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Friday, June 24, 2016

Calico Days topper

 I used calico days fabric in this topper for my cube organizer with wicker baskets....
the same fabric I used for my charm box mini wallhanging....
I also added to the space a metal box that I painted in a class 10 years ago........
 I have been wanting to do straight line quilting again because it is so fun......
It finishes at 10 x 11½............
 I needed to do some more straight line quilting so I decided to do a quilt as you go placemat...
it is in progress I am not sure what I will do to finish........
 Sew Sampler for June...
 Quilty Box for June,,,

Block I made for an online friend who wanted Halloween stars with oranges, blacks, lime green, purple with bright white background.
I used Pat Sloan Little Wishes pattern..........

Linking to crazy mom quilts    finish it up Friday
Linking to free motion by the river....Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs...........Caryl

Monday, June 20, 2016

Full moon....time for Log Cabin Loonies

Here is what I have so far with my log cabin blocks.  I am making 4½" size blocks using 1½" strips...
And the larger blocks have 2½" strips and are 8½" blocks.  I did one with the outer strips of the larger block being wood grain like logs.................it was a test to see if I like it or not!  What do you think?

Linking with JulieKQuilts for this full moon log cabin lunacy fun!!
Linking with Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday.....

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, June 10, 2016

Charm Box quilt mini

 I finished this cute little charm box quilt that I started in January....hanging in my kitchen!
Fat Quarter Shop showed the top 10 videos from 2015 and this was one of them.
 I used calico days mini charms and fabric by Lori Holt.
 I did hand quilting on most of it and FMQ heart leaves on the border,
Here is how the top looked when I finished it in January...very quick and fun.  I changed the measurements so it is not exactly like the free pattern.  It finishes at 15x15.

Linking with crazymomquilts finish it up Friday
and freemotion by the river Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, May 27, 2016

Painting and stitching

I finished a small project this past week with painting and stitching and it was so fun!!

Earlier this month I watched  Joanne Sharpe on The Quilt Show (show from 2015) and I wanted to try some fun projects!  Then I discovered she has a new book and ordered it and the Dye-na-flow paints from Amazon.
 I wasn't sure what I wanted to do....so I just started and made a heart...then I went from there.  Then I did some stitching and so fun....

 I put this photo on instagram several weeks ago and I thought I was done with it...I just cut off the edge and decided to leave it bare..........then.......
I decided I needed to add something to the edge.  I used a heart decorative stitch.

There is an online class to go with this book that is available by Joanne Sharpe and it is called
Paint, Stitch, Play!

Linking to crazymomquilts   finish it up Friday
Linking to Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ocean Songs panel

 I have always liked Laurel Burch fabrics and designs.  I purchased this panel in 2008....
It has been sitting in a basket with other of her fabrics....waiting.....
Last month I was looking for ideas for a block for an online friend....something blue...and something for her Florida home....anything and any size!

Sooooo.......I decided to cut up this panel and change it around and add other fabrics to it........
I added some of Pat Sloan's hometown girl fabrics...........


I decided most of it as I went along............it ended up over 12½" 

AND now I have scraps left over to add to other projects............love all these colors!  
Smiles and hugs........Caryl





Saturday, May 21, 2016

Log Cabin Lunacy!!


Log cabin quilts are so fun!  And Julie at JulieKQuilts has asked quilters to join in on posting log cabin quilt progress every full moon.  Sooooo I had to join in on this fun.....so this week I started a new log cabin quilt using up some of my strips and scraps!  The link to her blog post.....
http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/2016/05/log-cabin-lunacy.html

The first photo shows the 1" strips and so far the blocks in the photo are 2½" but I am planning on making them 4½".  The other blocks are 2" strips and so far those blocks are 5½" and I am planning on making them 8½".  I am using a lot of Pat Sloan fabrics and will be adding some Lori Holt fabrics and many others.  I may use a combination of the different sizes in the quilt.


If you want to check my past blog posts for log cabin quilts check the label log cabin block.  Also the last blog post I did in March shows the little blocks I made for cabin posies quilt using 1" strips.

Linking to Julie Log Cabin Loonies  here

Linking to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River here

Happy full moon day!!



Friday, March 11, 2016

Projects in progress

So many fun projects but nothing totally finished.....
The first photo is Pat Sloan's 2016 mystery Secret Garden block 1...
I am using her new hometown girl fabrics........
Next....Come Together by Gudrun Erla from G.E.Designs........
Next is charm box from Fat Quarter Shop tutorial and this is smaller than the mini in the pattern....
The ninth block of Little Wishes free pattern from Pat Sloan last year...
I will probably make three more blocks...
A bento box block for an online friend.....
Disappearing pinwheel block for an online friend...
Cabin Posies pattern by Lori Holt from a magazine.  I haven't worked on this since last month...all the little cabins are done and most of the shapes are done....
I am picking my fabrics for the next Secret Garden block and....
there are other sew alongs I may start!!!

 Linking to Connie at Freemotion by the River   Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Some Christmas finishes

 I finished these two placemats to match the two I made last year using Kate Spain fabric...
 And two potholders with some of same fabrics..........
 Here are the swap blocks from our Sloanie group in 2012 that I finally got into a top to hang...
but will quilt it later....just had to get it hung before Christmas!
 Some of the steps of the Bonnie Hunter mystery..........I don't have very much done so far....

The next photos are family photos and the first one I love of Kali (GGD) looking at our iTwinkle tree that changes patterns, colors, etc using the iPad.
 Kali watching the John Deere train set up on my cutting table....
 Then family on Christmas Eve.....


Happy Holidays everyone.....
I will link with crazy mom quilts and with Freemotion by the River.....

Thursday, December 17, 2015

mini quilt and 4 coasters

 I really like making these foundation pieced mini quilts and I just had to make another one.  It is similar to the one last week and this is a little larger.
 I do simple quilting around the blocks and I used varigated thread.
 Here is the back before I quilted the front....
 Here are four coasters I made from some string blocks I made from scraps of fabric.  Some strips were only one inch wide and ended up ½" in the block or less.  I usually like the look of straight line quilting but didn't like it on the first coaster....so on the others I changed to the #4 stitch at 3.5 wide and 1.5 length.  The fronts and backs are each quilted separately and then right sides joined together and turned and top stitched.  Very fun and very easy.
Here are the backs of the coasters....

Linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday
and Connie at Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Quilty Box

Here is what came in my quilty box this month.  Leah Day chose the items for this box.  She has a video at her site here.  Beautiful Island Batiks in colors I really like.  Be sure to check her site and check quiltybox.com.  Very fun surprise to get in the mail every month.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas mini quilt and coaster


 Blissful happy sewing................this mini quilt is so fun to make....
I needed a Christmas mini in the spot where I had a Halloween mini hanging!...

sewing on a muslin foundation and no exact measuring of pieces....
finger pressing after each strip....such a delightful sewing project!
 Photos of the front and back before quilting...Laurel Burch fabrics.............
 photo of when it was in progress........
 Coaster where I quilted front and back separately....
 the back was a charm square quilted....separate batting on each piece...

photo before I put the top right sides together and stitched and then trimmed the excess...

So I had two finishes this week (small ones).....a nice break from some of my other larger projects

Some of the other projects I am working on....Allietare (Quiltvile............Another Part of Me (FB Gudrun's Quilt Crew)......Little Wishes (Pat Sloan).....Sloanie swap blocks......

Linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday...
and Connie at Freemotion by the River...Linky Tuesday...

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas tablemat 12x12

 I finished this little tabletopper last night during halftime of the Aztec basketball game.  The game was way too exciting to do any quilting during the game.  And our Aztecs won in a thriller!

About this Christmas mat...I used four-patches that I had left over from 2011 when I made a mat that was similar but it is bigger.  The four-patches were made from charm squares.  I needed a 12x12 mat for an end table with a Christmas theme.  This could also be used as a candle mat.
The fabric is 12 days of Christmas by Kate Spain.
Closeup photo before I did the hand quilting.  The machine quilting is decorative stitch #332 on my
Bernina at default setting (5.5 x3.2).  The thread is varigated Yuletide by Superior and for the hand quilting I used aurifil 12 wt #5006 (tart finishing set from Fat Quarter Shop).

I am linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday.....
And to Linky Tuesday...Freemotion by the River

Smiles and hugs....Caryl