Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kitty cat tutorial!

 I made a tutorial for the kitty cat blocks I have been making.  They are fast and fun to make!! Some pieces are turned differently in the block than I have show up above...I was just showing all the pieces cut out.

Cutting instructions; please cut as follows:

Print fabric

5.5 inch x 6.5 inch rectangle (cut 1)  this is the body of the kitty
4.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangle (cut 1)  this is the head of the kitty
1.5 inch x 9.5 inch strip (cut 1)  this is the tail of the kitty
1.5 inch x 2.5 inch strip  (cut 1)  this is the small part of the kitty's tail
1.5 inch x 1.5 inch squares (cut 2)  these are the ears of the kitty

Background Fabric

4.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangle (cut 1)  spacer between head and tail section
9.5 inch x 1.5 inch strip (cut 2)  these are side border strips
10.5 x 1.5 inch strip (cut 1)  top border strip
4.5 inch x 1.5 inch strip (cut 1)  ear section
3.5 inch x 1.5 inch strip (cut 1) spacer connecting body and tail
1.5 inch x 1.5 inch squares (cut 7)  for connector corners

 Here is my little, very professional drawing...giggle!  Well maybe not professional, but it worked for me.
 Here are my cut out pieces. I sewed the ear print pieces to the 4.5 inch strip, using the connector corner method.  I sewed two background connector 1.5 inch squares to the head print section.  I then sewed two more of the background connector corners to the body print section, as above.  I sewed a background square to the 2.5 inch strip of print to form part of the tail.  I then sewed the two remaining background squares to the tail strip, to form the long tail.
 Then I sewed the head together, then added the spacer as above to form the top part of the kitty.  The body is also sewn together as above.
 And then here is the whole block, done!!!
Whoop!  I have two kitty cats!!  I am making twenty for this quilt.  I was thinking...I should just do what makes me happy, and what could be better for me than pink!!!  So please enjoy and make kitty cats to your hearts desire!

Thank you for your patience with my tutorial...hope you make some kitty quilts and please show me too!!

Happy Thanksgiving in advance...pie making has been on the agenda today, as I have to work a lot of the holiday...the hospital does not close!!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Sunday...and a cherished day off!

 Good morning!!  This is what I am doing for the sashing on my basket quilt...the patterns are free, from Cheri Payne.
 I decided to just make four baskets, so here is where I am.  Applique is super fun!!
 I have always wanted to make a big quilt from this block...so I made one, just to see...and somehow, I don't like it so much.  Maybe it is the fabrics choices I made...so I will wait on this one.
 As I was cleaning, I found pieces and parts of old quilts, and some of them found their way into this little pink quilt.  The nine patches were leftover from a mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville...who by the way!  Has a mystery quilt coming up, if you didn't know!!  Please see the link below to check it all out!!


 I have been saving Christmas fabrics forever.  Why?  Why am I saving it??  The time is now to move forward with making something!!  I cut all the Christmas fabrics scraps into these pieces...and will create, I hope, a lovely Christmas quilt to be enjoyed throughout the season.
 This was the pile I started with!  Yahoo..progress feels amazing!!
The final kitty block  is done...and I have written instructions, so I am forging ahead with cutting out the whole quilt now.  Whoop!  I do not want to step on any toes, if this is someone's pattern, but I figured the kitty block out after several block trials.  I would love to share the pattern, but do not want to take away anyone's livelihood, if they are selling the pattern.  Does anyone know if this is a copy written pattern??  Or is it just one of those patterns that has been around forever?  And would anyone be interested in the pattern, just to make your own quilts from??  I mean just to share the pattern, not to sell it...just for us to enjoy together!!

Have a great day!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bordering and moving on!

 I am looking at that closet with the quilt tops all hanging up in a neat row, and those quilts are reproachful and say to me..."Why cannot I,  at last, have my border?  Why can I not get quilted!!!??"  All right, all right, LOL!  Since the above quilt top is so, so busy, I just used a plain border...so I just need to cut threads and get it quilted.  This is made entirely of scraps...even the border was cut from two pillowcases that were given to me.
 Same with this quilt...a plain border.  Pretty bright, yes??
 Closer to getting done!!  I am so happy!!
It is fall time here, and the vines are failing, but the melon vine is still trying to reproduce.  Nature is amazing!!!

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

Hypothermia protocol.  This is the process of cooling the patient after a cardiac arrest, in order to help preserve brain function. We have recently had two of these patients, cooled to 90-92 degrees F, and both of them are doing much, much better!!!  Hurrah!!



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Using those strings all up!

 I have sorted all my strings, which I just am in love with! into colors.  I have been playing with brown strings, and have made some log cabin blocks.  These are fun and mindless and soothing to make...love that!
 What if I make the 4 1/4 inch blocks into bigger blocks, then sash them? They finish at 3 3/4 inches, being made of 1 1/4 inch strips.
 Or like this, instead?
Each of these is a plastic shoebox from Home Depot, with the strings sorted into their colors.  This process was fun and time consuming, but I think they are much more usable and fun now, all sorted out!!!  After all, the goal is to USE them, not just HAVE them, right???

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

I would like to do a study on sensory deprivation and confusion and dementia in older patients.  I had a 90 year old fellow come in, pretty sick...and was immediately told in report, "He is confused and demented."  So, I went in, with lots of eye contact and love and a little stimulation with hand holding and time...and he IS NOT confused!  The problem is:  He cannot see!!  He cannot hear!!!  And no one really talks to him!

So, with some TLC in the form of sitting down, talking to him loudly and getting close enough he could see me, he proceeded to tell me of his life as a University physics professor and his world travels and his family and politics!!!  So...I think that many older people are kind of shuffled aside and given a diagnosis of dementia, when it is truly sensory deprivation, instead.   Of course not in all cases, but in a fair few, I have found this to be true...

By the way, the golden oldies are my favorite patients of all time.  Frank and truth telling and earnest...I love them!

Any opinions??


I hope each of you is having a great day!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Winners! and also some more drafting of cats!

 So, here is the latest cat block trial. I think I like this kitty better.  Do you??  Fatter and somehow better...except the white I used is sooooooo thin.  For my quilt blocks, I will use a better fabric quality, but for this mock-up, it was OK to use the scrap of white.
This was the original cat I drafted.  This one is a alley cat...kinda skinny and scrawny, and in need of a good going over and lots of love!  I will finish it into something fun, though!
This piece was in some scraps, and it had no letters on it...but I think it must have been "welcome", so I cut out those letters and will applique them on and it will be a finish!!  Hurrah!!
I had a request for biscuits today, so I made these. Buttermilk biscuits, and they were really quite good!  Very simple, and I found the recipe on pinterest.  The only thing is...they were really tall and fluffy when I first took them out of the oven, but as they cooled, they fell a bit.  Any suggestions?

And a cherry pie.  It got cut into quite soon after baking, so I did not get an after picture...and it is pretty good too.


I have been working tons, so have not gotten any big projects finished, but lots of sorting and such.  And speaking of that, a lady at the quilt store added some crumbs to mine, so I have enough to give away 4 boxes, from last post!!  I am keeping just the ones given to me as gifts, that are nestled away in my pretzel bin, because I want to use them all up!

Winners, randomly drawn!!  Congratulations!

Joyce Carter
Marga Pieper

Please send me your snail mail addresses, and I will get your crumbs of fabrics to each of you!!!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Catting around...now that does not sound very nice, does it???

Just drafting a wee pattern to see if I could do it...the next time will go more smoothly!  Great fun!!!  And I know how to press it now...everything toward the dark side.  I wonder if the addition strip of purple on the bottom is good, or bad...any opinion???

Happy Saturday!!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Crumbs, or the story of NOT being a hoarder, LOL! or...are you a crumby quilter???

 OK...well as quilters, we love fabric.  Tons and lots and big pieces and yardage and itty bitty scraps; it all warms our little hearts.
 I have been saving crumbs; pieces that are irregular and smaller and not strings (Strings are my secret or not so secret addiction!)  into this 3 gallon plastic pretzel bin.  I could easily fill another  one!  I think that I could sew a couple of crumby quilts from this bunch of smaller pieces.  I really want to share some of these crumbs...and not be a hoarder, LOL!  These are all from my personal sewing, over the years.

So...are you a crumby quilter?  I think I would love to give away at least this many crumbs of fabric, to some one. Maybe a newer quilter who does not have a big stash, or someone that just wants to make a crumb quilt!!!  If you just comment that you would like some, I can send a box to you, stuffed full of crumbs, and some bigger pieces, too.    If there is more than one person, I will have a drawing next week. 
 This is a pretty sweet girl, don't you think??  Rosie is a quilting poodle!
Here are some of my found 8 inch blocks laid out.  I need a few more for a full quilt...so will keep on stitching!

Have a super day!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


 Scraps-R-US!  I was cleaning and organizing, and found a whole quilt made of these blocks...rather, I found the cut out pieces, and some blocks already sewn.  If you squint your eyes, you can see the light and dark scraps better.
 This quilt...well, I put a lime green border on it!  It came out in the pictures as somewhat garish, but really, it is a pretty green that just screams springtime!!
 This one is pretty scrappy...hundreds of different fabrics,  mostly cut from tiny pieces, not strips.  I love that!
I found some more 6 inch blocks...it was a start on the Splendid Sampler, but then I went with red, white and blues, instead...so I have more blocks to add to my stack of 6 inch blocks...to someday put in a quilt.

I worked on EIGHT quilt tops to get ready for quilting...that mean pressing and cutting threads (I think this is mind numbing), and matching backs to tops.  Binding is at the ready...and that was the biggest portion of this day. PROGRESS!!  Fully half of these will be patient quilts, so that makes me happy, happy!!

Hope each of you is having a wonderful day!!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thinking Pink!

These are my Pink month offerings!  Onward!!

I am linking to Angela at So Scrappy...please see her blog here, to enjoy all the pink creations going on.

Julie K

Friday, October 27, 2017

Orphan Train!!

 Well, I had a big box of blocks, just saved from projects started and not finished, etc.  I am trying to downsize and consolidate, so I tried to put like blocks together, and want to get these quilts finished and on to new owners to enjoy!  Above, the heart blocks go together, of course!!  Plaids and plains...love these, for sure.
 I found eight 12 inch blocks.  If I can make 4 more blocks, they could make a patient quilt.
 And these bright blocks!  I tried to put these all together, in some cohesive manner...needs more thought and work!!
 I discovered enough 6 inch blocks of various kinds to make a sampler quilt.
 And also, enough 8 inch blocks to make another sampler quilt!  I think this was the Civil War sampler quilt, from some time back... maybe kind of a long time.
 Scattered through out the pile were 4 inch blocks...here.
And three inch blocks!!

So, do I scatter all these blocks throughout a big Orphan Train quilt?  Or...make a series of smaller quilts!??

I have no idea...but the heart are beckoning to me, as hearts always do.

Hugs to all!!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Garden Mystery!

 I have prepped another block for the Garden Mystery, by Jeni Gaston.  Here is where I am so far...it is not looking cohesive for me yet, but I look forward with great anticipation to every block!

 Here is some of the embroidery on the leaves...it did not show up well, but there it is.  I like it!!
 I am working on the hand quilting of this quilt...I tried to machine quilt (stipple) the outer border...boy, what a disaster.  It was a mess from the word go!! Every single time I try to machine quilt, this is the outcome.  Makes me really dislike trying it... So, I hand stippled it, and put the binding on.  I still need a bit of hand quilting in the center and the binding sewn down...
I got this one, lonely Spooky block stitched and trimmed...and I trimmed it 1/4 of an inch too short.  Dang it!  I sewed the rest back on and trimmed it again and pressed it down...hopefully it will be lost in the seam allowance.

So onward!!  I had to giggle at all these errors today!!

Hugs, Julie

Friday, October 20, 2017


 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.