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Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars.  I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread?  As it turned out, it did fine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The red thread looks great on the navy.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

It lets the stars shine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice.  One more close view of the stitching and piecing.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon!  It won’t be long now until I can show you.  I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph.  See the red star print?  It was the perfect choice.  Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games.  It was fun to do this classic and vintage design.  The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.

Classic and Vintage at From My Carolina Home

More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days.  A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon.  On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner.  It will finish in just three weeks.  Then, on December 1st,  Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.

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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and a new grapevine wreath.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Setting the grapevine wreath at an angle makes it easier to place the elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a very large bow this time, so I made a double one. I showed how to make a basic bow HERE, and for the double bow I made a second bow without the center loop and all wide loops in the same manner.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Placing the basic bow on top of the larger base creates a double size.  This is easier to make than one huge bow to hold and tie.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Gluing the streamers down, I offset the bow placement to one side, about 11-o’clock position. I made them long enough to ripple over the wreath, and spot glued the ends down.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

For a little extra pizazz, I glued some red tuille loops under the bow area, then began filling the sides with greenery and other elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The bow base was glued on top of the tuille.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Then the top bow section is added to complete the bow.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Greenery and pine cones are glued to either side of the bow. The white berries add a bit of lightness to the wreath.  I use odd numbers of elements on each side of the bow – 3 white berry sprays, three pine cones.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Three clumps of red berries and additional holly leaves fill in the spaces.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

A tie-wrap is used for a hanger, it is flexible and strong, and can be put over a nail or a wreath hanger.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I hung it up on the wall for a final picture.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I was having so much fun that I made a second one that is more winter in feel with snowflakes. This one is inspired by the wire edge ribbon that I used for the bow. There are some plain silver streamers under the snowflake blue and silver.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wrapped blue ribbon around the small wreath, added the bow and streamers along with some greenery and pine cones.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

It needed something more, so I added five snowflakes, three on the left side, one on the bow and one low on a streamer.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The snowflakes are paper cutouts with glitter for shine, just glued into place. Now the wreath has a winter feel that can be enjoyed through the next few months.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

DH and I delivered them to the Council on Aging office in plenty of time. The wreaths are being displayed on the office doors, so bidders will walk down the hallway to see the offerings. Several wreaths were already on display like this seaside inspired one.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one with greenery and cotton bolls could be used anytime of year.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was Christmas themed, full and large.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Another one had a springtime look.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was a hoot, an elf has apparently crashed into it!

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The auction will also have some table decorations available for bidding.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Mine was hung on a door for bidding. One of my blog cards is hanging on it, and can be snipped off by the high bidder.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The Festival of Wreaths is open for bids at the Council on Aging office at 105 King Creek in Hendersonville on Thursday November 30th from 3 pm to 6 pm if you are local. Proceeds will go to providing support for the Meals on Wheels program for our local homebound elderly. Put it on your calendar for Thursday if you can, help support this wonderful program, and score a great home decoration for the holidays.

Do you have a holiday wreath?


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Nancy’s Quilt and Cyber Monday

The blocks on this pretty quilt were completed by a friend who recently passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Nancy was one of the bravest women I have ever known. I am not sure many could endure what she did, the way she did, with grace and a determination to live her life as normally as possible in spite of the treatments and ugliness of the disease and its ravages.  She was a true inspiration.  When my friend Marti told me that the blocks were assembled into a top, and asked me to quilt it, of course I said yes.  In fact, I told her that I would be mad if she didn’t let me quilt it.  Marti put sashing and cornerstones on the blocks to enlarge it, and it really took on a look of stained glass.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, I know that Marti’s quilts are always flat and square with perfect sashing and borders.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I  also knew right away that a dark purple would be my choice for thread color. Essentials for the top, Auriful for the bobbin.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I picked an interlocking pantograph that had a trefoil design called Wrought Iron by Jodi Beamish for Willow Leaf Designs.  It has two rows on one panto, so I can stitch across twice before advancing the quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She must have liked it as I could almost feel her smiling as I worked with the longarm.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I like the way the thread color lets Nancy’s beautiful blocks shine.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Of course, Murphy’s law struck, and I ran out of bobbin thread in the middle of a row.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I thought this would be a good time to show you how I deal with this. I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘tie off and bury your threads’, and I have to admit I didn’t do this for the longest time. It was too much of a pain. But, I found some needles that thread from the top with just some pressure with the thread tails, and now it is easy. I started here by using my thread snips to gently pull the bobbin thread up to the top. I pull on the top thread, and use the point of the snips to pull the loop of bobbin up again, taking out the stitch.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I work this around until I get into a patterned area where the thread change will be hidden a bit better. If I tie off in the white, this dark thread will show underneath.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Keep going until the thread end is well into the purple fabric. Tie the ends of the top and bobbin thread into a tiny knot. Place the needle at the point of the knot, and push the thread tails on the top of the needle, into the little indentation to thread it.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then pull it through, and cut the tails off at the exit point of the needle, well away from the actual knot.  Putting a little pressure up on the tails, they will then retract behind the fabric when cut.  I couldn’t do that and hold the camera and the snips all at once, so the tails look loose here.  But I actually pull on them as I cut.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Now, with my replaced bobbin, I take two tiny back stitches at the point I left off.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

When I finish the row, I come back to bury the thread tails of the restarted stitching.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Clipping those tails, you really have to look to find the point where the stop and start occurred.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

In the white section (which looks yellow here due to the light from the longarm), you can see the needle holes from the original line of stitching removed.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I just use my fingernail or a toothbrush to close those up.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I put a large corsage pin in the front so I can find that point on the back. I want to be sure that the stitching is good there too.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home<

It is really difficult to see on this patterned backing, so I put some paper on either side, the pin is at the bottom. The stitching line is nicely continuous without any noticeable knots, overstitches, or thread build up. If the backing was plain, this would be really important especially if your quilt is submitted to a show for judging.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Luckily, that was the only bobbin glitch.  After that, there wasn’t a row that ran out of bobbin thread, or had a thread break.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

All done, I love these colors.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Marti plans to send this to a charity event in all our names.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

But to me it will be Nancy’s quilt.

Nancy's Quilt at From My Carolina Home

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Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

Last holiday season, I had some egg nog left over after Christmas.  I wanted to do something special for a New Year’s day breakfast and just thought eggs, french toast, why not try using the egg nog?  Of course, knowing that DH is a cinnamon hound, it wasn’t hard to figure out what to add.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

We like the light egg nog, a lower fat variety.  Buttermilk bread is wonderful here, or the Italian style is great too.  Either way, use a thicker sliced bread that can stand up to the egg nog mix.  Even a multi grain would be good, and maybe add a bit of texture to the toast and you could tell yourself it is more healthy, LOL!!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Before you start mixing, set out the butter so it can soften, and warm up the syrup in the microwave.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Pour some egg nog in a bowl, add cinnamon and vanilla to taste. I used two teaspoons of cinnamon to one and a half cups of egg nog, with just a few drops of vanilla.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Quickly dip both sides of the bread and add to a medium high skillet.  Don’t move it around, let it cook. As the slices brown, they will release from the skillet.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

A larger skillet can handle two slices, just be sure they have room. For DH, two is better than one.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Flip over and let the other side cook.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Serve hot. I actually like mine with just a touch of butter.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

DH likes his with syrup.

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

This year, I bought the egg nog earlier than usual just so I could make it Thanksgiving weekend. Easy and fast, but very special breakfast for holidays!

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast

1-2 cups of egg nog, light or regular
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4-8 slices bread, thick sliced buttermilk or your favorite

Mix egg nog with cinnamon and vanilla in a wide bowl. Preheat skillet on medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush thinly with butter. Quickly dip bread slices in mixture, and place in hot skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes, until lightly browned, or darker as you prefer. Flip bread slices and cook other side. Repeat with additional slices of bread. Serve hot with softened butter and warmed syrup as desired. One cup of mixture will make about 4 slices of french toast, serving 2 people.

Breakfast always looks more festive on a Christmas plate, doesn’t it?

Cinnamon Egg Nog French Toast at From My Carolina Home

Are you making a special breakfast this weekend?


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Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!!  This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH.  Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese.  Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state.  Turkey will be baking, dressing to be made with sourdough bread and pie for dessert.  It is my favorite day of the year, and we enjoy it to the fullest.  I did a post on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last year, if you’d like to read some history of the parade with some of the permanent floats.

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On this most Autumn of holidays, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some color from our mountain region. Recently, we went hiking on Fryingpan Mountain to see some autumn color and climb the tower for the views.  Driving up to the trailhead, we didn’t take any time to take pictures as we wanted to get there and start our hike.  On the way home, we had more time to stop at overlooks and really take in the colors of the trees. This part of the parkway is at a lower elevation than Fryingpan Mountain and its next neighbor Mount Pisgah, so the colors were at their peak.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Elevation here is closer to 4000 feet above sea level, and the colors are more vibrant.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

It was mostly gold in this part, just a hint of burgundy here and there.  The gold is more prominent as there are more varieties of trees turn that color in autumn.  American chestnut, hickory, black birch, elms, locust, walnut, hazel and poplar trees are all shades of gold in fall.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Through the trees on the left you can see the mountain behind.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

All along the parkway, there are areas that tuck between mountains, and some that go through.  This was the first of several tunnels on the parkway, all have the same look – stone entrances with curved openings.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Coming out the other side, the bright sunlight made the colors just sparkle.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

More color.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

It just kept going, so wonderful to see.  Cruising along the road, it is so relaxing to see nature in its Autumn glory.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The next tunnel is one of the longest on the parkway.  It is also curved inside, so it is pitch black in the middle.  Having your lights on is essential.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There are rock faces on many parts of the mountains as you drive past.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There are a fair amount of evergreens as well.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Here is one of the smaller overlooks.  It was starting to rain so we made our stop quick.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The next tunnel had more gold around the entrance.  Raindrops are on our windshield.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Light rain was still coming down as we approached the next tunnel.  More reds and oranges in the trees are seen here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I like the reds and oranges, so I search out the trees with those colors.  The purple-red in this photo may be a sumac.  The vibrant orange is maple.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Maples, sourwood and dogwoods provide the most red colors.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Another overlook had the long views obscured by the low clouds, but the near mountains can be seen.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Looking in another direction, the colors are muted in the shade and mist of the clouds.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Leaving that overlook, going around another mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I wish the sun had been shining on this view, but the color is still evident.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Getting closer to the entrance, you can see the lovely stone work.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Stopping at a last overlook, some sunlight was peeking through.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

More reds were visible here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time to head home.

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Of course, Thanksgiving memories wouldn’t be complete without the funny stuff and the foibles that are the stuff of legends.  For some great stories, see my 2014 post, Thanksgiving 101, and be sure to read the stories in the comments.  Comments are still open, so feel free to add your own, I love reading them.

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Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends, or better yet, treat yourself with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.  Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit.  If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop.  Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Pinwheel Quilt

This past week, I finished quilting a quilt destined for a family that has lost their home in the California fires in Santa Rosa. I was very happy to be a part of this project pieced by a friend, who knows the woman and her family.  The quilt is a scrappy delight, with pinwheels, four-patches and solid blocks with a colorful border.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

It is a lap size, so wouldn’t take long to finish quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I did fold it up, because I know my friend and her piecing is precision done and the borders are always applied right.  No surprise here, the fold is straight.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a gold to brown variegated thread by King Tut called Sandstorm.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The batting she brought was by Pellon, a polyester batting with a higher loft than I usually use.  I have to say that I did like the nice definition it gave to the quilting.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a pantograph with a feather-like design called “Feelin’ Groovy” by Michelle Wyman for Heart and Soul Quilts.  It has curves and swirls to soften the many angles in the piecing design.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to show you how she did her pinwheel seams, as it greatly reduced the bulk in the corners.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

First of all, she pressed all the seams open.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then she ‘spun’ the point center.  Do this by picking out the few stitches to the edge and pressing the four edges down in four directions.  Do you spin your seams like this?  Ever press seams open?

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

You can see the puffiness in the quilting here from the higher loft batting.  The variegated color of the thread adds a bit of fun and dimension.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Quilting completed.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I hope that the recipient enjoys it, and that her home is restored soon.

Pinwheel Quilt at From My Carolina Home

My sincerest wishes go to the families that have lost everything in the terrible fires.  I hope this gift from her friend will help her healing.  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and a time to be grateful for our home, family, friends and many blessings.

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Craftsy is having sale on Quilting Fabrics and Precuts now!  More sales begin tomorrow.

Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends, or better yet, treat yourself with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line. Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads. You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit. If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop. Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash.

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If you use a lot of Best Press, the price per ounce is the cheapest by the gallon, plus it will qualify for free shipping. Click on my Amazon affiliate link – Best Press Unscented Gallon size. Get the Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors while you are there. Thank you for using my links!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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Cheekwood Mansion

Our visit to the Cheekwood Estate included a tour of the mansion, at least the parts open for visitors.  The 55-room mansion construction began in 1929, and took until 1932 before the family could move in.  The architecture is simply wonderful if you like details like I do.  Sadly, only 9 rooms are restored from the huge mansion, and available for view.  For some reason, I didn’t get a view of the whole front of the house, I think because we came through the gardens to get to it and I missed the overall view.  But you can see a picture of the three story mansion and read the entire history of the construction HERE.  I did get a picture of the stonework and lovely wrought iron on the left side.  Note the ornate cement work too on the decorative urn along with the curved windows and details.

Cheekwood Gardens at From My Carolina Home

According to our guide, the family had an affinity for eagles and angels, and these can be found in a lot of the architecture and furnishings.  In many rooms, large posters of reprints of an article from a decorating magazine published in 1932 showing how it looked at that time.  The restoration is attempting to find original pieces to restore to the space, or something of the time frame that has a similar look.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The eagles are seen in the staircase ironwork.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Also in the foyer, this fireplace mantle, intricately carved with a working clock with angels on either side.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The architect was Bryant Fleming, and he put a cornerstone behind the front door with his name and the date 1929.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Much of the upper floors is devoted to offices instead of restoration.  But the tour was good, with lots of little details, and I should have taken notes, LOL!! This is the upper hallway leading to the library, with the loggia to the right.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The story on this marble urn is the family saw one in Rome at the Vatican, and had it made to match the design they saw.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Along the upper hallway, trompe l’oeil alcoves with in ‘gilded’ frames are actually wallpaper.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Here is the large, ornate mirror of fun family legend.  Apparently Mabel Cheek was a strong willed woman with a mind of her own far ahead of her time.  She purchased the mirror, and it didn’t fit in their home in the town.  So it was said that her husband joked that she needed to sell the mirror or build a bigger house, and she took him up on the bigger house.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Angels dance on the top of the exquisitely detailed mirror.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The main living parlor was huge, full of light from the windows, furnished with elaborately detailed furniture and lamps.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The fireplace had a gold eagle at the top of the detailed columns.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This portrait is one of the family, but I cannot remember which Cheek family members these are.  I really should have taken notes, but I was enjoying the day too much.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Lovely wood work in the library.  The guide noted that there is no ladder to get to the upper shelves, and we speculated that this room too was built more for making an impression on guests than to actually get to the upper shelves.  But, it is known that the Cheeks were readers, and one of the gardens is has a literary theme.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Just look at the ornate detail in this woodwork and clock.  Marvelous craftsmanship.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Back to the loggia, this room is available for events, connected to the outdoor patio.  There was a set up going on for an event so we couldn’t go out the doors.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

A table in the long hallway to the dining area had a large eagle base.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The dining room was all done in blues to complement the fireplace.  Note the eagles on the mirror over the fireplace.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The ornate valences over the curtains were gilded.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

That is actual lapis lazuli stone on the fireplace.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Around the next corner in the butler’s pantry, was a display of glassware.  Sadly, the kitchen has long been converted to other use and the original construction is gone.  I think the kitchens in old homes are one of the most interesting rooms, but seldom are they open to view even if they are still in existence.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

They loved ornate things didn’t they!

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

A large part of the Cheek fortune came from the sale of the Maxwell House coffee brand to what was then Postum Foods for $45 million dollars in 1929 before the stock market crash.  No wonder the depression didn’t touch them.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This view from the front of the house shows the art museum built later along with other outbuildings and the stunning view.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This view from the left side of the house is beautiful.  There is a covered stone patio there.  The trees had not yet begun their leaf turning.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

Looking down from that same patio, the reflecting pool can be reached by the stone stairs.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

This patio is near the art museum, down the small stairs to the right side as you face the front of the mansion.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

One of the sculptures at the beginning of the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, we had to skip this as we were out of time.

Cheekwood Mansion at From My Carolina Home

The Cheekwood Estate is just outside of Nashville, Tenneessee.  I highly recommend the visit if you are in the area.

I think our home is ready for the long holiday weekend.  We are having our usual Thanksgiving day plan, with another dinner on Saturday night.  The turkey is defrosting, and will be put in the brine on Wednesday for baking on Thursday and leftovers all weekend.  We plan to have a spiral sliced ham for Saturday with my cheddar onion potatoes.  I think I need to share that recipe!  Oh, I have a wonderful breakfast recipe to share soon too.  Are you ready for the holidays to start?

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