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Friday, July 21, 2017

More Sunkissed placemats

 This week I finished two more Sunkissed placemats.  All four of them are different patterns.
This one I did the serpenine stitch to quilt through the front and back after sewing front and back right sides and turning.  I also used a 4.0 stitch to topstitch around the edge.
 This one is a quilt as you go design.  I quilted the top and batting and no quilting on the back.

 Photo of the beginning of quilting.  This is really fun to do!!
 Gudrun Erla of GE Designs is doing a sew along in her FB group.  I started this pattern in 2009 and put it away and just got it out this week to work on it.  I am using the Memento fabric.
 The last photo is the three fabrics I have chosen for another sew along I am doing.
I am happy to have finishes this week even though they are small projects.  I got out my peg stamps and did some stamping this week also as well as other quilty projects.  CREATE EVERY DAY.....that is what I strive to do.  I have a lot of choices of projects layed out and ready to go....and that makes it fun every day!!
Linking to crazymomquilts   finish it up Friday
and Freemotion by the River    Linky Tuesday

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Projects working on and want to start!

 There are TOO many fun projects that keep popping up and I can't resist!!

The first photo is Boden from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles.  I came to a halt on quilting this several weeks ago and it just sits here waiting for some inspiration on how to finish!!

The next photo is Solstice Challenge block 5 and I came to a halt on it too.  I started using the tiger tape for the last stitches I did and I really like using that for this purpose.
Here is a LIST of SOME of the other projects I am either working on or want to start:

  • 2 more Sunkissed placemats in two different designs
  • More Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge blocks 
  • Charm box mini quilt quilting
  • Picnic quilt quilting
  • 70 9 patch quilt from 2009
  • Scrappy rectangle blocks - 5 more to make
  • Log cabin blocks 4½" and larger
  • New project trial with charm squares - stack, cut and shuffle
  • Gudrun's new tablerunner project
  • Gudrun's Strip Maze sew along starting this week
  • Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen Sew Along
  • July mystery in a group I am in
  • Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders project - rails and checkerboard
  • Joanne Sharpe online classes
  • Craftsy online classes
I am in a daily journal challenge Weight Watcher related that is so helpful in my lifestyle change with eating and not calling it a diet!!  The members of the FB group take turns posting the prompt for all of us to write each day.  

I like to do multiple projects each day...........but there comes a time to get some of these done!!
I just had to write this post and have it out there in the universe.  I am sure there are others like me with tons of fun things to do.  Join in the fun....so many people are so encouraging and inspiring!!

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Friday, July 7, 2017

Some small finishes for the week

 I started this tickertape extra large placemat (19" x 15") several years ago.  The center is bosal and I trimmed it and did a blanket stitch around the outside.
This week I am working on some old UFOs from past years.  I save all scraps even if they are very small and this is a good way to use them.  It is big enough for a journal and markers and a nice padded surface to work.  The next photo shows the back.
 I made another scrappy rectangle block this week with my Kaffe Fassett jelly roll and black and white fabrics.
 Another small project finish....quilt-as -you-go with scraps of fabric stitched onto bosal.  The orange strip and teal strip are around 3/8" in this.
 Here is the back that shows the quilting.  AND blanket stitch around the outside.
 I have it on the extension table of my sewing cabinet and keep my scissors on it.
 New book by Joanne Sharpe.  I really like her art work and classes.
Yesterday I dug out a QAL I started with Amanda Jean in 2009...one a day 9 patch.  All the rows and sashing were done and just waiting to sew the rows together.  I love that quilt and it needs to be done!!
I like to jump around to different projects.  There are so many UFOs to finish and there are so many new things I want to make!!  AND lots of creative journals to fill and online classes to learn more.  There are a lot of inspirational websites of wonderful creative new things to do.....I did a post in January of creative ideas websites to check...link to the post here

Linking this blog post to crazy mom quilts    finish it up Friday
AND to Freemotion by the River   Linky Tuesday.

Smiles and hugs....Caryl

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July

I thought I would post some photos of some red white and blue quilt projects from the past....
I already added my strip tube ruler quilt at the top.

AND here is a dessert I used to make this time of year....(not making it this year)
 And here is the photo from July 2010 of the ingredients.
Smiles ans hugs....Caryl