Well, I thought I was being cute on Tuesday with the video, but it didn’t get the response I thought it might. It was supposed to be a clue to let you all know a new mystery quilt along is coming in January, but only a couple of readers figured that out. I couldn’t do one last year, and I was hoping to get everyone excited for a new design. So, here is the announcement for real, coming in January, Scrap Dance Quadrille Mystery Quilt Along! The pattern is done, I just have to finish sewing the first steps and making test blocks to be sure it works like I have it in EQ8. Look for the mystery quilt along to start the second week of January, on Friday. Clues will post once a month. Share your fabric pulls (or purchases) on our Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group.
The last Stashbuster report will be next Friday, January 6th. This will finish the year, and that post will have the final prize drawing for Sulky threads plus a few more goodies to finish up. Everyone who has commented through the year gets an entry for every comment, plus all the comments on the final post get an entry. We’ll decide then whether to continue in 2023. So gather your notes and be ready to report next week.
I have cards and case sets in storage, along with some of the special spa goodies left over from the last Safelight Project. The facility was having some changes, moving their offices, and could not take any bags until now. So, I’d like to put together 50 spa bags for them in the early part of next year. I have 17 case sets, so I’ll need 33 more, not that many really. If you want to sew up one or two sets, go ahead and get started. We’ll also need monetary donations for the purchase of the bags and other items for the project. I’ll get that project underway again in the third week of January, and hope to deliver in early March.
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, so don’t forget to hide some money outside. My mother did this, and I’ve remembered to remind you most years. You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, (doesn’t matter how much) then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day. It is supposed to bring good fortune with it, as long as it is still there! No, I am really not superstitious, this is just something fun to do, and seems to be a conversation starter too. Ask your friends if any of them have ever heard of it. For my readers who have seen this in previous years, did you do it?
For more good luck on New Year’s Day, I usually do a version of Hopping John that I have kicked up a notch with sausage and call Jumpin’ John. The peas are mixed with rice, sausage and sauce, then garnished with green onions. It is a good luck lunch in a bowl while watching the football games. Here’s a pdf of the recipe in case you’d like it – Jumpin’ John – so you can be sure you have everything you need for the dish. Share your new year good luck traditions in the comments.
What are you excited to see and do in January? What are your New Year traditions?
Amazon is having their New Year Sale! Fantastic savings on electronics, home, fashion, kitchen, pet supplies, toys, games, books, jewelry and more.
Fat Quarter Shop has some fabulous precuts on sale, perfect for a Scrap Dance Mystery. Charm packs and layer cakes will work nicely with the mystery, as will fat eighth or fat quarter bundles. Note that jelly roll strips will be too small. Browse THOUSANDS of deals on yardage, fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, layer cakes, quilt kits, notions, quilting books, quilt patterns, cross stitch patterns, cross stitch kits, and SO much more! With two weeks until the start, you have time to get a new bundle of fresh colors to play with.
Last day to register for Sulky’s New Year’s Eve Quilt Along! Your entry fee of $14.99 gets you access to the online video Viewing Party live on Saturday, December 31st from 1-4 pm Eastern time, a pattern valued at 9.99, digitized embroidery designs for your embroidery machine value 29.94, and ideas for decorative stitching if you don’t have an embroidery machine. Every registrant gets access to view the event at any time, on-demand after the livestream ends. Simply access the video on the Event Page to review the class when it’s convenient for you! Then, there are PRIZES! ALL registrants (whether viewing live or on-demand) are eligible to win fabulous Door Prizes during the event! There’s more than $2300 in prizes to WIN including a $100 shopping spree at Sulky, a $100 Sallie Tomato prize package and the GRAND PRIZE: $2199 embroidery software – DRAWings Pro XI!
Thank you for using my links when you can!
Linking up with Yvonne’s 2023 Planning Party.