Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Favorite Time of Year

I'm an Autumn Baby....  This is my favorite season.  My Birthday is in October so to celebrate I'm going to have a giveaway in the middle of the month.  More info on that next week.

I've been working diligently on my "Old Voices New Impressions" blocks.  I got 5 blocks made this month.  Be sure to check out Karen's blog where I will be linking up to share our blocks.

This is the rose block.  I love it's simplicity.

My bird block.  It looks like it is drinking nectar from the flower.

My wreath block.  It is not in the cranberry quilt on the back of the book.  I am using it in replacement for the string of pearls block.  

This is by far my favorite block.  Strawberry Planter.  I love the fabric I used for the planter.

And my final block for the month.  Not sure why this one is blurry...oh well.

Tilda at Huckleberry Stitches started our Quilt a month again.  This one is called "Use a Napkin Only for Your Mouth".  Strange name but I liked it.  It was suppose to 3 blocks by 3 blocks but I had a great fall charm pack so mine is a bit larger.

Recently Fun With Barb had a giveaway.   I WON.

The magazine has some really wonderful patterns.  Barb threw in some wonderful fabrics.  Can't wait to fine the perfect pattern to go with the fabric.
Thanks so much Barb.

Recently my son's girlfriend lost her beloved cat Bela Marie.  She had her for over 12 years.  She was so sad at this loss.  She posted pictures of Bela on facebook.  I copied the pictures and made her a remembrance quilt.

She now has it hanging on the wall where Bela's climbing tower used to be.

I've been working on Humble Quilts Quilt Along.  I'm going to finish the 3rd step and will post a picture of my quilt next week.

Well, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy this wonderful Autumn weather.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

All's Well

My test turned out okay.  I have to do it again in 5 years...ugh.

On a different note.  I had a few messages saying they couldn't see the skulls in my Busy Betty quilt.  They are in 3 colorways.  Red, blue and aqua.  I did a closeup for you.

Can you see them

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Cool and Sunny Sunday

Michigan weather is so unpredictable.  One day it is 85 with high humidity and the next it is 49 degrees in the morning with an expected high of 65.  That was the temperature this morning.  Next week it is going to be in the 80's again.  Oh well.

I finished my 4" Bow Tie blocks for Barb at Fun with Barb.  I joined in both groups.  Reproduction fabrics and bright modern fabrics.  I hope to get them mailed out next week.

I had ordered a 21 piece 10" Stacker of Riley Blake fabric from Craftsy.  I was "La Vie Boheme" by The Quilted Fish.  Definitely out of my fabric comfort zone.
I used a pattern from the book "More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts" by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  The pattern is called Busy Lizzie Quilt.  And with the fabric I chose it is Busy.

It is a cool fabric line.  If look closely there are skeleton heads.

I also started a new quilt.  I cut out the pieces using my Accuquilt cutter.

I bought some scraps backs recently.  All of them were in soft grays and whites and prints.  I pulled anything with gray for the churn dash part of the block.  I had purchased a fat quarter bundle of background fabrics.  They worked perfectly in this quilt.  The blocks are 12" and hopefully I will get a few more done today.  But....

Today is my prep day for my test tomorrow.  I'm not big on a liquid diet.  I'm hungry.  I hope to make it till the

Enjoy your Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, August 31, 2015

I Know....

I haven't been around lately.  I've been up and I've been down, I've been busy and I've been idle.  But now I'm here.  Almost didn't make it.  I recently downloaded Windows 10.  I love many aspects of it, but when I went to download new photos it took forever to figure it out.  Any way I did and here we are.

It's the end of the month and time to post photos for the sew along I'm doing with Karen at Log Cabin Quilter from the book by Jenna Kimble "Old Voices New Impressions".  Each month we work on 4 blocks.  Last month I got 5 done.  This month 4 blocks.  I find that as I work on the blocks I don't really like them.  But once I am done and have pressed the blocks I love them.  

This block is called Beth's Bird.

This is Morning Glories.

This block is Tulips.

The last is Cherries and Strawberries.  I just finished this one yesterday.

Like I said I've been up.....We went and visited my son and his family in the upper peninsula for a week.  Normally when we head north the temps are cooler.  This time it was HOT and HUMID.  And they don't have air conditioning. But it was so wonderful to see them.  My granddaughter was done with hockey, but signed up for Tennis.  She plays for the High School.  Yep...she is in High School now.  Where does time go.

And I've been down....I was sick with food poisoning...or so we thought.  Still having problems so my doctor scheduled a Colonoscopy...ugh, for Sept. 14.  I think the stuff you have to drink is worse than the procedure.

I still managed to get a few things done in the sewing room.

This is a quilt top I made from blocks I received from a block swap I participated in with Bumble Beans.  The blocks are made with made fabric.  

I also manage to make this little quilt.  It will fit on my quilt table frame.  It is 13" square.

I joined in on the bow tie swap Barb at Fun with Barb.  I joined in both groups. Modern and CW Repro fabrics.  I have my bright Modern fabric blocks made. $40 sets.  I have the fabric cut out for the Repro blocks.  I so enjoy Barbs Block swaps.  The last swap was 9 patch blocks.  It is nice to see all the different fabrics everyone uses.

Now I need to pick out the next four blocks for the sew along and get the pieces prepped.  Get my background fabric for the Repro Bow ties cut out and start sewing them.  I have one gift quilt almost finished and then I have to start quilting it.  So much to do and so little time.

I hope you have enjoyed your summer.  I'm so looking forward to Autumn, cooler weather and changing colors.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Steaming Here....

I don't do well in hot humid weather.  We don't have central air, just a room air conditioner in our bedroom.  So needless to say I was thrilled when hubby took me to get an air conditioner for the sewing room.  I'm so happy.

Now to share what I've been up to lately.

As you know I joined in with Karen to start working on a sew along making the quilt from Old Voices New Impressions by Jeanna Kimble.  Today we are sharing
our first blocks.

I am sooooo loving these blocks.  Can't wait to start on the next one.

I've also been working on Christmas gifts.

Another wonky   All the blocks are made and now I just need to sew them together.  Hopefully today.

Time to get busy on this quilt.  I lost interest for a while, now I'm ready to get cracking again.  This is another Christmas gift.

I got another new die for my Accuquilt go.  It is a half hexagon.  The sides are    4 1/4" finished.  I pulled out a bunch of fabrics I had in a shoe box.  Wasn't quite sure what to do with them.

So I started cutting out pieces until.....

I had enough blocks for this.  It is 52 1/2" x 55 1/2".  It is going to be our new picnic quilt.

It is amazing what I can get done when I am comfortable and cool.

I hope the weather is cool where you are.  We are in the hi 80's but it is going to cool off some next week.  Hopefully the high humidity will be gone.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Uh Oh...

I was in the middle of writing this post and our Internet went out.  First time this has ever happened before.  It was still out when I went to bed.  Thankfully, it's back up today.

The title of the post was going to be AWOL. 

But I'm back now.  

We had a wonderful time camping over the 4th weekend.  Terry and I got to the campground on Wednesday.  We had two wonderful restful days.  Then the family started showing up.  

Kelley and her brood came on Friday afternoon.  Then on Saturday my daughter Kim and her hubby Robert and my son Mike and his partner Stacy and my grandson Brian and his partner Jess came.  We had such a great day with them all.  And guess what no photo's....I'm so bad.

Home Sunday, partially emptied trailer and took a couple of days to recuperate.  

Then I finally got back to the sewing room.

Since I took this picture I have added the top and bottom borders and have prepped the applique leaves.  Hopefully I will finish the top this month.

I worked on another Christmas quilt.

I got 2 more rows made and 2 to go.  My block a day didn't got in the way.  I'm liking this quilt.

Finally I bought another die for my Accuquilt Go so I could make these,

I have always wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt.  I tried with paper templates and plastic templates and they turned out terrible.  But with the dies each piece was the same.  This is a practice piece.  I used fabrics I didn't really like and had packed away in a shoe box.  The charcoal and light grey is some yardage I had.  I'm planning on making a lap quilt.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Did You See Noah?

The movie that is.  I did and was not impressed.  I think the rock people threw me off.  But I think we need Noah now.  It's been raining for days and we are expecting more.  We are going camping July 1 thru July 5.  And guess what...yep more rain.  Oh well.  I guess I need to bring some hand work or my featherweight.

I did finish up a quilt top.

This little quilt is going to be perfect for either a wall hanging or table quilt.  It measures 30" x 36".  I had some plaid and striped charm squares.  I have a die for my Accuquilt Go Cutter that cuts 2 pieces from a charm square that  measure 2" x 3 1/2" each.  Then I divided the pieced into light and dark.  I chose different blacks for the light pieces and different golds for the dark.  I think it looks like the quilt was woven together.

I finished the 25 blocks for Cheri's sew a long and plan on cutting the sashing for the blocks today.  Hopefully I will have a photo tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay dry.

Hugs, Cathy