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Embellishing the Christmas Pillow

Long time readers of my blog may remember this pillow design I did for Moda Bake Shop last year.  When I finished it, I thought that the tree looked a bit plain, and it might be fun to embellish it a bit with some hand work.  So, this year, I dug out some Christmas buttons, pearls and large red crystals to trim the tree.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

The original pattern for the pillow can be downloaded with this link in a pdf file – Christmas Tree Pillow.  I started with putting a little gold star button at the top, then arranging a few Christmas buttons on three seam points.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

I added red crystals to many of the seam points, leaving spaces for lighter colors of pearls and buttons.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

These clear and white flower buttons looked great.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Soon, every point on the tree had an ornament.

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Looks nice on the sofa for the holiday season with my adorable stuffed reindeer.  He’s made a holiday appearance for many years now.  Isn’t he cute?

Christmas Pillow at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever gone back to embellish a finished item?

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Nine Patch Star Quilt Along Finish

Continuing on our quilt-along, we’ll finish it up today.  If you are just now finding this post, start HERE. Quilting the Nine Patch Star was next. Here’s where I left off last week, with the border on the blocks matching the center block in the nine patch.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I loaded the runner on the longarm and selected one of my holiday themed pantographs, a bell and holly design called Deck the Halls by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz.  Quilting went very fast, only three passes and it was done.

Nine Patch Star Quilt Along at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph was the perfect choice, and one I rarely get to use.  The runner has Warm and Natural batting with Essentials thread on top and Aurifil in the bobbin.

Nine Patch Star Quilt Along at From My Carolina Home

Next, trim the piece, and apply the binding.

Nine Patch Star Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

Hand stitching binding while watching football games is a favorite thing to do.

Nine Patch Star Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

All done!  I put it on the little coffee table in the den.  The width was perfect for that spot.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

One other note about this pattern, even though came up with this on my own, I was certain it wasn’t original. It was too simple and had to have been done many times before. Several readers have emailed me that Missouri Star did it a couple of years ago, but, their pattern is not a nine-patch, it is a four 4-patch (or a 16-patch) in the center.  See HERE.  The main design uses the same size unit 4-patches as the star points.  It has been published before by Pat Sloan as Happy Little Wishes, see it HERE. She wasn’t the first to publish either, as it was apparently published in a McCalls Quilting magazine in 2011, although I have not been able to verify that.  I’m sure that other examples can be found.  Still, it is a fun block and I hope you enjoy using it with my ideas for color placement.

Just this past week, reader Sheila was kind enough to send me a picture of her Scrap Dance Waltz quilt with permission to share it with all of you.  She did a fabulous job, with 608 HST’s and 2833 pieces, her 90-inch square quilt is spectacular!

Sheila's Waltz

See more reader quilt finishes on our Waltz Flickr Group.  Scrap Dance Waltz was the mystery quilt along from Winter 2017.  Yes, I will be doing another mystery scrappy quilt along next year. The design isn’t done yet, but I have some ideas.  It will begin in January, and as we have done for the past mysteries, will post a step once a month for several months so you can work it in around your other projects and use up your scrap bin.

What are you quilting this season?

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Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home


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Autumn Jubilee Tablet Cover Sew Along Finishing

Today we’ll finish the Tablet Cover, and have another Giveaway.  I hope you are enjoying the projects for Autumn Jubilee!  Share your progress and finished projects on the Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group.  You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Using the last two layer cakes, cut strips 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches wide, as is your preference for binding. I used two more prints in the same colors, sewing the strips end to end alternating the prints.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold in half lengthwise and press.  Sew to the right side.  I have a multi-part tutorial on Binding, to show exactly how to do the corners with tips on getting those perfect miters, joining the ends and finishing.  Since we are using straight of grain binding this time, start with Part 2 Here.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Finish stitching the binding, either by hand or machine.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Press the completed piece to sharpen up the corners and crisp the quilting.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Add 4-inch velcro strips to the inside of the rounded end, and the outside of the opposite end about 1 inch from the end edge. Put the soft side on the rounded edge so it won’t scratch the tablet. Center both from the side edges. Top stitch in place.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold the base up from the bottom 10-1/2-inches, this should be right at the seam between the two blocks.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch in the ditch of the binding.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Fold the top over and press the velcro together to hold it closed. All done!

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Slip your tablet inside for easy carrying and to keep the screen safe and clean.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Wouldn’t this make a great gift for the holidays this year for your tablet lover?

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

The backside is just as nice as the front.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Suitable for guys too, DH likes his.  Of course, fabric choices are key for the guys.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Moda Fabrics by United Notions, and the prize is two layer cakes!!  Thistle Farm and Harvest Hill prints are perfect for fall sewing, and making gifts.  They would make a bunch of Tablet Covers!

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There is still time to enter the giveaways for Backside Fabrics and EQ8 gift certificate, see the previous week’s posts.


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!

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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?

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