Friday, June 22, 2012

Covered in Memories

This is my daughter's best buddy, Hannah, with the t-shirt quilt I made her for graduation.  So many of you have inquired about the custom t-shirt quilts that I make that I want to provide you with some information if you want to make your own.  The book that I use is out of print but I ordered one from the Shabby Fabrics website that looks fabulous.  The key is to back the t-shirts with a very light weight fusible interfacing so that they don't stretch when you cut them.  Interfacing allows you to use a very well worn and loved t-shirt as well because it gives the extra strength.  The quilt normally has 20-25 12" squares but I used around 35 t-shirts for my son's quilt by cutting and piecing more than one shirt per block.  The possibilities are endless.

I have been asked other sewing questions recently and would like to do a question and answer post.  If you have a question for me, any type of question (sewing or otherwise), leave me a comment today and I will answer all questions in one post next week.  Happy Friday!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pretty Distractions

There are times, even when you are doing something you love, that the task at hand can be a bit tedious.  This is usually how I feel during graduation season when I'm making custom t-shirt quilts.  It's not that I'm not thankful for the work.  It's just that sometimes, it's work.  But then something comes along to throw some sunshine into the routine and the result is a pleasing, pretty pile of Grannies. Thank you, Trish, for the fun distraction!  Just a few more to make…


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to be Happy

I think we should keep this list going…
What would you add?
I'll start ~

Read a Psalm
Pick strawberries

Tag, you're it!

image Susan Branch

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coming Home Quilt

Yesterday I put the last stitch into this quilt.  I used a variegated green perle cotton thread.  The colors in the thread went from a barely there soft green to a dark emerald green.  The stitching added some dimension to the quilt and an extra pop of color.

I am really enjoying hand quilting.  I am surprised by how quickly a quilt can be completed when you work on it a little bit every night.  There is something about the "pop" of hiding the knot that is so satisfying.  I wouldn't trade my quilter/friend, Mary, for her creativity and beauty that she brings to my big quilts.  But for the throw to crib size, I don't mind hand quilting them at all.

I am still keeping good on my promise to myself that for every quilt I take to Mary for machine quilting, I have to hand quilt one myself.  I have one more customer t-shirt quilt to complete and then I am back to working on completing the unfinished projects, block of the month and kits that I have accumulated.  It will be quite the summer for sewing and I'm looking forward to many hours of happy stitching as well as sharing more fun giveaways with you in the last six months of my monthly giveaway.  


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Scripture

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of
him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

1 Peter 2:9


Friday, June 15, 2012

More Sweetness

It appears that Granny Squares are my new obsession.
I certainly don't need a new one unless it replaces an old one (tee hee)
but I can't seem to stop myself.  I'm trying really hard not to 
fuss over fabric choices, just making sure I have a light
and a dark.  I'd like it to look like it came from another time.
The time when ladies used what they had and made do.

All the fabric is from my stash.  Bits and pieces of various fabric lines
I love as well as cute vintagey novelty prints that I've had tucked 
away for years.  Time to use it up!  I'm still on my self-imposed 
fabric and pattern lock down.  I can't believe that I haven't made
a major dent in my stash yet.  It really takes so little to make a quilt,
I don't know why I think I have to buy yards of it.  

Have a blessed Friday, Friends!

With love,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More Grannies

While I was waiting for dinner to finish cooking last night, I made another block.

Today, I made another one.

And then another one.

It's so addictive!  Check out Trish's tutorial here.


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!