Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Part 3
Erika's quilts were finished a couple of weeks ago and Angela came to get them very shortly after I called her to say they were done. Parts 1 & 2 of  "14 Bandannas" give a glimpse of the planning and thought process that went into the queen size and lap quilts. 

This is the lap size quilt that is 60" x 60". The bandannas determined the sizes of the quilts in order to get the best use of them and keep the bandanna look. The centers of the quilts are very similar except the folk art sun from the skirt is flipped. 1/2 of the sun is in each quilt. There were 2 green toned bandannas that were used for the palm trees and a bird print bandanna was cut up and "flocks" of birds were scattered on the "sky". Appliques were cut from a light blue bandanna and floated around the sky. A lightweight fusible was pressed onto the appliques so raw edge applique could be done. There was a lot of fussy cutting for the ocean and sky appliques. 

I designed all the appliques for the beach chair, the umbrella and palm trees. The tree trunks were cut from Erika's brown corduroy skirt. 

There was a shell print fabric in my stash that made a perfect border for the center before the bandanna border went on. 

Angela, who had commissioned the quilts, decided she wanted a batik fabric to finish out her queen size quilt [90"x90"]-it took 7 yards for the inner and outer border plus pillow shams. 

The bandanna border on each quilt is the same. Each border has 1/2 of each bandanna that was then cut in 1/2 for the blocks. The centers are very similar-the lap quilt has a beach chair and umbrella, the queen quilt has 3 butterflies.

There are quilted dragonflies and butterflies in alternating bandanna blocks, free motion quilting in the center block, ocean waves on the inner batik border and crescent moons with stars on the outer batik border. The quilts are finished with a purple binding with gold print. 

Here is the label that I had printed and is on both quilts:

Here are some closeups:

The quilts were quilted on the long arm quilter. Here are a few minutes showing the custom quilting patterns that were used. 

Thank you for stopping by
Carolyn Wainscott
I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Psalm 23 Prayer Quilt-Designing My Own Fabric

Does it seem there is a cancer epidemic going on all over? Another of my daughter's  friends is battling breast cancer and she has requested a quilt for her. Donna said "it doesn't have to be fancy, Mom". No, a prayer quilt doesn't have to be fancy, it is just a visible reminder that God is always with us, that people are praying for us and care.  

I have used just about all the beautiful prints that I've picked up over the years [when I find them I get all I can afford that day] so I thought about having my own printed to use in the center of the quilts. The first ones came in a couple of weeks ago and 2 have already been used and am getting ready to order more, hopefully before the day is over. Should have done that first thing this morning but got on to other things. 

The Psalm 23 panel background is one used in my Jesus Loves Me Quilts and has roses and lilies of the valley to represent The Rose of Sharon and The Lily of The Valley. 

One of the quilts was given to my niece, Debbie, who was in the hospital. Here is a kind of update on her from a post I did 5 years ago-http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/08/giving-forward-debbies-hope-foundation.html. The video that was done then wasn't available so I found it and republished it. This photo is from last week with my sister, Shirley and Debbie with the first "Psalm 23 Prayer Quilt" that had just come off the quilter the day before. 

Here it is on the design board-it's about 50"x50":

this is the center Psalm 23 print-about 17"

this is my vining love quilting design that represents the love of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit

you can't make it out probably but I'm taking an online class in feather quilting 

This flexible ruler is used to mark the curves for the feather spine-learned that from the online class. It is 24" long so it was perfect to mark the borders, marked one side then flipped it and voila-perfect match on each side. I got this one at Staples but am going to order a longer one off Amazon. I needed it that day, called to be sure they had one so hopped in car and got it. The rest of the feather was free hand quilted on my long arm. Really enjoyed doing this. Have been wanting to do some feather quilting and the timing was perfect for the class to come along and the quilts. A water soluble marker was used so the marking comes right off with a damp cloth.

 Instead of binding the quilt traditionally, the backing was cut larger all around to be folded over the edges of the quilt. This saved some time from sewing the binding onto the back and wrapping over the quilt edge and sewn to the front. I still prefer the traditional method of binding but with it seems there is a frequent need for a prayer quilt. 

Here is my video of some of the process of putting the prayer quilt together if you get time. 

It's a great blessing to be able to make the prayer quilts. It is hard to find panels I like to use so I thought about using one of my own designs and having them printed. They turned out pretty well. 

Thank you for joining me here
Carolyn Wainscott

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


So, back to the 14 bandannas and brown corduroy skirt for a memory quilt of Erika requested by her friend, Angela, as per part 1:http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2016/08/14-bandannas-brown-corduroy-skirt-with.html. More fabrics have been pulled to be auditioned for suitability-a batik, a purple metallic print, a couple of butterfly prints, a blue for water plus a piece to cut water from for interest, a beige print in case we go to the beach. 

From our messaging on Friday night Erika loved the ocean so that was decided on and with that we need a beach and palm trees, don't we?

Yesterday I played around with some of the bandannas and the folk art sun cut from Erika's brown corduroy skirt. That is the only thing that has been cut so far, till I'm sure how everything will be used. This looks close to the beach scene I have in mind:

The big brown blob is the skirt rolled up just to get the effect, am liking the sun, Angela's suggestion of the light blue bandanna for sky and the water effect from some fussy cutting I did. The sun is half of the piece cut from the skirt [see above photo]. It is folded in half. To create the two quilts, the sun will be cut in half so the 2nd quilt center block will be in reverse. The purple metallic on the left may be the frame around this block or the batik on the top, just trying them out. The center blocks will be about 25"-30" then the quilts built to size by adding the remaining bandannas-one will be queen size and the other a lap quilt.

Now patterns are being created for the palm trees, a beach chair and umbrella. If it were my quilt the tree trunks would just be free hand cut but since it is for someone else the background and other pieces are being finessed and all sizing has to be accurate to get the highest and best use of the bandannas.

It's back to the drawing board, ok, clicking of the mouse to finish the patterns. I'm so not capable of creating as a lot of computer savvy designers. Graph paper is still sometimes my fave design mode but so appreciate being able to search for images to go by. 

I'm going to have to break down and cut into something pretty soon, decisions, decisions.

May the joy of creating be upon you
Carolyn Wainscott


I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format




Last Friday my niece, Michelle, tagged me on facebook with a request of her friend, Angela. Angela wanted a memory quilt made with clothing from her dear friend, Erika, who had passed away recently. 

When Angela and I touched base, she said she had some bandannas and a skirt that had a large sun on it that Erika had loved and worn a lot. Erika's mother had allowed her to choose some things and these were very personal to Erika. She had a condition called Alopecia that caused her to loose all her hair so she wore the bandannas a lot.

My first thought was, "Oh, boy, this is going to be a piece of cake. Bandannas are large and can be sewn together quickly. I can get this done in no time"

Friday night Angela brought the things over and told me a little bit about Erika. She had the Alopecia since childhood, she was a wonderful friend, she loved and missed her very much and Erika loved purple and butterflies, had the heart of a hippy, the soul of a gypsy and the spirit of a fairy.  Here's a photo Angela sent me yesterday of her and Erika-Erika, of course is the one wearing the fairy wings:

I looked at the bandannas and skirt spread out on the dining room table with new eyes-maybe cut that large sun from the skirt and create a peaceful scene with it coming up over a mountain or something and Angela suggested maybe the light blue ones could be the sky-WELL-there went that piece of cake right out the window. So much for just piecing a bunch of large squares together! But, hey, I love a good challenge.

Just WHAT do you do with a pile of 14 bandannas and a brown corduroy skirt with a great big patched sun on it???????:

These aren't the usual fabrics I create my landscapes from.

I took Angela on a tour through my quilting area in the garage that looks like a total disaster area. Showed  her my long arm quilter Erika's quilt would be quilted on. She looked through my fabrics-I told her I love batiks, it seems Erika did also. She saw a couple of butterfly prints and she is trusting me to create this special quilt. Well, as it turns out-2 quilts. Could I possibly squeak another quilt from the 14 bandannas and the skirt for their friend, Kelly? OK-I did say I liked a good challenge, didn't I?

Before Angela got home that night I had cut the folk art sun from the skirt and had pretty well decided that, yes, it could come up over a mountain and maybe a pond and a tree.

Then that changed with a message from Angela when she got home:
 "I forgot to tell you but Erika really loved the ocean so if we could incorporate that into the scene that would be great" 

Me: "I've already cut out the sun, was thinking of it rising over water instead of a mountain"
"also can use the brown skirt as a trunk of tree but that can be a palm to give an island feel-what do you think?"

Angela: "we went to Mexico together on vaca so that would be cool"

Me: "would you mind if I split the sun and make two of the medallion centers, one for you and one for Kelly, I think it will work"

And so it went last Friday, a whole new adventure into making a memory quilt from plain old bandannas and a brown corduroy skirt and I am almost completely engrossed in this process.

I hope you enjoy creating as much as I do, may the joy of crafting be upon you.
Carolyn Wainscott

I design quilts, children's wear, AG doll clothing, crafts, home decor. My patterns are available in PDF format