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Autumn Jubilee Week 3 Giveaway Winners

It has been a fun week, with more giveaway winners!  Autumn Jubilee is such fun, and I have really enjoyed reading all your comments, thank you!!  There are lots more giveaways in progress and coming up, so I hope you are entering each day.

The winner of the fabulous Autunm Lane Fat Quarter Bundle and Essentials Threads is Shirley!

Connecting Threads winner at From My Carolina Home

The winner of the Moda Fat Eighth Bundle of Thistle Farm is Sandy!

Moda Bundle Winner at From My Carolina Home

If you want to get some of those fabrics for your autumn sewing, check out the Fat Quarter Shop’s Moda Line.

The next winner for this week is Jennifer, who won the stamp sets from me.

EEK Stamp Set Winner at From My Carolina Home

The big prize this week was the Aurifil Chestnut Thread Collection of large size spools, a drool worthy prize that I wish I could have too.

Reader Susan S. is the lucky winner!!

Aurifil Giveaway Winner at From My Carolina Home

Congratulations to all the winners!  There is still time to enter the drawing from the posts on Sunday and Monday as well as yesterday, and more prizes coming up tomorrow and this coming week.  Autumn Jubilee continues tomorrow with the finish up of the Wool Stitch Along, the sew along continues Monday, and the quilt along continues on Friday.  There will be more cards and an autumn tablescape, and some gardening before we are all done too.  Enjoy!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Thank you so much to everyone that have used my links to visit FQS and made their purchases with them.

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

I am delighted to join the Craftsy Affiliate program.  I have sold my patterns there for some time, and now I’ll be able to let you all know of great sales and interesting buys.  Thank you for using my links!!

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Autumn Jubilee Giveaway Winners Week 2

There is so much interest in the Inspired LED Sewing Machine Lighting kits, it is a tough competition to just have one winner this week.  These lights are such a great addition to a sewing machine or a counter area where extra light is such an asset.  It really is easier to thread a needle with the extra light.  (Note –  This picture is from Inspired LED, showing the marvelous lighting from their kits. This is not my machine, I do not own a Juki.)

Congratulations to Judy whose name was picked by the Rafflecopter.  Judy was sent an email, and has responded.  I hope you enjoy the extra light, Judy!

Giveaway Winner at From My Carolina HomeIf you love the idea of the kits for extra light, they are on sale right now at Amazon.  So, if you didn’t win, you can get one on sale right now plus get free shipping.  These would make wonderful gifts too, for another sewing friend or family member.

Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit – Fits All Sewing Machines!

If you are needing more light, such as under counter like I used over my stamping workbench, this one has even more light – Inspired LED Lighting Cut and Connect Series Kit 9.5ft Under Cabinet lighting

Next prize drawing was held for the Autumn Lane Fat Quarter Bundle with Essential Threads!

Connecting Threads winner at From My Carolina HomeCongratulations, Shirley!!

There is still time left to enter the drawings for Aurifil Threads (and they will ship worldwide!), Stampin UP Stamps, and Moda Fabrics!  Just see the previous three posts for those projects and giveaways.  Tell your friends!!  The Stitch Along continues tomorrow, Sew Along Tablet Cover continues Monday and the quilt along continues on Friday.  There will be more giveaway drawings all through the month of October, a thank you to all my faithful readers and internet friends.

Thank you for all the great comments on the this season of celebration, Autumn Jubilee!  I have read them all, and I appreciate your kindness and support.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home



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!!

Rafflecopter Connecting Threads Giveaway Click Here!

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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Autumn Jubilee 2017

Are you ready for some fun?  Autumn is coming into pretty color this month, and I have been working on this year’s Autumn Jubilee for some time now.  This year will see a fantastic line up of fabulous prizes from my favorite stores and products, some new this year!  There will be a quilt along, a wool stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes and decorating, so much to do this month.  Projects are quick and easy enough to complete this month, ready for use this season.

Let me share with you the fabulous prizes that will be given away during this event.  First up, Connecting Threads provided a fat quarter bundle of their Autumn Lane line for me to use with the quilt along, and they will send one to a lucky winner too!  Just look at these gorgeous colors!  The quilt design is called Stars On Autumn Lane, and there will be two options for placement, more on that later.  (Psst – Autumn Lane Fat Quarter Samplers are on sale until 10/6 at 25% off, not an affiliate for CT).

Aurifil Threads is  also sponsoring the quilt along, and you can enter to win this fabulous Chestnut thread collection of 12 large spools!!  Plus, this prize is eligible to ship internationally, so anyone can win anywhere in the world.  The quilt along begins October 6th, and will continue with weekly steps on Fridays through October.

Backside Fabrics is offering a $25 gift certificate for you to order their wonderful wide backing fabric for your quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop will award three $25 gift certificates, another international available prize!  Full disclosure, all my Fat Quarter shop links are affiliate links, thank you for using them.  Did you know that FQS also has wool yardage?  See their six pages of wool fabrics, patterns and kits!

My favorite pair of scissors is Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors with the microserrated edge that grabs fabric, and she is giving away a free pair for our wool stitch along – and you will get to choose the size you want!  These scissors are wonderful for cutting wool and fabric, you don’t have to be a wool stitcher to win.  The Fat Quarter Shop has the same ones as mine below, find them HERE.  The wool stitch along will be three Sunday posts, beginning in a week.

Moda fabrics will award 2 prizes, first is a fat eighth bundle of Thistle Farm, and another lucky winner will get 2 layer cakes of Harvest Hill and Thistle Farm.  I have a new sewing project for quick gifts and a head start on your holiday sewing.  Both Fat Quarter Shop and Connecting Threads carry Moda Fabrics.  Both Moda giveaways will be during the sew along, three weekly posts to construct a quick gift, perfect for holiday giving.  The Sew Along begins on Monday, October 9.


Olfa is sponsoring a giveaway of their wonderful Splash Rotary cutters with their Endurance blade.  This one is so much more comfortable to hold and use, I love mine.  (Olfa Splash at Fat Quarter Shop).  Don’t you love the new purple color?

We are going to make cards this month too!  Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so look for two card making posts.  And this year, I’ll be sponsoring the stamping post with two Stampin’ UP stamp set giveaways from my personal stock of brand new stamps.  Make cards with Autumn Jubilee twice this month.


And more prizes!!  Inspired LED Lighting is awarding 3 (yes three!!) LED Sewing Machine Lighting kits WITH the expansion kits to use on a second machine to three lucky winners!!  I won one of these kits in a drawing and cannot tell you how pleased I am with the extra light right where I need it. (Note – this is not a machine I have, the pic is from Inspired LED)

And one more!!  The Electric Quilt company is giving away a $25 gift certificate for any of their products.  They have some wonderful things for those who do not have the software, along with great block design add-ons for those who do have EQ software.  The Behind the Mouse blog is worth following, they often have giveaways of software packages, and interesting blogs to visit for free patterns.

Facebook users, yes I finally bit the bullet and created a 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 group for the quilt along, sew along and stitch along too, so you can share your progress there.  The Autumn Jubilee Flickr group is still active as well, if you like sharing that way.

Because I have so many prizes to give away, I have at least one or more for every single post in October, so let’s start now!!  Enter using the Rafflecopter link below, you’ll have multiple ways to enter to win, the more you want to do the more entries you get.  Today we will start out with a Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate AND an Inspired LED Sewing Machine Light Kit with Expansion for two lucky winners!!  Entries will be open until Thursday October 5th, so enter now while you are thinking about it.  FQS will ship internationally, the Inspired LED will be a USA winner.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Autumn Jubilee Kickoff Click Here!!

Please note that comments during Autumn Jubilee usually explode, and I may not be able to answer each one personally as I usually do.  I hope you understand, and keep commenting.

So, what do you think?  Are you ready for Autumn Jubilee?

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.


Giveaway drawing winners



Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtm Back Side Fabrics $30 gift certificate winner is Val at Val’s Quilting Studio, blog reader subscriber.


paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.


Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.


Autumn Jubilee Block 2 and Mini Quilt

Are you ready for Block 2 in the Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along?  Our giveaway sponsor today is Connecting Threads!   You’ll need to gather your orange fabrics for this one, along with more background scraps and just a bit of green.


The second block for the quilt along is a pumpkin design.  The pumpkin block finishes at 6 inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Background White / Ecru
4 1-1/2-inch squares
2 strips 1-1/2-inches by 3-1/4-inches

Orange Scraps
3 strips 2-1/2-inches x 5-1/2-inches

Green Stem Scrap
1-inch x 1-1/2-inch

Sew the green scrap between the two background strips, short sides matching, right sides together.  Press toward the green.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew the orange strips together on the long sides. Position a 1-1/2-inch background square on each corner and sew diagonally across the square, like making a snowball block.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Be careful to sew exactly on the line or you may end up with this.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4-inch. Press to the orange side.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew the pumpkin to the stem. Square up to 6-1/2-inches.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Make one pumpkin block for the mini quilt this week. Arrange three leaves of different colors (or three multi-color leaves) and one pumpkin block in the layout below.  Vary the direction of the leaf stems.  Add a border of 1-1/2 inches wide background fabric.  Be sure to measure your borders, they should be two strips of 12-1/2-inches long, and two strips of 14-1/2-inches long.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Quilt as desired.  I used my favorite fall pantograph with leaves and pumpkins.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Before binding, add hangers to the top edge of the back for your stand.  Leave these off if you plan to use it as a candle mat or on a table. Start with two pieces of backing fabric cut 1-1/2 inches by 4 inches. Bring the short sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Press with the seam open in the middle of one side.  Turn right side out. Fold up so the raw edges are together with the seam inside, and press. Sew to the top edge of the backside of the quilt, about 4 inches in from each side, before adding the binding. See HERE if this doesn’t make sense.  Bind as usual.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Hang on your mini quilt stand. The final size of the mini-quilt is 14-1/2 inches square.  If you prefer, you can leave the borders off and just bind the blocks to finish at 12-1/2 inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Now the fun part, add a face to the pumpkin using black wool or felt.  I cut out the shapes, and just pressed them onto to the pumpkin, then pinned them from the back.  Now, when Halloween is over, I can remove the wool face and still use the mini-quilt through Thanksgiving.  I’ll store the face pieces by pinning them on the backside of the mini-quilt so I won’t lose them for next year.  For October, the pumpkin header on the stand reminds me of the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video, remember Linus rolling the big pumpkin around the fence?

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

You’ll need more leaves and pumpkins for the layouts for the next two projects, so keep making them this week!  Next project will be next Friday.  You’ll need eight more pumpkins for the next two weeks.  The last one in this pic was used in the small project below.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home


Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina HomeToday’s post giveaway is from Connecting Threads!  They will send a mini-quilt stand with a leaf and acorn topper to one lucky commenter on this post, just like the one in the picture on the left!

Just visit Connecting Threads, then come back and leave a comment on this post with your pick for your favorite fabric collection from their current offerings.  The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  Followers of my blog can leave a second comment for a second entry.  Giveaway was in 2016. New readers, welcome!  Please have a look around, I do a lot of different things here.

If you only did one leaf, make a hot pad or mug rug with your pumpkin from today. Position the leaf and pumpkin with sashing of a pretty autumn print. Quilt with Insul-Bright batting, also available at Connecting Threads.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

If you missed the post last week showing the leaf block, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along.  And upload your progress pictures to the Flickr Group Autumn Jubilee!  For next week, you’ll need more leaves and pumpkin blocks for the runner.  The choice of how many is up to you, but I think you will be happiest with at least four pumpkins and eight leaves.  I’ll show you several designs, so happy sewing this week!

Update – Click HERE for the table runner using these two blocks.

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Christmas Mini Quilt and Connecting Threads Giveaway!

For the first Christmas Quilting project, I have a new mini quilt pattern for you!  Designed by me in EQ7, this mini quilt will come out at 14 inches square, and will fit the 12 inch table stand I have shown you before.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Would you like to win one of these table stands?  Well, today you can enter to win, read further for details about a great giveaway from Connecting Threads!Connecting Threads Logo

Fabric Requirements
Ecru background
2-1/2-inch squares – 4
3-inch squares – 4
2-1/2-inch squares – 8
3-inch squares – 8
2-1/2-inch squares – 4
3-inch squares – 2
1-1/4-inch wide strips for border – 2 12-inch strips, 2 14-inch strips
3-inch squares – 6
14 inch square (or larger) for backing
2-1/4-inch strips pieced 60 inches long for binding.
2 strips 1-1/2-inches by 4-inches for hangers.

Note – HST stands for half square triangle.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pair the two gold 3-inch squares with two ecru squares and make HSTs.  See my Chain Piecing HST tutorial for the how-to.

Pair two green 3-inch squares with two ecru squares and make HSTs.

Pair the remaining 6 green 3-inch squares with the 3-inch red squares and make HSTs.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Press towards the darker side.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Square up to 2-1/2-inches square.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the diagram for the HSTs and the 2-1/2 inch squares.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt

Lay out according to the diagram.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew in pairs.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew the pairs into rows, pressing seams in opposite directions as you go.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Add 1-inch wide 12-inch long red border strips to the top and bottom, then add 14 inch strips to the sides.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Layer top with batting and backing, quilt as desired. I used red Essentials thread (from Connecting Threads), and a holly leaf with a bell pantograph.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Make the hangers by using the 1-1/2-inch by 4-inch pieces.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fold them in half and sew a seam along the short side.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Press the seam open.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out, centering the seam in the middle of one side.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fold them in half, meeting the raw edges, with the seam inside.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Align the raw edges with the raw edge of the top of the quilt about 4 inches in from the sides. Pin in place and stitch close to the edge.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Stitch the binding on as usual.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

As you turn the binding to the back, it will partially cover the hangers, leaving just enough to go on the rails of the mini quilt stand and not show on the front.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The basic mini quilt is done, but adding a bit of bling would be nice. It is Christmas after all.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I could easily go overboard with embellishing as you all know, LOL! But this time I decided just to add pearls to the points on the ornament.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The finished size of this mini quilt is 14 inches square.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Now for the fun stuff!  Connecting Threads is going to give away a Table Stand along with four Headers (a $70 value!) to span the seasons!

TableStand StarHeader ScrollHeader HollyHeader EvergreenHeader Connecting Threads Logo

AND the book Itty Bitty Quilts by Connecting Threads with 12 seasonal 6-inch quilts using piecing, embroidery, and applique techniques along with an Itty Bitty Quilt Sampler Stack of 32 10-inch squares!!  The drawing is open to readers living in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia!

IttyBittyQuilts   IttyBittySampler

To enter the drawing, visit Connecting Threads online store to see their Holiday and Seasonal Fabric collections, then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite print or designer.   Update – drawing has been held and the winner has been sent an email, but click through to see the great things they have to offer.  Click Connecting Threads Holiday and Seasonal Fabrics to see the choices.  So, what is your favorite Christmas Fabric from Connecting Threads?   I’ll draw the winner on July 24th, so you have plenty of time to enter.  While you are there, sign up for their newsletter so you get all the sale notices.

Followers of my blog can leave a second comment stating how you follow for a second chance! Good luck!  (P.S. – the Pincushion fabric is back in stock in my Etsy store, along with some new additions this morning!)

Build a wishlist on Connecting Threads and share it to enter their contest to win your wishlist!  Here’s a link to build your wishlist – Win Your Wishlist Giveaway   Here’s mine! Carole’s Connecting Threads Wishlist

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home