Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Road Home - North Carolina!

Welcome to the beautiful state of North Carolina!

First visit here to my blog?  I'm a very active quilter and blogger.  Make sure you take some time to visit in my Elm Street Quilts Bag It event.  Great prizes and a lot of fun - come join us!

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
In the west, there are mountains and waterfalls and beautiful hikes through the woods.

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.


The instructions will take you through placement for all the pieces starting with the state outline and the North Carolina.


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

65 comments:

  1. Love your row. Lighthouses are one of my favorite things. Beautiful work.

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  2. Wow, its lovely! Thanks for the tour of your 'home' - I enjoyed that too.

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  3. Patty we lived in Goldsboro for 20 years. Your block brings fond memories

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  4. What a charming row! I love everything about it.

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  5. How marvelous! Thank you for the pattern download for this row of our beautiful state! Fabulous design!!

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  6. Another great row. I also like how you took us on a tour of your state.

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  7. I love NC, even though I live in NW PA. Love your row, thanks for sharing!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  8. Enjoyed the tour... its been decades since I visited your lovely home

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  9. Love your light house...Could use that on anything ..And your pictures of home was very nice ty for sharing......happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  11. Visited the OouterBanks for a wedding several years ago and really enjoyed the area. I would love to explore NC more some day!

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  12. Patty, your row is absolutely gorgeous, your post, just delightful! I've never spent any time in NC. But I've always known it was someplace I'd like to explore! Thanks for the tour! XO

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  13. i called nc home for several years and love your row, especially the lighthouse.

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  14. Thank you for a great, inspiring design. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Oh, I'm so jealous of those close to a coast. We really need an ocean in the middle of the country! LOL!! Beautiful row for a beautiful state! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Sew enjoy seeing your row and all the others on this hop. Thank you.

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  17. I love western NC - going camping there next week! Love your row!!!

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  18. We love NC, we go there camping an awful lot. My husband is from Zebulon.

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  19. this row is just lovely. I see why you lovingly call NC home. thanks for sharing the pattern. what a fantastic give a way. thanks for the chance.
    quilting lady 2 at Comcast dot net

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  20. Very nice row. I like the way you used the state outline. Thanks!

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  21. I spent two months in Charlotte for work. Nice weather at the time.

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  22. Hi Patty. I live in Georgia and have been to your state many times. I just love it there. The views are incredible, especially in the mountains. Thank you for sharing your row.

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  23. Love your row...its just great. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Love that you included a little of everything in your row! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  25. I love that you included a little of everything in your row. Thanks for sharing it!

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  26. A wonderful look at NC, definitely on my list of places to visit!

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  27. Beautiful row! Thanks for sharing--sounds like a very versatile state! My kids have been there but I haven't yet.

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  28. Hi, Patty, What a wonderful depiction of North Carolina! I especially love the light house. So fun!

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  29. This row is great. I took a trip to N.C. with 56 other quilters and we had a marvelous time. Especially liked visiting the Outer Banks for 3 days. You have it all in this row and I am going to make it to remember my trip.

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  30. Thanks for the great row by row!

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  31. Wonderful row! I like North Carolina, too, particularly around Asheville and Charlotte, but the plateau, and the triangle area and the beaches, too. Thanks so much for your great design.

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  32. Hey Patty, I've been to North Carolina several times and it's always been beautiful. I love the coast line and all of the lighthouses. I've always thought it would be cool to live in a lighthouse. :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful state with us and having fun with us in the Road Home Row Along, your row is fun and fabulous.

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  33. This is a great row! I have traveled through your state but haven't had the chance to visit. Hope to be able to do that some day. Thanks!

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  34. We have been to your state! Loved it and all the trees! Thank you for the row you designed.

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  35. What a beautiful row! Such a clever way you laid it all out and lots of great detail. Looks pretty and hopefully one day I'll be able to visit. Thanks for sharing with us, great job!

    Thanks for a chance to win. My fingers are crossed, hehe ;-D

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I live 60 miles outside Charlotte,NC so this is wonderful. I'm saving this one.

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  37. I like how you really put thought into your row. Congratulations, it's great!

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  38. I am glad that I finally got a chance to check out this place. Great views, food is nice. The quality of service at seattle venues was great, and the environment were pretty comfortable. I’ll say I will look forward to visit again.

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  39. Beautiful. You captured so many lovely North Carolina highlights. Thank you for the pattern.

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  40. Beautiful row, Patty! I like the way you used the shape of your state in your design. I really enjoyed learning more about your road home. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  41. Very lovely row. I like how it has so many different aspects to it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern. raydeer@memlane.com

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  42. This row is beautiful! I've been to North Carolina many times and your row really captures the state from what I've seen.

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  43. Your block and pics bring back many memories. I spent my High School years in Raleigh, such great fun and beautiful beaches! Thank you, Susan

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  44. I've always heard how beautiful North Caroline is! Now that my husband is retired, I'm hoping we can visit your state and enjoy many of its features!

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  45. Aw, I love all about it. It's great living in a state that has so much natural beauty and variety, huh? Utah has much of NC, but drier generally, and no beaches (unless you count the beach of the Great Salt Lake and numerous lakes and reservoirs). I love driving 5 minutes and being up the canyon, in the mountains.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. I love lighthouses and waterfalls, and large bodies of water. NC is a state I have driven through, but didn't have time to spend there. Would love too though.

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  47. What a lovely row! You presented your state in such a wonderful way.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  48. What a lovely row! You presented your state in such a wonderful way.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  49. Love your row, hope your state doesn't get any damage from Matthew. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  50. What a lovely row! You presented your state in such a wonderful way.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  51. This a really great row, love the lighthouse.

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  52. This is a really great row. Love the lighthouse.

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  53. Greetings from NY state the home of the R-by-R. Is this pattern from this year’s Row by Row? It is not be available until Nov 1 2016. We have until then to make up a quilt with 8 rows. Now I could make a quilt with 7 rows I picked up and this one if it is from this summer. Please do not use it until after Nov and remember the rules next year.

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  54. Not sure this is a repeat: Greetings from NY state the home of R by R. If this is this year’s row, it should not out until Nov 1st. Everyone has until then to make a 8 row quilt for a prize. Now I could make a quilt with 7 rows I picked and this one. Please remember this next year and follow the rules. Thanks

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  55. Beautiful row Patty, stay safe with that hurricane coming!!!

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  56. My Daughter lives east of Raleigh....I would make this Row for her! Would be a fun Wallhanging! :) Thank you for sharing ...and for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

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  57. That is such a pretty row! I love that it is not too cluttered--somehow (and you may know how you figured this out), you included just the right amount of details, so that it feels "homey", not sparse, not crowded. Very appealing.

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  58. North Carolina looks similar to Oregon - just a few hours to the beach and the mountains are nearby.

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  59. Love your row. Just looking at it makes me want to go to your beautiful state for a vacation.
    Swoot@att.net

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