Friday, July 30, 2021

End of the month update; mini quilt and applique!

Cathy and I have been making this applique quilt together!!!  Mrs. Lincoln's quilt...you can find the pattern here: 


Lori Smith Quilts: From my heart to your hands

 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!!!



I have run out of the sashing material, so will have to improvise.




 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!

The Constant Quilter




What a lovely month it has been!!



Julie


Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday!


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!


Julie

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday, Sunday!

Hello!  How are you doing, each of you?  I am off work today!!!  Hurrah!!!  I have had a lovely day, today...weeding (too hot), laundry...changing sheets...cutting quilt blocks out...and on I go!  I am at this stage  in my leaders and enders project from Bonnie Hunter.  Am I REALLY doing them leader and ender style?  Nope!  LOL!  I am in love with making these little blocks; just great fun!



I had the opportunity to go to the quilt guild!!!!!!!  It was so much fun!!  On the guild sale table, there was a tiny quilt.  It was just exquisite to me.  For the grand sum of a 20.00 donation, I now have this quilt.  It is the best crafted thing I have ever seen!  A true master of her craft made this, and I honor her.





You really cannot see the stitches, but I tried to photograph the back.  Amazing work!



Who is that heifer there?  Well...it might be me!  At the guild, a couple of years ago.  The quilt is Jewel Box...made of scraps.




Have a great day, each of you!!!




Julie
 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

There is that math thing again! Love it!

I have been steadily working on these little leader and ender blocks, from Bonnie Hunter, at Quiltville. I am making these little blocks from my 2 1/2 strip bin.   Please see her tutorial here:  


She is using 2 inch pieces, I think.  


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!

#100Days100Blocks Event Information - GnomeAngel








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!!!




Julie





 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

It is all about the math, isn't it???

Happy Tuesday to all!!  I finished the applique on this set of blocks!  Hurrah!  Now I just need to figure out how to set them together.  The pattern calls for a lot of piecing, but I would like to keep is a bit more simple, so the applique stands out. The reason why I mentioned math is because I made twice as many quarter square triangle blocks than were needed.  And I have a minor in math, LOL!

 I finished this set of blocks today.  This will be a perfect lap/chemo quilt for a lady who loves red.  I have not decided whether to follow the pattern, or to go my own way with this one!




Hope each of you is well and having a good evening!


Julie

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Wheww!!  I have run a couple a marathons, figuratively speaking.  I worked 5 days in a row...then went on a trip to attend my sister's funeral ( She passed away in February, but due to covid, we only could go now), and then I worked 3 more days.  THIS IS MY FIRST DAY OFF IN 17 DAYS!!!!!  WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!


I bound a lot of things on the trip, and hand quilted as moments arose.  I finished binding the above crumb quilt, which I just love.  Flannel makes up the backing.  It is so cuddly!

I finished the hand quilting on the discovered quilt in the quilt closet...
All done!!!!  I washed it...flannel is on the back of this one, too.  I used polyester batting, and I wonder how that will be, usage wise.


In my sister's home was a curio cabinet made by my father.  It was sent home with me...
I am still deciding where to place it, so it is temporarily in the foyer.

 This is my hand stitching of the day!!!  I usually hand quilt during on-line church.  Now that is a perk of staying home instead of going in person!



Happy Fourth of July to all who celebrate; I am grateful for American independence!




Julie

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Busy!

Can you believe it is almost the Fourth of July?  WOW!!!  This is my mini quilt of the month.  
I found the book I have been searching for; a book that had real life descriptions and recipes and wisdom from the depression era!!  This one is just wonderful!!  I highly recommend it, if you are interested in the era.  I continue to read and study every night about causes, effects and life during that time.  Just so interesting to me, as I love history.  



Speaking of the fourth, I have this quilt out...I truly love it.  A quilt along with Lori of Humble quilts, it was truly a labor of love.  Seems I should display and use it during this time of the year!

 Have you seen this book?  A sampler quilt book, and I think it is the next thing in the Moda Blockheads series...a very fun sampler book.  Amazon is just toooooo convenient, don't you think?  I have too much going to start right now, but who knows?  



Have a lovely day, each of you!



Julie

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Slow stitching Sunday



Happy Sunday to everyone, or Monday in Australia! I have been working on these colorful, solid colored fabric blocks.  I love making them!  Just super fun, easy sewing.





Years ago, a very elderly local lady was cleaning out her flannels, and gave me a stack of flannels, because she was taking them to Goodwill, and she mentioned that maybe I would want them, instead.   I cut them into pieces for these blocks, and have started piecing them.  This should turn out to be a warm quilt, for a gentleman. She told me to make comfort quilts from the flannels, and so I am.  




 I hand quilted this morning, a bit.  You can see the stitches in the cheddar colored fabric.  That was great fun!!

I am linking to Kathy, for slow stitching, here:  


Kathy's Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching (kathysquilts.blogspot.com)

Have a great day, all of you!



Julie

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Moda Solids Sampler Quilt

Hello everyone!  I had an unexpected off day today (on call for the hospital).  I did not get called in, so I finished all the blocks for this solid colored fabric sampler.  I had them all cut out, and the sewing took about 30 minutes per block.  A good day off work!
I am bordering this Funky Fiesta Flowers quilt, using strings.  I tried multiple fabrics, but the quilt said it wanted strings.  

These quilts can get quite persistent in what they want!!!



Have a great day, everyone!


Julie

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Using up those solid colored fabrics!

Good morning, everyone!!!  I am using up my solid colored fabrics, by making a sampler.  This is a Moda sampler, but since I am just making my blocks based on a picture, it is tough to direct you to a link!!  I have twenty blocks cut out.  I still have solid fabrics left over!!!
I am also making this block.  It is from a 2016 Quiltmaker Bonnie Hunter block pattern...but I had the pattern from long ago.  What was old is new again!!  These take five minutes to sew each quarter of a block. (providing all the blocks are cut out and ready to go!)  Fast and fun...and I STILL have a few solid fabrics, LOL!!
And one more doggie!!!  Lime green...a new breed.  The newest thing...I am sure you will see them at the dog parks soon, LOL!




 My hubby found this during his clean out and reorganization of the garage.  It came with his father's tool box.  I believe it to be a key, possibly for a prison cell block?  It weighs a ton, and it about 6 inches long.  So interesting!  How did it come to be in a tool box that has not been opened for 40 years? 


Does anyone know anything about this object?





Have a great day, each of you!


Julie

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Solid fabrics


Good morning to everyone!!!  I have been really enjoying seeing a solid colored fabric quilt come into being on Bonnie Hunter's blog!!!   I have a little stack of solid colored fabrics that I have been wondering what to do with for a while.  I already had this pattern, from long ago,  (I think from my mom) and also NOW I HAVE A SPECIAL RULER to help make these blocks!   They are just coming together like a breeze!!!  


Please go see Bonnie's quilt here, and I will bet you she will be offering a pattern for this one!!!!  Hers is just so pretty!

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Borders It Is! (And FREE SHIPPING!)  Isn't that so fresh and pretty??????  




 I also got another doggie sewed.  Blue heeler...must be!!!





Have a great day, everyone!!



Julie

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Slow stitching on Sunday!

Happy Sunday to everyone!!!  I pulled this quilt top from the closet, wondering what had stopped the progress on it.  It was the hand work!
So I started blanket stitching those little petals down, and this is my slow stitching of the week.  I am linking to Kathy's blog, here.  

Kathy's Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching (kathysquilts.blogspot.com)


I just love this quilt...I made it, but don't know what sew along it was...but I like it!!
I found a new sew along!  Just right for a baby quilt.  Here is my first puppy dog!  You can find all the patterns here:  

Dog Gone Cute - Sew Fresh Quilts



 Tomatoes are coming on like crazy!  I went out and picked a few, before the wildlife eat them!!!



We went to the DFW National Cemetery.  We do not know anyone buried there, but it was a poignant memorial of a soldier's service for country and their fellow man.  We honor our fallen this weekend.  Over 73,000 veteran's graves are located there.  Lots of people were there, and tons of flags were flying.  One grave had a blanket on it, with a young widow perched on top, talking to her lost soldier buried there.  Tears flowed.  



Julie

End of month update!!

This little quilt is my mini of the month for May...see Wendy, at the Constant Quilter, to see a lot more little mini quilts!!
Here are my latest blocks for Cathy's and my collaboration, Mrs. Lincoln's quilt.  Here is my applique block, and here is my pieced block for the month. 
Great fun!!!

 I am also playing with some lovely fabrics, and here is my first block.  I am loving making these blocks!!



Julie

Monday, May 24, 2021

Quilting is done!!!!

Oh, this is an exciting day!!!!!!!!!!  I got quilts back from Millie, my quilter!!!!!  I always plan to hand quilt everything...until I get so far behind that I am about to implode.  The above Circular Motion quilt is one that I truly love.  I always meant to hand quilt it...but when?  I am so delighted with the circular quilting design!!!
This is from last year, a scrappy quilt, from a bag of little scraps.  Again...love it!!!
And my alphabet quilt.  This one goes to the kiddos.  
I have finished the prep for all nine of these blocks...hurrah!!!  I will applique the pieces down on the house tonight.  
OH my.  This old, old jacket, belongs to my dear husband.  He loves it so much, and wanted me to replace the zipper.  
So I did!  It is so old...I bet forty years old, but it it is his favorite, so I fixed it for him.  I can no longer get the stains out...he just wears it around the garage and house.  Does your significant other have old, old clothes that they just love??
I recently received some amazing cookbooks!  I love them, and have made several recipes from them.  What is your go-to recipe for a fun evening meal at home???

 And this book!  This book is a great one.  Full of fun, great information, and good ideas...it is one I highly recommend for anyone who wants to look and feel younger.  I am re-reading it...a great book, so great, in fact, that I want my hospital to provide it to our heart attack patients.  I will try to get them to buy it!!  LOL!!  But otherwise, I am going to buy a few to keep in my locker, to give to patients who need this info and are looking to make an amazing change in their health.  





Have a lovely day, 


Julie