Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Quilt, A Walk and A Winner

I finished my 4 little basket blocks.  The fabric I used to set them
is a very tiny window pane check.  I am really happy with the
way it turned out.  Now I need to sandwich it and put it on the pile
of quilts that need to be quilted.

Yesterday was so beautiful out that we decided to go for a
walk.  We went out to Metro Beach, but instead of walking by
the water we walked the nature trail.  We didn't see any deer this
time but we did see some swans.  I couldn't believe how long the necks are.

If you look at the far side of the pond you can just make out another
swan.  I think that is why this one was in such a big hurry to get to
this pond.  After I took this photo he flew to the side of the
other swan.

Let's see, I think there was something else that I was suppose to
post about.....what was it.......

Oh yes....the winner of the My Memories Software.

Drum Roll Please......

The winner is:

Sandie-call me Crazy

Sandie I will be in touch with you next week with the code
so you can download the software.  You are really going to
have fun with this.

Thanks to everyone who entered, sorry you all couldn't win.  But don't forget that you can still get the software by clicking on the logo at the top of my blog and save $10 too.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Projects

Didn't get too much done.  Life so has a way of stepping in.

However, I did start working on the November Primitive by Cheri Paynes Blog .

Isn't it adorable.  It is only 4" square.  I need to make 4 for the quilt.

All the pieces are cut out and ready to go.  I just love her quilt patterns.  Each month she has a new quilt she shares with everyone.

I finished another Mug Rug...

I just need to sew the binding down.  And I started another....

I love the shades of green.

Well, that is all I got done.  But I did have fun.

Hope you had a productive Friday night.  Until next time.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, November 18, 2011

How Are You Doing??? (And a Reminder of the Giveaway)

Before I forget....Today is FRIDAY NIGHT SEW-IN  and Bonnie Hunter has posted the first cutting directions for the ORCA BAY MYSTERY.

I hope it is sunny where you are and hopefully warmer.  The sky is blue and so are my hands because baby it's cold outside.
So what is better than a cold day to stay inside and sew.  I've been busy but mostly with Christmas presents.  I can't show show you these projects as the recipients read my blog.  At least they tell me they

But I do have some ongoing and new projects I can show you.

These are my ongoing projects.  I have a few more spools made and now have 10 of the Jacob Ladders blocks made.

This is going to be a plaid quilt for my granddaughter Ashley.  She picked out some colors and got "Paint Chips" from the hardware store.  I matched as closely as possible but couldn't use one of her colors and substituted it for the dark sashing.  Hope she likes it.

This is a pattern by Sherri Falls.  I did mine side by side.  The pattern calls for on point.  So I will do that on the next one.  The border fabric I chose gives it a retro vibe.  I'm kinda digging it.
Don't forget about the giveaway on Saturday, November 26th.  You don't have to be a Scrapbooker to use it or enjoy it.  What I like is that after getting the software they send you emails with free downloads.  I got Halloween, Christmas, Embellishments, and background pages.  But you know me...I'm a plain jane.

I worked on my Quilt Journal some more....

This is the First Page

Here's a couple more pages.  I have to scan some more quilt pictures.  I don't have them all on my computer.  I think this is going to be a big album.

So all you have to do is leave a comment saying you are a follower and that you want a chance at winning the software.  If you don't win you can always get the software and saving $10 using the code on my sidebar.   You will be surprised at everything you can do with it.

Hope you are having a great day...The weekend is coming...Woo Hoo.  I'm spending mine making Christmas gifts and going to the Library with my Daughter, Kelley and Granddaughter, Cassidy.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I've Busy and a Giveaway!

I was recently contacted by Liz at My Memories Scrapbooking asking if I would be interested in hosting a giveaway of their My Memories Suite Scrapbook software.  Well I gotta tell you...I'm not a scrapbooker....I'm a quilter.  But I thought I would give it a try.

You know how much Terry and I love to go on nature walks.  So I decided to work on pictures from our walks at our favorite park...Kensington Metro Park.  It was sooooo easy.  There are so many different background pages, layouts, and embellishments to choose from.  I'm a minimalist so I don't add a lot of embellishments but I love how you can add text.

Since I am a quilter I thought what a great way to keep a photo and information of my quilts.

So if you are interested in receiving free software from My Memories, all you have to do is... Leave me a comment letting me know that you are a follower and want to be entered into the giveaway.  It's that easy.  I will be picking the lucky winner on Saturday, November 26, 2011.

Every few days I will post more pictures of what I'm working on.

We've been traveling.  Last week we went to the Upper Peninsula to visit my son Pat, his wife Courtney and my granddaughter, Ashley.   The weather was beautiful.  We walked around without was wonderful.

It is an 8 hour drive to get to Pat's.  We stopped along Lake Superior as the sun was setting.  It was beautiful.

The next day we went to Presque Isle to go walking.

We ran into this fellow when we turned a corner on our walk.

I was so close I could have touched him.  I guess they are used to people.  It is so beautiful here.

It almost makes you feel that you are on the East Coast.

But the real reason we went was to watch my Granddaughter play hockey.    Now they live in Marquette and they had 2 games in Mackinaw.  That is a 3 hour trip one way.  We got up at 6:00am Saturday morning to meet a bus at 7:30 am.  Ah what a wonderful trip..  Nothing like being on a bus with 14 giggling, screaming, laughing and sugar crazed 9, 10, and 11 year old girls.  I wish I had there energy.

They lost their first game.  We had a couple of hours in between game so we had a picnic lunch by the Mackinaw Bridge.  My son got this picture of the team.

You couldn't have asked for a better day.  Ashley is 4th from the left.  Unfortunately they lost the 2nd game to but it was an edge of the seat kind of game.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  It is sunny here although it is cold (38).

Wishing you a quilty day....

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sun Is Still Shining...

It is still beautiful here in Michigan.  Although it is definitely on the cool side.  Terry and I went for a drive the other day to visit a campground I used to go to with my parents when I was a kid.  "Portage Lake".

This is the country road leading to the park. 

There are so many trees at the park now.  When I was a kid there weren't any.  But as my husband pointed out that was a good 40 years ago.

This is a camping cabin you can rent.  It was nestled off the main road near the lake.
It has the cutest deck and what a view.  I could move in.

Now for some Quilt Pictures.  I try and switch out my quilts on a monthly basis.  I took down the Halloween quilts and here is what I have put up for November.

Not exactly an Autumn quilt but the colors work.  This is a "Country Threads" pattern.

One of my favorite "Debbie Mumm" patterns.

And "Rusted Moons" by Whimsicals.  I really love this one.

I've finished a few projects that I had laying around. 

Years ago I was in a 9 patch swap on "Interquilt".  It was a monthly themed swap.  So what does one do with all those 9 patches?  Make a Quilt.  The 9 patches are 3" finished.  Believe it or not I had to make some additional 9 patches.  I really love the scrappy look.  Now I need to find the time to quilt it.

 I am so in love with Scrappy Quilts.  This one came about because I had soooooo many 5" charm squares.  I found a pattern where you put two charm squares face to face and make the cuts for the block (Background and Foreground) at the same time.  Goes really quickly.

I'm packing we're not moving.  Just going to the Upper Peninsula to visit my oldest son and his family.  Also to go watch my Granddaughter Ashley play hockey.  I promise I take pictures.  Until then.....

Wishing you a Quilty day filled with sunshine.

Hugs, Cathy