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Quick Squares Table Topper

I need a very quick table topper for my recent luncheon, and I didn’t want to bother with any half square triangles.  It needed to be much faster to put together.  I found a nice block using all squares called Arrowhead Puzzle on Quilter’s Cache, and thought four together would be perfect.  I used purple violet fabric for the focus color, with green as the accent and yellow for the background.  It would work great for Mardi Gras too with these colors.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

I put this together differently than the instructions.  Analyzing the block, you can see that the top two rows are the same as the bottom two, just turned around.   I also used 2-1/2-inch strips instead of the 3-1/2-inch squares called for in the pattern.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

So, I sewed strips in this order.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Sewing the strips was fast.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

I pressed the seams all in the same direction. Since I’ll be reversing the orientation of the cross cut strips, this will nest the seams.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Each strip was cross cut into eight 2-1/2-inch wide sections.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Then the blocks were laid out, ensuring that the seams would nest.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

In nothing flat I had four blocks.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Then a topper, orienting each block to create the square in the center.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

I added a border of violet fabric.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home<

Loading it on the longarm was quick as it was a small project.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

I used a leaf pantograph, it is one of my favorites and goes with just about every design. This time I used a variegated green thread.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Using Warm and Natural batting, with Bottom Line in the bobbin, the quilting is done.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Once again, I bound it in matching fabric to the border. I find I am doing more of this rather than a contrasting binding.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

All done, and placed on the Battenberg runner on my luncheon table.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Quick and easy, it went together in an afternoon, and I finished the binding in one evening.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

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Would you make one of these quick toppers?  What colors would you use?


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May Is For Makers Week 5 – I Breathe I’m Hungry

It is Memorial Day giving thanks for those who served our country and gave their lives for our country. In the afternoon, most of us will celebrate the freedom provided by their sacrifice with a cookout, and perhaps some friends and family time outdoors. So with that in mind, I am going to feature my favorite foodie blogger today.

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I have followed Melissa’s blog for quite some time now, she has the best blog name I have ever seen –
I Breathe I’m Hungry!
IBIH

Melissa is constantly producing new, flavorful recipes that support my weight loss efforts with low carbohydrate offerings. She also offers gluten free recipes. Mouth watering photography makes the dish look wonderful.  Here is her Caprese Stuffen Chicken with a balsamic glaze.  Makes me want to get some chicken breasts out of the freezer right now.  I have made this recipe, and it is as good as it looks.

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Just look at these Low Carb Cajun Salmon Patties!

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She has yummy ways to serve spaghetti squash, including this one with sausage and spinach. I made this one too, and it is definitely a keeper.

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How about some Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms, good for a main course or a heavy appetizer.

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I could go on and on, with her inventive side dishes, and even some desserts!  Just click on any of the pictures above to see her wonderful site and peruse all the recipes.

To show my support, I purchased one of her Ezines – electronic recipe magazine.  She is offering the issues at a discount right now too!  I wanted to see what they were like, and I’ll be going back for the rest of her issues.  Sadly, there are only a few available.  The amount of work in developing these recipes, doing the testing and photography, creating the e-zine, must have been enormous.  I wish I had bought them sooner.  But, I’ll make up for it now and show her that I appreciate all she shares for free.

This is the last of the May Is For Makers posts, but I plan to continue purchasing patterns and ebooks and classes in the future.  After all, there are a lot of independent designers and bloggers who need our gratitude all through the year.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!!  How are you spending this day?

If you missed the other posts from my favorite bloggers – click on these links

May Is For Makers Week 4- Vicki Welsh at Colorways by Vicki

May Is For Makers Week 3- In Box Jaunt

May Is For Makers Week 2- Heather North at Creative Blessings

May Is For Makers Week 1- Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework


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Garden Blooms May

I have had so much to post about that I haven’t been able to get back to updating the garden.  The fairies have settled in permanently, and I found another door in the kitchen.  The weather finally has turned warm to stay, so the landscape has turned verdant green.  There are still some flowers in the wild areas of our land.

Late May Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

It rained so much during the time the rhododendrons and mountain laurel were blooming that I almost missed getting pictures. Across the meadow, the huge green shrub in the center is mountain laurel, almost done. The white next to it on the right and just visible on the lower left are both white dogwoods.

Late May Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The dogwood on the circle is blooming too.

Late May Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Mountain Laurel is blooming in the back on the mountainside as well.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The pink rhododendrons are in full swing, but the white ones are still in the bud stage.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the back, I went to check out how the peaches were doing, and they are all gone. ALL of them! Dang bear they weren’t even close to being ripe!

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Out front, the lily does have a bud and I am hoping for it to flower this week.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Looks like I may get some tomatoes this year…

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

and some squash too!

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

This little dianthus is blooming like crazy, but I wish it would get a bit bigger.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The daylilies are starting up now, and there are tons of buds to come.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

These will bloom continuously for several weeks.  There are five or six varieties in the garden.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

I have put three pots in the garden with flowers to add interest and height to the bed. Those are doing well, this one really looks good with three different flowers. I just missed the geranium blooming with them, but it will bloom again and most of the summer. The verbena and petunias are doing great.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The most exciting thing is my hydrangea is blooming this year! It didn’t bloom last year or the year before, so I am thrilled. It is covered in blooms!

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

There must be sections of soil more acid and some more alkaline in the same area because I have blue and pink flowers, and a lovely lavender too, all on the same plant!

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Stunning, aren’t they?!!

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

They spill out of the bed through the stair railing, with many more clusters in the process of developing.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Back up on the veranda, the lobelia seems to be happy.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

White impatiens are overflowing their spaces with flowers.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

All the torenia baskets are now trailing a bit.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The yellow ones are doing well too.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The lettuce is coming up, and I hope the bear doesn’t find it.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The white geranium is happy too.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

I love this pot with the pink and white colors together.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

On one end of the veranda, the lobelia looks great with the pink geraniums. Another variety of lobelia complements the yellow lantana too.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Lobelia and white begonia almost cover the little fairy house.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

The rockers are ready for visitors.

Late May 2016 Garden at From My Carolina Home

Want to come sit for a spell?

 

 


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Ham Roll Up Appetizer

Memorial Day weekend is here, and Sunday (the greatest day in racing) calls for munchie snacks for all day grazing.  Starting with the Formula One race in the morning, followed by the Indy 500, and ending in the evening with the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, it is all day racing!  Even though Nascar has become boring, we can have it on while we share a meal with friends, and just check in now and then.  Along with some other treats like my Homemade Guacamole with Green Onions, and Perfect Deviled Eggs (the last deviled egg recipe you will ever need!) I like these Ham Roll Ups.  I made these for the luncheon too, and I guarantee your guests will eat them up.  Easy and quick, my recipe has a lot of flavor and a little bite.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

I start with four slices of cooked ham luncheon slices, pat them dry on a paper towel. Put softened cream cheese in a bowl and mash with a fork to soften it further.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Add Ranch dip mix, mayonnaise, and horseradish sauce to the cream cheese. Mix well and divide into four portions.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Top the ham slices with the cream cheese mixture.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Spread evenly across the slices. This makes a nice thick layer. If you want less filling in each one, just use more ham slices and spread thinner.  That will make more appetizers too if you need more.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Roll up each one.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Put six toothpicks in each roll.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Cut into bite size pieces between the toothpicks.

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Serve and enjoy!

Ham Rollup Appetizer ~ From My Carolina Home

Ham Roll Ups

4 slices cooked ham
8 ounces cream cheese
2 teaspoons Ranch dip dry mix
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon horseradish sauce

Pat ham dry and lay out slices. Mix cream cheese with mix, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce. Divide between the ham slices, spread evenly to the edges. Roll up, secure with toothpicks, cut into bite size pieces.  Yield 24 pieces. Enjoy!

What are your plans for this weekend?

 

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Springtime Luncheon Tablescape and Menu

Last weekend I had a nice ladies luncheon, just some time with friends to chat and have fun, away from the meetings where we usually see each other.  It is always fun to do this sort of thing, time to relax and enjoy the friendships. I wanted to have this on the veranda, but the weather didn’t cooperate, raining for a few days including that Saturday. So, lunch was moved to the dining table.  I was inspired by violets this time.  I have a lovely collection of small china pieces with violets, that I wanted to use on the table.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

So, that called for purple on the table.  I didn’t have anything I wanted to use, so I whipped up a quick table topper with violet fabric.  I’ll show you that in detail HERE.  I put it on top of a Battenburg runner.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Adding the Mason Jar candles, I changed out the flowers inside to purple and yellow.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I wanted the table to be feminine, so I used my mother’s embroidered placemats.  These are so pretty that it is almost a shame to cover them up with dishes, LOL!

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

But I did, with my bright gold chargers.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added my white stoneware plates, and topped those with the pretty yellow salad plates. I added some white napkins with delicate embroidered flowers, tied them with lavendar ribbon.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

So, starting to look pretty good.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We might want coffee with the dessert, so the china coffee cups I rarely get to use went on next. Ever heard the saying “in for a penny in for a pound”?  I figured, if I am using the china cups, let’s go all out and use the china plates too.  So I swapped the stoneware plates out for my white on white china plates. After all, my friends are worth the extra elegance.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added the salt and pepper shakers to each setting.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

At each end of the table, I put one of my sets of lead crystal cream and sugar sets.  I have several, and cannot bear to give any of them away.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the center, on the table topper, I placed a lavendar color basket.  I wish my violets would bloom, but in lieu of those, I used two small pots of begonias in white.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Some cut glass water glasses went on the table too, but I only have four of these.  So, the end settings got cut glass stems.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The finished table was light and springtime fresh.

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I made some place cards too, continuing the violet theme.  These were simple purple cards folded in half, with the violet stamped on white stock and punched out.  Each lady had her name on one. I’ll show you those in more detail in another post.

Luncheon Placecards at From My Carolina Home

For the menu, I started with an appetizer course, then the main course followed by dessert and coffee.

Appetizer Course – Ham Roll Ups , Spinach Salad with Cranberry Viniagrette, Tomato and Carrot Crudites with a glass of wine.

Main Course – Mushroom and Onion Quiche (except that I used a prepared crust this time), Goat Cheese Crescent Pinwheels, more crudites and more wine

Dessert – Chocolate Covered Oreos, Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes, Coffee

Ladies Luncheon Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We had a great time, and I look forward to doing another luncheon soon.  We were having so much fun and great conversation, that they all stayed most of the afternoon.  We ate at a leisurely pace, and had lots of time between courses for chatting.

Do you get together for luncheons with friends?

 

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Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes

There are times to make something wonderful from scratch, and there are times that a few shortcuts yield just as yummy results.  Recently I had a lovely luncheon with a few friends and I wanted to make something dainty and sweet.  But, with all the things I wanted to do, I needed a shortcut for this idea.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Gathering a few ingredients, I decided to do some tea cakes. I thought I was making petit fours, but they turned out too tall for that.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

I began by splitting the pound cake in half horizontally.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

It didn’t turn out exactly even, but that didn’t matter.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Place blueberry jam on one side.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Put the top back on.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Cut into three long strips.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Cut strips into individual pieces.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

These turned out a bit too tall, but it was too late at this point, LOL!

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Mix up the glaze. It should flow nicely but not be too thin.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the tea cakes on a rack over a sheet of wax paper.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Put a dollop of glaze on each one, directing the glaze to drip down all four sides.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Use all the glaze in the cup.  Let them sit and drip for about 5 minutes.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Move the rack of tea cakes to a second sheet of wax paper. Scrape up the overflow from the first sheet, drizzling the glaze over the tea cakes in a second layer. Make sure to catch the spots that didn’t get glazed in the first round.  Let them sit for a few minutes.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Move the rack back to the first sheet of wax paper and repeat the process until all the glaze is on the tea cakes, and very little is left on the wax paper sheets.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Another shortcut, I used a flower tip on a purchased tube of frosting.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

I piped a flower on the top of each tea cake.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Next time I think I will slice the pound cake into 3/4″ slices instead of just once horizontally.  But let me tell you, these were absolutely yummy!

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

 

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes

1 frozen all butter pound cake 10.75 ounces
1/4 cup blueberry jam
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Optional – frosting for flower decoration

Slice pound cake into two layers horizontally. (Or, cut into 3/4-inch thick slices.)  Spread blueberry jam on one half, and reassemble.  Cut into three logs, then cross cut into six tea cakes. (Or, if using the slices, cut each into six petit fours.)  Arrange cakes on a wire rack over a piece of wax paper.  Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, mix well until smooth.  Drizzle the glaze over the tea cakes, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides.  Move the rack to over a second piece of wax paper, scrape up the overflow from the first piece of wax paper, and drizzle over the cakes.  Repeat until no glaze remains to scrape up. Allow to dry about 2 hours to harden the glaze.  Decorate with frosting flowers and gel centers if desired.  Makes 18 tea cakes, or a few more if doing petit four size.

Vanilla Blueberry Tea Cakes ~ From My Carolina Home

Enjoy the accolades, your guests will eat these up!!

Have you ever made tea cakes or petit fours?


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May Is For Makers Week 4 – Quilter and Glass Artist

In keeping with my eclectic blog, this week I highlight a quilter who is also a glass artist.  I first ‘met’ Vicki Welsh when she was writing her blog at Field Trips in Fiber in early 2014.  I honestly cannot remember how I found her, maybe a link party, maybe a blog hop, I just cannot remember.   But, we have become friends with our mutual love of quilting and football!

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She recently moved her blog and combined it with her gallery at Colorways by Vicki.  When Vicki first put a beautiful glass quilt motif dish up for auction, I bid like crazy but didn’t win it. I just fell in love with the idea of a glass plate in a quilt block design. It was this one, gorgeous isn’t it!!

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Vicki often posts her glass adventures between her quilting adventures.  While she doesn’t have any of these dishes in her shop right now, I am patiently waiting for her next offering!

Vicki's quilt glass 3   Vicki's quilt glass 2

When she did some great little Christmas Tree Ornaments, I had to get one.  She hadn’t even put them in her store yet, and I was begging her to let me order one.  I got the one circled below.  (PS these are huge, 4-1/2 inches high!)

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There is a free tutorial on Vicki’s site, Colorways by Vicki, that every quilter needs.  This tutorial is essential for your reference library, and I sincerely hope you never need it, but if you do the information is priceless.  It is called Save My Bleeding Quilt, and is a study of bleeding colors and how to deal with problems.  Vicki generously shares this study and the results for free.  Bookmark it in case you ever need it.  She also has other tutorials on her site, and does hand dyed fabrics in beautiful gradients.  See her store for all the choices.

So, I am telling you about Vicki, and letting her know I value her work and her artistry!