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July 20, 2021
Christmas Angels Among Us quilt, table runner and pillow! from Jacquelynne Steves

Our latest Collection for The Art of Home Club is called Angels Among Us, and it contains instructions to make a quilt, table runner, and pillow with these adorable Christmas angel quilt blocks. (That’s right- it’s an entire collection of designs and projects that you can mix and match and have a lot of fun with!) I really love the “picket” border on the quilt and table runner- it’s so fun!

There’s instructions to either applique OR hand embroider the angels. I think it would be fun to personalize the angels, using hair and fleshtones of ...

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July 9, 2021
Fun on the Fourth from From My Carolina Home

Last weekend was a fun holiday weekend with lots of activities. We started the weekend at Mountain Fresh Orchards on Saturday, having lunch with our friend, Jeff. He had a booth there with his wonderful pottery, and I think he made this green bowl just to tempt me. It is a cereal bowl size and perfect for use in the kitchen. I put some of the strawberries I got from Strawberry Hill in it. You can see his marvelous work at Oz Pottery. I have several of his pieces.

This is my tablescape for this year with my patriotic table ...

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July 4, 2021
Happy 4th of July! from From My Carolina Home

Happy Fourth of July! I can’t believe it is July already. I thought you’d like a look back at my patriotic tablescapes for some inspiration for your holiday meal. This one featured my vintage milk carrier holding Ball jars of water filled with blue hydrangeas freshly cut. The little star sprays were Dollar Tree finds some years ago, and I have kept them for all my patriotic holiday tables.

Make my Patriotic Table Runner with TriRecs rulers. Make three stars, then use a patriotic print to expand the size.

Pretty tables can be inexpensively made with just Dollar ...

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Happy 4th of July from Life In Pieces


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June 6, 2021
Pat Sloan’s Holiday Book Tour from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We were thrilled to receive an invite from Pat Sloan to join her Holiday Celebrations Book Tour! Pat Sloan’s Holiday Celebrations Quilt Book is chock-full of holiday inspiration for all the memorable moments throughout the year. Pat has included 17 patchwork and fusible appliqué projects for Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

In celebration of the book release, Pat has planned some fun book giveaways and we have one here for you, too! Read on to find out more!

Quilty staffer Kate chose to make the Sparklers Quilt, and she’s here today ...

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June 1, 2021
My “Holiday Celebrations” projects, free gift, and giveaway! from Jacquelynne Steves

My friend Pat Sloan is releasing a brand new book, called Holiday Celebrations! And it is simply a-dorable! I know you will love all of the projects in it. When we got our “advance” copy here in the studio, we all oohhhed and ahhhed over it, trying to decide which project to make first! As the title says, these are projects meant for CELEBRATING, every holiday and season of the year!

**** Keep reading, because I’ve got

1) a FREE fabric panel for those who purchase Pat’s book from my online shop

2) a couple of giveaways,

3) AND ...

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May 20, 2021
Penguin Party- Our newest collection for The Art of Home Club! from Jacquelynne Steves

Today we released Collection #53, Penguin Party!! (I can’t believe we are on Collection #53 in our Club!!)

This month’s collection includes 5 adorable penguin designs- with patterns for BOTH applique and hand embroidery, so you can choose your favorite. Our projects are a table runner, set of place mats, and mug rug. They are the perfect addition to your winter table! I love designs that can go from the holidays all the way through the winter, so you don’t have to totally change out your decor at the end of the holiday season.

(I know that ...

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February 16, 2021
A Table for Fat Tuesday from From My Carolina Home

It’s Mardi Gras today! The last day of the Carnival season. Of course, this year there hasn’t been much party time, so a festive table will help bring a bit of cheer this week. We are staying home more than ever now, so some color on a rainy day is nice. Gold, green and purple are Mardi Gras colors. I did my previous tables with gold chargers, so this year I pulled out the green ones to build around.

I folded the napkins in a fleur-de-lis fold, held with a green ring. They are really yellow, but the ...

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January 1, 2021
A New Year from From My Carolina Home

Hello, 2021! We woke up to a cold, grey, drizzling and foggy day, and expect it to rain most of today. I checked the veranda this morning, and the money was still there, so I hope I brought in good fortune for this year. We can all use some good fortune! I have no idea where this tradition came from, but my mother did it, so I do too.  You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day.  It is supposed to bring good fortune with it ...

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December 21, 2020
Tree traditions from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Holiday Tales and Traditions blog hop! Bernie at Needle and Foot organized this hop to spread a little holiday cheer. I know this holiday is different from all the others, and at least some of us are having a bit of a time this season. It's been a hard year, so let's pull up a chair, grab a cup of whatever you like, and share some happy stories of our holiday traditions. At the end of my post today, there is a small giveaway just to spread a little ...

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December 16, 2020
Christmas Memories and Traditions from From My Carolina Home

If you live in an area that gets snow, do you remember your first white Christmas? I do. I was six years old living in Greensboro, when my parents decided to stay with some friends over Christmas. They didn’t live far, but apparently a blizzard was on the way, and they wanted to have us all together on Christmas day. So we went to spend the night on Christmas eve with them. Their home was a split level house, typical of North Carolina homes of the era, with a circular staircase hidden behind a closet door on the second ...

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Diwali Memories from Sew Preeti Quilts

Diwali is the festival of lights - the biggest Hindu festival in India. In terms of fanfare, think of it as Hindu Christmas plus fireworks. Friends and neighbors exchange sweets (akin to cookie exchange), homes are cleaned (like Christmas) and decorated with lights and Rangoli patterns. There are sales on home goods and folks are bombarded with advertisements for jewelry and watches (for the special someone in your life). Everywhere you look there is a sale or a bumper sale. Streets are decorated with lights and shops/markets are dressed up in their glittering best.

When Bernie asked if I have ...

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December 15, 2020
Sorry we missed you yesterday! from QUilting By-You

We are currently in the throes of our holiday rush, but there is light at the end of our tunnel! With the pandemic this year, it seems like many of us are having quality time sewing which means we need to get the quilting part done! It’s been nice to see so many different quilts come through the door.

Hopefully your holiday season is going well so far. I know that at this time of year we typically think about charitable donations or charitable acts since it is the season of giving. This year it feels like donations are ...

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December 3, 2020
DIY Quilted Ornaments in 10 Easy Steps from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Turn some of your smallest quilt blocks into cute, quilted ornaments for your tree. We’re sewing some of our 3″ blocks from the Sewcialites Quilt Along into ornaments to hang on our sewing room tree and we’ll show you how you can do the same in 10 easy steps!

Supplies You’ll Need

You can adorn your tree in handmade one-of-a-kind ornaments with some fabrics and a few supplies you’ll have in your sewing room already.

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December 1, 2020
Sew Holiday Face Masks by Stacy Iest Hsu from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Get festive this holiday season with Stacy Iest Hsu’s Holiday Safety First Face Mask Quilt Panel. Adorn your face with Santa Claus’ beard or get frosty like a Snowman! The Holiday Mask panel sews up 18 masks faster than you can say “Ho Ho Ho!” Kimberly Jolly will show you just how she sews them in her video tutorial.

Naughty or nice? You can add both to your collection. The choice is yours! The Holiday Safety First Face Mask Quilt Panel makes eight adult masks and ten children’s masks. The fun designs are printed on a 100% cotton ...

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November 30, 2020
Kicking off the holiday season. from QUilting By-You

It feels a little anti-climactic. I’m sure you are missing your usual family traditions this year as well. Although In recent years I have been spending more time online shopping rather than standing in Black Friday lines.

How are you supplementing your family traditions this year? We are encouraging the kids to be more involved in the planning part. They are working up plans for the outside Christmas lights this year so that should be interesting.

I think what I will miss most this year is Homemade Christmas. It’s not an every year thing but it happens regularly ...

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November 29, 2020
Christmas stockings from Quilting and More...

Years ago, when our daughters were little, I made Christmas stockings for them. Then I made stockings for grandchildren (except for the ones who got needlepointed stockings from another relative — gorgeous!), and finally one for our son-in-law. This year I decided that my husband and I were deprived.

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Stitching Stuff: Week 48 of 2020 from Life In Pieces


The Thanksgiving holiday was a quiet one for us.  The Scientist in training got to come home for the first time in months. We all had the week off. So we got to spend some time just hanging out.  Naps were a popular past time with the college girl and I got to spend a lot of time up in the sewing room.  Thanksgiving dinner was a very small affair, but the food was good and we had fun.


Having five days off was nice, there was time to get caught up on a bit of housework, get the Christmas ...

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November 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving from Christa Quilts! from Christa Quilts

Happy Thanksgiving 2020, friends! I’m so grateful for each person who supports me and my family. If you’ve ever left a comment, given a like, used my fabric, read my books, made my designs, taken a class or forged ahead more boldly into machine quilting, thank you so much! I couldn’t do this without YOU!Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Quilt shown above is Modern Logs, made from my Good Vibes fabric.

Although it was just the 3 of us this year, my husband, daughter and I did our annual Thanksgiving trail run in the desert near our home. It’s the ...

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A Day of Gratitude from From My Carolina Home

This year, more than ever before, we need to concentrate on our blessings and what we have. My Sweet Babboo and I are both healthy, and able to snuggle down in our cozy mountain nest as long as we need to. We have food on our table, and although our friends may not be at our door this year, we know they are still there. I plan to make a lot of calls today, to check in with those we miss, and hopefully bring some cheer to those home alone this year. This morning, I’ll be reading friend’s ...

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