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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

Linking up with the Bag It! event on Elm Street Quilts.

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!

Are you ready for fall?

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Quilt of Valor Four Patch

Moving to the next Quilt of Valor, this one was a four patch design, alternating with printed large squares, and a red border. It had a masculine look to it, so I decided to use a pantograph called Tiger Swirl on it. The points have a flame-like feel, meant to be like a tiger’s stripes, with curved lines.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Folding it up to check the borders, there was a little bit extra but not too bad. You can see how the outer edge of the red angles just a bit downward at the edge compared to the joining seam on the inner edge of the border.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I steamed it after loading, and the top edge was looking pretty good.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

First pass looking good, the pantograph seems like a good fit.  You can see the curved lines ending in points here, it does kind of look like a tiger’s stripes.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I forgot to get a picture of my thread audition, but you can see I decided on a light ecru color thread. It gave the darker block areas a bit of punch as those were solid colors.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

It disappears over the busy print with the ecru background.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

And then I messed up again. I didn’t pay close enough attention when I advanced the quilt, and overlapped the stitching a bit on the next pass.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

I noticed the little extra in the borders made some wrinkles in the fabric when quilting. This isn’t too bad and hopefully will be camouflaged after it is washed and draws up a bit. You can see the overlapped pass here too.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Ugh. I cannot believe I did that.  I thought about this for quite a while, ripping it out would take me a long time, literally hours, and this was a charity quilt.  I was doing the quilting for free. If someone was paying for the quilting, I would have just started in fixing it without a second thought. Ultimately, I decided to leave it.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

The backing is predominately white, so the thread color did well for that print. You can see the backing print on the roller here as I got to the bottom edge.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Two of the blocks had handwritten messages with signatures. Hopefully, that is what you notice looking at the quilt, not my quilting mistake.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

Overall, I hope it looks nice.

Quilt of Valor Four Patch at From My Carolina Home

So the question of the day, would you have ripped out this mistake on a charity quilt?  Or did I make a reasonable decision to leave it?

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Preparing for the Mountain Regional State Fair

Turn-in day for entries into the Mountain Regional State Fair is Monday, and I am getting all my entries ready. I have decided to enter 14 crafting, quilting and photography competitions this year. This means getting hanging sleeves on the larger quilts, and labels on all the entries. Scrap Dance Two Step is finished up with a permanent sleeve, in black to coordinate with the backing.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

Having this blog is really helpful to remember what I made in the time frame eligible for entry. I didn’t think I had that many quilts and wall hangings to enter, then I remembered Autumn Jubilee from last year! Here is the mini-quilt from that event.

Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along ~ From My Carolina Home

I am working hard on the autumn inspired quilt along for this year, look for the fun to begin in October.  There are already some fantastic prizes committed by some fabulous sponsors.  Click on the Autumn Jubilee category on the sidebar to see all the fun from last year.  (Smart phone users, the sidebar is at the bottom below the comments.)  The table topper can go into the Table Linens category.

So I gave it a label.  This is my handwork focus this weekend, labels and sleeves.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

The ‘Be My Carolina Neighbor’ quilt will be entered too, in the Mixed Techniques Quilt category as it has both piecing and applique along with the button embellishments.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

So, it gets a label and a temporary sleeve.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I have a tutorial on doing temporary sleeves HERE. I hand whip them on with a large stitch that is easy to take out, and arrange them so there are no raw edges of seams showing.  Folding back the overage makes the sleeve useful for almost any size finished quilt.

Be My Neighbor Finishing at From My Carolina Home

More labels are sewn on for my Patriotic Scrap Dance Tango, (patriotic pattern is a free bonus with the Scrap Dance Tango pattern) and Scrap Dance Two Step.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I decided to show Magnolia Attic Windows too, so it also needed a temporary sleeve.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I’ll be entering five photography categories, plus Scrap Dance Waltz will be in the quilting competition.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

My wool penny rug from Autumn Jubilee 2016 will be entered into a needlework category. Yes, there will be another design for this year’s event.

Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique ~ From My Carolina Home

Competition is fierce at this fair!  I really enjoy seeing all the entries.

Preparing for the Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I have a fall wreath for that craft competition, and this year for the first time, I am entering two cooking contests.  I have to make the recipe and deliver the food on the assigned days for evening judging.  I’ll be there in the evening on Tuesday September 12 and Thursday September 14 with my efforts.  I am entering the Egg contest and the Blueberry contest.  Yes, I will share the results with you!  This is going to be fun, and I cannot wait!

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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

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