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Friday, July 21, 2017

More Sunkissed placemats

 This week I finished two more Sunkissed placemats.  All four of them are different patterns.
This one I did the serpenine stitch to quilt through the front and back after sewing front and back right sides and turning.  I also used a 4.0 stitch to topstitch around the edge.
 This one is a quilt as you go design.  I quilted the top and batting and no quilting on the back.

 Photo of the beginning of quilting.  This is really fun to do!!
 Gudrun Erla of GE Designs is doing a sew along in her FB group.  I started this pattern in 2009 and put it away and just got it out this week to work on it.  I am using the Memento fabric.
 The last photo is the three fabrics I have chosen for another sew along I am doing.
I am happy to have finishes this week even though they are small projects.  I got out my peg stamps and did some stamping this week also as well as other quilty projects.  CREATE EVERY DAY.....that is what I strive to do.  I have a lot of choices of projects layed out and ready to go....and that makes it fun every day!!
Linking to crazymomquilts   finish it up Friday
and Freemotion by the River    Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Projects working on and want to start!

 There are TOO many fun projects that keep popping up and I can't resist!!

The first photo is Boden from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles.  I came to a halt on quilting this several weeks ago and it just sits here waiting for some inspiration on how to finish!!

The next photo is Solstice Challenge block 5 and I came to a halt on it too.  I started using the tiger tape for the last stitches I did and I really like using that for this purpose.
Here is a LIST of SOME of the other projects I am either working on or want to start:

  • 2 more Sunkissed placemats in two different designs
  • More Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge blocks 
  • Charm box mini quilt quilting
  • Picnic quilt quilting
  • 70 9 patch quilt from 2009
  • Scrappy rectangle blocks - 5 more to make
  • Log cabin blocks 4½" and larger
  • New project trial with charm squares - stack, cut and shuffle
  • Gudrun's new tablerunner project
  • Gudrun's Strip Maze sew along starting this week
  • Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen Sew Along
  • July mystery in a group I am in
  • Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders project - rails and checkerboard
  • Joanne Sharpe online classes
  • Craftsy online classes
I am in a daily journal challenge Weight Watcher related that is so helpful in my lifestyle change with eating and not calling it a diet!!  The members of the FB group take turns posting the prompt for all of us to write each day.  

I like to do multiple projects each day...........but there comes a time to get some of these done!!
I just had to write this post and have it out there in the universe.  I am sure there are others like me with tons of fun things to do.  Join in the fun....so many people are so encouraging and inspiring!!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, July 7, 2017

Some small finishes for the week

 I started this tickertape extra large placemat (19" x 15") several years ago.  The center is bosal and I trimmed it and did a blanket stitch around the outside.
This week I am working on some old UFOs from past years.  I save all scraps even if they are very small and this is a good way to use them.  It is big enough for a journal and markers and a nice padded surface to work.  The next photo shows the back.
 I made another scrappy rectangle block this week with my Kaffe Fassett jelly roll and black and white fabrics.
 Another small project finish....quilt-as -you-go with scraps of fabric stitched onto bosal.  The orange strip and teal strip are around 3/8" in this.
 Here is the back that shows the quilting.  AND blanket stitch around the outside.
 I have it on the extension table of my sewing cabinet and keep my scissors on it.
 New book by Joanne Sharpe.  I really like her art work and classes.
Yesterday I dug out a QAL I started with Amanda Jean in 2009...one a day 9 patch.  All the rows and sashing were done and just waiting to sew the rows together.  I love that quilt and it needs to be done!!
I like to jump around to different projects.  There are so many UFOs to finish and there are so many new things I want to make!!  AND lots of creative journals to fill and online classes to learn more.  There are a lot of inspirational websites of wonderful creative new things to do.....I did a post in January of creative ideas websites to check...link to the post here


Linking this blog post to crazy mom quilts    finish it up Friday
AND to Freemotion by the River   Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July


I thought I would post some photos of some red white and blue quilt projects from the past....
I already added my strip tube ruler quilt at the top.

AND here is a dessert I used to make this time of year....(not making it this year)
 And here is the photo from July 2010 of the ingredients.
Smiles ans hugs....Caryl

Monday, June 26, 2017

Placemats for summer

I used some more of the Sunkissed jelly roll and made some placemats for summer.
I quilted each with batting only....
I cut jelly roll strips in half for the outside borders...
Then I trimmed and cut backing fabric at the same time.
Then I sewed right sides together and turned....quick way to finish.
  One placemat is squares and rectangles.......
  The other one is squares and two strips.....
 Here is a photo of the June Sew Samper from Fat Quarter Shop....fun!
 Solstice block #6............from Solstice Challenge by Pat Sloan.
 Solstice block #7.   The challenge ended with 25 blocks.  I am slowly working on them!!

Smiles and hugs...............Caryl
Linking with Connie at Freemotion by the River  Linky Tuesday
and
Amanda Jean at crazy mom quilts  for Finish it up Friday

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