Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Make a Wish Quilt

A very dear friend of mine began her journey with breast cancer a couple months ago.  She had a successful surgery and is in the midst of chemo.  She is a brave warrior with Jesus by her side as she walks this path.  What does a quilter do to comfort, we make quilts, don't we?  I desired for her to be wrapped in the loving arms of not only our Lord, but the special people near and far who love her so. With the help of her daughters I sent out fabric to be signed and the quilt is made up of 62 names of people who are dear to her heart.  The pattern is "Make a Wish" by Sweetwater.  It comes together quickly and was a joy to make.  In one of the spaces I included this verse from Isaiah 43:2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." I am traveling today to give it to her.  I hope it blesses her as much as it has blessed me!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

When we moved into our house last June we tackled painting and replacing floors but left the half bath off the kitchen to do later.  For almost a year now I've looked at an empty box with linoleum flooring and a builders grade basic sink.  The walls had not even been painted.  Using the cross stitch of the mermaid that my Mom had given me as inspiration, I set out to remodel.  We replaced the sink, added a vintage mirror, put up beadboard and replaced the linoleum with sandy colored ceramic tile.  I filled the shelves with beach glass from growing up on Lake Michigan and a favorite set of mermaid salt and pepper shakers.  The finishing touch was the Lefton mermaids I was able to score on Etsy.  I think they complete the bath perfectly.  I clearly have the beach and water on my mind because I've cast on another "Age of Brass and Steam" shawl with the prettiest shade of blue yarn.  Have a blessed start to your week!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter!

With Joy,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Japanese Happy Fabric

A trip to the fabric shop to check on an order turned into a bit of fabric buying, isn't that always the case?  I often get asked why I like Japanese fabrics so much.  The number one factor is cuteness!  All the little characters on these novelty prints make me happy and the colors are amazing.  These novelty prints from the top down are "Nico Nico Land" designed by Koko Seki and printed by Lecien - look at that darling church!  The second is "Pop'n Kids" also by Koko Seki and Lecien.  The third is "Forest" cheater by Kokka. They are a heavier weight cotton and would make great accessory fabric.  I also picked up some solid and patterned blenders.  Besides an Aunt Gracie quilt I made a few years ago, I haven't worked much with solids but after seeing so many wonderful quilts at Pink Castle Fabrics made with them, I'm going to give it a try.  All the fabric was purchased at Pink Castle.  Have a wonderful day friends, it's sunny and a high of 66 degrees today!


Friday, April 4, 2014

A Wedding Quilt

Thank you for your encouraging words on my last post.  I found your comments very helpful.  In response to the crochet chicken inquiries, I made them years ago.  I found a free pattern on Ravelry for you so you can make your own here.  They are quick to make and are a fun gift to give with some candy and scripture inside.

I'm excited to bring you the latest quilt finish.  It is a wedding present for a dear couple and since they just received it I can share it with you now.  The pattern is from Cluck Cluck Sew, called Pow Wow.  I made a queen size.  It was a labor of love and I'm asking the Lord with each stitch to draw them closer to Him and to bless their marriage.

Aren't they just the cutest?