From My Carolina Home

Quilting, cooking, reading books, gardening, crafting, sewing, photography and more


26 Comments

California Fire Quilts Update

Picking up on the fire quilts, I have made quite a bit of progress since the last update. Here is where I left off, after the stitch-rip fiasco.  The first quilt was finally quilted, and I took it off the frame.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I had a wide-width remnant left over from a previous quilt that I thought would look nice.  So, I made the binding and stitched it on with a quarter-inch seam to preserve the points on the blocks.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Then it went to the den for handwork during football games and other TV shows in the evenings.  I worked on it a little each evening.  I really do enjoy this kind of handwork, but this was a big quilt!

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Meanwhile, the gorgeous blue backing from Backside Fabrics was loaded as the first step to quilting the next one.  I like to have something going on more than one area so I can work on one thing for a while then go to something else as I get tired of standing or my neck needs a rest from looking down at the pantograph.  The best is when I have something in the piecing stage, a quilt on the longarm, and a handwork project for evenings and weekends.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Quilting went along pretty well until the end, where the bobbin ran out, and the thread jumped a guide that I didn’t notice, so I had to do a bit of ripping again.  DH was very helpful again, and we got it done pretty fast.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I used one of my favorite pantographs, Fascination by Lorien.  It has lovely flowing curves that are fast to do.  I used the exact same thread combination as last time, Essentials pearl grey on top, Aurifil in the bobbin.   Batting is Warm and Natural.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Trimming the quilt, I had plenty of fabric left to do the binding.  I needed 370 inches to bind this large quilt.  Cutting along the long side of the wide backing meant only four pieces to stitch together to get almost 400 inches, more than enough.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

This time I decided to do a completely machine attached binding.  I went with a 2-1/4-inch width binding, folded in half, and stitched with a quarter-inch seam so it wouldn’t cut the points off the blocks as there isn’t any border on this one either.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I folded the binding to the back, snugging it to cover the attachment seam with a bit of overage, and stitched the edge down very close to the fold.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

Because of the size of the binding and using a quarter-inch attachment, the result is an even line of stitching inside the binding edge on the top side, which I found nicely acceptable.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

I had the binding made, attached, and finished off in a single morning.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

The blue really sets off the saturated colors of the blocks.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

So, this one was done in a jiffy  Here’s a corner close-up of the quilting and binding.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

A couple more overall finish views, do you see one of your blocks?

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

From a different direction, the dark points down, looks like a different quilt, doesn’t it!

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

After a few evenings of stitching and one Sunday stitching day, the first quilt is also finished.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

This one will go to my neighbor’s son who will pick it up in a couple of weeks.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

If you are seeing this for the first time, you can find the Thomas Fire Relief 12-inch block design pattern at the Ventura Quilt Guild HERE.  If you have blocks you haven’t sent yet, the Ventura Guild is collecting them at least through June.  Their goal is 500 quilts, and if you would like to make some now and send them, they would appreciate the help.

So, we have two completed quilts, one more to quilt, and one more flimsy to make to send, and this project will be done.  Because of the event coming up beginning Wednesday, I won’t get back to this until the end of the month.  The first shipment will go out this week, and then there will be one more shipment later.  Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this project!!

What are you working on now?

Fat Quarter Shop’s Specials of the Month feature Jen Kingwell designs – 30% Off  Jen Kingwell Notions , Jen Kingwell Patterns and Jen Kingwell BooksBella Solids are on sale too.  And don’t forget the daily flash sales –

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Craftsy Unlimited FREE 7 day trial at Craftsy.com

Thank you for using my affiliate links, the small commissions I may receive support the costs of my blog and projects at no extra cost to you, and you can use your existing accounts with the merchants.

California Thomas Fire Quilts at From My Carolina Home

 

Advertisements


28 Comments

California Fire Quilts Sew Day

Last Tuesday, friends gathered for a sewing day to begin the process of assembling the blocks received for the California Fire Quilt project.  I asked everyone to just bring a dish for our potluck lunch, and no sewing stuff, as using all my machines helps to keep them in working order. Picture heavy post coming!  Two sewing areas were set up with two machines on each one so we could work on two flimsys at once.  I turned my Brother machine around to the other side of the table so someone could use the Kenmore at the same time.  This station was set up for two sewing and one to press and help with pinning.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

I had pulled a set of 56 blocks for this group to assemble into a flimsy.  The instructions for this setting were written out, and I went over the plan with this team before we started.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

This group of three worked on the mountain peaks setting.  I’m just calling it that, I am not sure if it has a name.  The darks and lights are arranged with the darks pointing up and the lights pointing down, and the peaks offset by one block.  The ends all have a half peak of one block, alternating the ends.  We piddled with the placement, moving things around for several minutes, then just before picking them up I remembered to grab the camera to get a ‘before’ pic.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Each row was then labeled with its row number and which way to press the seams to keep that straight.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

With three working on the quilt top, the work went nicely.  It was so helpful to have one to assist with pinning, then do all the pressing.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

At the end of the sewing time, there were only a couple of seams left to join the big pieces, so I did that before stopping for the day.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Thank you to Bonnie, Carol and Marti for all your hard work on this one!!

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Is your block in this quilt?

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

One more close view of the other corner.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

On the table, two more machines were busy that same day as Bridget and Sam worked on a second quilt flimsy design.  Again, I had pulled 56 blocks and wrote out the instructions for this design.  I planned to help this team as the third member.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Laying it out on the floor in the back area where I keep my plants and stamps, we could rearrange the blocks into the square in a square design.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Everyone came in to see, and we spent quite a bit moving colors around.  You can see the bright pink sticky notes we used to mark the rows A-D, since these rows were two blocks deep per row assembling the large squares first.  Here we wound up with the same fabric in two blocks side by side on the bottom row (the green print and the white tones), funny after mixing up the blocks that we managed to put those two together again.  A quick flip with another block solved that.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

And still we messed around with it, redistributing the yellows, paying attention to the reds.  Finally, it was declared good, and sewing began in earnest.

California Thomas Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

I worked on ripping out the last of the stitches on the first quilt that I showed you on Friday, then went to get our lunch in the oven. I totally forgot to take any pictures of the wonderful food!! We ate really well!! Chicken pasta mushroom casserole, califlower salad, baked zucchini, homemade bread, green beans with an herb accent, and hummingbird cupcakes. Yummy!!

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

At the end of the day, the second quilt was almost done, just a few seams left to do. I wasn’t able to help pin as much since I had to work on the ripping out the stitches on other quilt.  So, on Friday, I went ahead and got the rows assembled into the flimsy.

California Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

Maybe you see one of your blocks on this one.

California Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

We put the half-squares on the ends to make the quilts 7×8 blocks, alternating sides.

California Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

The wide array of colors and prints makes this one a fun design, almost could be an I Spy too.  Can you find the little dog?

California Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home

One more bit of news on this project.  My neighbor’s son who will receive one of these quilts was in town this week for a sad reason.  His father passed away, so he came for a few days to help his mother with the arrangements.  They planned to move in March, and she still plans to do that so he will be back to assist her move and sale of her house.  While he was here, I asked him and his mom to come up to the house for a visit without telling them why, only that I wanted to show them something.  When he got here, I showed him the three quilts in progress, told him about the Fire Quilts project, and asked him to choose the one he wanted.  He was really touched by the outpouring of support, and chose the zigzag one below.  He and his wife want to send their sincere thanks to everyone that participated in the project, and to tell you that the quilts are beautiful.  I went ahead and made the binding, and got it sewed on the this quilt.  The handwork will take a while, but I need something to do while the last of the football games are on, and I really do enjoy the whip stitching.  I’ll have the binding done by the time they get back and will deliver it to them then.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In the meantime, there are two more quilt flimsys to quilt, binding to make and so many blocks that I’d like to assemble them into flimsys to ship, rather than just shipping blocks. I’ll be able to include the lovely blocks from Jo B, who shipped hers all the way from Australia, thanks Jo!  I hope I can get a bit of help with the second crew of friends soon.  I think sending two shipments is going to be best, and I’ll try to get at least one out by the end of next week.  If it snows again, like the weather guy says it might, I’ll have quite a bit of time to work on that.  But I have several other projects to do as well, so I just need to get busy!  February is coming too soon!!

Thank you to everyone that participated in this project.  We did good, didn’t we?  Did you see one of your blocks?

Fat Quarter Shop’s Precuts of the Week on Sale!

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Craftsy is offering a 7-day free trial for their Craftsy Unlimited program for a limited time. Click on 7 day FREE trial on Craftsy Unlimited to get the free trial. You’ll have every Craftsy class, plus new and exclusive video tutorials at your fingertips! Why join Craftsy Unlimited? New and exclusive content released weekly, 600+ of the world’s top creative experts, Access from any device, anywhere, anytime. Dive into thousands of hours of expert taught videos and bring your best ideas to life. Whether you love stitches, swatches, pasta or paint, you’ll never be without a source of inspiration.
Craftsy Unlimited FREE 7 day trial at Craftsy.com
Save Up To 50% Off Kits & Supplies at Craftsy.com through 1/28/18 11:59pm MST. No code needed.Save Up To 40% On Cake Decorating Tools & Supplies at Craftsy.com through 1/28/18 11:59pm MST. No code needed.
Thank you for using my affiliate links, the small commissions I may receive support the costs of my blog and projects at no extra cost to you, and you can use your existing accounts with the merchants.

California Fire Quilts ~ From My Carolina Home


35 Comments

Stitch, Rip, Stitch, Rip, Quilt

Loading the first quilt for the California Thomas Fire Quilts project on the longarm, the quilting began. I have had some tension issues with the longarm, and the first row looked OK. But that didn’t last. The stitches on the top of the quilt looked fine on the first pass with one of my new pantographs. This one is called Geisha by Urban Elementz.  It looks a bit like clamshells and the rounded design would look nice against the angular piecing.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

So far so good, but it would soon become a challenge.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

On the beginning of the third pass on the pantograph, the backside had these short runs of loops, like the tension on the top was too loose.  It was doing this on the previous quilt as well, but not as bad.  I thought it was handled, but alas, not so.

California Fire Quilts Project | From My Carolina Home

Maddeningly, the top side still looked perfect.  The stitches are nice and even too.

California Fire Quilts Project | From My Carolina Home

Then the stitches on the back would look perfect for quite a stretch.

California Fire Quilts Project | From My Carolina Home

Then for no good reason, would do this.

California Fire Quilts Project | From My Carolina Home

So I took out those stitches and loaded a practice piece next to the quilt on the longarm to work on the issue. A phone call to the outstanding tech guy at A1, Randy, some practice work on the side, and I thought it might be solved. So I did a whole pantograph pass. But, it wasn’t fixed yet. So now I had to take out an entire row of stitching, ugh!! This was done the hard way, one stitch at a time. I couldn’t skin the quilt (see my post here for that explanation) as I couldn’t take the chance that I would damage the backing or the batting. So, using my hemostats, I pull up with gentle pressure on the top thread…

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

then, catch the loop of the bobbin thread coming up to the top with my seam ripper point (or a stiletto), and pull it up and out.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

Every so often, I cut the bobbin thread tail off at the fabric level…

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

then pull several stitches at once.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

Yes, this is tedious and time consuming. You can see on this run how the stitches are uneven, indicating a possible issue with the encoders, or the stitch regulator. Some are small and tight, yet others are really long.  Compared to the perfect ones above, it just baffled us as to why it was doing this all of a sudden.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

My dear husband offered to help with the job of frogging, and I was grateful for that. He was a quick learner, and took out almost half the row by himself. We worked side by side for a while, and managed to get most of it ripped out before the sew day.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

So, more phone time with Randy, and I had a few more things to try involving the tensions, the bobbin race, and the encoder lines.  We did diagnostics. Reseated the pin connectors. Another adjustment to the tensions on both the bobbin and the top thread.  Rethread.  Change to a larger needle.  Try again.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Finally, it seemed to be working well, a bit more twist on the top tension, and I could get busy on quilting.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

We worked on this problem over the weekend last weekend, again on Monday, then all day Wednesday.  Finally, I was able to get the first Fire Quilt top completely quilted yesterday.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Light grey Essentials thread on top, Aurifil light grey in the bobbin, Warm and Natural Batting.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Are one of your blocks in this quilt?

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

If you don’t see it in this one, I’ll show you more on Sunday. Maybe it will be there.

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I really love the way this one turned out, the contrasts in colors and variety of prints is just wonderful.  The jewel tones of the darker prints all seem to work so well together!

California Thomas Fire Quilts | FromMyCarolinaHome.com

What are you working on this week?


22 Comments

Assembling the First Blocks for the Fire Quilts

Over the past couple of weeks, more blocks and donations have been received, and I got to work to prepare for the first sewing day with friends.  I measured the blocks and divided them into piles based on their size.  The blocks ranged from 12-inches to 12-1/2-inches, with a fair number at 12-1/4-inches.  Thanks to you, dear readers, there are 298 blocks for the project!

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

A few had some minor squaring up to do, easy to do and the diagonal lines in the pattern made this simple.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

I tried to put similar blocks together in a variety of colors like ones with mostly white backgrounds, or mostly ecru/light tan backgrounds as I pulled three sets of 56 blocks to make the three quilts I have committed to making. The remaining blocks were bagged up, and labeled.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

As more blocks came in, I kept mixing them into the stacks and changing things around.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

This fun fabric was donated for backing, and it was just a tad shy of what was needed now that I decided to use 56 blocks instead of 30 with sashing and borders. So I added a bit of white donated fabric to enlarge it just a bit. The fun print really says California, doesn’t it?

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

I pulled the first group, and began working on the zigzag setting, sewing dark points together in pairs, mixing up the colors.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

Each set was pinned at the patch points, sometimes turning a seam to the other side to get them to nest nicely.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

Then the pairs were put into rows.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

With each new row, I compared the blocks I had yet to assemble to the previous row done to try to keep the colors mixed. On this lineup, the blocks on the ends would be too similar to the ones above, so I rearranged them with other blocks.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

And the rows were sewn into a flimsy of seven blocks wide by eight blocks long making the flimsy 84 x 96 inches, a nice size.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

I loaded it on the longarm, with the idea of doing some of that quilting while friends worked on the next two tops. But best laid plans sometimes go awry.  The longarm was acting up, not stitching well, and I’ll tell you about that later.  It is an ongoing issue for now, and my expert tech support guy in the house (aka DH) has come to the rescue and is trying to get it fixed for me.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

I got a lot of the piecing done during the January snow, you can see my hydrangea covered in snow outside the windows from about 2 weeks ago.  There was about four inches on the ground and on top of the railings, a white wonderland.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

Thank you to these ladies whose blocks and donations arrived after the last update.  I appreciate each and every one!!
Diana V, Dixon, IL – Catherine M, Perry, NY
Kathie L, Allentown, PA – Daun, Taunton, MA
Kate S, Bartlesville, OK – Marti R, Lublin, WI
Melba M, Concord, NC – Judy G, Roseville, CA
Elaine N, Branford, FL – Rita C, Jasper, AL

Their blocks were mixed into the stacks as well. If I have enough help, there are enough blocks to make two more flimsys after the three we are already doing. So, we might be able to send one or two flimsys ready to quilt to California. The yardages on the right of the picture below are enough to make bindings for two quilts.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home

I want to acknowledge the awesome contribution of Backside Fabrics. I sent Christine an email explaining what we were doing, and she generously offered a substantial discount for two 3-yard pieces of wide backing for use on the next two quilts. I have no affiliation with Backside, I just like helping North Carolina businesses, and I am totally sold on their quality.  They are also quite supportive of events on my blog with nice giveaways.  Backside Fabrics has high quality wide backings, lots of sales and fantastic service with quick shipping. Thank you, Christine!!

Sew day with friends was yesterday, and I’ll show you what we got done soon.  Thanks so much to Marti S, Bonnie C, Carol P, Sam V, and Bridget O for willingly coming to Carole’s sweat shop to work their tuchuses off on Tuesday.

What are you working on this week?

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

New Precuts on Sale this week!

Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

I am a FQS and Craftsy affiliate, and may earn a small commission to support the costs of the blog from any purchases you make.  You can use your existing accounts, and there is no cost to you.  Thank you for using my links when you can!

Make something that means something at Craftsy.com

Craftsy.com

Unleash Your Creativity – Project kits, supplies and video content to help you master what you love.

California Fire Quilt Project | From My Carolina Home


37 Comments

A Brilliant Tip

Sometimes you run across something quite by serendipity, and it turns out to be brilliant.  I was browsing around youtube last week as I was curled up in my chair with a quilt waiting for the anesthetic to wear off from the dental work I had to have.  I hate that miserable feeling and it usually takes several hours to recover, but my teeth are important and I want to keep them as long as I can.  So, I was trying to distract myself with quilting videos.  I ran across a Kaye Wood video with a brilliant tip for washing fabric.  I tried this later in the week, and was amazed at the results.  I am a dedicated fabric washer, I like that it removes any sizing and preshrinks the fabrics.  But, it usually makes a mess both in strings and knotting from raveling (no, cutting the corners never works for me) and twisting up the fabric, plus it creates creasing in wrinkles that are difficult to iron out.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

The idea came from Mary Jane Holcomb in Denison, Texas.  Begin by opening up the fabric and refolding it.  You need the selvedge edges on the ends.  This is really important to be sure that the next steps don’t damage the fabric.  So, open it up and refold it in an accordion or fan-fold.  I went the extra step of putting the cut ends into a fold, like the picture above.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, using clean safety pins, pin the edges in several places going through all the layers, every few inches.  I used the quilting style pins with the bend in them. One of the comments on the video complained of rust, but I think that person must have used pins with existing rust inside.  As long as your pins are clean or new, without rust, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

I used just three on each end, next time I think I’ll do five.  Both ends are pinned through all layers through the selvedge edges.  It is important that the pins are in the selvedge ends, if you don’t refold the fabric, the pins could make holes in the fabric.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

I washed the piece with a couple of towels to make sure it could stand up to the abuse.  It came out of the washer like this.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Then it went into the dryer, still with the pins in place.  It came out like this.  No hard wrinkles, no twisting!!

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Removing the pins, and laying out the fabric, it doesn’t need any pressing at all.  Amazing!  Mary Jane says she washes up to 12 yard pieces with no wrinkles, twisting, or raveling!!  Of course, you’d need larger safety pins for a thicker folded piece.

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the original youtube video that I watched.  This tip is the first part.  The second part of the video is a demonstration of using Golden Threads paper to make disposable quilting templates, so you don’t have to mark the fabric for quilting.

 

Do you pre-wash your fabric yardage?

One more item, the Button Code for the Square Dance Mystery was not working no matter what I tried.  Blogger and WordPress both insert extra stuff and it just won’t come out in HTML code.  So, here is the way to get it on your sidebar if you wish –

Square Dance! at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Right-click on the image above and ‘save image as’ to your computer.  Then, in Blogger and in WordPress, open the gadget or widget for an image and upload the picture there.  In the ‘link’ area, put the following URL for the beginning post – https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/square-dance-begins/

Try Craftsy Unlimited, watch everything free!

Fabric Washing Tip ~ From My Carolina Home


34 Comments

Block Update for California Fire Quilts

Blocks continue to stream in, and I am so excited with the response!  You are all amazing, and I thank each and every person who has sent blocks, some with donations for shipping and other costs, along with large pieces of fabric yardage for backing or binding.  I mentioned the first four packages from readers on the 3rd, from envelopes arriving just the day after the long holiday weekend! Then a few days later, I had a full bag of packages, 17 at once!

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

I opened all the envelopes, emailed everyone that I could to let them know their blocks arrived. I couldn’t resist playing with the blocks at this point, and laid out one of several designs usually used with log cabins.  Don’t the colors all look great together!  At this point, I was thinking that I almost had enough for the first top, little did I really suspect what was going to happen next, even though a couple of you predicted it.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Over next week, more packages just poured in, and I know even more are still coming. Participation is coming from all over the world too, just awesome!! I have blocks in hand or still to come from New Zealand, Australia, England and Canada!! The week’s pickup from the post office yielded 27 more envelopes and boxes, amazing.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Of course, I had to play with the wonderful blocks in an array of colors and prints, some bright, some muted, some high contrast, some more low volume, all can be used in some way.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Some of my friends will be helping to assemble the quilt tops, and we will likely spend half a day choosing the layout and coordinating the blocks as best we can. I originally asked for 60 blocks to make 2 quilts, planning to add borders to get to the minimum size needed of 72×84. Through your generosity, dear readers, I have 268 blocks with still more on the way!  I can now do quilt tops of 7 x 8 blocks, which will be a full size quilt!! I’ll be making 3 of these with help from friends.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

At this point, I have way more than I can use, so if you have made blocks but haven’t mailed them yet, please send them directly to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild‘s collection address on their website.  I wish I could show you all the blocks, but I had to stop laying them out on the floor and get back to other things.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Thank you to everyone who sent blocks, and double thanks to many of these ladies for the extra help. So many of the envelopes had money in them too, contributions to help with the costs of the project, most with $1-5 and a few had $20!!  If I had an email address, I sent a thank you email, but many of the envelopes had no note inside.  So, if you didn’t get an email from me, and you see your name below, know that I truly do appreciate your contributions of blocks and money!!  I have enough now to cover all the costs, and if there is any left, I’ll put it toward the next Safelight project.

Jeanne S, St Augustine, IL – Heidi K, Henderson, NV, – Liz H, Mahwah, NJ
Shannon F in Durant, OK – Alice, AZ – C W, Lancaster, PA
Brenda H, El Dorado, KS – Molly A, Taylorsville, IL – Nancy S, Riverton WY
Susan C, Chesnee, SC – Celeste D, Seattle, WA – Mary D, Georgetown, DE
Teri K, Palmetto Bay, FL – Roseanne N, Sturtevant, WI – Loris M, Cambria, CA
Elizabeth K, West Columbus, SC – Sharon C, Lexington, NC – Ms M, Gesonia, PA
Ms Fischer, Vacaville, CA – Linda N, Belews Creek, NC – Erin H, Deerfield, MA
LW, Rocklin, CA – Carolyn J., Williamston, NC – Mary B., Bozeman, MT
Darlene S, San Diego, CA – Linda S, Buffalo, NY – Judy R, Marshall, NC
Elizabeth G, Mooresville, NC – Denise F, Charles Town, WV – Val R, Ontario, OR
Ann B, Louisville, KY – JW, Palm Coast, FL – Donna W, Inverness, FL
Nancy F, Yorkville, IL – Amy R, Plainwell, MI – Sue Ann B, Plainwell, MI
Jeanna G, Port St Lucie, FL – Irene D, Leeds, AL – Crystal F, Cedar City, UT
Sharon V, Schoharie, NY – Carol P, Pisgah Forest, NC – Roberta A, Elgin, IL
Deborah C, High Point, NC – Paulette V, Springville, NY – Pat E, Avon, NY
Cheryl B, Newland, NY – Dorothy M, West Chester, PA – Lisa C, So Plymouth, NY
Sherry, Sioux City, IA – Ruth K, Alma, MI – Madeline S, Summerville, SC
Sharon T, Lake Wylie, SC – Clare M, Central Hawks Bay, New Zealand
NB, Milford, DE – Danice G, Florence, AL – Deborah A, Denver, CO
Linda A, Warwickshire, England – Emily L, Charlotte, NC
Karen, New Braunfels, TX – Linda B, Rensselger, NY

Now, here is another way to help if you are just now finding out about this project. The Superbuzzy Quilt Shop and online store located in Ventura is the collecting point for the Ventura Quilt Guild. The guild is interested in any block pattern, orphan blocks, UFO flimsys, extra fabric for backing and binding, thread, batting, anything. See their post Quilts From The Ashes. I’ll be sending all the leftover blocks from our project on to the Ventura Guild to support their efforts when I ship the completed quilts.

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

I am a FQS affiliate, and may earn a small commission to support the costs of the blog from any purchases you make.  You can use your existing account, and there is no cost to you.  Thank you for using my links when you can!

California Fire Quilt Project at From My Carolina Home

Quilters are such generous and giving souls, thank you so very much for all your help with this project.  I’ll certainly update again after our tops make a bit more progress.  Isn’t this fantastic?

Sharing,

Crazy Mom Quilts


41 Comments

Are you ready to Square Dance?!!

The next Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along is coming!  We will be Square Dancing this year!  Save the third Friday of each month for the steps.  This is going to be a bit different, and I’ll give you one hint now – there will not be any half-square triangles, LOL!!! Nope, not one. I have done enough of those for a time, and this time we’ll learn something new. Bwaaahaahaa!!  Are you ready?

Square Dance! at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Save the third Friday of the month for the steps, beginning January 19th.  The quilt along is once again going to use up your leftovers, with the design done to take advantage of some precuts, but you’ll also need some fat quarters or yardage.  I actually have some alternative cutting strategies too, to use more sizes of things, so if you have charm squares, jelly roll strips and cake layers, set them aside and we’ll use them up.  The steps will be simple, and easy to work in around other projects.  In fact, some may even work for leader ender project.  Those doing the monthly goal thing can use the monthly steps for that too, and get two things going at once!  The quilt along will go until July with finishes after that.  You can share your fabric choices, progress, and finishes on our Flickr Group, or on the From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group.  I love seeing what you all are doing!!

I will link this post only with a few link parties and BOM pages to get the word out.  I will not link the individual steps, so I hope you’ll follow my blog to quilt along.  January 19th – updated click on –  Square Dance Begins!

Won’t you come with me for fun this year at From My Carolina Home? My blog has quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more. You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link. If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page. I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too. This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

Square Dance! at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Will you quilt along?

 

Sharing

Busy Hands Quilts 2018 Quilt Alongs List

Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday

Oh Scrap!

Main Crush Monday