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More Fun at the NC Mountain State Fair

More fun at the NC Mountain State Fair began with the crafting competitions. I worked so long on this set of crewel ornaments last fall, and was thrilled to find them hanging in the crafting competition area with a red second place ribbon.

State Fair 2016 - crewel ornaments

This was baby animals day, and we were lucky to get to the Mooternity Ward mere moments after the birth of this adorable little guy. Mom was busily licking him clean, and he was struggling to stand just a few minutes later. We were told that the little ones usually manage to stand between 30 minutes and 2 hours after birth.

State Fair 2016 - mooternity 4

These cute little piglets looked like they had been having fun running around and now exhausted, all piled up asleep together. They are just a couple of weeks old.

State Fair Livestock 2016 piglets

The chicks were hatching in the warming incubator, and you could watch them pecking out of their shells. The color in this picture is red from the lights so I hope you can see this little guy newly emerged from his shell and still wet, blinking hard at the light.

State Fair 2016 - chick just hatched

Then when they were up and dry, they were moved over to the larger pen.

State Fair Livestock 2016 chicks

It looked like rain for part of the day, but it was much cooler than it has been so we didn’t mind. These pictures were taken while riding the sky trans, about the only ride I will do there.  This is the best way to take the trip, with the mountains in the distance.

State Fair 2016 - 1

It is such a colorful view!

State Fair 2016 - 3

Do you mind if I toot my own horn just a bit more? The Quilted Art Project took a second place in mixed media.  I was really happy as this project took months to complete, just working on it here and there as I found time to sit still over the summer.

State Fair 2016 - art project

The Christmas Wool Penny rug from the Christmas in July event won a second place ribbon.  Pattern is free HERE.

State Fair 2016 - wool penny rug

My original pattern the Charleston Bag won a third place. That pattern is available in my Craftsy store, Charleston Bag Pattern.

State Fair 2016 Charleston bag

My pin woven purse got a second place. The pattern is free on the Moda Bake Shop site, Pin Woven Jelly Roll Tote.

State Fair 2016 - pin woven purse

Whew, it was a lot of walking and looking.  We did enjoy a couple of shows, one was an acrobat troupe that was fantastic, and the second trip we saw a magic show.  Yes, I did get a Chicken and Waffle again one day, and the other day had a corn dog.  Fair food is just part of the experience, isn’t it?  If you missed the first post on the fair, see it HERE, with the livestock exhibit and more of my ribbons (toot, toot!).

Do you go to your state fair?

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Slow Stitching a Quick Project

Remember this little cross stitch Christmas tree that I showed you during Christmas in July?

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

It is one of several designs in a kit. The problem I have at this point is I don’t want to make it the way the pattern says. It calls for the stitched piece to be cut out in a stocking shape, sewn and stuffed.  That is why there is some decorative stitching above the tree and to the left at the bottom.  The pattern contained the backing pieces already drawn for cutting and sewing.

Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Ornament - From My Carolina Home

So, if I want to sew it into a quilted ornament like I did the Candy Cane Ornament, I’ll have to make some decisions.  Mainly, what to do with those little bits – take them out?  Add more to balance them off?  Neither option was appealing.  Then I thought, I’ll just stitch a stocking shape around what is there.  So, I got out some DMC floss, and auditioned some colors.

Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Ornament - From My Carolina Home

I liked the red best, so started stitching a stocking shape around the existing needlework.

Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Ornament - From My Carolina Home

I stitched that turn three times, I took out the first two because I didn’t like where it ended up at the toe area. I’m not sure that I really like this either, but it is staying. At this point, I thought it might be good to give myself a stitching line, so I drew one on in pencil.

Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Ornament - From My Carolina Home

A few more minutes of hand work, and the stitching was done.

Cross Stitch Christmas Tree Ornament - From My Carolina Home

Finishing the ornament went the same way as the other one, beginning with squaring up the stitched part. This one is quite a bit larger than the candy cane stitching, so I had to use a 4-inch square.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

I knew that would make the final ornament large, if I went with two borders again. But I still wanted to do it that way, so I began with the first border in a gold and red print.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

I added the outer border in a cream print with holly, and squared it up again.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

Gold cording is looped at the top for a sewn in hanger.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

I sewed the pieced front to the same rose print backing, leaving an opening for turning, then adding two layers of batting.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

I stuffed just a bit of fiberfill inside to make the center puffy, then sewed the opening closed with topstitching. I went all the way around the ornament to hide the closure.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I stitched in the ditch on both borders to quilt it.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

All done, it may just be a bit too large for the tree.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

But, because I put a larger loop on it, it could hang on a closet door or on the handle of one of the cabinets.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

Or perhaps it could simply lean on a sewing machine, lending a bit of holiday cheer to the sewing room.  This one along with the candy cane ornament will go as a set of two into the cross stitch category at the fair.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament ~ From My Carolina Home

Have you pulled out any holiday stitching for this season?

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Christmas Stitching with Ideas For Finishing

How many of you have stitchery kits for Christmas laying around?  Every year, if you are like me, you find them close to the season and realize, there is no way to finish them in time for that year, so you pack them away again.  This is true for the cross stitch and needlework magazines that I have stashed away with sticky notes on the projects I want to eventually do.  Some are holiday themed, and again I just don’t think about them until November, too late to get them done so they just sit for another year.  This year, get them out now, and lets do them together.  If you pull the stitchery out, and just put in a few stitches a week, you will eventually get them done.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Remember this kit I had last year?  I was determined to get it finally done.  The lucky thing was running across it over the summer while I was looking for something else.

Ornament Stitching 1

I started it in August. Some weeks I just put in a few stitches, other times during football games I did more. After a month, I had a lot done. After a couple of months they were all done.

Stitching Ornaments Week 9 - 2

Another afternoon to cut them out and sew to backings, stuff and finish.

Slow Stitching #10 - 5

Then, I added some cording around the edge to make them look even nicer.

Slow Stitch Finish 13

Knowing I would want to have some inspiration this year, last Christmas I took some pictures of the little handwork ornaments I have done in the past.  This little crewel sleigh was stitched years ago.  It came with the tiny frame, and has been on my tree every year since it was made.  It measures about 2-1/2 inches across.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

I did a little wreath too. Any of your small needlework projects would do well as ornaments in tiny gold frames.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

This larger Christmas Tree is a cross stitch with little French knots for the candle flames.

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

I framed it with a green embroidery hoop, then glued two rows of lace to the edge.  The green is glued to the front of the frame and the white is glued to the back.  I added a ribbon hanger, but it is a bit big for the tree. I usually hang it on a door somewhere, like the door to my mother’s antique cabinet where I store some of my tablescaping stuff.

Christmas Tree Door Hanger

So, now this year, I still have all these kits for ornaments and a wall hanging. I am getting them out now so I can have more done by the holidays. One thing I need to do is enlarge the charts, they are just so small and very hard to see.

Needlework projects

I found two stitched already that I never made up into ornaments. One is the tree at the beginning of the post, and the other is this cute candy cane. Instead of finishing this one into a stuffed ornament like the kit says, I am going to make it the center of a pieced ornament.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Start by trimming the piece to a small size, I used a 3 inch square.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

I just sewed strips around the edge, log cabin style, about 1/2 inch finished width. Scraps were perfect for this project. Notice I didn’t do my usual measure and cut. On this small a project, that will be stuffed, I figured I could wing it.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Square up the first border set, then add another. Position a small loop of cording or ribbon on the top edge for a hanger.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Place the top on a backing scrap and sew around the edges leaving an opening for turning and stuffing.  Don’t look at my mess on the backside, OK?  I never got the hang of making the back as nice as the front but no one will see it in the finished project.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Turn, iron the piece to sharpen the edges, then softly stuff it with a scrap of fiber filling.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Sew the opening closed.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Keep sewing a top stitching line around all the edges to finish it off.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

It would be fine to stop at this point, and you have a nice ornament. But, I decided to quilt it a bit. I just did stitch in the ditch around the borders. I did the outer border first.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Then the inner border was stitched.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

And now it is finished. Finally, I can enjoy the results of my handwork done some years ago.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Prize bead kit

Two lucky winners today will receive a seed bead kit from my stash like this one.  Just comment on this post to enter.  I’ll ship these anywhere in the world, I don’t want to leave anyone out.  Get a second entry if you follow my blog, just say how you follow.  Winners have been drawn.

This is day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas in July event!  Scroll back through the last four days for lots more projects and surprises.  Seven more to come!!

Do you have stitchery kits or patterns and materials set aside for the holidays?

 

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Quilted Art Project – Update 5

It has been another month, and I just cannot find the time to get back to this project.  I did do a little on it, but not much.  The lure of warmer days and digging in the dirt is too strong right now, LOL!  But a rainy day on Friday kept me inside, and I spent the day happily sewing.  I have a new quilt design that is going from inside my head to actual fabric, and I am really liking it!  It is an insanely simple idea, and I’ll show it to you soon.  After a day of piecing, I picked up the art project and put some more embellishments on it.

Quilted Art Project | From My Carolina Home

I am done with the silk flowers, they are just a bit of a pain to do through such a large piece.  I added some yellow tulips, and a bunch of green leaves to fill in.  Four daisies got gold seed bead centers.

Art Project Update | From My Carolina Home

A few more buttons and pearls were added to the top of the swirl to create a point.

Quilted Art Project | From My Carolina Home

It will sweep down and to the left, then lower and wider to the right, like a shower of buttons and beads.  It is a bit hard to see right now, but will become more prominent as I fill in more buttons and embellishments.

Quilted Art Project | From My Carolina Home

How about you, can you do handwork when the garden is calling?

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Quilted Art Project Update 4

I know, it has been a couple of weeks since I showed any progress this project.  I had to set it aside while I worked on the Moda Bake Shop recipe that published this past week (Pin Woven Tote on the sidebar).  Between that, the charity quilts, the car club, and spring springing, little time was left for a sit-down, hand-work project.   Another stumbling block was finding more silk ribbon in the pastel pink and lighter ecru that I wanted.  I went to all four big-box craft stores in the area, and none of them carry silk ribbon anymore.  I had no idea this would be so hard to find!  I found a small group of Bucilla skeins on eBay, and bought that. Then, this week a lovely envelope of silk ribbons from reader Lynda arrived in the mail (thanks again, Lynda!).  So, finally, I had what I wanted to pick this project up again and get some progress made.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

I made some daisies with the ecru, adding gold seed beads to the centers. I have four done, and plans for a few more.  There will soon be more pink peonies.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

Random placement of buttons and pearls continued.  The buttons and pearls are all within the chalk lines I drew before.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

More green seed beads were put in the little grouping, along with a white ribbon bow.  I did find a few yellow buttons too.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

I started on the doilies, with peach color pearls and purple buttons.  There will be more pearls added here too.  I want to be sure to keep the placement asymmetric, not putting them in every obvious slot.  It is tempting to put them all around that center medallion, but I am resisting that urge.

Quilted Art Project - late March update ~ From My Carolina Home

Anyhow, that is where it stands for now.  I still have a lot of embellishing to do, so this project will be ongoing for a while.    Are you working on any hand work or a long term project?

 

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Quilted Art Project – week 3

Another week, and it has again been busier than expected.  I did manage to get some stitching done this week, and I plan to do more today. I added a few more buttons, and realize I need more lighter ones for contrast.  I finished the couching on the lavendar trim too.

Quilted Art Project March 6 - 1

I made one little grouping of green seed beads.

Quilted Art Project March 6 - 2

I added a light green button.

Quilted Art Project March 6 - 4

I have several of these plastic trim detail pieces, and the green one was sewn across a seam line.

Quilted Art Project March 6 - 5

I tried my first pink peony, with three lazy daisy stitches in the middle, and knotted stitches on the edges.  I’ll be doing more of these, but I need more pink silk ribbon.

Quilted Art Project March 6 - 7

That is it for now.  Happy stitching!


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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.

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Stitching Doilies ~ From My Carolina Home