Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Zippered Pocket Tote Bag

I have lots of tote bags, but my favorite ones have zippered pockets.
Having spaces to hide my gadgets is such a bonus!
Another bonus is being lucky enough to design for Therm-o-web...I love their products!
I'm on their blog today showing how to make a tote with a zippered pocket.
Check it out HERE!


There's instructions for adding the zipper and using Deco Foil for a little sparkle.
Fabric can also be used for the flowers instead of Deco Foil.

I used Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive to hold the zipper in place and once it was dry, 
I sewed it along the edge. So easy!


You can download a PDF of this pattern at Just Carol's pattern store HERE.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Christmas Quilting In August

I feel like I'm late to the game by saying, "Christmas Quilting in August."
This was suppose to be one of those Christmas in July projects, but it didn't happen.
It might have been because I was lazy, busy, summer heat, and the other usual excuses.
But, now I'm off and sewing Christmas!


I have a thing about those Moda Jelly Rolls. If I see one on sale I feel the need to buy it.
Never mind what I'm going to do with it. It just calls my name and says, "BUY ME!"
I had a Countdown To Christmas jelly roll AND a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Perfect combination!

There's a gazillion pieces in it and it will be big. I like big!
Here's that cute Jenny doing this quilt in a video:



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Getting To Meet Blogger Friends Is The Best!

Look!
It's me and Sherry from Createology
Blogger friends are so fun to meet in person. 


I felt like I'd known her for years and our time together just flew by.
Her guy and my guy chatted away next to us while we crammed a lifetime of stuff
 into an hour and half. Next week I hope to drag her to Superior Threads and Quilted Works.
Or, maybe it's her dragging me...either way works for me! I can't wait!

I love, love, love the sweet little treat she brought me...a bunny pincushion!
It looks perfect by my old machine. Thanks, Sherry! Creepy Bunny likes it, too. 


Darryl from Patchouli Moon Studios was suppose to meet us, but it didn't work out.
Missed you, Darryl!

I've been sewing, really I have. Maybe I'll have something to show in a day or two.

Monday, August 1, 2016

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #13 And #14

It's time for new In Our Garden Blocks!
Blocks by Kris from Kris Loves Fabrics are out today.
I love them and I'm sure you will, too!
Kris let me sew them up a little early...lucky me!

My applique block #13
I don't know how it happened, but a worm showed up on the block.
Or maybe it is a snake?


My pieced block #14 


Here's the schedule for all the blocks:

February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July
You can find Joan's Block #11 and Block #12 HERE.

August
You can find Kris' Block #13 and Block #14 HERE.

September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Way Too Many Worn Out Things

According to the repair guy, my laptop's hard drive is worn out.
I miss it so much! Has it only been four days without it?

My phone was worn out and needed replacing this week, too.
The only good thing is that the camera on the new one is better than the worn out one.

The air conditioner was worn out last week during 108 degree temps.
That was a very long day! It feels better now, thank goodness.

Last month it was the washing machine that was worn out.
Of course, the dryer looked a little tired too, so both of them were replaced.

What the heck is going on?
I'm worn out, too, but I'm still working! 
(Just so you know, I find blogging and answering emails from an iPad not so fun.)

Hopefully, my laptop will feel better in a few days and that worn out hard drive will be
gone and the new one will be energetic, creative, and ready to blog again.
Me, on the other hand, will probably still be worn out.

Until another day, this is Carol, the worn out one.
No new model of me is expected anytime soon. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Little Fabric Photo Book Using Deco Foil

I had such a great time with my Monkey Boys this summer, but the Monkey Baby 
didn't get to come so I made a little fabric photo book just for him. 
He was able to see all the things his big brother's had been up to.
Deco Foil added just the right touch to the cover!

Little Fabric Photo Book, 4" x 4"


I'm over at Therm-o-web today showing how I made it using:


Check it out HERE!

Next time this little guy will have to join us.


A few graphics on the pages added some fun to the photos!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Star Wars Quilt...Finished!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I started this Star Wars quilt.
Okay, so it was only three years ago and not that far away, but now it is finished...yay!
I even practiced free motion quilting on it (don't look too close) with King Tut thread.


The "crew" was out to help me and tried to hang it on this bridge piece, but it wouldn't stay there.
It's a piece of a bridge that came down during a flood in 2005.


The quilt is a birthday gift for a Star Wars/Sci Fi kind of guy.

“Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Star Wars Quilt And King Tut Thread

King Tut meets Star Wars!
Quilting thread and quilt, I mean.


I love the huge glass canning jar my sister gave me and Superior Threads gorgeous 
variegated King Tut thread colors look amazing showing through the glass.

None of the threads in the jar were "perfect" so the three-year-old Monkey Boy and
I headed off to Superior Threads to look around. I love that store and of course, found what I needed!
I think the guy with the tape gun closing up boxes for shipping got Monkey Boy's attention more 
than all those humongous rows of threads. Wowzers! There is so much thread in that store!

The Star Wars quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt thanks to Monkey Boy #2.
He's such a big help with my projects...I don't want him to go home tomorrow!
I'm sure his mom and dad want him back, so I guess he'll have to go. Darn!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Organizing And Shopping For Fabric

Shopping for fabric is fun.
Organizing fabric is just a necessity...not so fun.

Finally! My fabrics are sorta-kinda organized into an easy way to see what I have.
I need to sew everyday for the next 10 years to use all this fabric!


Then there's the shopping...yummy fabrics arrived in the mail.

Blend Fabrics, oh how I love thee!


Creepy Bunny felt a little left out from appearing on my blog,
so he gets to show this adorable Crayon box of fabrics by Riley Blake.
I don't even want to open it!


I've been sewing for The Road Home Row Along...busy, busy, busy. 



Playing with Deco Foil, too. Nothing like a little bling to brighten my day!


Monkey Boys are coming to visit soon. Sewing may have to wait.
Or, maybe they'll jump in to help me sew something!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #11 And #12

We're halfway through the In Our Garden Blog Hop...yay!
Joan at Moosestash Quilting has shared her July blocks #11 and #12.
Check them out HERE.

My applique block #11


My pieced block #12 



Here's the schedule for all the blocks:

February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July

August
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Row By Row 2016 From Quilted Works

I stopped by Quilted Works yesterday for just a couple yards of fabric and then saw that
the new Row by Row 2016 pattern was out. Of course, I bought the kit since it was laser cut.
So cute! 


It was much easier to put this row together with #2 Monkey Boy helping me. He watched carefully
as I was cutting the fabric and used the tape measure to double check the sizes that were being sewn
together. He was great at laying out the pieces in the right order for me to sew and then was happy
 to press the sewn seams. He'd never done this before and it was so cute to hear him repeat 
"Press to the dark side" as he walked from the sewing room to his ironing space. Love this boy!


Here's another kit that was very cute...had to have it, too!


There won't be any traveling to far away places this summer, so the ice cream truck row
will probably be among the very few rows I will be getting from quilt stores nearby.

I can't wait to see more of the rows!