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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

more decorations

 I decided to add some more photos I have taken of quilty decorations...
the quilt on the wall is from Pat Sloan's book Crooked Cabins and I made it in 2008.
 Pumpkin Party tablerunner I made last year.
 Some of my placemats and tablerunner on the dining room table.
What fun my GGD has painting at our house.....(she is 2½)
and she likes the decorations and is checking them out.  We like seeing her every week.
In this photo I also like the reflections of the lights on the table and the window!
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall and Halloween decorating

 Here are some of my decorations....the first one is in my kitchen...I love lights!
The front door,,,,,,then the table inside on the left and the wall on the right.


 In the living room.........the tablerunner is from a blog hop in 2010.
I take photos every year to document how I decorated.  I thought I would do a blog post of just some of my photos and decorations
Smiles and hugs....Caryl



Friday, July 25, 2014

Log cabin mug rugs and a quilt card

 Here is what I did with some leftover fabric from Eat Your Fruits n' Veggies by Pat Sloan.......
I wanted to continue making log cabin blocks....
I decided to carry the fabric around the corner on part of it...
This is what I did....
just sew the ends together and then hold it in place and see where the seam looks best...
 Stitch and then trim....I decided to stop and not go any further...
So these became mug rugs/potholders/table mats.........
Here is a photo before I quilted them.

I also made a quilt card at Stamp Delights....thanks Debbie for the instruction......
That photo is in my IG photostream on the sidebar....

Check IG carylquilts for other photos of what I have been working on this week.
Smiles and hugs....Caryl
Link to finish it Friday and Link a Finish Friday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

giddy 4 patch pillow tutorial

Today I finished a pillow to match my giddy postage stamp quilt I made 3 years ago.........
Here is a tutorial for those who might be interested in how I made this...
For beginners....this would be a fun way to learn to do a project....
I started with charm squares of 8 light and 8 dark....
Pencil lines on the back of the light halfway each way.....
 I used my 34C foot on my Bernina and moved the needle 5 clicks to the right...

Then I had the red line on the foot to follow the pencil line....
Sew on each side of just one of the drawn pencil lines....
 Next cut along the pencil lines....each of the charm pairs makes 4 twosies....
then make them into 4 patches.  You will have 16 4 patches..
Here is a possible layout of all the 4 patches....
I ended up NOT using this layout....the photo really helped me decide I didn't like that one....

I squared each 4 patch to 4½" and sewed together.....it is 16½" square...
I then quilted with the same turquoise thread I used on the quilt.
The back is cut 16½" x 22" and cut in half....then folded the edge under ½" and stitched..
For the envelope opening right sides together and stitch all around....
Very easy and fun to make.  Let me know if you use this tutorial.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday, finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday
Also linking with Connie at Linky Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

quilting fun

I have been putting photos of my projects on instagram and you can check out what I have there...
my instagram is carylquilts.............

I am stopping my fun quilting this afternoon to do a quick blog post.
I will do another blog post another day with photo tutorial.
Link to Connie linky party Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, June 27, 2014

3 by 3 green mini

 This post is about some of the projects I have worked on this past month....
The first one I added the binding this past Tuesday at my quilt group....
It is 1½" strips sewn into in pairs and cut up and made into 4 patches.....
 The back is from an old Debbie Mumm fabric...
 I have blogged before about this log cabin block into a quilt...and it is now 24½".....
 I have been cutting fabrics into 2½" squares and put these together for a block...
 I got the borders on this yellow brick road quilt...info was blogged about it 2/08....
 I got into a bag of scraps I purchased long ago when I didn't have scraps and made two blocks....
Good memories of getting these scraps with my sisters in Rochester, MN and the shop was
Just A Little Something......
Using my scraps and trying out slab blocks from Sunday Morning Quilts book....
Getting a collection of different kinds of blocks....jumping from one thing to another...
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Connie Linky Party Tuesday......finish it up Friday.....Link a Finish Friday...
Needle and Thread Thursday.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

scrappy log cabin mini

 This is a 12 x 12 tabletopper (candlemat placemat) I finished this week....
I have a lot of strips I cut with my GO cutter of really old fabrics and some newer fabrics too...
 I did straight quilting starting with the first block next to the center and just kept going around in a
continuous line.  I used varigated thread.
 The back is Susan Winget fabric from many years ago....
 I made some more blocks and will probably make a quilt of these blocks with sashing...
 Another one....these are 12 ½" blocks unfinished....
In this block I am just going to continue adding more to it.....
So easy and so fun........
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Linky Party Tuesday, finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

placemats to go with five layer salad tablerunner

 Here are the 2 placemats I made to go with the tablerunner in the last post...
 I love these colorful fabrics....
 AND these are so easy to make...no binding...just sew 3 layers, turn and topstitch around edge.
I will be making some more....maybe with hexies!
 Here is another hexie project I started....
I like to sew each hexie separately....not sure what this will be....just playing!
I make little hexies at my Tuesday bee group when I don't have another project to sew....
I use plastic templates (photo of plastics on instagram of the plastics beside the project).
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking to Connie Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Also linking with finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

five layer salad tablerunner

 I started this project last month with the idea that I wanted to sew black and white strips together!!
 So I went searching online and in my books and quickly I came upon the book "Let's Do Lunch"  I found a pattern called "Seven Layer Salad" and I knew that I could adapt my black and white idea to this pattern.  I used jelly roll strips and made five sections....thus the name I call it!
 I used Pat Sloan's batik fabric because I wanted something bright and colorful for my table.
 Here is another photo...this photo with flash and my new plant in the middle!
I have previously posted photos of this progress on instagram.  I had decided at first just to quilt the centers of each group of three....but that wasn't enough so I just did wavy lines down the middle of each strip.  I am happy with this little tablerunner and am making placemats to match.
The measurements are 16 x 31½.
 Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation and finish it up Friday with crazymom quilts.
Linked with facebook group Quilt Along with Pat Sloan.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 by 5 dark red mini

 Here is a tabletopper using the same design as a previous mini I made using squares and 4 patches.
 It started as this in February using the same fabric in the square as in 2 of the 4 patch colors.
 I drew out a plan of machine quilting to have a step by step to follow.
For the border I used a curvy line #4 on my Bernina and 2 by 2.
This is very fun and easy and I am using up older fabric and mixing with newer fabrics.
Will link to finish it up Friday....I finished this yesterday.
Be creative every day....life is short!
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

I am adding this post to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River