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Thursday, November 13, 2014

I just can't wait . . . . .

Some of my favorite designers ..... all sharing and caring ..... about ME ....... and you, too!


Blessings, Cathi

Monday, November 10, 2014

Common Threads . . . . .

It's been months since I have blogged.  There really is no point in making excuses (I have plenty!) or rehashing the past so let's just move forward from here! LOL

Besides all the sewing I have been doing for the booth samples (which aren't very many) and all the traveling I have been doing  ..... going from show to show selling my wool (which I am still in love with), I have been working on Cheri Payne's Common Threads blocks.

Simply Libby and I decided back in June to encourage each other to make Cheri's newest large quilt.  There are 25 blocks in all plus a beautiful appliqued border.  


I was going to try to use cotton applique to do my squares.  I tried, I really did.  I'd hate to lose what little needle-turn applique skills I have.  But I have become spoiled by the ease of the prep of wool applique.  And I do have a lot of wool LOL. So I caved in and am doing all my applique in wool.

Here are the 9 blocks that I have finished so far - not in any particular order other than they are the first 9.  Libby is farther along than I am.  But as she reminded me, it's not a race, although I would like to be farther along than I am.  I REALLY want to finish this one.


How I will get it quilted is beyond me but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Blessings, Cathi

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Greensboro, NC .....

This is the back of the trailer just before unloading and setting up the booth in Greensboro this morning.  


I don't have an after picture or even a picture of the booth.  I was just FULL of energy when I took this one.

Apparently, I can't take a 2 month break and just jump right back in to the "groove" like I had just done this last week!  LOL  It took an extra hour to set up the booth this time.  I was dog-tired by the time I finished and was just grateful to be able to drive back home!!

The show starts tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning and runs until 5:00.  Same hours on Saturday.  Sunday the show is from 12:00 until 4:00.  The address is 301 Norwalk Street, Greensboro, NC.  We hope to see you there!

Blessings, Cathi

Monday, September 15, 2014

I have a thousand things to do . . . . .

before I sleep but at least I could tell you where I am going to be for the next 5 weeks!  I would love for all of you to be able to come visit me!!





September 2014 

Piedmont Quilters Guild
September 19th thru 21st
The Automobile Palace
301 Norwalk Street
Greensboro, North Carolina

Asheville Quilt Show
September 26th thru 28th
Western NC Agricultural Center
Asheville, North Carolina

October 2014 

Cabarrus Quilters Guild
October 3rd and 4th
Cabarrus Arena and Event Center
Concord, North Carolina

Mooresville Centerpiece Quilt Guild
October 10th and 11th
Talbert Recreation Center
Mooresville, North Carolina

Quilters of South Carolina Pieceable Retreat
October 17th thru 19th
White Oak Conference Center
Winnsboro, South Carolina

Blessings, Cathi

Sunday, September 7, 2014

We're ready for fall! .....

I am so ready for fall!  The "cold" front is supposed to come through any minute now and cool it down here in the Carolinas.  I for one, can't wait!

Shakerwood Woolens has always sold Primitive Gatherings' Scrappy Penny Mat as a pattern and as a kit as shown on the cover.

Now we offer it kitted in warm Autumn colors, too.  It's available on the "Kits" page of the website as well as the shows this fall.  It works up quickly and is a PERFECT beginner project.  The threads are not included in the kit but I used just one - Valdani perle cotton #12 in color P12.


Also added to the website are my two ornies kits ....


Black Cat Ornie - the kit includes the pattern, enough wool for 4 different cats, buttons for eyes, and the waxed linen to use for the whiskers.


 Pumpkin Ornie - the kit includes the pattern, enough wool for 4 different pumpkins, buttons for the eyes and the template for 4 different mouth shapes.

Each ornament is approximately 4" across.

These also work up quickly.  Good thing 'cause I think Fall may be just around the corner!!

Blessings, Cathi