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Classic and Vintage Quilt for Fat Quarter Shop – Double Nine Patch

Today is the big reveal for the Fat Quarter Shop‘s Classic and Vintage Quilt Along on their blog Jolly Jabber, and I was delighted to be able to participate as a quilting blogger.  Just click on the Fat Quarter Shop link, and select ‘blog’ on the right side of the blue bar at the top to see it.  Now I can finally show you the quilt I have been secretly working on.

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Did you guess that these strips became nine patch blocks?

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

I made a bunch all at once.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

Did you peek at the tags to see it is a double nine patch?

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

For the Fat Quarter Shop’s Classic and Vintage setting, solid white blocks were set between the double nine patches.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

Then the rows were placed with alternating setting.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

More rows make a flimsy.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

A white border to set the nine patches apart from the outer border, then red was added.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

I wanted it just a bit bigger for a QOV, so I added a third blue border.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

I loaded it on the longarm to quilt, with Warm and Natural batting.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

I used a light blue thread to quilt it with a simple, cloud-like pantograph.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

Quilting completed, it was trimmed up for binding.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

Then, bound in the same color as the border.

Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

This quilt is going to our local Quilts of Valor program, and I’ll be sending it soon.  I may want to show it off at a meeting first, LOL!!  Go to Fat Quarter Shop for the pattern, and see the Jolly Jabber blog lots of other blogger links for more quilts.  This month’s Basic of the Month is Riley Blake Ginghams 20% off!

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Double Nine Patch at From My Carolina Home

Won’t you come with me for more fun this year at From My Carolina Home?  I blog about quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more.  My newest Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along will begin in just a couple of weeks.  You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link.  If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page.  I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too.  This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

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Embroidered Stars Quilt and more quilting

The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered.  I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars.  I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread?  As it turned out, it did fine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The red thread looks great on the navy.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

It lets the stars shine.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice.  One more close view of the stitching and piecing.

Quilt of Valor at From My Carolina Home

The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon!  It won’t be long now until I can show you.  I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph.  See the red star print?  It was the perfect choice.  Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games.  It was fun to do this classic and vintage design.  The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.

Classic and Vintage at From My Carolina Home

More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days.  A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon.  On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner.  It will finish in just three weeks.  Then, on December 1st,  Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.

What are you working on now?

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Sew Day with Friends and a Pretty Table

I am delighted to be joining a group of bloggers working with Fat Quarter Shop on their new Classic and Vintage quilt.  This will be a quilt along for readers in December.  It is fun to see the project in advance, and I began by pulling some fabrics.  I thought this would be a good time for a Quilt of Valor to support the local guild’s efforts, so out came some stars.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

The thing is, this is a secret project. It is all to get you excited to see what Fat Quarter Shop has in store for readers with a Classic and Vintage design.

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

So, although I can tell you it is coming, and temp you with my fabric choices and chain piecing…

Secret Project for FQS at From My Carolina Home

I can’t yet show you the whole design yet.  But it will be fun!

In the meantime, I set up for the first of two sew days so I can see my friends and have some fun. I am lucky to have a huge amount of space in the basement to play. I need to use all my machines a bit more to keep them in good working order. My workhorse Kenmore machine had to go to the shop for service, as there are some things I just cannot do. I got it back, and DH found a replacement bolt to get it back in its cabinet, so it was ready to use. I put the Brother machine on the other side of the table so two could sit comfortably.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Around the corner on the work table, I set up three more machines.  My Featherweight really needs service too, although it is sewing fine, it is sewing really slowly.  My Janome Gem and the Pfaff 7550 are ready for use.  In the space for the fourth person, I later set up a cutting/marking station with a small mat and some tools.  I had 80 squares to have diagonal lines marked to make 160 half square triangles.  You know I love my HSTs, LOL!! The pictures are a bit dark, there is more light in here as the track lights warm up.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Just to give you some perspective, here is the table looking the other way, with the longarm in front of the windows.  So, six people and six machines to use, with space at the cutting table for squaring up and the ironing board for pressing available when needed.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

We worked most of the day on the units for the other new pattern I have done, and enjoyed a pot luck lunch. I have some good cooks in my quilting circles, just look at the feast, starting with two salads, one spinach and one layered.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I got a pic of the two baked dishes before they went into the oven, a shrimp-bacon-onion-cheese quiche and a baked fruit compote.  That Pie Shield is a great thing to have when baking pies, as it prevents the edge of the crust from over-browning.  It is much easier to use than foil, and it has cut-outs on the edge for the handles on the pie plate.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

Fresh baked onion and cheese bread was sliced to serve.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

And a variety of desserts for after the meal, my goodness it was wonderful!!

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I forgot to get a shot of the quiche right out of the oven, but did get a quick one of the last piece leftover after lunch. It was yummy!

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

I reset the table with everyday dishes, the leaf salad plates and everyday flatware for a less formal lunch.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

The turkey place card holders got their first use, I love these little guys.

Sew Day at From My Carolina Home

No, I didn’t show the ladies the secret project, we worked on another QOV with lots of bits to use up scraps. I need to come up with a name for it, and I’ll show it to you soon. Our first sew day was yesterday, and I am having more friends come over later in the month to finish up the top on this project and perhaps start another.

What are you working on now?