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January 16, 2022
Zippered Card Pouch from Sew French

Originally posted on Sewfrench:
I don’t know about you but this pouch has been on my radar since I first saw it a really long time ago. I think not only the beautifully coordinated fabrics but also the adorable zipper is what…

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January 13, 2022
January UFO Report! from QUilting By-You

How has your week been? Hopefully you are staying warm and healthy. Have you been working on any projects or maybe made any progress on your crafting area?

I have! Slowly but steadily I am making progress in my room. My cutting table is just about usable and I have most of my sewing table cleared. Next up is the ironing board. Why is it that flat spaces seem to have some sort of magnetic power that attracts all the things to be placed on them? Do you find that to be true in your area? (Or maybe even the ...

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January 10, 2022
Crafting with Rhonda from Ravelly1

 Whew!  I just finished a great little class with some wonderful folks at your local Seniors center.  Lots of the items used came from my second favorite store.......Hobby Lobby.

If you're wondering what's my number one favorite store??!?!?!?!?!!? It's any fabric store near and far..LOL

We broke for a hardy lunch and finished up by 1PM. 

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October 28, 2021
Back from the Craft Shows! from QUilting By-You

We made it, we survived, and we even sold some things! We weren’t sure what to expect over the weekend except for one thing – we would be tired at the end of it. And we certainly were, and thus why we are a little late (and short) with our posting this week.

Usually at these types of events we meet some interesting people and hopefully make some connections for people to come to the shop. While there are a couple of guilds in our area, many of our customers are not part of guilds and this becomes a great ...

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October 25, 2021
Tip of the Iceberg. from QUilting By-You

We talk about the tip of the iceberg at home a lot. How icebergs are tricky things…that you can only see a portion above the water while the greater mass lies below the surface. We talk about how the tip of the iceberg represents our final product; the result of our work. The mass below represents the work that it takes to get the result, or the part of the iceberg you can’t see. The boys wanted to start a podcast – so they are learning a lot about the work that lies beneath the surface.

A couple of ...

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September 26, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

It is the last Sunday of the month, and Autumn arrived this week with beautifully cool days. The garden is winding down, but I am still harvesting a lot of tomatoes! This was a couple of days worth, with lots of little cherry tomatoes and another Cherokee purple.

The hydrangea is covered in dark pink/green blooms as is usual for it in the fall. Here and there are lighter color ones, but most are the darker ones.

I have one beautiful lavendar one that has been blooming for over a week now. It is a lovely pure lavendar color ...

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September 24, 2021
Update on the Safelight Quilts from From My Carolina Home

It was fun to go to the post office this week, as blocks are coming in for our Safelight Quilts. Not only blocks, but ready-to-quilt flimsies, plus two fully completed quilts!! These wonderful scrappy blocks were sent in by Joan Hannes. Thank you!

Then, ten red and white blocks arrived from Carole Leaverton.

This flimsy was given to our guild from a gentleman who wanted to find a charity for his late wife’s unfinished projects. I said I’d take it to quilt, and donate to the Safelight quilt drive. I found some fabric that will work for a ...

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September 16, 2021
How early is too early? from QUilting By-You

So, we walk into a store in late August and are bombarded by all things Halloween. At first I feel a little rushed and frustrated. Why so early? We all know that Halloween candy purchased in August is not going to make it to trick or treat time!

But lately I’ve been thinking. How early is too early? When July hits, we start to think about “Christmas in July”. Some of us gift items crafted by us and that takes time. We might be crafting year round to not feel so rushed when those holiday deadlines come around. We ...

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September 14, 2021
Autumn Jubilee is Coming! from From My Carolina Home

For the sixth year, I’ll be hosting Autumn Jubilee the month of October. I’ve been working on getting some great giveaway prizes, designing projects and cooking up a new recipe.

I have put all the rules and tips for entering the contests on a Rules and Notices page. See that page to be sure you understand how to enter the upcoming drawings. In past years, there have been many disqualifications for entries not meeting the requirements of the entry, so be sure you know the rules and follow them.

Autumn Jubilee patterns remain on the blog, and free ...

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September 9, 2021
Time to Tweak it a Little. from QUilting By-You

Hopefully we can now get back to our regularly scheduled posting habits!

We will certainly pick up where we left off with our Jacob’s Ladder blocks, but that will have to wait until next time. They are all sitting patiently waiting until it is their turn.

We also fell down a bit on UFO stuff. That’s okay too. I’m sure that we have all realized over the last year or so that sometimes life happens and we have to shift our priorities to take care of those things that are necessary. Hopefully you are all making UFO ...

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August 29, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

Coming home from our adventures in Virginia, the tomato plants were prolific in our absence. The day we left, I gave all I had at that time to my neighbor for her help watering my plants while we were gone. This basket was collected the day we got back, and a few went on salads for dinner the next evening. There are dozens more on the plants yet to come.

So I told you something fun happened while we were at the quaint little roadside motel in Luray. Looking down at the lovely row of flowers, I noticed something on ...

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August 15, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

This week has just been so busy, with car club events, playing pickleball, quilt meetings and lunch with friends. It is no wonder that I have little accomplished in the sewing and crafting room for the week. On Thursday, I went to a quilt area meeting then stopped by the Quilts of Valor sew day. I picked up this fabulous top, batting and backing that I’ll quilt for them. This striking eagles panel is surrounded by pieced blocks.

I did manage to get it loaded on the longarm, and I’ll show you the quilting when it is done ...

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August 8, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

I’ve been working slowly on the needlework project, but weekends have become busy! I am not at all sure I am going to finish this in time for the fair this year. I’ve decided to do the outer section in black, like a cast iron pan. I think this will look great with some black beads that I got from my friend Mary some time ago on the little dots. The iron on transfer is from Stitcher’s Revolution Kitchen Sayings.

I had the best time on Friday, with the announcement of my pattern publication in Quilts and ...

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July 25, 2021
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

It was a week of flitting from project to project. Somehow my concentration was a bit off. Early mornings were cool, but the days warmed up fast to hot and humid. On the bird feeder this week, a mom cardinal brought her son. You can see he is almost done molting his baby feathers and is coming into his full red color. The tips of his wings are still grey, and a little fluff is still visible at the top of his tail.

A rainy beginning of the week gave me plenty of time to play in the basement. I ...

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June 20, 2021
Pardon me, has anyone seen my marbles? from From My Carolina Home

I was sure I still had them, but apparently I had lost them. They were certainly missing when I got a phone call from a dear friend in a bind. The person in charge of publicity for our guild’s Garden of Quilts show called my friend and quit a few minutes before my friend called me. That day was also the day before the committee meeting. She was desperate. As the show chair she needed someone to fill that job immediately. As she pleaded for help, how could I say no? I do have a bit of free time ...

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May 21, 2021
HVL NC Rocks! from From My Carolina Home

Today I’ll show my latest crafting obsession, so much fun. I know I saw this on a news program some time ago. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I found this rock painted with a chicken at the post office. It was sitting on a large boulder next to the front door that is in a rock garden. I have a lot of chickens in my kitchen, so it caught my eye. The back had a facebook logo and a name. So I took it home and looked it up. Turns out there is a group of folks that ...

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April 14, 2021
More than a Blanket: Quilts are Art! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Sunbeam quilt by from Annabel Wrigley for MODBLOCK.

Many have wondered, “Are quilts art or craft?” Well, the answer can be yes to either. Confused yet? Let’s start with the definition of art. In the Oxford dictionary art is said to be, “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

In that sense, quilts can be considered an artform. Although quilts are created to serve a purpose, most often to keep us warm, they ...

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April 12, 2021
Happy Monday! from QUilting By-You

I know, not a terribly descriptive title for today’s entry. As we all know, creativity ebbs and flows. I would love to tell you that I am rocking those Jacob’s Ladder blocks, but truthfully, they are in a holding pattern. We have a bit of a temporary scheduling issue. I won’t bore you with the details. Sometimes that’s the way it is with a small business and we have families. So, while that is going on we are just trying to work through our customer queue as best as we can which hasn’t left room ...

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March 13, 2021
Make Time for a Little Self Care from QUilting By-You

I know, we were supposed to get back to those Jacob’s Ladder blocks. I had a little trouble getting back to them this week so I am not any further along with regard to choosing sashing fabric and getting them sashed. Don’t worry, I am still working on it and we should be able to post about them next Monday!

In the meantime, I thought we could talk about some self care. No, not the mental kind. The physical kind. It’s very easy to get into a groove and spend a lot of time sitting at our ...

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December 21, 2020
5 Minute Stocking Stuffer from From My Carolina Home

I was watching a football game last weekend and saw the referee with his mask on a lanyard, so he could remove it to announce a penalty call then replace it quickly. This got me thinking. It is a bit of a pain to put on a mask to go into a store, take it off in the car, put it back on for the post office, take it off again. When we walk on the local trails, I hold it in my hand to put on when we meet others on the trails, then take it off again when ...

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