The Best of 2017

Hello! How was your Christmas? It has been such a fun and busy Christmas at my house. I have had a houseful of family and friends. Nothing says Christmas more than lots of good food and family:)

But now that there is a moment to breathe and think, I am happy to reflect back on a year full of creating. It has been a wonderful year!

It was hard to choose my favorite posts from this past year, but after thinking about it for a while, I have decided that the best projects must be the ones that have enabled me to connect with and make new friends.

The Top Five:

1. Long Time Gone QALI enjoyed quilting along with Angie @Gnome Angel and many other online friends. We all stretched our sewing and color combining skills as we made this Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell together. My FAVORITE part was quilting along with my friend, Cindy. It was fun to compare our finished quilts:)

2. The Splendid SamplerAfter a full year and a half of two blocks a week, I finally finished my Splendid Sampler! I was introduced to so many talented designers and made 20,000 plus Splendette friends:). I loved watching and being inspired by their beautiful blocks and quilts. There was a hole in my sewing table when these blocks were sewn together as well as a small hole in my heart as I left the group behind.

3. Fantastic Bake AlongThis year, I started a monthly Fantastic Bake Along Group. We all Bake a recipe selected by someone in the group and then share our results later in the week. Talk about yummy fun!! We have made pizza, homemade bread, quiche, and more. I have truly LOVED baking along with such SWEET people❤️❤️ The group is open to anyone and everyone. We would love to have you join along:)

4. Stardust Melodies I enjoyed crocheting and singing along with Polly Plum on her Stardust Melodies Afghan. Each block worked up fairly easily in an evening. It was like finishing new blanket twice a week:). It was fun to read about how excited everyone was as we waited for the next block to come out.

5. I Wish You a Merry QAL And last, but not least, is my beautiful I Wish You a Merry QAL quilt. I think I have made the most new friends with this fun Christmas quilt. I have connected with the designers who are all fairly new to blogging. I must admit I wish I could have been part of their group. They did such a good job!

There you have it, my top five of 2017. Some of you who follow me may be asking, “Tracy, why haven’t you included Delilah, or Down the Rabbit Hole?” Well, while I have connected with many new friends with these beauties, they aren’t finished yet. They will have to wait for next year.

Speaking of next year, I am so excited to begin the MYSTERY QALnext week on January 1st! Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are trying this new approach to a QAL and would LOVE to have you join us!

Thank you for dropping by today. I am excited to be linking up with Meadow Mist‘s Linky Party. I’m headed over to check out what all the other bloggers have done this year:)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!


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.

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:)

Quilt Time for My Splendid Sampler!

It’s on the rollers and being quilted!!! I can’t believe it:)!  Can you tell I am excited?  I don’t  want this to be a bed sized quilt.  I am going to hang it on the wall in a place of honor in my quilting room, right where it should be:).

To keep it smaller, I did not add any sashing.  But, I did add about 375 flying geese as a double border (it was a great way to use some of the scraps:). It measures 70″x70″.

I made sure to sew around the outside edge to keep those geese from flying away when I put them on the quilt machine.

Now it’s QUILT TIME!! I think I’m a bit trepidatious about this as well.  There are a lot of choices that will need to be made for each block–“I think I can,  I think I can!”

The next time I post about this, it will be for a photo shoot:)!  SWEET!!

Thank you for dropping by,  

The Last Stitch!

I have busily been sewing on my final few blocks for my Splendid Sampler.  It has been so much fun:)   I finished my final seven blocks this morning and have an elated, sad type feeling.  

I have been working on, and looking at this beautiful stack of blocks every day while sewing and creating.  It has made me smile.  

Now it looks like this–See what I mean?   Oh well,  now I have a spot to fill with the next new 6.5″ project.  One will come along, it always does.

But look at how pretty this huge stack of blocks looks.  I’m excited to put them all together!

Here are my final blocks:

Full Circle Star

This one was a little trickier than I thought it should be.  There really wasn’t much of a pattern for the center aqua appliqué pieces.  I sewed a circle and cut it to make my pieces. I think it turned out just fine:)

Circle of Friendship– I loved all of the fun stripes in this one. I was happy to be able to use all of my fabrics as well. I like the circle contrast here. It’s a great block!

Prism—  I am always happy for an easy block to break up the difficult ones:)

Unity Star-– The cutting was the hardest part on this one.  It is a Square in a Square type block with lots of stitch and flip.

Minnesota Maze- Isn’t the fussy cut flower fun?

The Early Bird— I didn’t think I was going to like this one as much as I do.  I had to take a lot of deep breaths and just sew because there were so many tiny little pieces.  But it was worth it.  I think this block is the iconic block of the Splendid Sampler.  I love it!
And my final block–

Wild Roses

I am now, not afraid of needle turns appliqué.  I can do it, and find that I even like it!  Thank you Splendid Sampler;)

Here they are laid out and ready to sew together.  I have several extra that I am not putting in because I like the size of this.  So 81 blocks it is!  I will sew these together and add two fun borders.  Hopefully I can get these added in the next week or two….we’ll see:)

It has been a simply SWEET and Splendid journey that is almost done.  Life is good!

Sew On and Sew Forth! -Splendid Sampler

I am so impressed with all of the finishing on everyone’s Splendid Samplers!   They are all so so beautiful:).  It makes me excited to finish mine.  The end is in sight…..well, maybe a few more weeks of piecing and then on to the setting.

I have been busily sewing and am happy to say that ten more of these blocks are now in the rear window.  Yea!  These are the ones I worked on:

Gran’s Button Jar– This was my favorite:). I am FINALLY getting the hang of needle turn embroidery and must admit that I like it.  If there is one thing I have taken from this splendid journey, it is that I love to embroidery.  Who knew?!

First Purse-Aren’t those little buttons for the clasp adorable?

Happy Thoughts-

Skyscrapers-  I tried her raw edge appliqué. I think it fits this modern block.

Dedication Rose– I’m not crazy about the machine stitched black appliqué stitch, but oh well.  I have quite a few of those “oh, well” blocks.  


Double Bees–

Whirling in Circles–

Fleur de Lei– I remember seeing these appliquéd quilts when I went to Hawaii and was so impressed.  If  I ever go back to Hawaii, I will buy some fabric and make my own Fleur de Lei Quilt.

In the Sunshine–  My machine has a small alphabet stitch.  I thought this block was the perfect block to wave the Splendid Sampler and date on!

Whew! What a lot of sewing! I still have about 20 to go, but I can do this!!  Here is a computer lay out of most of my blocks.  SWEET!!!  I can’t wait:)!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Splendidly Sewing

I think I might..I repeat, MIGHT just catch up with my fellow Splendettes on my Splendid Sampler.  Well, probably not, but I WILL finish!  It is kind of sad seeing this QAL ebbing to a close. Just a few more weeks.  Wow! What a year!

I am happy with the last few days progress. I have finished nine more blocks. Yea!

Here are the blocks I completed: 

Bee Happy –  This was by far the hardest block I have done out of all of the blocks.  Some how I even managed to have my bee face the wrong direction!  My English paper piecing was awkward and a bit wonky.  I don’t care though.  I am just glad I could do it at all.Look at those teeny tiny stitches!  A few of the pieces were only about 1/2″ total size.  That made for quite a bit of fabric bulk at the points.  All in all I still like it.  I don’t think I will be doing any odd shaped, teeny EPP in the near future though!

Hearts and Flowers—  I really love this block. If I have learned any one thing through this Splendid journey, it is that I love embroidery blocks.I find it so relaxing to sit in the evenings with a needle and thread and make a beautiful flower or two.It is a pleasure.  I am looking forward to getting back to my other embroidered quilt project Salem Quilt Guild.  

The rest of these blocks were fairly simple and quick to sew up.

Starting Point-

Summer’s Gift-

Homeward Bound-

The Icing on the Cake-

Rising Star-


First Stitch-

I am excited to see these SWEET blocks all come together.  I think I have even decided on a setting for them.  We shall see…

Thank you for stopping by!

It’s a Splendid Day Again!

Finally!  I feel like things have calmed down around my house enough for me to open my Splendid Sampler box and sew a few more blocks.I don’t know if I will be able to get them all done.  I will certainly try, but if I don’t, oh well.  I will love all of the blocks I do get done.  I know that however many are finished will make a beautiful quilt.  Even stacked in my repurposed napkin holder they look fantastic!I keep them there beside my cutting area to remind me and to give me a little smile as I look at the latest blocks;). Aren’t you smiling just looking at them?  

I have been really surprised with how much I have been using the 1st introductory bonus project.  I cut several blocks worth of fabrics and place them in my portable preview station.  And then they are ready for me to sew when I get a spare minute. It is great!

I added a few extra pages to my book by cutting a vinyl tablecloth and sewing them inside.  It works wonderfully.

I was able to get six blocks done today.  The first two, Love and Travelers were very easy.  Thank you Pat! They even kind of look the same.

Next was the fun little triangle block, Hen and Chicks. 

I had a very fun time making the Full Circle block.  I didn’t follow the instructions to make this block.  I used a method I learned about from QuirksLTD.  I sewed the strips altogether and then sewed them to the larger blue rectangle.  I traced a large circle onto my “background” fabric and cut it out leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.I snipped  the seam allowance and pressed it to the inside and then pinned the “hole” on top of my stripped piece and sewed it down.  Easy!

At first, I didn’t think I would like the Shell block, but it ended up being my favorite of these blocks.  I do like the look of a paper pieced block, I just don’t like the amount of wasted fabric and the mess.

And finally, my embroidered block.This one was a practice in redwork.  I have decided that I really like multi colored embroidery better. I had to give it a “sample” though:)

I am having a fun time with this Sampler. It has been a year of learning.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  

I hope you have a SWEET day!

The Power of an Inch!

It is amazing to me that something this small can be sewn around with teeny tiny  scraps of fabric and even smaller teeny stitches to create such beautiful fabric  flowers!image  This Splendid Sampler block is about English paper piecing.  Jane Davidson designed it and no, she  didn’t start with a one flower block that would have used only seven larger foundation pieces.  She designed a 6.5″ block that had 6 flowers all with 7 hexagons in them!  That is 42 hexagons and they are SMALL!  I just LOVE this sampler!!  It really stretches the edges of  quilting and teaches so many techniques.   It is so much fun!

For this block, I cut my paper hexis and fabric and then spent a few evenings sewing in my new pjs in front of the tv watching Netflix with my hubby.   I really like having hand work to relax with in the evening.

I folded basted and sewed all of my beautiful flowers together and then joined them into a ring of daisies.  Don’t they look amazing?  I especially liked all of the stitching on the back. Look  at all of that work!   All of it made from just one inch after another:)

imageI pressed, starched, and pulled out the paper then spray basted the ring to my background fabric.  It was easy to sew the ring to my fabric.   It turned out so pretty!   imageimageWho knows, maybe I will do a full size hexi quilt someday.  Inch by inch,  just one  little SWEET inch at a time! –Tracy:)


Blossoming- The Splendid Sampler


Happy Friday!  I am finished with my Blossoming block for the Splendid Sampler. It turned out so great.  I think I like the blocks that take longer because I have spent so much time and effort on them.image

I have found that I really do enjoy embroidery. I love how it adds dimension and interest to my blocks and quilt.  I like having a small hand project to work on in the evenings while sitting with my family.

It has been fun to watch my blocks blossom, but especially to see the creativity of others.  There are so many talented people out there!

I hope you have a SWEET weekend:)



The Splendid Sampler- 30 down, only 70 more to go!

imageAren’t they just beautiful?  I am having way too much fun to be sure!  These three were quick and easy.  Yea!  Each one brought a smile to my face as I chose the colors and read the stories behind the block.

imageimageThis block is called Constant Needle because the designer, Laurie Simpson, is always working in a project.  Hey! That is just like me!  Life would be so sad if I could not create something everyday.image

I liked working on Selvedge Saver.   I know that someday in the future(probably not the too far future) I will forget what line of fabric I used in this quilt.  I am going to be very glad for this cute way to remember.

imageimageAnd Simple Surprises was just that, simple and surprisingly the hardest to choose my fabric combination.  When I start my next 6 1/2″ sampler block quilt, I am going to remember that small prints work best.  I am definitely learning some SWEET color skills with this quilt:)!

I hope you have a SWEET day!