Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Binding Blitz!!

 I have had this quilt cut out for a long while, and decided to sew some blocks up yesterday.
This is what it is supposed to look like.  I just noticed that the picture is upside down...but you get the idea.  The quilt is named "Arctic Nights", and is by Judy Dafoe Hopkins.  The pattern is in the Super Scrap Quilts book by Martingale.

It is the end of June already!!  Remember this book?  It is the prize for the Binding Blitz for June.

So please link up below if you have finished a binding (or two or three) this month!!  A random drawing will be held for this prize for each entry.  I hope each of you has a wonderful day!!



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Slow Stitchin'!!

 I am making the Temecula quilt company blocks (please click on the name for the link) over this summer...except I am making them eight inches finished instead of four inches.  I found a whole bunch of eight inch blocks in the quilt closet.  Maybe they can all be friends and be a quilt together!!  The backgrounds are different, but with sashing, maybe it could work.
 Here are some little quilts I love on my old piano...just playing here.
 Lori, do you see yours???
Below is my mother's fruit bowl.  It often had apples in the falltime in it, or bananas occasionally.  It is heavy!!  Does anyone know anything about it???
And at long last...here is the sampler...what I am slow stitching on.  I have done a lot, lot, lot of quilting of this, and am slow stitching the binding down.  I find a more personal connection with the fabric and fibers when I hand quilt...and I love it.  Wish I could hand stitch EVERYTHING!!!

Hope you all are finding some time to slow stitch this Sunday!!  I am linking to Kathy...so you can peek at what everyone else is slow stitching on today!

Have a great day, everyone!!!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Rainbow quilt(s) progress!

I am a wee bit behind!!  I still have to sew light blue triangles around the blue flower, and green triangles around the green flower.  But progress is being made!!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Something old, and something new

 Good evening!!  It is rare that I post after work...but here I am.  I am making a table runner for Christmas. Lots of different reds.  The melons are for hand applique.  I was planning a big quilt but I think I would succumb to old Father time before I finished!!
 I was recently gifted this quilt...a treasure.  It is absolutely huge!  At least 100x100. 
 My sister and I took it to quilt shop, and a quilt historian happened to be there.  She said it was from 1850-1880.  All the prints with black are quite shredded due the metals in the dyes, maybe?   The quilting is by hand, the finest I have ever seen. 
The quilting is at least 20 stitches to the inch.  Some shredding is present...and it is finished by turning the back to the front, less the 1/8 of of inch for the binding..  Fine cotton batting is showing through.  The back is homespun muslin.  The yellow is the same throughout the quilt, and at first reminded me of 1930's, but the historian said it was pre-civil war.  Hand piecing is evident, but so finely done, it is incredible!! Every point matches exactly...pretty darn fantastic for no electric lighting!

Any thoughts??  It is an oldie!!  The oldest I have, for sure...

Have a great day, everyone!!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oh the quilting!!

 Super excitement here!  I just received my quilt back in the mail, from Tricia at Turning Twenty.  Please see her website HERE.  At last, my woolie quilt is actually quilted!
 The quilting is just lovely.  Custom quilted, and I just love it!!
 And closer!!  I am so very happy with this...at last I am making some progress on these quilt tops!!!  The binding is ready to go.  Thank you, Tricia, so very much!!
 Last night, I sandwiched and pinned this quilt.  And since the edge was already fraying a little (being made from all homespuns), I bound it.  You have to be very careful in doing this binding before quilting thing, to make sure there are no puckers and etc...but I have made it work in the past.  I am working on the hand quilting on this one.  I don't think it would work for machine quilting...what are your experiences??
And three more blocks for the Temecula summer quilt along.  The other block is cut out...not sew yet, though!

***************************Health update*******************************

I am slowing down.  The tachycardia is so much better, except after I eat.  I have a continuous heart monitor, and that is so helpful!  Lots of medications later...things are different...slower!!  I feel a bit sleepy, actually, which means I am probably going hypothyroid now.  Labs in a week or so!!!  I thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts, so much.

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

I floated to another unit, a neuro unit the other day. Strokes, Tia's, that sort of thing.  It was fun!  I love to go to new places and learn how those nurses do things...and the nurse were all so great and oriented me a little and were just fun to work with.  I am still doing the patient advocate thing....but tired of hearing complaints, kind of.  I love it when I can make a positive difference, though!!  My favorite nursing? A very sick, one on one ICU patient, multi organ system failure patient...that gets well and comes back to see us later!


Have a great day!!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Humble Quilts doll quilt....and Turning Twenty Quilt Along!!

This is the doll quilt I received from Melissa Devin!  I love it...thank you, Melissa!!!

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My excitement is building for the first Turning Twenty free Quilt along!!  It starts July first...and here is all the information you need!!  I met Tricia in the hospital, as a family member, and we bonded in about two minutes. Sisters of the heart!   I have had a sneak peek at this quilt...and you will love it!!  
Here is her formal advertisement for this free quilt along.

Turning Twenty
Business Hours: 9 am to 5 pm CST Mon-Fri or info@TurningTwenty.com
June 11, 2015
Turning Twenty
FREE Mystery Block of the Month

Hello from your Turning Twenty Girls!
We are excited to announce our first ever, FREE, online Block of the Month!
Our BOM begins on July 1 and goes through December 15.

This is a Mystery BOM, and if you love stars as much as we do, you will surely love this design!

To participate, you need to register before midnight on July 15. Registration closes at that time.

Here's the scoop:

On the 1st and on the 15th of each month, the free download will be available on our website.  if you are a registered participant, you will receive an email reminding you each time.  You have 24 hours to download that pattern, then it disappears. 

Each download provides the needed instructions to make one 12" and one 6" block. EASY!

Toward the end of December, you will receive a free download with instruction for setting the blocks together to finish your beautiful star quilt.

This BOM will be packaged as a single pattern and made available for purchase in January 2016. 

Act now if you want to participate because registration closes July 15, 2015.
After that date, you will not be able to participate in the Free BOM.

Sue Carter has worked hard designing the pattern and writing the BOM instructions.
Julie Winkler and Tricia will be blogging their progress as they show their very different versions.  Julie will show us how she uses only her scrap stash to make her wonderful Patriotic star quilt, while Tricia will be sharing her bright and colorful stars made from assorted Kaffe Fasset fabrics. Be sure to subscribe to both blogs!
We will have all of the Kaffe fabrics in stock and offer a monthly fabric kit for those who are interested
Michelle will keep the ball rolling as she signs up participants and posts the downloads on time - every time!
Hailey will be sharing pictures on our Facebook page and blogging about our journey. You'll want to Like us on Facebook so you see what everyone is doing and share your own pictures as well!

More details will come to you if you register to participate.

Share the love!  Click Forward To A Friend below to share this email!

Our family appreciates all you do and thanks you for supporting Turning Twenty®. Please let us know if we can ever be of any help to you!


The Turning Twenty Girls
Tricia, Michelle, Hailey, and Lily Grace


P.O. Box 322, Graham TX 76450
Info@TurningTwenty.com   Phone: 940-549-7038

So here is all the information for everyone...hope you can join in!  I am doing a red/white/and blue quilt!
Have a great day, 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Temecula Quilt Company blocks

 Temecula Quilt Company is having a quilt along.  I got entranced with it and here are the first four blocks.  I think there will be more blocks released every week until we have a quilt!!  The blocks are supposed to be 4 inch finished...but I made mine 8 inch finished, so I can have a bigger quilt.  I don't especially like the colors I picked so far, so I will get some prettier colors in there to liven it up!
Do you save the triangles from flip and stitch corners??  I do...and I love it when I have four alike, because I make a pinwheel.  I have 122 (so far) of these three inch pinwheels!  Not sure what to do with them...but they are fun!!

I hope this post finds you having a wonderful weekend, with someone you love, doing just what you like!!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

It is becoming more about the applique??

I had the chance to have a sew day with several medical/nurse type friends.  We call ourselves the "Remnants." I worked on the hand applique of these flower blocks.  I am loving the process, the creation of something new, all from my own brain, cobbled together from memories of quilts, and memories of these fabric scraps from other quilts.  It may turn out badly...or good!!  But the process is so fun and rewarding to me. 

If you can...and a lot of you do!  Try and make something all your own!!  Make something out of your little pieces or blocks leftover, just what you have on hand. Just yours...it is great fun!!  Audrey from Quilty Folk is a champion at this.  Check out her blog right HERE!


 It starts on July 1st...get ready!!  Get set!  .....Go!!!  (not yet...on July 1st!)

Tricia will be posting links to the pattern...so stay tuned!!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Still playing in the scraps!!

 What if I add some flowers in there??  Just playing around here...but what is the flowers have a tiny border of black to make them pop? 
 Pretty flowers!!
 Silly flowers!!
So it goes...I know some of the blocks are turned, but I have to pick it all up anyway, in a few minutes.  I am just enjoying the colors and no pressure...candles are burning, music is playing softly...just relaxing with the SCRAPS!!

Have a great day, everyone!!


Monday, June 8, 2015

Turning Twenty Mystery Quilt starting very soon!!!!

  Dear Everyone:

Guess what???
There is a new Mystery Quilt afoot!!!  Please stay tuned, because Tricia at Turning Twenty (please see her website HERE!)  is doing a mystery quilt!!!  Just for us in blog land!!!  I was lucky enough to have had a sneaky peeky...and I am making this quilt.  It is glorious!!  So stay tuned, and stitch along with Tricia and me.  I am doing a patriotic themed quilt...Tricia is doing a scrappy quilt, usng Kaffe Fasset fabrics! They both will be so pretty!

STAY TUNED!!!!!  July 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is when this free BOM will be launched.  Don't miss out...details are coming, but if Tricia has your e-mail address, you will get this free BOM first!!!

I am pretty excited about this one!!!

Have a great day, everyone,


Binding Blitz Winner! And Turning Twenty! And the prize for next month too

 I am sewing away at bordering each scrappy 1/2 square triangle...and actually, I have them all done!
 And farther away!!  This is all I have of the scrappy triangles of this size,  so now I am dreaming of a asymmetrical border, with applique. Maybe!!  Just thinkin' so far!
 This was the prize for the May Binding Blitz...and the random number winner was #19...Vic at Park Hill Farm!  Congratulations, Vic, and I will get you book to you as soon as I have your address.
 This is the prize for June!!  This is a picture book...and what a book it is!!  I selected it at our local quilt shop, just for the Binding Blitz. So keep on binding, friends!!  It will be given away by random number selection at the end of June.

Have a great day, everyone!!


Sewing right along!

Hello!!  I made a few zipper bags for the guild sales table, to raise money for the guild scholarships.  I bought zippers on Amazon for penn...