Fantastic Bake Along- Ode to CHOCOLATE!

I am so excited about this month’s Bake Along! Tami over at Tanglewood Knots is our star baker this month and has chosen an “Ode to Chocolate” Bake. SWEET!!!

Tami would like us all to bake our favorite chocolate recipes and share a few pictures and the recipe with the rest of us. She has included a recipe on her blog for Peppermint Patties to get you excited:)

Tami’s yummy Peppermint Patties

She has lots of pictures and instructions here.

Don’t you think chocolate is the perfect bake for the month of February and Valentines Day? We would LOVE to have you join us! Here is how:

Here is the list of bakers who have joined in the past. We look forward to baking along together again❤️.

Tami @Tanglewood Knots

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Lucia @Crochet, Knit, and More

Connie @Connie’s Creations

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Marcia @Una Regiaen Bicicleta

Rebecca @Twinklehook

Abbey @Three Cats and a Girl

Susan @Granny Smith Quilting

Kathy@Sewing Etc.

Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Please let me know if you are in for an Ode To Chocolate this week everyone! I can’t wait until Saturday:)❤️❤️

Persian Tiles

I am happy, happy, happy to say that I have made some substantial progress on my Persian Tile Afghan. SWEET!! Just look at these beauties:)

The last time I posted about these I had finished the petals and was on to the laborious job of weaving in the tails.

Now when I say laborious, I really do mean that this was a JOB! There were hundreds and hundreds of those pesky pieces of yarn to weave in one at a time!

Ugh! Each block looked like this! Oh well, they are done now and I can happily say that the train is moving again:)

The next round was this earthy brown that looked like it could stop right there. But of course it didn’t.

I had another round of burnt orange to add. I think they look so nice.

And any of you who have followed me for a while know that I absolutely LOVE a neat stack of blocks. They just make me feel like I have accomplished something wonderful .

And believe me, with this one I have! Now, are any of you like me and jump ahead with one or two blocks just to see what it is going to look like?

I started with my next round with red.

But I just couldn’t help myself and then added the white to one of my blocks as well just for fun:)😊

I’m definitely on my way, but I don’t think there is any way in the world I am going to be able to make this into a bed spread. It would look so pretty though…..oh we’ll see!

If any of you are interested in crocheting your own blanket It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot.

Until next time,

Put A Little LOVE in Your Quilt Blog Hop

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I have been sewing hearts and more hearts for the past few weeks. I feel so loved!

I am honored to be a contributor in Carol’s @Just Let Me QuiltPut a Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop.

For this blog hop I was asked to make a quilt featuring hearts. For those of you who follow me, you may remember my Crazy Heart quilt post last week where I showed you how to make a Crazy Quilt Heart.

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I am excited to show you the finished quilt and how to make it:). Here it is–

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It is absolutely LOVE-ly!! I connected all of my Crazy Quilt Hearts with a fun little nine patch that is very easy to make.

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  • Sew the 2.5″ strips of a jelly roll into groups of three.
  • One set with the red in the center and the other two sets with the white in the center – I made 15 sets – 5 red centered and 10 white centered
  • Cut these sets into 2.5″ strips
  • Sew them back together with the two red squared strips on each side of the two white squared strip making a cute little 6.5″ nine patch block

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I just love the look of blocks all stacked together nice and neat, don’t you?

  • The next step is to just lay them out alternating the nine patch blocks with your Crazy Quilt Heart blocks and sew them together in rows.
  • then add a pretty 2.5″ border

Done!

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I quilted my quilt with a romantic feather stitch. I think it looks SWEET!

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One thing I like to do to my finished quilts is to press them. I like how this helps to make them lie flat after the quilting process.

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I like the look of it too!

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I told my readers that I like to have quilts on my porch to welcome visitors when they come by. I had a reader ask to see how they look. So……

Here is my quilt on my porch staged and ready to snuggle up under with a book,

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It looks so inviting, but really, I very rarely ever have time to sit on my porch and read. That would be SWEET though!

Most of the time it is on display on the outside wall of the porch like this —

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I promise I will show you the actual way I display them on another day. This post is already getting way too long, and I want to head over and check out the other bloggers and see what they made to celebrate the Heart this month!

If you have a minute or two, why don’t you join me?

February 5

Life in the Scrapatch

Freemotion by the River

Val’s Quilting Studio

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Vroomans Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Elm Street Quilts

February 6

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quiltscapes

Bejeweled Quilts

Creative Latitude

Fabric Scraps

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Made By Marney

Beaquilter

Tu-na Quilts

February 7

Kris Loves Fabric

What About Rheema?

Bumbleberry Stitches

Selina Quilts

Quilt Quest

Hazel’s Daughter

Quilt in a not-Shell

Words & Stitches

Sunshine Reflections

February 8

Sew Incredibly Crazy

KaHolly

Moosestash Quilting

Kwilt Krazy

Kwilty Pleasures

Patchwork Breeze

Home Sewn By Us

Sew Many Yarns

Seams To Be Sew

Just Let Me Quilt

The “Be-Attitudes” – Be Loving

I get together with my good friend, Kathleen, every Wednesday and Quilt. Sometimes I choose the pattern, and sometimes she chooses. It was her turn to choose and she decided on a pattern that she has had on her want to make list for some time now. It is called Be Attitudes by Art to Heart. You can get the pattern on Amazon, or other online stores

There are twelve blocks and we hope to get a block done each time we meet. We should get it done by the end of the summer unless we take off for vacations and such.

We should have started with the Be Warm Snowman for January, but since it is so close to Valentines Day we decided on the Be Loving Block instead.

Isn’t it so cute?! I have chosen to make my quilt with my normal brights. But Kathleen is making hers with the more muted tones like in the picture.

Isn’t it fun to see the difference that color makes? They both are wonderful in their own way. This is going to be quite the adventure. I’m so glad we are doing it together.

I already feel loved as I look at these cute hearts with the little blanket stitch around them.

This is appliqué at its easiest since it is just backed with fusible web and ironed down and then stitched down. LOVE it!! I also love this darling little angel❤️

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I used embroidery thread for her eyes and barely colored her cheeks with crayon for a bit of rosiness.

It has been a LOVELY day around my house. In fact it has been a SWEET day:)❤️❤️.

Until next time,

A Grateful MYSTERY

Good Sunday to you! I do not normally post blogs on Sunday, but somehow the 28th landed on a Sunday and it is time to update my fellow MQAL quilters with my MYSTERY progress.

Since it is a Sunday, I thought I might share something I am grateful for with each step along the way.

I am grateful for talented people who inspire me❤️

I have been going back and forth on what I was going to make with this fun Fluffer Nutter Fabric. I finally decided that it should be something easy enough to finish in a few months while not working on it every day.

I went to my Pinterest boards and looked at my Quick and Easy Quilt Board. I found a very fun looking quilt call Purse Strings by My Quilt Infatuation. I knew it was the perfect project for my MYSTERY quilt!

I am very Grateful for beautiful fabric❤️

I subscribe to a monthly fat quarter fabric club from The Fat Quarter Shop. Each month they send me a set of lovely fabrics that make me smile as I open the package😊.

This set of fabrics is called Love Story and I am in love with it! I think it goes so well with my Fluffer Nutter Fabric, don’t you?

I am grateful for modern cutting tools❤️

Back in my mother’s time, which really wasn’t that long ago, she would have to cut every square or small shape out with scissors . She would cut shapes from cardboard and then trace around them. She would spend evenings cutting each shape to perfection and try to keep them separate and organized.

Oh how grateful I am that I don’t have to do that. Really, in just a matter of minutes I was able to cut my fabrics out for my first block.

I am grateful for my wonderful Sewing machine❤️

I have several sewing machines, but my go to – favorite piecing machine is my Juki 2010Q It is super fast and mega strong.

It only sews a straight stitch , but wow! It sews a beautiful stitch😊

I am a waste not, want not type of girl so those half-square triangles on the bottom right are the extras that I cut from the stitch and flip corners. I don’t know what I am going to do with them, but I’m sure I will figure something out in the end:)

I am grateful for my family. They are the very best pieces of my life❤️

These pieces are just like my family. We are colorful and happy. We work together and support one another in all we do.

And the finished product is beautiful!

I will be making 20 of these. They go together so quickly but look like they take hours to make:)

I am grateful for my online friends❤️

I have had so much fun working with Cindy @ in a Stitch Quilting. She is a talented quilter. I have enjoyed working with her on this QAL. I am also grateful for all of these fine quilters who are joining along in this MYSTERY QAL. I’m so excited to see what MYSTERIES they are sewing up in their sewing rooms:)

Cindy @ inastitchquilting.com

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. -posting on Instagram

_Verlynne_ posting on Instagram

It really is such a wonderful time to be alive. I am thankful to my Savior and Redeemer for all of the many blessings He so bounteously blesses me with.

Thank you for dropping by today!

Hand Quilt Along Progress

I wish I had more to share with you about my HQAL, but I am happy with the small amount I did get done. I was able to sew the next border around my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am pleased with how it looks. The black looks a little heavy to me at the moment, but there are two more rounds to go, so we shall see. The next round finally brings me to my appliquéd rabbits. Yea!!!❤️❤️❤️

I pieced my pattern together, which is really quite large, and laid it out on a fat quarter. It barely fit, but it did. Phew!

I laid the pieces out gently on my background piece and glued them all down. Now for the sewing. I’m excited:)!

These little bunnies are so cute! I really do enjoy stitching the pieces down. It is like magic watching the fabric turn under so neatly as I sew along.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wish I had more to show you, but this is as far as I have gotten. I have one set of bunnies glued down, and the ears of one stitched in place. That’s it. Oh well, hopefully I will have all four bunnies done and maybe even the flowers and vines done by next time….a girl can hope, right:)?

Thank you to Kathy @ Sewing Etc. For organizing this Hand Quilt Along. I am excited to see how everyone else is coming on their projects!

Here is the information if you would like to join:

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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan, Jessisca,  SherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

I will be posting a bit later today with my minuscule progress on my MYSTERY QAL as well. Let’s just say it has been a very busy January:)! Isn’t it supposed to slow down after Christmas? Life is still so very SWEET though❤️.

Until next time,

Crazy Quilt Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want to have a small heart quilt to display on my front porch to wish everyone who drives by a LOVELY 💕 holiday! As I started planning, my creative juices went crazy in all different directions. Then I thought, “Since I’m going crazy, why not a Crazy Quilt Heart quilt ?”!

I went to my fabric closet and took out this jelly roll called “Kissing Booth” that I bought on sale a few years back. PERFECT!

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………………I took out different complimentary whites, but decided on just the plain white. I'm glad I did:). I sewed and cut and ended up with a Victorian romantic style heart that I absolutely LOVE ❤️💕

I had fun using those rarely used decorative stitches on my machine too!

Would you like to make a Crazy Quilt Heart? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fabric:One jelly roll

  • Light and dark Complimentary background fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing

  • Sew four sets of three strips together.
  • Cut them into crazy, wonky pieces.

So far so easy, right? Now the next part may seem a bit tricky, but don’t fuss or worry. It’s your sewing room and there are no rules in Crazy quilting so relax and just go with it:)

  • Grab two of the pieces you just cut, pick different shaped ones, and sew them back together at odd angles. Don’t worry about the tops and bottoms matching. Just sew.
  • Press the open
  • Sew these odd sized pieces together. You may need to straighten a side or two as you go, but no worries.
  • Cut and sew, press, cut, and sew!

You will end up with a large piece of Crazy fabric that looks like this–

SWEET!!! Now it is time to make our hearts.

  • Out of paper, draw and cut out two different sized hearts. Cut one 5.5″ heart and one 4.5″ Heart. They don’t have to be exactly those sizes, just cut them close.

  • Trace the hearts onto the non-sticky side of your fusible interfacing. I drew 31 small and 31 large
  • Cut these out making sure to leave at least 1/4″ all around the marking.

  • Place your small interfacing heart onto your crazy fabric with the sticky side touching the right side of the fabric.
  • Sew on the line
  • Cut the heart out with a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Clip at the top of the heart in the center making sure not to clip the sewing thread
  • Clip an opening in the back interfacing
  • Carefully turn the heart inside out.
  • Done! Now repeat this with the large hearts and the dark complimentary fabric.
  • Cut your white fabric into 6.5″ squares
  • Press your dark hearts to the center of the white fabric
  • Press the small hearts to the center of the dark hearts. So pretty!!

Now it is time for the really fun part!

  • Using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, sew over the seams of your crazy quilt heart
  • Use a button hole stitch to sew around the edges of the heart.

Finished! I am so happy with how they turned out:)❤️❤️❤️

I am using the rest of my jelly roll to make a bunch of nine patch squares as well so I can have a whole Valentines Day quilt

I’m excited to get it all sewn together and quilted to show you next week. Yea!!!

I am really so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a LOVE-ly rest of your Day!

Fantastic Bake Along Results— Mary Berry Gingersnaps

I am so excited to have made my first Mary Berry recipe! These Ginger Snaps were the perfect start to my British Baking!

This month’s Fantastic Star Baker was Rebecca @Twinklehook and she chose these fun little Gingersnaps as our monthly bake. It was funny how I kept thinking about how fun it would be to be on the Bake-off Show and if Mary and Paul would have approved of my Bake:). Lol!

I even broke down and tried my hand at actually weighing my ingredients! Can you believe it?

I didn’t have the golden syrup or cast sugar so I used Karo syrup and extra fine cane sugar instead.

I was very, very surprised with how small the dough was! I am used to a bowl that is almost filled to the brim with dough. No wonder Mary has stayed so trim:)!

Even though the dough was small, there was enough dough for 12 walnut sized balls. I made three exactly as the recipe instructed, and three that I rolled in sugar because that is how I always make cookies, and then I added a pecan to six of them because I live in a pecan grove and we add nuts to everything!

I baked mine for less than the 15 min suggested in the recipe. I baked mine for 14 min. Which is longer than I normally would have, but I wanted a crisp snap to my cookie with no soggy bottom:)

They were certainly crisp! I would call mine a definite dipping cookie because I could barely bite into it! Lol:)! Maybe I should have taken them out at about 11 minutes.

It didn’t really matter though. The taste was so scrummy! I especially like the kick of heat at the end because of the ginger. They would be so good with a cup of milk or hot chocolate.

Here is the recipe if you want to try your own Mary Berry Gingersnaps

I’m excited to see how the other baker’s cookies turned out!

Kathy @Sewing etc.

Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Tami @Tanglewood Knots

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Rebecca @Twinklehook

It has been so fun baking with you today. Thank you once again, Rebecca, for the recipe!

Sandy the Sea Dragon

I was so honored to be asked by Emma of Emma Craft Projects to test her new pattern for Sandy the Sea Dragon,

Isn’t she so ADORABLE?! Emma is an amazing designer!

When Emma asked me to make my version of Sandy, I knew right away what yarn I would use.

I had these fun goldfish colored yarn skeins left over from my son‘s Afghan I made a few years back. They have been waiting for a cute project like this for quite a while now!

The pattern is written in a large font with plenty of pictures. I enjoyed crocheting all of the fun little pieces.

It only took me a few nights of crochet time to finish my little Sandy. I especially like her multi colored crest and flippy tail fins❤️❤️.

She is just so cute!

Thank you so much Emma for letting me test your new pattern! For any of you who may be interested in stitching up your own Sandy the Sea Dragon, Emma is going to be making the pattern available on Ravelry. You can contact her for the details. I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

I am off to the kitchen now to bake up my Mary Berry Gingersnaps for the Fantastic Bake Along tomorrow. SWEET!

Until then,

Fantastic Bake Along – Mary Berry Gingersnaps

Hello everyone! It is Fantastic Bake Along time again. Yea!!

Each month it is fun to get together and have a virtual Bake Along where we can all Bake the same recipe and actually smell and taste the yummy things we see online. It is such delicious fun!

This month’s star baker is Rebecca @Twinklehook. Rebecca has chosen to make Ginger Snaps by Mary Berry, one of the judges on “The Great British Bake Off”. How did Rebecca know that I absolutely LOVE that show?! I’m so excited to actually try one of her recipes!

Why don’t you join along? Here is how —

Now for the recipe—-

Mary Berry’s Ginger Snaps

  • 60g butter plus extra for greasing
  • 90g golden syrup
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  1. Grease baking trays
  2. Combine butter, golden syrup in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Sift flour, spices and bicarb into bowl. Stir in sugar, add the cooled syrup mix and stir to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  4. Roll dough into balls of the size of walnuts and Place well apart on baking tray, flatten the balls slightly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 190 degrees for about 15 minutes.

There you have it. I know that many of you will be baking in cups instead of grams so here is a link to a convertion chart on allrecipes.com.

Rebecca has lots of great pictures and directions on her blog so be sure to head over and check it out. They look so yummy!

It’s roll call time bakers! Will you be joining us again this month? I hope so:)❤️❤️❤️

I look forward to seeing how these SWEET Ginger Snaps bake up in your kitchens this week!

See you on Saturday!❤️❤️