Sunday, January 15, 2017

2/17 project in progress: The Splendid Sampler!

Well, our big computer is gone...I think.  It is years old, and just will not function...so?  I am posting from the Apple computer, instead!  This is project 2 out of 17, for this year.  Here is my Splendid Sampler, in progress.  I have all the blocks sewn together, and some of the sashing made.  I have really enjoyed this project, for many reasons.

 First, I made it in red, white and blue, for America, in the midst of terrible terrorist attacks here and in France, Germany and elsewhere!  Second, it was a connection to Lyn, my friend in Australia, who paper pieced several blocks for the quilt, who knows that I don't like paper piecing, much.  I love those blocks!!  Third?  The blue fabric in the sashing is from my torn lab jacket from my work; torn on a day that I got to go down into the operating room and help with an open heart surgery.  I will never forget the surgical magic that happened that day...a dying man, gray in color and with very low blood pressure...and the next day?  Pink, drinking clear liquids and sitting up in the chair!!  Went home in four days....yahoo!!!


The patterns for the Splendid Sampler are coming down in about a month, so I think I am wrapping up this project with just the blocks I have.  I just don't want to worry getting the last ones done and the patterns disappearing on me.


So this is what I am working on, in addition to my 30 minutes of binding and hand quilting each day.


Happy Sunday, everyone!!!

Julie

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Borders are on! and on to the next...2/17

 I did get the final two borders on the Bear Paw quilt!  It is a very large quilt, when finished.
 It was hard to get a picture of the whole thing!!
 I learned that I needed to cut the borders by hand, following the plaid, so that they would be straight.  Also, I used the length of the fabric, not the width, and I can tell you for sure, the border is much straighter and stronger feeling than when I cut across the width of the fabric!  So there are my pearls of wisdom for the day!!
 I have been binding by hand, 30 minutes each night, and I finished up this binding.
 Tada!  Another patient quilt ready to gift!!  Hope someone likes bright colors out there!!
 So, what was next, after the big Bear Paw Obsession???  Back to the Splendid Sampler...I am afraid they are going to take down all the patterns for this one, and I am not nearly ready for that, LOL!! I made the above block for my friend Lyn, in Australia.  I love the soft colors she chose, and the cup is hand appliqued.
And I made four more blocks for my own Splendid Sampler!  I made the very same cup for my quilt, as for Lyn's quilt, but I bordered mine differently.


I must confess...that bird?  Was a challenge!!  I guess not really too much, but the pieces were tiny, and cutting had to be spot on.  I love that I actually made it...and it took me two solid hours to finish that one block.  So yahoo!!!


Onward!!

Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Bear Paw center is together! Whoop!!


 The bear paw quilt middle is all together!!  These are 14 inch blocks, so it will be a pretty large quilt when borders are applied.
 My favorite wonky block!!!  Love that orange and lime green plaid!
The whole thing, photographed from a perch on top of a living room chair.  I  need to go and buy a border...for I have no piece of plaid big enough for the whole border.


Yahoo!!  ONWARD!!!


How are you doing on your 17 in 2017 challenge???



Have a great day,

Julie

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Marching onward in this New Year!

 I have been faithfully been sewing on binding every night, for thirty minutes.  I am so delighted that with a small amount of time invested (but consistently!), I have finished binding these two quilts!
 Yahoo for a finish!!
 Pink, pink, PINK!
 All done and ready for a patient at the hospital.
This is just a wee little snowman, for January.  It is quite cold here...15 degrees F this morning, but thankfully the roads were OK to go to work at 5 AM.


I have also been hand quilting each night, 30 minutes.  Making good progress, but I really think it will take about 6 months to finish my project. Steady as she goes!!


Hope you are fairing well and keeping safe and warm, where ever you are...this winter weather in the U.S. can be nasty!!!  Of course you Australian folks are toasty warm, right now!


Julie

Monday, January 2, 2017

I have a plan...watch out!!!

 So I stood on the back of the big chair in the living room and got this picture...Hee!!  I bet it was funny, if you would have peeked in.  I have 20, out of 30 blocks completed for the Bear Paw quilt.  I think I like the green one best!
 These are the ones I made today.  Slow and steady wins the race!
 I received a wonderful postcard from Nines!  Thank you so much, I just love it!
As I was cleaning up the kitchen table, I found the makings to sew this block, so I did...at 3 AM.





******************My plan**************************

There has been some chatter in blogland, about 17 projects to finish in 2017. I started listing what I would really like to accomplish in my quilting life, and so...I came up with at least that many quilts!  Some are UFOs, and some will be new starts.  I think it keeps it a little fresher, when I can work on both, maybe alternately.  So I will list them here, and I am working on the first one, first, which is the Bear Paw quilt.


Additionally, I have a lot of quilts still needing binding and quilting.  I cannot hand quilt every single quilt...I just am going to run out of runway!  But, I am not going to make progress unless I commit to working on binding and quilting every day.  For the last three nights, I have bound for 30 minutes, hand quilting for 30 minutes, and then pieced a couple blocks on the machine, for 15 minutes.  So far, so good...making progress feels so good!!!




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Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

 I am ACTUALLY keeping with these blocks, by Jeni from the Willow!!  Now that is amazing.  They are on her face book page, and I think there is just one more to go.  Whoop!
I made three more Bear Paw blocks in the last 24 hours...very pale claws on the upper left one, but hey, I like it anyway!!



Happy New Year to each of you!  You all add richness and fun to my life, and I sincerely appreciate  each one of you!!


There have been quite a few "no reply" comments in the recent past...makes me sad that I cannot visit with you.  You can fix it, though!!!



Have a great evening, everyone!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Just a little more progress on the Bear Paw!!

 OK, so you may get thoroughly sick of this quilt, but here is where I am so far.  I have 13/30 blocks completed, and all the rest are cut out and ready to sew.
 I just had to add a green plaid!!!
 Cookie sheets are used for lots of things!  Including transporting cut out blocks to the sewing machine.
 These are some leftovers, gifted to me...and I am making candle mats of them.  Thank you so very much!
Using it up!!!


Have a great day, everyone!!!


Julie

Monday, December 26, 2016

more, and more, and MORE!

 OK, so here was the game I played with myself today!!  I would do a task; like vacuum, dust, or mop floors...then??  I could make a Bear paw block!!  So, here is where I am right now:  nine Bear paw blocks, lots of clean floors, mirrors and meals made.  TADA!!!


Hee!  The games children play, huh??
I don't know why this block looks so crooked...it is really not that bad.  I am making a bunch of these too, and using them in various quilts.  Using up nine patches that I have had for ages counts as a working on a UFO, right?



Have a great night, all!!!


Julie

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to all!!

 I have been playing with Bear Paw blocks!!  Above is a plaid, traditional version, larger in size.  Just enjoying some quiet sewing!! And using up some ticking fabric I had, for part of the blocks.  From across the room, the ticking reads just gray.  I would like to make thirty blocks, to make a fairly large quilt.
And!  The smaller blocks, as in the Quiltmania issue, September and October.  These are from all reproduction fabrics.  Just a little variation, you see?  Randy Danto, this is what I was talking about...the variation.




I hope each of you is having a an amazing Christmas!!  I have been thoroughly spoiled and have been baking and cooking much of the day.  Just a quiet day, full of yummy things, including apple pie and cherry pie, turkey and all the yummies to go with it.





I always get filled with quilting energy now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over...do you??


Julie

Friday, December 16, 2016

UFO Alert!!

 Guess what I did today?  I busted a UFO!!  I was planning on doing something entirely different, but these quilt blocks peeped up and said, "Finish us, TODAY!"  So I did.
 These blocks were made from the Celebration Nine Patch block swap that I had some years ago.
Some of my favorite blocks ended up in this quilt.  That was such a fun swap...it just keeps on giving!!!

This is a "honeybee" block, and I had no pattern, so I made one.  I am so very glad to get these all in one piece!!!


Hope each of you is having a wonderful day!


Julie

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

When I thought I was going to be a fabric artist...and a darling quilt that I love!

 This is a pretty old quilt...an applique quilt by me, of my beloved Columbines, the state flower of Colorado.  I found it while refolding quilts today, and decided to put it up...holiday decor notwithstanding.
And this darling quilt!!  A dear friend made it for me, and I keep it out all year round!!!



Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bear Paw!!

 Did you happen to see this bear paw variation, in the September/October edition of Quiltmania??  I just love it!!
 So....I made a block!  This is the block at the top left of the quilt as shown, and as close I can get to the same fabrics, using what I have.   It was great fun, and went together like a dream.
 Does anyone really, really, really love Sunbonnet Sue?  I found this UFO at the very bottom of a basket, while cleaning.  It is pretty old!
The pieces are all prepared, just needs to be finished.  Do you have a Sunbonnet Sue in your quilt closet somewhere??




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I love it!!  But this time of year can be a really hard time for some families and individuals.  It is difficult whenever families are spread apart by geography or disagreement.  Praying for a great Christmas for each and every one of you!!



Julie

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A little dab of this and that!!

 I have been working on a little bit of this and that.  I have twenty tiny tree ornaments in the works...this is the first year; maybe I can make a different one each year and date them?  Would that be fun??
 Nice picture of Rosie, huh?  She was in there, as she always is...helping!!!  I prepped the heart and the pineapple blocks, for hand stitching...they are not trimmed to size until after the stitching.  Jeni from the Willow is the designer of these blocks.  Thank you, Jeni!!
 I also prepped a few more circles for hand stitching.  Thank you, Audrey, for your circular thinking!!!
 And?  Made another block for the Splendid Sampler; this block is a little wonky...but it will do!!
And these blocks!!  Sometimes, a gift of scraps has some pieces and parts already cut out.  I always wonder what the original plan was!!  So?  I put them together like this, and will have an alternating block of some kind.   Lori, of Humble quilts...do you recognize these little pieces?  Thank you so much!!






Have a great day, everyone!!!


Julie

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A little bit of everything!!

 Can you imagine a friend, one that makes your paper pieced blocks; knowing that you are just not good at it?  Lyn, my Australian long-time friend, made these for me, for the Splendid Sampler!!!  Lyn, I am honored to feature them in my quilt!!!  Love, love!!  and thank you so very much!!
 I have been in a basket making mood!!  This is a small one for my tubes of hand cream and miscellaneous, for the bathroom.  I got a stabilizer from Joann's which really helped make the basket have some shape.  Hurrah!!
 Are you doing Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt??  Here is my start!!  They are supposed to be neutral scrappy four patches...but hey, you know I have to change it up, LOL!!  So, I made these, and think they will work just fine too!!
 Another basket...this one without the stabilizer.  Not as good, but I did put handles on this one...
And last, but not least!!  Snowmen have shown up at my house!!  They must think Christmas is coming!!!





I always kind of panic around Christmas, on a more serious note...will everyone be happy and fulfilled and the house be just right and the food be perfect and the gifts sublime???


But really?  It is the time we celebrate Jesus' birthday, and I think that is the most important thing to for me to focus on!  So I am taking a deep breath and saying a small grateful prayer!


Onward!!!



Julie