Hit the Brakes! —HQAL Progress

Here I am, waiting for a rental car in Florida. I have a brief moment to report my progress for the Hand Quilt Along sponsored by Kathy @ Sewing Etc.

I really prepared to productively use my waiting time in the airport.

We had a LONG delay but I didn’t mind because I had my sewing to fill the time. It was fun explaining to fellow travelers what I was doing:)

I was also able to put in a few hours of stitching on the flight.

We spent a lovely day in NY. We were in awe of the beauty of Lady Liberty.

We were able to go up into the pedestal and see the spiral staircase inside. We were having such a good time when everything came to a screeching halt.

I was looking up at the amazing architecture and should have been looking at my feet and tripped and fell! I broke my wrist! Really?!!

I can count my blessings though. It is my left wrist so I can maneuver the thread and needle very very slowly. Who knew I used my left hand so much?

I have found that with the help of a table I can still stitch a bit. I’m thankful for small blessings !

I am happy with the first half of my panel.

That little bee is so SWEET! Well, I am afraid that I will be a slow sewer for the next few weeks, but times like this really make me grateful for two working hands. I am so glad I didn’t break my leg or hit my head. Life is so very very good!!

I appreciate you dropping by today. I hope your day is wonderful! Please watch your step:)!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt Along, here is how:

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

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

Be-Attitudes Quilt – Be Warm Block

I am so excited to have finished the next block of my Be-Attitudes Quilt. I don’t know if “Being Warm” is a real Be- attitude or not, but I do think that warm and fuzzy thoughts are a lot better than cold and prickly ones. So yes, this week’s “Be Warm” Block is a definite go for me😊

Isn’t it so cute?! I love his nose and rosey checks above the scarf. 🙂

Speaking of his scarf, I had a hard time deciding on the fabric choice. At first I thought there was too much red and so I auditioned a yellow motif.

My friends and I all agreed to stay with the red. That yellow just didn’t pop enough. Color is funny that way. Contrast, contract, contrast is key.

Can you spot some of my Mystery Quilt Along fabric peeking through?

Hee hee hee! I feel so sneaky:). It has been fun watching the others in this MQAL also adding their fabric in obvious or not so obvious places as well. It is like an I spy!

This block also has a bit of embroidery on it. The snowflakes were quick to stitch up with large stitches and embroidery floss.

I think they really add to the finished block. I always like a little more texture and finishing touches on a quilt.

I will be adding a button for the knot of his scarf and small beads to the tips of the snowflakes, but they will have wait until after the quilt is quilted. I don’t want any broken needles while quilting!

I really like how this quilt is coming along. I think my first two blocks look so SWEET next to each other.

It’s going to be a beauty! I have a friend who is a teacher and would like to display this in her classroom. I can’t think of a better future for this quilt:)❤️❤️

Thank you so much for dropping by today. It is a SWEET day for sure!

Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL Report

I always love seeing how everyone is progressing in their hand quilting and sewing projects every three weeks. I am amazed with all of the beautiful quilts that everyone is working on.

My progress has been very slow because life happens and other things reach the top of list, so you get it, quilting and sewing moves further down. It’s all good.

I still had a few moments to sew my rabbits down and add a few, but only a few flowers.

My box of fabric is way more messy than I like, but I am grateful for the box to keep everything together. My rushed cutting and circle making wasn’t all that neat and tidy either.

Oh well, I am happy I was able the circle flowers done at all! They look bright and happy on my Rabbit border

I started sewing the flowers down last night, but stopped after the bottom ones because I’m not sure I like the vine placement.

I think I will clean and organize my surroundings first and then maybe my head will clear a bit. That will definitely help with the creative process:).

I guess there has been just too much on my plate for the past week or so, but it’s all good. There is no rush, despite what these racing rabbits may say.! I will be happy taking it slow like the tortoise instead of the hare:) lol!

I hope you all are having a wonderful, creative, and un-cluttered day!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt Along, here is how:

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

The “Be-Attitudes” – Be Loving

I get together with my good friend, Kathleen, every Wednesday and Quilt. Sometimes I choose the pattern, and sometimes she chooses. It was her turn to choose and she decided on a pattern that she has had on her want to make list for some time now. It is called Be Attitudes by Art to Heart. You can get the pattern on Amazon, or other online stores

There are twelve blocks and we hope to get a block done each time we meet. We should get it done by the end of the summer unless we take off for vacations and such.

We should have started with the Be Warm Snowman for January, but since it is so close to Valentines Day we decided on the Be Loving Block instead.

Isn’t it so cute?! I have chosen to make my quilt with my normal brights. But Kathleen is making hers with the more muted tones like in the picture.

Isn’t it fun to see the difference that color makes? They both are wonderful in their own way. This is going to be quite the adventure. I’m so glad we are doing it together.

I already feel loved as I look at these cute hearts with the little blanket stitch around them.

This is appliqué at its easiest since it is just backed with fusible web and ironed down and then stitched down. LOVE it!! I also love this darling little angel❤️


I used embroidery thread for her eyes and barely colored her cheeks with crayon for a bit of rosiness.

It has been a LOVELY day around my house. In fact it has been a SWEET day:)❤️❤️.

Until next time,

Crazy Quilt Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want to have a small heart quilt to display on my front porch to wish everyone who drives by a LOVELY 💕 holiday! As I started planning, my creative juices went crazy in all different directions. Then I thought, “Since I’m going crazy, why not a Crazy Quilt Heart quilt ?”!

I went to my fabric closet and took out this jelly roll called “Kissing Booth” that I bought on sale a few years back. PERFECT!

………………I took out different complimentary whites, but decided on just the plain white. I'm glad I did:). I sewed and cut and ended up with a Victorian romantic style heart that I absolutely LOVE ❤️💕

I had fun using those rarely used decorative stitches on my machine too!

Would you like to make a Crazy Quilt Heart? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fabric:One jelly roll

  • Light and dark Complimentary background fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing

  • Sew four sets of three strips together.
  • Cut them into crazy, wonky pieces.

So far so easy, right? Now the next part may seem a bit tricky, but don’t fuss or worry. It’s your sewing room and there are no rules in Crazy quilting so relax and just go with it:)

  • Grab two of the pieces you just cut, pick different shaped ones, and sew them back together at odd angles. Don’t worry about the tops and bottoms matching. Just sew.
  • Press the open
  • Sew these odd sized pieces together. You may need to straighten a side or two as you go, but no worries.
  • Cut and sew, press, cut, and sew!

You will end up with a large piece of Crazy fabric that looks like this–

SWEET!!! Now it is time to make our hearts.

  • Out of paper, draw and cut out two different sized hearts. Cut one 5.5″ heart and one 4.5″ Heart. They don’t have to be exactly those sizes, just cut them close.

  • Trace the hearts onto the non-sticky side of your fusible interfacing. I drew 31 small and 31 large
  • Cut these out making sure to leave at least 1/4″ all around the marking.

  • Place your small interfacing heart onto your crazy fabric with the sticky side touching the right side of the fabric.
  • Sew on the line
  • Cut the heart out with a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Clip at the top of the heart in the center making sure not to clip the sewing thread
  • Clip an opening in the back interfacing
  • Carefully turn the heart inside out.
  • Done! Now repeat this with the large hearts and the dark complimentary fabric.
  • Cut your white fabric into 6.5″ squares
  • Press your dark hearts to the center of the white fabric
  • Press the small hearts to the center of the dark hearts. So pretty!!

Now it is time for the really fun part!

  • Using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, sew over the seams of your crazy quilt heart
  • Use a button hole stitch to sew around the edges of the heart.

Finished! I am so happy with how they turned out:)❤️❤️❤️

I am using the rest of my jelly roll to make a bunch of nine patch squares as well so I can have a whole Valentines Day quilt

I’m excited to get it all sewn together and quilted to show you next week. Yea!!!

I am really so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a LOVE-ly rest of your Day!

Why You Need a Portable Design Board and How to Make One!

It is Scrap Happy Time and I have just the project for you!

Moving cut scraps from the cutting board to the sewing table can be a bit tricky. The pieces can shift and move or even fall to the floor! I like to place my pieces on a fabric covered board as I cut and design my block.

The batting makes it so I can design my block and move it with ease. How cool is that?!

I have been using my old design boards for over five years and they are still going strong. They have quite a few strings attached, but that just shows that they are well used and well loved.

A reader of mine asked me about them a day or so ago and I thought that maybe a few more of you might be interested in learning how to make one or two of these fantastic boards for yourself. Plus, I was just thinking I could use a few more boards. They are so quick and easy!

The items needed are probably all just lying around your house anyway, so why don’t you gather them up and let’s get started? 🙂

  • A large cardboard box
  • Scraps of leftover fabric and batting
  • A marker
  • A razor blade
  • Clear packing tape
  • Spray glue

Now that’s not much, is it? This is going to be EASY!

  • First choose a box with a piece that is large enough to cut a square from.
  • Mark the size of square you would like. I cut two. One is 12.5″ and the smaller one is 7.5
  • With a ruler and a razor blade, cut your squares out
  • Next we will be using the packing tape

  • Cover one entire side of the square with packing tape. This is so you can layer them on top of each other without the fabric sticking to the cardboard back of the board above.

  • Now we are going to be using our scraps of batting and spray glue.
  • Cut your batting the size of your boards
  • Lay a piece of scrap paper down to cover your work area
  • Spray the non shiny side of your board with glue

  • place your batting on top of the glue on the board

They will look like this. Now it is time to make some binding from your fabric scraps

  • Cut 2″ strips the width of the fabric.

  • Sew the strips together by placing the fabric together as shown above and sewing from corner to corner.

  • Fold the edges to meet in the middle and press.

  • Fold the strip in half and press to make binding.

Next we are going to be sewing the binding to the boards. You will be sewing through the cardboard. Don’t worry, it will work! 🙂

  • Set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch and starting in the middle of one side, fold the fabric over the board. Stitch through the fabric and board. If the left side of your stitch is at the edge of your binding, it should easily catch the back of the binding as well.
  • Stitch just to the edge of the board. Back stitch and cut your thread
  • Pictures 3 and 4 go together. Lift the board and pull the fabric down on the next side making a miter. You may want to add a drop of glue to hold the corner in place. I just held mine. Sew the next side down . Repeat for all four sides.

  • When you come to the end, cut the binding about 1.5″ over the starting point. Fold the binding back on itself and stitch to the end.

Yea! You are finished! Don’t they look great?!

I can’t wait to use them with my next Delilah project. There are always so many pieces to cut and carry!

And how do I store all of these boards? I have a fun Totally Tipster tip for you today as well. SWEET!

I have a letter holder next to my wall that holds my favorite rulers and these boards.

It takes very little space and they are all ready to be used at any time. I just love multipurpose objects!

I hope you will make a few of these boards for yourself. I would love to hear about it if you do:)

Until tomorrow!

Delilah Mayflowers

I am happy to have a bit of time to finally work on my Delilah Quilt again! It seems like forever since I have been able to concentrate on anything but Christmas and cleaning. But I am ready and back to my pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas projects. Yea!!

Today I was able to work on the Mayflower Blocks of the Jen Kingwell Delilah Quilt I have been working on.

It was wonderful to take out my fabrics and templates and cut away. The cutting is always the hardest part of this particular quilt.

There are so many little pieces and each one is cut separately with the templates that I get in the mail each month.

It is a bit time consuming, but it is worth it in the end. I mean really, just look at how cute this Block is!

And if you are joining in the MYSTERY QAL, you will notice that I have included the Flutter By MYSTERY fabric in a few of my Blocks of my blocks. I’m so sneaky:)!

I certainly stitched my share of Y-Seams on these blocks. I do believe I am getting quite competent at them now. Practice makes perfect!

I really am quite pleased with how they all turned out.

My next set of blocks is a bunch of circles that look like “o”s. I guess it’s just an x’s and o’s few days of quilting. That just really fits how I feel about this quilt. Hugs and kisses! So SWEET❤️❤️

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have an X’s and O’s type of day too!

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! 🙂

I Wish You a Merry QAL -North Star

It was another fun sewing day as I pieced my North Star Block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along. This block was designed by Kathleen @kathleenmcmusing.blogspot.com

I followed the pattern except for the rays. I was running low on my black back ground fabric so I made a wider stripe..

I cut my square in half diagonally and sandwiched a yellow striping the middle. I then trimmed the square to the right size. It worked for me:)!

I just love looking at all of my happy Christmas blocks❤️. I am excited to sew the last block next week and then put it all together:)!

Every day is a SWEET and wonderful day when a bit of sewing and creating are part of the day:)