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Autumn Jubilee 2017

Are you ready for some fun?  Autumn is coming into pretty color this month, and I have been working on this year’s Autumn Jubilee for some time now.  This year will see a fantastic line up of fabulous prizes from my favorite stores and products, some new this year!  There will be a quilt along, a wool stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes and decorating, so much to do this month.  Projects are quick and easy enough to complete this month, ready for use this season.

Let me share with you the fabulous prizes that will be given away during this event.  First up, Connecting Threads provided a fat quarter bundle of their Autumn Lane line for me to use with the quilt along, and they will send one to a lucky winner too!  Just look at these gorgeous colors!  The quilt design is called Stars On Autumn Lane, and there will be two options for placement, more on that later.  (Psst – Autumn Lane Fat Quarter Samplers are on sale until 10/6 at 25% off, not an affiliate for CT).

Aurifil Threads is  also sponsoring the quilt along, and you can enter to win this fabulous Chestnut thread collection of 12 large spools!!  Plus, this prize is eligible to ship internationally, so anyone can win anywhere in the world.  The quilt along begins October 6th, and will continue with weekly steps on Fridays through October.

Backside Fabrics is offering a $25 gift certificate for you to order their wonderful wide backing fabric for your quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop will award three $25 gift certificates, another international available prize!  Full disclosure, all my Fat Quarter shop links are affiliate links, thank you for using them.  Did you know that FQS also has wool yardage?  See their six pages of wool fabrics, patterns and kits!

My favorite pair of scissors is Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors with the microserrated edge that grabs fabric, and she is giving away a free pair for our wool stitch along – and you will get to choose the size you want!  These scissors are wonderful for cutting wool and fabric, you don’t have to be a wool stitcher to win.  The Fat Quarter Shop has the same ones as mine below, find them HERE.  The wool stitch along will be three Sunday posts, beginning in a week.

Moda fabrics will award 2 prizes, first is a fat eighth bundle of Thistle Farm, and another lucky winner will get 2 layer cakes of Harvest Hill and Thistle Farm.  I have a new sewing project for quick gifts and a head start on your holiday sewing.  Both Fat Quarter Shop and Connecting Threads carry Moda Fabrics.  Both Moda giveaways will be during the sew along, three weekly posts to construct a quick gift, perfect for holiday giving.  The Sew Along begins on Monday, October 9.

 

Olfa is sponsoring a giveaway of their wonderful Splash Rotary cutters with their Endurance blade.  This one is so much more comfortable to hold and use, I love mine.  (Olfa Splash at Fat Quarter Shop).  Don’t you love the new purple color?

We are going to make cards this month too!  Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so look for two card making posts.  And this year, I’ll be sponsoring the stamping post with two Stampin’ UP stamp set giveaways from my personal stock of brand new stamps.  Make cards with Autumn Jubilee twice this month.

 

And more prizes!!  Inspired LED Lighting is awarding 3 (yes three!!) LED Sewing Machine Lighting kits WITH the expansion kits to use on a second machine to three lucky winners!!  I won one of these kits in a drawing and cannot tell you how pleased I am with the extra light right where I need it. (Note – this is not a machine I have, the pic is from Inspired LED)

And one more!!  The Electric Quilt company is giving away a $25 gift certificate for any of their products.  They have some wonderful things for those who do not have the software, along with great block design add-ons for those who do have EQ software.  The Behind the Mouse blog is worth following, they often have giveaways of software packages, and interesting blogs to visit for free patterns.

Facebook users, yes I finally bit the bullet and created a Facebook page for the blog.  It will add my posts to your news feed, if you would like to follow that way.

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I have a group for the quilt along, sew along and stitch along too, so you can share your progress there.  The Autumn Jubilee Flickr group is still active as well, if you like sharing that way.

Because I have so many prizes to give away, I have at least one or more for every single post in October, so let’s start now!!  Enter using the Rafflecopter link below, you’ll have multiple ways to enter to win, the more you want to do the more entries you get.  Today we will start out with a Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate AND an Inspired LED Sewing Machine Light Kit with Expansion for two lucky winners!!  Entries will be open until Thursday October 5th, so enter now while you are thinking about it.  FQS will ship internationally, the Inspired LED will be a USA winner.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Autumn Jubilee Kickoff Click Here!!

Please note that comments during Autumn Jubilee usually explode, and I may not be able to answer each one personally as I usually do.  I hope you understand, and keep commenting.

So, what do you think?  Are you ready for Autumn Jubilee?

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(All Fat Quarter Shop and Amazon links are affiliates. By clicking on these links and making a purchase, I may earn a small commission to help support the costs of my blog.  You can use your existing accounts with Fat Quarter Shop and Amazon to shop.  Thank you for using my links!)

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Stamping Cards in September

My card making for September focused on supportive messages for a couple of friends having some health challenges.  This seemed like a good time to participate in a card challenge at Just For Fun Stamps. The challenge for September was to take their design sketch and make a card using it as inspiration. Yellow cardstock looked nice with the purple striped paper, and I had some purple washi tape too.

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

So I got out some supplies, and began by stamping a tall motif on a light lavendar paper. This is actually three different stamps that go together to make one basket full of flowers. I used three different colors of ink, and stamped the flowers several times to create a full bouquet.

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

I glued the striped piece down in the position suggested by the sketch, and added washi tape to make the horizontal bars.

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

The basket of flowers was added, and I couldn’t resist adding the little bee too. The sentiment is in the bottom right corner.  This card is my entry into the challenge.

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

I had one more message of support to do, and used my pickup truck again.  This is a favorite one because of the sentiment that goes with it. I pulled some blue cardstock, and some of the blue handmade paper that I got from a blogger friend on Etsy. I plan to make some of my own now that the weather has cooled off.

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

“Thought you could use a little pickup” works on so many cards!

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

I used up the last of the gold washi tape, and placed the homemade paper across the bottom.  Aren’t those dogs in the truck bed cute!

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

Did you know that I create cards with your message inside? See my Etsy store listing for custom cards. I create a card, then put a printed sentiment on the inside that is your personal message, and it can be sent directly to your recipient. I need a lead time of five days for creating and mail time. Or I can send the card and an envelope to you for presentation.

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Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I have put some stamp sets in my Etsy store too, if you are interested in adding to your collection at a really low price for brand new retired sets.  Stampin’ UP! Stamp Sets.

Are you stamping or playing with paper?

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Fat Quarter Shop's Notion of the Month Sale

One last reminder, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts. Click on Fat Quarter Shop , hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts. While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

 


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The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

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I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

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Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

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Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

Heather's cards 3

More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

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Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

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My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

Safelight Project Gails cards

A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

Safelight Project Giveaway at From My Carolina Home

So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!


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Stamping fun in June

This month, I’ve had a need for several cards for different reasons. One needed to be a card that would be more suitable for a guy. I saw a cute stamp on sale of a pocket watch, so I got it to use with this embossing folder of clock faces.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I embossed blue cardstock, then stamped the pocket watch on cream. Gold accent paper and dark gold cardstock for the frame completed the color selections. The pocket watch stamp came from Just For Fun, and this is the card I will enter in their monthly challenge for June.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, the blue and gold would be fine for a guy.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For the inside, I went to the computer, and printed out a couple of sentiments, made up from my own thoughts. Working off the idea of ‘time’, I did this one.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

That sentiment could work for so many things! “It’s time to tell you (fill in the blank!).” – Happy Father’s Day, Happy Birthday, Thank You.  Or “It’s time you knew (fill in the blank)” – how much I care, how great you are, how proud I am of you, whatever you need to say!

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For a birthday card, I had these frames as part of the gifted stash I received from dear reader Katie.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Using one with some of the soft floral paper made a pretty card.  I fussy cut it so the butterflies would be in the right places.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I cut the floral paper to size, and rounded the corners with my little punch.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I put a contrasting color behind the flowers on the corners, then stamped Happy Birthday in the center.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, with a pretty flower and butterfly on the envelope.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside is my favorite sentiment for quilting friends.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

And yes, all my cards this time got my personal stamp on the back.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Then, I needed a very fast thank you card for someone who is new in my life. I hope she will become a friend over time, but for now, I wanted her to know that the gathering she hosted at her home was appreciated. So, out came some floral paper with a coordinating solid, and a Stampin’ Up retired stamp set from some years ago.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Another adorable card was sent to me, and I just have to share this fun idea from my new pen pal Jennie.   She sent it to me after I sent her some of the Katie stash.

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

No, I didn’t photograph it upside down, she did it that way on purpose. When you see the inside, you’ll understand why this is just so stinkin’ cute. How clever you are, Jennie!!  Thank you!

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

Speaking of clever, my friend Val who blogs at Val’s Quilting Studio takes the award for all time.  She sent me a Sunshine Box as Happy Mail just because she wanted to.  How very creative is this!  She painted the inside of the box yellow and wrote on the inside flaps!!  It was stuffed full of goodies with a sunshine yellow theme – fabrics, papers and bits for cardmaking, lemon drop candies, a cute Mary Englebreit book, ribbons, post-its, crayons, yellow sidewalk chalk, and more.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Every item was yellow in some way, and every one had a cute note attached.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Such a cute dish towel, with a lemon slice and a little note that said “Cheers!”  I was just delighted, it was like Christmas morning!

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

She included tea bags wrapped in teapot fabric with another cute note.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

I have the most wonderful friends!  Thanks so much, Val!!

How are you being creative now?

 

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More Stamping Fun in April

In April, DH invited the club over to have an inspection of their little British cars by a couple of very knowledgeable members to see what might need attention before it became a problem.  For the guys who might be interested in seeing the cars, here’s a link to the event – LBC Tech session.  For us gals, the event wasn’t our cup of tea, so a few of us got together to stamp.  Two of the participants had never done this before, and I think we have new converts to the addiction, LOL!!  Gail (my ace Stampin Up demonstrator) brought over her Big Shot to do some die cuts, along with two really great designs for us to copy. First was an Easter card, as this was a few days before the holiday.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

We began by cutting out our elements.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Gail had the brilliant idea of embossing the eggs, so we did that too. I had a die for a butterfly, so I could add that to one of my cards. But, I forgot to do the embossing of the white background.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

So my second attempt had the embossing all done, and no die cut butterfly.  The embossing of the white adds a bit more texture and interest, elevating the card from nice to wonderful.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Inside was Happy Easter with stamped butterflies.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The second card was an all occasion design. Gail had the demo one with Happy Birthday Wishes, and I did mine with Thinking of You. I have more of those to send than any other.  I love the lighter flowers stamped first to give a feeling of depth.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The envelope got a flower too.  Once again, embossing the background add texture.  I’ll add my personal stamp to the back, and leave the inside blank for now, so it is ready to go the next time I need a card fast.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

A couple more shares for you, this postcard came from my blogger friend Vicki, who blogs at Colorways by Vicki. See her post about it HERE. And then read about her incredible thread stash and how she matched up the colors exactly!

Vicki's postcard - From My Carolina Home

I also have to share with you the incredible card I received from my stamping buddy Carol W. Her design sense creates stunningly, beautiful work. This one is stamped, and delicately colored by hand, with dimensional butterflies.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

But the real surprise is the dimensional quality, you lift on the little tab and tuck the end behind the dimensional butterfly for a beautiful card display.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

How cool is that!!

What are you working on today?

 

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Stamping score at the Estate sale

It is well known that I am a thrift store and estate sale junkie. When I got an email from my favorite estate sale company showing a house with one whole room dedicated to stamping, I knew I had to go to that one. Bonus was it was close to home! Running over there, they had been open about 20 minutes, and I searched out the stamp room first. The house was at least 5 bedrooms, and had three levels, so it took a minute or two to find it on the upper level. The room was stuffed full of card making supplies – dedicated desk, equipment, supplies, tons of stamps and punches, (mostly Stampin UP too!). The first thing I saw on the preview photos was this spectacular revolving, wood ink storage unit, and I really wanted that puppy.

Estate Sale Stamp room

Unfortunately, the lady right before me had snagged it and it was already on the way to her car.  Later, I found her and gave her my email so maybe I can make another stamping buddy.  I’ve been looking online for one of those carousels but haven’t found one like this.  Oh well, there was lots more to see! Every wall had shelving or stacking bins, and there was a u-shaped desk area with cutting mat, and lots of space to play.

Estate Sale Stamp room

There was a whole wall of shelving full of all kinds of stamps and punches, and cutouts, and more!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Behind the desk, in a closet with the doors removed was all this. I immediately snagged the paper shelf, as it was just $25 for the shelf plus all the paper in it! All Stampin’ Up paper, I might add, over $100 worth at retail prices!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Two very nice young men put it in the trunk for me, and I came home smiling. I thought it would fit on the workbench under the wire shelf, but it didn’t. It was too tall for the space. This is the mess before. See those wire shelves on the right of the workbench?  They have paints and canvases on them, along with wood items and other things for future projects.

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I measured the space and found if I took one out, then the shelf would fit on one of them if I didn’t push it all the way to the wall. So I got to work rearranging the stuff. I took most of the painting supplies and made space in the storeroom for that. Then rearranged what was left.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then, DH looked at it and decided that the wire shelving would be too flimsy to hold the weight of a wood shelf full of paper. So he wanted to take all the wire ones out and figure out something for it to sit on. Well, I knew just the thing, if it was still there. We got out early the next morning and went back to the estate sale for the two drawer cabinet the paper shelf had originally been sitting on. We were in luck, the unit was still there! And 25% off! So, a quick call to a friend with a pickup, and home it came as well.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Good thing too, as it began snowing off and on during the day Saturday.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had fun reorganizing the workbench space. Taking the bins of paper I already had, I integrated my stock into the shelving. This is going to be great, I’ll have the colors where I can see them. Plus the drawers can hold the once-a-year bins for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter card making.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

On top are more beautiful papers that I got at the estate sale, along with my embossing unit with its folders.  The paper unit had some books hidden in it, along with some really beautiful specialty papers, and a lot of holiday theme papers.  Moving some things into the drawers freed up space on the shelves over the workbench to spread out the everyday stamps and other items, utilizing the bins emptied of paper. Now, much neater and better organized, things on the upper shelf are no longer stacked two-high. Plus the little drawer organizer I also got will help keep the little stuff like glue sticks and blender pens handy.  Maybe a couple of stamping buddies would like to come and play.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

But for now, I can do some cards!  Sunday I did have some time for that, as it had snowed overnight about 4 inches.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

I took this picture of a blue jay in the snow-covered redbud tree.

Blue Jay in Snowy Tree @ From My Carolina Home

My bulbs were covered in snow, but they should be OK. It warmed up to the 40s later in the day.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

This is a different turkey than my two buddies, but he still was happy to get a bit of bread.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

We weren’t covered up this time, the streets were warm enough for the snow not to stick.  All of it was gone by the afternoon.  More cold and perhaps more snow is predicted this week.  I’ll be showing you the cards I am working on soon.

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Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.

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Giveaway drawing winners

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Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtm Back Side Fabrics $30 gift certificate winner is Val at Val’s Quilting Studio, blog reader subscriber.

 

paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.