Hit the Brakes! —HQAL Progress

Here I am, waiting for a rental car in Florida. I have a brief moment to report my progress for the Hand Quilt Along sponsored by Kathy @ Sewing Etc.

I really prepared to productively use my waiting time in the airport.

We had a LONG delay but I didn’t mind because I had my sewing to fill the time. It was fun explaining to fellow travelers what I was doing:)

I was also able to put in a few hours of stitching on the flight.

We spent a lovely day in NY. We were in awe of the beauty of Lady Liberty.

We were able to go up into the pedestal and see the spiral staircase inside. We were having such a good time when everything came to a screeching halt.

I was looking up at the amazing architecture and should have been looking at my feet and tripped and fell! I broke my wrist! Really?!!

I can count my blessings though. It is my left wrist so I can maneuver the thread and needle very very slowly. Who knew I used my left hand so much?

I have found that with the help of a table I can still stitch a bit. I’m thankful for small blessings !

I am happy with the first half of my panel.

That little bee is so SWEET! Well, I am afraid that I will be a slow sewer for the next few weeks, but times like this really make me grateful for two working hands. I am so glad I didn’t break my leg or hit my head. Life is so very very good!!

I appreciate you dropping by today. I hope your day is wonderful! Please watch your step:)!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

Vacationing Like a Quilter

My son is graduating from ASU this semester. Really?! No way can he be that old!! Wasn’t it yesterday I was making Halloween costumes and going to school parades? Oh well, that’s how it goes. I’m so glad that I have taken the time to enjoy every moment. Life is too SWEET to focus on things that don’t really matter in the long run.

Well, anyway, for his graduation my cute hubby and I are taking him and his adorable wife on a cruise to the Bahamas. So fun!! I’m excited to share this part of the world with them.

Now, as any quilter-crocheter knows, the hours traveling on a plane or in a car are prime handiwork time. I have spent the last few days getting my project ready. I really want to finish my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, but oh my, there was a lot of prep work to do.

I had to prep the pattern, cut it out and cut all of those teeny little pieces and then make more bias tape and cut 80 or so leaves. Then I had to glue baste them all down! It really wasn’t that bad, just time consuming. It’s all good.

I am pleased with how it all looks though.

My plane flight is literally going to just fly by as I stitch these pretty flowers down.

I just need to make sure my DH is on my right, so I don’t bother anyone by maneuvering the thread! I have gathered all my supplies together.

Here are the things I am taking–

  • I have my sewing panels,
  • glasses,
  • thread,
  • needles,
  • thimble,
  • needle threader,
  • A small clip light or head lamp
  • fingernail clippers to act as scissors,
  • and a cute little box to put them all in.

All of my notions fit perfectly here and it is small enough to just throw in my back pack! How SWEET is that?!

I am now ready to go. If I can get my WiFi to work on the ship, I will try to post my progress this week for the HQAL. I will definitely post about the fun things to do on a Bahama cruise when I get back.

Until then, Bon Voyage!

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,

Be-Attitudes Quilt – Be Warm Block

I am so excited to have finished the next block of my Be-Attitudes Quilt. I don’t know if “Being Warm” is a real Be- attitude or not, but I do think that warm and fuzzy thoughts are a lot better than cold and prickly ones. So yes, this week’s “Be Warm” Block is a definite go for me😊

Isn’t it so cute?! I love his nose and rosey checks above the scarf. 🙂

Speaking of his scarf, I had a hard time deciding on the fabric choice. At first I thought there was too much red and so I auditioned a yellow motif.

My friends and I all agreed to stay with the red. That yellow just didn’t pop enough. Color is funny that way. Contrast, contract, contrast is key.

Can you spot some of my Mystery Quilt Along fabric peeking through?

Hee hee hee! I feel so sneaky:). It has been fun watching the others in this MQAL also adding their fabric in obvious or not so obvious places as well. It is like an I spy!

This block also has a bit of embroidery on it. The snowflakes were quick to stitch up with large stitches and embroidery floss.

I think they really add to the finished block. I always like a little more texture and finishing touches on a quilt.

I will be adding a button for the knot of his scarf and small beads to the tips of the snowflakes, but they will have wait until after the quilt is quilted. I don’t want any broken needles while quilting!

I really like how this quilt is coming along. I think my first two blocks look so SWEET next to each other.

It’s going to be a beauty! I have a friend who is a teacher and would like to display this in her classroom. I can’t think of a better future for this quilt:)❤️❤️

Thank you so much for dropping by today. It is a SWEET day for sure!

Hand Quilt Along Progress

I wish I had more to share with you about my HQAL, but I am happy with the small amount I did get done. I was able to sew the next border around my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am pleased with how it looks. The black looks a little heavy to me at the moment, but there are two more rounds to go, so we shall see. The next round finally brings me to my appliquéd rabbits. Yea!!!❤️❤️❤️

I pieced my pattern together, which is really quite large, and laid it out on a fat quarter. It barely fit, but it did. Phew!

I laid the pieces out gently on my background piece and glued them all down. Now for the sewing. I’m excited:)!

These little bunnies are so cute! I really do enjoy stitching the pieces down. It is like magic watching the fabric turn under so neatly as I sew along.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wish I had more to show you, but this is as far as I have gotten. I have one set of bunnies glued down, and the ears of one stitched in place. That’s it. Oh well, hopefully I will have all four bunnies done and maybe even the flowers and vines done by next time….a girl can hope, right:)?

Thank you to Kathy @ Sewing Etc. For organizing this Hand Quilt Along. I am excited to see how everyone else is coming on their projects!

Here is the information if you would like to join:

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, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan, Jessisca,  SherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

I will be posting a bit later today with my minuscule progress on my MYSTERY QAL as well. Let’s just say it has been a very busy January:)! Isn’t it supposed to slow down after Christmas? Life is still so very SWEET though❤️.

Until next time,

Crazy Quilt Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want to have a small heart quilt to display on my front porch to wish everyone who drives by a LOVELY 💕 holiday! As I started planning, my creative juices went crazy in all different directions. Then I thought, “Since I’m going crazy, why not a Crazy Quilt Heart quilt ?”!

I went to my fabric closet and took out this jelly roll called “Kissing Booth” that I bought on sale a few years back. PERFECT!

………………I took out different complimentary whites, but decided on just the plain white. I'm glad I did:). I sewed and cut and ended up with a Victorian romantic style heart that I absolutely LOVE ❤️💕

I had fun using those rarely used decorative stitches on my machine too!

Would you like to make a Crazy Quilt Heart? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fabric:One jelly roll

  • Light and dark Complimentary background fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing

  • Sew four sets of three strips together.
  • Cut them into crazy, wonky pieces.

So far so easy, right? Now the next part may seem a bit tricky, but don’t fuss or worry. It’s your sewing room and there are no rules in Crazy quilting so relax and just go with it:)

  • Grab two of the pieces you just cut, pick different shaped ones, and sew them back together at odd angles. Don’t worry about the tops and bottoms matching. Just sew.
  • Press the open
  • Sew these odd sized pieces together. You may need to straighten a side or two as you go, but no worries.
  • Cut and sew, press, cut, and sew!

You will end up with a large piece of Crazy fabric that looks like this–

SWEET!!! Now it is time to make our hearts.

  • Out of paper, draw and cut out two different sized hearts. Cut one 5.5″ heart and one 4.5″ Heart. They don’t have to be exactly those sizes, just cut them close.

  • Trace the hearts onto the non-sticky side of your fusible interfacing. I drew 31 small and 31 large
  • Cut these out making sure to leave at least 1/4″ all around the marking.

  • Place your small interfacing heart onto your crazy fabric with the sticky side touching the right side of the fabric.
  • Sew on the line
  • Cut the heart out with a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Clip at the top of the heart in the center making sure not to clip the sewing thread
  • Clip an opening in the back interfacing
  • Carefully turn the heart inside out.
  • Done! Now repeat this with the large hearts and the dark complimentary fabric.
  • Cut your white fabric into 6.5″ squares
  • Press your dark hearts to the center of the white fabric
  • Press the small hearts to the center of the dark hearts. So pretty!!

Now it is time for the really fun part!

  • Using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, sew over the seams of your crazy quilt heart
  • Use a button hole stitch to sew around the edges of the heart.

Finished! I am so happy with how they turned out:)❤️❤️❤️

I am using the rest of my jelly roll to make a bunch of nine patch squares as well so I can have a whole Valentines Day quilt

I’m excited to get it all sewn together and quilted to show you next week. Yea!!!

I am really so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a LOVE-ly rest of your Day!

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,

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I have been busily sewing for Christmas so this Rabbit Hole Quilt hasn’t gotten a whole lot of quality needle time. The last time I blogged about it I had just finished the appliqué corner blocks.

And I had finished the beautiful fan centers. Yes, I am in love❤️

I had dreams of sewing the corners down, adding the leaves and the diagonal pieced border. Well, I did get the corners sewn and half of the leaves are appliqued, but the diagonal border will just have to wait until after Christmas. It’s all good:)

I am grateful for the long trip to Idaho this past week. I was able to use the drive time to sew the leaves.

I am getting the hang of sewing in the car, but there are the occasional needle pokes with the bumps:)!

Ah, the battle wounds of a quilter! Lol😊. I do like how this quilt is coming along. I took a few shots of my progress in the snow of Idaho.

Enjoy the T-Sweets snow shots because this may be THE ONLY time I will have a quilt photo shoot in the snow! I am an Arizona warm weather quilter for sure.

Warm weather and quilts? Am I crazy?! I guess I am:). It does get cold where I live and it even snows maybe once a year so it’s ok, right?

Thank you for dropping by and reading about my hand quilting journey today. You really do make my day SWEET!

I want to thank Kathy for putting this all together. Here is the list of others joining along. I am heading over to see how they all are moving along on their projects. I hope you can too:)

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan , Jessisca  ,  SherryNanette, Sassy and Edith Here is one last picture I took of the snowy Idaho trees from my truck window. Merry Christmas!!

The Final Christmas Block!

The last block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along came out this past Tuesday and I couldn’t hardly wait to sew it up. It is a cute string of lights designed by Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts. She designs such wonderful things!

I mentioned in my last post that I am running a bit low on large pieces of my fabric. So instead of one large background square, I improvised a bit and added the border pieces to it. I really like the dimension it adds:). Quilting is such a forgiving art. ❤️. It’s all meant to looked pieced anyway so adding a few more pieces never hurts:)

The actual appliqué was very easy.

I glued the bias tape down with a glue stick and fusible web/ironed the lights down. Then I button hole stitched around everything. I made sure to have a paper towel on the back for stabilizer.

It turned out sew, sew cute! Now it is on to the setting. I can start on that next week with time left over before Christmas, right? It will be cutting it close, but I can do this!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you 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😊