Monday, April 17, 2017

One Week Later

It's been a week since I had my second Carpal Tunnel surgery.  I'm more sore this time and more bruised.  But I'm able to get back to sewing.  I planned ahead and got some projects cut out.

First up.


Here are the first 2 blocks from the Buttermilk Basin BOM from 2015.  I decided I need to start working on this again.  I have the next block prepped and ready to go.

I decided to add some different blocks to the friendship quilt I have been working on.  This is from the Fat Quarter Shop.


These blocks are called Box in a Box.


I started a new project....I know who would have believed it....lol





The quilt is called "Vivid Grid" and it is a Color Girl Quilts pattern.  I found it in the latest issue of Quilts and More.  I'm using a couple jelly rolls designed by Primitive Gatherings.

And finally...


This is a project I started years ago and then ran out of steam.  The block pattern is called "Bow Tie Log Cabin".  The blocks are 6".  I just got tired of looking at the project box with the blocks in it.  So I pulled them up and found I had 36 blocks.  I sewed them together 6 rows with 6 blocks.  Once my hand gets stronger I will machine quilt it and I will have a new table quilt.

Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Plugging Away

I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things.  Although I can fully use my right hand it gets sore if I do to much.  This will eventually go away.  I am having Carpal Tunnel done on my left hand next Monday the 10th.  Then I have to start all over again.

I finished sewing the rows of blocks for my Chain Reaction.


I love the jelly roll I used.  It is a Fig Tree fabric.  After my hand surgery I will sew the rows into a quilt top.  This is a project I started in 2014.

I'm trying to work on some of my older UFOs.


This is from a few years ago.  It's an APQ quilt along.  This is block #8.  Only 12 to go.


Another on going project.  This is a Cheri Payne pattern called Common Threads.


This is block #11.  It's the second for this block.  The first one was used in another quilt.


I've been getting the Sew Sampler Box from the FQ Shop since they started.  Each month I received a pattern for a block.  The last box I received contained the 12th block and setting instructions. 


I decided to start it.  This block is 8" and the fabric I am using if from a fabric roll of Japanese fabric.  The theme is Alice in Wonderland.

I've been working on Sally Post block #14 I don't have anything to show you.   As I said earlier I can only work on my hand work for a short time before my hands start to hurt.  This is on hold till after my left hand surgery.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Can Finally Sew Again

It's been a little over a week since I had Carpal Tunnel surgery.  Yesterday I had the stitches removed.  I still have some soreness in my hand but I am so happy to say I can now sew again.


I sewed 3 rows of my Cross Terrain together.  The rows are randomly sewn together.  After I'm done I will put them in the order that looks the most appealing to me.


I had a hard time pinning the blocks because I still have some pain.  But each row I sew the less pain I have.

Today I finished sewing the binding down on my Modern Gwennie.  I only had  to finish one side and managed to get it done this morning.


It looks pretty wonky here because it is up on my design wall.  I'm going to sending this quilt to Lori at Humble Quilts so it can be part of show in May.

I am itching to get some applique done.  I only have about 3 weeks and then I am going to have my left hand done.  I didn't realize how bad it was until I couldn't use my right hand.  I will be so glad with I am done with this.

I wouldn't have believed I would have Carpal Tunnel surgery and a week later I would back to normal...with just a little stiffness and soreness.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying some sunshine.  It is glorious here although a little bit on the cool side.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Few Finishes

I'm trying to finish up a few projects before my Carpal Tunnel surgery on Monday.


This is block 3 for the Red and Green BOM.



This is block 13 for my Sally Post quilt.  I still have block 14 prepped and ready to go.


I got all the blocks sewn for my Cross Terrain quilt.  I put them up on my design wall and played with them till I was happy with the placement.  I took the blocks down and clipped them together by rows with binding clips.  I got one row sewn together.  Hopefully I can start sewing sometime next week.


This morning we went to watch my granddaughter Ashley play hockey.  She had one game last night (they won) and one game at 10:00am.  We had about an hour drive to get there.  It was like a family reunion.  All four of my kids were there and 3 of my grandchildren.  My brother and his wife were there and even my ex-husband came.  It was a nice time.  Ashley's team won 8-0 and she scored a goal.  They have 2 games tomorrow.  I'm hoping to make it.

Monday I have my surgery scheduled for 6:00am.  Hopefully I will only have a few days down time.  Until then I hope you get some sewing done. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tired Hands

My hands have been bothering me.  I have tremors and numbness.  So my doctor sent me to a Neurologist.  He did an EMG.  Sent me to a hand surgeon.  The outcome is I have to have Carpal Tendon Surgery on my right hand.  It is scheduled for March 13.  Luckily I am have a scope surgery.  The doctor told me I will only have a 2 to 3 day down time.  After that I will be having the same thing done on my left hand.  I am so happy that I will have minimal down time as I have so many projects to work on.

Speaking of projects....   Here is what I have been working on.



Here is my Sally Post block #12.  I have 13 and 14 prepped and ready to go.  I am working on the 3rd block for my Red and Green quilt and will show you my progress soon.


Next up is my Friendship blocks.


Here are blocks 21-28.  I only have about 150 blocks to go...lol.  I think I may make a smaller quilt.

Finally up....  I have all the blocks sewn for my Cross Terrain quilt.  I am going to put the blocks up on my design wall later today and start getting the quilt top sewn.



I am excited...Friday my son, daughter in law and granddaughter will be coming down.  My granddaughter Ashley will be participating in a Hockey Tournament.  I love watching her play hockey.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunny and Cold

We haven't had much sunshine lately, mostly gray skies.  So it is so good to see the sun and blue skies.

I've been fairly busy but I can't show everything.  I just finished the last of the blocks to be tested for Quiltmaker Magazine.  They are for the next issue of 100 Blocks.  I also tested 2 additional blocks for a different group.  So I made a total of 4 blocks this last weekend for a total of 15 blocks that I tested.

Now for what I can show you.


 I finished 4 more friendship blocks.  I now have 20 made and only 162 to go.  Good thing I'm in no rush.



Last night I finished Sally Post block #11.  I have block 12 prepped and ready to go.



I started working on Barbara Brackman's Yankee Diary.  Here is block 1.  I love how it turned out.  I love working on quilts that have both applique and piecing.


I also quilted another block on my Westering Women quilt.  Again slow and easy.


I was going through all my project boxes and came across a quilt designed by Lee Heinrich called Cross-Terrain.  I didn't realize that I had the entire quilt cut out, a few blocks sewn and just waiting for me to get around to finishing it.


Each blocks is made of 4 units.  The blocks will not be pieced with all 4 units made of the same fabric.  They will be made using 4 different fabrics.  I just layed this out so you can see what the block will look like. 


The blocks are made using a jelly roll.  I am using a Fig Tree Jelly Roll.  I am using muslin for the back ground.


I have pieced enough units to make 16 blocks.  And I need to make enough units to make an additional 20 blocks.

The pattern was first published at Moda Bakeshop in October 2011.  If you would like the free pattern it can be found here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have found some inspiration to finish up some UFOs.

Hugs, Cathy



Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Finish

It's small, but it's finished and it's hanging on the wall.

 

Here it is...Temecula's Little Box of Chocolate.  I first saw the quilt on Janet O's blog Rogue Quilter.  She has made 2.  I want to make a couple more for gifts.


Next up....more blocks.


I finished 8 more friendship blocks.  I now have 16.  However I'm not real happy with the bottom 2.  The floral print is what I am using for the final border for this quilt.  We'll see if they make it or not.

I made 2 more blocks for Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge,


Block 6


Block 7

These are 12" blocks.  She just posted Block 8 and it's going to be 18".  This is going to be an interesting quilt.



And finally Sally Post Block #10.  I also have Blocks 11 and 12 prepped and ready for some evening applique.

Today when I was checking out blocks I follow I was excited to see that Barbara Brackman included a photo of my Westering Women on her blog.  I was so thrilled.  Today I am quilting another block.  When finished I am down to 10 blocks needing quilting.  Slow and steady gets the job done.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy