Well, I had a big box of blocks, just saved from projects started and not finished, etc. I am trying to downsize and consolidate, so I tried to put like blocks together, and want to get these quilts finished and on to new owners to enjoy! Above, the heart blocks go together, of course!! Plaids and plains...love these, for sure.
I found eight 12 inch blocks. If I can make 4 more blocks, they could make a patient quilt.
And these bright blocks! I tried to put these all together, in some cohesive manner...needs more thought and work!!
I discovered enough 6 inch blocks of various kinds to make a sampler quilt.
And also, enough 8 inch blocks to make another sampler quilt! I think this was the Civil War sampler quilt, from some time back... maybe kind of a long time.
Scattered through out the pile were 4 inch blocks...here.
And three inch blocks!!
So, do I scatter all these blocks throughout a big Orphan Train quilt? Or...make a series of smaller quilts!??
I have no idea...but the heart are beckoning to me, as hearts always do.
I have prepped another block for the Garden Mystery, by Jeni Gaston. Here is where I am so far...it is not looking cohesive for me yet, but I look forward with great anticipation to every block!
Here is some of the embroidery on the leaves...it did not show up well, but there it is. I like it!!
I am working on the hand quilting of this quilt...I tried to machine quilt (stipple) the outer border...boy, what a disaster. It was a mess from the word go!! Every single time I try to machine quilt, this is the outcome. Makes me really dislike trying it... So, I hand stippled it, and put the binding on. I still need a bit of hand quilting in the center and the binding sewn down...
I got this one, lonely Spooky block stitched and trimmed...and I trimmed it 1/4 of an inch too short. Dang it! I sewed the rest back on and trimmed it again and pressed it down...hopefully it will be lost in the seam allowance.
So onward!! I had to giggle at all these errors today!!
My nurse friend Mary asked me if anyone would like to purchase her featherweight sewing machine...and I said, "Yes!! Me!!" I bought her this week...her name is Bessie, and the thread doilie was made by Mary's mother. She purrs...she is amazing and lovely. I could not wait to unpack her, and here she is on the foyer rug! Bessie was made on August 19th, 1947...and my birthday is on August 19th, too. Crazy, huh??
There are lots of goodies to go with Bessie on her journey!!! A manual, feet, bobbins, bulbs, needles!
I am so blessed, and thank you, Mary, for giving me a chance for Bessie first! She will be and already is well loved, and has a forever home.
Mary also has an amazing Singer Red eye Treadle machine, in an amazing cabinet. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
This pink quilt was pieced in 2014, quilted soon thereafter, bound in 2017, and gifted today!! For my friend at work with breast cancer; she asked me for a pink quilt, and I am so glad I had this one all ready to give.
Hurrah!! I bet I have a few pink strings to make another...Whoop! Giving sparks my creativity and feels so good.
How about some pink birds? This is Pink month, for So Scrappy...Angela selected pink for October, and since pink is my favorite color, it was super fun to play in these scraps!!
So...I decided to start two new quilts!! What a fun time...the start of a new quilt. It is just great fun, isn't it!?
This block is from Jeni Gaston's quilt along. It is called the Happy Garden Mystery. You can find the files below, and it is on Facebook. It combines piecing and applique, and I have chosen wool to make the blocks. Four blocks are released so far.
Also, Cheri Payne had a quilt along, "So Spooky". I decided to do this one too. You can find the blocks here, on Facebook: I think I might change that little mouth, to make it a teensy bit scarier!! There is no pumpkin face on the original pattern, but I wanted one...it reminds me of the pumpkins I used to carve with my precious son.
I hatched a plan over the weekend to finish some quilts that have been in the works, and also planned some patients quilts to make from my stash. I feel really good about thinking this all through, pulling fabrics and ideas together. Now I just need three solid months with no interruptions from work, meals or house cleaning to accomplish it all. Anyone know where I can get that? Haha!!!
A lady at work said she wanted a pink quilt...she has had breast cancer twice...yep! I will be sure she gets one!! In fact, I have one already made...so off it will go to her. That feels just exactly right!! Thank you, each of you, for your advice and heart felt wisdom about my feelings last post...thank you!
I have been working at the hospital a ton! My good friend has open heart surgery, and asked me to be her nurse, so I have been working overtime for her. She is doing fantastic!! I felt kind of honored, that she ask me, of all the nurses there...wow!
I pick out quilts to gift to patients, and one for my nurse friend was no exception. I have given quite a few quilts to patients over the course of time. As I went over my collection of quilts I have made over the years, I found myself finding it difficult to part with any of them. Now I frown at myself over this...but..."This one...Oh, I remember it was my first applique! OH this one! I loved using all my mom's and my scraps! Oh this one...I loved that mystery!" This is absolutely not OK...it is kind of addictive behavior, if I were diagnosing it as a health care professional! So, I just picked one at random (Carolina Christmas Mystery from Bonnie Hunter) and gave it to her, and she loved it, and I loved giving it to her! But....
I think I am going to make specific quilt patterns, of not scraps, but planned fabrics, and plan to give them to patients. My scrappy quilts are big treasures to me, but I think if I plan ahead and use specific fabrics, maybe the patients will like them better and I will not be so attached to them (because they are not scraps!) Has my cheese slid completely from my cracker? Hee!!
On the other hand, when I pass on, all these will probably be sold in a garage sale! Now there is a slap of reality for ya!
I quilted with big stitch quilting stitches, completing this quilt from last post. Tada! It is bound too, so imagine that...a quilt bound at the same time I finish it. Now...this for this quilt I can say, I think the quilting added a little something! But maybe not enough for most folks...it is still pretty scrappy and home made looking...maybe downright ugly! So that means I love it...hee!!!
It is one of those things..."You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig!"
She was ever so thoughtful. The striped fabric stands for an EKG, and the heart...well, I am an open heart recovery nurse, so that was perfect, and the pink because it is my favorite, and the red because it symbolized life. She must have really studied my blog to know all that...I am so thrilled!
Now isn't that a thoughtful thing to do? Thank you, Homespun Hannah (Danice)!!! Thank you, Randy, for coordinating the swap!!
On this day, when hundreds of people were shot by a crazy guy in Las Vegas...I choose Hope and Love, over despair and hate. It seems that these two emotions are the exact opposite of what the shooter was feeling. This is just where I was led today. I have almost all of these blocks all sewn now, and will be putting the quilt together soon.
I finished the orange blocks for last month, and this month's color is pink. So pink is coming up!!!
Today, I am working on the binding for this quilt. It was a Primitive Gatherings summer quilt along from a few years back...and of course, I finished it my way. This was quilted by none other than Tricia Cribbs, the owner of the Turning Twenty pattern company, and it is so dear to me.
Remember when I said I was all caught up on bindings? Not quite! So this is my slow stitching project for today. This quilt is very special to me.