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August 22, 2014

A Bit More Summer Sewing







Getting things like this complete feels so good.  I have been binding quilts for the quilting group from church in Colorado even while living in California.  They mail me a quilt, I bind and mail back.  These wonderful ladies also make baby gifts like onesies, baskets for new moms, receiving blankets, and totes.  This time around they were making tote bags for a local women's shelter and asked if I could make a few.  Do you all know how much I love making totes?  Well, I do.  It is fun and relaxing sewing for me.  I tried to make them sturdy and cute but still use up some of my stash fabrics.  The oven mitts/tea towels were just for fun extras.   Oh, and I did have a quilt to bind, too!  Fun stuff!  I'm linking these finishes up to Finish It Up Friday at  CrazyMom Quilts!  Hope everyone is enjoying the last of summer.  God bless you!

Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who made us and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  ~Psalm 100:3 (NKJV)

love, Lisa

August 1, 2014

Embroidery + Therapy




I discovered long ago that quilting is therapy for my soul.  Of course, hand stitching a binding or applique are or piecing on the sewing machine are all included.  Embroidery, when done in such a way that I am not being too critical about my stitches, when I am not comparing my work to that of others, or when I simply do not think too hard about what I'm stitching, that kind of embroidery, is also therapeutic.  Lately, I have found that I spend far too much time thinking about all of the beautiful (and perfect!) stitched works that I see in magazines and online.  Sometimes this makes me anxious about what I am creating.  That was certainly the case with this Valentine project.  I had simply wanted to make a project I saw in my own mind that I considered beautiful.  As the stitches ran together to make flowers and leaves, I found myself being far too critical of each and every stitch.  It was grueling!  That is why this project took me so long to finish.  I finished it a good three weeks ago but have not been very  pleased with it until recently and even now I find myself critiquing the finished product.  I wish that I liked it more.  But honestly I'm just glad it is done.  It is not so bad now.  I'm on to another project and have promised myself to not repeat this state of anxiety over perceived perfection (or imperfection in the case of my own stitching).  I'm on to learning more about stitching and what makes others' items look so neat and well, perfect.  Here's to new beginnings and to Finish it up Friday!  Have a great week-end!

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. ~James 1:12 (ESV)

love, Lisa