February 25, 2011

WIPs for the Weekend

I love weekends.  I love weekends that have lots of promise of creativity.  Time to sew and scrapbook and look ahead to March.

I challenged myself to do two online challenges.  The first I actually started in early February.  It is a quilt for the Moda Bake Shop (see sidebar) Monthly Contest for March.  I chose a quilt using a little charm pack (above)  that I recently purchased.

Above is a picture of a stack of 20 pieced butterflies.  Quite ambitious for me, I know, but so far it is working out.  I'll let you know how it ends up for sure!  The second is the Craft Book Challenge (see sidebar).  This one is very simple.  You just make a project a month out of the books you already own.  It is a challenge for me because I have a hard time following directions.  I usually look at something and then just make it my own way.  My own challenge will be to make it just as the author did.  But not exactly.  The first project I will be doing for March is, appropriately enough, a little quilt from this book of embroidery.  It has already proven to be a very inspiring book.

Aside from all this...I have yet another project or two that are in the works.  I'm finally finishing up the embroidery on these little guys.   They are five little pictures that my middle guy drew and I embroidered them to make him a wall hanging of his art.  Almost done with the embroidery then on to the quilting.  And I made a quilt top using a Bliss Charm pack and a Moda pattern.  But I had to order a yard of fabric to complete it so I wont be doing the quilting on that until sometime next week.  Very simple project, though, in contrast to the butterflies!  And there is always the ripple I've been working on for a year now.  I'm newly motivated to finish that one up quick!

And here is some inspiration that will help me through the busy weekend, maybe it will help you as well!

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.  Titus Ch. 3

February 22, 2011

Pillow Contests Abound

I made this little pillow for February and then I found out about a couple of pillow parties.  I know this pillow is not perfect but I decided to enter it anyway because I had already made it.

Some of the things I would do differently:  well, one, I would make the embroidered piece smaller for a pillow this size (or make a bigger pillow) because the quilted parts barely show:  two, I don't think I will make a pillow this holiday specific, except Christmas, again; and three, I would add a more opaque back to the embroidered piece so as to not see the pieced back behind it. 

Overall, I like it but I tend to do this with most of my projects.  At least sewing projects.  I'm sure this is because I am such a novice.  Maybe I'll become less critical with experience?

Posting this pillow again in its own post so I could enter it into the Stitched in Color Pillow Party for February.  Is that weird?  I had also entered into the Great SMS Pillow Contest.  Although the Sew, Mama, Sew contest did ask that we come up with a wonderful name for our pillow, which I did not.  Nothing clever came to mind.  (Frown)  Help?!

Thanks for looking!  

love, Lisa

February 16, 2011

Almost Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

So, my Sweetie bought me the top of my list Valentine's Day gift:  fabric.  He purchased it online at the Fat Quarter Shop.  It was a Candy Bar pack of Moda fabrics.  Cute little stacks.

I love the fabrics and the pattern it came with.  It is a Dresden Plate!  This is the one I've been wanting to do. It makes nice big flowers.

I can't wait to get into these little stacks!  What made it even more exciting to open was the chance to find a Golden Ticket.  Yes, just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  A golden ticket in a candy bar.  I thought that was very clever of Moda.  And very fun.  

And wouldn't you know, I got one!  I'm so excited!  This is the best Valentine's ever.  Andy is so lucky for me.  Love you, Mister!  

February 14, 2011

Canvas Hearts and A Pillow

...and Happy Valentine's Day!

I love Valentine's Day.  Besides all the love going around  I think it has something to do with the colors.  Silly, I know, but true. 

I like to dress up my little tree with all of the ornaments I have made through the years.  (I dress this tree up throughout the year.)  

These are the ones that I made for 2011.  Simple words of love, stitched in red on canvas.  

For now I'm liking the messiness of the threads but I'm thinking I'll tire of that and clip them.  The threads stay for now.  These are words of Paul (I Cor. 13), Virgil, and e.e. cummings.  My most favorite poet is Elizabeth Barrett Browning but I could not adequately shorten her sonnets to fit.  

This weekend was all about sewing!  It was great.  I finished my Valentine pillow. 

I had been working on the embroidered piece for a couple of weeks.  I drew my own pattern and chose colors and stitched.  

This is the finished pillow.  I'm quite happy with it but like always, when I finally did finish I had in mind a number of things I would do differently.  Love it anyway.    *Edited to add link to Fabric Tuesday!

This is the back.  I was inspired by all of the beautiful quilts that I've seen lately with pieced backs.  Love that.

I think that little caterpillar on the bottom is my favorite bit.  Him and the couched trellis on the large heart flower.  I just learned this from my favorite embroidery book.  I will definitely do that one again!

I'm excited to make some of those changes on my next project.  One of which will be to be less messy and more organized while I'm stitching!  (Above photo is evidence that thus far I have never been very neat when stitching.)  I'm off to make some doodles for more embroidery.  Enjoy this day!

love, Lisa

February 9, 2011

Block Party

So one of my favorite blogs is having a Block Party!

All there is to it is to make a quilt block that is either traditional, modern or creative.  Then write about it and link it up on Feb 7th, 8th or 9th.

I made this one.  I'm calling it my Traditional Very First Quilt Block Ever.  Not  what I was hoping to make but as always time just kept going even though I had asked numerous times for it to stop.  Anyway, this is not something I found, I just kinda played with four of the 5x5 charm squares and this is what I ended up with.  Sorry if it is similar to another block that I do not know about!

I'm going now to work on the quilt top with these same fabrics.  I have a charm pack of 3Sisters Aviary and some new (to me) Fig Tree & Co. fabric to play with!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the other submissions!  I am really loving the block/pattern that many made called Dresden or Dresden Plate.  Maybe I'll be ambitious on my day off and try that one...

love, Lisa 

February 8, 2011

Sewing As A Way To Say I Love You

...or I care about you or I hope you are feeling better or I wish you the best.  These are some of the reasons I love to sew.  Also, just because it is fun.  The purpose of sewing in itself seems so utilitarian.  Sewing out of need.  But so much of what I see online or in books and magazines and most of what I want to make is simply something to beautify my surroundings or for someone I love.

That's how I look at it anyway.  I love making things.  I love giving them to someone special.  And isn't February the perfect month to think about this, anyway?  So this little machine cover that I made is a reminder to me that I'm putting my love and energy and creativity into each project because I love the process, the finished project and to beautify my surroundings and those of the ones I love.

So, that is what I had in mind when I embroidered the estate sale handkerchief with "Sew Much Love" and then made a cover for my sewing machine with it.  Get it?  Sounds like a bunch of cheesiness now, although it is still true.  And, frankly, I thought myself fairly clever when I first thought of it!  Not so much now... 

I still like it.  I still use it.  But I do have several ideas for a new one.  I'm really liking all of the quilted covers that I've seen so maybe one of those in the future.  But for right now, I've got several projects going.  And I was so hoping to get a quilt block done for QuiltStory's Block Party.    Maybe later or on my day off. 

Reading Nehemiah this week.  Trying to "practice" my faith.  Wishing to be able to pray like David (Psalm 51) or Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1).  
Praying for everyone to have a blessed week!

love, Lisa

February 1, 2011

How Did I Not Post This Before?

I was looking back at some past projects and found this post that I did back in October.  I loved making this little quilt.  I really liked the pattern from ModaBakeshop as soon as I saw it.  And the pattern was so easy to follow.  I like the finished quilt, too.  Although I don't remember all of the details and the photos I have are not the best.  But here it is!  Again.  And I'm linking to Fabric Tuesday!

Thanks for looking!  Hope this follows the rules as this is an old project.  But it was so fun.  I'll be starting a new quilt soon.  I have the layout planned and all.  I think I'll put the fabrics to wash today and cut them by tomorrow and make the top tomorrow also.  

Right now, I'm still working on some Valentine's themed projects, so I'm off to that now.  And some quilted cushions.  Lots going on in the sewing arena this week.  This month, really.  I wish I could work faster!  Or at least more efficiently.  Here is a peek at the embroidery project I'm working on.
I think this will end up as part of one of said cushion covers.  That's the plan for today.  

God Bless!
love, Lisa