Wednesday, February 3, 2016

365 Update

I don't work on these blocks each day.  I usually wait till I have 5 days of patterns.  Here are blocks 21-30.

365 Blue

365 Scrappy

That's it for today.  I'm off to prep the next four 1857 applique blocks.

Have a nice day. 

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's February!

It is usually gray and snowy this time of the year but today the skies are blue and the sun is shining.  Not good weather for quilting...good weather for getting outside and walking.

I managed to get a few things done this last week.

Here is block #1 for Barbara Brackman's latest BOM. 

I put my gray churn dash blocks up on the design wall.  I cut out the balance of the blocks and made 4 yesterday.  I need to make 6 more blocks and then I can sew the top together.  I put up a new design wall.  I bought a curtain rod, 3M hooks and curtain rings.  Put those up on the wall and clipped my new Fons and Porter design wall (my son got it for me for Christmas).  I like this new set up.  The old one covered the closet that I keep boxes of fabric in.  I had to take down part of the design wall down to get into it.  This one I can just slide it out of the way.

I made it to JoAnn's last week and picked up the backing for the above quilt and backing and binding fabric for my blue and orange quilt.  I plan on basting the blue and orange quilt later this week.

My goal this year is to finish up projects that I have started in past years and get some quilt tops quilted.  Speaking of which....I went through some piles in the sewing room and found some already basted wall quilts that need quilting.  The one I decided on finishing is.....

Flower Baskets by Cheri Payne.  I has been basted for quite a while waiting to be hand quilted.  Last night I quilted around all the flowers and the vase.  I marked the quilt with vertical lines and got a few of them quilted.  This will be a finish later this week.

I'm off to go for a walk with Sammie and then hopefully find some sewing time.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Not Sure....

I'm not sure if I like my border fabric or not on my Old Voices quilt.

It looks better in the photo than it does in person.  But still not sure. 

I started the 1857 Sampler by Sentimental Stitches.  I'm going to do a different layout.  Not sure if I like the diamonds in the corners.

I love the blocks.  I'm not using solids as I don't have many and am trying not to buy fabric right now except for backings. 

Speaking of backings.  I need one for this quilt.  I plan on finishing up some old UFO's and this one is scheduled for February.

The quilt top is finished I now need to get some fabric for the backing and binding.  I'm thinking on going with orange.

Another UFO I plan on finishing is my gray Churn Dash quilt.  I made this a while ago.

Yesterday I cut out another 6 blocks.  I'm hoping to get 20 blocks total.  These are 12" squares.  The quilt will be 4 blocks by 5 blocks.  This is also on my list for February.

I'm working on so many BOM's that won't be finished any time soon so it is nice to have some projects that I will definitely get done soon.

So I'm going out to buy some backings and then come home and get some sewing done.  I hope you have time to get some sewing done.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Busy, busy, busy...

When the weather gets cold and the snow flies I get busy in the sewing room.  My goal for each month is to pull a UFO from the to be quilted pile and get it quilted.

I found this one in the pile.  It is a wall hanging that I made from a Sew Along with Sarah V.

I thought it would be a good chance to try out some FM quilting.   I used my new sewing machine and the FM foot.  The center wasn't so great...but as I got used to FM again the top section was better and I really liked how the bottom section turned out.  I just quilted around the applique on the border us the FM foot.  It's a little wonky but it is finally finished and hanging on my sewing room door.

The other day I told you Hubby and I were going out for the day.  It snowed a little but not too much.  We went out to lunch at Applebee's.  I had a spinach salad with grilled shrimp and loaded potato soup.  Yum.   We left there and went to one of my favorite quilt shops "Linda's Country Quilts" in Davison, MI.  I bought some fabric to use for background on a new project I have in mind.  We left there and went to an Antique Mall.  I was disappointed.  Couldn't find anything that called out to me.  Just before we left I saw some quilt blocks that were folded and pinned together.  Turned out they were appliqued blocks.  Not old, but beautiful.

One of the blocks was already trimmed but the rest were not.  They are over lapping in the picture.  I love them and hope to put them together soon.

Like many of you I am working on the 365 Block sew along.  I have 20 blocks finished in both the color ways that I am doing.  I'm trying to make 5 blocks at a time.

I didn't notice that I had cut off the top blocks in this picture.  Oh well.  For the rest of the month I need to finish the borders on my Old Voices quilt, keep up with BOM's and find a new WIP to work on.

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep warm, safe and busy sewing.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I can't believe it.  After 5 years Henrietta Whiskers is finally done.  The last quilting stitch was done on Tuesday night.  The binding was finished last night.  I got up early this morning and put her in the washer and dryer.  And now....

I quilted around the applique and then cross hatched the balance of the quilt.  It is now hanging on the wall in the living room.  Hubby says it is his favorite quilt.  So glad to have this quilt finally finished.

I received the patterns for January's blocks for the Cabot Cuties II BOM.  Here are blocks 1-11.

These blocks finish at 4 1/2". 

Hubby and I are going for a ride today, out to lunch, antiquing and visiting a few quilt shops.  Hope you have something fun scheduled for today.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, January 15, 2016

It's a Finish

My first start and finish of 2016.

I finished my tumbler quilt.  The backing is a light gray and I used it for the binding.  Not real fond of the gray as a binding. goal this year is to shop from my stash and that was the only yardage I had.  Not too much flannel in my stash.

Now I'm off to the sewing room to get caught up on the 365 block a day.

Stay warm and get some quilting done.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Weather Outside is Freightful

And it snowed, and it snowed and it snowed....

Good for sewing time for me.  But first, this is what I woke up to.

More to come today.  We were spoiled this year.  50 degree temps in November.  Couldn't hold off forever.

I've been working on my 365 blocks.

I don't do them everyday.  I wait till I have a few blocks to make.  These are fun to do and surprisingly only 3" finished.  This isn't my original fabric choices.  I original started making them using some charm squares.  Then I saw what the completed quilt was going to look like so I switched gears.  Then I thought I loved the scrappiness of my original design.  So....

I decided to do both.  I had only made 3 blocks using the charm squares.  So I sat down and caught up.  I love how both of these look.

Yesterday was productive.  I got my tumbler quilt pin basted.  I found another UFO from 2 years ago (a wall quilt) and got it pin basted too.  I want to try some FMQ on it.  Then last night I got part of the final border on Henrietta marked and started quilting.  It is so good to see the finish line for this quilt.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay warm, or cool depending where you live and I wish you time to get some quilting done.

Hugs, Cathy