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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall and Halloween decorating

 Here are some of my decorations....the first one is in my kitchen...I love lights!
The front door,,,,,,then the table inside on the left and the wall on the right.


 In the living room.........the tablerunner is from a blog hop in 2010.
I take photos every year to document how I decorated.  I thought I would do a blog post of just some of my photos and decorations
Smiles and hugs....Caryl



Friday, July 25, 2014

Log cabin mug rugs and a quilt card

 Here is what I did with some leftover fabric from Eat Your Fruits n' Veggies by Pat Sloan.......
I wanted to continue making log cabin blocks....
I decided to carry the fabric around the corner on part of it...
This is what I did....
just sew the ends together and then hold it in place and see where the seam looks best...
 Stitch and then trim....I decided to stop and not go any further...
So these became mug rugs/potholders/table mats.........
Here is a photo before I quilted them.

I also made a quilt card at Stamp Delights....thanks Debbie for the instruction......
That photo is in my IG photostream on the sidebar....

Check IG carylquilts for other photos of what I have been working on this week.
Smiles and hugs....Caryl
Link to finish it Friday and Link a Finish Friday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

giddy 4 patch pillow tutorial

Today I finished a pillow to match my giddy postage stamp quilt I made 3 years ago.........
Here is a tutorial for those who might be interested in how I made this...
For beginners....this would be a fun way to learn to do a project....
I started with charm squares of 8 light and 8 dark....
Pencil lines on the back of the light halfway each way.....
 I used my 34C foot on my Bernina and moved the needle 5 clicks to the right...

Then I had the red line on the foot to follow the pencil line....
Sew on each side of just one of the drawn pencil lines....
 Next cut along the pencil lines....each of the charm pairs makes 4 twosies....
then make them into 4 patches.  You will have 16 4 patches..
Here is a possible layout of all the 4 patches....
I ended up NOT using this layout....the photo really helped me decide I didn't like that one....

I squared each 4 patch to 4½" and sewed together.....it is 16½" square...
I then quilted with the same turquoise thread I used on the quilt.
The back is cut 16½" x 22" and cut in half....then folded the edge under ½" and stitched..
For the envelope opening right sides together and stitch all around....
Very easy and fun to make.  Let me know if you use this tutorial.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday, finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday
Also linking with Connie at Linky Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

quilting fun

I have been putting photos of my projects on instagram and you can check out what I have there...
my instagram is carylquilts.............

I am stopping my fun quilting this afternoon to do a quick blog post.
I will do another blog post another day with photo tutorial.
Link to Connie linky party Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, June 27, 2014

3 by 3 green mini

 This post is about some of the projects I have worked on this past month....
The first one I added the binding this past Tuesday at my quilt group....
It is 1½" strips sewn into in pairs and cut up and made into 4 patches.....
 The back is from an old Debbie Mumm fabric...
 I have blogged before about this log cabin block into a quilt...and it is now 24½".....
 I have been cutting fabrics into 2½" squares and put these together for a block...
 I got the borders on this yellow brick road quilt...info was blogged about it 2/08....
 I got into a bag of scraps I purchased long ago when I didn't have scraps and made two blocks....
Good memories of getting these scraps with my sisters in Rochester, MN and the shop was
Just A Little Something......
Using my scraps and trying out slab blocks from Sunday Morning Quilts book....
Getting a collection of different kinds of blocks....jumping from one thing to another...
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Connie Linky Party Tuesday......finish it up Friday.....Link a Finish Friday...
Needle and Thread Thursday.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

scrappy log cabin mini

 This is a 12 x 12 tabletopper (candlemat placemat) I finished this week....
I have a lot of strips I cut with my GO cutter of really old fabrics and some newer fabrics too...
 I did straight quilting starting with the first block next to the center and just kept going around in a
continuous line.  I used varigated thread.
 The back is Susan Winget fabric from many years ago....
 I made some more blocks and will probably make a quilt of these blocks with sashing...
 Another one....these are 12 ½" blocks unfinished....
In this block I am just going to continue adding more to it.....
So easy and so fun........
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Linky Party Tuesday, finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

placemats to go with five layer salad tablerunner

 Here are the 2 placemats I made to go with the tablerunner in the last post...
 I love these colorful fabrics....
 AND these are so easy to make...no binding...just sew 3 layers, turn and topstitch around edge.
I will be making some more....maybe with hexies!
 Here is another hexie project I started....
I like to sew each hexie separately....not sure what this will be....just playing!
I make little hexies at my Tuesday bee group when I don't have another project to sew....
I use plastic templates (photo of plastics on instagram of the plastics beside the project).
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Connie Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Also linking with finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

five layer salad tablerunner

 I started this project last month with the idea that I wanted to sew black and white strips together!!
 So I went searching online and in my books and quickly I came upon the book "Let's Do Lunch"  I found a pattern called "Seven Layer Salad" and I knew that I could adapt my black and white idea to this pattern.  I used jelly roll strips and made five sections....thus the name I call it!
 I used Pat Sloan's batik fabric because I wanted something bright and colorful for my table.
 Here is another photo...this photo with flash and my new plant in the middle!
I have previously posted photos of this progress on instagram.  I had decided at first just to quilt the centers of each group of three....but that wasn't enough so I just did wavy lines down the middle of each strip.  I am happy with this little tablerunner and am making placemats to match.
The measurements are 16 x 31½.
 Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation and finish it up Friday with crazymom quilts.
Linked with facebook group Quilt Along with Pat Sloan.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 by 5 dark red mini

 Here is a tabletopper using the same design as a previous mini I made using squares and 4 patches.
 It started as this in February using the same fabric in the square as in 2 of the 4 patch colors.
 I drew out a plan of machine quilting to have a step by step to follow.
For the border I used a curvy line #4 on my Bernina and 2 by 2.
This is very fun and easy and I am using up older fabric and mixing with newer fabrics.
Will link to finish it up Friday....I finished this yesterday.
Be creative every day....life is short!
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

I am adding this post to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Madness

March Madness is here.....we are cheering on the San Diego Aztecs.  We will be watching a lot of games and I just love college basketball!!!

Today I started a new quilting project.....there is something about a new project to get me excited about quilting again.  I have a lot of WIP to finish later...........

Who else is following the basketball games?  And who are you cheering for?

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Life is short.....




Just an explanation of my lack of blogging.......
I am not sure if I have mentioned on this blog about the cancer diagnosis of my DIL last end of April?  She put up a good fight with chemo and then went into remission....then in January it came back worse than before and she started chemo again but the side effects were so bad and she had many complications that her body could not overcome and passed away in February.  Yesterday was the celebration of her life.  Her sisters put together a video of photos and also of quotes from her pinterest boards.  She loved pinterest and had a lot of boards of things she wanted everyone to remember.  I am sharing one of them here at the top.

I will be getting back to sharing my creative stuff soon and be blogging again and also reading and commenting on blogs.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weight Watchers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here are some rambling thoughts I put on my blog on WW:

Enjoy this journey of losing weight and don't wait until the end for happiness.
Eat good healthy foods and so you won't be so hungry.
Know that some days you just get hungrier than others and use your WP (weekly points) then.
I lose better when I keep my points close to 26 every day.
Doing exercise every single day doesn't kill me.
Having a fun hobby that you are passionate about is a good thing.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Yellow Brick Road quilt blocks




Outside photo and inside photo with flash...
The bottom photo still has the pinned tags with the row numbers....
I always put tags on each row to keep everything straight when I am sewing rows...
A very good idea is to take a photo of your planned layout and refer to it when or if blocks get misplaced!
Also I take a lot of photos of different layout designs to help decide design layout.
Give me some ideas for borders....this is very bright and I will probably use it on a table.

This is a super fun design and very easy.  It is by Atkinson Designs.
I used 6 fat quarters for this small quilt.
AND I have a bundle of fabrics I will use to make a larger one sometime.

This is Strips & Squares Saturday #4....tell me what you are doing with strips and squares...