Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Land of Liberty Part 3

Over the weekend I finished up working on Part 3 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 3.

 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 bad...it 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

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