Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Keeping busy

And trying to keep cool.  It's been crazy hot and humid here.  With no central air I have been sewing in the basement and it is a lot more comfortable.  

Well it's the end of the month and time to share some more projects.

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown

The sunflowers were suppose to have spiky edges.  I chose a more relaxed curve.  This is the bottom left block of the four corner blocks for the end of the first 2 rows.  I have all four sewn together and will finish them up for August.

2.  Mrs. Lincoln's Quilt.

I'm working on this quilt with Julie.  We are just doing 2 blocks a month.  These blocks are 8". The pattern calls for 6" blocks and Julie is making 10" blocks.

3.  3030 Block of the week.

One week we made 4 of the same block, the stars.  Then just one.  I still have the block for last week to do.  It's an appliqued block.  

4.  Derby House BOM

Here are the pieced blocks.  I still have to make the applique block for this month.  It is 14" square and is of a house, dog, wagon, and vines.  It is very elaborate so I'm taking my time with it so I get it right.

5.  Monthly Mini

This is a 12" mini quilt.  I didn't get one made last month.

6.  Quilts for Christmas gifts.

This is in progress.  It's all cut out just waiting for me to sew.

I finished sewing this top together.  I need to figure out a backing and how to quilt it.  I love how it turned out.

That is about it as far as sewing.  The rest of the time I have going for check-ups with my various doctors.  Because of covid all my appointments were pushed back.  Two weeks ago I saw my Radiation Oncologist.  Last week I saw my Oncologist.  Monday I saw my family Doctor.  Friday I go for a mammogram and ultra sound.  Next month I get my eyes checked and have an appointment with the Medicare Wellness Nurse.  Whew.....The only time I get out of the house is to see a doctor.  So far all my check ups and tests have been good.  Once I'm done next month it will start all over in 6 month.

I did manage to go to the grocery store yesterday.  It is the first time I've gone shopping since covid.  Thankfully the store wasn't crowded.  I filled my cart and headed for the check out.  All of a sudden there was an announcement saying the registers were down.  After 45 minutes they got 2 registers up and running.  They stopped allowing customers coming in to the store.  With only 2 registers running it took about another 20 minutes before I got out of the store.  They had to shut down the 2 registers so they could reboot all of them.  I don't think I'll be going back for a

I hope you are all well and keeping safe.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Mid Month Check In

 I've been busy.  Nothing new here.  Ah but there is something new.  I started a new BOM through Connecting Threads.

It is called "Seasons".  It runs for 6 months.

1.  Here is month 1 blocks.

The blocks were really easy to make.

2.  Quilt Doodles BOM

This is going to be a huge quilt.  Each month's blocks consist of 4 10" blocks sewn together to make one large 20" square.

3.  3030 Block of the week.

This is block 5 from last week.  Today I need to make this weeks block, 4 sawtooth stars.

4.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

This is a simplified version of the block.  

5.  Bee in My Bonnet Quilt a Long.

These are the last three blocks.

I added sashing and a muslin border (not shown in this photo).  It was a fun a fast quilt to make.

I'm working on the sashing for my  Providence BOM.  As soon as I get it done I will post a photo.

I hope you have been productive and are finishing up some projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time Flies again!

I had every plan of posting more often...but I didn't.  So I have a lot to share.

1.  Sentimental Stitches 3030 Block of the Week.

Block 1

 Block 2

 Block 3

 Block 4

2.  Bee in My Bonnet Block of the Week.

3.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

This is block 6.  It was supposed to machine pieced.  I didn't want to do that so I made a large miss shaped 9 patched and then I appliqued the curved pieces on to the block.  It turned out good.

4.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

This is last month's block.  It took forever to finish.

This is this month's block.  I didn't have enough light when I photographed it.  The background is the same as the first block.

Here are all the blocks for the first two rows (Minus the ones I just finished) put together.  Next up is the 4 block for the corner.

5.  Providence BOM.

These are the blocks for month 4.  So now all the blocks for the quilt are finished.  They are 12" finished blocks.

6.  Mrs. Lincolns Quilt.

These are blocks from Month 10.  I'm working on this quilt with Julie at

7.  Derby House BOM.

I have 2 more appliqued seed blocks to finish.  But I knew I wouldn't get them done in time.

8.  A Finish...finally

This is the quilt designed by a group of quilters led by Lori at Humble quilts.  I finally got it bound and a label sewn on the back.  I so love this quilt.

I tried to add links to this post but i can't.  Blogger says it no longer supports this.  Not sure if I like the new blogger...this is the old blogger.

I hope you all enjoyed the photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Playing Catch Up

And starting new...

1. I finished the applique block from last month for my Derby House BOM.

I love the fabrics used in this quilt.  They are Mackinaw Island by Minick and Simpson.

2. Quilt Doodles.

These blocks finish at 20".

3.  I started a new quilt project.

It is a new BOW by Bee in my Bonnet using her Christmas book.  This will be a quick quilt.

4.  Another new quilt.

This is the first block for Sentimental Stitches BOW called 3030.  The original used fabrics from the 30's.  I'm going more country colors.

5.  Here's the photo of my finished Rainbow Quilt.

I quilted it in a large cross hatch.  

6.  I finished my Salt Water Taffy quilt top.

Hubby held it up outside.  It was a sunny day and the colors look a little washed up.

I'm still working on last month's Mary Brown block.  There are so many tiny leaves and my eyes get tired working on them

Oops, I did it again.  I signed up for another Connecting Threads BOM.  This one will also come with fabric.  It is a Calendar themed quilt.  When I get the first month's package I will show you what it looks like.

I don't think I'm doing too bad for the first week of June.  However, I have so many projects and so little time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I so enjoy hearing your comments.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, May 30, 2020

I'm so Behind

Time just flew by and put me so behind on projects.  The 30th of the month is time for sharing progress on Celebrating Mary Brown.  Unfortunately I have nothing to share.  I've been moving parts of my sewing room to the basement and that took time away from sewing.

Be sure to stop by to see what the following quilters are up to KarenJennie,  RobinNanette, and Rebecca.

I did manage to finish a few things.

1.  Mrs. Lincoln's Quilt.

These are the blocks for Month 9.  I can't believe I've been working on this for so long.

These are the first 9 months worth of blocks sewn together.  I am using the same pink for the corner stones but I am using a different neutral fabric for the sashing.

I'm working on this quilt with Julie.

2.  Derby House BOM

These are the pieced blocks.  There is also a 15" appliqued block which I am about 3/4 of the way done.  As soon as I finish I will post a picture.

3.  Monthly Mini

This is my May mini.  It is 6" x 7".  I really love it.  I'm linking up with Wendy.

4.  I made a new quilt top.

This photo is only a portion of it.  I'll post a photo of the finished top later.  It reminds me of Salt Water Taffy.  It's made using Jelly Rolls.  I didn't realize that it is the same fabric that I am using in the Providence BOM.

I also got the rainbow quilt quilted.  I still need to take a photo of it.  I have my next top to be quilted picked out.  I think this one will be hand quilted.

Our state has finally said we could get together in groups of no more than 10 people.  We got to go over to my Daughter's house and have a BBQ.  It was nice to see some of my family.

I hope you are staying safe and getting some sewing done.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, May 18, 2020

It's Raining....

It's pouring and my dog is snoring.  I can't believe how much rain we have had and continue to have.  I could do with a little bit of sunshine.  One good thing, it makes for some sewing time.

Here's my list of projects I've been working on.

1.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

2.  Pat Sloan's Out West.

3.  Quilt Doodles BOM.

4.  Connecting Threads Providence BOM.

I finished this quilt top a couple of months ago and yesterday I got it pin basted and ready to quilt.

My husband fixed up an area in the basement so I could set up a banquet table and use it to baste quilts.  I brought down my Juki, ironing board, iron, some fabric, quilt books, batting and supplies.  I also have a garment stand for hanging quilt tops on.  I have about 15 hanging.  I also have 2 boxes full of quilt tops.  So as I finish some I can bring more done.  Hopefully this will inspire me to get some quilts finished.  It has been so nice to sew on this big table.  After I finish my BOM I will get the above quilt quilted and bound.  

I've been doing the arm exercises that the doctor showed me and my breast pain has decreased quite a bit.  She did tell me it could take a year or two for it to completely go away.

I hope you are all doing well and are social distancing.  Hopefully this will be over soon

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Month End for April

It seems like April flew by.  I got quite a bit done. 

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

I actually got 2 blocks done this month.  The first is the applique block.  The second is the block I made to replace the feathered star.  

2.  These are the next blocks for Mrs. Lincoln's Quilt.

3. Derby House BOM.

This month all the blocks were pieced.  I love the fabric.  

4.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

5.  Providence BOM

This is the BOM I get from Connecting Threads.

6.  April's Monthly Mini.

For some reason this reminds me of Christmas.  I just finished this yesterday.

I hope you are all doing well with our Stay at home Staycation?  I've gotten a lot of sewing done.  Besides what I have shown you here I've made face masks for my family.  I've now made 4 for my husband.  He keeps asking for different prints.  Who knew.

I also started a new quilt.  I call it salt water taffy.  I have about 15 blocks made.  I'm going to need about 42 blocks.  I have a photo of the blocks to show next month.

All of my doctor followup appointments have been cancelled with the exception of my surgeon.  I have been having pain in my left breast.  That is the one they removed the cancer.  It's really been bothering me.  So they had me come in and see the Paula, the nurse practitioner.  She gave me so much information and said most of the discomfort I am having is from the radiation treatments.  She also showed me some arm exercise that should help.  I needed refills on my meds.  They won't do that unless you come in and see the doctor.  Since they are not seeing patients except for emergencies I was given a telephone appointment.  I was given a time that the doctor would call.  She asked me a bunch of questions and then sent my prescriptions to the pharmacy.  These times are making an impact every where.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy