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Building a Brighter Year Quilt

Last fall during the Autumn Jubilee, quilter Diann won the prize of quilting a table topper.  She contacted me to ask if I would do a small quilt for a charity called Building a Brighter Year instead of her table topper.  This charity supports families with infants facing medical challenges and financial hardship in Colorado.  Of course, this was a no-brainer, I had to say yes to help this very worthy cause. She mailed it to me, and I set it up on the longarm with Warm and White cotton batting.

Diann's Quilt - Quilted by From My Carolina Home

Auditioning threads, there were several that looked nice. I decided on the brown on the left as it went well with the backing fabric she sent.  It is also polyester, so it adds a bit of shine to the work.  The bobbin has Bottom Line.

Diann's Quilt - Quilted by From My Carolina Home

Quilting it was fast, as it was small.

Diann's Quilt - Quilted by From My Carolina Home

I thought this sweet pantograph of hearts would look nice.

Diann's Quilt - Quilted by From My Carolina Home

The scale was good for a small quilt, giving a nice density to the quilting.

Diann's Quilt - Quilted by From My Carolina Home

I trimmed it for her, and shipped it back to her last week. She will add the binding, and then donate it to the charity for their silent auction, which will be in April. Thanks, Diann, for letting me participate with your charity! Her blog is Little Penguin Quilts, and I imagine she will show the finished quilt there when she gets it done.

Are you doing any charity sewing?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along – Block 2

Deciding to start over with the Be My Neighbor Quilt Along, I pulled out some really pretty springtime fabrics. This Beverly Park bundle from Connecting Threads came a couple of months ago specifically to do a lighter springtime quilt. I thought they would do nicely for this quilt too.

Beverly Park Fabrics

I pulled more springtime colors and started to figure out the first block again. The block from yesterday will be used in a charity quilt, and I have that one underway too.  The light blue Moda marbles for sky is at the top of this picture.  I have a darker blue to use as well, so the sky will have some variation.

Purple and Pink Fabrics

Cutting takes more time than usual because a lot of decisions have to be made as to what colors to place where – house color, window print, roof fabrics, tower print, etc.  You can see my notebook in this picture, all the patterns and instructions were printed, hole punched and then put in a binder.  This way nothing gets lost.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

I apologize for these pictures being so dark. I dropped my little camera and broke it.  It is toast, so another used one of the exact same model was purchased online so I can use the same accessories as the broken one. I didn’t pay attention to the setting on the good camera, and it was still set for night pictures.  Anyway, once again I picked up bits and sewed as much as I could at once.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

This block didn’t start out well, as I sewed the points together wrong, so frogging the first seams stopped the progress.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Arrgggghh, this is why I cut extra large and square up HSTs – these should be 3-1/2 inches.  So, I had to start over and remake several of these HSTs.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did this. The third mess up with this bloody block!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Frogged those out, and finally made progress on some of the construction.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

But apparently, I still need a lesson on reading the instructions. I messed up the tower roof too, sewing the chimney on sideways, so more frogging was in order.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

But, eventually, I did get the block done. I added some daffodils to the sides of the tower to set it into a landscape.  This block has the alternate blue fabric for the sky.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

The re-made Block One went a bit faster. I used a flower with leaves fabric on either side of the now flowering tree to set it into a landscape.  The tree has tiny oranges and leaves now.  The actual block is lighter than this picture makes it appear.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are the first two blocks done.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Blocks ~ From My Carolina Home

I’ll be working on the third block to get it done before the next meeting.  It has a bunch of really tiny pieces, and also some applique. I don’t do well with applique, so I’ll be getting out a couple of books to try to do better this time.  I just need more practice.  Plus it will give me some handwork to do, which I do enjoy.  You can still get the downloads for the 12 house blocks on Bear Creek Quilting Moda Be My Neighbor, but I am not sure how long they will be there.  I’ll get to block 3 next week, and then I plan to do one or two a month after that.   There are sixteen blocks total, so we need a couple of months to have two.  I will likely publish these on the first Wednesday of the month, as that is the monthly time for the local quilt shop’s meeting.

Do you like the new color choices?  Do you want to quilt along?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along

The LQS here started a quilt along in January for the Moda Fabrics Be My Neighbor quilt.  The original publication of the block instructions were done late last year.  So, I decided to do this monthly meeting so I can keep up with a few friends.  The shop emailed me the first blocks, but I couldn’t even think about sewing for over a week.  Finally on the day before the meeting, I thought I should at least get one block done, so I pulled some scraps and got busy.

Neighbor Block One 2

This one takes some concentration as each block is different and has lots of pieces that are close in measurement. The background on this one has a 2-1/2-inch square and a 2-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch rectangle. So careful placement is essential. As I usually do anyway, I laid out the bits to be sure they were all in the right spots.

Neighbor Block One 3

Then I picked up adjoining pieces and sewed as many as I could chain style.

Neighbor Block One 4

Took all those the the ironing board, then laid out the block again.

Neighbor Block One 6

Pick up the pieces that could be done next, and chain pieced again until I ran out of bits.

Neighbor Block One 8

I kept going like this until the entire block was sewn.  I put a white on white lacy print in the ‘windows’ to look like lace curtains, but it was too subtle.

Neighbor Block One 10

When I got the block done, I thought ho-hum. I am doing what I always do, choosing the same colors I usually do. So, this block is going to become an orphan. I am going to re-sew another one in spring colors. The trees will become flowering trees instead of evergreens, and I bought some sky fabric in a pale blue Moda marbles with some white that looks like clouds.  One of the other ladies in the quilt-along group also brought up an interesting idea.  She added in a grass patch on either side of her tree, creating a “horizon”, which sets the tree into a landscape.  I liked the look of that too. So, now I am four blocks behind, but who cares! Quilting should always be fun. I have all the best intentions of keeping up, but I am not going to stress out if I am a bit behind.

The patterns are still available at Bear Creek Quilting online, in free downloads. Click on Be My Neighbor to get all the patterns if you’d like to quilt along too, or maybe to join in later.

Want to quilt along with this one?  What are you working on?


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ABC Quilt

A friend of mine gave me this panel to use for a charity quilt.  When she gave it to me, I thought, well that’s sweet, and stuffed it away for later.  I didn’t really look that close at it.  While pulling out fabrics for donation quilts, I ran across it again, and figured it was time to get it quilted up for a charity.  So, I pulled some backing fabric, and loaded it on the longarm.  While I was loading it, I noticed the S block had a sheep.  Well sure it does.  Oh, but wait, the sheep has a Sunflower.  And it is sitting on a Stool!  Isn’t that cute!  I kept looking at it, and found 17 items that start with an S in the block. Want a little puzzle for a Sunday? Can you find 17?

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Well, now I have to look at a few other blocks, like the Alligator eating Apples. Oh, look, he’s wearing Argyle!  I only found five A words in this one.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The Moose has Muffins and is toasting Marshmallows. I found ten M words in this block, can you find them? I cannot figure out the Native American design blankets though, what could those be that start with M? Do you know?

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The panel is called Hungry Animal Alphabet from Quilting Treasures, and I tried to track it down.  I really think this is just so stinkin’ cute, and would love to do a bunch of them for the local kids.  But, alas, it is discontinued. There is a new one with red borders, but it is only available at full retail in a few online stores. That would be OK if I wanted one for a treasured family member, but too expensive for charity quilts.  The manufacturer doesn’t have any more, so there isn’t a way to do a bulk wholesale order.  My favorite online retailers are sold out, and the LQS doesn’t have it.   I do wish that fabric companies would keep producing things as cute as this for more than one production run.  This is a timeless design!

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, well.  I loaded it on the longarm with the remnant of the wool batting from quilting Scrap Dance Waltz.  I will be pinning a label on the quilt to be sure the recipient knows it isn’t a flame retardant batting.  Quilting it with a pantograph from top to bottom, it was easier to deal with the higher loft than on the Waltz quilt where I did the borders first.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It looked fine while I was quilting it…

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

but, when I got it finished, I realized that using that batting on this quilt was a mistake.  The higher loft makes it more difficult to see the detail in the blocks.  Some handwork on Sunday to finish off the binding and it was finished.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I ironed it, and that helped a bit, but it would have been better to use cotton for this. It is done, though, and will be donated to a charity soon.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

What are you working on?  Did you find 17 items in the S block?  What are those blankets on the M block?

 

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Barnyard Quilt and Summer Theme Quilt for Project Linus

One of the things I like to keep in mind as I am doing charity quilts is boy appropriate quilts.  It is so easy for me to do a girls theme, I have so many florals in my stash.  But boys are a bit of a challenge for me.  Sometimes I can get a boy-inspired quilt using just color with traditional blocks.  Something with reds and blues usually works.  But those colors are low in my stash and usually go to Quilts of Valor.  When I ran across this adorable barnyard fabric, it seemed like it would be a great backing for a boy’s charity quilt.  So I pulled it out and began looking for something to go with it.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Laying it out, I began looking at the little blocks of chickens and sheep, cute aren’t they?  I had just finished a panel quilt, and the thought occurred to me that I could use this fabric as the front.  Then I would have a very quick quilt for Project Linus.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

I found a brown print with enough yardage for back and binding, and loaded it on the longarm.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

It was quilted with a very quick pantograph of clouds.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

This really is cute, and I think a little boy would like it.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

The fabric was cut in the middle of the printed blocks on both ends, so I ran a line of stay-stitching across the bottom and the top, along the printed checkerboard sashing as a cutting line.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I cut it off next to that line so the edge would stay secure.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Bound while watching TV in the evenings, it is now ready to donate.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

This quick panel was the inspiration for using the barnyard fabric as a panel.  It was loaded on the frame, quilted and had the binding applied in one day.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Cute little fishes, an ice cream cone, a lemonade stand and more in bright primary colors.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

It has a summer theme.  I think a boy would like this one too, don’t most little boys like frogs and watermelon?

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Another evening of hand work while watching TV and it was done too.

Project Linus Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Now two quilts ready to go to Project Linus.  Are you quilting for charity this year?

 

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Scrap Dance Waltz is Published!

I am delighted to tell you that Scrap Dance Waltz is now available on Craftsy at the low introductory price of just $5! For the month of February, you can get the download with all the information all together, and an expanded information section on borders.

Scrap Dance Waltz at From My Carolina Home

Click HERE for the Craftsy pattern page.

Scrap Dance Waltz at From My Carolina Home

Pattern sales help fund the costs of the blog, so I am always grateful for your purchases. I hope that those who have made one will upload their pictures to the Craftsy pattern page so other readers can see your beautiful versions too.

Scrap Dance Waltz at From My Carolina Home

At the end of February, the price will go to its regular price of $8, so now is the time to get it!   The pattern is a small file size, and only four pages. The cutting and block assembly is fully contained on just two pages, so not much to print.  The other pages have border information not discussed on the blog and overall fabric suggestions. Options for scrappy, single color with background, and two-color options are included.   Let’s take one more look at some other versions to inspire you.

I really like Tanya’s version, the grey makes the circular design come alive.

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And Susan did lovely blues.

Scrap Dance Waltz top finished, piecing the back now.

Cheryl says hers is getting close, cannot wait to see her finished two-color option quilt.

Waltz Tango 1

Elaine has a really great border, the red contrasts nicely with her blue background.

Scrap Dance Waltz #2 Made one more B block to get the 2 children's quilts. Waiting on my long arm to come home from the spa to quilt them.

If you haven’t posted your quilt on Flickr, please do so soon. I’d like to do at least one more update to the Waltz pattern at the end of February to close out the introductory special on the pattern. Click on Scrap Dance Waltz to get to the Craftsy pattern store! Haven’t bought from Craftsy before? It’s easy, the account is free, and payment is made through paypal – you can check out with your paypal account or as a guest with a credit card. Easy!

One more note, it seems that my post on Another Lesson on Measuring Borders has “gone viral”, at least for me, LOL!!  The post views are on fire, and I am truly grateful for the new readers.  If you are a new follower, welcome! I hope you enjoy the variety of subjects on my blog.  It is heavy on quilting and sewing, with a lot of other things thrown in for fun.  Please see the pages at the top of the blog on quilting and sewing, basics and free projects, crafting and stamping, and great recipes too.

The next Scrap Dance mystery called Two-Step is starting, click HERE to see the announcement, and HERE to get the first post giving the first two steps.

Are you Waltzing? Or working on Two Step? Or another quilt project?

 

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Finishing Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Update – This post series will be taken down on March 1, 2017.  The pattern is now published in my Craftsy store for the low introductory price of just $5.  Purchases fund the costs of the blog so I can continue to develop fun quilt alongs without resorting to ads.  The price will go up to its regular price of $8 on March 1.

Picking up where we left off last time, the center section with all the piecing was the next part quilted.  Not surprisingly, it took the most time and care, mainly because I cannot watch the needle while quilting, I have to watch the laser light on the pattern.  This means I have to mark the end stops on the pantograph carefully and set up some wheel stops on the frame to keep from quilting into the border.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

One of my tricks is to use a C-clamp tightened down on the rail to keep the machine from going any further than I want it to go.

Quilting Tango 10 C clamp

Beginning at the top, I placed the base line of the pantograph partial pass to line up with the seam of the border, so I could quilt just the half-pass and keep the seam line straight. Then I did one full pattern pass. So far so good.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

I quilted the pantograph rows until I had less than one row’s width left to do.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

So, how did I get that last row done? Using the paper pattern trick. I use Golden Threads paper for this, as it is very thin, you can see through it, and quilt through it. I start with laying a piece on the quilt totally covering the area that still needs quilting.  I mark the areas I have already quilted to give me some registration lines.  I also mark the edges of the borders to know what area I have to stay in.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then, I picked up the paper and laid it over the pantograph on the table, lining up the registration marks I had made on the paper, following the lines of the previous sewing line. Using a marker, I drew the partial pantograph pattern on the paper, in one continuous line, making sure I didn’t go over the seam line, rounding off some places to make a smooth sewing line.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I pinned it to the quilt top, making sure the seam line marking matched the border seam line, and the registration marks were on the previous sewing line.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Now, quilting from the front of the machine, I stitched through the paper along the line I drew.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

In some places I had to add a start-stop with a shorter line to fill out some partial spaces.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I tore away the paper, picking out the little bits in the tight areas with tweezers.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

When the pantograph center section was done and cleaned up, I quilted freehand ribbon candy in the rose print border.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Then I cleaned up all the water-soluble pen markings with Sew Clean. I got this pinpoint dabber at Quilter’s Apothecary, so I just wet the markings and not big sections of the quilt to erase them.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Quilting completed, and ready for the binding to be applied.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz

Now working on the binding while parked in my chair.  Doing some handwork keeps me from being too bored while I am not able to get up and go as usual.  I’ll do some finish pictures when it is all done.

Quilting Scrap Dance Waltz ~ From My Carolina Home

The wool batting is lightweight and warm.  It is a higher loft, so fluffier and gives more of a puffy look around the quilting. I like the overall effect, but next time I’ll try just quilting from one end of a quilt to the other like I usually quilt a pantograph.

So for now, I’ll be slow stitching the binding on by hand, still watching movies, and taking it easy.  Thank you again for all your emails and well wishes in the comments.  I think I am over the worst now, and on the way back to normal.

If you are just finding this post, you can see the whole quilt from the beginning, start HERE.  The posts in this series will remain up until the end of February for you to see.  After that the pdfs will be taken down, and the pattern will go to regular price in my Craftsy store. Or you can download the entire pattern at its introductory price in February in my Craftsy store – HERE.

What are you working on?  Have you ever used wool batting?

 

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