Blogger’s Quilt Festival #2 – Dear Daughter

Aren’t Quilt shows fun?  I love to see all of the pretty colors and designs that have been sewn together by so many talented people.   I am grateful that Amy @Amy’s Creative Side has organized this fun event. If you are visiting Amy, Thank you!!!  If you are dropping by from the Festival, thank you for coming over and spending a bit of time with me❤️❤️


I have finished some very beautiful quilts this year, but none of them are filled with as much meaning and love as my Dear Daughter Quilt.  


My beautiful Dear Daughter left for school this year.  She has been and always will be a bright spot in my life.  I saw this block of the month program by Sherrie @Rebecca Mae Designs and knew I HAD to join in!

I thought of her as I sewed each block through out the year.

All of the thoughts were exactly what I wanted her to feel and know about herself

I loved the bright, crazy colors because they reflect her personality 

When she feels lonely or in doubt, she can wrap herself up in a warm hug from me wherever she may be.


She is so precious to me❤️


It has been SWEET to reminisce on this quilt today. I have so many blessings to be thankful for.  Family, friends and online friends like you.  Thank you for dropping by!  

Bloggers Quilt Festival –  Long Time Gone Finished!

Finished!  It always feels so good to have a quilt quilted and bound.  Yea!    This quilt is now truly a “Long Time Gone” Quilt.  I am excited to be linking it up with Amy’s Creative Side online Quilt Festival.  

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  You can buy the pattern online.


Each of the blocks was a lesson in color and tiny piecing.   Here are a few of my favorite blocks:


I loved the little churn dash blocks. Each little churn dash is about 3″!

 
I don’t know why, but these diamonds just seem to tickle my fancy.  They look kind of renaissance  -ish.


My favorite blocks by far were the pineapples.  I loved piecing them with the little 1″ strips. And I love the look of them.  So fun!

I had such a good time sewing along with Gnome Angel and all of my online adventure quilters.  But my favorite was sewing along with my quilting friend, Cindy.  

We enjoyed comparing techniques and finished quilting results.  Don’t we look happy holding up our finished quilts?!


It’s time to roll this quilt up and put it in the quilt cabinet.  I am saving this one to give to a grandchild someday.  It may be a Long Time before it finds it’s final home.  I will enjoy looking at it until then!

Thank you for dropping by.  If you are visiting from the Quilt Festival, please leave a comment so I can go and see your finished Quilt as well:) 

Once There Was a Snowman


I have been singing “Once There Was a Snowman” and “Frosty the Snowman” all day as I have been sewing my snowman block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.   This block was designed by Sherry at Power by Quilting.  

I really enjoyed piecing my snowman.  He went together so easily. Yea!


But once he was altogether, I was left with a blank snowman.   I decided it was time to look through my embroidery patterns.  I didn’t have any but I found a cute little snowman face and hands on Etsy.  


It was so fun watching as my snowman came to life:). First his cute face and then his mittened stick arms.  

Talk about cute!!  I just love this little guy❤️❤️

I’m so glad you dropped by today.   you make my day SWEET!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I have enjoyed this month’s Bake Along so much. Kate @ Life, Tea, and Everything was our star baker and she chose her Grandma Thompson’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  You can get the recipe on her website here.

I thought of my grandma as I was making my batch of cookies. I am so grateful for her love of me.  I wish I could see her again and give her a hug and kiss.  

I couldn’t think of a better accessory to these cookies than this grateful wood cut out.  It is exactly how I am feeling today.


This recipe was quite different from many other cookie recipes.  I felt like a bit of a chemist as I boiled water and added the baking soda to dissolve.  I also liked the fork marks that were similar to a peanut butter cookie.


And the taste, mmm….yum!  They were so delicious!  I doubled the recipe and made the cookies a bit larger.  Bigger is always better in my book:)


It has been a fun Bake Along.  I’m excited to head over to see how the other bakers fared with their cookies this week.

Here is the list of those who said they would joining in:

Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you will join in the fun next month. You can read about how to join in here.

Have a super SWEET day!

Why, Oh Y-Seams!

I am absolutely loving sewing along on this Delilah Template Block of the month by Jen Kingwell.   The blocks are advanced which really stretch my quilting skills.


Each month I look forward to my package from Susie Q quilts with my fabric, pattern and templates.  They are so colorful and happy;)!


I quickly set to work cutting my fabrics which is usually the hardest part.  But this month, the sewing was definitely very tricky.   


The angles were just a smidge different so I made sure to mark the corners for proper placement and then I had to leave 1/4″ tails at the end of each seam for the y-seam sewing. 


Getting those points just right took patience and care.


But look how they turned out!  Aren’t these blocks drool worthy?


I just love them!  I don’t know if I can call them my favorite block so far, but they really turned out pretty.


Here are all four of my blocks together.  

I wish that I could give you a link to join in this quilt Along, but there are no more openings.  Jen plans to make a book that will be available for purchase next year.  SWEET!

I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I am so glad you stopped by.  I will leave you with a beautiful picture from my morning walk today.  

Until tomorrow!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Cookies!

Get out the mixer and warm up the oven because it’s going to be a yummy, yum, yummy Bake Along this month!   We would love to have YOU join in the fun with us.  Here is how:


This month’s star baker is Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything.  Kate is a Crocheter and has also just learned to Quilt!  She is AMAZING:). But her weight loss journey this year has been truly inspiring.  Way to go Kate!  Luckily she still finds a few calories to share with us each month though.  I’m so glad.  It is always fun to Bake Along with her:)

For this month’s recipe, she has chosen to share her grandma’s oatmeal cookies.  Now we’re talking!  A tried and true family recipe.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make up a batch or two!  

Kate’s Picture of her delicious cookies!

Here is the recipe, but be sure to head over to Kate’s fantastic blog to hear about the sweet story behind these cookies.

Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Kate @Life, Tea, and Everything

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Don’t those sound yummy?!  I hope you will make a batch and join in the fun!

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs and who have said they want to join in this week’s Bake Along:)

I am so excited to try one of these SWEET cookies!   Once again, thank you Kate for the recipe:). See you Saturday as I eat one of Grandma’s Cookies!

A T-Sweet Hodgepodge of a Scarf

Hello! Hello! And good Monday morning to you:).  My good friend is going on a cruise to Alaska next week.  I want to give her a little treat to wish her a happy trip.  Do you remember the scarf I won from Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge a few weeks back?  You can read about it here.  

I love mine so much that I thought my friend would like one too❤️.   I looked through my yarn stash and found a soft Baby Bee yarn skein in the color “Grape Jelly”.   SWEET!


I only needed the one skein to make this beautiful version of my Oh So Lucky Scarf.   I made a 7 square Granny scarf that was the perfect length:)


Each of the squares needed 8 rounds to make an approximate 8″ square.  Because Baby thread is so small, I had to use a small needle as well.  My bamboo needles don’t have sizes on them.  I would guess mine was about an E needle.


Granny squares are so fast and easy to make. It didn’t take me long to stitch up a cute scarf.  I enjoyed watching “Anne with an E” as I stitched away:). What a fun afternoon!


I rolled it up into a pretty “grape jelly” roll.   And added a blue bow.


Isn’t it cute?  I ran it over to my friend before she left.  She LOVED it!  (I knew she would). 😊

I have put together a pattern with the fun picot edging if you are interested in making a cute scarf for yourself or someone you love.  
Here it is– 

Pattern written by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

How to make a magic circle


I hope you give this pattern a try.  It is quick, easy, and oh so pretty.  Basically it is a Hodgepodge of SWEETness!❤️❤️ 

If you like this scarf and free pattern, please click the FOLLOW button to get more free SWEET patterns and ideas😊👍🏻


I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along!

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas!  It is definitely time to start my Christmas sewing:).  I have been watching my online friends Lori@ Quiltingneeds.com and Kathy@Sewing etc., and Desert Suz @Desert Sky Quilts as they started sewing this absolutely adorable Christmas Quilt. 

I have been feeling very left out, so I gathered up my fabric and decided to join the party!   I went over to  Inquiring Quilter.com and printed up the FREE patterns and started sewing along.  I only had to make four blocks.   No problem!!!  


The snow flake block was a breeze to make with the interface method of appliqué. 


I just placed the right side of my fabric to the sticky side of the interfacing and sewed around.   I cut the interfacing side and turned the fabric right side out.  

I was able to iron the pieces down and then sew around them.  Isn’t it pretty?  


Next I sewed the tree block.  The polka dots were a bit tricky. I didn’t realize there was a direction to those dots!   I only had to take out a couple of them to get them all pointing the right way:)


To make the actual trees I used my tri-Recs ruler.  It made the sewing a breeze!  


I cut the strips 1/2″ larger than my desired finished square.  The templates made for easy cutting and then it was a case of lining everything up on my preview board and sewing. Perfect!


And what would Christmas be without Santas red suit and black belt?  Really, this is the block that sold me on this QAL.  It is so dang cute!  I had to plan for those Stripes as I was cutting, but I really like how they turned out;)❤️


My final block was the ornaments block.  I don’t know why, but choosing the fabrics always takes twice as long as the actual sewing!  I even tried different sewing thread and finally decided on the black because it made my ornaments pop off the page.


I have been doing a lot needle turn appliqué on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt so it was refreshing to just fusible web appliqué  these cute ornaments.  It is super quick to use this method as well.

Here they are all together.  I think I need a plate of cookies and a glass of milk just looking at them:)❤️❤️. SWEET!

Thank you for dropping by today.   Please feel free to follow along. I always love making new friends:)

It’s a Wedding Cake Day! 

I love wedding cake days!  Colton and Aubrey chose this beautiful design with red roses and heavily layered buttercream.


It is funny how for years it has been fondant, fondant, and more fondant.  I’m glad to see the change.  I like the texture of the loosely laid frosting.


I liked the lighted food bar that gave an added dimension to the room and cake:)


No matter how pretty the cake looks, if it doesn’t taste good it is not a success.  This cake was deep chocolate with a cream cheese center.  Yum!  


Here is a picture of the bride and groom cutting the cake.  Aren’t they cute?!


Thank you for dropping by and reading my happy blog.  It has been a very SWEET day!  

By Jove, I Think She’s Got it!

Appliqué has been my quilting nemesis for years.  My stitches always show and the thread really tends to stand out.  

Because I have been so frustrated, and not very patient, I usually just opt to embrace the visible stitches and use my sewing machine with either a small hem stitch or go all out and use a buttonhole stitch with contrasting thread.

I am not at all against machine appliqué, in fact I am a big fan of the speed and consistency of the stitches.  BUT  (I’m sure you knew that was coming) I really WANT to be proficient at appliqué.  I feel that any really good quilter should know how to needle turn.

Well this is it.  This is the quilt where I learn the appliqué ways!  I started out with my usual try to take a small stitch, but the stitches still show technique.   Ugh!  No matter how hard I tried, those stitches showed!

Then I looked at the back and had a brilliant thought—


I said to my myself, ” look at those tiny pinpricks. Why can’t they be on the front?”   Wait a minute–why can’t they?  I know, I know, I’m very slow to the rodeo with this one!   I think everyone else had this figured out long ago.  Where have I been?!


This time I entered my quilt top completely next to where I came out on the last stitch. Do you see where I put the arrow in the above picture?


Here it is again.  The picture on the left shows what I WAS doing. I was entering the fabric a few stitches ABOVE where I came out on the last stitch.  The totally correct awesome way is once again to go back down RIGHT NEXT to where I came out of the fabric on the last stitch.


Look at how pretty that looks!  You can BARELY see the stitches at all!❤️❤️. The back has the long stitches and I’m ok with that:)

I should be quite the proficient when I am done with this Down the Rabbit Hole quilt.  In fact for the next few days I am really going to be stitching and stitching on these leaves!  There are about 50 of them!


Yep,  I think I will have the hang of it for sure by the time I’m done with them:)

Now I have to get the curves a little smoother, but I will get there!  No one is going to be looking that close except me and you:)!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope my appliqué journey helps any of you who are new to appliqué:)

Life is SWEET!