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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Block 1B

This block was SOOOOOO much easier than the first block.



I love this goose.  She has so much attitude.    

Now be sure to check with Karen and Julie on their blogs as they too will be sharing photos of this sweet little goose.  


The weather here has been in the 90's and Cathy don't do heat...lol.  Thank goodness hubby put the air conditioner in the bedroom and the sewing room.  Our dog Sammie can't take the heat either.  Yesterday she got a haircut.  We thought that would help...but the air conditioning helps more.  She lays on the floor in my sewing room while I sew.

I know there is an issue on Blogger regarding on comments going to our email accounts.  I will check my blog often and will respond to your comments.

Thanks for taking the time from your busy lives to stop by.  I really enjoy your comments.

Hugs, Cathy


Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Little Bit

I gotten just a little bit of sewing done.  I've been going through bags of scraps trying to tame them.  Alas no luck.  They are such wild creatures.  LOL

I tried a new Accuquilt die I recently purchased for a Lemoyne Star block.  I used Christmas fabric.



While going through bags and boxes of fabric in my sewing room I came across this patriotic Christmas fabric.  I had a problem matching up the pieces in the block.  Finally I pulled out the cover of the die and read the directions.  When I cut the fabric to put it in the cutter the pieces were backside to backside.  The instructions say the fabric needs to be right sides up.  It truly made a difference when I started to piece the blocks.


I made another block for my Red and Green quilt.  Although this one is pink.




 I'm so happy with the way it turned out.  I need to pick the next bock to work on.

I've been working on blocks for my Dear Boy quilt.  I figured I needed to get a head start on some of the blocks as some are very challenging.  We will be posting pictures of the second block on the 30th.


I wanted to share a couple of photos of 2 of my granddaughters.

First up is Ashley.  She is the hockey player.  They were State Champs again this year.




This is her prom picture.

Next is Cassidy.  She plays baseball.  This is here official baseball picture.



I'm so proud of all my grand kids. 

Our oldest grandchild and only grandson, Brian is getting married in June.  And my granddaughter Alecia is taking college courses.  She had a tough time in high school which makes it so wonderful that she is continuing her education.  We are so proud of her.

I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  

Hugs, Cathy 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dearest Boy

Block 1A

I will not lie.  This was not an easy block.  It gave me nightmares..really!  I would wake up in the middle of the night and worry about getting this block done.

I got a sneak peak at Karen's block.  I thought she was sending me a photo of the original block.  She's good.

I've emailed Julie and she felt the block was hard too.  Needless to say I can't wait to see her block.

Without further ado here is my humble block.



I did a simpler version.  I also used blue instead of red.  I'm happy with the results and once finished I had a really good nights sleep.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 11, 2018

I'm So Excited

We are half way done with "Sweet Land of Liberty".



Here is Month 5.



Month 4 and 5 sewn together.



All the parts sewn together.   I so love this quilt.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has done.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Churn Dash Santas

I finished another Christmas Quilt top.


It's a wild quilt top.  Now I need to get in gear and this one quilted.  

I've also been busily working on "Sweet Land of Liberty".  I am so in love with this project.

I'll be back on the 15th with the first block of the "Dearest Boy" quilt.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Small Finish

I made this little Jan Patek quilt a while ago.  I finally decided to machine quilt it.


I did cross hatch quilting.  I have so many quilts to finish I figured I better start getting some of them done.


Next I did another block for my Red and Green quilt.


This is an ongoing project.  I'm in no hurry to finish...seeing I've been working on for 2 years...lol.

I finished all the blocks for my second Christmas quilt.  I plan on sewing the top together later today.

I'm working on the first block for the "Dearest Boy".  It is probably the hardest block I've ever made.  I had nightmares about this block.  Hopefully, I can get it done.  What a pain this block is.  The rest of the blocks look to be a lot easier.  Wish me luck.

Lori at Humble Quilts has posted the blocks to make for month 5 of the "Sweet Land of Liberty" quilt.  So it's going to be a sewing marathon here at Big Lake Quilts.

Well, we had 3 days of hot weather.  Now we are having a couple of days of rainy weather.  We go from one extreme to the other here in Michigan.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, April 30, 2018

A Finish and a Beginning

The finish is "Early American Life".  Karen and I have finished our blocks for this quilt.  I have been putting the quilt together as we worked along.  Here are the final blocks and my finished top.


 Here is block 12.  Once I finished this block I added it to row 3.




 I'm really happy with my choice of fabrics for the sashing and corner stones.



Block 13


Block 14


 Block 15


 Block 16


 And here is my finished quilt top.  I bought this fabric online and was thrilled with how well it went with all the blocks.

It has been such a joy working with Karen on this quilt.  She kept me on point.  Each month it was a surprise to see how her blocks turned out.  This has been the third quilt I have made working with Karen.  I enjoyed it so much that we have chosen our next quilt to work on.

Our next project is "Dearest Boy".



This quilt is going to take a bit longer to make.  Besides the triangle top and bottom border it has 32 10" blocks and the center block is 20".

We will be another partner in crime.  Julie K will be joining in on the fun.  As in the past we will be posting blocks on the 15th and 30th of each month.  I hope you stop by to see our progress.

In case you are wondering.  The quilt behind the book is the Gwennie Medallion Round Robin quilt I made with Lori at Humble quilts.  I just got a new quilt frame (an Ulmer frame) and I'm finally starting to hand quilt it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy