Grinda Shawl Parts 2 and 3

I have really been enjoying crocheting this delicate shawl. It is filled with advanced beginner stitches that stitch up in no time.

I like the contrast of the front loop raised stitch and the lacey stitch of the body. It separates each section and adds a bit of interest to the eye and touch.

I am using a Scheepjes Whirl Cake that I bought on Etsy. The color is in these lovely plum tones called “Tasty Nom Nom #789”. I like how gradually the color changes into a delicate ombré effect.

The pattern for this shawl is called the Grinda shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, and it is free! Yea! I always love that word, don’t you?:). Tatsiana is so talented. I love all of her designs❤️

It is quite easy to follow the pattern. It has written instructions and a stitch map for each section. I use the stitch map. I find it easier to just look and stitch instead of read and stitch.

I’m excited to start part 4 of my Grinda Shawl. It is the final section before the lace edging. It’s almost done…well, these next few rows are longer and take quite a few more stitches to finish. It may still take a while:)

Oh well, I enjoy the therapy of stitching in the evenings while watching a show with my cute husband. By the way, we are watching “Ozark” and are addicted! Thank you Tierney for the recommendation:). We watch with a program called Vid Angel to clean it up to our tolerance.

This beautiful shawl is going to be a Christmas gift for my mother. She will not be able to see it very well because she has macular degeneration, but she will love the texture.

I am enjoying this project so much, that I might make another shawl for my mother-in-law as well!

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you:)

I hope you are having a totally SWEET day!

How to Make a Child’s Sleeping Bag

My grandson’s birthday is coming up and he LOVES pirates! I decided to make him a fun pirate sleeping bag along with matching pj’s and a pillow.

It’s really not hard to make a sleeping bag. It takes just a few items and an evening or two of sewing. You can do it! Here is how:

Materials

  • Children’s sheet set
  • Coordinating fabric
  • Batting
  • Pins or clover clips
  • 36″ zipper

Inside of your sheet set will be a pillowcase, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet. The pillow case will be the bag for the sleeping bag. We will be using the flat sheet for the sleeping bag, pj bottoms, and pillow.

Directions

  • Lay the flat sheet out and cut It in half widthwise.
  • Cut a piece of backing fabric slightly larger than the half sheet.
  • Place two layers of batting between the fabric pieces and quilt them together with the method you like best. You could hand tie, straight stitch machine sew, or long arm quilt like I did.
  • Trim the edges of your quilted fabric so they are all straight and even.

  • Cut a 6″ strip of coordinating fabric the width of your quilted fabric or in other words the width of the “top” of your quilted fabric
  • Fold and press the strip in half lengthwise
  • Sew the raw edge to the top BACK of the quilted fabric.
  • Fold the strip over to the FRONT and press, pin, and sew it down.
  • You will have a nicely finished top of your sleeping bag!

  • Finish the remaining three edges with a serger or zig zag stitch. Use matching thread. I didn’t, but wish I would have

Make the Continuous Prairie Points- (optional)

  • Cut two 8″ strips of coordinating fabric. Cut one the length of your quilted fabric, and cut the other the length of half of the width of your quilted fabric.

  • Fold and press the strips in half lengthwise
  • Mark the bottom half of the strips into 4″ squares
  • Mark the top half of the strips into alternating 4″ squares.

  • Cut on the lines you just made up to the folded line on both the top and the bottom.
  • Take your floppy strips to the ironing board.

  • Fold the top left square down to the fold
  • Fold the top right corner back to make a point and press
  • Fold the bottom left corner of the lower half square up to meet the fold
  • Fold the bottom right corner up to meet the fold
  • Back to the top, fold the top left corner down
  • Fold the top right corner down.

  • Fold the bottom point up and place it between the layers of the point to the right.
  • Nestle the point to the left in between the middle point,
  • Press and clip or pin closed
  • Repeat until all of the points are folded, pressed, and pinned.

Your points should look like this–

  • Pin the raw edges of the prairie point strips to the right side of the bag starting just below the folded finished edge and along the bottom half. The points will be facing in toward the fabric
  • Sew them in place.

Zipper

  • With a seam ripper, remove 1/2″ of the stitching on the top folded edge just over the points.
  • Place the top of the zipper inside of the folded fabric.
  • Pin or clip the zipper along the edge over the prairie points.

  • Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper to your quilted fabric over the points
  • Zip the zipper up and pin to the RIGHT side of the other side of the bag.
  • Sew the zipper down. You may need to unzip the zipper when you get to the pull to keep a straight stitch.
  • Sew the rest of the side closed and the bottom edge closed.
  • At the bottom of the zipper, sew back and forth to give stability to the seam.

  • Fold the top of the bag over to give a finished fold to the top of the bag.
  • Turn your bag inside out

DONE!! Aye Matey! You will have plenty of fabric left over to make some pj bottoms and a pillow case to match. SWEET!!

I hope you will give this sleeping bag a try. Please let me know how it turns out if you do:)

Until next time,

Salem Witch Quilt Guild HQAL

October is here and my witches are not going to have their Halloween party this year. I was really hoping to have this quilt finished, but it will have to be finished by next Halloween. Oh well, good things are worth waiting for:)

The last time I posted, I had only been able to put a few stitches on one little jack-o-lantern in three weeks.

Well, I’m happy to report that I have been able to finish the quilts, two witches, the pumpkin patch and a bit of the sewing basket. Yea!

I love the spider web on this witch”s hat. That little spider looks like a beautiful decoration or creepy Pom Pom which is just right for any fashionable witch!

The pumpkin patch was a breeze to embroider.

Using all one color really made it fly by quickly. But my favorite item to stitch up was the pin cushion.

Isn’t it cute?! I have used those yellow headed pins for years. I bet you have too:)

Here is what my complete panel looks like. I’m sorry it is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

I am more than half way done. I am hoping I will be able to finish the sewing box and the next witch by the next time we post our progress here.

I am sure I can do it:). I’m thankful to Kathy @ Sewing Etc, for organizing this sew along. It really keeps me motivated. We would love to have you join us. 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 , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your day is filled with SWEET creative moments:).

Until next time!

Ode to August – Mystery Quilt Reveal!!

The time has come, and I am ready to reveal this quarter’s Mystery Reveal! So one, two, three, here we go….

I am in love with how this quilt embraces the Arizona August feel. There are Sunshine triangles mixed with a few welcomed rain clouds.

I want to thank Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for the inspiration of green binding:). The back and the binding are now the green trees and fields growing from the long awaited summer monsoon rains.

This quarter’s Mystery Fabric was “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. I added it to a few of my triangle stars.

Isn’t it cute?! I love final photo shoots. It feels like a celebration of all of my hard work. The quilt gets to shine out it’s unique purpose and beauty.

This photo shoot was especially fun as I had a very interested passerby stop in for a look!😊

Isn’t he adorable?! This is my neighbors horse. He just kept wandering closer and closer until he nudged his nose on the quilt and posed for a picture!

Now that was a T-SWEETS day for sure!!❤️❤️

And just because I can’t stop at just two or three pictures, here are a few more to satiate your eyes with quilt candy:)

Ok, enough already! All of that August Sunshine might be too much to take. It is time to head over and check out what all of the other MYSTERY quilters are revealing in their sewing rooms

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Connie @ Connie’s Creations

Pat

We will be taking a break for the holidays from our MYSTERY QAL, but if any of you would like to join along in the fun, we will pick back up in January.

I am also linking up with the quilt along challenge by Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us.

Until next time,

Back To The Hook with Grinda!

I love to crochet and have been sadly missing my crochet time. I have been so busy with quilting and life that I have not picked up a crochet hook in months. Well, I am happy to report that I am stitching again. Yea!!

When I saw this beautiful Grinda MAL shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, I knew I had to make one, or two.

I have not crocheted anything for my mother in a very long time. I thought I would make a Shawl for her for Christmas. I ordered my Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette yarn on Etsy. It is just the perfect color for her. I know she will love it:)

The pattern is free and is written in 5 parts. It did not take me too long to stitch up part # 1. I always find the first few inches of any crochet project to be the trickiest.

I like the lacey stitch and softness of the cotton blend yarn. I am getting used to using such thin yarn. It has been a while since I have had to manage a string yarn.

I’m excited to watch as the color blends to pink on part 2:)

I think each part will be divided by this raised ridge stitch. Isn’t it pretty?:)

Here is my completed part 1 of the Grinda MAL Shawl. I am going to absolutely love this!

I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with a creative project or two. Life is so so SWEET!

Until next time,

I’m Seeing Triangles

Just look at these happy triangles all gathered together into a sunshine star! I am loving how this quilt is turning out:).

This quilt is sewn strip by strip with careful placement of each colored triangle.

It’s not difficult sewing, but it is tricky to get the right placement. It is easiest if you can lay your already sewn together, finished strips out in order to place the next row.

A large cutting table is perfect for this!

Remember when I said I was only going to use yellow in this quilt? I couldn’t resist adding a tiny splash of gray. Like a small hopeful rain cloud or two on my August Sunshiney day. I think it will add a little bit of contrast and interest to the finished quilt.

I like the straight line sewing. I recommend using a magnetic seam guide to keep things straight and even.

This little Singer Featherweight is the perfect machine for the job:).

I also recommend the Hex and More ruler.

It makes the lining up of the points super easy. The cut off tip lines up quite nicely with the sewing edge of the fabric.

It also greatly reduces the bulk in the center of the star where all of the points meet.

Isn’t that neat?! The points on the outside look pretty nifty as well:)

I wish I could point you in a direction for a pattern on this beautiful quilt, but I can only say that I am using this picture from She Quilts A Lot as my inspiration–

I am trying to place my triangles to match. I am also going to add quite a few triangles to make more stars because my 4.5″ triangles make a baby sized quilt if I only make as many in the picture.

So… if you want to make an August Sunshine triangle quilt of your own, all you need is the Hex and More ruler and some happy fabrics in your favorite shades of yellow, or pink, or blue, or whatever your favorite may be. How about orange, black and purple for Halloween?

I hope that I will have this quilt finished, quilted and bound by the next time I post about it. It will need to be done by the end of the month for our MYSTERY QUILT ALONG reveal. I’m so excited!

Until next time, I hope you have a SWEET day:)!

Totally Tipster Sewing Garden

I was sewing last night and looked to my right and just had to smile at my happy view. Here is what I saw.:

I don’t know why, but my scissors looked like happy flowers tucked inside leaves of pens and seam rippers in a garden of thread. Isn’t that silly? But I really am grateful for these beautiful sewing notions.❤️

Do you have a nice way to organize a few of your most used notions? If not, you may want to try to make a Totally Tipster flower garden of your own. A pretty office organizer caddy is all you need. I got mine on sale at Michaels several years ago.

I fill my sewing flower box with scissors, seam rippers, marking pencils, sewing machine screw drivers, lint brushes, nail files, a seam turner, my glasses and more. It really is a happy box filled with things I love:)

I also like to keep plenty of pre-wound bobbins handy as I sew. I wind several white and black bobbins to keep a smile on my face when that unexpected end of bobbin invisible sewing seam happens. We”ve all been there, right?

Having my bobbins at my side and ready to go, really makes life easier when my sewing bobbin runs out. I really like my Dritz bobbin box. It holds 25 bobbins and sits on an angle inside of its own lid.

It really is a nice way to keep that black and white thread handy:). As far as my spools of thread on the wall go, I have written a whole Totally Tipster post about how to organize thread that you can read about here.

I hope you have a sewing bouquet in your sewing room. It is SWEET!

Until next time:)

Neatly Stacked Piles of Triangle Sunshine

It is August, and it is my favorite time of the year. The rains have come to my Arizona home. Everything is so green and clean smelling. The weather has cooled just a few degrees making it so pleasant. The edge of cooler temperatures is right around the corner. Yes, I love August in Arizona:)❤️

I feel so happy and bright that I think I will make a Yellow and Cream two color quilt. It has been many years since I have only used two colors in a quilt. My usual pallet is bright, mixed with a little bit of brighter. Lol:).

Today, I am feeling yellow. Really, most of the time I feel yellow. Life is so SWEET, but I do not have an all yellow quilt. The time has come. It will be my August Sunshine Quilt:). I bet I will be able to sneak in some of my MYSTERY fabric as well!

The pattern I will be using is from a quilt along challenge by Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us. There were three patterns to choose from. I have chosen the triangle pattern from Peta at She Quilts a Lot.

I am excited to see how this will look with my happy yellows:). I will not be following the pattern though. I am using my handy Hex and More ruler to help me cut the perfect triangles.

All I have to do is cut a strip the width it says on that bottom tip of the ruler. I chose to cut my strip 4.5″ wide. Next I just place my ruler on the strip and cut one triangle then flip the ruler and cut another. Easy!

I cut them into sets of twelve for each star plus some extra for the sides. Next I have to cut the cream, but after all of this cutting, I just like to step back and enjoy the beauty of nicely cut and stacked fabric. Don’t you?

I am sure that this quilt will sew together in no time at all. My goal is to have it quilted and bound by the end of next month for the MYSTERY reveal. Yea!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’m sure it’s not too late to join along in the fun of Roseanne’s Sew Along as well. It’s always fun to sew with friends:)!

Hand Quilt Along

I am moving along on my Salem Quilt Guild quilt. I can’t say I have been able to get as much done as I would have liked, but progress is progress when it comes to any project:)

The last time I posted, I was happy with my one little bag being done.

Thankfully this week I was able to sew my witch instructor and most of the messed up quilt Block.

I really like how the embroidery really makes the quilt come to life. Don’t you? This witch is such a good teacher!!

Well, that’s about it for my hand sewing these past few weeks. I hope I will get the rest of the sign and my next little witch embroidered by next time.

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 , Edith, and Sharon

Until next time!

It’s a T-Sweets Day in San Carlos, Mexico!

Getting together with family is always a well anticipated and treasured experience. This year my husband and I were in charge of the party and we hosted it in one of our favorite destinations, San Carlos, Mexico.

San Carlos is about 6 hours down from the US border right on the ocean. I love it there because it is like Arizona with a beach.

I spent my time watching my SWEET grand children play in the water.

We enjoyed going out on the boat to see the mountains and the waves. We like to snorkel and scuba dive.

I took a lot of pictures. Here are three of my favorites.

It was a wonderful and much needed vacation. I feel refreshed and ready to start back with life again.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!!