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Wool Stitch Along Finishing and EQ8!!

Today is the finishing post for the wool stitch along penny rug.  Just a few tips to show you the way I like to finish mine.  Fast and simple is is the goal.  Here’s the finished project to tempt you, LOL!!  You can still see the steps and get the pattern on the previous Sunday posts.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

I use fusible stabilizer on the backside of the stitched piece, mainly the ends and bits left over from other projects.  I fuse to the stitching side with a hot iron no steam, according to the directions for the brand.  Be sure to read the instructions on yours.  This does two things, it locks down the stitches so it is less likely that they will become loose over time, and adds some body to the finished piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Next, audition your base color.  I thought about this green as it went well with the buttons and set off the rust appliques.  I also tried out a rust base color, which accented the buttons more than the appliques, so I went with the green.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Lay your applique piece on the base, and mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the applique piece.  I use a Chaco chalk marker for thin lines, like this one – Clover Chaco Liner.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The thin lines are easy to see for cutting and brush off easily.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Trim to the line with your Perfect Scissors.  The drawing for the Karen Kay Buckley scissors was this morning, so if you didn’t get an email, order your pair with my affiliate links at Fat Quarter Shop HERE or at Amazon 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors, 6-inch Perfect Scissors, and 4-inch Perfect Scissors.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pin in a few places to keep the piece in place.  Using two strands of matching or contrasting color floss, begin the stitching of the base  by burying the knot between the layers.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

For the edge, I think a deep whip stitch looks nice, kind of folk art style.  Blanket stitch would also work well, your preference.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Continue all the way around, catching just the top of the base layer so no stitches show on the underside.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

After your last stitch, make one more just catching a bit of wool to knot off.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pass through the loop just once.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull securely but not too tight, the knot is tiny and really won’t be noticeable.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Now insert the needle between the layers on the edge right at the knot, and bring up at some point in the interior of the top piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Pull up slightly and cut the floss.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

The end of the floss will retract behind the top, disappearing.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

All done!!

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Display with a candle or other autumn decorative piece.

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

Did you enjoy the stitch along?  Share your progress and finished projects on the Facebook Autumn Jubilee Sharing group.  You can also upload your photos to our Flickr group Autumn Jubilee.

Have you heard, EQ8 releases tomorrow for current EQ7 owners!! If you are a current EQ7 owner, beginning tomorrow you can Upgrade From EQ7 to EQ8 25% OFF until November 6, 2017!!  Yes, I’ll be upgrading my EQ7 so I can bring you more mysterys and quilt alongs.  General release for new buyers is 11/13.  This is NOT an affiliate link.

So help celebrate, Electric Quilt is providing a $25 gift certificate for today’s drawing!  Even if you don’t have quilting software, you can still use the gift certificate on other items anyone can use like their Printables.

Rafflecopter Electric Quilt Giveaway $25 Gift Certificate Click HERE!!

If you don’t have the software, check out the Behind the Mouse blog, they often have giveaways and who knows what will happen with the EQ8 launch?  You can subscribe to be notified of new offers too.

So leave a comment on the stitch along or EQ8, and be ready for entering the giveaway!  Thank you all for stitching along.


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Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along

Sundays are great days for some handwork while watching TV, football games or old movies, whatever is your favorite thing.  I have designed a new wool penny rug for Autumn Jubilee and the stitch along begins today.  To begin, download the pdf with the pattern – Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along Pattern. Then choose your wools.  I have these lovely orange and brown patterned wools, and now was a marvelous time to use them.  If you don’t have a pair of Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors, they are on sale here Karen Kay Buckley 7-1/2-Inch Perfect Scissors.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

The pattern has the base, a pumpkin shape and a leaf shape. You’ll need one base, four pumpkins, four stems and four leaves.  I thought about using this muddy green for the base, but it looked better with the gold.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Choose floss to match your leaves and pumpkins.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Cut all your bits, and pin to the base, centering the pumpkins alternating with the leaves in the rounded scallops of the edge.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Stitch using either a whip stitch or a blanket stitch with two strands of DMC floss.  I apologize for the pictures being somewhat dark, they were taken in the evening, and I didn’t want to wait to begin the project for sun the next day.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

The cutting and stitching can be done in an afternoon.  It took me longer to decide on colors and then to match up the floss colors, LOL!!

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Fat Quarter Shop has a wonderful array of wools in gorgeous colors!  They are the sponsor for today’s giveaway of a $25 Gift Certificate!  You can use it for whatever you like, not just wools, but if you are a stitcher, this is a great way to add to your wool stash.

Rafflecopter Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

You have until October 14 to enter, then the winner will be drawn and notified via email.

Next week we’ll embellish the piece, and in two weeks, finish it off in time to use this year.  Update – Click HERE for part 2.

Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along at From My Carolina Home

Do you enjoy wool applique?



Slow Sunday Stitching



Valentine Decorating

Valentine hearts finally came out over the weekend. I haven’t done anything new quilt-wise for Valentine this year, unless you want to count the red and cream Scrap Dance Waltz.  But I did put up a couple of things from years past. The pink candles came out to replace the Winter White of January. I need to do a mini quilt for Valentine, but once again this year I didn’t get to it. So I have left the White on White Mini Quilt up. Click on the highlighted titles all through this post for free patterns and instructions. I added the white candle with the pink rhinestone hearts, and a bit of glitter heart garland to the reindeer’s beads.

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The Hearts Around Table Topper is on the wall this year instead of a table.  See this post Quilting Hearts Around to see how to deal with a stray dark thread under a light fabric.

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Over in the dining room, I put another Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging using it as a table topper.  Red candles replaced the white ones, and I added some glitter heart garland over the painted white pine cones.

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We don’t plan any dinner parties before Valentines, but I wanted to use the red napkin rings I just found at the thrift store. So I put red napkins in them, and set them around the table just for show. I’m sure there will be an opportunity to use them with all kinds of seasonal tablescapes later, so you’ll likely see them again.  It makes a nice view coming down the stairs in the mornings.

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This sweet little wall hanging is a table topper this year.  I don’t have a pattern for this one, it was a block of the month at quilt club some years ago.  It is sweet, with the heart shaped applique heart flowers, with buttons and stems, bordered in heart fabric.

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Make a wool applique Valentine Penny Rug.


Maybe you can have a Valentine Breakfast this coming weekend. Here’s my breakfast table from a couple of years back, with the pink Cherry Blossom depression glass plates.

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I served Popovers with Black Cherry Creme (recipe here)…

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Make some Valentine cards to send to your family and well loved friends.

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I have been reluctant to take down my Paris inspired tablescape (Romantic Dinner for Two) because it says romance to me more than the red hearts do right now. Just having it out, with the Eiffel Tower, brought back wonderful memories of our trip to Paris years ago, and we reminisced about it last weekend. We stayed in a quaint hotel on the sixth (top) floor with a gorgeous view of the city from the beautiful stonework rooftop balcony off our room. It was just off the Champs-Elysées, right around the corner from a charming café where I got to practice my French and order breakfast each day.  It was an enchanting time.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Valentine’s this year?


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Spotty Hen Wool Applique

I have had this cute kit for quite some time, and I really wanted to work it up as a wall hanging, maybe for the kitchen, or some other spot where it makes sense.  Working on a kit means I don’t have to think much, and keeping hands busy is a way to stave off thinking of certain things.  So, I got out the kit and laid out the pieces.  Mind you, I have been playing with this off and on for a while, but now was the time to finish it.  The total time doing this took a couple of months, working on it here and there, taking pictures as I remembered to do so as as I went along.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

The instructions said to begin with piecing the background.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

So I started with that, and the whole background framing went together very quickly.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, the instructions said to begin appliqueing the wool to the frame. But, being as I didn’t want to mess around with fussy quilting around all those little pieces, I decided to quilt it at this stage. I figured it would be a lot easier to quilt, plus give me more substantial fabric to hold while doing the appliques. I loaded it up on the longarm, but this could easily be done on a DSM. I started with stitch in the ditch using my Quilter’s Apothecary rulers. Plus I stitched down all the edges to stabilize it and keep it square.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I put free motion swirls inside the frames.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I love ribbon candy as a quilting design, so that went in the outer borders.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

More swirls in the cornerstones and it is quilted.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, I got out all my DMC floss and matched up some colors, as the kit didn’t have any floss. I have every color DMC ever has made, I think!

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Yep, those look good.  Notice I started out using a hand needlework hoop, but I quickly abandoned it in favor of just holding the fabric sandwich.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With the quilting done, time to cut out all those bits.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Lots of little bits to cut out!

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

It also made more sense to applique the smaller bits onto the larger pieces first, before adding them to the project, instead of putting on the big pieces first.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With those elements done, I appliqued the chicken feet.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

With the chicken, chick and eggs done, I moved to the border flowers and stems.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

I started with the stems, then added the leaves on the ends and the flowers in the centers.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Next, the leaves were spaced along the stems on all four sides.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Embroidering the chick beak and feet were next.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Did I mention that not a single stitch shows on the back? Made it a little more challanging to stitch, but much easier to hold with the quilting done first. The stitches just bit into the batting and not all the way through the piece. Adding the final embroidery of hay under the eggs and it was ready to bind. I used a scrap of brown from my stash for the binding.

Spotty Hen Wool Work Kit

Ready to hang!  These kits are still available, if you do a search for Spotty Hen Quilt Kit, you’ll find places to get one if you like it.  This one was entered into the fair in the crafting category where kits are allowed.

State Fair 2015 - Spotty Hen

I was very happy to see it win a third place ribbon in the applique crafts. More about the State Fair next time.

Do you like to work kits?


Perfect Scissors Winner (and the last of the blog hop)

Well, today is the big day for the Perfect Scissors Giveaway drawing!

Perfect Scissors giveaway

Thank you to everyone that entered.  I read and really appreciated each and every comment, thank you all so much!!  New readers, I hope you will look around a bit, I have a lot to talk about, LOL!!  There are new tutorials at the top of the page, most noteably how to prepare a quilt for longarm quilting.  And the July Block of the Month is up too.

But now, what you’ve all been waiting for!!  The number of entries was put into the random number generator at It has spoken, and the winner is




Hi Carole! It is very nice to meet you. I am visiting from Karen Millers blog! I LOVE your rendition of her pillow. Sew cute. Everytime I see her Baskets I want to make one. I haven’t done wool applique before, so maybe I will give it a try. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway! Those are awesome scissors!
Thank you for sharing!
xo jan”

Congratulations, Jan!!  I’ll be sending you an email to get your shipping address.

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Thank you to everyone that entered!! I hope I can do another giveaway soon!

And for those who love blog hops, the last group from Beth at Plum and June are hopping this week.
Plum and June
Sharon @ 
Fabrics and Flowers

Serena @ Sew Giving

Carmit @ Quilting Rainbows

Jehn @ Jehnny And The Boys

Jenny @ Jack’s Room

Deborah @ Sunshine Through The Rain

Jennifer @ A Quarter Inch From The Edge

Jane @ Where Jane Creates

Carla @ Granny Maud’s Girl

Elli @ Lovelli Quilts
Marcie @ 
Marcie’s Quilt Therapy

Sharon @ Motherdragon’s Musings

Cynthia @ Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Jane @ Jersey Jane Quilts

Sally @ Wonky Patchwork

Debbie @ Quilting Makes My Heart Sing

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Karen @  Capitola Quilter
Bee @ 
Pink Almond Quilt


Spring Basket Wool Applique

You meet the nicest people in the quilting world!  I have recently made a new blogging friend over at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals and she sent me a darling pattern for a wool work applique that she designed.  Just a gift because she wanted to.  How nice is that!!  I finally finished it, so here it is.  A Spring Basket with a cute bird and lots of flowers.  Of course, I had to do a few things different, mainly because I was determined to make this project without buying anything else!  Ever have  projects like that?

Spring Basket Wool Finished

While I was making this project, it occurred to me how wonderful these serrated edge scissors are.  They are called Perfect Scissors, and I agree.  They make cutting wool a breeze!  The wool doesn’t slide around and the points are easy to cut.  They are super sharp with a sharp point that gets into little tight corners for cutting accuracy.   More about them in a minute.

Perfect Scissors

Anyway, I had most of the colors called for.   Green leaves and stems, and a pretty yellow for the forsythia.  I just had to embellish them a bit more with some seed beads.

Spring Basket Wool Forsythia

The pink daisy is sweet, and I had two of these wonderful dimensional buttons I wanted to use somewhere.  This was the perfect place!

Spring Basket Wool Pink Button

I didn’t have the right color of blue wool, but what I did have were lots of buttons in just the right size and color, so the delphiniums are buttons.

Spring Basket Wool blue button flower

Adorable bird, I should have done his feet in a lighter color.  Oh, well, too late now.  His eye is a seed bead in black with a French knot in the center.

Spring Basket Wool Bird

I have a day lily that is yellow with a burgundy throat, so I did those colors.  The center is cream with three French knots for detail.

Spring Basket Wool Yellow : red

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The vase was a little plain in the off white, so I sewed a molded plastic leaf decoration in the center.

Spring Basket Wool vase

I decided to make it into a pillow, so sewed it to a gold color for the back, and stuffed it lightly with layers of batting. Looks great on the chair,

Spring Basket Wool in Chair

and on the sofa.

Spring Basket Wool on sofa

Would you like to make this adorable project?  You can get the pattern at Karen’s Quilts Crows and Cardinals.

Now for the more about the scissors.  I like these so much that I emailed the designer Karen Buckley and asked about having a giveaway.  I got an immediate response from Lynn Stine that they would be glad to sponsor a giveaway!!

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So, I have this pair of scissors to send to someone reading this post right now!!  Aren’t you glad you read all the way to the end?

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To enter the giveaway drawing, leave a comment.  You can have a second entry if you follow my blog, just leave a second comment saying how you follow.  If for any reason, the comment doesn’t post, contact me using my contact form and I will enter you in the drawing.  Yes, I will ship internationally.  I wouldn’t want to leave out anyone, so all are welcome to enter.  A random number will determine the winner.

If you have left comments before, you know I always respond back in an email.  For this giveaway, I am hoping for quite a few comments, so I won’t be responding individually.

So, how about that as a way to celebrate my 100th blog post!!! (OK, 102 but who’s counting?!!)

You have until 11:59 pm Thursday July 17 Eastern US Daylight Time to enter. The drawing will take place Friday July 18 in the morning and the winner will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!!


Spring Floral Wall Hanging Wool Work

One of the challenges this year for our local quilting group is a President’s UFO challenge.  We are to list four projects that are in progress or not yet started, that we agree to finish before February 2015.  One of mine was to make a Spring Floral Wall Hanging.

I knew we were going to have a program on Wool applique, so I decided to do one for spring.  I thought it would fit the challenge, and I’d have a show and tell for the meeting too.


I started  by making the tulips and the green calyx base.  I used felt for the large green and gold pieces as I wanted brighter colors and large pieces.  Start by cutting a rectangle 2 inches wide x 3-1/2 inches long.


Then cut a piece off the end at a 45 degree angle from one of the corners.  Measure down the side 1-1/2 inches and cut from there to the corner if you don’t have a 45-degree ruler.


Turn them around and you get the tulip.


Add a one-inch square of yellow for the center stamens.


I used five different colors for the tulips.  With dark green for the calyx, you’ll need two rectangles with the corners cut off.  I used a 5 inch and a 3-1/2 inch rectangle for each one, both 1-1/2 inches wide.  Ignore the dimensions in the picture in the middle, I tried it thicker first, but went with the 1-1/2 inch.




The spring green base is felt 20 inches by 25 inches.  I cut flower stems about 3/8-1/2 inch wide, three at 12 inches long and two at 8 inches long.  I started by  fusing the stems down with ribbon fusible web, then sewed the stems to the light green background.

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Here it is with the flowers pinned in place, sewing each flower and stem with matching DMC floss, double strands.  The lace butterfly is from Belgium, pinned into place.  I added various lengths of long dark green leaves with curved ends in random thicknesses.

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I like to keep all my flosses on a ring as I do a project, so I don’t misplace a color.

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When the stitching was completed, I put fusible web on the back to hold the stitching, and to give the project more body for hanging.  My project was larger than the width, so I fold up the edge to fuse an extra piece, overlapping the two.

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Peel off the paper, and fuse to the gold base.  I made the base 1-1/2 inches wider and three inches longer so I would have enough to fold over the top to create a hanging sleeve.

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Finished!  And hanging on the wall.  One challenge down, three to go!


Enjoy!!  Happy Spring!!