Sunday, May 31, 2020

Slow Sunday scrappy stitching!

 Slow stitching.  Funny how I feel a bit guilty about sitting still and just deep breathing and I decided not to feel that way!  This little quilt along is via Facebook. 
The mixture of embroidery and tiny 4 inch log cabin blocks is what I am working on today.

What you are stitching on today? 

I am linking to Kathy:  HERE

and Cynthia:  HERE


Saturday, May 30, 2020

May Monthly Mini

I decided to make a tiny tulip quilt for May.  Tulip time is earlier here, but I always love to watch their enthusiastic blossoms, early each Spring.  I machine quilted this tiny quilt, which you cannot really see, but I liked doing it...just great fun!

Please see these quilters...and admire their monthly mini quilts!  Thank you, Wendy, the Constant quilter for encouraging us all!!

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)
Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)


The 30th: time to show my Mrs. Lincoln blocks!

 The above block is my latest block for my Mrs. Lincoln quilt. 
And here is my pieced block...and they are already sewn into their row!  Hurrah! 

Please see the following quilters, who are working on their applique projects.

  The following quilters are participating.  We will be showing completed blocks on the 30th of each month!  Take the time to visit them to see their completed monthly blocks!

Karen – Log Cabin Quilter (Lead)

Cathy – Biglakequilter

Jennie  – Overthehillandrunning

Julie K –  Juliekquilts

Robin –   solsticestudio

Nanette – Doitrightquilter

Jan – Nanette will show her progress on her blog.  

Have a great day!


Monday, May 25, 2020

A treasure!

 This quilt came to light, one that I never knew existed!  My sister had was made by my mom, and has her signature yarn ties.  It is a "Glorified Nine Patch."  My sister wants me to restore it, and so her son can have it.
My mom (Jeff's Gram) always embroidered her quilts with the name of the recipient and her signature...Gram.  She was quite ill when she made this, as evidenced by the signature....her normal embroidery was perfection, and this was the best she could do.

A treasure!!!  Now...the batting is actually an old army blanket.  Would you leave that in there?  What would you do?  Only a few seams need repair....would you quilt it or leave the ties?


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Moda Blockheads 3

 Here is my progress on the Moda Blockheads 3 quilt along.  A new block is released each week, on Wednesday.  All the patterns are still available here:

I need to make another brownish block, so that lonely house is not sticking out quite so badly. 

These are my latest blocks.  I am a little in love with that flying geese block...the wheels are turning!

Hope your quilting wheels are turning, too!!


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

And the finale!

 Tada!  The piecing is complete!  And the two inch scrap was completely empty, but I had to look over my scrap bag and cut a few more strips, so I have more 2 inch scraps now.
 Scraps make more scraps, don't they???
 See that little orange piece of fabric?  It looks like the corona virus to me, almost...except the virus is round with projectiles on it...but still...viral quilting it is!  That red piece is from a blouse I made.
My favorite little scrap is this pinkish one with the monkey.  Super cute!  Nothing I recognized, but now I love it!

Have a great day....onwards!


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Quilt of many colors

Please watch this mother also made my own clothing, and I had similar experiences at school.


Monday, May 18, 2020

Fabrics as old friends!

 I have been busily sewing away on this scrap quilt at night.  It is the true definition of scrap...being all of my 2 inch bright strips, from the 2 inch wide bin. Some are fabrics from 20 years ago, ones I recognize and love...and a rare few that were my mom's maybe 50 years old!  I have used all I have of these strips.  I see fabric from old uniform tops; from a square dance dress; from a bonnet from long ago.
 Here is all that is left, and it is not much.  I may have to cut a few, just to make the quilt rectangular instead of square!!  The quilt is 68 inches across.  Why this measurement?  I have no idea...just seemed like the right width, LOL!
 I finished all the circular applique on this quilt and put the rows together, and I am stewing about the border...always my sticking point!  You know, daily progress is the just a little bit on anything each day, and you will achieve your goal.  Anyway, that is my story and I am sticking to it!  I am working on my abs...hahaha!

 I made the sashing from these old pajamas...not much left here, LOL!!!
 I made another of these blocks...not sure if I am going ahead with this piecing. hmmmmmmm......I have very few black or gray printed fabrics. 
 I made three of these little mug rugs for my sisters, so I need to get those into the mail.
And here is where I am on Cathy and I project.  Progress is being made!!!

Have a super day, wherever you are!

Hugs from Julie

Friday, May 15, 2020

Farmhouse Sampler, block two!

 Karen and I are making Dawn Heese's "Farm House Sampler" quilt.  We are on block two, already!  Karen and I are showing our blocks on the 15th of the month.  Above is my block for this month.  I changed the leaves somewhat; I find that I fiddle around with patterns here and there, playing with pieces!  I very much enjoy appliqueing these fun, large blocks.  They are 20 inches, finished. 
Here are my two large blocks together. 

Please see Karen's blocks here!

Have a great day, everyone!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Inching along...or one and a half inching along!

 Well.  I was sorting and cleaning out my 2 inch strip bin.  I had lots of tiny short I am doing this!  It is very labor intensive...2 inch strip, one inch white strips in-between each little piece.  I left out the dull colors, and tried only to choose bright colors.   
 It is sort of an addictive quilt, you know?  Just mindless sewing. It is like sewing a lot of long borders, though, so each long strip must be carefully measured and pinned.
So I have this many 2 inch strips left, so however far this goes is as far as the quilt is long.  Onwards!!!

1.5 inches forward at a time (finished strip size!)


Friday, May 8, 2020

Just a few littles!

 I have been making these little sampler blocks. Three inch finished blocks, that is!  I am not sure how to set them, and am waiting for inspiration!
 I have been working on my Mrs. Lincoln quilt.  Trying to catch up a bit!!!
So here is where I am so far.  Almost caught up with Cathy!

What are you up to??????????

Have a great day!


Friday, May 1, 2020

April Monthly Mini

 I made a little mini quilt for April, and just now finished the binding.  It all started with four 1/2 square triangles, and it snowballed from there.  I then made four quarter square triangle blocks, and set them together like this.  Lots of other people are making mini quilts too, encouraged by Wendy, the Constant quilter.  Please see her blog, here.

Please see the below links to see other mini quilts!

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)
Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

I found an Easter basket on clearance at the grocery store, of all places...who shops anywhere else these days!  It is perfect for these pastel scraps.  Hurrah!!!

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

The natives are restless, that is all I can say.  We have to wear masks all day from the time we walk into the hospital, and most of us have rashes and skin problems from the chafing.  Our hospital had had some deaths, and about 30 positive covid patients at any one time.  A nearby hospital has had a sudden spike of patients, which makes everyone worry.  Just ready to be done with this virus, already. 


Hugs to all from Julie

Warm days!

I received this sampler quilt back from the quilter, Paula, my buddy from childhood.  It is all trimmed and ready for binding.  Kitty cat ha...