Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today Feels like Autumn

We've been having such strange weather.  The last few day's have felt like we should be building an ark.  We have had torrential downpours.  Most of the freeways here have been shut down in sections due to flooding.  Today the sun is shining but it is on the cool side and feels like Autumn.

With all the bad weather I have had time to get some sewing done and I got 2 quilts sandwiched and ready for quilting.

I finished the Aurifil BOM for August.


The photo doesn't show it but there is quite a bit of contrast between the button and the background.


Here are all the blocks together.

Next I finished the August blocks for Country Threads.  This month it was a row of blocks.


I used the same blue in each 8" block but a different brown and background.


When we went on vacation I had some Sally Post blocks prepped....but didn't get a chance to work on them.  I finally finished 2 of them.  Here is a picture of all the blocks I've finished together.


Slow but sure I a getting there.

I also added something to my "To Do" list.  I tested a quilt pattern for a designer I know.  I can't show it to you just yet.  But it is finished.

Today I am working on my Sugar Shack August block.  Then I have another commissioned quilt to start and 50 Reproduction fabric 9 patches.  I still have to finish the July blocks for my Hip Chicks BOM and I haven't received the August pattern yet.

Hopefully once I get these done I can get the 2 quilts that are sandwiched quilted.

I hope you have had better weather where you are and are having a great week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sunshine...

We've had rain, fog, thunder, lightning and hail.  So it makes the sunshine all the more beautiful.

I have finished 2 items on my "To Do" list and I have added another project.

First the finishes.







This is the August row of Quilt Doodles.  The blue check I chose doesn't photograph well.


This is a close up of the candy block.

Next up is my Globetrotting BOM by Pat Sloan.


Here are all the blocks made so far.



Today I am working on the Country Threads BOM.  This month it is a row of blocks.

I will be testing another quilt pattern for Cindy @ Quilt Doodles.  This is a new addition to my "To Do" list.

I hope you get to enjoy some sunshine and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, August 1, 2014

Goodbye July....

Hello August!  (Warning!!!  Photo Heavy)

July was a busy month for me.  Lot's of sewing and lots of traveling.  We went on a 2 week camping trip to the Upper Peninsula.  

We started with a family get together to visit with my 2 nephews, Nathan and Jake.  Nathan is stationed in Montana and it was the first time we had seen his 3 boys.  Jake is stationed in Ohio and he and his wife will soon be stationed in Guam.  They will be there for 3 years.  That was on the 12th of July.

We left for the UP on the 13th.  Hooked up our trailer and headed north.  This was one long trip.  It took us 10 hours...without the trailer it takes 6 hours.  We went to my son's house just outside of Marquette and picked up our granddaughter Ashley for a week of camping.

We landed at Van Riper State Park on Lake Michigamme.  It was cool and rainy the first couple of days.  But I had lots of crafty stuff for Ashley.  I also took along a featherweight and a box of charm squares to teach her how to sew on a sewing machine.  She took to it like a duck to water.



Here once and off she went.  She said it beat sewing by hand....lol



I signed up for a 9 Patch swap with Barb at "Fun with Barb".  So I showed Ashley how to make 9 patches.  This is the first batch.  Then we went to a quilt shop and she found some fabric she loved and made more 9 patches to match.



This is the backing fabric she found.  She made a pillow (That needs to be stuffed)



And this is the front of the pillow.  Just to let you know....I did all the rotary cutting and ironing.  She did all the sewing of the 9 patches.  She did a great job.

My son and his dog came to camp with us on the weekend.  We took a ride and found a nice little lake to go fishing called Perch Lake.  Even the dogs got in on the action.


Ashley caught the biggest.


My son's dog Roxy tried in vain to catch one.


And Sammie didn't even want to get her paws wet.


We had fun sitting around the camp fire.  Ashley made us a Peanut Butter Smore....and it was delish.  She spread peanut butter on the graham crackers and then added the chocolate and marshmallow.

We left Pat's on Monday and headed home.  We camped for a few days at the State Park in St. Ignace.  It is right next to the bridge.  A little noisy with the sounds of bridge traffic  but at night I turned the fan on and didn't hear a thing.  I was a beautiful park.

We took a ride and went to the Bridge View park.


As you can see it was a little overcast and very breezy.


I found a large of crop of seagulls growing in the park....lol


Sammie loved the wind and strained at the leash trying to get to the seagulls.

All in all it was a wonderful trip.  Glad to be able to sleep in my own bed.  And I'm still emptying the trailer.

Since being home I've been getting some sewing done.  


I signed up for both Modern 9 Patch swap and Reproduction 9 Patch Swap.  I have to make 10 more pairs of the modern 9 patches and start the modern.


This is the July block for Hip Chicks BOM.  I still need to  prep the applique block.


Here are all the blocks together (minus the latest applique block).


And finally the latest Quilt Doodles BOM.  I really love this row.

So I finished all my BOM's for July on my "To Do" list.   Since being on vacation I didn't get anything else done.

Now for my August "To Do" List.

BOM'S
1.  Sugar Shack
2.  Globetrotting
3.  Hip Chicks
4.  Country Threads
5.  Quilt Doodles
6.  Aurifil

I've been commissioned to make 2 small photo quilts that are due in Sept.  So that is another priority.

And I need to finish my Modern 9 Patches and make my Reproduction 9 Patches.

That's it for August.  If I get anything else done it will be a bonus.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope I didn't bore you.

Hugs, Cathy 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July BOM's

I've finished some of my July BOM's.  I have 2 to go...Quilt Doodles and Hip Chicks.  They will have to wait till we come back from vacation.

First up is Country Threads.  We had to make 3 12" blocks.


There are so many large blocks for this quilt.  I have no clue as to the design or size.

Auriful BOM


These fabrics are so out of my comfort zone.  But I do like how it is turning out.  I'm still thinking of redoing the first block.

Globetrotting with Pat Sloan


The bottom right block is July's block.  I love Red White and blue quilts.


Sugar Shack BOM


Another set of blocks not in my usual colors.  But I am loving this quilt.  It will definitely be mine.  The bottom left block is for July.  Part of it was paper pieced.

This will be it for a couple of weeks.  We've been cleaning out the trailer, rearranging things and started packing.  I am so looking forward to this trip.  We will be going to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Headed to Marquette for a few days to pick up my Granddaughter Ashley and taking her camping. I can't wait to sit around a campfire.

Have a great couple of weeks and see you when we get back.  

Hugs, Cathy



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Day Late....

...and a dollar short...lol.  That's Me.

My July "To Do" List is a short one.  We are going to travel up north with the trailer to visit my son and take our granddaughter camping.  So only must do projects will be on my list.

2014 BOM's

Sugar Shack
Globetrotting
Hip Chicks
Country Threads
Quilt Doodles
Aurifil

I'm hoping to get some applique prepped to take with us.

I'm getting some quilt tops sandwiched so I can get some of them quilted.



That is the list.  Now in honor of the 4th here are some of my "Patriotic" quilts.



This is an antique quilt we bought last year.


Love the flags in this Kim Diehl quilt.
I had so much fun doing this quilt.


I used made fabric for this little quilt.



This was the first quilt I made as a member of Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad.


This quilt is now finished and resides with my Daughter-in-law.


Love Pinwheels


This quilt was made for my husband.


Well that's it for my quilt parade.  I hope you have a great 4th.  Be safe but enjoy yourselves.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer is Finally Here!!!

The sun is shining and the temps are up...so is the humidity.

I have been working on my June "To Do" list.  I'm going to be 2 blocks short of what I planned to do.  But that is okay.


These are the 5 Log Cabin Bow Tie Blocks.  I've been working on this quilt for about 2 years.  I don't work on it too often.  I had 32 blocks made and now have 37.  Not sure how big I want to make the quilt but I know I need quite a few more.  So I will try and make at least 5 blocks a month.  Obviously I'm not in a big hurry...lol

Next...


I finished another APQ QAL Block.  Another 15 blocks to go.  Another slow but steady quilt.

I finished the binding on my Log Cabin quilt and it is now hanging up on the wall.


It looks so cute hanging in my living room.  

I started working on a Season's Block of the Month by Pat Sloan a while ago.  I am such a great fan of her work.  I started this last year in April...and only finished the April block.


This is April's block.


This is the book the quilt is in.


This is the quilt.


This is May's block.

Now I need to get some more blocks prepped.  Hopefully I can get this one done by next year.

The only thing missing from my "To Do" list is some of my Common Threads blocks.  I have the appliqued block prepped.  But I still need to make a couple of pieced blocks.  I guess they will have to wait till next month.

Next month will be a slow sewing month.  Hoping to get away for a couple of weeks traveling.  But we'll see.

For now....thanks for stopping by and keep cool.  Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Been Awhile...

10 days to be exact since my last post.  I have lots to show you.

Last year I joined an Internet block swap for a block they called "Japanese X Block".  It was a disaster.  The woman who hosted it sent out changes to the list at least every other day.  The order of who to send to each month changed.  It was chaotic.  I followed the best I could.  Sent out blocks to everyone on the list.  I even sent blocks to the hostess...who BTW didn't send any out to anyone.  Some blocks were well constructed, some were slightly smaller than they were suppose to be and some had seam allowances that were 1/8".  I didn't receive blocks from everyone so I need to make about 14 blocks myself.  But low and behold I can scratch this off my June "To Do" list.



Definitely not my colors or style but it is growing on me.  My husband who likes very traditional quilts said he doesn't know why but he likes it.

With this top made I now have another project box emptied.


Do you see it.  I have a storage unit that I didn't put the doors on.  The top two shelves have my project boxes and the bottom two shelves have my sewing machines on them.  Now I get to find a new project to put in the empty box.

A few more finishes to show you.


 Another Common Threads Block.


Hip Chicks June BOM's.


Quilt Doodles BOM.  The Skates are for June.


Another Sally Post Block.  Not perfect but it is done.

Huckleberry Stitches is hosting a monthly QAL of Kathleen Tracy's quilts (with Kathy's approval).  This month was a log cabin quilt.


I finished the quilt and hand quilted it.  I just need to add the binding which I hope to do today.  I used fabrics I got in a scrap bag of CW reproduction fabrics.

We have been having some terrible storms rolling through and we expect more later today.  The humidity has been high and it has made it hard to sew...but I am bound and determined to get some more projects done.

Oh and yesterday my Amazon Fire TV came.  My son came over and set it up.  I love it.  Especially the remote that I can talk into and it brings up what I want.  I've been watching my Amazon Prime via my computer but this is so much better.

I am going to have a hectic weekend...we are dog sitting my daughter's dog.  His name is Bear and he looks very similar to our Sammie.  They get along great but love to run all over.  Sometimes I have to separate them so they will rest.  It will be interesting.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have seen something you like or that inspires you.  I know I am inspired daily by the blogs I read.

Hugs, Cathy