Delilah Mayflowers

I am happy to have a bit of time to finally work on my Delilah Quilt again! It seems like forever since I have been able to concentrate on anything but Christmas and cleaning. But I am ready and back to my pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas projects. Yea!!

Today I was able to work on the Mayflower Blocks of the Jen Kingwell Delilah Quilt I have been working on.

It was wonderful to take out my fabrics and templates and cut away. The cutting is always the hardest part of this particular quilt.

There are so many little pieces and each one is cut separately with the templates that I get in the mail each month.

It is a bit time consuming, but it is worth it in the end. I mean really, just look at how cute this Block is!

And if you are joining in the MYSTERY QAL, you will notice that I have included the Flutter By MYSTERY fabric in a few of my Blocks of my blocks. I’m so sneaky:)!

I certainly stitched my share of Y-Seams on these blocks. I do believe I am getting quite competent at them now. Practice makes perfect!

I really am quite pleased with how they all turned out.

My next set of blocks is a bunch of circles that look like “o”s. I guess it’s just an x’s and o’s few days of quilting. That just really fits how I feel about this quilt. Hugs and kisses! So SWEET❤️❤️

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have an X’s and O’s type of day too!

The Tulips are Blooming

It is time to report on my stitching for the Hand Quilt Along that is hosted by Kathy @Sewing Etc. I didn’t get much time to work on my hand quilting over the holidays. But time spent with family is always better than planning the next step on a project❤️❤️

I did get to add the Tulips to my next appliqué border. They are a bright touch of spring during the winter brown around my house.

I completely finished the appliqué on one tulip and am almost finished with the other. I should have the second one done tonight 🙂 SWEET!!

I am excited to be adding my Rabbits by the next time I report. Yea! With each new addition, I fall more and more in love with this Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt designed by Sarah Fielke. This has been my first successful attempt at needle turn appliqué, and I must say that I am hooked! Sarah’s directions are so clear and I have learned some nifty new techniques:)

All in all it has been a successful few days of Hand quilting. I’m excited to check out how the others are progressing in their stitching goals.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan , Jessisca, SherryNanette, Sassy and Edith Until Tomorrow,

Red and Butter Quilt

I am so happy to finally put a check mark next to this Red and Butter Quilt. My friend started this quilt probably 8-10 years ago and couldn’t finish it. She gave it to me and it has been sitting in a box in my sewing room ever since!

But the day finally comes when enough is enough! Get some of these projects done already!!

I really thought this quilt was going to be outdated and that I wouldn’t like it. Well, I was wrong. I really do like it! In fact, I immediately hung it out in my front porch to greet everyone with a happy smile as they pass by:)❤️

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I quilted the borders with a large feather stitch. Isn’t it so pretty?❤️

I love the little floral print on the back and the striped binding.

All in all this quilt is a success. It measures 67″x 69″

After I am finished with a long time UFO, I always wonder why I waited so long. This one is a definite wonder.

If you would like to make a Red and Butter Quilt yourself, the pattern is by Cabbage Rose Quilts. Mine came from an old book, but the pattern is sold individually now. There were a few mistakes in the pattern that I had to fix, but I bet the new patterns are all updated and perfect:)

This also marks my final finish for the Q4 FAL. I am so happy to have finished four of my five FAL hopefuls:). I am hoping that 2018 will empty out even more boxes in my sewing room!

I look forward to the finished projects, but I know myself too well. As soon as one project empties out of a box, another will move right in:)!

It’s just the way it goes in my work room. I bet it is the same in your work space as well.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading about my sewing adventures. I hope the rest of your day is a SWEET one!

The MYSTERY Begins!

HAPPY 2018!! The day has finally arrived for the MYSTERY QAL to begin! Yea!! It seems like forever since Cindy over @ In a Stitch Quilting and I dreamed this MYSTERY adventure up.

I have bought my Fluffer Nutter fabric and laid it out to just admire it for a few moments.

Now comes the Mystery– What am I going to create?

Well— Cindy has made this challenge super easy because the fabric she chose literally goes with almost everything! I am going to add it to my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt as the back ground for my final border.

It will be the blue behind the diamonds. Perfect! I am also going to add it to my next adventure quilt, Cabin Fever by Rebecca Mae Designs

This was Sherrie Noel’s Block of the month Quilt last year that I drooled over all year long last year. So I broke down and bought the complete pattern and decided to make it this year instead.

I gathered some SWEET bright fabrics and threw my Fluffer Nutter in the mix. Doesn’t it look GREAT?!

I like this fabric so much that I may even sneak a little bit of the scraps in my Delilah Quilt as well😊

I am having way, way too much fun!!! It is a very HAPPY New Year for sure:)!

Now, if you are intrigued by this MYSTERY QAL, and want to join along it is not too late. Here’s how:This quarter’s MYSTERY Fabric is Biscuits and Gravy Fluffer Nutter by BasicGrey for Moda.

Here is a list of those who are already joining in this first MYSTERY. I can’t wait to see what they all choose to make!

• Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting<
.Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!<
.Edith @ ediscraftinglife<
.Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting<
.Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us<
.Michelle @ Creative Blonde<
.Abbie @ Sparkle On<
.Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling<
.Lori @ quilting needs<
.Kathy E. -posting on Instagram

I am so glad you stopped by today. I hope your New Year has started off well.

Life is so so SWEET:)

The Best of 2017

Hello! How was your Christmas? It has been such a fun and busy Christmas at my house. I have had a houseful of family and friends. Nothing says Christmas more than lots of good food and family:)

But now that there is a moment to breathe and think, I am happy to reflect back on a year full of creating. It has been a wonderful year!

It was hard to choose my favorite posts from this past year, but after thinking about it for a while, I have decided that the best projects must be the ones that have enabled me to connect with and make new friends.

The Top Five:

1. Long Time Gone QALI enjoyed quilting along with Angie @Gnome Angel and many other online friends. We all stretched our sewing and color combining skills as we made this Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell together. My FAVORITE part was quilting along with my friend, Cindy. It was fun to compare our finished quilts:)

2. The Splendid SamplerAfter a full year and a half of two blocks a week, I finally finished my Splendid Sampler! I was introduced to so many talented designers and made 20,000 plus Splendette friends:). I loved watching and being inspired by their beautiful blocks and quilts. There was a hole in my sewing table when these blocks were sewn together as well as a small hole in my heart as I left the group behind.

3. Fantastic Bake AlongThis year, I started a monthly Fantastic Bake Along Group. We all Bake a recipe selected by someone in the group and then share our results later in the week. Talk about yummy fun!! We have made pizza, homemade bread, quiche, and more. I have truly LOVED baking along with such SWEET people❤️❤️ The group is open to anyone and everyone. We would love to have you join along:)

4. Stardust Melodies I enjoyed crocheting and singing along with Polly Plum on her Stardust Melodies Afghan. Each block worked up fairly easily in an evening. It was like finishing new blanket twice a week:). It was fun to read about how excited everyone was as we waited for the next block to come out.

5. I Wish You a Merry QAL And last, but not least, is my beautiful I Wish You a Merry QAL quilt. I think I have made the most new friends with this fun Christmas quilt. I have connected with the designers who are all fairly new to blogging. I must admit I wish I could have been part of their group. They did such a good job!

There you have it, my top five of 2017. Some of you who follow me may be asking, “Tracy, why haven’t you included Delilah, or Down the Rabbit Hole?” Well, while I have connected with many new friends with these beauties, they aren’t finished yet. They will have to wait for next year.

Speaking of next year, I am so excited to begin the MYSTERY QALnext week on January 1st! Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are trying this new approach to a QAL and would LOVE to have you join us!

Thank you for dropping by today. I am excited to be linking up with Meadow Mist‘s Linky Party. I’m headed over to check out what all the other bloggers have done this year:)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I have been busily sewing for Christmas so this Rabbit Hole Quilt hasn’t gotten a whole lot of quality needle time. The last time I blogged about it I had just finished the appliqué corner blocks.

And I had finished the beautiful fan centers. Yes, I am in love❤️

I had dreams of sewing the corners down, adding the leaves and the diagonal pieced border. Well, I did get the corners sewn and half of the leaves are appliqued, but the diagonal border will just have to wait until after Christmas. It’s all good:)

I am grateful for the long trip to Idaho this past week. I was able to use the drive time to sew the leaves.

I am getting the hang of sewing in the car, but there are the occasional needle pokes with the bumps:)!

Ah, the battle wounds of a quilter! Lol😊. I do like how this quilt is coming along. I took a few shots of my progress in the snow of Idaho.

Enjoy the T-Sweets snow shots because this may be THE ONLY time I will have a quilt photo shoot in the snow! I am an Arizona warm weather quilter for sure.

Warm weather and quilts? Am I crazy?! I guess I am:). It does get cold where I live and it even snows maybe once a year so it’s ok, right?

Thank you for dropping by and reading about my hand quilting journey today. You really do make my day SWEET!

I want to thank Kathy for putting this all together. Here is the list of others joining along. I am heading over to see how they all are moving along on their projects. I hope you can too:)

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan , Jessisca  ,  SherryNanette, Sassy and Edith Here is one last picture I took of the snowy Idaho trees from my truck window. Merry Christmas!!

I Wish You a Merry QAL Indeed❤️❤️

I am happy to post that I have finished my Christmas Quilt! Yea!! It has been such a fun journey quilting with many of you and making some new friends along the way:)

This Quilt Along consisted of 12 different blocks designed by 12 different bloggers. Each block was so creative and fun to make, but I think my favorite was the angel block that I added a bit of embroidery embellishment to.

But as I look at that cute string of lights just above it, I have a very hard time not saying that that one is my favorite as well. Wait, oh, wait! Santa’s belt is absolutely adorable tool! Ok, they are all the best in their own way:)

I had a hard time deciding how to set these blocks. The designers each showed how they set theirs and there are quite a few others online. None of them seemed quite right to me. I laid them out all together and really liked them.

Having them all grouped together made the blocks really take center stage. But,…. you knew that was coming, but one, the quilt was a bit small, and two, I had quite a few scraps that needed to be used. I am a Scrap Happy quilter and could not waste any of these beautiful scraps!

I cut my scraps into 3.5″ squares and laid them all out in the center using the blocks as a sort of border.

I laid the squares out into a color way that was pleasing to me. I marked each row with tape and then piled the squares up in rows for easy sewing. Just pick the piles up and sew the squares in order.

I then sashed the blocks with more scraps from a different project. The blue was a bit bold so I just turned it over and used the back side as the right side. LOL! It worked fine for me:)

That blue and white polka dot looks perfect now! No one but you and I know the difference. Hee hee!

I used a soft fluffy minky, fleece on the back that looks like snow, but is anything. but cold. It is soft, warm and cuddly:). I bound it in black to tie the black all together.

And here is the finished quilt:

Isn’t it so festive?! I just love it::)! And just because I love to take pictures of my finished quilts, here a few more fun shots :

I am happy to be linking this post to Kate’s Scrap Happy monthly event. I am tickled pink with how the scraps really added to this quilt. It is perfect to me:) In fact, it’s SWEET!!

This is also my third finish for the Q4FAL. Yea!!

This quilt is now all wrapped up and placed under my tree. I am anxiously awaiting Christmas when my daughter in law will open it up:)

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I am off to my son’s graduation in Idaho this weekend. Even though this Arizona girl is no where near ready for a few days in the snow, I am so excited for him to finally graduate. Yea!!

But no worries, I will be posting my Fantastic Bake Along Cherry Tarts results. Some things are just a must in my life and Cherry Tarts are one of them! LOL:)

Until tomorrow,

If you are interested in making this quilt yourself, here are the links to the designers of each block

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece

The Final Christmas Block!

The last block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along came out this past Tuesday and I couldn’t hardly wait to sew it up. It is a cute string of lights designed by Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts. She designs such wonderful things!

I mentioned in my last post that I am running a bit low on large pieces of my fabric. So instead of one large background square, I improvised a bit and added the border pieces to it. I really like the dimension it adds:). Quilting is such a forgiving art. ❤️. It’s all meant to looked pieced anyway so adding a few more pieces never hurts:)

The actual appliqué was very easy.

I glued the bias tape down with a glue stick and fusible web/ironed the lights down. Then I button hole stitched around everything. I made sure to have a paper towel on the back for stabilizer.

It turned out sew, sew cute! Now it is on to the setting. I can start on that next week with time left over before Christmas, right? It will be cutting it close, but I can do this!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day! 🙂

Light the World

This past week has been a week of Serving others and giving of time and talents to the community and to my loved ones. My heart is full❤️❤️

Nativity– Each year, the week after a Thanksgiving, I am blessed to be in charge of our church and community Live Nativity and Crèche Festival.

We enjoyed lovely weather and had over 3000 people attend.

The inside crèche festival was supported with over 200 Nativity displays and 600 drawings from local children.

We also had musical performances from local choirs and soloists. I feel so blessed to be a part of this event.

Quilting

I have also had the opportunity to quilt for the children of a dear friend who passed away last year. He left a beautiful wife and six young adult children behind.

My sewing friend, Lisa, gathered his shirts and made seven lap quilts! One for each of them:). I volunteered to quilt them on my long arm machine.

Lisa embroidered a name on each quilt to keep them from getting confused as to whose quilt is whose. What a great idea!:)

It has been a wonderful experience quilting and thinking of him and his family. The memories came flooding back as I looked at those shirts and thought of him❤️

Light the World– There are so many ways we can serve others everyday of the year, but I find it especially SWEET to focus on daily acts of service during the Christmas Season. If you are looking for service inspiration, please check out Light the World online. If we all take a moment of time each day this holiday season to give of our time and talents, we truly can LIGHT THE WORLD.

Mystery QAL Fabric Reveal!

I am very happy to reveal the challenge fabric for the first Mystery Quilt Along that starts January 1, 2018. This is a unique QAL in that the participants all use the same challenge fabric along with any others fabrics of their choice to make a quilted project. They choose the actual quilt or project themselves. It is a MYSTERY to the rest of us! How fun is that?!

Cindy over @In a Stitch Quilting and I dreamed this adventure up a few months ago. We have had fun planning and preparing the event for anyone who might like to join along. We hope YOU will find a pattern you like and surprise us all with something unique and totally you!

Here are the rules if you want to join along

Large projects or small projects, it doesn’t matter. Whatever tickles your fancy is the perfect project;)

Cindy chose our first fabric and she made it easy on us. Without any more talk, drum roll please….. the fabric is………..

Biscuits and Gravy Fluffer Nutter You be You

Cindy says she chose this fabric because she thought the name was so cute. I think it is perfect because the name includes “You Be You” and that is exactly what this MYSTERY QAL is all about –You being You and choosing what You like!

This fabric is available at Fat Quarter shop and other online stores. You may even be able to pick up a fat quarter or two at your local quilt store.

If you are interested in joining us, please leave a comment below and we will add you to the participant list.

Here is the list of those who said they are interested in joining along so far:

For sure joining the fun-

Thinking about joining the fun

I am so excited to begin sewing in January. I have ordered my Fluffer Nutter fabric and am thinking about projects. I THINK I know what I am going to make, but I won’t tell because, shhhhh, it is a MYSTERY!

Thank you for dropping by and have a SWEET rest of your day!