Be-Attitudes Quilt

My friend and I are back to sewing again, and I am sew, sew happy! We have been working on the Be-Attitudes Quilt by Art to Heart. It seems like I have had to use many of these Be-Attitudes in my life lately, especially Be-Patient.

I was quite a bit behind my friend in sewing, so I have spent the last few days catching up. I am really pleased with how the blocks are turning out!

The hardest part of this quilt is choosing the colors. I need to make sure there is balance so I have finally just sewn all of the blocks together for aiding me in color placement.

I lay out my fabrics before I sew them and change, change, change them around.

Who would think that would be so tricky?! The above fabric lay out turned into my favorite Be-Patient Block.

Isn’t it cute?! I will be adding flower buttons on the seed markers after it is quilted.

I really like all of these cute blocks, but so far Be-Patient and Be-Prayerful are my favorites. Well, maybe Be-Honest or Be-kind are up there too:)

Here I am sewing Be-Prayerful with my well worn cast, lol😊

Oh, I am grateful for thumbs! Now, before you think I have been sewing like crazy the last few days, I did have a couple of these blocks done before my forced hiatus .

Too much fun!! My friend is making her quilt in muted tones that are equally adorable.

I love sewing along with friends. I really like her ant’s cupcake with the striped paper cup.—I may have to change mine out….. it wouldn’t be the first time! She used a circle fabric piece instead of a button on top. Cute!!

I will be giving this quilt to an elementary school teacher, so this bright colored pallet quilt will be hanging in a classroom. Isn’t that SWEET?!

I can’t think of a better home for it❤️❤️

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading about my quilting adventures. I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at something creative today:)

Thought for the day–

Fantastic Bake Along — Crazy for Caramel!

I am so very happy to say it is FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG time again! After taking last month off due to wrist surgery, this is a real treat!:). I missed getting together and having our virtual Bake Along where we all Bake the same recipe and actually smell and taste the same yummy things. It is such delicious fun!

This month’s star baker is AJ @A Petite Slice of Life . I have been looking forward to when AJ would be the star baker because she is a gluten free – dairy free baker, and I have always wondered about how she changes our recipes to fit her active, healthy life style. Now is our chance!

AJ has chosen Crazy for Caramels as this month’s Bake/Cook. Yum! Yum! Yum! I haven’t made caramels for years now. These are going to be delicious! Why don’t you join along in the fun? Here is how–

AJ’s recipe comes from a book called “Sweet Eats for All” by Allyson Kramer. It focuses on Gluten Free Cooking.

Crazy for Caramels-

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup non dairy margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease a baking dish or pan. The smaller the base, the thicker your caramel pieces will be. Place sugar, coconut milk and corn syrup into a heavy 2-3quart saucepan. It needs at least 6” of side as the mixture will bubble up. Over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, dissolve the sugar completely. Once dissolved, add the margarine and stir until just boiling. Once the mixture is boiling, stop stirring. Let the mixture continue boiling without stirring until it reaches 245-250F on a candy thermometer or the firm ball stage if using the cold water method (about 15-20 minutes). When the mixture is the right temperature, remove from the heat and immediately stir in the vanilla extract and pour into your prepared dish. Let cool to room temperature and then slip into your fridge for an hour. Just before cutting, pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to make it less sticky to cut. Once firm, cut the caramels into 20 pieces. Wrap the candies in waxed paper and store in the fridge or a cool, dry place for up to a month.

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And that’s it! Now it is time to go to the store and gather up my non-dairy items to try my hand at non dairy caramels. I’m excited! I hope the other bakers are too.

Here is a list of bakers who have participated in the past.

Please let me know if you are in for this month’s Bake/Cook! I can’t wait until Saturday:)❤️❤️

How to Fold Fat Quarter Triangles

Giving a Fat Quarter or two to your favorite quilter for a special occasion like their birthday, Christmas, or just because is always a good gift. Making triangle packages is a fun way to fold them so they look a little more dressed for the party!

It is very easy to do. Here is how:

  • Start by ironing your fat quarter nice and smooth.
  • Lay it length wise on a flat surface with the wrong side up.

  • Fold the fabric in half LENGTH WISE. This is very important! Fat quarters are 18″x22″. Your fat quarter will now be 9″x22″ folded.
  • Fold the length again to 4.5″x22″
  • Now it is time to fold the bottom edge up on itself to make a triangle

  • Try to make the corner points as crisp and pointy as possible

  • Keep folding back and forth making angled folds until you reach the top of the fabric
  • The top is 7 folds up and has only a few inches of fabric left to fold
  • Time to fold the free fabric on an angle– do you see the angled side of the folded fabric? That is the side where you will fold your free fabric over. This will make another point.

  • Fold the free fabric edge back into the folds of your already folded fabric .

  • Push the fabric in nice and tight.
  • FINISHED!!

How easy was that?! Who knew folding could be so much fun?! In just a few minutes, you can fold quite a few fat quarters into SWEET little packages for a friend. –Mother’s Day is right around the corner!❤️❤️

Until next time, I hope you have a creative, wonderful day!

Thought for the day—

There are Angels Among Us

I have been the recipient of so many kind thoughts and acts of service these past few weeks. My heart is full with gratitude because of the prayers and sweet notes given by my family and friends like you.

This graphic is from My Computer is My Canvas. I love all of her designs!

I was especially surprised to receive a package in the mail from my online friend Tina @ Kristabella’s Hodgepodge. I must admit that tears came to my eyes as I opened the package and read her sweet Get Well note and beautifully crocheted bag.

I filled my new crocheted pouch with handkerchiefs and mints. It is the perfect size for my Sunday bag. I will have SWEET thoughts of her each time a tear comes to my eye at church. ❤️

I am happy to be in a world with so many wonderful people in it. I know that there are bad and crude people too, especially if you listen to the news and media. But my experience is that most people are good and trying the best they can.

Even in New York City, when I broke my wrist, there were such kind people who came running to my help. Some stayed nearby to make sure I was going to be alright. I felt their care and concern.

Yes, there are angels all around us. It makes me want to try harder to serve, and think of others more.

Thank you all so very much! My heart is very full❤️

P.S.– My wrist is getting better everyday. I will have a cast for another 7 weeks, but I have use of my thumb now so I can really sew again! Yea!

And the Winner is….!

The Mystery is over, the projects are revealed. Each quilt was so unique and beautiful to look at! Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting and I want to thank everyone who participated in our fun and different MYSTERY quilt along.

Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. @hazels-daughter

Today is the day a winner of a yard of our next MYSTERY focus fabric is chosen. This was done very scientifically by writing everyone’s name on a slip of paper, carefully folding them, and placing them in a bowl.

And the winner is…. drum roll please!

I will be contacting you Abbie for your mailing address soon. Congratulations!!!

Now, for any of you who may be interested in joining us in our next MYSTERY QAL, just leave me or Cindy a comment saying you would like to join along and we will add your link to the list. Here are the details:

The Mystery focus fabric is from Connecting Threads and is called Tea Flowers (Tomato) #91329

And here is a graphic you can use for your posts, but it is completely optional.

Thank you once again for such a fun time! I am looking forward to this summer edition of the MYSTERY QAL. It’s going to be SWEET!

Salem Witches Quilt Guild

It is time to report on my Hand Quilt Along progress and I am excited to say that I’m finally back to stitching on my Salem Witches Quilt Guild panels by Crabapple Hill Studios.

I have been working so long on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt that this one has been pushed aside. Well, since I can’t hold my fabric for appliqué for a few months, I just folded my Rabbit quilt up and put it on the shelf until after the cast comes off.

As far as my Quilt Guild quilt goes, I finished coloring all of the panels, and I am happy to say that I have a wonderful embroidery hoop that allows me to stitch with just one hand. Woo hoo!😊

The only hard part now is separating the threads and threading the needle, but that is coming along as well:).

I am falling in love again with this fun little witch Quilting party. I mean really, just look at this poor little witch who was turned into a frog by mistake!

I smiled with every stitch as I looked at the cute expression on this red haired witch. (I have a preference for red heads. I have four red headed children❤️)

I hope all of the other hand quilters are having as much fun with their projects as I am with mine. I’m excited to head over and check them all out.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdith, Bella, and Sharon

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 above.

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Mystery QAL Finish!

The Mystery is solved and the time to reveal is finally here!

I have used the Mystery Fabric in a few different blocks of several quilts. Here are my finishes–

Purse Strings Quilt– This Quilt is made with 20 fun blocks called Purse Strings.

It was very easy to sew. I cut all of my fabric and marked my corner squares. There were 320 of them!

I laid all of my blocks out and separated them with a piece of paper or a plastic bag, or whatever I had on hand. I just used something to separate the squares for the next block.

I didn’t want to get lost in that stack of fabrics, so I sewed each block individually instead of chain piecing all of them at once. The marking lines and my Seams Sew Easy template by Lori Holt really made it easy to sew those corner to corner seams!

I like how the template extends further than the arm of my machine to allow for larger squares.

I wish I could report that this quilt was all finished. I had planned to finish it when I got home from my trip, but I had wrist surgery instead. Oh well, life happens. It’s all good!

Delilah Blocks

I just love all of the different colors and fabrics in this fun quilt. I was able to use the Mystery Fabric in the May Flowers or “X” blocks and my Circles or “O” blocks. X’s and O’s😊

They are so SNEAKY here! I just love them❤️❤️

Be-Attitudes– And finally, I added the fabric to my Be Warm Block for the Be-Attitudes quilt.

Obviously, I had too much fun finding places to use my MYSTERY fabric! I’m excited to see what the other MYSTERY QAL quilters have made:)

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. @hazels-daughter

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Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope all of your days are SWEET!

Blog Lovin’

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Thank you so much for all of your kind comments and just being you!

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Mystery Quilt Along Call to Finish!

This is the final week of our Mystery Quilt Along! It has been so fun watching as the focus fabric has been peeking out here and there in everyone’s projects:).

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting chose this FlufferNutter fabric for the featured fabric. It was so easy to match in almost every project!

I hope you all have at least a block to share with us on Saturday, March 31st. Here is a sneak peak at a few of mine–

Everyone who posts a finish, no matter how small, will be entered to win a yard of the focus fabric that Cindy and I will be stitching into Mystery projects over the summer. If any of you are interested in joining along, just let us know. We can start the Mystery again😊❤️

The fabric is from Connecting Threads and is called Tea Flowers (Tomato) #91329

I am excited to see what SWEET MYSTERIES have been unfolding in your sewing room this weekend!

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. @ Hazel’s Daughter

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Drawing Lady Liberty

I had to have surgery on my wrist this past Monday. I can’t believe how it has knocked me out of sync! I have spent the last few days in bed just trying to find enough energy to get up every few hours or so. Ugh! Who would have thought this would have happened? The surgery is much worse than the actual break! Oh well, I should finally be on the up swing. Just 6-8 weeks until I have two hands again. I can do this!

Since I have been down, I have found that drawing is about the only thing I can do. I’m sure that in a week or so I will have my energy back and can try my hand at other endeavors like cleaning my house. There is a lot to put away after a trip! But for now, I am enjoying the still moments to draw a bit.

I was so inspired by The Statue of Liberty, that I just had to draw a few pictures of her.

This first drawing was inspired by a picture I took while on the ferry. I will share the original with you in a few days. I can also write blog posts, so I will be able to share a few photos from our trip. It was so fun-all except the broken wrist adventure!

My next drawing is a more vivid drawing of Lady Liberty. I’m not sure which I like better.

I don’t think I like either one better. I like them both and they both make me happy🙂. But I do think the bottom one is more a reflection of how I feel being stuck in bed with the hope of light at the end of the tunnel.

Until next time,