Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For Tuesday

I was hoping to share with you today some pictures from the photo shoot at the Farm, but it was cancelled due to weather.  It didn't seem appropriate to have the bride stand in frigid temps pretending not to have goosebumps.  Click here to see some fabulous photos that photographer, Carrie Miles has taken.

Today my "spring" is coming from our local grocery store.  I can read about what "spring" is in the food magazine I treated myself to as well as gazing at the lovely tulips!

I was pleasantly surprised to find edible flowers at our store so my ideas are spinning for Easter dinner.  I'm keeping it simple this year, good tried-and-true dishes that my children always ask for like cheesy potatoes, grilled flank steak, sauteed green beans and spinach-strawberry salad with these flowers!

I am working on spending more time reading the Easter story from God's Word this week.  Of course, it is much more than a story.  If you've never really understood the Easter Story, and have questions about Easter and Jesus, feel free to email me at sewnwithgrace@yahoo.com.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Sewing Christmas

If anyone ever questioned whether spring in Michigan is unpredictable, they can stop now.  We awoke to snow covering the ground today, much different that the 84 degrees we had a couple of Saturdays ago.

I am stuck taking indoor photos, on my cutting table, of this months "Sewing Christmas" project.  For it I made an 8 foot bunting.  If there was an ounce of sunshine to photograph this on my fence, I would have loved it, but today this is the best I can do.  When the weather is nicer I will put it up for you.

This is one of the most fun projects to date for me.  I got out one bag of left over quilt binding and my large box of vintage this-and-that.

It incorporates old quilt blocks, hankies, doilies, vintage sheets, yo-yo's purchased at an auction and bits of quilts that are completely worn out but needed some love.

The uses for this are endless, and I think it might be the project that I "gift" to myself!  If you have something you would like to share with us, please see the link below.  

With joy,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Our friend, Mike, releasing balloons
in celebration of his last radiation and
chemo treatment on Friday ~ Hurray!!!

"I lift up my eyes to the hills~
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip~
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you~
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not hurt you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm~
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming 
and going both now and forevermore."

Psalm 121
With joy,

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Photo of Friendship Farm ~ Last Summer

Two very fun things have happened, one is that Sewn With Grace has become a .com replacing my blogspot.com account.  I'm working on some fun things and this just seemed like the next step in my journey.  It was a simple process, but being technically challenged, I managed to delete my blogroll in the process.  I am slowly rebuilding that list and if you don't see your blog there as usual, it's just because I'm still recovering the names.  To become a .com yourself, check out this post.  While your're at Clover and Violet take a look around, it's a great blog!  Please take a moment to rename my blog on your bloglists.  Over the next three days blogger should redirect you to the new name, but you can make the change on your own beforehand.

The other fun news is that tomorrow there is a wedding photo shoot out at the farm.   It's suppose to be cold here but I'm praying for sunshine.  After church I will be heading out, with stacks of vintage dishes, for some fun.  I will let you know how that goes on Tuesday after we have our fourth "Sewing Christmas" on Monday.  Have a great day today!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Pretties

Rose Bud Lips

The Jewelry Chateau

Mimimi Cards

Jolie Marche

Rock A Buy Creations

All these pretties are found on Etsy~

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at

Be Blessed,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

May Flowers

Have you ever had so many projects you needed to complete that you just froze and didn't do anything for awhile?  That's how I have been lately.  Instead of sewing I have been reading alot and knitting.  I do this to myself every time I take on orders or need to make gifts.  Buying "Cherry Fizz" was the motivation I needed to get moving.  I won't cut into it until I get the five (yes you read that right) quilts I have to complete in the next seven weeks.

Time to get the motor running, literally.  First one to tackle is a graduation gift for a sweet friend of my daughter's.  This is not a hard quilt and making the flowers is quite addicting.  How each flower comes out is a surprise.

The pattern is called "May Flowers" and comes from the jelly roll book shown below.  I used scraps of fabrics that I have made two other quilts with.  This quilt is really a stash buster and if you are looking to reduce your stash or scrap basket, this is the one for you!

I find that the example quilt has too much cream for me so I will be using a color for the flower blocks and a patterned fabric for the borders.  The good thing about this quilt is that I will only have to purchase batting. Yea!  I love it when that happens!

With joy,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cherry Fizz

Cherry Fizz by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup

Something comes over me when I walk into a fabric shop.  I refer to it as a spiritual experience because, for me, that's what it closely resembles.  I do believe God has given me a gift of working with my hands and when they come in contact with fabric it feels like I'm at home.  I also believe that God expects me to use my money wisely and I have been on fabric lockdown for quite some time, only purchasing what is necessary to complete a project (with some extra's along the way - who are we kidding here!)  Yesterday I went to the fabric shop to get backing fabric for my log cabin quilt when I spotted these beauties right inside the door, then the dance began as well as the running commentary in my head.  "Keep walking to the backing fabric, don't look in that direction, stop running quilt patterns through your head, no it does not look like Cherry Limeade from Sonic, those are not "your" colors, don't touch it, don't pick it up."  I did very well until the kind lady behind the counter was cutting my backing fabric, then I made a mad dash for the bolts.  I justified my purchase by not buying all the colorways (why didn't I buy all the colorways?!).  What I love about a fabric shop is all the ladies that help you justify your purchases.  So I did it.  But oh, it does look like Cherry Limeade from Sonic!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rose Napkins

When I was visiting my brother I walked by this display in one of the little shops near his town.  I took this picture thinking that this napkin arrangement would be great for Easter or Mother's Day.  When I got home I had an email from The Cottage Journal with this link showing how to make it.  Now we can all have flowers on our tables.  Enjoy!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Little Blessings

I love going to Cracker Barrel for unusual finds.  During my trip I stopped at one in Tennessee.  These adorable garden markers found their way into the car.

After meeting with a bride last night, my boss and friend Nancy, gave me this wonderful little pillow.  It reads, "In my heart I have been blessed by you."  Such loving words and I share them with all of you today.  Blessings!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"From the fruit of his lips a man
is filled with good things
as surely as the work of his
hands rewards him."

Proverbs 12:14

With joy,

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Pretties

Last week when I signed off for spring break I got in the car with my daughter and we drove 13 hours to Atlanta, Georgia to visit my brother and his family.   I have not been to their home since they moved there and was well overdue for a trip.  One of our days together we went to the neighboring town of Senoia.

Senoia is a charming little town filled with fun shops and antique stores.  I was so thrilled to be in sunshine and to see flowers blooming.  I snapped these pictures as we walked along the street.

It was wonderful not to have a schedule, to just enjoy being with family and to take in all the blessings of our time together.

I fell in love with this potting table made from salvaged pieces of various items, but alas had no way to get it home.  Maybe I can build my own.

This quaint town has been home to many a movie set and I snapped a couple of pictures of two of my favorite movies that were filmed there.

The houses were charming and I even saw a pink one.  It would be so easy to pack up and move there.

It was worth the 26 hour round trip to see my sweet niece, Gracie as she hangs on to my brother's ears to keep from falling.  Blessings!

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Daughter Time

Picture of the garden last July

Today starts my daughter's spring break.
I am taking a few days off from blogging
to devote myself totally to her.
Be back later next week.

Until then,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fabric Eggs

While I was out visiting blogs, I came across this tutorial on Retro Mama for fabric eggs.  Aren't they adorable?  Think of all the eggs that you could make from scraps!  Maybe I should look for a fabric chicken as well?  Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pretty Ruffles~

Whenever I put a different vintage dress on my dress form I always try to imagine the person that owned it and what type of event they wore it to.  This one says wedding to me, or Easter, or a spring dance.

I wish that they still made dresses like this.  I do miss all the femininity of years past.  When I see my teenage daughter pull on her sweatshirt and jeans and head off to school, I remember the dress code I had at my highschool and think perhaps it wasn't so bad afterall.  Blessings!

With joy,