Delilah, Delilah!

It is time to open the box and finish some projects that have been put on the shelf for too long. I probably need to join the Q4FAL because I am going to finish two very long time waiting Quilts this quarter.

The first is my beautiful Delilah quilt. It was a block of the month quilt that ended last year, but I got behind on it when I broke my wrist this past spring. I have two months worth of quilting blocks left to make.

I started with the block called “Black Cockatoo”. I don’t know why, but the cutting of this block was so so difficult! The small triangles were almost the same size so they were easy to confuse.

I had to be very, very organized and design each block as I went. I was glad I had my preview boards! If you want to make one, you can learn how here.

But I had quite a few blocks to make., and I don’t have that many design boards. A few years back I made a traveling design board. It is also a wonderful tool! I used a block and quilted it into a small quilt 10″x 17″ or so. I cut a vinyl tablecloth into “pages” and sewed them inside with the fabric side facing up.

It is easy to design most 6.5″ squares on the pages and then easily transport them anywhere. The blocks stay nestled safely inside just waiting to be sewn together. They don’t stick to the vinyl, but stay nicely put to the fabric side.

I am singing a happy song and dancing a happy dance! SWEET!!!

The cutting of this block took FOREVER, but the actual sewing was one of the easiest blocks in this quilt. There were all straight lines with no curves or y-seams. Yea!!

They are all sewed and I only have one more month of blocks to go. I am on a roll!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are able to have a creative moment or two today as well.

Until next time,

Happy Halloween!!

I know I just posted about this project, but the stars have aligned and the day has finally arrived. I am FINISHED with the embroidery of my Salem Quilt Guild panels!!! BOO YA!!

I started this project back in 2016. I finished the first panel and then I took 2017 off and re-started back in April this year. I made a goal to have the quilt done by Halloween.

My evenings have been filled with stitching and more stitching. I am happy to say that I never got bored of this project. Each little section or witch was a new adventure and story.

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite panel or witch. Each one was so unique and fun. The pictures tells the story so well:)

I really did enjoy the journey. Here is a picture of my very last stitch. It was a happy, sad moment. isn’t that always the way it is? My night stand will be a lot less crowded now!

My final witch was the quilting teacher. She is taking this spell very seriously! This is what the whole quilt is about anyway–coming together with friends to learn to quilt.

I had to get out my other panels and look at them all together. It is a HAPPY HALLOWEEN today!

it was fun to visit them again. I hadn’t forgotten them, I just did not experience them everyday like I did when I was sewing them.

So… now I have made a hard decision– I could finish this quilt with its setting and backing, or put it back in the box and wait until next September. Setting it now would go into the Christmas holidays… I am going to put the panels back in the box.

They will be patiently awaiting their quilting grand finale next Halloween. I will have a Halloween project ready to go. AND I won’t be over loading you, my blogging friends, with this Halloween project while we are dreaming of sugar plums instead of pumpkins. You’re welcome!

Now, if any of you are inspired and want to try to make your own witches quilt guild quilt, it is from a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studios and is called Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild. It comes as a paper pattern. You will need to trace and color the pattern onto your own fabric.

Be prepared for a long journey. You really have to enjoy the process or this is way too much embroidery work.

I also recommend tracing ALL of the panels at once. I know the excitement to start stitching is so tempting, but after the first panel is sewn, the excitement has calmed down and now the tracing is work. Believe me I know!

And my last tip is to have a lot of already threaded needles in a pin cushion by your sewing area. It makes it much easier to keep stitching if all you have to do is tie a knot and pick up the next thread:)

Well, it has certainly been a SWEET day around my house! I hope you all have a nice Halloween filled with happy trick or treaters:)!

Here is a picture of my daughter and her two spooky little boys!

Oh, and by the way, she just started a podcast on SoundCloud that you or someone you know may enjoy. It is called Real Life Mom Friends.

https://soundcloud.com/real-life-mom-friends-the-podcast/1-how-we-do-halloween

Hand Quilt Along —Mystery At The Salem Quilt Guild

I can’t believe it, but I really am almost done with this last panel for my Crab Apple Hill Studios Salem Quilt Guild! Last time I posted about this, I had three witches and many baskets to stitch up.

But these past three weeks have been very productive.

My cute husband and I binged The Haunting of Hillhouse on Netflix using our handy VidAngel app. Talk about a fun spooky story!! Just look at all of the stitching I was able to do while I was scared. It was way better than covering my eyes with my hands! —

I finished this surprised little purpled hair witch. I added a contrasting back gusset for a bit more added color to the panel.

I also finished this happy and shocked off her feet witch. I bet that spell tickled her nose!

I think my favorite stitching was the basket of books and quilts. I always love a good shopping day:)

Here is my whole classroom panel. It is almost done.

I only have the stitching spells board and the teacher left. I am sure I can get this done before Halloween. But the setting is another story.

I may wait to do the setting until next October…. well, we will see:).

I hope you are having a simply SWEET day! I am so grateful you spent some of your day with me. If you are enjoying reading about my quilting progress, please feel free to leave me comment. I always love to make new creative friends like yourself❤️

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,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Grinda Shawl Parts 2 and 3

I have really been enjoying crocheting this delicate shawl. It is filled with advanced beginner stitches that stitch up in no time.

I like the contrast of the front loop raised stitch and the lacey stitch of the body. It separates each section and adds a bit of interest to the eye and touch.

I am using a Scheepjes Whirl Cake that I bought on Etsy. The color is in these lovely plum tones called “Tasty Nom Nom #789”. I like how gradually the color changes into a delicate ombré effect.

The pattern for this shawl is called the Grinda shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, and it is free! Yea! I always love that word, don’t you?:). Tatsiana is so talented. I love all of her designs❤️

It is quite easy to follow the pattern. It has written instructions and a stitch map for each section. I use the stitch map. I find it easier to just look and stitch instead of read and stitch.

I’m excited to start part 4 of my Grinda Shawl. It is the final section before the lace edging. It’s almost done…well, these next few rows are longer and take quite a few more stitches to finish. It may still take a while:)

Oh well, I enjoy the therapy of stitching in the evenings while watching a show with my cute husband. By the way, we are watching “Ozark” and are addicted! Thank you Tierney for the recommendation:). We watch with a program called Vid Angel to clean it up to our tolerance.

This beautiful shawl is going to be a Christmas gift for my mother. She will not be able to see it very well because she has macular degeneration, but she will love the texture.

I am enjoying this project so much, that I might make another shawl for my mother-in-law as well!

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you:)

I hope you are having a totally SWEET day!

How to Make a Child’s Sleeping Bag

My grandson’s birthday is coming up and he LOVES pirates! I decided to make him a fun pirate sleeping bag along with matching pj’s and a pillow.

It’s really not hard to make a sleeping bag. It takes just a few items and an evening or two of sewing. You can do it! Here is how:

Materials

  • Children’s sheet set
  • Coordinating fabric
  • Batting
  • Pins or clover clips
  • 36″ zipper

Inside of your sheet set will be a pillowcase, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet. The pillow case will be the bag for the sleeping bag. We will be using the flat sheet for the sleeping bag, pj bottoms, and pillow.

Directions

  • Lay the flat sheet out and cut It in half widthwise.
  • Cut a piece of backing fabric slightly larger than the half sheet.
  • Place two layers of batting between the fabric pieces and quilt them together with the method you like best. You could hand tie, straight stitch machine sew, or long arm quilt like I did.
  • Trim the edges of your quilted fabric so they are all straight and even.

  • Cut a 6″ strip of coordinating fabric the width of your quilted fabric or in other words the width of the “top” of your quilted fabric
  • Fold and press the strip in half lengthwise
  • Sew the raw edge to the top BACK of the quilted fabric.
  • Fold the strip over to the FRONT and press, pin, and sew it down.
  • You will have a nicely finished top of your sleeping bag!

  • Finish the remaining three edges with a serger or zig zag stitch. Use matching thread. I didn’t, but wish I would have

Make the Continuous Prairie Points- (optional)

  • Cut two 8″ strips of coordinating fabric. Cut one the length of your quilted fabric, and cut the other the length of half of the width of your quilted fabric.

  • Fold and press the strips in half lengthwise
  • Mark the bottom half of the strips into 4″ squares
  • Mark the top half of the strips into alternating 4″ squares.

  • Cut on the lines you just made up to the folded line on both the top and the bottom.
  • Take your floppy strips to the ironing board.

  • Fold the top left square down to the fold
  • Fold the top right corner back to make a point and press
  • Fold the bottom left corner of the lower half square up to meet the fold
  • Fold the bottom right corner up to meet the fold
  • Back to the top, fold the top left corner down
  • Fold the top right corner down.

  • Fold the bottom point up and place it between the layers of the point to the right.
  • Nestle the point to the left in between the middle point,
  • Press and clip or pin closed
  • Repeat until all of the points are folded, pressed, and pinned.

Your points should look like this–

  • Pin the raw edges of the prairie point strips to the right side of the bag starting just below the folded finished edge and along the bottom half. The points will be facing in toward the fabric
  • Sew them in place.

Zipper

  • With a seam ripper, remove 1/2″ of the stitching on the top folded edge just over the points.
  • Place the top of the zipper inside of the folded fabric.
  • Pin or clip the zipper along the edge over the prairie points.

  • Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper to your quilted fabric over the points
  • Zip the zipper up and pin to the RIGHT side of the other side of the bag.
  • Sew the zipper down. You may need to unzip the zipper when you get to the pull to keep a straight stitch.
  • Sew the rest of the side closed and the bottom edge closed.
  • At the bottom of the zipper, sew back and forth to give stability to the seam.

  • Fold the top of the bag over to give a finished fold to the top of the bag.
  • Turn your bag inside out

DONE!! Aye Matey! You will have plenty of fabric left over to make some pj bottoms and a pillow case to match. SWEET!!

I hope you will give this sleeping bag a try. Please let me know how it turns out if you do:)

Until next time,

Update– my grandson loves his new sleeping bag. I bet he is dreaming of pirates!

Salem Witch Quilt Guild HQAL

October is here and my witches are not going to have their Halloween party this year. I was really hoping to have this quilt finished, but it will have to be finished by next Halloween. Oh well, good things are worth waiting for:)

The last time I posted, I had only been able to put a few stitches on one little jack-o-lantern in three weeks.

Well, I’m happy to report that I have been able to finish the quilts, two witches, the pumpkin patch and a bit of the sewing basket. Yea!

I love the spider web on this witch”s hat. That little spider looks like a beautiful decoration or creepy Pom Pom which is just right for any fashionable witch!

The pumpkin patch was a breeze to embroider.

Using all one color really made it fly by quickly. But my favorite item to stitch up was the pin cushion.

Isn’t it cute?! I have used those yellow headed pins for years. I bet you have too:)

Here is what my complete panel looks like. I’m sorry it is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

I am more than half way done. I am hoping I will be able to finish the sewing box and the next witch by the next time we post our progress here.

I am sure I can do it:). I’m thankful to Kathy @ Sewing Etc, for organizing this sew along. It really keeps me motivated. We would love to have you join us. 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,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your day is filled with SWEET creative moments:).

Until next time!

Ode to August – Mystery Quilt Reveal!!

The time has come, and I am ready to reveal this quarter’s Mystery Reveal! So one, two, three, here we go….

I am in love with how this quilt embraces the Arizona August feel. There are Sunshine triangles mixed with a few welcomed rain clouds.

I want to thank Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for the inspiration of green binding:). The back and the binding are now the green trees and fields growing from the long awaited summer monsoon rains.

This quarter’s Mystery Fabric was “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. I added it to a few of my triangle stars.

Isn’t it cute?! I love final photo shoots. It feels like a celebration of all of my hard work. The quilt gets to shine out it’s unique purpose and beauty.

This photo shoot was especially fun as I had a very interested passerby stop in for a look!😊

Isn’t he adorable?! This is my neighbors horse. He just kept wandering closer and closer until he nudged his nose on the quilt and posed for a picture!

Now that was a T-SWEETS day for sure!!❤️❤️

And just because I can’t stop at just two or three pictures, here are a few more to satiate your eyes with quilt candy:)

Ok, enough already! All of that August Sunshine might be too much to take. It is time to head over and check out what all of the other MYSTERY quilters are revealing in their sewing rooms

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Connie @ Connie’s Creations

Pat

We will be taking a break for the holidays from our MYSTERY QAL, but if any of you would like to join along in the fun, we will pick back up in January.

I am also linking up with the quilt along challenge by Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us.

Until next time,

Back To The Hook with Grinda!

I love to crochet and have been sadly missing my crochet time. I have been so busy with quilting and life that I have not picked up a crochet hook in months. Well, I am happy to report that I am stitching again. Yea!!

When I saw this beautiful Grinda MAL shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, I knew I had to make one, or two.

I have not crocheted anything for my mother in a very long time. I thought I would make a Shawl for her for Christmas. I ordered my Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette yarn on Etsy. It is just the perfect color for her. I know she will love it:)

The pattern is free and is written in 5 parts. It did not take me too long to stitch up part # 1. I always find the first few inches of any crochet project to be the trickiest.

I like the lacey stitch and softness of the cotton blend yarn. I am getting used to using such thin yarn. It has been a while since I have had to manage a string yarn.

I’m excited to watch as the color blends to pink on part 2:)

I think each part will be divided by this raised ridge stitch. Isn’t it pretty?:)

Here is my completed part 1 of the Grinda MAL Shawl. I am going to absolutely love this!

I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with a creative project or two. Life is so so SWEET!

Until next time,

Hand Quilt Along Update

Hello my friends! I am a bit late getting this update out, but better late than never, right? I wish I could say I had a lot more progress on my Salem Quilt Guild panel, but after my anniversary cruise, there just wasn’t a lot of time to spend embroidering.

Last time I left off in the middle of the happy jack o lantern.

And this time I have managed to get a few French knots and a bit of quilt outlining done. Not much, but a little is still progress in my book!

BUT– I am happy to report that my backing fabric came in for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, so I finally started to quilt it! YEA!

It is going along way faster than I thought it would. I am using a loopy freestyle by hand,not computer stitch. It looks so very cute:)!

I especially love the center. This is the whole reason I started this quilt in the first place:)

It should be just a week or so more… maybe by the next HQAL report I will be able to have a final reveal and photo shoot. SWEET!!!

This HQAL is really a nice way to keep me motivated. If you have a hand project, and would like to join along, 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,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

Until next time!

I’m Seeing Triangles

Just look at these happy triangles all gathered together into a sunshine star! I am loving how this quilt is turning out:).

This quilt is sewn strip by strip with careful placement of each colored triangle.

It’s not difficult sewing, but it is tricky to get the right placement. It is easiest if you can lay your already sewn together, finished strips out in order to place the next row.

A large cutting table is perfect for this!

Remember when I said I was only going to use yellow in this quilt? I couldn’t resist adding a tiny splash of gray. Like a small hopeful rain cloud or two on my August Sunshiney day. I think it will add a little bit of contrast and interest to the finished quilt.

I like the straight line sewing. I recommend using a magnetic seam guide to keep things straight and even.

This little Singer Featherweight is the perfect machine for the job:).

I also recommend the Hex and More ruler.

It makes the lining up of the points super easy. The cut off tip lines up quite nicely with the sewing edge of the fabric.

It also greatly reduces the bulk in the center of the star where all of the points meet.

Isn’t that neat?! The points on the outside look pretty nifty as well:)

I wish I could point you in a direction for a pattern on this beautiful quilt, but I can only say that I am using this picture from She Quilts A Lot as my inspiration–

I am trying to place my triangles to match. I am also going to add quite a few triangles to make more stars because my 4.5″ triangles make a baby sized quilt if I only make as many in the picture.

So… if you want to make an August Sunshine triangle quilt of your own, all you need is the Hex and More ruler and some happy fabrics in your favorite shades of yellow, or pink, or blue, or whatever your favorite may be. How about orange, black and purple for Halloween?

I hope that I will have this quilt finished, quilted and bound by the next time I post about it. It will need to be done by the end of the month for our MYSTERY QUILT ALONG reveal. I’m so excited!

Until next time, I hope you have a SWEET day:)!