Hand Quilting – Simple Folk

I am happy to introduce you to my next hand quilt along project, Simple Folk. This is the 2018 project by Sarah Fielke I enjoyed stitching up her Down the Rabbit Hole so much, that I jumped right into her next appliqué project as well.

I have been stitching on these blocks since the middle of December. Aren’t they beautiful?

I have learned to use a fine sand paper to hold my fabric as I mark it for needle turning.

I cant believe how much easier it is! The fabric stays in place so well. I’m always learning something:)

I also like how Sarah recommended making a fabric from strips to add a bit of dimension.

Do you see the strips in the egg shaped flowers? What a great idea!

The blocks are the perfect size to sew in the evenings. Some are harder while some are easier. This Swan block stitched up in no time at all.

But the tulip block,with all of the little leaves, was much slower. It was worth it though:)

I am glad that I learned the “foil” method for making circles. There are a lot of circles in this quilt!

All you have to do is–

  • cut the circle fabric,
  • add a cardboard circle,
  • place them both inside a larger foil circle,
  • Fold the foil around the fabric and cardboard
  • Press

I can do a bunch of them at the same time. Yea!!

I like the quiet stitching these blocks require. It is relaxing to me and as an added bonus they help me stay awake at night. It’s funny, but if I am not sewing, I seem to fall asleep! Are any of you like that?

Well, I have been busy sewing away. I like each of the blocks sew sew much!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! Thank you sew much for dropping by:).

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,  Nanette EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

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Finish Along 2019 – Quarter #1

What do all of these beautiful projects have in common?

They are all patiently waiting and waiting and waiting to be finished! Well, wait no longer my pretties– your time to shine has come! You are all my first quarter 2019 Finish-A-Long goals:)

This Finish Along party is sponsored by Leanne @ She Can Quilt! There are other sponsors as well. I bet you have a project or two that has been waiting in a box. Why don’t you join along?

My hopeful finishes are these-

1. 2016 Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month-

This one is really ALMOST done. I am sure that I will be able to put a check mark by this one before the end of the month. Yea!

2. Delilah by Jen Kingwell–

I have been working on Delilah since March of 2017. Wow! How has that happened?! Time just flies by.

I only have one more set of blocks, and the pinwheels left. I can do this! I keep the blocks and supplies in a box with “Believe” written on it. How fitting, right?:)

3. Drunkards Wave by Judy Neimeyer

My last hopeful is my brighter version of Judy Neimeyer’s Drunkards Wave. I don’t even want to guess how long ago I started this one. I have so much done, but not nearly enough. Maybe–just maybe….

It is going to be a fun 2019! It’s time to FINISH:)!! Thank you so much for stopping by and dreaming with me. Life is so SWEET!

“Finish What You Start”

“Finish what you start”. Isn’t that what our mothers used to say? I started the Fat Quarter Shop 2016 Mystery Block of the Month because I love getting little packages in the mail. I especially like them if they are filled with pretty fabric.

Well, 2016 went by and then 2017 and 2018. I would make a block here and a block there until they were all done. Now, in 2019, I am finally ready to finish this lovely quilt and have an empty box in my sewing room. Sweet!! That box won’t be empty long

Each of the 12.5″ blocks were so fun to make. The instructions were easy to read and follow. I loved each finished block, but I think this one is my favorite.

No wait, maybe this one! Lol! – Well, I really liked them all.

I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to finish my quilt blocks. The program sent this layout. I wasn’t too sure that I liked it all that well.

I think it was the large side leaves and plain border. But when I just looked at one block with the adorable block border, I fell in love! The small block border made each block look like a beautiful flower🌸

Isn’t it so unique and fresh looking?!

Now it was time to decide on a layout. I started by laying them all out in the original pattern layout.

Hmm.. what should I do with those blank spaces where the leaves were supposed to be? I had quite a bit of extra scrap fabric so I decided to fill in the sides with a checkerboard strip. I sashed in between and added an off center checkered strip on the top and bottom as well.

Brilliant!! Now I love it❤️❤️

Time to quilt! I am putting this one on the long arm quilting machine and hope to have it done next week. My nephew may be the lucky recipient of this quilt because he is getting married to the most beautiful girl next week. I had better hurry!!

Happy sewing 🙂

Have you ever joined a Block of the Month program from the Fat Quarter Shop? If not, I highly recommend you give it a try. The fabric and the pattern are included. The fabric is always high quality and they are never stingy.

It’s Mystery Quilt Along Time!!

Happy 2019!! I have anxiously been waiting for the next MYSTERY Quilt Along to begin, and now it is finally here! Yea:)! It’s time to meet a new fabric shop or two, buy a bit of fabric and start sewing.
This is probably the easiest QAL ever.  You can purchase as little as one fat quarter  and just use it somewhere in any project of your choosing!   No stress here:)
This quarter’s Mystery will last from January to the end of March.  Your final reveal post will be on March 30. You can post on your blog or on Instagram with #mystery_qal

Now for this quarter’s MYSTERY fabric.–
Michelle Roberts from Creative Blonde has chosen the fabric for this quarter.  It is called Harvest Mouse Nests on Grey by Lewis and Irene.   Isn’t it cute?!

It is a bit tricky to find this fabric, but there is some available on Etsy here:
And there is some at Barrington Patchwork here

Barrington Patchwork does ship to the US and other countries. You just have to let them know. It is always fun to find new places to shop for fabric:)
Shipping is also a bit pricey for those of us out of the UK, so you might want to join together with a quilting friend and split a yard or two making it much easier on the pocketbook. It is good to know that we all share a worldwide friendship!❤️❤️

I hope you will be joining the fun this quarter. I look forward to a fun MYSTERY quarter sewing along with you!

Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL Final Reveal!!

Ok, I must admit that I am so excited for my final post of 2018 to be my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt. I have been working on this quilt ALL this year and last year!! What a wonderful way to wrap up the year:)!

I never intended to join this quilt along by Sarah Fielke back in 2017, but when I started to see the center section popping up all over Instagram, I knew I had to jump Down the Rabbit Hole and start the adventure:) You can get the pattern book along with the video instruction at Sarah’s website, http://www.sarahfielke.com

This quilt has been a journey. I have learned so many new things. First, and foremost, is learning to appliqué. I absolutely LOVE it!

I have learned a fun way to make circles with foil that makes the most beautiful fabric circles in no time at all. GENIUS!!

I have spent many relaxing nights watching fun television shows while stitching away. It has accompanied me on many road trips and airplane rides. It has even been my companion through a broken wrist.

I loved quilting it up and immediately placing it on a bed to admire how perfectly it fits on a queen size bed. I couldn’t even wait for the binding!

I am glad I changed my rabbits to be facing away from the center because now they aren’t upside down when the quilt is on a bed.

This bed is not the home for this quilt, but I just had to show you how it looks hanging over the edges. It is delightful:)

I was very glad that we had a snow storm on our mountain this week. I immediately packed up the quilt, kids, and my dear husband for an afternoon of playing in the snow and a photo shoot. A winter wonderland was the perfect spot for my Alice in Wonderland quilt!

Thank you for stopping by my neck of the woods today. I hope you will have a moment or two to check out how the other quilters are progressing with their hand quilting.

If you would like to join the fun next year, 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,  Nanette EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET and Happy New Year!

The Reindeer Have Landed!!

I am so happy to be a part of a super fun “Shoebox Christmas Gift Exchange”. Each year, a group of happy, funny, quilty friends swap names and pack boxes for another member of the group. The whole year feels like Christmas because we each buy things to fill our friend’s box all year long.

This year my box came from my quilting Sister Deanna @ Wedding Dress Blue in Utah. I know I should have waited until Christmas to open my box, but I couldn’t wait!

Just look at my amazing gifts!! I am so excited and happy about everything Deanna included.❤️❤️ I love the Riley Blake charm packs, the notebook, and of course the chocolate. She included a pattern and a quilting magazine as well.

She quilted these bright pot holders and stitched up a needle case for me. How did she know that I really needed both of these?

My appliqué and embroidery is going to be a whole lot easier now!

Deanna and I are both members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. She knew that I would love to read this book about enjoying the simple things of life each and every day.

I am looking forward to a quiet morning to sit, relax, and read. Now that is a gift!

She also included a lot of depression era fabric along with a started wedding ring top. What?! Woo hoo!!! I have always wanted to make a wedding ring quilt. Now I have one already started for me. I am the luckiest girl ever!

There are quite a few other wonderful goodies like an embroidered girl, and a playful kitty square, but I think my favorite item is the truly authentic fabric remnant from January 1940!

I am going to place this piece in a special place in my workroom just to remind me of the quilters of times past. These ladies didn’t have rotary cutters, digital sewing machines, acrylic rulers, or self healing mats. Yet they still created lovely quilt. I have so Sew much to be grateful for!!!

Thank you Deanna for such a SWEET box! I am truly grateful for my blessings of friends and especially quilty friends❤️❤️. I hope you all are too:)

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

She asked 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,

Happy Halloween!!

I know I just posted about this project, but the stars have aligned and the day has finally arrived. I am FINISHED with the embroidery of my Salem Quilt Guild panels!!! BOO YA!!

I started this project back in 2016. I finished the first panel and then I took 2017 off and re-started back in April this year. I made a goal to have the quilt done by Halloween.

My evenings have been filled with stitching and more stitching. I am happy to say that I never got bored of this project. Each little section or witch was a new adventure and story.

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite panel or witch. Each one was so unique and fun. The pictures tells the story so well:)

I really did enjoy the journey. Here is a picture of my very last stitch. It was a happy, sad moment. isn’t that always the way it is? My night stand will be a lot less crowded now!

My final witch was the quilting teacher. She is taking this spell very seriously! This is what the whole quilt is about anyway–coming together with friends to learn to quilt.

I had to get out my other panels and look at them all together. It is a HAPPY HALLOWEEN today!

it was fun to visit them again. I hadn’t forgotten them, I just did not experience them everyday like I did when I was sewing them.

So… now I have made a hard decision– I could finish this quilt with its setting and backing, or put it back in the box and wait until next September. Setting it now would go into the Christmas holidays… I am going to put the panels back in the box.

They will be patiently awaiting their quilting grand finale next Halloween. I will have a Halloween project ready to go. AND I won’t be over loading you, my blogging friends, with this Halloween project while we are dreaming of sugar plums instead of pumpkins. You’re welcome!

Now, if any of you are inspired and want to try to make your own witches quilt guild quilt, it is from a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studios and is called Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild. It comes as a paper pattern. You will need to trace and color the pattern onto your own fabric.

Be prepared for a long journey. You really have to enjoy the process or this is way too much embroidery work.

I also recommend tracing ALL of the panels at once. I know the excitement to start stitching is so tempting, but after the first panel is sewn, the excitement has calmed down and now the tracing is work. Believe me I know!

And my last tip is to have a lot of already threaded needles in a pin cushion by your sewing area. It makes it much easier to keep stitching if all you have to do is tie a knot and pick up the next thread:)

Well, it has certainly been a SWEET day around my house! I hope you all have a nice Halloween filled with happy trick or treaters:)!

Here is a picture of my daughter and her two spooky little boys!

Oh, and by the way, she just started a podcast on SoundCloud that you or someone you know may enjoy. It is called Real Life Mom Friends.

https://soundcloud.com/real-life-mom-friends-the-podcast/1-how-we-do-halloween