Monday, September 17, 2012

Darling Butterflies







































Hi friends!  Oh my, was I an absent blogger last week.  I'm still trying to find a routine with school back in session.  We had a busy week at the farm resulting in a lovely wedding on Saturday.  I managed to piece the next row of Lori's row along over the course of a few days.  I love this row.  I have a feeling I am going to say that about every row.  This one is darling butterflies. If I was a real photographer I could find a better way to photograph a long stretch of fabric. But since I'm not, here it is hanging from a floor lamp!  The butterfly block was a good remember that patience and faith in the Lord will produce beauty in His timing.

Sweet blessings,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sacred Beginnings







































Saturday found us hosting two weddings at the farm.  It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy day.







































I never grow tired of this.  Each wedding is unique and every bride is beautiful.







































Such detail, such depth of color.  Not one thing overlooked.  All the pieces come together.








































Each bride is nervous, each groom looks anxious.  I stand there snapping photos,  looking at each face.



The wedding is just the beginning.  What will they remember of this special day, years from now?



What a privilege it is for us to be a part of these sacred beginnings.  Blessings to our newlyweds!

Joyfully,

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pretty Pinkeep







































I had a very nice surprise the other day.  I stopped in at the cafe to see Shann.  She is the person who makes the delicious treats shown below.  She had a present for me from her sister, Ali.  If I remember correctly I squealed and did a little happy dance in the kitchen.  Not sure what the other kitchen staff thought of that!  Isn't it adorable?  It's made with one of my favorite lines of fabric, "Fly a Kite" by October Afternoon for Riley Blake.  Thank you so much Ali!



Yes, it was as good as it looks!
(I think soup, coffee and cupcake make a fine lunch!)

Have a blessed day!

Joyfully,

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Scripture




"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable~
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy~
think about such things."

Phil. 4:8

With love,

Friday, September 7, 2012

Long Distance Hug







































I found a box on my porch the other day from my dear friend, Trish.  She sent me the most amazing afghan that she crocheted herself.  After wiping the tears from my cheeks, I promptly wrapped myself up in it.  I've been struggling with some changes in my life regarding the move and she wanted to send a tangible expression of love, concern and comfort.  What makes this even more amazing is that we have not met in person.  Our friendship was found through Jesus and blogging.  I have many friends I have met that way.  It is one of the true blessings of blogging.  Because I am a crafty soul, I know how long this took and the enormity of the gift.  I do not take this for granted (her stitches are exquisite, by the way).  The other day I found my 21 year old son wrapped in it, asleep in the chair.  He was leaving for college the next day.  It brought comfort to another.  Thank you so much Trish!


I bought a new phone and was playing around with a photo application.  This is me getting ready to go out to dinner with my husband.  The Iphone is amazing and much easier than I imagined!

The winner of the September Giveaway is Renee from
Congratulations!  I have sent you an email ~

Have a blessed Friday,

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sweet Autumn Clemantis



It is one of my favorite times of the year ~
the fall Clemantis is in bloom.

It's putting on quite a show right now.
I'd like to think that it's aware of the impending move
and is gifting me with this splendid display one last time.

I'm not the only one enjoying it, the bees are making quite a buzz.
Check out the pollen attached to this little guy.
They didn't even notice me, too bent on their task.

One more day to sign up for the giveaway ~

Smiles,

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Giveaway!







































Its time again for our monthly giveaway!  This month I'm thinking of cooler days, apple-picking, cider and bonfires.  What better way to enjoy these days than with a fall-colored comfy quilt?  One winner will receive:
The book, "Simple Comforts" by Kim Diehl
All fabrics to make the quilt on the cover of the book
Fabric is cut and ready to be sewn~
Fabric includes black print binding and cream/green paisley backing
All you need to provide is thread and batting!

To Enter:
Leave one comment on this post
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
Giveaway closes on Thursday, September 6 at midnight
Winner will be chosen by Random Generator and
announced Friday, September 7

I hope you are having a fun holiday!  School starts for us tomorrow.  Maddie begins her senior year of high school and Taylor begins his senior year of college.  Lots of excitement at my house this weekend getting ready.  Blessings!

Hugs,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Row Along ~ Row One







































Row one of Lori's Row Along is complete.  I love the mystery part of this quilt, not knowing what it will look like in the end and not really knowing what the fabrics will look like together.  I adore the scrappy nature of this quilt and I'm really liking how the fabrics look in this row.  I would've never put these fabrics together if I wasn't making this quilt, so I'm learning a lot in the process about color, pattern and scale.  The aqua blue fabric with the little white flower with a red center is an actual vintage feed sack.  I don't know if I can stand to wait two weeks for the next row!

Smiles,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bee in My Bonnet Row Along







































I had so much fun making my Great Granny Quilt, through the Great Granny Along that was hosted by Lori Holt.  When I read that Lori is doing another quilt along, I knew I would jump right in.  This time she's hosting a row along.  Lori will be posting a tutorial every two weeks, starting this week, and we will make the quilt row by row through spring.








































This is going to be a scrap quilt.  We are encouraged to use our stash, which I love.  Lori tells how she chose her fabrics and how much we will need.  I started pulling fabric right away. My stash tends to be more soft colors and I was a bit unsure of myself at first.  I choose lavender over red as red seemed a bit harsh with the other muted tones.  I then cut the 3" squares as directed and will await this weeks tutorial.








































I love that this is a beginner quilt and I urge you to give it a try with me.  I can keep up with one row every couple of weeks.  Lori's tutorials are very thorough and filled with pictures. I've gathered the fabric and found it very helpful to photograph and see what I might add.  Looks like I need more lavender fabric, something I don't usually work with.  I may have to go shopping, unless someone wants to make a trade with me.  I hope you join in on the fun, c'mon let's row along with Lori!

Joyfully,

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Raising Up Rubies







































One of my favorite blogs is Raising Up Rubies.  Jaime loves the Lord and loves to make cute things. She shares how to make her adorable creations on her blog.  Her craft room alone is more eye candy than I can take in at one setting.  Recently Jaime opened an Etsy shop and I was ever so eager to do some shopping.








































Jaime's attention to detail is fantastic.  Her use of color, texture and pattern just sings to me.








































Each item came individually wrapped.  It felt like Christmas morning and I was a child again opening the gifts from my stocking.  Do you see the ruler the tape is rolled on?  Adorable!








































Vintage trims rolled on to vintage spools and clothespins.   I will have a hard time removing them to craft with, they are just so pretty!









































I had my signature tidal wave nightmare last night.  It's the one I get when life is overwhelming and I can't seem to get a handle on things.  I'm going to use one of the sparkly clothespins to clip the sweet confetti clouds (made by Jaime's daughters) on to the visor of my car.  This will remind me that I have an awesome God in heaven who is seated on the throne.  He is more than able to manage every aspect of my life from the upcoming house selling, to relocation and to ever after.  Thank you, Jaime for the reminder and for the joy a package in the mail can bring to another.  Blessings today!

With love,

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,