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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Now I can honestly say . . . . .

that I have been on the front page of the newspaper!  Not my picture . . . . .probably a good thing, but an article.

No, I'm not the guy on the right . . . . . . .
The wonderful ladies at the Stanley County Three Rivers Quilt Guild had put a notice in the local paper that I was to be the guest speaker at their guild meeting and the public was invited.  Not only did it make the front page but the Sunday edition.

Spelled my last name wrong but it's okay.  We had a wonderful time.  Dear Hubby went with me since it was almost a 2 hour drive and I would be driving home late.  Good thing . . . . .  we ran in to a horrendous thunderstorm on the way home.
Does this count as my 15 minutes of fame?

Blessings, Cathi

Monday, June 27, 2011

Can you see me now? . . . . .

After much harassment from Dear Hubby (and I'm talking A LOT), I have finally made a sign for my booth.  One of the many excuses why I haven't finished my Let it Snow wallhanging.

All the applique is wool (of course!) and is about 28" x 42".  It's even quilted and bound!!

No more having someone come into my booth and saying, "And who are you?".

Tomorrow night I will be giving the program at the Stanley County Three Rivers Quilt Guild in Albemarle, NC.  Albemarle is NE of Charlotte.  If you're in the neighborhood . . . . . . email me for more info.

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Let it Snow" . . . . .

Along with a few others in blogland, I am working on "Let It Snow" by Farmhouse Threads.   

From Farmhouse Threads website

I am going to try and finish up the machine sewing today as part of Rudy Day.  (See my Christmas blog for more info).  I have another quilt show that I will be a vendor on the second Saturday AGAIN next month during the Christmas Quilt Along.  If I can get the machine work finished today, I can kind of sort of participate by doing the handwork on this one during the CQAL.

What I have finished so far
What I didn't mention on the Christmas blog was the little faux pas I made.  I use the Flying Geese x 4 ruler by Lazy Girl Designs to make my flying geese.  No waste and just about perfect every time.  While I was cutting the squares I needed to make the flying geese, I was watching the movie, My Cousin Vinny.  Big mistake. So busy laughing that I didn't notice that I cut the squares backwards. 

The larger squares should have been cut from the variety of prints and the smaller squares should have been the darker green.  Not to worry . . . .  I have a plan.

Here's a hint . . . .

Since they are already cut, maybe it won't take too long to make a small table topper out of my little mistake.  But is it really a mistake ......

Blessings, Cathi

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I finished a sample today.  (Have you noticed that all the samples I finish have NO quilting? ..... I'm just saying)

Same penny rug . . . . just playing with the camera settings.  The first one is very crisp but the second one is better color representation.

The pattern is "Holly Wreath" by Wooden Spool Designs.  I do have the pattern and kit available.  Just email me and I will give you specifics.

I'm not afraid to show off my stitches!

Happy longest day of the year to you (in this hemisphere)!

Blessings, Cathi

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Our trip to Annapolis was wonderful. I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I did but here are a few.  Heck, I barely had time to walk the show at all.

But the quilts I did see were wonderful.  

There were even two all wool quilts made by the same woman.  They are both Sue Spargo quilts.

Aren't they fabulous!?

Dear Hubby and I spent an extra day visiting historic Annapolis before heading home.

I'm finally home for a few weeks before heading to Wilmington, NC next month.  More on that later.

Blessings, Cathi

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June's Christmas Quilts Along . . . . .

It is my turn again to host the Christmas Quilt Along this month.  As you all may have read in the last post, I will be in Annapolis, Maryland.  Sue has graciously offered to host this month for me.  Thanks, Sue!!  I owe you another one!

Pop on over to Quilt Times sometime Saturday (whatever time zone you live in), sign up on Mr. Linky and Sue will "faster than coursers" send the directions for the 5th block of the Christmas quilt to you.

I don't know if I will have wifi or not, but if I do I will be popping in to check on all of you.

Blessings, Cathi

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sunflowers in Wool . . . . .

This was a long time comin'.

Those that have seen me at shows this Spring saw a block here or a block there.  I finally have the whole top put together.

The four inside blocks are already stitched with only 4 colors of Valdani thread.  I put the borders on this past week and fused on the outside border sunflowers and leaves.

The pattern is "Sunflowers" by Primitive Gatherings.  I have kits available.  I hand dyed all the wool myself.  The black background is flannel that I bought from Hancock Fabrics and is NOT included in the kit.

I will be taking the kits (and the patterns) with me to my shows but if you aren't within visiting distance and would like a kit (or a pattern), just shoot an email to me.  Either (my blogger email) or (my business email).

Speaking of shows, Dear Hubby and I are leaving Thursday morning for our farthest trek yet. . . .Annapolis, Maryland.  The Annapolis Quilt Guild's show will be held this Saturday and Sunday (June 11th and 12th) at Annapolis High School.  We have been to Annapolis many times as one of my brother's went to the Naval Academy.  I hope we have time to take in the historic district.  Just can't soak up enough of the architecture.

Blessings, Cathi