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


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Patch is empty......

This pumpkin was a special order for a friend at work.
She provided some of the fabrics.
The picture doesn't show it but the black blocks with
pumpkins and candy corn contains glitter.
Love the special added touch of the sparkle.

2 pumpkins were made and added to 
2 leftover from the craft sale to make a set of 4.   


These will be shipped to Florida tomorrow. 

Of course, I kept the first pumpkin I made for myself.

Now on to some special request purses and 
finally to Christmas projects!

Enjoy your day!
Carolyn

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bags & pumpkins available...

These pumpkin mini-quilts and bags are available for a suggested donation
toward the cost of my husband's missions trip to Haiti.
Please email me if you are interested or need more info.

*update - pumpkins are no longer available















Thanks!
Carolyn

Friday, October 18, 2013

Purse project is complete.....

With these last few purses, I'm ready for Fall Fest.
I tried a few different styles of detachable "flowers".






Time to pack up and move out.....lol
Praying for good weather and lots of sale!

Carolyn

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pumpkin mini-quilts

Yes, I've gone a little crazy with the pumpkin mini-quilts.
These measure approx. 18" X 15".
Just the right size to display on a table, door or wall.





The back of each mini-quilt is pre-quilted muslin.
The free-motion quilting shows up nicely.


Back to the sewing machine :)
Carolyn


Thursday, October 10, 2013

4 Bags and a Pumpkin Mini-Quilt

This weeks work resulted in 4 bags for the missions fundraiser.

Smallish purple and gray chevron bag with snap closure 
and detachable rolled rose detail.

Gray, black and wine plaid bag is a little bigger than the chevron 
and also has a snap closure.


 This large tote bag is very sturdy and reversible. 
Great for an overnight bag, kid stuff, needlework or even office work

Another large, sturdy tote bag.  
It stands alone nicely so has lots of potential.

The sunset shown in the blog banner was 
the inspiration I needed to kick this project in gear.
I'm really loving the result so will probably keep it for myself.
This quilted pumpkin mat is the size of a large placemat. 

I'd love to make more of these, but don't have many scraps in these colors.
If time permits, I know I can do one more, but I'm trying to eek out 2.

This project was a nice diversion since I have depleated most of the
essential supplies needed in bag making and I'm waiting to get a good deal
at a local fabric store this weekend.



Stay tuned....this cooler, wet weather is great for sewing.
Carolyn


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Progress continues X 5


This week I continued making purses to sell as a missions fundraiser.
Group picture helps show proportions.

Crazy quilt style.

Large tote with snap closure.

Recycled denim bag with paisley trim.

Cross body recycled denim bag.

Denim and lace wristlet.

Next up is a purple and gray chevron bag...it's so cute.

Happy Fall!
Carolyn