Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I love border print fabrics and the homespun looking angel print border fabric that I had kept squirreled away for a special occasion would be perfect for the quilt I wanted to donate to  Project Linus. Project Linus has given millions [yes, I said millions] of donated quilts to children in need, whatever the need. 

If you have been looking for a worthy cause to make quilts for, Project Linus is it. For further information: http://www.projectlinus.org/. The number of donated quilts has soared to 5 million and there are local chapters so check it out.

The fabric was already in strips ready to be sewn and I needed a quilt that could be done quickly. All that needed to be done was choose a backing fabric, cut it into corresponding strips for the angel fabric and cut batting strips 1/2" less wide than the 2 fabric strips. 

Here is the completed quilt:

                    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial

And here are the instructions followed by a video tutorial to clarify my sometimes clear as mud instructions.

The quilt is sewn with standard 1/4" seams.

first:cut backing fabric into the same width and length as top strips.
width of strips will depend on your print and how wide you want your quilt.

second:cut batting into strips 1/2" less all around than top and back strips [this will keep the batting out of the seams.] 

  1. Arrange quilt top strips in desired pattern with back strips.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  2. Starting with the bottom strip of the quilt, place the front strip and back strip wrong sides together.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  3. Flip the front of the adjoining strip over the bottom strip with right sides facing.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  4. Flip the back of the adjoining strip to back, so that the right sides of the back strips are facing.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  5. Sew or serge four layers together.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  6. Flip back strip up.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  7. Place strip of batting on back strip.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  8. Flip front strip up over batting.

    Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial
  9. Smooth and pin so that batting is encased between the front and back pieces of the second strip.
  10. Repeat from #3 until all strips are sewn and “batted.”
  11. Trim and bind quilt.

So, if you have any border print fabrics laying around or see any on your next fabric shopping foray and don't know what to do with them, contact me and I will be there to take them off your hands. 

God bless you and happy quilting,
Carolyn Wainscott

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Scarves have not been a staple in my closet. I am a coat sweater gal and it needs pockets but I threw a nice sized scarf around my shoulders as my daughter and I were Christmas shopping and it suited the bill just right. It covered my shoulders nicely, wasn't too bulky and didn't slip and slide around.

Now my sister, Shirley, on the other hand wears scarves and accessorizes her outfits nicely with capes, etc. She is the middle child-calm, collected, all pulled together, elegant wearing sometimes vintage, lacy things-you know-she looks good in anything and her house is the same way. Everything looks great no matter what she does. I, on the other hand, am the southwestern type with no really particular style. I have tried a couple of times to copy her ideas-she had a antique portrait sitting on a chair in her entry-it looked just right but when I tried the same look, it just looked like the portrait needed to be hanging somewhere so I dismantled that display. Another time I tried lace as a border around my upstairs bathroom-that was a failure also and had to be taken down shortly because I could barely use the bathroom with all that lace. 

But now this scarf/cape thing is getting a hold on me. I have a couple of nice capes that have been given to me and are as versatile as my sweaters and my scarves [those have all been given to me also] are all handy with my purses hanging on the closet door.

At Christmas, I decided to make my sisters and myself one of those tied fleece scarves  so I didn't have to sew. The scarves would be made from 2 different fleeces so they would be really nice and warm. Then I found the 2 sided bonded fleece. I had never seen that before and it came in several color combinations. I chose the fuchsia/black to match some yarn I had. The fleece would be perfect, easier, no tying, no cutting 2 different fabrics, less bulky but still warm, it would still be reversible-and could have pockets. 

My original plans for 3 scarves turned to a skirt with matching scarf for-glory be-myself. 

A rectangle 90" by 30" was cut for the scarf. 4" fringe was cut all around. 9" on each end was turned up for pockets and the fringe on each side tied in double knots by my great, grandson Ian. a seam down the  center of the pockets was sewn so they wouldn't fall open. TaDa! Quick and easy scarf.

The skirt was cut from the rest of the fleece. See that @ carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-quick-and-easy-reversible-skirt. 

In case my instructions are clear as mud, here is a video to help:
I know it is spring, I know I probably won't be wearing the skirt in the next months but I also know all those nice fleeces will be on sale and now is the time to get them or possibly get started on future gifts. Or just file this idea for the future if you like the idea. 

Thank you for your attention, 
God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott

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When I found the bonded fleece, I thought it was perfect for the no sew scarves I had in mind so I bought 3 yards to get a nice long length. There were several color combinations. I chose the fuchsia and black. I had the perfect color yarn for fingerless mitts I wanted to make for myself. In fact, I had some of the yarn with me to make sure I got the right color. Things are deceiving away from each other. Ask me how I know. I can't tell you the times that I have gotten home with what I thought was a perfect match only to find it not so.

This fleece is 60" wide as is all fleece so 3 scarves could be made. They would be 20" wide each with 9" pockets turned up and tied-that was my original plan anyway. One for each of my sisters and one for me for Christmas.

Well, Christmas came and went and even though the scarves wouldn't take long they just didn't seem to manage to get done. The sewing fairy didn't show up one time-not one. I was too busy crocheting for the family. I guess I'll have to get into that one of these days.

 I have a favorite skirt that is just a plain, french terry that I have worn for years and decided to make one from the bonded fleece like the old fave. It would be warm and easy to wear and it could be worn almost anywhere. The old gray skirt had seen its better days and wasn't as presentable as it once was. 

The 3 yards was enough for what I decided to be a 30" wide scarf and the matching skirt using the old gray favorite as a pattern since  it fit well and these skirts are no more than a rectangle with a waistband either sewn on or folded over with elastic inserted and hemmed. 

Each layer of the bonded fleece is thinner than regular fleece so it isn't so bulky but still very warm. I would have looked like the abominable snow man had I put 2 layers of regular fleece together for the skirt and scarf. That is ok for the tied blankets but to wear, I don't think so.

The rectangle was cut the to size plus 4 inches to be folded out to create a stripe down each side.
Here is a video to try to explain my reversible skirt.

Hope this helps.

The matching scarf will be featured in my next post. 

One more thing, I have come up in the world. I now have a camera man-my great, grandson Ian. He has been waiting for months to get started and this is our first project together. My [our] sewing room is coming together and he has a sewing machine to also learn to sew. 

God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott

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