Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Few New Projects

I decided last month that I wasn't going to sign up for any BOM's or Sew Alongs for the new year.   That's sooooo funny.  Because the first thing I did was sign up for Sentimental Stitches Cabot Cuties II. 

Here are the first 5 blocks.  They are 4 1/2" finished.  Talk about stress.  But luckily they are paper pieced.  I made the first block (paper pieced).  Then I made the second block.  It was pieced.  When finished it was slightly larger than the first block.  I double checked and measured the paper pieced pattern and it was slightly smaller than it should have been.  I had to redo the block.  To get it to print the right size I had to print it at 104%.  Odd percentage but it worked.

My sister-in-law Dawn's mother is a quilter too.  We don't see each other very often but when we do we talk about nothing but quilting.  Last time I saw her she said they were moving into a condo.  Much smaller than her house.  While going through her quilting room she came across some magazines and books and some 5 inch strips of flannel.

This was delivered to me on Christmas Eve.  Today I sat down and looked at the fabrics and thought about what I could use it for.  Aha....large tumblers.  This morning I sat down and cut it up using my Accuquilt Tumbler Die.

I ended up with a nice pile of Tumblers.  I dug out  my small stash of Flannels and I'm in the process of cutting it into 5" squares so I can cut some more Tumblers.  Not sure if I'll have enough Tumblers for a quilt.  I may have to buy some more Flannel.....

I hope you are having nice weather.  We were in the 50's and then yesterday we had an ice storm.  Sleet everywhere.  This morning it was in the 40"s and everything is melting.  Strange weather we are having.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hope You Had a Merry Christmas

We did.  It was so good to spend time with family.  But I'll let you in on a secret...as much as I enjoy Christmas December 26th is my favorite day.  I can sit back and relax.

I have some quilts to show you.  You've seen bits and pieces and now you can see the finished quilts.

There is 2 pictures of this quilt.  I think Alecia and Jon liked their quilt.  Alecia is my granddaughter and Jon is her boyfriend.

This quilt was for Stacy.  She really liked it.  She told me she wanted a queen size next year.  I guess I had better start now.  Stacy is my son Michael's girlfriend.  They are perfect for each other.

This quilt was made for my grandson Brian and his girlfriend Jess.  The label says it is for both of them...Jess says its hers.

I made this quilt for my granddaughter Ella.  It is big enough to cuddle with Mom or Dad while rocking in the Rocking Chair.

For the first time in 4 years all my siblings were together for Christmas.

Jay, Me, Sharon and Steve.  I'm the oldest, next Sharon, then Jay and last but not least Steve.

We also got a picture of everyone.

Back row: Sharon, Jay, Me, Grandson Brian, Steve, Daughter Kim, Her husband Robert, and my son Mike.  Then Jay's wife Cindi, Son in law Chris, Granddaughter Cassidy, my daughter Kelley, Brian's girlfriend Jess (holding my daughter's dog Bear), Granddaughter Alecia (Holding Sammie) and finally my hubby Terry.  My son Patrick and family were not able to make it. 

Today I'm relaxing...playing with my new brother sewing machine.  Making some 4 1/2" paper pieced blocks.  and getting some applique blocks prepped.  I have 3 more to make and then I am done.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Holidays and lots of hugs, Cathy

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Time is flying

Christmas will soon be here.

Speaking of Christmas...my granddaughter Ashley (the hockey player) was asked to her schools Christmas dance.  It was her first dance and first date.

She is turning out to be a lovely girl.  She is still playing hockey and is doing gymnastics at school.

I just got this photo this morning of our youngest granddaughter Ella.  Today is pajama day.  Here she is working her way through a tunnel.

Nothing quilty to share today.  I did however finish my last Christmas Quilt gift. What a sigh of relief.  I was really worried I wouldn't finish it.  The quilt for Ella was put in the mail and is now under their Christmas tree.

I've been wrapping gifts, shopping on line and getting some applique prepped.  Sunday is cookie making day with the girls so I need to get my ingredients together.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your day is going well.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, December 7, 2015

Plugging Away

Last night I finished the binding on quilt number 3.

I used a serpentine quilting stitch and am so happy with the results. 

So this makes 3 done and 1 to go.  I will start on the last quilt tomorrow.  Once I'm done I will be able to finally take a deep breath and relax.

BTW...I'm typing this post on my new Dell computer.  It's my Christmas gift. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Day Late

And a few blocks short.  November found me very busy finishing up quilty gifts for Christmas so I only got one block made for my Old Voices quilt.  Luckily I some months I had made 5 blocks so I'm not too far behind.

This is the Berry Basket.  I think it turned out pretty good.

I've finished 2 of the 4 quilts that will be Christmas gifts.  Today I am going to get the backing done for the 3rd quilt.  Tomorrow I start quilting it.  Then I only have one more to go.

Sammie is feeling abandoned....

She is used to sitting on the recliner with me.  Instead she has made herself a little nest by her box of toys.  She's giving me the evil eye...lol

Dreary and overcast here.  Good day for quilting.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy