Mystery Quilt Along Reveal!

I’m so excited to share with you my MYSTERY projects from this past quarter:). I usually make quilts for my sewing fun, but this quarter I decided to spice things up by choosing to make aprons instead!

Strawberry Licorice Aprons

Why did I make two you ask? Well, of course I needed a new apron for myself, and I have a secret friend who will be getting one of these as a MYSTERY surprise later this year. What a surprise it will be!

This apron pattern is called Strawberry Licorice by Sew MuchGood. Isn’t is adorable?

This pattern is one that comes in paper sheets that need to be taped together first.

I made copies of my pattern first so I could tape and cut without ruining my original.

It was kind of like putting a puzzle together, but I matched the notches and taped them together. I ended up with a large pattern that worked perfectly.

I stitched up the ties in no time at all. Then it was on to the appliqué Ric Rac. I made the mistake of not using the fusible web to secure them in place. (That’s what I get for not reading the pattern thoroughly)

I did have a trickier time keeping the fabric from shifting, but after only three attempts, lol, it all came together in the end:)

I am very, very pleased with how this apron pattern sewed up. I especially like the MYSTERY red fabric mixed with these SWEET strawberries.

And of course, what would a finished project be if there wasn’t a fun little photo shoot?

Taking this photo with the self timer, and running up to the counter to look like I am always just hanging out on the counter with a spatula in my hand was the type of thing that sitcoms are made of! lol😄

Really, I recommend this fun pattern. It would be cute with the stripes and dots that are featured in the pattern picture, but my red MYSTERY fabric and strawberries is just right for me!

Now, lest you think I ONLY used this MYSTERY fabric in one project, I want to share just another picture or two of a few other projects that I was able to SNEAK my Mystery Fabric into.

Be-Attitudes Quilt-

I thought it was sneaky using the mystery fabric as one of the wings in the Be Grateful Block. I stitched it up with leaf veins.

Delilah Quilt–

I was also able to add a piece or two of fabric to one of my Jen Kingwell Delilah Blocks.

This little block was made with templates. I still have quite a few to make, but I am glad I got this one done for the MYSTERY reveal:). I think my life may slow down after a bit so I will be able to finish this wonderful quilt. Oh, well, it can wait.

I hope you have had fun reading about this wonderful quarter’s MYSTERY QUILT ALONG. I am excited to head over and see what the other detectives reveal in their sewing rooms!

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Lori @ quilting needs

Velda @freckledfoxquiltery

Karla @mysewfulretirement

And now, just to wet your appetite, here is a sneak peak at next quarter’s MYSTERY fabric-

This is a fabric from Hawthorne Threads called “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” I will give the details next week. I hope you will join along in the MYSTERY fun!!

HQAL- The Witch Party Has Begun!

The food table is ready, the witches have arrived, and the party can begin! I am so happy to report that with this Hand Quilt Along Report, I am now finished with my second witch party panel. Yea!

It is always a happy moment when you get to put the final few stitches in any project.

There is kind of a big hip hip hooray for me as I finally put that last stitch in.

I really did enjoy sewing the banner over the snack table.

And this little witch reaching for her treat really makes me smile:)

Here is a picture of the entire finished panel–

I wish there was a way to give the whole panel without it being so small. Oh well, here are a few closeups for you:)

It has been a a wonderful few weeks of sewing. Thank you Kathy for organizing this fun HQAL. If you 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.

Kathy @Sewing Etc.

Lori@Quilting Needs

Margaret@ The Crafty Creek

Kerry@ Love Those Hands at Home

Emma@ Emma Crafts Design

Tracy@ It’s a T-Sweets Day! That’s me:)

Deb @ abearsthimble2

Connie@Connie’s Creations

Susan@Desert Sky Quilting

Nanette @ Chopin-APassionate Quilter

Sassy @ Farm Quilter

Edith@ Edi’s Crafting Life

Sharon @ Piecing Life Together One Stitch At a Time

Bella@ Created by Bella

UntilNext Time,

Fantastic Bake Along Linky Party— Maple Nut Scones!!

I am happy to report that I am now a scone baker and a scone lover! These scones are FANTASTIC!!

I just love it when a finished bake looks as good or better than the inspiration picture in the recipe. This recipe hits the ball out of the ball park on both looks and taste!! You can find the recipe over at Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

Another wonderful thing about this recipe is how quick and easy it is:). Really it was about 30 min from start of dough to warm delicious scones in my mouth!

I rolled the dough out to a 7″ Circle and then cut it into wedges like a pizza. I spread the slices out and baked them for 18 minutes.

The Maple glaze was a breeze to make. I drizzled it over the warm scones and topped them with chopped nuts. Yum, yum, yum!!!

These scones didn’t last long at my house! Even a few neighbor children dropped by to take a bite:). Life is better with a warm scone. That’s all I can say!

I hope you will give this scone recipe a try. I know you will love them!!

I’m anxious to hear how the other bakers did in their kitchens this week…

Kathy @Sewing Etc.

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Rebecca @RebeccaPursell.com

I am also trying a new linky party for those of you who may be late to the Bake Along but still would like to join in the fun. All you need to do is post a picture of your results below. The party will be open until next Friday. FANTASTIC!!!

Happy Baking!!

Tracy

Be-Attitudes Quilt Finish!

Summer is here, school is out, and I am finished with my Be-Attitudes Quilt!

It is always a bitter sweet, but mostly SWEET feeling when I finish a quilt. My sewing space feels a bit empty when the blocks and colors are gone. But the happiness of seeing the end result is the crowning jewel so it is worth it:)

I have been working on this Be-Attitudes since January of this year. I especially liked sewing along with my dear friend Kathleen❤️. She kept me motivated.

Each little block was a little mini-quilt in itself. Here are a few of my favorites-

This little puppy is exactly the block I need right now as my not so little puppy is having a hard time being house broken. -Maybe Be Patient would fit here too! Lol😊

I do love the flowers on this Be Patient block though. I also like the water coming from the watering can:)

But since I am giving this quilt to a wonderful teacher for her classroom, this Be Smart Block must be my favorite:). I hope the children will look at this quilt and try to Be Smart and Be Kind… I also hope they will look at it find the little details like an I Spy type of quilt.

There is so much to see and learn from letters to colors, seasons, family, attitudes, and more.

If any of you are interested in making your own Be-Attitudes quilt, the pattern is from a booklet by Art to Heart.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until next time!

This is my second finish for this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

Fantastic Bake Along – Maple Nut Scones!

It’s Fantastic Bake Along time!!

Each month someone chooses a recipe and we all try our hand at baking it. We post the results on Saturday. Sometimes we post a culinary masterpiece, and sometimes the recipe goes up in flames. It doesn’t matter. It’s all about baking along together.

This month, I am the star baker. Last week I was on Pinterest and a saw truly delicious scone recipe by Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

This is Kathi’s picture of Maple Nut Scones

Doesn’t that scone look so yummy?! In fact, it looked so good that I made up a batch right then! Now, I have never really made scones before, but I’m telling you what–They were quick, easy, and beyond delicious.❤️❤️. I knew with my first bite that these scones needed to be our next Fantastic Bake!

I will save my complete baking experience with these scones for my Saturday post:)

Ingredients:

For the Scones

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the Maple Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Please head over to Deliciously Yum! for the directions and lots of yummy pictures:)❤️❤️

If you are interested in joining along with us in this month’s Fantastic Bake Along, here are the rules:

Here is a list of bakers who have participated in past bakes:

I hope we can add your name to the list this week! Be sure to comment below and let me know if you are in for the fun:)😊❤️

Who Can Sew A Zippered Pouch? – You!

Who can sew a cute Zippered Pouch? You can! It’s easy:)! All it takes is a few small scraps, a zipper, and a few buttons. It is the perfect size to hold make up, sewing supplies, pencils, or many other goodies:)

Are you ready to join me? Here we go!

Supplies:

  • (2) 4.5″ x 9″ rectangles for outside
  • (2) 2.75″ x 9″ rectangles for accent on outside
  • (1) 1.5″ pinked edged strip from lining fabric
  • (2) 6.5″ x 9″ rectangles for lining
  • (2) 1.5″ x 2″ rectangles for zipper stops
  • (3) buttons
  • (1) 9″ zipper
  • Scrap batting

Directions:

  • Sew 4.5″and 2.75″ rectangles together.
  • Press toward accent piece
  • Place batting under each sewn piece
  • Top stitch the edge of the accent piece along the fold

  • Sew accent strip to edge of front fabric piece
  • Trim the strip even to the edges

You are doing great!

  • Cut the bottom of zipper to 8.5″
  • Using a 1/2″ seam allowance Sew small rectangles to ends of the zipper. Back stitch tightly
  • Fold open rectangles
  • Trim side edges to the same width as your zipper.
  • Trim length of zipper to 9″ making sure to trim from both ends so your zipper is centered.

  • With right sides together, sew zipper to top piece of pouch

  • With zipper still facing down, place lining piece on top and sew together along zipper edge

  • Pull the front and lining pieces open
  • Fold zipper toward lining
  • Top stitch next to zipper on the front of pouch
  • Repeat the last five steps for the back pieces of the pouch.

Now it is time to sew on the buttons:)

  • Making sure to sew only the front of the pouch, NOT to the lining as well, center the buttons and sew them down. Hint: decorative thread looks nice here, but isn’t necessary

It’s looking good! Do you see how your tab pieces are sewn in nicely between the zipper and your pouch pieces? Great job:)!

  • OPEN THE ZIPPER. This is important. If you don’t, you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out after the next step.

  • Pull right sides of pouch front together and right sides of lining pieces together. You may want to use pins here to hold on place.
  • Starting at the center of the lining pieces, back stitch and sew around your pouch.
  • Stop about 3″ from your starting point. Back stitch to secure your threads

  • Reaching inside of the hole you created in the bottom of the lining, pull your pouch inside out.

  • With your finger or a pointed object, push all of the corners out to crisp points.

  • Fold the opening of the hole in the lining and sew it closed

  • Push the lining inside of your pouch.
  • DONE!

Go ahead and zip it up and admire your perfect zipper stops. SWEET!

Isn’t your pouch so pretty?! You deserve a big HOORAY!! Good for you:)!!

I think I am going to make up a few more of these and put them in my car to organize the clutter in my arm rest.

I am happy to be linking this scrappy zippered pouch up with Kate’s ScrappHappy June 😊❤️

Until next time,

Lake Powell Paradise

It’s summer time in Arizona, and around my house, that means cooling off in the beautiful waters of Lake Powell. Yea!

Lake Powell is like floating in the Grand Canyon. The cliffs and large rock formations are beautiful.

We have a houseboat that we jam pack with people, food, water toys, and games. We try to find a private cove with sandy beaches and snuggle in for the week.

We usually drive the boat a few hours into the lake, but this year we stayed fairly close to the marina, so the cliffs were not as high. It didn’t matter though. The smaller rocks around us were perfect for exploring and jumping in the water to cool off:)

The kids would wake board and tube behind the ski boat all day and in the evening we would drive around and just enjoy the red rocks and blue water.

Every turn would have a new rock or cliff to admire.

And what would a vacation be without some handwork to relax with? I brought my Persian Tiles along and crocheted while I enjoyed the view.

It was a great week. I can’t believe it is already a memory. But what SWEET memories they are!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a virtual Lake Powell trip with us. I hope you have sunny days and smooth water wherever you may be:)

Hand Quilt Along – Salem Quilt Guild Progress

It has been three weeks already?! My how this first half of the year has flown by! I am not nearly as far along on my quilting/sewing goals as I had thought I would be. But somehow I have found a few moments to sew a few stitches on my “Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild”

Last time I said I hoped I would be able to get the goodies in the table all embroidered. Well, except for a few stitches, I did!

Before –

After-

Yea!!! I thought the cookies would be tricky, but I really kind of enjoyed snaking my way through them.

And just because I love close ups of fun eye candy, here is another shot that is so close you may want to take a bite! SWEET!

I only have a little bit left to stitch on this panel of my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt . I have the dessert witch and the banner. I think I can get them done by next time– I hope, hope, hope!

If you do any hand stitching, why don’t you join along? Here’s 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.

Kathy @Sewing Etc.

Lori@Quilting Needs

Margaret@ The Crafty Creek

Kerry@ Love Those Hands at Home

Emma@ Emma Crafts Design

Tracy@ It’s a T-Sweets Day! That’s me:)

Deb @ abearsthimble2

Connie@Connie’s Creations

Susan@Desert Sky Quilting

Nanette @ Chopin-APassionate Quilter

Sassy @ Farm Quilter

Edith@ Edi’s Crafting Life

Sharon @ Piecing Life Together One Stitch At a Time

Bella@ Created by Bella

It going to be a GREAT three weeks! Especially because I am heading out to our annual Lake Powell trip next week. Yea!! I will definitely share a few pictures.

Thank you for stopping by!

And the Winner Is….

I want to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who commented, followed me, and entered my “Crazy or Not” book giveaway last week.

I enjoyed reading all of your comments and look forward to getting to know so many new friends.

Yesterday I placed all of the entries in a bowl and drew a name. Drum roll please……….

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us.

Congratulations Roseanne!! I am sure you are going to love this book. I look forward to seeing what beauties you create with it:)

Once again, thank you all for your kind comments. You make my day SWEET!

Thank You for a Wonderful Prize!

I have been honored to be a part of two fun blog hops this past month. The first was the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and the second was The Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop. I met so many talented bloggers and made some new friends

Each hop had opportunities for winning prizes. I am not the luckiest of person when it comes to drawings, but this time I actually won a fat quarter roll in the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! Yea! I want to give a big THANK YOU to Northcott Fabrics for my prize!:)

I just love my new roll of nine fat quarters. They are the prettiest shades of blue with gold accents.

I’m excited to make a fun project with these beauties. I’m thinking maybe an ovarian cancer block? Or how about adding some to my Delilah Quilt? I think there is more than plenty for both!

Once again, thank you Northcott Fabrics, and thank you New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosts for organizing such a wonderful event!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter

Tish @ Tish n’ Wonderland

Sandra @ mmm! Quilts

I hope you all have a SWEET day!