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Friday, June 9, 2017

mug rug with stamped and stitched flower tutorial

 I used Sunkissed jelly roll for the squares...
The top right is Kona Cotton PFD Bleach fabric.
 I used Hero Arts stamps CL375.  I stamped the images with Versa Color petal pink and split pea.
Then I stitched the stamped image with a layer of batting underneath.
I used Wink of Stella to outline the lines in the flower image.
And Copic RV02 on the flower and Copic YG03on the leaf.
I used Copic Y21 for the center of the flower and the background.
 Photo of some practice pieces which is so helpful to figure out what works and what doesn't.
I researched online what works on fabric and surprised about some of these that I used.
I have some fabric markers but not in the right colors for this project.
Cute backing fabric shows the quilting too.  The thread I used was Superior Perfect Quilter variegated 085 Sunrays wt 17 on the top and bottom line in the bobbin.

I am linking to crazymomquilts finish it up Friday and
Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Monday, May 8, 2017

Some of my projects I am working on this month

 Joanne Sharpe has a class online at ruzuku.com "Paint, Stitch, Play".  I started this class last year and stitched muslin pieces together to form this fabric sampler journal.  I am now getting back to the class and painted the title!  The class goes along with her book, "The Art of Whimsical Stitching".
 I am hand quilting my 2nd charm box mini.  Pattern from fatquartershop.  Different quilting than the first one and this is a little larger than the last one.
 I am doing the blanket stitch on this basket for Solstice Challenge block 5.  A challenge project designed by Pat Sloan.  I am way behind on these blocks!!
 I am doing a scrappy quilt I call strips, scraps and squares.  It will have a lot of different blocks.
 I finally opened two bunches of 2½" strips that I have had for awhile.  I really like the look of black and white with colorful blocks.  So I am using Kaffe Fassett fabric for the first time.  These blocks are 4½" long.
And this is another block of the scrappy rectangles.  I saw these on IG and just had to make some!!

I like to work on a lot of different projects and jump from one to another!!

Linking with Connie at Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Disappearing Jelly Roll Rails quilt

 A Friday finish this week........will link to finish it up Friday crazymomquilts...
I did the hand stitching on the binding this week while waiting at the hospital during my DH knee replacement surgery.
 I did a tutorial on making this quilt in an earlier post  http://carylquilts.blogspot.com/2017/03/disappearing-jelly-roll-tutorial.html
I used the binding tool for the first time and watched several videos for how to use it....
I mainly took the photos for myself to remember next time..........

I will also link with Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, March 31, 2017

Some finishes...friendship bag plus

 There is a group of us who did an ugly fabric challenge.  I made a friendship bag with this floral fabric.....which I do not think is ugly.  I like it...and added some scraps of fabric.  I have made friendship bags before using the pattern from psiquilt.  The batting is bosal and I will use this bag for my markers and pens.
 I made some coasters with some scraps of fabric and gave one to my neighbor for her birthday.  I have more in the process.  I quilt the backing separate from the front and then join them right sides together and turn and topstitch.
 I get such great inspiration from Joanne Sharpe and I made these accordian art projects from an idea she had on Whimspirations.
 I even made one for my Weight Watcher reminders.  These are made from watercolor paper and painted with watercolor paints and then markers to finish!

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

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Disappearing Jelly Roll tutorial

 Are you looking for a project to use up some jelly roll pieces?
This is a tutorial and a story of how this quilt came about!!
Last weekend I was making a charm box mini quilt....very similar to the one I made last summer that was smaller...It is a pattern from Fat Quarter Shop....

AND I got an idea to use jelly roll strips.....so I started another project!
 I dug in my scraps and used 9 jelly roll strips, each about 17" long, and sewed them together...
I  put the zigzag strips at the 1st 5th and 9th positions....no particular reason, just balancing the look...
Then I cut down the center of every other strip starting with the first strip...
The above photo just shows the start of cutting one group....
Then I cut each of the 4 groups every 4" using my Stripology ruler....so I had 4" squares...
My idea was to use these 4" blocks and mix them with strips and squares.

BUT I started putting them in an alternating pattern and before long there was a pleasing pattern!
AND I ended up with a 14½" square miniquilt top!  Now to quilt it and bind it....
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine placemats and block 1 mystery club

 Finishes for this week..............
Last Saturday I started making pairs of leftover strips of Sandy Gervais fabrics...
I decided to make some placemats for Valentine month.........
 I really enjoy walking foot quilting next to the seams and I just want to do more!!
 I did a selfbinding with #332 stitch on my Bernina.......
 Front and back of each one....the quilting was done with only fusible fleece and the back was added later when I did the binding.
 I varied the second placemat with some rectangles mixed in......

 The last photo is block 1 of 2017 The Children's Library Pat Sloan's Free Mystery Club...
I am linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday........

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, January 21, 2017

there are so many creative ideas everywhere....

Here is a list of some of the places I look for inspiration and ideas..

Pat Sloan's website and her new website for sewalongs, challenges, etc
I Love to Make Quilts........here
I am doing the Solstice Challenge (last post) and The Children's Library mystery

Julie has a lot of tips and inspiration
at the crafty quilter.......here

Amanda Jean has a lot of ideas and has a finish it up Friday every week
at crazy mom quilts......here

Leah Day has a lot of tips and videos and did a Quilting Basics series this month.
I started prewashing my fabrics again after watching her and also bought
Niagra spray starch to use instead of Best Press...a lot cheaper.
The Free Motion Quilting Project....here

Joanne Sharpe has many ideas and classes using paper and fabric and has started
"Whimsical Wednesday" on her blog.

Connie has a lot of ideas and has a Linky Tuesday every week
at Freemotion by the River.......here

Bonnie Hunter has a lot of patterns and does a mystery quilt every year
at Quiltville.........here

Julie makes a lot of quilts and last year started the Log Cabin Loonies on full moon days
at JulieKQuilts.....here

Kathy has 30 day challenges on using markers
at The Daily Marker.........here

There are many other places like The Quilt Show and Craftsy.
And Pinterest and Instagram and...........
Facebook groups..Quilt Along with Pat Sloan...Gudrun's Quilt Crew...Quiltville's Open Studio.
....The Art of Whimsical Lettering with Joanne Sharpe....Sew Joy Creations Quilt Group.
The list could go on and on of blogs to check and websites to check...........

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, January 20, 2017

Solstice Challenge blocks 1 through 4

 Pat Sloan has started a Challenge Project......a project for 182 days from Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice.
 She posts a new block pattern every Wednesday and there will be 25 blocks.
 Her site for sewalongs, challenges, etc is I Love to Make Quilts.........
These are the first four blocks that I have completed...........
I am using a bundle I purchased many years ago...
 Robert Kaufman Imperial Collection metallic and I am adding some batiks also.

The instructions are very easy to follow..............
 If you would like to join in on the fun go to her website here

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 projects and 2017 Word!

There are a lot of people who are talking about a WORD for this year.
My word is FOCUS.  I am going to focus on many different areas............
...........continue with weight loss...........
...........work on making more creative projects.........
...........continue to declutter and organize..........
ALL of these pertain to FOCUS to accomplish my goals.

AND there is talk of finishing 17 projects in 2017....WOW!
I will plan on working on 17 or more projects.....those started and also those yet to start!

A quick search and I found these 3 photos of projects I have started and not finished...
 Another Part of Me....GE Designs....Gudrun Erla
Little Wishes...........Pat Sloan
Cabin Posies...........Lori Holt

What is your word for the year?  AND are you making a list of projects to work on this year?
Smiles and hugs....Caryl