Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's Been Hot

And I do mean hot with high humidity.  I haven't got much sewing done because it's hard to see with sweat running into my eyes.  We had a long cold spell so I had hubby take out the air conditioners....Big mistake.

Well I did get a little sewing done.  I put together the top half of my flowers quilt.  The colors are really off in this photo.  The blues in the triangle squares are not that bright.


And now that I look at it I see that I have sewn a section of triangle squares in the upper right wrong.  Errr.....I guess I need to do some reverse sewing and get this fixed.  Oh well.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  We know how I'm going to be spending mine.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flowers Blocks G and H

I started making the Triangle Squares for my quilt.  There are lots of triangle squares.

We decided to make 2 blocks this time.  Baskets and Cacti.


Here are my blocks connected with the triangle squares.  The baskets were supposed to be pieced...I tried but they didn't work out.  So I appliqued them.  I love the Cacti block.  It makes me smile.

Be sure to check out Karen at Log Cabin Quilter

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Autumn is in the Air

I'm an Autumn baby.  My birthday is in October.  This is my favorite time of year.  The quilt above is "Henrietta Whiskers" by  Bunny Hill.  This was a free BOM.  I started working diligently on this quilt.  But as it always does life got in the way.  Although it says 2013 it was properly finished until 2015.  By properly I mean quilted.  

Speaking of Autumn....Halloween is in the near future.  Cheri Payne has been designing a quilt called Sew Spooky.  She has shared 4 blocks with us on her Facebook page "Quilts by Cheri" Friendship Group.

So far I have only made one block.  The third block.


The quilt is designed to be made with wool.  I prefer to make it using cotton.  I'm hoping to get the other blocks prepped so I can work on them in the evenings.

I have my 2 blocks finished from the Linda Brannock quilt "Flowers" that I am working on with Karen.  We will be posting photos of the blocks on Friday the 15th.


For those of you who don't know, Karen is one of the many blogging quilters who live in Florida.  She got hit with the winds and rain, she lost power but for the most part came out unscathed.  Power is back but they are without water.  I am praying that all our friends are well and have weathered the Hurricanes where ever they live.

My resolution this year was to finish some of my older projects whether blocks that need to be put together in a top or to quilt a top.  I have put a few tops together this year but I chose an older project to work on.


This quilt was designed by Jeni in the Willows.  I machined quilted straight lines horizontally between blocks.  I am hand quilting the blocks using the big stitch and #12 Perle cotton.  I'm half way there.  Hopefully I will have it finished by the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember if you are a no-reply commenter you need to add your email in the comments so I can answer any questions.  

Until next time.

Hugs, Cathy





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Flowers Block F

Bluebells...


They are such a pretty flower.  This block was rather easy to make.

Next month Karen and I are going to mix it up a bit and do 2 blocks for showing on the 15th.  I'm loving how this quilt is coming together.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Karen's block.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Finish

I got around to sandwiching my zig zag quilt and quilting it.  I like how it turned out.


Another Christmas present finished.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hot Time

Summer in the City....

This makes for a good time sewing in the air conditioned sewing room.

I finished the next round of blocks for my Walnut Grove Sampler quilt.


This round called for 18 Friendship Stars.  Next round is 22 Snowball blocks and the final group is 26 pinwheel blocks.  This may take a while.


I finally got caught up on my Simple Sampler Blocks.  Blocks 7 thru 14.


Just in time for the next set of blocks.  They should be posted today.

Be sure to stop back on the 30th.  Karen and I will be posting the 6th block in the "Flowers" quilt.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coxcombs and Hearts

Time to reveal the next block for the quilt "Flowers" by Linda Brannock.

Here is Block E, Coxcomb and Hearts.


Be sure to check out Karen's block.  It's been fun having someone to keep me on track.

We will reveal Block F on the 30th.  This will be our 6th block and 5 to go.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Day in the U.P.

In case you were wondering U.P. stands for Upper Peninsula.  The upper part of Michigan.

We finally got a chance to go to the UP to visit my son and his family.  We left last week on Thursday.  It was bright and sunny.  We got half the way to the Mackinaw Bridge and it started to rain...and it rained for the rest of the day, all night and into the next day.

No plans for Friday, we just took it easy.  Saturday we went for a ride and did some hiking.


We started out walking down to a one lane bridge that until 7 years ago was in use.




If you look closely you can see the new bridge.

We next headed to Lake Superior.




 This is a picture of Granite Island.  



There was a beautiful coast line.  This area used to be a State Campground until it got trashed.  It has since been closed.  People still camp there and it looks like they party hardy....




Off again we headed for Cannon Falls.  





Terry and I didn't make it all the way to the end of the walk.  His bad knee and my sinuses made us turn back.


On the walk back I saw this pretty yellow flowers.

And then the rains came again and that was it for our day in the U.P.

Back home on Monday.  Recuperating on Tuesday.  Sewing room on Wednesday.  


I made this using some left over Jelly roll strips I had from a prior project.  I really liked the way it turned out.  I have the backing and batting cut out and hope to get it pinned and ready for quilting this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll leave you with one last photo.


Hugs, Cathy















Friday, August 4, 2017

Prim Quilt Swap

 Good morning from rainy, windy and very overcast Marquette.  We finally got a chance to come up and visit my son and his family.  It rained coming up, overnight, and now today.  It's okay because we get to visit.

Now the quilty stuff.  I belong to a Facebook group called "Prim Folk Art Quilts".  Recently they had a quilt swap.  We were to make a Prim quilt with flowers.  It was to be between 15" to 20".   It sounded like fun so I signed up.

Here is the quilt I made.


The center flower pot is a design by Cheri Payne, from her pattern Camp Quilts.  I designed the border.  The recipient was very happy with the quilt.

This is the quilt I received.


It was made by Lorraine Hofmann.  It is a Jan Patek patter and the fabrics were designed Jan Patek .

This was a fun Quilt Swap and I was really happy with what I received.

Well, back to visiting with family.  Hopefully the rain will stop so we can go out for a while.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bromeliad

It's time to share block D of the "Flowers" quilt along I am doing with Karen at Log Cabin Quilter.


This was an easy block to work on.  Now we are on to Block E and will show our progress on August 15.

Be sure to check out Karen's block.

Hugs, Cathy

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