Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hot and Humid

Makes for good sewing time in the air conditioned sewing room.

Dearest Boy is coming to an end.  Karen posted our next pieced block so here is mine.

We now have one more 10" applique block and the final cow block.

I finished this month's blocks for the Cheddarback quilt.

I chose a house block instead of the school house block in the original quilt.

Here are the first 5 months blocks.  It is hard to find somewhere to lay out these blocks as it is quite long.  I'm very please with how this quilt is looking.

Finally I want to give an update on my flannel baskets.

I started with 6 blocks and now have 7 more.  I have a couple more blocks prepped.  I will keep going until I run out of flannel.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, July 15, 2019

We're Closer

Closer to the end of this sew along.  Dearest Boy has been a very long journey.  2 more 10" blocks and then the center 20" cow block.  Here is Block 6D.

It's not perfect but it's finished.  Be sure to stop by Karen'sJulie and Carole's
 blogs to see what they've been up to.

I entered into a Birthday giveaway that  Kyle had on her blog, Timeless Reflections.  She had 3 birthday packages and I won the third.  It had 2 FQ of fabric, 2 spools of thread and some vintage buttons.

I've already used some of the fabric for backgrounds on some blocks.  Thanks again Kyle.

The weather here has been hot and humid.  Today we got a reprieve...temps in the 79's.  A good opportunity to turn off the air conditioners and open the windows.  Tomorrow it will be in the 90's.  Ugh!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July's UFO

July's UFO and a new project.

I didn't have an UFO for June.  I had to get caught up on some projects.  While going through some piles in my sewing room I came across an old project I had started years ago.  Flannel Baskets.

I had these 6 baskets in a plastic bag along with more flannel and the template for the basket.  This morning I prepped 5 more blocks.  I work on applique in the evenings while watching TV.  These blocks will finish at 6 1/2".

My new project is a BOM called Summer Moon designed by Carrie Nelson.

I'm not working in any haste on this quilt.  The blocks are very labor intensive.  
You make 3 different sizes of each block.  A 5" block, 6 1/2" block and an 8" block.  Then you add borders on the blocks to make them all 8 3/4".

These are the first 3 blocks.  I am going to use different backgrounds.  The next block is a Bears Paw block with very tiny pieces for the 5" block.  I plan on working on this when I have a few spare minutes.

It has been very hot and humid here.  I've basically stayed in the house in the air conditioning.  We don't have central air but I have two very good room air conditioners.  One in our bedroom and one in the sewing room.  They keep the house cool.

I'm off to the sewing room to work on my Cheddarback quilt.

I hope you stay cool and dry wherever you may be.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 30, 2019

It's Been a Long Journey

And we are getting close to the end of our Dearest Boy journey.

It's time to reveal our next block.  Block 6C "Mother".  

This is such a sweet block but it was also very time consuming.  I was hoping to get ahead on this Sew along but this block took a lot of time.  Three more blocks to go and then we will be working on the center block of the cow.

Be sure to check the other blogs....KarenJulie and Carole have been working along on this quilt.

I have been working on some other projects....

I bought a quilt kit from Connecting Threads a while back and thought it was time to make it.

I love how soft the colors look.  The quilt is 42" x 48" and is the perfect size for a lap or baby quilt.

I recently purchased a pattern from Debby Brown called A LA MODE.  I can be made using fat eights or jelly rolls.  I always have white, cream or grey jelly rolls on hand.  I found a half jelly roll in some bright colors in my stash and used a cream jelly roll to go along with it.  Here is my quilt top.

The top is 48" x 48".  I'm thinking of using it as a picnic quilt.  I can't wait to try this quilt out with a full jelly roll.

And finally I finished another Sally Post block.

I may end up finishing all the blocks by the end of the year...keep my fingers crossed.

That's it for today.  I need to get back in the sewing room and prep some more applique blocks to work on.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day and keep cool

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 15, 2019


I had a really bad night last night.  Dog woke me up at 3:00am and I didn't get back to sleep until 7:00am.  So needless to say I was dragging but all day.  I just realized what the date is.  Time to show the next Dearest Boy block.

She's not perfect bu she's done.  And I might say it's an accomplishment to have finished it.  The instructions are lacking and I needed to figure a lot of it on my own.

Hoping to have a better day tomorrow.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Some Finishes

I'm working on finishing some previous UFO's.  So far this is what I finished.

I finished the Bears Paw quilt top.  Sorry the photo is blurry.  I'm not sure if I like the border or not.  Hubby picked the fabric out.

This close up gives a better view of the border fabric and the bear and tree applique.

Next I finished the block of week "Flower Bouquet" by Pat Sloan.

This turned out to be much larger than I thought.  I am so happy with the way it turned out.  

I'm working on another Pat Sloan BOM called Out of this World.

I'm using a text background and batiks.  This is block 6.

Here are my Cheddarback blocks.  I love how this is turning out.

Come back on the 15th for my version of the next Dearest Boy block.

Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are always welcome.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dearest Boy

It's not perfect but I actually finished block 6A before I left for up north.

It's a little lopsided but I still like it.

Be sure to stop by the blogs of KarenJulie, and Carole to see what they are up to.

My UFO for this month is a Bear's Paw quilt.  

As you can see I didn't get it finished and it won't be finished by the end of the month.  I decided I'm not going to pick a new UFO for June.  Instead I am going to get some previous UFO's finished.

I want to finish this quilt, then finish up my Flower Bouquet and work on the Front Porch quilt.  I found a replacement block for the bike block.

In July I am starting on a new quilt with partner in crime...Karen.  

BTW.  We had a great time up north.  My granddaughter's Graduation party was lots of fun.  Afterward the family got together for pizza and a bonfire.

My grand kids in order, Alecia holding my granddog Bear, Cassidy, Brian and the Grad Ashley.

Hubby, Terry, Ashley, Me, Cassidy, Brian and Alecia.  It was good to see everyone and to spend some time together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dearest Boy and more

Time is flying.  I can't believe after this reveal we will be starting the last row of our Dearest Boy quilt.  I am ready to get this quilt done.

 This month's block is the strawberry block.  I didn't do the flowers...I'm just really busy.  But I think it looks fine.

I've got such a busy second half of the month so I'm not sure if I will get the next block finished or not.

My Upper Peninsula Granddaughter Ashley (the hockey player) is graduating from High School.  She is having a graduation party on the 25th and we will be going up early and coming home after Memorial Day.  So not sure if I will get the next block finished.

Be sure to stop by Karen's , Julie's and Carole's Blogs to see what they have done.

I also worked on my Cheddarback quilt blocks.

 Here are this months blocks.

Here are all the blocks sewn together.  I am really loving this quilt.

Next we have the May block for Pat Sloan's BOM Out of This World.

I haven't worked with Batiks in a while and I like how the blocks are turning out.

Another of Pat Sloan's quilt alongs...Flower Bouquet.  This on is a block a week.  I just got the pattern for the last block section so I can finish this quilt up.  Here is Block 19.

Well thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather like we are.  Today I met my daughter at a park near her work and we walked on her lunch hour.  It's been quite a while since I have walked due to bad weather and I felt every step.  But it was great to get out and spend some time with her.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dearest Boy and More

I've go too much stress in my life to add more stress through quilting.  Quilting calms my stress.  So when it came to this month's Dearest Boy block I had to do something different.

I chose an eight pointed block.

Speaking of stress...  This month's UFO, Jan Patek's Front Porch quilt is an epic fail.  I now remember why I put this project up.

I had previously made all the blocks except for the upper right block with the boat and whales and the bike block.

 I finished the Whale block....

I love the whales.  When it came to the bike block I realized this is why I had put this project up in the first place.  3 times I tried to make this block and 3 times I failed.  So this UFO is going back up on the shelf.  I'll try again another time.

I've chosen my UFO for May.

I'm going to make a few changes but otherwise I really love this quilt.

I have 5 blocks made, and I need another 7.  Since it is pieced I should have no problem finishing up this UFO.

Here's an update on my Sally Post blocks.

I now have 20 blocks made.  16 to go.  I work on this in my leisure and it's coming along nicely.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have found something you liked.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Few Projects

I got a few projects done.

First up is a couple of Sally Post blocks.  Blocks 19 and 20.

 A little late but here is my Sprouts block for Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches.

I love this block.  Now to prep the next block.

Here is the next block for Pat Sloan's "Flower Bouquet" Block of the Week.

Only a few more weeks to go and this will be a quilt.

I participated in Lori at Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap.

Here is the quilt I sent.

I liked it so much I think I need to make myself one.

Here is the quilt I received from Lora Congdon.

It looks a little wonky in the photo.  I love the Repro fabrics she used.

She also sent me this little Easter Chick.  It is so sweet.  She also sent me a quilters best friend....Chocolate.

The quilt in my header is a quilt I made during a class with Gwen Marston.  I learned so much from her in that class.  I loved that she gave you permission to enjoy quilting.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check back at the end of the month for the next Dearest Boy block.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dearest Boy, Sally Post and a Flower Bouquet

It's that time of the month when we reveal the next Dearest Boy block.  I think that we all agree that this month's block is difficult.  How difficult you ask?  So difficult that I did a different block.

If you look at the photo of the quilt this months block is seen under the cow.  The block is called oak tree and we were to make 2 of them.  I want to enjoy quilting and this block wasn't going to do it for me.

Here are the blocks I made.  Pine trees.

Not the most beautiful of blocks but I like them.

Be sure to stop by Karen'sJulie's and Carole's blogs to see what they came up with.

I finished another Sally Post block.

This is block 19 of 36.  Too many blocks needed to make to be able to finish this quilt in a month.  So whenever I have a little extra time.  I haven't trimmed this block yet.

Wednesday Pat Sloan posted the next block for her Flower Bouquet Block of the Week.

This week there were 2 blocks.  This completes the bottom left of the quilt and we are now three quarters of the way done.

And the final project I leave you with is my March/April Mini quilt.  I call it March/April because I don't think I will have time to make a mini this month.

I think this is my favorite mini/doll quilt I have made to date.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found something you liked.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, April 7, 2019

BOM Updates

This week has been spent catching up on BOMs that I've been working on.

First up is the Cheddarback Quilt.  Here are the blocks for the 2nd month.  Don't look too closely at the bottom right hand block.  I know it's wrong.  I sewed the block 3 times and kept getting it wrong.  Don't know why.  Finally I gave up.  So instead of a pinwheel I have a broken dish...lol

I've combine them with the blocks from last month.

I am really enjoying this BOM.

Next up is Pat Sloan's Out of the World BOM>

I was a little off on my piecing.  I guess I need to do some reverse sewing and try again.

Pat also has another free quilt along.  It is called Flower Bouquet and is a block a week.

This is Block 13.  7 more blocks to go.

I finished the next Dearest Boy block.  It will be revealed on the 15th of this month.

I'm trying to get all my BOM's up to date so I can start on this month's UFO.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy