Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Happy Place

Is my sewing room.  I've been spending some quality time in sewing room lately.  Crossing off lots of projects from my "To Do" list.

First up is my April Blocks from the Hip Chicks BOM.

The center block is going to be star points for the center medallion block.  I had to make 4 of them.  The flowers were suppose to be fusible applique. But you know me.  I had to needle turn applique them.  I almost gave up a couple of times.  They were a little too little.

Next up...I am a huge fan of Cheri Payne.  I fell in love with her Common Threads series.  Here are the first set of 4 blocks.

I have already shown you the flower pot block.  I finished the other three blocks yesterday.  I can't wait to start on the next set.

I started working on the APQ QAL blocks last month.  My goal is to make an additional 3 blocks this month.  Thereafter I want to make 4 blocks a month. Here are last months block and a block I made yesterday.

I'm so glad I decided to make all my blocks in Red and Blue.  The original quilt has every block a different color.  I was amazed to see that my reds and blues in these two blocks are so similar.  It wasn't planned.

My final project is something that was started 2 years ago.  I just kept putting it aside to work on other projects.  I felt it was time to finish it up.

Sarah Vee from Sew Joy Creations asked if anyone would like to join in a QAL. I decided to join along.  The center blocks was her design.  The rest is mine.  I plan on getting it quilted this month.  Then it will hang on my sewing room door.

Well that is it for now.  It is going to be a rainy day today so a good day for getting some more sewing done and tackle another project on my To Do list.  Mmmm.....I think I will make some more Jacob's Ladder blocks.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Finish and a Win

I finished my doll quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts.  

The quilt is 16" x 24" and was fashioned after an antique doll quilt I saw on pinterest.  It was so much fun making and hand quilting.

I also made my recipient a sewing bag and pin cushion.

I hope she likes it.  It went into the mail today and should arrive at its destination on Saturday

Now for the win.  Last week I was visiting one of my favorite blogs "Geoff's Mom" and she was having a giveaway.  I won a pattern on my choice.

This is the pattern I chose.  It came on Tuesday and yesterday Hubby and I went for a ride and ended up at my favorite quilt shop "Linda's Country Quilts".  I needed some shirting's for the background and some Cheddar.  They are in the wash right now.  I forgot to take a picture.

So for 2 days I haven't gotten much done.  Hoping to make up for it today. The weather here is fantastic.  Suppose to get up to 60 degrees out.  So the windows are open so I can listen to the birds as I sew.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Few Projects

I have been busily sewing away.  We were not able to go up north and visit my son and his family...BAD weather.  He got 12" - 15" of snow.  We were afraid we would snowed in.  We will try again in a couple of weeks.

I got the top made for the Shoo Fly Quilt.

 I cut my sashing 1/2" smaller than white sections in the shoo fly blocks.  Same with the corner stones.  I was going to add a red border but I really like the way it looks as is.  I am going to make the binding red.  This is the quilt I am making for Debbie who gave me her grandmother's Featherweight.  I am going to get it sandwiched next week and start machine quilting it.

I finished some more BOM's.  First up is Quilt Doodles.

Some months there is just one block to made and others there is a whole row of blocks.  These are 6" finished friendship starts.  The background fabric is a small blue window pane check.  It reads more gray.

Next up is Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM.

It is going to be a very Patriotic looking quilt when done.

The last is Aurifil BOM.

Here are the first 4 blocks.  I am planning on using a polka dot fabric and the gray background in all the blocks.  Not my usual fabric choices...but sometimes you just need to try something different.

When done here I am going to trim up some little doll quilts, add some binding and a label.  One is for me and one is for the Doll Quilt Swap hosted by Lori @ Humble Quilts.

And finally...I showed you my challenge quilt I did with the Bluebird Feed Sack.  Now is time to vote for your favorite.  I have no chance of winning because the quilt I love (Julie's Star Quilt) is so ahead in the lead.  But go check out what we have all made.  You can vote in the upper right corner of Emily's Blog.  This was such a fun challenge.  I tried something I wasn't used too and am happy with my results.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  While sewing I am watching the Tigers play Baltimore....good game.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Time to Reveal....

Today all the participants in the Blue Bird Challenge will be revealing their quilts.  I was at a loss as to what to do.  I wanted to make a wall hanging that I could hang on my Kitchen wall.

This design was out of my norm.  But I did want something round.  It took a while to get the blue and yellow circle.   Both circles are hand appliqued to the background.  The quilting is hard to see but it radiates out.

This was a fun challenge.  Now you get to be involved in it.  

Emily from Ems Scrap bag is having a linky party for all the challengers.  Then you get to vote on your favorite quilt.  

I would love for you to vote for mine.  But if another is your favorite, please vote for it.  No hard feelings.  The quilter with the most votes will receive a fat eighth bundle of 30's fabrics.

I can't wait to see what everyone has done with their Bluebird feed sack.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools Day

Mother Nature played a trick on us.  It is sunny and warm and it's not snowing.  You may not think that that is a trick but with the weather the way it's been it feels like a trick.

Oh well....On to April's "To Do" List.

1.  Finish the Shoo Fly Quilt Top and if possible get it quilted this month.

2.  Make 8 more Jacobs Ladder blocks.  Then I can finish the quilt in May.

3.  Work on the Medallion Quilt QAL that Lori and Randy hosted last year.  I need to work on the final applique border.

4.  Finish up my Doll Quilt for the Swap Lori hosted.

2014 BOM'S

1.  Sugar Shack  (This one is done photo to follow)
2.  Globetrotting
3.  Hip Chicks
4.  Country Threads (This one is done photo to follow)
5.  Quilt Doodles

I would also like to make a couple more of the APQ QAL

Here is my Sugar Shack April Block.

Here is my Country Threads April Blocks.

And here is a picture of a couple of fabric bags that I made.  Freda got me interested in them and I have plans to make a few more.

The one with the sewing items is going to someone I am making a quilt for  and the other one is going to be mine.  I plan on making a bunch for Christmas presents.

Well thanks for stopping by.  I need to get some things made as I'm going to go up north Thursday to visit my son.  It's been a while.

Enjoy the Spring weather.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 29, 2014

So Many Projects

So little time....

I just finished testing a pattern for a designer.  Will share as soon as I can. That took up three days.  

I made the quilt top for the Doll Quilt Swap I signed up for at Humble Quilts. I wish I could show you but I can't till it's done and on it's way.

I'm working on the border for a quilt I started early last year.  It's an appliqued vine.  So nothing to show you there.

But I do have one block to show you.  It is a block from Cheri Payne's Common Threads Series.

There are 4 blocks in each pattern.  She just came out with 2 more patterns in the series with 4 blocks each.  Of course I ordered them.  I still have to make the other 3 blocks from this pattern.  It should make a very nice quilt.

Well that is it for today.  Our snow is finally gone.  It is suppose to rain most of the day so I guess I might get some more sewing done.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Finish and a Start

Since I finished my to do list I started a few new projects.

This is a little quilt I made.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it.  But I have a couple of people that this would work in their bedrooms or living rooms.

I ordered some scrap backs and had some gray fabric lying around so I thought I would do the Aurifil BOM.  The prints used were all scraps.  I had to add some fabric to make it work as some of the pieces were longer than my scraps.  This is totally outside my color wheel...but I like it.

I'm always a little late to the party.

I've seen a lot of quilters have been doing the APQ SAL.  Since I had a little time on my hands I thought I would give it a try.  I love this block.  A little time consuming cutting all the little pieces but well worth it.  This is going to be my Sunday sewing project.  It will be scrappy and each block is going to have a different red and blue fabric.  I think I am looking at my next bed quilt.

On a weather note....snow is almost gone but the temps are in the 20's and we are expecting that nasty white stuff in the mail tomorrow.  Meanwhile I sit in my cozy sewing room finishing projects, starting new ones and dreaming about I want to make in the future.

I hope you had a great weekend and a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy