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Friday, September 16, 2016

September Full Moon and Log Cabin Loonies

It is full moon again....and time to post about our log cabin blocks.
Some of us are linking together when it is full moon each month and showing our log cabin quilts.

This month I am showing the quilt I have hanging in my dining room.
It was finished in 2011 and it is one of my favorites.
I used the tutorial from crazy mom quilts.
 I blogged about it in 2011 but I have never shared the finish on my blog.  This quilt has Mary Engelbreit fabric friends and flowers.  It was a lot of fun to make!
I am linking to JulieKQuilts with the other Log Cabin Loonies.........
and linking to crazy mom quilts  finish it up Friday.......
and linking to Freemotion by the River   Linky Tuesday....

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Full Moon and Log Cabin Loonies

Full moon and time to post about log cabin blocks.  Some of us are linking together on full moon day each month to show log cabin blocks and quilts.

I have been working on more of the blocks I started for this Log Cabin Lunacy but no pics of those today.

Yesterday I did do a blog post showing quilting of what I call a picnic quilt...
There is a link on yesterday's blog post to last year June 24, 2015 blog post with photos of how I made the blocks...like log cabin blocks.

I am sharing a photo of a log cabin quilt I made last year.  It is called string bean log cabin and it is a free pattern on Craftsy by Pat Sloan.  I used some of her jelly roll fabrics plus others for this quilt.  It was a very fun quilt to make.

Linking to JulieKQuilts with the other Log Cabin Loonies........

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

finally quilting scrappy picnic quilt and misc...

 I started quilting this scrappy picnic quilt yesterday...
I finished piecing the top June 2015 and the link to the blog post is   here
In the blog post I talked about the 16 patches and other blocks that are all 4½" unfinished.
There is a tutorial that shows my system for making the blocks.
 Here is a quilt block for an online friend I made in June.  Photo is before I trimmed...it is a Bonnie Hunter block from a magazine.
 Here is another quilt block I made in July for another online friend that likes butterflies.

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The WW site has changed with the community section gone now.

I decided to continue my WW blog posts at the WW site at Connect.
Connect uses hashtags for direction to everything and  #hungrytolose is the hashtag for my blog.

There is an awesome challenge going on there...  #30daysjournalchallenge.

Here is a photo of a blueberry muffin microwave in a mug and the recipe is here  at hungry girl.
I have a tip to make it easier each time....make up separate bags of dry ingredients.
There are 6 dry ingredients....so then all you have to do is get out 5 ingredients when you are ready to make them.  Each one is 2 smart points.

Linking with Freemotion by the River...Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, August 5, 2016

D9P mug rug tutorial

Step by step instructions for a cute little mug rug that is so fun to make.....
These are specific directions for this mug rug.
 Make a 9 patch block.....using jelly roll strips...sew groups of 3 strips x 3....
OR if you are making just one mug rug use 2½" squares...

I made sure to have darker fabrics on the corners and a plain red in the center...
And lighter colors in the centers of each side.
 Cut the 9 patch down the center each way to make 4 blocks........
 This is the arrangement I chose for this block but you can arrange it any way that you like....
Place the batting behind the block and do FMQ with words and loops and hearts...
Stitch close to the edge of the block where the opening is going to be so the seam doesn't unravel when you are turning it.
Use a light box to mark the edge of the block on the batting with Frixion pen.
Put right sides together and stitch 1/4" away from the mark and leave about a 2" opening.
Trim away the extra batting and trim the corners.
Pull through the opening and poke out the corners.

 Put glue on the seams in the opening to hold them together and press the seam all around.
Then top stitch close to the edge.

I made this last month specifically for an online friend that makes Christmas gifts all year.
I wrote on the back - Queen of Christmas Countdown.

Several years ago I made some that were very similar to this one.  Let me know if you make any of these following my tutorial.

Linking to Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

hungry to lose.....and yummy casserole.....

I have a blog on the WW site called hungry to lose....
For those who know about WW online.....there are changes going on now......
They are changing the community section and eliminating blogs, challenges, message boards, etc....
They started an app called Connect at the end of last year and it is very popular....
so the site is switching to Connect for all of the community....everything in one place.

So since I will no longer have a blog on the WW site....I am trying to decide if I want to start a new blog with blogger.....OR just add WW things to this blog from time to time...
I don't want to scare people away from my blog here that has been mostly about the projects I am doing...
Most of my WW stuff will still be with Connect............
just thinking....and rambling....

This photo is Bubble Up Pizza Casserole.............very...very good!


9 x 13 pan makes 6 servings at 9 smartpoints per serving!
The recipe can be found at emilybites.com.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July Full Moon & Log Cabin Loonies

 There is a group of us that are doing log cabin quilts and we are linking up on the day of full moon....
This month I started some different log cabin blocks.....
Do you ever see someone's quilt and really want to make it......
but you tell yourself you have too many projects already that are not done....
But after several days that image of that quilt will not go away.............
Sooooooo then you know you really want to make it!!!

I did a blog post July 4th about this project and you can read about it here
I have links on that blog post to the blog by Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting....

For my patriotic quilt I am using red, blue, white, gold, stars, flags, and more....
I am making quarter log cabins....and they are 8½ unfinished....
The block on the lower left is the traditional block....it was a goof....I may add some 4½ blocks like that to the mix.....
For this method I am adding strips and trimming after I sew....
On my other log cabin quilt I am cutting the strips to the measurement and then sewing.
I like both methods........and I don't have a favorite.
One thing I do know....I really like to make log cabin blocks!!

Linking to JulieKQuilts with the other Log Cabin Loonies.....
Linking to Freemotion by the River  Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, July 8, 2016

friendship bag for my markers and pens

 I made a friendship bag using the tutorial from Rachel at psiquilt.......
I made it to hold some of my markers and pens that I need when I am working at the kitchen table or other spots in the house doing coloring books...or my lettering journal...or creative journals...or cardmaking...etc.....
 This is the second friendship bag I have made....the first one I made in November 2014....
I used First Crush fabric for this one....
oops.....I did not notice until I took the photo...the writing is upside down!!
I didn't think it through when I placed the strips to the center piece.........
 Here is the piece ready to be quilted....
 I did line quilting on this one with my walking foot.......
I used Bosal for the batting....it is sturdy and the bag stands up good....
This was really fun to make and the directions are very good.........

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

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July

Yesterday I started a patriotic quilt............In the photo on my iPad is a quilt I saw on Friday....
AND I couldn't stop thinking about that quilt.... blog by Melissa Corry @ Happy Quilting.........
Link to her blog post is here ........... check it out....

I am using Amanda Jean Nyberg's pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts....
Scrapper's Delight is the name of the quilt in the book.......

I am pulling from my stash....reds...blues...whites...creams....golds...and maybe some others......
           some fabrics with stars....flags....dots....etc..........
I started making the quarter log cabins..........soooooooooooooo fun!
I am not using the method where you make regular log cabin blocks and cut in fourths...

I have always liked log cabin quilts.....but now even more that I am a Log Cabin Loonie!!

Smiles and hugs......Caryl

Friday, July 1, 2016

Calico Days placemats plus lettering journal plus

 Three small Friday finishes this week..........
I have been enjoying quilting with the walking foot and finished two Calico Days placemts....
then I used a 9-patch from a stack I had made and decided to make a small potholder....
 The placemats I did quilt-as-you-go with mini charms and jelly roll strips on batting.....
 I have been creating in my Letter Love Inspiration Journal,,,,,
practicing lettering with Joanne Sharpe's book and class.....
The Art of Whimsical Lettering..........


 AND just for fun I am adding a food photo....
I do love the pb2 on toast with ½ banana....
2 smart points for Weight Watchers.........
My second cup of coffee with vanilla Premier Protein (first cup of the day is black coffee!)....
I am linking to crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday
and Freemotion by the River  Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

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