Mystery Quilt Along #3 Begins!

Good Morning! I hope those of you in the States had a wonderful 4th of July filled with good food, friends, and fireworks:).

After all of that fun, are you ready to start this next quarter’s MYSTERY QAL? I hope so! We would LOVE to have you join us!

This QAL is different from most Quilt Alongs in that a MYSTERY fabric is chosen, but the pattern or project is completely up to you! There is no size requirement so you are free to make a large quilt, a small mug rug, or just sneak a piece or two of the fabric in a project here and another there. It is kind of like an I Spy Quilting group:) 🔍

This quarter’s Mystery Fabric is “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. It can be found in numerous online sites. Including Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop. I am trying to choose different quilt shops to make this a shop hop experience as well. Isn’t that fun?

Are you excited to join along? Here is how–

Easy, easy!! The finish date will be Saturday, September 29th.

I’m excited to sew and quilt along with you this quarter. Once again, just comment below to join the fun:). Here is a list of those who are already joining along–

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

I hope I can add your name to this list! Let the MYSTERY begin:)!!

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!!

Hand Quilt Along Progress

It is time for a Hand Quilt Along update. I am pleased with my progress on my “Mystery of the Salem Quilt Guild” quilt by Crabapple Hill Studios. I work on it in the evenings to relax while watching Netflix with my hubby.

The right half is finished. I love how brilliant the colors look after embroidery. Here is a closer look.

I wonder what those two girls are talking about? Whatever it is, I’m sure it is scandalous!

And what a fun shopping spree these little witches have been on! Can I come along?

I had better not, they might turn me into a frog!

I keep all of my threads wound up on bobbin cards in a box that my mother gave me years and years ago,

It works very well, except that the lid doesn’t lock on, so I have to be very careful to not knock it over. I haven’t had any problems yet, so I must be doing a good job.

I told you about my wonderful standing embroidery hoop last time.

I wonder how I ever embroidered without it? It not only works great for someone with a broken wrist, it also really locks the fabric in tightly.

Broken bones or not, I am going to keep using this hoop!

Now it is time to move on to the food party half of my quilt panel. This food looks like the makings of a fun party. I bet there is a touch of poison in it though….

I doubt I will get this whole food table done before the next update, but I will try to make a dent in it:)

If any of you want to join along in this HQAL, here is how to join and a list of the other stitchers:

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 @Sewing Etc.

Lori@Quilting Needs

Margaret@ The Crafty Creek

Kerry@ Love Those Hands at Home

Emma@ Emma Crafts Design

Tracy@ It’s a T-Sweets Day! That’s me:)

Deb @ abearsthimble2

Connie@Connie’s Creations

Susan@Desert Sky Quilting

Nanette @ Chopin-APassionate Quilter

Sassy @ Farm Quilter

Edith@ Edi’s Crafting Life

Sharon @ Piecing Life Together One Stitch At a Time

Bella@ Created by Bella

Until next time!

I Think I Can – I Think I Can!

Do you know that feeling when everywhere you look there seems to be something out of place or that needs tidying up? I am so there right now!

It couldn’t be a more perfect time for Leanne @She Can Quilt to be inviting fellow bloggers to finish some of those UFOs lying around their sewing rooms. I am in!!

I don’t think I can get too many of my projects done, but there are three that are really close and should be realistic finishes–

Purse Strings–

I have 8 of the 20 blocks done for this wonderful quilt. I am SURE I can get this one done.

Not only is this one all cut out and ready to finish, it is right in the way of all of my other projects! Yep, time to finish it up.😊

My next finish will be a bit trickier…

Delilah-

I joined Jen Kingwell’s template of the month last year. I kept up for quite a while, but just around Christmas, of course, I fell behind.

It has been over a year now, and I WANT to see what it looks like all put together. I am so excited to finally say that yes, I can finish this one!

Be-Attitudes–

I am working on this one each week with a friend. She should keep me going along:)

We only have 4 more blocks to go, so this one should easily be done before school starts next year. SWEET!!

I’m so glad you dropped by today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

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And the Winner is….!

The Mystery is over, the projects are revealed. Each quilt was so unique and beautiful to look at! Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting and I want to thank everyone who participated in our fun and different MYSTERY quilt along.

Edith @ Edis Crafting Life

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. @hazels-daughter

Today is the day a winner of a yard of our next MYSTERY focus fabric is chosen. This was done very scientifically by writing everyone’s name on a slip of paper, carefully folding them, and placing them in a bowl.

And the winner is…. drum roll please!

I will be contacting you Abbie for your mailing address soon. Congratulations!!!

Now, for any of you who may be interested in joining us in our next MYSTERY QAL, just leave me or Cindy a comment saying you would like to join along and we will add your link to the list. Here are the details:

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

And here is a graphic you can use for your posts, but it is completely optional.

Thank you once again for such a fun time! I am looking forward to this summer edition of the MYSTERY QAL. It’s going to be SWEET!

Salem Witches Quilt Guild

It is time to report on my Hand Quilt Along progress and I am excited to say that I’m finally back to stitching on my Salem Witches Quilt Guild panels by Crabapple Hill Studios.

I have been working so long on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt that this one has been pushed aside. Well, since I can’t hold my fabric for appliqué for a few months, I just folded my Rabbit quilt up and put it on the shelf until after the cast comes off.

As far as my Quilt Guild quilt goes, I finished coloring all of the panels, and I am happy to say that I have a wonderful embroidery hoop that allows me to stitch with just one hand. Woo hoo!😊

The only hard part now is separating the threads and threading the needle, but that is coming along as well:).

I am falling in love again with this fun little witch Quilting party. I mean really, just look at this poor little witch who was turned into a frog by mistake!

I smiled with every stitch as I looked at the cute expression on this red haired witch. (I have a preference for red heads. I have four red headed children❤️)

I hope all of the other hand quilters are having as much fun with their projects as I am with mine. I’m excited to head over and check them all out.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdith, Bella, and Sharon

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 above.

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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!

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

Delilah Quilt Hugs

I have finally had a moment or two to work on my beautiful Delilah Quilt. The last blocks I made were the “x” blocks. Those little kisses were so cute!

This month I worked on my “o” blocks or my Hugs:)

I always find the hardest part of this quilt to be the choosing of those eclectic fabric patterns.

Even though the fabrics come with the templates each month, I still really need to focus and plan so the circle actually shows up and doesn’t get lost like this one did.

It looks much better with a carefully chosen contrast of colors.

Now that circle pops! SWEET!

I have also been having a lot of fun sneaking in my MYSTERY QUILT fabric in my projects.

This QAL is like a treasure hunt where we “I Spy” the fabric everyone is adding to their projects. How fun is that?!😊

It has been a great quilting/sewing day. I am in love with this X’s and O’s! I feel the love❤️❤️

I am so glad you dropped by today. I hope your day is filled with many warm X’s and O’s

A Grateful MYSTERY

Good Sunday to you! I do not normally post blogs on Sunday, but somehow the 28th landed on a Sunday and it is time to update my fellow MQAL quilters with my MYSTERY progress.

Since it is a Sunday, I thought I might share something I am grateful for with each step along the way.

I am grateful for talented people who inspire me❤️

I have been going back and forth on what I was going to make with this fun Fluffer Nutter Fabric. I finally decided that it should be something easy enough to finish in a few months while not working on it every day.

I went to my Pinterest boards and looked at my Quick and Easy Quilt Board. I found a very fun looking quilt call Purse Strings by My Quilt Infatuation. I knew it was the perfect project for my MYSTERY quilt!

I am very Grateful for beautiful fabric❤️

I subscribe to a monthly fat quarter fabric club from The Fat Quarter Shop. Each month they send me a set of lovely fabrics that make me smile as I open the package😊.

This set of fabrics is called Love Story and I am in love with it! I think it goes so well with my Fluffer Nutter Fabric, don’t you?

I am grateful for modern cutting tools❤️

Back in my mother’s time, which really wasn’t that long ago, she would have to cut every square or small shape out with scissors . She would cut shapes from cardboard and then trace around them. She would spend evenings cutting each shape to perfection and try to keep them separate and organized.

Oh how grateful I am that I don’t have to do that. Really, in just a matter of minutes I was able to cut my fabrics out for my first block.

I am grateful for my wonderful Sewing machine❤️

I have several sewing machines, but my go to – favorite piecing machine is my Juki 2010Q It is super fast and mega strong.

It only sews a straight stitch , but wow! It sews a beautiful stitch😊

I am a waste not, want not type of girl so those half-square triangles on the bottom right are the extras that I cut from the stitch and flip corners. I don’t know what I am going to do with them, but I’m sure I will figure something out in the end:)

I am grateful for my family. They are the very best pieces of my life❤️

These pieces are just like my family. We are colorful and happy. We work together and support one another in all we do.

And the finished product is beautiful!

I will be making 20 of these. They go together so quickly but look like they take hours to make:)

I am grateful for my online friends❤️

I have had so much fun working with Cindy @ in a Stitch Quilting. She is a talented quilter. I have enjoyed working with her on this QAL. I am also grateful for all of these fine quilters who are joining along in this MYSTERY QAL. I’m so excited to see what MYSTERIES they are sewing up in their sewing rooms:)

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. -posting on Instagram

_Verlynne_ posting on Instagram

It really is such a wonderful time to be alive. I am thankful to my Savior and Redeemer for all of the many blessings He so bounteously blesses me with.

Thank you for dropping by today!