Monday, April 30, 2018

A Finish and a Beginning

The finish is "Early American Life".  Karen and I have finished our blocks for this quilt.  I have been putting the quilt together as we worked along.  Here are the final blocks and my finished top.

 Here is block 12.  Once I finished this block I added it to row 3.

 I'm really happy with my choice of fabrics for the sashing and corner stones.

Block 13

Block 14

 Block 15

 Block 16

 And here is my finished quilt top.  I bought this fabric online and was thrilled with how well it went with all the blocks.

It has been such a joy working with Karen on this quilt.  She kept me on point.  Each month it was a surprise to see how her blocks turned out.  This has been the third quilt I have made working with Karen.  I enjoyed it so much that we have chosen our next quilt to work on.

Our next project is "Dearest Boy".

This quilt is going to take a bit longer to make.  Besides the triangle top and bottom border it has 32 10" blocks and the center block is 20".

We will be another partner in crime.  Julie K will be joining in on the fun.  As in the past we will be posting blocks on the 15th and 30th of each month.  I hope you stop by to see our progress.

In case you are wondering.  The quilt behind the book is the Gwennie Medallion Round Robin quilt I made with Lori at Humble quilts.  I just got a new quilt frame (an Ulmer frame) and I'm finally starting to hand quilt it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Sun is Shinning

It's a wonderful site to see.  It has been so rainy and gloomy so the sunshine is a welcome change.

Sunday was my Granddaughter-to-Be's wedding shower.  My daughter did such a great job getting this shower together.

Jess loved the quilt.  She wrapped herself up in the quilt like a cocoon and slept with it that night.

I finished this month's Antebellum Album.  I will show you all the blocks so far.

Block 4

Block 3

Block 2

Block 1

I love all the blocks so far.  Can't wait to see what's next.

I've also been working on the blocks for the Temecula Quilt Co. 1800 Sampler blocks.  Here's what I have so far.

I'm not sure how long this sew along is.  But these 4" blocks have been fun to make.

I want to thank everyone for the their kind words and prayers over the loss of my Mother-in-Law.  They were very much appreciated.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sad News

My dear sweet Mother-in-Law, Jean Buel, passed away this morning.  She had been in lots of pain.  She is now pain free and in a better place.  She was 90 years old.

Thank you to everyone who had us in their prayers.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Land of Liberty Part 4

Over the weekend I finished up working on Part 4 of Land of Liberty.  While working on it I heard that the designer of this quilt, Cheri Payne, passed away from cancer.  She was a very talented quilter who shared her talent with us all.  Now she is pain free and in a better place.  My heart goes out to her family.

Here is my version of Part 4.

 I enjoy all of Cheri's patterns but I think this is my favorite.  It has been going together nicely due to the help of Lori directions.

Now that the "Wedding Quilt" is finished (picture coming soon) I started working on my second Christmas quilt.

Sorry about the fuzzy photo.  Didn't notice it till I was writing the post.  It is a design by Em at Em's Scrapbag.  The blocks are 12".

Here is a close up of the red fabric.  It is different Santa Clauses.  I have had this fabric for years and finally had a chance to use it.

On a sadder personal note, my 90 year old mother-in-law is in failing health.  She had complained of sever stomach pains.  It turns out she has a perforated ulcer.  The doctors said that because of her age and frailty she would not survive the surgery.  All they can do for now is give her pain meds and keep her comfortable.  She is aware of her condition and says she is ready.  What is even sadder is my father-in-law who has Alzheimer's and is unaware of what goes on around him knows she isn't home.   It is going to be hard letting him know of her condition.  

We woke up to snow covered ground this morning.  Streets were icy and there were quite a few accidents due to cars sliding and unable to stop.  I hope the weather is better where you are.

Thanks for taking time to stop by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, April 15, 2018

EAL Block and I WON!

First up is the next block for the Early American Life quilt that Karen and I are working on.  Mine is a simpler version.  

Next...I entered a giveaway at Crafty Ashley B.

It is a beautiful tote bag with lots of pockets, a zippered bag to go with it and 3 patterns.  The patterns are by Simplicity.  The first pattern if for tote bags and zippered bags in multiple sizes.  The second pattern is for Organizer bins and the third is for some really classy tote...more like purses.  She also sent me three FQ's.  You should stop on over and check out her blog.

Well in my last post I told you I woke up to snow.  The next morning it snowed and then the temps got up to 56 degrees.  Yesterday was so beautiful...Spring had finally sprung.  Last night it rained.  This morning was beautiful again.  Gray clouds have moved in and it is supposed to rain.  Looks like the nice weather has left us and cooler temps and rain are in our future.  Not all makes for good sewing time.

I finished quilting the wedding quilt and have sewn the binding on the quilt.  Tonight I will had sew the binding down.   I made a really cute quilt label and will show you it later.

Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Snowy weather makes for good sewing time.  I've started new projects, pulled out on going projects and am finishing a quilt.

The new project is a pattern I showed you recently.

 These are the blocks for Month 1.  They are quite big.  That made the applique go quickly.

I pulled out the red and green blocks.  I hadn't worked on them for a while.  The block on the far right is my latest.  I pulled a couple more blocks to start prepping.

Another project that needed working on is Cheri Payne's Sew Spooky quilt.

This is the first block I made.

Here is the block I just finished.  I love a cat with character.

This is what has been taking up most of my time.  I'm quilting the wedding quilt.  It has been such a joy quilting with my Juki.  I love how smoothly it is going.  The stitch regulator keeps all the stitches even.  I do love this machine.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


It is already April and I just now have a finished project.

I showed you this quilt as a top earlier this year.  The other day I decided I needed to try out quilting with my new machine.  It has 3 speeds...I chose the slowest.  I did free motion quilting around the stem, leaves and flower.  I was so happy with the results.  Okay they weren't the best.  I'm pretty rusty with FMQ.  But the stitches were all the same size and the back of the quilt looked good.  Then I did straight stitching around the coin strips.  This was actually finished on March 31.  So it will be my March mini quilt.  This is a Cheri Payne pattern.

I have the top half of the "Wedding Quilt" sewn together.  The second half is on the design wall.

Today I plan on getting this sewn together and then I can put both halves together.  Next step is to quilt it.  The blocks are 12".  I have till the 22nd of this month to get it finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy