Monday, July 6, 2015

WHAT TO DO AFTER A GOOD FRIEND HAS TOE SURGERY-PRANK 'EM, OF COURSE!!

Shirley and I are sisters and best friends, Miss Betts and Doris are our sisters in Christ and also our best friends. We always have a great time when we get together which is at Bible studies and maybe lunch a couple of times a month if we are lucky. Each of us has a full plate with our separate lives with family and activities but we know prayers are always going up for each other. Sometimes when my spirit has been down a card arrives just at the right time with  a note reminding me that one of them is thinking of me and praying for me.

Several weeks ago Shirley joined our ranks of widowhood when her husband, Larry, passed away so that adds another commonality. 

Betty and Doris have had months of health issues [for Betty it has been years] but they are like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going and going. It seems Doris follows Betty with each issue-the last one being their toe surgeries just a couple of weeks apart-on the same toe. I didn't realize how serious a sore toe could become but Betty was threatened with infection even into the bone and was in pain all the time with it-as was Doris. 

When Betty came out of surgery her son texted that at least now she had a straight toe so she was dubbed-Princess Straight Toe. We visited with her the day after her surgery, Shirley made a fruit salad and we had a little fun at her expense but a few weeks later, after Doris' surgery and they were both kind of mobile, we were getting together at Doris' house for lunch. Shirley and I would bring everything so those two wouldn't have to do anything. 



A couple of days before Shirley and I were planning the lunch and as per usual  the plans just kind of got out of hand and more ridiculous the longer we talked until we were laughing hysterically at what we were planning for the princess and the queen. It just so happened I had bought years ago, [really cheap of course after Halloween] a foot ice mold. Everyone needs one just in case you have a friend who has toe surgery and miracle of miracles I found it in all my mess of moving and not having things organized yet. 

Here is the result of all our hard work:









As you can see, we had a great, great time. It is a blessing to have such good friends.

May God bless and keep you and all of yours
Carolyn Wainscott
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

A QUILT IN BRAILLE??

There are lots of quilting sites on Facebook and I must admit I belong to a few and spend time cruising through them, sometimes too much time but it is like attending a quilt show all the time and I love looking at other people's work or sharing tips or asking opinions on creations and products. One of those sites is "Just Us Quilters". 

One of those "shares" touched my heart since my nephew's wife is losing her sight. They have been to doctor after doctor in several states but there is no cure. Linda's sight has degenerated to just shadows but she has seen her two daughters grow up, Maria get married,  Mandy graduate with a nursing degree and is enjoying her two grandchildren. 

Anyway

Janice wrote:
My son and his wife are both blind. Their one year old son is sighted. I am sewing French knot braille on this quilt so they can read the letters with their son and do the animal search and find, using their fingers to find the animals pictured in the bottom box on the larger panel n the top.

look at those French knots

Who would have thought of braille on cloth? I contacted Janice privately to ask if I could share her work and she said yes. Since the panel looked kind of hand painted I asked if she had done it but she said when she saw the panel in the store she just fell in love with it and I can see why. But braille-on a quilt?

She just messaged me a bit ago to say she was excited because she was giving the quilt to the baby in a couple of days. I hope she takes lots of photos and lets us see them. This is such a labor of love, of course, all our quilts are labors of love, aren't they?

Lots of kudos to Janice, she may have started a trend that will add a great deal of enjoyment to those who have only been able up to this point of just running their fingers over a nice smooth quilt but now can know its story.

God bless you and Happy Quilting
Carolyn Wainscott
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Angel Baby

Little Girls' and American Girl Doll Cape 


Victorian Quilted Christmas Stocking






Monday, June 1, 2015

A NEW VERSION OF MY SOFT SCULPTURE NATIVITY SET

A few weeks ago it occurred to me to transfer my soft sculpture Nativity kit to pattern form. The kit was originally printed on muslin and has been very popular. In a former post you can see alzheimer patients taking part in painting a set for their own unit @
http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-soft-sculpture-nativity-kit.html.

What should have been accomplished in a few days has taken weeks with drawing, redrawing, stopping, starting, reconfiguring, rethinking-anything that needed to be "re" on a pattern that I developed years ago was done and is finally, finally available in pattern form and was just uploaded to My Craftsy Pattern Store @
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/other/soft-sculpture-nativity-set/147482

It is very simple and quick to paint and put together.  Trace the pattern onto muslin, paint figures with fabric paints/markers, sew and stuff.  The Nativity set can be used for making soft books, puppets, quilts and wall hangings also. 







Christmas may seem a long time away but it will slip up on us before you know it.  

Thanks for stopping by
Carolyn Wainscott

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Charlotte Ann's Mermaid

Matching hooded cape patterns
 Victorian Christmas Boot pattern
 Cowboy/cowgirl Christmas Boot pattern

 50" x 50" Sunbonnet Sue baby quilt pattern-includes 14" traditional block pattern

50" x 50" Overall Sam baby quilt pattern-includes 14" traditional block pattern

Friday, May 8, 2015

MY LATEST PATTERN-CHARLOTTE ANN'S NEWBORN MERMAID OUTFIT

I have a brand new great, granddaughter due in a few weeks-Charlotte Ann. A few weeks ago I received a photo of an infant sporting a crocheted mermaid outfit with the comment-"Isn't this cute" from Charlotte Ann's little mama. In other words-"I sure would like this for Charlotte Ann". 

I get these "hints" quite often from one or another of my girls and while working on the mermaid [of course I went on an instant search for a pattern-which I purchased from a fellow independent designer on Craftsy.com] the idea to create a mermaid sewing pattern came to mind. Ye old sketch pad and pencils came out as soon as the crocheted mermaid was done.

Getting on task and staying there has become a problem but Charlotte Ann's Newborn Mermaid Pattern was finally finished yesterday along with accompanying video tutorials edited and uploaded onto YouTube.

Once the pattern was drafted, three different versions were made to see how they would look and how quick and easy they were.

I went shopping in my stash and came up with these:
thought this one could have the look of fish scales for a classy mermaid-have kept this fabric squirreled away for years using snippets here and there-would love to find it again
 a purple lame
 this beautiful sea looking piece
 a metallic mottled gold one that might coordinate with all the pieces 
    
AND
here is what they became



This prairie point version is the most involved using the continuous prairie point technique in my video tutorial @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25fnkU7L2qc 


the lame is in the quilted version

and, of course, every self respecting mermaid needs matching headbands and top

headbands can be worn around baby's chest also 


The mermaid pattern is available in My Craftsy Pattern Store @
http://www.craftsy.com/user/pattern/store/43851
The video tutorial for the mermaid tail:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEUnmJUmvls
and for the quilted sea shell motifs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM3gsq6_vPo

So, Charlotte Ann's mermaid outfits are waiting for her and we are waiting impatiently for her to make her appearance. 

Have a great and blessed crafting day
Carolyn Wainscott

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Hawaiian style "Circus" baby quilt

50" x 50" Sunbonnet Sue Baby quilt
 8" Padded letters


50" x 50" Angel Baby Quilt pattern

Charlotte Ann's Newborn Mermaid Pattern