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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?



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday



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?


Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along and Giveaway!

It is my favorite time of year, and this year I’ll be doing a quilt along to help us get started on Autumn themed projects, leading up to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  The projects will be suitable for the entire fall season, but the best part is the quilt along that starts today!!  There will be weekly posts for four weeks, short and sweet, and doable for this season’s use.  In addition, I will have giveaways from a list of fantastic sponsors.  There will be one sponsor each week in October for our quilt along.  Today, our lead off sponsor is Aurifil Threads!    So, let’s get started!


The quilt-along begins today, so gather your scraps in all the fall colors you have. The quilt along will have two different blocks, and the size of the finished projects will depend on how many blocks you want to make. So, lets get started!

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

To begin, the projects will need the half square triangles we have made before. If you have jelly roll strips, you can get the 3-inch pieces you need by starting with the 3-inch background square. Cut them in half diagonally, then position on the jelly roll strip with the diagonal cut edge on the edge of the jelly roll strip. Yes, this will mean that the sides of the finished HST will have bias edges, but we will square them up. You’ll just need to sew carefully as you assemble the block. I would put these next to each other, they are separated here for demonstration.  I also marked the diagonal line along with the quarter-inch sewing lines to be sure you could understand the placement.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

So, let’s cut some fabric! The first block is a leaf block, pieced with scrappy autumn colors.  The block will finish at 6 inches square.  For each block you will need scraps in similar colors to create the leaves.  Here is what you need for a single leaf –

3 3-inch squares
1 2-1/2-inch square

Leaf color
2 3-inch squares
1 strip 4-1/2-inches x 1 inch
3 2-1/2-inch squares

Start by matching up the 3-inch leaf color squares with 2 of the 3-inch background squares, and make HSTs using our usual method, and square up to 2-1/2-inches. If you make more than one leaf block of each color, mix up your HSTs to make the leaves even scrappier.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

With the last 3-inch background square, cut in half on the diagonal. Position on either side of the leaf color strip.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Sew with a 1/4-inch seam.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Press, then square up to 2-1/2 inches.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Now, lay out the elements in the block. I switched colors on you, as I am making a lot of leaves.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

Sew in rows.  Press the rows in opposite directions to make nesting the seams easy.  How you press the final block won’t matter.  I usually press all the seams up.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

All done! In multiple colors.  At this stage, they will be 6-1/2-inches square.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

If you want to make the leaves totally scrappy, you can. Why not?  Real autumn leaves often have more than one color.

Autumn Jubilee Leaf Block Construction

How many do you need? Well, it depends. For the absolute minimum, you need 1. To make the smallest two projects, you’ll need 4. If you want to make all the projects in the quilt along, you’ll need 24.  But you can make leaves each week to get the total at the end, you don’t have to make all of them this week, unless you want to. Block 2 will publish next Friday.

Of course, you’ll need thread to sew the leaves, in lots of luscious fall colors, and there is no better thread for piecing.  Aurifil is sponsoring this post with a giveaway of a 12 spool box of threads in Autumn colors!!  To enter, visit the Aurifil collections website, then come back and leave a comment with the thread collection you’d most like to have next, in addition to the Sheena Norquay Autumn Collection.  (Update, just to be clear, the giveaway is only for the Autumn collection.  The comments are for a collection other than Autumn.)  If you follow me, comment a second time with how you follow for a second entry.  The drawing will be held November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends!  If you tweet, please use the hashtag #AutumnJubilee and include @aurifil and @frmmycarolinahm on your list.  If you follow me on twitter, I tweeted the link this morning.

autumnoutside autumninside

Aren’t these threads gorgeous!  I love the colors in this collection.  There are also at least three other collections I would love to have. What are your choices?



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Scraps – Using Up Some HSTs

Going through the scrap pile to make order out of chaos, I found a good number of half square triangles I could use in a project. Remember this mess? There were a lot more half square triangles in that pile than I remembered ever having.

Scraps 1

I pulled them all out, and squared them all to the same size.  I found a group with all the same light fabric, so I pulled those out first.

Scraps 2 HSTs

Then, I started playing around with laying them out to see what would happen.  The diamond shape was pretty easy to get, and I remembered seeing a quilt somewhere, at a show or on the internet, of an offset diamond that runs off the edge. So I tried that.

Scraps Offset Diamond 3

Yes, I like that! But I knew with a limited number of prints, it would be important to keep them all straight.  I don’t have any more to of that background print to make more HSTs, or at least I don’t think I do, LOL!!   I started by sewing each row independently.

Scraps Offset Diamond 4

Then I numbered the rows with little bits of paper held on with a pin on the left side of each row.

Scraps Offset Diamond 5

Then I pressed all the even rows one way and the odd rows the other so the seams would nest.

Scraptastic offset another row

Here it is so far, I need to look at some borders now to make it lap size for a charity quilt.

Scraps Offset Diamond 7

I think I have enough HSTs that I found while pressing to get one more row too.  So we will call this a work in progress, more later!  See the finish HERE.

Linking up…
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Scrap Dance Mystery – The Big Reveal!!

The Scrap Dance mystery for 2015 is now over.  If you like this pattern, it is available for sale at my Etsy store and my Craftsy store, just click on the links on the sidebar.  Thanks for visiting!  The new Scrap Dance Tango mystery for 2016 has started, just click on the category on the side bar to catch up.  It will run from January to June 2016.

Scrap Dance on bench


Scrap Dance Finish 2


Scrap Dance QAL