Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Notes of Sincerity ~ Granny Square Tutorial

My sweet friend, Trish, from Notes of Sincerity posted a tutorial for the Granny Square block the other day.  I knew right away I had to try it.  I love little quilt squares and this one measures 6 1/2" unfinished.  The first one I made using my stash of Lecien's Flower Sugar.  I was even able to incorporate the selvedge edge into the block, an idea I just saw on Kristyne's blog Pretty by Hand.

The blocks came together quickly and easily.  Trish's directions were very detailed and I really appreciated the tip on how to measure and square off the block, something I struggle with at times.  I hope to make a couple of blocks every time I sit down to sew and before long I'll have a pile of pretties to stitch together.  Be sure to stop by Notes of Sincerity for other inspiring creations.  Trish also has a good list of bloggers as well.  She has become such a dear friend to me and it's so fun thatl she is venturing into block tutorials.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Mitten Love

At the beginning of the year, my friend, Taryn posted a fun thing on facebook.  For the first five people who responded to her status, she would make them a handmade gift.  In return, we had to do the same on our facebook page.  Recently she presented me with the most amazing hand knit mittens that she made herself.   This year I will be ready for our cold Michigan winter.  Aren't they amazing?


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"Know, therefore, that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. "  Deut. 7:9


Friday, June 8, 2012

June Giveaway Winner

The winner of the June Patriotic Quilt Kit is
Lisa Marie
She left this comment ~

"My Dad's younger sister usually has a big July 4th picnic
which is like a mini family reunion.  This year, though,
with the 4th falling on a Wednesday, it's not happening
since many people have to travel long distances and
can't do it with just one day off.  Bummer.  Since I'll be
staying home, I'd love to sew this quilt to celebrate!"

I have sent you an email, Lisa Marie.
I wish you a very happy 4th of July sewing celebration!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm Stumped

One of the things I love about quilting, sewing and vintage is that as soon as friends know you love it they bring you the most amazing things!  My friend, Char, spotted this quilt top at the second hand store she works at.  She so kindly thought of me.  The applique on this block is amazing.  The stitches are so tiny that you can't even see them.  The blocks are machine pieced.  It is a large top almost twin size.  I'm planning on hand quilting it and could use your help.  What would you back it with?  Should I look for vintage fabric?  Should I use muslin?  I'm stumped.  I'm stumped as well on what this block is called.  It is not Sun Bonnet Sue and I believe that is a rolling pin she's wielding, a bit menacingly I might add.  I welcome your thoughts.  Don't forget about the giveaway that ends tonight at midnight!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flowers and a Wedding

We have been bouncing back and forth between very cool and very hot weather.  I'm not complaining, at least it is not snow.  The gardens are handling the temperature fluctuations very well and I'm so enjoying the sight of flowers out my windows.

Each summer I excitedly await the arrival of this rose.  It is pink on the outside and orange on the inside.  As it begins to fade it will change into various shades.  I don't know the name of it, but it's a beauty.

We had our first wedding of the season, at Friendship Farm, this past weekend.  It had rained for two days straight but Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day. God is in the details and he worked it all out.

Such a wonderful couple, Ashlyn and Brandon.  Two of the most easy-going clients I have worked with. There were many personal touches to the wedding made by our creative bride.

It is a very busy month and a good distraction for me as I await my appointment with the surgeon.  I hope you don't grow tired of wedding photos because I will have many this wedding season.  

Don't forget the giveaway on my previous post…

enjoy your day!


Monday, June 4, 2012

June Giveaway

It's time for our June Giveaway!!  We are half way through our year of giveaways, the time seems to be speeding by.  This month I am giving away a quilt kit to make the wonderful Patriotic quilt from Shabby Fabrics, just in time for the Fourth of July.  You will receive fabric to make the quilt top, an additional yard of the beautiful novelty fabric and the white shabby box made to store ribbon ( the ribbon pulls out of the key holes).

To Enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
One Comment Only
I would love to know if you have any July 4th traditions~

The giveaway will end on Thursday at midnight.
Winner to be announced Friday, June 8th
by Random Generator


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all  my ways."

Psalm 139:1-3


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Humble Beginnings

I'm having way too much fun with the window display at the cafe.  Each month before the first Friday of the month, it gets changed.   That Friday marks the downtown area Art Hop where local artists display their work.  Hundreds of people frequent this event.  I thought it would be fun to decorate the entire window with cupcake liners.  From humble paper beginnings to…

clothing and…

accessories!  A girl can't have too many purses, can she?

I apologize for the glare.  The sun rises on the front of the cafe
and the window is usually ablaze with sunshine!

I'm telling you, it's just way more fun than a girl should have!!

For those of you who have inquired, it's my gallbladder for sure,
waiting on the appointment with the surgeon.  Taking lots of meds
Praising the Lord for clear answers!


Saturday, May 26, 2012


Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers.  It looks like it's my gallbladder.  I will know on Tuesday how to proceed.  If it has to come out, I understand that it's a relatively simple surgery.  For that I am thankful.  I can certainly feel your prayers because today I am pain free - praise the Lord! Want to take a stroll through the garden with me?  The roses are in bloom!

It's rainy and cool today, just what the garden needed.  This rose has never bloomed before.  I didn't even know it was yellow.

I could stand in the garden all day.  If I didn't have to compete with the bees, I would park myself in the middle of the roses and hand-quilt.

It's so quiet here today.  I'm sitting on the porch as I type this watching the birds go back and forth to the feeder which is just outside the window where I'm sitting.

I've added a fairy garden this year.  I'm having more fun with it than a grown-up person should!

The basil and the tomato plants are in.  I'm keeping it simple this year.  The rest will come from the farmers market.  Enjoy your day today!


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!


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


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!


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!