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!

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!

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:)