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