Saturday, May 21, 2016

Log Cabin Loonies!!!

 So, fellow Log Cabin Loonies!!!  Isn't this such a dear, wonderful log cabin variation, above?  I just love it!  It was on Pinterest, and I cannot find who made it...if it is yours, I give you all the credit, and salute you!  and I wish I had the pattern!!  Such a darling Log Cabin Quilt!!  Just a little inspiration for all of us, in Log Cabin lunacy mode.


UPDATE!!!!!!  Janet was so kind as to share where the above pattern may be found, and to give credit to the designer...she says this!

The pattern for the quilt is called Chelsea Cottage, and it's in the book You're Invited by Blackbird Designs (Adams/Allen)


Thank you so much, Janet!!!
Here is where I am...working on my brand of log cabin blocks.  I am loving them!!!


So...I don't care of you just have a pile of fabrics, or strips, or a log cabin quilt you are already working on...Link up below, and join in the fun, with the best and most fun quilters in Quilt blog land!!!




Tomorrow...I am luckily off from work.  So, I will create our list of Log Cabin Loonies on my sidebar...join anytime!!!  No rules...just fun, fun sewing!!!



Julie









Monday, May 16, 2016

Log Cabin Lunacy...part two!!

 So!! There are so many fun variations of log cabin quilts!!! Here is another log cabin variation.  This one has little squares (gold) added to each strips of the block.  Adds more time, but I love the effect!  I have seen this done with red squares, and it is so pretty...this is on my guest room bed.
 These are all reproductions fabrics, and started from 1.5 inch strips, finishing at 1 inch.
Log cabin blocks can be made in so many different ways!!  Here are some I started last summer, after drooling over Lori's quilt, that I saw on her blog, Humble quilts.  I have a bunch of these made, but not put together yet.  Yet another variation!!



We have such a fun bunch of quilters that are joining in on Log Cabin Lunacy!!  So....every full Moon (Luna, get it?)  we will all show what we are doing, using our strips and scraps to make log cabin quilts!!  No rules, folks...this is just fun, mindless sewing...you can just show a bunch of strips or a pile of fabric, or your idea...or your finished quilt, or progress...or maybe this is just the thing to get you finishing your own log cabin quilt!  There will be some fun prizes and gifts along the way to add to the fun, too!  (does this mean that we are LOG CABIN LUNATICS? LOL!!)  or is that just me....hmmmmmm!


I will start a list of the side of my blog, for participants, linking to your blogs, so quilters can come and visit your blog.  It is going to be great fun!!!



Hugs to all, and hope you have a lovely day!!

Julie

Friday, May 13, 2016

Log Cabin Lunacy!!!

 Hey y'all!!  ( that is what they say, down here in the south!)  How about some Log Cabin Lunacy!!!
 This is a log cabin quilt I made in the last couple of years.  It has 1/2 inch finished logs!  Lunacy, I tell ya!!
 It was super great fun, and used lots and lots of scraps.
 Here is the one of my very first quilts...also a log cabin!  It is pieced, then tied with extra  loft polyester batting and a sheet is the backing....hee hee!!  Around 1989...and everything had to match.  My oh my, how I have changed, LOL!!!  This quilt had been used almost to shreds.
 Then...I have, through the years, cut out tons of log cabin quilts!  They are all organized and ready to sew...and most have a sample block sewn, so I remember what I was thinking of at the time...
 Another one of those kits I made for myself...
 and currently!!!  These strips are all 1 and 1/4 inch wide...and I am making log cabin blocks from them...darks and lights, here.
I have red centers, and one light sewn on now...onward!!!


Here is a short history of Log Cabin quilts, and the story of the red centers in the old fashioned blocks.  My thanks to Karen Griska, for her following information about log cabin quilts.

http://www.quiltviews.com/log-cabin-quilts-a-short-history



So, I was thinking!!!  How would you like to join in, in this Log Cabin Lunacy!??  How about if we have a linky, on the Full Moon, of every month???  Luna means the moon...so hey, it will be fun to link up every Full Moon!!  The date for this month will be May 21st.


So!  Gather your strips and scraps, cut them to the width of the logs that you desire in your quilt...and let's go!!  You know you have lots of strings and scraps you want to use up...and this is pretty mindless sewing and just plain fun!!!  Pinterest is an endless source of inspiration for log cabin quilts, and also if you Google images of log cabin quilts, there are lots and lots!


Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Swap quilt!!

This is the very fun quilt I received from Janet Slee...thank you so much!  Machine quilted and pieced, it is just lots of tun!!


I am linking with Lori, at Humble quilts.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

More Littlies!!

 I have been playing with mitering corners, and small flower quilts, for the wall...well, someones wall, anyway.  Above it one with just plain fabric as the border.
 Hers is my quilted and finished example, with a string border.  My husband likes the one above, much, much better.  I think that the first is more formal, and the second?  Is more like me!  Kinda off kilter and a bit wild looking!  I have enjoyed them both, and plan to hand quilt the first one, much like the second.
 Just some leftover pieces and parts...and I made this block.  It will be a candle mat, or something...
  A little red heart quilt that I found, quite unfinished, in a stack of small quilts...so I put it in my busy bag, to take with me when I find myself in a waiting room, or with a few moments to spare...
 Some gorgeous Mother's day flowers!  Thank you so much, dear son and dear DIL!!
And speaking of mothers...here is mine. I love you, Momma!!  Gone since I was 12 years old, I have felt like an orphan since then...any of you have that experience??


Hugs to all, and have a great day!

Julie

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Whew!! The center is complete!

 Tumolo Trails is complete!  All sewn together, at least the center is.  Whoop!!
 Rosie is examining my points to make sure that everything is to her standards...
Yahoo!  Can I get a Whoop-whoop!???


Have a great day!  ON to the borders!!

Julie

Monday, May 2, 2016

Estate sale goodies

 I had an opportunity to go to an estate sale today.  A lady is 95 years old; never married, no children, and a quilter and antique dealer all her life.  She had to go into assisted living recently, so hired a team to clear and sell all the items and antiques in her home.  Earlier in the sale, there were hundred + quilts and quilt tops for sale, from the pictures. Almost all were gone, but I found this one today.
 It is a snowball variation, right?  It is completely hand pieced.  Not too old, based on some of the fabrics, and the back is  meticulously pressed, every seam in the blocks pressed open. Quite well done. The price?  $9.00.  Crazy, huh?  It was 75% off day, today...off everything, and the house was still full to the rafters.  Lots and lots and lots of Haviland china and sterling silver.
 This chair is old, old, and quite small.  $16.00 for it...
 And this is a butter press!  She had tons of these...and I loved this one, so got it too.
 $4.00 for it.
And I also got this, which I do not know what it is, but I liked it anyway...it is hand carved.  $1.00.  Does it have something to do with tatting??


Dear husband got a solid silver pot for $4.00.  Ridiculously low.  It says on the bottom, "Sterling silver"


All these prices are mentioned, because it was just so sad to see all her life's collections and treasures going for almost nothing.  She had entire rooms full of dolls, and entire rooms full of display cases of china and crystal and what-not.   I guess we should just enjoy each day to the fullest, and use up that quilt fabric, friends!  The fellow that was running the estate sale said that she had a room of fabric, full top to bottom, when they started the sale three days ago!!!  My guess is that some quilters had a wonderful time clearing out that fabric.



Have a great day all, and thank you for letting me share the estate sale goodies!

Julie

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"The Cheerful Quilt!"

 I have been working on these applique borders, for the Cheerful quilt!!
 This quilt began as a quilt-as-you-go quilt that I had hatched in my mind, and ended up stuffed in the closet in a wad of disgust.  Recently, however!  This quilt begged to come out and be something else!!  So I took all the hand quilting out (I know, perish the thought, right?), and put the blocks all together.  This is an old block pattern, of which I do not know the name, but I know you will!  And then??
 The quilt just begged for an applique borders!!  All right, ALL RIGHT!!  You may have applique borders!! (just for you, silly cheerful quilt!)
 And it just kind of snowballed from there.
So here is where I am, so far.  I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii several years ago, and loved the Plumeria flowers...mostly pink with yellow centers.  All of the Plumeria flowers had five petals, however...so these are Plumeria flowers in multiple colors!!


So I am having fun with it, anyway!!!



And I hope you are having a fun day too!!!


Julie

Monday, April 25, 2016

Little things!

 Just a wee flower wall quilt, here!!  I used scraps, obviously, little strings for the border...I love that part!
 Should I do the same for this block?  Or maybe yellow/golds???
And I am working on some bookmarks, to give away as gifts...just some little things, this past few days!





Have a great day, everyone!


Julie

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Adding flowers to the mix!

 Well, I have been busy appliqueing these vines down.  The vines are mostly done, so I could not resist adding some flowers, just to see what is would look like!!! I found all the pieces and parts of this quilt in the never ending quilt closet, set them all together, and have been working on the vine...it is all my design...and that feels great!!  Needs a lot more work...but eventually?  It will get done!


Happy beginning of the week!!


Julie

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Something new...

 Norma Whaley, of Timeless Traditions, inspired this little pillow...well, it is not a pillow yet, but I am working on it!!  The blue string border is for sky...
And the green border is for grass.  It is a long, skinny pillow, and this is just the top.  I look forward to having it completed,  to put on my bed, someday!!!  It is made from wool and wool felt on cotton.  Something new!!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!!!

Julie

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sister's choice!

 I have the binding on this quilt and hope to finish it soon.  Scrappy, as are almost all my quilts, this one too reflects a period of my quilting life.  I love all the variety of fabrics!!
 A closer view...
 A small variation, with three inch nine patches...
And my latest and smallest version.  This may or may not be a swap quilt!!!


Have a wonderful day, everyone!


Julie

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tumalo trails...blocks are all complete!

 All the blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Tumalo Trail quilt are complete!  Whoop!!
 I still have to cut sashings and cornerstones and get them all sewn together, but at least the blocks are complete.
 The whole kit and caboodle!!
A thick stack of blocks...53 pieces in each block, and 48 blocks all together.  Fun, and lots of pieces...and piecing!


Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Splendid Sampler!!! and some winners!!

Well, I think I have fallen over the edge, y'all!!  I made a start on the Splendid sampler (remember, I have startitis really, really bad)...made the first five blocks...and they are just gone.  I think the blocks maybe got thrown away by mistake, or something, for I just CANNOT FIND THEM!!!

What is a girl to do, when she really wants to make this quilt?  I started over!  This time...pinks and blues...that is all I am going to put in this quilt.  Hope I have enough to do the whole thing!  I am behind on a few blocks, but oh well...here I go!!!


Winners of my giveaway!!


Paulette!!  (quilt pattern)

Scrap and Quilts!!  ( charm)

Threadcatcher!!  (quilt pattern)

I have contacted each of you...please stay tuned for more giveaways, soon.



All these patterns were donated by Julie of Me and My Stitches fame.  Please see her blog HERE!!!  Thank you sweet Julie, so much!!

http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/

Julie also has a website, here!


http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/

I hope each of you has a wonderful day!!!


Julie




Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tumalo Trails...ongoing!!

 This is how far I have progressed with the Bonnie Hunter quilt, "Tumalo Trails".  I am to the point of having all the half square triangles completed, and I have almost all the nine patches completed. I thought I was finished with nine patches, but there are more required than I figured!!
 Blue bonnets are so pretty here in the spring!!  I truly love their cheerful, colorful blossoms waving in the breeze, and truly love the deep blue purple, lightening to cream on the top of each blossom. So pretty!
These are a weed that is growing in my yard.  Each spring, they spread, and look somewhat like Blue Bonnets, yet they are not.  I wonder what they are?  I do not mow them down until they are finished blooming.



I wish each of you a wonderful Easter, if you celebrate this holiday!!!


Hugs, Julie