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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday To Do #56

 This is Tiuesday To Do #56 I will be linking with Chris Knits

Herer is my progress from last week:

To-Do Tuesday week of April 6 through April 12:

  1. Finish the quilting on my log cabin runner X
  2. Work on at least one sewing/quilting project every day ✅
  3. Watercolor painting on papers and/or fabric every day 
 I didn't finish quilting the log cabin runner...but almost done.  Last month I added a section in the middle of the runner with a ruler quilting and I need to practice on something else before I attempt to finish that area!!  

I took a photo with several of the projects I have done this week.  On the left are some watercolor papers for Joanne Sharpe online class.  The right has some strips of crumb sewing after watching Craftsy Christina Cameli.  AND the center top is my creative journal open to the page I am working on.  



The watercolor papers are done using different techniques and Daniel Smith paints.  The journal has distress oxide to the background.  I put a triple pocket for journal cards and the top pocket has a fabric tag.  I was inspired to do these after watching You-Tube videos.

Almost every single day I watch videos about lots of creative crafting..sewing...fun!!  I discovered two more very interesting ones this past week and subscribed!!  I am going to list some channels.  I think there must be millions and millions of very interesting people that just want to show us how to do things!  It is awesome AND
the reason I think I am rather obsessed with watching and learning new things is this:
WHEN I first started watching craft programs on TV back in the 70s....THERE WAS ONLY ONE SHOW on TV that I watched and it was on ONCE A WEEK!!!

YOU-TUBE channels I have discovered:
stitchesbyjulia (11/21/20)
The Paper Outpost  (4/9/21)
Suzy - Shabby Soul (4/11/21)
my sewing room (12/23/20)

There are a lot of other You-Tube channels that I also follow and subscribe...those on the list are my newest ones.

Tuesday To Do week of April 13 through April 19:
  1. FMQ three days and include Angela's new challenge designs  
  2. Get back to hand stitching the kawandi runner at least 5 days
  3. work on a sewing project

Go check out the link above for the projects for this week and see what everyone is doing!!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #55

March Madness is over and I will get back to a goal list to publish!!

This is To-Do Tuesday #55 I will be linking with Chris Knits

Here is a page from one of my little books I made from a class by Joanne Sharpe from the Art Sparks I class on ruzuku


I haven't been doing very much creative over the past few weeks and I felt this is a great quote to share!

The next photo is a wood shelf that was my dad's and was one of those "some day" projects.  After 30 years it is time to hang it!  It had a mirror and instead I covered a cardboard with fabric.  (I drew a flower on paper and then copied on printer fabric....but I didn't like it.)  I will tape/pin notes and photos in this area.  And keep really light things in the pocket.  The bottom dowel will be for little mini quilts I make and change out with my whims!  Right now I looped some fabric and pinned a mug rug I made several years ago.


Here is the side view hanging on the wall 

To-Do Tuesday week of April 6 through April 12:

  1. Finish the quilting on my log cabin runner
  2. Work on at least one sewing/quilting project every day
  3. Watercolor painting on papers and/or fabric every day

FYI.............I have had email notifications when I comment on blogs:
Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

I have changed some things.  I had changed my default browser to Microsoft Edge and I had other issues and I thought that might be the problem...........so I changed back to Google Chrome.  It is still happening but not with everyone!!
I was also hacked on FB Messenger and Instagram.  Crazy world!!  I was glad I had people notify me so I could report it.  

Go check out the link above for the projects for this week and see what everyone is doing!!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, March 19, 2021

free-pieced log cabin blocks

 I do really love making log cabin blocks..............

AND I really love improv piecing.........

There is so much inspiration from YouTube videos.  This week I watched MSQC with Misty talking about free-pieced log cabin blocks and I had just watched Pat Sloan talk about piecing crumb blocks.  

I was making improv blocks using Jacquie Gering method...and decided to switch to a different kind of block in the same runner I am making for the top of a file cabinet.  Here is the design board with blocks...


Here is the bottom left log cabin block pieced before cutting wonky and after cutting



I really enjoy making blocks with no rules.....don't worry about being perfect...just create!!!

Misty said in the video they were inspired by the quilters of Gee's Bend.  

Now.....back to March Madness basketball games!!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

quilting log cabin runner

 Here is a photo of about half of the runner quilted.  I changed to a different pattern for the center blocks using the ruler foot.  I was using the walking foot for the quilting on the end blocks.

Yikes....I should have done some practice pieces first!  That is what all FMQ teachers say.....always practice before going to your piece to FMQ.  My thinking when I switched to a different design for the center blocks was that using the ruler foot would  be easier............WRONG..... 

I was constantly turning the runner with the walking foot quilting so using the ruler foot would eliminate all the quilt turning.   BUT........Quilting going forward and backward work better for me than sideways quilting.


I am not going to publish a to-do list for the rest of this month.  March Madness is here!!

This last week I did part of my goals.  1. The runner above half of quilting done.  2. I don't have all of my fabrics for the Spiral Lone Star quilt along.  AND I may change my mind anyway....so no fabric prep.  3. I am about half done with the improv runner for the top of the file cabinet. 

Wondering.....do you do swatches of colors when you get new paints, pens, pencils, crayons?
Here is a photo of my new purchase that I have wanted for a long time.  I have started a swatch page of the colors.  I included some of my other swatch papers in the photo.  



Here is a photo of all the colors



I am slowly working on my kawandi runner....a little bit every day.  I am in no hurry...just enjoying the process of stitching.  

The NCAA BB tournament is so exciting every year!  AND since it was cancelled last year and our team didn't get to play.....it means so much more for out team to be able to go this year.  

Last week for the Mountain West tournament we watched all 10 games Wednesday through Saturday!

Go Aztecs!!  I will be watching as many games as possible for the tournament! 

linking to Free Motion Mavericks


Smiles and hugs....Caryl


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #54

 This is To-Do Tuesday #54  I will be linking with Chris Knits 

Here is my progress on last week's list:

To-Do Tuesday week of March 2 through March 8:
  1. Log Cabin Loonies runner.....decide how to quilt it and start quilting ✅
  2. Do more from Jean Wells book
  3. Watch the first FB Live on Friday of Jan Krentz and the Spiral Lone Star Quilt 
    Along.
The first photo shows some of the assignments I have done in Jean Wells book
Intuitive Color & Design:  Adventures in Art Quilting
Last week I showed a photo of my start of this....rulerless cutting and piecing.  
This week I added the narrow insert piecing and detail piecing.


The next photo shows my start of quilting the log cabin runner.  I am using my walking foot and gray thread



In my last  two blog posts I have talked about the quilt along with Jan Krentz and it has started this month.
 Spiral Lone Star quilt along

She has a FB group  Spiral Lone Star Quilt Along with Jan Krentz

 She is on FB Live every Friday for 7 weeks that started last Friday  

Here is a photo of the 8 photos I will use....my latest decision....


I forgot to crop this before downloading....sorry

So my list for this week won't be very much....the basketball tournament is this week on TV

To-Do Tuesday week of March 9 through March 15:
  1. Continue walking foot quilting log cabin runner and get at least half done
  2. Prep fabrics for Spiral Lone Star quilt along
  3. Work on improv Gering style quilt for the top of a file cabinet
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Log Cabin Loonies runner

 This is To-Do Tuesday #53  I will be linking with Chris Knits

I decided to just do 10 blocks of the log cabin blocks and turn it into a runner for our front foyer table.  AND I decided to change every other block and make a different arrangement.


Here are my blocks in the way Julie of JulieKQuilts had her blocks arranged


Today is a rainy day and we don't get those very often.  It has been gorgeous weather for several weeks and here is a photo I took several weeks ago on our patio.
AND here is a surprise I saw on our patio one day looking out from my sewing room

I have been making bread with the recipe from the book Artison Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  It is so good and it is nice to have with an evening meal or to have with homemade vegetable soup for lunch.  I make vegetable soup and freeze part of it so I always have some on hand.  The bread recipe makes 4 loaves...crusty outside and chewy inside.....delicious!!  So now I have bread dough in the refrigerator ready to make several times a week.

In my last blog post I talked about the quilt along coming up with Jan Krentz
Here is a link to that post 

Here is a photo of the pattern pack for the Spiral Lone Star quilt along

She has a FB group and will be doing FB Live every Friday for 7 weeks starting this Friday.  

For those interested in making the quilt........the name of the FB group is
Spiral Lone Star Quilt Along with Jan Krentz

In my last post I showed photos of the start of making fun stuff using Jean Wells method from her book.  Here is the beginning piece I made............very easy and soooo fun!!!



Now to my list of things I want to do this coming week.....

This is the beginning of March Madness and I will be watching basketball games on TV so my list is short and sweet!


To-Do Tuesday week of March 2 through March 8:
  1. Log Cabin Loonies runner.....decide how to quilt it and start quilting
  2. Do more from Jean Wells book
  3. Watch the first FB Live on Friday of Jan Krentz and the Spiral Lone Star Quilt 
    Along.
Smiles and hugs....Caryl




Sunday, February 28, 2021

Spiral Lone Star quilt along in March

 Yikes....I got away from blogging....I had a birthday the 16th and missed that Tuesday to blog!  Then I just stoppped and now it is time to get back to blogging again!!

Jan Krentz is having a Spiral Lone Star quilt along starting in March and I wrote a little about it in my FB cinnamon holiday workshop post on February 6.  The following is from the Amazon site where you can purchase her pattern:

From bestselling author and internationally recognized quilt instructor Jan Krentz, the Spiral Lone Star Quilt, originally published in Lone Star Quilts and Beyond, is now available as a stand-alone pattern pack.

Here are some of my photos of fabric as I try to decide which ones to use. I purchased a fat quarter bundle and now to decide which fabrics to select for the quilt and then purchase more of each one I select. The fabric bundle is Connect the Dots Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.



This is the photo Jan made that is so striking and I just love it!!! AND it is the photo I posted on my FB cinnamon holiday workshop.





The last two photos show what I am thinking of now...the row of 8 together in each photo.  I will probably change my mind many times.  So I will order some of the extra fabrics on the right side of the last row to go along with the other eight on the left.  I may have some other fabrics to add to these also.

Today I started a practice piece of Jean Wells design from her book Intuitive Color & Design:  Adventures in Art Quilting.  Here is a photo of the start of working on joining four pieces of solid fabrics.  I saw a video by stitches by julia about this and then watched a video by Jean Wells.  And then my February Sew Sampler box had a bunch of solid fabrics that I am now using.  SOOO I just had to start working on practicing this method!!  AND the photos show the start.....



Such fun to do!!!  

AND I am still working on my log cabin loonies small quilt..9 blocks done..
AND I am working on my kawandi table runner

AND now it is getting close to March Madness and we are watching a lot of basketball.  We love to watch our Aztecs and now we are watching a lot of other teams as well.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #52

  Today is To-Do Tuesday #52  and I am linking with Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us 

Progress from last week:


To-Do Tuesday week of February 2 through February 8:
  1. Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter quilt...get all the directions I need because the posts with all the directions, tips and photos will be going away on Feb 12✅
  2. FMQ 4 times this week
  3. Log Cabin Loonies...add the next 6½" strips and make more blocks
  4. Mat for under my mixer using Blueberry Park fabric
I finished the mat and then I decided it is too pretty to cover up under my mixer so I will gift it to someone.  AND use some practice FMQ piece for under the mixer!



front and back photos....sorry I didn't crop the photos on my phone before transfer



Here is a journal page from last week.  It has a photo of a FMQ image I did.


A photo of a new project I started using Peltex and some ME honeybun strips doing quilt as you go quilting with the walking foot

To-Do Tuesday week of February 9 through February 15:
  1. FMQ x 4 days
  2. finish the ME Peltex project
  3. do more log cabin blocks


I am linking to Roseanne's  Home Sewn By Us



Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #51 and Log Cabin Loonies

 Today is To-Do Tuesday #51  and I am linking with Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us 

Progress from last week:

To-Do Tuesday week of January 26 through February 1:
  1. Keep stitching Kawandi table runner every day
  2. Grassy Creek quilt blocks
  3. Log Cabin Loonies blocks✅ 
  4. Do some free motion quilting
  Here is a photo of some of the log cabin blocks in different stages...checking to see if I want to turn every other block for a different possible layout!


Julie at JulieKQuilts is the leader of all the log cabin lunatics.....join us!

No other photos of my other goal projects. 

I started some new projects....I got the idea to make a mat to put under my mixer to make it easier to move on my counter.  I saw this on another blog.  
AND I started another improv small quilt.

The next photo is from my creative journal/art journal documenting the end of December and first of January.  I am in a fun FB group where everyone shares their decorative journal pages.



AND here is a photo of a beautiful plant that a neighbor gave me last weekend for happy new year!



To-Do Tuesday week of February 2 through February 8:
  1. Grassy Creek Bonnie Hunter quilt...get all the directions I need because the posts with all the directions, tips and photos will be going away on Feb 12
  2. FMQ 4 times this week
  3. Log Cabin Loonies...add the next 6½" strips and make more blocks
  4. Mat for under my mixer using Blueberry Park fabric

I am linking to Roseanne's  Home Sewn By Us


AND go check out the others that link to this site

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #50

 Today is To-Do Tuesday #50   and I am linking with Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us 

Progress from last week:

To-Do Tuesday week of January 19 through January 25:
  1. Do hand stitching every day on my Kawandi table runner
  2. Grassy Creek quilt blocks
  3. Log Cabin Loonies make more of the first round
  4. Make some more napkins in a larger size.

I have been stitching on my Kawandi every day and I took a photo of some possible fabrics to add with the long colored piece down the center in the middle




And here is a photo of some of the fabric pieces for the log cabin blocks and the Grassy Creek blocks.  Log Cabin Loonies got the next step this last week.....so I am working on adding the second round to the blocks. 
 
JulieKQuilts is the leader of all the log cabin lunatics.....join us!

The photo shows my cardboards stacked by my machine ready to stitch more blocks together.



To-Do Tuesday week of January 26 through February 1:
  1. Keep stitching Kawandi table runner every day
  2. Grassy Creek quilt blocks
  3. Log Cabin Loonies blocks 
  4. Do some free motion quilting
  

I am linking to Roseanne's  Home Sewn By Us

http://homesewnbyus.com/to-do-tuesday-77-linky-party/


Smiles and hugs....Caryl



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

To-Do Tuesday #49 and Log Cabin Loonies

 Today is To-Do Tuesday #49   and I am linking with Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us 

Progress from last week:

To-Do Tuesday week of January 12 through January 18:
  1. Kawandi table runner do some hand stitching every day
  2. Make decision on fabrics for Bonnie Hunter mystery and continue making pieces for blocks
  3. Log Cabin Loonies....get more strips, etc ready for the next step


I also did some other small projects.  I watched Beth on her You Tube channel....my sewing room.  I made a scrappy 10" block using a foundation fabric with the center on point.  I also made a napkin starting with two 12" pieces of fabric stitched together.  These two fabrics are part of a bunch of fabric that was donated to me.  


I did a blog post two days ago with an updated photo of my third Kawandi and also links to the previous posts about the first two.

I made a decision on the Bonnie Hunter mystery to use colors (green, gold and orange) for the sashing mixed in with the gray.  I may use the all gray strips around the outside border of the quilt.



I have been working on the log cabin blocks....Log Cabin Loonies got the next step this last week.  The photo shows some of the first round blocks.  
JulieKQuilts is the leader of all the log cabin lunatics.....join us!


   
To-Do Tuesday week of January 19 through January 25:
  1. Do hand stitching every day on my Kawandi table runner
  2. Grassy Creek quilt blocks
  3. Log Cabin Loonies make more of the first round
  4. Make some more napkins in a larger size.
I am linking to Roseanne's  Home Sewn By Us


Join in on the fun and post your to-do list for the week...........

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Kawandi #3 progress and links to the first two

 I am enjoying having a project to hand stitch a little bit every day!!  Today I am linking to Slow Sunday Stitching.  Here is a photo of progress....

with some pieces to possibly add.....


I had a question in my post last Sunday  about the previous two Kawandi inspired quilts I have made...........

So here are the SOME of the links from when I first heard about them

The first blog post about Kawandi is Sunday Sept 13, 2020

http://carylquilts.blogspot.com/2020/09/slow-sunday-stitching_13.html

(Also mentioned in Sept 20 and Sept 27 posts and Nov 1 post)

The first one I finished was Birds in the Midnight on Sept 29

http://carylquilts.blogspot.com/2020/09/scrap-quilt-finish-and-to-do-tuesday-37.html

Start of the second Kawandi post was Sunday October 4

http://carylquilts.blogspot.com/2020/10/slow-sunday-stitching.html

The blog post with a photo of both of the Kawandi quilts finished and hanging on my dining room wall was Nov 17, 2020

http://carylquilts.blogspot.com/2020/11/to-do-tuesday-40.html


I like these projects because I can do it however I want to do it....

I am making each end of the tablerunner the same and I will be repeating some of the same fabrics in the rest of the table runner...

Not sure how the center will be done..........

I am linking to Kathy's Quilts

https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2021/01/slow-sunday-stitching-my-oldest-ufo.html


Smiles and hugs....Caryl