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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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Painting and stitching

I finished a small project this past week with painting and stitching and it was so fun!!

Earlier this month I watched  Joanne Sharpe on The Quilt Show (show from 2015) and I wanted to try some fun projects!  Then I discovered she has a new book and ordered it and the Dye-na-flow paints from Amazon.
 I wasn't sure what I wanted to do....so I just started and made a heart...then I went from there.  Then I did some stitching and so fun....

 I put this photo on instagram several weeks ago and I thought I was done with it...I just cut off the edge and decided to leave it bare..........then.......
I decided I needed to add something to the edge.  I used a heart decorative stitch.

There is an online class to go with this book that is available by Joanne Sharpe and it is called
Paint, Stitch, Play!

Linking to crazymomquilts   finish it up Friday
Linking to Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ocean Songs panel

 I have always liked Laurel Burch fabrics and designs.  I purchased this panel in 2008....
It has been sitting in a basket with other of her fabrics....waiting.....
Last month I was looking for ideas for a block for an online friend....something blue...and something for her Florida home....anything and any size!

Sooooo.......I decided to cut up this panel and change it around and add other fabrics to it........
I added some of Pat Sloan's hometown girl fabrics...........


I decided most of it as I went along............it ended up over 12½" 

AND now I have scraps left over to add to other projects............love all these colors!  
Smiles and hugs........Caryl





Saturday, May 21, 2016

Log Cabin Lunacy!!


Log cabin quilts are so fun!  And Julie at JulieKQuilts has asked quilters to join in on posting log cabin quilt progress every full moon.  Sooooo I had to join in on this fun.....so this week I started a new log cabin quilt using up some of my strips and scraps!  The link to her blog post.....
http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/2016/05/log-cabin-lunacy.html

The first photo shows the 1" strips and so far the blocks in the photo are 2½" but I am planning on making them 4½".  The other blocks are 2" strips and so far those blocks are 5½" and I am planning on making them 8½".  I am using a lot of Pat Sloan fabrics and will be adding some Lori Holt fabrics and many others.  I may use a combination of the different sizes in the quilt.


If you want to check my past blog posts for log cabin quilts check the label log cabin block.  Also the last blog post I did in March shows the little blocks I made for cabin posies quilt using 1" strips.

Linking to Julie Log Cabin Loonies  here

Linking to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River here

Happy full moon day!!



Friday, March 11, 2016

Projects in progress

So many fun projects but nothing totally finished.....
The first photo is Pat Sloan's 2016 mystery Secret Garden block 1...
I am using her new hometown girl fabrics........
Next....Come Together by Gudrun Erla from G.E.Designs........
Next is charm box from Fat Quarter Shop tutorial and this is smaller than the mini in the pattern....
The ninth block of Little Wishes free pattern from Pat Sloan last year...
I will probably make three more blocks...
A bento box block for an online friend.....
Disappearing pinwheel block for an online friend...
Cabin Posies pattern by Lori Holt from a magazine.  I haven't worked on this since last month...all the little cabins are done and most of the shapes are done....
I am picking my fabrics for the next Secret Garden block and....
there are other sew alongs I may start!!!

 Linking to Connie at Freemotion by the River   Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Some Christmas finishes

 I finished these two placemats to match the two I made last year using Kate Spain fabric...
 And two potholders with some of same fabrics..........
 Here are the swap blocks from our Sloanie group in 2012 that I finally got into a top to hang...
but will quilt it later....just had to get it hung before Christmas!
 Some of the steps of the Bonnie Hunter mystery..........I don't have very much done so far....

The next photos are family photos and the first one I love of Kali (GGD) looking at our iTwinkle tree that changes patterns, colors, etc using the iPad.
 Kali watching the John Deere train set up on my cutting table....
 Then family on Christmas Eve.....


Happy Holidays everyone.....
I will link with crazy mom quilts and with Freemotion by the River.....