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Christmas Cards for the Shelter

Stamping Christmas cards and sending them to family and friends is fun, but this year I had another idea in mind.  There is no doubt that I now have more stamping stuff than one person should have, especially with a huge stamping score at an estate sale for paper, and then a wonderful gift from a reader of three more boxes of goodies.   I wanted to use some of it for a special purpose, and did some cards for our Safelight Project last summer.  As DH and I were driving to a Christmas party last weekend, it occurred to me again how blessed I am.  I have a wonderful and warm home, a gentle and loving husband, food on the table, and love of family and friends.  But there are many who are not as lucky, and they might need a lift at this time of year.  It has to be a tough holiday for someone staying in a domestic violence shelter, so I decided to use my stash to create some holiday cards of support for the Safelight shelter residents.  You can help too (you don’t have to be a stamper) and I’ll tell you about that in a moment.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I found a bunch of these glittery gift tags in the boxes (recognize these, Katie?) and thought they would make great cards.  The backs have names on the ‘to’ and ‘from’, but glued down that won’t matter.  Just a pretty velvet ribbon behind a snowman, or an embossed strip behind a stocking, and voila the card is done.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Another card has a larger embossed design, with an ornament on top. These are fairly simple designs, so I won’t go through them step by step.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Many of the cards have elements from other cards simply placed on embossed paper.  The green on the left is a snowflake design I used several times.  The one on the right has a ‘ribbon’ of paper rolled with my peppermint candy wheel.  Gift stickers are under the tree.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Reindeer stamps adorn this one, with punched out snowflakes.  The inside has a white paper for the sentiment that shows through the holes on the front.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

This one has an ornament punched out of the front, with some embossed snowflakes from another card.  A glittery one is added to the top, then an ornament is stamped so it shows through the punched out part.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

A view from the top shows it a little better.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside, the sentiment most appropriate for my purpose is stamped, and a sticker added too.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Another tag, this Santa is accented with more snowflakes.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Red embossed paper with snowflakes provide a base for a stocking and glitter snowflake.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I had a lot of snowflakes, can you tell?  On this one I just stamped the word Joy over and over.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside all of the cards, this same sentiment is stamped, with different stickers for fun.  I will hand-write a personal message in each one.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, here is how you can help.  There are no prizes this time, only the special feeling of helping someone feel supported this holiday season, to give something to someone that could use a lift, in light of our many blessings.  Make or buy some holiday cards, put a message of support inside, and address the envelope only “For you” or “Season’s Greetings” or similar.  If you are not a stamper, purchased cards will be just fine, the important part is your hand written message of encouragement.  Keep your sentiments to messages of support without a religious component.  See the linked post above for more ideas.

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

I’d love to have at least 40 cards to deliver to the Safelight shelter, two cards per resident, something to encourage their efforts to change their lives.  There are 18 women and two men at the shelter, yes men can be victims as well.  I have about a dozen cards made so far, but I do need help to get to the goal.  I need them mailed to me by Friday Dec 15 to arrive no later than Monday, Dec 18th.  I know it is short notice, but you have a week to get them in the mail by next Friday.  The cards don’t have to be fancy, the messages of support are the most important part.  Simple and fast is the best for this project.   Mail them to me at:

Carole Carter
From My Carolina Home Safelight Christmas
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Christmas Cards for Safelight ~ From My Carolina Home

Can you send a few cards for this project?

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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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Stars on Autumn Lane Assembly and Borders

Are you ready to assemble?  I know some of you have already done this, and I am enjoying seeing all your shares on the groups on Flickr and Facebook.  I will finish up with the quilting next week, I know it will be November, but we just need an extra post to get it all in.

For both designs, arrange blocks in an alternating pattern.  The borders on this one are simple, a pretty print or a textured solid first border.  Certainly you can add additional scrappy borders as you like.

If you have done the tesselating design, you may wish to do the first border with the points extending into the border.  This is fairly easy, just figure out how many points you need.  You’ll make flying geese for those, adding fabric strips to the ends to complete the border.  For the table topper you need four flying geese units.

So make the geese using two more HSTs per point needed.  Instructions and sizes in the pdf.

Note that the scrappy print is the exterior of the geese, and the geese section is background.

For the table topper, the strips are added on each side, exactly the same length.  For other sizes, I have included the formula for figuring out exactly what you’ll need.

Attach to the opposite sides first, then you’ll add 3-1/2 inches to the strip length to accommodate the first border width.

Attach the border pinning the points to be sure they line up nicely.  Cut the border to exact length prior to sewing.

Now put the other sides on, again pinning is key to getting them perfectly placed.  Here’s a pdf of the border instructions for the points – Stars on Autumn Lane Borders

Add more borders if you like.  Quilt as you like and bind as usual.  Next time I’ll show you how I quilted mine.

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Stars on Autumn Lane Block B

Are you having fun with our Quilt Along?  I want to welcome my new readers, and let you know the first two steps of the Stars On Autumn Lane quilt along are still up, click on Cutting and Star Block to see the steps and download the pdfs.  Next up is the second block to put with the Star block.  Block B will have a choice, and both use exactly the same number of HSTs and squares, just arranged differently.  So your decision is whether or not you want the blocks to tessellate, or interconnect with each other.

In this photo, the tessellating block is the one on the right.

The pattern block diagrams are in color, but you can print in a draft black and white to save ink. You can also choose which one you want and only print that page as the diagrams are on separate pages. Block B pdf – Stars on Autumn Lane Block B

Table Topper make 4
Lap Quilt make 6
Twin Size make 17

When you get your blocks done, assemble them in an alternating pattern like a checkerboard.   Here is the star with the discrete  lane block.  The stars show a bit better in this configuration.

The other way produces the tessellating lanes.  The lanes are a bit more prominent than the stars in this configuration. Next time I’ll show you the border for the tessellating pattern, and begin quilting with our gorgeous wide back.

Sharing!!  The Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group is now open and I finally figured out that I have to approve members.  Everyone who has asked to join have been approved, and I’ll be checking it more often to be sure that anyone who wants to join is in.  Thank you for your patience with me as I learn to navigate Facebook.

You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee. However you share, I love seeing the prints and colors you all choose! Please limit your shares in this group to progress photos on the tutorials of Autumn Jubilee.  As much as we all love to see Autumn color, there are other groups for sharing those photos.

If you are ready for the next steps, click on Assembly and Borders for the next post.

Today’s giveaway is a gift certificate to Backside Fabrics, a North Carolina company.  The gorgeous print above is the wide backing I used on the larger lap quilt, beautiful print isn’t it!!  Their quality is superb, and it is actually less expensive to use a wide back than it is to piece regular 42-inch wide fabrics.  With quilt store pricing approaching $11 a yard for 42-inch width fabric, to get a 108″-width for just a few dollars more makes a lot of sense.  Backside Fabrics run an average of $11-15 a yard (batiks at bit higher) and they often have sales.  Remnants are often large enough for lap quilts.  Check it out! You have until next Thursday to enter.  The entries close at midnight Oct 26th.

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Be My Carolina Neighbor for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is going on this week, a virtual quilt show with completed quilts shown by lots and lots of bloggers.   This fun annual event is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, and to participate you have to create a new post showing a quilt.  There are some great prizes to be awarded, and this year there is no voting, just a random drawing.  I want to show Be My Carolina Neighbor as it was a long process of completion.  This quilt was a quilt-along on my blog using a published free pattern by Moda.  Doing two blocks a month plus assembly, quilting and finishing took 8 months.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Each block was unique, using all scraps.  I went out of my normal color palette and did the entire quilt in pastels with blue sky background.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

There were mixed techniques with piecing and applique. I did the bird appliques all differently. Tiny buttons were eyes.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Small details were added as embellishments. This little dog button was perfect, and I finally found a use for him.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Plus I added some quilt block pins to look like barn quilts on the houses.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Additional embellishments like this Battenburg lace heart were added to sections with larger spaces.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Entering it in the North Carolina Mountain Regional State Fair, it won a second place ribbon in the Bed Quilts Mixed Techniques category. Entering quilts in the fair is fun, and you don’t have to worry about dirty hands as they are hung from the ceiling.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Hop over to the Fall 2017 edition of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival to see more quilts!  There are prizes too, so if you can share about your competed quilt, there are multiple ways to enter.  Quilters are allowed two entries, so I’ll be doing another one later in the week.

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Quilted Sunglasses Case

One thing that always a problem is keeping my sunglasses scratch free.  I often have used drawstring bags, or quilted ones where the glasses slide in one end.  Those are easy to make, but the problem is the glasses will not stay inside.  They end up either sticking out the end,  or coming out altogether inside my purse.  So, the only thing to do is to make a new pattern for one that will hold the glasses inside.  Now, I like big sunglasses, ones that will give me a lot of protection both in front and partially around the sides, and they have to have a bit of glam or bling with rhinestones or something cute.  My friend Bonnie calls these my Jackie O glasses. LOL!!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

To get started, I pulled out two coordinating purple fabrics to make the case.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fabric and notion requirements –

Two pieces of fabric 10-inches x 9-inches.
One piece of scrap batting 8-1/4-inches x 9-1/4-inches
One piece of velcro 4-inches in length, both hook and loop sides

Start by putting the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew around the edge with 1/4-inch allowance, leaving an opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Clip corners. Turn right side out pushing the corners out sharply. Press.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

With a tool like a chopstick, insert batting, using tool to smooth out the batting flat inside the bag.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Topstitch 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around, catching the opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Quilt simply with cross-hatching, or wavy lines.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

I used wavy lines in both directions, about 2-1/2 inches apart.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

On the outside fabric, stitch one side of the velcro near a short edge about 2-1/2-inches from the sides (centered).

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Position the other side of the velcro on the inside fabric near the edge and stitch down.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fold the bottom edge up 3-1/2 inches.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Top-stitch the sides.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Finished, and ready to use.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed up, the velcro will hold the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Larger and longer than most, this case will hold those larger size shades.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Nicely padded with the quilting, it will keep the glasses scratch free.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed with the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

You can make smaller ones for your reading glasses too.  Just measure the length of your glasses and add one inch.  Now I have a matched set!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

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This simple design can be used for scissors keepers too, or anything else you want to carry and have remain inside the case.  I think I’ll make another one for Autumn!

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Fun at the Mountain Regional State Fair

With the prospect of Irma coming into the mountains, my friend and I decided to hit the fair on opening day rather than wait until Monday as was our original plan.  The forecast on Thursday night was for Irma to end up here with an 80% chance of rain all day increasing to 100% later in the day.  Of course that changed over the weekend, but we didn’t know that then.  So, after working the book sale for a couple of hours on Friday, I picked up my friend in Arden and we headed out to the fairgrounds.  Traffic was incredible going north, as lots of Florida and South Carolina license plates were on the freeway.  I made the mistake of trying to use the freeway to get from Upward Road south of town to the Fletcher exit, but quickly exited off at the next one to take the back roads I know trying to avoid the main traffic.  But the main street through the towns, state road 25, was also very heavy going north.  We made it by avoiding that road as well, taking a lesser traveled even more back road, LOL!!  First thing I did was to get a corn dog, then we went to see all there was to see.  I found three of my quilts entered into competition had won ribbons, and I was so thrilled!!  One was the Be My Carolina Neighbor, but the picture didn’t come out.  I’ll get another picture later next week. In the meantime here are the others.  Scrap Dance Waltz, my original pattern, won a second place ribbon in pieced bed quilts.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Magnolia Attic Windows won a second place too. That pattern is free on the blog, a nice idea for using large scale prints.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We had some fun watching the pig races. They are designated with color ribbons around their necks, and have names that are fun take-offs of race car drivers. Loaded into the gates, the outer plywood is lifted and they are off to run around the short chute track.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Down and around the last turn…

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

first one to the end gets the cheese treats, everybody else gets kibble.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then the show has races with goats.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

And then the ducks race, so funny to watch.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, the little potbelly pigs raced. I like this picture and may enter it next year in the photo contest.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We looked around at the Davis center, and saw an acrobat show.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then went to the livestock area to see the animals.  These are just a couple of the pictures I took.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Out in the arena, we saw a neat horse riding show by the Freedom Riders, carrying flags of our country and our state, and all the military service flags along with a few others I didn’t recognize. The riders did some intricate moves around each other with the flags flying, quite the spectacle.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

In the crafts competition, my Swing Bag won a first place!

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Patriotic version of Scrap Dance Tango won a second place in table toppers.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The first of two cooking competitions I have entered is coming up on Tuesday, so I’ll at the fair again.  This will be my first time to compete in a cooking contest. I have at least two more ribbons to share for other entries, but the photos came out so bad that I have to go take more pictures. So, I’ll share those with you later in the week.  The temperature turned markedly cooler here too, and I am really in the mood for autumn now!

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