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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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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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Quilted Art Project – May update

Try as I might, I still cannot sit still long enough to finish this project, but I have made some progress.  I am hoping that next Sunday, (Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the greatest day in racing), I’ll be able to find some stitching time while watching the three major auto races that day. Last weekend, I found some purple beads that have added some shine to the project.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

The area between the larger buttons is being filled in with small seed beads and pearls.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

This small resin flower is added to the purple doily so it shows well.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

The point at the top of the swirl is taking shape with more small pearls, buttons and beads.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

As the swirl sweeps left and down, the buttons get larger, and there are more textural items added like a ribbon rose.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Even larger buttons at the bottom,with more beads and pearls to fill in the space under the ribbon embroidery.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a look at the overall piece so far.  I still need to fill in the sweep of buttons a bit more, and add some elements to the doilies.  It is coming along, but still not done yet. I have to rethread the needle with each color change, as I am matching the thread color to the element.
Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

I’ll hopefully get a lot done during race day, I’d like to finish it off and get it on the wall soon.  Plus, I think I want to enter it into the state fair crafting competition, so it has to get done.

Are you working on any hand work projects? Do you find it difficult to do hand work in the warmer months?

 

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Scrap Dance Quickstep

I have been at it again, and I have a new design to share with you all, the next one in the Scrap Dance Series.  This design idea was so simple ( as in ridiculously simple), I am amazed that it hasn’t been done already and all over the web.  But, I wasn’t able to find anything like it, so here goes!  You know we all have leftover jelly roll strips, ends of bolts, and various strips from projects, all 2-1/2 inches wide by the width of the fabric.  Quickstep will give you a way to use them up, and create a great top faster than you would think!  Just a couple of Quicksteps!

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Start by sewing together 16 different jelly roll or WOF strips in sets of four.  I had a bunch of floral fabrics that I used.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

After they are sewn, press the seams going all the same direction.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Cross cut into 2-1/2 inch strips.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Arrange the units in a pleasing way.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Sew the units together, with one from each set of fabrics to make a square.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Cut 16 squares of solid fabric 8-1/2 inches square.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Mark a diagonal line on the back.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Pair a solid square with a pieced square right sides together. Sew 1/4-inch on either side of the line just like making the little HSTs.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Cut apart and press toward the solid color.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Now you have 32 blocks!  These can go together however you like, in whatever way suits your style.  Just like the light/dark log cabin blocks, these can create the same looks, and much faster.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Maybe you are a bargello fan.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Or maybe the offset diamond fits you better.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

How about all going one direction?

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Or a square set on point?

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

Double your strips to two of each color, and 32 solid squares  and get 64 total blocks.  This will allow some larger design opportunities.  I made more and decided to use an asymmetrical placement.  The floral fabrics and green solid look like garden paths of grass to see all the pretty flowers.  I am not much of a modern quilter, but this really appeals to me.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

I kept playing with the blocks, adjusting and changing the design.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

I started thinking about it like a maze, with some of the paths having no way out.

Scrap Dance Quickstep at From My Carolina Home - original pattern, quick and easy using jelly roll strips.

I have been working on it for a couple weeks, between trips out of town and other projects.  I’ll show you how I finish it soon.  It has a lot of stretch due to the bias edges in the center of the blocks, so I think I will use a pantograph.  I still haven’t decided whether or not to put a border on.

This idea lends itself to other combinations too, like using only three strips and 6-1/2 inch solid squares.  It would use up those ends of jelly rolls you used for other quilts.  You can also cut strips from your fat quarters.  Want a larger block?  Use five strips and 10-1/2 inch solid squares.  Versatile and fast!

What do you think about Quickstep?

Update!  I have completed a pattern for Quickstep, and added 14 different setting designs!! It is available on my Craftsy store, available HERE.  I appreciate all purchases from my stores as they support the costs of the blog so I don’t have flashing ads and moving distractions.

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