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A Brilliant Tip

Sometimes you run across something quite by serendipity, and it turns out to be brilliant.  I was browsing around youtube last week as I was curled up in my chair with a quilt waiting for the anesthetic to wear off from the dental work I had to have.  I hate that miserable feeling and it usually takes several hours to recover, but my teeth are important and I want to keep them as long as I can.  So, I was trying to distract myself with quilting videos.  I ran across a Kaye Wood video with a brilliant tip for washing fabric.  I tried this later in the week, and was amazed at the results.  I am a dedicated fabric washer, I like that it removes any sizing and preshrinks the fabrics.  But, it usually makes a mess both in strings and knotting from raveling (no, cutting the corners never works for me) and twisting up the fabric, plus it creates creasing in wrinkles that are difficult to iron out.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

The idea came from Mary Jane Holcomb in Denison, Texas.  Begin by opening up the fabric and refolding it.  You need the selvedge edges on the ends.  This is really important to be sure that the next steps don’t damage the fabric.  So, open it up and refold it in an accordion or fan-fold.  I went the extra step of putting the cut ends into a fold, like the picture above.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, using clean safety pins, pin the edges in several places going through all the layers, every few inches.  I used the quilting style pins with the bend in them. One of the comments on the video complained of rust, but I think that person must have used pins with existing rust inside.  As long as your pins are clean or new, without rust, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

I used just three on each end, next time I think I’ll do five.  Both ends are pinned through all layers through the selvedge edges.  It is important that the pins are in the selvedge ends, if you don’t refold the fabric, the pins could make holes in the fabric.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

I washed the piece with a couple of towels to make sure it could stand up to the abuse.  It came out of the washer like this.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Then it went into the dryer, still with the pins in place.  It came out like this.  No hard wrinkles, no twisting!!

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Removing the pins, and laying out the fabric, it doesn’t need any pressing at all.  Amazing!  Mary Jane says she washes up to 12 yard pieces with no wrinkles, twisting, or raveling!!  Of course, you’d need larger safety pins for a thicker folded piece.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the original youtube video that I watched.  This tip is the first part.  The second part of the video is a demonstration of using Golden Threads paper to make disposable quilting templates, so you don’t have to mark the fabric for quilting.

 

Do you pre-wash your fabric yardage?

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January Stamping Fun with Cards

About a week ago, we got an invitation to a surprise birthday party my dear friend, Gail.  The invitation was hand delivered by her husband and clearly specified ‘no gifts’.  Of course, those kinds of instructions I rarely follow, at the very least I wanted to make a card.  For stampers, January is a great time to make up a few birthday and all occasion cards so you have one done when you need it.  (Non-stampers can stock up on the January sales too.)  I could make her a birthday card, and maybe do a few more for later. Here’s the thing, though, this lovely lady just happens to be my Stampin’ Up demonstrator, as well as a friend for more than 10 years. We met through the car club, (our husbands are both gearheads), and I didn’t know she did stamping for several years. But, when I found out that she did Stampin’ Up, we instantly had just that much more to play with. But, making a card for her? Oh, the pressure!!

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Well, digging out a few items to play with, the one thing I was sure of, it had to be pretty creative.  I used a yellow card base, a bit bigger than I usually make as I had some big envelopes and sheets of 12×12 paper.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the little chef with his arm raised high holding a platter in the stamp set called Voila. He has a number of things that the platter can hold in the set, and in the companion set, but the cake was the obvious choice.  The Happy Birthday greeting came from the same set. Stamped on pink, I laid out some other elements with it. I wanted to have a bit of embossing for texture, and a deckle torn edge on the accent piece for more interest.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The embossed piece is a light green with a darker green accent on the bottom. I stamped the envelope with a wine and cheese stamp.  A bit of color was added to the cake and candle, and to his pants with color pencils.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Something was missing, and I realized the center pink element needed a frame. A dark purple added yet a bit more color and dimension to the card front.  Amazing how just that little bit of contrast makes a huge difference in the look, it has a more finished look now.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

For the inside, sentiments from two other stamp sets were used. I wanted this card to be something she might not make herself, and combining sentiments from three different stamp sets seemed like a good way to be creative. I added some iridescent star stickers to the inside too.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I liked the final design, so I made another one for another very special person, who will receive it later in the year. I used the last of the handmade paper I’ve been saving. The embossed white is narrower, and there is a patterned paper underneath.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

A butterfly for this envelope, and both cards got my personal stamp for the back.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Similar, but not the same.  Two special cards for two special ladies.

January Birthday Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The party was last night, and Gail was definitely surprised.  Her daughter had kept her busy all day and she never suspected a thing, until she got to the restaurant to find us waiting with a lot more friends.  We took a little pot of blooming miniature yellow jonquils to go with her yellow card.  I was delighted to find that I wasn’t the only one that didn’t follow instructions, she got a bunch of cards and flowers.  Pizza and salad was served, along with a huge cake (delicious, I might add) decorated with yellow roses.  We had a fun time helping her celebrate.

Now I just need to find a bit more time to make a few more cards.  I still don’t have any spare cards, LOL!!
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Square Dance Begins! A Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along

Today, the Square Dance Mystery Quilt Along begins!!  We are going to Bow to Your Partner, Bow to your Corner, Come Down the Middle, Allemande Left, and maybe even Do-Si-Do during the next six months.  It is amazing how these patterns seem to name themselves, it just becomes so clear as I am figuring out the design.  Or maybe I am just a bit nuts.  Anyway, I hope you have fun Scrap Dancing again, with Square Dance.  As promised, there will not be any half square triangles, but we will learn something new, bwaaaahahahahaha!!  No, not telling what that is yet.  Just trust that it will be easy, and you will be surprised.

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To begin, today we will Bow to Your Partner, Bow to Your Corner – in other words, greet your fellow dancers – your fabric and rotary cutter!!

Total Fabric Requirements –  I did all sizes again this time, from table topper up to king size all included in the cutting instructions download.  As usual, most quilters can make at least one size without buying anything new, only using up your leftovers from other projects.  Knowing that some will have leftover precuts to use, and that some may not have any stash, I’ll give you some guidelines for the total number of precuts you’d need if you want to use them. Supplement with fat quarters and bits from stash for any shortages.  Much of the fabric cutting can also be done with jelly roll strips, 5-inch charm squares and 2-1/2-inch mini charms.  This is just an idea, I didn’t have time to do all the sizes, but the chart below will give you a general idea of what you might need in cake layers for a small or large size, with the between sizes somewhere between.

Cake Layers Table
Topper
Lap
Quilt
Queen

King

Light 5 24 49 66
Scrappy
Dark/Medium
12 49 97 129

New quilters without a stash, you can also do this quilt with fat quarters. This chart was all done with math, and I haven’t cut using these numbers, so let me know if you use this chart and you don’t have enough.  I ran out of time, and didn’t get to all the sizes, but again this should give you an idea of what you’d need.

Fat Quarters Table
Topper
Lap
Quilt
Queen King
Lights 2 7 13 18
Scrappy
Dark/Medium
3 12 22 29

Grab your stash bins and precuts, and dig out a wide variety of scraps for cutting.  First, some pointers.

Important Cutting and Fabric Notes –

1. For Fabric Cut A, make these all the same fabric, not scrappy.  For all other cuts, scrappy works best.

2. The higher the contrast between Fabric A and the Scrappy Dark/Medium, the better the final design will look.  

3. You can use jelly roll strips and charm squares for Cuts D & E, but don’t cut these into squares this month, I’ll show you how to use them more efficiently when we get to those cuts.

4.  This design will not do well with black substituted for the light.  If you want to use black prints, use them as the darks.

So, here is my fabric pull, I am using a combination of cake layers and charm packs, along with some yardage of the Moda Fabric line Maple Island.  Note that all my ‘lights’ have white background.  The gold will be put in the medium category, and there is a good contrast between the lights and medium/darks.  I have mostly dark prints, just a few medium prints.

SquareDance fabric pull ~ From My Carolina Home

Cutting instructions are in the download pdf, just print page 2 and you’ll have what you need for the sewing room.  The download will answer all the questions I am willing to answer right now.  No, I won’t tell you the total measurements, or the block size, or the number of final blocks for each size yet.  The sizes of the flimsy at the end of the mystery will be close to standard sizes without borders.

Download the pdf – Square Dance Cutting Instructions January 2018

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January White

After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure.  Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not quite as deep.  Mirroring the scene outside, the snowflake theme comes inside with all white tablescape.  I am having a sewing day next week to work on the California Fire Quilts (Update post), and of course that means a pot luck lunch.  I am really grateful for all the help these ladies are willing to give, so I set the table with my best china and flatware.  The centerpiece is a white reindeer planter, with a white painted pine cone in the well, topped with a clear snowflake.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All the settings are set on my white embroidered lace placemats, with the matching table runner under the centerpiece.  More white pine cones are on each end.  White candles are in small crystal holders.  White mitten ornaments with silver snowflakes are placed added too.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The place settings are white on white china plates, with white porcelain leaf dishes for salad.  Crystal water glasses, silverplate flatware, and individual salt and peppers complete the settings.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

These porcelain bowls are so delicate, with pretty veining on the leaves and a graceful curve forming the bowl.  If you hold them up to the light, you can see your hand through them.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

I made place cards from white card stock, with a snowflake punched on one end.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

In the center, the floral garland of white poinsettias circle the reindeer, accented with a string of iridescent white beads.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

There is a contrast of textures with the knitted mittens, furry cuffs, shiny beads and silk flowers.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The clear snowflake is just set onto the pine cone.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

One more view.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All set and ready for friends to enjoy.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

Elsewhere in the decor, I put my White on White Crazy Patch Mini Quilt on the quilt stand with white candles nearby.  Click on the link for the whole story and how to make one for your decor.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the pub table, the matching larger porcelain leaf bowl sits atop the Snowflake Table Runner.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the kitchen counter, one more embroidered lace placemat is the base for a wonderful white candle with a fresh outdoor snowy scent called Winter Garden (Large Jar) (Winter Garden Small Jar). (affiliate links) The hyacinth bulb sits next to it, and is growing slowly, as there isn’t enough sunlight to stimulate it.  I put it down in the basement yesterday under the grow light to help it along.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, a Fostoria Fenton candy dish and a white candle flank the Victoria magazines and the book At Home With White.  The books from Victoria are so wonderfully illustrated, the pictures are works of art.  There are lovely chapters on just about every room in the house, to add a feeling of gentility and quiet beauty.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the bookcase, more white items are collected together, little white chickens sit near white candles in clear crystal holders.  A white rabbit planter holds some votives, and a snowflake candle holder are in the center.  On the plate stand is a wonderful oyster dish that I got to actually bake oysters in.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The detail on it makes it a beautiful piece for display as well.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

How do you like to decorate in January?

January White ~ From My Carolina Home


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Bright Panel Quilt

I am working on several things now that I just cannot show on the blog yet, Scrap Dance Square Dance is one!  I have it about half done, and had to pack it up for a while as I cannot let anyone see it.  The other thing taking up almost my entire sewing space right now are the bits and pieces for the three California Thomas Fire Quilts.  I am preparing things for the sewing day which will be next week.  I actually did this quilt a couple of months ago, but with the Be My Neighbor Quilt going at the same time, I haven’t had a chance to show this one.  So I saved it, and now’s the time to show it.   This was a charity quilt pieced in really bright and cheerful colors surrounding a floral panel.  It was a mix of batiks and traditional cotton quilting fabrics, so vibrant.  I spread it out on the backing and batting provided to check the size.  That part looked good.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

But as I started loading the backing, I noticed this.  The backing seam was not even a 1/4-inch.  My guess is that the selvedge edges were trimmed off after the seam was sewn, but the piecer didn’t make the seam deep enough.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I did something I usually would not do.  I had more than ample fabric top to bottom, so I re-sewed the seam at one inch deep.  This is the best seam size for a backing on the longarm.  It is more stable than a shallow seam, less prone to pop open.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I trimmed off the original seam to avoid having to rip it out.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The seam is pressed open.  The picture is dark, but looking closely you can see the ample allowance now.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Loading it on longarm with Warm and Natural batting, I checked the top to make sure it was square and the borders were done right.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The colors were so bright, I thought this would be a good time to use this bright variegated King Tut thread.  It is rare that I have a quilt with all these colors, and I love this thread.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, which panto to choose?  Leaves seemed like a good choice with the flowers, and these are my favorite two.  I picked the one on the right for its density and detail.  The maple leaves just seem to go well with oranges and reds on the panel, and also seemed to fit better with the thread colors.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

This is Maple Dance designed by Karen Thompson for Intelligent Quilting.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t it wonderful with that variegated thread?

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The stitching blends with every color on the quilt.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I did run into one small problem.  Seams on the edge not stay stitched often come apart in the process of longarming.  Luckily I saw this as I advanced the quilt, and before I had stitched the edge down.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pinned in place with a large corsage pin….

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

it is stabilized on the edge, then slightly in the seam to hold it closed.  When the quilting is complete, this will not be noticeable at all.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

More quilting, the thread blends in the yellow and the green and the orange.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It blends on the batik border, and in the blue too.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It added a nice texture to the panel, without overpowering the nice print detail in the corners.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The back side has nice texture too, as I used a solid red color Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

All done, and returned to the maker.

Bright Panel Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

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Thrifting and Estate Sale Scores, and an amazing story

It has been quite a while since I showed some of my thrifting and estate sale scores. It was a fruitful autumn season, LOL! There is a new auction house just south of Brevard, and the attendance isn’t up yet so prices were really low!  Plus there is a new thrift store in downtown Hendersonville to benefit the drug treatment program in the area.   I scored some orange chargers, stamping stuff and a puzzle there.  The plastic drawer set, milk glass footed square bowl, and roll of wide pink lace came from an estate sale the same day.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

I set the puzzle out in November, but didn’t have enough time to finish it before the holidays, so I’ll try again next year.  It is a cute Gooseberry Patch design, and looked like it wouldn’t be hard.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

The big score was this plant stand at the same new thrift store.  I found it folded up, covered in dust in the back of a back room closet.  I hauled it out and asked if it was for sale since it didn’t have a tag.  The manager came out, said he had forgotten about it, and what would I offer?  I made a low offer, and he said ‘sure’, I think just to get rid of it.  I moved it inside to hold plants over the winter, and I’ll put it back on the verandah in the spring.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

Over in Brevard, visiting the thrift stores there, I found this neat item.  Do you know what it is?  It is a napkin holder, that I plan to use outside on the verandah for picnic parties.  It is in rough shape, but for $2, I could probably clean it up.  DH put it in a tub so we could clean it, but the ‘rust-removing’ soak didn’t work.  It needs to be wire brushed to knock off all the peeling parts and most of the rust, then I’ll spray-paint it with rust-covering black paint.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

Also in Brevard at the bigger thrift store I found these goodies, red votive candles, lemon plates, a couple of Christmas items, and a set of Sake cups.  These will be coming to tablescapes this year.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

At the new auction house, I scored big with two larger items, both destined for the verandah to hold plants.  I got both of these for $15!!!  The birdcage is missing its door, but that doesn’t matter as I will be putting a plant in it.  I hope the little wren that likes to sleep in my hanging baskets might try it.  I’ll get something that makes a lot of tendrils, and perhaps a second tall plant to fill it up.  The little wagon needs some work, and I will be asking DH to fix it for me when he is ready for a project.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

Now for the amazing story.  I frequently visit the large Goodwill store on Four Seasons Blvd in Hendersonville, and often find really good items there.  Over a year ago, summer of 2016, I found these napkin rings.  All eight were banded together for $4.  I normally like to get six of anything for the table so I have the option of using it on either the pub table or the larger dining table.  But these were so inexpensive, in good shape, and close in style that I thought I could perhaps mix them for the larger table.  So, I got them.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

I used them on my Broadway Tablescape, and just didn’t say anything about two of them being green.

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Fast forward to late 2017, when I was again in the same Goodwill store.  There on the shelf was a little baggie, with four napkin rings, two green and two brown.  I swear I am not making this up!!  It was like the person that donated the others found some extras over a year later and donated those.  Of course I snapped them up.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

What are the odds that I would happen to wander into that store at just the right time to find the extra rings to finish both sets?!!  I still have a hard time believing it myself.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

A friend took me to an older thrift store in old downtown, new to me as I had not been there before.  For some reason I am drawn to vegetable shaped dishes lately, couldn’t resist the pumpkins and leaf dishes.  And my eye was drawn to these square red plates, once again thinking of Japanese food.  The tiny turkeys were just $1 at another shop on the clearance rack.

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At the Safelight thrift store in downtown Hendersonville, I found these lovely gold chargers.  I just couldn’t resist the pretty edge detail.

Thrifting Nashville at From My Carolina Home

I went to Nashville last fall with DH on one of his last business trips.  While I was there, I found the Antique Archaeology store of American Pickers fame, but I was not impressed.  I expected a space stuffed with treasures, but it was mostly things for display and a lot of items with their logo for sale – hats, magnets, mugs and T-shirts on this table.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The items that were for sale were very pricey.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There were a lot of bicycles and one motorbike hanging from the ceiling, only for display.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Several more motorcycles were in the store, also not for sale. It seemed that they were more interested in selling T-shirts and magnets as those were on display all over the store.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I looked around a bit, bought a magnet for DH, and hit the road for the thrift stores.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I didn’t find much there either though, just these two lanterns for the verandah.  I visited at least a half dozen thrift stores there, but just struck out for the most part.  Ah, well, some days chicken, some days feathers.

Thrifting Nashville at From My Carolina Home

Finally, just this past week, I was at my absolute favorite thrift store in town, the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store. Why is it my favorite? One simple reason, bargains. They understand that all their merchandise was donated, so whatever they get for it is gravy, unlike some other thrifts who want to get ‘what it is worth’. So, the merchandise at Blue Ridge Humane turns really fast, and I am more likely to donate there too, since I am already there, not to mention that the animals are a pet (pardon the pun) project charity. I know I am not needing to ‘dress for success’ anymore, but years of being a bit of a fashionista don’t go away overnight. So when I spotted this Kenneth Cole Reaction bag with gold hardware I stopped in my tracks to take a closer look. Offered at just $22, and the sale of the day was 50% off five items. I had just thrown out my black ruffle handbag as it was coming apart all over, so there was no way I could resist this at just $11!!!

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Block Update for California Fire Quilts

Blocks continue to stream in, and I am so excited with the response!  You are all amazing, and I thank each and every person who has sent blocks, some with donations for shipping and other costs, along with large pieces of fabric yardage for backing or binding.  I mentioned the first four packages from readers on the 3rd, from envelopes arriving just the day after the long holiday weekend! Then a few days later, I had a full bag of packages, 17 at once!

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

I opened all the envelopes, emailed everyone that I could to let them know their blocks arrived. I couldn’t resist playing with the blocks at this point, and laid out one of several designs usually used with log cabins.  Don’t the colors all look great together!  At this point, I was thinking that I almost had enough for the first top, little did I really suspect what was going to happen next, even though a couple of you predicted it.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Over next week, more packages just poured in, and I know even more are still coming. Participation is coming from all over the world too, just awesome!! I have blocks in hand or still to come from New Zealand, Australia, England and Canada!! The week’s pickup from the post office yielded 27 more envelopes and boxes, amazing.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Of course, I had to play with the wonderful blocks in an array of colors and prints, some bright, some muted, some high contrast, some more low volume, all can be used in some way.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Some of my friends will be helping to assemble the quilt tops, and we will likely spend half a day choosing the layout and coordinating the blocks as best we can. I originally asked for 60 blocks to make 2 quilts, planning to add borders to get to the minimum size needed of 72×84. Through your generosity, dear readers, I have 268 blocks with still more on the way!  I can now do quilt tops of 7 x 8 blocks, which will be a full size quilt!! I’ll be making 3 of these with help from friends.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

At this point, I have way more than I can use, so if you have made blocks but haven’t mailed them yet, please send them directly to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild‘s collection address on their website.  I wish I could show you all the blocks, but I had to stop laying them out on the floor and get back to other things.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Thank you to everyone who sent blocks, and double thanks to many of these ladies for the extra help. So many of the envelopes had money in them too, contributions to help with the costs of the project, most with $1-5 and a few had $20!!  If I had an email address, I sent a thank you email, but many of the envelopes had no note inside.  So, if you didn’t get an email from me, and you see your name below, know that I truly do appreciate your contributions of blocks and money!!  I have enough now to cover all the costs, and if there is any left, I’ll put it toward the next Safelight project.

Jeanne S, St Augustine, IL – Heidi K, Henderson, NV, – Liz H, Mahwah, NJ
Shannon F in Durant, OK – Alice, AZ – C W, Lancaster, PA
Brenda H, El Dorado, KS – Molly A, Taylorsville, IL – Nancy S, Riverton WY
Susan C, Chesnee, SC – Celeste D, Seattle, WA – Mary D, Georgetown, DE
Teri K, Palmetto Bay, FL – Roseanne N, Sturtevant, WI – Loris M, Cambria, CA
Elizabeth K, West Columbus, SC – Sharon C, Lexington, NC – Ms M, Gesonia, PA
Ms Fischer, Vacaville, CA – Linda N, Belews Creek, NC – Erin H, Deerfield, MA
LW, Rocklin, CA – Carolyn J., Williamston, NC – Mary B., Bozeman, MT
Darlene S, San Diego, CA – Linda S, Buffalo, NY – Judy R, Marshall, NC
Elizabeth G, Mooresville, NC – Denise F, Charles Town, WV – Val R, Ontario, OR
Ann B, Louisville, KY – JW, Palm Coast, FL – Donna W, Inverness, FL
Nancy F, Yorkville, IL – Amy R, Plainwell, MI – Sue Ann B, Plainwell, MI
Jeanna G, Port St Lucie, FL – Irene D, Leeds, AL – Crystal F, Cedar City, UT
Sharon V, Schoharie, NY – Carol P, Pisgah Forest, NC – Roberta A, Elgin, IL
Deborah C, High Point, NC – Paulette V, Springville, NY – Pat E, Avon, NY
Cheryl B, Newland, NY – Dorothy M, West Chester, PA – Lisa C, So Plymouth, NY
Sherry, Sioux City, IA – Ruth K, Alma, MI – Madeline S, Summerville, SC
Sharon T, Lake Wylie, SC – Clare M, Central Hawks Bay, New Zealand
NB, Milford, DE – Danice G, Florence, AL – Deborah A, Denver, CO
Linda A, Warwickshire, England – Emily L, Charlotte, NC
Karen, New Braunfels, TX – Linda B, Rensselger, NY

Now, here is another way to help if you are just now finding out about this project. The Superbuzzy Quilt Shop and online store located in Ventura is the collecting point for the Ventura Quilt Guild. The guild is interested in any block pattern, orphan blocks, UFO flimsys, extra fabric for backing and binding, thread, batting, anything. See their post Quilts From The Ashes. I’ll be sending all the leftover blocks from our project on to the Ventura Guild to support their efforts when I ship the completed quilts.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

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California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Quilters are such generous and giving souls, thank you so very much for all your help with this project.  I’ll certainly update again after our tops make a bit more progress.  Isn’t this fantastic?

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