Delilah Blocks 2 & 3

I have really been enjoying this monthly QAL by Jen Kingwell.   I was lucky enough to find a quilt shop with a few open spaces  back in February.  I’m so glad I did.  This quilt is going to be awesome!!

Each month I receive the templates and fabric to make an advanced piecing block.  The templates really help to make the cutting and the piecing easier.  

In fact, this month”s Star Blocks are so precise that they look paper pieced even without the paper!

I like this one so much, I might make a bunch of them someday and make a one block quilt.  Is it possible for me to make a quilt with only one block?  Lol:)

Here is a close up of those pretty points.

Last month’s Bells blocks introduced some fun curve techniques and a few mitered corner challenges.  Bring it on!

I carefully cut my fabric using the templates, placed them all on one of my preview boards, and took them to my machine


Curves really aren’t as hard you may think. If you gently guide the fabric making sure the centers match, the block magically curves all by itself.  

At first it looks like a mess, but a quick press of the iron brings all of the fabric back down revealing a beautifully curved block:)

The mitered corners are a little more tricky.  First you fold the whole block in half diagonally and then start to sew on the pre cut diagonal border.

The most important part is stopping exactly at the previous stitching in the bottom.  I like to stop just a stitch above that corner to make sure I don’t create a pucker.  

Really, it is not difficult at all once you get the hang of it.  And look at how pretty those mitered corners turn out!

These blocks are simply beautiful.  Thank you Jen Kingwell for designing them!


I’m so happy you took the time to stop by and read my blog.  I hope you have a super SWEET day!!

Village Quilt Highs and Lows

I am finally back to this cute quilt.  It always seems like there is another quilt or project with a deadline that has pushed this one further and further back on my list.  Well, the day has come and I am ready to sew!

I opened the box and took out all of my neatly sewed blocks.  They have been so patiently waiting for me to visit them again.  It has been almost a year!

All I have to do is sew these blocks together, lay them out, and I am done, right?  Well, that was easier said than done.  Just choosing the right roof for each house took a little planning, but not  too much of a problem.

I started sewing away.  Chaining all of these together took some time.  Really, it took longer than I thought it would.  There are a lot of houses here, over 100 of them!   I’m glad I had my handy cutting gizmo:)

I just love how easy this makes separating chained pieces.  I bought two of these because I like it so much, one for home and one for my quilting class bag.

All you do is place the chain stitch between the notch and press down.  Your hands are free to hold the fabric so it falls neatly where you want it to.

It makes cutting a chain apart lightening fast!  I highly, highly recommend it, and no I am not getting paid anything to say so! Lol:)

Now that the sewing was done I pressed each one open, and that was the end of the highs for this quilt.  

Now it was on to what should have been the fun part, laying it all out.  I can’t believe how tricky this was!  The houses are set together in groups with small spacer pieces between them. Sounds easy enough right?  Not!!

I would count and re-count, check the size of each spacer, and try to balance the color.  In the end, I started sewing them together and the rows weren’t all the same size.

I unsewed one row theee times, added more spacers, measured all of the rows again with a measuring tape and some were still off an inch or even two!   I pinned, checked the pattern, and pinned!  I never realized how much a seam matching quilt really helped in getting those edges right.

Well, to end my low session, I did finally get it all put together, but the top was and is about 2″ smaller than the bottom.  That was it. The End. — I neatly folded it up, put it back in the box and wrote a note to myself saying what the problem was.  I will fix this another day.  There are times to just walk away, and this was one of those times!


So, it was a high and low type day.  Those days happen.  It’s all good.  

I hope your day is an all high and SWEET day!  

Until tomorrow,

Long Time Gone – Log Cabin and Half Square Triangle Blocks

I have been having so much fun with this quilt along by Gnome Angel.  We are sewing the Jen Kingwell Long Time Quilt.  I like sewing  with these bright colors and fun blocks.  Her style just hits the mark with me!

 Last week I had fun cutting small strips and sewing them back together into diagonal log cabin blocks.

It is interesting how she used different widths of fabric to add interest and movement to the block.  I made four of these cute blocks:)


Next I sewed up about 100 half square triangles. I like to sew them a little larger than called for and trim them down to size.  That way they are always perfect!

Don’t they look pretty?

I sewed these little squares into three different blocks.  The first was just 5 rows of straight half square triangles all going the same direction.  Cute!

The next block had a larger square in the middle and the half squares arranged in different directions.

The final block was a type of trip around the world block.  This one was my favorite:)

I am looking forward to the rest of this quilt. It is so totally SWEET!!

Thank you for dropping by:)

Scrap Happy Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

It is the 15th of the month which means it is time to link up with Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia on her  Scrap Happy Link up party:).   I really would not get anything done on this quilt if it weren’t for this party.  Thank you again Kate!  She is so nice

This month I sewed a few of my pieced blocks together.  I gathered my strip triangles and my crazy pieced winged triangles and took a deep breath to get started.

I laid the quilt out and started placing the pieces into octagonal shapes.  I started sewing, taking care to leave the final edge of the seams open so I could get the angles to make squares.  Yes, it was and is tricky!

Even with my careful planning, I managed to sew a striped piece to the wrong wing and sewed it all together without noticing.  Ugh!

I had to take out my good friend, Triagan, the seam ripper, and un-sew that whole section.  Oh well,  these things do happen.  Sewing, un-sewing, it’s all part of the process:). 

Here is another pretty octagon that I laid out and then pinned together in hopes of not getting lost this time.

Whew!  It worked better that way:).  I am so excited to see this quilt come together.  It is definitely scrappy happy:)  Look at that uber scrappy star between the octagons–AMAZING !

The pattern can be found in the book Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty.  It definitely isn’t for a beginner quilter, it is tricky to be sure. But I think it is worth the time and effort. I love the kaleidoscopic effect of all of these little scraps:)

I hope your day is SWEET with creative projects!  Thank you for stopping by:) 

Until tomorrow,


 If you have a moment or two, you might want to go check out what the other Scrap Happy participants are sewing together.

 

Long Time Gone Quilt – Court House Steps and Bake Along

There is something about cutting fabric into little pieces and sewing the small pieces of fabric back together in a new order and pattern that is just so therapeutic.  This has been my therapy for the week:)

I cut all of my strips and started sewing from edge to edge changing colors from light to dark.

It was fun to watch these steps grow larger and larger with each round.


Here they are all finished and looking pretty:). 

I am joining along with Gnome Angel in the Quilt Along that will be going through the summer.  We are all sewing this beautiful quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.  I just LOVE her designs!  

I am also excited for tomorrow’s Fantastic Bake Along:).  We are making Double Dipped Fried Chicken.  You can still join in the fun.  We would love to cook along with you:)!  It’s going to be SWEET!!

I can’t wait until tomorrow:)!  Happy quilting and cooking!!

Long Time Gone SAL- Churn Dash Blocks

These little Churn Dash blocks are just so adorable;)!  I mean, look how cute they are!

This week’s section of the sew along with Gnome Angel on the Long-Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell (that’s a mouthful! Lol) was a little more time consuming than I thought it would be, but still it wasn’t too bad.

The hardest part is always choosing the colors and cutting the little squares and rectangles.  I like to cut mine out all at once and place them in block groups on my preview board.

This method makes it easy for me to just sew away at my machine and chain those little blocks together:)

I sew them in groups and then cut them apart in groups and then start to sew again  block by block.  This is kind of like assembly line sewing.  It is easy because if the preparation on my preview board:)

Each little block is just a little work of art, but together they are really above and beyond! 

 I never knew I would like the churn dash block so much!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you have a super SWEET Day!

Long Time Gone – Plus a Star Block

Good Monday morning to you!  This week’s Long Time Gone block was a lot trickier than it looked.  Really, how hard could a regular star block and a bunch of straight lined squares and rectangles be?

I cut each plus unit and the star unit to the specified sizes.  Easy.  I really wanted the star to pop, so I made sure the pluses were all colored while the star was black and white.

I started laying out my design and found that it was trickier than I thought.  I really, really had to look at the diagram carefully.  Getting those plus units in the right place took some time and thought.

The pattern said to sew the center of the star nine patch first and then lay out the rest of the pieces, but that made lining up the rest of the blocks a little off and hard to match.

Now on to the easy part, just the row by row sewing.  That was trickier too!  Did I miss a square?  Ugh! I did!  I should have taken that nine patch apart, and started over, but I thought I had it….

Oh well,  I did finally get those plus blocks to line up correctly.  And guess what, I really like them:)!

And the star looked like a beautiful black and white star. Yea!!

But, even looking at these blocks while writing this post, I can see that that darn star block has messed up the plus blocks!

Do you see the pink heart on the top left corner of the star?   The pink should come down into the star to complete the plus.  Really?!   The instructions really didn’t talk about continuing the pluses…. oh well, my seam ripper and I are good friends.  We have a love/hate relationship:)

Ok, I’m back.  That opened Pandora’s Box!  All of those half square triangles had to be changed out and those pesky pluses had to be figured out.  Wow! What a job!  But it is finally done and I like it so so so much better.  The pattern is right now. Whew!

I’m glad I unsewed and fixed it.   It was worth it. Here is a picture with all of my blocks together.  I took the picture before the changes, but you still get the idea.   

Isn’t it great?!   The pattern is from Jen Kingwell’s pattern Long Time Gone.   I am joining along in the quilt along with Gnome Angel.   It is really fun, despite this tricky little block:). Why don’t you join us?

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope you have a totally SWEET day without any “unsewing”.