Monday, February 22, 2021

Disappearing 4 Patch

 I found this little orphan 4 patch block in my stash.

Found a Disappearing 4 Patch tutorial on Pinterest,
cut on diagonal....

and put it on display with other orphan blocks.



Displayed using these vintage mini clothes pins.

Just a little project to brighten my studio space.

I'm planning to post more pictures of my studio next week.

Enjoy your day!
Carolyn



Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dreaming of Sand & Surf

 Last October, we were privileged to spend a week at a beautiful AirBNB
on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  

I made this quilt for the owners as a thank you!

I quilted using a double needle, the stitches straddle the seams. 
The backing (forgot to take a picture) is a minky type fabric.  
The result a cuddly, comfy throw.

Thanks again to our wonderful hosts!

Carolyn





Friday, January 22, 2021

Where have I been?

Welcome to my much neglected blog.  

Many life changes have occurred since my last post, over 17 months ago.

We sold our home, purchased and moved to another. 


First snow in our new home.

Did lots of home repairs to both houses with more to come (bought a fixer, this will take time).

My hubs had a few job transitions but has landed in a really great position where his gifts and talents are being used to glorify our Heavenly Father.  

I spent many months working from home, but our office has moved to a new location so now I'm back working behind a desk.  

So many transitions, it just makes my head spin.

Did a little traveling, thanks to ministry training opportunities and a very generous airbnb ministry.  

Exploring the coast of Maine.

Outer Banks, NC

But you didn't come here to hear all this........I did manage to do a little creating too.

Sneak peak of my latest quilt.

Dusted off my crochet hooks.


Autumn pillow for our new sunroom.

Placemats, some fabric is vintage other's reproduction.

A buffalo check quilt for our living room.

A purse, one of my favorites!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to post again soon.  Stay safe and healthy!

Carolyn






Friday, August 23, 2019

Navy Bag

Found this cute navy floral at Hobby Lobby, even 
though I didn't need fabric, I had to have this piece.


Quilted using Pellon sew-in foam, gives lots of dimension
and added stability.  Although I used interfacing too.
The light gray handles, piping and bottom are
Waverly decorator weight fabric from Walmart.  


I'm hoping it doesn't look too springy, cause it's my new
fall purse.  Navy is for fall right?

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

Monday, June 17, 2019

1930's Print Quilt

While in Ohio Amish country a few years ago,
I purchased a charm pack of 1930's print fabric.
I have always loved the vintage prints and finally bought a pack.


After playing with the squares I realized I needed more.
So I put it on my Christmas wish list.
My son-in-law bought 2 more packs on-line.


I found the yellow yardage at JoAnn and sewed the top 
together months ago.  It's been laying in my sewing room 
waiting for quilting design inspiration.
The backing is a thrifted, vintage sheet.


We've had a stressful transition in our family this year and
my energy was consumed with just living but last week
I found inspiration on Pinterest and the energy to sew.


It's not perfect, I was a little rusty with my free motion quilting,
but I love the quilt all the same.


Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
Carolyn


Saturday, March 30, 2019

First Dresden Plate "Block"

Tried something new this week.....a Dresden Plate "block".
Is it actually a block when it turned out to be a circle?

It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with this quilted table mat.
I also made simple quilted placemats for everyday use.

They aren't fancy, but it's nice to have a something new
in our kitchen.


Thanks for stopping by!
Carolyn

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A treat for me....

We are headed out for a little break this week,
so it was time for a new bag.

I tried to buy one, but alas I returned to my sewing room
and thanks to Pinterest inspiration, this was the result.


The bag is 18 inches wide at the top and 12 inches tall,
just perfect for a road trip.

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

Friday, February 1, 2019

Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt


Recently finished this little quilt using the
Disappearing 4 Patch Pattern.


Used thrifted fabric as well as a dotted swiss from JoAnn.
Finished size is 38 inches square.


Just a fun little project, with no real purpose,
though it could be a baby gift.


The backing is a thrifted, vintage bed sheet.

Thanks for visiting,
Carolyn

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Oh my heart (pillow)

 Can you believe it?  
I finished a project for me, in the appropriate season!


A heart pillow that coordinates with the heart quilt
I made several years ago (2013).
A tutorial for the heart block used in the quilt may be found here.


We are expecting a snow storm and I have a long weekend at home....
sew I'm hanging out in the studio :)

Thanks for visiting!
Carolyn


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our granddaughter turns 6, I made her a Bible cover.

How can she be 6 already?


I bought pre-quilted fabric and designed a cover
for her first Bible.




We also bought Ellie her first golf putter,
she LOVES mini-golf!



As a wrap-up to our December & January, 
here are a few pictures of our family activities....

A few weeks before Christmas we continued the tradition
of making sand tarts, the thin crispy kind.


Pappy read "The Wonky Donkey", it's hilarious!


And we gave Ellie the most impractical gift that is bringing her
so much joy!  His name is Gerald.


And finally Pappy enjoyed a story with his girls,
Gerald just had to listen in too.


Here's to a great new year full of awesome family time!

Carolyn


Friday, January 11, 2019

Mini-quilts make special gifts!

A few years ago, I created a tutorial for this style of
Christmas tree mini-quilt.  The original quilt hangs in my sewing studio.
Recently when a friend visited me, she mentioned how much she liked the quilt.
She also collects gnomes.....so I put the 2 together
and came up with this gift for her.



The next mini-quilt I made was for my Aunt Louise.
Her birthday is in November, but she just received her quilt.

I need to make more of these.


And finally this cute little mug rug for my
sister who LOVES snow.


Almost forgot, I made myself another mini-quilt.
This one started by playing with half-square triangles to make stars.
I decided to combine them. It could be used as a table runner,
but I hung it on my studio wall.
Same star, just different arrangements of the half-square triangles.


Here's an updated picture of my studio display....
makes me smile!



Thanks for visiting my neglected blog :)

Carolyn


Disappearing 4 Patch

 I found this little orphan 4 patch block in my stash. Found a Disappearing 4 Patch tutorial on Pinterest , cut on diagonal.... and put it o...