Hit the Brakes! —HQAL Progress

Here I am, waiting for a rental car in Florida. I have a brief moment to report my progress for the Hand Quilt Along sponsored by Kathy @ Sewing Etc.

I really prepared to productively use my waiting time in the airport.

We had a LONG delay but I didn’t mind because I had my sewing to fill the time. It was fun explaining to fellow travelers what I was doing:)

I was also able to put in a few hours of stitching on the flight.

We spent a lovely day in NY. We were in awe of the beauty of Lady Liberty.

We were able to go up into the pedestal and see the spiral staircase inside. We were having such a good time when everything came to a screeching halt.

I was looking up at the amazing architecture and should have been looking at my feet and tripped and fell! I broke my wrist! Really?!!

I can count my blessings though. It is my left wrist so I can maneuver the thread and needle very very slowly. Who knew I used my left hand so much?

I have found that with the help of a table I can still stitch a bit. I’m thankful for small blessings !

I am happy with the first half of my panel.

That little bee is so SWEET! Well, I am afraid that I will be a slow sewer for the next few weeks, but times like this really make me grateful for two working hands. I am so glad I didn’t break my leg or hit my head. Life is so very very good!!

I appreciate you dropping by today. I hope your day is wonderful! Please watch your step:)!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

Vacationing Like a Quilter

My son is graduating from ASU this semester. Really?! No way can he be that old!! Wasn’t it yesterday I was making Halloween costumes and going to school parades? Oh well, that’s how it goes. I’m so glad that I have taken the time to enjoy every moment. Life is too SWEET to focus on things that don’t really matter in the long run.

Well, anyway, for his graduation my cute hubby and I are taking him and his adorable wife on a cruise to the Bahamas. So fun!! I’m excited to share this part of the world with them.

Now, as any quilter-crocheter knows, the hours traveling on a plane or in a car are prime handiwork time. I have spent the last few days getting my project ready. I really want to finish my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, but oh my, there was a lot of prep work to do.

I had to prep the pattern, cut it out and cut all of those teeny little pieces and then make more bias tape and cut 80 or so leaves. Then I had to glue baste them all down! It really wasn’t that bad, just time consuming. It’s all good.

I am pleased with how it all looks though.

My plane flight is literally going to just fly by as I stitch these pretty flowers down.

I just need to make sure my DH is on my right, so I don’t bother anyone by maneuvering the thread! I have gathered all my supplies together.

Here are the things I am taking–

  • I have my sewing panels,
  • glasses,
  • thread,
  • needles,
  • thimble,
  • needle threader,
  • A small clip light or head lamp
  • fingernail clippers to act as scissors,
  • and a cute little box to put them all in.

All of my notions fit perfectly here and it is small enough to just throw in my back pack! How SWEET is that?!

I am now ready to go. If I can get my WiFi to work on the ship, I will try to post my progress this week for the HQAL. I will definitely post about the fun things to do on a Bahama cruise when I get back.

Until then, Bon Voyage!

Delilah Quilt Hugs

I have finally had a moment or two to work on my beautiful Delilah Quilt. The last blocks I made were the “x” blocks. Those little kisses were so cute!

This month I worked on my “o” blocks or my Hugs:)

I always find the hardest part of this quilt to be the choosing of those eclectic fabric patterns.

Even though the fabrics come with the templates each month, I still really need to focus and plan so the circle actually shows up and doesn’t get lost like this one did.

It looks much better with a carefully chosen contrast of colors.

Now that circle pops! SWEET!

I have also been having a lot of fun sneaking in my MYSTERY QUILT fabric in my projects.

This QAL is like a treasure hunt where we “I Spy” the fabric everyone is adding to their projects. How fun is that?!😊

It has been a great quilting/sewing day. I am in love with this X’s and O’s! I feel the love❤️❤️

I am so glad you dropped by today. I hope your day is filled with many warm X’s and O’s

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!

Down the Rabbit Hole HQAL Report

I always love seeing how everyone is progressing in their hand quilting and sewing projects every three weeks. I am amazed with all of the beautiful quilts that everyone is working on.

My progress has been very slow because life happens and other things reach the top of list, so you get it, quilting and sewing moves further down. It’s all good.

I still had a few moments to sew my rabbits down and add a few, but only a few flowers.

My box of fabric is way more messy than I like, but I am grateful for the box to keep everything together. My rushed cutting and circle making wasn’t all that neat and tidy either.

Oh well, I am happy I was able the circle flowers done at all! They look bright and happy on my Rabbit border

I started sewing the flowers down last night, but stopped after the bottom ones because I’m not sure I like the vine placement.

I think I will clean and organize my surroundings first and then maybe my head will clear a bit. That will definitely help with the creative process:).

I guess there has been just too much on my plate for the past week or so, but it’s all good. There is no rush, despite what these racing rabbits may say.! I will be happy taking it slow like the tortoise instead of the hare:) lol!

I hope you all are having a wonderful, creative, and un-cluttered day!

If any of you would like to join along in this Hand Quilt 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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieDeborah,  Susan, JessiscaSherryNanetteSassyEdithSharon and Bella.

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.


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


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.


  • 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



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



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


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.


I like the look of it too!


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,


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 —


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


Bejeweled Quilts

Creative Latitude

Fabric Scraps

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Made By Marney


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


Moosestash Quilting

Kwilt Krazy

Kwilty Pleasures

Patchwork Breeze

Home Sewn By Us

Sew Many Yarns

Seams To Be Sew

Just Let Me Quilt

The “Be-Attitudes” – Be Loving

I get together with my good friend, Kathleen, every Wednesday and Quilt. Sometimes I choose the pattern, and sometimes she chooses. It was her turn to choose and she decided on a pattern that she has had on her want to make list for some time now. It is called Be Attitudes by Art to Heart. You can get the pattern on Amazon, or other online stores

There are twelve blocks and we hope to get a block done each time we meet. We should get it done by the end of the summer unless we take off for vacations and such.

We should have started with the Be Warm Snowman for January, but since it is so close to Valentines Day we decided on the Be Loving Block instead.

Isn’t it so cute?! I have chosen to make my quilt with my normal brights. But Kathleen is making hers with the more muted tones like in the picture.

Isn’t it fun to see the difference that color makes? They both are wonderful in their own way. This is going to be quite the adventure. I’m so glad we are doing it together.

I already feel loved as I look at these cute hearts with the little blanket stitch around them.

This is appliqué at its easiest since it is just backed with fusible web and ironed down and then stitched down. LOVE it!! I also love this darling little angel❤️


I used embroidery thread for her eyes and barely colored her cheeks with crayon for a bit of rosiness.

It has been a LOVELY day around my house. In fact it has been a SWEET day:)❤️❤️.

Until next time,

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!

Hand Quilt Along Progress

I wish I had more to share with you about my HQAL, but I am happy with the small amount I did get done. I was able to sew the next border around my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt.

I am pleased with how it looks. The black looks a little heavy to me at the moment, but there are two more rounds to go, so we shall see. The next round finally brings me to my appliquéd rabbits. Yea!!!❤️❤️❤️

I pieced my pattern together, which is really quite large, and laid it out on a fat quarter. It barely fit, but it did. Phew!

I laid the pieces out gently on my background piece and glued them all down. Now for the sewing. I’m excited:)!

These little bunnies are so cute! I really do enjoy stitching the pieces down. It is like magic watching the fabric turn under so neatly as I sew along.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wish I had more to show you, but this is as far as I have gotten. I have one set of bunnies glued down, and the ears of one stitched in place. That’s it. Oh well, hopefully I will have all four bunnies done and maybe even the flowers and vines done by next time….a girl can hope, right:)?

Thank you to Kathy @ Sewing Etc. For organizing this Hand Quilt Along. I am excited to see how everyone else is coming on their projects!

Here is the information if you would like to join:

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, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  Susan, Jessisca,  SherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

I will be posting a bit later today with my minuscule progress on my MYSTERY QAL as well. Let’s just say it has been a very busy January:)! Isn’t it supposed to slow down after Christmas? Life is still so very SWEET though❤️.

Until next time,

Crazy Quilt Hearts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I want to have a small heart quilt to display on my front porch to wish everyone who drives by a LOVELY 💕 holiday! As I started planning, my creative juices went crazy in all different directions. Then I thought, “Since I’m going crazy, why not a Crazy Quilt Heart quilt ?”!

I went to my fabric closet and took out this jelly roll called “Kissing Booth” that I bought on sale a few years back. PERFECT!

………………I took out different complimentary whites, but decided on just the plain white. I'm glad I did:). I sewed and cut and ended up with a Victorian romantic style heart that I absolutely LOVE ❤️💕

I had fun using those rarely used decorative stitches on my machine too!

Would you like to make a Crazy Quilt Heart? It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fabric:One jelly roll

  • Light and dark Complimentary background fabric.
  • Fusible interfacing

  • Sew four sets of three strips together.
  • Cut them into crazy, wonky pieces.

So far so easy, right? Now the next part may seem a bit tricky, but don’t fuss or worry. It’s your sewing room and there are no rules in Crazy quilting so relax and just go with it:)

  • Grab two of the pieces you just cut, pick different shaped ones, and sew them back together at odd angles. Don’t worry about the tops and bottoms matching. Just sew.
  • Press the open
  • Sew these odd sized pieces together. You may need to straighten a side or two as you go, but no worries.
  • Cut and sew, press, cut, and sew!

You will end up with a large piece of Crazy fabric that looks like this–

SWEET!!! Now it is time to make our hearts.

  • Out of paper, draw and cut out two different sized hearts. Cut one 5.5″ heart and one 4.5″ Heart. They don’t have to be exactly those sizes, just cut them close.

  • Trace the hearts onto the non-sticky side of your fusible interfacing. I drew 31 small and 31 large
  • Cut these out making sure to leave at least 1/4″ all around the marking.

  • Place your small interfacing heart onto your crazy fabric with the sticky side touching the right side of the fabric.
  • Sew on the line
  • Cut the heart out with a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Clip at the top of the heart in the center making sure not to clip the sewing thread
  • Clip an opening in the back interfacing
  • Carefully turn the heart inside out.
  • Done! Now repeat this with the large hearts and the dark complimentary fabric.
  • Cut your white fabric into 6.5″ squares
  • Press your dark hearts to the center of the white fabric
  • Press the small hearts to the center of the dark hearts. So pretty!!

Now it is time for the really fun part!

  • Using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, sew over the seams of your crazy quilt heart
  • Use a button hole stitch to sew around the edges of the heart.

Finished! I am so happy with how they turned out:)❤️❤️❤️

I am using the rest of my jelly roll to make a bunch of nine patch squares as well so I can have a whole Valentines Day quilt

I’m excited to get it all sewn together and quilted to show you next week. Yea!!!

I am really so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have a LOVE-ly rest of your Day!