April 20, 2011

The WIP List

A few days ago I finished 2 quilts that had been going on for quite some time.  I was so happy to have them done that I celebrated by starting a few more projects.  Linking to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Right now I have 7 projects in the works.

A new quilt using "Lovely" fabric by Sandy Gervais.  This quilt is a pattern from a magazine called Perfect for Precuts and I'm using the Lovely layer cake that I received from Moda as part of the golden ticket package.  I'm adding my own twist to it with a couple of dresdens.  I know!  I can't stop making these!  But the candy bars are so perfect for that...and the fabric was the same, it was meant to be!

I cut into the Buttercup fabric that I've had for a couple of months.  This will be 2 quilts (hopefully in time for Mother's Day)!

For April for the CBC I wanted to make something that I have been needing really.  Aprons and I have several books that have nice patterns in them.  I think I'll start with the one from Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner.

I'm still working on how to quilt the little embroidered letters for my daughters "baby" quilt.  Not a lot of progress there.

There is a wonderful tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop for a book cover that I am making, hopefully in time for the April contest.  I'm adding my own twist to this with some different embroidery.

Also finishing up one of the tank tops I'm making for my sister.  I'm so pleased that the pattern is getting very easy.  Familiar, rather, and so familiar I feel comfortable altering it.

And lastly, I am working on blocks for May do.Good Stitches.  I'm thinking about using this pattern from MBS.  It is by Melissa Corry of  HappyQuiltingMelissa.  I hope it is ok to use for this?

Photo from Moda Bake Shop 
Thats it for now.  Hoping to finish one of these up this week.  We'll see how that goes.  I hope everyone else is making wonderful progress on their own WIP's!

I Thessalonians 1:4-5 NIV
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.

love, Lisa

April 19, 2011

Quilt No. 6 and Quilt No. 7. and What I Learned

Otherwise known as 'the Bliss Quilt' and 'Country Time Quilt'.

Anyone have those stacks of fabric that you just do not want to use for fear of ruining it?  Well, this little stack of Bliss was like that for me.   It took so long to finish because I was very much afraid to ruin it.  Well, now it is done and I'm pleased as punch that it is complete!

The Country Time Quilt as well.  I so enjoyed this project for two main reasons.  One, it contains hand embroidery and two, because of the many different squares of fabric.  Choosing the fabrics was great and such a relief that they did not have to "match".  I'm in love with this little quilt!  Also, this was supposed to be my March project for the CBC.  (Pattern is from the book Embroidery Companion).  But I just finished it now.  In April.  (April CBC project coming soon!)

These are such different projects and I learned so much while doing each of them.  I consider myself a novice at quilting so it does not surprise me when I do learn things as I'm doing a project.  Here is a list of what I learned while making these two quilts simultaneously.

1.  Patterns in fabric and put together pieces have a different effects when viewed from above (as on a desk)
     and when viewed at eye level (as on a design wall).   I did both of these quilts while looking at the block
     placement from a relatively close proximity.  While I like them both very much, I think if I had done them
     on a larger area like a design wall that I would have had a different outcome on both but surely the block
     placement would be different on the Country Time quilt.  I'm not totally pleased with the arrangement but
     I like it fine now that it is complete.

2.  Batting choice is very important to the finished feel of a quilt.   I guess batting is the same as everything
     else:  You get what you pay for.  Sadly, I used a very inexpensive batting on the Bliss quilt.  I think it was
     some sort of poly-something.  Kind of on the thick side but is sewed very nicely in the machine.  What I
    do not like about it is the way it feels in the sections where there is minimal quilting (the frames around the
    blocks.  It kinda feels like a cheap comforter.  For the Country Time quilt I used a natural cotton called
   Warm and White.  I love the feel of this!  It gives the quilt a wonderful weight.

3.  Hand quilting is glorious but very time consuming!  At least for me.  I'm sure I will get better as I do it
     more.  I absolutely love the way the finished quilt feels with the hand stitches running through it.  I will
     definitely be doing this again.

4.  I love quilting.  I think I already knew this but I thought more about the process from start to finish and
     I came to the conclusion that each part of making a quilt is its own achievement.  Choosing the colors,
     picking the layout or pattern, cutting, piecing, quilting, binding each have its own sense of completion that
     goes along with it.  This allows for accomplishment to not only come with the finished piece but
I'm linking to Fabric Tuesday and All Things Heart and Home!

God Bless!

love, Lisa

April 13, 2011

It's WIP Wednesday!

And of course, I have many that I could and should be working on but I, being me, decided to start yet another project.  Some hand sewing seemed in order so I started a little flower.  

I'm just looking for the right fabric to pair it with, a few words to add, some piecing and then I will have a new book cover.  I love writing in journals, making lists, making plans and a notebook is always at hand but they are not always pretty.  This little cover will insure that they are pretty.

Plus, it is a new month for the MBS Monthly Contest (see link in my sidebar).  This months theme is accessories.  I've long been an admirer of Bloom and this tutorial from the MBS is what I am using for my book cover.  I'm slightly altering it but using the method.

These items along with the ones already going on (which include: shirts for Christy, the Precious Moments alphabet quilt, finishing up the Bliss quilt and hand quilting the Country Time quilt) are all projects I hope to work on this Friday.

All this means that I have lots to choose from for the FNSI!  Although I must admit, I'm working on some of them now, too.  I'm not at all concerned about having enough to do come Friday night!

And because I'm always thinking of my One Little Word, Faith, I'll leave with this from I Thessalonians 1:11,

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 

April 11, 2011

She Asked For A Simple Pillow

and I turned it into a quilt/pillow combo.  I just couldn't leave well enough alone (and keep it very easy for myself) and make her a simple pillow.  Here is what she wanted:

Very simple pillow that I made last year for the So Sew Challenge.  I just couldn't make myself make another of the same thing.  Plus I wanted to improve on the last Dresden that I made.  Then I thought that it would be nice to applique her middle name (since she collects things that say Joy).   And this is what I ended up with:

I'm way happier with the outcome of this Dresden!  It is nice and smooth and the applique did not end up too puffy.  I like it.  It is hard to tell in the photo but the large square of solid is a nice light blue that perfectly matches the blue in the print.

I'm linking this pillow up with all the others over at the Bloggers Pillow Party at Rachel's blog.  I love this inspiration!

To complete this project I wanted to make her a quilt.  I had made her a little quilt some years ago which she used all up.  She has been in need of a new "made-by-me" quilt.  At least I thought so!  This is what I made:

This is my first zig-zag quilt.  I used this pattern from Bee Square Blog.  This was really fun to make and piece and it has given me some good experience to move onto something more difficult than straight piecing.  

I'm glad to have something marked off of my WIP list.  Although I did start something else...  But on another note, I also signed up for my very first FNSI!  Can't wait for that.

*Edited to add:  How could I forget to mention links to my favorite sites to visit for inspiration?!?  Silly me.  Linking to Fabric Tuesday and All Things Inspired!  See sidebar for permanent links, there is so much inspiration to be found at these blogs!

I'll leave you with a portion of my very favorite Psalm.  A Psalm of David, no. 51 from NIV.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

love, Lisa

April 6, 2011

Longest WIP Ever?

I've been sewing things off and on for many, many years.  Last year I made bags, this year pillows and quilts.  A long time ago, about 18 years, I was pregnant with my daughter.  She was my first and I had such high and lofty ideas of all the wonderful things I would make her, all the time I would spend sewing cute things.  Then she was actually here.  And all the time that I thought I would have to sew was suddenly not available for sewing.  It was spent with her.  My sweet girl.  Almost 18 now.

I did actually start a quilt for her.  I embroidered 26 little Precious Moments letters.  This part alone took about 2 years.  Then the whole project was put away and left to sit for several years.  I pulled it out sometime around 2000 and started piecing it together with tiny little squares (postage stamp style).  I remember taking weeks to cut and put those little pieces together.  There was so much frustration every time I tried to work on it that I eventually put it away again.  There it sat in my fabric pile neatly folded.  I would see it each time I reached for fabric for various projects, sometimes feeling a slight pang of guilt that I never finished it, though, most times I could only recall the frustration of piecing it together which made me not want to even pull it out to take a peek at it.

Well, I've been quilting now and I feel like some of my skills have improved and I'm ready to tackle it once again.  This time I am going for something pretty simple.  Maybe log cabin blocks?  Maybe just some sashing around each letter?  Not sure yet but at least it is out!  I spent a good part of an afternoon seam ripping the cross-stitched letters out of the quilt top.  I have renewed inspiration for this project and I can't wait to get it done!  I've imagined it done so many times over the years and now it may finally happen!

Wish me luck!  *Linking to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday, of course!  

love, Lisa