Go Teal It On the Mountain Hand Quilt Along

For this edition of our Hand Quilt Along, I have made two blocks to donate to Kate at Tall Tales from Chiconia’s Ovarian Cancer fund raiser quilts. She has such unique and fun ideas. This year’s quilt once again uses the Ovarian Cancer signature teal color. She is calling it “Go Teal It on the Mountain”. All of the designers are making mountain themed blocks.

When I thought of the type of blocks I would make, I reminisced about the two mountains that have been the backdrops of most of my life.

Pusch Ridge

I grew up in Tucson and went to high school in the shadow of this beautiful mountain. I have such fond memories of it’s tall cliffs and desert landscape.

I knew at once I wanted to make a block honoring this rugged mountain. I decided to appliqué the mountain and the cacti. Here it is all roughly laid out —

I haven’t appliquéd since this spring. It was so much fun to be using the needle and thread again. It really sewed together quite quickly. I had the block done in no time at all:)

I like how this block turned out. I think it captures the feel of the mountain.

Mt. Graham

For most of my married life I have lived in the small cotton farming community of Safford, AZ at the base of majestic Mt. Graham.

Mt. Graham has a large flat mesa near the base. It is very unique and beautiful. I love walking in the cotton fields and looking at the shadows on the mountain.

It was not quite as easy to get the story of this mountain on the quilt block , but I like it. Here is the rough lay out.

The embroidery seriously took way longer than the appliqué of the whole block! Maybe I should have just left it off, but once I figured out it was taking so long, I was more than half way finished. Oh well, I like the added touch:)

Here is my finished Mt Graham Block. I love how the cotton turned out. It is just like home:). I guess Home SWEET Home is the appropriate description ❤️

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this HQAL. If you would like to join in the fun, 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.

Scrap Happy Hurricane Blocks

It seems that hurricanes and fires have been plaguing the United States these past few months. My heart goes out to all of those who have been affected by these tragedies. I have seen several blogs that have asked for quilt blocks to make quilts for hurricane victims. I am only too happy to help.

My first set of blocks are going to —

Carole @ From My Carolina Home

Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

She is asking for these lovely light and dark nine patch blocks.

I enjoyed rummaging through my scrap box and reminiscing over these beautiful scraps from a quilt I made a few years ago:)

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HURRICANE MICHAEL 10.5″ STRING BLOCK & MORE QUILT DRIVE

My next set of blocks are going to Elana @ That Fabric Feeling. She is asking for 10.5″ string blocks in any color scheme you choose. I have a lot of bright scrappy strips, so my blocks are bright.

It was very easy to sew my strips to an 11″ foundation block. I started in the middle and just kept sewing a strip and then flipping it over and then sewing another. I just made sure that each strip was long enough to cover the foundation piece.

After sewing them all down, the block looks uneven and messy. The magic happens when the block is trimmed down to size.

Isn’t it pretty? I sew around the edges to keep the strips from shifting. Here are my four blocks all laid out. They are bright and happy just like a Sunshiney day:)

I hope these blocks will help with making the quilts that Elana is organizing. If you want to join along, Here is the information:

Please help the ongoing quilt drive to provide comfort to the survivors of Hurricane Michael. They plan to give as many quilts as possible, and each child’s quilt will include a book.  They are collecting any of the following:

• 10.5″ blocks:  String or Scrappy, (Here’s an easy string block tutorial.  Cut your foundations 11″ to start and after adding strips, trim down to 10.5″. )

• Twin size or smaller quilts for children

• Unquilted tops in twin or smaller sizes, (please send backings)

• Batting, binding or clean fabric

• Children’s books, (new or in great condition)

Send your blocks, quilts, books or materials to:

UMW Quilting Group- Hurricane Quilt Drive Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6610 Vaughn Road. Montgomery, Alabama 36116

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Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today. You are so SWEET! I am happy to be joining Kate @Tall Tales from Chiconia’s Scrap Happy Day. I hope you have a moment or two to check out what the other scrappy quilters are making in their sewing room:)

Kate, Gun,  TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

Until next time!!

Delilah, Delilah!

It is time to open the box and finish some projects that have been put on the shelf for too long. I probably need to join the Q4FAL because I am going to finish two very long time waiting Quilts this quarter.

The first is my beautiful Delilah quilt. It was a block of the month quilt that ended last year, but I got behind on it when I broke my wrist this past spring. I have two months worth of quilting blocks left to make.

I started with the block called “Black Cockatoo”. I don’t know why, but the cutting of this block was so so difficult! The small triangles were almost the same size so they were easy to confuse.

I had to be very, very organized and design each block as I went. I was glad I had my preview boards! If you want to make one, you can learn how here.

But I had quite a few blocks to make., and I don’t have that many design boards. A few years back I made a traveling design board. It is also a wonderful tool! I used a block and quilted it into a small quilt 10″x 17″ or so. I cut a vinyl tablecloth into “pages” and sewed them inside with the fabric side facing up.

It is easy to design most 6.5″ squares on the pages and then easily transport them anywhere. The blocks stay nestled safely inside just waiting to be sewn together. They don’t stick to the vinyl, but stay nicely put to the fabric side.

I am singing a happy song and dancing a happy dance! SWEET!!!

The cutting of this block took FOREVER, but the actual sewing was one of the easiest blocks in this quilt. There were all straight lines with no curves or y-seams. Yea!!

They are all sewed and I only have one more month of blocks to go. I am on a roll!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are able to have a creative moment or two today as well.

Until next time,

Hand Quilt Along —Mystery At The Salem Quilt Guild

I can’t believe it, but I really am almost done with this last panel for my Crab Apple Hill Studios Salem Quilt Guild! Last time I posted about this, I had three witches and many baskets to stitch up.

But these past three weeks have been very productive.

My cute husband and I binged The Haunting of Hillhouse on Netflix using our handy VidAngel app. Talk about a fun spooky story!! Just look at all of the stitching I was able to do while I was scared. It was way better than covering my eyes with my hands! —

I finished this surprised little purpled hair witch. I added a contrasting back gusset for a bit more added color to the panel.

I also finished this happy and shocked off her feet witch. I bet that spell tickled her nose!

I think my favorite stitching was the basket of books and quilts. I always love a good shopping day:)

Here is my whole classroom panel. It is almost done.

I only have the stitching spells board and the teacher left. I am sure I can get this done before Halloween. But the setting is another story.

I may wait to do the setting until next October…. well, we will see:).

I hope you are having a simply SWEET day! I am so grateful you spent some of your day with me. If you are enjoying reading about my quilting progress, please feel free to leave me comment. I always love to make new creative friends like yourself❤️

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Ode to August – Mystery Quilt Reveal!!

The time has come, and I am ready to reveal this quarter’s Mystery Reveal! So one, two, three, here we go….

I am in love with how this quilt embraces the Arizona August feel. There are Sunshine triangles mixed with a few welcomed rain clouds.

I want to thank Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl for the inspiration of green binding:). The back and the binding are now the green trees and fields growing from the long awaited summer monsoon rains.

This quarter’s Mystery Fabric was “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. I added it to a few of my triangle stars.

Isn’t it cute?! I love final photo shoots. It feels like a celebration of all of my hard work. The quilt gets to shine out it’s unique purpose and beauty.

This photo shoot was especially fun as I had a very interested passerby stop in for a look!😊

Isn’t he adorable?! This is my neighbors horse. He just kept wandering closer and closer until he nudged his nose on the quilt and posed for a picture!

Now that was a T-SWEETS day for sure!!❤️❤️

And just because I can’t stop at just two or three pictures, here are a few more to satiate your eyes with quilt candy:)

Ok, enough already! All of that August Sunshine might be too much to take. It is time to head over and check out what all of the other MYSTERY quilters are revealing in their sewing rooms

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Connie @ Connie’s Creations

Pat

We will be taking a break for the holidays from our MYSTERY QAL, but if any of you would like to join along in the fun, we will pick back up in January.

I am also linking up with the quilt along challenge by Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us.

Until next time,

I’m Seeing Triangles

Just look at these happy triangles all gathered together into a sunshine star! I am loving how this quilt is turning out:).

This quilt is sewn strip by strip with careful placement of each colored triangle.

It’s not difficult sewing, but it is tricky to get the right placement. It is easiest if you can lay your already sewn together, finished strips out in order to place the next row.

A large cutting table is perfect for this!

Remember when I said I was only going to use yellow in this quilt? I couldn’t resist adding a tiny splash of gray. Like a small hopeful rain cloud or two on my August Sunshiney day. I think it will add a little bit of contrast and interest to the finished quilt.

I like the straight line sewing. I recommend using a magnetic seam guide to keep things straight and even.

This little Singer Featherweight is the perfect machine for the job:).

I also recommend the Hex and More ruler.

It makes the lining up of the points super easy. The cut off tip lines up quite nicely with the sewing edge of the fabric.

It also greatly reduces the bulk in the center of the star where all of the points meet.

Isn’t that neat?! The points on the outside look pretty nifty as well:)

I wish I could point you in a direction for a pattern on this beautiful quilt, but I can only say that I am using this picture from She Quilts A Lot as my inspiration–

I am trying to place my triangles to match. I am also going to add quite a few triangles to make more stars because my 4.5″ triangles make a baby sized quilt if I only make as many in the picture.

So… if you want to make an August Sunshine triangle quilt of your own, all you need is the Hex and More ruler and some happy fabrics in your favorite shades of yellow, or pink, or blue, or whatever your favorite may be. How about orange, black and purple for Halloween?

I hope that I will have this quilt finished, quilted and bound by the next time I post about it. It will need to be done by the end of the month for our MYSTERY QUILT ALONG reveal. I’m so excited!

Until next time, I hope you have a SWEET day:)!

Bibbity Bobitty Boo!

These witches are learning the un-sewing spell that repairs mistakes in their quilting. It’s an easy one to remember. — Bibbity- Bobbity- Boo! I’m going to have to give it a try next time I need the seam ripper to come out!

But really now, I am very pleased with my sewing progress these past few weeks. I was able to get the wood, the owl, and the two witch students done.

Those girls are so wise, just like this owl! They are paying attention and asking questions. Don’t you think the yellow skirt is so cute?!

I still have the hands and the face of Miss Blue hair to do. She’s almost done. I am currently working on the pumpkin and quilts.

I don’t know if I will get much more than this little section done by next time. It is my 33rd wedding anniversary and we are taking a trip to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean! (I will definitely share some pictures when I get back)😊

Until then, I hope you will join along in our Hand Quilt Along. — 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

Be-Attitudes Quilt Finish!

Summer is here, school is out, and I am finished with my Be-Attitudes Quilt!

It is always a bitter sweet, but mostly SWEET feeling when I finish a quilt. My sewing space feels a bit empty when the blocks and colors are gone. But the happiness of seeing the end result is the crowning jewel so it is worth it:)

I have been working on this Be-Attitudes since January of this year. I especially liked sewing along with my dear friend Kathleen❤️. She kept me motivated.

Each little block was a little mini-quilt in itself. Here are a few of my favorites-

This little puppy is exactly the block I need right now as my not so little puppy is having a hard time being house broken. -Maybe Be Patient would fit here too! Lol😊

I do love the flowers on this Be Patient block though. I also like the water coming from the watering can:)

But since I am giving this quilt to a wonderful teacher for her classroom, this Be Smart Block must be my favorite:). I hope the children will look at this quilt and try to Be Smart and Be Kind… I also hope they will look at it find the little details like an I Spy type of quilt.

There is so much to see and learn from letters to colors, seasons, family, attitudes, and more.

If any of you are interested in making your own Be-Attitudes quilt, the pattern is from a booklet by Art to Heart.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until next time!

This is my second finish for this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

Hand Quilt Along – Salem Quilt Guild Progress

It has been three weeks already?! My how this first half of the year has flown by! I am not nearly as far along on my quilting/sewing goals as I had thought I would be. But somehow I have found a few moments to sew a few stitches on my “Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild”

Last time I said I hoped I would be able to get the goodies in the table all embroidered. Well, except for a few stitches, I did!

Before –

After-

Yea!!! I thought the cookies would be tricky, but I really kind of enjoyed snaking my way through them.

And just because I love close ups of fun eye candy, here is another shot that is so close you may want to take a bite! SWEET!

I only have a little bit left to stitch on this panel of my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt . I have the dessert witch and the banner. I think I can get them done by next time– I hope, hope, hope!

If you do any hand stitching, why don’t you join along? Here’s 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.

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

It going to be a GREAT three weeks! Especially because I am heading out to our annual Lake Powell trip next week. Yea!! I will definitely share a few pictures.

Thank you for stopping by!

How to Shade Fabric

Good morning! I have had several people ask me about how I add the rosey cheeks to my Be-Attitudes quilt blocks. It is really much easier than you might think!

I use two different methods for shading. It usually depends on which item is closest to me at the time. Lol!

Method #1– Blush

This is the easiest method. All you need to do is go into your make-up drawer and get a cotton swab and your blush.

Who knew?! Well, now you do! It’s as easy as placing a bit of blush on the swab, and gently rubbing the color onto the cheeks or area that you want color.

How cute is that?! I used this method on a doll I made for my daughter years ago. She slept with, and played with that doll for years, and the blush stayed on.

Method #2 – Crayon Color

This method is a little bit trickier, but I like this method because the colors are only limited by your selection of crayons:)

It is not really hard, it just takes a light hand. I suggest practicing on a scrap fabric first. Once you get the hang of it, it is very simple to do.

Once you have colored your shading, there is an added step of heat setting the crayon. Place a paper towel on top of the color and then iron it.

There you have it! Isn’t she so SWEET?! I added a bit of color to her hands as well.

I hope these shading techniques will help you with your next appliqué project. Here are the pictures of my final two Be-Attitude blocks.

Woo hoo! The next time I post about this quilt will be for the final photo shoot. Yea!! I think joyful and happy is a good description of how I feel about it😊

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET rest of your day!