Friday, February 1, 2019

Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt


Recently finished this little quilt using the
Disappearing 4 Patch Pattern.


Used thrifted fabric as well as a dotted swiss from JoAnn.
Finished size is 38 inches square.


Just a fun little project, with no real purpose,
though it could be a baby gift.


The backing is a thrifted, vintage bed sheet.

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Oh my heart (pillow)

 Can you believe it?  
I finished a project for me, in the appropriate season!


A heart pillow that coordinates with the heart quilt
I made several years ago (2013).
A tutorial for the heart block used in the quilt may be found here.


We are expecting a snow storm and I have a long weekend at home....
sew I'm hanging out in the studio :)

Thanks for visiting!
Carolyn


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our granddaughter turns 6, I made her a Bible cover.

How can she be 6 already?


I bought pre-quilted fabric and designed a cover
for her first Bible.




We also bought Ellie her first golf putter,
she LOVES mini-golf!



As a wrap-up to our December & January, 
here are a few pictures of our family activities....

A few weeks before Christmas we continued the tradition
of making sand tarts, the thin crispy kind.


Pappy read "The Wonky Donkey", it's hilarious!


And we gave Ellie the most impractical gift that is bringing her
so much joy!  His name is Gerald.


And finally Pappy enjoyed a story with his girls,
Gerald just had to listen in too.


Here's to a great new year full of awesome family time!

Carolyn


Friday, January 11, 2019

Mini-quilts make special gifts!

A few years ago, I created a tutorial for this style of
Christmas tree mini-quilt.  The original quilt hangs in my sewing studio.
Recently when a friend visited me, she mentioned how much she liked the quilt.
She also collects gnomes.....so I put the 2 together
and came up with this gift for her.



The next mini-quilt I made was for my Aunt Louise.
Her birthday is in November, but she just received her quilt.

I need to make more of these.


And finally this cute little mug rug for my
sister who LOVES snow.


Almost forgot, I made myself another mini-quilt.
This one started by playing with half-square triangles to make stars.
I decided to combine them. It could be used as a table runner,
but I hung it on my studio wall.
Same star, just different arrangements of the half-square triangles.


Here's an updated picture of my studio display....
makes me smile!



Thanks for visiting my neglected blog :)

Carolyn


Monday, January 7, 2019

Pillows A-plenty

 I went a little crazy with sewing/quilting pillows this year.
I started with a scrappy star for me.


I found this background fabric at a thrift store
and loved the vintage touch it added to my pillow.


Another favorite part is the back of the pillow.
I just love everything about this pillow,
except I have to put it away now.
Maybe I'll make a pillow for each season....


I created this mini-quilt from a practice block for
the next set of pillows I made.


These were gifts.


Snow globes galore.....
1...


2...


3...


4.


And a monogrammed star.


Lastly for the 8 kids in our life, 
7 great nieces and nephews and
our granddaughter.  I made these easy
flannel and fleece pillowcases.


The kids loved them!

I'll share more projects in the next post.

Carolyn



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Powder Room Update

We finally finished a makeover of our powder room.
I should say, my hubby, I was only the designer.
This project required replacing part of the vinyl floor covering
and replumbing the sink. The pipes were off center before.
So thankful for his handyness!

Here's an after picture.


And a close-up of this cute little sink (it helps to make
a tiny powder room feel a little larger) and
the vintage metal trash can our daughter gave me
for Christmas a few years go.




This is the before, but I forgot to take a picture until hubby
had removed the top & sink.
When this old cabinet was removed there was old vinyl flooring
under it. Thankfully, the previous owner of our home had
left us the extra pieces of the current vinyl flooring.
With the help of you-tube hubby was able to make a 
seamless fitting, unless we tell people they don't know
the floor was patched.

You can also see in this picture how the pipes were off 
center on this tiny wall, just 37 inches across.


What's next on the honey-do list?

Carolyn


Friday, October 5, 2018

Fall Wall Hanging


The weather is turning a little cooler, so it's
time to celebrate!

A new wall hanging for my office.


Detail of the quilting on each block.
I used a variegated thread and walking foot
to echo the details of each block.
The stems are raw edge applique.


The 3 featured batik fabrics were purchased
for this specific project.
The other coordinating fabrics came from my scrap stash.




First, I made a sample block that turned into a 
mini-quilt to add to my collection.

On to the next project :) 




Thanks for stopping by my little blog.

Carolyn


Placemats

Too busy to blog, but I have done some sewing recently.

Made this set of 10 placemats for a friend.



The fabrics came from a local thrift store (that only sells
craft items) and my stash.

If you happen to be near or visiting the Lancaster PA area,
look up Lancaster Creative Reuse, it's an awesome shop
of donated craft items for resale. 
A thrift store of crafts!
Find them on Facebook for hours, directions, etc.

My friend put the placemats to use immediately.


Thanks for stopping by my little blog.

Carolyn


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cathedral Window Pillows


I decided to finish some of the UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
in my sewing room.  
This week it was a pair of pillows for our living room.



The pillowcase style back is the same
batik fabric used in the "windows".



This is a fun, relatively easy project using this tutorial.
Beware it is time consuming.



A fresh new look.

My hubby wondered where they came from...
well duh, the studio upstairs :)

So many UFOs, so little time!

Carolyn



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mini Quilts, A New Bag and .....


Continuing with my mini-quilt wall.
I completed this sewing machine quilt for me....



and this purple sewing machine mini for 
my youngest sister.
I really like these fun, relatively quick projects.



I made myself a new spring/summer purse.
This one is heavily structured and is holding it's shape
nicely, even after daily use for over a month.



This quilt block was submitted to the annual
quilt making at our denominations summer conference.



And in the non-quilting world,
our 2 daughters and I went to a painting class.
We began with unfinished wood and in the span
of just 3 hours took home completed projects.
A fun creative evening!

Carolyn



Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt

Recently finished this little quilt using the Disappearing 4 Patch Pattern. Used thrifted fabric as well as a dotted swiss fr...