Friday, October 20, 2017

Featherweight!!

 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.



Julie

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Think Pink!!

 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!!

http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/2017/10/scraphappy-saturday-parade-of-pink.html



Be sure and stop by Angela's blog and see all the pink creativity going on this month!!


I prepped one more block for Jeni Gaston's Garden Mystery quilt.  Only two more blocks to go, and I will be caught up.




Have a super day, each of you!!



Julie K

Monday, October 16, 2017

Starting two new projects that have been on my mind!!

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.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/1164782056918053/




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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1653683711549152/





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!





Hugs to all!  Happy Monday!!


Julie






Friday, October 13, 2017

Working, working!

 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 did put a border on this little quilt, and I love it!  This is Lori's quilt along...please see here.

http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/10/palmateer-point-linky-party.html



You can see everyone's quilts if you click on the link!!




I started something new...a rail fence variation.  I am just playing with strips at this point, and have quite the little mess going on, LOL!!




*************************A Musing**********************************


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!




Any thoughts???



Hugs!!

Julie

Monday, October 9, 2017

"You can put lipstick on a pig....but it is still a pig!!"

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!"


OINK!!!


Julie

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mug Rug swap!!!

I was the lucky girl today!!  I participated in a mug rub swap, with the Barrister Block (Randy!); please see here.





This is the darling mug rug I received!  This sweet blogger blogs here:





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!!


Julie

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Humble quilt's quilt along!

 Here is my little quilt, for Lori's quilt along. Palmateer Point is the name of this quilt.  Scraps, of course!!


Please see Lori's blog here...she has these fun quilt alongs each year or more often...you just have to check her blog out!

www.humblequilts.blogspot.com


 And here is an older quilt of mine that is just about ready to hand quilt.  Little bitty pieces and wisps of fabric in this one.  It is very home-made looking...SNORT!!!
I am going to quilt the life into it...and then I will love it much better!!  I will figure out something for the muslin strips, too.



Hope you have a great day!!

Julie

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hope and Love

 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!!!


Have a day filled with Hope and Love!

Julie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Slow stiching Sunday

 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.

I am linking to Kathy, right here!!


https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/


I hope you have a lovely day, and I hope you have a few quiet moments for peaceful, slow stitching for yourself!


Julie

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Orange you glad it is almost fall weather???

 I have been working a little bit each night on the afghan, made from the Walmart yarn I could not resist. It is so soft and comforting!!  A bit of fall orange in it, too, is present.
Here is a lonely orange block, for the last day of the orange month, for So Scrappy.  I have three others all cut out.
 I put this border on the basket quilt.  It may change...maybe not.  I think when I put all the leaves on the vines, I will fall in love with the whole thing!
The moon tonight was just spectacular.  It had a huge orange ring around, which does not show at all in the picture.  Fall is coming!!

I am linking to So Scrappy...please go and see all the lovely and fun orange creations here!


http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/2017/09/scraphappy-saturday-farewell-to-orange.html

Hugs to all!  You are very special and important in my life...thank  you for being part of it.


Julie

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cheri Payne Basket blocks!

 I have absolutely loved this quilt along designed by Cheri Payne; these are her basket blocks.  She just gave you the shapes, and you came up with your own thing...and you know I love that!  She designed a total of 8 blocks, I think, but that would not make a big quilt. So, I decided to put together what I had done...after all, a wall hanging is all the 8 blocks would make, and that would not be enough for a patient quilt...so here I am.
 I love this block; it is my favorite!!  I learned a lot...like never put a 1/4 inch border around blocks.  It is quite tough to get super even, due to me using stretchy plaid fabric, although I was very, very careful...so I will defer to a 1/2 border if I choose to do it again.

I plan to add flowers and leaves to the vines, and also a border, when I figure that out, LOL!

Thank you Cheri Payne!!! Cheri has been going through horrible cancer treatments, and now is retired.  I am praying every day for her renewed health!!
 Another mug rug....
and another one! 


Speaking of mug rugs, I happened to be in the doctor's office yesterday, and had some blood drawn. While I was waiting, I was stitching on a mug rug and got it finished. The phlebotomist had a soda by her desk, and she just needed that mug rug, in my opinion!  So I spontaneously gave it to her...she burst into tears and said she just really needed that boost that particular day.  So it was totally wonderful to make a stranger happy with a little bit of quilting.





Have a great day!

Julie

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Not a quilting post!

 This little darling was running in traffic, as we were on our way home from Costco.  We pulled over and called for her, and she came right to me!!  She is home with me now...
Apparently, she had gotten out of her yard and was wandering, and was so hot and panting when we found her.  Luckily, she has a collar, and mom has been called and her doggie mom is on the way to get her. 

She is a darling, and may weigh 5 pounds, if that.  Such a sweet little baby!!!  I am glad this is having a happy ending!



Julie

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Crochet and stash enhancement!

 Well...here is how it happened.  I was in Walmart the other, picking up some household things...and wandered into the yarn and fabric department.  I found this pretty, pretty yarn!  It was not expensive...like you amazing sock knitters use (I secretly lust after your yarn!); it was just soft and very pretty to me.  So?  I bought four skeins, which is all they had of this particular colorway.
 This is the start of my afghan.  Just simple double crochet.  The yarn is quite tiny, so is taking a long time to get from one end to the other.  I am loving it!  This is the most relaxed I have been in a long time...all I did today was walk, do laundry, and crochet. What a fun day!
 I also found some fat quarters for 99 cents each.
And some fabrics, which will help along a few projects I have brewing in my head.



OK, let me tell you about the Walmart fabric counter experience:

I found my fabric, and went to the cutting counter, and there was no one there...so I rang the bell, and no one came.  So I went and found an associate in electronics, and he said he would call someone...he did not.  So, I went the found two other people, and they all said they would call someone...no one came.  So?  I and another lady who was waiting about 30 minutes, cut our own fabric, and used the label/printer/scanner and made our own labels.  I use a similar system at my hospital, and whoever was supposed to work there was logged in to it.  No one ever came, and a manager walked by and did not say anything to us.

I went to check out with the cashier and got home, and checked my receipt...and they did not charge me for the fabric!  Growl!!!!!!!!!!!!  So back I went to the store and told them...at last they got the $ and I took home my blue fabrics. 


I feel like these poor associates are spread too thin.  The department was clean and organized, but the other part was lacking.  Any experiences with them?  I very rarely buy anything there.  They were probably running around like crazy!




Julie


Friday, September 22, 2017

More about the birdies!

 This is just a wee mug rug I made lately, from strings.
I made one more orange bird, this one facing the other way.  Although I made up my own pattern, I have discovered a couple sources of patterns for birds, thanks to y'all. 



Lynn at the Patchery Menagery has made a few bird quilts...hers are elegant and just lovely in her studied fabric selections and artistry. The first link is to her pattern, and please take a look at her blog, too!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/466148677/lynnes-liberated-birds-tutorial?ref=shop_home_feat_1

http://patcherymenagerie.blogspot.com






The next link is to a Craftgossip pattern, which is a free one...I like the little added triangle at the bottom of the bird's breast, so I will be adding that piece to my next birdies.  I would love to make some birdies each month, of different colors!!


http://quilting.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-bird-block/2015/12/03/




Hugs to all, and hope you are having a wonderful day!


Julie


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A few birdies!!

Orange is the color of the month at So Scrappy...so here are some orange birdies!  Just an experiment...they are fun to make and quite easy.  I don't know who made up the pattern, as I just saw a picture on Pinterest, and I could not find a source.  So if this is your birdie pattern...thank you, it is darn cute!!  I think I will make some facing the opposite way, too.  I think all birds are sort of lifeless without their eyes shining, but those will be added after quilting, I think.

I am linking with a few people!!  Should be fun to see what everyone is doing!!




Linking Up:

Freemotion by the River (Linky Tuesday)

Em's Scrap bag:  moving it forward!


I tried to link to lots of blogs, but some links were closed, and I am not savvy enough to link to some...so!!!  I will try again!!


Julie



Monday, September 18, 2017

More about scraps

 Here is where I am on the flying goose quilt.  I think these geese are lost...going every which-a-way!  I have about twice as many blocks cut out and ready to sew...and it will be a colorful, scrappy quilt for a patient, one day!
 I have been sorting my strings from the laundry basket into shoe boxes.  Here are my nursing clogs...so you know what size these little shoe boxes are.  The boxes were on sale at Home Depot, so I bought a box full of them.
 And here are my strings, sorted by color, as best that I could, into the shoe boxes.  Rosie Posie the poodle helped a lot by wallowing and playing in the pile of strings that I was sorting, and gleefully getting a string or two in her mouth and running and prancing into the other room with them!!  I love that baby doggie!!  And I just love strings...love piecing with them and going through the boxes to pick out a piece.  Love, love, love!!

 This is just a picture of the quilt I put up, for autumn...I really am enjoying this quilt. It was a quilt along by Jeni from the Willow...it is still up and free to print off on her face book site.
This beautiful quilt was given to a bypass patient this last week. What a  lovely person...never an ugly word or cross thought.  Just grateful and oh, so sick.  She was an educator, very well read and just a super smart lady.  Not only did she have that huge surgery, she had a stroke afterward.  All of the nurses are taking turns spoiling her, and being her nurse at the hospital.  What a blessing for her...and she loves her quilt!!

This quilt was given anonymously, to donate to a patient. Thank you so much... It went to just the
right lady...hurrah!!









Have a great day, each of you!!


Julie K

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Scrappy start!

  I find that I am really uneasy and restless without a scrappy project to piece in my spare moments.  I looked through my already cut out pieces, and discovered enough pieces to make this quilt.  Tonight, I started piecing!!  The blocks are 6 inch finished, and that makes each flying goose block 2 x 4 inches.

My wish is to sew up every single scrap of fabric I have.  A lofty goal, to be sure...I better get sewing!!



I have been thinking of the fate of the quilts I have so enjoyed making and loved...I guess it is really about the quilting journey, for me. The finished quilts are humble, and really made to keep people warm in body and spirit.  None are great masterpieces, yet I love them as if they were.  I want these quilts to go to people who need a warm boost and quilty hug.  Do  you know what I mean?  I prefer that they are not sold in an estate or yard sale someday, but rather, go to people who can use them, now. Any thoughts?


Hugs to all!!  I am so glad my Florida friends are safe and unharmed...please keep posting, if you are able!!


Julie

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The top is finished!!

 The pink and red scrap top is done!  I guess this would be called a basket weave pattern, but I intended it to be a Rail fence quilt. Oh well...
 Finished to this point makes me smile!!  I hope I corrected all the laying out errors, LOL!
 I found three more heart rocks...I collect these.
Now here is what has been occupying me lately!  I found this little mourning dove in the grass, in the neighborhood, as I was walking to the post office.  It was at risk...lots of cats around, and this baby was not flying.  After watching it for some hours...I made the choice to pick it up and take it home.  After consultation, I took it to the Wild bird sanctuary and rehab place.  This place was magical!  Thousands of birds, from huge pelicans to tiny finches.  This was absolutely the right decision...this birdie would have been killed for sure, and now it has a chance to live. I loved seeing all the birds they have rescued, from eagles to raptors of all kinds, to hundreds of injured and tiny birds of all kinds. They rehab back to the wild.





Julie

Friday, September 8, 2017

A lot more circles!

 Here is what I have been doing, behind the scenes.  This is the folk art circle quilt, with a lot more circles added!  This is pretty labor intensive...but I like it.
 Lots more work to be done!
This quilt has some rows actually sewn together!  Hopefully I can get the pieces going the right way, all the way through!



***********************Hurricanes!**************************



My  heart and prayers are with those in the mayhem of Harvey, and also impending monster storm coming to Florida.

*********************************************************


Julie

Monday, September 4, 2017

An oldie!

 I made this quilt a long time ago...unfortunately, I did not date it, because I just didn't for some reason!
Here is the whole thing.  Strange as it may seem, I did not see the huge, glaring error in it until I took this picture. OH well...perfection is for God alone, it seems!!  This is a hand quilted one.  Bright solids are fun!!


I am working on some quilts, but nothing picture worthy...behind the seams (scenes) stuff!!


Julie