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Landrum Quilt Show 2017

This past week I attended the Landrum Quilt Show, and what a great time!  Lots of quilts, wonderful vendors, a whole room of used magazines and books at ridiculously low prices, and raffles too!  Couldn’t ask for more.  The quilt show is held at one of the local high schools, in the gym, so I could go up the bleachers (only for you dear readers) to get a birds-eye view of the show. There just isn’t enough space to show you the whole show, don’t worry I won’t try! I will highlight a few of the quilts I found interesting. Every quilt there was applause-worthy, so choosing just a few was difficult.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

This quilt, called Blooming Hearts, was pieced by Joan Powell and quilted by Roz Hemberger. The heart blocks are set on point, then hand appliqued. The feathers around the blocks were really interesting, and I suspect are freehand quilted.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

This quilt called Bee Creative was adorable, with hand embroidered blocks, all with bees. It was pieced and embroidered by Karen Cummings and quilted by Lynne Hannant.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

A close up of one of the blocks shows the intricate detail, and wonderful cross hatched quilting.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

I am captivated with quilts like these with all different blocks. This one is pieced and quilted by Judith Kuntz and features not only piecing, but hand embroidery, paper piecing, applique and some fancy machine stitching.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Flame Bargello by Diane Hollis had wonderful flame quilting on the ombre fabrics, and note that the beaded blue ribbon of piecing is offset in the black border. The combination was so interesting!

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Curved piecing got my attention here, along with the interesting flower shapes embedded in the overlapping rings. The runner was made by Laurie Blair and is called Bejewed and Bedazzled.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Here’s a close up of the interesting custom quilting, note the different motifs in different areas, stippling too.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Another beauty by Laurie Blair featured beading in the center to add dimension to the iris flower in the quilt called Star of My Garden.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Rise And Shine was a lovely clock made by Sybil Radius. Note the radiating quilting in the rays, and texture in the center.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

The variegated thread really adds another dimension to this piece, along with some thread painting.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Jar Transparency by Diane Hollis showed a wonderful choice of fabrics to create the illusion, and dimensional flowers add texture.  Note the flowers in the quilting with the straight lines.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

I liked this rooster, beautifully done by Christine Wilde in a mixture of piecing, applique and thread painting. Note that she quilted the black border in white thread to create the chicken wire.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

The Landrum show is all viewer’s choice, no judging, and here was my vote for Best in Show. It is called The Circle of Life Unfolds As The Phoenix Rises, made by Ruth Pollow. The quilting on this piece was show stopping, absolutely gorgeous.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Ms Pollow created curved window panes, each with a different design, for an overall patchwork of quilting.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

Here’s another closeup of the upper right with the Phoenix head and the sun in the quilting. Note the tiny sections of different quilting patterns around the sun. Stunning.

Landrum, NC Quilt Show 2017

I took about 70 more pictures, LOL! It was so easy as the quilts were wonderful. It was just the thing I needed to get my creative mojo back. So much so that I whipped up a table topper and finished it in just two days.  It is a Patriotic Table Topper or Wall Hanging using the Tango pattern.  Those who have purchased the Scrap Dance Tango pattern from my Craftsy store have been sent a message that there is a bonus for you!  Just go to your pattern purchases and download the bonus freebie.  Of course, if you haven’t had the pleasure of pleasure of downloading Scrap Dance Tango, you can get both at the link above.

Like the little mini quilt?  That free pattern is available here – Patriotic Star Mini Quilt.  Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Janice that caught a typo – I have corrected it.

Happy Quilting!!

What are you working on now?


Quilt Trunk Show

Anyone in the mood for a virtual trunk show?  I thought I would participate in Whims and Fancies Trunk Full of Quilts event, there are some wonderful prizes just for participating.  You can participate too, even if you don’t have a blog, just link a Flickr album with your quilts.  So, here are a few of my original designs just for fun.  First up, the Scrap Dance series has gained momentum over the past couple of years, starting with the original Scrap Dance.  It didn’t even have a name until halfway through the mystery challenge!  One day it just occurred to me that my eye couldn’t stop moving over the quilt, it seemed like dancing.

Scrap Dance on bench

Then, the second one, Tango, was the mystery for last year.  This name came to me in the design process as the block turns and dances back and forth across the quilt.  And now I had a series.

Tango Cover Shots 3

So, continuing with that theme, my bag pattern is the Charleston.  Those swinging beads just reminded me of the flapper dresses of the 20s.

The Charleston Bag! A new pattern at From My Carolina Home

Then I had the idea for a really fast quilt with a lot of setting ideas.  Of course, it was a Scrap Dance too, and I called it Quickstep.  I like taking pictures of quilts on the veranda, can you tell?  This one is an easy pattern using strips, and I created 14 setting designs for the simple block.  These patterns are available in my Craftsy store, along with a few others, some free.

Qucikstep Finished 1

You’ll find three free patterns on Moda Bake Shop, just click on the sidebar for those patterns.  I recently showed a quickie bag using leftover jelly roll strips from one of those projects.  Jelly Roll Market Bag.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

One thing I feel is important is showing my mistakes and how I deal with them.  I think it is important to have fun and not worry that everything isn’t perfect.  Sometimes I really mess up, and fixing those problems can sometimes mean a lot of work.  Like this quilt that I completely took apart after it was done, and re-quilted it. You can see those posts on my Fixing Problems page, see the top of the blog.

Cottage Garden Quilt remade | From My Carolina Home

I do quilt alongs quite often, mainly fast projects like this Christmas Table Runner from last year…

Christmas Quilt Along finish

and Autumn Jubilee in October was a month of projects using two blocks.


Coming up this week will be a quilt along for the next Scrap Dance pattern, Waltz.  It is easy as 1-2-3, and has a circular secondary design.  Come quilt along!  You can get started by cutting some 2-1/2-inch and 3-inch squares of scraps and background fabrics.  I’ll have the particulars on Wednesday.

I have categories for other subjects too, as this blog is a bit of a lot of things, along with quilting.  If you enjoy cooking and tablescapes, stamping and crafting, wool applique and reading good books, come follow along.  Thanks for reading!

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Apple Festival Quilt Show tomorrow

The FBC Memory Makers is holding a Quilt and Craft show on Saturday September 5, 2015 at the FBC Crosswalk Student Center, 577 Buncombe Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina.  It is in conjunction with the local Apple Festival which started today.  I wrote about the Apple Festival last year, see that post for lots of colorful pictures of apples, and apple goodies. Honey crisp apples rarely make it out of NC, we eat all we can.  One of our favorite apple stands is Creasman Farms for their Honey Crisp, and one of these days we’ll get out to the actual farms to pick some!


Apples from the Creasman Farms at The North Carolina Apple Festival

The quilts will be voted on by the public and there are some great prizes for the winning quilters.  I entered the Farmer’s Market Picnic Quilt.


One of the organizers saw this quilt at the Symposium show, and emailed me. It has apples in it, so she wanted to see if I would enter their show too.


The entry fee was small, and the profits from the show go to their quilt ministry. Here’s my paper pieced multicolor corn. Don’t you love that corn fabric?


I paper pieced the carrot too.


It has a traditionally pieced pumpkin, and some pinwheels of foodie fabrics.


Come out for the show if you are close by, it should be wonderful. Plus there will be over 50 local crafters selling their handmade crafts. The show is held at Crosswalk at First Baptist Church which is located at 577 Buncombe Street (Hwy 64 at Buncombe), just two blocks off Main Street, well within walking distance of the Apple Festival. I would sure appreciate your vote if you get by the show.


Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


International Quilt Day 2015

It is a great weekend to be a quilter!  It ‘s International Quilt Weekend!  It started with a Quilt Day in Kentucky, and from there went national then worldwide.  Read about the history HERE. There are special deals going on all over the web, and I collected a few for you.  We need a mini online quilt show too, so here are a few of mine, starting with my first miniature.


Hands down the very best deal out there is the free weekend for videos at The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims!  Click on the How Does this Weekend Work, and you go to a page where you can log in (if you are already on, and it is free to join if you aren’t), enter the contest for a Bernina 550QE, or lots of other prizes from Superior Threads, Innova, RJR Fabrics, Missouri Star, and more.  I have no affiliation with any of these companies, I just want to let you all know about the great prizes.  Then, you can watch more than 200 Quilt Show videos for free this weekend!  I guarantee quilt overload in a hurry, so choose wisely!


Want some more online quilt show inspiration?  Check out the National Quilt Museum website, there are some wonderful pictures there.  You can also see the searchable database at The Quilt Index, even more inspiration there.  The International Quilt Study Center and Museum has an online exhibition.  The National Quilt Collection, part of the Division of Home and Community Life’s Textile Collection at the National Museum of American History, has wonderful historical videos on their collection on youtube.


If you are wondering why I chose these quilts to show you, it is because I am entering all three of them in the NC Quilt Symposium quilt show in May 2015.

OK, so you have some money burning a hole in your pocket, this is a good weekend for quilt related sales.  There’s a Try Me sale this weekend at Superior Threads. Martingale Books is having a Flash Sale, $6 ebook titles this weekend only.  And, Fat Quarter Shop is having a sale now too.  Just had to tell you!  And is there ever a time when we don’t want new fabric?  Well, unless you are Stashbusting.  One of my favorite places to shop online is Connecting Threads, and they are having a sale this weekend too.


So what am I going to do this weekend?  Why, quilt of course!!  Working on the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along quilt!

Are you celebrating International Quilt Weekend?



A Chicken Project

I am a member of a longarm quilter group locally that has both professional and amateur members.  To promote the  Carolina Mountain Longarm Association, hopefully find new members, and let quilters know about our professional members, we are making gifts for participants at an upcoming show.

Chicken closeup

We started with some 4-1/2 inch squares, felt beaks and combs, and some 3-1/2 inch squares for the tails.

Chickens fabrics

Chicken Pincushion - 1

Place the beaks and the combs on the right side of a square.

Chicken Pincushion - 2

Sew the seams. Leave the back open, and an opening on the bottom for turning.

Chicken Pincushion - 3

Pull the back seam crossways, insert the prairie point tail, and sew.

Chicken Pincushion - 4

Turn right side out.

Chicken Pincushion - 5

CMLA member Carol said to stuff the tops of the chickens with a bit of batting because the walnut shell filling always settles. This way the head of the chicken remains stuffed.

Chicken Pincushion - 6

The eyes were next so the knots would be hidden inside the chicken. On some I did buttons, and on a few I used floss and made French knots.

Chickens 2

Chicken Pincushion - 7

Fill with crushed walnut shells.  The shells help keep your pins sharp.  Another tip, use a water bottle cut in half as a funnel.

Chicken Pincushion - 8

Get them really full, because the filling will settle a bit.

Chicken Pincushion - 9

Then put a piece of batting across the bottom to keep the filling in while you sew the opening closed.

Chicken Pincushion - 10

Chicken Pincushion - 11

Chicken batting

Isn’t it cute?

Chicken Pincushion - 12

Here’s the flock after the first assembly.


And here are some of them finished.

Chicken flock

Cute, aren’t they!

Chicken Pincushion - 13

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AQS Show Charlotte

I am back from a wonderful four days of classes and quilts at the AQS Show in Charlotte.  Oh, wow!!  The classes were wonderful, and there were about 500 quilts to see, between the 182 judged quilts, Winner’s Gallery, AQS Authors exhibit, Quilted in Honor exhibit, Egyptian Applique exhibit, the SAQA Masters Exhibit and Modern Quilts challenge exhibit.



I was absolutely floored to find my quilt, Purple Summer Bliss, on the front row facing the entrance!! How exciting is that!!  Traditional Bed Quilts were the 100 series, so we were up front.

My quilt

Walking into the show past the AQS banners, you look to the right and there it is!


Here is a little closer look with its neighbor.


There is just so much to share that I cannot do it in one post.  I took mostly longarm classes on designs, fills, borders, grids and more, and much of what I learned is applicable to both longarming and DSM quilting.   While I cannot share copyrighted material from the classes, I’ll give you some of the pearls of wisdom I picked up along the way in a couple of posts.    The first one is this – marking is essential for quilting beautiful designs.  I have been reluctant to mark quilts because I wasn’t sure about the tools, but I purchased several that will help me.  I got a water erasable pen and a fine line chalk marker, along with a pounce pad chalk marker and several stencils.  Don’t be afraid, just mark!

One of the really wonderful things about the longarm classes is you get to try out what you learn on a real longarm.  Then you get to take your practice piece home.  I have four now, and plan to load each one and do more practice.

While I was wandering around the vendor area, I heard a commotion and went to see what it was all about.  The AQS staff were doing random door prizes!  As I stood there watching, the question was thrown out – How many people were taking classes?  About a half dozen of us raised our hands, including me.  Then each person was asked, how many classes were you taking?  One, two, one, one, two, then me – five.  I won!!  They handed me a heavy, large, hardback book, and as I turned it to the front, it was a Kaffe Fassett book called Dreaming in Color.  I know a lot of you out there like him, so I am going to give away this $40 brand new hardback to a lucky winner on the blog!

NOTE UPDATE 8/6/14: Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. See this post for the winner.

Just leave a comment on this post saying what you like about Quilt Shows, small or large, and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner.  If you follow me, leave a second comment stating how you follow for a second entry.  Share this post on any social media including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or wherever for a third entry, just leave an additional comment on how you shared.   You have until Wednesday August 6th at 11:59 pm to enter.  I’ll do the drawing on Thursday and email the winner for an address.  Yes, international entries welcome!

As before with giveaways, I will not respond personally to the comments, but know I will read and appreciate each and every one.  I may add a number to them as we go to make the winner easier to find as WordPress doesn’t number comments.  Good luck!!  More about the show next time.