Fantastic Bake Along- Celebrating the Apple!

A few weeks back, Connie @Connie’s Creations shared her Apple Sauce Cake on her blog.

Connie’s picture of her Applesauce Cake

It looked so yummy that she totally inspired me to think about Fall treats and the delicious taste and smell of apples cooking in the kitchen. I thought that with Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the States, it might be fun to share our favorite APPLE recipe this month. Who knows? There may be one or two new recipes we might want to add to our Thanksgiving feast!

Choose your favorite recipe or give Connie’s delicious Apple Sauce Cake a try, and post about it this coming Saturday. Doesn’t that sound fun?!

We would love to have YOU join in the fun too. Here is how:

My family has an award winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie that will be baking in my kitchen this week. They will be so happy! We call that Pre-Thanksgiving Pie❤️❤️

Here is a list of the bakers who have joined in the past or said they would like to Bake Along with us this month:

I really do hope you will join us in this month’s Fantastic Bake Along. It is going to be SWEET!

A Woods Themed Wedding Cake

I was asked to make a cake for Tori and Brayden’s wedding. I love decorating beautiful wedding cakes. Weddings are such a happy, SWEET time for family and friends:). I am always so honored to be a part of the celebration ❤️

Tori decided on a Mountain Woodsy theme and had lit pine trees with pine freshener all around. It was so cute! I decorated the cake with small evergreen branches and pine cones to match.

img_2042It is so interesting to me to note that the last few cakes I have made have all been the same general style. The brides all want buttercream with a heavy texture on them.

Tori started by wanting an all round cake, but when I mentioned this to her she opted for the square bottom to make her cake a bit more unique.

Isn’t it pretty? The stand was perfect for this cake. It was tall and grand like a stately tree. The cake was a pumpkin cake with a cinnamon cream cheese filling. Yum! It tasted so warm and fallish :)❤️❤️

It was a wonderful day. I am always so happy to be a part of someone’s special day.

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you have a restful, lovely Sunday.  It is my favorite day of the week because it is filled with worship, SWEET family and friends, and delicious food 🙂

Totally Tipster Lantern Fun

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along is this beautiful lantern by Diane Lomax @Cwilt Fabrics and Haberdashery What a fun word — Haberdashery! 🙂

The instructions were a bit different than other quilting patterns. Usually the strip measurements are given for rotary cutting, but this pattern gave the pattern pieces to cut out individually.

I used a bit of rotary strip cutting by measuring the width of the strip and then using the pattern to cut the angles. It worked for me:)

Sewing the base up was quick and easy!

Next came the fusible web appliqué. I like fusible web, but it can be a bit tricky getting the paper off of the back. It is especially hard when the pieces are small. I have a little Totally Tipster trick that does help though.

After you have ironed your webbing to the wrong side of your fabric, let it cool completely. When it is cool, drag a pin across the paper to score it a bit. It is easy to bend the paper and pull it apart now. Easy!

I pressed my pieces to the lantern and then got ready to sew them in place. I always, always use stabilization on the back of my machine appliquéd pieces. If you don’t, the fabric will pucker. Yuk!

Now for a Totally Tipster#2! I find that an easy and affordable stabilizer is a paper towel or two!

I place it on the back and sew around my pieces. It works great and is simple to tear away as well:)

After I was finished though, I wasn’t crazy about my window stitching.

That center line was a bit wonky because I had to adjust to make sure the fabric was all stitched down. I didn’t like it.

So… I made a 1/4″ binding tape and covered that middle line. I like it MUCH BETTER❤️

I think I like that added piece better anyway. I’m glad I was a wonky seamstress. Happy accidents are the best kind of accidents!

This has been another fun Christmas Block. I sew appreciate you reading my blog today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day or evening!

Until next time,

Delilah

My monthly Delilah Template of the Month Quilt by Jen Kingwell came in last week, and I found a bit of time to sew up my blocks. Hooray, hooray! AND they didn’t have Y-seams:) Another happy Hooray!

The last few months have been Y-seam intensive. I love how they turned out, but the piecing was tricky for sure:)

This month’s “Colored Turbine Block” was a breath of fresh air with straight seams and easy cutting.

It was fun to watch the wonky squares appear as I sewed the dark triangle to the block. I think colored turbine is the right name for this one. 🙂

Here are the four of my blocks together–

If I had made the top left one with black, there would be another pattern showing up as well. But I’m glad I opted for the gray though because I want a bit of diversity through the finished quilt.

It’s been a fun bit of sewing these past few days Thank you for stopping by. Life is SWEET!

Hand Quilt Along

Kathy @Sewing Etc. is starting a Hand Quilt Along and I am happy to be joining in!  I have two or three really large appliqué and embroidery projects that I hope to be posting about each month.

The first project is my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.  


 I have quite a bit of appliqué on this next round.   I have already cut the wedges. 


And have even sewn them together.  Now I need to appliqué them to my background piece.  


Oooh!!! This should be fun!❤️❤️❤️

I am also in need of a deadline each month to make me work on my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt.  I have finished one panel and just LOVE it!


There are a total of three panels.  I have the first finished and the second one is just waiting to be colored and embroidered.  I can do this!!!

I might throw in a few others as the new year gets going.  I mean really, why settle for one project when you can have two or theee or four?!  I know,  I’m CRAZY!

Thank you Kathy for organizing this Hand Work QAL.  It is going to be fun sewing with you and the other hand stitchers.:)

Here is the list of others who said they would be joining in.  I’m excited to head over to their blogs and see what they are whipping up with their needle and thread:)!

Have a wonderful day!

Brenna’s Fingerless Gloves

A cute friend of mine went on a trip to France last month and was so SWEET to think of me and bring me back a skein of beautiful pink Adriafil yarn.  She is just the best!!!

I wish I would have thought to take a lovely picture of the yarn before I started crocheting, but I was already started late at night and remembered to take the picture right where I was. The lighting isn’t perfect, but you get it, right?


When she gave me this yarn, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  About a month or so ago, Brenna, from Crochet 539, posted that she had designed a pair of fingerless gloves that looked perfect for Arizona cool, but not too cold, mornings.

I got out my hook and crocheted away.  I only had one or two questions with the instructions, but I managed to crochet up a glove that looked pretty much like Brenna’s. I made a few errors but seemed to be able to fix them as I went.  The main problem was that the one small skein of yarn only made up one glove.  Oh no!

Well, I never let a hitch in the road stop me:). Since I couldn’t just run over to France and buy another skein of yarn, I looked through my stash and found a green that I think made the gloves even better than if they would have been if they were the same color.


Don’t they look great?!  I added a little ruffle stitch to the top that wasn’t in the pattern, but I think they look pretty much like Brenna’s:)

But pictures can be a bit deceiving.  Because I used two different yarns and the weight was different,  they are two different sizes! Lol :)!


I knew they were different weights when I started so I tried to adjust by decreasing the starting stitches which made the green glove skinnier.  I also decreased the number of rounds and tried to compare and measure as I went, but the green still ended up longer.  No one is perfect and especially not me!


But when I put them on, I really don’t think you can tell that they are two different sizes.  And I think that adding that pink stripe to the green glove really ties them both together.  All in all, they are a hit!  I really like them:)❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for a fun pattern Brenna!  It is a super SWEET day!

I’m Down the Rabbit Hole Again!

Finally!  I have had a bit of time to focus on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  Yea!!  I joined this QAL  late so I am quite a bit behind the other quilters.  But maybe I will catch up before the end.  


I am on month 5 of this QAL.  I was surprised that the little paper pieced houses took me so long, but they did.  Maybe the fact that there were 40 of these little cottages added in to the mix.


I really did enjoy making them though.  Each house is different and has tiny little windows. Aren’t they cute?   The roofs were paper pieced.  

Paper piecing isn’t hard, it just takes patience.  I made sure to cut my fabric pieces larger than I thought I would need.  In fact,  after a few houses, I just cut one large 6” strip the width of the fabric out of the sky color.   I sewed straight to the strip and trimmed after.  For some reason it didn’t feel like I was wasting as much fabric with this method.   I think I will play a bit more with this technique and do a tutorial on it because it really was MUCH easier😊. Easier is always better!

In the corners I appliquéd these happy designs that look like the sun, but they are not.


These little 6.5” sunshine blocks will join together in the next round with more of the same blocks to make a sun flower.  CUTE!


I finished the round with a fun black and print border. I LOVE IT!  

I just want to stop all of my other WIPs and stay Down the Rabbit Hole, but I won’t.  I will come back to the real world.   I don’t like having too many irons in the fire, especially around the holidays.

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

My Halloween Pixie Dust!



Happy Halloween!   I always enjoy seeing the smiles and fun costumes on cute children at Halloween. 
My beautiful daughter took these pictures of my grandsons, otherwise known as Peter Pan and the Lost Boy.

Our little Peter Pan told his grandpa, “If only I had some pixie dust!”  How SWEET is that?!  Well, he may not have any dust, but these boys certainly are my pixie dust❤️❤️

I hope you have a nice holiday filled with  your own pixie dust and lots of little trick or treaters at your door this evening.:)

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright!

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along was this fun reindeer block designed by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowdays Quilting.


The pattern was very well written.  I did all of the cutting at once and took the pieces and pattern over to my machine.


Most of the seams were straight and simple. There were also quite a few stitch and flip squares.  I like using my Tiger Tape to get straight sewing lines instead of drawing lines on the back of my squares. It makes life sew easy❤️

This block really just flew together like a reindeer on Christmas Eve:). SWEET!!

I am having a lot of fun sewing these quilt blocks. My daughter in law has been reading my blog and said that she would absolutely LOVE to have this quilt.  So this Merry Christmas Quilt has a home already waiting for it❤️❤️


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope you all have a fun Halloween tomorrow!  It’s that time of year:)

Want To Match Up Prints?


Working with checks or large patterns can be  tricky when sewing large pieces together.  Many people like to use checks on the back of quilts, but if you don’t plan ahead, you will end up with something that looks like this:


With a little bit of planning, you will never have this happen to you!  It’s easy!  Here is how:

  • Press the edge of one of your fabric pieces along the edge you want to sew. 

  • Grab your trusty School Glue and place a small line of glue along the edge of the other piece of fabric 

  • Match your folded fabric pattern to the glued fabric.  Don’t worry about matching bottom or side edges.  Just match the pattern.  Press and repeat across the length of your fabric.

  • Take your glued fabric to your sewing machine and sew on the folded line.

Done!  How easy is that?  SWEET❤️!


I hope you will give this technique a try the next time you need to match up a print on your sewing adventures.

Until next time!