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Sunday, January 29, 2012

finally finished Chantelle

I have blogged about this before.....and it has been on my FIU list since I started it in 2007....I used Ricky Tims method of cutting the fabric with just a rotary cutter and no ruler... a fun method....I used Patrick Lose fabrics and Ricky Tims dyed fabric for binding...
I used different colors of thread to quilt each separate color of the wallhanging.. now it is hanging in my dining room...these are my very favorite colors!! Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

answer to what am I working on?

Today Pat Sloan asked on her blog to share what we are working on and add to Mr. Linky... all I have left on my Chantelle tulip is hand stitching the binding to the back...
More progress done on this mini quilt...blogged end of the year....
sorry for the blurrr....some strips using blues and purples... Also...I am going to make a recipe I pinned on pinterest called the easiest bread ever...made with club soda... OH...and I bought an AccuQuilt GO! I got it last weekend at Joann's in Temecula on sale....when we were on our way to the Road to California quilt show. Then I had fun in the booth at Road buying fabric cutting dies. So I want to do some cutting up fabric too! Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January FMQ Challenge and TNT Thursday

This is my entry in the SewCalGal 2012 FMQ Challenge. I have enjoyed this design and will keep practicing but decided to submit my sample today. My previous quilting style was rambling....so it was difficult at first to focus on just doing one design.
I got brave and decided to do more than practice...just put it on a "real project". I have this UFO since 2007 (it is on my FIU list and I have blogged about it before) and it has been on the wall with push pins waiting to be finished!
I am also linking to Melissa's TNT Thursday as this is a new design to add to my quilts. I added the heart-shaped leaf design to the light blue border. If anyone is thinking about doing free motion quilting...my advice is to "JUST DO IT"!! Practicing 15 minutes every day helps a lot! AND it is really fun! Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, January 15, 2012

FMQ practice

This is the second practice FMQ leaf design that I did...BUT I really need a lot more practice before I submit it to the challenge. I need to discipline myself to do the design and not let the stitching go any way I feel like going!!
This one I did on Thursday after I first heard about the FMQ challenge and grabbed some fabric!! I discovered how fun this heart leaf is to do and decided to commit to doing the practice and following the challenge for this year. It should be a lot of fun. Smiles and hugs....Caryl

FMQ Challenge

I have decided to join SewCalGal in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. My style is just a rambling all over the place quilting style and I want to learn some new things. By taking the pledge I hope this gives me the push to practice more and add new quilting designs to my quilts!! Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Monday, January 2, 2012

SPBB #7 #8 and #9

Before I put things away from Christmas I took some photos of projects I did before blogging... the first one is a 10" pillow I made in the 70s or 80s....
Next is a quilt I started in Nancy Fisher's class in 1993.... it is called strips and squares.... it is hand quilted... finally finished it 5 years ago after a lot of years of not quilting....
this table topper is 10" string blocks... four put together and used the serger to do the edge... I probably did this in 2007... that is about when I started quilting again after a long break of doing other crafts....
here is the same table topper taken at night with the ceramic tree lights on... I wil keep looking for more SPBB (some projects before blogging).... Smiles and hugs....Caryl