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Thrifting, and Winning, and a Gift

While I was playing in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand, I was able to indulge my bargain hunting addiction and visit a bunch of thrift and consignment stores in the area.  They actually have more than 60 listed on web searches, and I just couldn’t get to them all, but I had a great time in the ones I did visit.  I have to say the best of them was a consignment store called Finders Keepers.  Their wares were beautifully displayed, and made things very tempting.  I considered some of the lemon motif items here, like the pitcher on the left, to go with my lemon dishes, but decided to look around a bit more.  I didn’t notice those chargers until later when I saw the picture or I might have snapped them up.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Oh, I was tempted by those hurricane candle holders on the table here, but I resisted.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then I went around another corner and found this. Isn’t it cute? It is a planter.  DH said it might just hold enough coffee for me for one morning, until he noticed the hole in the bottom, LOL!  I see a chicken inspired tablescape in the future!

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Tablescapes were in several stores, and you all know I love a pretty table. But, I didn’t want to buy any more than 6 salad plates, not another whole set of dishes.  These didn’t tempt me, but the table was nicely done.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Poking around is the most fun!  The chicken on the table here was tempting too, but my tiny kitchen doesn’t have the room for one on the counter as I would have liked.  I am afraid it would get broken sitting on the pie safe.  So, my French inspired kitchen will have to remain chicken-less for now.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

At the Homespun Crafters Mall, which also has vintage items, I found these wine glasses. They are heavy lead crystal with gold rims – $3.50 for both!

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Back at home, I scored several great buys at our local thrift stores, including this wonderful French inspired pail.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Little mason jar salt and pepper shakers will hold some of my specialty salts. See my post Around the World in Salt.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Another planter found for the veranda.  I like the curved lines on this one.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A few more wine glasses at 50 cents each, I needed them for an upcoming party. The twisted stems make them pretty.  I would rather spend this little bit and donate them back when I’m done than use plastic ones.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I just had to pick up these onion bowls, made for dipping sauces but I don’t know yet how I will use them. You’ll see them on a tablescape soon.  They are a great size for a side dish like a juicy salad or baked beans.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A nice brass planter will give the veranda a bit more interest. I am busy planting the pots now and will show you the veranda soon.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, I got really lucky! I was the winner of a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop on My Quilt Infatuation, thanks so much Kelly!! Here’s the loot I got with it. I am excited to try these Cake Mix papers.  And I have to say already the new Splash Olfa cutter is so much more comfortable than the old style, straight yellow handle one.  It cuts like a dream, of course a brand new blade helps.  The ruler has a rough bottom along the edge so it hold the fabric much better than my old one.

Winner FQS!

And then I won the drawing for Thimbleberries newest book on Quilt Shop Gal‘s blog, thanks Darlene!!  I don’t consider myself a lucky person for drawings, but my luck certainly changed that week!

Book win

Then, a lovely reader named Katie contacted me about my stamping habit. She said she had some things she wanted to give me as she wasn’t stamping anymore. Little did I know what she meant. She said three boxes, and I envisioned the little milk crate boxes that I use for transporting things. Oh no, she meant big boxes stuffed with goodies!! She was coming through the week I was in Myrtle Beach, so we didn’t get to meet, but a friend met her to get the boxes for me. I was blown away when I picked up the bonanza.  Papers, stamps, punches, stickers, and more elements to add on cards or pages, so much I was speechless.

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All of these are filled with printed specialty papers, beautiful designs all wonderfully organized by style.  They are the large 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Gorgeous designs, hundreds of pages.

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This is an album full of acrylic stamps, each of these ‘pages’ is loaded with stamps and there are seven pages! There are literally hundreds of stamps in here, with several sets of alphabet stamps in different font styles.

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And then, there was a full crate of papers!  Some of those are Stampin’ UP colors which will match my ink pads, and the size is 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Incredible.

Stamping Gift 1

Now I have card making supplies to last for my lifetime and then some!  I’ll be sharing this bounty with some of my card-making buddies, and elsewhere.  I can see making some cards for charity use, as my stamping buddy Gail does.  She does a little basket of cards for our car club’s silent auction each year.  Perhaps some doggie inspired cards would do well at the humane society’s auctions.  Now I just need to get some envelopes to complete the sets and get stamping!!

Oh, and one more thing, I have reduced the prices on all my pincushions for Mother’s Day purchases, so now is the time to order the one you’ve had your eye on.  Click on Craftnut’s Studio Etsy Store to see them.  Buy before May 4th to get delivery in time.

Have you had any good finds, lucky wins or great gifts lately?

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A Visit to Brookgreen Gardens

During my week in Myrtle Beach, I had to visit the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. The gardens had their foxgloves and snapdragons at peak bloom, just gorgeous!  I should probably have split this into two posts, but I have a lot more to show you in the coming days, and more projects in the works, so bear with me for a longer than normal post with some gorgeous flowers and scenic vistas.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I was surprised to learn that the gardens were originally four rice plantations. Purchased when the plantations were going bankrupt by a sculptor, it was turned into a showplace for American sculptors and artists.  Currently there are more than 1400 sculptures by 350 artists in the collection.  I walked for almost three hours, and only saw a fraction of what was on display.  I took over 100 pictures, and cutting that group down to a manageable level to show wasn’t easy.   Still, get ready for a picture heavy post!!  There are several large reflecting pools and small fountain pools, all surrounded by foxgloves and snapdragons, standing three to four feet tall!

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The four running men in the picture above represent the four Muses of Fine Arts, the poet, the painter, the musician and the architect.  The sculptures were produced in 1949 to 1954 by Carl Milles.  The range of colors in the flowers was just gorgeous.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here, pink and yellow snapdragons are share the space with white and pink foxgloves.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

More are around a round reflecting pool, with more against the wall.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This was on the other side, just stunning!

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Another fountain, with more foxgloves. There were literally thousands of them.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Passing through the peacocks at this gate led to more gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Another reflecting pool with a different sculpture, this one of Samson and the Lion.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Further in, going through a tall hedge, this sculpture pond was a hidden gem.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

More snapdragons and foxgloves.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here and there, some darker colors were coming into bloom, blue delphiniums and dark red ones too.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Another delphinium was blooming in this garden.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

These spotted flowers have so much character. Did you know that our modern heart medication Digitalis originally came from foxgloves? Not in widespread use anymore as there are better, less risky medications now, but part of our history.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I adore white flowers, and these snapdragons were gorgeous to me.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, around the next hedge was a whole garden of white foxgloves with dark red spotted throats.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Large open vistas allowed for a nice long walk and the clear cool morning was perfect for getting some exercise.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Large live oaks with typical low country moss hanging from the branches made an arbor over the path.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

On the other side of the vista, another garden of creamy snapdragons with light lavender foxgloves.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The tall spires captivated me.  The pink foxgloves in the back were over four feet tall.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There were other flowers in bloom there too, but the foxgloves and snapdragons were most prominent. Here, pink rhododendrons bloom in a shady spot.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Lovely large blooms, the bees were enjoying these too.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here and there were patches of daisies.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

And a few tulips were still blooming.

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A large meadow was part of the garden walk, going past an open natural pond. Can you see the eyes in the pond looking at me? It was a baby alligator. He was on the bank when I came out of the garden hedge, but slid into the water ahead of some other people. Then turned around to watch us, while he floated in the pond.

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He’s here –

Brookgreen Gardens alligator

Further on was a huge sundial sculpture.

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On the waterway, you could take a ride on a plantation boat for a tour. I didn’t have the time to do that too, maybe next time.

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On the way out, a last look at one of the inlets. A tree that had fallen during the last hurricane had been cut off, according to the guide. She pointed out the turtles that have claimed it as their daily sunning spot. So cute, lined up on the tree trunk. Can you see them?

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Whew, that was a lot of walking!  But I thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  It was growing fairly hot and humid by the time I decided I had seen enough for one trip.  The great thing about this garden is your ticket gets you unlimited access for a week.  So you can come and go as you like over several days.  I have a lot more pictures of bronze sculptures with more foxgloves and snapdragons, but I’ll stop here.

Do you like to see gardens when you go on vacation?

 

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Be My Neighbor Block 8

I got a bit busy with other things, but finally got back to the Be My Neighbor block due next week.  Block 8 is on the right end of row two, so I got out the other blocks to pick fabrics. I was trying not to repeat the same fabric in adjacent blocks. This block has a flag, and I thought the star fabric would be good for that.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Cutting out the pieces took longer than usual blocks because of the number of fabrics and the pieces are all different sizes.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

As before, I marked all the diagonal lines on all the squares that needed them, so I could chain piece as much as possible. Plus I can iron a bunch at once.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Moving on to the windows in the block’s house, and the flag bits next.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Once again, I lay out the bits as they are done so I know what to do next. At least that was the plan. And you know what they say about plans! For those of you that have done this block, notice something missing here?

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

I didn’t either. And I had the bloody pattern right in front of me. So I did this, and had to rip it out. The top pink piece going over the windows and below the roof is missing, which made the section too short to join to the side piece.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

So the streak of frogging something on every block continues, LOL!! And I thought I was doing so well this time! But it seemed that I didn’t even cut that piece. So, I had to go back to the scrap basket and cut that bit to add in .

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

Now it fits the side bar as it should.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

A bit more assembly for the flower base and it is coming together.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

All done with the base block.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

The pattern calls for a large circle applique, and I used the freezer paper method this time.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

It took about 10 minutes to stitch it once I had the circle done. The pattern actually calls for a second circle on top of the first one, but I decided I am going to use a large button instead. I’ll add that after the quilt is quilted.  I’m thinking it needs a bit of floss embroidery to make a stem between the flower and the leaves.

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

So here it is, alongside the other blocks, and sewn to the second row. I am not sure I really like the flag in this one, but finished is better than perfect anyday!

Be My Neighbor Block 8 @ From My Carolina Home

If you are just now finding this series with me, and you’d like to make these blocks too, go to Bear Creek Quilting Free Moda Be My Neighbor for the patterns for all 16 blocks. I’ll be doing two a month until they are done.  You can click on Be My Neighbor to see all the blocks I have sewn up to now.  The next block will be the beginning of row three, so I’ll use the darker blue background on it to spread that around a bit more.  I am thinking I should have done all the sky fabrics the same, but will continue the way I have started.  I really don’t want to go back and rework finished blocks.

So now, here are the pebble fabrics I got in Myrtle Beach, and I would like your opinion. The one on the left is all neutrals in grays and browns, the right side is pastels like my houses with soft peach and greens.

Pebble Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Here they are with the blocks.  This will be the road between the house rows.

Pebble Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Which fabric would you choose?

 

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Quilting on the Grand Strand, part 2

Picking up from yesterday, the Grand Strand Quilters meeting was so much fun. I really enjoyed making new quilter friends, but had no idea what would happen next. One of the charities the Grand Strand Quilters support is the Quilts of Valor program. I didn’t get this quilter’s name (with the microphone) before the end of the meeting, and her quilt would be very nice for the veterans, but I don’t remember if she said who it was for.

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Batting is cut at each meeting for finished tops, here an Anita’s Arrowhead with patriotic borders.

Grand Strand Quilters 1

After the meeting, while I was chatting with members, Joan came up to me explaining that she was the QOV coordinator for the group as well as part of the national organization. She wondered if I would be willing to quilt some tops for them. She said they have a backlog of 150 quilt tops ready to be quilted, but a serious lack of longarmers willing to help. I hesitated a moment, knowing that there would be some logistics involved, and I just couldn’t do them by mail. But she already had a plan. It seems that about a third of their members are snowbirds, spending the winter in Myrtle Beach and the summers up north. Some go through my area twice a year. So, if I took some quilts to do, then in six months or so, someone would be coming through to pick them up. Well, then, sure!! Knowing I had a bit of stuff from shopping, I agreed to take 10. Joan ran home, cut batting for 10 quilts, packed them up in 5 large bags, and met me at my hotel (with her charming husband, Jim) to hand them off.  They completely filled the back seat of our rented Jeep. I think this will become a regular thing for us!  So, I think I may have become an honorary member of the Grand Strand Quilters, at least I’d like to think so.  Yes, I’ll share them with all of you as I put them on the frame for quilting around my other projects.

Grand Strand Quilters QOV

There are two really wonderful quilt stores in the area, and I visited both, along with a Crafter’s mall where one of the vendors had lots of fun fabrics and notions. On Tuesday, I drove to Murrells Inlet to Accent Sewing. What a wonderful store!! There were fun fabrics, lots of notions and thread, classroom space and machines.

Accent Sewing 3

I chatted only a little with their longarmer who was busy with a quilt right then, so I didn’t want to bother her too much. All the ladies were so friendly and helpful. Diane helped me find a pebble fabric for my Be My Neighbor quilt to use as the streets.  The owner, Sheryl, was so nice and helpful too. It is a bright and colorful store to visit, I wish I could do their mini quilt of the month quilt along, the samples were just joyful!

Accent Sewing 2

Then on Wednesday, I visited Quilting on the Beach, where again I met Barb and Anna, two lovely, friendly ladies willing to chat a bit. I spent the most time with Maureen, their longarm quilter as she worked on this beautiful quilt.  The piecer, Anne, was there too, getting a lesson in what a longarmer needs.  Just look at how perfect all her points are on those triangles!  As usual, I picked up a new-to-me, stupidly simple, brilliant idea for dealing with quilt backings that are too small. She uses long straight pins to secure a piece of fabric to the edge, allowing the longarm more space so it doesn’t bump into the clips. As she rolls the quilt, she moves the bit of extra fabric.  Why didn’t I ever think of this?

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Pretty store, lots of fabrics!! When I mentioned the Be My Neighbor quilt, Barb found another pebble fabric in lighter colors, so I got some of that too. I’ll show you those tomorrow.

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Then, down the road a bit was Homespun Crafter’s Mall, with new crafted items and vintage treasures. The fabric vendor had a lot of choices too. I understand this is a relatively new expansion for the vendor.  This dealer mall satisfied both my quilter self and my vintage side.

Homespun Crafter's Mall 3

So, that was my quilting adventure in Myrtle Beach.   If you missed part one of Quilting on the Grand Strand, click HERE.

Do you look for quilting fun when you take a trip?

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Thrifting Myrtle Beach

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Quilting on the Grand Strand

Last week, DH had work to do in Myrtle Beach and I decided that I needed some beach time.  So I packed a bag and went with him.  While he was working, I had a grand time on the Grand Strand!  The Grand Strand is composed of a number of small communities along the coast, comprising over 60 miles of uninterrupted beach on the South Carolina Coast.  Myrtle Beach is the largest, located roughly in the middle.  One of the things I like to do when traveling is visit quilt shops (where I can), and this time was lucky enough to find the Grand Strand Quilters were having a meeting while I was there.  I emailed the president, asking if I could visit, and of course as all quilters do she said “Certainly!!”.  Thursday morning I arrived as the pre-meeting chat time was getting underway.  It didn’t take but a moment for someone to say “Welcome!!”  I had met a lovely lady the day before at one of the quilt shops, Leanne, and she was new to the area.  We happened to walk in at the same time, so I was familiar with one face.  We both were swept up in the group and I didn’t get a chance to talk to her again that morning.  There were at least 50 women there, setting up machines, chatting, working on kits for charity quilts, all in a happy buzz of conversation.  I chatted with a few here and there, and ended up at a table for the meeting with Barbara, Flo, Blanche, Nancy, Theresa, Sue and Cindi. Here, Blanche was showing her progress on her postage stamp applique quilt, such beautiful handwork!  All those tiny pieces were appliqued to the base by hand.  She has a few more rows and it will be done.

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The meeting got underway, while many of the members worked on hand projects.

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They have a microphone and speaker system so every presenter can be clearly heard by everyone.

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The quilt show and tell was magnificent, such lovely work!!  I wish I could show you all these quilts individually!  But I will show you a few.

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The room has a stage, so the quilts could easily be seen by the entire room. I didn’t get this quilter’s name as she was gone before I could get to her. But her blue quilt is beautiful.

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Sue’s quilt is all HSTs and tiny squares, and is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter. I was so impressed with the number of bits in this one, and love her colors. Look at her scrappy border!  You know I love scrappy.

Grand Strand Quilters 21 Sue

Adrene’s quilt was made from a collection of African inspired prints she had collected that went beautifully with the panel found later.

Grand Strand Quilters 24 Adrene

Carole’s quilt (yes she spells her name like I do!) is for charity. She did a diagonal backing to mirror the string quilt blocks on the front. Very creative idea!

Grand Strand Quilters 22 Carole

I had such a great time that morning!! Nancy and Theresa were just delightful to chat with.

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Bonnie’s string quilt was so colorful!

Grand Strand Quilters 23 Bonnie

Blanche had a wall hanging for show and tell.

Grand Strand Quilters 25 Blanche

Cindi’s lovely string quilt had a neat black border that set off the colors nicely.

Grand Strand Quilters 26 Cindi

This guild does an impressive amount of charity quilting, and they truly have it organized well. They meet weekly, so some sewing on the charity projects gets done every week. Kits are made with tops, backing and batting for members to take home to quilt, or to be sent to a longarm volunteer.

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Joanne and Sandy (at the machines) are working on caps for children in chemo with another member who is working on a small quilt project.

Grand Strand Quilters 4

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In the back of the room, long tables were set up end to end to cut batting for kits.

Grand Strand Quilters 3

Enjoying the quilts, chatting with all these friendly ladies, sharing ideas and inspiration, there is too much to show you in one post.  So, stay tuned for the rest of the story tomorrow, and we’ll go shopping! Now published, click HERE to see Part 2!

Have you ever visited a quilt meeting while traveling?

 

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A Puppy Quilt

Last month I left a comment on a quilty UFO adoption post on a fellow blogger’s event. Cyndi blogs at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, and every so often she does a link up event. You post a UFO that you just don’t have the enthusiasm to finish, and then pick a person who comments on it to send it to. She picked my name for her giveaway panel of an adorable puppy.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I got it about a week later, and laid it out over the longarm bar to load and quilt when the one I was working on was done. But that came and another one was loaded for another charity event, and I was still staring at this panel. My enthusiasm for it was waning, it just didn’t speak to me at all. The longer I looked at it, the less I liked it. Finally, I decided to figure out what was wrong with it in my eyes, and fix that. Right away, once I really analyzed the panels components, I decided I really didn’t care for the difficult color in the border. That not quite orange, not really salmon, neon apricot took all the focus away from the puppy. So, first up, get rid of it.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut the puppy part out of the center, and also cut the dark navy background into usable sections. I found more fabrics in my stash that I liked a lot better, and used a rust in the same family as that orange to tone it down. Adding the first border, I sewed from the panel side so I could follow the first navy frame on the panel.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, liking this a lot better. This rust, brown and navy print makes a nice frame and tones down the garish salmon in the panel to where you don’t notice it anymore. Now the puppy takes center stage.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added back the original navy bubble print.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I once again used my trick of adding squares around the panel to enlarge it. Using the colors pulled from stash, I cut strips, sewed those together then cross cut for squares.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Laying them out, I again made one or two a tiny bit bigger to cover the gap.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Next row of border completed, plus a final border to get a nice lap size.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Loading it on the longarm, I quilted it with a pantograph that reminded me of soap bubbles.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Bound with the lighter brown, it was ready for delivery.  Changing the colors in the borders to more muted tones makes the quilt suitable for either a boy or girl.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I took it to a local rescue group Charley’s Angels. They rescue dogs and cats from local kill shelters. The quilt will be offered at their Bark in the Park auction which will be in May. This is the group that started the incredible program of putting adoptable dogs at a local hotel to interact with guests. They have adopted out an amazing number of dogs this way.

Adopt Me at From My Carolina Home

This sweet face was looking for a forever home while I visited.

Adopt Me at From My Carolina Home

It is so sad that as a society, we still have so many animals euthanized every year due to having too many to care for.   Irresponsible owners who don’t spay or neuter then let their animals wander is a huge problem in western NC, and elsewhere.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

We aren’t quite ready to have another dog yet, but when we are, we will look once again to the shelters first.  Our last three dogs have come from rescue groups like this one.  Yes, sometimes the dogs have issues, but love, patience, and training can usually overcome any problem.  Most health issues can be managed, too.

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More Stamping Fun in April

In April, DH invited the club over to have an inspection of their little British cars by a couple of very knowledgeable members to see what might need attention before it became a problem.  For the guys who might be interested in seeing the cars, here’s a link to the event – LBC Tech session.  For us gals, the event wasn’t our cup of tea, so a few of us got together to stamp.  Two of the participants had never done this before, and I think we have new converts to the addiction, LOL!!  Gail (my ace Stampin Up demonstrator) brought over her Big Shot to do some die cuts, along with two really great designs for us to copy. First was an Easter card, as this was a few days before the holiday.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

We began by cutting out our elements.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Gail had the brilliant idea of embossing the eggs, so we did that too. I had a die for a butterfly, so I could add that to one of my cards. But, I forgot to do the embossing of the white background.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

So my second attempt had the embossing all done, and no die cut butterfly.  The embossing of the white adds a bit more texture and interest, elevating the card from nice to wonderful.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Inside was Happy Easter with stamped butterflies.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The second card was an all occasion design. Gail had the demo one with Happy Birthday Wishes, and I did mine with Thinking of You. I have more of those to send than any other.  I love the lighter flowers stamped first to give a feeling of depth.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The envelope got a flower too.  Once again, embossing the background add texture.  I’ll add my personal stamp to the back, and leave the inside blank for now, so it is ready to go the next time I need a card fast.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

A couple more shares for you, this postcard came from my blogger friend Vicki, who blogs at Colorways by Vicki. See her post about it HERE. And then read about her incredible thread stash and how she matched up the colors exactly!

Vicki's postcard - From My Carolina Home

I also have to share with you the incredible card I received from my stamping buddy Carol W. Her design sense creates stunningly, beautiful work. This one is stamped, and delicately colored by hand, with dimensional butterflies.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

But the real surprise is the dimensional quality, you lift on the little tab and tuck the end behind the dimensional butterfly for a beautiful card display.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

How cool is that!!

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