I Wish You a Merry QAL Indeed❤️❤️

I am happy to post that I have finished my Christmas Quilt! Yea!! It has been such a fun journey quilting with many of you and making some new friends along the way:)

This Quilt Along consisted of 12 different blocks designed by 12 different bloggers. Each block was so creative and fun to make, but I think my favorite was the angel block that I added a bit of embroidery embellishment to.

But as I look at that cute string of lights just above it, I have a very hard time not saying that that one is my favorite as well. Wait, oh, wait! Santa’s belt is absolutely adorable tool! Ok, they are all the best in their own way:)

I had a hard time deciding how to set these blocks. The designers each showed how they set theirs and there are quite a few others online. None of them seemed quite right to me. I laid them out all together and really liked them.

Having them all grouped together made the blocks really take center stage. But,…. you knew that was coming, but one, the quilt was a bit small, and two, I had quite a few scraps that needed to be used. I am a Scrap Happy quilter and could not waste any of these beautiful scraps!

I cut my scraps into 3.5″ squares and laid them all out in the center using the blocks as a sort of border.

I laid the squares out into a color way that was pleasing to me. I marked each row with tape and then piled the squares up in rows for easy sewing. Just pick the piles up and sew the squares in order.

I then sashed the blocks with more scraps from a different project. The blue was a bit bold so I just turned it over and used the back side as the right side. LOL! It worked fine for me:)

That blue and white polka dot looks perfect now! No one but you and I know the difference. Hee hee!

I used a soft fluffy minky, fleece on the back that looks like snow, but is anything. but cold. It is soft, warm and cuddly:). I bound it in black to tie the black all together.

And here is the finished quilt:

Isn’t it so festive?! I just love it::)! And just because I love to take pictures of my finished quilts, here a few more fun shots :

I am happy to be linking this post to Kate’s Scrap Happy monthly event. I am tickled pink with how the scraps really added to this quilt. It is perfect to me:) In fact, it’s SWEET!!

This quilt is now all wrapped up and placed under my tree. I am anxiously awaiting Christmas when my daughter in law will open it up:)

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I am off to my son’s graduation in Idaho this weekend. Even though this Arizona girl is no where near ready for a few days in the snow, I am so excited for him to finally graduate. Yea!!

But no worries, I will be posting my Fantastic Bake Along Cherry Tarts results. Some things are just a must in my life and Cherry Tarts are one of them! LOL:)

Until tomorrow,

If you are interested in making this quilt yourself, here are the links to the designers of each block

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery

Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts

Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilt in Piece

The Final Christmas Block!

The last block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along came out this past Tuesday and I couldn’t hardly wait to sew it up. It is a cute string of lights designed by Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts. She designs such wonderful things!

I mentioned in my last post that I am running a bit low on large pieces of my fabric. So instead of one large background square, I improvised a bit and added the border pieces to it. I really like the dimension it adds:). Quilting is such a forgiving art. ❤️. It’s all meant to looked pieced anyway so adding a few more pieces never hurts:)

The actual appliqué was very easy.

I glued the bias tape down with a glue stick and fusible web/ironed the lights down. Then I button hole stitched around everything. I made sure to have a paper towel on the back for stabilizer.

It turned out sew, sew cute! Now it is on to the setting. I can start on that next week with time left over before Christmas, right? It will be cutting it close, but I can do this!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day! 🙂

Mystery QAL Fabric Reveal!

I am very happy to reveal the challenge fabric for the first Mystery Quilt Along that starts January 1, 2018. This is a unique QAL in that the participants all use the same challenge fabric along with any others fabrics of their choice to make a quilted project. They choose the actual quilt or project themselves. It is a MYSTERY to the rest of us! How fun is that?!

Cindy over @In a Stitch Quilting and I dreamed this adventure up a few months ago. We have had fun planning and preparing the event for anyone who might like to join along. We hope YOU will find a pattern you like and surprise us all with something unique and totally you!

Here are the rules if you want to join along

Large projects or small projects, it doesn’t matter. Whatever tickles your fancy is the perfect project;)

Cindy chose our first fabric and she made it easy on us. Without any more talk, drum roll please….. the fabric is………..

Biscuits and Gravy Fluffer Nutter You be You

Cindy says she chose this fabric because she thought the name was so cute. I think it is perfect because the name includes “You Be You” and that is exactly what this MYSTERY QAL is all about –You being You and choosing what You like!

This fabric is available at Fat Quarter shop and other online stores. You may even be able to pick up a fat quarter or two at your local quilt store.

If you are interested in joining us, please leave a comment below and we will add you to the participant list.

Here is the list of those who said they are interested in joining along so far:

For sure joining the fun-

Thinking about joining the fun

I am so excited to begin sewing in January. I have ordered my Fluffer Nutter fabric and am thinking about projects. I THINK I know what I am going to make, but I won’t tell because, shhhhh, it is a MYSTERY!

Thank you for dropping by and have a SWEET rest of your day!

Moving Along Down the Rabbit Hole

I can’t believe three weeks have gone by so quickly and it is time to post about my Hand Quilting progress for the Hand QAL that Kathy is hosting over at Sewing Etc.

The last time I posted I had just marked and glued my wedges to my back ground fabric for my Down The Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am happy to report that all of the wedge stitching is done. Yea! Aren’t they pretty? ❤️

I moved on to the twelve corner arch pieces that make the sunflower corners. I’m a bit worried they won’t all match up once I start to put them together, but onward I go!

I have found brief sewing moments here and there in between other projects. I even resorted to sewing in the car which was a bumpy challenge!

I was able to get the four corner blocks done and two of the side arches done

I have six more of these arch units to do and the leaves before I can call this round done. I bet I will have it all done by next time.;)

This is the layout of what it is going to look like when it is sewn together. Those flowers are going to bloom right off the quilt!

As far as the Salem Quilt Guild quilt goes, I did get a little bit more done. I finished coloring one panel and am almost done with the second. I can guarantee that this one will not move any further along than this for the next month or so. Christmas is coming and I have a lot of sewing and preparing to do. You get it, right?

I am thankful to Kathy for organizing this QAL. Here are the details if you would like to join us:)❤️

“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, Bella, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan and Jessisca If you have a moment and want to see some pretty eye candy, be sure to check out the other Hand stitchers as well:)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day😊

Mystery Quilt Along

Would you like to participate in an unusual quilt along? Cindy from Inastitchquilting.com and I will be hosting a brand new MysteryQuilt Along (QAL) beginning January 1, 2018.

What’s so unusual, you might ask? Well, back in September, Cindy wrote a post that intrigued me. It was called the Window Box Quilt. In that post she spoke of a challenge initiated by a group of her friends. The centerpiece of the challenge was one fabric. The only requirement of the challenge was that the focus fabric had to be present in their art piece. No other rules applied. They were free to use the fabric in any quantity to make whatever they chose.

Unfortunately the joint venture never got off the ground. I told Cindy that I would have joined in and we decided that this would be a fun adventure to try. We thought that maybe some of you might want to join us as well. 🙂

Very Similar

The rules of this MysteryQAL will be very similar. Early in December we will announce the chosen fabric. Once the fabric has been revealed, go ahead and purchase the fabric along with any other fabrics you want to include. Once your fabrics have been selected, YOU get to decide how you would like to use them. The fabric is the constant, the pattern is the MYSTERY! How fun is that?!

Then on January 1, 2018, visit our blogs and announce your intentions by leaving a comment. We will then add your blog address to our list of participants. You will have until March 31, 2018, to complete your item.

Blog About Your Progress

Throughout the three month challenge you are encouraged to blog about your progress. To make the QAL even more interesting visit the blogs of the other participants. Be sure to leave a kind comment along with your blog address so they can visit your site as well.

By visiting each others websites, we can support one another and create a community of potential friends. If you do not blog, you can still participate by posting your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #mystery_qal

A Prize

The week after March 31, one lucky participant will receive one yard of the next mystery challenge fabric! The lucky winner will be randomly selected. If all goes well, we hope to have more than two people, Cindy and myself, participating. LOL! 🙂

Are You In?

I hope you are in! 🙂 Who wouldn’t want to make some friends and maybe win a prize? The complete list of the rules and guidelines has been provided below along with a Mystery QAL graphic that you can add to your posts.

Any Questions?

Any questions? If so, you can leave a comment here, and I will be happy to answer them. :). Be watching for further updates. If you are a follower of our blogs, then you will receive automatic updates. Let’s make this a fun and inviting QAL!

It will be Cindy’s turn to pick the first MYSTERY fabric. I can’t wait to see what she chooses:)!!

Totally Tipster Lantern Fun

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along is this beautiful lantern by Diane Lomax @Cwilt Fabrics and Haberdashery What a fun word — Haberdashery! 🙂

The instructions were a bit different than other quilting patterns. Usually the strip measurements are given for rotary cutting, but this pattern gave the pattern pieces to cut out individually.

I used a bit of rotary strip cutting by measuring the width of the strip and then using the pattern to cut the angles. It worked for me:)

Sewing the base up was quick and easy!

Next came the fusible web appliqué. I like fusible web, but it can be a bit tricky getting the paper off of the back. It is especially hard when the pieces are small. I have a little Totally Tipster trick that does help though.

After you have ironed your webbing to the wrong side of your fabric, let it cool completely. When it is cool, drag a pin across the paper to score it a bit. It is easy to bend the paper and pull it apart now. Easy!

I pressed my pieces to the lantern and then got ready to sew them in place. I always, always use stabilization on the back of my machine appliquéd pieces. If you don’t, the fabric will pucker. Yuk!

Now for a Totally Tipster#2! I find that an easy and affordable stabilizer is a paper towel or two!

I place it on the back and sew around my pieces. It works great and is simple to tear away as well:)

After I was finished though, I wasn’t crazy about my window stitching.

That center line was a bit wonky because I had to adjust to make sure the fabric was all stitched down. I didn’t like it.

So… I made a 1/4″ binding tape and covered that middle line. I like it MUCH BETTER❤️

I think I like that added piece better anyway. I’m glad I was a wonky seamstress. Happy accidents are the best kind of accidents!

This has been another fun Christmas Block. I sew appreciate you reading my blog today. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day or evening!

Until next time,

Hand Quilt Along

Kathy @Sewing Etc. is starting a Hand Quilt Along and I am happy to be joining in!  I have two or three really large appliqué and embroidery projects that I hope to be posting about each month.

The first project is my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.  


 I have quite a bit of appliqué on this next round.   I have already cut the wedges. 


And have even sewn them together.  Now I need to appliqué them to my background piece.  


Oooh!!! This should be fun!❤️❤️❤️

I am also in need of a deadline each month to make me work on my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt.  I have finished one panel and just LOVE it!


There are a total of three panels.  I have the first finished and the second one is just waiting to be colored and embroidered.  I can do this!!!

I might throw in a few others as the new year gets going.  I mean really, why settle for one project when you can have two or theee or four?!  I know,  I’m CRAZY!

Thank you Kathy for organizing this Hand Work QAL.  It is going to be fun sewing with you and the other hand stitchers.:)

Here is the list of others who said they would be joining in.  I’m excited to head over to their blogs and see what they are whipping up with their needle and thread:)!

Have a wonderful day!

I’m Down the Rabbit Hole Again!

Finally!  I have had a bit of time to focus on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  Yea!!  I joined this QAL  late so I am quite a bit behind the other quilters.  But maybe I will catch up before the end.  


I am on month 5 of this QAL.  I was surprised that the little paper pieced houses took me so long, but they did.  Maybe the fact that there were 40 of these little cottages added in to the mix.


I really did enjoy making them though.  Each house is different and has tiny little windows. Aren’t they cute?   The roofs were paper pieced.  

Paper piecing isn’t hard, it just takes patience.  I made sure to cut my fabric pieces larger than I thought I would need.  In fact,  after a few houses, I just cut one large 6” strip the width of the fabric out of the sky color.   I sewed straight to the strip and trimmed after.  For some reason it didn’t feel like I was wasting as much fabric with this method.   I think I will play a bit more with this technique and do a tutorial on it because it really was MUCH easier😊. Easier is always better!

In the corners I appliquéd these happy designs that look like the sun, but they are not.


These little 6.5” sunshine blocks will join together in the next round with more of the same blocks to make a sun flower.  CUTE!


I finished the round with a fun black and print border. I LOVE IT!  

I just want to stop all of my other WIPs and stay Down the Rabbit Hole, but I won’t.  I will come back to the real world.   I don’t like having too many irons in the fire, especially around the holidays.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope your day is SWEET!

Bloggers Quilt Festival –  Long Time Gone Finished!

Finished!  It always feels so good to have a quilt quilted and bound.  Yea!    This quilt is now truly a “Long Time Gone” Quilt.  I am excited to be linking it up with Amy’s Creative Side online Quilt Festival.  

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  You can buy the pattern online.


Each of the blocks was a lesson in color and tiny piecing.   Here are a few of my favorite blocks:


I loved the little churn dash blocks. Each little churn dash is about 3″!

 
I don’t know why, but these diamonds just seem to tickle my fancy.  They look kind of renaissance  -ish.


My favorite blocks by far were the pineapples.  I loved piecing them with the little 1″ strips. And I love the look of them.  So fun!

I had such a good time sewing along with Gnome Angel and all of my online adventure quilters.  But my favorite was sewing along with my quilting friend, Cindy.  

We enjoyed comparing techniques and finished quilting results.  Don’t we look happy holding up our finished quilts?!


It’s time to roll this quilt up and put it in the quilt cabinet.  I am saving this one to give to a grandchild someday.  It may be a Long Time before it finds it’s final home.  I will enjoy looking at it until then!

Thank you for dropping by.  If you are visiting from the Quilt Festival, please leave a comment so I can go and see your finished Quilt as well:) 

Once There Was a Snowman


I have been singing “Once There Was a Snowman” and “Frosty the Snowman” all day as I have been sewing my snowman block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.   This block was designed by Sherry at Power by Quilting.  

I really enjoyed piecing my snowman.  He went together so easily. Yea!


But once he was altogether, I was left with a blank snowman.   I decided it was time to look through my embroidery patterns.  I didn’t have any but I found a cute little snowman face and hands on Etsy.  


It was so fun watching as my snowman came to life:). First his cute face and then his mittened stick arms.  

Talk about cute!!  I just love this little guy❤️❤️

I’m so glad you dropped by today.   you make my day SWEET!