Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Making some tracks now!!

 I have a thought in my head, still...that, "OH, I am going to hand quilt all these quilts, some day!!"  Folks, it just can't be done...at least not all of them!!  So, I recently sent these to be quilted, and I am tickled as I can be to have them done, at least to this stage!!  These are all destined to go to the hospital, for patients.  A rail fence scrappy...
 A blue one, for a guy.
 Someone must love pink like I do, at least I am hoping so!
 This one!  This came from one scrap bag, and all seems to go together.  I have an orange scrappy binding planned for it.
 And I have been making progress on the Plaids and Plains flying geese...
 Liking them!!
This is my companion for all things...my Rosie.  A stray, she has become so very important to me.  I love her very dearly.


This one is to keep...I love it!  A Jacob's ladder variation.  It was super fun to make!  And to no surprise, I have another one cut out.




Have a great day!!  Thanks for hanging in there. on a lengthy post!!


Julie

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Log Cabin Loonies!!

Variation on a log cabin quilt | Log Cabin Quilts:



Hey y'all! I have been so busy at work, at least 14 hours a day...so I missed the 17th, the full moon!! It has also been blessedly raining, non stop, so no moon peeked out here, this month.   But here I am, and wow!  I have found the most wonderful log cabin quilt to share with you!  This is actually a pattern, available from Accuquilt.  I just really love how the cream part of the log cabin blocks appears to float in and out behind the other blocks.  Spectacular, and so typical of log cabin block versatility!!!


UPDATE!  Becky Babcock found where to find the pattern!  Please go here, if you want it.

http://www.accuquilt.com/shop/go-flying-home-quilt-pattern.html 

Thanks, Becky, and I know Sherrill was looking too!!

I have noticed some really amazing log cabin quilts showing up on your blogs! I would love you to link up below...even if all you have is an idea or pile of strips, or a few blocks...or a finished quilt!  We want to celebrate what you have been up to!!

Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UFO alert!!


I have been working on this applique quilt, by Piece o' Cake, for several years now.  All the blocks are prepared, and above are what I have stitched.  These are pre-cut and pre-fused pieces...what could be simpler??  It is fun when all the prep work is done for you!
 This is a favorite block of mine.
 And here is another!  Silly fun little bird...I love the imagination at Piece O' Cake!!
 I have been sewing a little on the Plaid and Plain flying geese.  I am liking the combinations!
 I found a whole bunch of pieces cut out, with no sample block to show me what I had in mind...I made this little messy block, but I don't think it was the original idea that I had...sigh!
 I may have done a little bit of shopping lately....what super fun that was!
I think these are called "shot cottons?"  What does that mean?  Whatever...they are so soft and lovely, I picked up these too!





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My husband has retired after 41 years with one company.  He did not plan to retire just now...so this is rough on him.  I am finding my sewing time is being more and more limited.  Has anyone else experienced this?

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Have a great day!!

Julie

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amazing mail!!!

 Oh MY!!!  I received the most wonderful box in the mail!!  Inside?  Was this quilt top!!  Perfectly pieced and amazing!!
 A close up...
 And this quilt top!!  All of reproduction fabrics, it is wonderful!!
 and a close up of it!
 And this quilt top too!!!
 And ONE HUNDRED log cabin blocks!!!  Gorgeous, and so timely for Log Cabin Loonies!!!
 And applique pieces, all prepped and ready to stitch!  At this point, I just sat down and had a happy cry.  Can you even imagine?  Also, there were pre-cut square's and a pattern and lovely fabrics...just the pick-up I needed to get my creative juices flowing again!!  Thank you, Linda O.!!  Thank you!!!




 Do you have some forever projects?  this is one of mine...these are four inch basket blocks, and I make one every once in a while.    I have a zillion of these cut out...just give me time and patience, and I will someday have a basket quilt made of them!
 These are another forever project...these are all two inch bow tie blocks.  I make a dozen or so, then put them away, and then make another dozen some time later.  About 200 are in this pile.
Teeny!!!





I have had some problems with my e-mail! I would try and answer an e-mail, and it would just disappear!!  I think it is fixed now, but if you have commented and I have not replied?  That is why, and I apologize...please know I love your comments and friendship!!


So there you have it, folks!!  and I hope you have a wonderful day!!


Julie

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hand Quilting

This quilt idea was from Lori of Humble Quilts quilt along, a few years ago.  I just now got it all hand quilted, and bound.  I have a chance to do hand work in the car, on trips, so I took advantage of that time.  Thank you, dear Lori, for the wonderful quilt along!!!


I am having an awful time concentrating on any one thing!!  Anyone else in this boat?  I have tons of fun ideas spinning through my head, but just between work and house keeping and other stuff, I am not making tons of progress on anything!!


Hope each of you has a wonderful day!!

Julie

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ONWARD!! Plains and Plaids!!

 I have been sewing on these blocks this morning.  I am enjoying how the plains (solid bright fabrics), make the plaids sort of sparkle more!!  I need to cut more, having sewing all I have cut out for now.  Each block only has five seams, and all the points seem to be coming together well, and kind of mindless...I like it, LOL!
 And another plaid block...just playing with ideas, here!!
With all the plaid trimmings, I made a hot-pad...I like the round shape!  I found out the bias strips are the only solution to make the binding lay flat, the piece being round and not square.  Just right to sit a hot pie on, or something yummy!!!




Nurse's Notes!!


I had the great pleasure of caring for a vet in our hospital...the VA just did not do anything for him, and in desperation, he and his wife came here.  A young kiddo to me, he has lived through experiences from several lifetimes worth of trauma in war.  Open heart surgery is no joke...and yet when he woke up?  Polite, "yes ma'am, no, ma'am, please and thank you"  I just loved him and all his family.  All in the Army, helicopter pilots, and paratroopers.  What a great honor and pleasure to care for him!!!





Have a great day, everyone!  Hug a vet!!!


Julie

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Musing about quilts...

 I guess I really like this pattern, from Bonnie Hunter!!  I first made the one with two inch inch strips, and a tiny one with 1.5 inch strips, then the largest, bed-sized quilt also!!!  I think that now, I would have added another small white border on the outside, next to the binding.  Who knows!  I may make another one!!!
 This one is my favorite...hand quilted, and made with tiny pieces.  I loved it..thank you, Miss Bonnie!

Making a little progress on these blocks...I love the ones with high contrast the best!!  I have a lot of plaids cut out, so watch out!  More plaid and plain quilts are in the works!!



Thank you, Log Cabin Loonies!!  Please, go and visit these talented ladies blogs...I am in love with their log cabin quilts!  (last post!)  Link up, too,  if you would like to show a log cabin quilt, or whatever you are working on, etc.  We love them all, all the quilts you have going on!


Have a super day!

Julie

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

You know what day it is??? LOG CABIN LUNATICS! This is our day!!

 Well, I have lots of plaids...and lots of plains!  (what I call solids...)  Why not combine them into a fun quilt???  Here is what is on my mind!!  These are three inch finished half square triangles of muslin and plaid, then with an added solid flippy square.  I have a ton of these all cut out and ready to go!!!
OK, all you Log Cabin Loonies!!  Isn't this a fun, fun log cabin quilt?  This one was on Pinterest, and I found that it was made by Elaine, at the Messy Goat blog.  I found that I just love her work, and thank her for letting us all admire her quilt, above.  This one brings in lots of color, but also some negative space...I love it, and love her design!!


Please add your link below, anyone, of your past, present and future log cabin quilts!!   There are no rules here, just fun!!  I appreciate seeing everyone's links last month...it has been an absolutely crazy month for me, and I hope to have more time this month to put my log cabin quilt together.  Oh, who I am kidding...I have several sets of log cabin blocks, just waiting to be put together in a quilt, LOL!!!





Have a wonderful day, everyone!!!  Go and and gaze at the moon...it had a big circle around it yesterday, and was just so gorgeous...hopefully you can see it tonight, clouds not withstanding!!


Julie





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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sampler and an UGLY quilt!

 I have made a few more blocks for Pat Sloan's Sampler quilt...http://blog.patsloan.com/the-splendid-sampler/  See all the blocks at her site!!
 A couple of little book marks are completed, machine quilted.
 And a few more circles are coming to life!!!
 There is a nursing story behind this pie from McDonald's...I had a very, very sick lady, who was really not supposed to make it...but she did!  I took care of her for five days straight, in the ICU...a beautiful Hispanic lady, just about my age,  who did not speak English.  I enjoyed putting my Spanish classes to good use!!  And her children and grandchildren helped me learn more Spanish, too. I loved her grandchildren, and hugged them and tied their shoes and generally just enjoyed them.  One of them brought me this pie, hot from the oven at McDonald's.  It was given to me with all the solemnity of a ceremony of high importance...and it means the world to me. That little six year old gave me his pie, bless him!! I love my patients, and I really loved seeing the patient who was not to live, walking around our unit with a walker, gaining her strength back, so she could go home.

A Save!!!
 Now for the ugly, ugly quilt.  I have no memory of making it, but there are my fabrics, right there!  What was I thinking?!!!  I will have to look back on the blog and see when I created this monster.  I found it hiding in the quilt closet...
I think I am going to take the blocks apart and put something else between them...geesh!  Can't imagine what I was doing....






Hugs to all!  Have a great day...I guess every quilt  can't be my favorite, or even a winner...Rosie my poodle doesn't like it either, LOL!


Julie

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Marcie Patch!! and Circles!!

 Marcie Patch!  Marcie has been my friend for many years, and now, she is selling all her patterns until they are gone...and not designing any more! I was so sad, but remembered that I had a quilt inspired by her pattern that I had enjoyed making, but was not completed.  It is all done, except for the binding!  Yahoo!!  Please see her website here:  http://patchalotpatterns.com/    Marcie, thank you for sharing your talent and quilts and encouragement with me for so many years...thank you!!
 A few circles!!  Sometimes, quilts just have to take their sweet time to come to fruition.  I, at last, am making progress on my circle quilt! I have many,many circles all cut and ready to stitch, while watching the news at night.  Hurrah!!



I have also been working on my Log Cabin Loonie blocks, and just loving that!!  How about you??  The full moon is coming up!!


This fellow has been perched close to my front door for about a week, eating his fill of bugs.  I like him, and he appears to be quite fearless of me.  Frog?  Toad?  I don't know...but he told me his name is Fernando the Frog.  Hee!!



Have a great day!!

Julie

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Another log cabin quilt...

 In the big quilt closet, I had these blocks already made, and since they are Log Cabin quilt blocks, I wanted to share them with you all.   Lori, of Humble Quilts, made a doll quilt with a similar pattern, and I took the idea and ran with it, to make a bigger quilt.
 It is not put together yet, but Rosie says it will do!
 In the process of laying out the blocks.
And big news!  I almost finished my pillow!  I just need to hand stitch the binding, and it will be done!  I am so excited!!



I was thinking...you know what?  We  (at least me), are so excited to get to the next project, that I think we don't celebrate our finishes enough.  So...I am going to be really excited about finishes, and maybe go out to dinner or something to celebrate, when I finish one!!



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It was a rough few days, the last few days I worked.  Two deaths, and many really, really sick patients.  I am so hoping for good news, this next few days I work...so I am praying for that!!  Very busy for the summer time...usually, in the hospital, summer is a bit quieter.  Not this summer!!  Looking forward to some great patient care days, for the next few.


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Have a great day!!

Julie

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Few little finishes!

 These little quilties are completed.  I hand quilted them, and hand appliqued the woolie flowers in place.  Hurrah for finishes!  These were kind of an experiment, and I find that I like the more formal one on the left, but the scrappy one on the right is appealing too...
Speaking of scraps...I had a lot of trimmings from cutting for my log cabin blocks, so I made another hot pad...just pile your slivers on a piece of backing fabric and batting, SQUISH! with a hot iron and starch, then just sew over the whole thing.  WALA!!  A bit of re-purposed fabric, not in the bin, but rather being used...Hurrah!!!


Happy Monday!!

Julie