Friday, May 13, 2016

Doll Quilt Swap

Another wonderful Doll Quilt Swap hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts.  

This wonder full quilt was made by Roxanne Hooper from VA.  It's called "Little Lemoynes".  I absolutely love it.

Here is the back.  I love the yellow fabric.

I'm linking up with Lori.  She is having a linking party.  So stop by and see all the quilts.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Wonderful Weekend

My granddaughter Cassidy was in a baseball tournament this weekend.  Instead of driving back and forth at an early morning hour we all decided to camp for the weekend.  We stayed at Proud Lake State Campground.

This is the view we had from our campsite.  It was so relaxing.  Every so often a swan would appear on the lake.  There were so many different birds and wild life.  We had a Sandhill Crane fly overhead.  And were visited nightly by Raccoons.

The raccoons hit the first night....opening a cooler and eating 2 packs of hot dogs and got in our garbage.  The second night my daughter forgot to put the marshmallows up.  One marshmallow had a bite in it.  They must not have liked them because they took the rest of the marshmallows and threw them all around the picnic table.  

We spent the majority of the days watching Cassidy play baseball.  They won there first game on Sunday and went on to a second elimination game.  They lost in the last inning so they were done for the day.

Kelley and her family had to leave after the game but we decided to stay an extra night.  It was so peaceful...we had the park to our selves.

We started our campfire early on Sunday as it was getting pretty cold.  Sammie was glad we brought her coat and her pillow.

Luckily we had enough fire wood to keep it going till nightfall.

Since we were gone for 3 days and very busy I didn't get to work on the applique that I brought with me.  I do have some things to share with you.

This is  the Scrap Basket Sew Along designed and shared by Cheri Payne with her group on Facebook.  It was suppose to be wool applique (which I'm not good at...LOL) but I did mine needle turn applique.  Now it goes on the to be quilted pile.

I joined in on the fun Doll Quilt Swap hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts.  This is the wonderful Doll Quilt that I got from Roxanne.

They are the most perfect Lemoyne Stars.  I love it.

Well I need to get moving and start sewing...I'm behind on everything.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 6, 2016


My Giveaway is now closed.  Two winners have been chosen.


Karen Martin

Georgia Yates

Emails are being sent to the winners.  I'm going out of town today and will not be able to mail the magazines out until Tuesday.

This is the most popular block that I tested for Quiltmaker Magazines 100 Blocks, Vol. 13.

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, May 2, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Along

I am so excited to tell you about a new project.  Last week Lori @ Humble Quilts posted on her Facebook page asking if anyone would like to participate in a project she had in mind.  Of course I said yes.

The project involves 5 bloggers who are fans of Gwen Marston.  We will be making a Medallion Round Robin quilt.  We will not be mailing our quilts out but will be working on the rounds ourselves.  Each month one of us will be responsible for coming up with a theme for our quilt.  This month we will be working on the center medallion.   Lori has chosen baskets for the theme.

We will be posting pictures the first Monday of each month to share our quilts and let you know what the theme is for the next round.  You are all invited to join in on the fun.

Be sure to check out our blogs to see what we have come up with.

I have been a big fan of Gwen Marston for years.  I took a class with her about 15 years ago and learned so much.  

This is the quilt I made in her class.  All free form applique.  Not templates

And this is the book I am using for inspiration.  

I hope you will join in on the fun.  Come back next month to see what the theme will be for the next round and see what we have made for our center medallion.

Thanks Lori for coming up with such a great project.

Hugs, Cathy

PS:  Don't forget about the giveaway I am having for a copy of Quiltmaker Magazines 100 Blocks Vol 13.  Enter Here  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY!!!! Now Closed

I let it leak that I was a block tester for Quiltmaker Magazine for the 100 Blocks Vol. 13.  They kindly sent me 3 issues of the magazine.  One for me and two to share with you.  Quiltmaker is going to start their Blog Tour May 2-6.

Before I give you the giveaway information I want to share the blocks that I tested.  There were 8 groups testing blocks for Vol 13.  My group tested 12 blocks.

Block #1207  "Roary"
Designed by Janet Maurer

#1216 "Cloud Burst"
Designed by Cheryl Brickey

#1217 "Four of a Kind"
Designed by Jenifer Dick

#1222 "Pinwheel Star"
Designed by Nancy Mahoney

#1227 "Haywire Pumpkin"
Designed by Elizabeth Angus

#1231 "Ladylike"
Designed by Cheryl Brown

#1241 "Dawn's Early Light"
Designed by Bonnie Hunter"

#1244 "Shelton"
Designed by April Mazzoleni

#1249 "Brisa Bunny"
Designed by Margie Ullery

#1270 "Dancing in the Rain"
Designed by Kelli Fannin

#1286 "Bric-a-Brac"
Designed by Deb McDonald

#1291 "Churning Nine"
Designed by Doris Rice

It was so much fun testing these blocks.  So much so that I signed up for Vol. 14.  

Now for the giveaway....Leave a message telling me which of the blocks I tested that you like best.  You will have until Thursday May 5th.  I will pick winners Friday May 6th.  I won't be able to mail out the magazines until Tuesday May 10th as I will be out of town.  You don't have to be a follower but I would sure like it if you were.  Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the  giveaway.  Entries must be made on this post.

Hugs, Cathy

Giveaway now closed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sweet Gum Leaf

Oh the torture....  I started on this block right away.  The dreaded Y seam did me in.  I stacked all the pieces for the block on a design board and put it up.  Then yesterday I was checking out blogs and visited one of my favorites Fun with Barb .  She is also doing Barbara Brackman's BOM Westering Women.  However she is doing her blocks to finish at 9".  She did her block using HST.

I was going to do the same and then I remembered a pattern I saw for 8 pointed star where you didn't have to do Y seams.  So thanks to Barb for her inspiration.

Top diagram is the block directions from Blockbase.  The bottom is how I redrafted the block.  What a difference in sewing but not in how it looks.

I appliqued the stem.  It took about 20 minutes to sew the block.  I spent over an hour trying to get one Y seam made.  Love this block.

Next month I am going to be having a giveaway.  What you don't know is that for the last 6 months I have been testing blocks for Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 13.  I so enjoyed it.  For my participation they have sent me 3 issues of the magazine.  One for me and two to give away.  So stay tuned and watch for the giveaway the beginning of May.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Feeling So Much Better

For the first time in months I have energy.  I actually feel like doing something rather than just sitting all day.

We are going to be going camping a couple of times next month with my daughter and her family.  My granddaughter is going to be playing in a couple of baseball tournaments and it's easier to camp than drive back and forth everyday.  Sunday Terry and I decided to take a ride out to the first campground and check it out.  We hadn't been there before.  We were really happy with the campsite we are at.  So looking forward to camping.

Meanwhile back at the ranch....

I've been working on a few projects.

First up my 1857 Sampler Quilt.  Here are Aprils blocks 11-14.  I am so happy with the way they turned out.  It took me so long to learn how to do needle turn applique and I'm loving it.  I thought the floral block was going to be hard but I got it done in 2 nights while watching Tiger baseball.

I've been wanting to start another applique project for a while.  It is the Red and Green quilt designed by Wendy Wellum at Legend and Lace that she offers for free.  She started posting patterns in January and just posted May's early.
So I printed up the 5 patterns and started January's block.

This one is call Clover and Spades.  The only problem I had with this block is I used a stiff fabric and had a hard time turning the edges under.  But I pretty happy with how it turned out.  Today I'm going to start on February's block.

Next month I am going to be starting a new project.  I'm joining Lori at Humble Quilts in making Jan Patek's  pattern called Front Porch.  It is a 10 month BOM and that is what we are going to be block a month.  A few of us are doing it and have just ordered the pattern.  We will be starting in about a month.  

Well today our skies are overcast and it's been raining steadily.  Good day to sew.  Our dog Sammie has an appointment at the hair dresser..LOL..for a shampoo, cut and nails.  Can't wait to see her finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Cathy