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!!

Grandma’s Shortbread Fantastic Bake Along Results

It feels like Christmas in July around my house:). I just loved making these these tender cookies. Thank you Kate @ Life, Tea, and Everything for being this month’s star baker and for sharing the recipe with us!

When Kate first shared the recipe for Shortbread cookies I knew exactly what I was going to do.

My beautiful daughter- in-law gave me a Pampered Chef Rolling Cookie Cutter for Christmas last year. Now was the perfect time to give it a try.

I’m happy to report, the cookies turned out so pretty:)

I wish I could say the cutter was easy and life changing for me, but it kind of was a bust. The dough would stick to the roller . When I would try to pull it out, the dough would squish. I think I need a little more practice to be sure:)

In the meantime, I took the scraps and made them into the crescents that the recipe recommended. Yum!

Seriously, this shortbread is so delicate and soft. Kate recommended adding flavors like lavender. I do think some flavoring would be a good idea as the cookie really is more about the tender texture than the flavor.

I added the nuts, because we are all nutty around my house. On the crescents, the chocolate also was a nice addition.

Have you ever had a TWIX candy bar? If you add a bit of caramel to this shortbread, it would be an EXACT copy cat recipe! De-licious!

Thank you once again Kate❤️ I will be making up a batch or two of these come Christmas. I bet peppermint candy would be a SWEET addition.

If you are interested in giving this recipe a try, you can find it here

Now it is time for the fun part– let’s head over to see how the other bakers fared in their kitchens:).

Kathy @Sewing Etc.

Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Lucia @Crochet, Knit, and More

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Teacher Turned Mommy

I am also including a linky party below that I hope all of you bakers will add your link to. Anyone who would like to join in the fun is more than welcome to add a link:)

Thank you for stopping by my kitchen today!

Click on the link below to add your post or picture to the party!

https://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js

Fantastic Bake Along — Grandma’s Shortbread!

I am happy to say that Kate over at Life, Tea and Everything has given me the motivation to get this month’s Fantastic Bake Along up and going this week. I mean, I have to eat anyway so I might as well Bake Along with you!

Kate is this month’s Star Baker and she has selected Grandma’s shortbread cookies. Here is how she explains them:

“The original, unaltered recipe is from the old Canada Cornstarch box. My cousin swears by it, and it’s the only recipe I use for shortbread cookies.

I was able to find the recipe online from the manufacturer, since they no longer print it on the package.

The link to the online recipe is here. https://www.makegood.ca/recipe/grandmas-shortbread-cookies

I added a twist, and ground 1 tsp of culinary lavender with my mortar and pestle, and sifted it with the other dry ingredients.”

I’m so excited to try these cookies out! I especially like that there are only four ingredients in this recipe:). EASY!!

1/2 cup Fleischmann’s® Corn Starch

1/2 cup powdered sugar (also known as icing sugar)

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup butter, softened

  • Here is the picture from the website.
  • I could see Stars, flowers, hearts, or just drops for these cookies. I will probably add nuts to mine, because all cookies around my house are required to have nuts or they won’t get eaten!
  • I hope you will join along in this FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG. Here is how–
  • I will be adding a linky party as well so all of the bakes will be easy to find for any of those who may come to the blog for the recipe and results at a later time.
  • Here is a list of bakers who regularly participate in our Bake Along:
  • I hope we will be able to add your name here this week! Ready, set, BAKE!!!

    Mystery Quilt Along #3 Begins!

    Good Morning! I hope those of you in the States had a wonderful 4th of July filled with good food, friends, and fireworks:).

    After all of that fun, are you ready to start this next quarter’s MYSTERY QAL? I hope so! We would LOVE to have you join us!

    This QAL is different from most Quilt Alongs in that a MYSTERY fabric is chosen, but the pattern or project is completely up to you! There is no size requirement so you are free to make a large quilt, a small mug rug, or just sneak a piece or two of the fabric in a project here and another there. It is kind of like an I Spy Quilting group:) 🔍

    This quarter’s Mystery Fabric is “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. It can be found in numerous online sites. Including Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop. I am trying to choose different quilt shops to make this a shop hop experience as well. Isn’t that fun?

    Are you excited to join along? Here is how–

    Easy, easy!! The finish date will be Saturday, September 29th.

    I’m excited to sew and quilt along with you this quarter. Once again, just comment below to join the fun:). Here is a list of those who are already joining along–

    Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

    Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

    Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

    Michelle @ Creative Blonde

    Moira @ Quilted Snail

    I hope I can add your name to this list! Let the MYSTERY begin:)!!

    Mystery Quilt Along Reveal!

    I’m so excited to share with you my MYSTERY projects from this past quarter:). I usually make quilts for my sewing fun, but this quarter I decided to spice things up by choosing to make aprons instead!

    Strawberry Licorice Aprons

    Why did I make two you ask? Well, of course I needed a new apron for myself, and I have a secret friend who will be getting one of these as a MYSTERY surprise later this year. What a surprise it will be!

    This apron pattern is called Strawberry Licorice by Sew MuchGood. Isn’t is adorable?

    This pattern is one that comes in paper sheets that need to be taped together first.

    I made copies of my pattern first so I could tape and cut without ruining my original.

    It was kind of like putting a puzzle together, but I matched the notches and taped them together. I ended up with a large pattern that worked perfectly.

    I stitched up the ties in no time at all. Then it was on to the appliqué Ric Rac. I made the mistake of not using the fusible web to secure them in place. (That’s what I get for not reading the pattern thoroughly)

    I did have a trickier time keeping the fabric from shifting, but after only three attempts, lol, it all came together in the end:)

    I am very, very pleased with how this apron pattern sewed up. I especially like the MYSTERY red fabric mixed with these SWEET strawberries.

    And of course, what would a finished project be if there wasn’t a fun little photo shoot?

    Taking this photo with the self timer, and running up to the counter to look like I am always just hanging out on the counter with a spatula in my hand was the type of thing that sitcoms are made of! lol😄

    Really, I recommend this fun pattern. It would be cute with the stripes and dots that are featured in the pattern picture, but my red MYSTERY fabric and strawberries is just right for me!

    Now, lest you think I ONLY used this MYSTERY fabric in one project, I want to share just another picture or two of a few other projects that I was able to SNEAK my Mystery Fabric into.

    Be-Attitudes Quilt-

    I thought it was sneaky using the mystery fabric as one of the wings in the Be Grateful Block. I stitched it up with leaf veins.

    Delilah Quilt–

    I was also able to add a piece or two of fabric to one of my Jen Kingwell Delilah Blocks.

    This little block was made with templates. I still have quite a few to make, but I am glad I got this one done for the MYSTERY reveal:). I think my life may slow down after a bit so I will be able to finish this wonderful quilt. Oh, well, it can wait.

    I hope you have had fun reading about this wonderful quarter’s MYSTERY QUILT ALONG. I am excited to head over and see what the other detectives reveal in their sewing rooms!

    Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting

    Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

    Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

    Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

    Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

    Abbie @ Sparkle On

    Lori @ quilting needs

    Velda @freckledfoxquiltery

    Karla @mysewfulretirement

    And now, just to wet your appetite, here is a sneak peak at next quarter’s MYSTERY fabric-

    This is a fabric from Hawthorne Threads called “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” I will give the details next week. I hope you will join along in the MYSTERY fun!!

    HQAL- The Witch Party Has Begun!

    The food table is ready, the witches have arrived, and the party can begin! I am so happy to report that with this Hand Quilt Along Report, I am now finished with my second witch party panel. Yea!

    It is always a happy moment when you get to put the final few stitches in any project.

    There is kind of a big hip hip hooray for me as I finally put that last stitch in.

    I really did enjoy sewing the banner over the snack table.

    And this little witch reaching for her treat really makes me smile:)

    Here is a picture of the entire finished panel–

    I wish there was a way to give the whole panel without it being so small. Oh well, here are a few closeups for you:)

    It has been a a wonderful few weeks of sewing. Thank you Kathy for organizing this fun HQAL. If you 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.

    Kathy @Sewing Etc.

    Lori@Quilting Needs

    Margaret@ The Crafty Creek

    Kerry@ Love Those Hands at Home

    Emma@ Emma Crafts Design

    Tracy@ It’s a T-Sweets Day! That’s me:)

    Deb @ abearsthimble2

    Connie@Connie’s Creations

    Susan@Desert Sky Quilting

    Nanette @ Chopin-APassionate Quilter

    Sassy @ Farm Quilter

    Edith@ Edi’s Crafting Life

    Sharon @ Piecing Life Together One Stitch At a Time

    Bella@ Created by Bella

    UntilNext Time,

    Fantastic Bake Along Linky Party— Maple Nut Scones!!

    I am happy to report that I am now a scone baker and a scone lover! These scones are FANTASTIC!!

    I just love it when a finished bake looks as good or better than the inspiration picture in the recipe. This recipe hits the ball out of the ball park on both looks and taste!! You can find the recipe over at Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    Another wonderful thing about this recipe is how quick and easy it is:). Really it was about 30 min from start of dough to warm delicious scones in my mouth!

    I rolled the dough out to a 7″ Circle and then cut it into wedges like a pizza. I spread the slices out and baked them for 18 minutes.

    The Maple glaze was a breeze to make. I drizzled it over the warm scones and topped them with chopped nuts. Yum, yum, yum!!!

    These scones didn’t last long at my house! Even a few neighbor children dropped by to take a bite:). Life is better with a warm scone. That’s all I can say!

    I hope you will give this scone recipe a try. I know you will love them!!

    I’m anxious to hear how the other bakers did in their kitchens this week…

    Kathy @Sewing Etc.

    Emma @Emma Crafts Design

    Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

    Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

    AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

    Rebecca @RebeccaPursell.com

    I am also trying a new linky party for those of you who may be late to the Bake Along but still would like to join in the fun. All you need to do is post a picture of your results below. The party will be open until next Friday. FANTASTIC!!!

    Happy Baking!!

    Tracy

    Who Can Sew A Zippered Pouch? – You!

    Who can sew a cute Zippered Pouch? You can! It’s easy:)! All it takes is a few small scraps, a zipper, and a few buttons. It is the perfect size to hold make up, sewing supplies, pencils, or many other goodies:)

    Are you ready to join me? Here we go!

    Supplies:

    • (2) 4.5″ x 9″ rectangles for outside
    • (2) 2.75″ x 9″ rectangles for accent on outside
    • (1) 1.5″ pinked edged strip from lining fabric
    • (2) 6.5″ x 9″ rectangles for lining
    • (2) 1.5″ x 2″ rectangles for zipper stops
    • (3) buttons
    • (1) 9″ zipper
    • Scrap batting

    Directions:

    • Sew 4.5″and 2.75″ rectangles together.
    • Press toward accent piece
    • Place batting under each sewn piece
    • Top stitch the edge of the accent piece along the fold

    • Sew accent strip to edge of front fabric piece
    • Trim the strip even to the edges

    You are doing great!

    • Cut the bottom of zipper to 8.5″
    • Using a 1/2″ seam allowance Sew small rectangles to ends of the zipper. Back stitch tightly
    • Fold open rectangles
    • Trim side edges to the same width as your zipper.
    • Trim length of zipper to 9″ making sure to trim from both ends so your zipper is centered.

    • With right sides together, sew zipper to top piece of pouch

    • With zipper still facing down, place lining piece on top and sew together along zipper edge

    • Pull the front and lining pieces open
    • Fold zipper toward lining
    • Top stitch next to zipper on the front of pouch
    • Repeat the last five steps for the back pieces of the pouch.

    Now it is time to sew on the buttons:)

    • Making sure to sew only the front of the pouch, NOT to the lining as well, center the buttons and sew them down. Hint: decorative thread looks nice here, but isn’t necessary

    It’s looking good! Do you see how your tab pieces are sewn in nicely between the zipper and your pouch pieces? Great job:)!

    • OPEN THE ZIPPER. This is important. If you don’t, you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out after the next step.

    • Pull right sides of pouch front together and right sides of lining pieces together. You may want to use pins here to hold on place.
    • Starting at the center of the lining pieces, back stitch and sew around your pouch.
    • Stop about 3″ from your starting point. Back stitch to secure your threads

    • Reaching inside of the hole you created in the bottom of the lining, pull your pouch inside out.

    • With your finger or a pointed object, push all of the corners out to crisp points.

    • Fold the opening of the hole in the lining and sew it closed

    • Push the lining inside of your pouch.
    • DONE!

    Go ahead and zip it up and admire your perfect zipper stops. SWEET!

    Isn’t your pouch so pretty?! You deserve a big HOORAY!! Good for you:)!!

    I think I am going to make up a few more of these and put them in my car to organize the clutter in my arm rest.

    I am happy to be linking this scrappy zippered pouch up with Kate’s ScrappHappy June 😊❤️

    Until next time,