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Christmas Quilt Along Nine Patch Star

Our second week will see the construction of the block and beginning the quilting. So, here is where we left off.  If you missed last weeks beginning with the cutting instructions and the first unit construction, click HERE.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Start by sewing the HSTs units together. Press the seams open on these units to reduce bulk.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then sew in rows across the block.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Make three blocks.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Sew the three blocks into the runner.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Add a border. I used the same gold as the fabric in the center of the nine-patch.  My border is cut 2-1/2-inches wide.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Assemble your runner, and quilt as you like.  I’ll show you my quilting next week.  The blocks finish at 12 inches, so the runner is about 12 x 36 without borders.  The Patriotic quilt version with 20 blocks is about 58 x 72 with 2-inch sashing and without borders. Here is the pdf I promised, with three sets of cutting instructions for more sizes – Nine Patch Star. One more thing, today is my day on the Moda Bake Shop site for this Candy Twist Block.  If you go to the Bake Shop, you can see all the blocks in their Countdown to Christmas quilt along which began December 1. Find your Moda Christmas Fabrics at  Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.

Moda Block at From My Carolina Home

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We were really snowed in!!  We got somewhere between 8 and 10 inches of snow.

December Snow at From My Carolina Home

But the sun came out very late in the afternoon, so we might be able to get out by Monday.

December Snow at From My Carolina Home

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Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is such a fun time for decorating, and doing special tablescapes for friends is at the top of the list.  I’ve been having sewing days to get a big quilt top done for Quilts of Valor, and we’ve been doing pot luck lunches.  I am blessed with a lot of friends, too many to have all at once, so I get to have more fun with more sew days.  Certainly we need a pretty table to enjoy our lunch, and I could take care of two goals at once, as I needed a new tablescape for today’s post, my day on a fun blog hop.  Last year, my focus was rustic green with gold, and the year before was red with gold.  Since I like to change things up from year to year, this year the color scheme will be more red.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting out, I put a holly berry tablecloth on the dining table, and set a stack of dishes down so I could gather more things for the centerpiece. The print was not enough red for what I had in mind, so I decided to add a solid red topper.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red chargers provide the base, and I added Lenox Holiday Tartan china dinner plates and the large soup bowls.  We were going to have soup with lunch.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

But, knowing that everyone would be bringing a dish, and there is always too much food, I changed the bowls over to a smaller fruit bowl for smaller portions of soup.  I love this china, inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a large sleigh in some greenery garlands and added poinsettia flowers on each end.  In the sleigh, I placed red ornament balls.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

A couple of pretty ornament balls are on each end adding a bit of shine.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red apple ornaments flank whimsical reindeer taking a break.  I have two of these cute little guys, so there is one on each side of the sleigh.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is low and full, so we can see each other and have conversation over it.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

I found some tiny tartan wrapped packages, and added those to the sleigh to echo the tartan pattern on the dishes.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Crystal glasses for water, coffee mugs, flatware and napkins held with red napkin rings finished off the settings.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Later I added place cards so all the participants had a special place.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

One more overall view.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

DH will be happy to know that not one new thing was purchased for this table, it is all done with new ways of using items I already had.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And now, for more tablescape ideas, here is the link list for the blog hop.  Monday through today are direct links active now.  Thursday and Friday link to the blog’s main page, and will be updated to the individual pages each day so you can come back and see more through Friday.

Do you like to set a pretty table for the holidays?  Do you have special things or holiday china to use year after year?

Christmas 2017 Tablescape Blog Hop

The Twelve Days of Craftsy are back – now through December 12th! Until then, you will see a brand new deal on Craftsy each day, on classes and supplies.  Click on the photo below.

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Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

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Quick Christmas Quilt Along – Nine Patch Star

Ready to use up some Christmas scraps?  Today we’ll start a very fast quilt along with a new block.  This idea came to me about a month ago, and I have done extensive internet searches to see if it has already been published.  I cannot find this exact thing anywhere, and I can hardly believe it hasn’t been published somewhere.  The block is super simple, a nine patch surrounded by a star.  Two different sizes of squares are used to start, and it will use up a bunch of your stash.  Today, we’ll cut and make the first unit, next week we’ll finish the second unit and assemble the stars, then finally will assemble the quilt runner, add borders and quilt it. Ready to quilt along for a fast runner or table topper?

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Hoem

I made mine with a gold center, red squares and green in the star units. Here are the cutting instructions for three blocks.

Red scraps 2-1/2-inch squares = 24
Gold fabric 2-1/2-inch squares = 3
Green fabric or scraps 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 4-inch squares = 12
White fabric 3-1/2-inch squares = 12

You’ll also need some extra yardage for the border, four WOF strips will do it.  I made mine 2-1/2-inches wide.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Begin the units by making the nine-patches. Place the gold square in the center, red around the edges and sew in rows.  Press each row opposite to make nesting easier, like the top and bottom to the right and the middle to the left.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Nine patch unit complete.  Make 3.  This unit should measure 6-1/2-inches square.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Next, pair up the 4-inch green squares with the 4-inch white squares. Draw sewing lines on the white, 1/4-inch from the diagonal center.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Chain sew on the lines.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Cut apart on the diagonal between the sewing lines.  Make 24 HST units.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Press to the green, and square to 3-1/2-inches. Here’s where we will end up this week, with the bits laid out for the next steps.  One nine-patch unit, eight HSTs and four white 3-1/2-inch white squares.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We’ll continue next week sewing this unit, assembling the runner, and beginning the quilting.  I’ll have a pdf for you then with the whole pattern.  Click HERE for the next step.  Are you going to quilt along?  Or are you working on another Christmas project?

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Holiday Home Ideas and Home Tour

Now that the Christmas season is getting into full swing, it’s time for some decorating ideas.  I’ll show you some of my decorating ideas from previous years, with a few new ideas thrown in for this season with links to patterns for quilted and crafted items.  To begin, if you have some stairs, it is a fun place to hang your Christmas stockings using sill sitter type hangers.  I don’t have a mantle, and some years have used the bookshelves for these, but I really like them on the stairs.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sometimes it is a nice change to use stocking hangers for special ornaments that might otherwise get lost on a heavily laden tree.  This one is from our first Christmas together, quite some time ago.  I tied a red ribbon on it and hung it from the top reindeer instead of the decorative stocking I used last year.  Now I remember our first Christmas every time I go upstairs.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a simple table runner for an end table.  This is a free pattern, along with a couple more quickie projects, still available on my blog HERE.  The focus fabric in the middle is a baking print with little cookie cutters and bags of spices tied with Christmas bows.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Add a festive Holiday Wreath to the front of the house. These are not that hard to make, and I’ll teach you how to do the bow too, HERE. See more wreath ideas with the Festival of Wreaths post from Monday.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Hang a Santa hat on your hall tree or coat hook.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Ornament mini quilt, and display with a few favorite Christmas pretties.  I changed all the candles in my collection of depression glass candle holders to red ones, and added some candle ring greenery.  This cute little reindeer warming his hooves over the chimney is a favorite holiday piece.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Don’t forget the guest bathroom counter.  A simple Santa and playful reindeer with some red candles is festive for guests.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

I collect small Santa figures, and gather many of them together in a display on an antique corner shelf. Not all I find make the cut though, only the ones I really think are whimsical without being too cutesy.  This picture is overly bright because I just couldn’t get enough light into that corner so I had to use the flash.  My two favorite Santa figures are on the top shelf, in the middle and on the right.

Holiday Home Tour at From My Carolina Home

Pull out a Christmas quilt for the guest bed, and make one for your bed too.  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

While we are in the guest room, make sure yours it is truly ready with my Checklist for Guest Room Readiness. Using a table runner as a bed scarf is one way to add a holiday look without making or buying a whole quilt.

Are you REALLY ready for overnight guests? From My Carolina Home

Christmas themed throw size quilts go on the ottomans.  This one is a simple sampler done in reds and greens.

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Another fun place to add a bit of holiday cheer is the kitchen window.  I put this little mouse here with his teacup.  I like his goofy feet that dangle.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Set a pretty table in the dining room.  Next week I’ll show you a new Christmas tablescape, but for now here is last year’s rustic green and gold themed tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Put a small tree on your breakfast table.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Make a Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug for a cute pair of reindeer.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew a fun Candle Wrapper for a jar candle to sit on the counter.

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While you are unpacking your Christmas boxes, are there things that you haven’t used in a while?  Seems like every year there are a few items that I unwrap and then decide not to use.  This year, those items were put in a box, will be donated in time for someone else to enjoy this year, and reduce the amount of stuff I will store for next year.  I pick up new things at the thrift stores during the year, so this helps keep the total in check.  I have a goal of reducing one whole box full this week.

Most of all, take time to breathe and enjoy each day.  This is a fun time of year, but not if you are stressed out trying to make everything perfect.  I personally think the best memories are made when things go a bit haywire, so embrace the days and just enjoy yourself!  Laugh at the foibles, and make new memories with family and friends.

Now, for more Holiday Homes, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate has put together a fun blog hop.  Since I am on the last day, all these links are active now. Have fun!


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Festival of Wreaths

The local Meals on Wheels foundation is having a silent auction this week for a fundraiser called Festival of Wreaths.  They published a request for wreaths in a local magazine, and I just happened to see it.  You know me, any excuse to get out the glue gun!  So out came the Christmas stuff and a new grapevine wreath.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Setting the grapevine wreath at an angle makes it easier to place the elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a very large bow this time, so I made a double one. I showed how to make a basic bow HERE, and for the double bow I made a second bow without the center loop and all wide loops in the same manner.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Placing the basic bow on top of the larger base creates a double size.  This is easier to make than one huge bow to hold and tie.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Gluing the streamers down, I offset the bow placement to one side, about 11-o’clock position. I made them long enough to ripple over the wreath, and spot glued the ends down.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

For a little extra pizazz, I glued some red tuille loops under the bow area, then began filling the sides with greenery and other elements.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The bow base was glued on top of the tuille.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Then the top bow section is added to complete the bow.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Greenery and pine cones are glued to either side of the bow. The white berries add a bit of lightness to the wreath.  I use odd numbers of elements on each side of the bow – 3 white berry sprays, three pine cones.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Three clumps of red berries and additional holly leaves fill in the spaces.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

A tie-wrap is used for a hanger, it is flexible and strong, and can be put over a nail or a wreath hanger.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I hung it up on the wall for a final picture.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I was having so much fun that I made a second one that is more winter in feel with snowflakes. This one is inspired by the wire edge ribbon that I used for the bow. There are some plain silver streamers under the snowflake blue and silver.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

I wrapped blue ribbon around the small wreath, added the bow and streamers along with some greenery and pine cones.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

It needed something more, so I added five snowflakes, three on the left side, one on the bow and one low on a streamer.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The snowflakes are paper cutouts with glitter for shine, just glued into place. Now the wreath has a winter feel that can be enjoyed through the next few months.

Holiday Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

DH and I delivered them to the Council on Aging office in plenty of time. The wreaths are being displayed on the office doors, so bidders will walk down the hallway to see the offerings. Several wreaths were already on display like this seaside inspired one.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one with greenery and cotton bolls could be used anytime of year.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was Christmas themed, full and large.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Another one had a springtime look.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

This one was a hoot, an elf has apparently crashed into it!

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The auction will also have some table decorations available for bidding.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

Mine was hung on a door for bidding. One of my blog cards is hanging on it, and can be snipped off by the high bidder.

Festival of Wreaths at From My Carolina Home

The Festival of Wreaths is open for bids at the Council on Aging office at 105 King Creek in Hendersonville on Thursday November 30th from 3 pm to 6 pm if you are local. Proceeds will go to providing support for the Meals on Wheels program for our local homebound elderly. Put it on your calendar for Thursday if you can, help support this wonderful program, and score a great home decoration for the holidays.

Do you have a holiday wreath?


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Christmas in July plus more ideas for seasonal sewing and crafting

I thought you might like to see some of the projects I did last year during my 12 Days of Christmas event coinciding with the Christmas blog hop event. Here are some links to those projects, plus some other Christmas projects from prior years. In keeping with my blog being about a lot of subjects, there are a number of different kinds of projects here. I also added a page at the top of the blog to gather my Christmas projects together for your convenience later. Click on the titles to see the post.

Christmas Stitched Ornaments

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Card Stamping

Christmas Cards 14

Christmas Mini Quilt Tutorial

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Gifts for Guys

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

Sewing / Jewelry Kit Tutorial

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Trip Around the World Quilt 2015

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

Make a Holiday Purse

Christmas in July at From My Carolina Home

Pine Cone Hanger

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

Quilted Table Runner with Tablescapes – Figure out what you’d like to find at the thrift stores before the holiday season.

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Gifts From The Kitchen – including my recipe for Double Dutch Brownie Mix.

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

More Ornaments and Decorating Ideas

Christmas Ornaments ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Crafting with Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Cozy Christmas Reading – mystery books set at Christmas time.

Cozy Christmas 2

Quick Christmas Table Toppers

Quick Christmas squares 10

2015 Christmas Runner Quilt Along

Christmas Quilt Along finish

And one last idea from last year, use a table runner as a bed scarf! Makes a room festive without taking up a lot of storage space.

Christmas Table runner used as a bed scarf | From My Carolina Home

The Christmas in July Blog Hop ends today, so I wanted to give you one more list so you can get in on the drawings for the wonderful prizes Sarah hasSarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict arranged a great hop and giveaway Deadline for entry has passed.

The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!

Sarah has six design rolls, six layer cakes, and one fat quarter bundle to give away – and here’s how she’s going to do it!  Visit each stop on the hop, including this blog, and leave a comment on each post for the day.  At the end of the hop,  Sarah will do a giveaway for each day by putting everyone’s name in the hat who commented that day (from all that day’s hop-blogs), and drawing a winner for that day.  That will be twelve winners – the design rolls and layer cakes.  Then she’ll put all the names from all the days in a hat and draw out a grand prize winner for the fat quarter bundle!  Only one prize per person, though – let’s spread it around a bit!  So carve out a bit of time to visit all the blogs and comment – it makes the time bloggers spend on each post worth it when we see what people think about our work!  The deadline to make a comment on all the blogs to be included in the drawings is July 26th.  Due to some family problems, the drawing will be delayed to August 4th or so, as she deals with her father-in-law’s illness and hospice care.     Giveaway is done.

Here are the participant blogs, have fun!!   The participating blogs are linked to their main pages, you may need to scroll back to find the Christmas In July post.  You’ll note that some blogs are listed more than once as have more than one project to share.    My link will take you back to that page for the travel bag.

Friday, July 14th
From My Carolina Home– My Scrap Dance Swing Bag pattern is now on Craftsy exclusively.  Click on sidebar link.

Vrooman’s Quilts
Pampered Pettit
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Saturday, July 15th
Citymousequilter
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Quilting Fun
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Sunday, July 16th
Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
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Monday, July 17th
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Crayon Box Quilt Studio
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Tuesday, July 18th
Seams To Be Sew
Stitchin at Home
Domestic Felicity
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Wednesday, July 19th 
The Colorful Fabriholic
Smiles From Kate
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Thursday, July 20th
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
The Inquiring Quilter
Selina Quilts
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Friday, July 21st
Katie Mae Quilts
Quilted Blooms
QuiltFabrication
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Saturday, July 22nd 
Devoted Quilter
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
All Points of the Compass
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Sunday, July 23rd
Mel’s Quilting Blog
Resourceful Momma
Cheryl’sTeapots2Quilting
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Monday, July 24th
Anja Quilts
PickingandStitching
A Dream and a Stitch
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Tuesday, July 25th
Christina’s Handicrafts
Abyquilts
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Plans are in the works for another Autumn Jubilee event, more on that later.  Are you starting on your seasonal sewing yet?

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A New Jelly Roll Project at Moda Bake Shop

I have a new project at Moda Bake Shop, a Christmas pillow you can work up in just an afternoon. It is always fun to have a project accepted by Moda!  This project uses all leftovers, so pull out your reds and greens and whites for a fast project you can enjoy this year.  Those red bars are dimensional, with a new technique I worked out.

Christmas Tree Pillow ~ A new recipe at Moda Bake Shop

Visit the Moda Bake Shop for the Christmas Tree Pillow, for the the recipe with a downloadable pdf.

Christmas Tree Pillow ~ A new recipe at Moda Bake Shop

After I finished this one, I thought it would be even cuter with some embellishments on the tree, so next time I’ll add some buttons and bows to jazz it up a bit.

Christmas Tree Pillow ~ A new recipe at Moda Bake Shop

I hope you enjoy this quick project!  What do you think of this scrappy idea?

Coming soon, save your Christmas cards!  I have a idea to use them in a recycle project coming up.

PS – Thank you to the nice reader who let me know the links to the Tango pattern weren’t working.  I have fixed both the reveal post and the sidebar link.