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Catching up to Christmas

I am working on several new projects for this holiday season, but nothing is ready to show yet.  I will be working on our quilt-along this afternoon, the next step is tomorrow.  My weekend sale online orders from all my favorite retailers are coming in for new projects for the blog, thread and fabric should arrive this week.  But for now, refill your coffee cup or tea, and settle in for some fun time on my blog as I do a review of my Christmas in July event along with some previous season ideas with links to the projects.  You might be here a while today, LOL!!  We had great fun in July and had a number of wonderful prizes from my favorite vendors, and yes, we’ll have more events like that next year.  Do you have a quilter on your gift list?  This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too!  The link has a full tutorial.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

My original design Christmas Mini Quilt fits a table top stand, and the post has all the instructions to make it.  The ornament pattern is embellished with little pearls at the triangle corners.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

You have cards to send, so here are some card stamping ideas for your Christmas card list.  Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

Are you into wool applique?  This is my original design, Christmas Wool Penny Rug and the post has a free pattern download.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Cookie Cutters Ornaments are easy to make with buttons and ribbon roses.

Rose Angel at From My Carolina Home

An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.  The pattern is free in my Craftsy store. While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the blog costs.  I hope never to have the obnoxious ads I am seeing on other blogs these days, moving animation on every single photo in a post, flashing ads on sidebars and popups, hello bars at the top and popup bars at the bottom, and some blogs with all of those at once! Monumentally annoying.  As long as I can pay for everything with Etsy store sales and Craftsy sales, the only ads you should ever see will be the occasional one at the bottom put there by WordPress when you visit the blog page.  Someday I hope to go completely ad free.

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If you would like to do another runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner

Christmas Quilt Along finish

This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors!  For the month of December for my readers, the pattern is reduced to just $5.  The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!  I was carrying it yesterday while shopping for some crafting supplies, and several ladies commented on it.

Christmas Charleston Bag

Need some ideas for the guys on your list? Gifts for Guys will give you some different ideas from the usual.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

I love giving Gifts From The Kitchen too. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of this recipe with others along with printable gift tags.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

We are finally getting some much needed rain this morning, and I am enjoying the gentle patter and cooler temperatures.  It is hoped this rain will help the firefighters, particularly to keep the fires from spreading although it will not be enough to end the drought or to extinguish the fires going now.  It is a great day, however, to curl up with a good book.  I did some cozy Christmas mystery book reviews last year, here are some holiday reads you might enjoy too.  Cozy Christmas Reading  If you haven’t heard that term, a cozy mystery is one without overt violence, no foul language, and the intimate scenes are left to the imagination.

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Just for fun, here is my Christmas Tablescape from two years ago. This post has a recipe for Shrimp Avocado Remoulade, along with the plan for the quilted table topper.  I found some new chargers for this year and I have an idea for a totally new tablescape using things I already have in a new way.

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And one last project, a Holiday Pine Cone Hanger to use those big cones you might have sitting around.  I gave this one away, but I’ll be making another one for the veranda this year.

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

I hope that gives you some things to enjoy to get the season started.  I’ll have more projects and ideas very soon, and our Scrap Dance Waltz continues tomorrow.  I am revising the math for those that are doing the two tone Christmas option, and I’ll add that to the post tomorrow.

Are you getting started on Christmas?

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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 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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Sunday Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique

Sunday is the ideal day for hand work, sitting in front of the football games, sometimes with a warm quilt in my lap.  I had intended just to show this piece when I finished it, but I thought maybe a stitch along would be more fun.  I had hoped to find a wool supplier to do a giveaway for this project, but alas, not to be.  I know wool is expensive, so my tip for you is to buy at shows, get the show specials and get a nice variety of little bits instead of large pieces of a single color.  There are a couple of hand dyes that have lovely variations in the dye that give a lot of dimension to projects.  I like to buy several fat eighths, and if there is a good variety, maybe a wool bundle of squares.  I did recently score some pretty colors at the Asheville Quilt Guild show, plus I took advantage of the July event’s discount online.   So, I am awash in colors right now.  Of course, I am attracted to the autumn colors most.

Autumn Jubilee Wools -From My Carolina Home

First, we need a pattern, so I have made one for you!  Just download this pdf – autumn-jubilee-wool-penny-rug– .  When you cut out your base, make it a bit larger than the pattern, I just couldn’t make the base go to the edge of the paper, but it should measure 8-1/4-8-1/2 inches wide so the leaves will fit.  The leaf pattern pieces are the right size.  Select your colors for your base and leaves. I chose gold for the base, and a selection of autumn colors for the leaves.  I think it would be pretty with brighter leaves and a brown base too.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Pulling out the floss, I chose matching colors. You can do this or do all the stitching in one color like black if you prefer.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

I whip stitched the edges of the leaves, then put stem stitches in each one to simulate the veining.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Working my way around the piece, doing each leaf with matching color floss.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Four colors, each leaf is done twice.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Almost done with this part, so I’ll get this done on Sunday stitching.

Wool Stitch Along Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Next week, we will add embellishment and the week after will be finishing. The total stitch along will be completed in three Sundays, ready to use this season.

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Do you like to do handwork? What is your favorite?

 

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Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug and Primitive Gatherings Giveaway!!

Doing handwork in the fall is one of my favorite things to do.  I like to have something to stitch while I am watching football games, and wool appliqué is one of the easiest to do.  Today I am going to show you a wool appliqué penny rug for use with a candle or a mat for a favorite Christmas item to display on a table.  I’ll give you the pattern today too, so you can download it for free.  Plus read all the way to the end for a special offer from Primitive Gatherings and a giveaway too!

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Gather your wool felt and some embellishing beads along with floss to match colors.  I pulled a bunch of things from my stash, not sure what I wanted to use until I got the base done.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

The base is ecru with green trees and red ornaments.  Start by cutting out your base and elements, pinning into place. Alternate the trees with the ornaments. The little brown squares are the same size and serve as both the tree base and the ornament top. Center each one in the scallop, about 1/2-inch from the edge.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

I start by appliquéing the brown squares so I didn’t have to change thread color, removing the tree or ornament as I went and repinning as I did each square.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Appliqué the trees and ornaments.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, dig out all your seed beads in your stash, or get some at the local craft store.  We are going to use them to put lights and ornaments on the trees, and embellish the ornaments. I put bugle beads in gold at the base of the tree.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Clear and gold seed beads are added to the tree.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added additional seed beads in green and red, placing them randomly.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

For the ornaments, I began with three gold seed beads in the center.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added five gold bugle beads in a star pattern.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Do all the beading for all the trees and ornaments.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, using green floss, stitch a wavy line around the center, dipping down near the ornaments and going around the trees. I used three back stitches, then a lazy daisy stitch alternating sides to suggest holly.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Add red seed beads to look like holly berries, placing them at random intervals and alternating sides of the stitching.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Stitching and embellishing done.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

When the stitching is complete, I use scraps of iron-on fusible interfacing on the back. This adds more body and stability to the piece, and it locks down the threads for security. Plus it is a great way to use those tiny pieces left over from other projects.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the top piece on the backing wool and mark a line 1/2-inch from the edge in chalk.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Cut out the backing and appliqué the top to it. I use a shallow whip stitch, catching only the top part of the burgundy so no stitches show on the back. Here I tried it out to make sure I was happy with the 1/2-inch measurement. Yep, I like it.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

All stitched, it does well with a small candle too.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the pdf with the pattern. – Christmas Wool Penny Rug Pattern

And now, the exciting news!  Today’s post has a giveaway sponsored by Primitive Gatherings plus more!!

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For readers of my blog during this event, Primitive Gatherings is offering you a discount on your wool orders right now for a month!  The 20% discount online code is:   Carolina  This code will be good July 14th thru August 25th and will be good for any wool order excluding the following items: wool bundles, wool charms, specialty dyed wools (meaning customer picks color and texture) unless a full yard is ordered.

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Enter to win a Christmas wool bundle from Primitive Gatherings!  Just visit the Primitive Gatherings Shop  and come back here to comment on what you’d like to have in your Christmas Stocking!  You can also follow Primitive Gatherings blog.  If you are a follower of my blog, leave a second comment telling me how you follow for a second entry.   The winner will be drawn on July 24th, so you have plenty of time to enter. Winner has been drawn.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

If you missed the other drawings, just visit the previous posts, something is happening every day for 12 days.  Stay tuned for more Christmas in July fun.  Good luck!


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Spotty Hen Wool Applique

I have had this cute kit for quite some time, and I really wanted to work it up as a wall hanging, maybe for the kitchen, or some other spot where it makes sense.  Working on a kit means I don’t have to think much, and keeping hands busy is a way to stave off thinking of certain things.  So, I got out the kit and laid out the pieces.  Mind you, I have been playing with this off and on for a while, but now was the time to finish it.  The total time doing this took a couple of months, working on it here and there, taking pictures as I remembered to do so as as I went along.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

The instructions said to begin with piecing the background.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

So I started with that, and the whole background framing went together very quickly.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, the instructions said to begin appliqueing the wool to the frame. But, being as I didn’t want to mess around with fussy quilting around all those little pieces, I decided to quilt it at this stage. I figured it would be a lot easier to quilt, plus give me more substantial fabric to hold while doing the appliques. I loaded it up on the longarm, but this could easily be done on a DSM. I started with stitch in the ditch using my Quilter’s Apothecary rulers. Plus I stitched down all the edges to stabilize it and keep it square.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I put free motion swirls inside the frames.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I love ribbon candy as a quilting design, so that went in the outer borders.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

More swirls in the cornerstones and it is quilted.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, I got out all my DMC floss and matched up some colors, as the kit didn’t have any floss. I have every color DMC ever has made, I think!

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Yep, those look good.  Notice I started out using a hand needlework hoop, but I quickly abandoned it in favor of just holding the fabric sandwich.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With the quilting done, time to cut out all those bits.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Lots of little bits to cut out!

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

It also made more sense to applique the smaller bits onto the larger pieces first, before adding them to the project, instead of putting on the big pieces first.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With those elements done, I appliqued the chicken feet.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With the chicken, chick and eggs done, I moved to the border flowers and stems.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I started with the stems, then added the leaves on the ends and the flowers in the centers.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, the leaves were spaced along the stems on all four sides.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Embroidering the chick beak and feet were next.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Did I mention that not a single stitch shows on the back? Made it a little more challanging to stitch, but much easier to hold with the quilting done first. The stitches just bit into the batting and not all the way through the piece. Adding the final embroidery of hay under the eggs and it was ready to bind. I used a scrap of brown from my stash for the binding.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Ready to hang!  These kits are still available, if you do a search for Spotty Hen Quilt Kit, you’ll find places to get one if you like it.  This one was entered into the fair in the crafting category where kits are allowed.

State Fair 2015 - Spotty Hen

I was very happy to see it win a third place ribbon in the applique crafts. More about the State Fair next time.

Do you like to work kits?


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Perfect Scissors Winner (and the last of the blog hop)

Well, today is the big day for the Perfect Scissors Giveaway drawing!

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Thank you to everyone that entered.  I read and really appreciated each and every comment, thank you all so much!!  New readers, I hope you will look around a bit, I have a lot to talk about, LOL!!  There are new tutorials at the top of the page, most noteably how to prepare a quilt for longarm quilting.  And the July Block of the Month is up too.

But now, what you’ve all been waiting for!!  The number of entries was put into the random number generator at Random.org. It has spoken, and the winner is

69:73

JAN!!

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Hi Carole! It is very nice to meet you. I am visiting from Karen Millers blog! I LOVE your rendition of her pillow. Sew cute. Everytime I see her Baskets I want to make one. I haven’t done wool applique before, so maybe I will give it a try. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway! Those are awesome scissors!
Thank you for sharing!
xo jan”

Congratulations, Jan!!  I’ll be sending you an email to get your shipping address.

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Thank you to everyone that entered!! I hope I can do another giveaway soon!

And for those who love blog hops, the last group from Beth at Plum and June are hopping this week.
Plum and June
Sharon @ 
Fabrics and Flowers

Serena @ Sew Giving

Carmit @ Quilting Rainbows

Jehn @ Jehnny And The Boys

Jenny @ Jack’s Room

Deborah @ Sunshine Through The Rain

Jennifer @ A Quarter Inch From The Edge

Jane @ Where Jane Creates

Carla @ Granny Maud’s Girl

Elli @ Lovelli Quilts
Marcie @ 
Marcie’s Quilt Therapy

Sharon @ Motherdragon’s Musings

Cynthia @ Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Jane @ Jersey Jane Quilts

Sally @ Wonky Patchwork

Debbie @ Quilting Makes My Heart Sing

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Karen @  Capitola Quilter
Bee @ 
Pink Almond Quilt