Thursday, May 24, 2012

Flowers Make Me Happy







































Today a friend of mine stopped by with this cute arrangement.  I love how the colors go so well with my table topper.  The little girl reminds me of the Sun Bonnet Sue quilt pattern.  I have been struggling with a health issue this week and she brought me some cheer.  I know we don't normally discuss these subjects on our crafting blogs.  Tomorrow I have some tests to see if I will need surgery so I humbly ask for your prayers for clear answers.  I'm off to the greenhouse to stroll along the flowers and keep my mind distracted.  Enjoy this blessed day!


Hugs,

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coming Home







































Hi Friends!  I'm still stitching away on custom quilt orders.  I got to work on one of my projects yesterday, a graduation gift for a friend of Maddie's.  I finished the top yesterday.  The pattern is "Coming Home" from the book, Simplify by Camille Roskelley.  I have made this quilt before.  It is a simple pattern that gives big results.  I added more blocks and wider borders to make the quilt throw size, a 54" square.  Today I hope to get it pinned for hand quilting.  Hope you are having a good day, the sun is shining brightly here!


With joy,

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dress-Up


Saturday was prom.
Hair, makeup, dress, shoes, jewelry…
How do we slow down time?
In two weeks she'll officially be a senior.
Love my Maddie!

Giving Thanks,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pretty Poppies







































The poppies in my garden are so fleeting that I snapped a picture for you before the petals fall away.  Such a fragile flower.  Happy Friday, friends!


Hugs,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fig Tree Fun



I treated myself on Mother's Day to a bit of sewing time in the afternoon, away from the custom quilt orders.  I had purchased a charm pack of "California Girl" by Fig Tree Quilts and I wanted to make the 23 1/2 inch square table topper from the Summer 2012 of Quilts and More.  It was fun and quick to put together.  I finished the hand-quilting last night.   There is something about the shade of blue in this fabric collection.  It's just dreamy.  See the blue with the pink flower and little white polka-dots?  It is my favorite.  I also love a pieced border.








































My self-imposed, fabric lockdown for the year is a bit challenging at times.  I know that fabric lines don't last long.  Purchasing a charm pack gave me enough fabric and hardly any fabric left over.  I am pleased to be working my way through my stash.  On another note, do any of you know what this little cage is for?  It came from a flea market and the top slides up a metal handle.  I thought at first it was a bug catcher, but the bars are set too far apart for that.  This one has me stumped!

Smiles,

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And One More...







































Early last week I got an itch to make a table runner for the future bride and groom.  One they can put on their table or on their dresser as they see fit.  I had some very pretty tan linen with the striped border and I sat down and began to play with fabrics from my stash.  I have not make a Dresden before and rather enjoyed the process.








































The future bride and groom have been sweethearts since middle school and I got the notion that maybe there's a tree somewhere with their initials on it.  I also had to add some yo-yo's - for fun!












































It was a fun project.  I enjoyed all the hand quilting with pretty perle cotton.  I did buy them some sheets as well because I have come to realize that people really do want things off their registry.  


With joy,

Monday, May 14, 2012

Shower Gift


I attended the shower for the soon-to-be daughter-in-law of a very dear friend of mine on Saturday. As one of her gifts I found out the couples favorite scripture passage and stenciled it on to a pillow. I found the pillow at T.J. Maxx.  Even though the fabric marker is permanent, I set it with a hot iron anyway, just to be sure. The inspiration for the project came from here.


"Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God,
with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever."

Psalm 86:11-12

Wonderful scripture for starting out a marriage, wouldn't you agree?

Hugs,

Friday, May 11, 2012

May Window







































Looking back through my pictures caused me to realize that I forgot to show you the May window at the cafe that I completed last week.








































I went with a vintage bridal theme using some dresses from my collection.  I made tons of paper flowers to hang on the pretty eyelet paper lanterns as well as from ribbons and even on the sash of the bridal gown.








































I stitched up some fabric cupcakes from one of the "Tilda" books that I have.  The blue glass cake stand is very old and one of my recent finds.








































I'm certainly having a good time decorating the window each month.  Happy Friday!


Smiles,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In The Garden







































It's my favorite time in Spring when "Josephine" Clemantis is in bloom.  With each passing day another layer of beauty unfolds within each flower.  Eventually, right before she leaves, those center clusters will open like the last chorus of a beautiful hymn.








































The spring quilts have made their way out of storage and are gracing walls and backs of chairs.  The colors are so soothing and reflect the garden so well.








































The Virburnum is a good eight feet tall by my back door.  Oh how I love this time of year!


Sweet joy,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sitting Pretty








































Oh, how I love little sewing ~ sewing child-sized things.  This little chair is a redo for the cafe.   It was dark red/pink before.  I hope a little one takes a seat in it to eat a cupcake!  Happy Monday!


Hugs, 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Scripture





"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  
Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but
does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his 
face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away 
and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man 
who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, 
and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard,
 but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does."

James 1:22-25

Joyfully,

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Giveaway Winner!



Congratulations to Diane N. who said:
"One of my favorite gifts was the AccuQuilt
my husband got me for Christmas a couple years ago."
I have sent you an email, Diane.

Have a wonderful Saturday, friends!

With joy,
Renee



Friday, May 4, 2012

Last Day For Giveaway







































Hi friends, sorry for my absence this week.  It's been a busy time for me.  Today is the last day to sign up for the giveaway.  I'll announce the winner tomorrow.  Have a great day!


Smiles,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Giveaway








































Today marks the 700th post here on Sewn With Grace.  I cannot believe I've had that much to say and what's even more unbelievable is that you have read these posts and have come along side me on this blogging journey.  I am humbled by this and grateful for the many friendships I have made.  You have added much to my life and I've learned a great deal from all of you.  It seems so very appropriate to have the monthly giveaway on this special day.  Here are the items included in the giveaway:


2 1/2 yds. "A Stitch in Time" by Robert Kaufman (Button Fabric)
3/4 yd. "Wild Rose" by Blackbird Designs
1 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Blue Floral)
1/2 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Brown Floral)
1 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics (Words)
3/4 yd. "Tangled Threads" by Red Rooster Fabrics" (Images)
The Book, "Tangled Up In Thread" by Terri Degenkolb

To Enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
One Comment Only
What is a favorite gift you have received?

The giveaway will be open until Friday at midnight
and the winner chosen by random generator
and revealed on Saturday~
With love,

Monday, April 30, 2012

Crafty Weekend







































This past weekend found me pushing pause on the quilt making and picking up a paintbrush for the Cafe.  This little cupboard was the ugliest rust brown.  Several coats of white breathed some new life into it.








































The decals were made using vintage "Happy Birthday" wrapping paper.  I lined the cupboards with scrapbook paper and some crochet trim from an old piece I had in my scraps.












































The bottom half is lined with the vintage paper.  I left the corner that gives the copyright of 1962, the year I was born.












































The biggest project of the weekend was this cut out cupcake.  I had fun using my jig saw and drill.  It took a few hours to complete.  I hope the little ones that visit the cafe will enjoy peeking through to get their picture taken.  Tomorrow marks the 50th day of the cafe opening and we are celebrating with an icecream social.  Everything is better with icecream (and sprinkles!).


Smiles,

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Scripture


Source: etsy.com via Renee on Pinterest



"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you,
then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15

With joy,

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Making Memories







































It's that time of year when the t-shirt quilt orders start coming in.  It's a fun quilt to make and let's me go on a little journey of a person's life.  Most of them are for graduation but some are for those who have already graduated, like this one above.  I have six custom quilt orders to complete.  Five before the end of May.  Time to put the pedal to the floor!


Smiles,