Monday, December 26, 2022

Mystery quilt, clue five

Happy day after Christmas!!!  Clue five of the mystery quilt has been released, and many of us are hard at work sewing pieces and parts, and surprising, we are making blocks already!!  

Mine are super scrappy.

I have two made, and others in the pipeline!  Great fun!

 A dear friend from my childhood (we are talking 50 years ago) has sent me these cat blocks.  Rather, she sent me the brown pieces.  I have this many pieced. How fun to connect with someone I used to do 4-H with at 8 years of age??

Hope you are having a great day, each of you!  I am in cleaning mode...zoom, zoom!


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Mystery quilt, step four finished

Good morning!  Above are my mystery quilt clues.  I am caught up!  Hurrah!!  You can find the mystery here, and all the clues are available, but will not be free forever.

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Chilhowie Mystery!

I finished hand binding this quilt.  It is very, very heavy, as the machine quilter chose to put minky on the back and save my backing for a later quilt. She asked me if I trusted her, and I said yes.  So, I have a very different quilt, and I really like it.   IT IS HEAVY!  Like a weighted quilt.  It reminds me of the quilts we used as a child, which were so heavy that it made it hard to get out of bed.  It was hard to bind, because of the bulk of the minky fabric, which is a very soft, thick, fur type fabric.  

I finished this binding as well.  I am so glad to get these accomplished and in the books!  This quilt is a chemo quilt.

I used another fabric for the binding...using what I have.

 I finished the hand quilting on this little quilt.  I adore it...because it is plaid, LOL!

Have a lovely day, each of you!  I work on the holiday, so Merry Christmas to you! Our hospital is overrun with covid, flu and RSV, like every other hospital in America.   Maybe I can be off Christmas Day if our unit stays closed???  Haha!  Likely story!


Saturday, December 17, 2022

Progress, and Linking to Lori, at Humble quilts!

Good morning to everyone!!  I am linking the above image to Lori's blog, Humble quilts.  She had a super fun quilt along, making the above quilt.  While my quilt is not completed, I really like it so much (read love!)  and cannot wait for my days off to work on it!!  I am stuck at the borders.  Lori said she had trouble making the borders fit that were in the book, so I am considering what I need to do.

Please see the above post on her blog.

I am playing with these blocks, and want time to finish them!  They are 6 inch finished.  

I am working on the mystery quilt too.  See the free pattern here, at Quiltville.   I will show pictures later, as at this point I have a bunch of cut out pieces, and some pieced units.

 I love this tiny quilt, made by Janet...I have it out year round, but it is precious to me, especially at this time of year.  Please see her blog here!

Have an amazing day!  If your day is not amazing...make it that way!


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Mystery quilt!!

Good morning to all!!!  Mystery quilt season is upon us!!!  I have been steadily sewing these little units.  It is great fun to make this quilt each year!

Please see here...the quilt just started and there is plenty of time to join in.

Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Chilhowie Mystery!

I saved the tiny bits cut off from the above clue blocks and made tiny little half square triangles.  Geesshhh!  They are itty bitty!

 This little buddy is a quilt made from my "Welcome quilt" cut offs.  I love those plaids!

A great 1930's saying is:  "Waste not, want not."  Although the saying is actually much older in derivation, I like to think it came from that era.  

Hope each of you is having a lovely day!


Thursday, December 1, 2022

November monthly mini

Good morning to all! I finished this little quilt, and it is mini of the month for November.  It is machine quilted from the back, using the pattern of the fabric for a guide for the quilting.  

I made my first flowering snowball block!!  Great fun, and lots of potential here!

 A few more bowties came into being.

Hope each of you is doing fantastic!


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Quilting along! and Plaids truly are the best thing ever devised by mankind!! or close...

I am catching up Lori's quilt along! It was a whim that started this, and a whirlwind that finished the center.  I am so delighted with it!!!  I truly enjoy working with plaids...part Scottish, ye understand!  Plaids from a friend made this all the sweeter.

I changed the house block.  The original one had templates and set in pieces, and I decided to sew a bit simpler one.  I also changed the bottom left block.  I sewed this mostly in the middle of the night, and could not get in the quilt closet for fabrics, (did not want to wake anyone!), so I used strips and pieces that I had already cut.  It was fun to make do with what I had on hand.

It feels so great to so engaged in a project!

I would like to donate this to the hospice unit, but then got to thinking...would this be OK to give to them for our waiting room?  Does anyone really feel welcome in that unit?  Or it just a sad part of life to get through for these visitors?  Or should it be more professional and less scrappy than this?


On to the borders!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Welcome quilt quiltalong!

Good morning to all!!  Lori is having a quilt along; rather, she has been having it!  It is coming to an end, so I have to catch up.  Above is the pattern.  So cute!  (Lori)

Of course, I had to make all the letter blocks first.  

I love all the scrappy plaids!  Plaids just make me so happy, and I do not know why.

A beginning, anyway!!

 These are my dark blue bowties.  I love these little blocks.

Hope you are having a joyful day!


Sunday, November 13, 2022

A day off from the hospital.

I found this border for my quilt of valor in my stash.  Yahoo!

 I sewed the orange bowties.  Now on to blue!

This was a fast crocheted prayer shawl.  First person who needs it, gets it at my work.

Have you seen these primitive kitties?  They are so cute when they have faces on them!

Hope each of you is doing fantastic!


Friday, November 11, 2022

Just a bit of progress!

Good morning!  I have made a tiny bit of progress on my modern quilt.  I love the pops of color!!

 A few green bowties showed up!!  I am trying to finish at least one rainbow quilt for the year.

Hope you are doing great!  Can anyone help me get blog comments to go to my email again?  Sigh....not working.


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Disappearing four patch, and a mysterious quilt.

I am making progress on my disappearing four patch. Plaids!  What can be better?

Oops!  I see some misplaced blocks.  I will have to be very careful with this one.

This quilt is a whole cloth quilt, hand embroidered.  

It is yellowed and the top edge is frayed, from someone pulling the quilt up to their chin, I imagine.

 See the fraying?  It has some small bulges in the very thin batting, which I believe are cotton seeds.  The quilting is absolutely amazing.  The tiniest quilting stiches are throughout and the edge was turned to face and stitched together.

Any idea of the age or provenance?

Have a great day!


Friday, October 28, 2022

Good afternoon!!

Hello to all!!  I have been busily hand quilting on this quilt.  I have nearly all of the border done!  I have quilted around each square, on both sides of the tiny green sashing.  Hand quilting is addicting!!  So, the whole thing is stabilized, enough that I could apply the binding.  By the way, I used 2 inch strips for the binding on this one.  It turned quite well. Very tight and full, just like the quilt judges told me I needed to work on.  So, maybe I will use that width of binding strip from now on. What do you use, pray tell?   Such a lot of stitches! I wonder how many stitches are in a hand quilted piece!

I finished the above binding as well.  Dear Janet sent out some tumblers, and what fun they are!!  Thank you, Janet! I love the pink tumblers best.  This one is hand quilted, and the binding done.  Hurrah!!!  It even has a label.  Gasp!

Bonnie Hunter has a quilt along going on, as a leader and ender.  I made a different kind of quilt.  This one will be a quilt of valor.  Good progress on this one.  But borders are needed!

 I finished hand quilting this mini, too.  It lacks binding, so I will get on that job.  I added some spiral embroidery to a couple of the circles.  Just a thing to add some interest!

Please see Wendy, here, to take a peek at all the lovely mini quilts in the works!!

The Constant Quilter

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

Have any of you had a loved one with dementia?  I find this frequently, dealing with my patients as a nurse, but I am wondering about family dynamics and how it affects your world.  Just exploring how to help my patients best.


Have a lovely day!  Big thanks to Kathy and Cindy for checking up on me.  I did not mean to be absent so

 long from the blog!


Friday, October 7, 2022


Good afternoon!  I sewed a border on this quilt.  Hurrah!!  All from my stash, which feels great.  

Scrappy blocks rule!!  LOL!

I found this little block in the quilt closet and wondered why I did not do anything with it?  Hmmmm!!!

I found a purse pattern and made it.  It is a really good pattern!  Here it is:

Honestly, it is purse sized, not library tote sized.  I guess I check out too many books!  It is not quite big enough for that purpose, for me, but the PERFECT purse size, and I love it!!

I am making more of these blocks.  They are so fast, honestly!

 Here is the block.  Nice and graphic when put together.

Hope you are having a lovely day!

Julie K

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Scrappy goodness!!

Good morning to all!!!  I have been enjoying working on whittling down my 2.5-inch-wide strip bin.  I selected some strips, kitted up these blocks, and here is where I am.  I did have a humility block in the middle of the quilt, where a black piece was turned around, but I correct that.  Now I see another one!  It is staying!  It seems that the black nine patches make the brighter colors that much more vivid. 

I tried to put the bright blocks in the center, and the duller, darker colors toward the outside of the quilt.  Now I am faced with the border dilemma, as usual!  I am not sure what to do for a border!

This is my mini of the month for September.  It is displayed under a small collection of Halloween goodies.  Great fun!

 I bought a couple of mums from Home Depot and will decorate my front porch with these things.  I love fall time!

How are you doing, each of you??


Wednesday, September 28, 2022


I have the day off work today!!!  Hurrah!  I am working on my disappearing nine patch quilt.  PLAIDS!!  Rule the roost!

(And I am cleaning, honestly, I am)

So, may I ask your opinion?  Is this light-colored plaid an outlier?  Does it look funny in the quilt!  Should I take it out?

Thank you for your discussion and wisdom!

 Here are all my blocks on the cookies sheet...all cut out and ready to sew.

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

I am so very grateful for you, my friends.  I have been so stressed the past while, trying as I might to make an awful situation winnable.  Sometimes, to win, you have to let go.  I am grateful for that lesson!  I just love my new unit...great team, and all seem to be on the same page...PATIENTS first!!!

Thank you for your support!!


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