Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Flu is Here

And I got it.  Not feeling to well and not getting too much quilting done.  Just a little applique.

Here are the balance of the marathon sewing I did last weekend.

I just finished the applique on this quilt top.  It is called Everyday Patchwork.  It was a free Sew Along by Cheri Payne that she held on her blog.  The applique really makes the quilt.

I also finished my Speedwell Quilt top.

This quilt top was so easy to make.  I got it all cut out in a couple of hours.  This is a free pattern that was posted on the Moda Bake Shop Blog.  I've already got plans for making another one in a different color.  The pattern calls for using a layer cake.  

Here are all the blocks I have made so far for the Splendid Sampler Quilt.  For some reason this picture is fuzzy.   Hopefully when I get more blocks done I can get a better picture.

Well, I'm going to go sit and put my feet up, watch some TV and drink some Ginger Ale.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sewing Marathon

I have spent the last 3 days happily sewing in my sewing room.  I still need to get some pictures taken so I'll show more tomorrow.

I spent my evenings doing hand applique.  I have 2 of the 4 March blocks for the 1857 Sampler Quilt.

I have to say I wasn't too pleased when I saw these blocks.  But I'm happy with my rendition.

Even though it doesn't look like it the pieces are centered.  I did a bad job cropping them.  It is taking me a bit longer to get the blocks done because I am doing needle turn applique.

Here are my blocks for Cheri Payne's Scrap Basket Sew Along.  She is so generous with her talent.  I know there is going to be some applique too.  My favorite.

I am finishing up some applique on another Cheri Payne quilt....when done I'll have some more pictures to show you.

Today the sun is shining.  It is a little cool out.  My daughter Kelley and I are going to start walking on her lunch hour.  There is a park near her work that has a nice walking trail.  So everyday I will meet her there and we will walk...time to get into shape.

So glad that we finally have some nice weather.  My son Patrick who lives in the Upper Peninsula is having terrible weather.  SNOW....3-4 inches every other day.  And I have some great granddaughter Ashley (the hockey player) and her team went to Alpena this month for the State Finals for hockey.  Guess what?  The won.  They are the State Champs for their region.

They were so excited.  My son told me they went by bus.  On the way home when they came into Munising they were met by local and State police.  They were escorted all the way home picking up more police.  And there was a huge crowd of people waiting for them at the Ice Arena at NMU.  I am so proud of them.  They did not let a single goal against them and my granddaughter scored a goal and assisted in a goal.  I'm proud of my son too.  He is one of the coaches.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to have a few more photos for you in a couple of day.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, March 10, 2016

More Relaxed

And getting some sewing done.

I worked on the Splendid Sampler blocks.

This is block number 6.  I added some new colors to this one.

This is block number 8.  Block 7 is going to be an embroidered block.  I have it traced and ready to go.

Here is the March block for the Sugar block BOM.

I love the soft colors in this quilt.  The fabric is by Robin Pandolph.

Okay so I said I was dropping out of some sew  alongs.  I'm still working on them but not on a frenzied pace.  I may not work on them for months.  I am saving the patterns.  So now that I have a little more time on my hands I started a new quilt.

This is called "Speedwell Quilt" and it was a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  It is made using Layer Cakes.  The fabric is from Laundry Basket Quilts.  It's a wonky picture but will give you an idea of how it will turn out.

I am also working on another sew along by Cheri Payne.  I'm a member of her group on facebook.  Each day she is giving us a 4" block.  There are going to be 20 some blocks.  Not sure of the size yet.  It started on Monday.

Mine is going to be a scrappy quilt.

I am enjoying my less stressful sewing room.  I don't feel guilty if I am not in there working away.  Like many of you have said....Quilting is suppose to be fun.  And now it is.

Thanks for stopping by.  It's raining here I hope you have sunshine where you are.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, March 7, 2016


I have made a decision.  I'm working on too many BOM's, BOW's, BOD's and I don't have time to work on anything else..  I have been sick with a terrible head cold for the last couple of days.  Just enough time to get behind on everything. So I decided to drop some.  I will continue to keep the patterns but I just can't keep up any more.

365 blocks, Splendid Sampler and 1857 Sampler will be put on hold.  I will continue to save the patterns and work on them when time permits.  This will give me time to work on some WIP and get some quilts quilted.  Whew....I feel so much better.

I have a finish to show you.  Small, wonky but sweet.

This is a quilt from Cheri Payne's pattern "A Good Day"  It is 11" square.  I heavily quilted it and that made it wonky  but I still love it.

I also finished the next block for Barbara Brackman's BOM.

I'm going to use the same background print in all blocks and use a red, white and blue theme.

Today is beautiful.  The sun is shining the skies are blue and I am starting to feel so much better. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

YoYo Weather

This has been the strangest weather.  A couple of weeks ago we had temps in the 50's....then it snowed.  Again temps in the 50's...and it really snowed.  Another 4" of snow and now they say it is going to be in the 50's again next week.  Well I sure hope snow doesn't follow.

I have an update on my 365 Blocks.  I only have nine of each to show you.  The 10th is the center medallion block which I have not started.  I am only going to make it for the blue blocks as I am using yardage for it.  I have been using charm squares for the scrappy so not enough fabric for the medallion block.

I finished the next 3 blocks for the Splendid Sampler.  I'm using a FQ Bundle from Cotton and Steel.

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Well as stated above we have tons of snow that I will happily share with you.  Right now the temp is 9 degrees out...I will share that too.  So I am staying inside snug as a bug in a rug in my sewing room. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy