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Friday, November 10, 2017

Scrappy picnic quilt

Yesterday I finished this perfectly imperfect scrappy picnic quilt and it is just as I like it!!

The story about this quilt starts in 2014 when I started making 1½" strips from older fabrics and then I used them to make 16 patches.  I did a blog post November 7, 2014 of how I made them using the tutorial from red pepper quilts.  The blog post is here  

I did not have a plan for them I was just going to keep making them and maybe make another postage stamp quilt.
In March 2015 I researched mile a minute blocks and started making some of them.  I called them made up blocks!

May 24, 2015 on IG I posted about a Weekend Challenge by studiojujuquilts to do something with fabric scraps.   THAT is when I decided to combine my 16 patches and madeup blocks into a quilt!!
I started making 8½" blocks from my 4½" blocks.  Ar the time I was calling it a scrap quilt.  The photo is above.

After I got all the blocks sewn together I started calling it a picnic quilt and I did a blog post on June 24, 2015.  The blog post has a photo tute about my made up blocks, the backs of the 16 patch blocks to show how I presssed them, and a photo of the finished top ready to be quilted.  That blog post is here

I used this quilt to practice FMQ.  First I did the #4 stitch along each of the block seams all over and then and I used all different FMQ designs.  In May this year Vicky of Vicky's Crafts & Quilting posted about a FMQ pattern squiggles and wiggles.  I had to try it and it was fun!!  I took a close up of that pattern I stitched in May.

 Here are more photos I took yesterday after I finished the quilt.

The last photo shows where I stitched picnic quilt and my name.  The last two photos also show the hand quilting, which I did around all of the outside and scattered in places.  I used this as a project to work on when I met with my Tuesday quilting group.  I made a scrappy binding using some of the same fabrics I had in the quilt. 
As I was doing research for this blog post from my photos, blog posts, IG and my daily log of creative projects, I was surprised how long ago this was started.  It was soooo fun to go back and review all of this for this blog post.  😍

I am linking to finish it up Friday and Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween mug rug

 Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company has a tutorial called periwinkle mug rug.
I used the Wacky Web template to cut out the shapes following her tutorial.
It is so much fun to make and I will be making more of these I am sure!
 Here is a photo before I quilted it.  I actually had the layout different but I didn't follow my rule of taking a photo of the way I wanted it before sewing!  SO....when I picked up the pieces in order I actually sewed them different than my plan!!
 Here is the fabric I ordered for a Halloween quilt....but the quilt won't be done before this Halloween!

Weight Watcher Lifestyle
The following are from eating out over the past month.
Denny's tilapia dinner..............very delicious!
 Denny's select a burger...chicken...........very delicious!  Roast potatoes are a lot less points than fries.
 Lake Wohlford  breakfast.  Smokey's scramble and home fries with sourdough toast.  I have had this so many times and really love it!  I don't eat all of the potatoes and the scramble is two eggs instead of three.  No butter on the toast and I put a tiny amount of jam on the pieces.
 Lake Cuyamaca rheuben and the best fries that are coated to be so delicious!
I could only eat one of the sandwiches and took the rest home for later.
There are so many delicious things to order when we eat out....AND I do NOT have to feel deprived!  Checking the points ahead of time and sticking with my plan is the best way to enjoy eating out!!

Let me know any special meals you enjoy when eating out?
And also any low point foods/meals to make during the holidays?

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and Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, October 20, 2017

Another charm box mini quilt

 I really like making this charm box quilt pattern and the first one I made was smaller.  I posted about it last year.  This one is 18" square.  I am hanging it in the kitchen where I had the smaller one.  I have been working on it for awhile and finally finished it today!!  It is a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop and is Lori Holt fabric. 
It is so good to have a finish it up Friday to push me along!!
 Joanne Sharpe has a new class online Draw Your Awesome Letters.  SUCH FUN!!
 I got a new palette tray and it is easy to swipe the little distress ink pads and then using a wet brush and water do backgrounds for my creative journals.  I got the idea to get this from Kathy at The Daily Marker.  It is fun to add all kinds of things to my creative journals!
 We spent a great day walking around at the Safari Park.  It is nice for my hubs to be able to walk easily without pain in his knee now!  Before his knee replacement in April the pain was too much to walk for any distance. 
 Here is another scrappy rectangle block. 
And in September we celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary.  We went to the Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant and walked by the water.  We spent time in Julian and Pine Hills...........some of our favorite places to visit.

Linking to finish it up Friday crazy mom quilts   and Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, September 15, 2017

Strip Maze and eating out

 I finished the Strip Maze quilt..................so next is to quilt it!
I will blog more about it when it is finished!
It is a pattern by Gudrun of GEDesigns.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weight Watcher lifestyle~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Peaceful area to walk close to Denny's Restaurant and lots of ducks and birds.
I like to walk in the late afternoon or sunset/twilight time to get my steps for the day!
 Denny's has on their menu....Build Your Own Burger.
I chose grilled chicken breast, whole wheat bun, cheddar cheese, carmelized onions and the fruit for a total of 14 smart points!  Very tasty meal.  The hubs got something with a lot more points...but then he isn't counting points!!
On the WW online site I am in a journaling group and one of the recent prompts was our relationship with food.  My first thought was....I would like to not have to think about food and only want to eat healthy foods.  Realistically I do enjoy planning meals and researching healthy choices to cook and eat and also when we eat out.  Being mindful of my eating and journaling have helped sooo much.  I do not feel deprived and I do not have to fight the urge to eat!!  This is a lifestyle and not a "diet".  I lose extremely slowly and I have developed the patience finally to not worry how long it takes to get back to goal again!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, September 8, 2017

Boden table mat finish

 This is a pattern from Pat Sloan's book "Teach Me to Sew Triangles"  And I used fabrics from three different lines of her fabrics.
 I like to take a photo of the layout before sewing to see if I need to make changes.
Sorry for all the photos........but I like to document the process on my projects!
 When I first got this book I wanted to make this pattern because I wanted to do the quilting around the center!!

I used varigated thread at first and the next photo I was stumped what I wanted to do next!!
 I used gray thread to finish the quilting.  The center was done all at once without stopping.
I like to figure a way to keep on quilting and not stop and start!
 This is the back....an old Susan Winget panel from years ago!
I am so glad to finish a project this week!!

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smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, September 1, 2017

projects and food photos

 The time is flying and here it is September already!
I worked on 8 different quilty projects in August but no finishes.  The top photo shows some of the Strip Maze blocks. I have 30 blocks done and squared and ready to lay out and sew together.
The next photo was a mystery that I have to this point....and it is ready to quilt.  I just have to decide on how to quilt the star centers.  More photos when I actually finish some projects!!
 ~~~~~~~~~~~Weight Watchers lifestyle~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 WW is unique...not a diet but a lifestyle...a method to  choose foods that are smart.  They call it smart points!
Denny's Wild Alaska salmon skillet is very delicious and is one of my choices when we eat there.
 This is my English muffin egg breakfast that I have twice a week.  It is 5 smart points.  I use 1/4 cup of Jimmy Dean turkey sausage crumbles, ReddiEgg 1/2 cup, and fat free cheese on a Thomas Light multigrain English muffin.
 El Pollo double chicken avocado salad 9 sp with light creamy cilantro dressing 3 sp.
This is a really filling lunch that is really good.  Papa Pita with pb fit and banana and broccoli and balsalmic.  Also apple pieces.  All for 7 smart points.  I usually just have 1/2 banana and pbfit on a light piece of toast with apple slices for lunch most days. AND that is only 2 smart points.

The most important thing when going out to eat is to have a PLAN.  Know what you are going to order before you get there.  AND if you don't know the menu before you get there....be sure to check the points BEFORE ordering!  The WW app on my iPhone is great and has helped me so much.

There are so many good ideas for delicious low point foods and so many websites with recipes.  Another day I will add some links.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

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!!
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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

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Smiles and hugs....Caryl