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Autumn Jubilee Tablet Cover Sew Along

Our sew along continues today with constructing the blocks and the outer shell for the tablet cover.  Now that you have the HSTs done, lay out the blocks.  Begin with one of the colors as primary, then the other color as primary for the second block.  This is one of the patterns on the Moda Cake Mix papers set #3.  So, lay out your HSTs in this configuration.

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Sew in rows, then press seams in opposite directions on the rows to nest the seams. For example, do rows one and three to the left, and rows two and four to the right.

Sew Along Tablet Cover at From My Carolina Home

First block complete.

Sew Along Tablet Cover at From My Carolina Home

Do the second block in the same way with the colors swapped. So you have two blocks, 8-1/2 inches unfinished.

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With another cake layer, cut two pieces of fabric.  One will be 8-1/2-inches x 3-inches, the other 8-1/2-inches x 6-inches.  Lay out the small piece, then the two blocks, then the larger piece and sew together.  Turn the blocks as needed to get the seams to nest.

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On the larger fabric piece end, curve the corners by placing a plate 2-inches way from the corner on the top and side on the long edge.  Cut off the corner with your rotary cutter using the plate as a ruler.

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Here’s the outer shell all assembled.

Sew Along Tablet Cover at From My Carolina Home

Now, sew more 3 cake layers together for the lining.

Sew Along Tablet Cover at From My Carolina Home

I needed the extra space around the top piece, as I was doing the quilting on the longarm. Layer the top, batting and lining, and  quilt as desired.  I did just a simple stitch in the ditch for the blocks and a beadboard pattern on the end pieces.  This is a great time to quilt with Aurifil threads, the SID virtually disappears leaving just a nice texture letting the fabric sing.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Once you have quilted the piece, trim the excess batting and lining to match the top.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Next week we’ll finish it up!  Today the giveaway is sponsored by Olfa Cutting Products!  I know I couldn’t quilt without my rotary cutter.  Ever since I got my Olfa Splash at the Fat Quarter Shop, I have not even picked up my old ones.  The Splash is just so much more comfortable to hold and use.

Rafflecopter Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter
with Endurance Blade Giveaway
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What other Olfa products do you like?  Do you have other Olfa rulers, mats, or specialty items?

PS – I want to let you all know that I have fixed the link on the rafflecopter from yesterday for Karen Kay Buckley’s facebook page, click HERE to get to yesterday’s post and links.

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Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along Embellishment

Did you get your shapes stitched to your base this week? Today will be embellishing the leaves and pumpkins to add detail and shine. To begin, mark two curved lines on the pumpkin shapes to enhance the illusion of roundness. Mark vein lines on the leaves. I use a yellow chalk for marking as it brushes off easily.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch the lines in a complementary color with 2 strands of floss, using a backstitch. Don’t worry about how it looks on the back, it won’t show in the finished piece.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Do the leaf veins in the same manner.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Dig out your seed beads and choose some to add a bit of shine. Buttons and other embellishments can be used too. Auditioning several things, I chose gold seed beads and green buttons.

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The container of gold seed beads is pretty full, and I didn’t want to take the chance of spilling them on the floor.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

So, using the lid, I put five or six beads in the lid and stitch those, then reload with a few more.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Bringing up the floss from the backside, use two strands of matching color floss. I started with just one strand and had to stitch each one twice, so I switched to doubling the floss.

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Sew five seed beads on only the left detail line on the pumpkins, spacing them out. I think putting the beads on only one side will enhance the feeling of three dimensional light on one side.  But, you could put them on both lines if you like.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Then sew five or seven seed beads on the leaf main vein. Using odd numbers is more pleasing to the eye.

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One last detail, I wanted to add some small buttons in an evergreen color. Trying to match the green was a bit of a challenge. None of them were an exact match, so I just picked the one that looked the closest.

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Place one button between the appliques about a half inch from the edge.  Don’t worry if they aren’t all exactly the same distance apart or the same distance from the edge.  A bit of variation just adds to the charm of handwork.

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Stitch each one with double strands of matching floss. I used an X pattern, but you can use an = pattern if you like. Doesn’t matter, just do what pleases you.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

All done for this week’s steps.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Next week, we will finish the piece so it is ready to give as a gift or use with a candle or other autumn item.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Today’s giveaway will be a pair of Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors.  You will get to choose the size you want, visit the Perfect Scissors website to see all the options or to order from Karen directly.  Or, get the 4-inch ones at this Amazon link, and if you win you can get another size to complete your set.  Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors Click Here!!

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Good luck in the drawing.  What size Perfect Scissors would you like to win?


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Autumn Jubilee Giveaway Winners Week 2

There is so much interest in the Inspired LED Sewing Machine Lighting kits, it is a tough competition to just have one winner this week.  These lights are such a great addition to a sewing machine or a counter area where extra light is such an asset.  It really is easier to thread a needle with the extra light.  (Note –  This picture is from Inspired LED, showing the marvelous lighting from their kits. This is not my machine, I do not own a Juki.)

Congratulations to Judy whose name was picked by the Rafflecopter.  Judy was sent an email, and has responded.  I hope you enjoy the extra light, Judy!

Giveaway Winner at From My Carolina HomeIf you love the idea of the kits for extra light, they are on sale right now at Amazon.  So, if you didn’t win, you can get one on sale right now plus get free shipping.  These would make wonderful gifts too, for another sewing friend or family member.

Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit – Fits All Sewing Machines!

If you are needing more light, such as under counter like I used over my stamping workbench, this one has even more light – Inspired LED Lighting Cut and Connect Series Kit 9.5ft Under Cabinet lighting

Next prize drawing was held for the Autumn Lane Fat Quarter Bundle with Essential Threads!

Connecting Threads winner at From My Carolina HomeCongratulations, Shirley!!

There is still time left to enter the drawings for Aurifil Threads (and they will ship worldwide!), Stampin UP Stamps, and Moda Fabrics!  Just see the previous three posts for those projects and giveaways.  Tell your friends!!  The Stitch Along continues tomorrow, Sew Along Tablet Cover continues Monday and the quilt along continues on Friday.  There will be more giveaway drawings all through the month of October, a thank you to all my faithful readers and internet friends.

Thank you for all the great comments on the this season of celebration, Autumn Jubilee!  I have read them all, and I appreciate your kindness and support.

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Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

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Stars on Autumn Lane – Star Block

Are you caught up with your cutting and making half-square triangles?  I hope so, but if not, just continue to make progress and keep the pdfs for future reference to complete the quilt.  Today we’ll make the star block for Stars on Autumn Lane.

It is really easy, just follow the diagram contained in the pdf to place your 3-1/2-inch background, scrappy and HST elements.  I have to do these patterns this way now, as WordPress will not allow me to put a no-pin code on the pattern itself.  I don’t mind pinning of the pictures, but the pattern itself I prefer not to have on Pinterest.  Here’s the pdf with the placement diagram – Autumn Jubilee Star Block

Table Topper make 5
Lap make 6
Twin make 18

If you missed the first post with the cutting instructions, click HERE.

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Aurifil Threads!!  Whoopee, a collection of 12 large spools of Autumn colors, the Chestnut Collection!  Just look at these gorgeous colors!   Aurifil is my favorite piecing thread, strong and thin it is perfect for many applications, but absolutely the only thread I use for piecing.  I also quilt with it, using it frequently in the bobbin of my longarm, and also in the top when I want the quilting to be subtle.  I wish I could win this collection myself, but it is for a lucky reader.  Be sure to tell your friends to enter, you could always tell them they have to share if they win, LOL!!  I’d be delighted if they also chose to follow the blog.

Autumn Jubilee is a way for me to grow my blog readership.  I am very grateful for your shares on Facebook, Tweets to your friends, and any other way you let other readers know what my blog is about.  If you are on a quilting forum, chat room, guild email list, please let others know about the quilt along and Autumn Jubilee.  Oh, and one more thing, I am not collecting email addresses or contact info, so you will not be put on any mailing lists.  You can use your Facebook acct to log in, or just enter your name and email.  The email is so I can contact the winner, and will not be used for any other purpose.  Enter the Aurifil giveaway by clicking on this link –

Rafflecopter Aurifil Thread Chestnut Collection Giveaway!!

What do you love about Aurifil Threads?  How do you like to use them?

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Want to try Aurifil?  Get spools and cones at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  Be sure to see all 17 pages, there are a few of the collections on sale, and special pricing on bundles of fabrics with Aurifil threads.

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Psst – Fat Quarter Shop’s Notion of the Month is Stabilizer!

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Stamping Halloween Cards

Getting farther into October, it is time to begin stamping cards for Halloween.  Autumn Jubilee wouldn’t be complete without some cards!  I have so much Halloween fun stuff, thanks to Katie and her generous gift. I wanted to use some of the stickers and elements with the stamps, but I had more ideas than time, LOL!! Anyway, I began with my roller as I haven’t used it in a while.

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I have several Halloween wheels, and this year used the spider web. I rolled it on my paper mat first to ink up the roller well, then rolled one line of spider webs on the orange paper, on a diagonal.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Then I use my roller guide to get the next lines straight, and rolled the entire front of the card.

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On top, I placed a translucent ghost with some spray adhesive so the glue wouldn’t show through. The sentiment ‘just flying by’ from another stamp set went perfectly with the ghost. If you look closely, you can see the spider webs through the ghost.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I made several of these at once, and one of them I messed up. The roller missed a section, and I foolishly tried to re-roll over it. But no matter, this is an opportunity to do something different. So I got out my Sizzix embossing machine, a spider web embossing folder and black card stock.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Then, I found the eerie tree with no leaves, and stamped over the embossing with Versamark.

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I really wasn’t sure this would turn out, the embossed paper wasn’t flat anymore. But the Versamark did stick fairly well. Covering it up with white embossing powder…

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I tamped off the excess, and hit it with the embossing heat gun. Pretty cool!!

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

So, why not add a spooky ghost owl? The bits where the white powder didn’t stick on the tree just adds to the creepy factor.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Embossing the owl, and adding the sentiment, completed the front.

Halloween Cards for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Both cards have Happy Halloween with a jack-o-lantern face inside. A cute little bat on the envelopes, and my signature stamp on the backs, and they are ready to mail.

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All done for this year’s designs, at least for now.

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This one from last year is still my favorite card. The witches hat and shoes are from one stamp set, while the sentiment is from another one with shoes.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The giveaway today is from my personal stash of brand new, never used stamps. I bought a box lot of them from a friend, and had some duplicates as she is a dealer. This set has the ‘EEK’ stamp, so I thought it would be fun for the giveaway.  It also has six more stamps suitable for other holidays, plus you’ll receive the flower stamp set with birthday and than you sentiments.  I’ll ship these anywhere in the world, so international entries are welcome!!

Rafflecopter EEK! Stamp Sets Giveaway Click Here!!

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Are you stamping cards for Halloween?

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Autumn Jubilee Sew Along Tablet Cover

Making gifts for the holidays especially for the guys in your life is sometimes a difficult task.  Today, we’ll begin a sew-along to make a very fast tablet cover/carrier that will finish in just three installments.  The cutting and making the half-square triangles will begin today, using a different method – Moda Cake Mix Recipe papers.  Some of today’s links are affiliates.

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The tablet cover fits DH’s Lenovo Tablet. He reads news stories and surfs the internet on this, and one of these days I’ll get him a newspaper subscription for it as the local paper won’t deliver to our home.  It is a great gift idea for a special person to start holiday shopping, not as expensive as others.  The case fits it just right, with nice quilting for padding, easy enough to do on a DSM.

This was my first time to use these papers from Moda for making HSTs and I have to say I am a total fan!  This was quicker and easier than any other method, and turned out perfect 2-1/2-inch HSTs with very little cutting, and no squaring up needed.

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You’ll need two cake layers the same print for background, one medium and one dark cake layer print that coordinate.  In addition you’ll need three more for lining, and 2 additional (if you want to use them) for binding.  Additional supplies, Moda Cake Mix papers set #3, I got mine at Fat Quarter Shop.  There are a lot more papers than you will use for this project, but trust me, you’ll like them so much that you will be happy you got them.  If you don’t have them, just make HSTs the usual way – you’ll need 16 of each medium-background and dark-background, all 2-1/2 inch unfinished size.

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Put one background cake layer and the dark cake layer right sides together.  Lay the Cake Mix on top and pin in a few places.  Be careful not to pin over any lines.

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Begin sewing at the ‘start’ line.

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Sew following the direction of the little arrows on the lines.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Little numbers on the lines tell you the order of sewing.  On some stitching lines, the lines extend off the grid and turn so you can just follow around instead of pivoting.

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Pivot where indicated and continue sewing on the line.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

There are two sewing lines that will mean only two starts and stops. Mostly, this is continuous sewing, fast!

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

When the lines are all sewn, take the piece to the cutting table and cut off the edges on the lines.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Then cut on the solid lines between the lines of stitching to create the HSTs.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Carefully tear away the paper, it will tear easily as the sewing line perforates the paper. Press your half square triangles towards the darker side.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Repeat with the medium and background cake layers to make more HSTs. The papers make 18, you’ll need 16 for the project. It is up to you whether or not to trim the corners. I did some, as I needed to, but not all. However, trimming them all would reduce bulk in the corners.

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Today’s giveaway is a Moda Fat Eighth bundle of Thistle Farm by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles!  There are several ways to earn entries, the more you do the more entries you get!  See all the Moda Fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop.

Rafflecopter Moda Fat Eighth Giveaway

 

 

If you’d like to sew along, but you don’t want to make a pieced block, just fussy cut two 8-1/2-inch squares of a pretty print, and continue with the sew along next week.

Have you ever used the Moda Cake Recipes to make HSTs?

 PS – A note to my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!

 


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Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along

Sundays are great days for some handwork while watching TV, football games or old movies, whatever is your favorite thing.  I have designed a new wool penny rug for Autumn Jubilee and the stitch along begins today.  To begin, download the pdf with the pattern – Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along Pattern. Then choose your wools.  I have these lovely orange and brown patterned wools, and now was a marvelous time to use them.  If you don’t have a pair of Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors, they are on sale here Karen Kay Buckley 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors.

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The pattern has the base, a pumpkin shape and a leaf shape. You’ll need one base, four pumpkins, four stems and four leaves.  I thought about using this muddy green for the base, but it looked better with the gold.

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Choose floss to match your leaves and pumpkins.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Cut all your bits, and pin to the base, centering the pumpkins alternating with the leaves in the rounded scallops of the edge.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch using either a whip stitch or a blanket stitch with two strands of DMC floss.  I apologize for the pictures being somewhat dark, they were taken in the evening, and I didn’t want to wait to begin the project for sun the next day.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

The cutting and stitching can be done in an afternoon.  It took me longer to decide on colors and then to match up the floss colors, LOL!!

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Fat Quarter Shop has a wonderful array of wools in gorgeous colors!  They are the sponsor for today’s giveaway of a $25 Gift Certificate!  You can use it for whatever you like, not just wools, but if you are a stitcher, this is a great way to add to your wool stash.

Rafflecopter Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

You have until October 14 to enter, then the winner will be drawn and notified via email.

Next week we’ll embellish the piece, and in two weeks, finish it off in time to use this year.

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