Friday, January 2, 2015

Binding Blitz and Pieces of Eight!!!

 Hi to everyone!!  Here on Juliekquilts, we are having a Binding Blitz, for the year of 2015, all year long.  There will be prizes each month, so if you have a  (ahem) binding pile like I do, or you happen to finish up a binding a particular month...join in!!  I have quilt kits, patterns, books and other fun quilty stuff to share for prizes.   Above is a quilt I need to hand sew the binding on.  It is attached...just not sewn down.  We will have a sidebar button that you can put on your blog...it is so cute, and is being made by Vicki Welsh, at vickiwelsh.typepad.com  Vicki, you are the best, and thank you so very much!!  Hey, check out Vicki's blog...she has all sorts of fun stuff going on, and she hand dyes her own fabric, and is pretty much amazing.  The badge will be coming soon.
 A scrappy binding!
 Remember this fun Bonnie Hunter quilt?  Same thing!!  Needs hand sewing the binding down!
 And this big, big, starry night quilt.  It too needs hand stitching.  I am sorry to say that this is not all of the quilts that need binding, by a long shot.  But if I get one quilt bound each month...I will be caught up!  So that is one challenge for me.

At the end of each month, there will be a Linky, so we can all share our finished and bound quilts.  Then the drawing will be for the people linking. So think about it...do you have a binding pile???
 This little plaid table runner is half way bound, and I worked on it on a recent plane trip.
 Now the above picture does not look like much...but all the one inch pieces are now in pieces of four, and being sewn into pieces of EIGHT!!!  So much progress has been made on my scrappy postage stamp quilt.  I guess I am doing it instead of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt this year, because this quilt was nagging at me to get it done!
 Ahem...again.  I may have a few quilt tops that need quilting.  Just a few.  A LOT!  So I will be joining in on all the UFO reduction quiltalongs I can, LOL!  Yep, this is reality, folks...just snapped the picture just as it is!
 Hey, I made something new!  This is just one block, and I am hoping the lady who made this quilt will make a pattern.  She said she would, so while I am waiting for the pattern, I made a one block wonder table topper.
 Big stitch quilted, and a scrappy background.  And scraps too in the border...I am using scraps up here, friends!
 Hey, guess what?  Marcie Patch has a quilt in this fun Scrap Magazine from McCall's quilting!  Our Marcie is a cover girl!
It is truly a gorgeous quilt.  I will be making this one this year too.



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

I have accepted a new job!  It is right where I am, and is a new position.  In fact, I will be creating the position.  I will be nursing one-two days a week as usual, but also I will be doing some patient Advocate work.  Teaching, looking after the patients, making sure the doctors are communicating with them, loving them, basically, working with the social workers too. Hurrah!  I feel that it an answer to prayer, as I have been quite worried about losing so much work time due to being cancelled for low census or too many nurses on the schedule.  I have so many ideas...and I am so excited!  I would love your prayers that I can make a difference in these patient's lives in a great, positive way, and also improve our patient satisfaction scores.  That is what the hospital wants...but I want to reach some souls, you know?  To love on these patients!!!  Because I am creating the role in our hospital, I am doing a great deal of research on patient advocacy and learning how to do it the best, best, best ever.  I would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers!!

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I have so much on my mind, and another thing is all the gorgeous quiltalongs and BOM's for this new year.  What are you going to join in on???


Have a great 2015, everyone!!  Get out those quilts to be bound!!



Julie

45 comments:

Kate said...

love your blog; love your positive spirit... after reading it through today, I just need a nap. Good luck, my friend ! It all looks wonderful. smile.

Terry said...

So many beautiful quilts! Congratulations on your new job! :0)

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your new position at the hospital. It sounds like a good match for you. I love to sew bindings so that is not my issue. However, I do have several quilts tops that need to be sandwiched and stitched. That is my goal.

Lynn Dykstra said...


Julie, congratulations on creating a new position! The wonderful thing about nursing is we are ready to take on many issues.

Sharon said...

You will be fabulous in your new position. I will email you some thing privately later. As for bindings, nope, I love doing the hand stitching so that gets done right away.

Karen said...

The Snail's Trail quilt is a nice one. From my own experience, I know that the block design is not an easy one to sew. Too easy to get pieces in the wrong orientation.

I hope all works out on your new nursing position.

TakeMeThereTotes said...

Congratulations on your new position. By your energy and enthusiasm I think you are well on the way to make a difference in the lives of your patients!

I love to hand sew the binding on a quilt. My problem is sandwiching and quilting. When I get that far, I cant wait to sew down the binding and have a finished quilt. January and February is usually my most productive time to quilt all the tops I made the year/years before. I have big plans to complete them all in 2015! Ha!

Sherrill said...

I'll have to dig around to see if any need binding. I did drop 2 off today for quilting but she's 3 mo. out so those'll be awhile. You will do a FANTASTIC job caring & watching out for the patients. You've done it your entire career but this'll be a chance to do it even more! Prayers will be lifted up for you!

Quiltdivajulie said...

SO happy for you and your new position - I love the idea of advocacy and loving on patients!

Chantal said...

Binding Blitz is a great idea. No, I don't have that many quilts that need binding but I have a few. So I'm in!
Can't wait for you to do the binding on all those beautiful quilts on the hangers so we can see them better. :D
About the new job; Congratulations!! You will be perfect just the way you are. Don't worry about it. Well, it's a new job, we always worry about a new job. So, okay worry about it but you will still be perfect because it is already in your nature to be caring and giving beyond measures.
Enjoy the slow stitching. I do must Sunday with Kathy. I decided to join for the first time Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015 with Angela. That should be fun too. Have a blessed 2015 !

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Julie,
congratulations to your new job, glad it all worked out.
Great idea with the Binding Blitz, I guess I have to finish some quilts in order to participate.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Leeanne said...

Holy smoke Julie that is ALOT of quilts waiting to be quilted!!!!! Good luck and have fun on your journey!
Your job sounds awesome.........they are lucky to have you!!!!

Janet O. said...

Oh, I can't imagine anyone else better for such a position, Julie. You will be amazing. You have such a compassionate heart--of course you will make a difference!
I will be joining no BOMs or SALs (except maybe a couple of doll quilt size). Last year's "Year of the UFO" was such a failure, I am repeating it and trying to make it a success this time. I'm impressed with everything you have to bind. Mine all still need quilting! : )

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on the new job... so exciting to create a new position! I know you will be awesome!
I'm be joining in the binding linky. I hope to finish at least one quilt a month... we shall see!

Nancy said...

You are going to be perfect in your new position. Those satisfaction scores are going to soar because the patients will know that you truly care and listen to them.

audrey said...

Congrats on the new job! It sounds perfect for you.:) I don't have any binding to do right now, but hopefully I'll be finishing up a few quilts throughout the year. Fingers crossed!

jirons42 said...

Best of luck in your new position. You have such a heart for your patients.

Chookyblue...... said...

i'm pretty sure you will just do that new job perfectly..........congrats......

Helen in the UK said...

Happy New Year! Good luck with your new job - bet you'll be fabulous. Also hope you make progress with getting your binding pile and quilting pile reduced this year :)

Louise SS said...

Congrats on your new job! It sounds like it is perfect for you! We need more people like you in our hospitals. Good Luck!

Kristie said...

Congrats on your new position! I'm sure you will make a positive impact on the patients. I also have a pile that needs the binding sewn on and I have 30-35 tops that need quilted! :(
Kristie

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations on your new position. How exciting to be able to create this new position. I just know that you will do a fabulous job ... you have such a loving, compassionate heart.

Diane said...

I think I need a nap after looking at all those quilt tops! Oh my goodness, that is a lot, can't wait to see the finishes. Congratulations on your new job, it sounds perfect for you!

Me and My Stitches said...

Love all of your projects and wish I could join you in your bind-a-thon (lol), but I don't have any! Now unquilted tops...I have plenty of those. Some of them I want to hand quilt and who knows when that will ever happen. But some of them I just need to send out to the quilter and be done! Congrats on your new position - it sounds like the PERFECT fit for you! How exciting!

Me and My Stitches said...

Love all of your projects and wish I could join you in your bind-a-thon (lol), but I don't have any! Now unquilted tops...I have plenty of those. Some of them I want to hand quilt and who knows when that will ever happen. But some of them I just need to send out to the quilter and be done! Congrats on your new position - it sounds like the PERFECT fit for you! How exciting!

Valerie said...

Congratulations on your new position--sounds like a perfect fit! Best wishes for 2015!

Kyle said...

I'm so glad the new position is going to work out. I don't have a stock pile of quilts to bind, but it will be fun to see what everyone else finishes. Your Snail Trail is so cheerful and the scrappy bonding is the perfect fit. Sounds like 2015 will be a great year!

Elaine Adair said...

First, congrats on the new position!!!! This job needs doing!!!

I am LUSTING over the Snail's Trail quilt - your usual stunning color sense comes shining thru!!!

Lori said...

You will be perfect in the new position!
Happy binding!

Michelle said...

IF I finish a UFO, I tend to do the binding right away...but hopefully I'll join in from time to time! Congratulations on the new job!

Nancy said...

I have a closet like yours. Great idea with the Binding Blitz but I need to get some quilted first.

Megan said...

Congratulations on your new job.

I'm looking forward to seeing all those quilted quilted and bound in 2015!

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Loris said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you AND for your hospital You have the heart and soul for the job you are creating and will do great things! I'm really happy for you!
The quilt goals are also good. I only have a couple of quilts needing to be quilted...one was given to me. And I finished the binding on two just in the last couple of days. It's fun to move forward and catch up at the same time :-) Happy 2015!

Missy Shay said...

I hope to get my quilt quilted and bound by the end of the month so that I can join in the linky party this month. I love all of your quilts and I am so happy about your job!

quiltmusings said...

That is quite a pile of tops to be quilted! I think I will be starting my binding today, so hopefully I will have a few things to share at the end of the month.

Cathy Buel said...

I too have a pile of quilts to be finished. 33 large quilts and 12 wall quilts. I hope to have some pictures to share of finished quilts. And I too have a pile of bindings...lol

Congrats on your new position.
Happy New year,

The Calico Cat said...

I've got a couple, just needs the binding finished projects on my list. :o) You are not alone.

The Calico Cat said...

I've got a couple, just needs the binding finished projects on my list. :o) You are not alone.

Debi said...

Congrats to you Julie, you will be awesome! On the binding note, I am so anal about my quilts that as soon as I get them quilted..the binding goes on, lol. I will be following your progress.

Rebecca in AK said...

Julie, congratulations on your new position! You will do an awesome job! Beautiful projects!

MARCIE said...

A big thanks for showing the magazine Julie! And look at all the quilts you get made! Plus your job! And you do it all so well! Best wishes on your new job. I know you will have it mastered in no time!

Patty H. said...

Congratulations on your new position!! I can tell from your writings that you will be a great advocate for your patients. So many have no one to speak for them.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Good luck with the new position. I know you will be great at it. You already love your patients.

anne bebbington said...

Great news on the new job Julie - sounds perfect for you :)

Lynne said...

Quilter Kathy directed me to your blog for the Binding Blitz. Can you tell me when it will go live please?

Congratulations on your new job; I hope it's going well.