Lake Powell Paradise

It’s summer time in Arizona, and around my house, that means cooling off in the beautiful waters of Lake Powell. Yea!

Lake Powell is like floating in the Grand Canyon. The cliffs and large rock formations are beautiful.

We have a houseboat that we jam pack with people, food, water toys, and games. We try to find a private cove with sandy beaches and snuggle in for the week.

We usually drive the boat a few hours into the lake, but this year we stayed fairly close to the marina, so the cliffs were not as high. It didn’t matter though. The smaller rocks around us were perfect for exploring and jumping in the water to cool off:)

The kids would wake board and tube behind the ski boat all day and in the evening we would drive around and just enjoy the red rocks and blue water.

Every turn would have a new rock or cliff to admire.

And what would a vacation be without some handwork to relax with? I brought my Persian Tiles along and crocheted while I enjoyed the view.

It was a great week. I can’t believe it is already a memory. But what SWEET memories they are!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a virtual Lake Powell trip with us. I hope you have sunny days and smooth water wherever you may be:)

There are Angels Among Us

I have been the recipient of so many kind thoughts and acts of service these past few weeks. My heart is full with gratitude because of the prayers and sweet notes given by my family and friends like you.

This graphic is from My Computer is My Canvas. I love all of her designs!

I was especially surprised to receive a package in the mail from my online friend Tina @ Kristabella’s Hodgepodge. I must admit that tears came to my eyes as I opened the package and read her sweet Get Well note and beautifully crocheted bag.

I filled my new crocheted pouch with handkerchiefs and mints. It is the perfect size for my Sunday bag. I will have SWEET thoughts of her each time a tear comes to my eye at church. ❤️

I am happy to be in a world with so many wonderful people in it. I know that there are bad and crude people too, especially if you listen to the news and media. But my experience is that most people are good and trying the best they can.

Even in New York City, when I broke my wrist, there were such kind people who came running to my help. Some stayed nearby to make sure I was going to be alright. I felt their care and concern.

Yes, there are angels all around us. It makes me want to try harder to serve, and think of others more.

Thank you all so very much! My heart is very full❤️

P.S.– My wrist is getting better everyday. I will have a cast for another 7 weeks, but I have use of my thumb now so I can really sew again! Yea!

Mystery Quilt Along Call to Finish!

This is the final week of our Mystery Quilt Along! It has been so fun watching as the focus fabric has been peeking out here and there in everyone’s projects:).

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting chose this FlufferNutter fabric for the featured fabric. It was so easy to match in almost every project!

I hope you all have at least a block to share with us on Saturday, March 31st. Here is a sneak peak at a few of mine–

Everyone who posts a finish, no matter how small, will be entered to win a yard of the focus fabric that Cindy and I will be stitching into Mystery projects over the summer. If any of you are interested in joining along, just let us know. We can start the Mystery again😊❤️

The fabric is from Connecting Threads and is called Tea Flowers (Tomato) #91329

I am excited to see what SWEET MYSTERIES have been unfolding in your sewing room this weekend!

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. @ Hazel’s Daughter

Verlynne_ posting on Instagram

Persian Tiles

I am happy, happy, happy to say that I have made some substantial progress on my Persian Tile Afghan. SWEET!! Just look at these beauties:)

The last time I posted about these I had finished the petals and was on to the laborious job of weaving in the tails.

Now when I say laborious, I really do mean that this was a JOB! There were hundreds and hundreds of those pesky pieces of yarn to weave in one at a time!

Ugh! Each block looked like this! Oh well, they are done now and I can happily say that the train is moving again:)

The next round was this earthy brown that looked like it could stop right there. But of course it didn’t.

I had another round of burnt orange to add. I think they look so nice.

And any of you who have followed me for a while know that I absolutely LOVE a neat stack of blocks. They just make me feel like I have accomplished something wonderful .

And believe me, with this one I have! Now, are any of you like me and jump ahead with one or two blocks just to see what it is going to look like?

I started with my next round with red.

But I just couldn’t help myself and then added the white to one of my blocks as well just for fun:)😊

I’m definitely on my way, but I don’t think there is any way in the world I am going to be able to make this into a bed spread. It would look so pretty though…..oh we’ll see!

If any of you are interested in crocheting your own blanket It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot.

Until next time,

Sandy the Sea Dragon

I was so honored to be asked by Emma of Emma Craft Projects to test her new pattern for Sandy the Sea Dragon,

Isn’t she so ADORABLE?! Emma is an amazing designer!

When Emma asked me to make my version of Sandy, I knew right away what yarn I would use.

I had these fun goldfish colored yarn skeins left over from my son‘s Afghan I made a few years back. They have been waiting for a cute project like this for quite a while now!

The pattern is written in a large font with plenty of pictures. I enjoyed crocheting all of the fun little pieces.

It only took me a few nights of crochet time to finish my little Sandy. I especially like her multi colored crest and flippy tail fins❤️❤️.

She is just so cute!

Thank you so much Emma for letting me test your new pattern! For any of you who may be interested in stitching up your own Sandy the Sea Dragon, Emma is going to be making the pattern available on Ravelry. You can contact her for the details. I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

I am off to the kitchen now to bake up my Mary Berry Gingersnaps for the Fantastic Bake Along tomorrow. SWEET!

Until then,

Crocheted Persian Tiles

I have been working on a beautiful crocheted blanket for quite a while now. It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot. I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about it until now. Maybe I am a bit embarrassed by my need to have so many projects going at the same time. Yes, that’s definitely it!

Oh well, here we go on the magic carpet ride:)

I have a vision of crocheting over 100 of these blocks to make a spread for my bed, but with how slow they are going, I doubt if that goal is going to be reached. I started with the initial 16 that the pattern called for.

The little center circles are so cute and went together so quickly. But hey, they are only about 2″ wide. They better have gone quick!

Next, I added the pineapple base to the circles.

I felt the wheels turning and was sure that this blanket would be done by Christmas.

I am sure you can see where this is going. The next few rounds were getting a bit larger so it took a bit more time, but really no problems.

Aren’t they looking pretty? Yep, back in July I was sure this blanket would be done by Christmas. Then came the petals. Those darn petals!

Here is a picture I took back in July or August.

And here I am FINALLY finishing my 16th block of petals in January!!

I know that I have definitely not only worked on this blanket. In fact, it has sat by my bed patiently waiting as I have appliquéd, embroidered, and crocheted other projects that either needed to get done or just sparked my need for change a bit more than the repetition of this petal stitch.

But the petal stitches are done and I have spent two evenings weaving so many threads that I can’t count them. I am ready for the next few rounds to finish the block. At least they won’t be the start and stop, clip and restart of these dreaded petals!

I don’t know, 100 of these? It might be a 10 year project! Lol:)

Focus Tracy! Focus!

P. S. – Here is a picture of what Janie’s original looks like. Of course I did not take this picture:). Can you see why I just HAD to make one of my own?

The Best of 2017

Hello! How was your Christmas? It has been such a fun and busy Christmas at my house. I have had a houseful of family and friends. Nothing says Christmas more than lots of good food and family:)

But now that there is a moment to breathe and think, I am happy to reflect back on a year full of creating. It has been a wonderful year!

It was hard to choose my favorite posts from this past year, but after thinking about it for a while, I have decided that the best projects must be the ones that have enabled me to connect with and make new friends.

The Top Five:

1. Long Time Gone QALI enjoyed quilting along with Angie @Gnome Angel and many other online friends. We all stretched our sewing and color combining skills as we made this Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell together. My FAVORITE part was quilting along with my friend, Cindy. It was fun to compare our finished quilts:)

2. The Splendid SamplerAfter a full year and a half of two blocks a week, I finally finished my Splendid Sampler! I was introduced to so many talented designers and made 20,000 plus Splendette friends:). I loved watching and being inspired by their beautiful blocks and quilts. There was a hole in my sewing table when these blocks were sewn together as well as a small hole in my heart as I left the group behind.

3. Fantastic Bake AlongThis year, I started a monthly Fantastic Bake Along Group. We all Bake a recipe selected by someone in the group and then share our results later in the week. Talk about yummy fun!! We have made pizza, homemade bread, quiche, and more. I have truly LOVED baking along with such SWEET people❤️❤️ The group is open to anyone and everyone. We would love to have you join along:)

4. Stardust Melodies I enjoyed crocheting and singing along with Polly Plum on her Stardust Melodies Afghan. Each block worked up fairly easily in an evening. It was like finishing new blanket twice a week:). It was fun to read about how excited everyone was as we waited for the next block to come out.

5. I Wish You a Merry QAL And last, but not least, is my beautiful I Wish You a Merry QAL quilt. I think I have made the most new friends with this fun Christmas quilt. I have connected with the designers who are all fairly new to blogging. I must admit I wish I could have been part of their group. They did such a good job!

There you have it, my top five of 2017. Some of you who follow me may be asking, “Tracy, why haven’t you included Delilah, or Down the Rabbit Hole?” Well, while I have connected with many new friends with these beauties, they aren’t finished yet. They will have to wait for next year.

Speaking of next year, I am so excited to begin the MYSTERY QALnext week on January 1st! Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are trying this new approach to a QAL and would LOVE to have you join us!

Thank you for dropping by today. I am excited to be linking up with Meadow Mist‘s Linky Party. I’m headed over to check out what all the other bloggers have done this year:)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

I hope all of you, my online friends, have a lovely Christmas this year. I hope you get a quiet moment or two for reflections on things that bring you peace and happiness . I hope you have plenty of good food and sweet family. It would be most pleasant if you have little ones around with excitement in their eyes.

I am especially thankful for the friendships I have made with so many talented people like you this year. Thank you for your kind words of praise and encouragement. You have made my holidays SWEET indeed:)

I will be back after the holiday with a highlight of this year’s favorite projects and the preparations for the MYSTERY QAL. I’m so excited!

Until then, once again, Merry Christmas!

Brenna’s Fingerless Gloves

A cute friend of mine went on a trip to France last month and was so SWEET to think of me and bring me back a skein of beautiful pink Adriafil yarn.  She is just the best!!!

I wish I would have thought to take a lovely picture of the yarn before I started crocheting, but I was already started late at night and remembered to take the picture right where I was. The lighting isn’t perfect, but you get it, right?


When she gave me this yarn, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  About a month or so ago, Brenna, from Crochet 539, posted that she had designed a pair of fingerless gloves that looked perfect for Arizona cool, but not too cold, mornings.

I got out my hook and crocheted away.  I only had one or two questions with the instructions, but I managed to crochet up a glove that looked pretty much like Brenna’s. I made a few errors but seemed to be able to fix them as I went.  The main problem was that the one small skein of yarn only made up one glove.  Oh no!

Well, I never let a hitch in the road stop me:). Since I couldn’t just run over to France and buy another skein of yarn, I looked through my stash and found a green that I think made the gloves even better than if they would have been if they were the same color.


Don’t they look great?!  I added a little ruffle stitch to the top that wasn’t in the pattern, but I think they look pretty much like Brenna’s:)

But pictures can be a bit deceiving.  Because I used two different yarns and the weight was different,  they are two different sizes! Lol :)!


I knew they were different weights when I started so I tried to adjust by decreasing the starting stitches which made the green glove skinnier.  I also decreased the number of rounds and tried to compare and measure as I went, but the green still ended up longer.  No one is perfect and especially not me!


But when I put them on, I really don’t think you can tell that they are two different sizes.  And I think that adding that pink stripe to the green glove really ties them both together.  All in all, they are a hit!  I really like them:)❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for a fun pattern Brenna!  It is a super SWEET day!

Stardust Melodies Finished!

I am so happy to say that I have finally finished my Stardust Melodies Afghan.  Yea! :).   It turned out even nicer than I thought it would.  I just love it when that happens!


Here are all of my beautiful blocks stacked and ready to be sewn together.  I love looking at neatly piled blocks.  Don’t you?


Then it was on to sewing them together.   That took longer than I thought would because I laid them out on the floor and had to go back and forth changing colors to match the block.  Then I had to weave in the tails as well.


It was no problem, it just took longer than I thought it would.   Next was the border.  I am absolutely in love with it!


The border is this gorgeous textured finishing touch for this afghan.  Before it was added I felt the blocks kind of fought against themselves with each trying to be the star of the show.   The border calmed them all down and unified them.


Isn’t it great how that happens?!   Here are a few more shots of my finished blanket—

It makes me want to snuggle up in a soft chair and read a book or write a blog post 🙂


I am going to fold this blanket and wrap it up to give to some dear SWEET friends for Christmas.  I am excited to give it to them❤️

Thank you for following along on my Stardust Melodies crochet journey.   If you are interested in making this beautiful afghan,  you can get the free pattern on Polly Plum’s everytrickonthehook.   I paid for the larger option offered on ravelry.com

This is my second finish for the Q4FAL. I’m on my way:)

It is definitely a SWEET day at my house today!

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