Sandy the Sea Dragon

I was so honored to be asked by Emma of Emma Craft Projects to test her new pattern for Sandy the Sea Dragon,

Isn’t she so ADORABLE?! Emma is an amazing designer!

When Emma asked me to make my version of Sandy, I knew right away what yarn I would use.

I had these fun goldfish colored yarn skeins left over from my son‘s Afghan I made a few years back. They have been waiting for a cute project like this for quite a while now!

The pattern is written in a large font with plenty of pictures. I enjoyed crocheting all of the fun little pieces.

It only took me a few nights of crochet time to finish my little Sandy. I especially like her multi colored crest and flippy tail fins❤️❤️.

She is just so cute!

Thank you so much Emma for letting me test your new pattern! For any of you who may be interested in stitching up your own Sandy the Sea Dragon, Emma is going to be making the pattern available on Ravelry. You can contact her for the details. I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

I am off to the kitchen now to bake up my Mary Berry Gingersnaps for the Fantastic Bake Along tomorrow. SWEET!

Until then,

Fantastic Bake Along – Mary Berry Gingersnaps

Hello everyone! It is Fantastic Bake Along time again. Yea!!

Each month it is fun to get together and have a virtual Bake Along where we can all Bake the same recipe and actually smell and taste the yummy things we see online. It is such delicious fun!

This month’s star baker is Rebecca @Twinklehook. Rebecca has chosen to make Ginger Snaps by Mary Berry, one of the judges on “The Great British Bake Off”. How did Rebecca know that I absolutely LOVE that show?! I’m so excited to actually try one of her recipes!

Why don’t you join along? Here is how —

Now for the recipe—-

Mary Berry’s Ginger Snaps

  • 60g butter plus extra for greasing
  • 90g golden syrup
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  1. Grease baking trays
  2. Combine butter, golden syrup in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Sift flour, spices and bicarb into bowl. Stir in sugar, add the cooled syrup mix and stir to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  4. Roll dough into balls of the size of walnuts and Place well apart on baking tray, flatten the balls slightly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 190 degrees for about 15 minutes.

There you have it. I know that many of you will be baking in cups instead of grams so here is a link to a convertion chart on allrecipes.com.

Rebecca has lots of great pictures and directions on her blog so be sure to head over and check it out. They look so yummy!

It’s roll call time bakers! Will you be joining us again this month? I hope so:)❤️❤️❤️

I look forward to seeing how these SWEET Ginger Snaps bake up in your kitchens this week!

See you on Saturday!❤️❤️

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!

Crocheted Persian Tiles

I have been working on a beautiful crocheted blanket for quite a while now. It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot. I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about it until now. Maybe I am a bit embarrassed by my need to have so many projects going at the same time. Yes, that’s definitely it!

Oh well, here we go on the magic carpet ride:)

I have a vision of crocheting over 100 of these blocks to make a spread for my bed, but with how slow they are going, I doubt if that goal is going to be reached. I started with the initial 16 that the pattern called for.

The little center circles are so cute and went together so quickly. But hey, they are only about 2″ wide. They better have gone quick!

Next, I added the pineapple base to the circles.

I felt the wheels turning and was sure that this blanket would be done by Christmas.

I am sure you can see where this is going. The next few rounds were getting a bit larger so it took a bit more time, but really no problems.

Aren’t they looking pretty? Yep, back in July I was sure this blanket would be done by Christmas. Then came the petals. Those darn petals!

Here is a picture I took back in July or August.

And here I am FINALLY finishing my 16th block of petals in January!!

I know that I have definitely not only worked on this blanket. In fact, it has sat by my bed patiently waiting as I have appliquéd, embroidered, and crocheted other projects that either needed to get done or just sparked my need for change a bit more than the repetition of this petal stitch.

But the petal stitches are done and I have spent two evenings weaving so many threads that I can’t count them. I am ready for the next few rounds to finish the block. At least they won’t be the start and stop, clip and restart of these dreaded petals!

I don’t know, 100 of these? It might be a 10 year project! Lol:)

Focus Tracy! Focus!

P. S. – Here is a picture of what Janie’s original looks like. Of course I did not take this picture:). Can you see why I just HAD to make one of my own?

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!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you, my online friends, have a lovely Christmas this year. I hope you get a quiet moment or two for reflections on things that bring you peace and happiness . I hope you have plenty of good food and sweet family. It would be most pleasant if you have little ones around with excitement in their eyes.

I am especially thankful for the friendships I have made with so many talented people like you this year. Thank you for your kind words of praise and encouragement. You have made my holidays SWEET indeed:)

I will be back after the holiday with a highlight of this year’s favorite projects and the preparations for the MYSTERY QAL. I’m so excited!

Until then, once again, Merry Christmas!

Christmas Came Early This Year!

I love brown paper packages tied up with strings, especially if they have my name on it❤️. I was able to be part of a “shoebox swap” this past year. I gathered up quilting goodies all year long and sent them off to my secret friend in December for Christmas. That was fun, but the really fun part was that all year someone else did the same thing for me! How fun is that?!

Yesterday my beautiful box full of goodies arrived from the wonderful Candi @Quilts n Things. I opened it up and look at what was inside!!

Oh my goodness! I won the shoebox prize for sure❤️❤️! I sat and opened each little present, looked at the beautiful fabric, and ate a few bites of yummy chocolate. Just look at all of the goodness Candi was able to pack in one box!

Crazy, right?! There were so many fun goodies that it is hard to talk about them all, so I will just focus on a few.

Candi made me this darling folded fabric Christmas ornament that went right on my tree:)

She sent me a much needed box of colorful clips. How did she know that I was in the market for some of these?

AND she sent me a cookbook filled with delicious SWEET recipes! Perfect, right?!

I am so glad I had this quiet, early Christmas just for me. Candi, Thank you so much!!

Fantastic Bake Along -Cherry Tart Results

I had such a fun time with this month’s Cherry Tarts Bake Along:). I made 18 Tarts and they were all gone in an evening. I will tell you that story in a little bit.

First, I just have to show you my favorite way to serve Tarts at our house– on Santa’s back!

Don’t worry Santa, they don’t stay there long:). They get eaten almost as fast as I put them out!

This first batch of Tarts was oh so yummy. I like how the crust to frosting ratio really makes them so SWEET! I also think the color is very festive as well.

Ok, now for the story. — You may think we had 10 or 11 People over to help with the task of eating all of the Tarts …no, there were just a few of us. It went like this:

We have a good friend who comes over two or three times a week and happened to come by the night I made the Tarts. He was the lucky taster of the first tart.

Being the kind mother that I am, I sent this picture to my children announcing the eating of the first tart of Christmas:). Within minutes my son, daughter in law, and grandson were at my house to join in the tart celebration.

The Tarts didn’t stand a chance. They were gone in no time. You can bet I will be making more of these before our Family Christmas parties:)

Thank you for dropping by today and reading about our crazy family tart adventure:). I am excited to head over and see how the other bakers fared in their kitchens. I wonder if Tarts will become part of their family traditions too?

If you would like to make up a batch of Tarts for your family, the recipe can be found here.

Have a wonderful rest of your day!