made one block.  I should have used a greater contrast in the print/plain fabrics for more clarity, but here we go! This makes an 8 inch finished block, so 8 1/2 inch unfinished block. I thought I could use my nursing know, those cute prints that we can no longer wear, since we can only wear blue at the hospital. 

Background: 8 2 1/2 inch squares
2 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles
print: 4 2 1/2 inch squares
2 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles
plain fabric: 4 2 1/2 inch squares
2 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangles.
I used the connector corner method of construction, so I have bonus leftover triangles! So just go by the pictures, and sew the block together. Hope this is helpful.
The last picture is what I like to do with leftover 1/2 square triangle. I made a ton of pinwheels, but now I am making chevrons of them.
Be careful with your placement of the pieces...they are opposites, as you see, in the center of the block.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies!!


Hi Everyone!!

I am having so much fun playing with the log cabin blocks, as you might have guessed from my post last week, LOL!  I am working on my tiny blocks, made from 1 inch strips, but also found a whole cache of 1.5 inch strip sized blocks, also.  So I have been cutting, and sorting and just generally have a great time with my scraps!!  Above are Helen's blocks...aren't they so pretty?  She has about a zillion blocks done already, and they are so pretty, each one!    I think it may be a generalized belief among quilters that other people's scraps are prettier and more interesting than your scraps, is just fun to look at all the above!!

Last weeks winner is Pam!!  Please send me your snail mail address, Pam, and I will send you your gift.

So...please add your link below so everyone can see what you have been up to, the best kind of way...Log Cabin Loonies!!


Monday, September 24, 2018

The leftovers

 You know those little leftover 1/2 SQUARE triangles that we have leftover after using the connector/flippy corner method of piecing?  I try to use those, and have made a zillion pinwheels out of them...see below.  But...what if I took those same four 1/2 square triangles and made chevrons?  WHOOP!!!

Now I know this is not my idea, but it just came to me...and I am going with it, LOL!!!  What a fun border this will be, for some quilt in the future!!
I get excited about the silliest things, don't I?

Have an amazing day, each of you!!!  Happy Monday!


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Nine patch/churn dash...the last four blocks are done

I finished these blocks, the alternate blocks for the log cabin quilt I pictured last post.  I, once upon a time, made a whole quilt of these blocks, and I think my son and DIL have that one. These are super fun and fast blocks.  They are an odd size...7 inch finished, so will not go with anything else except those log cabin blocks that were also an odd size!!!  I try to make blocks an even size, so they will fit together better in the future...but this just seemed to be right for these.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Log Cabin

I am just playing here, but what if I alternate other pieced blocks with my log cabin blocks?  I need four more to go.  Or...maybe some applique in there, somewhere?  

I hope you are having as much fun playing with these blocks as I am!!!!


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Amy's blogger's quilt festival

 I am posting this, so I can show this quilt in Amy's blogger's quilt festival.  I know my friends have seen it...but I love it, so it is my entry for this year.  If you are new to my blog, I am mostly a scrap quilter, but love to dabble in applique and quilt-alongs!!
We have had some fairly rough times this year, with bad news on the national newscasts, so this was my quilt to show what is important to me!  Faith, hope...and the greatest of these is LOVE!!!

Please see Amy's website, to enjoy all the fantastic quilts is worthy of your time, for sure!


Log Cabin Loonies are AWESOME!!!

 What is your favorite way to set log cabin blocks?  Please share!!  I am having a blast, going through my strings, cutting all sizes of strips for log cabin blocks!!  I...wait for it...may be a little LOONIE!!  In the best way!! Want to join us?  The Log Cabin Loonies are making blocks of all kinds...including really tiny ones!  Each Tuesday, I am blogging about my log cabin efforts...efforts to use up some of my precious strings...making log cabin blocks!!
Here is the prize for this whatever else I can find to put in the envelope, LOL!!  These are cute Halloween fabrics.  Just link up below, and next week I will randomly draw a winner for these.

Hey, congratulations to Cathy, at Sane, Crazy, Crumbly quilting!  She won the layer cake from last week.  Please send me your snail mail address, Cathy!!

Have a super day, each of you!!