Monday, June 19, 2017

Sultry June

It's been a very hot and humid June.  We don't have central air.  However, I do have air conditioning in my bedroom and sewing room.

I've been working on some applique in the evenings and have been spending my days sewing.

I finished another 6 Vivid Grid blocks for a total of 18.  I need 30 for a quilt.


These blocks are 10".  I generally cut out the blocks ahead of time.  Then when I'm in the mood for some easy piecing the blocks are all set to start sewing.


Next up...Homestead Blocks


These are the first 6 blocks.  The blocks are from the Fat Quarter Shop's Charity Quilt sew along.  I've been making at least 20 blocks of each design.  These will be in a wedding quilt for my Grandson.


Finally we have another Christmas gift in progress.


This is a sixteen patch Camping/Beach quilt.



Here is a close of one of the blocks.  The orange has lots of trees and the lighter fabric has cars, boats, bikes and campers.

This quilt reminds me how much I miss camping.  We haven't been able to do much this year.  Hubby's parents are in their late 80's and need lots of attention and care.  He spends at least 3 days a week maybe more.  Thank goodness his brother lives with them.  

I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying your beginning week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Project with a Friend

In my last post I said I was starting a new applique project.  My friend Karen at Log Cabin Quilter emailed me and said she was intrigued.  You see we have found that we have very similar tastes in projects and we both have many of the same patterns.  

This project of mine started a while back I was checking out patterns on eBay and came across....




The first 7 block patterns (plus fabric) for this quilt.  I drew it up on graph paper to figure out the size of the missing blocks.  I figured when I got time I would try and design blocks to go in the spots for the missing 4 blocks.  Well low and behold while checking patterns on eBay again I came across the missing patterns.  So I decided it was time to start this one.

Now back to Karen.  When I told her I working on this quilt she said she would like to join in.  We are both big fan's of Linda Brannock.  So starting today we are going to share our blocks with everyone on the 15th and 30th of each month until we are done with all 11 blocks.  I plan on making the half square triangles every now and again but won't add them until all the blocks are done.  I hope you enjoy our journey and if you have the patterns you are welcome to join in on our fun.

Here is my Block A.


Be sure to stop by and see Karen's Block A.

Thanks for stopping by.  We'll see you on the 30th for Block B

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Few Finishes

I spent a few days sandwiching some small projects and getting them finished.  They will all be Christmas gifts.

First up is a Christmas Table Runner.



I made this last year but never got it quilted.  

Next are a couple of tops I just finished recently.  I showed them on my last post.


I quilted this using straight line quilting.  I really love working with batiks.


The third finished project is a Country Threads pattern.


It feels good to finally get something finished.  I have the next couple of tops lined up to finish.

I made another 6 Box in a Box blocks.


I'm now moving on to the Homestead block.  These are all blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop's Charity BOM.

I have 6 Homestead blocks and 6 Vivid Grid blocks prepped and ready to go.

I also started a new applique project.  More on that to come.

Earlier in the week we went to Metro Park to go for a walk and ran into this little fellow.


In case you are not sure what it is....it's a baby Muskrat.  It was totally oblivious to anything around it.  I guess the weeds were really delicious.

It is rather cloudy today and a hint of rain in the air.  Another good day to spend time in my sewing room.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rain, Rain

Go Away.... The May flowers are being drowned by all the rain.  Oh well, this gives me more time to sew.

I finished another 6 Box in a Box blocks and I have the last 6 blocks prepped and ready to sew.



I will have a total of 24 of these blocks.  I'm not sure how big this quilt is going to end up seeing I'm going to be adding different blocks to the pile.



 Here is Block #4 for my Red and Green quilt.  Applique is taking a little longer to do.  My hands are better but I still have to take it easy.


I recently got the book "Sew Charming" by Country Threads.  I made this little quilt from charm squares.  It is called "Split Square".




I need to do a better job of reading instructions.  I cut the center strips 1 1/2" instead of 1 1/4".  The charms I used were from Buggy Barn.



Here is a better picture of another quilt I am working on "Walnut Grove Sampler".  The first 2 blocks where Ohio Stars.  The second group of blocks were Square in a Square.  I chose instead to make spool blocks.



I'm working on another applique block and hope to get a few more prepped.  This weekend I'm planning on getting another couple of quilts ready to machine quilt.  


I hope you have great weather and have some exciting plans for the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by..


Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crazy Weather

First we had hot steamy weather with a strong wind out of the south.  Then the wind changed and came out of north and we had cold weather and rain.  I got a call from my son in the UP and they got SNOW...crazy and it's May.

I've been working on a few projects.



 I finally finished Sally Post Block 14.  I don't know why but I think this block intimidated me.  So many pieces.  I'm taking a little break from Sally...she is getting to clingy....lol



I finished 6 more Box in a Box blocks.  These are blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop Sampler quilt.  I'm making 20 of each block for a wedding quilt.



 This is from a kit I got from Craftsy.  It is 24" x 24" and will be a Christmas gift.  Right now it resides on my to be quilted pile.  Just waiting for my hands to heal a bit longer from my Carpal Tunnel Surgery.  It still hurts a bit when I try pinning a quilt sandwich.




This is a booklet that came with the latest issue of "Today's Quilter".  I fell in love with the sampler picture on the cover.  It is called "Walnut Grove Sampler".


  So far I have 2 blocks made.  These are the center blocks.  They are 6" blocks. 



I decided to add a 1 1/2" sashing to my 2014 BOM blocks.  I am adding friendship stars to the sashing where the blocks connect.  Then I will add a 1 1/2" border of the same sashing fabric around the quilt and then a final border from the main fabric.

Slow and steady progress is being made.  I also started working on another Red and Green block.  I should be able to show you a finished block next time.

I hope you are enjoying better weather than we are.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 12, 2017

Feeling Good

Every day I feel better.  Still taking it easy but back to having fun in my sewing room.

I pulled out an old UFO.  It is a block of the month from 2014.  I had 10 of the 12 blocks done and just lost interest.  It is a Sugar Block BOM.


The fabrics are all from Needle Love.  One of the background fabrics has bumble bees all over it.  Now I need to figure out how to put these blocks together.  Any ideas?

I made another 2 blocks for my Vivid Grid quilt.  Now I have 6 blocks and one prepped.  24 to go.




I also got another 8 blocks prepped for my Friendship quilt.  These are more of the Box in a Box blocks.

Today I am going to try to get some scraps cut.  Resting up for some more marathon quilting.

We are having some beautiful weather.  I hope you are enjoying the same.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, May 8, 2017

Okay

It's been a month since I had my surgery on my left hand.  This one has taken longer to heal than the first.  I still have some soreness.  I have been able to get some sewing done.  However, a couple of weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my abdomen.  It has been painful and some days I can't even walk.  Today has been a good day.  I have to wait a couple of weeks taking pain pills and naproxen before I go back to the doctors.  Hopefully this will work.

I got the rows of my Chained Reaction sewn into a top.


I cut out this quilt about 2 years ago and only got one block sewn.  So I am so happy to have finished the quilt top.  I'm hoping to be able to get it quilted soon.

I had decided this is the year to finish up some UFO's.  My next top is a Kaleidoscope quilt.  I made the blocks over a year ago and they were test blocks using my Accuquilt Go.


This is a table topper size.  I am itching to make a full size bed quilt using this die.


My final top is composed of 6" blocks from a couple of projects.


It looks wonky because it is up on the design wall.  The quilt is approx. 36"x50".
I chose a red border because there was so much red in the blocks.

I'm slowly working on some hand applique and I want get some more prepped.  I'm plugging away and trying to get some more UFO's finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hopefully I will be posting again next week.

Hugs, Cathy