January 31, 2014

Granny Squares

This quilt that was started back in January of 2012 is now {finally!} finished.

It was originally going to be for my Mom before we decided on a different layout with slightly different fabrics.  Now I was hoping to give this to my quilting friends back in Colorado so they could donate it but since my quilt lines came out less than perfect I think I will try again and keep this one.

I did the quilting by making one large X through the center and then adding parallels in V-shapes in each quadrant approximately .5" apart.  That measurement varies a bit throughout!

It took forever but I like the dense quilt lines.  I'm betting it will be even better once it is washed and gets all crinkly.  To make the finishing process even more speedy I used a  bias binding I had previously made and I sewed it down on my machine rather than by hand.  

This quilt finish is one of two that I had put on my list for the Finish-Along 2014 Q1.  I'm so pleased that this is done.  It feels really good to have something usable and check it off the list!  Linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Thanks for visiting!  God bless and have a great weekend  :)

Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~James 5:16 NKJV

love, Lisa 

January 29, 2014

January Sewing

This month has proven to be perfect for getting things done.  Especially sewing things.  All this has caused my confidence to skyrocket and now, at least for the moment, I feel as if I can do it all.  And so the number of sewing projects has grown.  Since it is Wednesday, I'm doing an inventory and making myself accountable to my own self by listing them.

Finishing this quilt is top on the list.  As of this writing it is half quilted.

Still trying to fill in this heart with pretty embroidered flowers.

Linen, low-volume, text and embroidery.  Choosing fabrics for a big idea I have for the Sewing Room Swap on Flickr.  Hope my partner likes them!

And finally, I've chosen a few fabrics to make some tiny pouches.  I'll be making the round bottom, drawstring pouch that I usually make-just a mite smaller.

I'm determined to complete these projects!  Plus I have some self-imposed deadlines for a couple of these projects so I'd better go get that laundry done so I can sew!  Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.  Have a great day and God bless!

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort...~2 Corinthians 1:3 (ESV)

love, Lisa

January 21, 2014

Japanese Pouch Tutorial

Did you happen to see this tutorial on Pinterest?  And then did you see the Pretty By Hand version?


Knowing that Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching and that I wanted a cute little something to give some girls I know, well, I just could not help myself.  I got right to making them.

The tutorial is in Japanese and I do not read Japanese so I followed the photos as best I could and made certain concessions when I was unsure.  Like with the tags.  I don't have any pre-made tags so I had to improvise with a piece of ribbon and a Susan Branch stamp from long ago.

Mine are not nearly as cute as hers because she used the sweetest little print!  But I do like them and I think these will be appropriate for the recipients.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a few more of these sometime soon.

Today I made four pouches.  The process went pretty fast because I did all the cutting  at once and sewed the different parts at the same time.  Now that I see the photo I am not very pleased with the tags but I like the ribbon even better now.

This was a fun getaway from the larger projects I'm working on right now.  It is always good for me to have a small project, something immediately gratifying, and this fit the bill.

This was a sufficient break from some of those large projects but now I'm ready to get back to them.  Well, maybe in the a.m.!  Linking up with Fabric Tuesday over at QuiltStory!  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. ~2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV

love, Lisa

January 17, 2014

Economy Block Along

Except for a washing, this quilt is done!  I do like it so much and believe it or not, it was so fun to just follow the pattern as is!  I made no changes to this quilt whatsoever and I'm quite proud of that.

If you are on Instagram or Flickr you may have seen this little block making many appearances lately.

The block finishes at 5" x 5" and I made 100 blocks so (while I haven't measured) I suppose the quilt is about 50" x 50".  This is kind of a small quilt and it is square which I normally do not like but for some reason I think this one is fine.  Incidentally, I basted two quilts at the same time and both are square.  I may be changing my mind about square quilts.

 The backing was made from Kona Tarragon and a fat quarter of dear Stella little tents and trailers.  I love the colors in that print.  The purple binding is La-Dee-Da by Erin McMorris.

I did the quilting very simply with some straight lines on the diagonal because I loved the way it looked on someone else's pillow but I don't remember who that was.

I do really like this one and I'm glad to say that I have my first finished quilt of 2014!  What a fun project this was and joining it on a whim and simply following the directions made this a relaxing process through and through.  Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts today for Finish it Up Friday!  Enjoy the weekend and Happy Sewing!  God Bless!

Let all that you do be done in love.  ~1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV

love, Lisa

January 13, 2014

2014 Finish Along Q1

It's time for the 2014 Finish Along hosted by The Littlest Thistle.

You know, at first I was tempted to whip out all of my works in progress and link up to the Finish Along because I do love the idea of "putting it out there" to make myself accountable.  Subsequently, knowing myself, I would have stressed and over-thought each and every project and quite possibly put them together in such a way that would have left me feeling unsatisfied with the finish.

I know this because I've done it before.  So, very quickly I decided to add just a couple to a list that I would like to see done sooner rather than later.  I really want to have time to start new things and put some focus into other areas without stressing myself out.  I know I should not stress about these little things but inevitably, I do.  As an exercise in moderation, I'm holding myself to just two for this round.  Both are projects that are mostly done.

First is this Granny Square quilt top.  I love the block itself but the colors just don't speak to me and that is why it got put aside in the first place.  I have a renewed interest in this one because I would like to donate a quilt and I think this would be a good candidate.  And the top is finished and I made the back this morning!

Second is the Posy Hexie project I started last summer while we were moving from Colorado to California.
Still not sure what this will end up like but I have a few ideas.  I love that little girl reading under the tree in a tent.  I'm not sure how the tent came about but I like it more now that I haven't seen it in awhile.

And that is it!  Nothing very pressing;  just a couple of quick projects I should be able to finish by March!
Did you join the Finish Along?  If so, good luck and happy sewing!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. ~1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV

love, Lisa

January 10, 2014

Economy Top Finish

I could not be happier that this little project is moving along so quickly.  I have loved everything about making this little quilt!

It is not a very large quilt but it will be quite cozy I think.  Not sure where this one will end up yet but I have a few ideas.

I think I used 59 different fabrics which is not many considering there are 900 individual pieces in this quilt.
Did I mention how much I like it?  Some blocks I love more than others.  I even considered not including some and remaking them because they were not my favorite but when included all together, they still look good, I think.

This is my first project of the year and it is almost done!  In fact, I already  have the back made and the binding ready to go!  Maybe this weekend will include some quilting time...before the Broncos play on Sunday!  I'm linking up with CrazyMomQuilts for Finish It Up Friday! *Edited to add:  Linking up with Fabric Tuesday!   I had all but forgotten about Fabric Tuesday which is my very first link up! *

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a great weekend!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  ~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

love, Lisa

January 8, 2014

First WiPs of 2014

It is WiP Wednesday today and while it is the second Wednesday of this brand new year, this is the first Wednesday that I have worked on new projects.  Documenting here is a way to stay on track and, hopefully, keep this list fluid rather than stagnant.  For now I am choosing to ignore the other works in progress because these are the only ones getting any attention at this time.  :)

I've just two projects going on right now but both are rather large.  I jumped into the #economyblockalong  on Instagram (later over on Flickr) and I've been busy making economy blocks, otherwise known as square in a square blocks, at least a couple of hours a day.

The first 25 went fairly quickly and I was so excited to see this one coming together.  

Then hundreds of triangles later (512 to be exact!) I was up to 64 blocks out of 100!

I'm currently on the final leg of this top and I hope to finish soon.  Then my plan is to try it again.  I'll explain that later.  

And finally, my second project involves hand sewing.  I've been wanting a new embroidery project and I have been wanting to re-make or rather re-imagine a project I made several years ago.  

I liked it enough to leave it as it is but I wasn't very good at quilting, I measured the border incorrectly, and the stitching is so plain.  I want to make a Valentine garden again but this time a little different.  And a lot better!  So far I have a plan, a sketch, a new kind of fabric to try embroidering on and a few hexies.  It's a start.

I hope your week is going well!  Thanks for visiting!

give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus...~1 Corinthians 1:4 ESV

love, Lisa

January 3, 2014

One Little Word 2014 ~ Finish

Do you choose One Little Word each year?

I've been choosing a word for several years now.  For me it is an exercise in making small but conscious choices on a daily basis.  Having just one word-one reminder- to consider when taking on so many of the day to day decisions can be a very great aid to simplifying and clarifying these choices.  This year I chose the word Pray.   There were no resolutions or goals this year for me.  Only to pray.  To pray thanks, praise, help and everything in between.  To make my life a prayer.

Each year I try to incorporate my word into my daily life not only in thoughts and actions but in a tangible, visible way.  This year I made a notebook cover.  Usually I have a notebook with many things going on inside-lists, ideas, sketches of projects, quotes, Bible verses-so this year I deemed it necessary for my notebook to be pretty.

These little lovelies arrived just in time!  Thanks to Sherri at A Quilting Life!

I used the Printemps by 3Sisters 2.5" squares to make the notebook front and the hexie flower which became a mini-mini for a small frame.  I'm thinking I should have embroidered a few more of the little patchwork squares.  But this will do.

I'm always looking for new ways to infuse my one little word into my life throughout the year and these will be a good start for this new year.  This notebook will be well used.  

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday  at Crazy Mom Quilts!  Thanks for visiting!  I wish you all a wonderful weekend and God bless!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV  

love, Lisa

January 1, 2014

Hello 2014! {Fresh Sewing Day}

Happy New Year!

Yesterday I was trying to post a review of projects from 2013.  Well, that was dismal.  I didn't finish much the past year but as I was looking back, I found that I did a bit of sewing in the month of December!
Most of them are small accomplishments but compared to the rest of the creative year, well, small will do!

Now on to the projects for 2014!  Have a great January 1!

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil."  ~Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

love, Lisa