Sew Let’s Quilt Along

I am participating in my second Quilt Along, sponsored by Partners in Design. Abbie, from Sparkle On!,is the one who introduced me to this group of designers. I participated in the Christmas quilt along, which resulted in a quilt. I made a few blocks of the Fall QAL, and made small projects with these blocks. This time, the theme for the QAL is quilting…what fun!

Here are the designers of this QAL:

Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs →The Sewing Machine Block designer
Abbie Danahy of Sparkle On! →You are here 🙂
April Adams of  JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter
Kathleen McCormick of Kathleen McMusing
Sandy Maxfield of SandyStar Designs
Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting

The first block is a sewing machine.

I finished the second block which was released yesterday. There is nothing like a cup of coffee to get me started on a day of quilting, so this block is appropriate.

I had been purchasing fabrics with a sewing/notions theme, and now, I can use them. I do not know if I will make a quilt or different small projects with these blocks. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying participating in this QAL. Thanks, Abbie!

Quilt Along

Partners in Design 

The first quilt along I joined was a Christmas quilt hosted by Partners in Design.  I also made a few of the blocks they had in last year’s fall quilt along. These quilt alongs gave me the opportunity to try new things.
This year, the theme for the quilt along is sewing. I had been looking online for some sewing machine quilt block designs. I have also been purchasing sewing themed fabric, with no real plan in mind. So, when I saw that this new quilt along was beginning on March 12, I decided to try it out.
I may just end up making a “sewing” quilt for me.Although, this year, they will be offering ideas for using these blocks in small projects. Abbie, of Sparkle On!, is a host of the small projects. I am looking forward to seeing her ideas.
Today’s block was designed by Sandra Healy. She provides great directions. All of the other designers, offer great tips as to how to complete the block.

I am finding difficulty with precision. I double check my cutting and my quarter inch seams. I measure each section as I complete it. But I still find that I am a bit off in final measurements. I noticed that I am not pressing correctly. I still tend to mash and distort the fabric. I also noticed that as I sew, I sometimes stretch and distort the fabric. I especially have trouble when piecing smaller pieces, as required in this sewing machine block. I am just a bit off of the final measurement of the block. I need to be more diligent with this. Any suggestions or tips on how to improve on precision are appreciated.

I still need to embroider the thread running through the machine; and embroider the tops and bottoms of the thread spools.
I love the porcupine pin cushion on the bottom black fabric. This fabric represents the mess I have on my sewing table!😊

Hosts for this QAL

Abbie @Sparkle On
April @JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca @Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer @the Inquiring Quilting
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting

Blocks 3 and 4 : #iwishyouamerryqal

First, on a sad note, my friend’s home in Rockport was totaled.
Her son went down to evaluate and he said it was worse than they imagined.
We will be meeting with her on Saturday to give her some support.

On a happier note, I finished Block 4, “Christmas Memories” designed by Jennifer Fulton, of Inquiring Quilter.
These ornaments she designed do bring back memories of my childhood Christmas trees.
What I enjoy about this quilt along, is that I am learning new helpful tidbits and new skills.
Jennifer mentions in her directions, that stabilizing the applique with pull away Pellon, helps prevent the applique from puckering. I wish I had known that when I made the Snowflake block. I used Pellon Stitch-N-Tear Lite.
It made all the difference. Funny thing is, I had some of this Pellon in my embroidery storage bin.
I knew it was good for embroidery but did not think of using it to applique.

It took me longer than it should have to choose my fabrics for this block. The ornament shapes are just like the ones my mom had, and I wanted to get as close as possible to the colors of the old ornaments we had when I was young.
In a previous post, I had mentioned that my mom loved to decorate every inch of her house for Christmas.
My dad always said that he knew if he stood still for a minute, he would soon have garland and ribbons on him.
Mom had a collection of items to decorate for a Victorian Christmas.
She had a Blue and Silver Christmas, and her original set of old ornaments.
This was her Red, Green, and Gold Christmas.
It just so happened that I chose red, green, and gold for my color palette.

This block also gave me the opportunity to practice on my applique skills.
I hope I do not regret using the gold metallic thread for the appliques.
The thread jammed in my bobbin a few times, turning my hair a bit grayer.

My Clover Seam Roller came in handy for pressing down the applique.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about the tree and cone fabric.
But it fits in with the other three blocks.

I might have to redo the puckering Snowflake.

 Here’s a shout out to Abbie, from Sparkle On.
Thanks again, for letting me know about this QAL.


Post Tulum…

After an action-packed, fun-filled week in Tulum, I have spent the last three days on my recliner.
It has been great to sleep in and lounge.
Today, I decided to read emails and catch up with my blogs.
I saw that Abbie, of Sparkle On, had posted the first block for the mystery quilt,
I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along .
Abbie did such a great job on the first block, and her enthusiasm is catching.

It just so happened that I had some seasonal fat quarters and white fabric remnants, so  I decided to give it a try.
The snowflake pattern is by Vanda Chittenden .

Block #1
I named this block, Snowflake in a Winter Forest.

It seems that ever since I started quilting, I have become more aware of the color, designs, and patterns around me.
While in Tulum, my design sensory mode was at an all time high.
On Sunday, I started playing around with some of the designs I had captured in photos, my sketch book, and in my head.
First, I created a design on Pattern Jam, so I could get a sense of color.
These are not exactly the colors I want, but it is a start.

Pattern Jam does not allow for designs in the sash or borders.
So, I used this design to sketch another that had some blocks to represent the ruins.
I also added a zig-zag pattern.

The border may be striped material, or strips of different fabrics.
Or, the border may be floral.
This is just a preliminary sketch.
I started thinking of the possibility of making blocks that have embroidered flowers.
I hesitate to start an embroidery project since the repeated action of embroidering affects my hands.
For now, I will continue designing Tulum quilts, while the experience is still fresh.

Tomorrow, I will start binding the Wild About Texas quilt.
Or, I may just go back to my recliner.

Liebster Award


Years ago, a technology instructor in my school district, introduced me to blogging.
I immediately saw the instructional benefit and the fun that this form of communication could be for my students…and me!
I had a classroom blog and a teacher blog. Once I retired, I decided to start a blog to share my new creative journey, and also make new friends along the way.

Through blogging, I have connected with many inspiring and creative people.
One of my new-found blogging friends, Abbie, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.
This is an award given to bloggers by fellow bloggers.

Abbie’s blog, Sparkle On, truly does sparkle! Her blog is filled with fun, creative ideas.
Thank you for the nomination, Abbie!
Oh, and thank you for your sweet comment about my having  “Joie de Vivre”…you made my day!
Here are my answers to your 10 questions:

10 Questions

1.) Who inspired you to quilt/sew?
My family.
My mother had seven sisters, each one talented in many crafts such as sewing, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, knitting, and painting. They were all inspirational women.
Mom did beautiful embroidery and crocheting. My Tia Isidra was the one who got me through Home Economics sewing class…no one could help me through the cooking part of the class!
Tia would let me choose the fabric and design my birthday party dress. She also made clothes for my Madame Alexander dolls.
Quilting was something I always wanted to do. I never gave myself the time or opportunity to study quilting when I was teaching. My first attempt was a quilt I made for my mother-in-law. All eleven grandsons drew on cloth squares and I somehow patched it together.
I also made small wall hangings with drawings that my students made.
It wasn’t until I retired in 2014 that I attended a quilt convention and my sister Adri encouraged me to go for it.
My husband and sons encourage my endeavors. And I just love designing quilts especially for them.

2.) If you could meet one “Quilting Celebrity’, who would it be?
Jenny Doan’s enthusiasm is contagious. I love how she explains and demonstrates techniques in her tutorials. She makes me laugh.
I also would like to meet Vanessa Vargas Wilson from Gemini Crafts. She has such a down-to-earth manner in her tutorials.

3.) What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
My friends and I went to the theater to see Love and Friendship. This was in 2016.
I really don’t go to the theater anymore, but I am a movie buff.
I love old movies, especially silent films. Charlie Chaplin is one of my favorites.
Movies with Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, and Greer Garson are still what I prefer to watch…over and over again.

4.) What kind of music do you like?
Mom always had music playing in the house and I love listening to most genres.
I particularly like folk, blues, jazz, swing, country, rock and roll and classical.
I grew up in the time of great music, and I still listen to my favorites which include: Bob Dylan,Willie Nelson, anything Beatle, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin….anything from my era!

5.) What is your favorite candy bar?
Oh, I have a terrible sweet tooth. If I had to choose, I would say Baby Ruth.

6.) Which is your favorite quilt block?
I just love trying new and different blocks. I seem to favor Flying Geese and the different types of Star blocks. I am also interested in the New York Beauty block.

7.) To pre-wash fabric or not to pre-wash? That is the question!
So far, my answer is to not pre-wash. I have never found the need to do so.

8.) What is your favorite color?
I love playing with colors. I tend to favor anything purple.

9.) What is your favorite quilting/sewing notion?
The best sewing notion I ever purchased was the quarter inch sewing foot guide.
It has helped improve my seam accuracy.

10.) Do you have a favorite quilting book (or any book for that matter!) to recommend to others?
I recommend Block a Day by Lucinda Ganderton. I have learned so much from this book.


There are a few blogs that I follow, and I am always looking for more.
It is my turn to nominate, my nominees for the Liebster Award are: Linda, at Take Time to Create and Mary J. Puckett from Zippy Quilts.
Linda’s blog is filled with creative ideas and projects.
She described her blog as being “all about trying new things”…something I like to do.
Linda creates beautiful products in various media. Check out her Faux Sea Glass post.

I just recently started following Mary’s blog, Zippy Quilts.
The subtitle of her blog, “Modern Quilts with a Twist”, caught my attention.
The first few blogs I read were filled with exciting, new, fresh ideas.
I look forward to learning more from Mary’s posts.
Today, she posted information about Big Stitch quilting…wow!

Linda and Mary, here are the rules and my 10 questions.
Feel free to answer any or none of these questions.
I look forward to your responses and your future posts.

Liebster Award Rules

1. How do you define creativity?
2. What do you do to get in a creative zone?
3. What theme song would you select to be the soundtrack of your life?
4. Is there a particular project that gave you the most joy to make?
5. How do you handle any moments of “creative block”?
6. Is there a particular time or place where you feel more creative?
7. Are you a stickler for plans or a go-with-the flow type of crafter?
8. What is your favorite media for creative expression?
9. Who inspires you and encourages your creativity?
10. What advice or words of encouragement can you give to someone who wants to try new things but is not sure of their abilities?