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A Passion for Applique

"A quilt is a letter to those who look at it."

Updated: 2018-03-06T00:10:57.982-05:00


Progress Report


Yay! we are into September which means fall is not far behind. I am so tired of 90 degree weather here in North Carolina. We have a cold front coming down today which is bringing some relief. During the month of August I did make some progress on some projects. I did finally get this top done. It was a free BOM from Jeni from the Willow. I got the backing and binding made for this quilt. I also got the backing made for the quilt on the previous post too. Still need to make the binding for it. I also got the labels sewn on the backs too.You might recall that my in-laws moved down here from Illinois. My mother-in-law has two big boxes of really old quilts. This one here is in the worst shape of all. She told me that her mom made this. So you can imagine how old it is.But as you can see it is falling apart. .There are just a few places where the quilt is not thread bare and falling apart. She about cried when she took the quilt out of the box to show it to me. I don't think she has had it out in ages. Anyway I told her I would find a good section and make her a pillow from it. I am not even going to try to hand wash that part because I am afraid it will just fall apart.  There are some really great fabrics in the quilt. Even a polka dot.My mother in law doesn't remember who made this quilt top but it looks like it needs a couple more rows. All the blocks are hand sewn but the rows were put together by machine. We drove to the NC mountains and took my in-laws on a slow train ride along the Natahala Gorge River. It was a beautiful ride along the river. We had reserved some good seats where we had a very good view. We were served lunch which was pretty good too. We all really enjoyed the ride.As we were coming home we spotted these two rainbows. We drove right past the bottom of the rainbow and if we weren't on the highway I would have gotten out to look for the pot of gold. We could actually see the bottom of the rainbow. It was awesome.In the town of Bryson City where we boarded the train I spotted some quilt blocks in town. This one was at the station.For the month of September I am going to work on these two quilts. My grandson's alphabet quilt.And this free BOM from Buttermilk Basin. I was behind four months but I got them all prepped and ready to hand applique. Here is one all finished. I took this to my applique bee. My daughter had the morning off from work so she watched my grandson so I could go hang out with the girls.Here is some show and tell from a couple of the girls. This quilt and the block were made by Patti.Beverly has been very busy this summer. The next three photos are her projects. I leave you with a photo my grandson who had to pick every dandelion he saw during one of our morning walks. He had a good time looking for them all.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Into August!


One quilt top is finished! This was the last block for the other quilt that I am trying to get done by September. I am going to try to get it put together this week. Most of time during this summer is spent taking care of the veggies in the garden. I grew beans to dry. I grew some cranberry beans. And some black beans. I had hoped for more but we are in a drought situation in our county so it has been a rough summer for the garden. But these will be good for a couple meals. My tomatoes did not do well at all. One section of the soil has caused the tomatoes to have blossom end rot. But a co-worker of my husband has been generous enough to share tomatoes with me. I have been busy making tomato sauce and salsa. Nothing like homemade salsa! I had some "volunteer" pumpkins grow. The ripe one grew in the garden. The green one is growing from our compost pile. The garlic and onions are all cured and ready use in my recipes. I shared some of these with the co-worker who gave us tomatoes.I caught three visitors around our property. Look close and you will see a raccoon, hawk, and deer. These are the last of the carrots. I was so pleased with the crop I got this year. A lot of these I put through the juicer. Here is my little helper squeezing an orange for me. At least he is trying. He wants to be in the middle of everything I am doing.Hope you all are having a great summer.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

While He was Sleeping...


my grandson that is. I decided to put off some household chores while he slept to sew instead. Done with all the blocks.  Now to put the quilt together.
With Passion,
Carrie P.

Summer is Flying By!


How can  a person can be so busy and feel like there is no time each day to fit things in? That is how I feel lately. The last two weeks have flown but I have not done much sewing at all.  I did get one more block done for a quilt I really, really, really need to get done.
 I also finished this block from Buttermilk Basin's free BOM. Oh, and I am way behind on this one now. Oh well.
 While my in-laws were staying with us crocheting was the easiest thing to pick up and work on when I had a spare minute in the evening. There are several crochet alongs going on right now. This is one is from facebook group I have joined.
 These little mandalas will be part of a summertime shawl. I found this fun variegated yarn at a shop in a nearby town. I have blocked all of them for each week that has come out so far. Now to work on week 6 blocks. I am using white yarn to put them all together but those instructions have not come out yet.
So my goal is to get the last quilt block made and put the top together. Wish me luck.
Until next time,
With Passion,
Carrie P.



Look what I did! While my grandson took a nap I was able to sew those pieces together you saw in the previous post. I really like this block. I was able to get another block cut out too.
 I was also able to roast some tomatillos from the garden along with onion, garlic, and a jalpeno pepper to make some salsa verde.
Yay! I achieved something. :0)

With Passion,
Carrie P.

It's July!


So the month of June is in the past! All I have to show for sewing for the whole month are these parts to a block. You might recall that my in-laws from Illinois moved down here to North Carolina. They stayed with us for five weeks. They found a retirement home five miles from us that theyliked. They were all moved in on Father's day. I have been busy getting my house back in order. I hope this month will allow me to sew more.When I wasn't busy helping my in-laws getting settled or taking care of my grandson you could find me out in the garden. The blueberries started getting ripe last week.  The beans and cucumbers are coming in.Even though this photo is a little blurry you might be able to tell there is a hawk on the post.  I think he has been keeping the voles out of the garden because this year I got a pretty good crop of potatoes. These two buckets full.Other root crops did very well too. I am still pulling carrots. I am so excited about this years garden.My daughter-in-law said I could give my grandson his first haircut. Here is the before and after photos. Isn't that just the cutest little guy you have ever seen? :0)Sort of quilt related. I visited a nearby town and these hexies were painted on the street. I thought you would enjoy this photo.Now that things are slowing down a bit, I hope to start sewing some more. I have two quilts I want to finish soon. My name is on my long arm quilter's list for September. Before you know it that month will be here. I hope to start visiting your blogs more often too. I have missed reading them all.I hope you are all having a great summer!With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Checking In


Hello everyone! Another month gone. I thought I would share the things that are going on at my place. If you read my previous post you know that my in-laws have moved down here from Illinois. They have picked out a really nice retirement home to move into. They will have to stay with us until June 23rd. They have to wait on the moving company to bring their stuff down from Illinois. It really hasn't been too bad having them here. My mother-in-law is good to help out in the kitchen when I am cooking for us all and cleaning up. She also helps me out in the garden pulling up weeds which is nice. I am beginning to harvest some fruits and veggies now. Here is a photo of what I picked yesterday. I have worked on a few blocks. I thought I would show you what my daughter made me for Mother's Day. It is hanging in my sewing room, of course. Missie from Traditional Primitives mentioned a new magazine that just came out for those of us who like Punch Needle, cross stitch, and rug hooking. She has a punch needle pattern in the magazine. I decided to subscribe for a year to see what it is all about. I do want to do some of the punch needle patterns. Not a big fan of cross stitch any more.While reading The Jolly Jabber blog I saw a video of Jen Kingwell. I love her patterns and the Fat Quarter shop had her new book, Quilt Lovely and the booklet, Green Tea and Sweet Beans. So guess what I bought. I have been wanting the Green Tea... booklet for a long time after I saw Carla from her Grace and Favour blog working on the pattern.  After I bought the books I found out that Jen Kingwell was coming to visit the Modern Quilt Guild. I visit the guild when I can and this time I made it a point to go the meeting. I got to see the Green Tea... quilt up close and personal. She brought many of her quilts for us to see.During the end of April Moda was having a blog hop. I had time to visit a couple of the blogs during the hop. Kathy Schmitz, one of my favorite designers, was part of the hop. She was giving away an original water color painting. I won it! She also sent some of her new patterns. One day things will get back to normal and I can work on these new patterns!And to end this post is the newest photo of my grandson. He needs a haircut but his mom is not ready to cut it just yet. He is such a smart little guy. He is starting to do the little hand actions from the song, The Wheels on the Bus. He knows some sign language.  He loves running all over the house. He loves being outside but grandma not so much since it is getting hot. He can say thank you even though you wouldn't recognize it but I know what he is saying.As you can see I am staying very busy. I don't see things slowing down much this summer. I hope you all have a great summer. I will check in at the end of June. Until then...With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

The month of April gone!


How was your month of April? I would probably know if I had time to read your blogs but sadly that is not happening these days. I thought I would take a minute to share what has been going on this month. First of all I won a giveaway from Stephanie back in March. She had a giveaway for the very cute bag she made. Inside were all the other goodies. She has closed down her blog because of some family stuff going on. Maybe you can remember her in your prayers. Thanks Stephanie for the gifts. So I attended a workshop put on by my quilt guild. Mary Sorensen taught needle turn applique. I love taking classes with any hand applique teacher I can. I learn so much and this time was no exception. We didn't get much done but we learned a lot. The photo on the left is what we all did in the workshop. The photo on the right is what it will look like eventually. She only does a few workshops a year now. If you see her at a big quilt show and you like to do hand applique I highly recommend you take a class with her. I did get some sewing done this month. I got these blocks sewn and some prepped to hand applique. This is the free sew along from Jeni's blog from the Willow. It is still available on her blog. You will just have to scroll through the post to get all the blocks. I did get my two blocks made for the Modern Quilt Therapy group. And the block made from the BOM at one of my local quilt shops. I did get block #4 made from the free BOM on Buttermilk Basin. Working on #3 now. The garden is all planted and things are starting to take off. We did get enough rain last month to fill up my 1500 gallon rain tank. That makes me very happy for those days when we don't get rain for a week or so. I have some Lily of Valley planted between my house and garage. Walking by the flowers is delightful because of their scent. This spring both bluebird houses were taken over by the Chickadees. Their nest is so neat with the moss and some other fuzzy stuff. I wonder where they find that fuzzy stuff!So more changes are coming to our household. If you read my blog often you know that I watch my grandson. My in-laws are moving down here to North Carolina from Illinois. They will be living with us for as long as it takes them to figure out where they might want to live. Apartment, Retirement Home, etc. So I will be driving them around town helping to get established here plus taking care of my grandson. Not sure how much sewing I will get done but I do have some hand work I can pick up when I have a minute. Hopefully I will be back at the end of the month to share any sewing news.Enjoy the month of May!With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Busy Springtime and Winner of Giveaway


I am ready for springtime to be over. NO, NO, I am kidding. I love springtime but I have been super busy out in the yard since my last post. We have not put pine needles around in the plant beds for almost 2 years. They were looking pretty bad. We bought 65 bales and I have been busy putting them out in the beds. Just finished this weekend.In between putting the pine needles in the yard I have attended two quilt groups. This is the next block I need to make from the local $5 quilt BOM. These are the next two blocks I will make for Modern Quilt Therapy group. I did pick out and cut fabric for flying geese and... got some other pieces ready to sew together. I also got some fabric and plastic pattern pieces cut out for a workshop I am going to go to tomorrow. Mary Sorensen is speaking to our guild tonight and she will be teaching a needle turn hand applique class tomorrow. I am looking forward to learning new techniques.Now to announce the winner of the giveaway. First let me say thanks for leaving all the comments. I see some of you like "playing in the dirt" like me. Forgive me for not responding to them all but I am going to visit all of your blogs to see what you have been up to this spring. The winner of the giveaway is Robin from Crafty Musings. Congratulations! Robin.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

The month of March


The month of March has flown by for me. I have not been on the computer much so I am way behind on reading all your blogs which I miss. Because I am watching my grandson five days a week again I don't much time for my hobbies. Despite not having much free time I have managed to get some projects made.  First off--I finished this quilt just in time for my daughter's birthday.This was the free BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. She will be starting another BOM soon. I won't be doing it though but you might like to do it.  My friend Laura did the machine quilting for me.  She will do yours too if you need a quilt done.I made this months block for my local quilt shop BOM. Only one more to go. At Modern Quilt therapy group we were given three more blocks for the quilt.I am way behind on this sew-along by Jeni from the Willow but I did get one more block appliqued. I made the second block of the BOM from Buttermilk Basin. The next block is a bee hive which I need to make before next months block is released. My applique bee is working on blocks for a raffle quilt for when our guild hosts symposium. All the blocks are orchids. These are the two I made. The plan is to add some embroidery or use paint sticks to add more details to the orchids. All the blocks are being done in batiks. I went to applique bee and saw some of the other blocks which aren't quite finished yet. It is going to be a fabulous quilt when it is done. I thought I would share some of the blocks that Patti is working on.I am still working on this afghan from I am three weeks behind but I am not worried about. I am enjoying crocheting every row I add to this afghan. There is a facebook group and every one of the afghans are gorgeous. There are new people joining every day so don't be afraid to join in too.Way back at Christmas time when we went to the mountains to get our Christmas tree we stopped at an antique store. I found this sewing box. All the spool holders on the side were full of old thread. Some were wooden spools which I kept. Inside the drawers were more spools and few other sewing notions. (This is the before photo.)Mr. P. sanded some of the bad places down and added a few coats of Tung oil to the wood to spruce it up again. Now it sits near my sewing machine where I can get to some of my threads and favorite tools I use while sewing. (After photo)With springtime here I have been spending my weekends in the garden planting some cool weather veggies or working out in the yard. Check out the garden shoes my daughter got me for my birthday.My grandson has started coming outside with me now that some days are warmer. He loves playing in the dirt.He has been walking for the last month. He will be one year old on Friday. I can't believe how his first year has flown. Every day he does something new. Buttermilk Basin was having a blog hop which included different designers. They each shared some really sweet projects. This little needlebook was shared by Crabapple Hill. . I just had to make several of these needle books because they were so cute. Two I have given away.So if you have gotten down this far on the post you deserve to have a chance at a little springtime giveaway. I will send the winner a needle book and two fat quarters of the springtime fabric.To be entered in the giveaway just tell me if you like to play in the dirt too. (gardening,planting flowers, container gardens, etc.)I will announce the winner after Easter sometime. I will not give a certain date because I just don't know when I can get back on the computer again. I wish you all a Blessed Easter. With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Took the Week


It took the week to get the binding sewn to the back of the table runner. My grandson will not let me do any kind of handwork while he plays. He wants to be right up in my lap when I start to work on a project. I usually work on hand sewing projects at night now. 
 I have this wavy stitch on my sewing machine. I did not make it evenly spaced on purpose because I wanted it to represent water/waves of the ocean.
This will be for my daughter for her birthday this month. This was a pattern by Sherri of A Quilting Life.

With Passion,
Carrie P.

Sewing Up a "Snow"storm


Wednesday night we got more snow! When we woke up in the morning we had 5 inches on the ground. Mr. P. took this photo of our blueberry plants all covered in snow.  I did not watch my grandson Thursday so I spent the day sewing! I cut and sewed the February block for my Modern Quilt therapy group. Here is the January and February blocks together.I got the binding and backing made for my daughter's seashell quilt. (see previous post) I also cut and sewed these five blocks for a tablerunner from a pattern by Sherri of am giving this and the seashell quilt to my daughter for her birthday which is in March. I am going to get this quilted this weekend.I love this kind of snow which coats everything like frosting.  Most of it has melted. It was beautiful while it lasted.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Snow Day


We woke up to 2 inches of snow even though the weatherman said a dusting! Because of where I live it was to hard for my son to bring my grandson over for me to watch... so guess what grandma did?

I got the rest of the blocks sewn. As you can see I was able to sew the sashing and border together too. These block patterns were from Jacquelynne Steves free BOM. This small quilt will be for my daughter.
I will be going to my son's house tomorrow but we are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow beginning tomorrow night. I doubt I will be watching my grandson Thursday or Friday so you know what that means?! I will be in my sewing room again.

With Passion,
Carrie P.

Making Progress


Well, my routine has been changed again. I am watching my grandson 5 days a week again. The girl that was watching him 2 days got a job. I am not complaining but watching him doesn't leave much time to sew during the week. So I guess my routine will include sewing on the weekends. He is taking a nap at the moment. Usually when he is taking a nap I am taking care of household duties which I should be doing. But I thought I would share what I got to sew this Sunday.
 I made some more progress on Sew Sweet Simplicity blocks.
 I also got some applique pieces prepped.
I figured I better get this block done because the $5 dollar BOM group meets next week at my local quilt shop. I really like this block. ( from Eleanor Burns book, Quilts from El's Kitchen)

Now I am going to go through my email. Don't have much time to do that or look at blogs either. We all go through different seasons in our lives and this is a new one for me.

With Passion,
Carrie P.



Oh, the perils of wintertime. I am getting over an illness that I got from my grandson. While I was taking care of him 1 1/2 weeks ago he was running a fever. Poor thing! Two days later I got what he had which put me out of commission for a while. I spent three days in my chair wrapped up in my rag quilt.

As I began to feel better I worked on this mystery crochet along from Look at what I made.
I finished appliqueing this block from a sew along on Jeni's blog from the Willow.

Then I began to feel like getting out of my chair and cut out pieces for this sew along from
 Modern Quilt Therapy is meeting again this year. I missed the first meeting. We are doing another BOM. This is my version of the first block.
 This is the next block I will make.
 Back to normal with just a few sniffles. I plan to work on sewing some blocks today. I hope this is the last time I get sick this year!

With Passion,
Carrie P.

Wooly Goodness


 The last two weeks have been topsy turvy but I have managed to do a little bit of sewing on some wonderful wool patterns. This first photo isn't wool but the flannel fabrics are called wooly flannels and look like wool. My final Bertie's BOM is finished.

 I have joined another wool BOM hosted by Buttermilk Basin. This is the first block. You can join in too.
 I finished two more blocks from a sew along on Jeni's blog from the Willow. These blocks feature wool and cotton fabrics.
 Last Friday I attended a vendor show in Statesville, North Carolina where used to live for ten years.  I bought some more wool most of which came from Shakerwood Woolens.  The three pieces on the right came from two other vendors. The bright pieces of wool are for a class I signed up for on It is an embroidery class taught by Sue Spargo.  I hope to start the little butterfly wallhanging soon.
With Passion,
Carrie P.



Many quilters have other hobbies besides making quilts. One of my hobbies is to crochet. I thought I would share what I have been doing. This first one has been challenge for me. I had to rip out the first part of this Crochet Along several times. It is an intermediate pattern. The photos and instructions are  really good but I am learning new things as I crochet this one. A new set of instructions comes out every Sunday. If you want to join in you will not be far behind because this is just the second week. The mystery will be an afghan when all done. A lot of people are doing theirs in bright yarn. Even though it would be fun to do that I chose to use yarn that will go with the decor of my home. You can read more about this Mystery Crochet Along here.  I had bought a skein of this yarn to make this cowl which I have started. It is coming along too. I started this bed runner last year. It is a sage green but this photo doesn't really show the true color. This is going to be the width of a king size bed. I might be half way done. It is a real easy pattern which was from one of my magazines. For those of you who like to embroider I thought I would share this with you all. Many of you are familiar with Jenny's designs. Go by her blog to find out what Operation Sparrow is all about. I will be joining her in this ministry.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Two days for me


My babysitting schedule has changed a bit. I now have Wednesdays and Thursdays off from watching my grandson. Yesterday I decided to pull out these blocks that I started last year. Moda had an alphabet blog hop. I did a pretty good job keeping up with them. Then something came up and I didn't get the rest of the letters made.  This will be a quilt for Damien to sleep under when he is at grandma's house. I did get the letter K made. And speaking of quilts for my grandson. The mailman brought a box up to my door that I was not expecting. Stephanie from the "Rummage" blog sent an all corduroy quilt for Damien. She washed it already and it is the softest quilt ever. To me it is softer than flannel. It is a small quilt which will be perfect to use when he is in his car seat or stroller. Thank you so very much Stephanie. Such a sweet thing to do.Just in case you want to try to make some corduroy quilts you can look for a book that Stephanie wrote, Uncommonly Corduroy. There are some fabulous designs in this book. I have seen the book at JoAnn's and in the Connecting Threads catalog. Yesterday I also got my last Bertie's BOM ironed on the back ground and the half square triangles made for the borders. Today the Applique Addicts had our first meeting of the year. We are working on a raffle quilt when our guild hosts the symposium in a few year.All the blocks are different orchids and will be done in batik fabrics.  I have two blocks to make which I hope to start next week. Charlotte got hers appliqued. Isn't it so pretty?  Joyce made this wonderful clutch. I worked on these two blocks.  Look at this fabulous table topper Jane made. It is a Primitive Gatherings pattern. Brenda was also working with some wool to make a strawberry table runner. It has been two good days for sewing for me. Hope you had time to do some sewing too.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

3 days in a Row


         Friday-- #2 and #3 blocks done! from Jacquelynne Steves BOM.        Saturday-- Squash Blossom block done! from local shop BOM.Sunday--Five blocks prepped! from Jeni's blog from the Willow sew along.I will be linking up to What a Hoot! BOMs Away.Can I be honest with all you quilters? After being in a sling for 6 weeks and doing nothing but sitting around mostly watching TV had put me in a rut. For a couple of weeks now I could have very easily gone into my sewing room to sew. I just did not feel like it. I am not one to just sit around doing nothing. I asked my kids to get me one of these Vivofit exercise bands for Christmas. This band has helped me to get up out of my chair and start moving again. Walking is my favorite way to exercise. This band challenges me to walk more steps each day.  I am feeling much better and have gone in my sewing room three days in a row. Yippee!With Passion,Carrie P.[...]



I shared on the previous post how my daughter likes anything related to the beach. I asked my friend Laura, who does my machine quilting, to make a table topper/wallhanging for my daughter for Christmas. I asked her to make a whole cloth quilt using her very skilled free motion abilities. These two photosshow the detail. The quilt measures about 17" by 11". Laura did the machine quilting in a silver thread even though it looks white or pinkish in the photos.Laura gave it to me before Christmas. I was still in the sling after shoulder surgery so I was not able to finish the edge. So that is now sitting in my sewing room waiting for me to finish for my daughter.Laura is so talented and if you need a quilt done send her an email. Go to her blog to see more of her work.I got some advice about the new "robot" verification gadget. Leanne shared with me that you can just ignore checking the "I am not a robot" box and your comment will still go through. I tried it and it worked. You can also do something to "embed" the comment section to your blog. Go to this blog to find our how to get rid of the the robot thing on your blog. Kathy explains how. Thanks Raewyn for this link.This second way of embedded comments with the blog is not my favorite way to leave a comment. The reason why is that if there are a lot of comments you have to scroll down to the comment box.When you comment on my blog you get a separate window. Then you can click on "jump to comment form." You don't have to sit and scroll through all the comments especially if you don't care to read them. I prefer this way of commenting because of tendonitis which can flair up when I use my arm a certain way over and over again.So for now I am going to leave my comment section with the robot box but just ignore it and please leave a comment. With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Last Weekend


This past weekend I participated in my first virtual sew along with Jacquelynne Steves. She started a BOM in October last year. I got the first block made but then I had to have the shoulder surgery. I am making my daughter a quilt for her new apartment. She loves anything "beachy" so I decided to put the shell fabric in the middle of the block instead of the applique or embroidery that Jacquelynne is also sharing each month.The sew along lasted four hours. Jacquelynne had the sew along so that it would give us time to catch up before she releases the next block. I got the next two blocks cut out. I also got some of the parts sewn together. I hope to finish the blocks up Thursday or Friday. (the finished block shows the true colors, the light was bad)Can anyone help me with this?I brought up the comments and noticed that "I am not a robot" word verification is my blog. I did not put it there. I went to my settings to change it but the box to check is still there. I did get rid of the word verification part.  I was wondering if any one knows how to get rid of the other part. I noticed that some blogs have it and some don't.  I really don't like having to do that myself so why would I make you all do it.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

While I was Away


It has been a long two months. On November 5 I had shoulder surgery to repair my rotator cuff on my left shoulder. I thought I was going to be in the sling for three weeks but things were worse than I thought so I ended up wearing the sling for 6 weeks. I started physical therapy the first week of December. It was horrible when the therapist moved my shoulder to start the therapy. It was so painful. I didn't cry at therapy but I sure did when I started my therapy at home. I am progressing well. I can now lift my arm to the second shelf in my kitchen cabinets. Being able to type with both hands is really great too.The weekend before Christmas Mr. P. and I both got the flu so there was no celebrating at our house. We were by ourselves and feeling pretty pitiful. To top it all off our live Christmas tree was infested with some kind of bug that decided to hatch and start crawling around the floor. At least they were slow moving so we were able to kill them and take the tree back outside. We thought freezing weather would kill them but it didn't. We had planned to bring the tree back inside when we did have our family get together but it was still infested.Last week my son and his wife from DC came home. My other son and his wife, my grandson, and my daughter all got together last weekend to celebrate Christmas together. We had a great time. It was all over way to soon.So the house is back in order and I am getting back to a more regular routine. So I thought I would share a little bit of what I did do while recuperating from surgery. First, I had to show you some of my fall veggies. These were picked before surgery. I have a bed of carrots still out in the garden. There are two beds covered with plastic to protect some of the cool weather veggies. (broccoli, kohlrabi,cauliflower, and onions)In my previous post I revealed a table runner that I had made while testing some paper piecing/applique patterns for Missie of Traditional Primitives. The pattern is now available if you are interested. Isn't it wonderful? You can get it here. I am excited to do those applique blocks in the border.So what is a girl to do when she can't do much but sit around? I did read some blogs and followed some blog hops. I also did a little shopping on the internet. I also watched way to much Netflix on my TV. I won this package of batiks during the Canadian blog hop.When I finally could get out and drive I bought this gorgeous yarn to make this cowl.And I visited a new quilt shop to me and bought these fabrics. I was finally able to get in my sewing room in time to make this BOM before the meeting this week at the quilt shop. Oh, and remember I mentioned I was making a rag quilt for my daughter-in-law. Here is it all finished. She loved it. If you go back to this post you can see that I used a rotary cutter that cuts like pinking shears, sort of. Well after I washed the quilt I didn't like the look so I clipped all the edges and washed the quilt again. Much better!This little guy is now 9 months old. I started watching him again this week. I will only be watching him 3 days instead of 5. He will be going back to the girl who was watching him while I recuperated from surgery. She has a little boy so Damien will be playing with his little 2 year old friend on Thursday and Friday. I will miss him but it will also give me time to sew and do other things while he is at his friend's house.Thanks so much to those of you who sent emails to see how I was doing. You all are so swee[...]

The Big Reveal


It is time. The Big Reveal! Missie of Traditional Primitives has gotten the quilt done and the pattern will be ready soon for all of you who love to paper piece and applique. I love her patterns and reading her blog. This past summer she asked me test some paper pieced blocks. It is called The Gardens of the King. My reveal is just a few of the paper pieced blocks. I only made four because I have had some family stuff going on and didn't have time to more. One day!I made a table runner using some modern fabrics. Missie and Karen H. of Faeries and Fibres have used reproduction fabrics.Sometimes it is fun to see a pattern done in different fabrics. Either way the blocks are pretty fascinating.I did big stitch quilting with perle cotton thread.If you like to paper piece, do applique or both I highly recommend these two products which you can get from Missie's web store. I haven't ever seen this finger stiletto before but it is awesome. Use it when you are using your iron to prep pieces. You won't get burned. I haven't tried it yet but I bet you could use it when sewing too. Just be careful as with any stiletto.These freezer paper sheets are the best. I would rather use the sheets than the freezer paper from the grocery store. The shiny side sticks much better and will stay stuck for longer periods of time than the the roll of freezer paper. These sheets are the only thing I use.Missie also sells a starch brush too. Check out her notions page for it too.Now that you have seen my version of  "The Gardens of the King" (Missie's version of the King George III coverlet) go see Missie and Karen's quilts. You will be amazed and awe struck! I hope you will be inspired to make your own version of Missie's new pattern.Be sure to let Missie know that you want the pattern as soon as it becomes available.With Passion,Carrie I just wanted to let you know that surgery went well. There was a little bit more damage than the doctor expected so I will be in a sling for 3 weeks. Typing with one hand is hard. Thanks for all the well wishes and kind comments for my speedy recovery. Be back soon.[...]

Blog Break


Today I attended the El's Kitchen BOM at my local quilt shop. This is the block we had to have done by today.I looked ahead to see what the next block was going to be for December. I made it sooner than I needed to because tomorrow I am having shoulder surgery on my left shoulder. I will have to wear a sling for 10-12 days if the doctor doesn't have to sew up the torn tendon. If he has to sew it up I will be in a sling for 3 weeks. We won't know until he goes in to take a look. UGH! I have been suffering with the shoulder for several years but just was not ready for surgery. Now is the time.So what's a girl to do when she doesn't like sitting with idle hands? I will read these books. I have been collecting wool to hook a rug which I will start next year. I also have some quilting magazines that I will finish reading.I have a lot of favorite recipes that I have wanted to copy onto recipe cards. I have been putting it off because I would rather quilt when I can. I am right handed so that is one good thing about having surgery on my left shoulder.My house is clean, laundry done, meals in the freezer, bills paid, and house plants watered.I decided to get my sewing room in order too. My fabric is all folded nice and neat again. I thought I would just show you this photo because my Christmas cactus is blooming. It is in my sewing room.My sewing machine is also cleaned. I will peek in my sewing room now and then to take a look at my design wall of projects that will be waiting for me when I am all better.I decided to treat myself to a new cutting mat. The one I had was so old that the flannel and batting I was making for the Christmas rag quilt would get stuck in the cutting lines. Plus I think it was causing my rotary cutter to get dull sooner than normal.  Linda of Flourishing Palms shared this technique to revive your cutting mat. She shares how Olfa cutting mats love moisture. I guess it would work for other brands too. I might try this as time progresses.My son found a friend who will watch my grandson for the next two months while I recover from surgery and go to physical therapy. I sure am going to miss him coming over during the weekdays.I will have a 'scheduled' post this Sunday to share the Big Reveal of my English Paper Piecing project. Remember I was testing a pattern for Missie of Traditional Primitives. Check out this post to read about the beginnings of this quilt that Missie is reproducing. She will have more posts to share this week too. I  can't wait to see the quilt all done.With Passion,Carrie P.[...]

Sew Alongs


If you have been reading my blog for very long you know how much I love Sew Alongs. Another one has started. This one is by Jacquelynne Steves.  To get the blocks you need to sign up for Jacquelynne's newsletter. Just go to her website and click on "BOM" if want to Sew Along too. She also includes a design that you can either embroider or applique.
My daughter just moved to a new apartment. We helped her buy a new beige couch. She loves anything "beachy" so I thought I would make a new quilt for her new apartment. I had this seashell fabric which will be perfect for the center of the block instead of embroidery or applique. This is the first block of Jacquelynne's Sew Along.  I think my daughter is going to like this quilt.

I have also been Sewing Along with Jeni from the Willow. Here are some more of the blocks I have finished. Isn't the cat cute?  She just added two more. Better get busy!
With Passion,
Carrie P.