Sunday, August 18, 2019

Dear Jane update!!!

 Happy Sunday to all of you!!  I finished hand quilting and binding this quilt.  Hurrah!  I then washed it and it shrunk about 5 inches in width and height.  Wow, lots of shrink, but it has that old fashioned crinkled quilt look about it, and it very soft, being made from all old plaids and plains.
 This is my Dear Jane quilt block for this week.  I used paper piecing, applique and regular piecing techniques.  All of these little blocks are challenging, but on I go, one a week!!

Please see the quilters below, who are working along too...and we have more joining up!!

Lcrrkhs:   Kathleen


Chantal just started her 365 quilt up again!  Yahoo!

And see this has lots of information about how to make the blocks!

I always drag this old round table topper this time of year...a dusty old sunflower, because it is so hot here!  The label on the back says I made it in 1997.  22 years ago!

I am linking to Kathy...for a little slow stitching!!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

So which one do you think is better??

 I made this quilt long ago, in the the matchy-matchy days of the early 1990's, I think.  Or was it the 1890's?  Haha!  Anyhow, I always have wanted to make this quilt again, bigger, though!!
 I made this block yesterday, and I just drew out the pattern from the original block, because the original pattern is long gone.
But I was this version less cluttered, more whimsical?  Or is the above block better?

What do you think, friendlies???

Have a great day!


Monday, August 5, 2019

Dear Jane update!

 I finished this quilt top!!!  Hurrah!  I had always wanted to remake this quilt, lots, did I ever do that.
 The borders were the most fun to make, and the fact that I made the entire quilt from scraps.  I love that part!
 Lori, I just love this block, and I re bordered it.  The pink is very pink is real life...just playing here!
This was an orphan block, so I layered it up and quilted.  YES!  on my domestic machine, and there are no puckers.  Please note this fact down in the record books, please!!

DEAR JANE update.  I did work on it yesterday, but it was cutting all the five inch sashing strips, so nothing photo worthy...but I did accomplish something, anyway.

Please take a look...these quilters are working on Dear Jane, too!

Lcrrkhs:   Kathleen

Have a great day, all of you!


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

An angel pattern, for everyone!

 Good morning!  I scanned my pattern I made the angel quilt from into the computer.  Enjoy, and if you make an angel quilt, I would love to see it!
ON we go!  Happy Wednesday!!


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dearest Boy update!!

 Good morning, everyone!  It is time for a Dearest Boy update. I am super excited because this is the last ten inch block for the quilt!  Next up is the cow block...super fun and twice as big!!  As you see, I made a modification or three on this block.  I tried to make the points pointy, per the pattern, and then said to myself...hey girl, make it your own!  So I made my points round, instead.  Lots more fun to stitch!!
Here is where I was on the process....

I am thrilled to be this far on this journey, and I must say it has been really fun to participate with good friends helping me and encouraging our collective progress; I can't wait to do it again!

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

Please see the above bloggers to see how they are coming along on their own Dearest Boy quilt!


Monday, July 29, 2019

Monday Mayhem!!

 This quilt is nearly a top!  Mayhem, because I got up and walked three miles, cleaned, did laundry, and sewed and sewed!  Whew!!!!  I am working on the border.  I loved pieced borders; I think they add a lot to a quilt.  Just two more sides to go.
 Dearest Boy....a block for you, dear quilt!  I made this traditional Bear's paw block, instead of the one below.
Here is a terrible picture of what is was supposed to look like.  Just doing my own thing, here!!!

Hope you are having a lovely Monday!


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Dear Jane!

 One Dear Jane block (at least), every Sunday.  I am making a bit of progress!  Yippee!!!
 Here is my construction of this block.  I used an applique version to make it.  Teeny pieces!!!  And of course I will trim and press it, before adding it to the "mother ship";  the larger quilt piece.

Jane, how did you do this with no modern tools, poor light, and few tools!?  You were a genius!!!
 This shelf was thrown out in the trash by my neighbor.  I rescued it.  I think someone might have passed away in the home, because they are just throwing out everything in the house, out to the trash to haul away.  Lots of children's toys, still in boxes, lots of furniture.  Should I paint it, or finish it another way?  It is small, just the right size for my angel collection, and some nick-knack things...or fat quarters!
I am on my way with my Cheddar back quilt!  I am truly loving this quilt!!!
More of these little popcorn, they are impossible to stop making!

Lcrrkhs:   Kathleen

Please see the above bloggers...they are working on their Dear Jane quilts too!!  You can join us at any time...any stage of construction of this quilt.  We are having fun and supporting our collective efforts!

Hope you have an amazing day!


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tiny Tuesday!!

 Angela, at So Scrappy, is having a quilt along.  Rainbow style, as she has for a few years now!  The color for this month is pink, so I completed these pink blocks, and a few blue blocks are in the works from last month.  Caught up!!  Yahoo!!!  I will link to her on Saturday, coming up.
 This is kind of hard to see, but this is two circles, with facing in the center of the circles, gathered on the edge, and then bound.  Perfect for my little scissors and glasses!
 I bought these little things at the quilt guild store.  The tiny blocks are magnets, and the cat and piggy are pin cushions.  I love the magnets and plan to make some, if I can find the magnets.
This is the bottom of the cat pin cushion.  Fun!!

Speaking of fun, hope you are having some today!


Monday, July 22, 2019

Make it do or do without!

 Well.  I did not have enough of the horizontal plaid sashing fabric, and so....I made do!  I had another plaid, but not enough to make 3 inch vertical sashings, so I pieced them.  Different!  But then again, I am a bit rebellious too!  LOL!
 A close up.
 I tried to catch up on the Meeting House quilt along. I think I am going to change that bordered seems to not belong in there.
Just a week pincushion from the scraps....

And how are you today?  What do you have going on?


OK, so I changed sheets, vacuumed, straightened up, scrubbed the kitchen floor, did laundry, dishes...  If someone want to come over and dust for me, I will do anything for you!  Bathrooms, windows, whatever.  Come on over!!!!  LOL!!  I try really hard and make extensive, exhaustive lists about what I should do next...and darn it, it is never picture perfect.  How do you keep your house clean??



Sunday, July 21, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching and Dear Jane

 Sunday...a day off for me.  How about you?  I finished all but two hearts in the above applique piece. I found some new needles that are fantastic!  Nanette, at Do It Right quilter, mentioned that I might want to try some new needles...I told her that I used needles I had bought at Walmart on sale, LOL, and that is gospel truth!!  What I didn't tell her is that I have used the same needles over and over again for years, carefully saving them in my pin keep.   My new ones are just amazing!  Thin, titanium ones...they thread easily and glide through the fabric like magic.

They are Tulip needles; made in Japan.  I was amazed at what a difference they made.

I am linking to Kathy, see above.

I am making one Dear Jane block per week, every Sunday.  Here is the one for today, almost done.  These finish at 4.5 inch finished. Tiny buddies!!!

Please see the following blogs below...all in different stages of construction.  NO rules...join in if you like and let us know, and we will link to you each Sunday.

Lcrrkhs:   Kathleen

And see this blog...

This blog is very helpful in giving hints for each Dear Jane block construction.

ON WE GO!!!!

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

I had only one patient yesterday.  He was a cardiac bypass and a valve patient, and his surgery was over 12 hours long.  This was day two for him.  I got him out of bed, (read lifted took three of us), and fed him, medicated him, managed 14 drips (no kidding!), managed pain, took care of chest tubes and urinary catheters and pacer wires and external heart pacer and swan ganz catheter and central line and drains and lots more!   joked with him and generally took care of him.  His wife?  A darling lady, and guess what?  SHE WAS A QUILTER, AND A NURSE TOO!!  So we generally had a lovely and wonderful day.  What a darling couple...married 52 years.  WOW!!!  I am so blessed to love my job and get to care for these amazing people.


Sunday tends to be a catch up day for me, services, then laundry, grocery shopping, etc.  I love my slow stitching time too!

Have a great week, everyone!!!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Rows are together

The rows are sewn together for this quilt.  I have run out of the plaid sashing fabric, so I will have to find it or a close substitute to continue putting this one together.  Or come up with something original!!

What are you working on?

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

A dichotomy of patients were at the hospital today.

 I had one fellow, a lung infection patient, that had to have a portion of his lung taken out, (empyema).   He was flat out the nicest man, ever.  Just a doll, and you know he had to be hurting, bless him!  He did everything we asked of him, walking and doing his breathing exercises and was just kind to everyone he met.

Another lady was flat mean.  She had the same surgery, was the same age as the other patient.    Refused all therapy we tried, no walking...cussed us out at any whim.   She said to her husband, "Well, you are just a librarian.  I guess everyone can't be a king of industry, certainly not you!"  He looked so downtrodden. I just winced... I told him I loved librarians and that the library was a super fun place and one of my favorites!  Poor guy....he was just so sad.

I made it my mission to see what I could do to turn her around, at least for today....if not for her, for her husband.


I went and got her bacon and eggs for breakfast, a good sandwich and salad for lunch, and a hot plate for dinner.  She was happy as a clam!  So...for today, I made a difference, at least for her, and for him. I got him food too...bless his heart!!

Such is the life of a nurse!!

Have a great day, y'all!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Going my own way...or maybe a little bit of rebel!!!

Good morning...happy Monday, or happy Tuesday, if you are from down under!! Above is my angel quilt.  I bordered it in orphan blocks, and a few new ones, too.  All three inches, finished, so hey, it worked!!!    I still have a bit of applique to go, and of course quilting it and binding it. And adding some crazy fun hair to these angels!

I have been thinking...(oh no!  LOL!)  I guess I have a really hard time adhering to a pattern, doing it EXACTLY how the pattern designer made it, using her same fabric choices, etc.  That is why the above quilt is just my cup of tea!  There was no plan, just a dream...and fun designing, or not designing...just adding whatever came to mind.  I love this!!  I planned to have a formal row of somber angels, wings all the same, keeping watch....but maybe these angels are a joyous bunch, dancing and singing, wings wild!   The added hearts are just part of me.  I guess they are my talisman, if there is such a thing.  I seem to be drawn to them.  

So!  I love to see patterns, and buy patterns and books and enjoy them, and most always change them up to my fancy, whenever I have the urge.  REBEL!!!!  Hahahaha!!

ON the other hand, I greatly respect and love our quilt designers...tons of love and time go into making patterns for all of us!  Putting it all out there, you know?  Thank you so much for doing this!

It is hard for me to keep up with quilt alongs, I am finding,  because it is not my vision, you know?  I am looking for a little discipline in that, LOL, because I always love the outcome and am sorry I didn't keep up.

There is no right or wrong...we are all quilters of the cloth and all have our own vision.  Following a pattern is an art and talent in itself, I think.  Maybe I am just impatient and want to create things my way?!  

Hugs to all from Julie

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dearest Boy update

This is my Dearest Boy block for this week.  I appliqued all the pieces, as Karen suggested.  I love it!!!  I wish my points were a tiny bit "pointier", but on the whole, I spent a ton of time on it and did ok.

Please see these bloggers various stages of working on this quilt.

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

Have a super day!!!