Hand Quilt Along Update

Hello my friends! I am a bit late getting this update out, but better late than never, right? I wish I could say I had a lot more progress on my Salem Quilt Guild panel, but after my anniversary cruise, there just wasn’t a lot of time to spend embroidering.

Last time I left off in the middle of the happy jack o lantern.

And this time I have managed to get a few French knots and a bit of quilt outlining done. Not much, but a little is still progress in my book!

BUT– I am happy to report that my backing fabric came in for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, so I finally started to quilt it! YEA!

It is going along way faster than I thought it would. I am using a loopy freestyle by hand,not computer stitch. It looks so very cute:)!

I especially love the center. This is the whole reason I started this quilt in the first place:)

It should be just a week or so more… maybe by the next HQAL report I will be able to have a final reveal and photo shoot. SWEET!!!

This HQAL is really a nice way to keep me motivated. If you have a hand project, and would like to join 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin

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:)!

Totally Tipster Sewing Garden

I was sewing last night and looked to my right and just had to smile at my happy view. Here is what I saw.:

I don’t know why, but my scissors looked like happy flowers tucked inside leaves of pens and seam rippers in a garden of thread. Isn’t that silly? But I really am grateful for these beautiful sewing notions.❤️

Do you have a nice way to organize a few of your most used notions? If not, you may want to try to make a Totally Tipster flower garden of your own. A pretty office organizer caddy is all you need. I got mine on sale at Michaels several years ago.

I fill my sewing flower box with scissors, seam rippers, marking pencils, sewing machine screw drivers, lint brushes, nail files, a seam turner, my glasses and more. It really is a happy box filled with things I love:)

I also like to keep plenty of pre-wound bobbins handy as I sew. I wind several white and black bobbins to keep a smile on my face when that unexpected end of bobbin invisible sewing seam happens. We”ve all been there, right?

Having my bobbins at my side and ready to go, really makes life easier when my sewing bobbin runs out. I really like my Dritz bobbin box. It holds 25 bobbins and sits on an angle inside of its own lid.

It really is a nice way to keep that black and white thread handy:). As far as my spools of thread on the wall go, I have written a whole Totally Tipster post about how to organize thread that you can read about here.

I hope you have a sewing bouquet in your sewing room. It is SWEET!

Until next time:)

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

Neatly Stacked Piles of Triangle Sunshine

It is August, and it is my favorite time of the year. The rains have come to my Arizona home. Everything is so green and clean smelling. The weather has cooled just a few degrees making it so pleasant. The edge of cooler temperatures is right around the corner. Yes, I love August in Arizona:)❤️

I feel so happy and bright that I think I will make a Yellow and Cream two color quilt. It has been many years since I have only used two colors in a quilt. My usual pallet is bright, mixed with a little bit of brighter. Lol:).

Today, I am feeling yellow. Really, most of the time I feel yellow. Life is so SWEET, but I do not have an all yellow quilt. The time has come. It will be my August Sunshine Quilt:). I bet I will be able to sneak in some of my MYSTERY fabric as well!

The pattern I will be using is from a quilt along challenge by Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us. There were three patterns to choose from. I have chosen the triangle pattern from Peta at She Quilts a Lot.

I am excited to see how this will look with my happy yellows:). I will not be following the pattern though. I am using my handy Hex and More ruler to help me cut the perfect triangles.

All I have to do is cut a strip the width it says on that bottom tip of the ruler. I chose to cut my strip 4.5″ wide. Next I just place my ruler on the strip and cut one triangle then flip the ruler and cut another. Easy!

I cut them into sets of twelve for each star plus some extra for the sides. Next I have to cut the cream, but after all of this cutting, I just like to step back and enjoy the beauty of nicely cut and stacked fabric. Don’t you?

I am sure that this quilt will sew together in no time at all. My goal is to have it quilted and bound by the end of next month for the MYSTERY reveal. Yea!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’m sure it’s not too late to join along in the fun of Roseanne’s Sew Along as well. It’s always fun to sew with friends:)!

Hand Quilt Along

I am moving along on my Salem Quilt Guild quilt. I can’t say I have been able to get as much done as I would have liked, but progress is progress when it comes to any project:)

The last time I posted, I was happy with my one little bag being done.

Thankfully this week I was able to sew my witch instructor and most of the messed up quilt Block.

I really like how the embroidery really makes the quilt come to life. Don’t you? This witch is such a good teacher!!

Well, that’s about it for my hand sewing these past few weeks. I hope I will get the rest of the sign and my next little witch embroidered by next time.

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 , Edith, and Sharon

Until next time!

Hop Hop Happy and a Mystery Quilt!

I can’t believe it! I am finished piecing my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt! I am so excited, can you tell?:). The last time I posted about this I had started the appliqué rabbit border.

Those rabbits and vines took a long time, but I really did like learning to appliqué. I feel quite confident now:)

I have been so busy with life that sewing has taken the back seat for a while. But I had a free day today to sew and I took advantage of it! Sewing makes me feel so good:)❤️

I gathered my fabrics and started cutting small squares and rectangles.

I did A LOT of chain piecing, so I was glad I had my purple Cutting Gizmo;)

I made squares framed by squares, and I even snuck in some of this quarter’s MYSTERY fabric:). I am so sneaky, Lol!

If you want to join along on the MYSTERY fun, you can read about it HERE.

After I sewed my squares, I added some triangles to the sides to make them stand on point. They look a bit odd at this stage.

I sewed them into strips and sewed them as the final border to my quilt. Ok, ok, drum roll please…. here it is all ready to be quilted!

Isn’t it AMAZING?! I absolutely LOVE it:)❤️❤️ The next time I blog about this will be the final photo shoot. It shouldn’t be too much longer.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my sewing adventure today. It has been a T-SWEETS Day for sure!!

HQAL- The Witch Party Has Begun!

The food table is ready, the witches have arrived, and the party can begin! I am so happy to report that with this Hand Quilt Along Report, I am now finished with my second witch party panel. Yea!

It is always a happy moment when you get to put the final few stitches in any project.

There is kind of a big hip hip hooray for me as I finally put that last stitch in.

I really did enjoy sewing the banner over the snack table.

And this little witch reaching for her treat really makes me smile:)

Here is a picture of the entire finished panel–

I wish there was a way to give the whole panel without it being so small. Oh well, here are a few closeups for you:)

It has been a a wonderful few weeks of sewing. Thank you Kathy for organizing this fun HQAL. If you would like to join 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.

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

UntilNext Time,

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!

It is Good to Be Down The Rabbit Hole Again!

My husband needed to go out of town for a business trip, and he invited me to go along with him to keep him company on his long drive from Detroit back to Arizona. Yea!! I LOVE road trips!❤️❤️

Now that my hand is better, I decided this was the perfect time to start back Down the Rabbit Hole. I had plenty of time to appliqué those rabbits, vines, and leaves. I really got quite nimble at the art of stitching in the car.

These little bees just make me smile:). Their heart shaped wings just say “love, love, love!”

I enjoyed stitching these flowers and bees while looking outside my window and seeing the Spring flowers blooming on the trees. It was such a beautiful trip.

Arizona Springs are very different from the lush green and delicate flower Spring of the Mid-West. I loved it!

Along the way, we stopped at Abraham Lincoln’s House in Springfield, Illinois. I felt like I had walked back in time almost 200 years.

We also stopped at the Chahokia Indian Mounds across from St. Louis, MIssouri. These are dirt mounds, but they remind me of the ruins in Central America.

We enjoyed a little hike up to the top of the mound, and then we headed in to St Louis for some delicious barbecue. SWEET!

We stopped at the #1 ranked BBQ restaurant called, “Pappy’s”. Oh, my, goodness!! Yum! Yum! Yum!

If you are ever in St Louis, don’t miss these ribs! They are caramelized sweetness on the outside and tender, smoked deliciousness on the inside.

As you can see, we enjoyed our road trip. But the best of all was how much of my Rabbit Hole appliqué I was able to get done. I have three of my panels completely done, and the fourth only has a little more to go.

That was A LOT of stitching!

I know that I should wait until I have all four panels before I sew them on and take a few photos, but I am so excited to finally be finished with the rabbits, who are the stars of the show, that I just couldn’t wait! I sewed two of the end panels on.

The original pattern has the rabbits all facing in toward the center. But I don’t like how they hang upside down when the quilt is on a bed. Sooo… this is my quilt, and I am choosing to have the rabbits face the right way on the bed.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I hope you are enjoying the beauty of wherever you are.

Until next time,