Moroccan Wedding Cake

Good Monday Morning!  For this week’s Memorable Monday I would like to share my daughter, Tassy’s, wedding cake. Isn’t it fun?!

Tassy, is a bright, happy, colorful person:). She is a shiny, sparkly  spot in our family.  Her wedding very much reflected her out going smiley personality.   Her wonderful husband is used to her love of bright colors.  It’s a good thing because color is who she is, from her gorgeous red hair to her love of abstract art.

Her wedding was  a colorful event filled with the bold bright colors of the color wheel.  Her cake was a four layered Moroccan styled cake with layers of red velvet with a cheese cake layer, chocolate with chocolate ganache, and lemon for the groom.


I hand painted the fondant and pressed and painted the paisley decorations.  My husband made the colorful stand. There were tea lights under the stand and under the middle stand as well.

They really loved the cake.  And it was a joy to make it for them.  I made so many things  for their wedding, but when I started the cake, I said ,”Ah, now I am in my comfort zone!:)”

I hope you had a SWEET weekend. I am on my way for a road trip.  I can’t wait to see my kids:)!

–Tracy

Mandala Madness Parts 8-10 / How to weave in the crochet ends

These three rounds have been much slower and quite a bit more tricky than the previous rounds.  Margareta from “At Margareta’s Haus” challenged me to get through round 10 this week.   And let me tell you what, it has been an adventure in time management to be sure! 

The textures of this afghan are so impressive. They are really stretching my crochet skills. I LOVE it!!  It is amazing to me that Helen from crystals and crochet could even figure out how to design this work of art!  It is beautiful  and I am so grateful for her willingness to share her knowledge and talent with the rest of us:)


It was a little confusing at the beginning of part 10, but after I figured it out, it really wasn’t hard.  It just took time changing thread with literally every stitch!


I took some time to weave in the ends.  I know that some people like to crochet in their ends as they go, but I prefer to take my large needle, sit down and really weave them in.  I feel that it is the most secure that way.  I really don’t mind the added step.  I just spend a little bit of time enjoying the back side of my project:). 


I always leave about 8″ of yarn when I finish with a color while crocheting.  This leaves plenty of yarn to thread in my needle and sew with.   I thread and then weave the yarn into the matching color one way and then back on itself the other way.  I do this at least two times maybe three.  


I trim the yarn close to the stitching.  Because it is weaved multiple times, I do not have to worry about it unraveling.  It finishes up so nicely without any knots so it is nice and flat and soft:). 

I am going on a small road trip next week to see my son and daughter in law up in Idaho for a few days.  I am sure I will be doing a bit of crochet along the way.   What’s a road trip without sewing, right?

I’m looking forward to posting about some of the delicious peaches I plan to buy on our way home.  SWEET!!

Until then—Tracy:)

Embroidering my Splendid Sampler

I just love the embroidery blocks of the Splendid Sampler.  I like how I can work on them away from my sewing machine in the evenings with my family. 


  I like all of the texture and color.  I like the cute little motifs and how they come to life with a splash of color:)


For this block I added my new found coloring technique that I am using on my Salem quilt guild panels.  The coloring is so fun!  


Isn’t it just so SWEET?

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a Splendid day!  –Tracy:)

A few More “Splendid” blocks

I wish I could say that this catches me up, but no- I still have a few more to go.  And of course they are the intricate paper pieced bee and a few appliqué and embroidered beauties.   Oh well, enjoy the journey, right?

I really ended up liking the pin cushion block.  At first I thought my fabric didn’t lend itself to it, but now I think it is my favorite of today’s Splendid blocks.  I used to have a tomatoe pin cushion.  I bet we all did!

The paper pieced crazy block was a breeze to put together.   I like how it showcases the fabrics.  Is this getting easier, or am I just getting better?!
I made a mistake on the cone flower block, but covered it up with a slightly larger yellow center.  I’m sure you can tell now that I have pointed it out.   I added the orange French knots.  I think they really finish it off well.

At the beginning of this journey, I was set on doing every block the hard way.  I was going to needle turn all of the appliqué and paper piece every tight angle,—well, you guessed it, the sewing machine has come out for the appliqué. It is just so much faster!   I still will hand stitch some, but I am not going to hit myself on the head if I use my machine on others.:)

It’s all good:) –No, it’s all SWEET!

–Tracy

Young Women Value Quilt

Good Memorable Monday morning!  For this week’s Memorable Monday,  I am sharing a quilt that I helped 20 young women ages 12-17 make for a leader who served them for many years.
I had the girls bring scrap fabrics in the bright value colors that represent the different attributes they would like to acquire i.e.-white=faith.   Then I rounded up about 10 sewing machines and had the girls share. While one was sewing, the other was picking out and placing her next fabric.  I manned the rotary cutter to save fingers and bandages;). You get me, right? Lol!

I gave each girl a 14″ muslin square with a wonky triangle already sewed down.  They then would pick a fabric, I would cut it into a strip, and they would sew it down to the triangle working around and around getting bigger and bigger with each strip.   (I wish I had taken pictures of all the girls working on their blocks, but I was quite busy with the cutting). Here is a picture of my niece making one on her own with a black center.


After many trips to the sewing machine, the block  would be all covered and I would trim it down to 12.5″.  The girls would all smile at this  step because the trimming made them all look so pretty and “professional”!


All of the blocks were finished in one evening. I took them home and sashed and quilted them into a beautiful quilt.  Of course,  I used multi colored thread to quilt it.



The girls were so proud to present their farewell gift to their long loved leader.  She was happy to have such a sweet reminder of the beautiful young women!


Here is the pattern recipe in case you want to try your own wonky triangle value quilt:

  • (20) – 14″ square scrap fabrics  (any color, they will be covered)
  • (5) – 8″ center squares sub cut into 4 wonky triangles (cut criss cross -only don’t go from corner to corner or center to center)
  • Lots of scrap fabrics cut into strips 1.5″ to 3″ wide
  • From center triangle fabric cut  5 or 6  2.5″ sashing strips the width of the fabric.  ( I just cut a few, sew them together and cut more as I need them)
  1. Sew a triangle down to the center of the 14″ squares.
  2. Place a strip face down on the triangle matching the edges. Trim the strip a little longer than the triangle on the top and bottom and sew down.
  3. Press the strip open.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 working around the triangle until the base square is covered. (the edges will be hanging over )
  5. Trim the square to 12.5″
  6. Sew around each  square to keep strip ends from shifting.
  7. Sash all of the squares into a 4×5 quilt that measures 54″x72″


There you go!  A fun and easy quilt to make on your own, or with a group of friends, or with a bunch of SWEET young women!

–Tracy

Dear Daughter – chapter 5

I have only been able to sew here and there for a few minutes at a time these last few days, but little bits add up to bigger things.  Here is the proof!  Didn’t it turn out wonderful:)?  

This is the 5th chapter of the Dear Daughter BOM by rebeccamaedesigns.  It is so fun!!

I really like the Dresden plate block.  It is a fun technique.   It really is quite easy.  Using a Dresden ruler is the best way, but Sherri includes a pattern as well.


Cutting the fabric the right shape, folding and then chain sewing really makes the petals sew up quickly. Using the cutting gizmo just makes cutting that chain a breeze:)

After the sewing, I flipped them out and used a stiletto to get the point sharp.  Then a nice press set the angles.


The next new block was quite easy.  I like the lemonade pink and yellow. And the teal and black heart looks good too.



This quilt calls for lots of lettering, but using heat and bond makes it a breeze.  I have to use my old Pfaff Tiptronic because my Juki only has a straight stitch.


I use a paper towel behind the lettering.  It is inexpensive and works great. I just keep a roll by my sewing machine.  Instant stabilizer that tears away so easily!


This block has more of the pretty tear drop leaves and a fun bias strip vine.  It is so pretty:)


I am still a few chapters behind with this quilt, but I plan to work a little harder on it next week.   The next few chapters don’t look as intricate.  I’m sure I can get one or two more done next week.


Until next week then:)

I hope you have a SWEET weekend!

–Tracy

Another Niece- Another Wedding- Another Quilt:)

This is my beautiful niece and her very handsome fiancé.  Aren’t they just beautiful?  When she announced they were getting married, I immediately knew that I was going to make a blue and green quilt because she is a swimmer and loves water.

I used a large scale print, stacked it and cut it with a kaliedescope ruler to make these fun spinners throughout.   I had to make up my own  pattern based on a picture of a quilt designed by the amazing Linda Miller on Flickr.  She doesn’t have a book or patterns, so I figured I would make it up.  I couldn’t be happier with the result!

I wrapped it up with a fun blue bow and took it to the shower in Albuquerque.  Oh the things we do for family, right?

They both LOVED it!  (I’m not surprised). A fun part of the quilt was the royal blue knit I used for the backing.  It was a piece of fabric from my mother, my niece’s grandma, that I have had it around for years.  I figured that now was the perfect time to use it:)


I am very happy with how this quilt turned out.  It is totally SWEET!

Thank you for dropping by,

–Tracy:)

Man-0h-Manicotti!!!!


I love Italian food.  All of that yummy cheese and zesty sauce just makes me happy:).

Have you ever tried Manicotti?  I think of them like Italian enchiladas.   They are usually made with store bought shells and filled with cheese, but this recipe is even better because you make your own pasta kind of like a crepe.  They are so soft and delicious!  They are perfect for a big family meal:)


I found a recipe for these in an old McCall’s cookbook years and years ago.  I have tweaked it here and there to my family’s liking.  It has been a pinch hitter for me when I want to impress company.  It is so good with soft garlic bread and salad. Mmmmm!



Man-oh- Manicotti!

Recipe by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Sauce:

  • 1/2c olive oil
  • 2 lg onions, finely chopped
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 24oz can of pasta sauce
  • 1 15oz can of diced Italian tomatoes
  • 2tsp oregano
  • 2tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2tsp garlic salt
  • 1c chicken broth

Manicotti Noodles:

  • 12 eggs
  • 3c flour
  • 1tsp salt

Filling:

  • 2lb ricotta cheese
  • 2 lb pkg grated Italian cheese blend
  • 1 lb cooked, finely chopped bacon or Italian sausage
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 1Tbs oregano
  • 2c of grated cheese for topping

Directions:   In a large skillet, make the sauce by  cooking the onions and garlic in the olive oil until clear and soft.   About 10 min.  Add the remaining sauce ingredients and let simmer over med low heat stirring occasionally.

To make the noodles, use a small 8″ non-stick pan.  This is important.  Only a non stick pan will work.   In a large blender, combine the noodle ingredients.  Blend them on your sauce setting just until mixed. Pour  1/4c of batter in the hot pan and rotate quickly to cover the bottom of the skillet.  Cook until the top is dry and then flip and cook a few more seconds.  This takes about 30 -45 seconds total.   Remove  noodles and place on a paper towel waiting to be filled.

In a med bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients.  Stir well to mix.

Pre heat the oven to 375*.   Prepare one extra large pan or two 9×13 baking dishes by covering the bottom lightly with some of the sauce.


Assemble the manicotti by placing about 1/2c of the filling down the center of each noodle.  Roll the noodle up and place in the pan. Pour all of the remaining sauce evenly over the noodles.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake for 30 min. or until golden and bubbly.


I hope your SWEET family loves these as much as mine does.  They really are fantastic!

–Tracy:)

Mandala Madness – part 4-7

Woo Hoo! It is looking so pretty!   I am making Helen’s from crystals and crochet’s Mandala Madness.  Best of all, it is a FREE pattern!  I have totally been enjoying each and every round.  I have learned a few new techniques and believe it or not, I have made a few mistakes:) Lol!


I love the feel of the Scheepjes yarn. It is very smooth and light to work with. The mandala is so soft as well.  I bought the yarn pack designed for this project from Wool Ware House in the UK.  They shipped it to my home in sunny Arizona. Yea!

I have been having an especially fun time crocheting along with At Margareta’s Haus.  We have been having a good time comparing notes.  I’m glad she hasn’t been perfect either, I feel a little more normal:).  Her colors are so fun as well.   I may have to do another with different colors from home….

I think I will give this blanket to my daughter in law #1 for a Christmas present.  All of my other kids have afghans, quilts and then some.  She will cherish it, I am sure.  She is a real SWEET-heart!


Thank you for dropping by:)

Until next time– Tracy;)

Weslie’s Wedding Cake –Ruffles and Pearls

Good Monday Morning!!  This weekend was my niece’s wedding.  Yea!  I was happy to make her cake:).

The top tier was a coconut cake with a coconut cream filling.  The bottom tier was a lemon cake with a peach mango glaze and a lemon curd filling.  Yum!


The beads on the sides were silver sixlet candies that I gently pushed into the butter cream frosting underneath.  Let me tell you what, that took patience!  One- little -candy at a time….


And then the ruffles were added one-little-fondant-ruffle at a time.  It wasn’t hard, it just took longer than I expected.  When I finished late at night, I had been looking at it so long that I really thought it was ugly.  But as a little sleep always changes things, in the morning it was gorgeous again:)!



Small Miracles—We had a little tender mercy miracle for the reception.  As we were setting up outside, the wind started to really blow.  The tablecloths and boxes were blowing away.  We had to place chairs over the tables and just go inside and hope it would calm down. We waited a few hours.   
About an hour before the reception it calmed down and we went out to hurry and decorate.  Then it started to rain. Ugh!   In Arizona you don’t pray for rain to stop.  It is a blessing for every little drop.  But I must admit that we all said a little prayer of gratitude for the rain, but please temper the weather just around the reception.

We went out and continued with faith to set up in the rain.  15 minutes before the reception started, the rain quit and a rainbow appeared in the sky!  

We scrambled to finish decorating and bring out the food, decorations, and cake while the guests were arriving.  They all understood though.   The weather was cool and perfect the rest of the night.  It was a small miracle!  Our prayers were heard and answered:)


I  hope you had a SWEET weekend as well.  Thank you for dropping by.
–Tracy:)