Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Annie's quilt...a day later! HOW IS THIS FOR PROGRESS FOR YOU!!!!!!!


 Good evening to every one! This was taken a day after my last post.  Isn't this amazing progress?  This is Annie's quilt!!  I just love it!



You can find the pattern here, on Bonnie Hunter's quiltville site:


Spider & The Fly Digital Pattern (quiltville.com)



Now THAT is progress!!!



Julie


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Annie's quilt!!


Happy Sunday (or Monday, depending on where you are, like LYN!) to you!    In my silly mind, my friend Annie lives on a desert island, alone with her goats, and her Bernina sewing machine.  In truth, she lives on an amazingly rural, yet refined and urban island, with many people about!!!  She is an amazing quilter, and we have had such a fun time sharing ideas and energy and fabric and life with each other!!  Above is her quilt, from Bonnie Hunter's quilt, here:


Spider & The Fly Digital Pattern (quiltville.com)


 

Here is my version.  Ahem...not as far along, but I have been working on it, and hope to make more progress for pictures soon!!!



Is anyone making this quilt, too????



On we go!



Julie

Thursday, October 14, 2021

progress report

Howdy y'all!  


I meant a lady who really spoke like that today.  I loved talking to her!!  Above is my progress on my quilt of valor.  Only three more rows to go!!  Whoop!






I have a whole new quilt cut out, and ready to go! I have more blocks made now...this is a variation of Bonnie Hunter's Spider and the Fly, found right here!

Spider & The Fly Digital Pattern (quiltville.com)


Annie and I are making this quilt, as part of our donation quilts!






And I am still sewing away on my solid colored fabric bin...getting down on those fabrics, and that is a lovely thing!!


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


Have any of you had carpal tunnel?  Please share with me!!!! Thank you so much!!  What did you do about it!


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Hope you are doing great!


Julie
 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday afternoon closet clean out



Happy Sunday!   I used to be a much different quilter.  I found this segment of a quilt that I was working on in the murky, distant past.  I think my premise was to make a segment of quilt, and hand quilt it, and then put it altogether.  How I would put it together, I have no clue.  I know I drew around little cardboard templates that I made myself out of cereal boxes, cut the shapes out of fabric, pieced the quilt blocks, and hand quilted it.  I CAN say that my stitches were very small and even, LOL!  But where was I going with all this?  I am tossing this into the bin...sorry...no finishing this one, for I no longer have the fabric!




 My knitting attempts were in evidence too!  Oh dear...there are holes in the knitting, and somehow the piece got wider as I went.  Into the bin!  I wish someone would teach me to knit, as I would love to REALLY know how!



How are you doing today?


Julie

Sunday, October 3, 2021

A reckoning

I do use some archaic language at times.   When I was little, my daddy would tell me to give him a reckoning of what I was doing...


" the time when one is called to account for one's actions, to pay one's debts, or to fulfill one's promises or obligations."  


So here is my accounting!  

I have worked at the hospital for the last three days...glad for a day off, to do laundry and cook and catch up!!!  Above is my rainbow quilt...I just need 8 more blocks.  Yahoo!  Progress!!!




My string quilt turned heart quilt is coming along.  I am loving it so far...great fun!  All this fabric was junk...cast off shirts, and scraps.  My favorite thing!





I am started a new applique quilt, for Sundays...a woolie applique.  Stay tuned...not sure where I am going with this one, LOL!!!





It is fall time here...so I got out my autumn table runner and some old décor things...except the pumpkin, which jumped into my basket at the grocery store.





This heart is a squishie...I recently cut a whole quilt out of browns...so for the slivers, I piled them up on a piece of batting and backing, spray starched them, pressed them down, and sewed all over the top....then cut  a heart shape and bound the whole thing.  It is a pretty big heart, and thick enough to use as an effective pot holder.  


Waste not, want not!!




In that thrifty vein, I used my cut off triangles to make pinwheels.  Someday...I will have a pinwheel quilt!



Have a great week, everyone!


Julie


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Jam and applique


It is time to celebrate!!!  I have completed the center of my applique quilt!  Cathy, at Big Lake Quilter, also is making this quilt.  I just  need to add a border, and the top will be completed.  It is great fun to quilt with friends!!

http://wwwbiglakequilter.blogspot.com/




Do you know what this means?  An empty project cookie sheet!!!  Whoop!!  So that mean I can start something new...don't you know I already have!! I organized my projects on cookie sheets, sometimes.  




 I made some jam this morning.  I used Splenda for cooking, instead of sugar, so maybe it will be good...not sure if it will set or not.    It was lots of fun, and I have not made any for a long time.



Hope your day is really a great one!!



Julie

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Work beckoned...and messed up my quilting time!!



Hello to everyone!!!  I have made some progress on my quilting...above are my blocks for a quilt of valor.   This is my Friday project!!




I pulled this quilt out to gift to a lady patient.  I like this one!!!



I made a lot of progress hand quilting this heart mini quilt.  


And last...and maybe least...this little mini!  No points ever met on this one...but that is OK...it was still fun to make!!



Hope you are having fun too.





Julie

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Working the plan is working!



Good evening, everyone!!!  Day by day, I have been working my plan, of working on one or two projects a day, intensely, then the next day, another project.  It is working, as I am making project on all fronts.  Above it my String quilt.  It is turning into a heart/string conglomeration, but that is the best of all worlds to me!!!




This one is my 100 blocks quilt...I completed four blocks this week, and sewed two rows together.


I sewed together two more blocks for the 1930's  quilt.  


I completed eight blocks for Lyn's quilt.  


So on I go!  I made progress on my other projects too...just nothing blog worthy, LOL!!!


BUT!!!!!!!!!!!  There are squirrels in our midst...those lovely flitting creatures that draw our attention and love!  


AUTUMN quilts are beckoning to us!!!  Stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!




Julie

 

Monday, September 6, 2021

An update!



Hello to everyone!!!  Above...I at last chose a fabric to put my primitive/prim blocks together with.  Although, it is a modern polka dot, and I have used lots of pink in the blocks.  So I am not sure what you call this quilt...modern or prim!!!  Anyway, I am scouting around my stash for an appropriate border.  On I go!





I am making a quilt of valor, and made these blocks, above, for it.  Great fun!





For Rainbow quilts, the color of September is orange...so I made these blocks.  Yummy!





For Lyn's quilt, I made these blocks.  I love them!


My plan of working on a different project each day is working!  Two weeks down...I am delighted with my progress!!!



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

We had another patient, on our very floor, that has been declining from covid for three weeks. Yesterday, we had to put her on the ventilator.  Before this, she screamed and cried "Please save me, don't let me die!"  Cried and cried...  Unvaccinated, obese, and diabetic.  Huge trend here with these fatally ill young people.  The patient is 29, engaged to be married.  It was awful, and the whole event and day almost broke our little nurse taking care of her.   Amy, the nurse, is 25 years old, and she just cried and cried and cried too...and was in the covid room all day, she was exposed to so much, I just pray she does not get sick too.  The patient has a 170 heart rate all day...saturation down to 70 percent on all the support we could give her...and now developed a lung air leak with widened mediastinum.  No way will she survive.  Her lung x-ray is totally whited out...should be black where air is.  

   




I just had nightmares all night about being intubated on the vent, and I could not speak, and no one was in the room to hear me!  Arggh!


Please please, do all you can to protect yourself and your loved ones from this fate.  It is horrific. 


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Julie






 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

An inspiring quilt!!


 This quilt is goat approved, as you can see...I just love this one!!  I thought I would share it for all to admire.  It was made by my friend Annie!  Annie quilts...and rescues goats, among all her other volunteer efforts.  This pattern is available,  


HERE:


Hot Crossed From Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop in Illinois




Have a lovely day, each of you!!


Julie

Sunday, August 29, 2021

A week's worth of effort


I worked my plan, of working on a different project every week...lots of effort into each one!  Above is my Sunday project.  Applique day!!!  These are the final four blocks for my Mrs.  Lincoln's quilt, that I am making with Cathy.  Hurrah!!  





Monday, I worked on strings.  Plaid strings and hearts...and now I have a plan.  I laid everything out, and made these 5 string blocks.  PROGRESS!!!







I could not resist making this little heart quilt, from some of the heart/string blocks.  A plain, drab border seemed best, so the hearts could shine.



These are actually 1930's blocks!!  The flag looks perfect in the finished quilt. A quilt along from 2019, this one had stalled.  No longer stalled, though...I have these blocks completed, and three more cut out.  This is my Tuesday project.




This quilt is so special, near and dear to my heart.  My friend Lyn cut this whole quilt out for me, in the designer's original fabrics, and I am just so in love with it.  I made the above eight 6 inch blocks, that go in the quilt.  It is from Editar Sitar; Laundry Basket Quilts.  This is my Wednesday project.





I purchased a special project box to keep this all together...it is so special to me that I savor it, and save it.  No more saving it for good....must get it done and start enjoying the finished project!  Thank you, Lyn!!


By the way, that is a 1930's influence...saving things that you especially treasure for "good."  We should not do that! Burn the pretty candles, use the good dishes...use it now, for life is short!!!  Make the quilts that are most special to you!










Here is my 100 blocks in 100 days quilt.  I finished five blocks this week...see above.  This is my Thursday project, along with the baby quilt below.



Doggy blocks!!!  A sew along from Sew Fresh Quilts!





Friday is a Quilt of Valor day.  Red, White, and blue squares were cut, and a plan developed.  I feel very called to make a quilt of valor, and make it soon.

The plan is the hardest part for me!!



Friday is also solids day...this quilt is all cut out, just need to continue sewing the blocks. 



Saturday is Rainbow quilt...our friend Angela is our hostess, encouraging us to use our rainbow scraps!  So I made another one of these blocks..  Hurrah!



And now it is back to Sunday, so I will work on applique again!


I am going to get sidetracked, I know that...but it sure has been fun challenging myself to move some projects forward!




Have a lovely day, each of you...


Julie
 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Grid Girls Mystery Quilt!!!!



Good morning!  Lookee, lookee!!!!  My friend Annie and I finished our mystery quilt!!!  Above is Annie's quilt.  The quilt itself is so warm and lovely...the fabrics were to be chosen from the border fabric.  Perfect work!!!  and great fun to sew on this one together!!



 Here is my quilt...a cool looking quilt.  Both will go to a charity of our choosing.  



I have to say, this was a very well run mystery quilt, on Facebook...next time, I will give fair warning that the clues are up, now that I know about it!!!



My new system is working splendidly, of working intensely on a chosen project each day.  Great fun!!!


More pictures to come, 

Julie

Monday, August 23, 2021

New plans!!!



This is the state of the living room floor at the moment. LOL!  I am trying to work on one project each day of the week.  Let's see how that works out!  I started a string quilt earlier in the year, and here is it.  Plaid strings, and hearts.  I have been busy appliqueing more hearts and neglected to piece more string blocks...this was a good reminder to get busy and piece more strings, so that when the applique is completed, I can sew it all together.  Time well spent making a mess, right?  At least I know what I have got going on!!





More of these blocks were sewn.  Getting closer!!!





OK, well these blocks had little strips sewn to the right side...I don't know why I did that...I am sure it was part of some grand plan.  They are becoming their own little quilt...so there!  Stubborn little blocks, anyway, bless their HEARTS!




 Leaders and enders blocks are continuing.  I love these so much!!!





What kind of messes are you making today?  LOL!  I did vacuum and scrub floors and bathrooms before I let myself play, today...hurrah for me!




Julie

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Mystery quilt progress, and solids quilt too!



Good morning, everyone!!!  Hope this finds you doing well!!  I have been diligently working on this mystery quilt, above.  I have all the blocks made...whoop!!!  Just awaiting borders...and I am ready to put them on, soon.  This was very formulaic...a great pattern, and the fabric choices were made ahead of time for you, using the dots on the fabric selvage to guide you.  It was good!!  Harder than you might think to choose fabrics, when you don't know where they will go in the quilt, but then again, I am used to scrappy everything.  I thought the directions were quite terrific!!!  It is from the Grid Girls, on Facebook.  




 I have made more solids blocks, in an attempt to use up my little bin of solid fabrics.  Here I am...these blocks are fun to make!!





On we go!


Julie

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Slow stitching Sunday



Good morning to everyone!!!  Above is my long term slow stitching project.  I have hand quilted it, but I am undecided about what to quilt in the flying geese rows.  Any ideas??






I prepped this flower block for my applique quilt, Mrs. Lincoln's quilt.  It is fun to have things all prepped and ready to applique!




 I finished all my alternate blocks for the mystery quilt I am working on!  Hurrah!  I have not trimmed them, because I do not have an appropriate ruler.  Soon I will, though!!!



I am linking to Kathy, here, for Slow Stitching Sundays.  It would be fun for you to go and see what everyone else is stitching on!


Kathy's Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday (kathysquilts.blogspot.com)



Julie