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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.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along ~ From My Carolina Home

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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Handmade Christmas Ornaments and Decorations

Handmade items are wonderful to give as gifts, tie onto packages, hang on the wall, use on a table and trim a tree. Today I want to show you a round-up of ideas from past posts and a new tutorial for simple and easy ornaments and decorations. These are crafting projects and most will use a glue gun, but all are festive and fun.  Just click on the underlined links to see the entire post with instructions. Some of the easiest and fastest ornaments are simple Cookie Cutter Ornaments with buttons or roses glued on.

Button tree ornament 2

Cover an angel cookie cutter with white buttons.  Small star shaped plastic beads and pearls accent the tree on the left.

Cutters on tree 2

Glue red and white buttons onto a red candy cane cookie cutter

Candy Cane Button Ornament 4

Make an angel Ribbon Rose Angel Ornament.

Rose Angel at From My Carolina Home

Glue small buttons, ribbon bows and roses, sewing themed items onto inexpensive spools of metallic thread for a wonderful ornament gift for your friends.  I will glue a larger button on the bottom too, to add detail and interest when the ornament is hung higher on the tree.  I found these metallic thread spools in a bargain bin.  The quality is not what I would want to use to sew, but the shine and glimmer works great for an ornament.  Quick and easy, these could be a secret pal gift for your local sewing group, or a package tie-on for a sewing or quilting buddy.

Threadspoolornaments

But, if you can’t find metallic threads inexpensively, you can make your own. Just gather some glitzy trim and empty spools.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Place some hot glue on the spool, and wrap the trim like it was thread.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Finish them off with small items and buttons.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

While you are in the sewing department, pick up some large covered button kits.  These are no-sew ornaments!

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Using the template, fussy cut a motif.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Center the motif in the bottom of the holder.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the curved piece inside, this is the button front.  Fold in the excess fabric.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Add the back of the button

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Using the little tool included, press the back into place.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Hot glue a hanger on the back.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Add some trim to the edge.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Overlap the ends and glue to the back.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Glue a circle of felt to the back to hide all the raw edges.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

All done! You can use an even larger size and your embroidery machine to embroider a Christmas motif, or make Peace, Noel and Joy ornaments. Trim with lace.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

I added a row of pearls to these too.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

You can see how long ago I had this idea originally, LOL!! 2001!

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Small motifs fussy cut from any kind of fabric can go into little frames dressed up with buttons and ribbon.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Since I love to cook, this little fabric motif of cookie mix with a cutter in holiday colors made a cute ornament framed in a hoop with lace, buttons and ribbon added.  I have more of these little frames and hoops, so we will revisit this basic idea later in the year.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course, you’ll need a Winter Holiday Wreath for the front door or window. This Della Robia style wreath can go up before Thanksgiving and stay up all winter. I’ll be doing more wreath designs closer to the holidays.

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Mason Jar Holiday Candles make great decorations and gifts. Place holiday themed items in the bottom and add a flared votive holder. Put the ring back on the top to hold it all together.  Thrift stores are wonderful sources of mason jars.

Mason jar with votive, gold apples, bow

Add a decorative beaded trim to the metal ring to really dress it up.  See how at Beaded Mason Jar Decoration.

Mason Jar Holiday decoration

Make a Christmas Candle Wrapper, similar to the jewelry case, to dress up a purchased candle, adding a holiday touch.

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Do you have pine cones at your place? Make a great Pine Cone Hanger! Quick and easy with just a bit of hot glue, you can stop with just one, or add two more for a larger piece suitable for your front door or wall.

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home<

You can make a similar sampler Christmas table cover to this one by using 12 blocks 8-inches wide and four blocks 12-inches wide, adding borders to get the size of your table.

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Today’s giveaway will have multiple winners, a book from my personal collection!  Just comment on this post with which book you would like most for a chance to win! Entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th.  Winner has been drawn.

Book Christmas Bazaar Book 301 block

Book DM Christmas Quilts Book Quilter's Christmas

And the blog hop at Confessions of A Fabric Addict will go on for the next 11 days, with a quilt along too.  Hop over and follow Sarah to see all the posts.  If you are seeing this post first, click on the Sewing Kit to see my tutorial and enter the Aurifil Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far during this event, I am delighted with the response and have read every one.  Share the links with your friends as all the drawings will be open for comments until noon on July 24.  Drawings were held in 2016. The sponsors love to see a great response, and I hope you will all continue to enter the drawings every day for the giveaways that appeal to you.  Are you getting started on holiday sewing and crafting?  Which book would you most like to win?  Do you want to do a quilt-along in the fall for a sampler quilt like the one above?

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Quilted Art Project Finish!

Yes, it is finally done.  I actually worked on it through the week before Memorial Day, and was able to get it mounted and hung last weekend.  From the beginning, I wanted something to go on the wall that was large, and I also wanted to use a large oval hoop that has been sitting in my sewing room for literally years. Sewing on so many small buttons and elements by hand took a long time, as I just couldn’t sit and work on it for very long at a time.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

The hoop is too large for hand work, not that I do any hand quilting anyway, but it didn’t have a stand.  In reality, it is useless to me, except as a frame.  So, I started the project with the hoop and some sewing motif fabrics. Now that the piece is finished, I used the hoop to measure out some heat activated paper-backed bonding adhesive.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

The paper-backed adhesive was ironed onto the art piece.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

This is primarily to keep the stitches on the silk ribbon embroidery from getting pulled from the back as well as to hide the mess on the back from all the knots and threads. Peeling the paper off, you can really see the quilting.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Using a similar print in a dark purple, the backing was bonded to the piece with the iron.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I used the hoop to determine where the piece would fit best, and measured out from the edge a few inches all around to allow enough to fit in the hoop and turn inside the back.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut the piece in an oval shape along the line I marked in chalk.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I serged the edge to finish it nicely.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

I wasn’t bright enough to sew the label on before I bonded the backing, LOL, so I had to do that by hand.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

It almost didn’t have enough on the top and bottom, but I stretched it into the hoop.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Pulling the fabric to the backside …

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

I ironed in creases around the hoop to force the overage fabric to the inside of the hoop.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Hanging on the wall! Working on the buttons and beads took the most time.  I finally got enough elements on the project to have a definite comet shape going through the center.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Lots of buttons, ribbon roses, silk ribbon embroidery, lace and trims all put together.  Note that most groupings have odd numbers, as this is more pleasing to the eye.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

I used those little plastic motifs you get in some button packs that are difficult to use elsewhere.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

It now is hanging on the brick wall around the fireplace, along with two of my antique sewing machines, and some other vintage bric-a-brac.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you have hoops you don’t use?

In case you didn’t see this notice yesterday, I want to let you all know that I will be taking a break from my normal blogging activities of doing linkups, responding to comments, reading and commenting on other blogs for a couple of weeks. I have some medical tests to do, and 50 hours of continuing education to complete, so I just need to spend some more time on the necessities for a bit instead of on the computer. Don’t worry, you won’t miss me, as I have posts scheduled roughly every other day for the next three weeks, including the Scrap Dance Tango reveal on Friday, June 10 (7:30 am). You’ll see new quilt designs, quilting of Tango and Quickstep, a couple of new recipes along with a garden update and a patriotic tablescape. Please continue to leave comments, I promise I’ll read every one (and will be cheered by them), even if I cannot respond right away. When I resume at the end of the month, I’ll be sharing an exciting event of Christmas in July with some new ideas and several posts on the subject, along with being a stop on the Christmas In July Blog Hop by Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Plus I have another Moda Bake Shop design that will publish in August.  So, stay tuned, and enjoy the upcoming posts!

Joining Slow Stitching Sunday for the finish of the Quilted Art Project, my last link up for this month.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

 


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Quilted Art Project – May update

Try as I might, I still cannot sit still long enough to finish this project, but I have made some progress.  I am hoping that next Sunday, (Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the greatest day in racing), I’ll be able to find some stitching time while watching the three major auto races that day. Last weekend, I found some purple beads that have added some shine to the project.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

The area between the larger buttons is being filled in with small seed beads and pearls.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

This small resin flower is added to the purple doily so it shows well.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

The point at the top of the swirl is taking shape with more small pearls, buttons and beads.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

As the swirl sweeps left and down, the buttons get larger, and there are more textural items added like a ribbon rose.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Even larger buttons at the bottom,with more beads and pearls to fill in the space under the ribbon embroidery.

Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a look at the overall piece so far.  I still need to fill in the sweep of buttons a bit more, and add some elements to the doilies.  It is coming along, but still not done yet. I have to rethread the needle with each color change, as I am matching the thread color to the element.
Quilted Art Project May 2016 at From My Carolina Home

I’ll hopefully get a lot done during race day, I’d like to finish it off and get it on the wall soon.  Plus, I think I want to enter it into the state fair crafting competition, so it has to get done.

Are you working on any hand work projects? Do you find it difficult to do hand work in the warmer months?

 

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Quilted Art Project – Part 2

I finally got back to the Quilted Art project, but couldn’t spend a lot of time on it this week.  However, even a little bit of progress each week will, over time, complete the project.  I think I’ll be able to stitch some on it today.  For now, here is where it stands. The last doily was stitched to the base.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Silk ribbon tends to keep the creases from winding on the bobbins, so the ribbons were unwound and ironed to take out the wrinkles.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting with a pretty lavendar, three stitches were placed vertically for the top part of an iris flower.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, three smaller stitches radiating down create the lower part of the flower.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I marked three spots, 3/4-inch high for three irises.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I haven’t decided whether or not to do stems, or just more flowers – more irises or stop with three.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I marked a cornucopia shape with chalk to loosely define a path for the trims, buttons and other things I plan to add. I put a straight line on the lower left for a purple trim piece, and scattered some buttons below it.

Quilted Hoop Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll be doing more embellishing today, but so far I am pretty pleased with the way it is going.

Are you slow stitching?

Linking up with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Stitching Doilies ~ From My Carolina Home


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Quilted Art Project

This project will be a Slow Stitching project over the next few weeks.  Today, I’ll show the overall plan, and will update as I get farther along.  Someone asked me recently how many projects I have going on at any one time, and the answer is usually two or three.  I’ll have something next to my chair to fiddle with while watching TV, a quilt on the longarm to quilt, and a project on the sewing table.  Right now, I have two at the sewing table, as I am still making units for Scrap Dance Tango, and I am starting another charity quilt.  I have a lovely stained glass quilt on the longarm, and two more charity quilts in the queue. This project has made it up to the hand work stage.  I started with these lovely fabrics.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the purple and green. This will go in the sewing room when I am done. Isn’t this a cute sewing print?

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I brought out some lace doilies and pieces.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Rummaging through the button boxes….

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I pulled out purple, green, white, and yellow buttons. I had some pearls, large beads and flowers I could use too.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I dug into the silk ribbon box…

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

and found some appropriate colors there too.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, the seed bead stash.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

The finished art piece will be mounted in a giant quilting frame. After sewing the three pieces of fabric together, I marked the outline of the hoop to define the art space.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I loaded it onto the longarm, and auditioned various colors of thread.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, it was quilted with a pansy pantograph.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

Ultimately, I just quilted the whole piece instead of just the part inside my chalked outline.

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I decided on these three doilies, can you believe I have a purple one?

Quilted Wall Art Project ~ From My Carolina Home

I pinned them down, and began the hand stitching to secure all three in place.

Stitching Doilies ~ From My Carolina Home

The first two are done, and I have the third one to go.

Stitching Doilies ~ From My Carolina Home

Next up will be to start placing buttons, beads, and silk ribbon embroidery. I am going to let this evolve as it will, no real plan right now.  Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday last fall was very motivating to get the ornaments done.   I plan to do it again, in the hope this will be the same, making progress of some kind each week.

It is cold now, and I wouldn’t mind one more snow to keep me home sewing for a day. If you are in the mood for a new print, click on My Etsy Store, I have just added some new fabrics from my trip last Friday.  I found a couple of really cute sewing prints I loved, but had to buy the whole bolt.  I am selling the extra yardage to my readers at a discount over retail.  Look for some new projects using these prints soon.  I am also selling some of my quilting library on this post – HERE.

Do you work on intricate projects over time?

 

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National Button Day

It’s National Button Day!  Believe it or not, another wacky holiday for us to celebrate.  So what can we do with some buttons in the craft room?  Here are a few ideas, some I have blogged about last year. The holidays are coming up, how about making some Cookie Cutter Ornaments with buttons.

Button tree ornament 2

Candy Cane Button Ornament 4

Use a dimensional button for the center of a wool flower…

Spring Basket Wool Pink Button

and little blue buttons can be a delphinium in this Spring Basket wool work pattern.

Spring Basket Wool blue button flower

Here’s a basket I decorated with buttons in rows of pastel colors for spring.  Just hot glue the buttons to the basket and add silk flowers.

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Use buttons to add dimension to a stamped card.

Floral Any Occasion

These little mint tins were spray painted with gold, then adored with buttons and lace or ribbon roses.  Just a bit of hot glue here too.

Buttonboxes

This tote bag project uses buttons to hold covers over an ugly logo.  There are six choices, and the entire tutorial is HERE.

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Use your mother of pearl buttons to embellish a Table Stand Quilt, all in white.

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Make a Sewing Chatelaine for your show pins, or use buttons to embellish.

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Make a Quilted Sewing Machine Cover and embellish with sewing motif buttons.

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Filling a jar with a red buttons and adding a red scrap of fabric with a red closure ring makes a cute accent for a sewing room.

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Just in case you have more buttons to use than ideas to use them, check out my Pinterest board Buttonmania.  You’ll find literally hundreds of ideas, from covering your shoes to wall art.   I need to go fire up the glue gun and get creating again.  Happy National Button Day!  What will you do with your buttons today?

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