Saturday, June 15, 2019

Starry!

I did not complete my Dearest boy block this time, and will probably substitute another block.  I have started on the next block, however.    I have been playing with stars...quiet, reflective and easy sewing.  This is where I am heading with this!




Hope you are having a wonderful day!!


Julie

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday, Monday!

 Temecula Quilt Company is having a 1/2 square triangle quilt along!!  Well...I was just thinking about that, LOL!  Please see a couple of posts back...1/2 square triangles are on my brain.

I love them...so scrappy and reminiscent of the quilts these little pieces were made from.  On we go!!
I am hand quilting the last border.  It is a bit sweet, and thrilling that this project is wrapping up!!!







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Please do not read if you are not into gritty truth...this is sad, sad, sad.





My friend Pam, of almost thirty years, died on the 7th, of sepsis.  I was the one who took her to the hospital on the fifth...and stayed with her part of the time up there...she had breast cancer, and suddenly developed sepsis of an unknown source.  We still don't know exactly why she got so, so sick, so quickly.  What was the source of the sepsis?  Not one doctor could pinpoint it.  In desperation, after she coded and we got her back, our surgeon friend took her to high risk, last ditch effort surgery.  He slashed open her abdomen and explored, thinking maybe necrotic bowel?  Maybe gangrenous gallbladder?  Maybe cancer everywhere?   What, what, what was it?  He found nothing.  NOTHING to account for her horrendous white count, her obvious sepsis.


I am so sad I cannot stand it.  She was a constant in my life...the first nurse who greeted this little nurse, timid and tiny back then 30 years ago...she made me feel welcome in  this scary, big hospital.  We had many unspoken and unfinished things among us.  There is a feeling of unrest and great misery among all who knew her.  Just too soon, taken too young, too fast and way too unexpected.

She could not communicate well what was going on with her...that would have helped things, I think.  Just so, so sad here.

Thank you for listening.



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And now back to the fun quilting things.  I won't mention Pam again...but she was a great lady, and quilter, and is so missed.




Julie




Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday blues!

 I made a few of these blocks today, using blues.  I have more cut out to add to the piecing line-up.  I really enjoy making these blocks, which you can find below, with the pattern.


HERE
I am figuring out a way to use these blocks in the same quilt.  I have all the colors of the blocks made...just thinkin'!!!!!




Please see Angela's blog HERE...there is lots of inspiration for rainbow, scrappy quilts of all descriptions there.  It is a fun way to use your scraps.  I am linking to her blog.


Hope you have an amazing day!




Julie

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tuesday!

 Tuesday is for Tiny Tuesday.  I have been working on the orange blocks for last month.  WE are supposed to border the blocks, like the red ones...but I think I am liking the tiny blocks with no borders better!  Let's see how it shapes up.  This is a rainbow quilt...please see Angela's blog,

https://superscrappy.blogspot.com/

I picked this large green pepper from the garden today...it is so, so pretty!!




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My friend collapsed in the waiting room, right before her colonoscopy today.  She had called me and wanted me to be there, and I am glad I was.  We called an ambulance and she is admitted to the hospital.  She has cancer, all over.  I am so terribly worried about her...the scope today was to check for cancer in her GI system.  Any prayers or good thoughts would be most welcome...I am mortally afraid for her life.

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Julie

Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday!

 Monday is for Meetin' house quilts.  Here is where I am.  Some blocks I have made two of...my favorites!   Below is where to find the patterns.



https://www.facebook.com/groups/332639404236641/
 Here are the blocks I made today.  I had to make a tulip block, too,  as Quiltville Bonnie is making these recently.
 Klein Meisje quilts (Lynn Dykstra) has the most fun quilts going on, using prints and solids. I just had to join in on this one!!!  Please see her blog here!!!


/https://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/



These are my brights strips cut for the quilt.  Just a pretty pile, don't you think??


This is a leftover lotion tin.  I made a tiny pincushion out of it, rather than send it to recycling.  It may be the most useful thing I have made all year!!!







Have a great day!


Julie

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Nothing started, nothing finished!

 I played with these stars!!!  They are 9.5 inch finished.  They are so inaccurate, it is laughable!!!
 So...I looked at these rulers.  NO WONDER the pieces don't fit!!  See the big gap where the rulers should meet??
Very crooked!!!  The star points blocks blocks were way big and had to be trimmed to 3.5 inches to fit in the block.

So, guess what?  I got new rulers!  Joann's had them on sale and the lady at the counter gave us a coupon and they were 6 bucks and change.


I am going to try again for more accurate blocks...but I will use these too, anyway.





Have a super day, each of you!

Julie

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Half Square Hootenanny!!!

 Well, well, well.  WELL!!!  I have saved every little triangle I have ever trimmed from a star, using the connector piecing method.  It is so totally out of hand, this saving of tiny pieces; it is crazy!!!    I made a few blocks, using some...
 But there are more....
 And more!!! I think this is all of them.
So...I got to work.  I trimmed one zillion half square triangles to two inches, squared up.  And...I have a zillion ideas to go along with those tiny blocks!!





How about this?  This uses 2 inch half square triangles...just the size you get when making those afore mentioned stars.  This is a free pattern, from Quiltville!!!  Please see



HERE!!!!


And while you are there, Bonnie has so graciously posted many, many free quilt patterns. Please see her blog...and if you are a scrappy quilter, Bonnie has written many, many books, using all those pretty scraps you just can't get rid of!!



What other ideas do you have for a 1/2 square triangle quilt??




Julie

Dearest Boy update

Good morning to you!!  Here is out latest "Dearest Boy" block.  I absolutely love this one.  It all fit well in the size of block it was supposed to fir into, and was an absolute joy to stitch.  Hurrah!!!  It took me about the same time to prep as it did to stitch, for a total of three hours of work.  

Can you see the waviness?  It is caused by the tons of applique, drawing in the middle, I think.  All the sides are the right size, so this waviness will quilt out, and I might block it carefully to square it up.  

Please see these quilters, as they are also working on these blocks.  








Cathy:  Big Lake Quilter
Julie:  Juliekquilts (me)
Carole: Wheels on the Warrandyte bus
Doreen:  Aunt Reen's Place





I hope you have an amazing, joyful day today!



Julie

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Slow Stitching, and update on string quilt, rainbow style!

 I don't know if you can see this well, but I am hand stippling the area inside the pink arcs of the border.  I only have three more little sections to go, then it is on to the white area next to the green binding area!  I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
 I love seeing progress on this quilt, which has been a labor of love for a long time.  This is entirely created by hand and surely qualifies for "Slow Stitching Sunday!"  So...I am linking to Kathy,




HERE!  Please visit her and see what everyone is slow stitching on!





 I am sewing strings together!  I started this I think in January, stalled out a bit, but last night...I did not sleep.  Not a bit sleepy after 3AM!  So I quietly sewed this quilt top together.  WHOOP!!!  Making hay while the sun does not shine...hahahaha!
I need the top and bottom border, and then the scrappy outside border made.  A lot happened last night, and I am grateful for the quiet time to sew.




I am linking to Angela, HERE!  for Rainbow quilts.  We are working on orange this month, so I am showing green.  REBEL!!!  Not really...I have been sewing orange, too...but I think you have all seen those blocks too many times already.




Also, I am linking with Lori, at Humble quilt, HERE.  We are using our strings to make quilts there.


OK, off to do some real housework and cooking now!!




Julie

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Patchworking

 I am making a block a day, using this star pattern.  I am using 3 1/2 inch centers and two inch connector corners to make the star points.  Just fun piecing!
 Also, I am making some of these blocks, using cut off triangles from previously made stars.  I have a bin of those, and it is time to make them into something fun!
 Pinwheels centers in process!!
 For my work, I usually just carry my wallet with twenty bucks and my driver's license...so this little wallet will fill the bill.  My other one is just worn out!
This is the first tomato of the year!  Summer is coming!!





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I have been in charge at the hospital, mostly, as of late.  I really don't like it so much, because it kind of takes me away from the patients, and more toward the assigning of patients, checking of equipment, running codes, etc.  So...I pass patient trays!  Help the nurses when they are overwhelmed!  Get patients out of bed...anything I can do to be at the bedside.  Those patient connections are so much fun...I love the 80 plus crowd, seriously.  They are so much fun and just say exactly what they mean and are hilarious in many ways!!  They are not afraid to hug me or be friends...no reservations, as with some younger people.  They have learned to live a full and fun life.  Love me some golden oldies!!!

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Fitness journey!  Weigh in was Thursday...I gained a tiny bit, so back to the grindstone.  Really, it is not a grindstone...hey, when will I lose this bit of weight if not now?  When I am 95?  DO IT NOW!  (my note to myself...)


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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Julie

Monday, May 20, 2019

Just a few things!

 OK, well I have been playing around with this bag for a couple of days now!!!  I have been looking at pinterest...actually daily.  What a lovely lot of pretty ideas...and a colossal time sucker, LOL!!!  But it is SO FUN!!  Anyway, I saw some pretty bags and decided to make one from my scraps.
 There is a lot more to see inside this bag than outside, actually.  See the patchwork peekaboo?  It is the inside of an outside pocket...there is one on the other side of the bag, too.
 And the inside...


So this was my inspiration...I like hers better, but mine will be functional for me.  See how mine turned out cutesy, and hers is elegant.  Sigh...I guess that is just who I am!!

Thank you to Raknaree for letting me share this lovely bag!!
 So...what is on your bed??  This is what is on mine...plaids and plains.  
I love it!!  I think it would qualify as scrappy, don't you?






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

They called me to see if I could work extra again today...and I didn't answer the phone.  END of the nurse's notes for today!!


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Fitness:  My hips hurt!   What the heck is going on??  Do your hips hurt...or an I just ancient?  Maybe tomorrow will be better...I did not exercise today, hoping to give them a rest.






Hope you are doing wonderfully, whatever you are doing!


Julie

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Now that is more like it!!!

 Just one more row to go!  Now that kind of progress is more like it!!  I have three of the ten blocks finished, that are needed for the last row.  Yahoo!!!
 Another view...partially in the sunshine.
 This little quilt got a border...
 See that crookedness on the bottom left side?  It is still there with the borders.  Hmmmm...a pressing or piecing error, I think.
I just love this Cheri Payne quilt, that I made...so I took a random picture of it!!!






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This is hospital week, and they have combined nurse's week with it, too.  I am so glad to be a nurse; to be intimately related with my amazing patients and co-workers.  I have been there at the birth of a person, and at the death of a person, and I have cared for everyone in-between.  I am truly blessed!!!

I had a blind patient the other day.  She knew it was me when I came into her room, and almost had a "radar" about her, just amazingly adept at traversing her new environment.  She lost her vision as a child.  Just an triumph of the human spirit...I loved her immediately!

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Fitness journey!!

My best friend at work and I are getting it together...we have lost weight and are getting back into good shape.  Every Thursday, we weigh on the hospital scale.  It is amazing how much easier it is to do it with a friend!!!


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Have a great day, each of you!

Julie

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dearest Boy update

This is my latest block.  I do not have the correct green thread to sew down the leaves and pieces, so I guess I will have to go to the quilt shop.  Poor me...I feel bad for me, having to go shop at the luscious quilt shop with those delightful fabrics...oh well, someone has to do it!  LOL!




Please see the quilters below, who are working on this quilt!




Julie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pat Sloan's quilt-along: Out of This World

 I am making progress on this quilt.  The corner blocks really helped me to focus and see what it will look like!!!


 This is the most current block.  If you would like to sew this quilt...it is a free pattern, HERE.


Of course a few of these blocks got made in the last couple of days.




Hope this finds you well!!



Julie

Monday, May 13, 2019

Plaids!

 Plaids and plains, that is!  At last, this quilt has a border.  Hurrah!!
 I find if I cut plaids on the length of grain, and use scissors, they come out much more flat and straight.   Just cut along one of the lines in the plaid!
 The little hexie blocks I was given are becoming this.  The hexies are different sizes, and so I am appliqueing  them down to individual blocks.
Two Tiny Tuesday blocks are next.  Caught up?  But tomorrow is Tuesday again!  LOL!!!





Have a great day, everyone!


Julie

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Progress on projects, because I was on call today!

 Orange is the color selected for May, so I have some orangy tidbits.  Someone else will have to lay out these blocks for me, please, I declare it right now!!
 Some Tiny Tuesday rainbow blocks, finishing out teal and heading into that orange!!
And my progress on the Meeting House blocks.  I just could not resist making two heart blocks!!







Hope you are having some sewing time today!



Julie