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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.

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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.
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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.

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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?

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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.


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Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.

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Giveaway drawing winners

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Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtm Back Side Fabrics $30 gift certificate winner is Val at Val’s Quilting Studio, blog reader subscriber.

 

paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.


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Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique Stitch Along Finish

Now that the applique and buttons are sewn, finishing is just a few more steps. This last bit is pretty quick. After the leaves are stitched down, the stem stitched veins added for interest, and buttons were added to the piece. Today we will finish it up. I decided to use the red base.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I start by ironing on leftover bits of fusible interfacing to stabilize the back, and lock down the stitching. Just arrange the bits on the back side of the stitched piece and iron down.  It doesn’t matter if some overlap, they won’t be seen once the base is on.  This will also add a bit of body to the piece.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

Press well, being careful not to move the iron sideways as this might roll the fusible and make a mess.  Don’t worry about covering every inch of the piece, it is enough just to get all the stitching covered.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the stitched top right side up on the base piece. Mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the top piece.  This will ensure that your base is an exact mirror of the edge of your stitched piece. I use chalk to be sure it comes off easily. Cut on the line.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

Whip stitch or blanket stitch the top embroidery to the base.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

All done and ready to display with a pretty autumn candle, or a favorite small knickknack.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

I have this pretty leaf design votive holder that goes nicely.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

So, there you are! A pretty little wool applique finished in time for use this season. And whoopee, the internet is back, thanks for all your comments over the past couple of days!! Good luck to everyone in the drawings.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

I am in the mood for my Bourbon Chicken and Mushrooms, and the slow cooker is going.  Football and some hand work will be today’s activity.  What are you working on today?

If you missed the first post with the free pattern, click on Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique Penny Rug.

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Autumn Jubilee Table Topper

Today’s table topper is the largest of the Autumn Jubilee projects.  It is designed with some sashing and cornerstones to separate the blocks a bit, adding another level of interest to the finished piece.  Our sponsor for today’s post is Backside Fabrics, a fabulous North Carolina online store with wonderful wide backings of nice quality fabrics.  Read more about how to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

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With four pumpkin blocks and 12 leaf blocks in assorted colors, you will need to cut 40 sashing strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2-inches from your background, and 25 cornerstones 2-1/2-inch squares.  Then, lay out this design, making sure your leaf stems point in random directions.  Note that the pumpkin blocks face each side in the round.  In this design, the topper becomes non-directional, as every side has a pumpkin right side up and one on its side.  I put the pumpkin stems in a clockwise pattern, using EQ7.

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I began with laying out my blocks.

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Then I put the sashing strips together. Press toward the cornerstones.

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Then sew the rows of leaves and background strips.  Press toward the blocks.  Lay the rows out to be sure your pumpkins are in the right places, to make one on each row us right side up.

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Sew the rows together, nesting the seams.

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Quilt as you like.

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A closer look.

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All done and bound in a dark brown.

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Don’t forget, upload your progress pictures to our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtmBackside fabrics is providing the giveaway for today’s post of a $30 Gift Certificate!  Just visit Backside Fabrics for their wonderful selection of wide backings, pick out a favorite print, and come back to comment on this post with your choice, or choices.  The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Winner has been drawn and notified.

What’s your favorite print at Backside Fabrics?

 

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Autumn Jubilee Update

Time for an update and a look at what readers are doing with the blocks for Autumn Jubilee.  It is so much fun to see all the ways you all are putting your leaves and pumpkins together.

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Susan did a great job with her runner, starting with large leaves, and making the pumpkins small.  Her quilting is wonderful too!

Autumn Jubilee table runner all quilted and bound.

I have to show you Diann’s mini quilt and matching pillow. What a cozy corner, love those fabric choices!

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Danice is doing both the runner with these marvelous scrappy leaves…

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and the stitch along! Great progress!

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I love these scrappy fall color leaves by Desert Sky Susan!

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The pumpkin border on Judy’s runner is just the perfect choice.

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Debbie finished her mini quilt….

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and also is doing the stitch along.

Felt Sunday Project

Tomorrow will be the largest project in the series. Enter for me to quilt it for you by adding your progress photo to the Flickr group. It can be any of the quilt-along sizes, runner or topper doesn’t matter, just that you’d like to have me quilt it.  I’ll choose a winner from the pictures on November 1.  You don’t have to be ready to ship, just have a progress photo up.  The winner will send their top and backing to me whenever it is ready to be quilted, and I will provide the batting, quilting with this pumpkins and leaves pantograph, and return shipping.

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Depending on when I receive it, I’ll try to have it back to you in time to use on Thanksgiving.  But if it is later, that’s OK.  Timing will be up to the winner, so no pressure to finish unless you want it for this year.

All the giveaways are still open for comments, so if you missed one you still have time to enter.

What are you working on?


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Autumn Jubilee Magnet Project and Giveaway!

Earlier this month, I was contacted by Magnet King to try out some of their products.  They sent a box of goodies for me to play with, and I was amazed at the variety of products offered, including a magnet sheet that is a dry erase board, and another is a chalkboard.  What fun!! I immediately thought of a dry erase decorated board for the refrigerator. How nice to replace the usual myriad of paper bits I usually use to remind myself of meetings or appointments.  My inspiration for this project was this picture I took last fall.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I began with creating a pattern for the leaves.  The colors are a gradient of fall hues in gold and rust and brown, all on a single magnet sheet.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Using a pencil, I traced around each leaf shape. The magnet sheets are easy to draw on. The color gradient makes the leaves look more real.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I cut out the shapes with a pair of ordinary scissors. This sheet of magnet is thin and easy to cut with standard paper cutting scissors. Cleaning up the pencil marks with a little eraser was easy too, the sheets held their color, not rubbing off.

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Using a brown color pencil, I drew in some vein detail on each one.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

The board with its autumn leaves makes the refrigerator into a decorative message board.

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Here is a closer look at the leaves.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

If you prefer a chalkboard magnet, that is possible too.  All these sheets are flexible, not stiff at all.  Wouldn’t this be a cute idea for kids in the classroom?  Each child could have his or her name on a leaf.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

For springtime, I cut flowers out of the pastel gradient sheet, and added buttons to the centers with super glue. I used the excess clippings on the cute little garden angel, gluing a bit to the back. These sheets will make anything into a magnet.  Even the bits left behind are useful.

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

How about some ink spot color eggs for Easter?

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I got to thinking, where else could I use a dry erase board? The only other metal area in the house is the garage door. So, how about a spot for the list for the garden center?  This is on the inside of the garage door.  Now I can add items as I find I need something instead of tromping inside with dirty hands to scrounge for a list, or trying to remember it all days later when I get to the garden center.  This  would make a neat guy gift for Christmas!

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Using the dry erase board on the inside garage door made me think of decorating the outside of the garage door with more leaves.  They almost look real, don’t they?

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

The bright colors available would be appealing to kids, and they could use magnet sheets to play with shapes, like this tie dye printed sheet.

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Triangles and squares, rectangles and parallelograms, all could be used to teach shapes and colors.   Easily cut with scissors, just cut what you like.  Oh, look, now it is a puzzle!

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The beauty of magnets is they can be arranged and rearranged. Does this look like a chicken to you? What other shapes could be made from these pieces?

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I have made a pattern sheet for the leaves so you too can have magnet leaves for your projects, just download this pdf file – magnet-leaves-pattern

Magnet Board Project ~ From My Carolina Home

The company also has adhesive backed sheets so the side of a desk, a sheet of wood or drywall, or the bottom of a door could become a play area for magnet shapes.  Or the sheets could be used to mount paper, making the kids artwork into magnets for the grandparents.  Wouldn’t that be a great holiday gift idea?

The magnetized dry erase or chalkboard sheets, adhesive backed sheets and magnet gradient color sheets can be ordered from Magnet King, just click on Magnet King to see the kits you can get to make the projects in this post.  You can choose the chalkboard or dry erase options, with three choices of printed magnet sheets, very reasonably priced too.  While you are looking around, look on the right sidebar to see more individual sheets which are also priced for the home crafter, like solid color sheets, photo framing kits, printable magnet sheets, letters and shapes.  Check out the Learning Aids section for more wonderful ideas.  These links are not affiliate links.  Magnet King did pay me for a day of creative time with their products.  But I would only agree to do it if I liked the products, and I did.

Update!  This project has been picked up by FaveCrafts!  See the project post HERE.  FaveCrafts is a great spot for all kinds of crafting.  You can see what is hot by looking on the right sidebar, and the categories are on the left.  Have fun looking around this inspirational crafting site.  I am very proud to be a FaveCrafts designer. If you are visiting from Fave Crafts, I invite you to look around while you are here.  I have a lot of projects and a variety of subjects including crafting, quilting, sewing, recipes, tablescapes and more.  In 2017, the next mystery quilt will begin.  To see more of my crafting projects, click on the Crafting category on my sidebar.  Thanks for visiting!  You can follow my blog by using one of the choices on the sidebar.  And, see Fave Crafts for even more ideas.  Click on my home page button at the top to see the latest posts.  And check out the pages at the top for collections of posts on all kinds of subjects.

What would you use for a project?

 

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Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique

Did you get all your leaves done last week?  Well, if not, that’s OK, its another slow stitching Sunday.  If you did, we are now going to put on some buttons to embellish the piece.  I am not doing a lot, just a few to accent the fall colors.   So, here is where I started.  Four colors of leaves were cut out and whip stitched to the background, then leaf veins were stem stitched.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a huge button stash, and lots of little ones. This seemed like a great project to use some of them to accent the leaves. I placed a few around, deciding on a good arrangement. Two rows looked good, not to little, not too much.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I actually kept playing with the color placement for a bit.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Once I was satisfied with the distribution of button sizes and colors, I stitched each one by hand with two strands of DMC floss in a medium-dark brown, using a crossing stitch.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

This really didn’t take long at all.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, what color to use for the backing base? I had three choices, first a beautiful hand dye rusty orange.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Too pretty to put on the back, and I have another project in mind for that beautiful piece. Next I looked at a gorgeous fern green.  This piece was a bit pricey, but the color  is gorgeous and the quality of the wool is really superior to most of my wool stash.

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Not bad, but it reminded me more of spring than autumn. So, how about dark red?

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Yes, that is it. Next week, we will finish up with the putting the base on and stabilizing the stitch work.

What are you slow stitching?

 

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