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A Visit to Burntshirt Vineyards

Our car club has been fairly active this summer, and there just hasn’t been time to show all the fun drives we have taken. This one was special because of the gorgeous scenery at the winery. Burntshirt Vineyards and Winery is named for a mountain legend. In days past, the farmers would burn their fields to clear the land for planting, and in the process, toss their shirts into the fire for good luck. North Carolina is becoming known for wine making, as the land and climate are wonderful for grape growing.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

We met at a local grocery store parking lot to form up for a fun drive.  The organizer of the drive made this a poker run, with cards given to us at the beginning, at three checkpoint stops, and at the winery.  Driving through the beautiful countryside,  we enjoyed the mountains and greenery surrounding us. This picture was taken by the car behind us.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Arriving at the winery, they had arranged for us to park the vintage cars in the group along the greenway so their other visitors that day could see a mini British Car show.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Next on our agenda was lunch and a wine tasting. Fun!! We were given tastes of seven different wines. I am not a real fan of wine in general, but these were really good. We came home with a couple of bottles. They also gave me a couple of empty ones to play with. The slender one was a dessert wine. I cleaned the bottle and it will become my olive oil bottle.  The blue one was an empty, I liked the gold script on the bottle.

Burntshirt wines at From My Carolina Home

The gardens around the winery are just beautiful.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

There is a fountain as a focal point.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Beautiful flowers line the paved patio, with grape vines beyond and mountains in the distance.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

After lunch, we were treated to a tour of the winery. The grapes are harvested in the fall, processed and fermented in these huge tanks.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

Then aged in barrels.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

This room is huge, and cool like an underground cave. There are wine bottle chandeliers too.

Car Club at the Burntshirt Winery at From My Carolina Home

The fun thing is this winery is close enough to run down anytime and pick up another bottle of the wine we liked.  We picked the Reserve Meritage as our favorite.  It is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Delicious, dark red, savory wine that would pair well with beef or Italian food.  We also got a bottle of Grüner Veltliner, a white wine with citrus notes that will go nicely with chicken or fish.

Do you like wine?  What is your favorite?

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Stamping Fun in August

Stamping was lots of fun in August, with the Safelight Project and making some thank you cards for friends.  When I have a number of cards to do at once, I sometimes will use elements from other cards I have received.  I’ll cut up those cards for bookmarks and gift tags, and sometimes I keep a pretty element to use on another card.  This time I had several cards to make at once, so it was stamping fun time.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

I needed to send several thank you cards to friends in the longarm group that helped me complete all the Quilts of Valor I had.  Each lady is unique, so I made unique cards for each of them.  Starting with this one, I used an element from another card, the Thank You sentiment was very sweet, and the flower so pretty, it didn’t need much more.  So, I mounted it on a printed paper with a ribbon accent.  The envelope got a butterfly stamp.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

This one has a printed vellum paper over beige card stock, with the sentiment stamped on the vellum in blue ink.  I put a blue patterned paper over the vellum, and added the gold flowers to echo the flower in the vellum.  A flower sticker also went on the envelope.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

I have a huge flower stamp that will cover almost the whole card front on a 4×6 card.  I stamped the image in purple ink on lavendar paper, with the sentiment on two frames.  The lacy dark purple accent is washi tape, on both the card and envelope.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

Inside these cards had this sentiment, and a personal note was added.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

Then the winner of the Safelight project needed a card too, for her gift card.  So, I used that same patterned paper (I love that one!) with ‘Celebrate’ stamped in dark pink on light yellow paper.  The rose is a resin element glued to the top of two scallop frames.  The top frame is stamped in green with the design made for that size scallop.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

I showed you these cards before, they are the ones I made for the Safelight Project.

My Safelight Cards at From My Carolina Home 2

I bring this up again because I have another story to tell you. I had lunch at their Dandelion Cafe a couple of days after the delivery of the bags. While I was there, Laresa came in and saw me sitting with my friend enjoying their wonderful tomato pie.  It is a deep dish pie, layers of tomatoes and cheese with melted cheese on top and a perfect, flaky crust.

Lunch at Dandelion Cafe ~ From My Carolina Home

She told me that just the night before, they had 7 women driven to the shelter from another county because that shelter was full. Imagine, having the courage to finally seek help, only to be shuttled off to a shelter many miles away in another county. Well, these women arrived exhausted and depressed, but they got a big lift from the spa bags they were given. It made them feel special at a truly awful time, made worse by the long trip, and it is all due to the wonderful readers who helped with this project.

Last night I got this email from Laresa, and want you all to see it.  She wrote “Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you again for the spa bags and lovely gifts inside for our shelter residents. They are enjoying everything in them and feeling pampered every time they use them! We have also taken in new clients almost every day this week and they are receiving bags, too. What a lovely gift when they are so traumatized and just settling in to a new place with new people. Thank you very much. ”  She also left a comment with more information on the previous Safelight post on the final delivery.  You can see that comment HERE, just scroll to the last comment. Thank you again, dear readers, from the Safelight shelter and the directors, and me.

I talked DH into having lunch there again yesterday. The Dandelion Cafe is open 9:30 – 2:30 Monday through Friday, and is a training program for shelter residents, and the food is really good. He got a turkey and apple panini with a side salad, a bargain at $8.95.

Lunch at Dandelion Cafe ~ From My Carolina Home

And I had a tomato pie slice with a salad. It is a huge amount of food for $8.25.  Both meals filled us up so we really didn’t need much supper later. Yes, I will soon begin work on a tomato pie, this is just too good for harvest time, and I expect to have a lot of tomatoes ripening at the same time.

Lunch at Dandelion Cafe ~ From My Carolina Home

It seems like I have made more cards than this, but it is possible I sent them out without remembering to take pictures.

My Safelight Cards at From My Carolina Home 9

But if you need inspiration, just click on the stamping category on the sidebar to see more card designs.

Are you stamping or playing with paper?  Do you like tomato pie?

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An Awesome Day

After months of anticipation, the Eclipse day finally arrived.  Knowing we needed to get up early, DH set the alarm for 6 am.  But, sleep was elusive due I think to a mixture of anticipation and dread.  I dreaded the heat and humidity, hours of what I thought would be boredom, uncertainty of the weather and the traffic going both ways.  On the other hand, it was going to be a once in a lifetime experience for us to see a total eclipse.  I remember some partial ones in childhood, and in my early adulthood, but not the full Monty! We were out of bed before the alarm went off, I had been awake since probably 5:15 am.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We out the door by 7, meaning to get to our chosen destination of Table Rock Park on Hwy 11 in Pickens County, South Carolina. Going down the mountain was lovely, fog was settled between the mountains and the drive wasn’t bad at all with traffic.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We were lucky to get to the park while there were still spaces to park. Shortly after we found a spot, I noticed that the cars had stopped coming in. We had made it inside before they cut off allowing more people in. It was still early enough that we decided to do the 1.9 mile hike around the lake. I said it was really 2 miles if you counted the walk from the car to the trailhead. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Limiting the number of people made a pleasant day, as it wasn’t crowded. There were plenty of people, but plenty of room.   Most everyone was setting up on a meadow next to the lake, where there was a small beach.  Others were up near the road, and others walked out of the park over to the other side of the hwy to the larger meadow near the visitor center.  We decided our smaller parking area in the Hemlock lot was just fine.  There was space at the car for us to set up chairs, and we had shade from the trees around the area.  Best of all, the area overhead looked like we’d have a good view, as long as the sun didn’t dip too low in the west.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The lake was smooth as glass.  But no breeze made for an oppressively hot day with very high humidity.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

A well marked trail led into the woods around the lake. Of course we used a lot of bug spray before setting out. I didn’t want to start a tick collection.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Weaving around the trees and lush foliage all in shades of green, we could get a peek at the lake here and there as we went around.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Table Rock Mountain came into view on the far side of the lake.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There is a dam with a spillway tucked into the foliage. The grey brick was really pretty with the water flowing down.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Mushrooms were everywhere, not surprising in the humid climate.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

This section of the outbound creek just down from the spillway had an interesting rock formation.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We made it around the lake, then went back to our car to sit in our chairs and read until the show began. We kept looking at the clouds, and wondering if we would get anything at all. The clouds were moving around, different levels in the atmosphere were going in different directions, and it was maddening to watch this and wait.  We spent the next 3 hours reading and talking.  We had the small parking lot to ourselves at this point, everyone else had gone elsewhere to watch the show.  So we moved into the middle of the parking area, set up the good camera and watched the sky.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The clouds gave us a tiny window right after 1 pm and we could see the first tiny bite of the moon’s shadow over the sun. Then it was covered up again.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

A few minutes later, another little window, and then it was gone.  I kept covering the camera with the white towel between runs of shooting the sun, hoping to keep the lens cool.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The cloud cover kept doing this for a while, until I was able to get this shot without the solar filter as the clouds were just thick enough to obscure the brightness, while allowing the shadow to be seen.  Interesting, isn’t it?  The clouds are showing up as grey shadows, while the blue sky area is white with the sun’s light.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then our luck changed, and the clouds broke away completely, giving us an unobstructed view of the incredible celestial event.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I took 91 pictures that day, but no I won’t bore you with all of them, LOL!!

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I do not know why the camera picked up all this extra color dots and diamond shapes as the ‘diamond ring’ formation came.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I think this is one of the Baily’s Beads (in the 10 o’clock position), light coming through the valleys on the surface of the moon just before totality.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Totality, in full view!

2017 Total Eclipse at From My Carolina Home

It is interesting to see the pictures, and how the corona changes. It is a constantly changing thing, although the changes are subtle between these pictures.  They look at first glance like they are the same, but there are very slight differences.

2017 Total Eclipse at From My Carolina Home

Amazing. The light changed completely during totality losing the yellow tones and going a weird bluish green like a strange twilight on another world. The woods got quiet (while the crowd around the corner cheered).

2017 Total Eclipse at From My Carolina Home

2017 Total Eclipse at From My Carolina Home

More Baily’s beads?

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We stayed for most of the show, watching the sun re-emerge.

Eclipse 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The drive home took just over 2 hours, as we avoided the main road and went by the back roads up old 25, and through Flat Rock. We ordered a pizza on the way home and picked it up on the way. It was good to take a shower and just enjoy the rest of the evening, reflecting on the majesty of our universe.

If you have the solar eclipse glasses, don’t throw them away.  Recycle them by donating them to Astronomers Without Borders, who will redistribute them to children in Africa who are in the path of the 2019 eclipse.  You can mail your used, certified ISO glasses to:

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621 Madison St.
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Did you see the Great American Eclipse? Or have you seen another one?

 

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Quilt of Valor – United We Stand Panel

This next Quilt of Valor was an asymmetrical quilt with a nice design to augment a panel.  The panel is the center section with the eagles.  The right side section has pieced friendship stars set in rows alternating with strips of star fabric.  On the left side is a sashed strip of alternating color background with white stars.  Altogether, it gives the quilt the look of a flag.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Auditioning thread, I gave some thought to the variegated red.  But the backing was navy, so the blue seemed the better choice.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

I folded it up, and note that the edges are longer, and the center bows upward in the center indicating the borders are too long.  Yet again.  It wasn’t so much that I needed darts this time, but it did require a bit of manipulating the borders as I quilted to work in that extra fabric.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Some of you have wanted to know what a pantograph looks like, so here is the one I used.  It is Tiger Swirl by Lisa Calle for Intelligent Quilting.  The paper is 12 feet long, and I follow the continuous line with a laser light on the machine.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

The navy thread is doing well on the dark red, providing some texture to the solid color.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Looking good on the whiter areas too.  The panto has gentle curves to soften the sharp edges of all those stars.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Getting down to the bottom, and all seems to be going well.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

The corner is pulled a bit off square to take out some of the fullness.  This can be cut off when the quilt is squared.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

A cursory view of the back, it is a bit difficult to see the quilting because the color is so close.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I took it to the cutting table and trimmed the batting and backing to the quilt top, squaring it off.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Folding it up, I noticed this, some little loops in two spots of the stitching.  Crap!  I didn’t see this until it was off the frame and trimmed.  It isn’t a lot, and to fix it I would have to reload the quilt and realign the pantograph, rip out all looped stitching and restitch it.  This isn’t as easy as that sounds.  Knowing that the committee will wash the quilt before it is awarded, I chose to leave it.  I think it will even out when it is washed, at least I hope so.  I wrote the director a note and pinned it to the quilt so she would be aware of it, and be sure it was presentable before awarding it.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

So, all done.  I do still have a few more to show, and I’ll get to them soon.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

What is in your UFO pile?

Need any stripes for your patriotic quilts?  Fat Quarter Shop (affiliate link) has the Moda Essentially Yours fabric line on sale to the end of August at 20% off.

 

 


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August in the Garden

This has been a really hot and humid August, normally the peak of the heat is gone by now, but not this year.  Of course the plants love this, but it means we haven’t gone hiking as much as we like. My tomato plant in the pot is finally showing signs of ripening fruit, plus the parsley is going wild. I really love the yellow calibrachoa flowers with the parsley, the green and yellow draw the eye to the lush corner.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I had to add a cage from an old bird feeder to the front flowerbed for the huge and heavy Cherokee Purple tomatoes to have a place to rest. The weight was pulling the branches down and breaking them over the top of the support cage.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Nearby, the wonderful pink daisy, a gift from a friend, bloomed again. Surprising as I thought it was done.  The color is just stunning.  Thank you, Bonnie H!!

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

All of the white begonias continue to bloom, both in the bed and on the veranda, growing nicely.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The torenias are winding down. I need to get out and pinch out all the dead blooms. They would likely bloom profusely again if I would.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The few blooms now still attract the most lovely of pollinators.  I think this one is a Spicebush Swallowtail, with the orange spots underneath and blue on the open wing backs.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

This beauty dined on the dianthus pollen for quite a while.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I like the red leaves on this pink begonia, but it hasn’t grown as large as I hoped. I think it is getting a bit too much sun, the ones in pots on the veranda are bigger.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I put some garden lime on the hydrangeas to make the flowers more pink. The blooms came out this icky color at first.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

But the latest one is this lovely color!

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

My phlox is preparing another show, a few blooms are showing up and I expect three large heads of flowers in a few more days.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Impatiens and begonias spill over the pots on the veranda near the front door.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The two African violets love the humidity, and have doubled in size. They also bloomed nicely, now on the downside of the blooms.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

The largest pot has three plants, but I am still disappointed in the flowers here. The lobelia has refused to bloom and the begonia hasn’t bloomed in a month. The coleus at least has some interest with the variegated leaf.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

But over in the east corner, the red geranium fairly glows next to the white petunias. In the back, the yellow daisy has bloomed again too. Pink coleus is getting very tall, and pink petunias spill over the edge of their pot.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Bringing the bounty into the kitchen, parsley and an heirloom tomato are set out for a salad.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Fresh parsley leaves are scraped from the stems, chopped and added to lettuce for a nice contrast in greens.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Spinach is added, and the heirloom tomato is cut into bite size bits. Lovely colors!

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

A few days later, two more tomatoes are harvested for dinner.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

We ate those, and then harvested these beauties on Thursday.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I nipped out to one of four basil plants for a few leaves.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Caprese salad is so lovely with homegrown Cherokee Purples and fresh basil from the veranda. Lightly dressed with a homemade balsamic viniagrette, it made the perfect first course for a grilled dinner.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Back in the garden, the Better Boy tomato is coming along, looks like I’ll have some slicers soon.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

One more look at that parsley, I am just so pleased with its growth.

August in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

What is growing in your garden?  Are you harvesting tomatoes and veggies?


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August This and That

Thrift shopping and warehouse sales have been very fruitful lately.  The four bolts of fabrics were my haul during a recent trip to Foust.  While we were out that day, I picked up my Shop Hop win! Yes, amazingly, for the first time ever, my entry was drawn for one of the Shop Hop basket prizes!  Wahoo!! Just look at all the goodies inside!! Some of them will become door prizes for other events, but I’ll sure have fun with the fabric.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

The fabric box it came in will be really useful.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

New-to-me Gorham crystal wine glasses came from the thrift store last month (we used them at the summer luncheon), and some really fun pottery bowls were nabbed from a friend’s garage sale.  I have been experimenting with Japanese cooking lately, and these rice bowls were perfect for those meals.  Yes, I’ll be sharing some recipes soon, but I don’t have the spice balance right yet, and the meat filling on the Shumai is coming out too much like a meatball.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

I was thrifting with a friend last week, and we found a big garage sale at a downtown church, and a new-to-me junk shop in old downtown. What a score!! An added bonus is I got to see a number of friends at the church that I haven’t seen since I left the quilt club. I am thinking of attending a quilt retreat day in the fall, just so I can sew with friends for a day.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

This gorgeous magnolia picture has the perfect color background for my master bath, but I don’t like the band of beige and gold on the frame. This will be a DIY rework soon.  I picked this up at the Safelight thrift store the week I delivered the spa bags.  If you are local, try the Tomato Pie at the Safelight run Dandelion Cafe on 5th St in Hendersonville.  It was scrumptious.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

I couldn’t resist these white fine bone china leaves at a recent auction house sale.  They are so delicate that you can see your hand through them when you hold them up to the light, indicating a very high quality china.  They will be wonderful when I do all white tablescapes in January.  All seven dishes, six plates and the larger bowl were too inexpensive to pass up.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

Grilling outdoors has been fun this summer, and I haven’t had a chance to show you that I found a good use for the onion bowls from a previous thrift find. They were perfect for baked beans!

This and That at From My Carolina Home

After my luncheon earlier in the summer, a dear friend gave me the knife rests I have been wanting. Thanks, Bonnie!!

This and That at From My Carolina Home

Many of you have asked where I store all these dishes, and the answer is in every nook and cranny I can find. One thing I do is change out the ones in the kitchen seasonally. The spring and summer colors occupy these spots in the lower dish drawer, and will change to the autumn colors in September. Off season dishes are stored in the basement on a bookshelf stuffed with tablescaping bits. Holiday dishes have their own cabinet in the den, that also doubles as a TV stand.  My china and glassware, along with some depression glass and serving dishes are in the china hutch around the corner from the kitchen.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

This biscotti jar was also a recent find at the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store, and will be nice on the apple inspired tables I like in September.  I just realized that I have never shared my recipe for my biscotti that I give as gifts some years.  I need to make some and share that this fall.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

I’ve been harvesting in the garden too, and I’ll show you that soon. Fresh parsley has been making its way into lots of dishes.

This and That at From My Carolina Home

Of course, getting new stuff means I need to clear out some old, so you can have a chance to get some nice fabric, or new stamps at a great deal.  My Etsy store is restocked and ready, and here is a coupon code link – Click HERE to take you to my Etsy store, and register your 15% discount on any sale $20 or more without having to enter the code.  I have made a number of new pincushions, and listed more of my stash and stamps to temp you plus I have added fabrics, charm packs and stash stuff I am willing to let go. The coupon code AUGUST2017SALE will be good to the end of the month, just put that in the coupon area if you use your own link to get there.

I am currently in the process of designing for Autumn Jubilee, gathering sponsors for giveaways, and pulling things out of the stash for a studio sale.  I have invited friends over for a shopping day next week for a first peek and preview sale, then I’ll be carting some of what is left to a friend’s home in September to participate in a neighborhood garage sale.  I’ll keep her company and sell a few things of my own.  I spent hours this week, pulling and culling, and I have a good start here.

So, that is what is going on around here.  What is going on in your studio today?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt – The Finish!!

Yes, it is done!!  I finished up the handwork this past weekend.  I have had this little Welsh Terrier button for a very long time, looking for a project to use him on.  I have three of them, and never found a garment that could use them.  Isn’t it cute?  A little tiny dog frolicking on the lawn enjoying the sunshine is fun detail.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

I bound it with the same fabric as the backing. The quilt is huge, so this took working on it over several evenings, and the one preseason football game we got last week.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

I put a couple of stitches in the miter on the front, although I think this shouldn’t be necessary. But judges take off points for not doing it. My feeling is if the miter is done right, there is no need to stitch it, and it lays so much nicer without those stitches. But, I will be putting it in the fair, so I did it.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

My friend Mary C. sent me some tiny buttons to use for bird eyes, they were the perfect size! Here is the little cardinal…

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

and here is the junco…

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

and the wren.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The bluebird too.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

One of the things I like to collect are pins from shows and events.  I put them on my Sewing Chatelaine (click on the name for a tutorial), but I have more pins than space now. Many of them are quilt blocks. So, I thought the quilt block pins would be fun to use on the quilt like barn quilts.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Amazingly, these pins are just the right size to be barn quilts.  The robin got a button eye too.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The pin back ones are hard to find, but those could be sewed on the quilt to reinforce them, so they can be on the quilt for the fair.  I buried the knots, hoping that it will be difficult to see how it is done.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The tie tack style pins could be used when the quilt is hanging in my basement. I’ll remove those for entry into the fair.  I don’t want to lose one, or take a chance on a tack-back to come off.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

This star pin came from a Charlotte show.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

In the large yellow solid block on one of the houses, I appliqued a Battenburng lace triangle to embellish that area.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

For the flowers, I sewed a large button in the center of each one to finish it off, rather than doing a second appliqué.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

One flower got this butterfly button that I have been saving for a long time for just the right project.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Next, a hanging sleeve was added to the top back. I made another re-usable one. See my tutorial on these HERE.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, it got a label. I am calling it “Be My Carolina Neighbor”.  I used a simple fabric square with writing in Pigma pen.  It will be fine for the fair, later I may do a better one with embroidery.

Be My Neighbor label ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I pinned a bit of fabric over the label with safety pins as required to hide the maker’s name. And it is all finished and ready to enter in the fair. Amazingly, it isn’t the night before the deadline!

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Do you like the pastel look? Or would you rather see autumn colors?

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