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July 12, 2020
July in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

Languid and hot days alternate with rainy afternoons now that summer is in full swing here.  July is our hottest month of the year and it has been days of above average temperatures for us.  I do not like summer heat, especially when it is humid too, so it is indoor activities for me most of the time.  But in the early morning, or at dusk, we can spend a bit of time on the veranda to enjoy birdsong and fresh air, and the fireflies after sundown.  Taking a short stroll to the flowerbed, there is much to enjoy in ...

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July 8, 2020
Quilting the Dahlia Panel – Part 2 from From My Carolina Home

Last week I began quilting the dahlia panel, putting different motifs in each petal.  I had hoped to be done with this by now, but the longarm machine had other plans.  Here is where we left off, with the top section nicely under way.

Quilting the Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

On this petal, I planned a curved cross hatch with double lines.  To mark the quilting lines, I used a Clover White Chaco Liner, a chalk lining tool that makes a nice thin line, and my curved ruler.

Hoffman Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, I used the curved ruler as a guide for the hopping foot, following the lines.

Hoffman Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Horizontal lines ...

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June 26, 2020
Beginning the Dahlia Panel Quilting from From My Carolina Home

Since my block design motivation is taking a hiatus, I got out my dahlia panel in soft pastels, the Hoffman Dream Big Opal that I promised to show you.  I want to do this one for me.  It will be a practice piece for another one in the Sunset colorway to quilt for a Silent Auction.  Is it just as daunting to you to face one of these panels?  I’ve done one other, the Leaves panel in a previous post (Fear of Free Motion), and it seemed easier to follow the vein lines already in the printed panel.  This ...

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June 8, 2020
Quilting Plans from From My Carolina Home

There has been a lot of this and that in the sewing room lately.  Small projects quickly finished, secret sewing done, and no big project on the horizon.  Seems like it is just kind of quiet.  So, I took a look around this past weekend, and tried to decide on some projects to begin.  First up, this little wall hanging quilt of just nine blocks was a gift to me. It was made by a friend who recently passed away. Her small quilts were offered to those who knew her, and I chose this Origami Flower Quilt in purple and ...

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