Friday, December 21, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook School

I was going through some blogs that I follow and found that the Embroidery Community is helping out Sandy Hook School. The PTA will welcome the students to their new school with a winter wonderland, and they are asking people to send snowflakes to decorate the school.
So the great people at Embroidery Library made one of their free standing lace snowflake ornament designs free for a limited time.
You can read more about the effort at the  PTA website here. If you have spare time this holiday season, please make a few snowflakes with this free lace design.
Here is some that I have made.
On this one I used the AquaMesh wash away stabilizer by OESD. I haven't rinsed it away yet.

 On this one I used AquaFilm still need to rinse away also. 

I plan on making more today. So I can get them out in the mall before all the traveling that I have to do this weekend.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.

Quilt Block Drive

Here is an update on the Quilt Block Drive that I was working on.
Sandy Quilt Block Drive, also you can see them put together here at 
Here is a picture of all the blocks that I sent.

It's been awhile

It has been awhile since I posted anything.. (Nov. 12th) was the last time I wrote anything... I have been very busy with life, family.
My dad was in the hospital for a week on Thanksgiving.  He's doing better, but still have to take it easy.
Today I decided to catch up on my blog.   I will be doing a couple of posted.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quilt Block Drive

I am helping where I can with this quilt block drive. That  Quilting Gallery is putting together for the Sandy victims.   Sandy Quilt Block Drive

Here is my first 2 block completed. I will be completing 10 blocks and sending 
them to my team leader in New Hampshire.  
Blog name: monkey hands
Blog address:

If you can help in any way contact Quilting Gallery.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Modern-Mystery-Quilt Week 2-4

 Still doing some catch up. Here is week 2, 3 and 4 for the  Modern-Mystery-Quilt. I've had these done for awhile, just haven't had the time to post.  

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

I will post week five and the final week 6, this weekend...
Have a great day.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Row 4 - Bee in my Bonnet

I have been slacking off on my blog this month.
I do have Row 4 of the Row-Along with Bee in my Bonnet . Row 5 has been posted, Flying Geese.  I will start that one tomorrow.

I have some other projects that I have been working on that I will try and get posted this afternoon or tomorrow.
Have a great day.

Bee in my Bonnet - Row 4

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's time to vote for the Quilting Gallery Weekly Quilt Contest

I have entered The Quilting Gallery Weekly Quilt Contest. The theme is "Paper/Foundation Piecing" and I am entering Auttumn's Wedding Quilt.
It's time to Vote....

There are 28 wonderful quilts entered and you can go Here to view them all.  I would certainly appreciate your vote if you could cast it my way.  You can vote until Monday at 8:00 am.  Thanks so much.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

First Online Quilt Contest that I have entered

I have entered my first online quilt contest with, Quilting Gallery.
Logo: Quilting Gallery

She does a weekly quilt contest with different themes.  This week is:

Weekly Quilt Contest: Paper/Foundation Piecing

This week is paper foundation piecing... Which I thought was great, because that is what I did with Auttumn's Wedding quilt.  I never paper pieced before, I did Auttumn's quilt.
So any way the voting starts on Friday at 9:00 am.  Please go to Quilting Gallery on Friday and vote for my quilt.  This is the first online quilt contest that I have ever entered... 
Thanks so much for your support.

Here is the information to look for:

Display name: Cathy Stephens
Quilt name: Auttumn's Wedding Quilt
Quilt size: width: 81 height: 88
Quilt description:
I took a Craftsy class Quick Strip Paper Piecing with Peggy Martin. First time ever paper piecing. This is the New York Beauty design.This was for my daughters wedding. I added pieces of my wedding dress to the corners.

Photo thumbnail:

Jelly Roll

Ok, I finished the Jelly Roll Race, I did actually finished it on Sunday... but just now posting the picture of the finished one... now all I need to do is quilt it... I think that my Great Niece is going to love all the bright colors..
Thanks to 
Pat Sloan for hosting...

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Pat Sloan is doing a JUST NEEDS TO SEW!

LOW IMPACT Jelly Roll Race.
Since I didn't have any Jelly Rolls around I decided to cut my own strips. 
Here's a picture. 

Here a picture of sewing them together to make one big strip.

Ok here they are all together

Here is about three times sewing together.  Will post more when complete. Had to take a brake so thought that I would show some of my progress. 

Bright colors!!!  I need to use up my fabric before I can buy more. :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Row 3 for Bee in my Bonnet Row Along

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along?

Here is my Row 3 for the Row Along... I am really enjoying this row along... getting to use up all my stash..

Finished piecing my Blocks together

I haven't posted in a while due to having the flu... just about over it now.
Yesterday I did finish piecing my blocks for the Beginner’s Quilt-Along. It was to late for the voting, but at least I completed that part, hopefully next week I will be able to start quilting it... here's a picture..

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby Blanket

I finished up my nieces baby blanket... The baby shower is this Saturday...
Her colors is brown and pink... 
 Here is a pic of the front

Modern Mystery Quilt - Week 1

I have done the fist week for the Modern-Mystery Quilt...

At fist I was having trouble with doing this, cause there really isn't a pattern... but after doing a couple it started to click..  Can't wait for this week to see what is the next step...

Bee in my bonnet Row Along row 2 correction

After doing my 2nd row for the row along. I didn't realize that all my butterflies was following the leader.. lol... So, since I need to use my fabric stash I redid this row.
I love these butterflies. I will use the one that is playing following the leader in something else. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along - Row 2

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along?

Here is my Row 2 for the Row Along... I am really enjoying this row along... I love butterflies... and they were so easy to make....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Modern Mystery Quilt

I don't know if you have heard about the Modern Mystery Quilt... check it out... should be fun...
I am just starting to get into the Modern Quilting, thought that I would give this a try also... boy I really like to keep busy... lol...

Attention all mystery quilt fans! It’s fresh, it’s fun, it’s free, and you will only find it at, the official blog site for the American Quilter’s Society and American Quilter magazine. Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, authors of Quilts Made Modern and pioneers in the modern quilt movement, have designed a modern mystery quilt just for us, to be revealed in six weekly installments beginning September 12, 2012.

Not familiar with the mystery quilt concept? Each week, a new set of “clues” (cutting, sewing, and assembly instructions) will be posted on this blog site. The first installment includes yardage requirements, a few tips on choosing fabrics, and some initial cutting instructions, but you will not see a photo of the completed quilt until the last installment. (Yes, you could “cheat” and wait until the last installment to start, but then you’d miss all the fun and suspense of the project.)

And we have a great way for you to exchange ideas, techniques, work-in-progress photos, and encouragement with other quilters participating in this mystery quilt project. Visit, a free and fun social media forum for quilters, and join our group: If you’re not yet a member of My Quilt Place, simply sign up to create your own home page, then take time to explore this great site and meet other quilters around the world.

Ok that's enough posting for today... I will be back tomorrow and show you some other projects that I am working on.... Have a great day...

What I am working on now.

I have a couple things that I will be doing and hopefully posting along the way...

I went to my Modern Quilt Guild meeting and they was talking about a "Row Along" I thought that would be interesting, so I checked it out...
Bee in my Bonnet Row Along? hosting this row along it will last until Spring.  Check it out and have some fun using up your scraps.

Here is my fabric that I will be using... oh yea this is a scrappy...

My Greens
My Blues

This is my first row cut out..


Here is the First Row.

My daughters wedding quilt.

Know that my daughters wedding is behind me, I'll show you the quilt that I made for her... I wanted to do the double wedding ring, but they changed the date from Jan 2013 to Sept 2012, so maybe for a Annv. gift.. Around the boarders is the 1st Corinthians ---- Love is kind, is patient etc...  Then on the bottom of the quilt I had each one of them give me 10 words on how they felt about each other and used them.. I also used the words on there ring barrier pillow.
In the corners I used part of my wedding dress and also on the back of the pillows.
Here is a picture of the ring barrier pillow. This is also made out of my wedding dress used the lace from my train...
Here is a picture of the beautiful bride and my son in law.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Block 9 - Meet me at the Fair

Here is Block 9 - Meet me at the Fair...

I still have a couple more to do tomorrow and then I will be all caught up again... I love doing these blocks...

Block 8 - Play on the Seesaw

Here is block 8 - Play on the Seesaw...

Block 6 - Go on a Picnic

Here is Block 6 - Go on a Picnic...

More Blocks - Block 7 - Paddle Up the Creek

I have been working on more block for the Beginner's Quilt-Along.
Block 7 - Paddle up the Creek..

Block 11

I am trying to catch up on my blocks for the Beginner's Quilt-Along. Here is Block 11- Reading Books all Summer. I will be post the rest of my blocks this week.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Done Moving - Pictures of my Sewing/Quilting Area

The move is done, almost done unpacking.. I thought that I would share some pictures of my Sewing/Quilting Area... It's not finished, just unpacked, I still need to put it all in its right places, but it's a start...
This one below is about a week later... after working on my daughters wedding quilt.
This is one side of the room, where I have some of my fabric put away.  The quilt that is in the picture is for my daughters wedding.  I wanted to do the double wedding ring, but she moved her wedding from January 2013 to September 8, 2012... so I really didn't have enough time to get it complete... but I did buy the AccuCut dies for the double wedding ring, I will make them one maybe for there first anniversary.
Speaking about the AccuQuilt here is a picture of where I store mine since I have a small room now...
Yep, its in my closet... great space for it, since it is so heavy I don't have move it.  I am able to cut the fabric right in there. Gonna need to get a light for the closet, but in time.
Now let me show you there rest of my sewing room...
 More shelves and my Bernina 635, I love it.  I don't have a table for the machine yet, so it's sitting on the cabinet.  Which is fine to embroidery, but to actually sew it's a little hard..
 Hanging on the wall is my very first quilt that I made... I even did the FMQ on it...  Also my computer area where I love to use my EQ7 to design some of the quilts that I have done.. which I will post some of those later.  I am just trying to get back into the swing of everything since the move.
Of course this is where I keep my software and little treasure peaces that I have received from family and friends...  you can also see some moving boxes in the back ground... Thank goodness unpacking is about done..
Now I can get back in the swing of all my challenges that I started back in January.  I think that I will be caught back up by the end of September.  The reason I say September is because, I still have things that I am making for my daughters wedding.  So after the wedding is over, I can start working on all of my quilts and challenge...    Also I will start post more often.
 Have a great day...

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