Long Time Gone Quilt – Court House Steps and Bake Along

There is something about cutting fabric into little pieces and sewing the small pieces of fabric back together in a new order and pattern that is just so therapeutic.  This has been my therapy for the week:)

I cut all of my strips and started sewing from edge to edge changing colors from light to dark.

It was fun to watch these steps grow larger and larger with each round.


Here they are all finished and looking pretty:). 

I am joining along with Gnome Angel in the Quilt Along that will be going through the summer.  We are all sewing this beautiful quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.  I just LOVE her designs!  

I am also excited for tomorrow’s Fantastic Bake Along:).  We are making Double Dipped Fried Chicken.  You can still join in the fun.  We would love to cook along with you:)!  It’s going to be SWEET!!

I can’t wait until tomorrow:)!  Happy quilting and cooking!!

Long Time Gone – Plus a Star Block

Good Monday morning to you!  This week’s Long Time Gone block was a lot trickier than it looked.  Really, how hard could a regular star block and a bunch of straight lined squares and rectangles be?

I cut each plus unit and the star unit to the specified sizes.  Easy.  I really wanted the star to pop, so I made sure the pluses were all colored while the star was black and white.

I started laying out my design and found that it was trickier than I thought.  I really, really had to look at the diagram carefully.  Getting those plus units in the right place took some time and thought.

The pattern said to sew the center of the star nine patch first and then lay out the rest of the pieces, but that made lining up the rest of the blocks a little off and hard to match.

Now on to the easy part, just the row by row sewing.  That was trickier too!  Did I miss a square?  Ugh! I did!  I should have taken that nine patch apart, and started over, but I thought I had it….

Oh well,  I did finally get those plus blocks to line up correctly.  And guess what, I really like them:)!

And the star looked like a beautiful black and white star. Yea!!

But, even looking at these blocks while writing this post, I can see that that darn star block has messed up the plus blocks!

Do you see the pink heart on the top left corner of the star?   The pink should come down into the star to complete the plus.  Really?!   The instructions really didn’t talk about continuing the pluses…. oh well, my seam ripper and I are good friends.  We have a love/hate relationship:)

Ok, I’m back.  That opened Pandora’s Box!  All of those half square triangles had to be changed out and those pesky pluses had to be figured out.  Wow! What a job!  But it is finally done and I like it so so so much better.  The pattern is right now. Whew!

I’m glad I unsewed and fixed it.   It was worth it. Here is a picture with all of my blocks together.  I took the picture before the changes, but you still get the idea.   

Isn’t it great?!   The pattern is from Jen Kingwell’s pattern Long Time Gone.   I am joining along in the quilt along with Gnome Angel.   It is really fun, despite this tricky little block:). Why don’t you join us?

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a totally SWEET day without any “unsewing”.  

Rockin’ the Long Time Gone SAL – Jacob’s Ladder

I can’t believe another week has gone by!  I am just in LOVE with this quilt! Every new section has made me smile:)

I am joining Gnome Angel in this Sew-along Quilt-along.  The pattern is the Long Time Gone quilt by the absolutely amazing Jen Kingwell.  You can grab a pattern here or on amazon if you want to join in on the fun!

This week’s section was the Jacob’s Ladder block. It is just so so cute!

It was a very easy block to make.  I cut the fabrics for each block and set them out on my preview board.

I then placed the two small blocks on the larger block of each color and sewed down the center in the stitch and flip method,

I know a lot of people trim the extra away on the back, but I just flip, press, and go.  I sewed up the little four patches and then laid the blocks out again on my handy preview board.

I like to sew each row and each block seperatly so I don’t get lost.  The blocks turned out fantastic!

Then I just had to sew them together in three rows of three.  Easy!

As you can see, I really am enjoying this sew along.  Why don’t you join us? It is SWEET!

Long Time Gone QAL

I have been looking at and drooling over Jen Kingwell’s designs and patterns for a while now.  Her wild colors and adventurous techniques just tickle my fancy.  

This is the Delilah Quilt that Jen made. Isn’t it amazing?

So when she announced that she came out with a new pattern called Delilah and that it would be a template block of the month, I signed up!  One block a month, I can sew do that:)

Well,  I signed up back in February and am expecting my first installment any day now, but now there is another QAL going on over at Angel Gnome for Jen’s Long Time Gone Quilt. 

This QAL is one block a week which is a little harder, but I already have the pattern and I am so excited to get started on my Delilah quilt……OK!  I’ll join in!!  How about you? Shall we do it together?:)

I looked through my fabric and was happy to find this Cotton and Steele fabric that I had bought a while back and folded up.  Remember? It is perfect!  I have enough scraps lying around that I can add to the mix that this should be plenty.  Yea!

I am a week behind so I made two blocks this week.  Here they are:

Bow Ties– made 2

  • I gathered my lights and darks and cut them into the specified size squares.
  • Then came the fun stitch and flip.  Easy easy!
  • Place a small dark square in the corner of  a light square and sew from corner to corner. Tiger tape is so helpful here, no marking the line needed!
  • Cut the chain apart, flip the small square over and press.  Woo hoo!
  • Lay the bow ties out for easy, organized sewing.  Be sure those seams kiss or nest together by pressing the seams toward the dark square.
  • Sew them all together and done!  I am excited:)

Square in a Square– made one


This block was a little harder because of all of the bulk.  It is also a stitch and flip block, but there are a lot of seams here, so be sure to trim away the under side of the flip.  

  1. Sew two small squares on opposites corners of a larger square and sew each square from corner to corner
  2. Trim the seams to 1/4″. Flip and press
  3. Sew two squares to the opposite corners in the same manner.  
  4. Trim, flip, and press.

It’s looking good! 

I look forward to making these two quilts.  I ask myself if I am crazy because I just have a little way to go on my Splendid Sampler…..”press on!” I say!!!

I hope your Friday is SWEET.  Really, if you are at all interested in making this quilt, I hope you will join me.  I will post along with Angel Gnome, so it really should be a breeze:)