Tunisian Baby Blankets Done!

I have absolutely loved working on these baby boy blankets. They are both so soft and cuddly:). The last time I posted about these, I was finished with the blue and white one and starting on the gray and variegated one. 

I used a 14″ afghan double ended afghan hook with a knit end stopper on one end to keep the stitches from going off of the opposite end.If you are interested in the Tunisian crochet stitch I used, it can be found here.  It is a simple stitch, but is rather slow. One row is over and back on the hook.

It does take a while, but I love the “magic” of the different colors from one side to the other:)  Can you see how one side is the variegated and the other is more gray?

I ad-libbed a fun border on this gray one as well.  It was done in variegated thread. 

Border— Two rows around of a sc with 3 sc in each corner.  One row of 3dc in one stitch, skip 2sc, 3dc around with a 3dc,ch2,3dc in each corner.  And a last row of sc around 3dc in each corner ch sp.

I love how variegated thread creates a pooling of color all on its own.  It’s also “magic”!

I used a Bernat Baby coordinated blue and gray thread for this beautiful blanket.  My daughter in law picked the colors.  She likes gray and is going to be decorating with an elephant theme.  Cute!

Here are a few more fun shots:)

These blankets are a labor of love for my two new grandsons that are due in May and June.  Now I am off to sewing blessing outfits, a few new diapers, and one more crochet white blessing blanket.   

I know what the month of May looks like:)!!! Babies and baby stuff, yea!!:)

Long Time Gone – Plus a Star Block

Good Monday morning to you!  This week’s Long Time Gone block was a lot trickier than it looked.  Really, how hard could a regular star block and a bunch of straight lined squares and rectangles be?

I cut each plus unit and the star unit to the specified sizes.  Easy.  I really wanted the star to pop, so I made sure the pluses were all colored while the star was black and white.

I started laying out my design and found that it was trickier than I thought.  I really, really had to look at the diagram carefully.  Getting those plus units in the right place took some time and thought.

The pattern said to sew the center of the star nine patch first and then lay out the rest of the pieces, but that made lining up the rest of the blocks a little off and hard to match.

Now on to the easy part, just the row by row sewing.  That was trickier too!  Did I miss a square?  Ugh! I did!  I should have taken that nine patch apart, and started over, but I thought I had it….

Oh well,  I did finally get those plus blocks to line up correctly.  And guess what, I really like them:)!

And the star looked like a beautiful black and white star. Yea!!

But, even looking at these blocks while writing this post, I can see that that darn star block has messed up the plus blocks!

Do you see the pink heart on the top left corner of the star?   The pink should come down into the star to complete the plus.  Really?!   The instructions really didn’t talk about continuing the pluses…. oh well, my seam ripper and I are good friends.  We have a love/hate relationship:)

Ok, I’m back.  That opened Pandora’s Box!  All of those half square triangles had to be changed out and those pesky pluses had to be figured out.  Wow! What a job!  But it is finally done and I like it so so so much better.  The pattern is right now. Whew!

I’m glad I unsewed and fixed it.   It was worth it. Here is a picture with all of my blocks together.  I took the picture before the changes, but you still get the idea.   

Isn’t it great?!   The pattern is from Jen Kingwell’s pattern Long Time Gone.   I am joining along in the quilt along with Gnome Angel.   It is really fun, despite this tricky little block:). Why don’t you join us?

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a totally SWEET day without any “unsewing”.  

Totally Tipster – How to Make a Super Quick and Easy Ironing Board Cover

Ok, this post is going to be a little bit embarrassing for me because it shows my lack of emphasis on keeping everything clean as a whistle in my sewing room, but hey, I’m creating here, right?  

So… I go through ironing board covers in record breaking speed.  I like a hot iron with a lot of steam.  That puts a lot of wear on my cover.  Here is the embarrassing part… this is what mine looks like after a few months worth of quilting.  Yuk!And here is another just to make you feel good about yourself today.  I will take the prize for worst ironing board cover!I don’t even like the fabric.  It is what I had in my cabinet at the time, but it is too loud for my taste.  My quilt  blocks kind of get lost on this board, and I can’t really take a picture of anything while ironing because everything clashes with the cover.  It is definitely time for a new one:)

A friend gave me this bolt of canvasy type cream material that is now going to be designated the ironing board cover material.  I have years of covers here!  Thank you friend!!I am going to love the plain, neutral color.:). 

So here is the Totally Tipster Tip—  I don’t sew anything.  I cut out my fabric and pin in over the original cover.  Easy easy, fast, fast, easy!  What took me so long?

  • Here is a picture of the underside of my ironing board with the pins holding the fabric in place-
  • I removed all of the pins, there were about 25 or so.
  • I used the old cover as a pattern for the new one.  This will be your first time, so just use a piece of newspaper and trace the top of your board.  Lay it on your fabric and add 5″ all around.  It doesn’t have to be exact, just make it bigger than your board.
  • If you like, add a little bit of batting for extra cushioning under the cover.  I put it on top of the original cover that came with the board. 
  • Trim it around the edges.  No perfection needed.  I just used batting scraps.  Whatever I had:)
  • Lay your fabric on top.  I have to fold my fabric at the end because my board is attached to the wall cabinet 
  • Start at the nose and start pinning under.  I pin one way and then the other to make it tight.  I don’t worry about the pins coming back up.  If the fabric feels secure, I keep going
  • I like to use the long corsage pins, but there are a lot of yellow headed quilting pins under there as well.
  • Just keep pinning all the way down one side and then go to the other and pull tight and pin as well
  • Keep pinning, tightening any loose spaces as you go.

All done!!  Doesn’t that look better?  It’s Totally Tipster! It literally took twice as long to write this post as it did to cover my board!  

New resolution–I will NOT let my board get so messy next time!  I have even cut out extra so I’m ready to go.  

I have one more bonus ironing board tip for you-  

  • I sew while sitting on a rolling chair, I have placed my ironing board to the side of my sewing machine just high enough for me to roll over and press while I am still in my chair.  It is SWEET !!!

There you have it, a super fast, super easy ironing board make over.   If you give this a try, I would love to hear about it:)

Free Word Art!

My iPad is out of memory.  It is such a bummer because I use my iPad A LOT!   Because I have the most wonderful, fantabulous, handsome husband in the world, he surprised me with an early combination Mother’s Day, birthday present- an iPad Pro!

I have been staying up into the wee hours of the morning playing and learning some of the fun things I can do on it.  A few of  my  favorite apps from my old iPad are:

  • Key Note–  I make Power Point type lessons for my Sunday school lessons, and memory books of our vacations here.  
  • Next Note-  I download my piano music here.  I have all of my church prelude music in one easy place. I have all of my sheet music with me all of the time, –AWESOMENESS!!  And since the iPad Pro is so big, now I can see it very easily:)

But my new iPad Pro favorite app is called Procreate.  It makes my Apple Pencil sing!  I have been using my crochet time in the evening to play with it. 

 So…instead of being able to show you a finished baby blanket—here are a few of the word art pictures I have been working on.  They are free for you to download and use them as you would like:) 





As you can see, I have been having too much fun and probably wasting too much time.  But it is so incredibly addictive!!

Life is definitely SWEET around my house:)  I hope you like the art and many happy blessings to you and yours!

Long Time Gone SAL -Trip Around the World

Good Evening:)!!  Has another week flown by so fast?  I hope everyone’s Easter was filled with family and delicious food.  Mine was…especially the blueberry muffins from the Fantastic Bake Along.  I’m excited for next month, Yum!!

Today I was able to find an hour or two to sew on my Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell.   I am joining Gnome Angel on this weekly QAL.  So far, so good.  I am still caught up.  It’s amazing, right? Lol:)

This week’s block was the Trip Around the World Block.  There were lots and lots of little squares that all joined together to make a beautiful block.

I sewed strips together and then sub cut them to get the block started.

I laid my block out to make it easier to sew the strips back together in the right order.  Even then, I still messed up a bit, but it wasn’t too hard to add the extra red square that I forgot.

I sewed the first half altogether.  It made me smile to see it all nice and orderly:) smile smile!

And then it was easy to join the two halves together.

It all finished into this SWEET Trip Around the World Block. 

That wasn’t hard now, was it?  I think I should come up with some saying, like, “quilters from around the world, all stitched together in a common project, make the world a beautiful place”.  

Yep, I like it!  Thanks for dropping by:)

Fantastic Bake Along – Blueberry Muffins!

Good Morning, Good Blueberry Morning!  I have been looking forward to today all week:)  It’s the first ever Fantastic Bake Along Day!  Yea!! Yea!!

This week’s recipe was Tami’s To Die for Blueberry Muffins and man, oh man was she  not kidding!  I mean really, just look at these beauties:)

Here is how the baking went—

I doubled the recipe because I wanted the extra large type of muffins.  Go big or go home, right?  As I was finished with all of the additions I felt a little worried that maybe I had forgotten some milk or eggs or something because the batter was so thick and sticky.  I kept going though.

I took Tami’s advice and made sure to use only fresh blueberries, not the frozen ones.  I agree, that they made all of the difference.

I scooped the sticky dough into the pans filling the cup all the way to the top.  I covered the muffins  with an extra amount of the super wonderful crumble mixture.

Being that I filled the cups all the way to the top, I was a little worried that they might overflow, so I placed a cookie sheet under them, just in case.

No need to worry though,  they puffed up beautifully with no leakage at all:)

Because I had greased AND floured my pan, they took very little coaxing to get out of the pan in one piece

Now that’s what I’m talking about!!

My Dear hubby was waiting by the oven and promptly cut one up, slathered it in butter and started inhaling it amongst moans of delight!

  I tried to grab it and say that I hadn’t had the photo shoot yet, but he said he would put his own picture of these on the blog.  Here it is–lol:)

I gathered the remainders and lined up a blueberry photo photo shoot.  I was going to use my china and some fresh napkins with daisies on them, but then this little rooster just called my name and said, ‘Tracy, please, oh please, let me be by those beautiful muffins… I want to be in your photo shoot!”

What could I do?  I snatched him up and changed the shoot completely 

What a fun morning:). These To Die for Blueberry Muffins are SWEET!   You can get the recipe here on my blog, or here on Tami’s blog if you want to try it out in the future.

Here are the links to the bloggers who said they would like to participate.  Please go check out how they fared in the kitchen today.  I’m on my way to read about them right now:)!
Tracy@It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Tami@Tanglewood Knots

Kathy@Sewing Etc.

Brenna@Crochet539

Nana Cathy dot com (Cathy will be posting next week)

Melissa@Thread and Scissors

And any of you who would like to comment here and tell us how your Blueberry Muffin adventure went. We all would love to hear about it!
Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you will join us the second week of next month for another FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG!

It’s an Early “Scrap-Happy” Day! 

The months just seem to fly by!  Here it is, April Scrap-Happy time again.  I need to post this project a day early because tomorrow is the 2nd Saturday of the month, and I will be hosting the Fantastic Bake Along.  Blueberry muffins, Yumm!!

But I really am so glad for this little Scrap Happy nudge from Kate @Tall Tales From Chiconia to help me get a few stitches in on my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt.  

Really, this quilt would just sit in the box for who knows how long if it wasn’t for this fantastic link party:). 

Now before I get ahead of myself, I am making the Maple Leaf Rag Quilt from the book “Material Obsession 2” 

I love so many of the patterns in this book.  They are not so simple that they can be done in a day or two.  They take sweet time and become a part of your life.  A good quilt is like that.

Well, enough already!  Here is my scrappy report–  last month I worked on the kaleidoscopes and was able to knock out quite a few of them.  I do believe I need to make more though. 

This month I worked on the crazy fabric.  When I say crazy fabric, I mean you just add little scrap pieces in any crazy way at all to make a large crazy piece of fabric.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself…. you start with a bunch of scrapsI like to cut odd shapes from 2-3″ in wacky anglesI piece them together or use left over cut strips and re-sew them back together in any wonky way that they fit.  If I get too many straight lines going, I cut the crazy fabric and start adding new pieces.  

It is a crazy, somewhat messy way to sew, but when you get a fairly large fabric piece, it will look like this

Fun!  Next I made a template from the book out of thick clear plastic, but I wish it was acrylic.  Oh well, it’s tricky, but it works.

I cut a stack of these , but still need more. Small steps, small steps.

I used my less than quality scrap fabric as a foundation by tracing the template and then sewing the crazy fabric to the foundation 

I’m definitely in deep with no light at the end of the tunnel yet.  It’s going to be a while:). Here is what the kaliedescopes look like when things get pieced together.  

Do you see how the crazy fabric blocks all go together?

Now that is what I call “Scrap-Happy!”

Quilt Time for My Splendid Sampler!

It’s on the rollers and being quilted!!! I can’t believe it:)!  Can you tell I am excited?  I don’t  want this to be a bed sized quilt.  I am going to hang it on the wall in a place of honor in my quilting room, right where it should be:).

To keep it smaller, I did not add any sashing.  But, I did add about 375 flying geese as a double border (it was a great way to use some of the scraps:). It measures 70″x70″.

I made sure to sew around the outside edge to keep those geese from flying away when I put them on the quilt machine.

Now it’s QUILT TIME!! I think I’m a bit trepidatious about this as well.  There are a lot of choices that will need to be made for each block–“I think I can,  I think I can!”

The next time I post about this, it will be for a photo shoot:)!  SWEET!!

Thank you for dropping by,  

First Ever Fantastic Bake-Along BAL– Come and Join Us!

Calling all home bakers/chefs.  Let’s get together and have a BALL or BAL or a Bake-along!  Doesn’t that sound fun?!!

Last week Tami @ Tanglewood Knots and I literally made the same recipe on the same night without any planning!  It was so funny:).  We both made a version of the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Pie.  

My version of Derby Pie
Tami’s version of Tollhouse Pie
 

Yum yum yum!  We both had a piece for breakfast too! Lol:). We had such a laugh over it that we thought it would be a “Ball” to have a Bake-along BAL and see a bunch of us make the same recipe. 

Sooooo…  without really knowing how this is going to play out,  how about if I send out this call to any of you who would like to join in.  I hope that I am not baking alone, but if I am, it will still be a good time:)

Here is how it will work with tweaking most likely to happen in future months–

  • On the 2nd Monday of each month I will introduce the recipe–some will be baking, some will be cooking.  It will just be a good recipe, maybe you will have one you want us to try!
  • On the 2nd Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe.
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • Just comment below if you want to join in.  I will add your blog link to the BAL on the weekend post
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook.  You can comment with your results.
  • Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

That’s it!  Sounds easy enough right?  Ideas for the future of this BAL may include monthly hosts, quarterly themes, and a bake/cook your own version of a recipe.  Ideas, ideas:)!

Ok– now that the ground work is done, it is time for the first recipe.  Drumroll please……

Tami’s To Die for Blueberry Muffins! from allrecipes.com

Tami’s Photo of these yummy muffins!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Don’t those sound yummy?   Head over to Tami’s blog here and get the tips and other fun ideas for  this recipe.  

I’m off to the store to buy my fresh bluberries!  Don’t forget to comment if you want to join in the fun!


P.S.– for those of you who do not use cups as measurements–

  • A cup is a round container or lid that is 3.5″ x 2″ 

Rockin’ the Long Time Gone SAL – Jacob’s Ladder

I can’t believe another week has gone by!  I am just in LOVE with this quilt! Every new section has made me smile:)

I am joining Gnome Angel in this Sew-along Quilt-along.  The pattern is the Long Time Gone quilt by the absolutely amazing Jen Kingwell.  You can grab a pattern here or on amazon if you want to join in on the fun!

This week’s section was the Jacob’s Ladder block. It is just so so cute!

It was a very easy block to make.  I cut the fabrics for each block and set them out on my preview board.

I then placed the two small blocks on the larger block of each color and sewed down the center in the stitch and flip method,

I know a lot of people trim the extra away on the back, but I just flip, press, and go.  I sewed up the little four patches and then laid the blocks out again on my handy preview board.

I like to sew each row and each block seperatly so I don’t get lost.  The blocks turned out fantastic!

Then I just had to sew them together in three rows of three.  Easy!

As you can see, I really am enjoying this sew along.  Why don’t you join us? It is SWEET!