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,

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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!!

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!!