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!

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

March 31, 2014

The Posy Hexi Is Finished Just In Time For The Finish Along

I literally put the finishing stitches onto this quilt early this morning.  But I did finish and I'm so glad that I did it!  Now I can link up to the Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle! This is the second of the two projects I had on my original list.

I simply meandered throughout all the white area and tied the applique pieces with cotton thread.  The temptation was to make it much more complex but I resisted and actually finished it!

This little project, as so many of my projects, did not turn out at all like I originally envisioned.  This gives me the idea to somehow document my original ideas so I can have a comparison when I finally finish them.  I'll do that with the next one.

It started as that little pile up there...and aside from one bit of trouble in the quilting process, was a joy to work on.

The mishap in quilting was my own fault.  My bobbin holder thingy needed cleaning so I cleaned it.  When I put it back together and started quilting again, I got this:

This has happened before to me.  One good thing about this is it is so easy to rip out these kind of stitches.  Almost fun.  Almost.  And only because I enjoy taking out the bobbin thread and being able to pull all the stitches in one very long string out of the front.  So, that's that.

Happy to have finished this and already looking forward to April and the next quarter of the Finish Along!
Hope your projects are going well and your sewing is fun and beautiful!  God bless!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.~Romans 12:2 NKJV

love, Lisa

March 13, 2014

Goings on and A {Quilty} Bucket List

Hello!  How are you?  Ready for spring yet?  Even with the extreme lack of winter and moisture for that matter, here in California's Central Valley, I am so ready for spring.  I know some of you are still knee deep in snow and all I can say is "I wish I had seen some of it!"  Barely any rain here is making for a severe drought and hard times for the growers here.

Already there are flowers everywhere.  Even on my own front porch.

And a dwarf lemon tree in a pot on the back patio.  We immersed ourselves in yard for a couple of days and it was so nice.  More to come this weekend with the temperatures expected to reach the low 80's!

 Inside the house, more of the same.  Thinking of spring and Easter and new projects in pretty pastels and pearly whites.  After seeing the projects that PrettyByHand has been making from that book up there, well, I had to get it.  So worth it!  I purchased the English version and I want to make each and every project in it.

I would like to start a new embroidery project soon but I have been so very messy in the past with my string that I would like to organize a way to stitch neatly before I begin.  Anyone have any suggestions?

I made a list of quilt projects today after reading some of the link ups at The Tilted Quilt.  I really could have just linked every single quilt from my All Things Quilty Pinterest Board but I did not.  Here is the list with ideas:

~Sampler Quilt -Something like the Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell
~ Every Project from Yoko Saito's 120 Embroidery Designs
~Medallion Quilt -I haven't found the one yet.
~Red + White Quilt -something traditional
~Modern Quilt -I've never made a really modern quilt but I so want to make this one by Elizabeth of
~Lone Star -I've pinned so many of these and any one of them will do.  Maybe more than one!

And that is it for now but I'm sure this will change sometime.  These are the ones that I have wanted to do for a long while now.  Do you have a list?  I'm linking mine up with the Tilted Quilt!

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." ~Matthew 6:33

love, Lisa