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Patriotic Nine Patch Star Finish

I’ve finally had a chance to get back to the Nine Patch Star that my friends are helping to make. We’ve had two sewing days to make the blocks and assemble the top, and then I started on the strips to add the borders.  One of the sewing day ladies took a bunch of strips and sewed them together to make one of the borders.  I laid out the strip and cut them to length.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I pinned it to the flimsy, and stitched it on.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I like the way it looks with the stars, but it needed just a bit more to make the size right.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I added a solid red border to the edges.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Loading it on the longarm, I checked to be sure I’d done the borders right. Yes, the bottom fold is straight.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

All ready to begin quilting, I did need to do a bit of steaming.  That was expected as we had so many different people and machines constructing the blocks.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Thread color was easy, King Tut variegated red with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I used Warm and White batting, and one of my new pantographs.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

It is called Pipeline designed by Patrica Ritter for Urban Elementz.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

It did a wonderful job of flattening out some of the fullness.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

I finished up the quilting in just a few sessions, and added a solid navy binding.  Hand whipping the binding to the back is my favorite kind of hand work.  It goes really fast while watching football games, even though the Panthers didn’t show up for the game last Sunday.  You can see the neat backing fabric I got for this quilt, cream with red and blue goes nicely.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

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All finished, I put it on my guest bed for a final photo.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

It will be sent to donation this week.  Now I hope the Sew Day gals will come help assemble some of the many blocks coming in for the California Thomas Fire quilts.

I want to send special thanks to Jeanne S from St Augustine, IL for the blocks and generous donation to help with shipping costs, and Heidi K in Henderson NV for her lovely blocks.  I didn’t have an email address to thank you with a personal note.  Personal emails have been sent to Liz H in Mahwah, NJ and Shannon F in Durant OK for blocks also received on Tuesday.  Wow, four packages the day after the long weekend, I am really grateful for the quick response.  I know quilters are among the most generous people on earth, and it is proven again with this project.  I’ll show you what I have been picking up at the post office soon, and I know even more is on the way!

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Sew Day Patriotic Nine Patch Stars

We had our second sew day to work on the patriotic quilt, five more friends sewing on my machines, pressing seams, cutting sashing and cornerstones, and making binding.  Of course, we had a pot luck lunch too, and did take a nice break to enjoy a meal.  I decided to do the Nine Patch Star on the first sew day, but didn’t show it to you then. I had worked on the Classic and Vintage Fat Quarter Shop design for a patriotic quilt, and they have now pushed their reveal back to January.   So, I went with the Nine Patch Star for this community quilt.  For the first sew day, I had cut fabrics for several hours the day before so we could hit the ground running. For this patriotic version, the center unit has a star print for the center, surrounded by blue scraps.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then the flying geese units were done in scrappy reds.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

We pressed those seams open to reduce bulk, and make it easy to see the point for sewing the next seam.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

After the previous sew day, we had all the nine patch units made, all the flying geese units made, and all the squares cut.  On this day, we needed to finish assembly of the 20 blocks, add sashing and cornerstones, and complete the center section of the quilt top. Here we are set up for day two of sewing.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

The units were all completed, and then the blocks assembled.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Time out for lunch!  We did a Mexican theme pot luck lunch, with a Christmas Tablescape. The salad courses were lined up on the counter, my guacamole was in the center.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We had a tossed salad full of crunchy lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cranberries, bacon, olives, onions and hard boiled eggs.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

We scooped up the Seven Layer salad, yummy refried beans, avocado, olives, cheese, onions, salsa and sour cream to eat with chips.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Then we moved to the stove for the Mexican Chicken Enchilada casserole in a slow cooker.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Taco soup was in another pot, made with ground beef and corn with lots of spice that was so thick it was more like chili.  We ladled it into our bowls, filled up plates, and sat at the dining table for a leisurely lunch with lots of chat time. This was my plate.  I’ll show you the tablescape on Wednesday.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

They laughed at me as I took a picture of another full plate.  Seconds were encouraged, and taken advantage of!

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Stuffed too full for dessert right away, we went back to the basement for more sewing. We cut sashing strips, 2-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches. Cornerstones of the same star print were placed between the sashings.  The top was constructed in two big pieces.  When we had all 20 blocks made, we put sashings on two sides of each block.  The blocks were sewn into rows, and two large sections were done.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Then it was time for dessert, Chocolate on Chocolate. It was a happy thing that the Christmas sprinkles were also the colors of the Mexican flag, after all, there is a lot of chocolate in Mexican cooking. Chocolate chunk brownies, frosted with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkles left everyone with a sweet taste.

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Every dessert looks yummy on a Christmas plate, right?

Sew Day Pot Luck at From My Carolina Home

Back to sewing, the final assembly meant joining the two large pieces, then adding the last two edges of sashings, and the center of the top is done.  We counted it up, and so far with 10 quilters working in five different machines over two days plus the cutting time, we have 70 quilter-hours in this quilt so far.  Cutting, marking, pressing, sewing, and ripping out some bad seams here and there really adds up.

Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

At this point it is still not large enough for Quilts of Valor, right now it is 59 x 72 inches. So I will add a scrappy border made during the first sew day, along with a solid red border on the outside edge to bring it over the minimum size of 60 x 80.  I’ll show you those steps soon, when I get to them. I don’t expect to finish this quilt before Christmas, there is too much going on this month.  The block pattern is the same as the Christmas Quilt Along from yesterday.  I’ll have a pdf for you with both sizes later in the quilt along.  I just got three new pantographs for quilting too and I cannot wait to try them out!

What do you think of our Sew Day and Pot Luck?  Do you think you might try this with some of your sewing friends?

 

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Quilt of Valor Barn Raising

This barn raising setting for the next Quilt of Valor was so interesting with the variety of patriotic prints and mix of colors with a bit of gold.  I liked the transition from a light beige to a darker beige background as the blocks go from center to edge.  I loaded it longways in order to get the maximum amount of quilting per row.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

I folded it up to check the borders.  Look at that, perfectly straight!  What a joy!  I do not know who pieced the top, but she (he?) did a fabulous job.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is one I use a lot.  It is called Fascination by Lorien Quilting for Willow Leaf Studios, designed by Hermione Agee.  The gentle curves go so well with just about every quilt piecing design, and especially on those with lots of hard angles.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

I didn’t even audition thread, I knew I wanted to use red from the moment I unwrapped it.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

This is Superior thread on top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.  The batting is Warm and Natural cotton.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

The quilting went so easy because this quilt was so well pieced and flat, that I finished it in an afternoon.  Stitches were perfect without loops or issues.

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

I hope the service person who receives it loves it as much as I enjoyed quilting it!

Quilt of Valor Barn Raising at From My Carolina Home

I want to get more QOVs done in the coming year, so I have hatched a plan to have friends come over and help me.  I will pick up my workhorse Kenmore today from the repair guy.  I had cleaned it as best as I could, but there was something just gumming up the gears.  Likely it was old grease or something that hardened with lack of use.  The hand crank would move but with a lot of drag.  With six sewing machines needing to be run regularly to stay in perfect sewing shape, it makes sense to have some sew days and use those machines to get some blocks made.  If you have any patriotic orphan blocks sitting around (any size), or you want to make a couple for this project, I’ll take any that you have.  Local friends, let’s sew!  Out of area friends, let me know and I’ll send you my mailing address.

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Quilt of Valor – United We Stand Panel

This next Quilt of Valor was an asymmetrical quilt with a nice design to augment a panel.  The panel is the center section with the eagles.  The right side section has pieced friendship stars set in rows alternating with strips of star fabric.  On the left side is a sashed strip of alternating color background with white stars.  Altogether, it gives the quilt the look of a flag.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Auditioning thread, I gave some thought to the variegated red.  But the backing was navy, so the blue seemed the better choice.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

I folded it up, and note that the edges are longer, and the center bows upward in the center indicating the borders are too long.  Yet again.  It wasn’t so much that I needed darts this time, but it did require a bit of manipulating the borders as I quilted to work in that extra fabric.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Some of you have wanted to know what a pantograph looks like, so here is the one I used.  It is Tiger Swirl by Lisa Calle for Intelligent Quilting.  The paper is 12 feet long, and I follow the continuous line with a laser light on the machine.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

The navy thread is doing well on the dark red, providing some texture to the solid color.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Looking good on the whiter areas too.  The panto has gentle curves to soften the sharp edges of all those stars.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Getting down to the bottom, and all seems to be going well.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

The corner is pulled a bit off square to take out some of the fullness.  This can be cut off when the quilt is squared.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

A cursory view of the back, it is a bit difficult to see the quilting because the color is so close.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I took it to the cutting table and trimmed the batting and backing to the quilt top, squaring it off.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

Folding it up, I noticed this, some little loops in two spots of the stitching.  Crap!  I didn’t see this until it was off the frame and trimmed.  It isn’t a lot, and to fix it I would have to reload the quilt and realign the pantograph, rip out all looped stitching and restitch it.  This isn’t as easy as that sounds.  Knowing that the committee will wash the quilt before it is awarded, I chose to leave it.  I think it will even out when it is washed, at least I hope so.  I wrote the director a note and pinned it to the quilt so she would be aware of it, and be sure it was presentable before awarding it.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

So, all done.  I do still have a few more to show, and I’ll get to them soon.

Quilt of Valor United We Stand ~ From My Carolina Home

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Happy Independence Day Tablescape and Ideas

How is one supposed to have a cookout in the rain? The forecast isn’t promising for this evening and it is foggy this morning portending a very humid day.  Supposedly the rain will clear for a bit around cooking time, but I can’t count on that.  So, as I had to do last year as well, I set the table inside. I did it yesterday afternoon so I could get pictures and show you today.  If it clears up, it won’t take more than 10 minutes or so to move the whole thing to the veranda table.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I started with covering the table with a piece of white plastic, and covered that with a white cloth to protect it, bratwurst can get a bit juicy.  The Patriotic Table Runner is one I made a couple of years ago using a tri-recs ruler for the stars, and patriotic fabric for the squares.  Click on the name for the free quilted table runner tutorial and pattern.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The white star melamine dishes came out, and were dressed with a bit of star garland in blue and red. The “vase” for the flowers is a jelly jar. The hydrangea had a couple of small flower heads that were more blue, so they were added to the vases.  I did two of these to go on either side of the center.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The red salvia in the white planter was brought in from the veranda to be the focus of the centerpiece.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The star plates were set on either side, with two star sprays that I got at a dollar store some years ago.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was just a bit more needed to fill out the centerpiece, so the Mason Jar Candles with red flowers were also added.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Place settings were casual as usual for a cookout, with everyday flatware, red chargers and white stoneware. No salad plates as we weren’t going to need them. Red napkins got red rings.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I had another idea. I thought rolling the red napkins would make them look like firecrackers (or dynamite, LOL!!), so I did that.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

That’s fun, something different than the napkin shape I usually use.  Wine glasses were added as well.  Now, the table is set and ready for guests.  No place cards for this meal, it is just casual.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’ve left the four corners for serving dishes. Our guests are bringing side dishes to share, and if they need a dish, we’ll use these.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look at the star plates with the garland and hydrangea, and the mason jar candle.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Ready for spending time with good friends.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The big flag platter will hold brats and burgers and buns.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I always make some of my Perfect Deviled Eggs for cookouts and picnics.

Perfect Deviled Eggs From My Carolina Home

This year I’ll make a cucumber salad as well, from a couple of huge cucumbers a friend gave me.  Need more inspiration?  You can see some of my previous tablescapes at these links.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 – white placemats, red chargers, and three colors of napkins with clear acrylic rings because I didn’t have six of any one color.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Tablescape for 4 in 2015 – Inside with Battenburg lace placemats, and red candles in depression glass holders…

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

and outside with paper napkin chargers and the melamine stars as plates!  Strawberry napkin rings hold red cloth napkins. Star sprays flank a planter with white petunia.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

And here is the veranda tablescape from an early July Red White and Blue Luncheon I had with friends two summers ago.  This time I rolled the plasticware inside paper napkins and tied them with a blue ribbon.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th holiday, time spent with family and friends with lots of fun and fireworks!!

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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

Patriotic Tablescape 7

I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

Garden Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

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Patriotic Star Mini Quilt

I wanted a red,white and blue mini quilt for my quilt stand, so I got out some patriotic colors and prints and had some fun.  I did something really different this time, and I’ll show you step by step.  Here’s what you need –

Four 2-1/2 inch squares each of blue and white,
Four 3-inch squares each of red and white,
Four 2-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch rectangular border pieces of star print.
One square of blue, 4-1/2 inches square

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Pair the red and white 3-inch squares and make HSTs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Lay out the block and sew in rows as usual.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, loading it on the longarm, I stitched around the edges to hold it in place.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I had this pattern from Twice Quilted designs, but I don’t like the way you have to use these. The pattern calls for flipping and reversing the page, and it just gets too involved to be practical. Maybe if you are marking and hand quilting, these would work, but for a machine quilted project it is just too convoluted.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

But, I liked the idea of two lines of quilting in different colors. So, I got out my Golden Threads paper and made my own. I started by laying it over the mini quilt to get the size I needed.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I traced some of the motifs, putting them closer together to cover a smaller project.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used two colors of pencil to help keep the paths straight. The fireworks and stars will be quilted in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I started with red thread and the fireworks motifs.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I did the star motifs in blue.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I noticed that the actual quilting didn’t cover the whole piece evenly, so I added a freehand loop in white thread to finish it off.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here are a couple of close up views.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I put the little hangers on the back, two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch.  It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt. (see here), then added the binding in the same star print.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The hand sewing to the back only took one evening.  Hanging on the stand, it was the perfect decoration for the patriotic holidays of summer.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It goes well with the Value Play quilt on the wall.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Fireworks and stars, the perfect quilt pattern for a star mini quilt.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Have you ever quilted a project with two or three different colors and motifs?

 

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