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A Puppy Quilt

Last month I left a comment on a quilty UFO adoption post on a fellow blogger’s event. Cyndi blogs at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, and every so often she does a link up event. You post a UFO that you just don’t have the enthusiasm to finish, and then pick a person who comments on it to send it to. She picked my name for her giveaway panel of an adorable puppy.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I got it about a week later, and laid it out over the longarm bar to load and quilt when the one I was working on was done. But that came and another one was loaded for another charity event, and I was still staring at this panel. My enthusiasm for it was waning, it just didn’t speak to me at all. The longer I looked at it, the less I liked it. Finally, I decided to figure out what was wrong with it in my eyes, and fix that. Right away, once I really analyzed the panels components, I decided I really didn’t care for the difficult color in the border. That not quite orange, not really salmon, neon apricot took all the focus away from the puppy. So, first up, get rid of it.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut the puppy part out of the center, and also cut the dark navy background into usable sections. I found more fabrics in my stash that I liked a lot better, and used a rust in the same family as that orange to tone it down. Adding the first border, I sewed from the panel side so I could follow the first navy frame on the panel.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, liking this a lot better. This rust, brown and navy print makes a nice frame and tones down the garish salmon in the panel to where you don’t notice it anymore. Now the puppy takes center stage.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added back the original navy bubble print.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I once again used my trick of adding squares around the panel to enlarge it. Using the colors pulled from stash, I cut strips, sewed those together then cross cut for squares.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Laying them out, I again made one or two a tiny bit bigger to cover the gap.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Next row of border completed, plus a final border to get a nice lap size.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Loading it on the longarm, I quilted it with a pantograph that reminded me of soap bubbles.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Bound with the lighter brown, it was ready for delivery.  Changing the colors in the borders to more muted tones makes the quilt suitable for either a boy or girl.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I took it to a local rescue group Charley’s Angels. They rescue dogs and cats from local kill shelters. The quilt will be offered at their Bark in the Park auction which will be in May. This is the group that started the incredible program of putting adoptable dogs at a local hotel to interact with guests. They have adopted out an amazing number of dogs this way.

Adopt Me at From My Carolina Home

This sweet face was looking for a forever home while I visited.

Adopt Me at From My Carolina Home

It is so sad that as a society, we still have so many animals euthanized every year due to having too many to care for.   Irresponsible owners who don’t spay or neuter then let their animals wander is a huge problem in western NC, and elsewhere.

Puppy Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

We aren’t quite ready to have another dog yet, but when we are, we will look once again to the shelters first.  Our last three dogs have come from rescue groups like this one.  Yes, sometimes the dogs have issues, but love, patience, and training can usually overcome any problem.  Most health issues can be managed, too.

Are you a supporter of your local humane society?

 

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Easter Decorating

Easter is just days away now.  I didn’t do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little bunnies.  The word Easter is spelled out on the train cars.  This year I have it on the kitchen counter.

Easter Train ~ From My Carolina Home

The Spring Tulip Mini Quilt is on the stand.  I need to get a few more designs done for this stand.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

On the wall is my original disappearing nine patch based quilt, Stacked Bricks.  That pattern is free in my Craftsy store.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little Button basket is a fun crafting project.  Just glue pastel color buttons to the side of a basket in rows of colors, then fill with some silk flowers.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little ducky is too cute with her Easter hat and egg.  I put a silk violet in a yellow basket nearby.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

Over on the coffee table, I set out a wool-work rabbit penny rug with a glass bunny on it.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

So, not a lot of specifically Easter decorations, most will stay out until summer.  Are you decorating for spring?

 

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Quilting Magnolia Attic Window

Loading the longarm with the Magnolia Attic Window quilt, I thought a lot about how to quilt it. I knew I wanted the quilting and the color of thread to enhance the shadows and sashing without overpowering the large magnolia print.  Click HERE to see the original construction.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Auditioning colors for the quilting, there were a lot of choices. I decided on a medium green.  Naturally the perfect matching green to the sashing didn’t have enough left on the spool to do the entire quilt.  So, it was the next best color Essentials thread on the top, and Bottom Line in a sage color in the bobbin.  Warm and Natural batting, single layer Warm and White.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Initially, I thought I’d do a freehand treatment in all the sashings and something else on top of the magnolia flowers. So, what to do, ribbon candy? No. Alternating loops? Nah. Feathers? Not really in the mood for those either, too many turns to make. Over/under loops? Boring. In the end, I just went for a pantograph again.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is Hyacinth Grande by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The quilting went fairly quickly, as it is a lap size quilt. I was listening to an audiobook too, and didn’t want to stop the story, LOL!! Maybe that is a good incentive to keep sewing.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Quilting finished, it was removed from the frame and trimmed. Now, what to use for binding? I didn’t want to introduce another fabric, and I had plenty of the black or the green to use.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I settled on the black, made the binding, stitched it on the front of the quilt, and began the slow stitching part of the finishing.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then I hand stitched a label made with a fabric scrap and writing the information with a pigma pen.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I plan to show this quilt at the fair this year, so it will need a sleeve too. A little more handwork was in store, adding one of my Re-Usable Quilt Sleeves.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Now, all done. And I won’t have to rush this summer to get the sleeves done.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I am going to hang this one from the display rod in the basement sewing area near the longarm.  I tried to get a picture of that for you, but they all came out so dark, likely because the sunlight was pretty bright in the windows.

What are you working on now?

 

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Magnolia Attic Window

I really liked this large magnolia print, but I knew that cutting little pieces out of it would obscure the print.  I had been noodling around with some cake layers and jelly roll strips, trying to come up with another new design, when the Attic Window concept occurred to me.  The magnolia print was nearby, and I just switched gears and grabbed it.  I had this wonderful black with gold print, and found a green that would go nicely too.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut strips of the black and green, measuring like I do for borders. Large squares were cut from the magnolia print.  You can make this any size you want, just cut the squares a size that makes sense for the print.  Then cut 2-1/2-inch shadow strips, one in the same length as your square side, and a second one 2-1/2-inches longer.  Then for your sashing, cut one strip the same as the second shadow strip, and another 2-1/2-inches longer.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Talk about lightening fast construction! Chain piecing each block with the strips went really easy.  Apply the shadow strips to two adjacent sides.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

In no time I had 12 blocks done with the black.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The green strips went just as fast, sewing them to the black strips.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Chain piecing both green strips just like the black.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Three blocks are joined for the first row.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then all four rows are joined together.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Long green strips were joined together, then applied to the two sides to complete the sashing look.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then a wider black border was added using the same print as the shadow strips.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Onto the frame to quilt.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I love the way the colors work on this one! After I got it to this point, it occurred to me that it would have made a wonderful valence for the kitchen. I still have the fall one up from the Autumn Jubilee, LOL!! Ah well, another project for another day. I’ll get back to the quilting on this one next week. Have a fun sewing weekend!!

What do you think of the green, white and black?  Do you have any large prints in your stash?

Click on Quilting Magnolia Attic Window to see the quilting and finish.

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Scrap Dance Two Step March

How’s your mystery going so far, are you caught up and ready for the next step?  I really get a big kick out of seeing all the different color combinations, and choices for backgrounds.  There are some new posts in the Flickr group with really interesting quarter-square triangle units, such diversity!  I can hardly wait to tell you the rest of the steps so I can see the finishes of these wonderful quilts.  But, I’ll just have to have patience, not my strong suit, LOL!

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

Match the 5″ background squares with an equal number of 5-inch scrap squares for your chosen size.  Draw lines on the back of the lighter square on the diagonal.

I have found it easier to actually draw the sewing line 1/4-inch away from the center line (that I do not draw), so I draw 2 lines on each square.

If you are using another method, make as many of these units as you have 5-inch background squares in your chosen size cutting instructions.  Chain stitch the units.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.

Now let’s Two-Step!  Take the remaining 5″ color scraps, make two color HSTs.  Pair up the squares with as much contrast as you can with color or value.

Cut apart and press to the darker side.  Square all HST units to 4-1/2 inches.

And that’s the Two-Step for March.  PDF – Two Step March  Don’t forget to share your progress in the Scrap Dance Flickr group.  If you missed any steps, or you are just now finding this post, click on the category of 2017 Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step on the sidebar to see all the posts for the mystery.

Click on April Two Step for the next step, published April 21!

So, how’s your Two-Step coming along?  Or, how’s your progress on your current project?

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Mardi Gras Cookie Party

It is Mardi Gras season, a great excuse to celebrate and set a nice table for some great food.  Mardi Gras celebration is an entire season of carnival activities for some cities. Mobile Alabama claims the very first celebration. New Orleans has a street fair and parades. Costume celebrations are held in Austria and Switzerland, and other areas around the world. Mardi Gras was on my mind as I prepared to host a board meeting for one of my clubs.  We had a lot of heavy decisions to make, so to make the meeting a bit lighter in tone, I decided to make it a cookie party. The dining room table was protected with a pad and tablecloth, then topped with a quilted table topper in my Amazing Value Play pattern.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 1

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with greenery and purple flowers inside. Mardi Gras beads were draped over and around the basket, with some Mardi Gras coins scattered about.  The glittery purple and gold apples work well with the theme.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 5

The purple note pads and funky napkins were found at the dollar store, along with some additional beads for the table.  Everyone will get a beaded necklace to take home.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 3

The fun ceramic dessert plates are a thrift store find, couldn’t be a better match for the table.

Mardi Gras Meeting table 2

I made my Vanilla Sugar Cookies for the meeting. Rolling out the dough, I used a fluted round cutter to suggest coins.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1a

They bake up quickly.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 1b

Frosting them lightly with icing, they were sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar crystal decorations instead of Christmas colors.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 7

Turned out pretty tasty looking, huh?

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 4

I made some chocolate chip cookies too, but these are the stars for the day.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 8

The name Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday, and that will be next Tuesday, February 28th.  Then you can set a lovely table with a Mardi Gras Theme like this one from last year.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Using a crown, some evening bags, coins and beads, this is a fun table for a Tuesday meal.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

In the mood for a bit of quilting?  Make my Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used small seed beads to suggest a bead necklace on the top of the green, gold and purple block like the ones participants throw to the crowds during the parades.  See that construction with this link – Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Want a cookie?

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 11

Do you have any plans for Mardi Gras?

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ABC Quilt

A friend of mine gave me this panel to use for a charity quilt.  When she gave it to me, I thought, well that’s sweet, and stuffed it away for later.  I didn’t really look that close at it.  While pulling out fabrics for donation quilts, I ran across it again, and figured it was time to get it quilted up for a charity.  So, I pulled some backing fabric, and loaded it on the longarm.  While I was loading it, I noticed the S block had a sheep.  Well sure it does.  Oh, but wait, the sheep has a Sunflower.  And it is sitting on a Stool!  Isn’t that cute!  I kept looking at it, and found 17 items that start with an S in the block. Want a little puzzle for a Sunday? Can you find 17?

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Well, now I have to look at a few other blocks, like the Alligator eating Apples. Oh, look, he’s wearing Argyle!  I only found five A words in this one.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The Moose has Muffins and is toasting Marshmallows. I found ten M words in this block, can you find them? I cannot figure out the Native American design blankets though, what could those be that start with M? Do you know?

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

The panel is called Hungry Animal Alphabet from Quilting Treasures, and I tried to track it down.  I really think this is just so stinkin’ cute, and would love to do a bunch of them for the local kids.  But, alas, it is discontinued. There is a new one with red borders, but it is only available at full retail in a few online stores. That would be OK if I wanted one for a treasured family member, but too expensive for charity quilts.  The manufacturer doesn’t have any more, so there isn’t a way to do a bulk wholesale order.  My favorite online retailers are sold out, and the LQS doesn’t have it.   I do wish that fabric companies would keep producing things as cute as this for more than one production run.  This is a timeless design!

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, well.  I loaded it on the longarm with the remnant of the wool batting from quilting Scrap Dance Waltz.  I will be pinning a label on the quilt to be sure the recipient knows it isn’t a flame retardant batting.  Quilting it with a pantograph from top to bottom, it was easier to deal with the higher loft than on the Waltz quilt where I did the borders first.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It looked fine while I was quilting it…

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

but, when I got it finished, I realized that using that batting on this quilt was a mistake.  The higher loft makes it more difficult to see the detail in the blocks.  Some handwork on Sunday to finish off the binding and it was finished.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I ironed it, and that helped a bit, but it would have been better to use cotton for this. It is done, though, and will be donated to a charity soon.

ABC Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

What are you working on?  Did you find 17 items in the S block?  What are those blankets on the M block?

 

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