Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time Flies again!

I had every plan of posting more often...but I didn't.  So I have a lot to share.

1.  Sentimental Stitches 3030 Block of the Week.

Block 1

 Block 2

 Block 3

 Block 4

2.  Bee in My Bonnet Block of the Week.

3.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

This is block 6.  It was supposed to machine pieced.  I didn't want to do that so I made a large miss shaped 9 patched and then I appliqued the curved pieces on to the block.  It turned out good.

4.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

This is last month's block.  It took forever to finish.

This is this month's block.  I didn't have enough light when I photographed it.  The background is the same as the first block.

Here are all the blocks for the first two rows (Minus the ones I just finished) put together.  Next up is the 4 block for the corner.

5.  Providence BOM.

These are the blocks for month 4.  So now all the blocks for the quilt are finished.  They are 12" finished blocks.

6.  Mrs. Lincolns Quilt.

These are blocks from Month 10.  I'm working on this quilt with Julie at juliekquilts.blogspot.com.

7.  Derby House BOM.

I have 2 more appliqued seed blocks to finish.  But I knew I wouldn't get them done in time.

8.  A Finish...finally

This is the quilt designed by a group of quilters led by Lori at Humble quilts.  I finally got it bound and a label sewn on the back.  I so love this quilt.

I tried to add links to this post but i can't.  Blogger says it no longer supports this.  Not sure if I like the new blogger...this is the old blogger.

I hope you all enjoyed the photos.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Playing Catch Up

And starting new...

1. I finished the applique block from last month for my Derby House BOM.

I love the fabrics used in this quilt.  They are Mackinaw Island by Minick and Simpson.

2. Quilt Doodles.

These blocks finish at 20".

3.  I started a new quilt project.

It is a new BOW by Bee in my Bonnet using her Christmas book.  This will be a quick quilt.

4.  Another new quilt.

This is the first block for Sentimental Stitches BOW called 3030.  The original used fabrics from the 30's.  I'm going more country colors.

5.  Here's the photo of my finished Rainbow Quilt.

I quilted it in a large cross hatch.  

6.  I finished my Salt Water Taffy quilt top.

Hubby held it up outside.  It was a sunny day and the colors look a little washed up.

I'm still working on last month's Mary Brown block.  There are so many tiny leaves and my eyes get tired working on them

Oops, I did it again.  I signed up for another Connecting Threads BOM.  This one will also come with fabric.  It is a Calendar themed quilt.  When I get the first month's package I will show you what it looks like.

I don't think I'm doing too bad for the first week of June.  However, I have so many projects and so little time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I so enjoy hearing your comments.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, May 30, 2020

I'm so Behind

Time just flew by and put me so behind on projects.  The 30th of the month is time for sharing progress on Celebrating Mary Brown.  Unfortunately I have nothing to share.  I've been moving parts of my sewing room to the basement and that took time away from sewing.

Be sure to stop by to see what the following quilters are up to KarenJennie,  RobinNanette, and Rebecca.

I did manage to finish a few things.

1.  Mrs. Lincoln's Quilt.

These are the blocks for Month 9.  I can't believe I've been working on this for so long.

These are the first 9 months worth of blocks sewn together.  I am using the same pink for the corner stones but I am using a different neutral fabric for the sashing.

I'm working on this quilt with Julie.

2.  Derby House BOM

These are the pieced blocks.  There is also a 15" appliqued block which I am about 3/4 of the way done.  As soon as I finish I will post a picture.

3.  Monthly Mini

This is my May mini.  It is 6" x 7".  I really love it.  I'm linking up with Wendy.

4.  I made a new quilt top.

This photo is only a portion of it.  I'll post a photo of the finished top later.  It reminds me of Salt Water Taffy.  It's made using Jelly Rolls.  I didn't realize that it is the same fabric that I am using in the Providence BOM.

I also got the rainbow quilt quilted.  I still need to take a photo of it.  I have my next top to be quilted picked out.  I think this one will be hand quilted.

Our state has finally said we could get together in groups of no more than 10 people.  We got to go over to my Daughter's house and have a BBQ.  It was nice to see some of my family.

I hope you are staying safe and getting some sewing done.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, May 18, 2020

It's Raining....

It's pouring and my dog is snoring.  I can't believe how much rain we have had and continue to have.  I could do with a little bit of sunshine.  One good thing, it makes for some sewing time.

Here's my list of projects I've been working on.

1.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

2.  Pat Sloan's Out West.

3.  Quilt Doodles BOM.

4.  Connecting Threads Providence BOM.

I finished this quilt top a couple of months ago and yesterday I got it pin basted and ready to quilt.

My husband fixed up an area in the basement so I could set up a banquet table and use it to baste quilts.  I brought down my Juki, ironing board, iron, some fabric, quilt books, batting and supplies.  I also have a garment stand for hanging quilt tops on.  I have about 15 hanging.  I also have 2 boxes full of quilt tops.  So as I finish some I can bring more done.  Hopefully this will inspire me to get some quilts finished.  It has been so nice to sew on this big table.  After I finish my BOM I will get the above quilt quilted and bound.  

I've been doing the arm exercises that the doctor showed me and my breast pain has decreased quite a bit.  She did tell me it could take a year or two for it to completely go away.

I hope you are all doing well and are social distancing.  Hopefully this will be over soon

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Month End for April

It seems like April flew by.  I got quite a bit done. 

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

I actually got 2 blocks done this month.  The first is the applique block.  The second is the block I made to replace the feathered star.  

2.  These are the next blocks for Mrs. Lincoln's Quilt.

3. Derby House BOM.

This month all the blocks were pieced.  I love the fabric.  

4.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

5.  Providence BOM

This is the BOM I get from Connecting Threads.

6.  April's Monthly Mini.

For some reason this reminds me of Christmas.  I just finished this yesterday.

I hope you are all doing well with our Stay at home Staycation?  I've gotten a lot of sewing done.  Besides what I have shown you here I've made face masks for my family.  I've now made 4 for my husband.  He keeps asking for different prints.  Who knew.

I also started a new quilt.  I call it salt water taffy.  I have about 15 blocks made.  I'm going to need about 42 blocks.  I have a photo of the blocks to show next month.

All of my doctor followup appointments have been cancelled with the exception of my surgeon.  I have been having pain in my left breast.  That is the one they removed the cancer.  It's really been bothering me.  So they had me come in and see the Paula, the nurse practitioner.  She gave me so much information and said most of the discomfort I am having is from the radiation treatments.  She also showed me some arm exercise that should help.  I needed refills on my meds.  They won't do that unless you come in and see the doctor.  Since they are not seeing patients except for emergencies I was given a telephone appointment.  I was given a time that the doctor would call.  She asked me a bunch of questions and then sent my prescriptions to the pharmacy.  These times are making an impact every where.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, April 6, 2020

House Arrest

Put to good use.  Okay so I'm not under house arrest but it sure feels like it.  

I've been keeping busy.

Gay at Sentimental Stitches shared the last blocks of the Cheddarback quilt.  

This is Month 14.

This is Month 15.

I have all the blocks sewn into the set.  This week I plan on sew the top together and will try and get a photo of the completed quilt.  It is really big.

This is block 4 for the Out West BOM by Pat Sloan. 

The fabric in the center of the block is my inspiration fabric.  It will be the border of the quilt.

And finally Block 4 of Quiltdoodles BOM.  These blocks are 20".

So now I am off to the sewing room.  I got the fabric and patterns in the mail for Month 2 of the Providence BOM.  So I'm hoping to get them finished toay.

I hope you are doing well.  Remember to stay in and stay safe.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, March 30, 2020

End of the Month

What a crazy month this has been.  I'm generally a home body.  I don't go out much.  I spend most of my time sewing.  But in the back of my mind I knew I could always run to the store or go visit friends and relatives.  But that has changed.  The hardest thing is when I realized I am one of the ones that are most susceptible to the virus.  One - I am 70 years old.  I don't feel it but they say I am a senior citizen.  Two - I am diabetic.  Three - I have high blood pressure.  Four - I just went through cancer treatments.

So I am staying in and trying to behave myself.  Not always easy because I like to shop on the internet....lol

Enough of that.  Let me share some projects.

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

I was scared of this block.  But I am quite happy with the way it turned out.  I was hoping to get an additional block made so I'd be caught up with Karen but I ran out of time.  

Be sure to stop by and see what KarenJennieRobinRebecca, and Nanette are up to.

2.  Mrs. Lincolns Quilt.

I am enjoying this quilt.  Stop by and see Juie to see her blocks.

3.  Derby House BOM.

Each month I receive fabrics and patterns for the month.

These are the pieced blocks.  They finish at 5".

This is the appliqued block.  This block is the reason I signed up for this BOM.  I can't wait to see what I get in the mail next month.

4.  Providence BOM.

This is a BOM I signed up for through Connecting Threads.  Each month I receive fabric and patterns for 2 different blocks.

Each block is 12".  This BOM is only for 6 months.

5.  Yankee Notions.

I am enjoying this BOM.  I bought the whole pattern from Barbara Brackman's website so I've been able to work on them early.

6.  March Mini Quilt.

I am enjoying changing the quilt on the hanger each month.  Now i need to decide what to make for the month of April.  I'm joining in with others and Wendy at The Constant Quilter. 

I bought a pattern from Temecula Quilts not realizing that it put my name in for a giveaway.  And guess what I won.  I won the book "Sisterhood of Scrapes".  I can't wait to get it. 

I hope you are doing well.  Doing the social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks when needed.  I am keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A Good Day to Sew

It's cold, dreary, rainy and very overcast.  Welcome to Michigan.

I've been keeping busy and I am ahead of schedule on some of my projects.  I have a few to share with you.

1.  Quilt Doodles BOM

These blocks are 20" x 20"  and I am using scraps for the background.  

2. Cheddarback BOM

I'm so excited that we are almost done with this quilt.  One more month.  I can't wait to get this quilt all put together and start hand quilting it.

Well my to do list is dwindling down.  I have finished a few more blocks but can't share till the end of the month.  

I have 3 quilt tops ready for quilting and hope to get them quilted by the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, February 29, 2020

End of the Month Round Up

I can't believe how much I got done this month...knock on wood...I hope I can do as well for the next month.

So here we go.

1.  Celebrating Mary Brown.

 Don't look at it too long...it's a little lopsided.  But the good thing is that it is done.

Be sure to visit KarenJennieRobinRebecca, and Nanette to see what they are doing.

2.  Mrs. Lincolns Quilt.

This is a fun quilt to work on.  I love having a pieced and an applique block to work on each month.  I'm working on this with Julie  see what she is up to.

3.  Monthly Mini

Of course my Mini had to have a heart on it for February.  I'm linking with Wendy

I finished up with my to do list so I decided to work on a couple of UFO's.

The first UFO was a project I started a couple of years ago  It was going to be a wedding gift for my grandson till I found out they didn't want anything with brown.

I made it a little smaller than originally planned but it is still a good size lap quilt.  Now I need to get it quilted and then I will have another Christmas quilt made.

The second UFO is my Floral Hexie Quilt.

I'm looking forward to quilting this one.  I've quilted a hexie quilt before and it goes really quickly.  Once finished it will be another Christmas gift.

Well that's it for now.  Tomorrow starts a new month and more projects.  Don't tell anyone but I signed up for another BOM.  It starts next month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Keeping Busy

I've started so many new BOMs that I have to keep them all written down so I can keep track of them all.

In my last post I shared a photo of my Cheddarback blocks for the month.  Now I will share 4 more BOMs.

1.  Quilt Doodles.  These blocks are 20".

I'm making my blocks scrappy looking using different reds and whites or off whites.

2.  Pat Sloan's Out West.

I bought a FQ bundle for this.  I liked the dark blue so much that I purchased some yardage of it to use for the border and binding.

3.  Barbara Brackman's Yankee Notions.

I am using the same background in all my blocks.  I am really loving the grays and tan fabrics.

4.  Minick and Simpson's Derby House.

For this BOM I receive the patterns and fabrics each month.  I absolutely love the fabrics.

I have a finish to show you.

This is a 2016 Sugar Block club BOM.  I've shown pictures of the quilt top that I finished last year.  Well I got it sandwiched and machine quilted using my free motion foot.  Then I sewed on the binding.  While doing this I noticed how bad the quilting was....I mean really bad.  So what I ended up doing is taking out the machine stitching one block at a time and then hand quilting the block using gray #12 Perle cotton.  I really like how it turned out.

Here is a close up.

I have so many UFO's and tops that need quilting.  I'm slowly working on them.  I have chosen my next UFO to work on.  It is a quilt inspired by the Fat Quarter Shop's Patchwork Quilt Along.  There are 12 different blocks but I have chosen to only use 3.

I plan on doing a row of each different pattern.  You might remember that I started working on this as a wedding quilt for my Grandson.  They didn't want brown.  So I made a different quilt for them.  The quilt will be 8 blocks by 9 blocks.  3 rows of each block.  The blocks are 5" finished, the sashing is cut 1 1/2" and finish at 1", and I have made corners stones out of the blues.

I want to thank you for stopping by.  I hope you found something you like.

Hugs, Cathy