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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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Madness

March Madness is here.....we are cheering on the San Diego Aztecs.  We will be watching a lot of games and I just love college basketball!!!

Today I started a new quilting project.....there is something about a new project to get me excited about quilting again.  I have a lot of WIP to finish later...........

Who else is following the basketball games?  And who are you cheering for?

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Life is short.....




Just an explanation of my lack of blogging.......
I am not sure if I have mentioned on this blog about the cancer diagnosis of my DIL last end of April?  She put up a good fight with chemo and then went into remission....then in January it came back worse than before and she started chemo again but the side effects were so bad and she had many complications that her body could not overcome and passed away in February.  Yesterday was the celebration of her life.  Her sisters put together a video of photos and also of quotes from her pinterest boards.  She loved pinterest and had a lot of boards of things she wanted everyone to remember.  I am sharing one of them here at the top.

I will be getting back to sharing my creative stuff soon and be blogging again and also reading and commenting on blogs.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weight Watchers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here are some rambling thoughts I put on my blog on WW:

Enjoy this journey of losing weight and don't wait until the end for happiness.
Eat good healthy foods and so you won't be so hungry.
Know that some days you just get hungrier than others and use your WP (weekly points) then.
I lose better when I keep my points close to 26 every day.
Doing exercise every single day doesn't kill me.
Having a fun hobby that you are passionate about is a good thing.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Yellow Brick Road quilt blocks




Outside photo and inside photo with flash...
The bottom photo still has the pinned tags with the row numbers....
I always put tags on each row to keep everything straight when I am sewing rows...
A very good idea is to take a photo of your planned layout and refer to it when or if blocks get misplaced!
Also I take a lot of photos of different layout designs to help decide design layout.
Give me some ideas for borders....this is very bright and I will probably use it on a table.

This is a super fun design and very easy.  It is by Atkinson Designs.
I used 6 fat quarters for this small quilt.
AND I have a bundle of fabrics I will use to make a larger one sometime.

This is Strips & Squares Saturday #4....tell me what you are doing with strips and squares...





Saturday, February 1, 2014

Strips & Squares Saturday #3 Linky Party


Last Sunday I got all the blocks together for a project and haven't done anything with them since...
I have been working on other projects...

I want to know what you are doing with your strips and squares




5 by 5 blue mini

 I finished this little 12½ square quilt yesterday...
I used varigated thread of blue and pink to quilt it....
I have a lot of fabrics that I am trying to use and not just sit...
AND these fabrics I purchased almost 20 years ago!
I have been cutting strips of my old fabrics with my GO.....
I have blogged before about these little squares and 4 patches.
 I have collections of Susan Winget panels that I purchased long ago!
 I really like her designs and decided I would use this piece as the back...

Since I finished these yesterday I will add to finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday.
Will also link to Linky Tuesday.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Strips & Squares Saturday #2 Linky Party

This week I made a little table topper with the 2½" squares and 4-patches that I showed last Saturday and added 1½" strip borders and the total is 12½" square.

 I put some strips together to make some 9-patches.
 I have had this colorful fat quarter bundle for several years and decided now is the time to use it!
I cut up some 6½" and 3½" strips and am using a very popular pattern.  Anyone guess what I am making?

Smiles and hugs....Caryl





Thursday, January 23, 2014

January UFO Finish

 This table runner was started in 2009 and was the UFO I chose to finish for January....
It is Mary Englebreit fabric in a disappearning 9 patch....
 Here is the top on my sewing table on Christmas Day....
That is where I have put it for the past 5 Christmas holiday seasons....
the holiday season is one of the rare times when I close up my machine....
I have put a lot of photos on instagram so I won't put more here......
My instagram photos are in a slideshow on the right....
Notice the quilting in the border to look like the ribbon candy in the fabric....
Here is a closeup of my little clips I like to use when doing the hand binding to the back...
Smiles and hugs....Caryl

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


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Strips & Squares Saturday Linky Party

I am trying something new............
There are times when I just want to sew....sew....sew....
and when there are strips already cut then it is so easy to grab them and sew!!
I got the idea to do a linky party where we can share projects of what we are doing using strips and squares.. AND today is the first day.

In my last post I mentioned about cutting strips with my Go and that is certainly a fast and fun way to get those strips.  Then the fun begins to use them in so many ways.  The following photos are just playing with different possibilities.  The first two photos are something new I had not done before.  I got the idea from the book Strip Smart Quilts by Kathy Brown.

 Then I always love doing 4 patches...
 and I made them into a 16 patch..
 then I cut some squares and mixed squares and 4 patches...
 I have a box of twosies and this morning I made some chains of 4 patches...
I want to know how you are using your strips and squares





Tuesday, January 14, 2014

UFO and some new

 Pat Sloan has a UFO challenge on her blog here and this tablerunner is the one I picked to finish in January.
I just have the binding and a label yet to finish.  I have put photos on instagram and I will do a blog post of this with photos when it is finished!
I can only work on UFOs so long and I need to start something new....anyone else like that?

I have been using my GO to cut up strips of a lot of my fabrics that have been sitting around for years.  I need to get these used up and out of here.  I need more space for new stuff!  hee..hee!  Today I am trying a new block.  I sewed 2 1½" strips to a 2½" strip and then cut on diagonal.

I have been searching for different things to do with strips.  Last weekend I set up a linky so this next weekend is when it will start.  I sure hope it works.  I would like to know what others are doing with their strips.

Since my word for the year is accomplish....I want to accomplish and learn new things.  So the linky is something I have wanted to do for awhile....got that done.  Also...I was trying to figure out how to put instagram photos on my blog....discovered an instagram widget....got that done.  I still marvel at technology and all of the possibilities.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River.
Also linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My word for 2014

accomplish

This is the word I have picked for 2014.  I shared this on Pat Sloan's mashup group on the 1st.

I want to continue improving healthy habits of exercise and eating.  This will result in my losing the weight (Weight Watchers works when you follow the program).  I want to get my projects that I have started closer to being finished.  I want to go through closets and drawers and check all the spaces to make sure those areas are only for things I am using.  Making everything more efficient is what I am wanting for this year.
There are lots of new things I want to start.  I want to make cards again using stitching/quilting and do more zendoodles.  My list goes on and on.....................

Tell me what your word is for 2014.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Microwave Bowl Holder

 My sister Marilyn gave me a microwave bowl holder that she made....
And then she showed me how to make one...
 I used Tim Holtz fabrics and cut 11" squares of two fabrics and
11" squares of pellon Wrap-N-Zap....
 In the photo Marilyn is making an X from corner to corner....
You do this on each fabric with the batting on the wrong side of the fabric...
Sew an X corner to corner on both....
 Here she is marking the darts at the center of one side 1" in and 2½" down....
You do this for each side of each piece....
 Stitch all the darts and cut the excess off....
Then put right sides together and stitch all the way around leaving a 3" opening to turn...
Stitch next to the edge all around....
here is the inside of the bowl...
And here is the outside of the bowl..
My sister's neighbor made over 200 of these and sold them for $7.50 each!

Let me know if you make one of these and also if you have any questions.  Be sure to use 100% cotton fabric and no metallic in the fabric that goes in the microwave.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Links to Linky Party Tuesday, finish it up Friday and Link a Finish Friday.
Will also link to Needle and Thread Thursday.