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



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hands2Help Quilt Completed


As mentioned in this post
I joined Sarah's Hand2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2018.

The quilt is finished and will be mailed soon
to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.

I used a simple pillowcase finish and the
backing is a coordinating flannel fabric.



All in all, a fun little project.

Carolyn

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hand2Help Donation

I have decided to join Sarah's

When a nor'easter come through south central PA on the first day of spring,
I spent the day at home and set aside a few hours to complete this quilt top.


A pre-printed panel that's been in my stash for far too many years.
Made into a simple window frame quilt.

When completed this quilt will be donated to
Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.
They include a quilt in a backpack for children going through
traumatic situations.

Now to get the quilt completed and in the mail by
June 1st, without the assistance of another snow storm.

You can see in the picture below that the snow was
up to the seat of our bench.....and it wasn't done snowing yet.


So thankful spring has arrived!
Carolyn



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bright baby quilt finish

Bright baby quilt finished last week.


A nursing student in our church has a fellow classmate
that is from out of the country with no extended family in the US.  
He and his wife are having a baby girl and so the
students decided to shower them with gifts.
I made this little quilt as a gift for them.



The fabric came from my stash, and if I remember correctly
most of it was gifted to me when a friend was cleaning out her craft space.  



The polka-dot backing was the remaining portion
of a thrifted bed sheet used in another project.



A fun little gift that only cost me my time.

On to more projects!
Carolyn










Friday, March 2, 2018

Playing catch up....


Recently I completed and mailed this purse to my cousin, Gina.
She had mentioned that she bought fabric to make a new purse
but as a busy homeschool mom of 6, she hadn't found the time
to make it yet.  I asked her to send me the fabric and I'd send her a bag.
They've been dealing with a life altering disease in their family and
I was delighted to bless her in this small way.



I found a free pattern for this cute sewing machine block.
I created these 2 mini quilts, around 11 inches square. 
I gave the red one to a friend for her birthday and 
the other to my younger sister for her birthday.
I have 2 more on my design wall - then I'll
be done with this pattern, some of those triangles are made
with 3/4 inch squares, that's a bit tiny for my liking.



I'm also working on this baby baby quilt,
a fun little scrap buster.
Hoping to finish it up this weekend.



So, that catches me up for the past few weeks.
What have you been working on?

Carolyn


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mini-quilts

Finished a few mini-quilts this week.

2 as birthday gifts for 2 of my aunts.


The sheep is just 9.5 inches square.


This cardinal is 14 inches square.


1 for my mini-quilt wall, 11 x 13 inches.
I'm lovin' the snowflake border, 
I may have to use this in the future.



and

1 extra (not sure who will get this one), 11 inches square.


Fun projects but, I'm done with cardinals :)

Carolyn



Friday, January 5, 2018

Small *Supernova* Quilt


Finished this small *Supernova* quilt over
Christmas break.  This little gem has been on my 
I was debating the border treatment, finally decided to do 
a simple piano key style border.
The pattern idea came from 
the link is to her tutorial.
The quilt really isn't this wonky, 
just hard to take a picture on the floor.



A close-up of the quilting that radiates from the
center of the star.  This quilt also qualifies as a scrap buster,
nothing was purchased to complete the project....yippee!



For now, the quilt has found a home on our living room sofa.

Don't let the sunshine fool you, it's freezing outside,
which makes for good sewing weather.

Stay warm!
Carolyn


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 par...