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

Monday, April 17, 2017

One Week Later

It's been a week since I had my second Carpal Tunnel surgery.  I'm more sore this time and more bruised.  But I'm able to get back to sewing.  I planned ahead and got some projects cut out.

First up.


Here are the first 2 blocks from the Buttermilk Basin BOM from 2015.  I decided I need to start working on this again.  I have the next block prepped and ready to go.

I decided to add some different blocks to the friendship quilt I have been working on.  This is from the Fat Quarter Shop.


These blocks are called Box in a Box.


I started a new project....I know who would have believed it....lol





The quilt is called "Vivid Grid" and it is a Color Girl Quilts pattern.  I found it in the latest issue of Quilts and More.  I'm using a couple jelly rolls designed by Primitive Gatherings.

And finally...


This is a project I started years ago and then ran out of steam.  The block pattern is called "Bow Tie Log Cabin".  The blocks are 6".  I just got tired of looking at the project box with the blocks in it.  So I pulled them up and found I had 36 blocks.  I sewed them together 6 rows with 6 blocks.  Once my hand gets stronger I will machine quilt it and I will have a new table quilt.

Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Plugging Away

I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things.  Although I can fully use my right hand it gets sore if I do to much.  This will eventually go away.  I am having Carpal Tunnel done on my left hand next Monday the 10th.  Then I have to start all over again.

I finished sewing the rows of blocks for my Chain Reaction.


I love the jelly roll I used.  It is a Fig Tree fabric.  After my hand surgery I will sew the rows into a quilt top.  This is a project I started in 2014.

I'm trying to work on some of my older UFOs.


This is from a few years ago.  It's an APQ quilt along.  This is block #8.  Only 12 to go.


Another on going project.  This is a Cheri Payne pattern called Common Threads.


This is block #11.  It's the second for this block.  The first one was used in another quilt.


I've been getting the Sew Sampler Box from the FQ Shop since they started.  Each month I received a pattern for a block.  The last box I received contained the 12th block and setting instructions. 


I decided to start it.  This block is 8" and the fabric I am using if from a fabric roll of Japanese fabric.  The theme is Alice in Wonderland.

I've been working on Sally Post block #14 I don't have anything to show you.   As I said earlier I can only work on my hand work for a short time before my hands start to hurt.  This is on hold till after my left hand surgery.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Can Finally Sew Again

It's been a little over a week since I had Carpal Tunnel surgery.  Yesterday I had the stitches removed.  I still have some soreness in my hand but I am so happy to say I can now sew again.


I sewed 3 rows of my Cross Terrain together.  The rows are randomly sewn together.  After I'm done I will put them in the order that looks the most appealing to me.


I had a hard time pinning the blocks because I still have some pain.  But each row I sew the less pain I have.

Today I finished sewing the binding down on my Modern Gwennie.  I only had  to finish one side and managed to get it done this morning.


It looks pretty wonky here because it is up on my design wall.  I'm going to sending this quilt to Lori at Humble Quilts so it can be part of show in May.

I am itching to get some applique done.  I only have about 3 weeks and then I am going to have my left hand done.  I didn't realize how bad it was until I couldn't use my right hand.  I will be so glad with I am done with this.

I wouldn't have believed I would have Carpal Tunnel surgery and a week later I would back to normal...with just a little stiffness and soreness.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying some sunshine.  It is glorious here although a little bit on the cool side.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Few Finishes

I'm trying to finish up a few projects before my Carpal Tunnel surgery on Monday.


This is block 3 for the Red and Green BOM.



This is block 13 for my Sally Post quilt.  I still have block 14 prepped and ready to go.


I got all the blocks sewn for my Cross Terrain quilt.  I put them up on my design wall and played with them till I was happy with the placement.  I took the blocks down and clipped them together by rows with binding clips.  I got one row sewn together.  Hopefully I can start sewing sometime next week.


This morning we went to watch my granddaughter Ashley play hockey.  She had one game last night (they won) and one game at 10:00am.  We had about an hour drive to get there.  It was like a family reunion.  All four of my kids were there and 3 of my grandchildren.  My brother and his wife were there and even my ex-husband came.  It was a nice time.  Ashley's team won 8-0 and she scored a goal.  They have 2 games tomorrow.  I'm hoping to make it.

Monday I have my surgery scheduled for 6:00am.  Hopefully I will only have a few days down time.  Until then I hope you get some sewing done. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Tired Hands

My hands have been bothering me.  I have tremors and numbness.  So my doctor sent me to a Neurologist.  He did an EMG.  Sent me to a hand surgeon.  The outcome is I have to have Carpal Tendon Surgery on my right hand.  It is scheduled for March 13.  Luckily I am have a scope surgery.  The doctor told me I will only have a 2 to 3 day down time.  After that I will be having the same thing done on my left hand.  I am so happy that I will have minimal down time as I have so many projects to work on.

Speaking of projects....   Here is what I have been working on.



Here is my Sally Post block #12.  I have 13 and 14 prepped and ready to go.  I am working on the 3rd block for my Red and Green quilt and will show you my progress soon.


Next up is my Friendship blocks.


Here are blocks 21-28.  I only have about 150 blocks to go...lol.  I think I may make a smaller quilt.

Finally up....  I have all the blocks sewn for my Cross Terrain quilt.  I am going to put the blocks up on my design wall later today and start getting the quilt top sewn.



I am excited...Friday my son, daughter in law and granddaughter will be coming down.  My granddaughter Ashley will be participating in a Hockey Tournament.  I love watching her play hockey.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunny and Cold

We haven't had much sunshine lately, mostly gray skies.  So it is so good to see the sun and blue skies.

I've been fairly busy but I can't show everything.  I just finished the last of the blocks to be tested for Quiltmaker Magazine.  They are for the next issue of 100 Blocks.  I also tested 2 additional blocks for a different group.  So I made a total of 4 blocks this last weekend for a total of 15 blocks that I tested.

Now for what I can show you.


 I finished 4 more friendship blocks.  I now have 20 made and only 162 to go.  Good thing I'm in no rush.



Last night I finished Sally Post block #11.  I have block 12 prepped and ready to go.



I started working on Barbara Brackman's Yankee Diary.  Here is block 1.  I love how it turned out.  I love working on quilts that have both applique and piecing.


I also quilted another block on my Westering Women quilt.  Again slow and easy.


I was going through all my project boxes and came across a quilt designed by Lee Heinrich called Cross-Terrain.  I didn't realize that I had the entire quilt cut out, a few blocks sewn and just waiting for me to get around to finishing it.


Each blocks is made of 4 units.  The blocks will not be pieced with all 4 units made of the same fabric.  They will be made using 4 different fabrics.  I just layed this out so you can see what the block will look like. 


The blocks are made using a jelly roll.  I am using a Fig Tree Jelly Roll.  I am using muslin for the back ground.


I have pieced enough units to make 16 blocks.  And I need to make enough units to make an additional 20 blocks.

The pattern was first published at Moda Bakeshop in October 2011.  If you would like the free pattern it can be found here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have found some inspiration to finish up some UFOs.

Hugs, Cathy