Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lots to Show

I've been busy.  Spending lots of time in my air conditioned sewing room.

I started with making 14 Churn Dash blocks for my Walnut Grove Sampler Quilt.
If you look real close to the block in the center of the first set of blocks you can see a sort of stripe fabric.  This is fabric from my Mom's stash that I inherited.  I try and use a little of it when I make a scrappy quilt.  It makes me smile when I see it.  



The next round of blocks will be 18 Friendship Star blocks.  This is going to be a large quilt.

I joined in on the Simple Summer Sampler sew along.  Here are blocks 3-6

The quilt was designed to be made with red and white fabrics.  I decided to go with a FQ bundle of Blue Barn fabrics by Laundry Quilts.


I told you in my last post I wanted to make a quilt designed by Linda Brannock called "Stripes".  So I pulled out my AccuQuilt 1 3/4" strip cutter and started cutting strips.


I'm going to need to cut lots more strips if I want to make a quilt large enough for my bed.  They blocks are 10" finished.  The first set of strips I cut I folded the fabric the wrong way so when I went to trim them to 10 1/2" I only got one piece from each strip.  I sewed the shorter strips together and trimmed them to 10 1/2".  Luckily you can't see the seams.

I finished Block D for my "Flowers" quilt.  I will be showing you it on the 30th.  This morning I picked out the fabrics for Block E, made the freezer paper template and ironed them on the fabric.  Later today I will trace and cut out the applique pieces.  I'm trying to get ahead in case I get to go visit my son in the UP.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are having a peaceful Sunday.

Hugs, Cathy








Monday, July 17, 2017

A Flimsy

So my week alone didn't go as well as hoped.  I didn't get one of my quilt tops sandwiched for quilting.  Well, I take that back.  I did get my Prim Flower Swap Quilt finished and ready to go in the mail.

It was hot and humid and rained almost every day.  I did finish putting together my Vivid Grid quilt top.



There is another row but it is hidden.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  The quilt is 50" x 60".  It was made using Primitive Gatherings jelly rolls.

I bought some fabric to use for the alternate blocks for my Walnut Grove quilt.


I only cut out six squares to see how it looks.  These at the blocks I have made so far.  Today I am going to work on the next round of blocks.


This is a close up.  The alternate squares are a light floral print.  I'm very happy with look.

I have chosen my next machine pieced project to start after my Walnut Grove quilt.


I recently purchased this book on EBay.  I immediately fell in love with one of the quilts. 


The top quilt shown is an antique quilt.  The bottom is a quilt that Linda made.  I'm in the process of setting aside some fabrics for this quilt.  I'm going to be using fat quarters.   I want to make it large enough to use on my bed.  The strips are cut at 1 3/4".  Luckily I found an Accuquilt die that cuts 5 strips at a time so I can get the quilt cut out quickly.

After all the rain we had last week we have had a few days of perfect weather.  Today is beautiful.  The sun is shining and it is 69 degrees out.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Flowers" Block C

I get so excited when it is time to show the next block.  Not so much to show mine but to see what Karen has done.  This block is called Glories.  Better known as Morning Glories.


I feel the blue is a little too bright, but my husband who is color blind says it's just right....lol  The fabric looks brighter in the photo.



Just a reminder...Above is block A and below is block B.



I am really enjoying working on these blocks.  They are large and go quickly.

Next up we will be sharing Block D.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Keeping Busy

It's been hot and humid so I've been staying in the sewing room.  Today was so beautiful, 74 degrees and a beautiful breeze.  I loved it.


I got another 8 Homestead blocks made.  This is supposed to be for a wedding quilt.  Well....I went to visit with my grandson and his fiance.  They bought a house.  The predominate colors are a navy and cream.  So I'm rethinking the quilt.  I just might keep this one for myself.

I joined in on the Simple Summer Sampler that Gay from Sentimental Stitches is hosting.  She posted the first 2 blocks on Facebook on Thursday.





The fabric I'm using is a FQ Bundle called "Blue Barn" by Edyta Sitar.  It has my favorites blue, white, cream, tans and browns.  Lots and Lots of florals.

Since it was so nice yesterday I sat in the living room by the window with the breeze blowing finishing up my Block C for the Linda Brannock BOM "Flowers".  I finished it.  Just need to get it ironed ready to reveal on the 15th.

I finished the quilt top for a swap I joined on Facebook.  It's a Prim Floral Quilt swap.  I love it.  Almost wished I could keep it for myself.  I'm thinking to make one for myself later.

Starting today I will be on my own for a week.  Well, Sammie will be here.  She's my sweet little guard dog. Hubby is going to be out of town.  I plan on getting 3 quilts sandwiched together.  One to hand quilt and 2 to machine quilt.  Then I'm hoping to get my Vivid Grid blocks sewn together.  Lot's of sewing plans are being made.  I hope I can get some of them done.

Thanks for stopping by.  I love reading all your comments.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Few Projects

I got a few things finished over the 4th of July weekend.


A while back I purchased a Moda Scrap Bag on Amazon.  These are strips cut down the side of some yardage and include the strip with the name of the pattern designer and color swatches.  They usually are between 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" in width which includes the selvage.



I made this Table Topper with one of these Scrap Bags.  This particular scrap bag was approx.  2 1/2" and after I trimmed off the selvage edge I came up with 2" strips.  Here is an example of the bags.




I started a new applique project.  I'm still working on Linda Brannock's Flower quilt with Karen at Log Cabin Quilter.  I was going through some books and came across The Pokeberry Quilt by Jan Patek.  I will be working a bit slower on this one.  Here's my first block.


The background looks gray...however in reality it is brown.  This is the first time working with brown as a background.

Finally....Ta Da....I finished the blocks for my Vivid Grid Quilt.  



Here are blocks 19 thru 30.  All the blocks are up on my design wall but I didn't get a picture.  I'm hoping to get the blocks all sewn together this weekend.


I hope every one had a safe and happy 4th of July.  We stayed home however it was any thing but quiet.  There were so many fireworks going off in the neighborhood that the smell of sulfur was strong in the air.  Our poor dog, Sammie, hid under the bed.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy


Friday, June 30, 2017

A Project with a Friend Block B

It's hard to believe it is already the end of June.  Time flies when you are having a good time.  Speaking of time....it's time to show you Block B of Linda Brannock's "Flowers" quilt.




I love this block although it was a bit of a challenge.

Now don't forget that Karen at Log Cabin Quilter is sewing along with me.  Be sure to check out her block.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back July 15 for Block C.

Hugs, Cathy


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Flimsy

I finished the "Beach, Camping and Softball Quilt".


 The quilt top is hanging on my design wall.  It looks a little wonky but it is in fact very straight.  This is a Christmas gift for my softball playing granddaughter.  The fabric for the backing is softballs.  It is the perfect size for Camping, taking to the beach and of course taking to a softball tournament.





I'm continuing to work on my Walnut Grove Sampler.  I just finished the 10 sawtooth star blocks.


Next up I need to make 14 Churn Dash blocks.  I went shopping for the fabric for the alternate blocks.  I found a couple I liked.  One is a neutral print and the other is a muted floral.  I'm hoping to get some photos soon to show you.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check back on the 30th to see the second block for the Linda "Flowers" sew along Karen at Log Cabin Quilter and I are doing.

Hugs, Cathy

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