Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What is this mysterious fabric????

 Here my two blocks from today, made all from batiks, with an added contrast fabric.  One with high contrast!!  and one with low contrast.  I like them both...just different, aren't they??  I am having great fun with these!  The quilt planned has twenty blocks, and I have seven made.
 I am making pinwheel blocks from the cut off corners, and you know I love that!!
 But...my other cut off corners that have sat patiently in their box for years got upset!  "Make us into pinwheels too, they cried!"  So, I am doing that too...only one zillion to go!
OK.  I  got to go to a quilt guild meeting, and it was pretty darn fun!!  I brought a bunch of goodies for the free table, and they were snatched up...yahoo! On the free table was this piece of blue fabric.  It is a fun stripe, so I tucked it in my bag to take home.  THEN!!!

I unfolded it.  It is about 28 inches, selvage to selvage, which I think may tell some of you the age of the fabric.  I threw it in the washer, and washed and dried it.  Modern quilt fabrics are 44-45 inches wide.

It feels so funky!!  I cannot get a pin through it easily!!  I cannot iron it flat, even though soaking it with spray starch and water!!  It is slippery and squirrelly!!  What is it!!?  I love the subtle stripe and love the soft blue...but I will be darned if I know what it is.  It looks like the end was cut on the bias, like someone used it for binding?  LOL! It is FUNKY!!  Do you know what it is???  I still like it, however...Hee!!!



Have a super day!

Julie



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Home Blessing Tuesday!

 I am making progress on the Batik blocks.  Aren't they such lively colors??  Just can't help but make you a little happier!!

 I finished the blanket stitching around these applique pieces, and that was relaxing and fun.
And I did a little baking!  Bonnie Hunter Banana Bread...please see below for the recipe!


http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2007/10/banana-bread-recipe.html






Home blessing:  vacuum, empty all garbage and recycle, cull magazines, clean mirrors, sweep and mop, clean bathrooms, change all linens and towels, and then do the laundry.   That is my routine...and yours??



Have a wonderful day!!


Julie




Sunday, May 21, 2017

And then there were four!!

Here are my blocks so far, using batik fabrics.  Great fun! The pinwheels are made from the cut off triangles, using the connector corner method for piecing the blocks.  Super fun so far!!






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


We had only 3 critical care nurses on the whole floor yesterday.  I had two fresh hearts with swan ganz catheters, art lines, central lines, ventilators, chest tubes, pacer wires, foleys....all of it!  Plus!!  I had a fresh tracheostomy and peg patient, on the vent. Non of them stable, 2/3 on tons of drips with hourly blood sugars. 

I ran my BACKSIDE off.  Literally.  It is all gone  (NOT!  hee!)  I was so exhausted that I just collapsed when I got home, with over 20,000 steps on the step counter.  But?  I am OK today, and raring to go for the next day!  Sleep is a great re-set for me...how about for you?


Have a great day!!

Julie

Friday, May 19, 2017

A few blocks.

 Good evening, everyone.  I am working on block number four, of Cheri Payne's basket quilt along.  Everything is just pinned in place, so I have some stitching to do!!
 I was recently gifted some batiks!!  I have very few, so am very thrilled with these.  I am going to make this quilt, below. 
 Here is what the whole quilt looks like. I think it will look amazing, using these fabrics!!  Thank you, Randy!  The pattern is in the McCall's quilting magazine, May/June 2017 edition.
Just a little block, made from the leftover triangles.  It is 5 inch finished...just playing!


Have a super evening!


Julie

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hand quilted.

 I have completed the hand quilting on this quilt.  It has been through the washer and dryer, and that is a great thing, because:
 I was really wondering if the cotton, hand blanket stitched flowers would hold up in the washer and dryer.  They were attached with steam-a-seam 2, so I was very much wondering if they would hold up.
And they did!  So, I am very tickled about this method, and will use it again for other flowers and borders. 


Yahoo!

Have a great day, from the blogger who has posted twice today...Haha!!


Julie

Working quite a bit around here!

 Hi everyone!  I have been working a lot of days straight, so that is why you have not noticed me posting anything.  I did get the border on this little quilt.  It is the same as my folk flowers quiltlet border.  I tend to do that a lot...when I get something that works, I repeat it! Although this one was a bit tough.  The background and white borders were kind of a textured fabric.  It was in the stash, so I was trying to use it!  It was kind of difficult to use...and made the quilt a bit wonky. I laugh at the old time practice of deliberately making a mistake in a quilt...I make enough of them naturally, LOL!  This was on the list to finish this year, so I am very glad to get it to the flimsy stage.
 Isn't this the cutest quilt ever?  A very generous, kind hearted and loving person donated it, as a patient quilt.  I love it!
 It is all made of flannels, and is so snuggly and warm looking!
 Another scrappy lovely beauty...
 And a close up of the blocks.
 And this gorgeous quilt!!! 
 and a close up.
 And!!  Another flannel, soft quilt!!
 I love this block...isn't it fun?  Plaids make it sing for me.  A huge thank you, on behalf of our hospital patients, for these quilts.  These are being donated by an anonymous donor, to help share some love and comfort with some very sick patients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  They will soon be shared with sweet and loving patients!  I am awestruck with the generosity of this person!
Mother's day was spent at work...13 hours at the hospital, in charge.  Dear husband got me these roses...thank you so much!!






Have a great day, everyone!!


Julie

Friday, May 5, 2017

Folk Flowers!

 I used the leftover black four patches from my sampler project to make the border on this little wall hanging.  Just need a little (lot?) of stitching to bring it to life!!
This is my Zinnia tub...they are coming on, now!!  For many years, we did not have bees in the backyard due to pesticide use in the neighborhood...but I have a bee hive, now, and I love to nurture them!!  So...a gift for the bees!!!


Hope each of you has a great weekend!!


Julie

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Moving things forward....

 You may or may not remember that I made this Red Cross quilt.  I used some of the Celebration nine patches, from a swap I had some years ago.  2010, in fact!!  As you know, I am terribly border challenged, and a lot of it comes from trying to use what I have.
 So?  This is it, folks!  The little red border is 1/2 inch finished.  The outside border looks darker in the pictures than it really is, and yahoo!  Another border is on another quilt!!  Hey, Annie?  I found a label on one of the nine patches, telling me it was from you.  I love it!!

See Annie's blog here; it is a treat!!


https://anniesquiltorts.blogspot.com/



 Just in the spirit for moving forward, I sewed these blocks together.  The outside border is supposed to be black on this one, I guess...but I am wavering...not surprised, are you?
 What do you think??
 Here is a little leftover triangle quilt...rather wonky.  I like wonky!!













WARNING!!! SNAKE PICTURE BELOW!!














We found a very large snake in the back yard, and this is my hubby holding the tail.  Quite aggressive, probably afraid; he struck several times at us.  We think it is a water snake???









Have a great day!!

Julie

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This was not on the list...

 These are my Cheri Payne blocks, from her blog.  I just decided spontaneously to make these blocks, upon finding her blog!!

Please see her blog here:


http://quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com/

 The alternate blocks were fun to make too.  If you squint, you can see the diagonal pattern. Rosie is there, modeling for your viewing pleasure.  She is such a darling, and helps me with everything. 
This quilt was given away to a patient today.  This is one I made...rail fence, with 1x3 inch finished pieces.  The thing is, the patient?  Is one of my very best nursing friends.  She taught me how to English paper piece, and really got me going into quilting.  She has been retired, and is nearing 80 years old.  She was playing ping-pong at the senior center, and twisted, fell, and fractured her femur so badly that is required 5 hours of surgery, rods, plates, screws and cable to keep all the pieces in place.  Marilyn is a darling, and she is recovering...and she needed a quilt so that she can be snuggled up!!  Many months of rehab coming up for her...



Other events today...I was refolding some quilts in the sun room.  In there, I keep a very old ivy on a high shelf...I have had it twenty years, and it is huge, with long vines.  I tripped over a vine, pulled the whole thing down, shattered the pot on my head of all things, and ended up with the plant and vines trailing down over my head...my hair full of leaves, vines and wet soil.   I bet I looked like Medusa with those vines all over... SNORT!!!  I yelled for dear husband, but he cannot hear me...so...

I was fine, but it took about an hour to repot the plant and cutting about 8 feet of vines off of it...HUGE haircut for this plant, LOL!  Scrubbing up soil and mud and vacuuming and generally trying to get things back in shape...and some of it fell in a basket of scraps, so they were muddy and full of dirt. 

Heavens to BETSY!!!  Enough for this day, LOL!!!



Have a great day, everyone!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mimic!!

 Hey!!!  I saw a new way to use strings!!!  Please see Rose Marie's blog here. 

http://appliqueandpatches.blogspot.com/2017/04/four-chevrons.html



See what she is doing with her strings??  I was in instant love with this idea, and she kindly encouraged me to make my own quilt, using this idea!  Yahoo!  I was on it, today...and have been cutting out pieces to make my own string pieced chevrons.  I think her quilt is just beautiful!!  Thank you, Rose Marie.


I have love admired Rose Marie's precision piecing and joy she finds in displaying her quilts and quilt tops.  Love, love!!!
 The Cheri Payne blocks are going together like this.  Just need some more time...and this one will be in one piece!!
 This is what is for dessert, tonight...
 And the Zinnias are blooming!!  First tiny bloom, right here.
 Theses are the bees that I am trying to encourage to stay...they are gathering pollen from all over, and I hope that they stay for the flowers.  This is part of their back door, in the wood pile.
The tomatoes are growing.  There was a nice rain today, and that encouraged them, I hope.






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I am sorry I was griping on my last post about the mandatory nursing training that went on this week...but tomorrow?  I have to go to another 3 hours class!  This one is about diffusing difficult, dangerous situations, where you are attacked by a patient or family member.  I hear it is very physical and a lot of moves are practiced on each other.  Hope I never, ever have to take someone down or defend myself this way!!  Wish me luck...


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Have a great day!

Julie

Monday, April 24, 2017

Out of the quilt closet...

 Well I was straightening up the infamous closet, and I found this!  You can tell it is pretty dated, by the fabrics used...but I like it anyway, LOL! 
I guess the plan at the time was to have a 5x6 quilt, so thirty blocks.  It is rumpled and wrinkled, but I am working on it!  There is quite a bit of applique in the circles bits, so will take some time. 


Do you ever think, "Awwwwww, just make something out of what you have already done, and be done with the project, already!"  I do...but I think this will be cuter and more useful as an actual quilt if I continue on with it. 


Happy Monday, everyone!  This is my home blessing day...read:  CLEAN HOUSE DAY!!!

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


I had a three hour mandatory skills fair today, so it took a big chunk out of my day.  Grrrrr!!!!  Five mandatory classes this month, at the hospital.  Too much, I tell ya!!  The hospital is spending big bucks on this education stuff, but I can honestly say...everything I did this morning, I have done for years, and it was a not needed review for me.  I have been teaching this for years.  I would like to see some things I don't know so much about...like craniotomies or pressure readings inside the skull.  That is what I don't know, and what I would like to learn...

Do you have mandatory training where you work, too??


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Have a great day!


Julie

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Saturday!!

 Good morning, everyone! This picture is for Elaine!!! Elaine is a whiz at quilt making, and she quilts her quilts on her domestic machine...working magic!   You just have to go and peek at her work and be inspired!!  Please notice her amazing quilting; you will love it.

Please see her blog below:

http://elaineadairpieces.blogspot.com/2017/04/kaleidoscopes-watch-those-values.html

She recently showed a kaleidoscope quilt that is just amazing...and I remembered this one I made.  I misplaced a lot of pieces, and did not notice the value placement errors until it was quilted.  I still love it!  LOL!  I remember hand quilting around every piece and how joyful it was.
 A closer view of the hand stitching.  I usually have it flung over the door to the office, and see it each time I go in, but as time passes, it has kind of faded into the woodwork, LOL!  It was fun to take it down and actually look at it again. 
An anonymous donor has sent an amazing quilt for a patient.  This person's generous heart and quilt will not only warm a sick body, but also warm a heart with love and caring.  Thank you so much...this will go to someone who needs extra, extra, extra love and healing powers!!!



Stressful day around here...I will be glad when it is over, and a sleep carries us into a new day!



Hugs to all,


Julie




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Green strings---streak of lightning!!

 OK!  This is what the green string quilt decided to become.  TADA!!  It is done!  I have to tell you, I did not have enough green strings to complete this project, so I had to cut some strings from yardage and fat quarter pieces.  I used all the green up!!  Yahoo!!
Rosie is now posing for your viewing pleasure.  It just strikes me how many actual colors I called green, LOL!  I am grateful that my vision allows me to see and enjoy so many different colors...thank you dear God!  Emerald to almost yellow went into that bag, saved and treasured, to become this quilt.  I love strings!!!!!!!!!

This is the perfect size for a patient quilt...it will fit the hospital bed with some hangover, and be a good size to take to x-ray and other tests for some patient in the future, when I get it quilted.




Have a super day, everyone!!


Julie

Monday, April 17, 2017

Yes...a string quilt was definitely on the list!!

 I am bound and determined to use up all my strings, so I can get some more.  SNORT!!!  I really am in love with them...the simple little pieces that quilters often throw away are like candy to me. 
 I have been making string blocks, and now I am playing with them, and trying to decide how to arrange them.
This is super fun!!  I had one pink string that was in the green bin by mistake, so I used it too...that why there is a tiny bit of pink in this green quilt!


*************Home blessing******************

I did laundry, changed sheets and towel, vacuumed, swept and mopped, cleaned bathrooms and did dishes.  I love to be off on Mondays, because that is home blessing  day!!  Now I off to make rice pudding.

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Hope you are having a lovely Monday!!!


Julie