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Scrap Dance Two Step May Update

Everyone is working on their units from April fairly quickly this time.  Lots of shares on Flickr show the variety of colors and choices, so fun for me to see it coming together!!  You know, if you haven’t begun yet, it isn’t too late to catch up.  The last two months will be really easy, so if you would like to quilt along, click HERE to see the beginning.  Each post has a link to the next one.  I give you a full range of sizes from table topper up to king size.  The next step is next Friday.

Scrap Dance Two-Step Mystery Quilt Along

I think Ranch Wife’s western prints are really fun.  Isn’t this a cute way to display her progress?

Scrap Dance Two-Step April mystery clue

Kristi’s modern prints in bold colors are looking good.

Scrap Dance Two Step April! It's getting exciting!

Elaine, I just adore an autumn palette.  This is going to be beautiful.

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Susan’s blues with grey remind me of the ocean. I hope your studio set up is coming along!

April clues done, will have my new studio,all set up before the next clue.

Mary shared her progress with her blues and golds, lovely.  Hey, I recognize that pebble fabric, LOL!!

Scrap Dance 2 Step April Units

Edy had hers done in a flash last month.

TwoStep Mystery Quilt-April

Brenda is catching up, she had some family health issues to take care of with her elderly parents, so I hope they are doing well now.

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This is getting really exciting. Just another week until the next step!  You have plenty of time to catch up, as the next steps go really fast.  A month between steps will seem too long soon, LOL!!

And just so you know, you can always share older Scrap Dance finishes when you get them finished.  Jeannine shared her original Scrap Dance in bright batiks recently, love these colors!

Scrap Dance Batiks

Are you quilting along?  Please, share your progress in the Scrap Dance Flickr group.  If you missed any steps, or you are just now finding this post, click on the category of 2017 Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step on the sidebar to see all the posts for the mystery.

If you are visiting from a linkup, please stay a while and look around.  My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living.  My tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here, but I don’t link up every post, or the steps on my mystery quilts.  I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method. It isn’t too late to start they mystery quilt going on now, just click on the icon on the side bar to start.  It will go until July, with shares of finishes over the following months.

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Making Card Carriers

With the NC Quilt Symposium coming to Asheville in 2018, our local longarm group is once again making small items to add to the goodie bags to get our group publicity.  For locals, and those who don’t mind mailing quilts to be quilted, we have a number of wonderful longarm quilters ready to make your creations sing with professional quilting services.  See our website at Carolina Mountain Longarm Association to find a quilter near you, or one that takes mail in tops.  If you are local, or you attended the Sympsium held in Hendersonville in 2015, you might remember our Chickens Project.   This year we decided to do small card wallets, or carriers, for credit cards or business cards, or even tea bags.  Each one of our members is making at least 30, so it is a stash busting project for me!

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

These are really easy to make. Start with cutting two pieces of fabric 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut another piece from another fabric 4-3/4 x 5-1/4 inches. Cut a piece of batting 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Stack the batting with one large piece of fabric right side up on top. Fold the small piece in half, wrong sides together, and place this piece 2-1/2 inches from the bottom, with the fold towards the top. I find using my cutting board makes finding that placement easy.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the other large piece of fabric, right side down on top of the stack.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Place a few pins around to hold the pieces in position.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Sew around the edge, leaving an opening for turning, just be sure that the opening is not along the edge where the small piece is sewn, or along the bottom as that won’t get any additional stitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Clip the corners to reduce bulk and make the points nice.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn right side out, and press.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

At this point, you can change your mind as to which fabric goes on the outside, and which one goes on the inside. Just turn the inside panel to the other side.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, turn the bottom up, leaving a bit of the inside divider piece showing. Be sure you have the folded edge showing, and the raw edge at the bottom inside the fold.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Top stitch all the way around, enclosing the raw edge inside, and the opening for turning.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

When you are done, the raw edge will not be visible inside, and the divider will be fully sewn in.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

Now add some sort of closure. I used round velcro dots with velcro glue. You can sew in snaps by hand, or any other kind of closure you like. If you wanted to sew in the closure, do that before folding and topstitching.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

You can use the exact same fabric for all the pieces if you like. It does make the divider a bit harder to see.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

There is more definition with a contrast fabric.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a good start on the 30 I need to make for the group’s total.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

I know some people like to carry tea bags in these too. Tea bags do fit, but if I was making it for this purpose, I might add 1/2 inch to the top-to-bottom measurement to make the pocket just a bit deeper.

Card Carrier ~ From My Carolina Home

One more afternoon and I had more than my required share all done. These are so easy and fast, use up a lot of batting scraps, and I think I’ll make a few more. I ran out of round velcro dots, so just used regular velcro strips cut into 3/4-inch squares.

Card Cases ~ From My Carolina Home

So, if you are local, and attend the Symposium next year, you’ll get one of these with your registration. They will have the longarm group’s card inside to remind you to look at our website for quilting services.  I have made a wide variety of them in different kinds of prints.  I made a few extra ones too, just in case someone gets a print they really don’t like.  We’ll have a few extra ones available so people can trade for a print they like better.

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Jelly Roll Market Bag

I had leftover strips from the latest jelly roll project, and I really liked the soft, sage green colors. I also had these wonderful large buttons suitable for a coat. Knowing I will never make a coat, I had an idea for using them on a tote. If you don’t have leftover jelly roll strips, just use 2-1/2-inch width-of-fabric (WOF) strips. I like the way this turned out, and it is very simple.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

So here is what you need –

9 jelly roll strips
2 strips of batting 1-inch x 20 inches
Optional stabilizer, interfacing,fusible fleece or similar
Lining fabric 16 inches x 40 inches
3 large buttons

Select one jelly roll strip for handles and set aside. Arrange eight jelly roll strips in a pleasing matter.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Sew together on the long sides to make a fabric piece 16-1/2 x 40 inches.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Press the seams in one direction. Remove the selvedge edges on one edge with a rotary cutter making a straight end.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Measure five inches down and cross cut the strips. Measure three more inches and make a second cross cut. Reverse the direction of the strip created.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Sew back together nesting the seams.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Repeat for the other end.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Optional, add fusible interfacing or fleece, or other stabilizer to the wrong side of the strip piece to add body to the bag. If quilting is desired, complete that at this point.

Add buttons or other embellishment if desired to three of the squares on the front side of the bag, leaving the top square empty, and starting with the second one.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

I drop the feed dogs and put the buttons on by machine.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Sew the short ends of the strip pieced section together, and across the bottom of the bag. Leave the top open. Press seams open.

Box the corners by pulling the front and back apart right sides together, creating a triangle at the bottom of the bag and aligning the bottom seam in the center – see photo. Then, measure two inches in from the point, and sew a line of straight stitching across the corner. Repeat for the other side.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

To make handles, remove the selvedge edge, and cut the reserved jelly roll strip in half crosswise.
Turn under 1/4-inch on one long side of each strip to the wrong side and press. Place a 1-inch wide batting strip in the center of the wrong side of the strip.
Wrap the raw edge over the batting and press.
Wrap the folded edge over the raw edge to the center of the handle, covering the raw edge, pin and press.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Sew a line of stitching along the folded edge securing the edge. Optional, sew additional lines on either side creating three lines of stitching for handle strength, and decorative interest.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Place the handle ends five inches in from the sides on the front side, seam side up (right sides together).

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Stay stitch 1/4 inch from the edge. Repeat for the handle on the back.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Sew lining sides and bottom, leaving an opening for turning. Box corners. Turn lining right side out.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Place the lining inside the bag right sides together, matching the side seam. Pin the top edge, and stitch with a 1/2-inch seam.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Turn bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Whip stitch or machine stitch the opening in the lining closed. Press the top seam.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

Topstitch 1/4 inch from top edge. If a closure is desired, center hook and loop tape pieces on either side of the inside at the top and topstitch in place.

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

All done! This bag is simple and can be made in an afternoon!   So why do I call it a Market Bag?  Well, for my flea market finds, of course!!

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

So, what do you think of my Jelly Roll Market Bag?  Do you have any leftover strips for a market bag?

Download the free pattern – Jelly-Roll-Market-Bag

Jelly Roll Market Bag on From My Carolina Home

My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method.  If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Pinterest, a blog hop or link up, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow.

My third mystery quilt is in progress, click on Scrap Dance Two Step on the sidebar for the first post.   The pattern steps will remain up until July 2017 then removed and published in my Craftsy store.  See my Craftsy store for more of my scrappy patterns to use up your stash bits. Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog.

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Scrappy Project part 2

This morning, the sun is shining on the snow, but I am still not going anywhere. Here is the driveway with about 4 inches of snow left.  Nope, not going anywhere until more melting takes place.  The sun should make the road passable by late afternoon today, but too late to go to work.  Snow day to sew!

Jan 25th Snow in morning

When I left this project in the UFO stage, I had put together most of the scraps, and had this.  So, I worked on it a bit more over the weekend.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I added some squares to the side of the other diamond block.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

A green fabric fills a space to match up with the width of the first piece.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

The two pieces were joined together.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

So here is what I ended up with.  It looks like a hot mess right now, but I hope it will morph into something interesting.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

Loading it on the longarm to quilt, there is some fullness in the piecing, naturally as I just pieced randomly without measuring.  So I’ll steam it a bit to try to smooth it out.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

The colors suggest an autumn feel, so I put a leafy pantograph on it.  I chose one that is fairly dense to take up some of the fullness.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

This is the most difficult pantograph I have, called Luscious Leaves. It has a lot of intricate moves, going around some leaves, then going back and forth with changes in the direction of the stitching.  It is a bit hard to explain but the bottom line is, don’t get off line!

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

Quilting proceeds nicely, no thread breaks, LOL!

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

I quilted right off the edge so it was fully quilted with out any bare spots on the edge.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

The quilting did well over the seams, and there were a lot of those.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

The quilting is a bit more visible on the back.

Scrappy Project | From My Carolina Home

So, it is quilted and trimmed. Now, what to do with it? Stay tuned, I’ll show you more when I pick this UFO up again.  I have an idea, just need to let it percolate a bit.

Speaking of scraps, for those participating in the Scrap Dance Tango! Mystery Quilt Along, I would love to see more pictures of HSTs and colors on the Flickr group.  We have a lot of members, but not a lot of photos yet.  Our first update will be very soon, so upload your progress.

In the view this morning, fog is in the valley.

Fog in Valley, January 2016

DH put a bowl of food out for the ground feeders Saturday, and the juncos found it pretty fast.

Junco chowing down

Then the goldfinches took it over, even though they aren’t traditionally ground feeders.  I must have taken a hundred pictures over the weekend of the birds.  And made them more protein cakes to eat too.

Goldfinches in bowl

So, staying in one more day to work on UFOs. Do you have a UFO in progress?


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Scrappy Project

Last October, I went through the three 2-gallon bags of scraps I had to in order to organize them and use them up.  I found a huge number of half square triangles that became the Offset Diamond Quilt.  After I pulled out all those, I used up a bunch of pieces cut to 3-inches for a border, and then cut squares for the upcoming Scrap Dance 2 quilt.  After all that, I still had this left.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

Among the elements partially done were a couple of blocks like this one.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I took the little four-patches and hourglass bits to the machine and just started randomly sewing them together.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I made some nine-patch blocks from those, adding some fabric squares to finish the blocks.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I laid those out on the cutting table and started to work in the other bits.  I made some strips of HSTs that weren’t enough for another full block.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

That looked good, so I kept sewing things together, not paying much attention to placement.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I had a lot of these squares in the fall print, so I just sewed them to the other small bits.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

That ended up as a checkerboard element in the center here. I placed it with the other things I had done.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

The layout had places where a filler would be needed because the elements were not the same size. So I pieced bits to go between the blocks.  Those two diamond blocks are too close together, so I rearranged the elements and added more.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

Some spots just got a larger piece of fabric, sewn on then cut to fit.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

Adding and trimming more areas, the piece was becoming larger.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

Here is where it stopped for now. It isn’t a good size yet for anything, and I have more blocks to add to it.  The colors are not appropriate for a lullaby charity quilt, and a little too busy for a larger quilt.  So, I have no plan for this UFO, maybe a scrappy quilt carrier, but we will see.

Scrappy Quilt Carrier | From My Carolina Home

I’ll come back to this later.  I am working on the next mystery, and the first post will be Friday.   It is coming along, and I am getting excited about the design!  It will be another way to use up scraps, so I hope one of these ideas will help clean out your scrap bin.  Do you have a plan or a project for using up your scraps?  Are you excited for the start of the next mystery?


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Scraps – Making order out of chaos

I know I have shown part of my scrap pile in the past, but every time I think I have a project to use it up, I end up with still more.  I really thought that Scrap Dance would take care of this pile, but I completed that quilt and this still remains.

Scraptastic 4

And that is just one bag. To make it worse, I also had another bag where I had begun to do some HSTs just to get something done.

Scraps 1

I took this mess by manageable piles over to the ironing board and started pressing.

Scraptastic 3

Then I started finding things already done, more HSTs, some quarter-squares, lots of cut squares. So I began making little piles of similar things.

Scraptastic 2-2

I needed a plan, so I looked to the projects I do most, and decided to make the squares into 2-1/2-inch and 3-inch squares. Larger squares were put aside to make into smaller ones using up as much as possible. I had a whole stack of 6-inch squares, but not enough to make a quilt, so those will be cut down to 3-inch squares.

Scraptastic 8

Oh, yikes, another group to press and sort!

Scraptastic 5

The one thing I was sure of, I wanted a very limited collection of sizes, not the six or seven bins of stuff like a famous quilter does.  I’ll only have three sizes, the 2-1/2″ square,  the 3″ size for HSTs, and one strip size for scrappy borders.  I took all the 2-1/2-inch strips and 3-inch strips and cut those into squares if possible. I did a bunch of strips at once by laying them out overlapping on the cutting board.

Scraptastic 9

Then with all the irregular sized bits, I lined them up and cut them into variable width by 3-inch rectangles. These will become leaders and enders and eventually a scrappy border.

Scraptastic 10

Yes, this took all day and part of another day.  But in the end it will be worth it.  I already found enough half square triangles to start another project, all I need to do is square up a few more and I can start designing with them.  That will be a work in progress for another post. All these squares will be needed early next year for the next mystery, yes there will be a Scrap Dance II in 2016!

Stacks scraps

Back in the beginning of my blogging days, I posted a long article on using scraps from all kinds of quilting and sewing projects.  That post is The Scrap Basket if you’d like to see it for more ideas on using up little pieces of this and that.

How do you organize your scraps?


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More Sewing Goodies

Now that I have the Sewing Kit finished, I had fabric left. Those scraps were begging to be used for more matching accessories, so I made a few more quickie projects.

Set

The needle book is made like a tiny quilt, folded over, with a wool felt ‘page’ to keep the needles on.

needle case open

It has a loop over a shank button for closing.

needle case closed

The pin cushion is squares of both fabrics in a four patch on both sides. The top got a button.

pincushion

This cute thread catcher is just two triangles sewn together.

thread catcher 2

I made a bunch of them, and pinned the pic to my Pinterest boards with the link to the instructions. Click on Triangle Thread Catcher to see my little group of them and link to the instructions.

thread catcher

Now, maybe I should do a mug rug, or a portable ironing board? Decisions, decisions!!

See the matching Portable Ironing Board!

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