Quilter’s Meet and Greet

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter’s Meet and Greet – a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns and projects, along with my published ones.  I have numerous tutorials on the blog for new and experienced quilters, gathered at the top of the blog in pages.  One of my most popular is Quilt Borders Understanding the Why, which talks about why it is important to measure and cut rather than slap and sew.  I made two identical quilts, and then added borders using both methods to show Why you’ll have better results with measuring.  See more tutorials by browsing the pages at the top of the blog.  Read on for more of the fun readers have enjoyed over the past couple of years, and a preview of what is coming up.

My pattern series is called Scrap Dance, and has several published patterns available on Craftsy.  The Scrap Dance series began as an annual mystery quilt along, beginning in January every year.  The steps are posted free once a month for about six months, then about a month later the pattern is removed from the blog and published.  This is the 2018 mystery that I called Square Dance.  The pattern has just been published and is available at the introductory price of just $5 for a limited time.  Click on Square Dance Quilt Pattern.  Or click on my Craftsy Store to see all the Scrap Dance series patterns, along with additional quilt and purse patterns, and some freebies.

My annual Autumn Jubilee event is coming in October 2018, a month long event with a quilt along, sew along, stitch along, crafting, tablescapes and new recipes, with giveaways on most posts.  Click on Autumn Jubilee to see the previous years projects and giveaway prizes.  Here are last year’s quilt-along quilts, with two setting designs.  Click on Stars on Autumn Lane for the first post of that quilt along.  These are still free on the blog.  The kickoff post this year will be October 1, 2018, and I already have a fantastic lineup of prizes.

I have free sewing patterns too, like this Tablet Cover free pattern sew along from last year’s Autumn Jubilee.

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

Christmas projects usually include some gift ideas, like this jewelry case that can double as a sewing kit and makes a wonderful gift! Find the free pattern on this post – Sewing Kit.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

More free patterns from this year’s Safelight Project, a charity event that has become an annual project to benefit the local domestic violence shelter. Readers contributed cosmetic bags and sunglasses cases made from this pattern – Cosmetic Case / Sunglasses Case along with monetary donations and handmade cards.  These items and more went into tote bags for new residents of the shelter.  The idea was to give new residents something that would help them feel better.  See the the whole project’s story starting here – Safelight Project.  The project will have its third annual drive next year in late spring or early summer, depending on how long the bags last at the shelter.

Safelight Project 2018 at From My Carolina Home

Other stitching projects on my blog include wool applique original designs, like this one from Christmas last year.  The post has the free pattern download too –  Christmas Wool Applique.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

My blog is a variety of subjects, a lot of quilting and sewing, but also tablescapes, recipes, book reviews, hand stitching, stamping cards, crafting, gardening, travel and mountain living.

Birdseed Bag Totes at From My Carolina Home . Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Artichokes and Mushrooms at FromMyCarolinaHome.com . Watering Can Makeover at From My Carolina Home . Thank You Cards at From My Carolina Home . Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home . Redwork Christmas at From My Carolina Home

If you are visiting from the Meet and Greet, please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  I hope you enjoy my blog and invite you to follow me.  To follow by email or blog reader, use the link buttons on the sidebar.  If you are viewing my blog on a smartphone, scroll down past the comments to see the options.  If you are on a computer, the options are on the sidebar on the right.  Click on the title “From My Carolina Home” at the top to see the latest posts and projects on the blog.  The Teacups Quilt Along BOM just started in August, so you have time to catch up.  Block #2 published Friday the 8th of September and is linked from the first post.

To see the other talented quilters at the Meet and Greet hosted by Benita at Victoriana Quilt Designs, click on the button below.

Click on the button below to find out how to enter for some fantastic prizes also from our lovely hostess, Benita!

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you will follow me.

For my regular readers, what do you like about my blog?  For new visitors, come back and see the comments, and leave one too!!  Most of the time I will answer each one with an email.  Your comments bring me joy!

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46 thoughts on “Quilter’s Meet and Greet

  1. As a follower, I have enjoyed your quilt alongs, and the Scrap Dance series! I’ve made 3 from the series and enjoyed the process. Your blog is fun to read, and I love that you share your designing talent with all of us! 🙂

  2. I enjoy the variety in your blog. I like the tablescapes, the quilting, and the decorating tips. I hope to be able to join in your QALs in the future. Right now, I am buried in UFOs and I am determined not to create any new UFOs. LOL I think I need at least one more year to catch up! So far, I have been pretty diligent with my efforts.

  3. Sheila

    I love your large, clear pictures and easy to understand instructions! You have so much to learn and fun things to do with your posts. I love the tablescapes and garden posts too.

  4. Victoria Webster

    I enjoy your blog and love the tutorials and patterns. I am going to make that adorable jewelry/sewing kit for my quilting friends. Thanks

  5. Marsha

    I don’t exactly know why I like your blog. I like your scenery because I love mountains. I like your tablescapes because they remind me of my mom and her tablesscapes. I like your plantings because I like to garden, mainly in containers these days. I especially love your quilting tutorials because I consider myself a newish quilter and I want to learn good tips. We have way different tastes in fabric choices but that doesn’t matter when learning the hows and whys. And, your recipes sound delicious. I guess that’s a lot of reasons to like your blog!

  6. BJ

    This is such a perfect synopsis of you and how you contribute to so many efforts. Your blog is like having a party planner, a docent, a quilting instructor, a master gardener, and a community organizer all rolled into one. I don’t even recall how I found your blog, but I do love reading it every morning. I hope the Meet and Greet brings more followers into your world.

  7. Myrna Watson

    Good morning from beautiful British Columbia
    I have looked forward to your morning emails for the last few years, and I will be joining the Tea Cup quilt along for my first paper piecing. I have read several of your book suggestion from your reviews and they have been right on, garden, recipes, and tutorials have all been a great read and can be follow with easy. I do say “Carole say” often to my new group of fellow quilters in our complex. Looking forward to my next tea cup, I do appreciate all your wonderful help. Thank you Myrna

  8. What do I like about your blog? EVERYTHING! We share interests in every category: quilting, sewing and embroidery, tablescaping, cooking and recipes, gardening (though I;m more of a wanna-be ), etc. What I love about your blog is your friendly, welcoming presentations, just as though I have dropped by to chat and have a cup of coffee. I am a new subscriber (since late August), having connected through My Thriftstore Addiction. You have inspired me to try some smaller, easier projects to get back to my sewing machine, since I have been sidelined by some health issues. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do..what a generous heart and soul you have!

  9. Jean McKinstry

    I so enjoy your garden through the seasons, as you change the settings for your dining, and the autumn quilts. Then the car trips, and beautiful landscapes, not like what we see down here, always a delight to hop in and read your words.

  10. Carole, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog! You are such a creative lady! I enjoy looking at your table scapes, reading about the latest book you are reading, following you through the mountains on one of your MG trips, but I LOVE your quilting blogs and tips. I have learned so much from you! I also love that you give back to your community and those in need, such as the quilts for the California fire victims and the items for the Safe Light project. Thank you for sharing your creative life with us!

  11. Ruth

    I like the variety of your blog. Quilting is my 1st love but I also enjoy all the other information you share. I always looks forward to reading them.

  12. lynn bourgeois

    My soul, but you have lots happening. There are some very nice patterns, and it’s fun to read along finding out what other quilters are about.

  13. Hi Carole! I had no idea that you’ve only been blogging for four years. I would have guessed that this was your medium for ages. I wonder what got you to start a blog? I should go look at your first post!! I simply adore the QALs that you offer, although I haven’t been able to join in yet. I really want to join the teacup one but this is just an awful time of year to start something new – the start of the school year is just not very relaxing this year. I also LOVED participating in the collection for the fire victims. It was nice to read more about you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. I enjoy your blog because of the varied entries. Mainly I enjoy it because my home state is South Carolina, upstate – and I enjoy when you include info about your NC area.

  15. Kathy h

    Hi Carole, I am a longtime follower and enjoy your blog. I like to see what projects you are working on. I don’t do stamping but I really enjoy seeing those projects as well as your tablescapes. You are always an inspiration.

  16. Barb K.

    I have followed your Blog for quite a long time and enjoy it very much–I have made a couple of your tutorials–a tote and a table topper–Thanks for your interesting blog and your sharing of designs–I am now downloading your Tea Cup quilt block along!

  17. It’s nice to see your blog on the ‘meet and greet event’. I’ve followed you for a while and enjoy your clear instructions and explanations. Always interesting to see your outings too! I always hope to take part in one of your mystery qals but never quite get started – maybe one day soon!

  18. Sue Ann Boitnott

    I love your heart! I love the quilting and the gardening too. Most important for me is what you do for others. Keep blessing others and sharing.

  19. Hmmm…. I think what draws me to your blog is the diverse content. I love hearing about your projects, reading about your garden or a new recipe and of course – the quilts you make. Love your tutorials too. You have a very generous spirit and give a lot of our community, which I really appreciate. 🙂

  20. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Your scrap quilts are wonderful. Hmmm. Noe I am inspired to go dig in my scrap bins and see what can be done about converting some into a quilt…

  21. Wendy

    Thanks for the visit! I enjoyed your blog. I am doing your tea cup BOM since I am an avid tea drinker. Love some of your other projects too.

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