March 28, 2012

WiP Wednesday

I've missed a couple of weeks of WiP Wednesday and I've been off track in my sewing all week.  Sounds strange, I know, but I had no list or  record of all the things I have going on and that made it difficult to organize my thoughts and get any sewing done.  (Also, I must say that my sewing space is in shambles because of a recent relocation that my son initiated.  This definitely did not help!)  So, I'm back this week to list my works in progress so that in the next few days I can have some more productive sewing time.  I sure hope Lee never quits hosting!
Quilting projects:
*do. Good Stitches -  I'm having a hard time finding a backing and binding fabric/s that I like.  Any suggestions?

*Farmers Wife QAL - I've got fabrics chosen for the next several (6-7) blocks and I hope to cut and sew these tomorrow!

Sewing projects:
*Patchwork birdies - I really love making these scrappy little guys!  One day a week or so ago when my mind was jumbled ( because I had no list of wip's) I started getting scraps together.  I ended up making 5 little bird patchworks.  Now they are almost done!
*P{l}PS4 - I joined the pouch swap again.  Here are the fabrics I'm trying out...hoping my partner will like them.  Natural linen and a buttery yellow print by French General.  I'll be looking for more fabrics to add.

Embroidery projects:
*Sashiko 1 - Clever name, right?  It is the first sashiko embroidery I've tried.  Though, I did not follow the norm here.  Instead I chose to use Anchor floss and many colors rather than just one.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with it.  Another pillow maybe or a mini quilt?

Crochet project:
*King ripple - Still coming along.  Need more yarn.

6 projects being worked on.  Most likely will be more next week unless I happen to finish one (or two!)!  Hope all is well!  Have a good rest of the week!

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ... ~Ephesians 3:17-18

love, Lisa

March 26, 2012

Waste Not, Want Not

Hi, Everyone!  How are you this Monday?  I had some busy days sewing and moving my work/sewing space around this weekend.  There are a couple of projects I've been wanting to post about and am finally able to do so now.  Remember this quilt?
The pattern used tiny squares over the larger squares to make the blunted edges.  Once the corners were clipped I ended up with quite the pile of little triangles.  It was kinda hard to just throw all that fabric out even though it was such tiny pieces so I thought I'd try to use them up somehow.  Well, let me tell you, it was quite the feat for me!  Those little triangles sewn then pressed and then trimmed ended up being quite the chore at times!  Once trimmed and nice and neat it was fun to see what could be made with them.  I ended up doing pinwheels with half and a kind of flying geese with the other.

This is made with the pinwheels, obviously.  I ended up doing some hand quilting around the blocks and turned it into a pillow cover.
I actually do not like the crinkly-ness of the finished pillow as much as I like it on quilts.  Not sure why but I think with the other piece I made I'll try something different.  I do like the pink stitching, though.  It is so relaxing to sit with something like this to stitch.
This is the second piece I was able to make out of the tiny (1.25" unfinished!) squares.  Really I just laid them out in the same direction and sewed them together in rows...easy!
Not sure it will stay this way.  I'm not liking the shape now that I added the corners.  I'll just wait until inspiration strikes to finish it.  I just wanted to note that the small pieces come together to make a 9.5 " square.  And there are 144 squares total.  I'm stating this to remind myself that I may not want to be so thrifty with these tiny pieces the next time around!  Plus, they are so small some of the wonky could not be trimmed out.  Oh, well!  Live and sew and learn!

I'm going to link the pillow to CRC {Sew} Modern Monday and QS Fabric Tuesday!
Head over to be inspired!  Have a blessed week!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ~Galatians 5:22-23

love, Lisa

March 12, 2012

Goals Met

Hello!  Can you believe it is nearly mid-March already?  I have so many plans and ideas but I don't feel like there is enough time in the day or days in the week, etc.!  I did manage my time pretty well this week and managed to get some things done.  I finished a quilt for my sister, Christy.  She really likes it!  I'm so relieved!  I did enjoy making this quilt and I'm pleased that it did not go on into forever.  I have a knack for taking way too long on some projects!  Here is the finished quilt with the specifics below.
I had fun taking it out Sunday morning with my Andy to his work.  I so did not want to take pictures in my drab, brown backyard again.  The industrial equipment was perfect, I think.
The above picture is the back.  I love it!  I should have shaken out the wrinkles though, sorry!  Below is one more just for fun.
Quilt specifics:
Pattern- Coming Home by Camille Roskelley from the book Simplify.
Fabrics - Prints from Tula Pink, Bonnie and Camille, Lecien,  Liz Scott, American Jane, Anna Maria Horner
Anna Griffin and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton.
Quilted- by me.

Plus, I met my goal for this week!  I joined in on the fun over at Amy's Creative Side with the One Thing, One Week Challenge.  I challenged myself to make 11 Farmer's Wife blocks.  I actually made 12.  I just wanted to keep it all even.  It got me to 50 completed blocks!  And it was fun again.  Once I got going and changed my mind about matchy-matchy the blocks had to be it did become fun again.  I originally started with the intention of only using scraps but somewhere along the way I was trying to make everything match.  That is not going to happen so I just pulled scraps I like and used 'em up.  Here are the blocks I finished.
 I'm linking my finished quilt up to {Sew} Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday !

And I'll be linking my met goal up to the One Thing, One Week Challenge, too.

Have a good week!  God Bless!

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. ~Proverbs 12:1

love, Lisa

March 7, 2012

WiP Wednesday

I'm excited to have some changes to my WiP list for this week! Though I never did start a new project I did manage to finish a quilt.  So really, my list is just shorter.

Quilts in progress:
*Christy's quilt - is finished!  I hope to get some full photos this weekend.  For now all the proof I have is this:
*FWQAL - I have challenged myself to complete 11 blocks by next Monday by participating in Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge.  I'm happy to report that so far I've gotten 6 blocks done.  Yay!
*Scrap Jar Stars for do.Good Stitches - still waiting on just a couple more blocks then I will be sashing.  I'm currently working on the measurements for putting the top together.

Embroidery projects:

*King Ripple - same as last week.  Coming along.  2 new rows added this week and I'm almost out of yarn...again.

That is it!  What an unusually short list for me.  I'm not sure that I will get to start something new this week.  I was sure I would start something soon but that did not happen.  I have 2 possible projects for the weekend if I get my Farming done.  How did you do this week?  Head over to Lee's to see the other WiP Wednesday progress of others!
I hope the rest of your week goes well!  God bless!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. ~ Ephesians 1:3

love, Lisa

March 5, 2012

A Challenge

Have you heard about the One Thing, One Week Challenge over at Amy's Creative Side?
I just read about it this morning and I'm thinking this is something I can do.  I've loved having the weekly inventory of my wip's by participating in Lee's WiP Wednesdays.  It has really helped me keep my progress in check.  I'm really liking the idea of having something to work toward.  Just one thing.  Big or small this makes it sound so easy.  So I'm challenging myself with my most challenging project to date, the Farmers Wife Quilt Along.

So, for my first One Thing, One Week Challenge my challenge is to have 50 FW blocks done.  That is only 11 blocks to make in 7 days as I already have 39 done. 

Choosing fabrics is the hardest part for me so I think I'll attack that part first.  Wish me luck!  Good luck to you with all of your projects this week!

God bless!

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. ~Psalms 1:1-2

love, Lisa