Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday

What do you have planned today.  I might watch a bit of the game but mostly I am going to be sewing.  With the weather we've been having I've been doing a lot of that.

First up is my Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM.  It is now a flimsy.  I finally got all the rows sewn together.  It now resides on the "To Be Quilted" pile.

Next I found a BOM I couldn't resist.  It is a wool BOM from Stacy at Buttermilk Basin Design Studio.  I did mine in cottons.

It is so adorable.  I can't wait to see what she has designed for next month.

I was going through my Project Boxes (I have 16) and came across a Medallion Quilt I started a few years ago.

This is how far I had gotten.

I added another narrow border and today I will finish adding a solid border.  I want to add another narrow border and then some small blocks.  It will probably go back into the box after that.

Seeing it is February 1st I pulled out my Temecula calendar to see what this month's quilt is.

So I pulled out a pink, white and dark red....

And whipped this together yesterday/  It went so quickly.  I even got it pinned ready to quilt.  I would have finished it yesterday but my dog Sammie wanted some cuddle time.  She is such a doll.

Well it's snowing...and snowing today.  My daughter Kelley and her husband and daughter are at the airport waiting to board their flight to Florida.  It was one of the only flights not to be cancelled.  They will be in Florida for the night and then tomorrow the go on a cruise....wish I were going.  LOL

Before you leave, please head on over to Huckleberry Stitches.  I am involved in a group she has started.  We make a quilt a month from the book "101 Fabulous Small Quilts".  

January's Quilt was "A Box of Chocolates"  She has a quilt show of all the quilts made by the participants.  She also has listed the quilt for this month. And it's not to late to join in the fun.

That's it for today.  I need to get a movie on (I'm watching the series of Lord of the Rings movies) and pull out projects to work on.  Stay warm and keep busy.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

First And a Close Second

First....I finished the top for my Primitive Sampler.

I used the same dark gray and added a 1 inch border.  Then I added a 2 1/2" border of the light gray.  I love it.  It is now on the pile of quilts to be hand quilted.

My Close Second is the Quilt Doodles 2014 BOM.

The picture is a little wonky and you can't see all of it.  That's because it is so big that I have going sideways on my design wall.  I also noticed that where I have my blog address in the photo that one of the rows fell off the design wall.
But at any rate...I have now emptied another project box.  Today I will finish sewing the rows together.  BTW...although the fabric looks gray it is a blue check.

The weather continues to be cold.  On Sunday we expecting a high of 12 degrees.  So I see lots of sewing and quilting in my future.

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep warm and keep busy.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weather Forcast

Cold and Sewing....

Yesterday was the first time I ventured out in a few days.  I have a Motorola Droid and a Verizon Tablet.  Both were acting up.  The battery was going bad in my phone and my tablet kept shutting down.  Well I got a new phone, Droid Maxx.  I love it.  It is so good to be able to use my apps without taking forever to download or blank out.  Turns out when I got my Tablet they downloaded everything from my phone.  Games and all.  And it took up almost all my memory.  So after deleting a bunch of things it is working fine.

Now to sewing....

I finally got the borders on this Monday Mystery.  Later today I will pin baste it so I can get ready to machine quilt it.  This is from last October.

I sewed what rows I could on my Primitive Sampler.  I had 3 applique blocks to make.  I finished one..2 to go.

I really love how the flower block turned out.  I can't wait to finish the other 2 blocks and then I can get it ready to quilt.  I think I am going to hand quilt it.  I'm going to add a smaller border in the dark gray and then a larger border using the light gray.

While getting my blocks ready I came across a block from Cheri Payne's Common Threads Quilt that just needed a little applique.

The colors don't show up well...but these are in dusty purples.  The fabric I used for the flower buds didn't cooperate to well so they look a little lumpy.

On the weight front....I have lost an additional 1 1/2 lbs.  I've not lost 8 pounds.  Pretty good considering I wasn't feeling well last week and didn't go to the gym.  I did go with my daughter last night.  Taking today off and going tomorrow.  I feel so much better and have more energy when I go.

That's it for today.  Stay warm and get some quilting done.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good Day to Stay Inside

Because it is so cold outside.  

I have to share this with you.  It was sent to me on Facebook by my son's girlfriend.  She knows me well.

My husband said this is definitely me.  Lol

I spent a day cleaning out my closet.  I found clothes I haven't seen in years and some that didn't fit now.  Yeah.  It's like have a new wardrobe.

Then I spent 2 days parked in front of the TV.  Didn't feel well at all.  Congestion was back and sinus headache.

Then the sun came out, congestion was clearing up and headache gone.  So I visited my sewing room.  I've been working on The Sampler Quilt from Primitive Quilts and Projects.  It is on there website under free patterns.

I auditioned background fabrics.

I liked it but.....

I liked this better.

I finished up all the pieced blocks, cut the side triangles and started sewing the rows together.  The 3 blank spots are for appliqued blocks.  The pieces are prepped and I hope to get them done this week.  I am loving it.

Stay warm and get some sewing done.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Woo Hoo!!

Today I emptied a project box.  

This is the 2014 Country Threads BOM.  I had 2 sections of it sewn together.  All I needed to do was make one block and frame another.  Easy right...Don't know what took me so long to put it together.  Oh yeah...Christmas.  This will now be put on the pile of quilts to be quilted.  There are older ones that I want to quilt first.

I machine quilted my Spools Table Topper.  It was an easy job.  I just quilted in the ditch.  I finished sewing down the binding last night while watching Downton Abbey.

Working out with my daughter and watching my diet is finally paying off.  I have lost 6 1/2 lbs since the beginning of December...

I got rid of Google+.  I was having trouble leaving comments and having people contact me.  Just wanted to let you know.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day, keep warm, and be creative.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Another Finish

My 1996 Signature Quilt is finished.  It's not perfect...but it won't be entered into a quilt show.  It will be hanging in my sewing room.  In my haste to finish this quilt and to use up some batting on a roll I had...I used too thick of a batting so it has a puffy look to it.

It looks a little wonky because it is up on my design wall.  It feels nice to finish something that has been lingering in my UFO pile for so long.

I finished this month's #Bittyblocks.

Don't you just love Bow Tie blocks.  I can't wait to see what next month's block is.  These blocks finish at 3".

I finished the first 10 blocks of Sharon's Super Simple Blocks.  Not my usual color combinations.  But I'm looking forward to making the next 10 blocks.  I will finish up next month.

I want to give a shout out to my daughter Kelley.  She ran a 5K race this morning in the cold.  The race took place in Detroit.  She took up running this year and is doing fantastic.  She is also my workout buddy.  We go to the gym together and she inspires me.  Love you Kelley.

Well stay warm and keep busy.  I'm off to the sewing room to get my spool table topper ready to machine quilt.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I'm On A Roll

This cold weather is giving me plenty of time to sew and quilt.

My 1996 Signature quilt is all machine quilted.  It looks a little puffy because in my haste to get a UFO finished I used up some left over batting that was a little too thick.  The binding is waiting for me to tack it down and I will have myself another finish for January.

I've dug in my pile of UFOs and found a couple of smaller quilts to finish this month.

The first is this spools quilt.  Just the right size for a table topper.  I'm going to machine quilt it and then bind it.  I've had this one for a couple of years.

This was a "This and That Monday Mystery" quilt from last year.  I want to add a couple of borders and then machine quilt it.  BTW..she is doing another Mystery Monday Quilt .  It just started.  All the mysteries are listed on the side of her blog.

I had a real surprise yesterday.  I got a package in the mail....

I was so surprised.  I don't remember ordering them.  I usually get books for my Kindle.  There wasn't an invoice or note or anything.

They were both autographed too by the author.  So if someone got them for me I thank you so much.  And if I had a senior moment (which happens often) good for me.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are staying warm.  I just got back from doing a little shopping and it is 11 degrees out.  Heat wave.

Hugs, Cathy