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Stamping score at the Estate sale

It is well known that I am a thrift store and estate sale junkie. When I got an email from my favorite estate sale company showing a house with one whole room dedicated to stamping, I knew I had to go to that one. Bonus was it was close to home! Running over there, they had been open about 20 minutes, and I searched out the stamp room first. The house was at least 5 bedrooms, and had three levels, so it took a minute or two to find it on the upper level. The room was stuffed full of card making supplies – dedicated desk, equipment, supplies, tons of stamps and punches, (mostly Stampin UP too!). The first thing I saw on the preview photos was this spectacular revolving, wood ink storage unit, and I really wanted that puppy.

Estate Sale Stamp room

Unfortunately, the lady right before me had snagged it and it was already on the way to her car.  Later, I found her and gave her my email so maybe I can make another stamping buddy.  I’ve been looking online for one of those carousels but haven’t found one like this.  Oh well, there was lots more to see! Every wall had shelving or stacking bins, and there was a u-shaped desk area with cutting mat, and lots of space to play.

Estate Sale Stamp room

There was a whole wall of shelving full of all kinds of stamps and punches, and cutouts, and more!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Behind the desk, in a closet with the doors removed was all this. I immediately snagged the paper shelf, as it was just $25 for the shelf plus all the paper in it! All Stampin’ Up paper, I might add, over $100 worth at retail prices!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Two very nice young men put it in the trunk for me, and I came home smiling. I thought it would fit on the workbench under the wire shelf, but it didn’t. It was too tall for the space. This is the mess before. See those wire shelves on the right of the workbench?  They have paints and canvases on them, along with wood items and other things for future projects.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I measured the space and found if I took one out, then the shelf would fit on one of them if I didn’t push it all the way to the wall. So I got to work rearranging the stuff. I took most of the painting supplies and made space in the storeroom for that. Then rearranged what was left.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then, DH looked at it and decided that the wire shelving would be too flimsy to hold the weight of a wood shelf full of paper. So he wanted to take all the wire ones out and figure out something for it to sit on. Well, I knew just the thing, if it was still there. We got out early the next morning and went back to the estate sale for the two drawer cabinet the paper shelf had originally been sitting on. We were in luck, the unit was still there! And 25% off! So, a quick call to a friend with a pickup, and home it came as well.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Good thing too, as it began snowing off and on during the day Saturday.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had fun reorganizing the workbench space. Taking the bins of paper I already had, I integrated my stock into the shelving. This is going to be great, I’ll have the colors where I can see them. Plus the drawers can hold the once-a-year bins for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter card making.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

On top are more beautiful papers that I got at the estate sale, along with my embossing unit with its folders.  The paper unit had some books hidden in it, along with some really beautiful specialty papers, and a lot of holiday theme papers.  Moving some things into the drawers freed up space on the shelves over the workbench to spread out the everyday stamps and other items, utilizing the bins emptied of paper. Now, much neater and better organized, things on the upper shelf are no longer stacked two-high. Plus the little drawer organizer I also got will help keep the little stuff like glue sticks and blender pens handy.  Maybe a couple of stamping buddies would like to come and play.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

But for now, I can do some cards!  Sunday I did have some time for that, as it had snowed overnight about 4 inches.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

I took this picture of a blue jay in the snow-covered redbud tree.

Blue Jay in Snowy Tree @ From My Carolina Home

My bulbs were covered in snow, but they should be OK. It warmed up to the 40s later in the day.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

This is a different turkey than my two buddies, but he still was happy to get a bit of bread.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

We weren’t covered up this time, the streets were warm enough for the snow not to stick.  All of it was gone by the afternoon.  More cold and perhaps more snow is predicted this week.  I’ll be showing you the cards I am working on soon.

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Making Card Carriers

With the NC Quilt Symposium coming to Asheville in 2018, our local longarm group is once again making small items to add to the goodie bags to get our group publicity.  For locals, and those who don’t mind mailing quilts to be quilted, we have a number of wonderful longarm quilters ready to make your creations sing with professional quilting services.  See our website at Carolina Mountain Longarm Association to find a quilter near you, or one that takes mail in tops.  If you are local, or you attended the Sympsium held in Hendersonville in 2015, you might remember our Chickens Project.   This year we decided to do small card wallets, or carriers, for credit cards or business cards, or even tea bags.  Each one of our members is making at least 30, so it is a stash busting project for me!

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

These are really easy to make. Start with cutting two pieces of fabric 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut another piece from another fabric 4-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut a piece of batting 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Stack the batting with one large piece of fabric right side up on top. Fold the small piece in half, wrong sides together, and place this piece 2-1/2 inches from the bottom, with the fold towards the top. I find using my cutting board makes finding that placement easy.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the other large piece of fabric, right side down on top of the stack.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place a few pins around to hold the pieces in position.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew around the edge, leaving an opening for turning, just be sure that the opening is not along the edge where the small piece is sewn, or along the bottom as that won’t get any additional stitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Clip the corners to reduce bulk and make the points nice.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out, and press.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

At this point, you can change your mind as to which fabric goes on the outside, and which one goes on the inside. Just turn the inside panel to the other side.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, turn the bottom up, leaving a bit of the inside divider piece showing. Be sure you have the folded edge showing, and the raw edge at the bottom inside the fold.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Top stitch all the way around, enclosing the raw edge inside, and the opening for turning.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

When you are done, the raw edge will not be visible inside, and the divider will be fully sewn in.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now add some sort of closure. I used round velcro dots with velcro glue. You can sew in snaps by hand, or any other kind of closure you like. If you wanted to sew in the closure, do that before folding and topstitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

You can use the exact same fabric for all the pieces if you like. It does make the divider a bit harder to see.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

There is more definition with a contrast fabric.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a good start on the 30 I need to make for the group’s total.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I know some people like to carry tea bags in these too. Tea bags do fit, but if I was making it for this purpose, I might add 1/2 inch to the top-to-bottom measurement to make the pocket just a bit deeper.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

One more afternoon and I had more than my required share all done. These are so easy and fast, use up a lot of batting scraps, and I think I’ll make a few more. I ran out of round velcro dots, so just used regular velcro strips cut into 3/4-inch squares.

Card Cases ~ From My Carolina Home

So, if you are local, and attend the Symposium next year, you’ll get one of these with your registration. They will have the longarm group’s card inside to remind you to look at our website for quilting services.  I have made a wide variety of them in different kinds of prints.  I made a few extra ones too, just in case someone gets a print they really don’t like.  We’ll have a few extra ones available so people can trade for a print they like better.

Don’t you love a quick project with no hand sewing?!!

 

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March Mountain Living

Looking out of the kitchen window earlier in the week, there were about 22 turkeys in the meadow. I took this to be the female flock, and it had grown from the 13 or so that usually come by. I decided to try to sneak out to the veranda to get a picture of them before they all moved into the forest. Moving slowly, trying to be quiet, I eased out of the door onto the veranda with camera ready. Much to my surprise, Bert and Ernie were in the group, and their heads came up immediately. Then they began running toward me! Oh rats, I hadn’t brought any bread out!

February Turkeys 2017 at From My Carolina Home

So, here they came. Bert, the larger and more dominant one, did a full fluff and tail fan, trying to impress me. He was trying so hard, that I went back inside to get them a bite.

February Turkeys 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Magnificent, isn’t he?!! Yes, they both got several bites of whole grain bread. Out in the meadow, part of female flock left behind stood like statues watching the boys strut, while the others had already melted into the forest. None of them ventured up closer. I thought later that was probably a good thing, I really don’t need to be supplementing the diets of that many turkeys!

February Turkeys 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Bert gobbled at me loudly a couple of times, which I find hilarious. I talk to him, and he answers sometimes. Ernie is quiet, never says a word and doesn’t generally fluff up. But he is attentive, and gets his share.

February Turkeys 2017 at From My Carolina Home

One more wildlife picture I haven’t had a chance to show, the turkeys came by one day in January with their deer friends. The deer are so skittish that I rarely get a picture of them. This one was taken from inside the Carolina room in the back, so they couldn’t see me. So fun to see wildlife around here!

Turkeys with Deer at From My Carolina Home

The picture is dark, and this bird has the sun behind him so it is hard to see.  His slate grey back, spotted chest and skinny legs point to being a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Although he was beautiful, I hope he doesn’t stick around, as they prey on small song birds as well as small animals.

Hawk March 2017

Sunday morning, we were treated to a rare view of our local deer herd, six females grazing in the meadow near the neighbor’s split rail fence. The nice zoom lens on the camera got some fairly decent shots.

Deer herd visit -1

It was a quiet morning, early, and they all seem to be grazing contentedly.

Deer herd visit -4

The least little movement or sound will scare them off, so I didn’t even attempt to go onto the veranda. Still, they were gone in a few minutes, taking the trail into the woods that the foxes like.

Deer herd visit -5

Up on the feeder, the goldfinch flock was hungry. They seem to be getting a bit brighter with the warm weather, but not to their summer color yet.

Goldfinches March 2017 - 1

Goldfinches March 2017 - 3

Chickadees, nuthatches joined the group later in the morning.

Chicadee March 2017

This little guy was the recipient of a bonanza of acorns. I had picked up a basketfull last fall, and started scattering them out this week. I know that springtime is the lean time for these guys. DH thinks I am crazy to do this, but the squirrels need to eat too.

Squirrel March 2017

We had a couple of nights of really cold temperatures, so I made one of my suet cakes and DH hung it up for the little birds. The chickadees found it pretty fast.

Suet feeder March chickadee 2

Later I saw this female hairy woodpecker on it too.

Suet feeder March woodpecker

Then a real surprise on Wednesday morning. A large group of wild turkeys were in the meadow. Thinking that it was the girls with Bert and Ernie, I went out to the veranda with some bread heels. But, it wasn’t them! It was another flock, 17 birds in all with 3 males. Two of them are in full fluff and tail fan, the third is on the right with his tail feathers almost up.

Mountain Living at From My Carolina Home

I grabbed the camera while they strutted and preened for the females. At one point two of them stood absolutely still, while a couple of the girls looked them over. I love to see them do this. After all, it is March, and mating season for turkeys.

Mountain Living at From My Carolina Home

They kept strutting, and totally ignored me and my bread offering. Later, Bert and Ernie made an appearance right when DH was going to leave the house. We know from experience that they will show a bit of aggression towards the car, gobbling loudly and chasing it. So, I gave them a bread treat and we waited until they had moved on for him to do his errand.

So, what’s going on in your neck of the woods?


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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along – Block 4

At the meeting on March 1st, I found out that the BOM club will be doing two blocks a month with the first two done in February.  This meant that instead of being caught up with three done in March, I was one block behind.  Plus I need to get two done this month to be caught up, so I’ll do one a week for three weeks to get caught up.  After that, I’ll try to get one done every two weeks or so until all 16 are done.  Today is block 4, and once again it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, but part of that is my fault in changing my mind. Here are the first three sewn together.

Be My Neighbor Blocks 1-3

I started off with the quarter square triangles. I see these as flower boxes, so I picked out two flower prints, cut my squares, marked the lines and chain stitched.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

This time, because I knew I would need a specific size at the end, I cut the squares a bit bigger than the pattern said, and squared them up after they were assembled.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

As I was looking at my basket of spring scraps, I thought I could make a house white since the background isn’t white on my blocks. I cut house bits in white, background in sky.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

I began assembling, this time following the directions. Maybe this block will go a bit better than the others.  I did chain piece wherever  possible.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

Coming together nicely, and all the pieces are fitting well.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

And I don’t like it. The big expanse of white looks like I forgot something. Great. I thought about just leaving it, but it bugged me.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

I decided to do it over with yellow for the house.  I changed the window print too, rather than frog all that out.  It was easier just to cut another roof triangle and start the center section over.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Block 4 ~ From My Carolina Home

Better, but that large piece on the right still looks empty. I should have picked a busier print. At this point I refuse to take it apart again, so it will stay this way. At the meeting, one of the ladies showed her block with an appliqued heart in that space, so that is an idea.  Another lady put another window in hers. I could also do some silk ribbon embroidery after the quilting to add something to that space. Or maybe just an applique door with a button handle. I don’t know what it will get, but I can figure that out later. For now, block 4 is done. On to Block 5 to catch up to the class!

What would you do with that space?

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Cleaning out the Stash

I was digging through my fabric stash resource center looking for springtime fabrics, and I think I reached my limit.  I do like things more organized, and this closet has been a mess for years.  This project took me three weeks to complete, working on it a little each day until I finally got it to a modicum of control.  I have a lot of fabrics that have been given to me, either from friends, or from people on Freecycle, and some of them I know I will not use.  In addition, I have some decorator fabrics I have held onto for years and really will never do anything with them.  I really need to get some stuff off the floor, and have my batting all together so I can find small bits when I need them. I was part way through pulling all the fabric off one of the shelves before I remembered to take a ‘before’ pic. I have often spoken of my stash closet resource center, and here it is in all its messy glory. The closet is 10 feet wide, 8 feet high and almost three feet deep, stuffed to the rafters and behind the doors with fabric, batting, bits and pieces left over from projects gone by, clothing, wool felt, cotton felt, DMC floss, patterns and other stuff.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

The fabric is what I wanted to concentrate on. I have so much that I will never use, likely not ever miss either if it was gone. So, one shelf at a time, I pulled everything off onto the table and sorted it. Some bits were put into a large zippered clear plastic blanket bag, to be given to the humane society thrift store for a grab bag. It has everything that isn’t quilting cotton like denim, silk, satin, upholstery fabrics and some notions. Other larger quilting cotton pieces were put into 2 bags for the Cancer Care group to use in charity quilts. Some really small bits went into a bag for the local ministry’s shredder program. I gave myself permission to just donate this pile that I normally would press and cut into pieces for scrap quilts. I have so much that I am just going to do a purge for once and start over. Won’t be long until I have more, and I still have bins of scraps.   Most of the scraps are in a tower of stacking bins about six feet high, next to the bookshelves on the other side of the basement.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

Stuffed into the shelves and hanging on hangers in the laundry room were several dresses I made some years ago. Remember when we all wore these dresses over short sleeve t-shirts and flat shoes? I made several out of fun quilting cottons and corduroy, and wore them almost daily. Now I want to reclaim the fabric that I can from the skirts for other uses.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

The dress style is mostly out of style, but actually with a sweater over the dress instead of a t-shirt under, it could pass nowadays. So I might keep the Hawaiian print. The Christmas print is corduroy, and still cute. But I need to remake it into just a skirt, and get rid of the bodice part. There is plenty of fabric to do this, I just need to dig out a good pattern and get it done.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

I had one for Easter too. Cutting the bodice off, and removing the buttons, it went into the shredder bag.  The skirt was cut apart at the seams, pressed and folded for use in another project.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

Clearing one shelf, I put a plastic dry-cleaner bag down on the shelf to protect the fabric from wood stain.  Although I really don’t think this is an issue, one piece of fabric did appear to be stained, so let’s not take a chance. You can see there is still a jumbled up mess on the shelf below, with a forgotten denim shirt and other large pieces of dressmaker fabric like gabardine and challis.  I’m going to put some of it up for sale, and a couple of pieces will become new pj’s.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

The bolts of fabrics will stay where they are, and I will be winding more bolts with some of the pieces I have left that are over three yards.  The bags of fabrics are in 2-gallon zip top bags, mostly separated by collection, with some leftover pieces from previous quilts in bags too.  Why do I keep all that?  I think it is just in case a quilt ever needs repair – but that is silly.  Most of those quilts I no longer have, as they have been donated or gifted.  And the gifted ones were sent with some extra fabric just in case it is ever needed.  So those bags need to be purged.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

All these bits are what I call my luxury fabric box – silks, satin and velvet. I kept the largest pieces, ironed them all and put them in a sterlite container with a lid. Several pieces went into the grab bag donation.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

So, all of this is getting donated one place or another – four bags of fabrics, and one of cotton felt, along with a few big flat folds of felt.

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

OK, now that I have some room, I gathered all the batting together, marking the small bits with their size so I can quickly find a piece when I need a small bit. I actually discovered I had two packages of black batting when I thought I only had one!

Stash Reorganization ~ From My Carolina Home

Much better. Many of the two gallon bags of fabrics have been purged, with smaller pieces pulled out for donation or for the small scrappy project I have coming up. Some of my most favorite colors have been folded and stacked where I can see all of them.  No longer are there wadded up bits, or stuffed so tightly that I cannot see the back of the closet.  The 2-gallon bags are still two deep on the shelf, but at least now I can move enough to one side to see what is behind.  All the wide backing fabrics in one stack so I know what colors there are to choose from. Fabrics longer than 3 yards were wound onto empty bolt cardboard to reduce the creasing from folding.

Stash Clean Out @ From My Carolina Home

Now, it is much easier to see what is here, all the loose fabrics are folded and sorted, and the number of bags is reduced. Now I know what I have in larger pieces fabrics as they are on bolts. The patterns were purged too, and organized into the blue pattern boxes. The little purple pattern boxes on the top shelf hold my DMC floss in numerical order, and I went through those too refiling a bunch that were just thrown on the top for later filing.  Wool felt is now all together next to the blue pattern boxes.  Plus I found three sleeves for quilts that I’ll need later in the year to prepare a few of this year’s quilts for hanging at the fair.

Stash Clean Out @ From My Carolina Home

Everything is now off the floor too, just a plastic bin left which will be used elsewhere later.  Loose bits of batting and fiberfill along with a few old fabrics and stray pillowcases will go into dog beds.  There is still the scrap tower to go, but this is enough for now!

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Dijon Pork Loin Roast

Pork loin roasts can be so tender and delicious,  and the small ones are perfect for just two, with only enough left over for sliced pork sandwiches the next day.  The loin roast has so little fat, and almost no marbling, very lean.  It is also very easy to overcook.  There are two secrets to getting wonderful, succulent pork for dinner.  First, you really have to have an instant read digital thermometer.  Cooking to precise temperature avoids overcooking and turning a lovely piece of meat into shoe leather. Second, you have to plan time to let the roast rest after cooking.  How many of you have popped a pork loin in the oven, set the timer for one hour without looking at how much it weighed, and got a dry, tough roast out?  One thing to know is that pork loin is 75% water, and it is easy to overcook and dry out when roasting.

Dijon Pork Roast 12

These can be so tender and juicy, with just a little care. I don’t want to have huge amounts of leftovers, so I chose a small 2-pound lean, boneless, pork loin roast, on sale of course. You can put anything on it as far as spices and seasonings you like. This time I ‘frosted’ the roast with dijon mustard, then sprinkled on garlic salt and lemon pepper.

Dijon Pork Roast 2

I topped it off with a layer of Panko bread crumbs for crunch, and lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Dijon Pork Roast 3

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. No, it won’t be done yet, but you need to check the temperature now.

Dijon Pork Roast 5

Using one of these digital thermometers, check its temperature in the center of the thickest part of the roast.

Digital Thermometer

You will get somewhere around 115 to 125 degrees, depending on how hot your oven is. Calculate about 10 degrees per 5 minutes if your reading is around 115, and 7 minutes per 10 degrees if you are nearer the top number. You are shooting for 150-152 degrees. Place the roast back in the oven for 10-15 minutes and check temperature again. If you still aren’t at 150 degrees, put it back in the oven, 5 minutes at a time, checking the temperature every time you remove it from the oven, until the temperature 150-152 degrees is reached.

Dijon Pork Roast 6

Leaving it in the baking dish, tent with foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the meat to relax and reabsorb the juices so they aren’t lost when you slice it. The temperature will continue to rise to the final serving temperature of 160 degrees.

Dijon Pork Roast 7

Moist and tender, you can cut this with a fork!  It is OK to have a slight blush to the meat, it doesn’t have to be pure white.  The temperature is more important in determining if it is done and not overdone.

Dijon Pork Roast 10

I like serving it with my Garlic Zucchini. Yes, we can eat this entire pan in one meal.

Garlic Zucchini

DH likes some noodles too.

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The next night, we had all the leftover roast for dinner. Heat in foil in the oven for about 30 minutes, or microwave on medium low for about 2 minutes. Don’t overcook while reheating.

Dijon Pork Roast 14

I made a double batch of my Parmesan Spinach dish, as I love leftovers of this one. This time I didn’t use the roasted garlic, just added a bit of garlic powder.

Parmesan Spinach

Yum, dinner for two nights and some of my favorite veggie dishes too.

Dijon Pork Loin Roast

1 pork loin boneless roast about 2 pounds
2 tablespoons (approx) dijon mustard, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
No-stick cooking spray.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with no stick, add the roast. Frost roast with dijon mustard, and sprinkle with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Sprinkle with Panko bread crumbs and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. You will get somewhere around 115 to 125 degrees, depending on how hot your oven is. Calculate about 10 degrees per 5 minutes if your reading is around 115, and 7 minutes per 10 degrees if you are nearer the top number. You are shooting for 150 degrees. Place the roast back in the oven for 10-15 minutes and check temperature again. If you still aren’t at 150 degrees, put it back in 5 minute times until that temperature is reached. Tent with foil and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise to the final serving temperature of 160 degrees.

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Just one more note about cooking pork.  Pork that is fatty or has a lot of connective tissue like a Boston Butt does well in a slow cooker, but please don’t put a lean loin like this, or a tenderloin in there. The slow cooker will raise the temperature of the roast over 200 degrees, which will toughen very lean pork.  It would be like putting a sirloin steak in one, which would overcook that as well.  Very tender cuts don’t need long cooking.  Reserve that for the less expensive cuts that need a long slow cooking to make them tender.

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Two Stepping March Update

Lots of progress photos have been shared on Flickr, if you are quilting along I hope you will share your progress too!  Click on Scrap Dance Mystery Group to see the current and past mystery quilts.  Of course, you all know I made two quilts, one controlled scraps, and the other completely scrappy.

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Edy John is using black as her background. She has the January unit here ….

Two Step 1

and she shared her February QST unit the day it posted! Wow, she is fast! And I love the black!

Two-Step/ Step 2

Mary began with her first two-step unit.

Playing with Scraps

She set aside time on the day of the February release and got 48 of that unit done that day too.

Step 2 of the Scrap Dance Two step

Carolyn is using lovely blues for her scrappys, and a light background.

P 1 Two step

Lindi’s colors are so interesting, will be wonderful in neutrals!  I think she is making this for her daughter in law.  These colors have an elegance to them.

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Witch Stitch (I’m sorry, I don’t know your name) has some really pretty fabrics too.

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Sally has a wonderful fabric selection.

Two-Step Fabric Selection

Marsha is also doing a black background, with wonderful batik brights!

Marsha Day - Part 1

and here are her QSTs she made with her companion angle tool. You know, I don’t care if you follow my way to do the QSTs or use your own, just make the number you need.

Two Step Clue 2 QSTs

Of course, you all know, I adore Elaine’s autumn colors!

Number 2 Two Step mystery quilt with oranges, avacado greens and browns.

Here are her QSTs.

Scrap Dance Two Step... second month done for quilt #1 . On to March. Thanks Carole

And she is doing a second quilt in these colors!

From My Carolina Home.Scrap Dance Two step #2 quilt using all types of scraps. Storing pieces until.March. thank you Carole Carter.

Kristi has a beautiful array of colors and prints…

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and made great progress on her QSTs.

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Tammie is using a red print for her background, how interesting this will be!!

Step 1 RWB TSMQ

Here are her QSTs.

Step 2 RWB TSMQ

Susan has another idea for her Two-Step, all blues. It reminds me of the ocean.

Step one and step two blocks all finished.

It isn’t too late to join in, Laura finished her step one just a few days ago.

Two Step Step 1

It is such a thrill for me to see all these different interpretations of my ideas.  I cannot tell you how much fun I have with all your shares.  Please continue to upload your progress photos, and if you haven’t done so yet, it is easy and free!  Just create a Flickr account, upload your photos and add them to the group.  Be sure they are set to public, not private, so they can be shared here on the blog.  It is the same group I have been using for all the mystery quilts, so you can look back to previous year’s photos too.  The group url is https://www.flickr.com/groups/scrapdancemystery2015/ – and I look forward to seeing all your progress.  Plus, you can still upload finish pictures of previous mystery quilt-alongs to the same group.  Jeannine just shared her original Scrap Dance Mystery finish, love her colors and borders!  Great job, and the quilting looks perfect too.

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There are also discussion groups connected with each Flickr group where you can ask questions, and most of the participants will comment on the photos.  It is a really fun way to connect with others doing the mystery.

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Are you Two-Stepping with us?