I've been working on a prayer quilt for a beautiful lady at church who is battling that demon cancer. I had one more batch of my green and grey swap blocks left and I thought they would make a cheerful quilt for her as she goes through her treatments. Yesterday, I recruited some helpers to tie the quilt and pray for their friend...
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
My friend Lori came over to sew today. She wanted to make 2 baby quilts for a friend. Lori sews but has never made a quilt. We had such a good time! She had brought some cute baby prints she bought and we cut them into 6 1/2 inch squares (a size that worked well with one of the prints that was divided into squares). Then we dove into y stash and found some solids and polka dots that played nicely with her prints. She laid the patchwork out in a cute scrappy style and we sewed them together as a team. I must say, we're a pretty fine team! Here's Lori's very first quilt top....
Friday, November 23, 2012
I love when my house is decorated for Christmas. I guess that's why we always do it the day after Thanksgiving! And this year, with Thanksgiving so early, I have even more time to enjoy it! Today I got home from shopping (just the quilt stores for me on Black Friday! I'm not crazy. Ok, maybe I am.) and my sweet hubby had the tree up and decorated! He's a keeper. Ally even posed for me...
Over the years I have gradually been trading in some of my "cutesy" decorations for more formal ones. This year it was the mantel's turn to get spruced up. Ally & I went to Hobby Lobby and bought lots of sparkly things, garland, candles, ornaments, bells even "funky gold twigs" for my vase. If you look really close you'll see that I even have gold stars dangling from clear thread. Ally declared our theme "gaudy not cheesy" and I do think we pulled it off!
If you need me, I'll be curled up on the couch listening to Christmas music and enjoying all of the sparkle!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I haven't stitched up one of my own patterns in ages! But I had a request for a Nantucket bag, so I stitched it up today...in my shop if you'd like to make one too...
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sorry there haven't been any crafty updates this week. I'm spending some quality time with my two oldest kiddos in Phoenix.....
Hope your week has been happy!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Row quilts seem to be all the rage in blogland these days. Well, our bring 'n brag group is doing a row-a-long too. I like it because we have lots of freedom to do our own thing. We were given 1/8 yards of 10 gray prints and must use at least some of it in each row we make. We have 6 months to make 10 rows (at least one row per month), they have to be between 4 and 8 inches high and at least 36 inches wide, and our finished quilt has to be no bigger than 60x72". Whew! I guess there are more rules than I realized! Other than that, the choices are ours.
I have decided to use a different bright color (solid or reads solid) in each row. This is the row I showed in October (it's really more purple than it looks here):
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Every year I choose a word for the year.... a word that I explore, read about, think about, ponder.... this year my word is gratitude. I have had a wonderful time exploring gratitude throughout the year. This past summer I read the book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. In this beautifully written book, Ann challenges herself to write down 1000 things that she is thankful for.
Well, this got me thinking. I am the chair of the Stewardship committee at our little church this year. I wondered if our congregation (usually less than 100 each Sunday) could write down 1000 things that they are thankful for? Then the idea began to snowball. I created a mosaic on graph paper with 100 squares. Then my sweet husband built us a board, 8 feet high by 12 feet wide. My friend Cheryl and I covered it in black paper and created a grid with yarn. Then we challenged the congregation to begin writing down what they are thankful for on 3 inch pieces of colored paper.
Each week we would put the papers up on the mosaic. We had so much fun reading each one as we worked. One child was thankful for her frog every single week! At first it was hard to tell what the picture was going to be (and I honestly wondered if we would be able to fill it!)
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Two of my three young friends returned for a third lesson yesterday. They decided they wanted to make pillowcases. They have become quite comfortable in my sewing space. Ironing...
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Sally and I have been reading and commenting on each other's blogs for a long long time. A few weeks back, we decided to do a little swap. I had so much fun putting together a bundle of goodies for Sally! You can read more about it here on her blog .
And yesterday this happy jumble of goodness arrived in my mailbox...
This beauty is actually a pillow cover, but Sally said I could hang it as a mini quilt if I want to. Oh such a big decision!!!! But I do think it will look awesome on my wall of minis. Planning to get the ladder out this weekend and add it to my collection.