Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bags and winter wall hanging

With Thanksgiving behind us and looking toward Christmas 
(and the colder weather that comes with this time of year),
I thought it was about time to head to my sewing studio.

I made myself a new winter bag.
It's made from a thrift store wool skirt and
left over fabric from last winter's bag.
So a great bargain bag!


Earlier in the fall, I made this bag.
When I spied the colors and pattern of this fabric
I knew it just had to become a bag.
I bought this fabric just for this project,
so not much of a bargain, but since I bought the fabric at 
a big box store, not a budget buster either.


Next on the list are 5 small messenger bags for
our great nieces and granddaughter for Christmas.
I used double sided, pre-quilted fabric, so these
came together quickly.


And lastly, a sneak peak of the winter wall hanging I'm working on.
Still lots of detail work to be done, but I'm making progress.

I'm designing this one as I go, so that takes extra time with all the
measuring, and staring at fabrics on my design wall and 
don't forget the mistakes.....all part of the creative process!


All in all, I've spent some fun hours in my sewing studio lately.

In case I don't make it back here for awhile again....

Merry Christmas!

Carolyn




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cathedral Window Mini-quilt

 Tried a new technique today.

The video is completed using 5" squares,
I used 3".  The mini-quilt measures approx. 15" square.


I used the "quilt as you go" method that's mentioned
in the video.  This is not a hard project but it is time 
consuming. There are endless color options,
I used the same background fabric for each block.


Adding another mini-quilt to my wall is enjoyable
and addicting.


Now to find another mini-quilt idea.

Carolyn

Monday, June 12, 2017

A little sewing...

Recently I added to my mini quilt collection. 


This Scottie Dog quilt block is less than 11 inches square.
I really like the candy stripe binding and no repeat fabrics.


I also decided it would be nice to have a new spring purse.
I tried buying one but just couldn't find anything I liked.
So....(or should I say sew....)
 

The exterior is a remnant of fabric purchased at a
thrift store for less than $2.  
The interior features custom pockets.


I can't take credit for the purse pattern.  
It's loosely based on

Hoping to continue sewing during the
warm summer....maybe I should
dig out some Christmas fabric.

Enjoy your summer!
Carolyn


Friday, March 31, 2017

Mini-quilts and more

 Added another mini-quilt to my collection.
This is about 12 inches x 14 inches.
The flowered background fabric was leftover from
the bridesmaids dresses I made for our daughter's wedding.
I love the little stair step design.


The mini-quilt I shared earlier is 12 inches square.


And displayed, lots of space for more mini-quilts.



Next up on the design wall is this small quilt,
finished size will be around 30 inches square.
This quilt was inspired by Confessions of a Quilt Addicts Supernova.
Sarah began with 7 inch squares, I used 3 inch squares, 
because they were already cut and waiting for inspiration.



Now to find time to get it finished.

Fun, fun!

Carolyn

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring has Arrived


A few weeks ago I took time to create this Spring Flower wall hanging.
I used a free pattern, and made a few changes.
I was a little rusty from not quilting for a few months, 
but with a little practice it came back to me.


Close up of feather quilting.


And my favorite block, helps that it's my favorite color.
(Looks like I'm a little rusty on proper pressing, 
not to mention blogging...)



I even managed to use the resulting 1/2 square triangles to 
create this mini quilt.
I'm trying to do more of these mini quilts
 to display on my studio wall.


The wall hanging now resides in my office at work, since I spend
so much time there I might as well enjoy some of my own work.

I also made this wreath for on my office door.
I've been working here 2 years, it's time to add a little personal touch.


Happy Spring!


 Carolyn

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