Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coxcombs and Hearts

Time to reveal the next block for the quilt "Flowers" by Linda Brannock.

Here is Block E, Coxcomb and Hearts.


Be sure to check out Karen's block.  It's been fun having someone to keep me on track.

We will reveal Block F on the 30th.  This will be our 6th block and 5 to go.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Day in the U.P.

In case you were wondering U.P. stands for Upper Peninsula.  The upper part of Michigan.

We finally got a chance to go to the UP to visit my son and his family.  We left last week on Thursday.  It was bright and sunny.  We got half the way to the Mackinaw Bridge and it started to rain...and it rained for the rest of the day, all night and into the next day.

No plans for Friday, we just took it easy.  Saturday we went for a ride and did some hiking.


We started out walking down to a one lane bridge that until 7 years ago was in use.




If you look closely you can see the new bridge.

We next headed to Lake Superior.




 This is a picture of Granite Island.  



There was a beautiful coast line.  This area used to be a State Campground until it got trashed.  It has since been closed.  People still camp there and it looks like they party hardy....




Off again we headed for Cannon Falls.  





Terry and I didn't make it all the way to the end of the walk.  His bad knee and my sinuses made us turn back.


On the walk back I saw this pretty yellow flowers.

And then the rains came again and that was it for our day in the U.P.

Back home on Monday.  Recuperating on Tuesday.  Sewing room on Wednesday.  


I made this using some left over Jelly roll strips I had from a prior project.  I really liked the way it turned out.  I have the backing and batting cut out and hope to get it pinned and ready for quilting this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll leave you with one last photo.


Hugs, Cathy















Friday, August 4, 2017

Prim Quilt Swap

 Good morning from rainy, windy and very overcast Marquette.  We finally got a chance to come up and visit my son and his family.  It rained coming up, overnight, and now today.  It's okay because we get to visit.

Now the quilty stuff.  I belong to a Facebook group called "Prim Folk Art Quilts".  Recently they had a quilt swap.  We were to make a Prim quilt with flowers.  It was to be between 15" to 20".   It sounded like fun so I signed up.

Here is the quilt I made.


The center flower pot is a design by Cheri Payne, from her pattern Camp Quilts.  I designed the border.  The recipient was very happy with the quilt.

This is the quilt I received.


It was made by Lorraine Hofmann.  It is a Jan Patek patter and the fabrics were designed Jan Patek .

This was a fun Quilt Swap and I was really happy with what I received.

Well, back to visiting with family.  Hopefully the rain will stop so we can go out for a while.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bromeliad

It's time to share block D of the "Flowers" quilt along I am doing with Karen at Log Cabin Quilter.


This was an easy block to work on.  Now we are on to Block E and will show our progress on August 15.

Be sure to check out Karen's block.

Hugs, Cathy

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lots to Show

I've been busy.  Spending lots of time in my air conditioned sewing room.

I started with making 14 Churn Dash blocks for my Walnut Grove Sampler Quilt.
If you look real close to the block in the center of the first set of blocks you can see a sort of stripe fabric.  This is fabric from my Mom's stash that I inherited.  I try and use a little of it when I make a scrappy quilt.  It makes me smile when I see it.  



The next round of blocks will be 18 Friendship Star blocks.  This is going to be a large quilt.

I joined in on the Simple Summer Sampler sew along.  Here are blocks 3-6

The quilt was designed to be made with red and white fabrics.  I decided to go with a FQ bundle of Blue Barn fabrics by Laundry Quilts.


I told you in my last post I wanted to make a quilt designed by Linda Brannock called "Stripes".  So I pulled out my AccuQuilt 1 3/4" strip cutter and started cutting strips.


I'm going to need to cut lots more strips if I want to make a quilt large enough for my bed.  They blocks are 10" finished.  The first set of strips I cut I folded the fabric the wrong way so when I went to trim them to 10 1/2" I only got one piece from each strip.  I sewed the shorter strips together and trimmed them to 10 1/2".  Luckily you can't see the seams.

I finished Block D for my "Flowers" quilt.  I will be showing you it on the 30th.  This morning I picked out the fabrics for Block E, made the freezer paper template and ironed them on the fabric.  Later today I will trace and cut out the applique pieces.  I'm trying to get ahead in case I get to go visit my son in the UP.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are having a peaceful Sunday.

Hugs, Cathy








Monday, July 17, 2017

A Flimsy

So my week alone didn't go as well as hoped.  I didn't get one of my quilt tops sandwiched for quilting.  Well, I take that back.  I did get my Prim Flower Swap Quilt finished and ready to go in the mail.

It was hot and humid and rained almost every day.  I did finish putting together my Vivid Grid quilt top.



There is another row but it is hidden.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  The quilt is 50" x 60".  It was made using Primitive Gatherings jelly rolls.

I bought some fabric to use for the alternate blocks for my Walnut Grove quilt.


I only cut out six squares to see how it looks.  These at the blocks I have made so far.  Today I am going to work on the next round of blocks.


This is a close up.  The alternate squares are a light floral print.  I'm very happy with look.

I have chosen my next machine pieced project to start after my Walnut Grove quilt.


I recently purchased this book on EBay.  I immediately fell in love with one of the quilts. 


The top quilt shown is an antique quilt.  The bottom is a quilt that Linda made.  I'm in the process of setting aside some fabrics for this quilt.  I'm going to be using fat quarters.   I want to make it large enough to use on my bed.  The strips are cut at 1 3/4".  Luckily I found an Accuquilt die that cuts 5 strips at a time so I can get the quilt cut out quickly.

After all the rain we had last week we have had a few days of perfect weather.  Today is beautiful.  The sun is shining and it is 69 degrees out.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Flowers" Block C

I get so excited when it is time to show the next block.  Not so much to show mine but to see what Karen has done.  This block is called Glories.  Better known as Morning Glories.


I feel the blue is a little too bright, but my husband who is color blind says it's just right....lol  The fabric looks brighter in the photo.



Just a reminder...Above is block A and below is block B.



I am really enjoying working on these blocks.  They are large and go quickly.

Next up we will be sharing Block D.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy