Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crazy Weather

First we had hot steamy weather with a strong wind out of the south.  Then the wind changed and came out of north and we had cold weather and rain.  I got a call from my son in the UP and they got SNOW...crazy and it's May.

I've been working on a few projects.



 I finally finished Sally Post Block 14.  I don't know why but I think this block intimidated me.  So many pieces.  I'm taking a little break from Sally...she is getting to clingy....lol



I finished 6 more Box in a Box blocks.  These are blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop Sampler quilt.  I'm making 20 of each block for a wedding quilt.



 This is from a kit I got from Craftsy.  It is 24" x 24" and will be a Christmas gift.  Right now it resides on my to be quilted pile.  Just waiting for my hands to heal a bit longer from my Carpal Tunnel Surgery.  It still hurts a bit when I try pinning a quilt sandwich.




This is a booklet that came with the latest issue of "Today's Quilter".  I fell in love with the sampler picture on the cover.  It is called "Walnut Grove Sampler".


  So far I have 2 blocks made.  These are the center blocks.  They are 6" blocks. 



I decided to add a 1 1/2" sashing to my 2014 BOM blocks.  I am adding friendship stars to the sashing where the blocks connect.  Then I will add a 1 1/2" border of the same sashing fabric around the quilt and then a final border from the main fabric.

Slow and steady progress is being made.  I also started working on another Red and Green block.  I should be able to show you a finished block next time.

I hope you are enjoying better weather than we are.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 12, 2017

Feeling Good

Every day I feel better.  Still taking it easy but back to having fun in my sewing room.

I pulled out an old UFO.  It is a block of the month from 2014.  I had 10 of the 12 blocks done and just lost interest.  It is a Sugar Block BOM.


The fabrics are all from Needle Love.  One of the background fabrics has bumble bees all over it.  Now I need to figure out how to put these blocks together.  Any ideas?

I made another 2 blocks for my Vivid Grid quilt.  Now I have 6 blocks and one prepped.  24 to go.




I also got another 8 blocks prepped for my Friendship quilt.  These are more of the Box in a Box blocks.

Today I am going to try to get some scraps cut.  Resting up for some more marathon quilting.

We are having some beautiful weather.  I hope you are enjoying the same.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, May 8, 2017

Okay

It's been a month since I had my surgery on my left hand.  This one has taken longer to heal than the first.  I still have some soreness.  I have been able to get some sewing done.  However, a couple of weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my abdomen.  It has been painful and some days I can't even walk.  Today has been a good day.  I have to wait a couple of weeks taking pain pills and naproxen before I go back to the doctors.  Hopefully this will work.

I got the rows of my Chained Reaction sewn into a top.


I cut out this quilt about 2 years ago and only got one block sewn.  So I am so happy to have finished the quilt top.  I'm hoping to be able to get it quilted soon.

I had decided this is the year to finish up some UFO's.  My next top is a Kaleidoscope quilt.  I made the blocks over a year ago and they were test blocks using my Accuquilt Go.


This is a table topper size.  I am itching to make a full size bed quilt using this die.


My final top is composed of 6" blocks from a couple of projects.


It looks wonky because it is up on the design wall.  The quilt is approx. 36"x50".
I chose a red border because there was so much red in the blocks.

I'm slowly working on some hand applique and I want get some more prepped.  I'm plugging away and trying to get some more UFO's finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hopefully I will be posting again next week.

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, April 17, 2017

One Week Later

It's been a week since I had my second Carpal Tunnel surgery.  I'm more sore this time and more bruised.  But I'm able to get back to sewing.  I planned ahead and got some projects cut out.

First up.


Here are the first 2 blocks from the Buttermilk Basin BOM from 2015.  I decided I need to start working on this again.  I have the next block prepped and ready to go.

I decided to add some different blocks to the friendship quilt I have been working on.  This is from the Fat Quarter Shop.


These blocks are called Box in a Box.


I started a new project....I know who would have believed it....lol





The quilt is called "Vivid Grid" and it is a Color Girl Quilts pattern.  I found it in the latest issue of Quilts and More.  I'm using a couple jelly rolls designed by Primitive Gatherings.

And finally...


This is a project I started years ago and then ran out of steam.  The block pattern is called "Bow Tie Log Cabin".  The blocks are 6".  I just got tired of looking at the project box with the blocks in it.  So I pulled them up and found I had 36 blocks.  I sewed them together 6 rows with 6 blocks.  Once my hand gets stronger I will machine quilt it and I will have a new table quilt.

Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Plugging Away

I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things.  Although I can fully use my right hand it gets sore if I do to much.  This will eventually go away.  I am having Carpal Tunnel done on my left hand next Monday the 10th.  Then I have to start all over again.

I finished sewing the rows of blocks for my Chain Reaction.


I love the jelly roll I used.  It is a Fig Tree fabric.  After my hand surgery I will sew the rows into a quilt top.  This is a project I started in 2014.

I'm trying to work on some of my older UFOs.


This is from a few years ago.  It's an APQ quilt along.  This is block #8.  Only 12 to go.


Another on going project.  This is a Cheri Payne pattern called Common Threads.


This is block #11.  It's the second for this block.  The first one was used in another quilt.


I've been getting the Sew Sampler Box from the FQ Shop since they started.  Each month I received a pattern for a block.  The last box I received contained the 12th block and setting instructions. 


I decided to start it.  This block is 8" and the fabric I am using if from a fabric roll of Japanese fabric.  The theme is Alice in Wonderland.

I've been working on Sally Post block #14 I don't have anything to show you.   As I said earlier I can only work on my hand work for a short time before my hands start to hurt.  This is on hold till after my left hand surgery.

Hugs, Cathy

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Can Finally Sew Again

It's been a little over a week since I had Carpal Tunnel surgery.  Yesterday I had the stitches removed.  I still have some soreness in my hand but I am so happy to say I can now sew again.


I sewed 3 rows of my Cross Terrain together.  The rows are randomly sewn together.  After I'm done I will put them in the order that looks the most appealing to me.


I had a hard time pinning the blocks because I still have some pain.  But each row I sew the less pain I have.

Today I finished sewing the binding down on my Modern Gwennie.  I only had  to finish one side and managed to get it done this morning.


It looks pretty wonky here because it is up on my design wall.  I'm going to sending this quilt to Lori at Humble Quilts so it can be part of show in May.

I am itching to get some applique done.  I only have about 3 weeks and then I am going to have my left hand done.  I didn't realize how bad it was until I couldn't use my right hand.  I will be so glad with I am done with this.

I wouldn't have believed I would have Carpal Tunnel surgery and a week later I would back to normal...with just a little stiffness and soreness.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying some sunshine.  It is glorious here although a little bit on the cool side.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Few Finishes

I'm trying to finish up a few projects before my Carpal Tunnel surgery on Monday.


This is block 3 for the Red and Green BOM.



This is block 13 for my Sally Post quilt.  I still have block 14 prepped and ready to go.


I got all the blocks sewn for my Cross Terrain quilt.  I put them up on my design wall and played with them till I was happy with the placement.  I took the blocks down and clipped them together by rows with binding clips.  I got one row sewn together.  Hopefully I can start sewing sometime next week.


This morning we went to watch my granddaughter Ashley play hockey.  She had one game last night (they won) and one game at 10:00am.  We had about an hour drive to get there.  It was like a family reunion.  All four of my kids were there and 3 of my grandchildren.  My brother and his wife were there and even my ex-husband came.  It was a nice time.  Ashley's team won 8-0 and she scored a goal.  They have 2 games tomorrow.  I'm hoping to make it.

Monday I have my surgery scheduled for 6:00am.  Hopefully I will only have a few days down time.  Until then I hope you get some sewing done. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy