Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
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!!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
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,
Hot Crossed From Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop in Illinois
Have a lovely day, each of you!!
Sunday, August 29, 2021
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...
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Here is my quilt...a cool looking quilt. Both will go to a charity of our choosing.
Monday, August 23, 2021
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!!
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!
Thursday, August 19, 2021
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!
Sunday, August 15, 2021
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!
Thursday, August 12, 2021
This was hard for me, as I have very few large pieces of fabric anyway, and none with dots to help me! SO!!! I had to go fabric shopping. I know...poor me. Feel sorry for me yet? Well don't, LOL! It was fun!! I found several potential fabrics, but chose the daisy/blue background/yellow flowered fabric. I loved it! I used my coupon at Joann's and got out of there amazingly economically.
I chose fabrics I had at home to go with it...and off to the races I went!
So here is where I am. I use these throwaway bins from the cardiac cath lab, from my work...recycling them. It is very much like a Bonnie Hunter Quiltville mystery, but I know the ending of the quilt...and I am ignoring that fact, and just going along clue to clue. GREAT FUN!!!!!!!!!!
I make pinwheels and other small blocks from cut off corners; do you save these??
Quiltville is having another leaders and enders challenge, so I am making these blocks in between other ones, as leaders and ender...really trying to do it that way, instead of just sewing all the blocks at once!!
It is rough at the hospital. Rougher because now there are fights between healthcare personnel themselves...the antivaxxers versus the vaccine advocates. We all have been mandated to get the vaccine by September 10th, or be terminated. More nurses than you think have not been vaccinated, and they have been protesting at hospitals around the metroplex, against being forced to have the vaccine or be fired. This is not just my hospital system, but lots of them around the country, and also other entities, too.
In the meantime, our covid ICU is completely full...plus two whole floors are again full with covid patients, too. 55 last time I worked. There are no pediatric ICU beds available anywhere in the dfw area. NONE. We are shipping kids out via helicopter.
Nurses are being exposed to more and more covid, and the vast majority of these patients are unvaccinated. Rumors and anger abounds...gossip and anger. It is very hard to listen to it all, so I don't, mostly. I love all these nurses and other staff...and sure don't want to lose any over this. It is just hard...and I refuse to be drawn in to taking a side against any other nurse, regardless of what they believe.
It just makes it harder to deal with what we are really there for! To take care of the patients!!!
How is the covid situation in your neck of the woods?
I thought I was through with covid updates, but I guess not...so I will update our situation when I blog.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
I had time to hand applique these hearts, and will link to Kathy, here:
Speaking of hearts, I had a darling patient at the hospital. I had no idea I was taking care of another quilter! When I found out that she was a quilter, we had a lovely talk...actually we talked a lot! I gave her a gift...and she gave me one too! Above is her creation, finished in 2004. It is just perfect! A pink heart...how could she have known in 2004, that in 2021, she would have a perfect gift, just for me! LOL! I truly love it! Thank you, Nell!!!
I made these little purses out of pre-quilted fabric. Wow! What a time saver!!! These will be given to anyone who wants them at work. I am making nursing caps again, as we had to re-open the Covid ICU.
Covid is so prevalent again in my neck of the woods. On Monday, we had 13 patients with covid. On Saturday, we had 63. Many on the ventilator...this strain makes people sicker, faster. From 2 liters of oxygen...to 6 liters...to 100% bipap...to the ventilator, all in a day. It is awful! So far, we have had 300 people die in our little hospital...and 3000+ hospitalized with the virus.
Our hospital has now mandated vaccines for all staff. This has created a huge controversy, among the anti-vax people versus the vaccinated people. If you cannot show proof that you have been vaccinated, they say they will fire you...you have until September!!! We have several nurses on our floor that have refused vaccine...some are looking for a new job now. It is so sad, to have this controversy coming between any of us. I love each and every one of these nurses, and it is just so sad that there is anything like this happening.
Friday, July 30, 2021
We are nearing the end of our journey. Above is my latest applique block, the pineapple. I have four more applique blocks to complete, and I will have the center together. Whoop!!! This feels good to have made some progress!!!
Here is my mini of the month. It is 2 inch nine patches, leftovers from the pineapple blocks I made earlier in the year. I used a thin piece of flannel for the batting, and hand quilted it. I love the soft, drapable texture.
Please see Wendy's blog here, for lots of of mini quilts!
What a lovely month it has been!!
Monday, July 19, 2021
Happy Monday!! This modern solids quilt is coming along...lots of blocks cut out, as is my usual way of doing things. How can a person not be cheerful with these bright colors under the needle???
I finished a whole row of the 100 bocks in 100 days sampler. Now these are just great fun to make! Quirky, super simple, and pops of color in there! Hurrah!
Hope you are having a lovely day!
Sunday, July 18, 2021
You really cannot see the stitches, but I tried to photograph the back. Amazing work!
Have a great day, each of you!!!
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Well, those squirrels are running amok! I started the 100 blocks in 100 days challenge. I am trying to make a modern quilt...someone will like this one, in the future Please see her post here!
Ok, so here is where the math figures in to my post. Have you ever made a round, bucket type bag? So how do you figure out the size of the pieces around the bag?
Measure the round part on the bottom. My model was a 10.25 inch across the middle dinner plate.
So: 10.25 x pi (3.14) = 32.2, approximately. Add a seam allowance and there you are!!!
I loved my geometry class, with Dr. Conner. He was a amazing little man, maybe 5 feet tall, with kind brown eyes, and a twinkling smile. I loved how much fun he was, and he helped me love math of all kinds!!!