Friday, March 30, 2018

EAL Block 10

Well, Karen and I are half way done with our sew along.  This block starts the third row of our quilt.

This block reminds me of a Pennsylvania Dutch motif.  

I'm working on Barbara Brackman's  Antebellum Album.  This is the third block.

I was going to English paper piece this block but didn't want to do all that hand sewing.  Instead I made an eight pointed star and appliqued the hexagon in the center.  This is a fun sew along.

Well the last of our snow finally melted yesterday...due to rain.  It rained all day yesterday and so far all day today.  They had to postpone the Detroit Tigers opening day due to the rain.  Oh well....

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such nice comments.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Land of Liberty

I finished part 3 of the Land of Liberty sew along.

This was applique heavy.  I really love how it turned out.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this quilt and kept putting off deciding to do it or not.  I am so glad I decided to to it.

I'm up to date on the Temecula 1800 Sampler sew along.  

These are 4" finished blocks.  I can't wait to see how this quilt will come together.

A month from now is the Wedding Shower for my soon to be Granddaughter.  I have 20 sets of coasters made...20 to go.  I was working on a quilt for the couple and my grandson made some comments of what colors he liked.  The quilt didn't match his choices.  So....I started a new quilt.  I'm half way done.

It's up on my design wall and the photo looks wonky.  I have to make another 12 blocks.  The quilt is totally cut out so it will go together quickly.  Then I need to quilt it.  So glad I got the new machine.

Well I think Spring is finally on the horizon.  We still have snow in spots and it's still been on the cold side.  However, the sun is shining and the Robins have returned home.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, March 15, 2018

EAL Block 9

We're on the downward slope with the sew along Karen and I are doing.  

This block was suppose to be done in red and blue but the flowers reminded me of sunflowers.

I was hoping to have more to show....but we have an upcoming wedding and wedding shower.  So the other day I volunteered to make 40 sets of coasters.  Each set has 4 coasters.  It only takes a minute to sew them...but it takes a half hour to prep them.  Each coaster is made with 6 charm squares and a 5" piece of batting.

BTW my only grandson is getting married in June.  His bride to be is already like a granddaughter to me.  We are so happy for them.

Thanks so much for  stopping by.  Be sure to stop by Karen's blog to see her version of the block.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A New Machine

I love my new sewing machine.

This is a photo from the Internet.  Right now my sewing room is a real mess and was embarrassed to take a photo.  This machine is heavy.  So I need to do some rearranging.  I would just push my old machine out of the way when I needed to cut some fabric.  This one is too heavy.

I used it yesterday to finish my first Christmas Quilt.  What a dream to work with.  I love the thread cutter.  It cuts both top and bobbin threads at the same time.  It also has a knee lift for the pressure foot.  Both are such a time saver.  It is so quiet.  I tell you I walk by my sewing room and smile when I see it sitting on my sewing table.

I told you I finished my Christmas quilt.  Well here it is.

It looks a little wonky because I had to put it up on the design wall sideways because it was a bit too long.  I plan on working on the backing and have it ready to quilt on my new machine next week.

I showed my pinwheel blocks I made for my Walnut Grove Sampler quilt.  I put some of the blocks up on my design wall to get an idea of how it will look with the fabric I chose for the setting squares.

I wasn't sure if I would like my choice or not.  I think it gives an antique look.  This is going to be quite a large quilt.  I hope to start putting the top together later this month.

Well that's it for now.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Crazy Weather

Wednesday it was 60 degrees out.  I even went outside without a coat on.  Then comes started out with freezing rain, then a rain and snow mix and then snow.  We got 3" of wet heavy snow.   I am so ready for summer.

I have been getting some sewing done.

First up is block 2 of Barbara Brackman's #Antebellum Album.  I'm using a tan background, brown and pink fabrics for all the blocks.

Next up....26 Pinwheel blocks.  These are the final pieced blocks for my Walnut Grove Sampler quilt.  Now I need to cut out a gazillion plain blocks.  Then I can get this quilt top sewn together.

The blocks are 6 1/2".  They went together really quick because I cut them out using my AccuQuilt Go Cutter.

I started working on the free Temecula Quilt Shop 1800 Sampler.

These blocks are 4" finished.  They just posted block 5.

Since posting block 8 of the Early American Life quilt that Karen and I are working on I put together the second row.  I decided to add red corner stones to the quilt.

I really love how this is looking.

I found a quilt on Moda Bake Shop called Dottie.  It is made using jelly rolls.  Sorry for the fuzzy photo.  I have all the jelly rolls sewn in pairs ready to cut up and make more blocks.

I decided to make everyone a Christmas quilt this year.  I need to make 7 or 8 quilts.  This is the first one.  It is made using jelly rolls.  Once everything was cut out the blocks went together really quickly.

This section is 48" x 6".  It will have borders.  The original pattern called for the design to run vertical.  However the direction of the prints called for the horizontal layout.  I made this row yesterday in about a couple of hours.  That included cutting all the strips.

Finally while browsing Etsy I came across this pattern.  It is by Jennifer Gaston.  It is a BOM.  I got a great deal.  I paid $12.00 for the entire pattern.  The finished quilt measures 79" x 92".  I have traced the first month's patterns on freezer paper but I haven't pulled any fabrics yet.  I have too many projects going as it

And finally....yesterday I ordered a new sewing machine.  Actually  it is a Juki TL2010Q quilting machine.  I will be using it as a table top machine.  Maybe in the future I can afford a quilting frame to use with it.  It is a straight stitch machine, 9" throat area, variable speed, thread cutter, bobbin winder, needle thread, free motion foot, walking foot, 3 other feet and comes with a table attachment.  It is suppose to come next week.  I can't wait.  I will be using this machine to get my tall stack of quilt tops quilted.  It is so hard to quilt a big quilt on my regular machine.  I'll show you the machine once I receive it.

Well enough chit chat...the next block for the 1800 sampler has been posted and Lori at Humble Quilts has posted the 3rd instructions for the Land of Liberty quilt so I need to get into the sewing room.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you saw something you like.

Hugs, Cathy