Sunday, June 30, 2013

Time is Flying By...

I can't believe tomorrow is July 1.  The past few months have flown by.  And I'm sure the summer is going to fly by too.

Wednesday we leave to go camping with both my daughters and their families.  I am really looking forward to spending some quality time with them and my granddaughters.

Later in the month we are watching the granddaughters for a week while my daughters and their husbands, and my grandson and his girlfriend go to Las Vegas to celebrate my grandson's 21st birthday.  

Then on the 24th we are going to Shipshewana for the day with my youngest daughter.   Somewhere in the month we want to go camping again but I'm not sure. 

And of course I have to try and get caught up on all my BOM's.  I plan on prepping some applique blocks to take with us camping.

Speaking of BOM's.  I have some updates to show you.

These are the first 6 blocks for my Almost Amish BOM from Sentimental Stitches.  Yesterday I made the June block and then realized that I didn't make the May block.  I finished it this morning.

These are the first 6 months worth of blocks for the Hip Chicks BOM.  Joined at the Hip that is.  This is the first time I have put all the blocks together on my design wall and I am really liking it.

These are the blocks for the County Threads BOM.  Each month we are given patterns for a block done in 6" and 12".  Unlike the Hip Chicks BOM which the blocks are given in order as they will be in the quilt...these blocks are given in a random order.

I showed you some Japanese X blocks that I made for a swap I am in.  Each month one of us is Queen for the month and everyone sends us 2 blocks.  I am the June Queen.  Here are some of the blocks I have received so far.

I asked for blocks with a red center.  The blocks that have a different center color are ones I made for practice.  The blocks are coming in from all over the United States, Canada, England, Germany and Australia.  It will be interesting to see the rest.  Not sure how I feel about the look of this...but it seems to be growing on me.

It is a beautiful day here in Michigan.  The sun is finally shining, the sky is blue, there is a slight breeze and the temp is around 79.  I hope we have more weather like this when we camp.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, June 27, 2013


So much has happened, so much to share.  This will be a long one so buckle up.

First off my UFO busting projects.

 I finished my table topper.  I still have a hard time sewing binding on a hexagon quilt.  But I'm happy with it.  I plan on making some more in holiday fabrics.

 Here is my finished top for my Scrappy Trip Around the World.  I decided to do it in diagonal stripes instead of circles.  My hubby liked this layout the best.  I didn't have time to quilt it yet....So much going on.

We went up north to visit my son Patrick and his family.  They have a 3 month old Fox Red Lab.  Her name is Roxxie.  She had a ball with our little Sammie.  Sammie gave as good as she got.  The trouble was Roxxie tired out Sammie.  While playing together they got a little wild.  I was out of the room and they knocked over my computer.   I thought a new cord would fix it...nope!  The battery charge port broke off from the mother board.  It would take about  $350 to fix it.  I got a new computer for $400.  It is not quite as nice as my original but I like it.  It is just going to take a while to get used to Windows 8.

This morning I learned how to upload pictures on this computer.  I took a few pictures while up north.

On Fathers day we went to the Ore Mining Museum in Marquette.  They had an antique car show.  Here are a few of the cars.

 It was such a beautiful day.  We spent a week at my son's.  I didn't take any sewing with me so I didn't get much done this month.

On the way home we stopped at Seney Wildlife Refuge.  We saw a beaver, muskrat, swans, turtles and ducks.  Here are a few pictures.

We saw quite a few of these huge snapping turtles on the road through the refuge.  I had to get out of the car a ways away because once I got close they rushed into the tall grass.  As you can see, this one was running.

 Once we got home I had to get to work finishing the commissioned Memory Quilt.  It took a while.  I finally got it all quilted and the binding on.  I just have to tack it down and make a label for it.  Now I can get back to my projects.

I tell you....when you don't have your computer you feel disconnected from the world.  I do have my Kindle and my Droid phone...but it's just not the same.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  It is suppose to rain here all weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

P.S.  We leave next Wednesday to go camping with my Daughters and their families for the Fourth of July weekend.  Not much time to quilt then.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I'm Still Here!!

But my computer isn't.  Power cord damage due to doggie wrestling.  We went up north to visit my son.  His new puppy and our Sammie had a great time playing.  They knocked my computer down and bent the power cord plug in.  I'm waiting for a replacement.  Hopefully I will be up and running next week.  Until then....

HUGS Cathy

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June Projects

I'm a little late posting my June List.  What's


1. Scrappy Trip.  I'm bound and determined to finish this.

2.  Harmony

3.  Table Topper

In my spare


1.  Joined at the Hip
2.  Country Threads
3.  Seasonal Applique
     a.  April
     b.  May
     c.  June
4.  Almost Amish
5.  Pat Sloan
     a.  May
     b.  June
6.  Simply Put Plus

On going projects

1.  Commissioned Memory Quilt
2.  Humble Quilts/Barristers Block Medallion quilt
3.  Quilt Swap Quilt

As you can see I am behind on my BOM's.  May was not a good month for me. I am hoping that June is better.

Yesterday my granddaughter Cassidy graduated from 5th grade.  Next year she goes to middle school.  She received an award from the White House, signed by President Obama, for academic excellence.  We are so proud of her.

We have had some beautiful weather lately.  Today however is gray and gloomy.  Good day to spend in my sewing room.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Not much sewing getting done about there?

With being sick, back infection and camping, I haven't done much sewing.  The virus is gone, the back is slowly clearing up but the humidity is terrible.  So still not much sewing getting done.

I did however finish the first pieced round of Lori and Randy's SAL.

I started it before we went camping and finished it up yesterday.  I am so far behind on everything.  I really need some quality time in my sewing

I told you we were going camping for a week.  We left on a rained all the way to camp.  It rained while setting up (thank goodness we have a trailer now instead of the pop-up).  It rained all night and all of the next day.  So Terry and I stayed in the trailer and watched movies or read.  I even got some hand quilting done.  Friday the sun came out and we had blue skies.  My son Michael and his girlfriend Stacy came and camped the weekend with us in a tent.  It got pretty cold and they had to sleep in the trailer one night so they didn't freeze.  We had a really good time.

This was Sammie's first time camping.  She did pretty good.  Didn't bark too much and loved being outside.  However, she didn't like being on a leash all the time.

And guess what?  I forgot my camera so I didn't get any pictures.  Oh well...there is always next time.

I've got to get caught up on all the laundry from camping so I will leave you now.  Hopefully I will be able to get some quilting done.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy