Down the Rabbit Hole at Last!

I am FINALLY starting my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  This is a monthly Quilt Along program that started back in January.  At first I thought I didn’t need another Quilt Along and I really don’t.  Also, I wasn’t overly enthused by this sketch of the quilt.

I mean, really it looks kind of plain in its sketched form.   Sarah is quilting along with us so there isn’t even a picture of the finished Quilt yet.  But as the months got going and beautiful pictures started coming up on my Instagram account, I knew I had to join along.  

I ordered the program back in April, but life has happened and the Long Time Gone, Splendid Sampler, and Delilah quilts were already going.  But now things are calming down, and I am heading Down the Rabbit Hole at last!

I was excited to try out my wedge cutting skills and start my Rabbit Hole center.

I sewed the wedges into four arcs and then joined them to make one wild circle

Isn’t it so cool?  Now you see why I HAD to join along. 

It is so SWEET!!   

Next I started working on my 1/4″ bias tape.  Yep, you heard me right, 1/4″!  Luckily I have a 1/4″ bias tape maker.


Have you used one of these before?  They are great!  I have several in different sizes. I have a totally Tipster Tip for these that I will share with you later this week:)


I folded my fabric to make a bias edge and cut 1/2″ bias strips.  They were so small!

  1. I brought the strip to the ironing board
  2. I stared feeding my strip into the bias tool with the right side facing down
  3. On the bottom of the tool is a slot to pull the fabric down
  4. With a pin I pulled the fabric out

Now that isn’t too hard is it?

Now for the fun part:)

  1. Pin the fabric to the board with the right side facing down.  Do this at the far end of the board so you have lots of room to press.
  2. Place the tip of your iron right against the tool and start to slowly pull the tool against the fabric.  Move the iron along with the tool.
  3. Yea!  A beautiful 1/4″ piece of bias tape. Easy!!

And, what did I do with this teeny bias tape?  Here is a sneak peak!  

I can’t wait to share it with you!  But it is going to have to wait until later though because tomorrow is Scrap Happy day:)!

Until then I hope your day is filled with SWEET creative adventures:)

I Feel Splendid!!! 

I feel Splendid because my Splendid Sampler Quilt is done!  It is quilted and bound too:).  Yea! Happy dance!!

It has been a year and a half and 82 blocks since I started this amazing adventure.  Some of the blocks were easy and others were extremely tricky.


One of the hardest blocks, but also one of my favorites was this beautiful dress block.  The paper piecing was a bear!  But I did it and learned a lot:)


My very favorites were definitely the embroidery blocks.  I never knew how much I like to embroider in the evenings.  Thank you Splendid Sampler:)!

I went out of my normal red and orange depression era color scheme favorites, and went with a peach, aqua, and gray with a bit of mustard splashing  around. 

It was kind of hard to be excited about the colors for a whole year, but I am glad I stuck with it.  The quilt is a perfect SWEET softness that I just love❤️


I used a dark peach for the backing and bound it with a black with a white large dot.   I had one extra block that I added to the back along with a large tag that I printed out on my computer.


Here is a picture of the complete quilt.  It measures about 66″x 66″.  I wanted it small enough to hang on the wall in my quilting room.   And yes,  I had to climb on a bar stool to get this picture!  I’m glad I didn’t fall!  Lol:).   


Yep, you heard me right,  this one is for ME!!   I could never ever part with all of the work and memories in this quilt.


I feel a bond with all of my fellow “Splendettes”.  It was so fun watching everyone do the same block but having it come out so differently because of color or creative genius.

Yes, it has been a SWEET and Splendid journey that I will always remember and cherish.  Thank you Pat Sloan and all of the designers for bringing this all together:)

Almost Gone – Long Time Gone Quilt

It was so exciting to see this quilt come together today:)!   It was sewn together in six sections.  And it’s a good thing because the blocks are all different sizes.  It was kind of like sewing a puzzle together in sections!

Section 1-

Section 2-

Section 3-

Section 4-

Section 5-

Section 6-

Isn’t that crazy?!  I love sewing different sized blocks together.  It adds so much dimension to the quilt.  I think that is why I like all of Jen Kingwell’s patterns in the first place:)

And here it is all sewn together–



Yea!!!!  Next I added the border–


Not so yea:(   It is funny what a picture will tell you about your color placements. The black has got to go.  Here is another-


Yep, it’s coming out!  But not today because I am heading over to my daughter’s for a fun file folder coloring retreat.  I will definitely post about the fun:)!

Until then, have a super SWEET day!!


P.S.–  if any of you are interested in making this quilt, it is from a pattern booklet I bought online called Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. 😊

Long Time Gone Quilt — Almost Done!!

Good Monday morning!  I am back from a few days at the cabin for a family reunion.  It was so nice to spend time with family in the cooler weather of Northern Arizona:)

Now that I am back, I have had time to finish the checkerboard blocks for my Long Time Gone Quilt. They were so quick and fun to make!   I loved using my leftover scraps to whip them out:)

I listened to a book as I sewed and chain pieced away:).  It is kind of therapeutic to sew and listen to a book.  It is one of life’s greatest pleasures!


My handy Cutting Gizmo made light work of cutting apart the chains. 


Ah, the beauty of a finished section:)!


I stacked all of my finished blocks together and just looked at them with a happy smile on my face:) :). I just love neatly stacked quilting blocks, don’t you?


And here they are laid out in no particular order.  They are ready to be sewn together this week.  I can’t believe it!  This quilt is almost done.  It is soon to be Long Time Gone….

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  I am using a mix of Cotton and Steele fabrics and fabrics from my stash.  Sewing along with the Gnome Angel sew along has kept me on a schedule that has really helped.

I hope your day is a SWEET one filled with people you love and time for a creative adventure or two!

Learn to Quilt – Lesson 7 -Finish and Photo Shoot!

It’s a wonderful day because today is the finishing of our Pins and Stripes quilting lessons!  Yea!!   This lesson is going to take you several days or even longer.  Don’t stress.  Just enjoy the journey and take it one step at a time.  It’s all good:)


In our last lesson, we finished the borders all around out quilt top.  It looks so pretty, but really, it isn’t a quilt yet.  We need to prepare a back, gather our batting, sew it together, and bind it. Wow! There is a lot to a quilt!

First, let’s talk about our backing. Your backing should measure at least 8″ wider and longer than your top.  This is  to make sure that it still covers the whole quilt after quilting.

You can buy 108″ backing fabric at your local fabric store.  Or you can piece together fabric until it large enough to be bigger than your top.


This is my backing.  I didn’t have enough of the checked fabric in my stash so I added the stripe.  I really like how it looks.  Quilters make do!

  • If you are using  42″ wide fabric, you will need to have 5 yards of fabric.
  • Cut this piece in half making two pieces of fabric 2.5 yards each
  • Sew them together lengthwise making sure to cover the entire selvedge in your seam. You will need to make a 5/8″ seam to do this instead of our normal 1/4″.
  • Iron out all of the wrinkles and press your seam open.

Now for the quilting.  I highly, highly, highly recommend taking your beautiful quilt to a longarm quilter in your area and having them quilt it .

You will get a perfectly backed, fun stitched, no headache quilt in return.  Once again, your local quilt shop can direct you to several quilters in your area.

But if you want to save the money or the packing up of your stuff and heading to the store again, I get it, I have been there too:).   Here is how you can quilt it at home.  You are going to need a lot of safety pins or fabric spray glue.

  • Lay your backing with the right side down or the wrong side facing up on a large hard surfaced floor.
  • With your masking tape, tape it down all the way around
  • Lay your batting on top.  If you are spray basting, spray the backing first and then lay the batting down on top
  • Lay the quilt top on top of the batting.  Once again, spray the batting first if you are spray basting.
  • If you are pinning, now pin through all three layers at the center of every block.
  • Lift your quilt off of the floor and take it to your machine
  • Stitch in the ditch around all of the squares.  Sew one straight line all the way down
  • Repeat for all of the rows, go one direction, then other.

You can add as much quilting as you like.  Just keep sewing in all of the seams:)


Now that our quilt is quilted, the final step is the binding.   Don’t worry, it isn’t hard.  This method is easy! Just remember to take it slow, one step at a time:)

When you get your quilt back, it will look like this:

  • Cut the batting and the backing even with the top.
  • Use your ruler to square up the corners and straighten the edges.
  • Sew 1/4″ all the way around your quilt to keep the edges together as we bind.  Nothing is more frustrating than a shifty bottomed quilt that doesn’t get caught in the binding.
  • From the remaining blues or color #2, cut 8 strips 2.5″ wide.  If you are using smaller lengths, you need 310″ or so.
  • Take all of these strips to your machine.
  • Place one strip horizontally on your table. Place a second strip on top going vertically.  Be sure to match the edges.
  • Sew from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.  Use your masking tape from before as your sewing guide.
  • Chain sew the next piece and the next in the same manner
  • Keep sewing them all together until you have one REALLY long  2.5″ strip.
  • Trim all of the extra fabric at the seam down to 1/4″
  • Press the seams open and cut off all of the little dog ear pieces hanging below the edges.
  • Press your entire strip in half
  • Starting sewing in the middle of a long edge on the back side of your quilt.  Place your folded fabric strip on the edge with the raw edges together. Leave a 12″ tail at the top.  Start sewing with your 1/4″ foot where I have marked with the pin.
  • Sew all the way down the side of the quilt until a little before  1/4″ of the end.  Your presser foot should have a 1/4″ mark on it like in the above picture. Stop sewing a little before that mark reaches the edge of your quilt.
  • Cut your threads and raise your presser foot,
  • Place the edge of your quilt on a straight lined surface.  I use the edge of my machine.  You may need to use your cutting mat if you have a round edged machine.
  • Fold the binding back so it is also on the straight edge of your surface going the opposite direction creating a perfect 45 degree angle fold as in the top left picture above
  • Hold that angled piece as you fold the binding back on itself.  Hold it tight and turn it so you can start sewing down the next side.
  • Sew about 3 inches down, cut your threads and check your corner by flipping it over. It should be nice and crisp. If it isn’t, take out the stitching and start again.  3″ isn’t too hard to fix:).
  • If it looks good,  continue to sew and repeat the same process on the remaining three sides
  • Sew until you are about 12″ away from your beginning stitch.  Back stitch and cut your threads.
  • Take your quilt to a large flat surface like your cutting mat.
  • Fold both ends of your binding back on themselves leaving about 1/4″ space between them.
  • Cut the left piece at this fold
  • Open the piece you just cut and lay it on top of the right piece.
  • Use this as your measurement to cut the top folded part of the right binding. Do not cut through all four pieces of fabric. Only cut the top two pieces leaving a folded piece of binding.
  • Fold the left side of the binding on an angle as in the top left picture.  Really finger press that angle.
  • Place the right binding on to the left side
  • Open the right binding and really hold it there.
  • This next part feels a little awkward, but it’s not too hard, you can do this:)! — while holding the edges together, lift both pieces of binding up and pin them together.
  • Your quilt will feel heavy, but hold that pinned piece together and bring it back to your machine.
  • Bunch your quilt up to the left and sew on the mark you created by finger pressing.   Sew from the top left to the bottom right corner. Use your tape as your guide:)
  • Check to make sure your binding now fits your quilt, and then trim the excess corner off with your scissors.
  • Sew the final 12″ of your binding down to your quilt.
  • Change your threads.  The bobbin thread should match your backing fabric and the top thread should match your binding.   They might be two different colors.  Mine are.
  • Starting in the middle of one side, fold your binding over to the right side of your quilt.  You do not have to fold the entire binding over, just a few inches.
  • Make sure the binding is covering the stitching, and start to sew.  Use the left inside edge of your presser foot as the guide for the placement of the edge of your binding.
  • As you sew, the top of the binding will have a cute little edge stitch and the bottom of your quilt will have stitching that blends into the backing fabric.  Easy!
  • Sew all the way to the edge of your quilt.  Stop right at the edge.
  • Fold the binding up to make a perfect mitered corner.  Just look at your pretty corner ! And how simple was that?!
  • Continue sewing all the way around your quilt repeating the corner technique.

DONE!!  You have finished your quilt!!!  Isn’t it beautiful?!  You deserve a fun photo shoot! And how about a picnic?   SWEET!!

Thank you so much for joining in on this quilting journey.  You are now equipped with the necessary tools and skills to make many more quilts.  I warn you, quilting is quite addictive:)!

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

I hate to say goodbye to this fun adventure, but I am sure we will sew together again.

Until next time,

Don’t forget to post your finished Quilt on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!  Be sure to check that all of your pictures are in the file:)

Delilah Block #4 – Fairhaven

It is always a happy day when my Jen Kingwell Delilah QAL Templates and fabric come in each month!  I eagerly open the envelope, and drink in the pretty fabrics.  I read the instructions at least twice and then try to wait until I can relax a bit and get started.  

But this time I was so excited to get started that I didn’t wait to take a picture of all of my pretty fabrics.  Oh well, as you can see, they make up into a beautiful block!

The hardest part was deciding what colors I wanted to put where:). Isn’t that always the case?

The cutting was also no easy task this month.  There were a lot of curves all over the place!  I just focused on one square at a time.  It was easier that way:)

I tried my hand at hand sewing a few of the curves, but gave up. Nope, that was not for me.   I much prefer my sewing machine.

With just a little tug here and there, the curves just magically sew together.  And look how pretty they turn out!


Those striped convex pieces in the middle just make me smile:)


I just love them!:)

Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog. I will be back to tomorrow with our final Learn to Quilt Lesson – Pins and Stripes.  SWEET!!

Until tomorrow,


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:) 

Dear Daughter- Chapter 10

Yea! Yea! Yea!  I have caught up with this fantabulous quilt along:). Well, the new chapter comes out this week, but hey, I am happy:)!

This chapter seems a little loud to me, but girls are loud and happy and fun.  At least my daughter is:).

 Before I started sewing this chapter, I organized my box of fabrics.  It had gotten so messy and hard to find the sizes and colors I wanted that it was a little frustrating just picking my colors.  I am glad I took the time and put my like sized scraps together.

This made it a breeze to pick my scraps for these blocks!:)I love it when things come together quickly and easily.

Here are the new blocks for this chapter. 

The designer, Sherri,  of rebeccamaedesigns.com. didn’t make hers so loud and scrappy.  I hope I’m not sorry in the end…..

Thank you for stopping by:). I hope you have a SWEET day!

–Tracy

Playing Catch-up in the Splendid Sampler QAL

After all of the wedding pandemonium, I finally have had time to quilt again.  Yea!   I am about 4 or 5 blocks behind.   Today I finished two.  This one is called Pieces of Friendship.  It was very quick and easy.

I alway feel so good when I trim the block and it comes to a beautifully straight and perfect 6.5″ square.  I just love to look at it sitting all neat and pretty with the others in the 6.5″ square napkin holder I have had for a long time.  Isn’t it a sweet day when you can find a new purpose for an ordinary object around the house?

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All neat and pretty!

The next block I made is called “Lina’s Gift”. This one also was not too tricky. The hardest thing about this block was the half square triangles.

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LIna’s Gift

The directions were easy peasey though, and I was able to use my Quilt in a Day square up ruler to make the task even easier:)

You just place the line marked with the size of square you want on the stitched seam and trim up and down with the rotary cutter.   You end up with a beautiful finished square when you are done:)

It has definitely been SWEET joining all the wonderful quilters from around the world as we make this sampler. You can check it here.

–Tracy:)

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A few of The Splendid Sampler blocks