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Black and Yellow Geometric Quilt

A friend recently asked me to do a quilt for her, and I was delighted.  She is a fantastic piecer and this beautiful black and yellow quilt just showcased her skills.  Look at all those little bits in the middle of the rectangles!  She’ll slap me for talking about her, so I won’t reveal her name, but this quilt was an absolute joy to quilt.  I spread it out on the longarm bar to make sure I had the backing oriented correctly.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I loaded the backing, then unrolled the Warm and Natural all cotton batting over it to cut to size.  I find this works better than measuring with a tape measure, and I can cut a straighter line.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I floated the top as usual, and stitched the top edge down. Then I did my normal check, folding the bottom edge of the quilt up to the bar to see if there will be any adjustments to the quilting for borders.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Look how flat it is, heaven to quilt!  Didn’t even need a single spray of Best Press.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a medium grey thread Essentials thread, and I used grey Aurifil Thread in the bobbin.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is called Halcyon designed by Hermione Agee for Lorien Quilting.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The dragonflies in this pretty yellow tone on tone…

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

and the bees in this print made the quilting look a bit like flight paths.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph design brings clouds to mind over the greys.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

One more look at the quilting, the side borders are nicely flat too.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The grey really does go well in the wide grey outer border.  Taking it off the longarm, I trimmed it up for her.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting is nicely subtle from a distance, and gives some lovely texture and pattern to the solids and tone-on-tones from close up.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She is coming to get it this week, and I hope she likes it.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

What are you working on this week?

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Fat Quarter Shop Daily Flash Sale

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A Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape

It is said that when a door closes, a window will open.  I certainly hope that is true, as I have made a very difficult decision to make a change in my work life.   Leaving my present job is coming sooner than I had planned, and I don’t have another one in the wings.  So, as I begin the search for a new position, I need some cheery things around to help me look to the future.  So, how about a yellow tablescape?

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

I began with white placemats, but the white dishes got lost without chargers.  This was going to be a casual, everyday tablescape, so I switched them out with the fern green ones. Everyday flatware and the little S&Ps went on next.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

I love these yellow print salad plates, and I haven’t used them this year much. Time to get them out for breakfast and sandwiches, and salads with dinner.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

That meant I could use the yellow napkins too, with the crystal plastic napkin rings. I know I use those a lot but they just go with everything. They were a fabulous thrift store find a few months ago. I can’t wait to show you the fall ones I got at the same time, LOL, but that is another post later. Crystal water glasses went on too.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Now, what to do for the center? I had a cute little yellow basket with some faux greenery in it already, but that wasn’t enough yellow for my vision. The local dollar store had the perfect yellow faux flowers to add.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

And look what else! This adorable little goldfinch was there too. I should have bought several, and likely will go back later and pick up more. They would really be adorable as napkin ring embellishments. I just clipped him onto a leaf.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

From the kitchen, I pulled a pair of salt and pepper shaker chickens just for the color.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

I popped back to the kitchen and grabbed the other set of chickens you all have seen many times in recipe posts. The white goes well, picking up the white plates, so I placed them on the opposite side from the other set.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

A tiny green flower pot added to the accents around the centerpiece. Pale yellow candles flank the flowers in vintage clear lead glass holders.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

I decided to have Italian food, so I put my thrift store oil dishes on the placemats. I put black pepper and garlic in the dishes, then a bit of olive oil to dip sourdough bread. Yum!

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

A chance stop at an estate sale, this little yellow bird was 50 cents. He is perfect for this centerpiece.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

So, all done, a sunny yellow theme with lots of birdies. The sun is shining outside again and it is going to be hot again on this day. But, typical of mountain summers, a little rainshower is expected in the afternoon and evening.

Sunny Yellow Summer Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Outside, more birdies are enjoying the seeds, and seem to be playing nice together.  A woodpecker has figured out how to hang off the side and reach in with his beak to get seeds from the perches.  He shares nicely with a purple finch and a goldfinch here.

Neighborhood Meeting July 2016 | From My Carolina Home

A moment later, the woodpecker flew off and a titmouse landed along with a nuthatch.  Around the back a Carolina Wren peeks out.  The purple finch and goldfinch were too interested in the seed to care who else came by.

Neighborhood Meeting July 2016 | From My Carolina Home

Are you having a sunny day?  Is it still hot where you are?  Or deep winter for my southern hemisphere readers?

 

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First Spring Cookout – A Blue and Yellow Tablescape

Warm weather, finally, and a clear, calm evening was perfect to invite some friends over for a meal over the weekend.  We love sitting on the veranda, enjoying the evening air, watching the sun change the colors in the valley.  Of course, this calls for a grilled meal, and I found the perfect thick center-cut pork chops at the store on sale.  Pairing those with a wonderful salad of fresh spinach, lettuce, tomato, avocado, dried cranberries and Monterrey jack cheese, along with baked potatoes, we had a meal.  Naturally, I needed a tablescape for the outdoor table, so I gathered some dishes and other things.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I was inspired by the cute container of blue lobelia, with its blue and yellow flowers.  So a blue and yellow tablescape was in order.  (K.R., I can hear you laughing and no, I don’t have a fever!)

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I still love those lemon plates, so I used them as the salad plates.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I pulled out my blue plastic glasses for water.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I have two blue napkins that worked nicely for a bit more blue in the tablescape.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Using my Mason Jar Votive idea, I filled the jars with blue and yellow silk flowers, adding the flared votive with a candle.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I found in a later post that the rings will fit to hold the votive glass in place.

blue candle 2

I made two of them, one for each side of the table.

Blue candles both

Yellow napkins with crystal patterned plastic napkin rings, and individual salt and pepper shakers complete each setting.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

When there are only four of us, we seat our guests on the same side of the table so they can enjoy the view.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

A fresh spring table for a wonderful outdoor meal.

Blue and Yellow Outdoor Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Do you like to have a meal outside?

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