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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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Be My Neighbor Quilt – The Finish!!

Yes, it is done!!  I finished up the handwork this past weekend.  I have had this little Welsh Terrier button for a very long time, looking for a project to use him on.  I have three of them, and never found a garment that could use them.  Isn’t it cute?  A little tiny dog frolicking on the lawn enjoying the sunshine is fun detail.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

I bound it with the same fabric as the backing. The quilt is huge, so this took working on it over several evenings, and the one preseason football game we got last week.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

I put a couple of stitches in the miter on the front, although I think this shouldn’t be necessary. But judges take off points for not doing it. My feeling is if the miter is done right, there is no need to stitch it, and it lays so much nicer without those stitches. But, I will be putting it in the fair, so I did it.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

My friend Mary C. sent me some tiny buttons to use for bird eyes, they were the perfect size! Here is the little cardinal…

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

and here is the junco…

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

and the wren.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The bluebird too.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

One of the things I like to collect are pins from shows and events.  I put them on my Sewing Chatelaine (click on the name for a tutorial), but I have more pins than space now. Many of them are quilt blocks. So, I thought the quilt block pins would be fun to use on the quilt like barn quilts.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Amazingly, these pins are just the right size to be barn quilts.  The robin got a button eye too.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The pin back ones are hard to find, but those could be sewed on the quilt to reinforce them, so they can be on the quilt for the fair.  I buried the knots, hoping that it will be difficult to see how it is done.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

The tie tack style pins could be used when the quilt is hanging in my basement. I’ll remove those for entry into the fair.  I don’t want to lose one, or take a chance on a tack-back to come off.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

This star pin came from a Charlotte show.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

In the large yellow solid block on one of the houses, I appliqued a Battenburng lace triangle to embellish that area.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

For the flowers, I sewed a large button in the center of each one to finish it off, rather than doing a second appliqué.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

One flower got this butterfly button that I have been saving for a long time for just the right project.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Next, a hanging sleeve was added to the top back. I made another re-usable one. See my tutorial on these HERE.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, it got a label. I am calling it “Be My Carolina Neighbor”.  I used a simple fabric square with writing in Pigma pen.  It will be fine for the fair, later I may do a better one with embroidery.

Be My Neighbor label ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I pinned a bit of fabric over the label with safety pins as required to hide the maker’s name. And it is all finished and ready to enter in the fair. Amazingly, it isn’t the night before the deadline!

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

Do you like the pastel look? Or would you rather see autumn colors?

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Be My Neighbor – Quilting the Beast

After the flimsy was done, I measured the quilt.  It came out at 70 x 96 inches, quite the beast!  So now the decision was how to quilt it.  From the beginning, I wanted to do a cloud fill in the sky parts, and individual motifs and designs on each house.  I needed to decide as it affects the way it is loaded on the longarm, custom quilting gets loaded with the top edge pinned to the leader and quilted from the front of  the machine.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

That, frankly, was an overwhelming idea at this point, with it being such a big quilt.  I could do that and just not finish for this year’s fair, after all there’s another fair next year.  But I just chickened out and decided on a pantograph. So, I need to load it crosswise, with the longer axis parallel to the leaders.  Pantographs are quilted from the back side of the frame.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

That decision affects how I would piece the backing as well, as it is best for the seams to run parallel to the bars. There was only one fabric in my stash for backing that had enough fabric on the bolt.  I needed 5-1/2 yards to get the required 4 inches all around for longarming.  I have a couple of wide backs in the stash, but their autumn look didn’t go with this quilt.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Now, what pantograph to choose? I pulled several from the basket to audition.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

I eliminated three right off, as they were not dense enough for the look I wanted. So, these two were the choice. The flowers and leaves didn’t seem to be the right scale for the houses. So, I picked the one on the left below for its feather motif and fairly dense quilting design.  It is called Feelin’ Groovy designed by Michelle Wyman and Terri Watson for Heart and Soul Quilts sold by Willow Leaf Studio.  The width of the panto is 14 inches, so one pass quilts a lot of area.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Backing seam done, it was loaded with Warm and Natural batting. I folded up the bottom to check the square. Yippee, my borders are straight! Yes, I do this on my own quilts. I want to fix piecing or border issues before starting quilting. You can do the same with your quilts using the side of a bed.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

OK, getting there. Next choice, thread color. I auditioned lots of colors, I thought the greys would win, but they didn’t look as good on the houses as a brown tone.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

The choice came down to these three.  I had an idea that the light variegated gold might look like sunlight in the sky, but it was too bright for the houses. Ultimately, I decided on the light brown Essentials thread for the top, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

And we’re off! Amazingly, the tension is perfect from the beginning.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

The stitching stepped over the appliques easily. I was nervous about that.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

I like the look on the lighter colors, adding a bit of pattern to the larger pieces on the houses.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

It disappeared on the busier prints and darker colors.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

The birdies did well too, another breath holding moment, or five, LOL!

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Working my way down the quilt, all is going well. I left it for the evening, to pick up again the next day.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Starting again on day two of quilting, new bobbin and it is quilting nicely.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

And in a stroke of luck, the bobbin only ran out on the pebble fabric, so I could tie off and bury the threads and it didn’t show the starts and stops at all.  I did buy a side threading needle to make that easier.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Down to the bottom of the quilting (which is the side of the quilt top), still doing well. Whew!!

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Backing checked, no thread loop runs, all looks great, so off the frame it came.  Amazing!  No trouble at all.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

I cannot tell you how happy I am that it is quilted. I was really afraid that it would be a pain since the piecing has been such a trial.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

But there it is, here’s the bottom half.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

All trimmed, and ready for the final touches. Binding is next, and football preseason is here, so I have handwork to do for a number of days. I need to do the binding, then add all the embellishments like buttons for bird eyes and some other things. After that, it will need a hanging sleeve and a label. At this point, I am ahead of schedule and will surely have enough time to finish in time to show it at the Mountain Regional State Fair.

Quilting Be My Neighbor at From My Carolina Home

Have you ever had a project that gave you as much trouble as this one has given me?

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Be My Neighbor – Flimsy Assembly

When I left this at the beginning of the week, I had realized too late that I made two yellow houses to go next to each other.  One of those ‘oh, no!’ moments.  What is the good of having a plan if I don’t stick to it?   Well, perhaps it is to let you all know that mistakes happen, and there isn’t anything that cannot be fixed in some way.  I make plenty of mistakes normally, but this quilt has certainly tried my patience.  So now, time to punt yet again.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

The first thought I had was to just move this block to the opposite end. But, I have made one block in each row with the darker color blue, and this would put two right next to each other in the first position on two adjacent rows. So I thought, I’ll swap the two, but as you can see, they are not the same width.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

OK, leave the house in the fourth position, then I realized that the house in the same position on the first row was also yellow. Good grief.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

So, maybe I move the last house to position one, but again, I end up with the two dark backgrounds in the same position on two rows, plus it doesn’t separate the yellow very well.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

OK, so this row goes back to the bottom. The only thing that makes sense now is to rip the first block from row 3 and put it on the right end, so the dark blues are again distributed evenly.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

That is looking better, but now I have birds on two blocks in the first position on adjacent rows, when they were spread out better before.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

But I am not ripping up an applique, LOL, I draw the line there! So, the only thing to do at this point is to swap row one and row two.  OK, maybe I have a good layout now with the colors and the birds well distributed from a design standpoint.  I’m good with it, so this is ready to finish up.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Layout

I sewed the end blocks to the rows on the third and fourth rows. Then, I begin cutting the sashing strips. I use one strip of sky and one of pebble fabric for road between the rows and across the bottom.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Cutting the strips to measure 60-inches, and pinning takes the longer set up of cutting board and pin board.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

But, in short order the upper two rows are together.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Then the bottom two rows are sewn.  I only put pebble fabric on the bottom for now.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Now as I am looking at the two sections together, I see a big open space on the bottom right.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

If I put a bird on that house, it would balance the distribution of the birds. So, more applique! Now is the time to do that, before the upper and lower sections are joined. Out comes the freezer paper, sections are cut and ironed.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

I still should to buy some applique pins, but I am resisting that urge as I don’t really want to do a lot more applique.  I see this little guy as a Carolina Wren.  It took less than an hour to stitch him down.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Joining the top and bottom sections and finally, the blocks are together with the sashing!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

I start auditioning border fabrics now too. The light green with the butterflies looked the best.  I also decided to add side and bottom borders of sky blue to frame out the neighborhood.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Two borders done, a narrow light blue sky fabric and then the light green with butterflies.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

Here’s the bottom corner, with the same strips as between the rows.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

One sky strip on the top with no pebble fabric. The sides have just the sky fabric.  The green is 3-1/2 inches wide.

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

And, there it is, finally all assembled!!

Be My Neighbor Quilt Assembly at From My Carolina Home

On to quilting it, LOL!!  Then I’ll need to do binding and all the extra details, then a label and hanging sleeve.  I think I can make it by the deadline now.

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Be My Neighbor – Blocks 15 and 16

Stepping up the pace now, my plan was to sew block a week for the next two weeks, sashing and borders in the third week, quilting during week four, and then binding in week five with a week to catch up if I don’t keep up.  But, after the last block was done, and the next one underway, I realized all the handwork I have planned is going to take it’s share of time and I have to add a hanging sleeve and a label to the back.  So, it was time to sew two blocks in a day to move the schedule forward at least a week. Block 15 was supposed to be in these colors, but after I laid out the green, it didn’t make sense anymore. It has such a strong leaf print, I didn’t want to use it.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

But the good news is I found just enough of the orange tree print to barely get a top and three branches for the tree. The pattern calls for seven branches and a top, so I had to expand the trunk and the sky above. I liked that idea better than introducing another tree fabric.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Tree done, with the sky strip to add.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the rest of the bits, for some reason I cannot now explain, I picked up yellow as the house fabric in place of the green, without consulting my plan. This will come back to bite me in just a little bit.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

I had cut the green piece according to the directions, but it wasn’t fitting as it should.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Measuring again, then looking at the pattern, there is a mistake in the pattern.  Adding up the widths of the pieces across the bottom, you get 21-1/2, not 15-1/2.  I wanted to have the 10-1/2 x 2-1/2 piece under the house stretch across the width of the block as a ground.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

So, another piece cut and finished it up.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Adding this block to the other two on the row, and arghh!! The center of the ground floral strip is still not right, it is bowing up in the middle so I must have cut it wrong.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

You guessed it, yep, had to rip it out and replace it.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

Then I had to change that fabric too, as I no longer had enough of the original choice.  Finally, will call this one done.

Be My Neighbor Block 15 at From My Carolina Home

The next day, on to the next block, the last one!! I pulled out my fabrics from my plan and set to work.

Be My Neighbor 16 1

Cutting out the bits, and laying them out, I started sewing on some of the pieces. It was fun to realize that I was on the last of the piecing for the house blocks.

Be My Neighbor 16 2

It looked so easy, so I dove in without reading the directions. Bad idea.

Be My Neighbor 16 3

The house window floral is directional, so sewing the house needed to be done with care.

Be My Neighbor 16 4

About here was when I realized that the upper cross on the corner was sewed too soon, and the bottom part needed to be separate to complete the house with straight seams.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

Oh well, ripped out a bit more.

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Now, this time I read carefully, as I have messed up on this kind of roof-chimney arrangement before.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

Got it right, no ripping this time.

Be My Neighbor 16 8

Laying out the block again, it is looking better. But even now, I still haven’t realized my mistake.

Be My Neighbor 16 9

More sections sewn, and it is done, whooppeee!!!

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Doing the happy dance, until I placed the last block next to block 15.

Be My Neighbor Block 16 at From My Carolina Home

And there we are, two yellow houses side by side.  Nope, can’t leave it this way.  Now, I need to figure out what to do, what to change with the least amount of hassle.  Yes, there is likely going to be more frogging involved, but just how much is yet to be determined.

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Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along Shares

I wanted to share some of your quilt blocks shared on our Flickr group, but the reveal post was already too long.  So, I thought I’d just do a second post on the next day.  I love the color combinations and each one is so unique! Part of the fun for me is to see how all of you interpret my pattern. Just look at the beautiful brights that Sally is using, and it looks like the background has a confetti look.  How fun!

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And here is Sally’s Block A she shared after the last update. These are going to be fantastic together.

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Brenda is doing a wonderful scrappy version, I love these colors.  The high contrast between the scraps and the background is going to be marvelous in the finished quilt.

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And Brenda also caught up with Block A, won’t these make a great cozy quilt!

Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step part May 2017

Here is Kristi’s Block B with the fun pop art prints.

Scrap Dance Two Step! Finished with Block 2! This has been such a fun mystery!

Elaine once again has chosen my favorite palette, autumn!

Scrap Dance Two Step June clue for the twin size quilt. Thanks Carole for great block patterns.

Sue has totally used her scrap box for her blocks, good going Sue!

Totally from my old and newish scraps.

Susan is doing her mystery all in blues, looks like a calm ocean and a pretty sky with the low volume contrast.

June blocks, not too scrappy.

Carol is using black for her background, with a high contrast to her bright prints.

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Marsha has also chosen black for her background.

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Pat has such a pretty palette of greens, golds and browns, reminds me of a garden walk.

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Mary finished her Block B pretty fast, she sets aside the third Friday every month as a sewing day. Smart!!

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Milla showed us her country prints, can’t wait to see her blocks.

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Share your progress on the Flickr group for our mystery quilts, click on Scrap Dance Two Step Flickr Group to add yours!

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The Swing Bag – A Scrap Dance Pattern

Wouldn’t you love to have a great travel bag for the holidays, or any travel weekend?  This weekender bag is compact yet packs a punch. You won’t believe how much you can fit into it, and still have organization!  It will hold enough clothes and toiletries for a weekend getaway, just Swing it over your shoulder and dance off to the beach or the cabin in the mountains.  The construction isn’t hard, just follow the steps one by one. The great majority is constructed flat, so it is easy to handle. Use up scraps by making a larger piece of fabric and cutting your focus piece from it. Use charm squares, jelly roll strips, layer cake squares, crumbs or orphan blocks, your only limit is your imagination!

After the initial bag was done, I showed it to some friends who suggested a few improvements.  So, the pattern has several options for extras in pockets and details.  Purchasing the pdf file on Craftsy for the very low introductory price of just $2 will give you more photos and more detailed instructions.  Click on Swing Bag for the pattern link.   I really appreciate any purchases as that is the way I pay for the costs of the blog, so I can bring more great free patterns, giveaways and projects to readers.  I also invite new readers to follow my blog for a wide variety of subjects, crafting and cooking, sewing and quilting, gardening and photography, mountain living and more.

And have fun with the  Christmas In July blog hop which will have new posts every day for 12 days.

Here are the participant blogs, have fun!!  And read down below for the giveaway!

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Are you starting on your holiday sewing yet?

 

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