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Broadway Tablescape Giveaway Winners

The giveaway drawing has been held, and the winners have been notified by email. Forgive me for two posts in one day, I just have too much to tell you all right now, LOL!!   Thank you to all who commented on my Burgundy and Gold Stage Theater tablescape, too!

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Winner of the Broadway Cast version of Victor Victoria is Linda, who blogs at Life and Linda.

Winner of the Chicago DVD is Kathy in WV.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Winner of the Portrait of Broadway music cd is Mary S who blogs at Needled Mom.  Emily L. has won the Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The Josh Groban cd will go to Rita C, who blogs at Panoply.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Congratulations to all the winners!!  It was fun that two of the winners came from the first four commenters, and one was next to last.  You just never know if it is good to comment early or wait until later.  The random number generator did a great job this time!!

The Broadway Bingo download is still available.  It took four hours to create, and I’d love to have a few more take advantage of the free game download.  You don’t have to watch the awards to play, it will work just as well with a list of winners from the newspaper.  Click on 2017 Broadway Bingo. Family friendly fun.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  More fun coming up!


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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

Patriotic Tablescape 7

I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

Garden Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method.  If you are visiting from another blog, feature or linkup, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow.  My third mystery quilt is in progress, click on Scrap Dance Two Step on the sidebar for the first post.  Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog.

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Applique Quilt Repair

Repairing a well loved quilt is one of the things I really enjoy doing.  Sometimes a quilt is just used to the point of falling apart, and really, what better tribute to a wonderful quilt than for the owner to wear it out?  I’d much rather see that than a beautiful quilt wrapped in tissue and hidden in a drawer.  Recently an applique quilt came to me for repairs, and I wanted to show a couple of techniques I used to give it more life.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Beautifully made by the owner’s grandmother, there is love here in every stitch. I was delighted that the owner brought it to be repaired before it was too damaged. Getting to these rips early makes it easier to repair.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Some of the appliques were lifting up, but not too many.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

I began with the rips. First I ironed the sections to be sure there was still enough fabric remaining to support the repair.  There was.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Next I cut a small bit of fusible web, making sure I had enough to cover all the ripped areas.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Turn back the edges and slip the fusible web under the fabric, and on top of the batting. I make sure that the webbing extends past all the ripped areas so the edges will fuse.  The quilting wasn’t disturbed during this part, as the rips were not in a quilted area.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Press carefully, making sure the stray threads and edges are secured.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Now, satin stitch over the rip.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

The webbing reinforced fabric is strong enough to stitch now, and the matching thread will make this hard to see at a casual look.  It actually took us a minute to find the repair when she picked it up.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

The appliques were hand stitched, being careful not to go all the way through the quilt. The quilt is hand quilted in white thread, with a white backing. I didn’t want any red or green thread to show.  This quilt was so soft and warm, it was a joy to stitch on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Since the appliques were already needle-turned, this part was relatively easy.  I checked the rest of the appliques to be sure the others were still holding.  All in all there were only about 8 that needed to be resewn.  I’ll tell you a secret, I almost wished for more appliques to lift so I could work on it more, LOL!!

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

All done, and the owner was happy with the result. I advised her to have the binding redone at some point in the future as it is beginning to really wear thin.  I did whip stitch a bit of it to hold for now.  The great thing is she has lots of time to find the right fabric for a new binding that will keep the quilt usable for years to come.  She can find something close in color, and wash it over and over, dry it in the dryer, and hang it in the sun until it fades to just the right shade and softens to the touch.

Applique Quilt Repair @ From My Carolina Home

Do you have any well loved quilts?

 

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Broadway Tablescape, Game, and a Blog Hop

The Tony awards for the best of Broadway are coming up, so what better theme for a blog hop than Broadway Tablescapes, coordinated by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate!  Plus, today I have some additional surprises for readers, so come along we have things to see, games to play and a giveaway too!  The actual award ceremony is June 11, so you have lots of time to see all the inspiration.  My inspiration for a tablescape and party come from an old theater I used to go to many years ago.  It was a stage theater that was remodeled into a movie theater.  The colors, as often are the case for stage theaters, were deep burgundy red and gold.   Ornate doorways with gold leaf carvings were gateways into another world for just a couple of hours.  Deep burgundy red draperies hung on the walls and across the stage with heavy tassels and gold fringe on the bottom.  Heavy brass railing went across the balcony, and matched the wall sconce lighting that dimmed to just a soft glow, instilling a hush across the audience as attention shifted to the stage.  There was always a bit of excitement and anticipation as the lights dimmed and the curtains parted to reveal the screen and the beginning of the feature.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I challenged myself to create this table using only what I already had. Starting with the base, I put a dark burgundy square tablecloth on the table on point, resisting the urge to buy one that would cover the whole table. I have a pale gold lightweight wool shawl, and I placed it in the center, bunching it up a bit in the center and trailing the fringe on each end. My ivory damask placemats went on top.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

From the den, I snagged the little lamp we use when watching movies for the center of the table, rather than using candles.  The low light is helpful on the eyes when we darken the room for movie nights.  The lamp again reminds me of the low lighting of the stage theater. I ran the cord under the shawl.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There is a plug on the floor not to far away from the table. The cord goes under the placemat at my place setting, then down to the floor and an extension cord to plug in the lamp.  I’ll make sure the cord is covered with a small throw rug so no one will trip on it.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

On the table, the shawl fringe hides the cord nicely.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For a little glamour befitting an awards show, I added a couple of my vintage evening bags. I’ve used them on a table before too. I picked two that were gold or glitzy to keep with the theme.  From my holiday box, I pulled the gold star wire garland to add a bit of glittery starry shine to the table.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Each place setting has a gold charger, white china dinner plate, and dark red salad plate. The wine glasses are cut glass or etched glass in crystal with gold rims or soft pink. I don’t have six matching stems, so I mixed three patterns around the table. Each setting also gets individual salt and pepper shakers. Dark gold napkins are held with gold beaded rings.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The good silverware is on this table too. As I stood back, it seemed to be almost but not quite finished. It needed just a bit of something more.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I pulled some silk flowers out of the flower stash, and removed the them from their stems. Scattering the dark red flowers around the centerpiece finished it off, adding just that touch of red that was missing.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then, I turned off the lights and waited for evening to fall so I could see it with the lamp lit. Perfect.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

How fun is this!! It brings that theater experience to the table. The only problem is daylight saving time means we’d be eating really late. That probably won’t happen on a Sunday night. These award shows should be on Friday or Saturday, when it is more feasible to have guests stay late. But, of course, if you really want to, you could record the show, and watch it a few days later when it is easier to stay up and have people over later.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

And you just might want to do that with the game I have for you, Broadway Bingo! The rules are quite simple, play just like Bingo. Each of the 8 provided play sheets are different, with five different categories each containing five nominees for the 2017 Tony Awards. Only categories with five nominees were chosen for the boards, such as Best Leading Actor in a Musical, or Best Featured Actress in a Play, along with other categories like Best Direction or Choreography. Mark winners as they are announced in the given categories. Participants can circle winners with ink, or use a yellow or light color highlighter. Five in a row, either across or diagonal is a winning board.

There are two additional entries at the bottom of each sheet with Best Play and Best Musical for a second chance win, or use as wildcards.  Family friendly for an evening of fun!
Download the Rules and 8 unique game boards by clicking on this link – 2017 Broadway Bingo

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Provide a few prizes for participants to win, inexpensive gifts with a Broadway theme are easy to do. For example, prizes could be videos of Broadway hits made into movies, or books that became Broadway hits and microwave popcorn tied with ribbon. I used Act II brand popcorn just because it fit the theme. No one will mind if the videos or books came from the library secondhand sale. If no one wins, then have the participants put their names on the boards and draw one.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

And now, a giveaway for readers for a new DVD of Victor Victoria with the original Broadway cast!  I’ll also be giving away a secondhand DVD of Chicago. Then, a couple of lucky readers will receive a cd of Broadway music, or a Josh Groban cd.  (Giveaway has been done.)  Josh Groban is nominated for best leading actor in a musical for “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” this year, and I am rooting for him to win.

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I will ship anywhere in the world!  But, since the DVDs will likely only play on a Region 1 player, please let me know in the comments if you are outside of the US or Canada.  To enter for the drawing, leave a comment on this post answering the question, what is your favorite Broadway show or musical from the past?  You already know mine, Victor Victoria.   Or, have you seen a Broadway show on Broadway? Followers may have a second entry with a second comment stating how you follow – email, Bloglovin, blog roll reader or Feedly.  The drawing will be on Sunday, May 28th, winners will be notified by email.

More fun for you today, a fantastic blog hop of more tablescapes with a Broadway theme.  Be sure to visit all the bloggers this week for lots of great ideas.  And thanks again to Chloe for coming up with this fun theme and putting the hop together.  Her tablescape is scheduled for Friday at Celebrate & Decorate!

Good luck in the drawing and have fun playing Broadway Bingo!  What is your favorite Broadway play or musical?  Have you ever seen a Broadway show on Broadway?  Do you have a memory of an old style theater?

Broadway Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

 

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Eagle Panel Quilt of Valor

Continuing on with the Quilts of Valor for the Grand Strand Quilters, the next one is a panel with an eagle in the center surrounded with borders. The backing provided was a dark blue.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Once again, the borders are a bit full, and I suspect that they were not measured. The cornerstone blocks are not straight.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

There is fullness in the middle too.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Folding it up from the bottom, you can see how the middle of the quilt is smaller than the edges, indicating too much fabric in the borders.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

I removed it from the frame and steam pressed the entire quilt with the 50/50 solution I make of Best Press and water. I do use a spritz bottle, never put this solution in the iron itself. After some pulling and pressing, I was able to get the quilt a bit more squared up, with only a couple of problem areas left.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Next is auditioning thread. The important consideration with thread this time was not only the color of the backing, but the thickness of the thread. In order to minimize the impact of the quilting on the eagle, I needed a thin thread that would not obscure the eagle’s face.  The blue Aurifil thread was perfect, and matched the backing.  Yes, I often quilt with Aurifil, both the top thread and the bobbin.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

I decided on the gentle swirl of this pantograph, as it was suggestive of clouds like on the panel.  Here is one of the many puckers that appeared on the side.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

You can see some puckering of the fabric due to the excess of border fabric at the bottom of this picture. I really didn’t like this, but I didn’t want to rip it out.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

I think the quilting looks good on the background sky of the panel.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Some of the excess fabric on the border edges created fullness in the middle as I tried to keep the border seam lines straight.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Once again, as I got to the bottom, the fullness and wonky corner became apparent.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

It seemed to be worse on the bottom blue border, as this much fullness was too much to work in.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

So, I made a pleat with the excess and stitched it down. I ended up doing four of these, one on each side and two on the bottom.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Even so, there is still puckering in the bottom border.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

I know I harp on this a lot, but you can see what your longarmer has to go through when the borders are put on with the slap and sew method. I just wish I could get this message out to everyone. If you haven’t seen my tutorial on properly applied borders, click HERE to understand the difference between measuring and not measuring.

Puckers at the top of the picture too. Yes, these will be minimized with washing, but I don’t think these quilts are laundered prior to presentation.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

All done, I am not happy with the sides, but I did the best I could.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

I was pleased with the Aurifil thread for quilting, as it is thin and doesn’t detract from the eagle.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

Ready for binding, it was sent back to Myrtle Beach.

Quilt of Valor Eagle Panel

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Heirloom Tomatoes

One of the wonderful things about warmer weather is the appearance of lovely ripe heirloom tomatoes at my local produce stand.  It is on my way home from just about anywhere, so I can stop in easily to see if the tomatoes have come in yet.  She has fresh eggs and goat cheese too, so every visit will yield something yummy.  Recently, I got the first early pickin’s and made several salads and sandwiches with them.  Heirloom tomatoes just have more intense tomato flavor than the hybrids usually in the grocery store, bred for ease of shipping instead of taste.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Heirloom tomatoes have a different look to the inside.  I can almost smell the fresh tomato aroma from this picture.  Heirloom tomatoes usually are not as pretty as the modern hybrids, but the flavor is just so much better.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I’m sure many readers have made a caprese salad, using tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella like this one, and I like mine with multiple colors of heirlooms.  The purple ones aren’t in yet, but soon will be!

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Sometimes the tomatoes are so big that making a stack and then cutting it in half is enough to serve two.  Fresh mozzarella is placed between the layers, with fresh basil leaves from the garden.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Heirlooms are also wonderful on a turkey sandwich. They are so good that sometimes it is yummy to just have a tomato sandwich, spread thick with real mayonnaise.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to expand the stacked salad idea with something a bit different.  I had an avocado that was ready to be eaten, so I decided to use it.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I sliced up an heirloom tomato and the avocado, and started on the cheese.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Here is one of those great kitchen gadgets that is just the thing when you need it, a cheese slicer. I get mozzarella in blocks and slice it medium thick for salads.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I just stacked the avocado slices with the tomato slices and the mozzarella.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Then a second layer.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

This salad actually was already so moist with the tomato and the creamy avocado that it didn’t need any dressing.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Just a sprinkle of bold smoked salt and some cracked black pepper finished it off. Yum!

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I made another one the next day to use another avocado, and this time made a Cranberry Vinaigrette for it, just for the extra flavor and sweetness.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

On another day, nothing better than a BLT with thick sliced, applewood smoked bacon and fresh heirlooms!

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

Topped with cracked black pepper, yum!

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

Add a generous layer of lettuce, on whole grain bread with sesame seeds, and those thick tomato slices make a filling sandwich that will keep me quilting all day.  No chips needed.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

So good!  That wonderful tomato aroma as the tomatoes are sliced, bursting flavor in your mouth as you eat.  It is summer on a plate to me.  Are you a fan of heirloom tomatoes?  What do you like to do with them?

 

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Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step – May

The May Two Step will be fast and easy, as we build Block A today!  Aren’t you excited?!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

OK, so get out the remainder of your QSTs, and all the two-tone scrappy HSTs.  You’ll make the unit below.  Be sure that the background of the QST touches the HSTs.  Also be very careful that all the units are the same, with the diagonal line on the HSTs oriented this way.  It is important to the secondary design that those lines go a certain way.

It is helpful to lay them out first to be sure that the prints are well distributed and you don’t end up with the same one side by side.

Press all the units made today to the outside from the center.  This will nest the seams with the previous unit pressed to the center as shown.

Now, let’s two-step and build the block.  Get out your previous QST units.  Take half of the above units placing them oriented this way above the first unit, and the other half rotated 180 degrees placed below.  See photo.  Your diagonal lines on the corners should look like this., and you’ll end up with a square in a square in the center.  Press the final seams all in one direction, either all up or all down, it doesn’t matter which.

Don’t be tempted to guess what is next, LOL, what is left can go together at least four different ways, and only one of those is right.  We’d all love to see your progress as you go forward, so upload your pictures to the Flickr group, and be sure they are public so we can share them.  The group url is https://www.flickr.com/groups/scrapdancemystery2015/ – and I look forward to seeing all your units as they are done.

Here is a pdf for your sewing room (update! it is now a pdf) – Two Step May Instructions

Are you just now finding the mystery?  You can catch up quickly as there are only five months published.  We will finish in July, then have more shares in August as the quilts are finished.  So, come join in!  Just click on Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step to get started.  Each step is linked to the one that came after, and all have downloads to print out for reference in the sewing room.

How’s your Two Step coming along?

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along