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:)

Delilah

My monthly Delilah Template of the Month Quilt by Jen Kingwell came in last week, and I found a bit of time to sew up my blocks. Hooray, hooray! AND they didn’t have Y-seams:) Another happy Hooray!

The last few months have been Y-seam intensive. I love how they turned out, but the piecing was tricky for sure:)

This month’s “Colored Turbine Block” was a breath of fresh air with straight seams and easy cutting.

It was fun to watch the wonky squares appear as I sewed the dark triangle to the block. I think colored turbine is the right name for this one. 🙂

Here are the four of my blocks together–

If I had made the top left one with black, there would be another pattern showing up as well. But I’m glad I opted for the gray though because I want a bit of diversity through the finished quilt.

It’s been a fun bit of sewing these past few days Thank you for stopping by. Life is SWEET!

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright!

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along was this fun reindeer block designed by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowdays Quilting.


The pattern was very well written.  I did all of the cutting at once and took the pieces and pattern over to my machine.


Most of the seams were straight and simple. There were also quite a few stitch and flip squares.  I like using my Tiger Tape to get straight sewing lines instead of drawing lines on the back of my squares. It makes life sew easy❤️

This block really just flew together like a reindeer on Christmas Eve:). SWEET!!

I am having a lot of fun sewing these quilt blocks. My daughter in law has been reading my blog and said that she would absolutely LOVE to have this quilt.  So this Merry Christmas Quilt has a home already waiting for it❤️❤️


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope you all have a fun Halloween tomorrow!  It’s that time of year:)

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I am so in the holiday mood!  Seriously, working on these I Wish You a Merry QAL Blocks by Alice Samuels Quilt Co. & Sandy Star Designs has really put me in the festive spirit:)!


The first block I worked on was the package block.  It was a bit tricky because I decided to construct it differently than the directions given.


Because I was using polka dot fabric, I really didn’t want seams on the side ribbon. So… I sewed the side and the top in one piece and y-seamed the front square in.  

It was tricky trying to find the right angles and fabric placement, but I am very happy with how they turned out:)❤️

I even like my appliqué bows on the top!! What is a package without a bow? 

The next block was the SWEET Poinsettia Block.  This one was a breeze to sew together!

I used my handy Quilt in a Day Ruler.  It makes cutting half square triangles so easy!  Just line the size of the finished square line on your seam and the center line on the center seam.cut around, and PRESTO! A perfectly cut square that is all ready to be pressed:)

It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here is a picture of all eight of my blocks together.

Don’t you just feel like singing Jingle Bells?  I do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Angels We Have Heard on High

Merry Christmas!  I had sew much fun making this pretty little angel block designed by Sandra Healy Designs for the I Wish You a Merry Christmas QAL.   

 I am trying to stay as close to the designer’s instructions while adding my own personality to the blocks.  I added all of the embroidery and an extra wing on this block.

The actual construction of the background  was very, very easy.  The simple squares were cut and sewn together in no time at all.  

When it was done, I had a beautiful blank slate for my angel to fly on as she places stars in the sky.   The pattern called for adhesive peel and press paper for the appliqué, but the angel and stars just sang, “Please, Tracy, needle turn appliqué and embroider me!”  Of course!!


I cut the shapes from thin card board and sandwiched them inside foil. I then pressed the little packets.   Easy!  I drew the embroidery designs I wanted on the fabric and glued them to my background with just a small dot of glue.


The next few evenings were filled with needle and thread as I relaxed and watched a show with my husband.  


I was happy to use my newly acquired appliqué skills on these little stars. Invisible stitches.  Yea!   You can read about my journey in how I learned to needle turn here.

I made some pretty wings with some of my favorite lace. The pattern only called for one wing, but with lace this lovely, I opted for two.   I love how the fabric is still a bit visible under them.

But my favorite part of this angel block is my pretty angel’s flower crown.   I designed the face and hair myself.  I did not use a pattern.


Her cute little ringlets and darling smile really tickle my fancy.  The flowers were fun to watch bloom as I stitched them down.  I added a bit of color shading to her cheeks to give her a rosey glow..


Isn’t she SWEET?!  I am absolutely in love with her:)❤️. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  It is always nice to share a creative moment with friends like  you!

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.

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:)

Polo T-Shirt Quilt

Good Afternoon!  It is my #1 son’s birthday today:). Happy Birthday!!  A few months ago, as I was cleaning out his room making space for my quilting machine, I came across his old counselor shirts from working at our church’s youth camp. He had quite a bright collection of them.:)

I knew immediately that these could not be thrown out or given away.  It was T-shirt Quilt time to be sure:)!


I fussy cut around the embroidery by placing a small cutting mat inside of the shirt and rotary cutting around it.  I used my Quilt in a Day 4.5″ fussy cut ruler.  A fussy cut ruler makes the cutting easy! 

I cut the logo, saved the buttons, cut the inside logo, and cut the shirt.  The shirt I cut into strips to use as the logs for the square.   

Now, the problem with T-shirt quilts is that the fabric is very stretchy so it needs to be stabilized.  This part takes time and a lot of iron on interfacing.  If you decide to make a t-shirt quilt, please please don’t forget this step.  You will be sorry if you do.  You will have a wonky quilt in the end.

  • I find it easy to lay my interfacing with the sticky side up on my ironing board and then lay my pieces right side up on top of it.
  • Place a paper towel over all of the piece and iron away.
  • Peel the paper towel off 
  • Magic! All of my pieces are stabilized!

To make things even stronger, I cut some old, scratchy fabric that I save just for backing stabilizer into 14.5″ squares.   I wish I would have cut them into 16″ squares because no mater how straight and centered I get the center square, in the end they seem to be a bit off and hang off the end.   So next time I will remember to cut my square bigger and trim down in the end.

  • I pressed the center mark of my fabric, 
  • Put some glue in the center
  • Placed the center square on top.

As you can see in the photo, I went around the embroidery square with a 1″ black strip to add an accent to it.   I used a knit here, but wish I would have used a quilting cotton.   Live and learn, right?


I stitched and flipped my log strips around my center square.  Every now and then I added another 1″ black round to give an added dimension and a bit of wonkiness to this fun, active quilt. I moved this round to different places on the different squares.


I always love the squaring up part of a stitch and flip stabilized block.  Pretty!!

I sashed the blocks with black and a colored corner stone.  

I love all of the bright colors!  I even stitched the buttons on!  

He had 12 shirts, so there are twelve sets of buttons.  Yep, it must be love because I had sewed 36 buttons on a quilt in the Arizona summer!  


It was worth it though.  I really like how they look, how they add another dimension to the quilt, and how I used every part of the shirts..  These are some really cute buttons!


I used the inside logo as an accent on the back.  How cute is that?!


I really like how this quilt turned out.  And while my son does not NEED another quilt,  I know he is going to love it:)❤️.   

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in my creative journeys. I hope you have a SWEET rest of your day:)!

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!