Hand Quilt Along Update

Hello my friends! I am a bit late getting this update out, but better late than never, right? I wish I could say I had a lot more progress on my Salem Quilt Guild panel, but after my anniversary cruise, there just wasn’t a lot of time to spend embroidering.

Last time I left off in the middle of the happy jack o lantern.

And this time I have managed to get a few French knots and a bit of quilt outlining done. Not much, but a little is still progress in my book!

BUT– I am happy to report that my backing fabric came in for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, so I finally started to quilt it! YEA!

It is going along way faster than I thought it would. I am using a loopy freestyle by hand,not computer stitch. It looks so very cute:)!

I especially love the center. This is the whole reason I started this quilt in the first place:)

It should be just a week or so more… maybe by the next HQAL report I will be able to have a final reveal and photo shoot. SWEET!!!

This HQAL is really a nice way to keep me motivated. If you have a hand project, and would like to join along, here is how:

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

Until next time!

Hop Hop Happy and a Mystery Quilt!

I can’t believe it! I am finished piecing my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt! I am so excited, can you tell?:). The last time I posted about this I had started the appliqué rabbit border.

Those rabbits and vines took a long time, but I really did like learning to appliqué. I feel quite confident now:)

I have been so busy with life that sewing has taken the back seat for a while. But I had a free day today to sew and I took advantage of it! Sewing makes me feel so good:)❤️

I gathered my fabrics and started cutting small squares and rectangles.

I did A LOT of chain piecing, so I was glad I had my purple Cutting Gizmo;)

I made squares framed by squares, and I even snuck in some of this quarter’s MYSTERY fabric:). I am so sneaky, Lol!

If you want to join along on the MYSTERY fun, you can read about it HERE.

After I sewed my squares, I added some triangles to the sides to make them stand on point. They look a bit odd at this stage.

I sewed them into strips and sewed them as the final border to my quilt. Ok, ok, drum roll please…. here it is all ready to be quilted!

Isn’t it AMAZING?! I absolutely LOVE it:)❤️❤️ The next time I blog about this will be the final photo shoot. It shouldn’t be too much longer.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my sewing adventure today. It has been a T-SWEETS Day for sure!!

It is Good to Be Down The Rabbit Hole Again!

My husband needed to go out of town for a business trip, and he invited me to go along with him to keep him company on his long drive from Detroit back to Arizona. Yea!! I LOVE road trips!❤️❤️

Now that my hand is better, I decided this was the perfect time to start back Down the Rabbit Hole. I had plenty of time to appliqué those rabbits, vines, and leaves. I really got quite nimble at the art of stitching in the car.

These little bees just make me smile:). Their heart shaped wings just say “love, love, love!”

I enjoyed stitching these flowers and bees while looking outside my window and seeing the Spring flowers blooming on the trees. It was such a beautiful trip.

Arizona Springs are very different from the lush green and delicate flower Spring of the Mid-West. I loved it!

Along the way, we stopped at Abraham Lincoln’s House in Springfield, Illinois. I felt like I had walked back in time almost 200 years.

We also stopped at the Chahokia Indian Mounds across from St. Louis, MIssouri. These are dirt mounds, but they remind me of the ruins in Central America.

We enjoyed a little hike up to the top of the mound, and then we headed in to St Louis for some delicious barbecue. SWEET!

We stopped at the #1 ranked BBQ restaurant called, “Pappy’s”. Oh, my, goodness!! Yum! Yum! Yum!

If you are ever in St Louis, don’t miss these ribs! They are caramelized sweetness on the outside and tender, smoked deliciousness on the inside.

As you can see, we enjoyed our road trip. But the best of all was how much of my Rabbit Hole appliqué I was able to get done. I have three of my panels completely done, and the fourth only has a little more to go.

That was A LOT of stitching!

I know that I should wait until I have all four panels before I sew them on and take a few photos, but I am so excited to finally be finished with the rabbits, who are the stars of the show, that I just couldn’t wait! I sewed two of the end panels on.

The original pattern has the rabbits all facing in toward the center. But I don’t like how they hang upside down when the quilt is on a bed. Sooo… this is my quilt, and I am choosing to have the rabbits face the right way on the bed.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you are enjoying the beauty of wherever you are.

Until next time,

Hit the Brakes! —HQAL Progress

Here I am, waiting for a rental car in Florida. I have a brief moment to report my progress for the Hand Quilt Along sponsored by Kathy @ Sewing Etc.

I really prepared to productively use my waiting time in the airport.

We had a LONG delay but I didn’t mind because I had my sewing to fill the time. It was fun explaining to fellow travelers what I was doing:)

I was also able to put in a few hours of stitching on the flight.

We spent a lovely day in NY. We were in awe of the beauty of Lady Liberty.

We were able to go up into the pedestal and see the spiral staircase inside. We were having such a good time when everything came to a screeching halt.

I was looking up at the amazing architecture and should have been looking at my feet and tripped and fell! I broke my wrist! Really?!!

I can count my blessings though. It is my left wrist so I can maneuver the thread and needle very very slowly. Who knew I used my left hand so much?

I have found that with the help of a table I can still stitch a bit. I’m thankful for small blessings !

I am happy with the first half of my panel.

That little bee is so SWEET! Well, I am afraid that I will be a slow sewer for the next few weeks, but times like this really make me grateful for two working hands. I am so glad I didn’t break my leg or hit my head. Life is so very very good!!

I appreciate you dropping by today. I hope your day is wonderful! Please watch your step:)!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt Along, here is how:

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

Vacationing Like a Quilter

My son is graduating from ASU this semester. Really?! No way can he be that old!! Wasn’t it yesterday I was making Halloween costumes and going to school parades? Oh well, that’s how it goes. I’m so glad that I have taken the time to enjoy every moment. Life is too SWEET to focus on things that don’t really matter in the long run.

Well, anyway, for his graduation my cute hubby and I are taking him and his adorable wife on a cruise to the Bahamas. So fun!! I’m excited to share this part of the world with them.

Now, as any quilter-crocheter knows, the hours traveling on a plane or in a car are prime handiwork time. I have spent the last few days getting my project ready. I really want to finish my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, but oh my, there was a lot of prep work to do.

I had to prep the pattern, cut it out and cut all of those teeny little pieces and then make more bias tape and cut 80 or so leaves. Then I had to glue baste them all down! It really wasn’t that bad, just time consuming. It’s all good.

I am pleased with how it all looks though.

My plane flight is literally going to just fly by as I stitch these pretty flowers down.

I just need to make sure my DH is on my right, so I don’t bother anyone by maneuvering the thread! I have gathered all my supplies together.

Here are the things I am taking–

  • I have my sewing panels,
  • glasses,
  • thread,
  • needles,
  • thimble,
  • needle threader,
  • A small clip light or head lamp
  • fingernail clippers to act as scissors,
  • and a cute little box to put them all in.

All of my notions fit perfectly here and it is small enough to just throw in my back pack! How SWEET is that?!

I am now ready to go. If I can get my WiFi to work on the ship, I will try to post my progress this week for the HQAL. I will definitely post about the fun things to do on a Bahama cruise when I get back.

Until then, Bon Voyage!

Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL Report

I always love seeing how everyone is progressing in their hand quilting and sewing projects every three weeks. I am amazed with all of the beautiful quilts that everyone is working on.

My progress has been very slow because life happens and other things reach the top of list, so you get it, quilting and sewing moves further down. It’s all good.

I still had a few moments to sew my rabbits down and add a few, but only a few flowers.

My box of fabric is way more messy than I like, but I am grateful for the box to keep everything together. My rushed cutting and circle making wasn’t all that neat and tidy either.

Oh well, I am happy I was able the circle flowers done at all! They look bright and happy on my Rabbit border

I started sewing the flowers down last night, but stopped after the bottom ones because I’m not sure I like the vine placement.

I think I will clean and organize my surroundings first and then maybe my head will clear a bit. That will definitely help with the creative process:).

I guess there has been just too much on my plate for the past week or so, but it’s all good. There is no rush, despite what these racing rabbits may say.! I will be happy taking it slow like the tortoise instead of the hare:) lol!

I hope you all are having a wonderful, creative, and un-cluttered day!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt Along, here is how:

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

Hand Quilt Along Progress

I wish I had more to share with you about my HQAL, but I am happy with the small amount I did get done. I was able to sew the next border around my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am pleased with how it looks. The black looks a little heavy to me at the moment, but there are two more rounds to go, so we shall see. The next round finally brings me to my appliquéd rabbits. Yea!!!❤️❤️❤️

I pieced my pattern together, which is really quite large, and laid it out on a fat quarter. It barely fit, but it did. Phew!

I laid the pieces out gently on my background piece and glued them all down. Now for the sewing. I’m excited:)!

These little bunnies are so cute! I really do enjoy stitching the pieces down. It is like magic watching the fabric turn under so neatly as I sew along.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wish I had more to show you, but this is as far as I have gotten. I have one set of bunnies glued down, and the ears of one stitched in place. That’s it. Oh well, hopefully I will have all four bunnies done and maybe even the flowers and vines done by next time….a girl can hope, right:)?

Thank you to Kathy @ Sewing Etc. For organizing this Hand Quilt Along. I am excited to see how everyone else is coming on their projects!

Here is the information if you would like to join:

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan, Jessisca,  SherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

I will be posting a bit later today with my minuscule progress on my MYSTERY QAL as well. Let’s just say it has been a very busy January:)! Isn’t it supposed to slow down after Christmas? Life is still so very SWEET though❤️.

Until next time,

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,

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!!

Moving Along Down the Rabbit Hole

I can’t believe three weeks have gone by so quickly and it is time to post about my Hand Quilting progress for the Hand QAL that Kathy is hosting over at Sewing Etc.

The last time I posted I had just marked and glued my wedges to my back ground fabric for my Down The Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am happy to report that all of the wedge stitching is done. Yea! Aren’t they pretty? ❤️

I moved on to the twelve corner arch pieces that make the sunflower corners. I’m a bit worried they won’t all match up once I start to put them together, but onward I go!

I have found brief sewing moments here and there in between other projects. I even resorted to sewing in the car which was a bumpy challenge!

I was able to get the four corner blocks done and two of the side arches done

I have six more of these arch units to do and the leaves before I can call this round done. I bet I will have it all done by next time.;)

This is the layout of what it is going to look like when it is sewn together. Those flowers are going to bloom right off the quilt!

As far as the Salem Quilt Guild quilt goes, I did get a little bit more done. I finished coloring one panel and am almost done with the second. I can guarantee that this one will not move any further along than this for the next month or so. Christmas is coming and I have a lot of sewing and preparing to do. You get it, right?

I am thankful to Kathy for organizing this QAL. Here are the details if you would like to join us:)❤️

“This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.”

Kathy, Bella, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan and Jessisca If you have a moment and want to see some pretty eye candy, be sure to check out the other Hand stitchers as well:)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day😊