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Another Disappearing Nine Patch

Ready for yet another variation on the D9P?  I thought originally these prints would make a good color study.  Sometimes it is hard to know if prints go together.  All these prints related to each other with colors in soft purples and some pale blue. The ecru background fabric was the primary print, with the other prints pulled from those colors.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

So I cut out some strips and started sewing. I cross cut the square strips and sewed the nine patch blocks. Then I slashed across the middle and down the center as usual.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

I turned the upper right and lower left, and along about now realized that this wasn’t the usual. I had used four prints instead of the usual three.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

I went ahead and sewed them together, interested to see what would happen now.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

Kinda neat, huh? I oriented the blocks with the light strips horizontal, alternating with vertical to get this layout.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the design, but the proportions are off for a lap quilt, too long and skinny. But alas, I didn’t have any more fabric. I had eight blocks, sewn 2 x 4, so I just separated them into two lullaby quilts of four blocks each. Loading them on the longarm to quickly quilt, I quilted them on the same backing, placing the second quilt close to the first…

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

so one pass on the pantograph got the edges of both.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

Since the colors are softly sweet, I used a pansy pantograph.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

Bits and pieces of all the fabrics were sewn together for a scrappy binding on one.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

All done and ready to take to the meeting. These will go to a local charity called Open Arms.

New D9P ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you like D9P?

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An Interlude on the Veranda

The flowering season continues, and as we head into a holiday weekend, many more blooms have shown their faces. There were several weekend mornings over the past month where I took my study materials out to the veranda on a cool morning with a hot cup of coffee. Quiet and peaceful, birds chirping and enjoying the feast of seeds in the feeder, it is relaxing and easy to concentrate.  Although sometimes I got caught up in the beauty of the forest and the flowers.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Sunlight filters through the forest to the east as the sun comes over the mountaintop.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

I finished 24 hours of CEUs in June, bringing my total close to the 50 I need for the year.  Thank you to everyone who commented for all your support.  I wouldn’t say it was fun, some of it was interesting, but I would just rather be playing.  There is only so much neuropathology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes management, and psychopharmacology one can take, even as interesting as those subjects are to me.  Now I only have one more course to do and four months to do it. Cool quiet mornings on the weekends and my days off helped. So did staying off the computer as it gave me back a lot of time.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

In the garden, things are still blooming wonderfully, especially my hydrangea! Looking over the railing, it is full of blooms in three colors. What looks like white on the right is really a pale pink in the early morning light.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

This lavendar color is my favorite, and I cut a few of these to have inside.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The daylilies continue their show, this one is just so intense with color.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

And this one too.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The paler peach one with the yellow throat blooms just a few feet away.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The ruffled one is still going too.  Daylilies will bloom continuously for a month or more.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The Easter lily bloomed finally, just a few days ago. Just one bloom this year, it may be done, but I’ll give it some fertilizer and we will see what happens.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The geraniums and verbena are happy, and apparently the fairy is out as he left the door open. One can just imagine what wonders await at the top of those stairs inside.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The little blue lobelia in the pretty pot is happy.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

I think the white lobelia got a bit waterlogged as the container is water tight after all. I drained it out, and will be much more careful with the water on this one from here on. I need to move it into more sun too.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

I can’t believe how tall the yellow lantana has become! I didn’t know it would get that tall, it is almost 2 feet. Next year I’ll put those in the front bed for some height.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Here’s my study space in the evening after work, glass of tea at the ready, books open. The impatiens are getting huge and blooming like crazy!

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

This verbena on the porch was lagging along, then all of a sudden took off, blooming and filling in nicely.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Out front, the local goldfinch population got the word out that the diner was open and all the barstools were taken, LOL!

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

The hostas came into bloom over the weekend, I love these. The foliage fills in beautifully every year and the flowers are so pretty. These are along the back retaining wall behind the garage.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

These are out front, around the big oak tree.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Close up they are such a pretty purple with a variegated throat.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the hydrangea from the front, spilling through the railing on the steps.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

Out back, on the mountainside, the rhododendrons start pale pink opening to white.  They will bloom for a couple of weeks.

Early Morning June Garden ~ From My Carolina Home

In the time I allowed myself between studying and working, I have been planning and sewing on a special event to come in July. It is a Christmas in July event that will cover daily posts here on my blog for 12 days, plus the link up with a blog hop. There will be something for everyone, the crafters, the sewists, the quilters, the stitchers, the tablescapers, the DIYers, the cooks. I promise you will not want to miss a day. But, that is all I will say for now, there are more plans to finalize, sewing to finish up, crafting to do, cards to make, pictures to take and tutorials to write.

How is your summer going?


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Garlic Zucchini

Looking for a flavorful side dish?  This one is fast and simple, and is perfect served alongside the Italian Meat Loaf, or one of my many chicken recipes like White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms or Butterflied Baked Chicken.  Start by cleaning and slicing two or three zucchini.

Garlic Zucchini ~ From My Carolina Home

Arrange the slices on a baking sheet sprayed with no-stick spray.

Garlic Zucchini | From My Carolina Home

Sprinkle with garlic salt and grated cheese. This time I used Parmesan. When I made this with the meat loaf, I used an Italian Blend cheese of Parmesan, Romano and Mozzarella.

Garlic Zucchini | From My Carolina Home

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until slices are tender and cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Garlic Zucchini | From My Carolina Home

Be sure to scoop up any cheese on the baking sheet as you serve.

Garlic Zucchini ~ From My Carolina Home

Yum! So fast and easy, you don’t even need a recipe. Just slice, top and bake. Enjoy!

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Another day, served alongside grilled pork ribs and Parmesan linguini with sun dried tomatoes.

Garlic Zucchini | From My Carolina Home

Yum, now I have to hope that my zucchini plant in the garden will produce a lot of zucchini!  Do you like zucchini?


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Migrating Geese – a Quickstep Setting

I did another Scrap Dance Quickstep quilt, this time using just nine strips. Sewing long strips is a lot easier than individual squares. These strips are left over from the Moda Bake Shop recipe I did for a Pin Woven Tote (link on sidebar). I sewed sets of three strips.

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Then I cross cut them 2-1/2-inches wide, sewing one of each set together to make a nine patch.

Quickstep Block ~ From My Carolina Home

Using the leftover purple coordinating fabric, I made the large block HSTs, then laid them out on the cutting table to play with them.  I liked the idea of flying geese, and having them go different directions was fun.  I liked the parallelograms formed by the purple with this design too.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing the HSTs together into flying geese units went quickly, chain piecing.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

Did you know that the key to perfect points is to sew the final seam through the ‘X’? I didn’t learn that little tidbit until I had been quilting for over a year.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

In short order, I had the top together.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

Loading it up went fast too, as it is fairly small.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

I needed to get it quilted fast, so I just did a freehand loop.  It was loaded, quilted and trimmed in less than 2 hours.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

I did a rather plain backing, using a taupe color polyester thread with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

I call this one Migrating geese, as they are going north, then south, then north again.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

I used extra jelly roll strips to make the binding.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

One thing to notice about this block design, some of the corners will get cut off of the squares as the HSTs are made. This is unavoidable due to the strip method of putting them together. Just be aware that a quilt judge will likely not understand it and criticize the cut off points.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

I don’t plan to show any Quickstep quilt, but in spite of that limitation, I still think the block design is a keeper!  They will make great gifts and charity quilts.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

The pattern for Scrap Dance Quickstep is now available on Craftsy!  Pattern contains three sizes of block, with nine original setting designs and four classic designs. Use up your scraps and make 14 different quilts!  Perfect for beginners, and for making up fast charity and gift quilts in a hurry.

Migrating Geese Quickstep setting ~ From My Carolina Home

The pattern is offered at the special intro price of just $5 for 14 designs especially for you, faithful reader.  It is like getting a whole book of patterns for less than the usual price of one!  Click on Scrap Dance Quickstep.  Thank you for helping to support my blog!

Do you have left over jelly roll strips?

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Bellamy House in Wilmington NC

Last year when we went to the Outer Banks on vacation, one of the places we visited was the Bellamy House in Wilmington. I never got around to posting about it, so here it is.  I love old architecture, and this 1859 Greek Revival and Italianate home was a delight to see.

Bellamy House

Just look at the intricate detail under the eves, amazing. Such craftsmanship is rare today.

Bellamy House

The detail of the front door is just as ornate.

Bellamy House

Preservation of the home is ongoing. There was a devastating fire by arson just after the home was taken over by a preservation group.  The damage was severe, and has taken years to recover, slowing the restoration and refurnishing of the rooms. This marvelous fireplace graces a front room.

Bellamy House

The interior upstairs has amazing woodwork, wonderful original wood floors too.

Bellamy House

Bellamy House

The small room at the top of the house is called a belvedere. The windows were opened in warm weather with an elaborate vent system to draw hot air up and out from the lower levels, keeping the rooms more comfortable.   It makes me wonder why we don’t still have vents today that would open at the top of the house to let out warm air in the summer.

Bellamy House

I love looking at old kitchens, and this one was just as fascinating.  It had an indoor sink, which was an innovation at the time.  Period correct items were set out on the table and countertops to illustrate the types of foods and utensils people used over a century ago.

Bellamy House

There was a pantry on one wall, filled with various storage containers and serving dishes.

Bellamy House

The tools of the time would give an antique collector the vapors, like this wonderful old coffee grinder.  All over the kitchen were small frames with information on the surrounding items and how they were used.

Bellamy House

This fireplace in the kitchen was the main way of cooking.

Bellamy House

Out in the butler’s pantry, just off the main dining room, glass fronted cabinets hold a myriad of dishes.

Bellamy House

Outside, the fountain is on the square next to the mansion.

Bellamy House

All around the house, magnolia trees were blooming with those gorgeous white flowers.

Bellamy House

If you go to Wilmington, be sure to take the audio guided tour.  The amount of information, tidbits and details is amazing.  The tour points out things you wouldn’t ordinarily notice, like worn places on the flooring where servants walked and stepped over decades of use.  This home had many new innovations of the day, including a water system for showers and toilets not seen in most homes of the day.  We had a wonderful tour here, and would recommend the tour for anyone visiting Wilmington.

There are historic homes near us too, yet we haven’t been to any of them in years.  Of course, there is the Biltmore House, but the Carl Sandburg house is very close too.  Maybe we should go hiking there soon.  The Thomas Wolfe home is in Asheville, just up the road, and the Angel statue of his Look Homeward Angel novel is in a Hendersonville cemetary.

Are there any historic homes near you?

 

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Patriotic Star Mini Quilt

I wanted a red,white and blue mini quilt for my quilt stand, so I got out some patriotic colors and prints and had some fun.  I did something really different this time, and I’ll show you step by step.  Here’s what you need –

Four 2-1/2 inch squares each of blue and white,
Four 3-inch squares each of red and white,
Four 2-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch rectangular border pieces of star print.
One square of blue, 4-1/2 inches square

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pair the red and white 3-inch squares and make HSTs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Lay out the block and sew in rows as usual.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, loading it on the longarm, I stitched around the edges to hold it in place.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I had this pattern from Twice Quilted designs, but I don’t like the way you have to use these. The pattern calls for flipping and reversing the page, and it just gets too involved to be practical. Maybe if you are marking and hand quilting, these would work, but for a machine quilted project it is just too convoluted.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

But, I liked the idea of two lines of quilting in different colors. So, I got out my Golden Threads paper and made my own. I started by laying it over the mini quilt to get the size I needed.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I traced some of the motifs, putting them closer together to cover a smaller project.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used two colors of pencil to help keep the paths straight. The fireworks and stars will be quilted in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I started with red thread and the fireworks motifs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did the star motifs in blue.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I noticed that the actual quilting didn’t cover the whole piece evenly, so I added a freehand loop in white thread to finish it off.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are a couple of close up views.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I put the little hangers on the back, two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch.  It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt. (see here), then added the binding in the same star print.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The hand sewing to the back only took one evening.  Hanging on the stand, it was the perfect decoration for the patriotic holidays of summer.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It goes well with the Value Play quilt on the wall.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fireworks and stars, the perfect quilt pattern for a star mini quilt.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Have you ever quilted a project with two or three different colors and motifs?

 

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My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method.  If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Pinterest, a blog hop or link up, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow.  My third mystery quilt is in progress, click on Scrap Dance Two Step on the sidebar for the first post.  Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog.


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Italian Meat Loaf

I have been seeing this idea on Pinterest, and it was intriguing.  DH likes meat loaf, but he loves Italian food, so I thought I’d try to do one.  I followed one of the recipes I found, but you all know me, I have to fiddle with it and make it just that much better.  I have made a couple of these now, and DH has given them his seal of approval.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

As usual, I gathered some ingredients I thought would go well. I have added mushrooms to my recipe, but you could leave these out if you don’t like them.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the first change I made. Instead of cooking the loaf in a loaf pan, I put a rack inside a metal tray and lined the rack with foil. Holes are punched in the foil. This will allow the fat to drain off while it is cooking, since I am using Italian sausage.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

I sauteed onions in olive oil, added a bit of butter and then the mushrooms. A bit longer in the pan to cook the mushrooms, then set aside.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Since the Italian sausage is a bit fatty, I used 90% lean ground beef with it.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Using your hands, knead the meats together until they appear homogenous.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Add the bread crumbs, spices and egg, and mix thoroughly.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Add the onions and mushrooms, mix well.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Then add one cup of bottled marinara sauce to the meat.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Mix well.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Form a loaf shape on the foil. Here is the next departure from the other recipes. Form the sides a bit high, and press down in the center to form a well on the top, about 3/4-1 inch deep.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Fill the well with marinara sauce, about 3/4 of a cup, more or less depending on the size of the well.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Top with cheese.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Bake one hour at 350 degrees.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Doesn’t it look good?

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Yum, delicious marinara baked in a layer on top, with a thick layer of melted cheese!

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Heat the remaining marinara in a saucepan and serve on the slices.  That’s Garlic Zucchini on the side, and I’ll share that recipe soon.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

I put some sauce on the plate, then add the meat loaf slice, a bit more marinara and a sprinkle of cheese that will melt with just the heat in the dish.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Normally, I like to give you all recipes that serve 2 nicely with little left over.  But this one, I promise you will want the leftovers.  Not only is it great the next day served the same way, it makes a killer meatloaf sandwich on sourdough bread!  Mix a little leftover marinara sauce with the mayo, yum!

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Italian Meat Loaf

1-1/4 pound 90% lean ground beef
3/4 pound Italian sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 egg
1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce, divided (I used Prego Fresh Mushroom)
4 ounces grated Italian cheese blend (or mozzarella)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a rack inside a metal tray and place a piece of foil on top. Punch holes in the foil. Spray with no-stick and set aside. Mix beef and sausage until well mixed. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat, add onion and saute until translucent. Add butter and mushrooms, saute about one minute. Add bread crumbs, spices and basil, and egg to meat mixture and mix well. Add onions and mushrooms, mix well. Add one cup of bottled marinara sauce, and mix well. Form into a loaf shape about 5 x 9 inches, and place on the foil-topped rack. Form the sides 3/4-1 inch higher than the middle creating a well in the top of the loaf. Fill with marinara sauce – about 3/4 cup. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees about one hour. Heat the rest of the marinara sauce in a saucepan to serve with the meatloaf.  Top each serving with a bit more cheese if desired.

Italian Meat Loaf ~ From My Carolina Home

Enjoy!!  Do you have a favorite way to make meatloaf?

 

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