Friday, December 28, 2012

House Warming Gift


Pieced and quilted these 
placemats and table runner 
as a house warming gift for our 
daughter and son-in-law.

Next up - the last of the baby projects before the baby is born.

Happy New Year!
Carolyn



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Friday, December 21, 2012

Quilted Car Seat Cover

Made a quilted car seat cover with left overs from other nursery projects.  The backing is a soft, minky type fabric, very snuggly and warm.  There are plenty of tutorials floating around for these, I just kinda winged it after reading a few.

We are all anxious to see a baby occupy this seat....we only have a few weeks to wait!

Carolyn

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Quilt Finished

During our fall retreat I started making Christmas blocks.


Last week I finished this Christmas quilt top.

But I just didn't like it so.....
I did my best froggy impression,
 rip-it, rip-it, rip-it, 
reassemble and LOVE IT!


This quilt will look great on the back of our living room sofa. 


I've been collecting these fabrics for several years, 
so happy to finally have a Christmas quilt!

I quilted just the white strips, 
maybe I'll go back and do more quilting - just not sure yet.


Enjoy preparing for this special time of year!
Carolyn

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Another Baby Project

Just finished this adorable (in my opinion) baby project.
It's a fuzzy, lovey (as we call them)
with ribbon tags for texture and fun.


Of course the idea came from Pinterest,
and unfortunately the colors aren't the best in this picture.

Note:  for safety, the eye is just thread.  
Sewn by going around and around free motion style
in a tiny circle with the sewing machine.

This week I also completed a window topper for the nursery
and a quilted cover for the infant car seat.
I will post pictures after they are in use.

This weekend I hope to make the crib bed skirt and
bumper pads.  Then I think the baby sewing will be complete, 
well at least for now!

Enjoy your weekend!
Carolyn

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Deluxe Diaper Bag



Our first grandchild is due in January so
I'm making lots of fun baby things!

This is the diaper bag our daughter requested.
Lots of pockets and jungle animals!

The outside of the bag features 2 large front pockets,
a pocket on each end with
elastic at the top of each pocket.

and...



a large pocket across the back of the bag.

The top closure is a heavy duty zipper.




The inside is spacious and
has 4 pockets of various sizes.

The best thing, it's washable!!!



The diaper bag coordinates
with the baby quilt I made.
and other coordinating baby items are
on my to-do list.

Guess this special baby girl is already 
spoiled by this one elated Grandmother!

Carolyn 


Friday, November 2, 2012

Zig Zag Delight



Before tackling a diaper bag for my daughter,
I decided to re-sharpen my skills
by making a new bag for me.


Found this great 2 toned gray upholstery fabric
and knew it would make an awesome bag.


The bag features 2 hidden pockets outside,
zipper closure,
and several pockets inside.
 

The zipper pull is made from beads in my stash of jewelry making supplies.
The feature medallion is gathered ribbon and buttons.


Hoping everyone is recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
 We were fortunate, several inches of rain and some wind 
but no damage or loss of electricity.

Although, I'm ready for the sun to shine!

Carolyn


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A New Project - Wristlet

I'm on a roll - 2 projects finished and posted in the same week.


Front/back view of a wristlet for Andrea.  
Featured inside:  2 full length pockets,
8 card pockets,
and a zipper pocket. 


Now onto a diaper bag for Heather and a purse for me....

Carolyn

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10 Minute Table Runner


I made this 10 Minute Table Runner as a birthday gift for my Aunt Louise.

The featured fabric is a border print.

This design is super easy and quick, just Google for instructions.

Next project a wristlet....to be posted soon.

Enjoying the colors of autumn!
Carolyn

Sunday, September 23, 2012

2nd Annual Quilt Retreat

I recently met with my Aunt Louise and my sister, Carlene, for our 2nd quilt retreat.  
There was more sewing and less quilting this time.


The first evening my aunt made these 3 winter table runners.
(sorry the color isn't very good)
We used a free internet pattern call 10 minute table runners.
Google it  :)


And these coasters using this tutorial.


One thing my aunt wanted to make was something using the feed sacks her
brother-in-law had given her.
These windowpane blocks are the result (close-up photos below).
Cut sizes, panes 6.5 inches square, cross bars 1.5 inches wide
and sash or outside borders 2.5 inches wide.
After more blocks are made, they will be set together with white sashing
to make a wall hanging or quilt.








Last year, my sister stitched a quilt top, this year she finished by adding 3 borders.  
She hopes to start hand quilting soon.


I started a Christmas quilt.  I made 8 blocks including the ones pictured above.


And lastly, we found the pattern pieces to a clothes pin bag
that our mother use to make.  There were no instructions, but we managed to 
get the bags made, not sure they are correctly made but they will work.
We are hoping to make more of these next time, maybe till then
we will figure out some things better.

It was a wonderful few days, reconnecting with family and stitching!

Have a great week!
Carolyn

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tried (and finished) a new project


Our daughter and son-in-law bought a good quality glider chair at a thrift store.
See before picture here.
Our son-in-law did a great job repainting the chair!
I recovered the cushions, some were very challenging
but the outcome is great!


The plaid fabric coordinates well with the baby quilt :)



And the mommy-to-be is enjoying both!!!

So happy I was able to finish this challenge!

Next "baby" project - the diaper bag....big smile!!!

Carolyn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vacation post finally.......

 I forgot to post pictures of our recent vacation to Watkins Glen & Niagara Falls, NY. 


 Click this link for my facebook photo album.

We had a great, relaxing time - and I even found quilt shops along the way :)

Carolyn

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A big package for me...


I came home from work today to find 2 packages waiting for me!


The smaller package contained sewing machine attachments.......hmmmm


Look a box inside a box and lots of packing materials.....


And now the "prize inside".....


A 1951 Singer Featherweight portable sewing machine.
With the original manual and lots of attachments.
It's beautiful, hard to believe it's 61 years old.


It works like it is brand new!  
When I sat down to thread it, it was like stepping back into time with my
mother's Singer sewing machine.  She didn't have this model, 
but the mechanisms are all the same.

These vintage machines are used by quilters across the country.
They are relatively light, come with a carrying case so are great for taking to classes, etc.
I purchased this one at this Etsy shop.  
Bev, the seller, was delightful to work with, I had so many questions.

Now I just need a class or retreat to go to.....
wait I have one scheduled in September - big smile!!!

I had read many blog posts about these nifty machines but
after seeing one in action while on vacation
I started my search and found a gem!
I knew that Christmas money I had been saving 
for so many years would come in handy one day :)

Carolyn



Monday, August 6, 2012

1st Baby Project "put to bed".....


2D Zoo Print Baby Quilt, designed & made
especially for our first grand child due in January. 
Thanks to Heather & Andrea for helping to select the fabrics.
Expectant mommy, Heather, blogs here.


Flannel pin-dot backing, so cuddly soft!


Thought the animals would enjoy "hanging out in a tree"....
couldn't resist :)

Back to the drawing board for the next project!
Carolyn

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quick peek.....


here's the baby quilt on my design wall 

We are enjoying some much needed rain today!
Carolyn

Friday, July 13, 2012

Special announcement.....

I'm going to be a grandmother :)


So I'm preparing for lots of sewing for the new little one.


The above fabric will be used for the baby quilt & car seat cover.
I'm sure we will find other uses for the scraps.


The brown dotted fabric will be the crib skit and the
mod blue/green print will be the bumper pads.
These fabrics will also appear in the quilt.

So any advice for a first time grandmother?

Carolyn

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Texture

As you venture around quilting/sewing blog-land, 
it is apparent that texture is all the rage.
So I joined the trend.


This new bag features gathers and a hidden pocket.
And the fabric was from my stash :)
I love the look, now wonder if I'll love the new size & style.
Time will tell........


I've taken a long break from sewing, 
but hopefully I'll be motivated to work on more projects.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!
Carolyn