Friday, August 23, 2019

Navy Bag

Found this cute navy floral at Hobby Lobby, even 
though I didn't need fabric, I had to have this piece.


Quilted using Pellon sew-in foam, gives lots of dimension
and added stability.  Although I used interfacing too.
The light gray handles, piping and bottom are
Waverly decorator weight fabric from Walmart.  


I'm hoping it doesn't look too springy, cause it's my new
fall purse.  Navy is for fall right?

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

Monday, June 17, 2019

1930's Print Quilt

While in Ohio Amish country a few years ago,
I purchased a charm pack of 1930's print fabric.
I have always loved the vintage prints and finally bought a pack.


After playing with the squares I realized I needed more.
So I put it on my Christmas wish list.
My son-in-law bought 2 more packs on-line.


I found the yellow yardage at JoAnn and sewed the top 
together months ago.  It's been laying in my sewing room 
waiting for quilting design inspiration.
The backing is a thrifted, vintage sheet.


We've had a stressful transition in our family this year and
my energy was consumed with just living but last week
I found inspiration on Pinterest and the energy to sew.


It's not perfect, I was a little rusty with my free motion quilting,
but I love the quilt all the same.


Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
Carolyn


Saturday, March 30, 2019

First Dresden Plate "Block"

Tried something new this week.....a Dresden Plate "block".
Is it actually a block when it turned out to be a circle?

It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with this quilted table mat.
I also made simple quilted placemats for everyday use.

They aren't fancy, but it's nice to have a something new
in our kitchen.


Thanks for stopping by!
Carolyn

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A treat for me....

We are headed out for a little break this week,
so it was time for a new bag.

I tried to buy one, but alas I returned to my sewing room
and thanks to Pinterest inspiration, this was the result.


The bag is 18 inches wide at the top and 12 inches tall,
just perfect for a road trip.

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

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


Navy Bag

Found this cute navy floral at Hobby Lobby, even  though I didn't need fabric, I had to have this piece. Quilted using Pellon...