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!!!


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!


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!!



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!


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!!


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!!

*******************Nurse's Notes**************************

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.


Have a great day!!


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!!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lunacy, I tell ya!!! Log cabin lunacy!!

 Ladies and gents...I am on a roll!!  Making log cabin blocks...a LOT of them!  Using 1 1/4 inch strips (why?  Because I can slice 2.5 inch strips, like from a leftover jelly roll, in half, and use them up!)  Any color will do!!
 Boy, those hot pink strips sure stand out...I will have to make sure they are really mixed in well, into the quilt soup!
 Here is a tiny, child sized chair...and that is how many log cabin blocks I have made so far!  Whoop!!

And I just had to make a Cherry pie...with a tiny lattice crust.  Yummy!!

Hope each of you is having a wonderful day!!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Do you know what day it is? Log Cabin Loonies!!!!

 It is time for the most FUN quilters on the planet to show their log cabin quilts! It is time for Log Cabin Loonies!!  Link up below and show us all what log cabin quilts you have been working on, or have strips cut, or or that you have made!  Or an idea for a log cabin quilt you love.  We can't wait to see!

Above is a log cabin variation that I just love...it was made by the Navajo Quilter, and is a combination of pieced blocks and also log cabin blocks, of course.  Isn't it just so interesting?  Love it, and thank you for allowing us to share your work!!
I am dreaming of this quilt, tiny log cabin blocks, in brown. This was a quilt based on a quilt made by who else! The Log Cabin Quilter!  (Karen)...please click HERE to see her blog!  Karen, thank you for your daily inspiration.

Guess what!!!!???  It is not only the Full Moon...it is the Summer Solstice!!  Last time was seventy years ago...so go out and look at your beautiful moon and enjoy!!

Link up below!! and have a great day!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Flag day

 I missed posting on Flag day, but here are my red, white and blue quilts!

I know you have seen these before...but I love having them out every year, so here you are!!
A few things from the garden.
And I finished my summer freebie, from a few years ago...Primitive Gatherings.  I did it my way, of course, and enjoyed every stitch!!

Have a great day, all!!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wheww! A day off!!

 I have been working a lot, lot, lot!!  I have completed three more blocks for the Splendid Sampler...loving these, and saving all the patterns.

With the days events (the Orlando Shooting), I am thinking I will call this the Splendid American Sampler...my heart is with those poor victims and families, and also with all the healthcare personnel still working to save people.
 Log Cabin Loonies!!  If you are a loonie too...here is where I am on my blocks.  Still tapping my foot and sewing along!  Whoop!!!
 A few tomatoes from the garden...
And here is my hand sewing for the day...quilting and blanket stitching on the Cheerful quilt!  Loving this!!

I hope each of you has a wonderful day!!

By the way??  Everyone who entered a log cabin quilt on the last full moon, for Log Cabin Loonies?  WON A PRIZE!!!!!

So send me your snail mail addresses, and I will send you a little gift.   Thank you for sharing your lovely work!!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Progress on some projects...

 This block was a mistake, and would not work in the quilt I intended it to be in...so I bordered it and will bind it...and it will be a candle mat for The Fourth of July...
 Splendid sampler blocks...
 and Buttermilk Basin blocks.  Dag nab it!  I have love the "T" pattern...for Let it Snow.  I will have to purchase it...because I really want to finish this quilt.  I printed it, but it is just no where to be found!!
 Green peppers are popping out...
 And tomatoes!!
The vegetables are liking the rain...but wow!  We are having historic flooding...mostly south of us, but this is the canal in back of the house...briskly flowing along!!!

Have a super day, everyone!!


Monday, May 30, 2016


 This was a freebie from Lisa Bongean's Primitive gathering summer quilt a few years ago...of course I changed it all up...and it is not done yet.  Still lots of work to go, yet...
 Log Cabin Lunacy!!!  I am sewing, and sewing, and sewing!!  fun!!!  (how about YOU!)

So...this is what happens when your girlie pink quilt is washed, accidentally, with a sharpie marker...so sad.  Never to come out, I am sure...after a suitable mourning period, I will attempt to fix it!!

Log Cabin Loonies!!!

Hey, I have tried...and tried...and tried to create a clickable blog list at my right, of all the super fun log cabin loonie quilters,  like my list of quilter who are nurses...and I can't.  Is it possible that I can have only one of this type of list?  I am pulling my hair out...wait for it...like a LOONIE!!  Hee!!!

I will keep trying...and YOU KEEP SEWING!!

Hugs to all,


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!!!