Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quilted!!

 Tada!!  It is quilted!!  I still need to add circles, which I will...or not.  Dear husband did not like the circles, so I may leave them off.  But I like them...
But it is quilted!!!  And that is just so cool.  One of my big wishes in life is for a long arm quilter of my very own.  But for now??  I just have to wait!!!


Now, dear friends...what is your suggestion for a binding color???


Have a super Tuesday!

Julie

Monday, August 17, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!!

The Turning Twenty mystery quilt is shaping up!!!  It is great fun to make these blocks...Please see Tricia's sites here!!





See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!



See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!


See Tricia's face book page here!!!




Have a wonderful Monday!!!

Julie


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Postage Stamp Progress

 Cleaning up projects!!  That is what I am trying to do.  This is a BIG job, though!!  8000 little squares...no strip piecing.  Just 8000 little squares, asking to be one big quilt!!
At one inch finished, this will be an 80x100 inch quilt.    This is about 25% done at this point, maybe a little more.  I am trying to be very accurate, and actually PINNING some!!  Whoda thunk it!!!  Hope each of you is doing wonderfully today!




Have a great day, everyone!!!

Julie

Monday, August 10, 2015

Progressing!!

 Filling in the blanks here!!  This is Texas Tumbleweeds, a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  This represents all the batiks I own...a sampling of every single one. I have a few strips left of each one...but here it is, the whole kit and caboodle!!
A closer view.

Of course, I still need to sew blocks together and find a border...all in due time!!!


De cluttering!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 Cosmetics down by at least half.  I do not need blue eye shadow from years ago, which I never wore anyway.

Shoes...down by half...that was harder, but with a deep breath, it is done!!  Donated the nice ones to a lady at work who wears a small size, like I do, tossed the oldies too.

Linen closet!!  Working on that too...sheets and towels are going too, for donation.  I cannot get rid of my mothers and grandmothers hand embroidered linens...sorry, those are staying!!!  I think one set of extra sheets is all I am keeping, and donating all the rest.  

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Nurse's notes


I met the most darling man today!!  90 years old...a world war two gunner, who served on a destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean.  He described himself at 17 years old, in charge of a group...and feeling the heat of flak searing close to him and landing on deck.  And him running and humping it back into his gunner's nest!! A round thing, he described, kind of where he lived for a long time...serving our country.  He said the thing he wanted most is to get back home, way back then...and I am so glad he did.  He said he has been married  for over 60 years to an, "older woman," who is 96 years old.  Did not get to meet her yet!

Blue eyed and bright as a button...he says he talks too much, but I was honored to hear his story.  I ignored the phone for a while and just listened to him.  Loved meeting this gentleman!!!  This is what I love about  my job...getting to meet these darling golden oldies!




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Winner!!!

The binding blitz quilts were amazing, as always, this month!!!  By random number, the winner is Julie Letvin of Me and My Stitches, HERE!!  http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/2015/08/finished.html




Thank you so very much, everyone, for entering!!!  I need to take a month off from Binding Blitz with your kind permission.  August is a killer for me at work!!!

ACLS, CPR, TNCC, Skills lab...all of these are really going to take a lot of my time...


So keep on binding, and save them for the September Binding Blitz!!!  An extra special gift is up for grabs!!


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Have a great day,


Julie


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Texas Tumbleweeds!!

 My dear niece and I have decided to make a Texas Tumbleweed quilt...another Bonnie Hunter quilt.  I found it in the Quilt maker Magazine; here:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=14144   I also think it is in her latest book!!
  Here are all the blocks I have made so far.  This are made from the leftover white portion of a backing, and a piece of black treble clef print I had leftover.  I used all but one 2.5 inch strip of the black, and I used the wrong side of the fabric.  Just a hint of those treble clef motifs!!  I am using no new fabric...only stash.



De clutter and Cleaning of the Day!!!


I am working on decluttering, each and every day.  Today, I tossed a whole basket of hotel shampoos and lotions into the donation box.  It is silly for me to save all these...for years...and never use them.  The women's shelter has a need for these...so off they go, at least the good ones, ready to use.!!  Also did the same for all my bathroom cabinets...use it...or it is out the door!!!



I feel lighter already...I am going to do a little each day.



Binding Blitz!!!!


Did you see how many Gorgeous quilts were finished in July!!!  Hurrah for you all!!!  AWESOME  WORK!!!

Have a great day, everyone, and happy sewing!!


Julie

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!

 Turning Twenty, Block number three!!!  I love this one...I am making my quilt out of all scrappy red, white and blues.  Loving these patterns!!  Thank you, Tricia and all the ladies at Turning Twenty!!

A lot of times, I will make a little something out of little pieces of a current project.  This is what I made out of the same fabrics I used for the Turning Twenty block from this week.  It is 6 inches finished...just a mug rug...but a FINISH! That's my story, and I am stickin' to it!!


See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!

http://turningtwentyblog.blogspot.com/


See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!

http://www.turningtwenty.com/

See Tricia's face book page here!!!

https://www.facebook.com/TurningTwenty?fref=ts






I am working on another Bonnie Hunter quilt...but also?  I am starting in on a house cleaning and purging adventure! At least that is what I am calling it...I want 1/2 of my possessions gone.  It will take a while, but I think I can do it...and I want the room to enjoy life and just have space!!  Wish me luck...I guess I am at that age, huh???



Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Binding Blitz!!!!

This is TOP secret...you know, I made a string X quilt before...this one!!   Haha, not really too big a secret, but I don't know if I have showed this before on the blog.   I added flippy corners to the blocks, and it made this design.  Hand quilted through every string!!
And a blue and red border...again!  The latest one in last post had blue and red too, just reversed position.


BINDING BLITZ!!!!


Please add your link below!!!  A random drawing will be held in five days for the winner of the fabric/quilt kit for July.  Can't wait to see your finishes...thank you so much for participating!!!


Julie



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Can I get a Whoop whoop!!!?


Well, well...I think I started sewing on this quilt on July 20th.  It is August 1st, friendlies...and the top is done!!  Yippee Skippie!!  This is a land-speed record for me...the fastest sewing I have EVER done to date!

 This was in response to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville's blog posts, talking about her stash, and her determination to use it up!!  Me too...me too dear Bonnie!!  Of all the things I had, the strings spoke to me the loudest, so I chose Bonnie's string X pattern (free on her website), to make a string quilt.
 So now...with the additional added circles?
Or without?  What is your opinion, oh great and learned quilters of yore!!!??


Thank you, everyone, for putting up with multiple pictures of this in progress...at last, it is in one piece!!!

Have a great day,

Julie

Thursday, July 30, 2015

String X!!

 Tada!!  120 String X blocks completed, and they are sewn together!!  Just need a border or two...whoop!!  I used everything in this one...completely scrappy.
 You can make circles by making a four patch, then backing it with fusible web and blanket stitching it down, or needle turn appliqueing it down.  Your choice!!
You can make hearts too...out of four patches!!  Have fun!!


Have a great day,

Julie

Monday, July 27, 2015

String X blocks

 Hi Everyone!!!  I am enjoying my string piecing!!  I have made this much progress so far, making string x blocks.  You can see the free pattern HERE!

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/string-x.html
Another view.  Everything is in here, so I thank everyone who has ever gifted me a tiny string...it is in here!!!


Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Using it up!!

 Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville recently had a eye opening-stash organizing experience, and she has spurred me to greater efforts to use up my own stash.  Even string stash, which I prize and hoard above even new yardage!!  Above are 100 string X blocks, (just the beginnings) and you can find the free pattern right .HERE.
 So thank you, Bonnie, this basket is almost empty now...this is the before the string blocks picture!!  Hurrah...don't you like my basket from the eighties?  I have used it, and used it, and used it!!
 These are some old pillowcases that my sister gave me.  Hand embroidered by my dear mother.  They are precious to me, and I love them!!  All out pillow cases were embroidered and embellished...thank you, Mom, for those precious memories.
 My son recently had an over seas trip and found a hand painted fan for me..love it, and thank you dear son!
In cleaning out my sister's home, in preparation for her move, she found some salt and pepper shakers of my mothers.  My mom collected them, and when she died, they were all wrapped carefully in newspapers of the time, and stored away. All this time, they have never been unwrapped, and they were recently taken out and unwrapped and admired.  This newspaper is dated 1977...the year my mom died.  These kids in the pictures were the ones I grew up with, from early childhood.  I loved reading the article from my small home town, and remembering those salt and peppers from my mom's collection.





Just some tidbits today...




Have a great day, every one!!

Julie

Monday, July 20, 2015

"Seeing Stars!" Turning Twenty download day!!

 Remember that the first and third Mondays are Turning Twenty days!!  Tricia and the Turning Twenty girls are offering this free quiltalong...Remember to go and download your block....and here are my blocks!  Scrappy red,white and blues.  
 I put some small circles in the middle of the orange peel blocks, for my table runner.  I am in the process of appliqueing them down.  Liking it much better!!
And in an effort to use my stash all up, I am making String X blocks.  This is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville.  I love making these blocks!!  I use muslin foundations, but I think most people use phone books,  Either way...anything goes in these blocks!  Any scrap that fits is USED!!







Have a great day, everyone!!  I have a chicken roasting in the oven, and zucchini bread baking too...so supper will be yummy!!


Julie

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Some oldies!!

 My sister just got married, and she is cleaning out her home, preparing to move in with her new husband.  She was married 48 years to a dear man, who got Alzheimer's and passed away.  Four years later and totally unexpectedly (to her and all of us), she got remarried this past Friday!  Hurrah for happy endings and new beginnings, no matter how old you are!!
 This quilt top was in her house, and she does not know where it came from.  It is totally hand pieced, even those long sashing strips.  I love it...very worn and parts are missing, but it is so charming!
 I made a little heart quilt...lots of these have been made and given away.  I love hearts!!
 My mother had ALS, and before she passed away, she was starting another quilt.  This is the last quilt she worked on before her death. My sis gave this to me too.
I love the old fabrics, and the pieces of cloth that made up dresses and aprons that I recognize from my childhood and my sister's as well.  Thank you, Mom, for a glorious legacy..I love you so much, and I know you are having fun up in Heaven!!!







Have a great day, all!!

Julie

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A log cabin variation

 Happy Thursday!!  I am attempting to make a quilt like Lori's, at the Humble Quilter. She had the coolest quilt on her bed for Fourth of July...and I asked permission and she granted it, to try and duplicate it!!  If you click on the picture, you can see the colors better.  It is made from leftover shirts and plaid strips.
 But as you know, those quilts take on a life of their own!!  So here is where I am.  It is much brighter in person...I am enjoying it so far!
 The blocks centers are fun, made of a plaid, almost gingham. I will keep working on this one...
And Rosie is always in on the action!!  My constant little helper...Love her!!






Have a great day, everyone!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sewing it up!!

 So today?  Using it up is the name of the game!  I take very seriously and enjoy very thoroughly any little piece of flotsam and jetsam fabric that I am given, or acquire in some way.  I feel it is my responsibility to use it all up!!  So I am, with great JOY!!!  A scrappy rail fence quilt top...any goes, right???  I so appreciate my friends who have gifted me scraps and strings...I USE THEM!!
 These are the centers of some scrappy log cabin variation blocks.  Homespun is what the vision was, and I think I am right there on that, LOL!!
 The little trimmings from cutting the above quilt are all wadded together, pressed flat with lots of starch, and sewn over free motion.  So...nothing goes in the trash, and I have a hot pad I don't mind getting a little oven drippings on...because when you wash it?  It becomes better!  No poly in these...just cotton.  Poly transmits heat!  (Ask me how I know...)
 Two of these...
 Well, my old iron bit the dust.  I guess it did not like being dropped to the tile floor.  Imagine that...So I was using this old, old travel iron; the very one I sent with my son to college that he never once used! Kids just don't press much these days, they have much more fun things to do!
My husband saw that I was using this old iron (in the spirit of using things up) and went out and bought me this iron!!  I am so excited to use it for the first time.  Thank you dear hubby!!




Hey, everyone have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!!!!



Julie

Thursday, July 9, 2015

OK, inner border is on...

 It just had to be scrappy!  I had some strips in the 1 1/4 inch binding bin.  So they became the border.
I really have no clue after this...I still want the light and airy look, so I am still thinking!!!


Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Winner! and some progress with my scraps!

 All together now!!  I have these scrappy blocks all sewn together.  I will put a tiny flower in the empty black box bottom right.  And then on to the borders!!
 It is such a light and airy quilt, I hate to put a big dark border on it...but I have these strings all ready. Hmmm...I will have to ponder on that!!  Do answers come to you, sometimes, in the twilight of sleep??  Sometimes they do for me!  I dream in quilts, I guess!
 This is the July Binding blitz prize!!  So...bind away, friends, and this fat quarter bundle and pattern could be yours.
This is the little pattern included...of course,  you can use the fabric anyway you want.  I just loved the bundle, and hope you do too!!!  Sorry for the horrid picture, but you get the idea.


Thank you so much, all of you who participated in the June Binding Blitz.  I love seeing all your amazing creations!!  By random number, the winner is:  Audrey at Quilty Folk!!  Audrey, I will be sending you an e-mail...




Have a great day, everyone!!