Friday, February 14, 2014

Long time - no post

It's been quite a while since I've posted and for good reason.  

We are moving!

Searching for a home and packing 
(along with the countless other things involved in moving) 
have taken over my life.  

We are also blessed with many snow storms, work and
the routine of life to keep us on our toes.

Here's a sneak peak of the house we have under contract - 

One of the bedrooms will be my quilting / sewing room.....
so excited about a bigger space for creativity!

Please pray that the house inspection goes off without a hitch!

Happy Spring!
Carolyn

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Quilts

These are the Christmas quilts I made for my family.
Last year I asked family members to bring Christmas fabric to our family celebration.
I used that fabric and added some of my own to create these 4 quilts.
There are 26 different fabrics plus the white background.



This "Trip Around the World" quilt is for my parents,
the travelers of the family.



"Snowball blast" quilt for my brother,
he threw plenty of snowballs in our childhood.



"Twinkle, twinkle, little star" for my younger sister,
we are close in age and did lots of singing together.



And finally, "Christmas ~ Irish Chain" for my youngest sister.
Not really a reason for this one, but it's one of my favorite quilt patterns
and I thought she'd like all the little details of the applique.
Now I wish I would have taken a close-up picture of each applique.



Here's a shot of the quilts before quilting and applique.


This was a fun project, now I need to make myself one with the remaining fabric.
Isn't that the way it goes quilters, we make quilts for everyone but ourselves.

Merry Christmas!
Carolyn

Edited to add this picture of the labels, now I wish I would have taken pictures
of the backs of the quilts also.......guess I was so excited about the
finished quilts that I forgot about some important photos.




Saturday, December 14, 2013

A sneak peak....Christmas quilts

It's snowing today, so I just had to go out in the snow and take pictures of the quilts I'm working on.

But since these are Christmas surprises, it's only a sneak peak.


The piecing is finished, now on to the quilting.

Enjoy your weekend!
Carolyn




Saturday, November 30, 2013

Special Request Purse #4 (and it's the last one)

This purse was quite the challenge and that's why it took so long to make.
It wasn't hard to make, the design was one I've used before
BUT
it was just deciding how to piece the striped body of the bag that slowed the process.

I was using scraps, which can also get tricky - 
kept running out of fabric so had to check my stash for more coordinates.....fun, fun.
Just nothing like taking several fabrics and sewing them together
to create a new, unique piece of fabric :)

I'm so glad I took my time because I'm very happy with the results!



Time to move on to Christmas projects, so I may not be back until the new year.

Enjoy this special time of year!
Carolyn

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Special Request Purse #3

This special order was "out of my comfort zone" to say the least.
The design wasn't the problem, but the fabric was another story.
It has a metallic gold sheen, is very slick, hard to iron without melting
(you don't need to ask how I learned that...lol)
and just generally unstable.
This is one of the reasons I don't usually use fabric provided by others.
But this is for a very special friend who has supported me for years.
So I did my best - I'm sure she will love it.

Next up a fun purse featuring a fabric tie.
Enjoy your weekend!
Carolyn

Monday, November 18, 2013

Special Request Purse #2

A special friend from Missouri requested a blue, crazy quilt purse.
It's a Christmas gift to herself.
I shipping it out last week, but didn't want to post pictures
until after she received the bag.


Lisa, received her purse and loves it!
Carolyn


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Special Request Purse #1

This Christmas Poinsettia purse was a special request by a friend.
I shipped it out yesterday.



Two more special orders and then on to Christmas projects.

Enjoying this beautiful weather - hope you are too!
Carolyn