Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Walk, A Finish and A Winner!!

It has been cool but sunny hear in Michigan.  Definitely frost on the Pumpkin weather.  Yesterday Terry and I went out to Metro Beach for a walk.

It is so peaceful walking by the canals.  The trees have lost almost all their leaves.

The geese were in flight.  I think they know something we don't know.  Bet they are glad they don't live on the East Coast right now.

I finished this!  It is the Monday Mystery project from Sherri Falls.  I really like it and plan on making a couple more.  She is planning on doing another mystery starting Monday.  You should join in.  The link to her blog, "Little Bits of This and That" is on my side bar.  I really love her patterns.

Now for what you have all been waiting for.....

The winner of the book, pattern, 2 FQ's, floss and needles is.......

Jen who said:  Congrats to the winner!  I am a follower and enjoy reading your blog:)

Congrats Jen.  Please send me your address and I will get this in the mail to you ASAP!

Thanks to everyone for being a follower.  I so enjoy your comments and your blogs.  I'm going to have another very special giveaway in a couple of weeks so stay tuned.

Wishing you a quilty day and loads of sunshine.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Winner is.....

The winner of the Batik Charm Pack and Pattern is


Congratulations Allie.  Send me you address and I will get
 this in the mail to
you.  I am also including a few extras.

Sorry everyone couldn't be a winner, but I thank you for
entering and for being a follower.

Now for the LAST and FINAL

This is my favorite book on Machine Quilting.  It has some
great lessons on using your own Sewing Machine
to do Free Motion Quilting.

The pattern is for a red work Pillow of Snowmen Decorating a tree.
I am also going to include some fabric,
Embroidery floss,
and Embroidery needles.


To enter the giveway....
1.  Leave a comment that you are a follower.
2.  Leave a second comment stating you have blogged about
this giveaway and get a second chance.

Until then.....

Hugs, Cathy

Friday Night Sew-in and More

I don't know about you....but I have stacks of blocks that I received in swaps over the years.  While straightening up a corner of my sewing room (it is impossible to do the whole room) I came across a stack of Halloween blocks.  So I did some trimming, added some, and ended up making 6-12" blocks.

I am really liking it.  I used Pat Sloan's Alphabet Letters to make the Happy Halloween.  I printed it up at 75% so it would fit.  I added strips from Debbie Mumm Halloween fabric, made 3" 9 patches and some strips of black and orange fabric.  Today I plan on sewing the blocks together and machine quilting it.  I'm not going to add a border but just bind it with black binding.  Not bad for some blocks that have been hanging around here for a few years.

I haven't had a chance to show what I have been working on this week.  So here is a picture.

The table runner is 12"x24".  It was a breeze to make.  The spools are from the Fall Issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  They are addictive.  I want to a ton of them.  And last but not least...I got one more block done for the Jacobs Ladder Quilt A Long.

I wish I could get more time to sew.  But since Terry retired we have been on the run constantly.  I had to tell him I wasn't going anywhere yesterday so I do the FNSI.  lol

Can't wait to see what everyone else did.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Night Sew In - Quilt Show Part 2 - Giveaway Reminder

Tonight is Friday Night Sew-In.  I've got a couple of things in mind to work on.  What are you working on?  See you there.

Now for some quilt pictures....

These 4 quilts have the same blocks but totally different settings.

I once made a quilt for my Granddaughter Ashley with the above butterfly blocks.  The quilt maker said this was originally suppose to be 2 different quilts and her son suggested making one.

This quilt sang to me.  It reminded me of my time living in the Upper Peninsula.

Now don't forget about my giveaway.  I will be drawing the winner tomorrow and posting a picture of the final giveaway.   Leave a comment if you are a follower.  Leave a second comment if you blog about it.  Good luck to all.

Well it is a chilly day here in Michigan...but at least no rain at the moment.  We've had so much rain lately I was going to ask Terry to build us an ark.  Speaking of Terry, it has been about a week since he retired and we have been constantly on the go.  I told him I need a day to get some sewing done.  I got 3.   Woo Hoo....I get to play with my new machine.

So I'm getting ready to put a pot of "White Chili" on the stove, put some comfortable clothes on and head for the sewing room.  I wish you all a quilty day.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wonderful Birthday Weekend Part I

I had a wonderful time this weekend.  Terry and I went to Kalamazoo for a Quilt Show.   Look at all these beautiful quilts.

Isn't this beautiful....below is a close up.

This quilt was made by Stephanie Peterson aka Mama Pea.  I was lucky enough to meet her.  However, we didn't get to spend much time together as she had to work that day.  A picture was taken of the 2 of us together....However, I didn't get one.  And believe it or not I had my camera in my hand. 

I will post more pictures tomorrow.

Don't forget you still have time to enter this weeks giveaway.  Good luck.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Winner, Some Projects, and a New Giveway!!!

Okay...the drawing is early this week because Terry and I are going away for the weekend to celebrate my Birthday.  So the winner of.....
is......Maureen from Virginia!!!!    Congratulations...Send me your address and will get this in the mail next week.  Thanks to all my followers for all your great comments.  I wish you could all win because you are all winners in my eyes.

Now for some projects I've been working on.

These are the latest 4 blocks I have made for the JLQAL that Freda is hosting.
I now have 8 blocks finished.  Don't know how many I need to make because I don't know how big I want to make it.  lol

This is the second to last block for my Primitive Primer Quilt.  Now I need to make the Starburst Block.  I am so in love with this quilt.

Now for the next Giveaway......
Autumn Breeze pattern by Sherri K. Falls and a pack of 24 5" charms to make the table runner.  I just love Sherri's patterns. 

Now for the giveaway you must be a follower. 
  1. Post a comment that you are a follower.
  2. Post a comment that you blogged about the giveaway.
So that gives you 2 chances.  I will draw the winner on Saturday the 21st.  Good luck to everyone.  (PS I am including another mystery gift in this giveaway)

I am so looking forward to going to the quilt show on Saturday and spending some quality time with Hubby this weekend.

Wishing you all a quilty day.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Don't You Just Love Autumn!!

This morning Terry and I got up early had breakfast and left to go walking at
Dodge Park.  The sun was shining, it was warm and the
colors were fantastic.  Enjoy the pictures!

We really enjoy our walks.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Don't forget to sign up for my next giveaway.  I forgot to mention that the
drawing will be on Thursday, October 13th.
That's the day before my Birthday.  Terry and I will be going out of town
on Friday.  He is taking me to a Quilt Show in Kalamazoo!!

Wishing you a quilty day!

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Winner and the Second Giveaway

It's a beautiful morning here in Michigan.  Terry and I went for a walk at Metro Beach Metro Park and we were amazed at all the boats that were docked there.  The sun is shining and the weather is warm.  Hope you are all enjoying some of this beautiful weather.

Now for the news you have all been waiting for......

The winner of  "Inspired by Tradition", by Kay Mackenzie is......


Congratulations Shez.  I've sent you an email asking you to send me your address.

Now for the next Giveaway....

"Scrap Yard Quilts" by Thimbleberries plus a 3 pack of Button File Bags.  I love the quilt on the cover and I use the File Bags to keep projects together.  The bags are 8 1/2" x 11".  Good luck to all.

Remember  you have 2 chances to win.
  1. Let me know you are a follower.
  2. Blog about this giveaway and let me know you have blogged.
Be sure to give me your email so I can notify you that you have won.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, October 7, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

I just love Maxine.  Truth be told she reminds me of my Mother-in-Law and I mean this in a good way.

It is hard to believe it's just been a week since my hubby retired.  We have been sooooo busy.  Taking care of getting all our finances together.  We've been walking a lot.  The weather has been so beautiful.  The perfect Autumn days.  It could stay like this forever.

Yesterday we took Hubby's parents to Frankenmuth for the day.  Mom wanted to go to Bronners to pick up some Christmas lights.  We had lunch, shopped and took a leisurely ride home through the country.  That ride took us past one of my favorite Quilt shops in Davison, Linda's Country Quilts.  I did a little damage to my credit card....

I have been wanting to get this magazine for a while.  Now I want to get a subscription.  I don't think there is a thing in either magazines that I don't like.  I want to make them all.  I also ordered a kit, pattern and hanger to make an adorable pumpkins in a wagon skinny wall quilt.  I'll show you when I get it.

I just made this sweet little quilt top today.  I got the pattern from Cheri at Quilts by Cheri.  She has a quilt of the month program.  I wrote down the directions last night and whipped it up this morning.  I did mine a little different than her.

Don't forget that tomorrow I will drawing the name of the winner.  Remember you need to be a follower and you need to give me your email address.  I have one entry who entered anonymously and I have no way of getting a hold of her.  If you received an email from me you are in the drawing.  Sunday I will post a picture of the giveaway for next week.

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes to me and my husband, Terry.  We are really excited about this new adventure of Retirement.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Big News, Celebrating Autumn and A Giveaway

Ah...Autumn.  It's my favorite time of year.  It's my birthday month and (Here's my big News) it's the month my husband Terry retired.  Yep, as of October 1st he is retired.  It's early but we've hoped for this day for sooooo long.     He worked at the same company for 44 1/2 years.  We are so looking forward to spending time together. 

Yesterday we went to Hudson Mills Metro Park.  It is over by Ann Arbor.  The weather couldn't have been better.  Sun shining, slight breeze and good company.  The park is along side of the Huron River.  Not a lot of color change yet but we still enjoyed ourselves.  We saw 3 deer but none of them were very friendly.  Every time I got my camera ready they would run off.

We just got back from Metro Beach Metro Park after taking our morning walk.  We are planning on doing this at least 4 times a week.  It was a rather chilly 59 degrees and over cast.  We even felt a few rain drops, but we enjoyed our walk.  We like walking along the boat docks.  I had to laugh at all the seagulls lined up on one boat well. 

I have gotten a little sewing done.
Here are 2 of the Barbara Brackman blocks I finished.  Now I hope I have the time to do the latest before a new one is posted on Saturday.

I joined my good friend Freda at The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe for her Jacobs Ladder Quilt Along.    I'm doing mine in homespuns and neutrals.  It looks like it is going to be fun.

Now for the giveaway.....To celebrate my husbands retirement and my birthday month I am going to have a giveaway every week.

This weeks giveaway is a copy of .....
Inspired by Tradition by Kay Mackenzie.  I love this book.  If you love to hand applique or do fusible applique it is great.  And it comes with a DVD to print templates in 5 sizes.  I love my copy and know you will too.

Now how to enter.

1.  Leave a comment to say you are a follower.
2.  Leave a comment that you just became a follower.
3.  Blog about the giveaway and then leave a comment telling me you blogged about it.

You can receive 2 chances to win a copy.  Leave comments by Friday and I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday morning.  Good luck.

Wishing you a quilty day!

Hugs, Cathy