Quilting Orizuru – The Crane Wall Hanging

Quilting the Orizuru quilt was daunting in the beginning.  The practice piece was helpful in getting me to loosen up and get into the rhythm of free motion.  I then did a few practice squares with scraps.  But when it came time to put the cranes under the needle, I would freeze again.  So I …

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Starting to Quilt Orizuru Paper Cranes

Quilting the Orizuru wall hanging turned into more of a task than my normal quilting.  For this one, I wanted to do a really good custom quilting job on it instead of the usual pantograph.  I need more practice with freehand quilting anyway, and a small project is a good place to start.  Since I …

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Orizuru – An Origami Crane Mini Quilt

Talking with my friends recently at lunch at my house, I was showing them my Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt saying I made it during my 'Japanese phase'.  I did a whole month of Japanese Inspired posts last February, including quilting, gardening, tablescapes and recipes with a Japanese inspired theme.  Carin started laughing and said "aren't …

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Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt

Japanese and Asian inspired fabrics are more easily found in stores now as well as online, or maybe I am just paying more attention to them more than I used to.  Beautiful prints with metallic accents are so appealing to me.  I have several pieces that I received from a friend before she passed, and …

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, …

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