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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sewing Seeds . . . . .

I spent this last week helping out in the church office so the secretary could go on a vacation.  While I enjoy volunteering (it is fun to do something different once in a while like writing, printing, folding and stuffing 280 bulletins for Sunday), it makes me realize how much out of the groove I have gotten from working outside of the house.

I did manage to get some quilting done this past week.  Note I said done, not finished.  They are two different things!

I made the background for Sewing Seeds, another Cheri Payne pattern.

Cheri doesn't give detailed directions on putting things together, which I really like.  It gives so much room for change and making it my own.  She basically gives dimensions and says "Have fun with it!"  I usually change patterns to make them my own anyway.

I decided to use partial paper-piecing to make the flower base blocks.

Here is the first finished block.

So after 14 of those and a few setting blocks you have this.

Next to applique the flowers.  Since I sell this pattern in my booth, I will use all wool for the flowers.  Hard part of that is I have to use wool that I can recreate so I can cut kits at the same time.  If I were doing just one for me, I would have it finished already! (yeah, right!)
I've already picked out the colors, now to just dye them all, cut out my parts and cut kits.  No problem!!

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, May 21, 2011

When did I start collecting pincushions? . . . . .

I don't know how it started but suddenly I have a pincushion collection.
It started with one from Lynda Hall which I blogged about here.  And another one I received not long ago from Carol that I blogged about here.

Then there are my own pincushion patterns that I sell.  I taught the class at the Quilters of SC retreat last year.  It seemed so popular that I am teaching it again this year.

Last week at the Kernersville quilt show, I bought these two little beauties from the guild boutique.

The cat is made of wool . . . . purrfect for me.  The little antique quilt is sitting inside a muffin tin.

I also made this cute little pattern from Hatched and Patched.  Mine is packed away with my show stuff.  I thought I had blogged about it but can't seem to find the post.  I stole this picture from Anni's website.

What sewing things do you collect?

Blessings, Cathi

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A few more quilts from the show . . . . .

It was a fantastic show.  Great to see so many people in the South interested in wool!

Here are some more pictures from the show.

The first two pictures may look familiar to many of you bloggers.  It is a wool rendition and a redwork rendition of last year's A Tisket, A Tasket by Bunny Hill Designs.

The next few pictures are my favorite quilt from the show.  It didn't win any awards but it won my heart.  Must be the colors!

This next quilt is the same quilt as the first pictures in my last post.  How different they look in different colors!

And a quilt made with Lynda Hall's Gathering Baskets pattern.

And a few pictures of the building we were in.  I meant to take a picture of the inside of the large foyer but forgot.  Still a very beautiful building.

Hope you enjoyed the show!  

For the next month I finally have a little break to catch my breath and catch up on some things around the house.  Maybe I'll even show some finished quilts of my own!  Just don't hold me to it!!

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Another quick post . . . . .

Been very busy today!  Which is good . . . .  the show is winding down now.  At 5:00 EST we (Dear Hubby came with me today) start to pack up and then make the 2 hour drive home after a well deserved dinner out.  It will be late when we get home so I probably won't post again today.  I will make sure that I visit all of you participating in the Christmas Quilt Along tomorrow.

In the meantime, I will leave you with more pictures of the show.

These are just a few.  I will post more tomorrow including MY absolute favorite that didn't win a ribbon.  Lucky for me it is right across from my booth so I could see it all the time.

Blessings, Cathi

Christmas Quilt Along . . . post one

Sue  is hosting the CQAL today so hop on over to her site  She always has something fun planned.  If you sign up with Mr. Linky on her site, she will send the next quilt block pattern in our free Christmas quilt.

As seems to have happened every month this year, I am at a quilt show vending my wool during the quilt along.  If you are ANYWHERE near Winston-Salem or Greensboro, North Carolina, you have to come see these quilts.  I have never seen so many large, detailed applique quilts in my life that are so well done.

First I will show you the 3 Christmas quilts that are here.

Gotta run . . . .have some customers but will be back later with more beautiful quilts.  Hope you are enjoying the day so fa and getting ready for Christmas!

Blessings, Cathi

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A little wind, rain and a quilt show . . . . .

I say little because what we had last night is NOTHING compared to those in other parts of the country.

But for us it was kind of surprising.  We lost power at 1:30 this morning and just got it back moments ago. 

We live in the country . . . . .  no power means no water, no water means no bathroom.  No power means no internet, no router, no modem, no recharging the laptop.  You get the picture.  So I couldn't post about this weekend's show until now.

Setup is tomorrow at the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show.  The show will run Friday and Saturday (May 13th and 14th) from 9 - 5 both days. It will be held at The Girl Scout Learning Center at 1203 Frances Daily Court in Colfax, North Carolina.  That is off I-40 at exit 208 between Winston Salem and Greensboro.  For more information and directions, please click here.

Blessings, Cathi

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue . . . . .

Sea Island Quilters held a silent auction at their quilt show this past weekend.  I just fell in love with this blue and brown, old quilt laying on the table. 

It was mine for a mere $24.00.  I'm not very good at dating quilts but it seems pretty old to me.  A little bit of wear on it but I don't plan on using it for anything other than draping it over the guest bed.  First, the Wild One has to move out so I can make it into a guest room ......but that's for another day.

Each log cabin block is 16" x 16" with a little 2" border around it making the quilt about 66" x 84"-ish. Great find in my opinion.

I also bid on these little shaker boxes.  Very heavy wood . . . . . not the paper mache boxes that are around now or even the lighter balsam boxes.  And the winning bid.......$1.00.  As lovely as the painting is, I think I will have to refinish them sometime in the future.

And the best news this week?  Computer Geek graduates tonight from college!  Big Whoot whoot on that one.  He won't be attending the ceremonies, however, because he is busy working at a full-time paying job already as a computer programmer.  Can we get an Amen from the congregation on that one?!  He's still at home while he saves money to move out but there is a light at the end of the tunnel . . . . . . I'm just saying . . .

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Beaufort/Hilton Head, South Carolina

Yes, this is where I am this weekend.  I know I should have blogged about this BEFORE I left but time seems to be getting away with me more lately.  I didn't even send out the email newsletter for May....yet.

I am at the Sea Island Quilters Quilt Show this weekend in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Just a hop, skip and a jump over a few marshes and waterways from Hilton Head and home to Parris Island Marine Recruitment Depot.

It's Mother's Day weekend, I know, but my kids celebrated it with me last Sunday.  And, ssssshhhhh, but I am getting what I want for Mother's Day . . . . .  a few days away from the kids.  It's quiet and peaceful.  Dear Hubby spent the day playing golf with one of his BFFs that live here.  I sat in my booth with great quilts  and quilters all around me.... including the wool ones!

The show ran today and runs tomorrow (Sunday) from 10 - 4 at the Brown Activity Center at the corner of Greene and Hamar Streets in Beaufort.  So if you are in the area, stop on by!

Next weekend . . . . Kernersville/Colfax, North Carolina located between Winston-Salem and Greensboro.  More information on that later this week.

Blessings, Cathi