Friday, December 15, 2017

EAL Block 3

EAL stands for the Early American Life quilt that Karen and I are working on.

Here is my block 3.

I have decided to do an easier approach to the applique.  The hearts at the bottom were suppose to be individual hearts.  I chose to trace around the hearts and turn them into one piece.  It works for me.

Here is a health care update.  I've been working really hard on my diet to get my sugar levels lower.  They were 245 in am and now are 165-180.  A significant change.  In the process I have lost 6 pounds.

Last Saturday I had a horrific nose bleed.  It last over 15 minutes.  Felt like crap afterward.  Sunday my taste was off.  Everything tasted bland.  Monday another nosebleed.  Later in the day my lip felt swollen.  I went to bed and woke up Tuesday with the right side of my face drooping.  My eye wouldn't close, I couldn't smile and I couldn't drink with out it dribbling out.  I thought I had a stroke but my arm was fine and felt okay.  Went to the ER and was diagnosed with Bells Palsy.  I have a hard time talking.  I have to keep putting eye drops in my right eye and wear a patch.  They put me on an aggressive steroid regiment for 25 days.  I was told it could take 3-6 months to get better.  Since I'm on the steroids I have to stay out of situations where there are lots of people because my immune system is compromised and I will be more prone to getting infections and diseases.  So no Christmas shopping.  Because of the droopy eye my vision is slightly blurry.  So no driving for the time being.  It is also curtailing my sewing.  Applique is tricky and I'm much slower.  But hey it wasn't a stroke.  I need to get plenty of rest so I'm watching old movies on TV, reading good books and getting a little sewing done.

My family is being very supportive.  They bring me food, call and check on me twice a day and take me to the doctors.  I feel blessed.

Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to my tail of woe.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Blocks

I finished 2 more blocks for my Christmas BOM.  6 down 3 to go.

Block 5

Block 6

For some reason this block gave me a really hard time.  This is the center block for the quilt.

I put up blocks 1-6 up on the design wall.

I'm really liking the looks of this.  The next block is  a Santa block and then 2 more pieced blocks.

Now for a health update.  A month ago I went to the doctor's for my usual 6 month Diabetic check up.  Didn't go well.  My sugar levels were HIGH.  She now wants to see me every 3 months.

Her office called me and asked if I wanted to get some Diabetic counseling.  I figured it wouldn't hurt and hopefully it would help.  One visit with the counselor and dietitian and a miracle occurred.  I found out I wasn't taking my meds correctly.  They put me on a diet, told how many carbs to eat at each meal and told me I should have a snack at bedtime each night.  

After 2 weeks I have lost 2 pounds and my sugar levels for the first time in quite a while are under 180.  I should have done this long ago.  Now I just need to get out and walk.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Early American Life Block 2

I can't believe it is already the end of November.  

Time to show you the second block of the Early American Life quilt.

I am taking a simpler approach to this quilt.  I can't wait to see what Karen has done with her basket block.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Another Christmas Block

I finished a new Christmas block.  An angel.

There were some really tiny pieces in this one.  I was surprised that I was able to hand applique them.

The snowman now hand arms and a  I wanted to show you that I finished it.

The next couple of blocks are pieced blocks.  

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.  We had dinner at my daughters.  It was her first time cooking a turkey.  She did such a great job.  There were about 15 of us.  Each family brought a dish.  We had turkey, stuffing, ham, ambrosia, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, homemade applesauce and pumpkin pie.  And I'm still stuffed.

Stop back again soon.  I hope to have some projects to share.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Strange weather.  Snow, rain, winds, dark skies, and sunshine.  And that was all in one day.  Right now the sun is shining and the skies are very dark.  More rain?  Better that then snow.

I started a new project.  Last year I found a Christmas BOM kit.  It's called "Folk Art Christmas".  It was distributed by Quakertown Quilts.  There is a total of 9 blocks.

Block 1

 The cabin is pieced and the tree is hand appliqued.

Block 2

The snowman is hand appliqued.  I need to embroider the arms and add some buttons and a carrot nose.

Block 3

This Bear's Paw is 9" finished.

I like how this quilt is made up of pieced and appliqued blocks.

I made some more "Log" blocks.

These blocks finish at 10".  I need 56 blocks total.  The quilt will be 7 blocks across and 8" blocks down.  

Be sure to stop by on the 30th to see block #2 of "Early American Life" that Karen and I are working on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A New Sew-along

And sew it begins.  Karen and I started a new project to work on together.  You know we've never met but we have sew much fun working on projects together.

Early American Life - Block 1 called Thistle Two

These blocks have some zigs and zags and pieced applique and I'm just not up to it.  I am choosing to do a much simpler design.  

One block done and 11 to go.  I hope you follow as we go on another applique adventure.  We will be posting blocks on the 15th and 30th of each month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On My Design Wall

Lots of strange weather going on here.  First it's warm out, then we had terrific thunder storms and today it is very cold but very sunny out.  I hear we have snow on the horizon.

I've been trying to keep busy.

This little quilt is called Blackbird and can be found in the book "Homespun Hearth" by Jan Patek.  It is 14 1/2".  I'm going to sandwich it and start hand quilting it later today.

Two quilts I am working on.  The top row is a quilt I'm making from a Layer Cake.  The quilt is totally cut out and just waiting for the blocks to be finished.

The second set of blocks are for a quilt designed by Linda Brannock.  I call it logs.  I have another 8 blocks ready to sew.  I'm hoping to get a total of 56 blocks made.  These blocks are 10" finished and will make a quilt 70" x 80".

I also finished a Christmas table runner but haven't got a picture yet.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy