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First visit to North Carolina? Let me take you on a tour!
I found my way to the beautiful state of North Carolina almost 22 years ago when a desire to live in a place with decent commute times, great childcare options and a warmer climate moved us south from upstate New York.
I grew up in New Jersey and all my family still lives in the state so a piece of my heart belongs to Jersey - but it is North Carolina that I call home.
We live in the middle of the state not too far from Raleigh, the state capital. Raleigh has a few tall buildings, just a few compared to other big cities, and I've captured those in a silhouette in the center of my quilt row.
|photo by Jordan Petersen sourced from godowntownraleigh.com|
To the east, there are the beautiful beaches of North Carolina called the Outer Banks, anchored by a series of lighthouses. Cape Hatteras is the most famous.
|photo credit - me|
|Small waterfall from a hike near Ashville, photo credit : me|
From beaches to mountains to our very own barn quilt trail and the famous potters of Seagrove, there are so many reasons to love North Carolina.
If you call North Carolina home, you'll enjoy creating your very own North Carolina Home table runner or incorporate it as a row into a bigger quilt. It measures 40 1/2 x 12 1/2 '' (unfinished).
The pattern is applique.
Trace all of your shapes inside the larger North Carolina shape, leaving about 1/2 '' outline around the edge.
This way, you don't get a lot of bulk in your row and you also save a bit of the fusible adhesive for another day.
I found the whole process of cutting out the shapes to be quite enjoyable. I used my stash of American Made Brand solids for all but the actual state shape.
You can use North Carolina Home as a row in a bigger quilt of make a table runner like I did.
Just want to make a mini lighthouse? I've got a pattern for that available here!
For reference, here is the full schedule of the Road Home Row-Along here. You can also view all the rows on Pinterst and on Flickr. Thanks to Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marion @ Seams to Be Sew for all the work they did to organize this hop!
There are plenty of giveaways for you to enter - I've got fun prizes to offer today!
And make sure you take the time to visit the other greats places I'm sharing today with -
visit central New Mexico at Patchouli Moon Studio
visit the Netherlands at Linda Robertus
visit Outer Space (yes, outer space!) by Sarah Quinn features at Seams to Be Sew
Before you leave, make sure you enter below for a chance to win a seven pattern bundle by Barbara Dieges for one winner and a copy of her book A Thread Runs Through It for another! (This giveaway is for US residents.)
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Have a wonderful day! Patty