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Quilting on the Grand Strand, part 2

Picking up from yesterday, the Grand Strand Quilters meeting was so much fun. I really enjoyed making new quilter friends, but had no idea what would happen next. One of the charities the Grand Strand Quilters support is the Quilts of Valor program. I didn’t get this quilter’s name (with the microphone) before the end of the meeting, and her quilt would be very nice for the veterans, but I don’t remember if she said who it was for.

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Batting is cut at each meeting for finished tops, here an Anita’s Arrowhead with patriotic borders.

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After the meeting, while I was chatting with members, Joan came up to me explaining that she was the QOV coordinator for the group as well as part of the national organization. She wondered if I would be willing to quilt some tops for them. She said they have a backlog of 150 quilt tops ready to be quilted, but a serious lack of longarmers willing to help. I hesitated a moment, knowing that there would be some logistics involved, and I just couldn’t do them by mail. But she already had a plan. It seems that about a third of their members are snowbirds, spending the winter in Myrtle Beach and the summers up north. Some go through my area twice a year. So, if I took some quilts to do, then in six months or so, someone would be coming through to pick them up. Well, then, sure!! Knowing I had a bit of stuff from shopping, I agreed to take 10. Joan ran home, cut batting for 10 quilts, packed them up in 5 large bags, and met me at my hotel (with her charming husband, Jim) to hand them off.  They completely filled the back seat of our rented Jeep. I think this will become a regular thing for us!  So, I think I may have become an honorary member of the Grand Strand Quilters, at least I’d like to think so.  Yes, I’ll share them with all of you as I put them on the frame for quilting around my other projects.

Grand Strand Quilters QOV

There are two really wonderful quilt stores in the area, and I visited both, along with a Crafter’s mall where one of the vendors had lots of fun fabrics and notions. On Tuesday, I drove to Murrells Inlet to Accent Sewing. What a wonderful store!! There were fun fabrics, lots of notions and thread, classroom space and machines.

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I chatted only a little with their longarmer who was busy with a quilt right then, so I didn’t want to bother her too much. All the ladies were so friendly and helpful. Diane helped me find a pebble fabric for my Be My Neighbor quilt to use as the streets.  The owner, Sheryl, was so nice and helpful too. It is a bright and colorful store to visit, I wish I could do their mini quilt of the month quilt along, the samples were just joyful!

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Then on Wednesday, I visited Quilting on the Beach, where again I met Barb and Anna, two lovely, friendly ladies willing to chat a bit. I spent the most time with Maureen, their longarm quilter as she worked on this beautiful quilt.  The piecer, Anne, was there too, getting a lesson in what a longarmer needs.  Just look at how perfect all her points are on those triangles!  As usual, I picked up a new-to-me, stupidly simple, brilliant idea for dealing with quilt backings that are too small. She uses long straight pins to secure a piece of fabric to the edge, allowing the longarm more space so it doesn’t bump into the clips. As she rolls the quilt, she moves the bit of extra fabric.  Why didn’t I ever think of this?

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Pretty store, lots of fabrics!! When I mentioned the Be My Neighbor quilt, Barb found another pebble fabric in lighter colors, so I got some of that too. I’ll show you those tomorrow.

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Then, down the road a bit was Homespun Crafter’s Mall, with new crafted items and vintage treasures. The fabric vendor had a lot of choices too. I understand this is a relatively new expansion for the vendor.  This dealer mall satisfied both my quilter self and my vintage side.

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So, that was my quilting adventure in Myrtle Beach.   If you missed part one, click HERE.  There were more adventures, and I’ll share those soon.

Do you look for quilting fun when you take a trip?

 

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Quilting on the Grand Strand

Last week, DH had work to do in Myrtle Beach and I decided that I needed some beach time.  So I packed a bag and went with him.  While he was working, I had a grand time on the Grand Strand!  The Grand Strand is composed of a number of small communities along the coast, comprising over 60 miles of uninterrupted beach on the South Carolina Coast.  Myrtle Beach is the largest, located roughly in the middle.  One of the things I like to do when traveling is visit quilt shops (where I can), and this time was lucky enough to find the Grand Strand Quilters were having a meeting while I was there.  I emailed the president, asking if I could visit, and of course as all quilters do she said “Certainly!!”.  Thursday morning I arrived as the pre-meeting chat time was getting underway.  It didn’t take but a moment for someone to say “Welcome!!”  I had met a lovely lady the day before at one of the quilt shops, Leanne, and she was new to the area.  We happened to walk in at the same time, so I was familiar with one face.  We both were swept up in the group and I didn’t get a chance to talk to her again that morning.  There were at least 50 women there, setting up machines, chatting, working on kits for charity quilts, all in a happy buzz of conversation.  I chatted with a few here and there, and ended up at a table for the meeting with Barbara, Flo, Blanche, Nancy, Theresa, Sue and Cindi. Here, Blanche was showing her progress on her postage stamp applique quilt, such beautiful handwork!  All those tiny pieces were appliqued to the base by hand.  She has a few more rows and it will be done.

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The meeting got underway, while many of the members worked on hand projects.

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They have a microphone and speaker system so every presenter can be clearly heard by everyone.

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The quilt show and tell was magnificent, such lovely work!!  I wish I could show you all these quilts individually!  But I will show you a few.

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The room has a stage, so the quilts could easily be seen by the entire room. I didn’t get this quilter’s name as she was gone before I could get to her. But her blue quilt is beautiful.

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Sue’s quilt is all HSTs and tiny squares, and is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter. I was so impressed with the number of bits in this one, and love her colors. Look at her scrappy border!  You know I love scrappy.

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Adrene’s quilt was made from a collection of African inspired prints she had collected that went beautifully with the panel found later.

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Carole’s quilt (yes she spells her name like I do!) is for charity. She did a diagonal backing to mirror the string quilt blocks on the front. Very creative idea!

Grand Strand Quilters 22 Carole

I had such a great time that morning!! Nancy and Theresa were just delightful to chat with.

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Bonnie’s string quilt was so colorful!

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Blanche had a wall hanging for show and tell.

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Cindi’s lovely string quilt had a neat black border that set off the colors nicely.

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This guild does an impressive amount of charity quilting, and they truly have it organized well. They meet weekly, so some sewing on the charity projects gets done every week. Kits are made with tops, backing and batting for members to take home to quilt, or to be sent to a longarm volunteer.

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Joanne and Sandy (at the machines) are working on caps for children in chemo with another member who is working on a small quilt project.

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In the back of the room, long tables were set up end to end to cut batting for kits.

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Enjoying the quilts, chatting with all these friendly ladies, sharing ideas and inspiration, there is too much to show you in one post.  So, stay tuned for the rest of the story tomorrow, and we’ll go shopping! Now published, click HERE to see Part 2!

Have you ever visited a quilt meeting while traveling?


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Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step April

Are you ready for the next step in the Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step?  I know I am!!  Sometimes it seems like it is so long between steps!  But from the comments, I think that is a good thing so you can work it in around other things and still have some mystery fun while making a dent in the scrap bins.
Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

OK, then!  Without further ado, here is the April Two-Step!

First, divide the total number of 4-1/2 inch scrappy squares into two equal number piles.  If you are making the Queen size, you’ll have an uneven number of squares, put the extra one on the first pile.

Match up those squares with the bar units as shown in the picture below.  Make sure your background on this unit is touching the center square.  The scrappy bars should be on the outside.  You’ll use half your bar units for this step, (just over half for Queen).  Press toward the center square.

Now, Two Step!  With the remaining 4-1/2-inch squares, use two QST units to make the unit below.  Be sure that your scrappy QST touches the center square.  The background QSTs should be oriented north-south.   This will use up half of your QSTs.  Press toward the center square.

PDF Download of this month’s steps – Scrap Dance Two Step April

Don’t be tempted to guess what is next, LOL, it can go together a number of different ways, and only one of those is right.  We’d all love to see your progress as you go forward, so upload your pictures to the Flickr group, and be sure they are public so we can share them.  The group url is https://www.flickr.com/groups/scrapdancemystery2015/ – and I look forward to seeing all your units as they are done.

Are you just now finding the mystery?  You can catch up quickly as there are only four months published.  We will finish in July, then have more shares in August as the quilts are finished.  So, come join in!  Just click on Scrap Dance Mystery Two-Step to get started.  Each step is linked to the one that came after, and all have downloads to print out for reference in the sewing room.

How’s your Two Step coming along?

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Quilting the Orphan Block Quilt

Picking up from the post on Sarah’s blog about using an orphan block, here is the finished flimsy after adding the squares, bars and border.  If you missed that post, click HERE to see the construction of the orphan block flimsy.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I loaded it on the longarm, auditioned threads, and once again settled on that muddy light brown that just goes with everything. I picked a simple floral design pantograph and began quilting away.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Going along nicely, it seemed.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

How delightful to get to the bottom and see it is still square! Putting borders on with the measure and cut method pays off again.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I went to check the back of the quilt, and found this.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

And another run in another spot of loopy top thread.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

This was monumentally frustrating! There is no good reason for this. The thread was the same, I didn’t run out of bobbin thread, these were just short runs of the tension being off, and then correcting itself without me ever knowing anything was amiss. Since this is going to be donated, I had to fix it.

I marked the beginning and end of the bad stitching with big pins so I could find the spots on the top. Doesn’t look like there is anything wrong here, but there was.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the other section. You’d never know anything was off from the top side!

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I clipped the thread on the backside and pulled the top thread out.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

From the top side, I can see the holes from the previous stitching.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I resewed the lines by freemotion from the front of the machine, tying off the threads at each end of the run.  There’s a wobble in it, but I don’t think the recipient will mind.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Both areas now fixed.  The quilt was removed from the frame and trimmed.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the overall quilting, and you really cannot tell where the bad stitching used to be.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

I used a pansy pantograph, which shows up nicely in the white areas of the center block.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Binding by hand in red, another nice day of slow stitching, and it was done.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

It has already been mailed to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo sponsored by Em’s Scrap Bag and Hands2Help.

Have you made an orphan block quilt?

 

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Orphan Block Quilt and Hands2Help

I am delighted to be a guest blogger on Sarah’s blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict today!  I am going to be showing how I did an orphan block quilt, beginning with this block.  Remember, it was the first block of the Be My Neighbor quilt, then I decided to do it in springtime colors instead of my comfort zone traditional colors.

Orphan Block Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

So Hop over to Sarah’s blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict , to see how I constructed the quilt flimsy with this orphan block, read about Hands2Help, join the linky parties, or send a quilt, and you might win a wonderful prize from one of her sponsors.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Then, come back tomorrow to see the rest of the story, the quilting of that orphan block quilt.

Visiting from Sarah’s Blog?  Welcome!  I hope you’ll take a look around and enjoy the variety of subjects on my blog.  The current mystery quilt is underway, and you have time to catch up – just click on Scrap Dance Two Step for the first of the monthly steps – next step is April 21. From sewing and quilting, gardening and mountain living, to cooking and tablescapes, crafting and travel, there is always something going on at From My Carolina Home!

What’s going on in your world today?


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Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step Shares

It is wonderful to see all the different concepts in colors with this mystery quilt.  There are just so many great combinations, they make me want to make multiples of this quilt.  Or design another one just so I can do one or more of them, LOL!!

Like Marsha’s brights with black.

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Or Carolyn’s colorful scraps with a butter yellow background.

2-Step Quarter Squares

Lindi’s understated elegance has really caught my eye.  She also has posted her HSTs as well, and they look so beautifully subtle. That pic got marked private, but you can see it if you to to the group.

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Mary’s wild prints are so modern…

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and they are going to really pop with her white background!

Step 3 of the Two Step

Edy’s striking color combination of orange and teal is going to be interesting with that touch of black.

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Elaine showed off her new-to-her Featherweight, Gladys, and her units completed.  I love her lamp!

My new 1955 Feather weight,Gladys, sewed the HST for Scrap Dance 2 Step in record breaking time. The trimming took the time!

Laura has her QSTs done, and …

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step three as well!  Laura commented “I sure hope all of these crazy unplanned bright scraps work!”  I think they will.

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Karen caught up too, with a very French feel to her fabric choices.

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Ranch Wife is doing hers in Western prints, how fun is that!

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I’d love to see more of your progress on the next steps, so upload those pics and share. If you haven’t stopped by your photos lately, there are lots of comments on all of them from the other participants. It is fun to have such a supportive community in our quilting world.

Are you caught up? If not, don’t despair, there is still plenty of time. I only post a new step once a month, on the third Friday, so even those just now finding this quilt along can catch up in just a few days. Just click on the Two Step button on the sidebar to get to the first post. The next update will be April 21. Happy Sewing!

What are you working on today?

 

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Be My Neighbor Block 7

Moving on, now I am on schedule of two blocks a month.  Next up Block 7.  I got out the previous blocks along with my spring scrap basket to choose the next house colors.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

I decided on the darker blue for the sky for this block. It has a tree, so I dug out the fabric with the oranges and leaves for that. Daffodils will go on the ground again, and the roof will be the marbled brown. I knew I wanted some pink in this house, so one of the flying geese units will be pink, and the other green, with a white background.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Cutting the pieces went more carefully this time noting the 1/4 and 3/4 dimensions.  This took longer than sewing the block, even with the boo-boos.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

There were a lot of squares to draw angled lines on this time, so I did all those at once.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Laying out the sections, they were chain pieced as much as possible.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

This also allowed for ironing in batches, which meant fewer trips to the ironing board.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

It was going really well, and then the ripping-out streak continued. I had to rip out and resew this seam three times before I was OK with the result.  The left side of the roof and chimney just refused to line up to my satisfaction.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Then I did this, LOL!! More ripping and resewing. Oh well, maybe next time!

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

I got the tree reoriented correctly, the roof matched up a bit better, and the geese set.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

Right and left sections completed.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

And the block was done.  No birdies to applique this time.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

If you are just now finding this series with me, and you’d like to make these blocks too, go to Bear Creek Quilting Free Moda Be My Neighbor for the patterns for all 16 blocks. I’ll be doing two a month until they are done. Here are Blocks 5,6 and 7 together.

Be My Neighbor Block 7 at From My Carolina Home

After I finish Block 8 in a couple of weeks, I’ll add it to this row. I haven’t decided on what to do for the sashing yet, maybe a cobblestone fabric that looks like a street? Or more sky fabric? Or florals? I’m just not sure yet.

What are you sewing this week?

 

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