Monday, October 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Continues

It's the 15th of October and time to share our versions of Block 3A.  Time is sure flying.



This has always been a difficult block for me.  I drew up the block on EQ8 and printed up templates on freezer paper.  I ironed these on the chosen fabric for the star points.  This worked out really well.  I think I will do that again if I ever make this block again.

The weather is getting crisper, the skies sunnier and the air cooler.  This is my favorite time of year.  Yesterday was my birthday.  I turned 23 (times 3...lol).  It was a really beautiful day.  We went for a walk at St. Clair Metro park.  It was a good day.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit KarenJulie and Carole and see what magical blocks they have made.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Journeys End

What a wonderful journey we have been on for many months.  Cheri Payne's Sweet Land of Liberty was a joy to work on.




The first half of our journey had some challenges.  But I loved how it turned out.


The second half hand some challenges of it's own.  Mostly getting it to be the same width of the first half.

I am so thrilled with the finished top.


This is one long quilt.  My final challenge was to find a place to take a photo of the the quilt top.  I ended up having my husband stand on step stool and hold it up for me.

This journey couldn't have happened without the guidance of Lori and Denise.  Thank you for help.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Update

I usually write my posts the day before...oops...I forgot.  Then I over slept this morning.

So here it goes.  This looked like a very complicated block.  And it was.





However, I figured that I could easily applique it.  I found a similar pattern on EQ8.  I made one copy on paper and 2 copies on freezer paper.  I cut out the templates of freezer paper.  I traced the paper pattern on my background fabric.
I appliqued the beige triangles first, then the large circle, then the red and blue spires, then the small circle in the center and faintly you can see the design in the circle.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's Time

To show the next block in the Dearest Boy saga...



What you say...it doesn't look like the block in the book.  You are right.  Life is too short and too busy and I don't have the patience for all that technical work.  So I found a block in EQ8 and used it for my baskets.

I truly admire those who did the block as it was in the pattern.  I just wasn't up to it.  I am very happy with my little baskets.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the blogs of the sew along quilters,
KarenJulieCarole, and Doreen.

This coming week I am staying at my daughter's house keeping my granddaughter company while her parents go to Las Vegas.  They go once a year and I go to her house.  Luckily she lives 5 minutes from my house so I can run home for a change of clothes or get a little sewing done.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Show and Tell

I started a new quilt.  16 patch blocks made using jelly roll strips.  I'm trying to make 2-4 blocks a day.




I am slowly working on my Simple Summer Sampler quilt from last year.  Blue seems to be my go to color.



I finished another quilt top.  It was made using a jelly roll.  All the jelly roll strips were cut into 6 1/2" pieces.  Definitely not the fabrics I tend to use.  However I had this jelly roll and a new pattern and tried it out.  It is a lap size.



In between working on Sweet Land of Liberty and Dearest Boy applique blocks I prepped another block for my Red and Green quilt.  I'm happy with the way it looks.  I'm not sure how many more blocks I want to make.



Well here in Michigan our weather has been a roller coaster.  One day the temps have been 90 - 100 degrees.  The next day it was 69.  We had a few days of beautiful sunny 76 degrees.  Then we had a few days of rain.  Today it looks like more rain.  And the weekend is bringing the temps up in the 80's.  I guess that is why they say when in Michigan if you don't like the weather...wait a day, it will change.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to come back on the 15th to see the latest Dearest Boy block.

Hugs, Cathy


Friday, August 31, 2018

Antebellum Album Block 8

I finished block 8 today.  I am so happy with this sew along.


I had a scrap of fabric with some Civil War motifs on it and used it for the center.  My husband is a big civil war buff and is loving this BOM as much as I am.


I got my Walnut Grove quilt top sewn together.



Here it is on my bed (a full mattress).  


This is a close up of some of the blocks.

Now I'm working on the next block I have prepped for my red and green quilt while enjoying some cooler weather.  At least for a day....lol

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dearest Boy

It's that time again.  Time to reveal the next block of the Dearest Boy sew along.



Here are blocks 2 C and D.  I'm doing a simpler version of the blocks.  I'm working on so many different projects.  I just have time to keep it simple.

It has finally started to cool down.  The forecast is temps in the 70's.

Be sure to check out Karen'sJulie'sCarole's and Doreen's blogs to see what they have been up to.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Slow Sewing

I finished up this months blocks for the Land of Liberty quilt along.  I have all the pieces cut for the Freedom Angel and will applique them later.




I was checking all my project boxes and came across the box containing all the blocks for my Walnut Grove quilt.  I pulled out all the blocks and put together the first 5 rows.


Today I plan on sewing these rows together and try and get the next 5 rows done.  This quilt is going to be 80" x 90".  I'm glad I have air conditioning in my sewing room because it is going to be hot and humid today.  It's going to be even hotter tomorrow.  Good time to get some sewing done.

Thanks for stopping by and stay cool.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Block 2B

It's time to share another Dearest Boy Block.  Today's block is 2B.



I really like how this block turned out.



It's coming along.  

Be sure to check out Karen's, Julie'sCarole's and Doreen's blogs to see what they've been doing.

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Antebellum Block 7

Here is block 7.  I am so enjoying this sew along.






Here are the first 6.


Block 1


Block 2


Block 3


Block 4


Block 5


Block 6

Now to catch up on some more projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

One Down

Many more to come.  Projects that is.  

I finally finished Part 7 of Land of Liberty.  Just in time for the next installment.



Although I enjoyed my vacation it really put me behind on my projects.

We finally got a break on the weather.  I got to open the windows and get some fresh air going through the house.

I hope you are enjoying your summer.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, July 30, 2018

Playing Catch-up

Back from a 2 week vacation and got a stomach virus.  So not much sewing getting done around here.

Luckily I finished the second block of the month for our Dearest Boy Sew Along.  This is the first block in the second row.  Block 2 A.




I love this block.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Now I need to start work on the next block, finish the blocks for Land of Liberty, do the next block for Antebellum Album and get caught up on the Temecula sew along.   Whew....I'm tired just thinking about it.  lol

Be sure to stop by and check out what the other Dearest Boy sew along members are doing.  

KarenJulieCarole and hopefully Doreen she's working on the quilt but hasn't posted yet.

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Thankfully the weather has been very pleasant here.

Hugs, Cathy


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Beautiful Day


 Yesterday was absolutely beautiful.  The temps were in the 70's so it was a good day to do some site seeing. 

My parents retired and moved to the Upper Peninsula many, many years ago.  So my family has been in love with the area.  So much so for one member, my son Patrick.  He went to NMU and never came home.  

One of my favorite places is AuSable Lake.  To the left of this photo is a sand dune which is covered in grass.  When the kids were little there was no guard rail.  This is a drop off lake.  We would climb the sand dune then run down the hill, over the road, and dive in the lake at the drop off.





 Things have changed so much.  No more sand dune, no more swimming.  They closed the beach and closed the picnic area.

We left there and headed to Grand Marais.




 They have some beautiful houses up on the hill overlooking Lake Superior.  This one is my favorite.  I could be happy here.




 This is the Coast Guard Station.  It is now run by the National Parks Service.  There is a huge bay area.  In August they have hundreds of kayakers that come for a kayaking class and then they are taken out onto Lake Superior.  They open the High School for sleeping quarters.

Our final destination was 12 Mile Beach.  You drive down this old road that runs along Lake Superior.  We found a spot to pull over and this is what we saw.





The view was spectacular.

We climbed down the sand hill to the beach.


The beach is covered in driftwood that is thrown up on land during the many storms.  The shoreline is covered in stones and rocks.  We have spent many hours looking for Agates.

We had a great time.  We were so tired from all the walking on the beach but it was a good tired.

This morning when we got up it was a shock.  The temperature was 53 and its overcast.  So I plan on working on some applique.  Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer so we can go do some more exploring.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 15, 2018

I'm on Vacation

And I almost forgot to write my post....  We are in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for 2 weeks.  We're house sitting and pet sitting for my son and his family while they are in California.  This is our first vacation in 2 years.

Now for the next Dearest Boy block.



This is Block 1F.  A pear tree.  This completes the first row.

Check out Karen's and Julie's blogs.  And it looks like we might have a couple of new members for our sew along, Carole and Doreen.  Carole posted one of her blocks last week.  Doreen hasn't posted yet but she posted on facebook that she is working on her blocks.

Looking forward to some cooler weather here.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Blocks 4 and 5

It's that time again.  This week we will be sharing 2 blocks.  One pieced and one appliqued.



This is our first pieced block.  Block 4A.  This was a rather difficult block to piece.  I don't usually have a problem with pieced blocks but this one gave my patience a hard time....lol



Here is block 5A.  I wasn't too fond of this block.  But I persevered and finished it.  My cherries are a little wonky but I do like the outcome.  One more block and we will have the first row done.

Be sure to stop by Karen and Julie's blogs to see their version of the blocks.  

I've also been working on Barbara Brackman's Antebellum Album.  Here is block 6.


I'm using a tea dyed muslin for the background and browns and pinks for the rest.  I really love how this block turned out.

It's hot, hot, hot here in Michigan.  Yesterday was in the 90's and we are expecting more of the same today.  Trying to stay cool and get some sewing done.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Wedding

Last night my Grandson Brian married the love of his life Jess.  The venue was beautiful.  They wanted to get married outside...but wouldn't you know...it started raining a half hour before the ceremony was to begin.  Luckily they had a covered area for the ceremony.

Here is Brian...our gentle giant waiting for his bride.


Then came the bride..


Checking with her bridesmaids if she should go through with it.



Part of the ceremony was called tying of the hands.


Their first Dance.


They are so happy.  


Cutting of the Wedding Cake.  There were 2 flavors.  Almond ganache and chocolate with a raspberry filling.  I had the chocolate.  It was so delicious.


My daughter sitting next to Brian, I'm in black.  Granddaughters Ashley and Cassidy behind me along with Granddaughter Alecia with he beau Jon.

Mother of the groom, my daughter Kelley with her 2 daughters Cassidy and Alecia.


The rain stopped and the happy couple danced in the garden.


The wedding party.  Most are friends since childhood.  They were great.

We couldn't be more happy for this wonderful couple.  We love them so much.

Thanks for letting me share our happiness.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Block 1 C

Another slightly difficult block...but I love it.



I had been working on my Antebellum Album quilt so I had a lot of fabrics pulled for it.  I thought these fabrics would work well on this block.

Be sure to stop by and see Karen and Julie's blocks.

I want to thank everyone for their kind words about the loss of my father-in-law.  Your thoughts and prayers have been appreciated.

A week from today my grandson is getting married.  It will be a wonderful celebration.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, June 11, 2018

Slow Sewing

A few projects to share.

Antebellum Album Block 5.


I'm using a tea dyed muslin for the background on all my blocks.  


Next up is Month 6 of the Land of Liberty quilt sew along hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts.  She gives so much insightful information which is helpful to both people who have the pattern and those that don't.





Lately I've been prepping blocks for Dearest Boy and my Red and Green quilt.


It's been a couple of hard months here.  First we lost my husband's mother.  It was totally unexpected.  His father was struggling with Alzheimer's and mobility issues.  My husband and his brother finally got Dad in a nursing home.  He wasn't doing well and appeared to have given up.  He missed Mom.  Last week on Monday he passed away.  We miss them both very much.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Your comments are appreciated.

Hugs, Cathy