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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My springtime penny rug . . . . .

Do you remember when I was working on these .......

Here they are finished.

And when I am finished with using the sample in my booth, I think I may use it with this enamel pot . . . . .

Or maybe this one with flowers in it . . . . .

Hope you have sunshine and flowers in your little corner of the world today!

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another blogger visit . . . . .

I just got back from visiting Judy from JayTee's Patchwork Place.  She lives literally around the corner from Dear Mother-in-law whom we are visiting this weekend and belongs to the same church as Dear Hubby's family.  His family has been going to the same country church for generations.  

Judy even let me "drive" her new long arm machine that she just got last month.  I stole this picture from her blog since I forgot my camera.  I hope she doesn't mind.

She has been quilting lots of charity quilts on it and is getting quite good at it.  If I only had a room to put one in . . . . .

Blessings, Cathi

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rutherford County, North Carolina . . . . .

This weekend's show is in Rutherford County.  Much easier to say than Rutherfordton.  Although that doesn't matter because the show is actually in Spindale which is a suburb of Shelby which is down the road from Rutherfordton.  Regardless, if you are anywhere near any of those towns you know exactly where I am talking about.  The show is at the Isothermal Community College.  Here is the link for more details.

On the quilting front, I did FINALLY put the rows together from my Thoughts of Christmas BOM that I started last year.

This thing is HUGE.  And I haven't put the borders on it yet!  How am I supposed to quilt this with my limited space?!  So you can see the size better, Nelson decided to help me by modeling.

First the scratching . . . . .

Then he noticed a squirrel . . . . .

And when he was finally tired of all the distractions . . . . .

He sat right down on it . . . . .

Hope to see you at the show!

Blessings, Cathi

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pay It Forward . . . . .

I was sooooo hoping when I saw Carol's post about sending her latest Pay It Forward gift to one of her Pay It Forward picks that it was me.  I was right!!

The colors are PERFECT for me.  I just love it ....... Thanks so much, Carol !

So now it is my turn to Pay It Forward.

I will be picking 3 people to Pay It Forward. If you would like to be one of my 3 Pay It Forward friends just leave a comment.

The first 3 friends to leave a comment on this post will be my Pay It Forward people. I will make each of you something sometime this year. (Carol only took two months!)  Can anyone say "WOOL"?

All you need to do in return is carry on this random act of kindness by posting on your blog a Pay It Forward, too, and make your 3 friends something, they in turn will Pay It Forward, and so on. 

Blessings, Cathi

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Oops . . . . . it's hailing . . . . .

I was going to post more last night but first show you this picture of what I came home to.

And this . . . . .

The second one is not a good picture but you get the idea.  (For more pictures, see Teresa's blog) I was soaking wet by the time I loaded my van last night and had to drive home in the rain but I didn't go through anything like this!  The road leading from the highway to my house was littered with hail, downed leaves and debris.  As I was going through the neighborhoods, I could see everyone out inspecting the damage to their cars . . . . . including Dear Hubby.

After dinner, which Dear Hubby had waiting for me by the way, I had all intentions of writing this post and replying to more emails when the power went out briefly.  Enough to mess up the router and modem keeping me off the internet until Computer Geek came to the rescue this morning.

Hope everyone enjoyed their day yesterday.  I will email all of you when I get a chance today.  We have a lot of cleaning up to do in the yard and the van to unload still.

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What I've finished today . . . so far . . . .

I did work on my old world Santas cross-stitch but you can't tell I have done anything so no picture yet.

But I did manage to finish the hand work on my next penny rug.

They are from another pattern by Primitive Gatherings called "Petals for Penny Table Mat".  If I ever updated my website, it would be on there for sale.  I do have it for sale in my booth.  Next I just have to applique them to the background and put on a backing.  Penny rugs are so quick and easy to make.  And they take just scraps of wool.

Only an hour left in the show then the hard part....packing up, taking it down the elevator and into the van.  Let's hope the rain holds off until we are finished!

Blessings, Cathi

While I am here . . . . .

I thought I would show you the Christmas quilts that are here at the show.  I don't have a photo editor on this laptop so please excuse the pictures. They may not all be Christmas quilts but they are red and green.

This many not be Christmas-y but look at the bottom right cute!

Blow up of the Christmas block .....

That's all for now.  How are the rest of you doing on your Christmas Quit Along?

Blessings, Cathi

What I'll be working on today . . . .

Hopefully I will have some sales today to keep me too busy to post but at the moment there aren't any.

I know this isn't quilting but I was too tired last night to prep some more handwork.  And didn't get to it before that.

The copyright date on the back of the pattern is 1998.  I'm pretty sure I started it that year.  There are 5 old world Santas on this pattern.

If you click on the picture, you will see that it is 28 count linen!  My eyes were 13 years younger when I started on it.  I have one other Santa that you can't see finished.  So two more Santas and the rest of the border.  Told Dear Hubby that if I EVER finished it, that I would spend the money to have it professionally framed.  It deserves it after all this time in a hoop!

I'll be back later.  If you are new to the Christmas Quilt Along, go to the 2011 CQAL tab at the top.  Sign up on Mr. Linky and join us today for a day of getting your Christmas quilting done long before Christmas Eve!  You will receive the third block in a series to make the Christmas quilt shown on the CQAL tab.

Blessings, Cathi

Merry Christmas ! . . . . .

and welcome to this month's Christmas Quilt Along.  Yes, I know it's a little early for some of you but those participating in Australia have been up for hours!

I am spending the day at a quilt show in Lincolnton, North Carolina.  I do have wifi and will take my camera so I hope I can be participating some and definitely checking out all of your blogs.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Blessings, Cathi

Friday, April 8, 2011

Don't forget . . . . .

Tomorrow is our third installment of the 2011 Christmas Quilt Along!  Check out my Christmas Quilt Along 2011 tab located at the top of this blog to begin!  Remember it's already Saturday somewhere......

Pick out those Christmas DVD's, find a cookie recipe (Christmas cookies are good all year round), tell the family the frozen pizza is available whenever they heat the oven and shut the sewing room door.  Oh, but leave some computer time so you can visit everyone else that's playing with us!

Blessings, Cathi

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This weekend . . . . .

This weekend will be the next installment of the Christmas Quilt Along that Sue and I are sharing.   I am the hostess with the mostest this month.

And yes, I will be vending at a show in Lincolnton this weekend.  Too bad, cause I really want to work on some more Christmas projects.  But those participating, don't you fret.  I have everything covered.  You will get your next block pattern when you sign up with Mr. Linky on my Christmas Quilt Along 2011 tab sometime Saturday.  And thanks to the Blogger ability to schedule posts, I will be posting all day long with some contests!

Want to see what it will look like?  Of course, you do!

Just as simple as the others but once we get these all together . . . . . you'll be amazed.

And now for the news about Lincolnton.

The show is this Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th from 9:30 until 5:00 at the James Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main Street in Lincolnton, North Carolina. 

I will have new Christmas bundles of my wool.  A lot of the wool has been restocked.  Hopefully, I will have the sample of the Sunflowers pattern by Primitive Gatherings put together enough to see how beautiful it will be AND I hope to have the new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine for sale.  I ordered a bunch to sell in the booth but not sure if it will be shipped in time.

I sent out my first email newsletter this morning.  If you signed up for it and didn't receive it, it is probably because you didn't do the second part of the sign up by replying to the opt-in email that was automatically sent to you when you signed up.  And for those that don't know what I am talking about, go to the front page of my website.  There is a sign-up for monthly emails.  I hope they will be monthly.  I hope I remember to send them!  On time!  And have something to write about!  Who me .... have nothing to say?  Preposterous!

Blessings, Cathi

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cobblestone . . . . .

This is a little quilt that I finished in January.  It's called Cobblestone by Primitive Gatherings.

I think I may do it again but in pastels for Easter and maybe red and green for Christmas.  When I say little, I mean little.  Just 15" x 15".  If you look closely, one of the patches in the 4-patch is a tiny 4-patch that measures only 1/2" finished.

Blessings, Cathi