A Totally Tipster Bias Tape Tip!

I am making A LOT of 1/4″ inch bias tape to use as vines for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt. Yes. You read that right. This bias tape finishes at 1/4″!

My, oh my that is teeny! But never fear. With the right tools it is easy to make bias tape is many different sizes.

I’m sure many of you have heard of or even own a bias tape maker. They are easy to come buy and work so well. They come in different sizes to make different widths of tape.

The picture above is my 1/4″ tape maker. I cut my green fabrics in 1/2″ strips along the bias. You don’t really have to cut on the bias, but I want these little vines to curve this way and that, so I definitely cut on the bias:)

The next step is to snip one end of a strip on an angle and push it into the metal.

On the bottom side is an opening that you can use a straight pin to drag the fabric out just a bit. You only want it a little way out because you want to be able to iron it as it come out.

If you place your tool with the flat side against your board and your iron right up against tip of the opening, you can pull the tool very slowly by the hook and move your iron slowly at the same time.

It works GREAT!

Just look at those cute perfectly folded little edges! It was easy to make a pile of tape in no time at all:)❤️

But how do I remember the size to cut my fabric the next time I want make 1/4″ tape and how can I store these handy tools?

Here is a Totally Tipster Tip for you— I mark my bias tape makers with a scrap piece of fabric!

On the back of the fabric I write the size of strip I need to cut and the finished size it will make. Then I cut a small slit in one end and thread the other end through the slit around the pull. PERFECT!

Now it is easy to know which bias maker to use for the width of tape I want to make.

I have attached sticky hooks to the inside of my cabinet to hang them on. They are easy to find and take up no room at all. Now that is Totally Tipster for sure!! In fact, I call it SWEET!❤️❤️

I hope this Tip is helpful to some of you. Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until tomorrow,

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,

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

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!

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😊

A Hooded Towel for Christmas!

It has finally come, that time to put away the other projects and focus on my Christmas sewing. Yea! I love Christmas!

When my oldest son was born, a beautiful lady from my church made a hooded towel for him. That towel was WONDERFUL! It was large enough to wrap him up in and absorbent enough to really get him dry. I just LOVED it!

As I was thinking about gifts for my grandsons this year, I knew that I wanted to make a large, soft, hooded towel for them too. I wish I had kept that old towel to use as a pattern, but it has been long, long gone. I searched the internet and Pinterest for patterns that were similar or that I liked, but I couldn’t find one that gave clear enough instructions. So… to make this long story short — I just designed my own!

The pattern is EASY!! And the tutorial makes sewing the towel a breeze :). If you have any babies or toddlers on your Christmas list, you might want to try your hand at sewing them a Hooded Towel. 🙂

Supply List:

  • One Bath Towel
  • One Hand Towel
  • Matching Thread

Instructions:

  • If you want to add embroidery or ribbon or appliqué etc., add it to your hand towel first. Make sure that the embellishments are between 6” – 9” from the bottom of the towel. You can add bows and buttons or more after the towel is sewn.

  • With the right side of the towel facing down, fold the bottom of the towel up about 5”. If you are adding embellishments, Check to make sure that the fold covers the whole thing. If not, make the fold larger.
  • On the front of the towel, sew a top stitch close to the fold.
  • On the back of the towel, sew the top of the folded flap down.

The front will now look like this.

  • With the right side facing up, fold the edge you just sewed back on itself 6.5”
  • Sew these sides closed

  • Find the center of the towel on the fold and place a pin there.
  • With a ruler, place the 3’ mark at the pin and mark 3” on either side with a pin.

  • Sew from the pin to the end of the flipped edge.Back stitch and secure this edge quite a bit. I have marked in chalk your sewing line from the pin to the end of the flipped edge. You do not need to mark your towel

  • Cut the corners of folded edge next to the angled stitching.
  • Cut the free edge of the towel 3” from the fold as in the above picture.

This next step is the only somewhat tricky part, but it really just feels a bit awkward. It’s not hard. You can do it!:)

  • Mark the center of the folded, top of the hood with a pin.
  • Fold the back of the towel lengthwise starting at the pin. Fold the hood evenly in half lengthwise pinning as needed.
  • Sew from the top pin down to the bottom about 1” over. I have marked in chalk your sewing line

You will have a hood with a dart on the back when you are done . Yea! You did it:)

  • Finish all of your cut edges with a serger or with a zig zag stitch.

  • Sew the side wings down that are barely below the hood

  • Find the center of the long or wide side of your towel.
  • Pin the hood to the towel
  • Sew the hood down making sure to really back stitch and the beginning and end for added strength. You may even want to sew this seam twice.

Oh my goodness! You are done! Isn’t it the cutest thing?

And since I blog about my creative journeys, there are rarely any real homemade surprises under our Christmas tree. I figure it gives added anticipation. Lol:)! Here are the three towels that I made. After the initial embroidery, which took forever, these towels whipped up in no time!

And of course I had to grab my SWEET grandson and take quick photo to show you how truly adorable this towel really is! Just look how snuggly he is:).

I will not be posting the rest of the week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope those of you in the States have a wonderful holiday filled with family and delicious food. I am Thankful for all of you, my online friends.

Want To Match Up Prints?


Working with checks or large patterns can be  tricky when sewing large pieces together.  Many people like to use checks on the back of quilts, but if you don’t plan ahead, you will end up with something that looks like this:


With a little bit of planning, you will never have this happen to you!  It’s easy!  Here is how:

  • Press the edge of one of your fabric pieces along the edge you want to sew. 

  • Grab your trusty School Glue and place a small line of glue along the edge of the other piece of fabric 

  • Match your folded fabric pattern to the glued fabric.  Don’t worry about matching bottom or side edges.  Just match the pattern.  Press and repeat across the length of your fabric.

  • Take your glued fabric to your sewing machine and sew on the folded line.

Done!  How easy is that?  SWEET❤️!


I hope you will give this technique a try the next time you need to match up a print on your sewing adventures.

Until next time!

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!

Scrap Happy Needle Case

Hello and Happy Tuesday!   Today is a fun day because it is Kate’s Scrap Happy round up day:).  For my Scrappy project I would like to share with you my beautiful  Scrap Happy needle case. 

I  am part of a shoebox swap Christmas gift exchange. I have been getting ready all year.   My swap friend said she needed a needle case.   Sew…I made her one!  Isn’t it cute?

For my inspiration I used a pattern from Nana Company that can be found here. I didn’t really follow her instructions as much as I just kind of looked at them for inspiration. It measures 7″x4″.

I sewed my tiny 1 1/2″  scraps to make the front.  I  drew a free hand Needles on it and stitched it using an easy back stitch with double the thread.

The back is just a single piece of fabric with quilting and a button closure:). But the really fun part is the inside.

I made a little pocket to hold scissors and needle threaders:).  The pages are made from a soft, yummy wool.

Each page has a bit of lace for embellishment.  Isn’t it pretty?  

I found this lace as I was rummaging through my ribbon and lace scrap drawer for embellishments.  I knew it would be perfect!

I cut around the flowers and then sprayed them on the back with Scotch permanent fabric adhesive.  I did this on top of a paper towel to keep my table clean.  Then I glued them to the wool page.  Easy!!

I just loved making this SWEET little needle case!  I think I might have to make another for me:)

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Scrap Happy Bag

Hello!  It is that Scrap-Happy time of the month again:)!  I always love linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and seeing what fun creations everyone is making from their scraps:)

I helped my daughter in law make a beautiful quilt for her new baby boy.  She cut, sewed, and then cut and sewed again.  It turned out wonderfully!After it was all sewn together, there were quite a few beautiful fabric strips leftover.

I can’t throw lovely fabric away, so I decided to gather them up and make a matching bag for her.


I have had this bag pattern in my file for years.  Now seemed like the perfect time to use it:)


I sewed the scraps into strips and then quilted them to a backing.


Looking good so far!   I followed the pattern to construct the bag and then came to the grommet section.  I used Dritz curtain grommets that I bought at Walmart but you can get them on Amazon as well. 

  • There was a template to mark the fabric.  
  • I traced the circle
  • Pinned my fabric together to keep it from shifting as I cut
  • I took a DEEP breath and cut this large hole into my bag.  Eeeeek!!  That was scary!!
  • I snapped the grommet in place. 

Woo hoo!  They look GREAT!!  Some of the grommets were easier to snap together than others.  There is a lot of fabric in there!  But they all came together:)The bag turned out so cute!!  I really love the large grommets.  


I even used scraps to make an inside pocket to hold bottles or a phone.


Here is the matching set.  SWEET!!  They look so good together:). I probably need to make another one for me!

I hope you have a Scrap Happy Day!