Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Great Granny Quilt







































Yesterday my Great Granny Quilt came back from being quilted.  Oh my, Mary did a wonderful job of quilting it.







































I quickly put the binding on so that I could snap some pictures for you.  I used the left over squares on the back of the quilt. 







































Thank you, Lori, for hosting such a great quilt-a-long.  I will treasure this always!

Smiles,

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tiny Stitches







































I am always on the look out for pretty or quirky vintage linens.  Often times they sell for hardly anything.  They remind me of just how creative women through the ages have been.  Over the weekend I picked up this dainty tea towel at our barn sale.  I would say she falls into the quirky and a bit risque category.  She measures approximately four inches from the tip of her shoe to the tip of her ribboned hand.  A sheer hankie was used for her nightie.  I do not know what her top is stuffed with but it could be buttons made from the red fabric and then covered in the sheer hankie.  The applique and embroidery stitches are exquisite.  Part of my collection also includes the hankie with the baby. The bonnet and the dress attach to the little doll and the skirt forms the corner of the hankie.  Isn't it amazing?  I could use a lesson in patience from the hands that stitched these pieces!

Smiles,

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Candied Flower Sugar 2012


I thought about sending Lecien an email letting them know that they single handedly may ruin my "make do" pledge and force me to reconsider my fabric lockdown and that they need to immediately recall this fabric.  I then realized that it wouldn't be fair to the rest of you who have the ability to control yourself when purchasing fabric.  So instead of the email, I purchased one yard each of the top right-hand corner and the bottom right-hand corner and that's all I have to say on this subject.

Smiles,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Special Day


Today marks 25 years with my husband.
Asking God to bless the next chapter of
our lives as we start out on our new
adventure.  Time does go by fast, treasure
each day with your husband and children.
Thanking the Lord for his protective hand
upon us and his grace and love shown to us~

With joy,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You're Coming With Me

Source: misshappy.ro via Renee on Pinterest


There has been so much going on here in the past couple of weeks that I haven't been able to sit long enough to write a proper post and fill you in.   My husband has taken a new job, one that is veering him off his normal path and on to something new.  It will require us to be apart for an extended time period but in the end we will all be together and moved to a new city about and hour and a half from where we currently live.  I apologize for being so vague, but I'm not sure what is proper to share online.  I am currently in the process of getting the house ready to put on the market.  This week I will participate in a very large barn sale at the farm where we host weddings.  My employer is also embarking on a new adventure.  After this September we will no longer be hosting weddings at the farm.  The farm is officially up for sale.  They have decided to focus on their new restaurant and will be moving closer to it.  We have five weddings in September and then we will be shutting down our business.  I will be updating you as we venture down this new path.  I could'nt do it without you.  Your support and encouragement have been such a blessing and I plan on taking you with me every step of the way.  In the meantime, plan on lots more sewing and quilting.  I'm thinking maybe it's time to make some inventory and look for a place to sell my creations in my new hometown.  Time to take a deep breath, grab your hand and go...

Joyfully,

Monday, August 13, 2012

Salt & Pepper


I found a little metal shelf on my recent vintage outing.
I placed a few of my favorite shaker sets on it.
All those sweet little faces make me smile.

Happy Monday, friends!

Hugs,

Friday, August 10, 2012

Giveaway Winner!


The winner of the August giveaway is

Audrey from Four Houses Down

"I am a follower and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this travel trailer fabric.
We have a camper (going this weekend as a matter of fact) and I
absolutely love this!  It would make a cute lap quilt for the camper
or a tote to haul my stuff that I can't leave at home!"

Congratulations Audrey!  Please email your mailing info
to sewnwithgrace@yahoo.com

With joy,

Monday, August 6, 2012

August Giveaway







































Good morning friends!  It's time for our August Giveaway!  This is month is all about summer and enjoying this last month before the cold weather sets in.  Michael Miller's fun fabric, "Trailer Travel", is my inspiration.  I've included a white with aqua dot for background and six other pieces of fabric to round out a pretty summer quilt.  The book this month is "Fun Quilts" by Me and My Sister Designs. The book has plenty of colorful inspiration to get you sewing!


To Enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
Leave One Comment on this Post

The giveaway will end Thursday, August 9, at midnight.
The winner will be announced by Random Generator on Friday, August 10.

With joy,

Friday, August 3, 2012

Have a Good Weekend


What a pretty image to start the weekend.
Thank you Susan Branch for such pretties.
I hope you have a delightful weekend, friends!

Hugs,

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Metro Link







































I'm working on a fun quilt for a special couple.  This pattern came from Paisley Pear Quilts and is fun and quick to make.  I don't get to work with batiks very often so I'm enjoying all the fun pretty colors. Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!


Hugs, 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Bit of Shopping







































I indulged in a little shopping recently.  I've been very careful since January with any sewing related purchases.  I visited Trish's etsy shop for the "Fly A Kite" charm packs and she so graciously sent me some fabric to go with it.  Is is not the sweetest prints?  I found the cute Japanese fabric with the teacups and mice at Superbuzzy, and wanted to give their perle cotton a try.  I must tell you, these two books are just fabulous.  I highly recommend them.  I believe that "Sunday Morning Quilts" may have altered forever the way I look at scraps and "A Passion for Quilting" is equally as inspiring.  Have you made any fun purchases lately?


Smiles,

Monday, July 30, 2012

From Her Hands







































Last week when I was on my mini vacation, I had the opportunity to duck into an antique store.  I was able to browse pretty quickly because most things were just ridiculously priced.  I often wonder if dealers really want to sell their items.  I rounded a corner and saw a shoe box with some quilting fabric in it.  On further inspection I realized I had quite a treasure in my hands.  I knew instantly that this box would be coming home with me and that I would be completing this hand pieced quilt top. Each octagon is about 4 inches wide.  The little kite shaped pieces are tiny with hundreds of them already cut.  As you can see from the photo, many of the pieces have been made into star blocks already. The fabric is amazing, feedsacks to muslin to calicos.  I have about 1/2 yard of the white fabric. The box housed three templates made from cardstock, probably made from a box of some sort and a thimble and chalk.  While watching the olympics, I sewed a few more stars to the quilt top and had the deep satisfaction of continuing the work of a kindred soul. 


Joyfully,

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pretty Meets Functional








































I have a very bad habit of throwing thread on the floor.  I little clip here and a little snip there and I think I can just sweep it up later.  Well, picture me with sharp objects trying to unclog my vacuum cleaner the other day.  Not a pretty sight and what a waste of precious sewing time!  I remember that I had purchased a pattern for a thread catcher/pin cushion years ago.  Yes, you read that right, years










































I chose some of my favorite Japanese prints as well as other pretties from my stash.  The pattern came with the tubing that feeds through a casing which holds the little bucket open. Now I have no excuses for my laziness and can keep the sharp objects away from electrical appliances!


Hugs,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Great Granny Quilt







































I feel like I've been gone for weeks but it's only been a few short days.  I took a mini vacation away from home and got to play in the sand and refresh myself in the waves.  There is nothing like summer on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Of course there's nothing like winter here too, but I'm not thinking of that right now.








































I completed my Great Granny quilt top.  I'm so pleased with the way it came out.  The cherry fabric I used for the sashing and borders is one of my favorite go-to prints and I always have it in my stash.  It is from JoAnn fabrics and is really a good quality quilting cotton.  It pairs so well with the "Sew Cherry" fabric by Lori Holt and compliments the aqua around the blocks so nicely.  The quilt measures at a 50" square.  I can hardly wait to get it into the hands of my quilter/friend Mary. I have some fun things planned for the back to use up the leftover 2 1/2" squares.  I'm trying to decide if I should bind it in red with white polka dots or use the same cherry fabric.  What do you think?  When I look at this quilt I think of summertime and picnics, cherry picking and all the cherry orchards I pass when I travel home to see my family here in Michigan.


Have a blessed day today!