Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dearest Boy

Block 1A

I will not lie.  This was not an easy block.  It gave me nightmares..really!  I would wake up in the middle of the night and worry about getting this block done.

I got a sneak peak at Karen's block.  I thought she was sending me a photo of the original block.  She's good.

I've emailed Julie and she felt the block was hard too.  Needless to say I can't wait to see her block.

Without further ado here is my humble block.

I did a simpler version.  I also used blue instead of red.  I'm happy with the results and once finished I had a really good nights sleep.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 11, 2018

I'm So Excited

We are half way done with "Sweet Land of Liberty".

Here is Month 5.

Month 4 and 5 sewn together.

All the parts sewn together.   I so love this quilt.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has done.

Hugs, Cathy

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Churn Dash Santas

I finished another Christmas Quilt top.

It's a wild quilt top.  Now I need to get in gear and this one quilted.  

I've also been busily working on "Sweet Land of Liberty".  I am so in love with this project.

I'll be back on the 15th with the first block of the "Dearest Boy" quilt.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Small Finish

I made this little Jan Patek quilt a while ago.  I finally decided to machine quilt it.

I did cross hatch quilting.  I have so many quilts to finish I figured I better start getting some of them done.

Next I did another block for my Red and Green quilt.

This is an ongoing project.  I'm in no hurry to finish...seeing I've been working on for 2 years...lol.

I finished all the blocks for my second Christmas quilt.  I plan on sewing the top together later today.

I'm working on the first block for the "Dearest Boy".  It is probably the hardest block I've ever made.  I had nightmares about this block.  Hopefully, I can get it done.  What a pain this block is.  The rest of the blocks look to be a lot easier.  Wish me luck.

Lori at Humble Quilts has posted the blocks to make for month 5 of the "Sweet Land of Liberty" quilt.  So it's going to be a sewing marathon here at Big Lake Quilts.

Well, we had 3 days of hot weather.  Now we are having a couple of days of rainy weather.  We go from one extreme to the other here in Michigan.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs, Cathy

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 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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A New Machine

I love my new sewing machine.

This is a photo from the Internet.  Right now my sewing room is a real mess and was embarrassed to take a photo.  This machine is heavy.  So I need to do some rearranging.  I would just push my old machine out of the way when I needed to cut some fabric.  This one is too heavy.

I used it yesterday to finish my first Christmas Quilt.  What a dream to work with.  I love the thread cutter.  It cuts both top and bobbin threads at the same time.  It also has a knee lift for the pressure foot.  Both are such a time saver.  It is so quiet.  I tell you I walk by my sewing room and smile when I see it sitting on my sewing table.

I told you I finished my Christmas quilt.  Well here it is.

It looks a little wonky because I had to put it up on the design wall sideways because it was a bit too long.  I plan on working on the backing and have it ready to quilt on my new machine next week.

I showed my pinwheel blocks I made for my Walnut Grove Sampler quilt.  I put some of the blocks up on my design wall to get an idea of how it will look with the fabric I chose for the setting squares.

I wasn't sure if I would like my choice or not.  I think it gives an antique look.  This is going to be quite a large quilt.  I hope to start putting the top together later this month.

Well that's it for now.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Cathy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Crazy Weather

Wednesday it was 60 degrees out.  I even went outside without a coat on.  Then comes Thursday...it started out with freezing rain, then a rain and snow mix and then snow.  We got 3" of wet heavy snow.   I am so ready for summer.

I have been getting some sewing done.

First up is block 2 of Barbara Brackman's #Antebellum Album.  I'm using a tan background, brown and pink fabrics for all the blocks.

Next up....26 Pinwheel blocks.  These are the final pieced blocks for my Walnut Grove Sampler quilt.  Now I need to cut out a gazillion plain blocks.  Then I can get this quilt top sewn together.

The blocks are 6 1/2".  They went together really quick because I cut them out using my AccuQuilt Go Cutter.

I started working on the free Temecula Quilt Shop 1800 Sampler.

These blocks are 4" finished.  They just posted block 5.

Since posting block 8 of the Early American Life quilt that Karen and I are working on I put together the second row.  I decided to add red corner stones to the quilt.

I really love how this is looking.

I found a quilt on Moda Bake Shop called Dottie.  It is made using jelly rolls.  Sorry for the fuzzy photo.  I have all the jelly rolls sewn in pairs ready to cut up and make more blocks.

I decided to make everyone a Christmas quilt this year.  I need to make 7 or 8 quilts.  This is the first one.  It is made using jelly rolls.  Once everything was cut out the blocks went together really quickly.

This section is 48" x 6".  It will have borders.  The original pattern called for the design to run vertical.  However the direction of the prints called for the horizontal layout.  I made this row yesterday in about a couple of hours.  That included cutting all the strips.

Finally while browsing Etsy I came across this pattern.  It is by Jennifer Gaston.  It is a BOM.  I got a great deal.  I paid $12.00 for the entire pattern.  The finished quilt measures 79" x 92".  I have traced the first month's patterns on freezer paper but I haven't pulled any fabrics yet.  I have too many projects going as it is....lol

And finally....yesterday I ordered a new sewing machine.  Actually  it is a Juki TL2010Q quilting machine.  I will be using it as a table top machine.  Maybe in the future I can afford a quilting frame to use with it.  It is a straight stitch machine, 9" throat area, variable speed, thread cutter, bobbin winder, needle thread, free motion foot, walking foot, 3 other feet and comes with a table attachment.  It is suppose to come next week.  I can't wait.  I will be using this machine to get my tall stack of quilt tops quilted.  It is so hard to quilt a big quilt on my regular machine.  I'll show you the machine once I receive it.

Well enough chit chat...the next block for the 1800 sampler has been posted and Lori at Humble Quilts has posted the 3rd instructions for the Land of Liberty quilt so I need to get into the sewing room.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you saw something you like.

Hugs, Cathy