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!!

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

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!

Put A Little LOVE in Your Quilt Blog Hop

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I have been sewing hearts and more hearts for the past few weeks. I feel so loved!

I am honored to be a contributor in Carol’s @Just Let Me QuiltPut a Little Love in Your Quilt Blog Hop.

For this blog hop I was asked to make a quilt featuring hearts. For those of you who follow me, you may remember my Crazy Heart quilt post last week where I showed you how to make a Crazy Quilt Heart.

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I am excited to show you the finished quilt and how to make it:). Here it is–

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It is absolutely LOVE-ly!! I connected all of my Crazy Quilt Hearts with a fun little nine patch that is very easy to make.

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  • Sew the 2.5″ strips of a jelly roll into groups of three.
  • One set with the red in the center and the other two sets with the white in the center – I made 15 sets – 5 red centered and 10 white centered
  • Cut these sets into 2.5″ strips
  • Sew them back together with the two red squared strips on each side of the two white squared strip making a cute little 6.5″ nine patch block

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I just love the look of blocks all stacked together nice and neat, don’t you?

  • The next step is to just lay them out alternating the nine patch blocks with your Crazy Quilt Heart blocks and sew them together in rows.
  • then add a pretty 2.5″ border

Done!

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I quilted my quilt with a romantic feather stitch. I think it looks SWEET!

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One thing I like to do to my finished quilts is to press them. I like how this helps to make them lie flat after the quilting process.

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I like the look of it too!

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I told my readers that I like to have quilts on my porch to welcome visitors when they come by. I had a reader ask to see how they look. So……

Here is my quilt on my porch staged and ready to snuggle up under with a book,

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It looks so inviting, but really, I very rarely ever have time to sit on my porch and read. That would be SWEET though!

Most of the time it is on display on the outside wall of the porch like this —

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I promise I will show you the actual way I display them on another day. This post is already getting way too long, and I want to head over and check out the other bloggers and see what they made to celebrate the Heart this month!

If you have a minute or two, why don’t you join me?

February 5

Life in the Scrapatch

Freemotion by the River

Val’s Quilting Studio

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Vroomans Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Elm Street Quilts

February 6

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quiltscapes

Bejeweled Quilts

Creative Latitude

Fabric Scraps

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Made By Marney

Beaquilter

Tu-na Quilts

February 7

Kris Loves Fabric

What About Rheema?

Bumbleberry Stitches

Selina Quilts

Quilt Quest

Hazel’s Daughter

Quilt in a not-Shell

Words & Stitches

Sunshine Reflections

February 8

Sew Incredibly Crazy

KaHolly

Moosestash Quilting

Kwilt Krazy

Kwilty Pleasures

Patchwork Breeze

Home Sewn By Us

Sew Many Yarns

Seams To Be Sew

Just Let Me Quilt

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!

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!

Playing with Color

I have been working on my Delilah Four Patch Star by Jen Kingwell.   The fabrics I received in the mail were bold and beautiful:)

 

I decided to experiment with color this month.  All of my instincts wanted me to stick with a normal Jen Kingwell pallet.  

Isn’t it pretty?  But for some reason I decided to play with color, and see what happens. It is really amazing to me how color placement can alter the look of a block.   

Look at these four blocks. 

Can you believe they are the all the same pattern?  The striped fabric in the star made it disappear.  Lesson learned—don’t use striped or large prints  for small stars. 

Here are four more stars in softer tones


The contrast of the dark star compared to the lighter backing really makes the star pop.  While the pink star on the bottom right is totally lost.  It looks like an x.  

Crazy right?  I really like all of my four Patch stars,  but my original is my favorite followed by this pretty orange and blue one 

I am having sew much fun making these template blocks that look like paper piecing.  But I must admit that I am getting tired of  Y seams.  I look forward to next month because it looks like only straight joins are in the forecast.  Yea!!

The quilt party for Delilah is closed for this year, but there will be a pattern coming out next year if you want to make your own.  


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. You make my day SWEET!

Why, Oh Y-Seams!

I am absolutely loving sewing along on this Delilah Template Block of the month by Jen Kingwell.   The blocks are advanced which really stretch my quilting skills.


Each month I look forward to my package from Susie Q quilts with my fabric, pattern and templates.  They are so colorful and happy;)!


I quickly set to work cutting my fabrics which is usually the hardest part.  But this month, the sewing was definitely very tricky.   


The angles were just a smidge different so I made sure to mark the corners for proper placement and then I had to leave 1/4″ tails at the end of each seam for the y-seam sewing. 


Getting those points just right took patience and care.


But look how they turned out!  Aren’t these blocks drool worthy?


I just love them!  I don’t know if I can call them my favorite block so far, but they really turned out pretty.


Here are all four of my blocks together.  

I wish that I could give you a link to join in this quilt Along, but there are no more openings.  Jen plans to make a book that will be available for purchase next year.  SWEET!

I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I am so glad you stopped by.  I will leave you with a beautiful picture from my morning walk today.  

Until tomorrow!

Delilah Quilt Along – North Star Block

It seems like forever since my last Delilah Block set has come in the mail!  I have been patiently waiting while watching and drooling over the beautiful finished blocks of others popping up on Instagram and Facebook.  Finally, here at the beginning of August the July North Star block came in!  

I was so  excited to open my package and see the pretty fabrics and new templates.   Ooooh aren’t they pretty?:)

The hardest part of these blocks is always the cutting.  I always breathe deep as I hope that the color combinations I choose are going on look good. 


Cutting with these templates gives the same sharp points as I would get if I were paper piecing.  But, yea! I’m not!:). There is hardly any waste of fabric and everything just sews together so easily.  Three triangles make a larger triangle.


And two pieced triangles sewn together make a square.


Put four of those squares together, and you get this beautiful North Star.  No trimming seams or tearing away paper either:).   Now we’re talkin’!

I made 5 beautiful North Star blocks and loved each one of them.❤️. I don’t think there could even be a bad color combination on this block:)


If you like this block and would like to join in, there might be a few openings online somewhere.   You can look for the Delilah Template of the Month by Jen Kingwell,  but rumor has it that all of the spaces are filled.  If you can’t find an opening,  don’t worry, I hear that there will be a book coming out next year.  SWEET!  I will definitely be buying it:)!

Thank you for stopping by and following along on my quilting and creative journeys.

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:)!