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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It 's Raining....

It's pouring....and my dog is snoring.  Really, she's snoring.  LOL

I've been getting some hand applique done.

This is Sally Post block 8.

And this is block 9.  I am working on block 10, it's almost done.  I have started prepping blocks 11 and 12 and I pulled out the pattern for block 3 for the Red and Green BOM.  Hopefully i can finish prepping them today.

So what did you think of the Super Bowl.  What an outcome.  I'm not a big fan of football but I did like the half-time show.  Love Lady Gaga.  Since I don't care for football I decided to start quilting my Westering Women quilt.

If you remember, I spent almost an entire day pin basting this quilt so I could machine quilt it.  Then I decided to hand quilt it using #12 Pearle cotton and doing a big stitch.

I usually thread baste a quilt I am going to hand quilt.  But I wasn't about to take all those pins out and then thread baste it.  It worked out pretty good with the pins.  My hoop worked pretty good.  So one block done and 11 to go.

Today is the 7th anniversary of my Dad's passing.  It was Super Bowl Sunday and his beloved Steelers were playing.  He didn't get to see the game.  I miss him so very much.  I spent the last four years of his life living with him in the upper peninsula.  I am so very happy to have spent that time with him.  Love you Dad.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your week is going well and that you get some time to be creative.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Little of This

And a little of that.  I've been working on a few different projects.

First up my Sally Post blocks.

This is block #7.  I am presently working on #8 and have blocks #9 and #10 prepped and ready to go.

If you remember I started working on the first block of FQ Shop's BOM.  I liked the block so much that I decided to make a quilt with just this block.  I think the block is called the Friendship block.  Well...that's what I am going to call it. I started making the blocks from a layer cake I had ordered from Connecting Threads.

I now have 8 blocks finished.  I decided to do negative and positive blocks.  I sat down at EQ7 and drew up the quilt I'd like to make.  It will be a large quilt and will have sashing with corner stones.  I purchased extra yardage for the sashing, borders and binding.  Then I started thinking that the layer cakes wouldn't be enough for the number of blocks I need to make.  I need to make 182 blocks.  So I went back to Connecting Threads to see if they still had some pre-cuts.   Yes they did.  So I ordered a FQ Bundle.  These blocks are only 5" so I'm sure that will be enough fabric.

I finished 2 of the blocks shown above this morning.

A while back I made up a bunch of small design boards.  They work out great for blocks 6" or smaller.  So after I sewed up the blocks this morning I prepped 4 more blocks.  This way when I get a few extra moments I have blocks cut and ready for sewing.

I went through my quilt tops (which are numerous) and pulled out 2 tops to get ready to pin baste.  I still have to quilt my Westering Women quilt top.  It is already basted.  My goal this year is to get as many tops finished this year as I can.

We have had such gloomy weather lately and snow.  But for the last 2 days the sun has come out and it is cold but beautiful.  The sun chases away the winter blahs.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, January 27, 2017

Woo Hoo!

Another one bites the dust.  I finished the 3rd of 4 quilts.  This quilt is made up of 9 patches I received in a swap hosted by Barb at "Fun with Barb"  I received the blocks in 2015.  Played around with them for a year...yes a year.  Finally came up with a layout and put the blocks together in 2016.

And Waa Laa....we have another finish.  Not sure if I will be able to get the 4th quilt finished before the end of the month...but if not I will put it on next month's projects.  The idea being this is going to be a stress less year.

I am planning on working on my Sally Post blocks till I get them all finished. This has been an ongoing project for a few years.  It needs to be finished.

These two blocks were repeats as the originals were used in another quilt.  I have one more prepped and 4 more ready to be prepped.  I'm getting excited about these.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Wishing you a very productive weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, January 23, 2017

Number 2 of 4 Done

I spent the morning quilting up quilt #2.  

I made this quilt top sometime last year.  Lots of plaids, gold and black fabrics. I quilted it on the diagonal and got the binding sewn this afternoon.  Happy to have the second quilt done.  2 more to go.

I finished the 5th block for Pat Sloan's Solstice Sew Along.

Another 20 blocks to go.

I saw the first block for FQ Shop's new BOM.  I fell in love with the block.  I'm probably not doing the entire quilt.

I started making the blocks using a Layer Cake I got from Connecting Threads.  I liked the block so much that I decided to do a whole quilt using this block.  I am going to have to make a lot of blocks since they are 5".  I checked Connecting Threads  and was excited that they still had yardage to match my Layer Cake.  I ordered enough for sashing, border and binding.  No rush to finish.  I'm taking everything low and slow and enjoying it.

Another project I wanted to work on is my Sally Post quilt.  I had finished 8 blocks once upon a time.  Then when working on my Ohio Sampler quilt I used 4 of the blocks.  Now I need to redo those blocks.

Here is the remake of block #3.  I have 3 more blocks prepped and will work on them in the evening while watching TV.

I'm so glad I made the decision to slow down and enjoy the process.  The only Sew Along I am doing is Pat Sloan's Solstice quilt.  Other than that I'm trying to finish up so long going projects and get some very old quilt tops quilted.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, January 21, 2017

One Down...3 To Go

Earlier in the week I got 4 quilts pin basted and ready to quilt.  One is a wall hanging, two are table quilts and the last is my Westering Women quilt.  I started with the smallest quilt.

Here is my Patriotic Sampler.  It consists of Swap blocks and orphan blocks.  The quilt top was finished years ago just waiting to be finished.  It feels good to finally have finished it.

So Monday and Tuesday was spent pin basting quilts.  Wednesday we went for a walk at Lake St. Clair Metro Park.  It was overcast and cool walking by the lake. 
The canal was frozen with lots of water on top of the ice.

I love the reflection of the houses on the other side of the canal.

The ice has captured all the falling leaves from the fall.

Today I am planning on getting some misc blocks done.  I have the latest block to test sew for Quiltmaker Magazine.   And maybe I will try and get another walk in at the park.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy