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!

Bloggers Quilt Festival –  Long Time Gone Finished!

Finished!  It always feels so good to have a quilt quilted and bound.  Yea!    This quilt is now truly a “Long Time Gone” Quilt.  I am excited to be linking it up with Amy’s Creative Side online Quilt Festival.  

This quilt is made from the Long Time Gone Quilt pattern by Jen Kingwell.  You can buy the pattern online.


Each of the blocks was a lesson in color and tiny piecing.   Here are a few of my favorite blocks:


I loved the little churn dash blocks. Each little churn dash is about 3″!

 
I don’t know why, but these diamonds just seem to tickle my fancy.  They look kind of renaissance  -ish.


My favorite blocks by far were the pineapples.  I loved piecing them with the little 1″ strips. And I love the look of them.  So fun!

I had such a good time sewing along with Gnome Angel and all of my online adventure quilters.  But my favorite was sewing along with my quilting friend, Cindy.  

We enjoyed comparing techniques and finished quilting results.  Don’t we look happy holding up our finished quilts?!


It’s time to roll this quilt up and put it in the quilt cabinet.  I am saving this one to give to a grandchild someday.  It may be a Long Time before it finds it’s final home.  I will enjoy looking at it until then!

Thank you for dropping by.  If you are visiting from the Quilt Festival, please leave a comment so I can go and see your finished Quilt as well:) 

Once There Was a Snowman


I have been singing “Once There Was a Snowman” and “Frosty the Snowman” all day as I have been sewing my snowman block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.   This block was designed by Sherry at Power by Quilting.  

I really enjoyed piecing my snowman.  He went together so easily. Yea!


But once he was altogether, I was left with a blank snowman.   I decided it was time to look through my embroidery patterns.  I didn’t have any but I found a cute little snowman face and hands on Etsy.  


It was so fun watching as my snowman came to life:). First his cute face and then his mittened stick arms.  

Talk about cute!!  I just love this little guy❤️❤️

I’m so glad you dropped by today.   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!

Down the Rabbit Hole at Last!

I am FINALLY starting my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  This is a monthly Quilt Along program that started back in January.  At first I thought I didn’t need another Quilt Along and I really don’t.  Also, I wasn’t overly enthused by this sketch of the quilt.

I mean, really it looks kind of plain in its sketched form.   Sarah is quilting along with us so there isn’t even a picture of the finished Quilt yet.  But as the months got going and beautiful pictures started coming up on my Instagram account, I knew I had to join along.  

I ordered the program back in April, but life has happened and the Long Time Gone, Splendid Sampler, and Delilah quilts were already going.  But now things are calming down, and I am heading Down the Rabbit Hole at last!

I was excited to try out my wedge cutting skills and start my Rabbit Hole center.

I sewed the wedges into four arcs and then joined them to make one wild circle

Isn’t it so cool?  Now you see why I HAD to join along. 

It is so SWEET!!   

Next I started working on my 1/4″ bias tape.  Yep, you heard me right, 1/4″!  Luckily I have a 1/4″ bias tape maker.


Have you used one of these before?  They are great!  I have several in different sizes. I have a totally Tipster Tip for these that I will share with you later this week:)


I folded my fabric to make a bias edge and cut 1/2″ bias strips.  They were so small!

  1. I brought the strip to the ironing board
  2. I stared feeding my strip into the bias tool with the right side facing down
  3. On the bottom of the tool is a slot to pull the fabric down
  4. With a pin I pulled the fabric out

Now that isn’t too hard is it?

Now for the fun part:)

  1. Pin the fabric to the board with the right side facing down.  Do this at the far end of the board so you have lots of room to press.
  2. Place the tip of your iron right against the tool and start to slowly pull the tool against the fabric.  Move the iron along with the tool.
  3. Yea!  A beautiful 1/4″ piece of bias tape. Easy!!

And, what did I do with this teeny bias tape?  Here is a sneak peak!  

I can’t wait to share it with you!  But it is going to have to wait until later though because tomorrow is Scrap Happy day:)!

Until then I hope your day is filled with SWEET creative adventures:)

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.

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.

Yes, 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. 😊