Monday, December 2, 2019

Mrs. Lincoln's quilt along and Dear Jane update!!

 I am a day late and a dollar short, as my dear Daddy would have said, as I was supposed to post this on the 30th of November, but here is my post for our quilt along!  Most participating quilters are making "Celebrating Mary Brown,", but I am making  the "Mrs. Lincoln" quilt.  Here are my two blocks for November.
 And wow, I already have a whole row done!!  I made the block 10 inches, instead of five inches, so I can have a bed sized quilt when I am done.

Please see these quilters too, to see their lovely quilts in progress!!  Cathy is making Mrs. Lincoln with me, which tickles me so much!

  The following quilters are participating.  We will be showing completed blocks on the 30th of each month!  Take the time to visit them to see their completed monthly blocks!

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter (Lead)
Cathy – Biglakequilter
Jennie  – Overthehillandrunning
Julie K –  Juliekquilts
Robin –   solsticestudio
Nanette – Doitrightquilter
Jan – Nanette will show her progress on her blog.  

 I made some more of these blocks...and cut out all the rest.  Hurrah!!!  I am proud of that part!!

 Jane...dear Jane!  I looked through all the blocks and they are all pretty thought and time consuming, but!  She did have a nine patch block in there, so I made that one.  Hey, any forward progress is good...and that is my story and I am sticking to it!!
I bought this panel on the reduced table at Cabbage Rose quilt shop, long ago.  It has resurfaced...and I am thinking about how to use it in a quilt.  Lots of ideas rumbling around!!!

************************Nurse's notes*******************************

The patient is doing better, better!  WE lifted him out of bed to the chair, and he did OK!  Did not lose blood pressure and was able to handle some activity with max assist.  Ventilator is still on, but at least he is coherent and with us...his wife continues to be constantly at his bedside, so we are feeding her and making her as comfortable as possible.  Progress forward, again, is good!!!!!  This was an all-hands on deck, everyone working in unison and with lots of prayers to save this guy!!!  Hurrah!


Hope you are having a great day,


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Dear Jane update 11-24-19 (other things!)

 I did not work on a Dear Jane block today.  The next one is very daunting, and I am nervous about it, LOL!  Instead, I have been working on these plaid Log Cabin blocks.  I made them with two inch strips, and have 80 of them made.  Good enough for a good sized quilt.

I pulled these strips our of my strings bins, so I calling it a string quilt, although it is a bit more organized than the fun chaos of most string quilts.

I am also doing some slow hand quilting on this quilt.  Above is my log cabin, portrayed as I imagine having it one day!  Surrounded by forest!  I love these hand stitches...

I am linking to Kathy, here, for Slow Stitching Sunday.

*******************Nurse' notes*********************************

I have gotten to be good friends with the wife of the patient from last week.  He has made no progress at all, and she is taking care of 5 children by herself.  She is a doll, and determined to help in any way she can. And this is what nursing is all about for me....I love those walking wounded, the families that really need support and love, through weeks of ICU care and rehab.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dear Jane update 11-17-19

 I have been pondering my scrap quilts...I love them!  This one was inspired by Chantal's quilt, and one by Primitive Gatherings as well.  I plan 22 more blocks for it, in a rainbow of scraps.  I made eight new blocks scattered throughout this layout.
This is Dear Jane block G-8, named Justin's Comet.  I think it was initially made by Jane of eight hand pieced diamonds.  I chose to applique one solid piece, and then add detail with my quilting.  So there, Dear Jane!!!  One more block in the works!

Hope you are having a lovely day, each of you!!

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

OK.  IN a place far away from you, there was  a patient who got mad, shoved one of the nurses and slammed her into the door. Why?  Because he was having a heart attack and the hospital rules say that if you are on a heart monitor, you cannot go and smoke outside.  She told him no, and he went crazy.   Well duh....

Fast forward...he stormed out of the hospital against medical advice.  Due to divine intervention, he had permitted lab work to be done just before he left.  Due to more divine intervention,  a concerned nurse who had just been slammed into the door, looked at his lab work after he left, and saw the greatly elevated cardiac enzymes...(they are not sure why she looked, because he had been taken off her computer list)..Due to more intervention...he answered his phone and yielded to her plea that he must COME BACK TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM!  He did...he had an emergency heart cath, and then emergency heart bypass surgery.  He survived….and if he would not have allowed the lab work, if the nurse had not gotten past her hurt and called him, and if we could not have found a emergent heart surgeon....he would have been nothing more than an obituary.

Fast forward a week...they cannot get him off the vent.  He is such a bad lunger due to the smoking, he are still on 70% oxygen....and his heart is quite damaged, requiring a lot of support.

They look forward to see what will happen...when they fast forward.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Scraps, scraps, scraps!

Lots of triangles here!  I am revving up for a new project, or to finish some old ones...and this is one of the oldies!!!  Just playing here...

What are you working on?

Have a great day!


Monday, November 11, 2019

Dear Jane update

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Hi Everyone!  I myself did not get a Dear Jane block done this week...but I am working on it!  Annie did, though!!  Her blocks are above...and her message below.  I love to hear her thoughts!

From Annie:  

"Hi Julie,

Something different this time.  A friend in New Hampshire who knows that I’m tackling a Dear Jane quilt asked if she could send me a little bit of fabric to include in my quilt.  So nice to be able to incorporate some of her kindness in my quilt!    She and I have similar taste in fabrics, and the gold is from her. I’ve learned that despite the big manufacturers, fabric tends to be regional.  What my friend finds in New Hampshire shops is different from what is displayed in the few remaining quilt shops in Washington state, which in turn is not what predominates in New Mexico.

These blocks were pleasant to make.  The red one was the most difficult, only because those corner triangles are really small.  The next block to make is definitely going to be a challenge - what I refer to as a “daylight” block, meaning that it will require excellent lighting for my old eyes to avoid mistakes.  Take care!  Annie"

This one below is from Lyn!!!  Please see her blog here...a very pretty block!

And a Log Cabin Loonie finish!!!  LOOKIE!  and hand quilted too...this is by Els!!!

 Tiny blocks...
All hand quilted!  AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing this, Els!

I hope to have some fun things of my own to blog about in the next day or so!!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler quilt update!

 I am working along on this quilt; Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler quilt, by Lori Smith.  It is super fun!!!  Here is my applique block for this month.  I enlarged my blocks to 10 inches, as Lori's blocks are 5 inches, and I wanted a quilt big enough for someone to cuddle up in.
 This one  is my pieced block for this month.  I had some tiny scraps of ticking fabric that was gifted to me, and I am slicing it into sashing strips for my quilt.
I am also putting the blocks together as I go, so that way, I will be caught up on that step each month.

Please see the following quilters to see their quilts!  All of these quilters are working "Celebrating Mary Brown,", a marvelous applique quilt. I am working on my Mrs. Lincoln quilt, as part of the group!

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter (Lead)
Cathy – Biglakequilter
Jennie  – Overthehillandrunning
Julie K –  Juliekquilts (me)
Robin –   solsticestudio
Nanette – Doitrightquilter
Jan –  (Nanette will post her pictures)


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Dear Jane update

 I am missing stitching on the decade long applique quilt that I just finished,  so I have been deciding what to hand quilt next.  I love this quilt above, a quilt along with Lori of Humble quilts from last year.  She is leading it on Face book again this year.    This one won out, and I took out batting, and backing; layered and pin basted it today. So let the fun begin!!  Guess what?  I found out that the hand quilting gets done faster if you ACTUALLY DO IT!  Hahahaha!  So I have a goal of working on it 30 minutes each night.  I will look forward to that time each evening.
 I added a small outside border to protect the strings, which were already fraying a little bit, to this quilt.
 I like the bright colors!  It will be the next one I start quilting.
OK Dear is my block for you today!!!  A little different than yours ( the one below it), but I am liking it and adding it to the quilt.

How are you doing today?


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The last stitches

 I started this quilt in 2007.  It is 2019.  A long, long time coming...but it is completely finished.  The last of those tiny hand stitches were taken last night.
Hurrah!!!!  Hurrah!!!!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

More tiny blocks

 Here are the blocks I made today, for the tiny rainbow quilt. I had pinks, oranges, and blues blocks  cut out, so that is what I made.  Now I need to cut more blocks out, so I can have a fun day like today, just sewing away.
 Here are all the blocks sorted by color, with some favorites on the top of each pile.  I think these are super fun little blocks, and would like to thank Angela at So Scrappy for all her hard work with her quilt-alongs.

 I was sorting through little quilts today, and found this one...hand quilted and made from scraps.  What could possibly be better?
 Maybe this one!  Tiny 1/2 inch logs, hand quilted.  I love little quilts!  I have given most of them away over the years.
 This is a very favorite quilt of mine.  This was a quilt along with Jeni Gaston, from Primitive quilts.  I think it is still up on her blog.  Scraps rule!  and scrappy plaid borders are my favorite.

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

I am in charge of the floor for the next three that means I get to work, regardless of patient census dropping.   This is a very good thing!!  Wish me luck!  And I hope we have enough patients so that everyone gets to work...not wishing for sick people, just for enough that we can help them and they can all go home on the mend.


Tiny Tuesday

 I have been chugging right along, sewing Tiny blocks with Angela, at So Scrappy. These blocks are 4.5 inch finished.   Here is my progress so far.  I arranged them in a sort of rainbow arrangement.  I still need the whole month of purple!!!
 And then randomly...
I had bordered the red blocks, but I took all the borders off...just too much white.  Hmmm.  It is too small without the borders.  Maybe an alternate block???

Happy Tiny Tuesday!  On Wednesday!

Hugs from Julie

Monday, October 21, 2019

Dear Jane

 Failure is a great teacher, isn't it?  I attempted to paper piece this block...epic fail.  I share everything, so please take the good with the bad!!  UCK!!!  I will try again for this goodness I need someone just to make it for me and send it to me stat.  JUST KIDDING!  but not really.  HA!!

OK, I am going to go clean house and do stuff for a while, then I will try again....
ON the super fun side, here are some of these leader and ender blocks...they are fun and fast and super easy.  Just the perfect foil
 for you, DEAR JANE!!!

Happy Monday to everyone!  We have had tornadoes go through the area...scary, but we are OK.  Neighbors, not so much.  I think we are going to head over and see if we can help in any way.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dear Jane update 10/20/19

These blocks are Annie's...mine is a pretty  hard one and I am procrastinating on making it.  How is that for the gospel truth, LOL!!!!  IN all fairness to myself, I have been running around like a crazy woman today.  Annie has finished an entire row!  wow!!!! Here are Annie's words about her progress.  I love that she uses mixed techniques, as I do the same thing.    

Hi Julie – My DJ has hit a new high – and it has nothing to do with stock market averages.  I finished my first row (I’m making them in reverse order – Row M)!  Here are my final three blocks for that row.  As I mentioned previously, the M-3 Block (the circular blue and white one) was a real challenge.  I confess that I had to combine machine piecing with a whole lot of hand applique to finish it.  It’s certainly far from perfect, but it’s as close as I will get.  Makes you understand all the quilters who have/are making their blocks completely by hand; it really does let you be more accurate and at this size block, is probably equally fast.  I’m sure more of mine will be done by hand in the future.  Annie

I will get mine done sometime this week!!

Hope each of you has a great day!