Cutting, Sewing and a Quick Repair

My sewing lately has been mostly on secret projects, making progress on the mystery quilt along Minuet and working on the next Teacup block.  I did another quilt repair that was so simple I didn't take any pictures, but it did take up a few hours.  Mostly I've been cutting up fabrics to make kits …

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A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year's Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week …

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Christmas Redwork Pillow

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn't get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn't get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly. Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress …

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How to Re-line a Winter Coat – finishing

Finishing this project, here is where it gets tricky.  There are a lot of steps and it might seem daunting, but just go slowly, taking each thing in its turn, and you'll be done before you know it.   First, pin the lining to the facing of the coat right sides together. To do this, …

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How to Re-line a Winter Coat

This winter I decided to finally do something about the ratty lining in my good winter coat.  This coat is 100% wool, very well made, fits me really well with my short stature, but the lining is toast after many years of use.  It is worn thin in areas, pulled apart at seams, has a tear …

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Blog Remix – Pocket Placemats

Finishing up the sew-along for the Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event, the Pocketed Placemats pattern is on Jolly Jabber, the FQS blog.  I am delighted to be a part of this fun event.  Over the last three weeks we've made the tops and sewed them together with batting and backing, then turned them pillow …

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Autumn Jubilee Sew Along Placemats

The Autumn Jubilee Sew Along continues today with part 2 of the placemat construction. The pattern for these placemats is part of Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event, revisiting old patterns with new ideas. You'll need three additional pieces of fabric for the front side, 3-1/2-inches x 12-1/2-inches.  Use a cute coordinating print for two, …

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Autumn Jubilee Placemats Sew Along

The Autumn Jubilee Sew Along begins today with a fun project that will be immediately useful this season.  We'll be making placemats for the holidays, perfect for the Thanksgiving table or your kitchen table for everyday use all autumn.  This sew along will cover a 5 week period, with three posts publishing every other Friday …

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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 …

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Colors of August Improv Table Topper

Finishing up the placemats in the Colors of August, I realized I needed a pad for the center of the table, so out came all the scraps left over.  Once again, a bit of improv was needed. I had two extra squares sets made, and one large piece of the focal floral, so I cut …

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Finishing the Colors of August Placemats

Quilting my Colors of August placemats began as always with a thread audition.  I had a couple of good choices here because of all the colors in the prints.  If you missed the construction of the placemats, click on Colors of August. I rarely get to use the gold-green variegated thread, so I went with …

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Sunday Stitching

Sunday is a fine time to slow down, take a break from the week and relax.  I've been taking some time to do some handwork, starting a Redwork Project a couple of weeks ago.  Only a little bit has been accomplished so far though. I did get the bottom section finished last time I had …

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Camera Case for Christmas in July, Giveaway and Blog Hop!

It's time again to start on our holiday sewing for this year.  Today I will show you a new pattern for a camera case, and talk about some additional patterns with downloads for even more quick gifts.  These are all free patterns, and will remain on the blog for you to enjoy.  Plus, I am …

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Focus Fabric Purse Finishing

Picking up where we left off, today we finish the focus fabric purse.  Click on Focus Fabric Purse Part 1 if you missed it.  So far we've made the quilted base and the pockets, and added handles.  Today we finish the bag, adding embellishments, finishing the seams and boxing the corners. If you want to …

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