Looking Ahead to 2023

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!

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Linking up with Yvonne’s 2023 Planning Party.

25 thoughts on “Looking Ahead to 2023

  1. Eileen Maher

    Happy to hear there will be a mystery quilt in January!!
    Happy New Year, hoping for peace , good health and finishing projects!!!

    1. Elaine Nemeth

      So so thrilled for the Scrap Dance. I have really liked the fabric challenge . I plan to continue it. It keeps me accountable for fabric coming in…checks on my purchases too. Thanks for a great site. My table toppers were great gifts too.

    1. Sherry

      I have an over used quilt my grandmother made. It is in such bad shape I have decided to make keepsakes out of it. There are many spots where the design has raw edges is there any protectorant I can spray on them so the don’t shred more?

  2. We do Blackeye Peas with the leftover Christmas Ham Bone (with Rice & Cornbread). As always, I’ll be in my sewing room New Years Day. I don’t know where I heard it, but I think there is a saying that whatever you do on New Years Day, you will do throughout the year. I will start by giving my machine a cleaning/oiling, changing my needle, plus putting a new blade in my rotary cutter & washing my cutting mat. Then I will probably sew a quick quilted project for me & maybe a couple of pillowcases. I guess I may also make a few case sets for your Safelight bags.

  3. Patsy Cash

    I remember the money but never tried it. This may be the year if it doesn’t rain.
    Always like your Mystery quilts. I have a fat quarter bundle that l have had for a long time.

    1. Darci Marshall

      Thankfully I logged into Facebook and saw your post! My old subscription to your blog was lost when I lost my other email address in December, resubscribing now!

      So excited for another scrap dance mystery!!

  4. Rheanna

    I am blaming illness on missing the video clue. I had strep throat starting Christmas Eve and am just finally feeling myself yesterday.
    I am very excited for the mystery quilt! Something to look forward to during these cold, sometimes bleak Minnesota days coming up.
    The hiding money tradition is new to me. it’s fun to carry on traditions from our parents. Thanks for the Jumpin John recipe. My husband loves black eyed peas so he will be pleased with this one.

  5. I guessed!! Looking forward to the newest mystery. Going throw size this year!!! (It’s the only size I seem to get to the finish line, the rest are tops on hangers). No New Year tradition, but might do something fun for our anniversary on NY Eve. 😉

  6. for some reason or another I have never done any of the good luck or the New Year stuff 🙂 but I hope it works for all of you! Have fun with the mystery I will be watching but have too many things to finish up to participate

  7. I’m very tempted to join in with your next mystery quilt! I have some Christmas money to spend and of course I’m planning to spend it on fabric. 🙂 The Jumpin John recipe sounds yummy – I’m going to have to try that one. Happy New Year, Carole!

  8. Georgia

    Today is my daughter’s birthday and tomorrow is my husband’s! We traditionally have steak/chicken fondue, along with salad and rolls, on New Year’s Eve to celebrate both.
    When she was small they shared a Barbie doll birthday cake!
    Happy New Year to you!! I enjoy your blog every day!!

  9. I am excited about the new mystery quilt. I had not heard about hiding money outside on New Year’s Eve but will try it this year. Happy new year and I look forward to sharing 2023 with you and the group here.

  10. Sue Hoover

    Well, now I’m excited about the Quadrille MQAL! I’m also excited about a FL trip in April for a reunion with my husband’s co-workers from the 1980s! As for New Year’s traditions, watching the parades & football games pretty much goes without saying. We also love eating your Jumpin’ John on New Year’s Day for good luck. Sometimes we have some shrimp cocktail for our appetizer. Seafood is also something to eat for luck. I’ll also wash our bed linens for good luck.

  11. I’ll need to put the money in a ziplock bag for waterproofing. Looks like rain for the next week…WEEK! good grief. I did buy a can of blackeyed peas ( It’s just me,myself and I) as we need all the luck we can find for the new year. Even though I don’t quilt I look forward to your surprise.

  12. Mary

    How interesting to read all the generational things that people carry over.
    I’ve never heard of putting money out over night, but I remember my Mother saying to turn your money over in your pocket at New Year. The ‘first-footer’ to knock on the door at the start of the year had to be dark not fair headed, or my mother wouldn’t invite them in!! And had to be bringing something. So it was usually arranged that a dark headed friend would knock at midnight (we always saw the New Year in) carrying a piece of coal. Good luck was assured for the rest of the year!! One hoped!!
    Don’t know about Jumpin’ John, but it sounds like a good carry over. At least one started the year on a full tummy!
    Let’s hope 2023 is kind to everyone.

  13. Joan Sheppard

    I don’t know where the Fat Quarter shop is but I think I want to live there! Our New Year’s Eve Tradition is simple – whatever your status, clean house, good food available, love in your heart – at the stroke of midnight is how you will spend the next year – like Quiltmouse said, . So with your favorite libation and favorite person (or cat or dog) wish the best of the new year to all. Thanks

  14. I’ve never heard of the money outside tradition but I think I might do it tonight if I remember! We have no specific new year traditions in terms of food of sweeping, which I’ve heard about. I heard about one where you open the front and back doors to let out bad and let in good and this year I’m going to do that one for sure. There is much of 2022 I won’t be sorry to go out the back door! I send many good wishes for a wonderful happy new year, Carole. It’s been a privilege getting to know you in this past year.

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