It’s Mystery Quilt Along Time!!

Happy 2019!! I have anxiously been waiting for the next MYSTERY Quilt Along to begin, and now it is finally here! Yea:)! It’s time to meet a new fabric shop or two, buy a bit of fabric and start sewing.
This is probably the easiest QAL ever.  You can purchase as little as one fat quarter  and just use it somewhere in any project of your choosing!   No stress here:)
This quarter’s Mystery will last from January to the end of March.  Your final reveal post will be on March 30. You can post on your blog or on Instagram with #mystery_qal

Now for this quarter’s MYSTERY fabric.–
Michelle Roberts from Creative Blonde has chosen the fabric for this quarter.  It is called Harvest Mouse Nests on Grey by Lewis and Irene.   Isn’t it cute?!

It is a bit tricky to find this fabric, but there is some available on Etsy here:
And there is some at Barrington Patchwork here

Barrington Patchwork does ship to the US and other countries. You just have to let them know. It is always fun to find new places to shop for fabric:)
Shipping is also a bit pricey for those of us out of the UK, so you might want to join together with a quilting friend and split a yard or two making it much easier on the pocketbook. It is good to know that we all share a worldwide friendship!❤️❤️

I hope you will be joining the fun this quarter. I look forward to a fun MYSTERY quarter sewing along with you!

Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL Final Reveal!!

Ok, I must admit that I am so excited for my final post of 2018 to be my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt. I have been working on this quilt ALL this year and last year!! What a wonderful way to wrap up the year:)!

I never intended to join this quilt along by Sarah Fielke back in 2017, but when I started to see the center section popping up all over Instagram, I knew I had to jump Down the Rabbit Hole and start the adventure:) You can get the pattern book along with the video instruction at Sarah’s website, http://www.sarahfielke.com

This quilt has been a journey. I have learned so many new things. First, and foremost, is learning to appliqué. I absolutely LOVE it!

I have learned a fun way to make circles with foil that makes the most beautiful fabric circles in no time at all. GENIUS!!

I have spent many relaxing nights watching fun television shows while stitching away. It has accompanied me on many road trips and airplane rides. It has even been my companion through a broken wrist.

I loved quilting it up and immediately placing it on a bed to admire how perfectly it fits on a queen size bed. I couldn’t even wait for the binding!

I am glad I changed my rabbits to be facing away from the center because now they aren’t upside down when the quilt is on a bed.

This bed is not the home for this quilt, but I just had to show you how it looks hanging over the edges. It is delightful:)

I was very glad that we had a snow storm on our mountain this week. I immediately packed up the quilt, kids, and my dear husband for an afternoon of playing in the snow and a photo shoot. A winter wonderland was the perfect spot for my Alice in Wonderland quilt!

Thank you for stopping by my neck of the woods today. I hope you will have a moment or two to check out how the other quilters are progressing with their hand quilting.

If you would like to join the fun next year, here is how–

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET and Happy New Year!

Glazed Pumpkin Bread

Just one slice of this delicious Pumpkin Bread is never never enough! I have practiced and compared many recipes to come up with this perfect recipe. I have done all of the trial and error so you don’t have to. You’re welcome:)!Every year I make enough bread to give to family and friends. In fact, this year I made a whopping 21 full size loaves and they are all gifted out. I even wish I had more pumpkin to make into a few more loaves to give away!

Well, with that all said, Here is the recipe:):

Glazed Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by Tracy@It’s a T-Sweets Day

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2tsp salt
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2c flour
  • 3csugar
  • 1c oil
  • 3/4c water
  • 2c pumpkin purée
  • 4 eggs
  • 1c nuts chopped

Directions:

Sift salt and spices with flour. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Fill 3/4 full. Bake 1 hour at 350* or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Glaze with frosting while still warm and in the pan. Sprinkle more chopped nuts on top. Let sit in pan until cool. Run knife around edges and turn upside down to get out of the pan.

Frosting:

  • 2c powdered sugar
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients to make a frosting glaze. It should be fairly thin. 

Enjoy this SWEET bread!

This post was originally posted in December 2016, but I have been making Pumpkin Bread all day and thought some of my new readers might want this delicious recipe:)

“Grandma, Will You Make Me a….”

Oh, those beautiful words spoken by a little four year old boy. –“Grandma, will you make me a…”. How can any loving grandma refuse?!

This past Thanksgiving my grandson was sitting with me on the couch telling me about all of his dreams and adventures. He talked of Captain Hook and all of the mean pirates along with a few nice pirates as well. Then the conversation changed to how his mother was crocheting him a dog and how he wants lots of crocheted dogs. “Grandma, will you make me a crocheted dog?” –“Of course, I will crochet you a dog!”

Challenge accepted! I scoured the internet for a pirate dog pattern and believe it or not, I found one! I bought The Pirate Dog pattern from Little Bamboo Patterns on Etsy And started crocheting right away. I had this little guy stitched up in about a week.

Isn’t he the cutest thing?!

Crocheting animals is different from crocheting a shawl or a blanket. It is like making a lot of little pieces that really don’t make much sense. They are awkward and kind of silly looking on their own.

But don’t worry, after the stuffing and sewing them together, a SWEET little animal emerges and makes you smile:)

In review of this pattern, I would say that it was easy to make and the finished dog is adorable, but why, oh why does it call for a felt skull and cross bones and felt foot pads?!

Picture from Etsy

I designed my own skull and footpads that I like much better. I think they match better and will last longer.

I loved the little sword, the hat and the eye patch though. I sewed them all down and gave the sword a chained tether so my grandson can pull it out and play with it, but not lose it.

Argggh! I am so excited for Christmas, me Matey:)!

I hope you are having fun finishing your Christmas treasures as well. It’s almost here. It’s time to start baking for neighbors and friends. I see Pumpkin Bread in my future!

Until next time:)

The Reindeer Have Landed!!

I am so happy to be a part of a super fun “Shoebox Christmas Gift Exchange”. Each year, a group of happy, funny, quilty friends swap names and pack boxes for another member of the group. The whole year feels like Christmas because we each buy things to fill our friend’s box all year long.

This year my box came from my quilting Sister Deanna @ Wedding Dress Blue in Utah. I know I should have waited until Christmas to open my box, but I couldn’t wait!

Just look at my amazing gifts!! I am so excited and happy about everything Deanna included.❤️❤️ I love the Riley Blake charm packs, the notebook, and of course the chocolate. She included a pattern and a quilting magazine as well.

She quilted these bright pot holders and stitched up a needle case for me. How did she know that I really needed both of these?

My appliqué and embroidery is going to be a whole lot easier now!

Deanna and I are both members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. She knew that I would love to read this book about enjoying the simple things of life each and every day.

I am looking forward to a quiet morning to sit, relax, and read. Now that is a gift!

She also included a lot of depression era fabric along with a started wedding ring top. What?! Woo hoo!!! I have always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt. Now I have one already started for me. I am the luckiest girl ever!

There are quite a few other wonderful goodies like an embroidered girl, and a playful kitty square, but I think my favorite item is the truly authentic fabric remnant from January 1940!

I am going to place this piece in a special place in my workroom just to remind me of the quilters of times past. These ladies didn’t have rotary cutters, digital sewing machines, acrylic rulers, or self healing mats. Yet they still created lovely quilt. I have so Sew much to be grateful for!!!

Thank you Deanna for such a SWEET box! I am truly grateful for my blessings of friends and especially quilty friends❤️❤️. I hope you all are too:)

Grinda Shawl #2

I love being able to check off Christmas list presents. Don’t you? I am especially happy to check off another beautiful Grinda Shawl. I used a Scheepjes Whirl yarn in the most beautiful shades of cream and blue.

It is always easier to crochet or sew something the second time around. The language is clearer and the stitches are familiar.

When my dear husband asked me to make his mother a shawl along with the shawl for my mother, I knew that it would be no problem at all. In fact, I welcomed the opportunity to see this shawl made up in a different color scheme.

I absolutely LOVE the the subtle gradients from cream to royal blue. It looks so beachy.

Once again, I fell in love with the pretty lace edging. I am definitely going to keep this little pattern in my arsenal of edge stitches:)

And I just know that you have been anxiously awaiting seeing both of these gorgeous shawls together. Well, wait no longer. Here they are–

Aren’t they so pretty? They can only be prettier by adding the dear SWEET faces of the two mothers I love the most in the whole world!❤️❤️. It is going to be a very Merry Christmas this year!

The Grinda Shawl is a free pattern from Lilla Bjorn Crochet.

Virtual Cookie Exchange— You’ve Got to Try these Cookies!!!

What would the holiday season be if we didn’t have a cookie swap? I mean really, the tastes and smells of the season are such a big part of the fun!

If you are looking for a show stopper, party popper cookie to take to your next holiday get together, look no further. This is the cookie that everyone will be eating two of and then asking for the recipe. It is a soft, sweet, and yet tangy bite of Golden Delicious goodness. These are my favorite Golden Orange Cookies

The magic ingredient in these cookies is the orange zest in the frosting. It gives the cookie that fresh little bit of tartness that compliments the sweet just right.

You can get the zest off of an orange or lemon with a sharp knife or a grater, but I like to use a zesting tool made especially for that purpose.

The zester peels just the dark colored orange part of the peel while leaving the bitter white part behind. After I zest the oranges, I cut them in half and juice them as well.

As you are making the dough, it will appear VERY dry. Don’t worry, after you add the grated carrots, it will soften up to a wonderful dough like consistency:)

Another trick to this cookie is to scoop them out onto a greased pan and then flatten them a bit with the bottom of a jar or cup.

They cook in 10-12 min and are ready to take out of the oven when the tops look and feel dry to the touch. They do not spread hardly at all.

At this point the cookie is not very sweet. It is just a warm, soft cake like cookie. It reminds me of a muffin top:). I like to glaze them with the frosting while they are warm.

Once the cookie is frosted, it is almost impossible not to eat one or two of them. I mean, someone needs to test them and make sure that they taste ok for the rest of the family…..if there are any left! Lol😊

I know you are going to LOVE these cookies! Here is the recipe–

Golden Orange Cookies

Recipe by – Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2c flour
  • 2 c grated carrots
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c chopped nuts

Frosting Ingredients

  • 4 c powdered sugar
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs orange zest
  • 1/2 c orange juice

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Directions

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and dry ingredients. Mix well. (dough will be dry and crumbly) Add carrots, nuts, and vanilla. Drop 2″ balls onto a greased baking sheet. Press flat to 1/2″ thickness with the bottom of a cup or jar. Bake at 375* for 10-12 min. Until the tops are just barely dry.

Frosting

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Spread over warm cookies and let cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

I want to give a big thank you and shout out to Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt who has organized this virtual cookie exchange. Carol, you are the best!!!

Here is the list of the other bakers in today’s cookie swap. I am excited to head over and indulge myself in some delicious calorie free eye candy cookies! I hope you will be joining me. It’s going to be SWEET!!


Today-

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vroomans Quilts

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Domestic Felicity

That Fabric Feeling

Home Sewn By Us

Karrin’s Crazy World

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Bumbleberry Style

Melva Loves Scraps

Beaquilter

 

Yesterday

Kwilty Pleasures

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Songbird Designs

Creative Latitude

Ms P Designs USA

Alycia Quilts

Happy Cottage Quilter

Sew Many Yarns

For The Love of Geese

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Tomorrow

MooseStashQuilting

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Kathleen McMusing

DesertSky Quilting

Life in the Scrapatch

Ridge Top Quilt

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

Operation Domestic Goddess

Just Let Me Quilt

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Until next time, I hope your kitchen is filled with happy baking!❤️

Go Teal It On the Mountain Hand Quilt Along

For this edition of our Hand Quilt Along, I have made two blocks to donate to Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia’s Ovarian Cancer fund raiser quilts. She has such unique and fun ideas. This year’s quilt once again uses the Ovarian Cancer signature teal color. She is calling it “Go Teal It on the Mountain”. All of the designers are making mountain themed blocks.

When I thought of the type of blocks I would make, I reminisced about the two mountains that have been the backdrops of most of my life.

Pusch Ridge

I grew up in Tucson and went to high school in the shadow of this beautiful mountain. I have such fond memories of it’s tall cliffs and desert landscape.

I knew at once I wanted to make a block honoring this rugged mountain. I decided to appliqué the mountain and the cacti. Here it is all roughly laid out —

I haven’t appliquéd since this spring. It was so much fun to be using the needle and thread again. It really sewed together quite quickly. I had the block done in no time at all:)

I like how this block turned out. I think it captures the feel of the mountain.

Mt. Graham

For most of my married life I have lived in the small cotton farming community of Safford, AZ at the base of majestic Mt. Graham.

Mt. Graham has a large flat mesa near the base. It is very unique and beautiful. I love walking in the cotton fields and looking at the shadows on the mountain.

It was not quite as easy to get the story of this mountain on the quilt block , but I like it. Here is the rough lay out.

The embroidery seriously took way longer than the appliqué of the whole block! Maybe I should have just left it off, but once I figured out it was taking so long, I was more than half way finished. Oh well, I like the added touch:)

Here is my finished Mt Graham Block. I love how the cotton turned out. It is just like home:). I guess Home SWEET Home is the appropriate description ❤️

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this HQAL. If you would like to join in the fun, here is how:

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Scrap Happy Hurricane Blocks

It seems that hurricanes and fires have been plaguing the United States these past few months. My heart goes out to all of those who have been affected by these tragedies. I have seen several blogs that have asked for quilt blocks to make quilts for hurricane victims. I am only too happy to help.

My first set of blocks are going to —

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

She asked for these lovely light and dark nine patch blocks.

I enjoyed rummaging through my scrap box and reminiscing over these beautiful scraps from a quilt I made a few years ago:)

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HURRICANE MICHAEL 10.5″ STRING BLOCK & MORE QUILT DRIVE

My next set of blocks are going to Elana @ That Fabric Feeling. She is asking for 10.5″ string blocks in any color scheme you choose. I have a lot of bright scrappy strips, so my blocks are bright.

It was very easy to sew my strips to an 11″ foundation block. I started in the middle and just kept sewing a strip and then flipping it over and then sewing another. I just made sure that each strip was long enough to cover the foundation piece.

After sewing them all down, the block looks uneven and messy. The magic happens when the block is trimmed down to size.

Isn’t it pretty? I sew around the edges to keep the strips from shifting. Here are my four blocks all laid out. They are bright and happy just like a Sunshiney day:)

I hope these blocks will help with making the quilts that Elana is organizing. If you want to join along, Here is the information:

Please help the ongoing quilt drive to provide comfort to the survivors of Hurricane Michael. They plan to give as many quilts as possible, and each child’s quilt will include a book.  They are collecting any of the following:

• 10.5″ blocks:  String or Scrappy, (Here’s an easy string block tutorial.  Cut your foundations 11″ to start and after adding strips, trim down to 10.5″. )

• Twin size or smaller quilts for children

• Unquilted tops in twin or smaller sizes, (please send backings)

• Batting, binding or clean fabric

• Children’s books, (new or in great condition)

Send your blocks, quilts, books or materials to:

UMW Quilting Group- Hurricane Quilt Drive Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6610 Vaughn Road. Montgomery, Alabama 36116

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Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today. You are so SWEET! I am happy to be joining Kate @Tall Tales from Chiconia’s Scrap Happy Day. I hope you have a moment or two to check out what the other scrappy quilters are making in their sewing room:)

Kate, Gun,  TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

Until next time!!

A Christmas Gift with Grinda

I finished my Grinda Shawl. Yea!! It really didnt take too long at all. I started back at the end of September and have only worked on it every now and then. Here it is finished and ready for my mother for Christmas!

Isn’t it lovely? I know she is going to be so happy with it. I really liked how it looked from beginning to end, but the blocking of any crocheted project really adds the finishing touch.

As you can see the lace to the left has not been blocked and the nice, straight, and airy lace to the right has been blocked. Just a quick shot of steam is all takes. Just make sure you don’t touch your iron to the actual threads.

Isn’t it funny what different lighting does to color? The first two pictures were taken in the afternoon while this final photo shoot was taken in the morning. The top two are more accurate as far as color goes.

Oh well, A deep plum is beautiful too! I hope you can see the hearts in the bottom row of the shawl. These will be a reminder that my mother is well loved by me and so many others.

I think the edging really finishes the edge nicely. I may try to add this to another project someday. It is easy an beautiful!

I was so happy to show my husband this delicate shawl. I held it up and asked what he thought. He said he loved it and then added, “Aren’t you going to make one for my mom too?” Sooo….

Here I go with Grinda Shawl #2! Lol:)

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog today. I hope your day or evening is SWEET!