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Best of 2016 and Goals for 2017

Who knew it would be difficult to write about the 5 Best posts of 2016 on From My Carolina Home!  As I near the end of my third year of blogging next month, it is amazing that I still have things to say, projects to sew, things to create with hot glue, cards to stamp, new recipes to cook and it is still fun.  So, what did I enjoy the most this year?  Well, instead of five posts, I am going to review three events.

Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt Along

This was the second mystery quilt I designed, and it told me its name while it was in the design stage. The Scrap Dance series took off after this, and now has five patterns in the series, with #6 coming in January.  It was the second event I did on the blog.  The pattern for Tango is available in my Craftsy store, link on the sidebar.  You’ll also find Scrap Dance the original, Scrap Dance Quickstep, and The Charleston bag there too.

Tango Cover Shots 3

Christmas in July

I began thinking about doing this in the spring, and started designing new projects for a 12 day event.  I contacted my favorite companies for prizes and the response was terrific.  Sponsors included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Superior Threads, and Primitive Gatherings.  I was just about done with planning when I got an invitation to join a blog hop, and was so very fortunate to be the first stop.  Many of the blog hoppers came back for more fun later in the event.  We began with the Sewing Kit / Jewelry Case Tutorial, and for the next 12 days made a wool applique penny rug, stamped cards, sewed a Christmas purse, made a mini quilt and a Christmas bed quilt, made ornaments, created gifts for guys and gifts from the kitchen, and then did some decorating and tablescapes.  And after all that, we settled down to rest with some Christmas themed books.  Click on the Christmas category on the sidebar and scroll down for all the posts.  I had a blast doing that event, and the sponsors were happy too.
Santas 2

Autumn Jubilee

Then came my favorite season, Autumn.  Here is where I lost my mind, and committed to a month long event with 2 quilt alongs, a stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes, thrift store finds and recycling, another wool applique pattern and a new recipe for Pumpkin Orange Bread.  I had a great time doing that, and again had marvelous support from my favorite sponsors with giveaways.  Sponsors for this event included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Back Side Fabrics and Magnet King. Click on the Autumn Jubilee category on the sidebar to see all the projects.


So now, what will I do in 2017?  Time to set some goals for the year, with you in mind, dear reader. I need to get in a little bit of everything as usual, heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – already in the works to begin in late January

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year

Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz

Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, as yet undetermined, encompassing a wide variety of projects

And finally a funny story about my best laugh of the year.  I was Christmas shopping for a calendar for DH, and I found a large display in a store.  One of them was called the Anti-Affirmation calendar and the cover shot made me laugh out loud.  Yes, in the store.  Could. Not. Stop.  Other customers were coming over to see what was just so funny.  In short order, I had a group of people laughing, and was still going as I went to check out.  No, I didn’t buy it.  The person I would want to give it to is my ex-boss, and I am quite sure it would not be appreciated.  So, what did it say that was so humorous?  Here it is, and maybe you had to be there, or maybe it was just my mood that day.  Or maybe it is truly hilarious, because I am still laughing as I type this!

“If I give you a straw, will you go suck the fun out of someone else’s life?”

Still laughing.  And committed to having fun this year!  Won’t you join me?

Late November Garden at From My Carolina Home

Linking up with

Quilting Jet Girl 2017 Planning Party

Best of 2016 Link Party 

Main Crush Monday

Celebrate and Decorate

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social

Vintage Charm

Share Your Cup Thursday

Needle and Thread Thursday

Whoop Whoop Friday

Rattlebridge Farm New Year’s Eve Party

Crazy Mom Quilts

Brag About It

Handmade Hangout

Scrap Dance on benchThe original Scrap Dance quilt pattern is available in my Craftsy store, along with all the Scrap Dance series patterns and more.


Bloggers Quilt Festival – Scrap Dance Tango

My second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival is in the Large Quilts category, and what better to enter than Scrap Dance Tango!  For new readers, this is my original design and was the mystery quilt for this year, and ran from January to June of this year.

Tango Cover Shots 6

This was incredible fun to do, and really did deplete the scraps bin.  The blocks were really easier than they look, and tesselate to create the secondary design with just a simple Tango step.  The pattern is available on the sidebar link.

Tango quilting finished 3

I had so much fun doing this one, it ended up a lot bigger than I originally planned, LOL!  So, voting starts next week, and I will remind you, LOL, (shamelessly begging for votes).

Tango quilting finished 1

Yes, I am planning a new mystery quilt for next year, it will be super fun!

You can see the entries so far at Amy’s Creative Side blog, just click on the icon.  Many thanks to Amy for hosting this fun event!



Whoop Whoop Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts


Scrap Dance Tango is Published

The Scrap Dance Tango pattern is now available in my Craftsy store.  Thank you to all who participated in this fun mystery quilt along!

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I am currently in the planning stage for more mystery fun with our scraps!

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I can’t decide whether to do a small one for autumn / holiday, or just wait until next year for a full quilt.

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Which would you like?  Or do you want both of them? Either way, save those scraps!

Click on Scrap Dance Tango! I hope you will consider purchasing the pattern, as it is those sales that support the costs of the blog and make it possible to bring you new and free projects. Thank you!!



Main Crush Monday

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

Oh Scrap!



Quilting Scrap Dance Tango, and News

Quilting Scrap Dance Tango was a bit different than my usual pantograph.  This time, I decided to do a pantograph design in the interior, and custom quilt the borders.  Longarm quilters call this a semi-custom job.  It is a bit trickier than it looks because the quilting in the pieced section has a definite stopping point, and I didn’t hit it exactly right each pass.

Tango quilting finished 1

I ironed it with my favorite solution of half Best Press and half water.  It came out pretty flat!  Just a minor pucker here and there in the piecing.

Tango Top Pieced 4

Loading the top on the longarm, the bottom is folded up to to the roller so I can see that the borders are put on right.  I took this picture before I changed the thread.  I used King Tut in a variegated green, solid green Bottom Line in the bobbin, and Warm and Natural cotton batting.

Tango Top Pieced on Frame 2

After stabilizing the edges, and stitching in the ditch around the borders, I placed the machine head at the edge of the pieced area, needle down so it would stay put.  Then, I placed a clamp on the rail underneath to stop me from going into the border.

Quilting Tango 10 C clamp

Even so, I still managed to bump it a bit on this pass.

Quilting Tango edge 1

So I went back and picked that overage out.  Then forgot to remeasure the clamp, so I got this next time.

Quilting Tango edge 2

So I had to pick that out too, the rest of the pantograph area went fairly well.  Then I turned to the first light border.  I wanted a regular loop as the width was a bit too much for ribbon candy.  I marked regular intervals with a water erasable pen, using the folded paper method.

Tango quilted beige border 1

I quilted the loops, going around each mark.  That little bit of overage from the pantograph was just left as it was.  I should go back and pick it out, but I’ll decide on that later.

Tango quilted beige border 2

I soaked the marks with Sew Clean, works like a charm to take out the blue marks.

Tango quilted beige border 3

First border done.

Tango quilted beige border 4

Now for the outer border, I decided on my favorite bead board as the print is pretty busy.

Quilting Tango borders 2

The binding is a solid green, the same as the backing.

Tango binding

A few nights of slow stitching, and the quilt was done.

Tango Cover Shots 3

I like this one just as much as the first Scrap Dance.  Maybe even more since it has a lot of green, and a bit of blue to keep it from looking too autumn-like.

Tango Cover Shots 6

Mine is 9 blocks x 7 blocks, (a throw size without borders) and this is a queen size bed.  The blocks finish at 8 inches, and I need two more rows top to bottom and five more side to side to have a nice drop on all sides and get the top edge under the pillows and up to the headboard.

Tango Cover Shots 7

Thanks so much to Marsha who found an error in my instructions for the throw size.  I just goofed with the calculation, dividing when I should have multiplied.  I really should have noticed that the numbers for the throw should have been larger than the lullaby.  Anyway, I have corrected the posts, and corrected the pdf downloads.  To see all the Tango posts, just click on the sidebar category of  2016 Scrap Dance Tango.  The pattern is coming along and I hope to have it done in mid-July for downloading on Craftsy.  I’ll be putting both setting designs in as well.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments on Tango!

Qucikstep Finished 1

And in other news, the Scrap Dance Quickstep pattern has been completed and uploaded to Craftsy!  Get it while it is at its introductory price of just $5 for 14 quilt designs!  Dasha in Australia has already Quickstepped a top!  See her version here.   I have created 14 setting designs (5 classic and 9 original), and all are included along with three block sizes.  Yes it includes the Garden Maze setting!  Pattern sales help support the costs of my blog, and that includes things like domain costs and shipping giveaway prizes.  So, hop over to my Craftsy Store and get Scrap Dance Quickstep! or any of my Craftsy Patterns.  Christmas in July will have several chances to win, so more fun coming up soon!  While you are on Craftsy, upload pictures of your completed Scrap Dance quilts on the pattern page, by scrolling down on the right side to the button “Add a Finished Project”.   And you are welcome to post finished Quickstep quilts in our Scrap Dance Flickr group.

And in other news, I have completed 10 more hours of CEU, and my tests, so I am doing the happy dance!

Are you doing the Quickstep or the Tango right now?


Scrap Dance Tango – The Reveal!!

The Scrap Dance Tango mystery is complete.  Thank you to all who participated.  I hope you will consider purchasing the pattern, as it is those sales that support the costs of the blog and make it possible to bring you new and free projects.  Click on Scrap Dance Tango!   Thank you!!

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Scrap Dance Tango



Scrap Dance Tango – Mystery Quilt 2016

The Scrap Dance Tango mystery is complete. Thank you to all who participated. The pattern is now available in my Craftsy store. Click on Scrap Dance Tango! I hope you will consider purchasing the pattern, as it is those sales that support the costs of the blog and make it possible to bring you new and free projects. Thank you!!

Tango Cover Shots 6

Scrap Dance Tango