The Witches Quilting Lessons!

Do you ever feel like you have bitten off a bit more than you can chew? I have a list of should’ves, but they just keep getting pushed back.

I should’ve organized the Fantastic Bake Along, I should’ve finished my Delilah and Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt, and I should’ve gotten more done on my Salem Quilt Guild Hand Quilt Along.

This little bag is all I have managed to sew in three weeks. I mean really the ONLY sewing I have gotten done! No piecing, and no Quilting. Just this one little embroidered bag. I’m seriously going through withdrawals!

Why am I so behind? Two reasons — One, I have started a new chapter in my life. I am now a REALTOR! I am spending most of my day learning the skills to help people with their dreams of home ownership. Yea!! I love working with people and helping to make them smile:)

And two, most of my evenings are spent organizing a 24th of July Pageant which celebrates the Pioneers of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints or Mormons. The production will be next Saturday to a football stadium of more than 5000 people!

Sooo…. yes, I am happy with any progress at all on my HQAL I am happy that I was able to get the last panel colored and a small bit embroidered. These witches are really learning a lot in their class!

I need to learn that un-sewing spell! What is it again? Bibbity-Bobbity….

Maybe I just need a magic wand to get everything done! Where do they sell those things any way?

This is a fun sew along:). If your interested in joining 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 , Edith, and Sharon

Thank you for stopping by today. I really appreciate you choosing to spend a few moments of your day with me.:) !!

Mystery Quilt Along #3 Begins!

Good Morning! I hope those of you in the States had a wonderful 4th of July filled with good food, friends, and fireworks:).

After all of that fun, are you ready to start this next quarter’s MYSTERY QAL? I hope so! We would LOVE to have you join us!

This QAL is different from most Quilt Alongs in that a MYSTERY fabric is chosen, but the pattern or project is completely up to you! There is no size requirement so you are free to make a large quilt, a small mug rug, or just sneak a piece or two of the fabric in a project here and another there. It is kind of like an I Spy Quilting group:) 🔍

This quarter’s Mystery Fabric is “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Dear Stella. It can be found in numerous online sites. Including Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop. I am trying to choose different quilt shops to make this a shop hop experience as well. Isn’t that fun?

Are you excited to join along? Here is how–

Easy, easy!! The finish date will be Saturday, September 29th.

I’m excited to sew and quilt along with you this quarter. Once again, just comment below to join the fun:). Here is a list of those who are already joining along–

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

I hope I can add your name to this list! Let the MYSTERY begin:)!!

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,

Be-Attitudes Quilt Finish!

Summer is here, school is out, and I am finished with my Be-Attitudes Quilt!

It is always a bitter sweet, but mostly SWEET feeling when I finish a quilt. My sewing space feels a bit empty when the blocks and colors are gone. But the happiness of seeing the end result is the crowning jewel so it is worth it:)

I have been working on this Be-Attitudes since January of this year. I especially liked sewing along with my dear friend Kathleen❤️. She kept me motivated.

Each little block was a little mini-quilt in itself. Here are a few of my favorites-

This little puppy is exactly the block I need right now as my not so little puppy is having a hard time being house broken. -Maybe Be Patient would fit here too! Lol😊

I do love the flowers on this Be Patient block though. I also like the water coming from the watering can:)

But since I am giving this quilt to a wonderful teacher for her classroom, this Be Smart Block must be my favorite:). I hope the children will look at this quilt and try to Be Smart and Be Kind… I also hope they will look at it find the little details like an I Spy type of quilt.

There is so much to see and learn from letters to colors, seasons, family, attitudes, and more.

If any of you are interested in making your own Be-Attitudes quilt, the pattern is from a booklet by Art to Heart.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Until next time!

This is my second finish for this quarter’s Finish Along. Yea!!

Hand Quilt Along – Salem Quilt Guild Progress

It has been three weeks already?! My how this first half of the year has flown by! I am not nearly as far along on my quilting/sewing goals as I had thought I would be. But somehow I have found a few moments to sew a few stitches on my “Mystery at the Salem Quilt Guild”

Last time I said I hoped I would be able to get the goodies in the table all embroidered. Well, except for a few stitches, I did!

Before –

After-

Yea!!! I thought the cookies would be tricky, but I really kind of enjoyed snaking my way through them.

And just because I love close ups of fun eye candy, here is another shot that is so close you may want to take a bite! SWEET!

I only have a little bit left to stitch on this panel of my Salem Quilt Guild Quilt . I have the dessert witch and the banner. I think I can get them done by next time– I hope, hope, hope!

If you do any hand stitching, why don’t you join along? Here’s 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

It going to be a GREAT three weeks! Especially because I am heading out to our annual Lake Powell trip next week. Yea!! I will definitely share a few pictures.

Thank you for stopping by!

Seeing Stars – Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop!

This is “Wish Upon a Star” Blog Hop week, and it is my turn to share with you some “starry” fun!

But first I want to thank Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this fun hop. Thank you Carol!

I am excited to share with you my Seeing Red Stars Quilt. It is a Buggy Barn pattern which means fun, fun fun! They have a unique way of cutting where you stack your fabrics, cut, move the top of a few cut piles to the bottom and sew them back together again. The end result looks like this:

I just love all of those scrappy star points:). It is hard to believe they are all made with 12 fat quarters of red and 12 fat quarters of white. CRAZY!

Well, that isn’t exactly true. I also had to make hundreds of secondary stars as well.

I was all “Flying Geesed” out by the end. But it was worth it. Here are a few more SWEET eye candy pictures for you to enjoy:

Isnt quilt candy the best kind of candy? No calories!!❤️❤️

GIVE AWAY!!-

“Seeing Red” is in the book, Crazy or Not by The Buggy Barn.

I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader . All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know how I shade fabric for applique. (Hint–I blogged about it not too long ago!).

You can get a second entry if you are a follower of my blog. How about a third entry? Follow me on Pinterest or IG. That gives you THREE chances to win. Yea!! Please let me know in your comment if you have one, two, or three chances:)

I will put all of the entries in a bowl and draw a winner one week from today. I will post the winner next Friday.

If you don’t win, or just don’t want to enter this awesome give away, you can get a copy of the book here.

I have so enjoyed sharing a few “starry moments” with you today. I hope you will take a moment or two to go over and see what the other talented bloggers have stitched up for you in their sewing rooms:

May 24

Kathy’s Quilts

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Freckled Fox Quiltery

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Melva Loves Scraps

Beaquilter

Quilting Nonnie

Den syende himmel

All Thingz Sewn

 

May 25

Creatin’ in the Sticks

For the love of geese

Words & Stitches

Quarter Inch Crafter

Quilt Fabrication

Home Sewn By Us

Kathleen McMusing

Just Let Me Quilt

May 21

Moose Stash Quilting

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Quilt In A Not-Shell

What About Rheema?

Clever Chameleon Quilting

Sunlight in Winter Quilts

Life in the Scrapatch

Sew Many Yarns

Hazel’s Daughter

 

May 22

Want To Be Quilter

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Selina Quilts

Ridge Top Quilt

Creative Blonde

Days Filled With Joy

Seams To Be Sew

Lily Patch Quilts

Why-Knot-Kwilt

 

May 23

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Quilt Doodle Designs

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Vroomans Quilts

Peanut’s Patchwork

Ms P Designs USA

The Little Mushroom Cap

Stitchin At Home

That Fabric Feeling

 

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

I can’t believe that we are at the final week of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! It has been a fantastic few weeks of meeting so many talented quilters. And now, it is finally my turn to say hello!

But first, I want to give a big thank you to our hosts

If you head over to any of their blogs, you can enter to win some wonderful prizes.

Life is so very Good!

Hi! I’m Tracy, and I am from Arizona where it seldom snows, and quilts are more for show than for necessity. I blog because whether it is quilting, crochet, sewing, or baking, I enjoy having a place to share my creative passions.

I am a very social person. I truly do love being with others and basking in the light they shine all about them. I can think of no better way to spend a morning or afternoon than with a friend sewing or creating something beautiful together.

When I thought about what I wanted to share with you today, I knew it had to be a few of my favorite quilts that I have made with my friends, either in person or online.

Farmer’s Wife Quilt

I have a friend who assured me that we could not call ourselves true quilters until we had made a Farmer’s Wife Quilt.  Lol!  Well, I guess I am officially a quilter now!

Pins and Stripes-

I have a niece and several online readers who wanted to learn to Quilt. I designed this Pins and Stripes quilt along to teach them the basics of quilting. It was so fun to answer their questions and watch their quilting skills bloom!

Long Time Gone Quilt-

This quilt was a double dose of quilty fun. I joined a Long Time Gone Quilt Along online, and then a friend of mine said she had joined along as well! We had so much fun sharing techniques and finished quilts:)

The Splendid Sampler

This was an adventure in Quilting online with 50,000 other like minded quilters! Some of us were more experienced than others, but it didn’t matter at all. I met some wonderful people and learned that I really like embroidery on my quilts:)

Mystery Quilt Along

My online friend Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting and I started a unique Mystery QAL.  It is unique in that the FABRIC is the same for all of the quilters, but the PROJECT is left to whatever you, the quilter decides. It is really fun seeing how the other quilters are using the same fabric you are!

The Be-Attitudes Quilt

This is my current, in person, QAL. I quilt with a good friend of mine every Wednesday. She always has such fun ideas for quilts to make, and I’m always willing to join along. This quilt is no exception.

I am sewing mine with a bright color pallet for a class room while my friend is sewing hers in the warmer muted tones that match her home.

Isn’t it fun to see the difference color makes? They both are beautiful and we are having such a good time:)

What has been your favorite QAL? I would love to hear about it!

1.  Have an extra sewing machine on hand for a friend to sew along beside you. ❤️ — How many machines do you have in your sewing room? I actually have six machines and use each one for different purpose. Hey, we don’t just have one cutting knife in the kitchen, do we?:)

  • My main stay Juki 2010Q for piecing
  • An old Pfaff for the zig zag that the Juki does not have
  • A Janome 9500 that I am babying for the embroidery feature
  • An Imagine serger
  • A Singer Featherweight for travel sewing
  • A Gammill Long Arm quilting machine.

2.  You do not have to point out your mistakes.  If a point is off, or you had to piece the fabrics together for enough fabric to finish, it’s okay!  We won’t even see it.  Enjoy the beauty of the 99% you did get right!

I have so enjoyed meeting you today! I hope you will take a few moments and visit the other wonderful bloggers in this week’s blog hop as well.

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day! —That’s me:)

Joni @For the Love of Thread.

Cherie B. @Cherie’s Quilting Journey Blog

Cindy K. @Gray Barn Designs

Karen @The Quilt Rambler.

Sarah @9658 Textiles

Terri @Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Liz @Savor Every Stitch

I am sure you and I are going to be great Quilting friends. Please feel free to click the follow button and join the fun!

Hand Quilting Progress

I love quiet evenings watching Netflix with my wonderful husband and hand sewing on a project. I have especially enjoyed embroidering on my “Salem Quilt Guild” little witch party:)

I am very happy with the progress I have made over the past three weeks. The change of colors in these beautiful quilts really took more time than I thought they would, but they turned out so heavenly that it was worth all of the thread changes:)

In addition to the quilt stack, I was able to get the whole banquet table and lazy black cats done as well.

That SWEET little napping cat is just like my little dog. As soon as I lay a quilt down, he is right on top thinking it is all for him!

I really enjoyed sewing all of the festive pumpkins as well.

It wouldn’t be a witch party without pumpkins and a cauldron full of potion!

Yep, it has been a fun few weeks of sewing. I hope the entire table is stitched by our next update. If you do any hand stitching, why don’t you join along? Here’s 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

Thank you sew much for dropping by today. Please feel free to comment and follow along in the fun!

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,