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Wrapping Up Autumn Jubilee, Quilting Stars

Quilting Stars on Autumn Lane was fun, as was able to use both my favorite Autumn pantographs. The first step was to decide on the color of thread, so many pretty ones to choose from!  I could choose two colors as I had two quilts to do.  It was a bit difficult to decide between these wonderful matching colors of Essentials threads.

First I loaded the beautiful root beer backing that I got from Backside Fabrics.  Then I floated the batting and the first quilt top on the longarm.

On the small lanes design, I used the pantograph Meandering Pumpkin Patch designed by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz.  Cute isn’t it!  The medium brown thread works well, showing up nicely in the background and letting the pretty fabrics shine, while blending nicely on the back.

A tip for the other quilt, as I had to piece the backing for the second quilt.  If you are using a longarm with a pieced backing, put the piecing seam nearer to the top.  This will ensure that the edge of the quilt and the backing seam are as far apart as they can be.  This is really important when there is a chance that the backing seam will land right on the edge of the quilt if loaded the other way around.

On the tesselating design, I used Maple Dance designed by Karen Thompson at Intelligent Quilting.  I used the orange on this one.

Then, both quilts were bound in the usual manner.  All finished.

I hope you all enjoyed Autumn Jubilee.  It has been a busy month, and hopefully there is enough time left in November for you to complete your projects to use this season, or give as gifts during the holidays.  The pattern and pdfs will remain on the blog at least to the beginning of December, then after that will be taken down and the pattern produced for sale.  If you missed one, just look at the Friday posts in October for all four pdfs.

Get started on your holiday shopping for family and friends with these links. If you want to get some of gorgeous fabrics for your holiday sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.  Get spools and cones of the fantastic Aurifil Threads at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  Be sure to see all 17 pages, there are a few of the collections on sale, and special pricing on bundles of fabrics with Aurifil threads. You’ll love the extra light with the Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit.  If you would like to have a pair of wonderful serrated edge scissors, click on Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors to get your pair from Fat Quarter Shop.  Or, get the 4-inch ones at this Amazon link-  Karen Kay Buckley 4-Inch Perfect Scissors.  Get your Olfa Splash Cutter at FQS too – Olfa Splash. Thank you for using my links!!

Winners of the last week of giveaways have been drawn.  All winners have been notified, and all shipments are on the way.

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The winner of the tomato seeds is Gwynette drawn from comments on the gardening post.
Gwynette in NW Arkansas wrote “I cannot believe that October is here and almost gone! “Oh, Happy Fall” is about to turn into “Arrgg, it a Cold Winter”!! This is the first Autumn Jubilee (such a happy word) I’ve participated in and it’s been fun! Husband picked the last of our tomatoes yesterday, even the green ones for fried green tomatoes, as we had our first heavy frost last night! Happy impending retirement!!!”

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

And lastly, a few shares from our Flickr group, starting with Kristi’s quilt top with a nice solution to a border dilemma.

Laying out the Border! Using up my extra pieces!

Judy completed a beautiful tablet cover.


Danice did a terrific job with her wool penny rug.


Diann’s quilt top blocks done have a lovely color palette, the grey is a surprising and lovely choice.

Stars on Autumn Lane

Elaine’s colors are just so fiery! She bordered her top with a brown solid to frame a scrappy one, and the outer border in red. It works so nicely!

Stars on Autumn Lane top ready for quilting. Used scraps for border. thanks Carole.

So, Autumn Jubilee comes to a close for this year.  I hope you enjoyed all the projects and fun, giveaways and sharing.  The Flickr group Autumn Jubilee and Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing will remain open to share your progress as you finish your quilts, tablet covers and penny rugs.  You can also post your Autumn Jubilee tablescapes and cards! Share links to your best Autumn Recipes on Facebook in the Autumn Jubilee group too.  Please share my blog with your friends, and get ready for more fun in the coming weeks!

Please comment on this post if you had fun, and join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event. 


Autumn Jubilee Sew Along Tablet Cover

Making gifts for the holidays especially for the guys in your life is sometimes a difficult task.  Today, we’ll begin a sew-along to make a very fast tablet cover/carrier that will finish in just three installments.  The cutting and making the half-square triangles will begin today, using a different method – Moda Cake Mix Recipe papers.  Some of today’s links are affiliates.

Tablet Cover Sew Along ~ From My Carolina Home

The tablet cover fits DH’s Lenovo Tablet. He reads news stories and surfs the internet on this, and one of these days I’ll get him a newspaper subscription for it as the local paper won’t deliver to our home.  It is a great gift idea for a special person to start holiday shopping, not as expensive as others.  The case fits it just right, with nice quilting for padding, easy enough to do on a DSM.

This was my first time to use these papers from Moda for making HSTs and I have to say I am a total fan!  This was quicker and easier than any other method, and turned out perfect 2-1/2-inch HSTs with very little cutting, and no squaring up needed.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

You’ll need two cake layers the same print for background, one medium and one dark cake layer print that coordinate.  In addition you’ll need three more for lining, and 2 additional (if you want to use them) for binding.  Additional supplies, Moda Cake Mix papers set #3, I got mine at Fat Quarter Shop.  There are a lot more papers than you will use for this project, but trust me, you’ll like them so much that you will be happy you got them.  If you don’t have them, just make HSTs the usual way – you’ll need 16 of each medium-background and dark-background, all 2-1/2 inch unfinished size.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Put one background cake layer and the dark cake layer right sides together.  Lay the Cake Mix on top and pin in a few places.  Be careful not to pin over any lines.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Begin sewing at the ‘start’ line.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Sew following the direction of the little arrows on the lines.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Little numbers on the lines tell you the order of sewing.  On some stitching lines, the lines extend off the grid and turn so you can just follow around instead of pivoting.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Pivot where indicated and continue sewing on the line.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

There are two sewing lines that will mean only two starts and stops. Mostly, this is continuous sewing, fast!

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

When the lines are all sewn, take the piece to the cutting table and cut off the edges on the lines.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Then cut on the solid lines between the lines of stitching to create the HSTs.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Carefully tear away the paper, it will tear easily as the sewing line perforates the paper. Press your half square triangles towards the darker side.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Repeat with the medium and background cake layers to make more HSTs. The papers make 18, you’ll need 16 for the project. It is up to you whether or not to trim the corners. I did some, as I needed to, but not all. However, trimming them all would reduce bulk in the corners.

Autumn Jubilee Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Today’s giveaway is a Moda Fat Eighth bundle of Thistle Farm by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles!  There are several ways to earn entries, the more you do the more entries you get!  See all the Moda Fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop.

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If you’d like to sew along, but you don’t want to make a pieced block, just fussy cut two 8-1/2-inch squares of a pretty print, and continue with the sew along next week.

Have you ever used the Moda Cake Recipes to make HSTs?

 PS – A note to my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!



Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along

Sundays are great days for some handwork while watching TV, football games or old movies, whatever is your favorite thing.  I have designed a new wool penny rug for Autumn Jubilee and the stitch along begins today.  To begin, download the pdf with the pattern – Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along Pattern. Then choose your wools.  I have these lovely orange and brown patterned wools, and now was a marvelous time to use them.  If you don’t have a pair of Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors, they are on sale here Karen Kay Buckley 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

The pattern has the base, a pumpkin shape and a leaf shape. You’ll need one base, four pumpkins, four stems and four leaves.  I thought about using this muddy green for the base, but it looked better with the gold.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Choose floss to match your leaves and pumpkins.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Cut all your bits, and pin to the base, centering the pumpkins alternating with the leaves in the rounded scallops of the edge.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch using either a whip stitch or a blanket stitch with two strands of DMC floss.  I apologize for the pictures being somewhat dark, they were taken in the evening, and I didn’t want to wait to begin the project for sun the next day.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

The cutting and stitching can be done in an afternoon.  It took me longer to decide on colors and then to match up the floss colors, LOL!!

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Fat Quarter Shop has a wonderful array of wools in gorgeous colors!  They are the sponsor for today’s giveaway of a $25 Gift Certificate!  You can use it for whatever you like, not just wools, but if you are a stitcher, this is a great way to add to your wool stash.

Rafflecopter Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

You have until October 14 to enter, then the winner will be drawn and notified via email.

Next week we’ll embellish the piece, and in two weeks, finish it off in time to use this year.  Update – Click HERE for part 2.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

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Stars on Autumn Lane Quilt Along

The Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along starts today with a new pattern, Stars on Autumn Lane!  I have designed this with two options, both using exactly the same number of squares and half square triangles.  Pull your autumn colors, and quilt along!  The steps will come out once a week on Fridays, and be done in four weeks, with a final Friday post in November to wrap up the quilting and finishing.  The table topper is 36-inches square before borders, and will have only nine blocks, easily doable for your Thanksgiving table.  Since this is a quilt-along and not a mystery, here are the two options, my completed quilts side by side in the gorgeous Autumn Lane fabrics.

The table topper is the tesselating option on the right.  On the left, is the smaller lane option in a lap quilt size.  You can do either option in any size.

Table topper 3×3 – 36-inches square before borders
Lap Quilt 3×4 – 36 x 48 inches before borders
Twin – 5×7 – 60 x 84 inches before borders

Step One – Cut squares and make HSTs (half-square triangles) from the table below for the size you select.  Both options use exactly the same units.  For the table topper, I used the Autumn Lane fabrics and all scrappy Autumn Lane background fabrics, chosen from the fat quarter bundle.  For the lap quilt, I purchased additional yardage of one of the ecru fabrics along with 2 yards of the leaf print for borders and binding for both quilts.

Cut these squares.  Bkgd = light neutral background fabrics, Scraps = medium to dark colors

Size   3-1/2-in Bkgd   3-1/2 in scraps    4-in Bkgd    4-in scraps

Table             20               36                        44                        44

Lap                24               48                        60                        60

Twin              72               140                      174                      174

Background yardage needed if using all one fabric
Table Topper – 3/4 yard
Lap size, about 1-1/4 yard
Twin – 2-1/2 yards

Pair up the 4-inch background squares with the 4-inch scrappy squares and make HSTs.  If you need a refresher on how to mark and chain piece HSTs, click on Chain Piecing HSTs.

Be sure to square to 3-1/2 inches.  How To Square UP HSTs.

Update – here’s a pdf for the cutting instructions – Stars Autumn Lane Cutting

Next Friday we will construct the first block. – Block A is posted!

Enter today’s giveaway for a Fat Quarter Bundle of Autumn Lane Fabrics generously donated by Connecting Threads.  The lucky winner will also receive 4 coordinating Essentials quilting thread spools!

Visit Connecting Threads to see all their wonderful fabric collections.

Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway, there are multiple options to get more entries.  Use as many as you like.  The giveaway will remain open through Thursday October 12, with the winner drawn on Friday and notified via email.  If you are on Twitter, please tweet with the hashtag #autumnjubilee2017.  Let’s see if we can make the quilt-along ‘go viral’, LOL!!

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Share your quilt along progress!! Facebook users, you can now follow my Facebook page for the blog.  It will add my posts to your news feed, if you would like to follow that way. From My Carolina Home on Facebook!  I have a Facebook group for the quilt along, sew along and stitch along too, so you can share your progress there.  Sign up to follow by email by using the box on the sidebar (smart phone users, scroll past the comments to find it). The Autumn Jubilee Flickr group is still active as well, if you like sharing that way.

Are you quilting for Autumn?

Please share with your quilting groups, quilting forums and friends!!

Sharing the first post only for the quilt along, follow my blog for all the fun and giveaways during Autumn Jubilee…

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Mushroom Meatloaf

Cooler temperatures for Autumn mean more comfort food and filling hot meals for the family. Autumn Jubilee continues with a recipe today. Meatloaf is a meal I like to have, as I can prepare it earlier in the day, clean up the kitchen, then relax while it bakes, just finishing up the side dishes at the end of the baking time.  I came up with this idea when I had everything to make a meatloaf except the usual tomato sauce.  DH decided he liked it this way better than the usual way, so I make it more often with the mushrooms now.  I know a few out there don’t care for mushrooms, and I’ll give you an alternative idea at the end of the post.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Beginning with the meat, I use 93% lean ground beef so I can use a loaf pan and hold onto the gravy. I add the herbs and spices to the meat.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Then saute onions and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil until the onions are soft and the mushroom have released their water.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Add them to the meat mixture. Mix well with your hands. Add an egg.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Pack meat mixture into a loaf pan.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Then, ‘frost’ the meatloaf with undiluted low-sodium, low-fat mushroom soup.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Bake one hour. Let the meatloaf rest for about five minutes before serving. Cover with foil to keep the heat in.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Because there is so little fat in the meat, the soup will make a nice gravy with the water from the mushrooms and meat. I skim off what little fat there is, and spoon the gravy over the meatloaf and the side dish mashed potatoes.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Ready to eat?

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

The potatoes are extra yummy with a bit of mushroom gravy.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Another idea, mix a little sour cream into the soup before baking for a Stroganoff flavor. And if you do not like mushrooms, leave them out, and use cheddar cheese soup instead for a cheeseburger flavor. Big chunks of onion and mushroom make a flavorful meal.

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home


Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

Mushroom Meatloaf

1 pound 93% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg
1 can low-sodium, low-fat, mushroom soup

Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Mix meat with garlic salt, lemon pepper and parsley. In a small skillet, saute onion and mushrooms in olive oil until onions are soft and translucent and mushrooms have released their water. Add mushrooms and onions to meat mixture. Add egg and mix thoroughly with your hands. Pack into a loaf pan. “Frost” the meatloaf with soup. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Allow to rest for five minutes before serving. Enjoy with mashed potatoes or rice with some of the mushroom gravy.

Download the pdf – Mushroom Meatloaf

Today’s sponsored giveaway is Inspired LED!  They offer so much in the way of lighting, under counters, kitchen cabinets, inside bookshelves, indoor and outdoor.  Visit their website HERE to see all the options.  The Giveaway is a Sewing Machine Lighting Kit with Extension set for a second machine, and these lights can also be used in other ways. I used my set on the shelves over my stamping workbench, really adds a lot of light right where I really need it.  When you go to the Rafflecopter to enter, after you do the first two entries, more ways to enter will appear, so be sure you are entering every way you can.  Entries close October 10.

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(Note – this is not my machine, I do not own a Juki.  The picture is from Inspired LED.)

How do you like your meatloaf?

Autumn Jubilee is a whole month of giveaways and ideas for the Autumn Season.  I hope you’ll follow along!


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Pumpkins and Leaves Quilts for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is going on this week, a neat virtual quilt show.   This fun annual event is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.  Quilters are allowed two entries, so here is my second share.  Last fall, I did a month long event on my blog that began with making several blocks in two patterns, then assembling them into several complementary items.  The blocks were pumpkins and leaves.  To begin, we made a mini quilt with one pumpkin and three leaves.

Autumn Jubilee Mini Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Adding black felt details, just placed on top of the pumpkin, turned it into a Jack-O-Lantern.  The felt clings to the fabric so I don’t have to sew them on, which makes the little quilt changeable for the season.  The bits are pinned to the back for storing so I won’t lose them. They go on the front in October, and are pinned on the back for September and November.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, we made more blocks for a table runner. Turning the pumpkins towards the outer edges makes the runner right side up no matter where you are sitting.

Autumn Jubilee Runner Finish 1

Then we made more blocks, and put together a table topper. Once again, I turned the pumpkins so that each side of the topper has one right side up. I entered the topper into the NC Mountain State Fair this year, and was absolutely thrilled to win not only a first place ribbon, but also a Judge’s Choice.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I am doing Autumn Jubilee again this year, beginning October 1.  It is a month long event of giveaways, patterns, quilt along, sew along, stitch along, tablecapes, recipes, card making and more.

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 (smart phone users, the sidebar is below the comments). If you are visiting, 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 have more fun patterns and events coming up!

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

The Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts. Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts. While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop's Notion of the Month Sale

Hop over to the Fall 2017 edition of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival to see more quilts!  There are prizes too, so if you can share about your competed quilt, there are multiple ways to enter.

The free patterns for these quilt blocks are HERE.

Are you ready for fall quilting?  Are you entered in the Bloggers Quilt Festival?


Autumn Jubilee Table Runners – Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop!!

Autumn Jubilee continues with table runners for your two block designs.  How you put this together is up to you, and the size you need for your table.   I’ll give you several layouts, remember that each block finishes at 6 inches square, so measure your table to see how many you need to get the size you need.  Then you can improvise!  Our wonderful giveaway today is sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop!  Read all the way to their logo to see how to enter.

autumnjubileelogoUsing the leaves and pumpkins, here’s the first table runner for Autumn Jubilee, that will also look great on your Thanksgiving table. A single row of blocks like this one with a 2-inch finished border will yield a width of 10 inches with a length of 34 inches.


I started with my blocks, four pumpkins and four leaves, and began playing with more arrangements.  Here’s pumpkins on the ends and leaves in the middle.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 1

Or I could arrange them alternating.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 2

Or I could put the pumpkins in the middle.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 3

Ultimately, I thought that more leaves would suit me better, and give me the length I needed.  Plus, I liked the pumpkins separated a bit more.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 5

I actually had this in EQ7 this way.  Two blocks wide with a 2 inch border all around will give you a width of 14 inches, and a length of 40 inches, a nice size for a table runner.


So, I sewed the blocks together, and added a border.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 6

I like that leaf fabric.  My friends would say that I have never met a leaf fabric I didn’t like, LOL!!  Anyway, quilting went quickly using a fall pantograph with pumpkins.  I used a gold variegated thread.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 7

I like the quilting to show in the background and recede on the motifs.

Autumn Jubilee QA Runner 8

Bound in a dark rust, all finished!  Don’t forget to put a label on the back.

Autumn Jubilee Runner Finish 1

Autumn Jubilee Runner Finish 3

But, you might like a different arrangement, so here are a couple more ideas for setting your blocks.  Sometimes I have the pumpkins facing the sides, and sometimes facing the ends.  The leaves are set randomly, except in the first layout where they are oriented to the corners.  I’ll show you both scrappy leaves and single scrappy color leaves, along with dark and lighter borders.   Just play with what you have until you are happy.  Next Friday we will do the larger topper, so make more pumpkins and leaves!  And read on for the giveaway!

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Update – Click HERE for the pattern for the larger table topper.

FatQuarterShop-300x300Just in case you need some more autumn colors to complete the projects, today’s sponsor is The Fat Quarter Shop! They are offering a $25 gift certificate to a randomly drawn comment on this post. To enter, visit the Fat Quarter Shop and find a collection you like, come back and leave a comment about what you found.  Once again, if you follow my blog, leave a second comment for a second entry telling me how you follow – email, Bloglovin, Feedly, blogroll, or a blog reader.

The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  Share it!

Don’t forget to upload your progress pictures to the Flickr group Autumn Jubilee!  For next week, you’ll need 4 pumpkins and 12 leaves to make the final design, along with some additional background fabric and a pretty autumn print for accent.  Dig in your stashes, and make more blocks for next week.  Hope you are having fun!  And I hope you will have at least a couple of finished pieces for use this year.  Remember, one lucky reader who has posted progress on the Flickr group will get their project quilted by me, with batting included, and return shipping paid.

So, what’s your favorite collection at Fat Quarter Shop?



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