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I Won the EQ7 Block Challenge!

I am really excited to share that I won the EQ7 Timeless Treasures Charleston Block Challenge!  After taking a class at NC Quilt Symposium, I entered the contest on the EQ7 blog Do You EQ.  It was a block design challenge using a new line of fabrics from Timeless Treasures called Charleston.  I was notified yesterday that I won, and I am just thrilled!!  Here is my block entry.


Asymmetrical blocks always give room for so many variations of quilt design!  This one would be all applique, so I will be working on creating something pieced to get this kind of effect.  Here are some of the quilts that could be done with this block.  Isn’t it interesting how some placements seem too busy, and others are just right?

Charleston1 Charleston4

Charleston2 Charleston3

I won a fat quarter bundle from Timeless Treasures in the Charleston fabric line, how cool is that!  There goes my Stashbuster challenge, more yards in, LOL!!


I also won a $75 gift certificate for EQ7 goodies, so I can do even more designs for the blog!  What fun, can’t wait to get my goodies!!  I’ve ordered two EQ7 design books to learn more about using the software, plus a couple of boxes of special paper to print foundations or quilting designs for tear-away from EQ7.  I am excited to learn more about using my toys!

If you are visiting from the EQ7 blog, welcome!  I’d like to invite you to look around my blog.  I do a lot of different things, quilting and sewing mostly, but also gardening, stamping, cooking, crafting, and mountain living.  Visit my Etsy Store Craftnut’s Studio for great buys on quilting fabrics and more from cleaning out my stash, with more to come this weekend.   I’ll be listing more items this weekend and next week, I have to move some out so more can come in, LOL!!  Thanks for coming by!

Update, the next contest is for a quilt using the block design submitted – so I did this –

Charleston Quilt

I would love to win this too, it would mean even more goodies!!



Visitors to the Garden

Look who paid us a visit over the weekend!  This guy thought he might try to get into the bird feeder, but he wasn’t successful.

Bear July 2015 - 1

Bear July 2015 - 2

DH and I were on the inside of the sliding glass door, and we banged on the glass every time he looked at the top.

Bear July 2015 - 3

The turkeys have returned, and there were some juveniles with the flock of females.

Turkeys July 2015 in meadow

I wish I could get a picture of the two red foxes that were playing in the meadow over the weekend too.  They are beautiful, with full bushy tails.  One was in the meadow, and the other came running out and body-slammed the first one!  They went tumbling over, then jumped up and ran back into the woods.  It happened so fast I didn’t have time to even reach for the camera.   I have been watching at dusk for days now hoping I would see them again.  Alas, not to be so far.  So, here is one picture I have been able to get, from a couple of years ago.


I finally got a picture of the little female hummingbird too, she loves those purple torenias.

Hummingbird July 2015 - 2

Hummingbird July 2015 - 1

The yellow torenias are still going strong.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home
Finally, it looks like I might get a couple of tomatoes!

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

And the zucchini is growing, maybe I’ll get one or two meals from these.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

My double begonia is really doing good too, it is huge and right next to the front door.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Any visitors in your garden?


Patriotic Cookout

It was raining on the 4th of July, and I had already invited friends over for a cookout. I decided to go ahead, but have the meal inside. So I set another Patriotic tablescape on the formal dining table.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

This time because we were inside, I used the red chargers on white Battenburg placemats, with white stoneware plates and my red salad plates.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Each setting got a water glass, wine glass and individual salt and pepper shakers. Red napkins were held with strawberry napkin rings.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece was my Patriotic Table Runner, set with the little star sprays and red candles in clear Fostoria depression glass candlesticks.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Wouldn’t you know, about 4 in the afternoon, it all cleared off! I scrambled to reset a table outside, using those star plates and the white mats with the star napkins like I did before.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

I had deviled eggs on my grandmothers egg plate.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Then added some ham rollups to finish off the appetizers.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

DH did a wonderful job on the burgers and brats.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Baked beans were one of the sides.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These gorgeous strawberries were the main star of the dessert.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Served with pound cake and whipped topping on the red plates.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

My sweet friends brought this pretty bromiliad in a red pot for the table.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Sunset came, and we settled back to watch the fireworks, stuffed.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

We can see 9 different shows from our perch on the side of the mountain. They are far away in the valley and on top of the ridge in the distance, but still wonderful, and no crowds. There is even one in the meadow on the next street over, very close but the trees are so tall we didn’t get a good view of that one.

I hope you are having a great summer.  There is still another patriotic holiday to come with Labor Day, but that is Apple Festival weekend, and we will be distracted by Honey Crisps then.



Friendship Cards

Recently I had a bit of a hard time, and I wanted to tell a couple of people how much I appreciated their support and friendship.  You know, one can never have too many true friends, but I am not talking about the social media kind.   Real friends are there for you when you really need a word of support, listen to your rants on the phone, and give you a hug when you need one.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I found these little books at the bookstore with friendship quotations and poems, perfect for a special little gift.   Pulling out my cardstock, I had the perfect colors to go with the covers.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I am still rationing my handmade papers, so I tore some strips with my deckle edge tearing strip.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I stamped the word Friendship on cream card stock for the bottom to go on top of the strips of handmade paper.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I stamped some little green motifs on one card on the side and at the lower right.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I love these scalloped punches that allow me to stack them for a pretty border. One got a butterfly in a scalloped layer.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

One got a butterfly motif on the upper right.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside is a heartfelt sentiment for my quilting friends.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

Finished, and ready to give away.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

Two were small enough to fit in my oversize envelopes with the cards. The third one needed a different envelope.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

I like the way these turned out. They are perfect to let my special friends know what they mean to me.  Each one has a personal message inside.  I matched each book to the friend it reminded me of the most.  The sentiments inside had to be the right ones for each special lady.

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

Of course, since I gave them all away, now I need to do more stamping!

Friendship Cards at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t real friends the best thing?!!

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Roasted Garlic Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast is a frequent meal around my house. Those half-breasts are often on sale at the local grocery store, and feed two nicely with some sandwich slices left over for taking to work for lunch the next day.  It needs to have some stronger seasoning so it doesn’t taste the same as the Thanksgiving meal.  One way I do that is with  Roasted Garlic.

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 4

For this meal, put 2 tablespoons of real, unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon roasted garlic in a small bowl.  You can use a little more or less to taste.

Roasted Garlic Butter 1

Mix well and set aside.

Roasted Garlic Butter 2

I like to brine the turkey breast for about an hour.  It put moisture in the meat and draws out any blood that might be left.  Start with a large bowl and about a tablespoon of salt.

Brine Turkey Breast - 1

Add cold water and mix a bit to dissolve the salt. Then add the turkey breast and more cold water to cover the breast.

Brine Turkey Breast - 2

Cover with wax paper or plastic wrap, and let sit for about an hour.  It is safe for an hour on the countertop, any longer should be done in the refrigerator.

Brine Turkey Breast - 4

Take the turkey out of the brine, pat dry. Then, spread the roasted garlic butter over the raw turkey breast in an even layer, tucking some under the skin.

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 1

Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning.

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 2

Bake at 350 degrees until done, about 15 minutes per pound, or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees in the thickest part of the breast.

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 3

Let it rest, covered with aluminum foil, for at least 10 minutes to reabsorb the juices into the meat. The temperature will continue to rise to 165-170.

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 5

Serve lovely thick slices of moist, juicy, tender turkey with a wonderfully light touch of garlic. Heavenly!

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 6

Yum! I’ll serve a fresh stacked tomato salad with goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette with the turkey, and Parsley New Potatoes – recipe coming soon!

Roasted Garlic Butter Turkey 4

Anybody hungry?

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July in the Garden

The garden continues to do well for flowers, even though the temperatures are getting a bit warm for our part of the country. Mountain summers rarely reach 90 degrees, but we have had a few days that hot. Most are around 88 in the hottest part of summer, which is now to the end of July, and occasionally about a week into August. Then the highs start going down again. Gladiolas are blooming now, such a pretty yellow color!

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

They are so tall that the rain made the flower spires fall over, so I had to cut them and bring them inside in a vase. I added a few of the purple hosta flower spires too.  More glads are ready to bloom outside.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

We had a couple of visitors too. This little guy came by, and stayed a while.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

So cute, and I offered him a piece of my home grown lettuce, but he declined to eat it.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Our other visitor is still here. She came up on the rocker and sat there for a bit. She turned her head to look at me after I took her picture. Later I found her deep in the New Guinea Impatiens.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The strawberries are just pitifully small.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The tomatoes have only two pitiful blooms even though the marigolds are going gangbusters.

Tomato July 2015

The lettuce is ready for harvesting another salad.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

My lovely salad with my friend Laurie’s generous gift of cherry tomatoes.


The squash is growing and blooming, but no vegetables yet. I need to get out and do some weeding, well, when it gets a bit cooler.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white lobelia and pink geraniums keep blooming.  I just love this planter.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The double begonia is getting huge, with pretty yellow double blooms.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

At last, a few peaches for me. The bear didn’t get them this year!

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few peaches gathered in a basket. Hopefully, I can get enough peach to make DH a loaf of peach bread. These are clingstones and they are pretty small. It takes a bunch to get a enough to bake bread, so most years I buy a few locally grown peaches to augment my crop.

July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

This morning I found a few more that the bugs didn’t get.

Peaches 2

And looking up the mountain, I discovered the blackberry bramble is back! The berries are small, but given time they should get bigger with all the rain recently.

Blackberries July 2015

We had them all cleared out a few years ago, and they have come back. Problem is getting to them, they are tangled up with thorns and weeds, and probably poison ivy. But it might be worth a try with DH’s wellies, some thick clothing and gloves.

Blackberries July 2015 -2

How is your garden doing in the July heat?




Falling Stars and Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for commenting on the Black Modern Quilt setting.  I have decided to go with an idea that hit Friday morning, Falling Stars.  The Option A orientation has won out for showing first, but I may switch the hanging sleeve to the other end for a future show just to see what happens.  The balance tipped in favor of Option A when one of my forum friends who is a quilt show judge preferred that way.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

And now, the winner of the DVD.  I took out my own comment and multiples from the same reader, and then the Random number generator picked….

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Congratulations, Brenda! Brenda said…

“After spending quite a bit of time, looking at it from various angles and such, I prefer option B. When looking at option A, I feel so many of the individual blocks are “lost” instead of looking at each block element and what it brings to the quilt, I repeatedly see just one. While with option B, for me, it was pleasant to stop and admire each and every block and how they all work together to form the whole quilt. As for a suggestion for a name, I have never been good at naming quilts, but Enchanted Melodies actually just came rushing into my mind.

I enjoyed looking over each of your blocks, your fabric choices and settings. I give you two thumbs up for letting your creative style come out and trying a whole lot of variety in every aspect of this quilt. It really is wonderful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring! Have a wonderful day!”

Thank you for your lovely and well considered comment, Brenda, even though I am starting with the other option, LOL!!  I will be sending you an email to get your shipping address.

Thanks to everyone who commented!