Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Front Porch

It's time to link up with our June block's for the Front Porch Sew Along.  This month we made flag blocks.  Thanks to Lori's break down of piecing the blocks they went quickly.  Here are mine.


 I sewed the flag to my house block.  My pictures look a little wavy because of my design wall.  I couldn't get it to lay flat.


Here are the 2 other flags that will be used later in the quilt.  I also cut out their flag poles.  I will be linking up at Humble Quilts.


Another project on my design wall....


Here is a small section of it.  These are the reproduction 9 patch blocks that I received in a swap from Fun With Barb.  I used some in a quilt I made using a pattern from Cheri Payne.  


Now if you are not too bored I am sharing some more pictures from the Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor.  This time the Tropical room.








The gold fish seemed to glow.





I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BOM's

I'm still trying to catch up on my Cabot Cuties and wouldn't you know I got a sew of new patterns today.  So now I need to catch up quicker....LOL






The majority of these blocks are paper pieced.  They finish at 4 1/2"  I've got 3 blocks set aside because they are really difficult.  I'm saving them for a day when I have nothing else to do.


I also finished a couple of 1857 Sampler blocks.




The leaf block was suppose to be 4 separate leaves.  I made it all one piece.



This is the 2nd block for the Red and Green quilt that is designed b Legend and Lace.


Junes block for the Sugar Club BOM.  I may redo it as the top of the leaf doesn't have enough contrast.


Last Saturday we went to Ann Arbor to visit my grandson Brian and his fiance Jess.  They took us out to lunch and then to visit the Botanical Gardens.  I'm sharing a few of the photos I took.  Too many to show at one time.



Brian among the Cacti


Jess among the Cacti


They had a tropical room and a desert room.  These are the desert plants.


 Agave







So much beauty there.  Next time I'll share some more photos from the tropical room.  I also have some from outdoors.  I really love this place.  We are planning to go back again in the fall to see more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gwennie...

...Inspired Medallion Round Robin Revealed

Time to show the center block.  But first....



This is the doodle I did for what I wanted my center block to look like.  




Then I started by cutting out  freezer paper templates.  I folded the paper in half then cut away.  Nothing was drawn out on the paper.  I just picked up scissors and looked at my drawing and started cutting away.



And here is what I came up with.  Unfortunately the bird didn't make it into the final block.  My block is 12 x 16 finished.

Today Cynthia at Wabi-Sabi Quilts is revealing what our next round will be.


"Childhood:

Something that reminds you of your, your parents, your children's childhood.

Examples Cynthia gave are:

Triangles representing apple cores from when you learned to make an apple pie
Checkerboard representing the board games played as a child
Ocean waves remembering the beach...appliqued whales
Anything that brings back a treasured childhood memory.

I know what I'm doing...can't wait to see what you are going to make.

I'm linking up with Lori at Humble Quilts.  Hope to see your center block there.

I so enjoyed seeing all the basket blocks that everyone made.  It inspired me to make another block.  This one is pieced and definitely out of my comfort zone.


I call this one Gwennie 2 and am going to link up on Lori's blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Front Porch

Time to reveal block #1 for our Front Porch Sew Along.



I love the first block.  I needle turned (or toothpick turned) all the pieces.  I am pretty happy with it.  I will be linking up with Lori on her blog Humble Quilts.

Lori is going to post the strip pieced directions for the 3 flag blocks.  The pattern calls for appliqueing the pieces of the flags.  Piecing will be much easier and less time consuming.


Don't forget to stop back on June 6 when we show our center blocks for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt.  It will then be revealed what the theme for the next round will be.  I don't know about you but I'm getting real excited.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

A few days early but the weekend is here.

We went camping last weekend...another baseball tournament.  But guess what no pictures.  Spent the majority of the weekend walking.  My daughters and myself have fitbits and they keep challenging me.  I always loose but my step count keep rising.

I have a few things to show you.



I finished 2 of the 4 1857 Sampler blocks for May...2 to go and the month is almost over.



This is the May block for the Sugar Club BOM.  Paper pieced.



Last months Westering Women block.  I'm hoping to get the current block done this weekend.


I don't know about where you are but here it is soooo hot.  When we were camping Sunday was so cold we had to put the furnace on in the camper to take the chill off.  We came home Monday and the temps were the complete opposite.


Speaking of Monday...my sugar levels had been in the 300's so I went to the doctors.  They gave me a few explanations.  One was that I was walking so much that my body was breaking down fat which released sugar into my system.  The second reason is I wasn't eating correctly.  I now am eating every 2 hours.  Smaller meals and 3 snacks a day.  And guess what...it is working.  My sugar levels are now under 200 and getting lower everyday.  I also lost 3 lbs.  Bonus!!!


I have finished my Gweenie Inspired Medallion center block.  I can't wait to show it to everyone.  If you look in the upper right had side of my blog you will see a button that Lori designed for us.  If you are joining in on the fun go to her Blog - Humble Quilts and grab the button.  Soon the center blocks and the design for the next round will be revealed.  


I also joined in one the "Front Porch"  quilt sew along with Lori.  Finished my block while camping.  Hope you are joining in too.


Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy Memorial Day.


Hugs, Cathy

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