Go Teal It On the Mountain Hand Quilt Along

For this edition of our Hand Quilt Along, I have made two blocks to donate to Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia’s Ovarian Cancer fund raiser quilts. She has such unique and fun ideas. This year’s quilt once again uses the Ovarian Cancer signature teal color. She is calling it “Go Teal It on the Mountain”. All of the designers are making mountain themed blocks.

When I thought of the type of blocks I would make, I reminisced about the two mountains that have been the backdrops of most of my life.

Pusch Ridge

I grew up in Tucson and went to high school in the shadow of this beautiful mountain. I have such fond memories of it’s tall cliffs and desert landscape.

I knew at once I wanted to make a block honoring this rugged mountain. I decided to appliqué the mountain and the cacti. Here it is all roughly laid out —

I haven’t appliquéd since this spring. It was so much fun to be using the needle and thread again. It really sewed together quite quickly. I had the block done in no time at all:)

I like how this block turned out. I think it captures the feel of the mountain.

Mt. Graham

For most of my married life I have lived in the small cotton farming community of Safford, AZ at the base of majestic Mt. Graham.

Mt. Graham has a large flat mesa near the base. It is very unique and beautiful. I love walking in the cotton fields and looking at the shadows on the mountain.

It was not quite as easy to get the story of this mountain on the quilt block , but I like it. Here is the rough lay out.

The embroidery seriously took way longer than the appliqué of the whole block! Maybe I should have just left it off, but once I figured out it was taking so long, I was more than half way finished. Oh well, I like the added touch:)

Here is my finished Mt Graham Block. I love how the cotton turned out. It is just like home:). I guess Home SWEET Home is the appropriate description ❤️

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this HQAL. If you would like to join in the fun, 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.

Hand Quilt Along Update

Hello my friends! I am a bit late getting this update out, but better late than never, right? I wish I could say I had a lot more progress on my Salem Quilt Guild panel, but after my anniversary cruise, there just wasn’t a lot of time to spend embroidering.

Last time I left off in the middle of the happy jack o lantern.

And this time I have managed to get a few French knots and a bit of quilt outlining done. Not much, but a little is still progress in my book!

BUT– I am happy to report that my backing fabric came in for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, so I finally started to quilt it! YEA!

It is going along way faster than I thought it would. I am using a loopy freestyle by hand,not computer stitch. It looks so very cute:)!

I especially love the center. This is the whole reason I started this quilt in the first place:)

It should be just a week or so more… maybe by the next HQAL report I will be able to have a final reveal and photo shoot. SWEET!!!

This HQAL is really a nice way to keep me motivated. If you have a hand project, and 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

Until next time!

Hop Hop Happy and a Mystery Quilt!

I can’t believe it! I am finished piecing my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt! I am so excited, can you tell?:). The last time I posted about this I had started the appliqué rabbit border.

Those rabbits and vines took a long time, but I really did like learning to appliqué. I feel quite confident now:)

I have been so busy with life that sewing has taken the back seat for a while. But I had a free day today to sew and I took advantage of it! Sewing makes me feel so good:)❤️

I gathered my fabrics and started cutting small squares and rectangles.

I did A LOT of chain piecing, so I was glad I had my purple Cutting Gizmo;)

I made squares framed by squares, and I even snuck in some of this quarter’s MYSTERY fabric:). I am so sneaky, Lol!

If you want to join along on the MYSTERY fun, you can read about it HERE.

After I sewed my squares, I added some triangles to the sides to make them stand on point. They look a bit odd at this stage.

I sewed them into strips and sewed them as the final border to my quilt. Ok, ok, drum roll please…. here it is all ready to be quilted!

Isn’t it AMAZING?! I absolutely LOVE it:)❤️❤️ The next time I blog about this will be the final photo shoot. It shouldn’t be too much longer.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my sewing adventure today. It has been a T-SWEETS Day for sure!!

Be-Attitudes Quilt Finish!

Summer is here, school is out, and I am finished with my Be-Attitudes Quilt!

It is always a bitter sweet, but mostly SWEET feeling when I finish a quilt. My sewing space feels a bit empty when the blocks and colors are gone. But the happiness of seeing the end result is the crowning jewel so it is worth it:)

I have been working on this Be-Attitudes since January of this year. I especially liked sewing along with my dear friend Kathleen❤️. She kept me motivated.

Each little block was a little mini-quilt in itself. Here are a few of my favorites-

This little puppy is exactly the block I need right now as my not so little puppy is having a hard time being house broken. -Maybe Be Patient would fit here too! Lol😊

I do love the flowers on this Be Patient block though. I also like the water coming from the watering can:)

But since I am giving this quilt to a wonderful teacher for her classroom, this Be Smart Block must be my favorite:). I hope the children will look at this quilt and try to Be Smart and Be Kind… I also hope they will look at it find the little details like an I Spy type of quilt.

There is so much to see and learn from letters to colors, seasons, family, attitudes, and more.

If any of you are interested in making your own Be-Attitudes quilt, the pattern is from a booklet by Art to Heart.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until next time!

This is my second finish for this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

How to Shade Fabric

Good morning! I have had several people ask me about how I add the rosey cheeks to my Be-Attitudes quilt blocks. It is really much easier than you might think!

I use two different methods for shading. It usually depends on which item is closest to me at the time. Lol!

Method #1– Blush

This is the easiest method. All you need to do is go into your make-up drawer and get a cotton swab and your blush.

Who knew?! Well, now you do! It’s as easy as placing a bit of blush on the swab, and gently rubbing the color onto the cheeks or area that you want color.

How cute is that?! I used this method on a doll I made for my daughter years ago. She slept with, and played with that doll for years, and the blush stayed on.

Method #2 – Crayon Color

This method is a little bit trickier, but I like this method because the colors are only limited by your selection of crayons:)

It is not really hard, it just takes a light hand. I suggest practicing on a scrap fabric first. Once you get the hang of it, it is very simple to do.

Once you have colored your shading, there is an added step of heat setting the crayon. Place a paper towel on top of the color and then iron it.

There you have it! Isn’t she so SWEET?! I added a bit of color to her hands as well.

I hope these shading techniques will help you with your next appliqué project. Here are the pictures of my final two Be-Attitude blocks.

Woo hoo! The next time I post about this quilt will be for the final photo shoot. Yea!! I think joyful and happy is a good description of how I feel about it😊

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET rest of your day!

It is Good to Be Down The Rabbit Hole Again!

My husband needed to go out of town for a business trip, and he invited me to go along with him to keep him company on his long drive from Detroit back to Arizona. Yea!! I LOVE road trips!❤️❤️

Now that my hand is better, I decided this was the perfect time to start back Down the Rabbit Hole. I had plenty of time to appliqué those rabbits, vines, and leaves. I really got quite nimble at the art of stitching in the car.

These little bees just make me smile:). Their heart shaped wings just say “love, love, love!”

I enjoyed stitching these flowers and bees while looking outside my window and seeing the Spring flowers blooming on the trees. It was such a beautiful trip.

Arizona Springs are very different from the lush green and delicate flower Spring of the Mid-West. I loved it!

Along the way, we stopped at Abraham Lincoln’s House in Springfield, Illinois. I felt like I had walked back in time almost 200 years.

We also stopped at the Chahokia Indian Mounds across from St. Louis, MIssouri. These are dirt mounds, but they remind me of the ruins in Central America.

We enjoyed a little hike up to the top of the mound, and then we headed in to St Louis for some delicious barbecue. SWEET!

We stopped at the #1 ranked BBQ restaurant called, “Pappy’s”. Oh, my, goodness!! Yum! Yum! Yum!

If you are ever in St Louis, don’t miss these ribs! They are caramelized sweetness on the outside and tender, smoked deliciousness on the inside.

As you can see, we enjoyed our road trip. But the best of all was how much of my Rabbit Hole appliqué I was able to get done. I have three of my panels completely done, and the fourth only has a little more to go.

That was A LOT of stitching!

I know that I should wait until I have all four panels before I sew them on and take a few photos, but I am so excited to finally be finished with the rabbits, who are the stars of the show, that I just couldn’t wait! I sewed two of the end panels on.

The original pattern has the rabbits all facing in toward the center. But I don’t like how they hang upside down when the quilt is on a bed. Sooo… this is my quilt, and I am choosing to have the rabbits face the right way on the bed.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you are enjoying the beauty of wherever you are.

Until next time,

Mystery Quilt Along Photo Shoot and Update

I am so excited to say that I am finally finished with my MYSTERY QUILT ALONG quilt from last quarter! Woo hoo! Better late than never, right?

My wrist cast came off a bit sooner than I expected and I am feeling great!! I was able to sew these blocks together in no time. YEA! I am so thankful for good doctors and for all of your kind words and concern. Thank you, thank you!

I love how these Purse Strings blocks turned out with the MYSTERY Fluffer Nutter fabric as the background. I mean really, look how cute this is!

SWEET! But I don’t think the name “Purse Strings” fits this quilt. I am going to call my quilt the “It’s a Mystery” Quilt. Now that’s more like it!

I always like to wash and block my throw quilts after quilting. It gives the quilt that soft, crinkly, cuddly feeling that says “Relax! Come and snuggle. You deserve it”

Blocking — The way I block my quilts is by washing and drying them as usual.

When you take your warm quilt out of the drier, it will be wrinkly and puffy along with a wavy kind of look. Take it to your ironing board and give it a nice press with a steam iron. It will flatten and smooth right out.

This picture shows the difference between blocked and not blocked quilts.

The left side of the quilt is not blocked and is more wrinkly and wavy, while the right side has been blocked and has a lovely flat crinkle to it. — I hope you can see the difference. The real quilt seems to show the blocking better than my picture.

I am very pleased with this Terra Cotta backing fabric. I think it really matches everything so well. I had a harder time choosing the binding, but I am pleased with this navy blue print. When in doubt, go with the complimentary color:)

I had a tricky time taking these pictures because of our new puppy named Tally. He seemed to think I made this quilt just for him! Lol!:). “Think again Tally! This quilt is not for you!”

This was such a fun MYSTERY QUILT! I also loved seeing what beautiful blocks and quilts the other quilters made. Every one was so unique!

MYSTERY QUILT ALONG #2 is going on right now, but it’s not too late to join in the fun.

Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are the hosts of the MYSTERY QUILT ALONG. It is different from other quilt alongs in that all of the quilters use the same focus fabric, and the quilter decides on the pattern and ways to use the fabric.

This quarter’s MYSTERY focus fabric is from Connecting Threads and is called Tea Flowers (Tomato) #91329. Just go to the fabric section and scroll down.

I sew, so, sew enjoy finding sneaky ways to use the MYSTERY fabric. Here is a peak at where I am using a bit of my MYSTERY fabric. How fun is that?!

This is how the MYSTERY works–

I am always happy to quilt along with so many fun and talented quilters. We would LOVE to have you join in the fun too!

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

Kathy E. @hazels-daughter

Velda @freckledfoxquiltery

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Thank you so much for dropping by today! You really do make my day SWEET:)

This is my first finish of this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

Mystery QAL Finish!

The Mystery is solved and the time to reveal is finally here!

I have used the Mystery Fabric in a few different blocks of several quilts. Here are my finishes–

Purse Strings Quilt– This Quilt is made with 20 fun blocks called Purse Strings.

It was very easy to sew. I cut all of my fabric and marked my corner squares. There were 320 of them!

I laid all of my blocks out and separated them with a piece of paper or a plastic bag, or whatever I had on hand. I just used something to separate the squares for the next block.

I didn’t want to get lost in that stack of fabrics, so I sewed each block individually instead of chain piecing all of them at once. The marking lines and my Seams Sew Easy template by Lori Holt really made it easy to sew those corner to corner seams!

I like how the template extends further than the arm of my machine to allow for larger squares.

I wish I could report that this quilt was all finished. I had planned to finish it when I got home from my trip, but I had wrist surgery instead. Oh well, life happens. It’s all good!

Delilah Blocks

I just love all of the different colors and fabrics in this fun quilt. I was able to use the Mystery Fabric in the May Flowers or “X” blocks and my Circles or “O” blocks. X’s and O’s😊

They are so SNEAKY here! I just love them❤️❤️

Be-Attitudes– And finally, I added the fabric to my Be Warm Block for the Be-Attitudes quilt.

Obviously, I had too much fun finding places to use my MYSTERY fabric! I’m excited to see what the other MYSTERY QAL quilters have made:)

Cindy @ inastitchquilting.com

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. @hazels-daughter

_Verlynne_ posting on Instagram

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope all of your days are SWEET!

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!