August 29, 2012

Last WIP Wednesday of Summer

In just a few days it will be September.  September!  Where did the summer go?  I mean, it is still hot, hot, hot here in Colorado with temperatures this week in the 90's but I've noticed a few of the neighborhood trees with yellow leaves and the evenings are pretty cool.  To me September marks the beginning of Autumn.    We are already in our second week of school and football season is here (Go Broncos!  Go Rams!)

And this will be what I consider, the last WIP Wednesday of the summer.  I'm glad to be back on track with some daily sewing and creating.

I've been able to play with some new fabrics and start a few new things.  And there are a couple of projects that I moved to the back burner but hope to get back out soon.

The quilt for my mom is coming along.  I have 15.5 blocks done and I just need 14 more.

These are pretty 2.5" strips that I cut into squares for a pouch project I'm working on.

This is a rag rug.  It is made from some old valances that were left here in our house when we moved in.  I briefly read the instructions from an old book and then went to it.  I'll have to find the book again to see if I'm doing it correctly.

And finally, I've decided on a project for a lovely stack of fabric that I've not had for long but has been calling to me to be used for something pretty!

That is quite a few projects but like I said, I've been able to sew each day so I have high hopes to get at least one or two of these done quite soon!  I'll be happy to be able to share something finished!  

I pray you each are blessed and happy and have time to sew and create!

...For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. ~Ruth 1:16

love, Lisa

August 20, 2012

Weekend Sewing

"...the key to success is preparation."  Heidi said that on  a post regarding the Friday Night Sew In.  It is the truth!  I know from experience that having a project ready to go makes all the difference in how much I accomplish during this sewing time or any sewing time for that matter!

What I had in mind was a couple of pincushions.  I prepped fabric for a granny square and I had the parts already cut and mostly sewn up for another Buttercup pincushion.  The hand sewing/putting together actually took me some time on Saturday to finish but all in all, I consider it a successful night of sewing as both are now done!

For the Buttercup Pincushion I changed a couple of things up this time around.  Well, really I just omitted a step...I did not stitch around the turned leaves or petals.  I like how it looks on this one but in the future, I think I'll definitely add the stitching.

I just love that little strawberry print!  I placed it in a little cup that I bought at a garage sale with this very purpose in mind.  And it fit!

Also on my list for sewing was another granny square project and this one was easy, quick and fun!

Plus, I got to use up some very small scraps I've had around forever.  That was nice.

And then I found the perfect trim and button.  I don't have a picture of the before, but trust me, the trim and button make it much cuter!

That was it.  I finished the projects I had intended and it was a great time to relax and sew.  I'm eagerly awaiting another FNSI!

*Edited to add links to JAQS Made by Me Linky and Fabric Tuesday!  Lots of fun stuff over there.

 Fresh Poppy Design

I'm off to put together a dresden now.  Have a wonderful week!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...~ Proverbs 1:7

love, Lisa

August 17, 2012

Friday Night Sew In

Here we are toward the end of August already!  I surely can't be the only one who is wondering where the time is going?!  I was at my computer this morning getting inspired by some favorite blogs and I found that it is time for another Friday Night Sew In.  I signed up immediately!

Tonight I was blessed with a break in my routine in the form of a hubby who is able to shuttle a boy to football practice and pick up our daughter from school which in itself will save me about 4 hours of my evening!  Plus I won't have to make dinner...there is another hour or so.  What will I do with all this time?  Why, sew, of course!

But first I wanted to show you all what I've made recently.  I got a new book (which I love!) and honestly I've known from the first time I saw the cover that I would be making that same pincushion first.  The book is none other than Joanna Figeroa's With Fabric and Thread.  It has so much inspiration between the covers that once I delved into the pages I was not so sure what to make first.

In the end I started with the pincushion and it was so pretty and so easy that I just have to do it again!  I'll be making a couple of pincushions this evening I hope.  And I can't wait to get started!  I hope you all get some time to sew on the Friday evening!  God bless!

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved...~Ephesians 2:4-5

love, Lisa

August 13, 2012

Finally...A Granny

It took quite some time but I finally have been bitten by the Granny Square bug!  It all started with a simple coaster idea.  I needed a coaster for my bedside table and I'm not sure why I didn't just take one from one of the several sets around the house but it was a good excuse to make a really quick, little tiny project.

It was the perfect size for using up some itty-bitty scraps of some favorite prints.  The finished block measures at 5" square.  The finished coaster measures at 4.5" square.  Perfect size for a cup or a glass to sit next to my bed.

It's flowery goodness is such a nice addition to my dark table.  Of course I have plans to make several more.  I could use one or two for my sewing space as well.  I'll be making a set out of different fabrics as, sadly, I do not have more of these little flowery Lecien scraps.

I've also made a new pincushion that I can't wait to show!  It is from a wonderful book that I got a few weeks ago.  I'm hoping for more sewing time in the near future, once school starts back up here.

Hope you have a great week!  Be well!

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. ~Philippians 4:1

love, Lisa

August 6, 2012

One Small Finish

Sewing  up a small thing is always refreshing.  Recently I was gifted a new gadget and as excited I was to try it out, one of the first thoughts that ran through my mind was "I get to make a new case!".  

Hand pieced hexagons came to mind.  I'd been wanting to give this type of piecing a try for ages..(since my sister made a quilt like this some 10 years ago!).  And here was the perfect small project to get me going.

These little hexies go together fairly quick and it is so nice to see the little pile grow.  Once I had the length of strip I needed I simply machine appliqued it to a strip of pink linen.

You know what comes next....layering and then some hand-quilting.  One simple trip around the hexi strip was all I did to keep it simple.

Then a liner and button closure were added to complete the project.  So simple but useful.  Just the kind of project I most enjoy!

Even though it has a sturdy pink case (which was also part of the gift) I felt that it needed a softer and somewhat prettier carrier.  I'm loving this little project and even though the tablet does not stay in its case for very long each day, I still think it was worth the effort to make this little cutie!

And once again I am on a mission to make a few more small projects.  In the midst of a large project I think this is the perfect way to stay motivated to keep going!  

*Edited to add:  I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday!  Its been awhile since I've been and I can't wait to see some of the inspiration that is flowing over there!

Fresh Poppy Design

Have you made anything small?  I'd love to see it!  I hope you each have a wonderful week!  More soon!

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  ~Colossians 2:6-7

love, Lisa