April 25, 2014

Quilted Bag Finish

First off...Happy Friday!  I'm so glad to be at the weekend.  We are having rain today and it is so cloudy outside.  This is good news for California!  Bad news for photos.  But here goes...


This is the bag I have been working on for a couple of weeks.  That is sometimes the problem I have because I do not always follow patterns and sometime, well, I make it up as I go along.  So when I try to duplicate something it is hard to remember all the parts and construction methods I used the first time around.

This is the bag I was trying to replicate.  I made this for the Sewing Room Swap on Flickr several weeks ago and someone asked how I made it.  The second bag was my feeble attempt at being able to show them how to do it.  Hope it works!  Linking up to Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts today!  Take a look  :)

Maybe I will make another.  There are little things I think would make this bag much nicer.  And neater.  Hope your weekend is great!  God bless!

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. ~Psalm 109:30

love, Lisa

April 22, 2014

What's Happening Around Here?

Lots and lots of strawberries.  We have a stand nearby and we have been juicing!  So far so good.

A few produce stands for fresh veggies and fruits to juice.  This one in the center of California was so lovely.

Lots of vineyards here and they grow so quickly!  It is just beautiful here in the Spring!

Quite a few beautiful sunsets as we visit many of the little towns around us.  

And quite a few track meets.  Sometimes twice a week!  Hence all the travelling to the little towns around us. 

Even a little bit of sewing.  I managed to get all the parts of this bag done.

The front panels that will be pockets are finished.  The handles are complete.  

All that is left is to put it together.  I'm hoping to do that before Friday because there will be meets on both Wednesday and Saturday...both out of town.  And it is just so nice here!  It is hard to stay indoors!

I hope your Spring is just as beautiful!  Have a great week!  

He must increase, but I must decrease. ~John 3:30 (ESV)

love, Lisa

April 8, 2014

A Mini Finish & A List

Hello!  Wow, is it ever starting to warm up here!  Spring has definitely sprung and all I want to do is soak it up.  How's the weather for you?

I had a burst of sewing a couple of weeks ago and I made this little table topper which can also be a mini wall hanging.

It is slightly different from the pattern for a table runner by Sherri McConnell.  I made it square for this little table and so it could be hung later.  I used a 2.5" Moda mini charm pack called Printemps by 3Sisters and some Kona Bone and finished with a binding I had on hand.

This was fun because it only took a couple of hours.  Currently it sits on the table in the entry.

Since last quarter of the Finish Along went so well for me, I thought I would try it again.  This time I am going to be a bit more ambitious.  First quarter I only had two items that I added to my list but for this second quarter I'm going for four!

1.  Farmers Wife.  I'm thinking I will just use the blocks I have currently made and then if I need a few more I'll just make them really quick.  This has been a WIP for far too long.

2.  Bear's Paws and 7-grid chain for Chris.  I made one block almost 2 years ago.  After a bit more fabric arrives I will have the pieces all cut up and ready to sew.

3.  Trip Around The World.  I think this will end up being a center and I will add lots of borders to it.

4.  This ripple that I started about 5(?) years ago.  Having this as a WIP still is just embarrassing!

*Edited to add a 5th item!

5.  Finish this embroidery that was started as a Valentine project.  Once the embroidery is complete I don't know what to do with it, though!

That is my list and I'm going to do my very best to finish these projects!  I think I can...I think I can...

Linking up my little mini to Fabric Tuesday!  And my list to the Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle!  Enjoy the day and God Bless!

Fresh Poppy Design       Finish Along 2014

There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. ~Mark 7:15 NKJV

love, Lisa

April 4, 2014

February Disappearing Four Patch

This was the Peace circles contribution to do.Good Stitches for February.

I asked for Scrappy blocks and once again, they delivered!  I love this little quilt.

They even included scraps for the border as I requested!  Thanks so much, Ladies!

I tried a few new things on this little quilt.

First of which was tying instead of machine quilting.  I really like the effect.

Second I used a single piece of soft flannel on the back (no piecing back there!).  And third I did a blanket stitch by hand to hold the border down in back.  The blanket stitch is only visible in the back.  I'm not sure if that is how it is normally done or not.

This quilt was finished a couple of weeks ago and has already been received at my church for an upcoming auction to benefit a women's shelter in Colorado.  I was so glad to be able to have this done in time for my quilting buddies back in Littleton to be able to donate for this auction!

So that's it!  My February quilt is done...I'm sure this was my fastest completion of a quilt.  Usually they linger for some reason but this one I really enjoyed and I quite like the little changes I made to the norm. Hope the ladies of Peace like it!  Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed weekend!

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. ~Hebrews 3:13

love, Lisa