Saturday, September 7, 2019

Out of this World Update

Almost done.  I just finished the 9th month.

This month we made 2 sections.

Here is all of my blocks up on the design wall.  Looks like we have one more block to make and this will be done.  Many thanks to Pat Sloan for another wonderful sew along.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, August 30, 2019

A Journey Ends

I can't believe our Dearest Boy journey has come to an end.  The final block is the center cow block.

This block was a challenge for me.  The initial pattern was too small.  I ended up using a round tray to mark the circle.  My circle is not perfect but it is finished.

All my blocks sewn together.  All I need to do now is add the borders.  I'm not doing the border from the pattern.  I am going to use one fabric for the narrower side borders and a different one for the top and bottom borders.

Be sure to check out Karen'sJulie's, and Carole's blogs to see how they are coming along.

I have a couple of finishes to show you.

I got my 9 patch quilt quilted and bound.  Well almost bound.  I still have a bit of binding to sew down.

This is my Gwennie Medallion quilt that I did with Lori at Humble Quilts.  I made 2 quilts.  A modern version which I machine quilted and this more traditional version.  This one I hand quilted.  And it took me a while to finish it.  I need to make a label for it and then bind it.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out and that it is finally finished.  And it was so much fun to be apart of the designing team.

Now that Dearest Boy is done Karen and I have chosen the our next sew along.  "Celebrating Mary Brown".  It is a very large (90" x 90") mostly appliqued quilt.  We will be starting in September.  We will be happily joined by Nanette at Chopin - A Passionate Quilter and Robin at I Like to Create.  To start out we will only be making one block a month.

I will be joining Nanette in another sew along starting in October.  Kim McLean's "Lollypop Trees".  This is a little out of my color comfort zone but I've been such a fan of this quilt that I just had to make it.

So I'll have lots to keep me busy in the future.  Keep stopping by to see how the sew alongs are coming.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some BOM's

It's that time of the month...BOM's

I just finished this month's Cheddarback Quilt blocks.

Some of the placements are a little different.  This is going to be a very large quilt.  I have this month's blocks sewn to the first 5 month's blocks and it is so long I couldn't find a place to lay it all out.  Therefore you just get these blocks.

The following is Block 8 for Pat Sloan's "Out of This World" BOM.

The following picture is for Julie and Carole.

I went through my project boxes and found my Dear Jane blocks.  I have some duplicate blocks.  I originally wanted all white backgrounds and then changed my mind and decided to do different backgrounds.  Not sure I'm going to work on this right now as I've got too many projects going on.

We should be finishing up Dearest Boy.  The Cow block will be revealed at the end of the month.  

Karen, Nanette and I are going to be starting a new applique quilt starting in September.  "Celebrating Mary Brown".   I'm also going to start working on Kim McLean's "Lollipop Trees".  So I'm going to be keeping busy as the temps get cooler.

If anyone want to join us in Celebrating Mary Brown let Karen or myself know.  We will have info regarding the schedule later this month.

Just when I thought it was getting cooler out the heat and humidity is back.  So I will be staying in the air conditioned house and working on Dearest Boy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dearest Boy

We are so close to the end.  I chose to do a pieced block for the last 10" block.  The block is called "Turkey Tracks".  Here is my version.

I like my version.

I put all the blocks up on the design wall.  Then I sewed the different sections together.

The empty spot in the center is for the cow.  I start on this block next week.  

Be sure to stop by and visit Karen'sJulie's and Carole's blogs to see what they have been up to.

I finished 2 more Sally Post blocks.

Block 22

Block 23

I need to finish another 13 blocks and then do the setting triangles.  I'm sure I can finish this before the end of the year.

Finally the next block from Pat Sloan's BOM Out of this world.  I've ad it finish for quite a while but keep forgetting to post a photo.

Thanks for stopping by.  Our week has started out with heat and humidity once again.  So I'm sticking close to home in the air conditioning.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hot and Humid

Makes for good sewing time in the air conditioned sewing room.

Dearest Boy is coming to an end.  Karen posted our next pieced block so here is mine.

We now have one more 10" applique block and the final cow block.

I finished this month's blocks for the Cheddarback quilt.

I chose a house block instead of the school house block in the original quilt.

Here are the first 5 months blocks.  It is hard to find somewhere to lay out these blocks as it is quite long.  I'm very please with how this quilt is looking.

Finally I want to give an update on my flannel baskets.

I started with 6 blocks and now have 7 more.  I have a couple more blocks prepped.  I will keep going until I run out of flannel.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, July 15, 2019

We're Closer

Closer to the end of this sew along.  Dearest Boy has been a very long journey.  2 more 10" blocks and then the center 20" cow block.  Here is Block 6D.

It's not perfect but it's finished.  Be sure to stop by Karen'sJulie and Carole's
 blogs to see what they've been up to.

I entered into a Birthday giveaway that  Kyle had on her blog, Timeless Reflections.  She had 3 birthday packages and I won the third.  It had 2 FQ of fabric, 2 spools of thread and some vintage buttons.

I've already used some of the fabric for backgrounds on some blocks.  Thanks again Kyle.

The weather here has been hot and humid.  Today we got a reprieve...temps in the 79's.  A good opportunity to turn off the air conditioners and open the windows.  Tomorrow it will be in the 90's.  Ugh!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July's UFO

July's UFO and a new project.

I didn't have an UFO for June.  I had to get caught up on some projects.  While going through some piles in my sewing room I came across an old project I had started years ago.  Flannel Baskets.

I had these 6 baskets in a plastic bag along with more flannel and the template for the basket.  This morning I prepped 5 more blocks.  I work on applique in the evenings while watching TV.  These blocks will finish at 6 1/2".

My new project is a BOM called Summer Moon designed by Carrie Nelson.

I'm not working in any haste on this quilt.  The blocks are very labor intensive.  
You make 3 different sizes of each block.  A 5" block, 6 1/2" block and an 8" block.  Then you add borders on the blocks to make them all 8 3/4".

These are the first 3 blocks.  I am going to use different backgrounds.  The next block is a Bears Paw block with very tiny pieces for the 5" block.  I plan on working on this when I have a few spare minutes.

It has been very hot and humid here.  I've basically stayed in the house in the air conditioning.  We don't have central air but I have two very good room air conditioners.  One in our bedroom and one in the sewing room.  They keep the house cool.

I'm off to the sewing room to work on my Cheddarback quilt.

I hope you stay cool and dry wherever you may be.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, June 30, 2019

It's Been a Long Journey

And we are getting close to the end of our Dearest Boy journey.

It's time to reveal our next block.  Block 6C "Mother".  

This is such a sweet block but it was also very time consuming.  I was hoping to get ahead on this Sew along but this block took a lot of time.  Three more blocks to go and then we will be working on the center block of the cow.

Be sure to check the other blogs....KarenJulie and Carole have been working along on this quilt.

I have been working on some other projects....

I bought a quilt kit from Connecting Threads a while back and thought it was time to make it.

I love how soft the colors look.  The quilt is 42" x 48" and is the perfect size for a lap or baby quilt.

I recently purchased a pattern from Debby Brown called A LA MODE.  I can be made using fat eights or jelly rolls.  I always have white, cream or grey jelly rolls on hand.  I found a half jelly roll in some bright colors in my stash and used a cream jelly roll to go along with it.  Here is my quilt top.

The top is 48" x 48".  I'm thinking of using it as a picnic quilt.  I can't wait to try this quilt out with a full jelly roll.

And finally I finished another Sally Post block.

I may end up finishing all the blocks by the end of the year...keep my fingers crossed.

That's it for today.  I need to get back in the sewing room and prep some more applique blocks to work on.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day and keep cool

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, June 15, 2019


I had a really bad night last night.  Dog woke me up at 3:00am and I didn't get back to sleep until 7:00am.  So needless to say I was dragging but all day.  I just realized what the date is.  Time to show the next Dearest Boy block.

She's not perfect bu she's done.  And I might say it's an accomplishment to have finished it.  The instructions are lacking and I needed to figure a lot of it on my own.

Hoping to have a better day tomorrow.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Some Finishes

I'm working on finishing some previous UFO's.  So far this is what I finished.

I finished the Bears Paw quilt top.  Sorry the photo is blurry.  I'm not sure if I like the border or not.  Hubby picked the fabric out.

This close up gives a better view of the border fabric and the bear and tree applique.

Next I finished the block of week "Flower Bouquet" by Pat Sloan.

This turned out to be much larger than I thought.  I am so happy with the way it turned out.  

I'm working on another Pat Sloan BOM called Out of this World.

I'm using a text background and batiks.  This is block 6.

Here are my Cheddarback blocks.  I love how this is turning out.

Come back on the 15th for my version of the next Dearest Boy block.

Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are always welcome.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dearest Boy

It's not perfect but I actually finished block 6A before I left for up north.

It's a little lopsided but I still like it.

Be sure to stop by the blogs of KarenJulie, and Carole to see what they are up to.

My UFO for this month is a Bear's Paw quilt.  

As you can see I didn't get it finished and it won't be finished by the end of the month.  I decided I'm not going to pick a new UFO for June.  Instead I am going to get some previous UFO's finished.

I want to finish this quilt, then finish up my Flower Bouquet and work on the Front Porch quilt.  I found a replacement block for the bike block.

In July I am starting on a new quilt with partner in crime...Karen.  

BTW.  We had a great time up north.  My granddaughter's Graduation party was lots of fun.  Afterward the family got together for pizza and a bonfire.

My grand kids in order, Alecia holding my granddog Bear, Cassidy, Brian and the Grad Ashley.

Hubby, Terry, Ashley, Me, Cassidy, Brian and Alecia.  It was good to see everyone and to spend some time together.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dearest Boy and more

Time is flying.  I can't believe after this reveal we will be starting the last row of our Dearest Boy quilt.  I am ready to get this quilt done.

 This month's block is the strawberry block.  I didn't do the flowers...I'm just really busy.  But I think it looks fine.

I've got such a busy second half of the month so I'm not sure if I will get the next block finished or not.

My Upper Peninsula Granddaughter Ashley (the hockey player) is graduating from High School.  She is having a graduation party on the 25th and we will be going up early and coming home after Memorial Day.  So not sure if I will get the next block finished.

Be sure to stop by Karen's , Julie's and Carole's Blogs to see what they have done.

I also worked on my Cheddarback quilt blocks.

 Here are this months blocks.

Here are all the blocks sewn together.  I am really loving this quilt.

Next we have the May block for Pat Sloan's BOM Out of This World.

I haven't worked with Batiks in a while and I like how the blocks are turning out.

Another of Pat Sloan's quilt alongs...Flower Bouquet.  This on is a block a week.  I just got the pattern for the last block section so I can finish this quilt up.  Here is Block 19.

Well thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather like we are.  Today I met my daughter at a park near her work and we walked on her lunch hour.  It's been quite a while since I have walked due to bad weather and I felt every step.  But it was great to get out and spend some time with her.

Hugs, Cathy

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dearest Boy and More

I've go too much stress in my life to add more stress through quilting.  Quilting calms my stress.  So when it came to this month's Dearest Boy block I had to do something different.

I chose an eight pointed block.

Speaking of stress...  This month's UFO, Jan Patek's Front Porch quilt is an epic fail.  I now remember why I put this project up.

I had previously made all the blocks except for the upper right block with the boat and whales and the bike block.

 I finished the Whale block....

I love the whales.  When it came to the bike block I realized this is why I had put this project up in the first place.  3 times I tried to make this block and 3 times I failed.  So this UFO is going back up on the shelf.  I'll try again another time.

I've chosen my UFO for May.

I'm going to make a few changes but otherwise I really love this quilt.

I have 5 blocks made, and I need another 7.  Since it is pieced I should have no problem finishing up this UFO.

Here's an update on my Sally Post blocks.

I now have 20 blocks made.  16 to go.  I work on this in my leisure and it's coming along nicely.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have found something you liked.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Few Projects

I got a few projects done.

First up is a couple of Sally Post blocks.  Blocks 19 and 20.

 A little late but here is my Sprouts block for Barbara Brackman's Hospital Sketches.

I love this block.  Now to prep the next block.

Here is the next block for Pat Sloan's "Flower Bouquet" Block of the Week.

Only a few more weeks to go and this will be a quilt.

I participated in Lori at Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap.

Here is the quilt I sent.

I liked it so much I think I need to make myself one.

Here is the quilt I received from Lora Congdon.

It looks a little wonky in the photo.  I love the Repro fabrics she used.

She also sent me this little Easter Chick.  It is so sweet.  She also sent me a quilters best friend....Chocolate.

The quilt in my header is a quilt I made during a class with Gwen Marston.  I learned so much from her in that class.  I loved that she gave you permission to enjoy quilting.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check back at the end of the month for the next Dearest Boy block.

Hugs, Cathy