Visiting the Past

I went overnight camping with my two sons to the same lake that I grew up camping on with my parents.  It was the first visit back since my Dad passed away. It was bittersweet for both myself and my eldest son.  It was a nice trip, and I am glad we went, and perhaps…

Finally the Sun Shines

Here I was starting to think that we were in the beginnings of the second flood, when finally the sun came out this morning. Homeschool has proceeded along nicely so far with Little finished and happily gaming, and Eldest hunkered down at the table with research on the tundra biome scattered about, and geometry and…

Scrap Dancing…

Several years ago at a Bonnie K. Hunter Workshop, I learned about making spare hst units from the wings of my Flying Geese, Sister’s Choice Star points, etc.  That resulted in the box of hst units you see above.  I’ve been collecting these for years. I also learned about her concept of a leader and…

Wedding Memories old and new

I just love it when I can do something special for someone in the studio using their old memories to create lovely new ones. This is the first ornament made from a lovely wedding dress that a client was married in many years ago who has a daughter getting ready to make her own wedding…

Largest Recess Cave East of the Mississippi

A couple of weeks ago my mother, the boys and I went to Hocking Hills Ohio for the week.  Although the weather was hot, we had a wonderful time.  My eldest and I hiked to see some of the awesome caves that are in the area and truly enjoyed seeing something so unbelievably hidden in…

Practicing The Free Motion

Have been pounding out the old quilts here lately, with a few exceptions such as this lovely baby quilt, that is now ready to bind.  But here it was in my machine a few days ago….   While I’ve been quilting pantographs on my old quilts, I’ve been practicing my free motion along those 5″…

Cathy is Walking on Easy Street

This quilt was and has always been one of my favorites.  It was a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt several years ago, and I liked the pattern so much I started a second quilt, that I hope will also get finished this year.  The pattern is available in her book More adventures with Leaders and Enders ….

Planting Elena’s Garden

I am almost finished with the piecing on the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt that I started several years ago.  My version is named, “Elena’s Flower Garden”, in honor of my mother-in-law, Elena Blackaby. When I started the quilt they had just admitted her to the hospital.  She had been fighting cancer for some time, but…

RR Signs

This quilt made me think of RR signs while I was making it. It was part of a mystery quilt that I did years ago, and I’ve searched and searched and I’m not sure just exactly where I found the Mystery or who the designer of the pattern was either.  If anyone knows please tell…

RSC 16: February is the Month of Brown!

February’s color is brown, and normally, I wouldn’t have had anything to work on, but it just so happens that I have two things that qualify, and I already happened to be working on one of them! My Celtic Solstice (Bonnie Hunter), that really is more of an Celtic Equinox, has brown in the four patches,…

All the Way Back to the Beginning

Today for my Throwback Thursday post, I’m going) all the way back to almost the very beginning.  This was I think the second quilt/wall-hanging that I have made.    I was horribly unsure of myself, but in all it didn’t turn out too badly. I took it down before the Jonas the Evil Snowstorm came…

RSC 16, January Blocks Rock!

So….points aren’t perfect but I’m going to blame it on the glass of wine I was indulging in that evening.  Yes, I can hear my bestie, Gracie saying, “No Cathy, no sewing with schnapps”, but apparently I didn’t heed her advice again that night. It’s taken me a few days to get photographs taken, but…