Mystery Quilt Along

Would you like to participate in an unusual quilt along? Cindy from Inastitchquilting.com and I will be hosting a brand new MysteryQuilt Along (QAL) beginning January 1, 2018.

What’s so unusual, you might ask? Well, back in September, Cindy wrote a post that intrigued me. It was called the Window Box Quilt. In that post she spoke of a challenge initiated by a group of her friends. The centerpiece of the challenge was one fabric. The only requirement of the challenge was that the focus fabric had to be present in their art piece. No other rules applied. They were free to use the fabric in any quantity to make whatever they chose.

Unfortunately the joint venture never got off the ground. I told Cindy that I would have joined in and we decided that this would be a fun adventure to try. We thought that maybe some of you might want to join us as well. 🙂

Very Similar

The rules of this MysteryQAL will be very similar. Early in December we will announce the chosen fabric. Once the fabric has been revealed, go ahead and purchase the fabric along with any other fabrics you want to include. Once your fabrics have been selected, YOU get to decide how you would like to use them. The fabric is the constant, the pattern is the MYSTERY! How fun is that?!

Then on January 1, 2018, visit our blogs and announce your intentions by leaving a comment. We will then add your blog address to our list of participants. You will have until March 31, 2018, to complete your item.

Blog About Your Progress

Throughout the three month challenge you are encouraged to blog about your progress. To make the QAL even more interesting visit the blogs of the other participants. Be sure to leave a kind comment along with your blog address so they can visit your site as well.

By visiting each others websites, we can support one another and create a community of potential friends. If you do not blog, you can still participate by posting your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #mystery_qal

A Prize

The week after March 31, one lucky participant will receive one yard of the next mystery challenge fabric! The lucky winner will be randomly selected. If all goes well, we hope to have more than two people, Cindy and myself, participating. LOL! 🙂

Are You In?

I hope you are in! 🙂 Who wouldn’t want to make some friends and maybe win a prize? The complete list of the rules and guidelines has been provided below along with a Mystery QAL graphic that you can add to your posts.

Any Questions?

Any questions? If so, you can leave a comment here, and I will be happy to answer them. :). Be watching for further updates. If you are a follower of our blogs, then you will receive automatic updates. Let’s make this a fun and inviting QAL!

It will be Cindy’s turn to pick the first MYSTERY fabric. I can’t wait to see what she chooses:)!!

“Tying” Up a Scrappy Quilt

Good Morning to you!  It is Scrap Happy time again:).  I always look forward to linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia each month.  

This month’s project is one that I actually feel guilty about.  My sister-in-law’s father passed away back in 2015.  She gave me his ties and asked if I could make a quilt from them for her.

I carefully deconstructed them,  lightly pressed them and placed them in a box to work on after Christmas presents and wedding preparations, and then more quilts, and then they just kind of got forgotten.  I feel so bad!

I was cleaning through things and looked in the box,  and uh oh! I knew that now was the time.  No more waiting for this one!

  • I took the piles of deconstructed ties and cut them into  1.5″ to 2.5″ strips.  I didn’t care how many.  I just cut until I had cut the whole tie.
  • I cut 30 – 8.5″ Scrap fabric from some of my sub quality fabrics.  They really do make great stabilizers!
  • I started sewing strips from the center corner out on both sides.   I didn’t care at all about what width of strip I was using. 

  • When I was finished sewing strips to a block, the whole base was covered as in the top left photo.
  • I turned the block over and trimmed the block nice and square.
  • I then sewed around the edges to keep the ties from shifting.


Here is a picture of my neatly stacked blocks.  Aren’t they pretty?

  • Next I cut 36- 2.5″x8.5″ strips from a complimentary brown fabric (manly of course!) 
  • Then I laid out my blocks going in opposite directions.  A beautiful diamond design magically appeared!
  • I labeled each row with tape to make sewing the rows easier.   I could easily take them all piled together by row to my sewing machine and not get mixed up as I sewed along:)
  • I measured the length of the strips and cut 7 more 2.5″ strips that length and sewed the quilt together.

Here it is all pieced and ready for quilting.


While it looks nice before quilting, it looks especially fantastic after quilting!


The added texture and binding really help to “tie” it all together.  Lol:)!


I backed this quilt with an olive green plaid flannel.   I was surprised with how much I liked it:)


Now it is time to fold it up and get it to my sister-in-law, FINALLY!  I know she is going to be overjoyed❤️


Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you have SWEET, Scrap Happy day!

Totally Tipster Lantern Fun

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along is this beautiful lantern by Diane Lomax @Cwilt Fabrics and Haberdashery What a fun word — Haberdashery! 🙂

The instructions were a bit different than other quilting patterns. Usually the strip measurements are given for rotary cutting, but this pattern gave the pattern pieces to cut out individually.

I used a bit of rotary strip cutting by measuring the width of the strip and then using the pattern to cut the angles. It worked for me:)

Sewing the base up was quick and easy!

Next came the fusible web appliqué. I like fusible web, but it can be a bit tricky getting the paper off of the back. It is especially hard when the pieces are small. I have a little Totally Tipster trick that does help though.

After you have ironed your webbing to the wrong side of your fabric, let it cool completely. When it is cool, drag a pin across the paper to score it a bit. It is easy to bend the paper and pull it apart now. Easy!

I pressed my pieces to the lantern and then got ready to sew them in place. I always, always use stabilization on the back of my machine appliquéd pieces. If you don’t, the fabric will pucker. Yuk!

Now for a Totally Tipster#2! I find that an easy and affordable stabilizer is a paper towel or two!

I place it on the back and sew around my pieces. It works great and is simple to tear away as well:)

After I was finished though, I wasn’t crazy about my window stitching.

That center line was a bit wonky because I had to adjust to make sure the fabric was all stitched down. I didn’t like it.

So… I made a 1/4″ binding tape and covered that middle line. I like it MUCH BETTER❤️

I think I like that added piece better anyway. I’m glad I was a wonky seamstress. Happy accidents are the best kind of accidents!

This has been another fun Christmas Block. I sew appreciate you reading my blog today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day or evening!

Until next time,

Delilah

My monthly Delilah Template of the Month Quilt by Jen Kingwell came in last week, and I found a bit of time to sew up my blocks. Hooray, hooray! AND they didn’t have Y-seams:) Another happy Hooray!

The last few months have been Y-seam intensive. I love how they turned out, but the piecing was tricky for sure:)

This month’s “Colored Turbine Block” was a breath of fresh air with straight seams and easy cutting.

It was fun to watch the wonky squares appear as I sewed the dark triangle to the block. I think colored turbine is the right name for this one. 🙂

Here are the four of my blocks together–

If I had made the top left one with black, there would be another pattern showing up as well. But I’m glad I opted for the gray though because I want a bit of diversity through the finished quilt.

It’s been a fun bit of sewing these past few days Thank you for stopping by. Life is SWEET!

Hand Quilt Along

Kathy @Sewing Etc. is starting a Hand Quilt Along and I am happy to be joining in!  I have two or three really large appliqué and embroidery projects that I hope to be posting about each month.

The first project is my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.  


 I have quite a bit of appliqué on this next round.   I have already cut the wedges. 


And have even sewn them together.  Now I need to appliqué them to my background piece.  


Oooh!!! This should be fun!❤️❤️❤️

I am also in need of a deadline each month to make me work on my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt.  I have finished one panel and just LOVE it!


There are a total of three panels.  I have the first finished and the second one is just waiting to be colored and embroidered.  I can do this!!!

I might throw in a few others as the new year gets going.  I mean really, why settle for one project when you can have two or theee or four?!  I know,  I’m CRAZY!

Thank you Kathy for organizing this Hand Work QAL.  It is going to be fun sewing with you and the other hand stitchers.:)

Here is the list of others who said they would be joining in.  I’m excited to head over to their blogs and see what they are whipping up with their needle and thread:)!

Have a wonderful day!

I’m Down the Rabbit Hole Again!

Finally!  I have had a bit of time to focus on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  Yea!!  I joined this QAL  late so I am quite a bit behind the other quilters.  But maybe I will catch up before the end.  


I am on month 5 of this QAL.  I was surprised that the little paper pieced houses took me so long, but they did.  Maybe the fact that there were 40 of these little cottages added in to the mix.


I really did enjoy making them though.  Each house is different and has tiny little windows. Aren’t they cute?   The roofs were paper pieced.  

Paper piecing isn’t hard, it just takes patience.  I made sure to cut my fabric pieces larger than I thought I would need.  In fact,  after a few houses, I just cut one large 6” strip the width of the fabric out of the sky color.   I sewed straight to the strip and trimmed after.  For some reason it didn’t feel like I was wasting as much fabric with this method.   I think I will play a bit more with this technique and do a tutorial on it because it really was MUCH easier😊. Easier is always better!

In the corners I appliquéd these happy designs that look like the sun, but they are not.


These little 6.5” sunshine blocks will join together in the next round with more of the same blocks to make a sun flower.  CUTE!


I finished the round with a fun black and print border. I LOVE IT!  

I just want to stop all of my other WIPs and stay Down the Rabbit Hole, but I won’t.  I will come back to the real world.   I don’t like having too many irons in the fire, especially around the holidays.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope your day is SWEET!

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright!

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along was this fun reindeer block designed by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowdays Quilting.


The pattern was very well written.  I did all of the cutting at once and took the pieces and pattern over to my machine.


Most of the seams were straight and simple. There were also quite a few stitch and flip squares.  I like using my Tiger Tape to get straight sewing lines instead of drawing lines on the back of my squares. It makes life sew easy❤️

This block really just flew together like a reindeer on Christmas Eve:). SWEET!!

I am having a lot of fun sewing these quilt blocks. My daughter in law has been reading my blog and said that she would absolutely LOVE to have this quilt.  So this Merry Christmas Quilt has a home already waiting for it❤️❤️


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope you all have a fun Halloween tomorrow!  It’s that time of year:)

Village Quilt Done!

Village Quilt by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. - This Quilt is so bright and colorful!

I am so happy to say that my Village Quilt by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. is finally finished:). Yea yea! Happy dance!!

It is hard to believe that this simple little quilt has taken me over a year to finish. Really?!  It just seemed like there was always some other project that was more important. And then when I did start working on it, there would be a problem and I would have to put it back in the box to clear my head a bit.

Village Quilt by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. - This Quilt is so bright and colorful!
That is what happened the last time I blogged about this quilt.  I had pieced everything together and the top was 2 1/2” smaller than the bottom.  I’m glad I wrote myself a note because this  time, when I took it out, I knew right where to put my efforts.

It really wasn’t hard to fix when my head was clear and I wasn’t frustrated.  I just used my handy seam ripper and unsewed a bit.  It was fine.  

Then it was to the quilting machine.  I thought these cute butterflies were the perfect pattern to be flying around my village:)



Isn’t it pretty?

Village Quilt by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. - This Quilt is so bright and colorful!
I really do enjoy this quilt.  What am I going to do with it? I don’t know yet. I will probably “put it in the pot” like my friend Jean says:). I just like to look at it.  It is eye candy to me❤️


Quilting candy is the best kind of candy because the SWEETNESS is all calorie free!

Village Quilt by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. - This Quilt is so bright and colorful!

Thank you for dropping by today.  You make up the neighborhood of my quilting, sewing, crocheting, cooking village.  It is nice to have good neighbors like YOU!❤️

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I am so in the holiday mood!  Seriously, working on these I Wish You a Merry QAL Blocks by Alice Samuels Quilt Co. & Sandy Star Designs has really put me in the festive spirit:)!


The first block I worked on was the package block.  It was a bit tricky because I decided to construct it differently than the directions given.


Because I was using polka dot fabric, I really didn’t want seams on the side ribbon. So… I sewed the side and the top in one piece and y-seamed the front square in.  

It was tricky trying to find the right angles and fabric placement, but I am very happy with how they turned out:)❤️

I even like my appliqué bows on the top!! What is a package without a bow? 

The next block was the SWEET Poinsettia Block.  This one was a breeze to sew together!

I used my handy Quilt in a Day Ruler.  It makes cutting half square triangles so easy!  Just line the size of the finished square line on your seam and the center line on the center seam.cut around, and PRESTO! A perfectly cut square that is all ready to be pressed:)

It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here is a picture of all eight of my blocks together.

Don’t you just feel like singing Jingle Bells?  I do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Angels We Have Heard on High

Merry Christmas!  I had sew much fun making this pretty little angel block designed by Sandra Healy Designs for the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL.   

 I am trying to stay as close to the designer’s instructions while adding my own personality to the blocks.  I added all of the embroidery and an extra wing on this block.

The actual construction of the background  was very, very easy.  The simple squares were cut and sewn together in no time at all.  

When it was done, I had a beautiful blank slate for my angel to fly on as she places stars in the sky.   The pattern called for adhesive peel and press paper for the appliqué, but the angel and stars just sang, “Please, Tracy, needle turn appliqué and embroider me!”  Of course!!


I cut the shapes from thin card board and sandwiched them inside foil. I then pressed the little packets.   Easy!  I drew the embroidery designs I wanted on the fabric and glued them to my background with just a small dot of glue.


The next few evenings were filled with needle and thread as I relaxed and watched a show with my husband.  


I was happy to use my newly acquired appliqué skills on these little stars. Invisible stitches.  Yea!   You can read about my journey in how I learned to needle turn here.

I made some pretty wings with some of my favorite lace. The pattern only called for one wing, but with lace this lovely, I opted for two.   I love how the fabric is still a bit visible under them.

But my favorite part of this angel block is my pretty angel’s flower crown.   I designed the face and hair myself.  I did not use a pattern.


Her cute little ringlets and darling smile really tickle my fancy.  The flowers were fun to watch bloom as I stitched them down.  I added a bit of color shading to her cheeks to give her a rosey glow..


Isn’t she SWEET?!  I am absolutely in love with her:)❤️. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  It is always nice to share a creative moment with friends like  you!