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Stars on Autumn Lane – Star Block

Are you caught up with your cutting and making half-square triangles?  I hope so, but if not, just continue to make progress and keep the pdfs for future reference to complete the quilt.  Today we’ll make the star block for Stars on Autumn Lane.

It is really easy, just follow the diagram contained in the pdf to place your 3-1/2-inch background, scrappy and HST elements.  I have to do these patterns this way now, as WordPress will not allow me to put a no-pin code on the pattern itself.  I don’t mind pinning of the pictures, but the pattern itself I prefer not to have on Pinterest.  Here’s the pdf with the placement diagram – Autumn Jubilee Star Block

Table Topper make 5
Lap make 6
Twin make 18

If you missed the first post with the cutting instructions, click HERE.

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Aurifil Threads!!  Whoopee, a collection of 12 large spools of Autumn colors, the Chestnut Collection!  Just look at these gorgeous colors!   Aurifil is my favorite piecing thread, strong and thin it is perfect for many applications, but absolutely the only thread I use for piecing.  I also quilt with it, using it frequently in the bobbin of my longarm, and also in the top when I want the quilting to be subtle.  I wish I could win this collection myself, but it is for a lucky reader.  Be sure to tell your friends to enter, you could always tell them they have to share if they win, LOL!!  I’d be delighted if they also chose to follow the blog.

Autumn Jubilee is a way for me to grow my blog readership.  I am very grateful for your shares on Facebook, Tweets to your friends, and any other way you let other readers know what my blog is about.  If you are on a quilting forum, chat room, guild email list, please let others know about the quilt along and Autumn Jubilee.  Oh, and one more thing, I am not collecting email addresses or contact info, so you will not be put on any mailing lists.  You can use your Facebook acct to log in, or just enter your name and email.  The email is so I can contact the winner, and will not be used for any other purpose.  Enter the Aurifil giveaway by clicking on this link –

Rafflecopter Aurifil Thread Chestnut Collection Giveaway!!

What do you love about Aurifil Threads?  How do you like to use them?

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Want to try Aurifil?  Get spools and cones at Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Threads.  Be sure to see all 17 pages, there are a few of the collections on sale, and special pricing on bundles of fabrics with Aurifil threads.

Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt

Psst – Fat Quarter Shop’s Notion of the Month is Stabilizer!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

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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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Be My Neighbor Block 12

Moving on to the next block in this quilt along, block 12 is pretty simple. I knew I could do this one in very little time, so I got out the basket of scraps and began pulling colors. I laid out the previous row so I could see what would be next to this block, and vary the colors. Purple with a floral print seemed the right choice for the large squares, and I can use the lighter purple in the nine-patch blocks.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -2

I cut most of the pieces and set them out on my sewing table for assembly. I decided to do the nine-patches using strips instead of cutting all the little 2-inch squares. Laying out the components, there were only two diagonal lines to draw this time. I chain pieced as much as I could before taking the units to the ironing board.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -4

I did the nine patch strip units and cross cut them, pressing the strips toward the green so the units would nest.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -5

Sewing more units, I looked carefully at the roof knowing that those chimneys would be a pain. So, I carefully pinned them, checked the placement, checked and repinned again.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -6

And still managed to do it wonky. Even with the quarter-inch foot and trying really hard. I can’t break the streak now, apparently.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -7

And so, I took it out and redid the seam. Twice.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -8

The third time was the charm, or at least as good as I was ever going to get it. I turned to assembling the other units.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -9

Final two seams were sewn and the block was done.  The purples really are the same bluish tone, the darker one isn’t showing true in the pictures.  The nine patch colors are pulled out of the purple floral print, and match really well.

Be My Neighbor Block 12 -10

So, those of you really sharp eyed will notice that I skipped Block 11. I have a couple of ideas of how to do that block with all the little houses, but no fabric that will suit for the large windows on each little house. My first thought is to make them all birdhouses, with fussy cut birds in each window. Problem is I do not have any bird fabric. I also thought about using food fabrics, like little farmer’s market stalls. So, I am going to look in the shops for something suitable, maybe one of these ideas or maybe something I haven’t thought about yet. I won’t be able to get to the meeting today for the group as our longarm group is meeting in Waynesville Weaverville at a new quilt shop. Maybe I can find something cute there. We’ll see!

Are you doing the quilt along? What are you working on now?

 

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Be My Neighbor Quilt Along

The LQS here started a quilt along in January for the Moda Fabrics Be My Neighbor quilt.  The original publication of the block instructions were done late last year.  So, I decided to do this monthly meeting so I can keep up with a few friends.  The shop emailed me the first blocks, but I couldn’t even think about sewing for over a week.  Finally on the day before the meeting, I thought I should at least get one block done, so I pulled some scraps and got busy.

Neighbor Block One 2

This one takes some concentration as each block is different and has lots of pieces that are close in measurement. The background on this one has a 2-1/2-inch square and a 2-1/2 x 2-3/4-inch rectangle. So careful placement is essential. As I usually do anyway, I laid out the bits to be sure they were all in the right spots.

Neighbor Block One 3

Then I picked up adjoining pieces and sewed as many as I could chain style.

Neighbor Block One 4

Took all those the the ironing board, then laid out the block again.

Neighbor Block One 6

Pick up the pieces that could be done next, and chain pieced again until I ran out of bits.

Neighbor Block One 8

I kept going like this until the entire block was sewn.  I put a white on white lacy print in the ‘windows’ to look like lace curtains, but it was too subtle.

Neighbor Block One 10

When I got the block done, I thought ho-hum. I am doing what I always do, choosing the same colors I usually do. So, this block is going to become an orphan. I am going to re-sew another one in spring colors. The trees will become flowering trees instead of evergreens, and I bought some sky fabric in a pale blue Moda marbles with some white that looks like clouds.  One of the other ladies in the quilt-along group also brought up an interesting idea.  She added in a grass patch on either side of her tree, creating a “horizon”, which sets the tree into a landscape.  I liked the look of that too. So, now I am four blocks behind, but who cares! Quilting should always be fun. I have all the best intentions of keeping up, but I am not going to stress out if I am a bit behind.

The patterns are still available at Bear Creek Quilting online, in free downloads. Click on Be My Neighbor to get all the patterns if you’d like to quilt along too, or maybe to join in later.

Want to quilt along with this one?  What are you working on?


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Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Begins!

 

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step is now over.  The pattern will be available in my Craftsy store soon.  Thank you for quilting along, and if you are just now finding it, gather your precut leftover charm packs and jelly rolls, fat quarters, end of bolts, and scraps for the next mystery in the Scrap Dance Series coming January 2018.


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Scrap Dance Mystery #3

 

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Scrap Dance Two-Step is now over.  Check my Craftsy store soon for the complete pattern.

 

Sharing the announcement post only, I will not be linking the individual steps.

Whoop Whoop Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts

Busy Hands Quilt Alongs Link Page

Show Off Saturday

Oh Scrap!

Main Crush Monday

Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

Let’s Bee Social

Needle and Thread Thursday

Seams to Be Sew

 


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Catching up to Christmas

I am working on several new projects for this holiday season, but nothing is ready to show yet.  I will be working on our quilt-along this afternoon, the next step is tomorrow.  My weekend sale online orders from all my favorite retailers are coming in for new projects for the blog, thread and fabric should arrive this week.  But for now, refill your coffee cup or tea, and settle in for some fun time on my blog as I do a review of my Christmas in July event along with some previous season ideas with links to the projects.  You might be here a while today, LOL!!  We had great fun in July and had a number of wonderful prizes from my favorite vendors, and yes, we’ll have more events like that next year.  Do you have a quilter on your gift list?  This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too!  The link has a full tutorial.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

My original design Christmas Mini Quilt fits a table top stand, and the post has all the instructions to make it.  The ornament pattern is embellished with little pearls at the triangle corners.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

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

You have cards to send, so here are some card stamping ideas for your Christmas card list.  Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

Are you into wool applique?  This is my original design, Christmas Wool Penny Rug and the post has a free pattern download.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Cookie Cutters Ornaments are easy to make with buttons and ribbon roses.

Rose Angel at From My Carolina Home

An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.  The pattern is free in my Craftsy store. While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the blog costs.  I hope never to have the obnoxious ads I am seeing on other blogs these days, moving animation on every single photo in a post, flashing ads on sidebars and popups, hello bars at the top and popup bars at the bottom, and some blogs with all of those at once! Monumentally annoying.  As long as I can pay for everything with Etsy store sales and Craftsy sales, the only ads you should ever see will be the occasional one at the bottom put there by WordPress when you visit the blog page.  Someday I hope to go completely ad free.

Christmas Hexagonal Table Topper 15

If you would like to do another runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner

Christmas Quilt Along finish

This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors!  For the month of December for my readers, the pattern is reduced to just $5.  The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!  I was carrying it yesterday while shopping for some crafting supplies, and several ladies commented on it.

Christmas Charleston Bag

Need some ideas for the guys on your list? Gifts for Guys will give you some different ideas from the usual.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

I love giving Gifts From The Kitchen too. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of this recipe with others along with printable gift tags.

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

We are finally getting some much needed rain this morning, and I am enjoying the gentle patter and cooler temperatures.  It is hoped this rain will help the firefighters, particularly to keep the fires from spreading although it will not be enough to end the drought or to extinguish the fires going now.  It is a great day, however, to curl up with a good book.  I did some cozy Christmas mystery book reviews last year, here are some holiday reads you might enjoy too.  Cozy Christmas Reading  If you haven’t heard that term, a cozy mystery is one without overt violence, no foul language, and the intimate scenes are left to the imagination.

Cozy Christmas 2

Just for fun, here is my Christmas Tablescape from two years ago. This post has a recipe for Shrimp Avocado Remoulade, along with the plan for the quilted table topper.  I found some new chargers for this year and I have an idea for a totally new tablescape using things I already have in a new way.

Christmas Table 2014 - 2

And one last project, a Holiday Pine Cone Hanger to use those big cones you might have sitting around.  I gave this one away, but I’ll be making another one for the veranda this year.

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

I hope that gives you some things to enjoy to get the season started.  I’ll have more projects and ideas very soon, and our Scrap Dance Waltz continues tomorrow.  I am revising the math for those that are doing the two tone Christmas option, and I’ll add that to the post tomorrow.

Are you getting started on Christmas?

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