Saturday, May 25, 2019

Patchworking

 I am making a block a day, using this star pattern.  I am using 3 1/2 inch centers and two inch connector corners to make the star points.  Just fun piecing!
 Also, I am making some of these blocks, using cut off triangles from previously made stars.  I have a bin of those, and it is time to make them into something fun!
 Pinwheels centers in process!!
 For my work, I usually just carry my wallet with twenty bucks and my driver's license...so this little wallet will fill the bill.  My other one is just worn out!
This is the first tomato of the year!  Summer is coming!!





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I have been in charge at the hospital, mostly, as of late.  I really don't like it so much, because it kind of takes me away from the patients, and more toward the assigning of patients, checking of equipment, running codes, etc.  So...I pass patient trays!  Help the nurses when they are overwhelmed!  Get patients out of bed...anything I can do to be at the bedside.  Those patient connections are so much fun...I love the 80 plus crowd, seriously.  They are so much fun and just say exactly what they mean and are hilarious in many ways!!  They are not afraid to hug me or be friends...no reservations, as with some younger people.  They have learned to live a full and fun life.  Love me some golden oldies!!!

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Fitness journey!  Weigh in was Thursday...I gained a tiny bit, so back to the grindstone.  Really, it is not a grindstone...hey, when will I lose this bit of weight if not now?  When I am 95?  DO IT NOW!  (my note to myself...)


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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Julie

Monday, May 20, 2019

Just a few things!

 OK, well I have been playing around with this bag for a couple of days now!!!  I have been looking at pinterest...actually daily.  What a lovely lot of pretty ideas...and a colossal time sucker, LOL!!!  But it is SO FUN!!  Anyway, I saw some pretty bags and decided to make one from my scraps.
 There is a lot more to see inside this bag than outside, actually.  See the patchwork peekaboo?  It is the inside of an outside pocket...there is one on the other side of the bag, too.
 And the inside...


So this was my inspiration...I like hers better, but mine will be functional for me.  See how mine turned out cutesy, and hers is elegant.  Sigh...I guess that is just who I am!!

Thank you to Raknaree for letting me share this lovely bag!!
 So...what is on your bed??  This is what is on mine...plaids and plains.  
I love it!!  I think it would qualify as scrappy, don't you?






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They called me to see if I could work extra again today...and I didn't answer the phone.  END of the nurse's notes for today!!


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Fitness:  My hips hurt!   What the heck is going on??  Do your hips hurt...or an I just ancient?  Maybe tomorrow will be better...I did not exercise today, hoping to give them a rest.






Hope you are doing wonderfully, whatever you are doing!


Julie

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Now that is more like it!!!

 Just one more row to go!  Now that kind of progress is more like it!!  I have three of the ten blocks finished, that are needed for the last row.  Yahoo!!!
 Another view...partially in the sunshine.
 This little quilt got a border...
 See that crookedness on the bottom left side?  It is still there with the borders.  Hmmmm...a pressing or piecing error, I think.
I just love this Cheri Payne quilt, that I made...so I took a random picture of it!!!






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This is hospital week, and they have combined nurse's week with it, too.  I am so glad to be a nurse; to be intimately related with my amazing patients and co-workers.  I have been there at the birth of a person, and at the death of a person, and I have cared for everyone in-between.  I am truly blessed!!!

I had a blind patient the other day.  She knew it was me when I came into her room, and almost had a "radar" about her, just amazingly adept at traversing her new environment.  She lost her vision as a child.  Just an triumph of the human spirit...I loved her immediately!

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Fitness journey!!

My best friend at work and I are getting it together...we have lost weight and are getting back into good shape.  Every Thursday, we weigh on the hospital scale.  It is amazing how much easier it is to do it with a friend!!!


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Have a great day, each of you!

Julie

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dearest Boy update

This is my latest block.  I do not have the correct green thread to sew down the leaves and pieces, so I guess I will have to go to the quilt shop.  Poor me...I feel bad for me, having to go shop at the luscious quilt shop with those delightful fabrics...oh well, someone has to do it!  LOL!




Please see the quilters below, who are working on this quilt!




Julie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pat Sloan's quilt-along: Out of This World

 I am making progress on this quilt.  The corner blocks really helped me to focus and see what it will look like!!!


 This is the most current block.  If you would like to sew this quilt...it is a free pattern, HERE.


Of course a few of these blocks got made in the last couple of days.




Hope this finds you well!!



Julie

Monday, May 13, 2019

Plaids!

 Plaids and plains, that is!  At last, this quilt has a border.  Hurrah!!
 I find if I cut plaids on the length of grain, and use scissors, they come out much more flat and straight.   Just cut along one of the lines in the plaid!
 The little hexie blocks I was given are becoming this.  The hexies are different sizes, and so I am appliqueing  them down to individual blocks.
Two Tiny Tuesday blocks are next.  Caught up?  But tomorrow is Tuesday again!  LOL!!!





Have a great day, everyone!


Julie

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Progress on projects, because I was on call today!

 Orange is the color selected for May, so I have some orangy tidbits.  Someone else will have to lay out these blocks for me, please, I declare it right now!!
 Some Tiny Tuesday rainbow blocks, finishing out teal and heading into that orange!!
And my progress on the Meeting House blocks.  I just could not resist making two heart blocks!!







Hope you are having some sewing time today!



Julie

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Quilt group met today!


My quilting bee, the "Unraveled" group, met today.  They are such good friends, and many of us have known each other for almost thirty years!  One has cancer...one had a subdural hematoma recently!  with burr holes placed...and all are OK for today.  I am so grateful! 

The group is making this quilt as a challenge, and I decided to get moving and finish it up already!  I was out of red, so went and got three yards of the closest match I could find today.  Who knew there were so many subtle shades of red!    It will be quickly finished, now.

 Just playing with quilt pieces and parts...such fun!


And these hexies...still puzzling about how to finish them into something.





Hope each of you is having a lovely day today!  I did not do ONE LICK of housework...well, I did take out trash and did one load of clothes...and that I IS IT!!



Rebel that I am!



Julie

Monday, May 6, 2019

Such a cool tutorial!




My first practice block.




Diamond quilt pattern blocks - a quilt tutorial by Bonjour Quilts.












 The first block is my practice block.  There is just the most fun tutorial out there...for a quilt featuring diamonds, that is pretty easy to make!
My block is not pressed yet, just finger pressed, but please check out the tutorial below for a great way to make these blocks.  Aren't her blocks just so pretty??




https://www.bonjourquilts.com/diamond-quilt/






About a decade ago, I was nursing and you could pretty much wear any print you wanted...so I made lots of scrub tops from cute prints, but now...sadly, we can only wear solid blue.  So....I have hoarded all those tops, and hey!  This is a great pattern to make and use the solid colored pants, and the print tops I have saved for so long!  Hurrah!!!  I plan to make some of these blocks from those materials.





Julie












Saturday, May 4, 2019

Aqua and teals!


As I was taking stock of the one block wonder quilt...(this is Temecula's free quilt along, on Wednesdays), I found this many blocks for the month of April.  I really love how they look together...and I will make sure they are placed correctly in the final quilt!!

I am linking to Angela, at So Scrappy.



Some folks have a years worth of blocks done already...I love it!


Have a super day, each of you!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Here is the state of the union message...I mean the union of little quilt pieces into bigger quilt pieces!

 I have made some progress on several of the block of the month quilts...but they all look the same, so I will not bore you with them.  But above, is my Cheddarback quilt.  I absolutely love it!!  What a fun pattern...I have the next blocks cut out, just not sewn yet.




I have been cleaning like a mad woman. I have thrown a lot away and donated and repurposed a lot, too.   Above is a favorite quilt of mine.  All plaids...all hand quilted...coping strips utilized  because I had no idea how to make the border work to fit.  I love it so much...need to make a huge one, too, bed sized!!!  Do you find inspiration from your own quilts?  Hahaha!




This is a jewel box quilt...everything plus the kitchen sink in here.  Each block is 4 inches finished.


Lots of scraps in here!!  I just found this one and loved seeing it again.




Scrappy...kind of folk.  I am disappointed that I put a dark string border on this one,  because it kind of ruined the airy lightness of the quilt.  OH well...I like it anyway!!!








That is the state of the union!!


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This nurse has become a victim...and a part of a special quilting club.   Do You want to know how to be in the club?

SEW THROUGH YOUR FINGER!!!


Seriously now...it is not bad, could have been much worse...and it smarts.  Have you done that trick yet?  It went right through my nail on the edge!


Have a great day, each of you!!

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Julie

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dearest Boy update!

Here is my block for this time, for the Dearest Boy quilt.  I like the star created in the negative space!!!

Please see these quilters...we are on the home stretch, finishing blocks for this quilt!



Hope you are having some quilting time today.



Julie

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Finishing some things!

 I recently had some time to hand quilt these, and bind them.  Except the rail fence quilt...that was quilted by my friend Kristy!!  It is a gift for a patient.  The quilting made it so pretty that it is hard to give up, LOL!  The table runner was made from orphan blocks gifted to me...and the red work quilt is made from embroidered blocks that are at least ten years old.  Hurrah for some finishes!!
 This itty-bitty flower quilt is one of several flower quilts that I have made...I love flowers so, so much, and this is just made up of pieces and parts.  In fact...the whole quilt was made because I had a little piece of stem leftover...and I made the whole rest of the little quilt was fashioned around that stem, so I could use it up!
I have a fun, lovely friend, Audrey, of Quilty folk blog fame.  She recently posted about a friend who posted all her projects, perfect or not.  I immediately thought she must be posting about me...HAHAHAHAHA!! Of course she probably wasn't.....but...this quiltlet is just the best example of non perfection.  It is just about 6 inches wide...but one side is a whole half inch longer than the other!  Bwwahahahaha!  I have no idea how I did that, or how is fits together.

BUT IT IS FINISHED!


onward!!!



Julie

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Cheddarback!!



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Happy Easter to everyone!





This quilt along is started!  This is from Gay, our friend at Sentimental Stitches.  She is offering the patterns freely each month.  I have made a start, as you see!!!!    It is a pretty cool old, old quilt, and the fun thing is that the backing with a solid piece of cheddar fabric!!  Super fun!

The little swastika block will be replaced in my quilt...I think the original name of the block was "fly foot", at least that is what I remember from Momma.




Please see here for the current pattern!  Each month it is free, but then you have to pay five dollars for the prior months...but we are only one month behind!!   LOL!

https://sentimentalstitches.net/free-stuff/block-of-the-month-quilt-designs/cheddarback/


Julie




Friday, April 19, 2019

A very quick chemo quilt in the works

My friend is going to have to start chemo and radiation treatments immediately for her cancer.  She likes reds and blacks, so I was given these blocks and told to "piece them today without fail!"  and send them back immediately, and all the separate pieces sewed by separate friends will all be put together into a whole quilt for her to take to her chemo by next Wednesday.  

DONE!!!


And I mowed the lawn...and that was today!!!




Hugs to all, 

Julie

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Just a few blocks

 So....I have figured a system of getting things done!  Whoop!  Every day is assigned a particular quilt along.  Wednesday is the Temecula blocks quilt along...see above.  I am doing these in rainbow colors, and teal is the color for April.
 Monday is for the Meeting House quilt along...caught up on these blocks!!!
Tuesday is for Tiny Tuesday, with Rainbow quilts. (Angel at So Scrappy)  These are the most current blocks...so I am cheering right now...not caught up with all these projects but getting closer.

So there!  System-ness wins!!!  or something like that...hahaha!





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I am sorry about the death of Gwen Marston.  I felt like I knew her...what a lovely quilter...she will be very missed.


My very good friend from work has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer...from breast to lung mets.  Very difficult insurance problems are being worked through to get her treatment.  Just makes me so sad and a bit angry, actually.

My friend Lyn in Australia lost her daddy...and that is so sad too.

So I am praying for all and for peace, too!!

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Julie


Monday, April 15, 2019

Bee in my Bonnet update

Just a few blocks for this  quilt along...great fun to make, and pretty accurate, due to great instructions!!!  It makes quilting lots  of fun!!



Have a great day,

Julie

Dearest Boy update!

HI everyone!  These are not the original trees for this quilt...I tried and tried to make those trees, and finally decided that I would make these instead!  LOL!!!  So here you are...the end is getting closer!!!


Have a super day!

Please see these quilters below to see their blocks.








Julie