April 30, 2012

DGS Quilt Finish

This quilt is complete.  What fun it was to work on!  I love doing the do.Good Stitches quilts and seeing it all come together.  Thanks again, Peace Circle, for your wonderful work!

This will be off in the mail, oh, probably tomorrow.  I still have to wash it and snip some remaining thread tails.

This one will be hard to part with.  But then again, I think I say that about all of them!  I love the finished product so much.

I hope it provides many hours of warmth and snuggly goodness to its new owner!

Linking to CRC's {Sew} Modern Monday and QS's Fabric Tuesday!

Have a great day!  God bless!

Pray without ceasing.  ~1 Thess. 5:17

love, Lisa

April 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Sewing progress!  I'm happy to say that I'm back on track with my WiP's.  I had to go back and look at the last WW post that I did which was 2 weeks ago just to see what I had going on.  Anywho...I've got progress to report this week.

Quilts in progress:
*do.Good Stitches ~ I'm quilting this and in fact will be done with that very soon.  I finally made a back (no photos yet) but I have yet to decide on binding.  Leaning towards a scrappy binding.

*FWQAL ~  This is a project on my Finish-A-Long list for this quarter 2012.   I've made 10 more blocks and I've got fabrics for the next four.  I think.  Here are the most recent blocks:

*Summer Picnic quilt ~ Also part of my FAL list.   I've had this quilt in the planning stages since I purchased this fabric months ago.  I'm finalizing size and number of blocks, then I have a bit of fabric to purchase and I'll be cutting!  Here's the stack of fabric I'm working with:

Embroidery in progress:
*Strawberry tablecloth ~This is the last item on my list for the FAL.   I've put this back on the list because I really want it to be done so I can use it!  I've got all the DMC organized and in my sewing basket to work on this.  Honestly, though, I have yet to make one new stitch.  Tisk, tisk.

*Loulouthi Tablerunner ~ This is a secret project for someone who may or may not read this blog.

Other sewing in progress:
*do. Good Stitches ~ blocks for April for Michelle.  I haven't forgotten, Michelle!  I'll have them mailed this weekend!

Linking to WiP Wednesday, of course!  That is it... Only 6 projects going.  I'll have a couple done this weekend so that will make it even less.  Maybe I can join a quilt/sew along!  Do you know of any that are starting?

Thanks for stopping by!  God Bless!

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love...~Ephesians 5:1-2

love, Lisa

April 24, 2012

Sashiko Wallhanging

I love sashiko embroidery.  I did my first one a few weeks ago and since it was finished I had an idea of what to do with it.  I finally realized that idea a few days ago.  I paired it with some leftover Central Park fabric pieces from the Kaleidoscope quilt I made last year.

It was simple enough to make using a template.  The rounded corners on the Sashiko were easy to repeat in the piecing as I used a dresden template for the border.

I like that rounded edges.  Reminds me of the little punch I have that rounds the corners of photos and paper.  The dresdens pieces are stacked opposite one another for the straight runs and then used in the traditional way to achieve the curve on the corners.

I also included a ruffled border between the two.  I like the interest it adds to the center square without taking away from the embroidery.    It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get it in there.

So this is my finished project. 

ETA*Linking to Fabric Tuesday over at QuiltStory and Made by Me at JAQ's Studio!

I'm entering it into this weeks Weekly Themed Quilt Contest (which happens to be Wallhangings!) over at Quilting Gallery.  

 I like voting for my favorite projects and checking to see if they win.  It's quite a bit of fun!  Wish me luck!  Do you have a wallhanging to enter?  I hope you each have a blessed week!  

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  ~John 3:16

love, Lisa

April 19, 2012

Awards + Swaps + UFO's

Hello!  What wonderful spring weather we are having here in Colorado...very conducive to  gardening and yard work but not to sewing!  Even so, I have managed to get a few sewing related projects completed and even started a few!  I have lots to show but that will have to wait.  I've had a couple of nice swaps and I wanted to share here.  But first, I have been chosen by the sweet Jennie of Click.Snap.Swoosh.Laugh for a Liebster Award.  It is for small blogs with less than 200 followers.

Jennie put on her post that she is not sure how she feels about blog awards.  I'm kinda the same.  Actually, I had never really thought about them.  Sounds ok, though, and I really admire her sewing and photography so I'm going with it!  I'm also going to state as she did, that if I nominate you and you don't want the award or just don't do blog awards, that is a.o.k. with me!  I won't be offended or upset or anything.  This is just for fun anyway, right?!  So here are my nominations (which by the way I could only come up with 4 blogs that I read that have less than 200 followers):
1.  Katie of Unconventional Katie
2.  Becky of Solar Threads (I've been reading since she was Becky's Blabber)
3. Maysem of  Ode to Inspiration (who gave me an award also!  Thanks!)
4.  Susan of So-Sue  (I'm new to her blog but what I've read so far I like!)

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award you agree to :
1. Thank the person who gave you the award
2. Link back to their blog
3. Copy and paste the Liebster award to your profile
4. Pick 5 blogs that you feel deserve to be in the spotlight (they must have under 200 followers)
5. Blog about it and leave a comment for {or send an e-mail to} your nominations to let them know that you have chosen their blog.

Thanks, Jennie!

Now, do you remember these little birds I made?

Well, I had a couple of nice ladies that were willing to swap with me and I'm so glad we did!  It was nice to receive a handmade gift in the mail.  The first swap was with Susan of So-Sue.  She chose the little red bird and to swap she made me a potholder using the fabric scraps from this wonderful project.  Isn't it pretty?

I also swapped a couple of birds with Maysem of Ode to Inspiration.  She sent me a super cute set of coasters that she makes.  I love these!  So simple and super charming!  Thanks, Ladies!
Maysem also chose my little blog for an award and I will post about that soon! 

And last but not least, there are several projects that I would like to list for the  2012 Finish-A-Long Q2 hosted by Quilter in the Gap.  
I'm going to put a couple of  lingering projects on the list.
1.  First I really want to finish the Strawberry Tablecloth that I started last year!
2.  I really want to make a summertime/picnic quilt.  I've had the fabrics for a long time and they are slowly being used for other projects...I hope I have enough for a top left!
3.  I want to finish the FWQAL quilt.  I would really like if it were finished for the Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival which starts on May 18th!  I better hurry!

I could probably add more to this list but I do not want to make it impossible to finish.  This short list is going to be hard enough to finish!   That's it for now!   Back soon!
God Bless you!

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners...  1 Timothy 1:15

love, Lisa

April 3, 2012

A Duck + Some Birds

Here are some Spring inspired projects of late.  

Kirsty, the Duck, front
This is one of those wip's that I've had for many, many years.  At least 8!  She is a pattern from the book The World of Whimble Whimsy by Martha Young.  I bought the book in Atlanta at the actual Whimble shop and it was such a fun place!  

Kirsty, the Duck, back
I had forgotten all about her.  As I was cleaning and organizing an old bin of fabric I found a little bag full of her pattern pieces and all the parts of her already cut out.  It was quite the find for me so I decided right then to finish her up.  I'm pleased that she is done and while she is by no means perfect, I do like her. Quite a lot.  Perfect for spring!  

Another fun thing I've been working on is a bunch these little bird potholders/hot pads.  I think they are cute for the kitchen.  The added bonus is how fun and easy they are to make!  

I started by pulling some already cut scraps to see if I had enough for the front which I'm pleased to say that I did!  

One blue bird quickly turned into five, each in its own color.

When the patchwork was completed I will admit that I was not so eager to go on to the next stages.  But once I got the layers cut and stacked...

it was smooth sailing through the quilting and putting them together.  That was the fun and easy part!

Before I knew it, I was outside on a sunny Sunday evening taking photos of these little birds.  

I'm so addicted to making simple square patchworks.  I have to come up with something else to do with the patchwork, though.  I don't really think I need that many pot holders!

Linking up to Fabric Tuesday and Made by Me Wednesday!  

Happy sewing!  God bless!

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. ~Proverbs 2:10-11

love, Lisa