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Waterfalls in the Autumn Mountains

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin
and crisp sunburnt leaves.
~Ann Drake, 2013

I found this quote recently, and had to share it with you.  It was the perfect opening to a picture heavy post from our hiking over the weekend with friends here from out of state.  They wanted to see some waterfalls, so we took them to a few lesser known areas of Transylvania county, knowing that the Blue Ridge Parkway would be overcrowded this weekend.  It wasn’t their first visit to local waterfalls, so we could go a bit farther off the main roads. We were all hoping to see more brilliant color, but this year it just isn’t to be.  It has been too warm and too dry.  The drought has made it hard for the leaves to stay on the trees long enough to have pretty color before falling off.  The warmth has delayed the change in color, which needs a good cold snap to make that change. You can see that in dramatic detail with these 100-ft trees next to our home, some that are bare too early and more that have yet to change color.

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On the road, the color is sporadic like this spot, but it won’t be the brilliant color of past years.  A brisk wind over the past few days brought down a lot of leaves just turning brown.

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Still, nothing beats a walk in the woods no matter what the season. This is the path to the first waterfall view of the day. It was chilly, we had to wear jeans and sweaters, but it was worth it. It was one mile to the waterfall.

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The first waterfall we hiked to was Log Hollow Falls.  It is way off the beaten path of the Blue Ridge Parkway or DuPont Forest. Small (only 25 feet high) and tucked away, we had the place to ourselves to listen to the gentle running stream, hear a rustle of leaves, and marvel at the quiet beauty.

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Back to the car, we drove over to Whitewater Falls near the SC border. This park is more of a draw, with a nice parking lot, a paved walk to the observation point, then 154 wooden steps down to the bottom. Going down is easy, coming back up is a bit hard on the knees. This picture is from the observation point, some color in the trees but still a lot of green. Whitewater Falls is the tallest in the eastern US, falling a total of 811 feet. This is the upper section, 411 feet.

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Whitewater Falls bottom section falls another 400 feet.

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From the bottom, you can get a view of both sections.

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Another view of the upper falls.

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While we were in that area, I was able to take a picture of Lake Toxaway.  This area is still mostly green, and probably won’t reach peak color until mid-November.

Lake Toxaway

I did find this tree with beautiful color, lovely red leaves against an azure blue sky.

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Another short drive south of Rosman, there is a privately held property with a waterfall. They allow visitors to respectfully visit on their property. The falls drop 60 feet down a rock face, lovely and a bit unusual in the rock formations.

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The rock at the top has a curve to the right, which makes an interesting pattern to the falling water.

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Lovely, isn’t it? The leaves are scattered around the moss covered rocks.

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Downstream a bit, there is a little bridge that leads to a small raised platform with a couple of chairs to sit and enjoy nature in all her glory.

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Moss covered rocks channel the water between creating a calming environment, a perfect way to relax.

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Here and there, brilliant color can be found. This scarlet red and orange with some gold was all on the same tree.

Fall 2016 trees

If you love that first quote as much as I did, there is a free printable on Ann Drake’s website with a lovely image – HERE.

I’ll leave you with this lovely thought.

When autumn dulls the summer skies,
And paler sunshine softly lies
Upon the brown and fallow lands:—
As fairy artists come in bands
To paint with brushes dipped with frost:—
They pay with gold, for verdure lost…
~V.O. Wallingford (b.1876), “The Cottonwood Trees”

How are the views at your place?


Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique

Did you get all your leaves done last week?  Well, if not, that’s OK, its another slow stitching Sunday.  If you did, we are now going to put on some buttons to embellish the piece.  I am not doing a lot, just a few to accent the fall colors.   So, here is where I started.  Four colors of leaves were cut out and whip stitched to the background, then leaf veins were stem stitched.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a huge button stash, and lots of little ones. This seemed like a great project to use some of them to accent the leaves. I placed a few around, deciding on a good arrangement. Two rows looked good, not to little, not too much.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I actually kept playing with the color placement for a bit.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Once I was satisfied with the distribution of button sizes and colors, I stitched each one by hand with two strands of DMC floss in a medium-dark brown, using a crossing stitch.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

This really didn’t take long at all.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, what color to use for the backing base? I had three choices, first a beautiful hand dye rusty orange.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Too pretty to put on the back, and I have another project in mind for that beautiful piece. Next I looked at a gorgeous fern green.  This piece was a bit pricey, but the color  is gorgeous and the quality of the wool is really superior to most of my wool stash.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Not bad, but it reminded me more of spring than autumn. So, how about dark red?

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Yes, that is it. Next week, we will finish up with the putting the base on and stabilizing the stitch work.

What are you slow stitching?


Autumn Jubilee Table Runners – Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop!!

Autumn Jubilee continues with table runners for your two block designs.  How you put this together is up to you, and the size you need for your table.   I’ll give you several layouts, remember that each block finishes at 6 inches square, so measure your table to see how many you need to get the size you need.  Then you can improvise!  Our wonderful giveaway today is sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop!  Read all the way to their logo to see how to enter.

autumnjubileelogoUsing the leaves and pumpkins, here’s the first table runner for Autumn Jubilee, that will also look great on your Thanksgiving table. A single row of blocks like this one with a 2-inch finished border will yield a width of 10 inches with a length of 34 inches.


I started with my blocks, four pumpkins and four leaves, and began playing with more arrangements.  Here’s pumpkins on the ends and leaves in the middle.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 1

Or I could arrange them alternating.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 2

Or I could put the pumpkins in the middle.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 3

Ultimately, I thought that more leaves would suit me better, and give me the length I needed.  Plus, I liked the pumpkins separated a bit more.

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I actually had this in EQ7 this way.  Two blocks wide with a 2 inch border all around will give you a width of 14 inches, and a length of 40 inches, a nice size for a table runner.


So, I sewed the blocks together, and added a border.

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I like that leaf fabric.  My friends would say that I have never met a leaf fabric I didn’t like, LOL!!  Anyway, quilting went quickly using a fall pantograph with pumpkins.  I used a gold variegated thread.

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I like the quilting to show in the background and recede on the motifs.

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Bound in a dark rust, all finished!  Don’t forget to put a label on the back.

Autumn Jubilee Runner Finish 1

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But, you might like a different arrangement, so here are a couple more ideas for setting your blocks.  Sometimes I have the pumpkins facing the sides, and sometimes facing the ends.  The leaves are set randomly, except in the first layout where they are oriented to the corners.  I’ll show you both scrappy leaves and single scrappy color leaves, along with dark and lighter borders.   Just play with what you have until you are happy.  Next Friday we will do the larger topper, so make more pumpkins and leaves!  And read on for the giveaway!

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FatQuarterShop-300x300Just in case you need some more autumn colors to complete the projects, today’s sponsor is The Fat Quarter Shop! They are offering a $25 gift certificate to a randomly drawn comment on this post. To enter, visit the Fat Quarter Shop and find a collection you like, come back and leave a comment about what you found.  Once again, if you follow my blog, leave a second comment for a second entry telling me how you follow – email, Bloglovin, Feedly, blogroll, or a blog reader.

The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  Share it!

Don’t forget to upload your progress pictures to the Flickr group Autumn Jubilee!  For next week, you’ll need 4 pumpkins and 12 leaves to make the final design, along with some additional background fabric and a pretty autumn print for accent.  Dig in your stashes, and make more blocks for next week.  Hope you are having fun!  And I hope you will have at least a couple of finished pieces for use this year.  Remember, one lucky reader who has posted progress on the Flickr group will get their project quilted by me, with batting included, and return shipping paid.

So, what’s your favorite collection at Fat Quarter Shop?



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Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along Update

Reading all of your comments on the quilt along has been so fun!  I am delighted with the response to the blocks and the giveaways.  Some readers are starting to put progress photos on the Flickr group too.  I wanted to share with you a couple of ideas outside of the quilt along.


If you like the leaf block, there are ways to use it alone in some interesting projects.  This is my Autumn quilt I made several years ago. The leaf block is a classic design that I used in my first really big king size quilt.  These blocks finished at 9 inches square, and there are 56.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

They are set 7 x 8 with the stems pointing in random directions.  The sashing is background fabric and cornerstones of the border fabric to make the leaves float. The quilting is a pantograph that gives the feeling of wind blowing. I was delighted to win an honorable mention on this quilt for design. You can see that I was still very new at quilting at this stage by the cut off points all over.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

If you would like just leaves for a table topper, my Maple Star for Moda pattern might be one to consider. To get the free pattern download, just click on the link.  I quilted this one with a maple leaf pantograph, brown thread, and Warm and Natural batting.


From our Autumn Jubilee Flickr sharing group, Quiltmouse shared her gold leaves arranged for a picture like the Maple Star setting.

Autumn Jubilee 2016 - Block #1 - Leaves

I really love these colors that Diann is using!


Anna has some gorgeous batiks in her leaves.

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And don’t you love her photobomber, Boris?

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Susan has a bunch of gold leaves too.

Maple leaf blocks, up scaled to finish at 12"

And here are Mary’s, gold is really popular this year!

Leaf blocks for Autumn Jubilee

Quiltmouse has started her pumpkins too.

Autumn Jubilee - Block 2 - Pumpkin

Judy finished her mini quilt, love the orange binding!

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Danice finished her mini too.


I can’t wait to see your progress as we go forward.  If you missed any of the giveaway posts, please click below and enter.  Sponsors like to see a lot of comments and visits so they will continue to support the giveaways.  I am missing a lot of my local readers on these, so come on and enter!

Aurifil Giveaway

Connecting Threads Giveaway

Many of you may not be stampers or card makers, but please enter the Stampin’ Up giveaway anyway.  If you win and you don’t stamp or have someone to give it to, I can always draw another winner.

Stampin’ Up Giveaway

Coming up are giveaways from Backside Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop, so stay tuned!  And post your progress on any of the Autumn Jubilee projects on Flickr.

Judy posted her Harvest Wreath, her elements blend together beautifully!


And Carol was inspired by the leaves so much she made a necklace.

Carol's Fall necklace

Val pulled out some wools from her stash and started the Sunday Stitch Along. Look at all her pretty hand embroidery thread colors so well organized!


Are you having fun with Autumn Jubilee?


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Being the Great Pumpkin

Since I am the Queen of the After Season Sales, I have these cute Halloween sill sitters purchased last November. I pick up these things after the holidays (75% off!) and store them for the next season.  Yes, I know, I do have more storage than the average person.  I just cannot resist a bargain, LOL!!  Things like these made wonderful gifts for the office staff, little inexpensive ways to say thank you for the hard work.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

But, now that I’ve been laid off, I had to come up with another idea for using these (and I have to stop succumbing to temptation after every holiday).  Part of my problem is I truly do enjoy giving little gifts to friends and co-workers. We do have four neighbors on our mountain road, and none of us has seen any trick-or-treaters in many years.  No one wants to walk our road, LOL!!  So I thought I’d become the Great Pumpkin this year for the neighborhood.  You know, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch at Halloween to bring gifts to good little girls and boys, or so Linus thinks.  I ordered some Great Pumpkin stickers online, and dug out some Halloween gift bags I had saved.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

Cute aren’t they?

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course, that meant I needed to do some baking. Pumpkin Orange Bread was perfect in little mini loaves.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I packaged them in little candy corn bags, sealed with pumpkin stickers.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I didn’t put any cards in these, since the Great Pumpkin brought them.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I delivered them to the neighbors, having a little bit of a visit with each one. My original intent was to hang them on doorknobs and leave them for the neighbors to find. But, with the wildlife around here, that wouldn’t be the best idea.  But, if there wasn’t any food in them, they could be delivered anonymously.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

It was good to see everyone, especially the older couple at the other end of the road.  The mister of the couple had a stroke last year, and his recovery has been slow going.  The missus doesn’t get out much anymore, they are both in their late 80s. I need to go see them more often.  I need to get her to teach me how to do more knitting stitches than just knit and purl.  She also does lovely crochet, and I could re-learn that too.

Being the Great Pumpkin ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll get out the It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video this week, the holidays officially start for me when I get to see that show.  Of course I have it on DVD.  Hard to believe that it was originally on TV in 1966 – this year is the 50th anniversary of that show.

Could you become the Great Pumpkin for someone this year?

PS – If you are a quilter or stamper, check out my Autumn Jubilee giveaway posts from earlier in October!  All giveaways can be entered until Halloween so you still have time.

Stampin UP Rubber Stamps Giveaway Post

Aurfil Threads Giveaway Post

Connecting Threads Catalog Giveaway Post

More giveaways coming up Friday and next week as Autumn Jubilee continues to the end of October.


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Sunday Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique

Sunday is the ideal day for hand work, sitting in front of the football games, sometimes with a warm quilt in my lap.  I had intended just to show this piece when I finished it, but I thought maybe a stitch along would be more fun.  I had hoped to find a wool supplier to do a giveaway for this project, but alas, not to be.  I know wool is expensive, so my tip for you is to buy at shows, get the show specials and get a nice variety of little bits instead of large pieces of a single color.  There are a couple of hand dyes that have lovely variations in the dye that give a lot of dimension to projects.  I like to buy several fat eighths, and if there is a good variety, maybe a wool bundle of squares.  I did recently score some pretty colors at the Asheville Quilt Guild show, plus I took advantage of the July event’s discount online.   So, I am awash in colors right now.  Of course, I am attracted to the autumn colors most.

Autumn Jubilee Wools -From My Carolina Home

First, we need a pattern, so I have made one for you!  Just download this pdf – autumn-jubilee-wool-penny-rug– .  When you cut out your base, make it a bit larger than the pattern, I just couldn’t make the base go to the edge of the paper, but it should measure 8-1/4-8-1/2 inches wide so the leaves will fit.  The leaf pattern pieces are the right size.  Select your colors for your base and leaves. I chose gold for the base, and a selection of autumn colors for the leaves.  I think it would be pretty with brighter leaves and a brown base too.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Pulling out the floss, I chose matching colors. You can do this or do all the stitching in one color like black if you prefer.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

I whip stitched the edges of the leaves, then put stem stitches in each one to simulate the veining.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Working my way around the piece, doing each leaf with matching color floss.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Four colors, each leaf is done twice.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Almost done with this part, so I’ll get this done on Sunday stitching.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Next week, we will add embellishment and the week after will be finishing. The total stitch along will be completed in three Sundays, ready to use this season.


Do you like to do handwork? What is your favorite?



Slow Sunday Stitching





Autumn Jubilee Block 2 and Mini Quilt plus Giveaway!

Are you ready for Block 2 in the Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along?  Our giveaway sponsor today is Connecting Threads!   You’ll need to gather your orange fabrics for this one, along with more background scraps and just a bit of green.


The second block for the quilt along is a pumpkin design.  The pumpkin block finishes at 6 inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Background White / Ecru
4 1-1/2-inch squares
2 strips 1-1/2-inches by 3-1/4-inches

Orange Scraps
3 strips 2-1/2-inches x 5-1/2-inches

Green Stem Scrap
1-inch x 1-1/2-inch

Sew the green scrap between the two background strips, short sides matching, right sides together.  Press toward the green.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew the orange strips together on the long sides. Position a 1-1/2-inch background square on each corner and sew diagonally across the square, like making a snowball block.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Be careful to sew exactly on the line or you may end up with this.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4-inch. Press to the orange side.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew the pumpkin to the stem. Square up to 6-1/2-inches.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Make one pumpkin block for the mini quilt this week. Arrange three leaves of different colors (or three multi-color leaves) and one pumpkin block in the layout below.  Vary the direction of the leaf stems.  Add a border of 1-1/2 inches wide background fabric.  Be sure to measure your borders, they should be two strips of 12-1/2-inches long, and two strips of 14-1/2-inches long.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Quilt as desired.  I used my favorite fall pantograph with leaves and pumpkins.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Before binding, add hangers to the top edge of the back for your stand.  Leave these off if you plan to use it as a candle mat or on a table. Start with two pieces of backing fabric cut 1-1/2 inches by 4 inches. Bring the short sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Press with the seam open in the middle of one side.  Turn right side out. Fold up so the raw edges are together with the seam inside, and press. Sew to the top edge of the backside of the quilt, about 4 inches in from each side, before adding the binding. See HERE if this doesn’t make sense.  Bind as usual.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Hang on your mini quilt stand. The final size of the mini-quilt is 14-1/2 inches square.  If you prefer, you can leave the borders off and just bind the blocks to finish at 12-1/2 inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Now the fun part, add a face to the pumpkin using black wool or felt.  I cut out the shapes, and just pressed them onto to the pumpkin, then pinned them from the back.  Now, when Halloween is over, I can remove the wool face and still use the mini-quilt through Thanksgiving.  I’ll store the face pieces by pinning them on the backside of the mini-quilt so I won’t lose them for next year.  For October, the pumpkin header on the stand reminds me of the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video, remember Linus rolling the big pumpkin around the fence?

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

You’ll need more leaves and pumpkins for the layouts for the next two projects, so keep making them this week!  Next project will be next Friday.  You’ll need eight more pumpkins for the next two weeks.  The last one in this pic was used in the small project below.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home


Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina HomeToday’s post giveaway is from Connecting Threads!  They will send a mini-quilt stand with a leaf and acorn topper to one lucky commenter on this post, just like the one in the picture on the left!

Just visit Connecting Threads, then come back and leave a comment on this post with your pick for your favorite fabric collection from their current offerings.  The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  Followers of my blog can leave a second comment for a second entry.  New readers, welcome!  Please have a look around, I do a lot of different things here.

If you only did one leaf, make a hot pad or mug rug with your pumpkin from today. Position the leaf and pumpkin with sashing of a pretty autumn print. Quilt with Insul-Bright batting, also available at Connecting Threads.


Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

If you missed the post last week showing the leaf block, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along.  And upload your progress pictures to the Flickr Group Autumn Jubilee!  For next week, you’ll need more leaves and pumpkin blocks for the runner.  The choice of how many is up to you, but I think you will be happiest with at least four pumpkins and eight leaves.  I’ll show you several designs, so happy sewing this week!

What is your favorite collection at Connecting Threads?



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