Sunday, July 24, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop - My Turn



This is my project for the Blog Hop sponsored by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Thank you Sarah for offering this opportunity for me to get my act together.



My wall hanging was inspired by the small picture of a child's artwork seen
on the right side of the above picture.  I found the image on Pinterest but
it was only a picture, not linked to a website and now I can't find the
Pinterest post.  I believe my kids did something similar in preschool
with pre-cut strips of construction paper.



I will offer this tutorial, it's more of a demonstration not an actual pattern.
I used scraps of homespun fabric, a white on white muslin for the background
and paper backed fusible web.

Gather scraps.


Cut fusible web into 1 inch strips.


Iron to fabric strips and


Trim to 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide strips.  I wasn't careful about them being even.
This is an organic type project, not precise.


Begin arranging strips.

  
Add a free formed star and trunk.
Press (according to the directions for the fusible web you used)
 to secure your design.

Quilt, bind and display....DONE...if only it were that easy!

You see, I got a little impatient with my iron, it leaked water on my project and 
the backing fabric bled through the batting and onto the front of the project.
You can see some of the damage in the picture below.





I used white chalk to cover the damage and will keep this one on my studio wall
to remind me to patiently wait for the iron to heat property.....think it will work?

Since my original intent was to make this as a gift for a friend who loves homespun.
I made another wall hanging for her and then one from Christmas fabrics for me.

The gift.

The one I will display at Christmas.

This project is very versatile.  Could work as placemats, coasters,
make several blocks and join them for a quilt.....with/without borders.....
it's all up to you.  If you make one, please post a picture in comments
I'd love to see your interruption. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today and please visit the other Blog Hop participants, 
their projects are awesome!
Click this link to find more Christmas projects on my bog.

Carolyn


July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Exciting news

Hello friends........

It's been awhile since I've blogged, I've been busy......there's always some kind of excuse.

So, I decided to join a blog hop to try to inspire me to start sewing again.
Find details about the blog hop here.




Start following along now, my post is scheduled for 7/24.



July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle



Here's a sneak peak of the project tutorial I'll be sharing.


Hope to see you on the 24th!

Carolyn

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Wreaths featuring Vintage Ornaments

Last week I completed 4 of these wreaths. I've been collecting the vintage and used ornaments for several years and decided it was time to get this project out of my mind and on my wall so to speak.



Here's a sampling of the ornaments I used. I prefer to use glass ornaments, although there are a few plastics ones included in my projects. The solid colors are easy to find, it's the character or decorative ornaments that are harder to come by, at least at a price I'm willing to pay.  All but 2 boxes of white ornaments came thrift stores. For some reason, I had a hard time finding white.  I also purchased a few new small ornaments packs, they are hard to find also.



I started with a styrofoam wreath form, wrapped it with silver Christmas tinsel. I prefer used tinsel, it's fluffier.  If using new tinsel my tip would be, crinkle or fluff it. 



Continue by adding ornaments,  I placed them randomly then checked the layout before gluing with hot glue. This wreath is in progress.



I finished off each wreath by cutting small strips, 2-3 inches long, of tinsel and gluing it into the spaces between the ornaments.  I like the filled in look.


The next 3 pictures (along with the very first picture in this post) are the completed projects.  I will be keeping 2 of them and gave one to each of our daughters.

I have leftover ornaments, so may make a few for gifts if I can find some feature ornaments and the time.



This one went to Heather.


This one went to Andrea.



I have a very busy calendar for the next few months so.......Thanks for visiting and (I know it's early but) have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

Happy Thanksgiving too!
Carolyn

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A TALE OF 3 PURSES



 Completed a few purses for a friend.


Lovely fall classic look.  This fabric is fabulous, 
the tan design is stitching, providing a nice rich texture.  
The brown accent fabric has a tone-on-tone design.



Cross-body bag of durable black cotton with free motion machine quilting.  Stitching on the body of the bag is an irregular wavy line design.  The flap has a design of continuous flower petals.  Adds nice texture and interest to this solid colored bag.  Also features an adjustable strap.




Fun fabric for this amazing bag, the blue is so vibrant.
This bag needs a home, let me know if you are interested.

We are enjoying or should I say enduring another streak of hot weather here in southern PA so I may be sewing just to stay out of the heat and humidity.

Until next time....
Carolyn


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I DIDN'T FORGET HOW TO SEW.........

...or blog, I just took a little break.....
so here's a catch up post.


In April, I designed and created this purse for myself.
I've been using it ever since.....I really like this size and style.
It's large enough to carry a water bottle or book 
(along with all the other normal purse stuff) 
and soft enough to be comfortable not big and bulky.


The purse began as a jacket that I bought at a thrift store
for less than $5.  Did you notice the buttons on the 
front of the purse?  I also enjoy the benefit of using pre-quilted fabric, saves a lot of time.  Love up-cycling!  


Around the same time, I made this cute little
cross body bag for a friend.  It took more
time to select the coordinating fabrics and button 
then to stitch it together.  A fun little project.


After the month of April, my sewing machine got a little break
as I enjoyed some time outside with the flower gardens and walking.  Apparently I was exposed to too much pollen, 
came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection.
Seasonal allergies are not fun!
 I'm finally feeling better so this week I dusted off the machine and made a few bags for a friend.  I'll post those pictures soon.

I'm trying to stay indoors as much as possible 
but today was a beautiful summer day.

Here's Ellie discovering the hidden kitty in the 
vinca vine.  Sorry Peaches, she's on to you!
No rest for the kitty while the little is around :)


Hope you had a great day too!
Carolyn





Thursday, March 5, 2015

I SPY ..... SNOW


Since I completed this I SPY quilt during
our snow storm today.  I decided to venture
outside for photos.


It's 48" square and each block is unique.
Made totally from my stash, the backing
is a thrifted polka-dot sheet.


Not much more to say, 
except I sure hope spring arrives soon!


Cabin fever = quilting!
Carolyn

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I-SPY QUILT, WORK CONTINUES


The blocks are completed and on the design wall.
Now to move a few blocks around then stitch it up.

I'm hoping be finished before Easter.
Carolyn