Sunday, December 18, 2016
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as the song goes. The presents are bought, the menu's are planned, some cookies to bake. My son and daughter will be home in a couple of days. I'm so looking forward to special times with family and friends, celebrating our Savior's birth with the Christmas Eve service at church and just the blessed gladness of being all together. We have had plenty of snow so a white Christmas is guaranteed. I hope you are enjoying this precious time with your loved ones. With every passing year I'm reminded more and more that it's not about the presents under the tree, but the people around it, with Jesus Christ as our beloved King! Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 5, 2016
I had the wonderful opportunity of working with a company called Cotton Cuts. As a member you receive monthly a variety of fabrics chosen specifically for you. You answer a few questions and they surprise you with a custom created bundle. You receive either 12 fat quarters or 20 fat eighths, your choice. You can change your fabric preferences at any time. You get to choose a pattern from their designer of the month and you also get two collectible block of the month pattern cards. Each box has something extra as a thank you. Doesn't this sound wonderful? It is!
In addition, Cotton Cuts is on a mission to create jobs and have partnered with a local workshop that provides dignified employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged and to those with other disabilities.
I created a quilt with eight of the fabrics they sent me. I paired it with "Weewander", by Sarahjane Studios, in "With the Birds". What I love about these fabrics is that some of them are ones I would not have chosen on my own but, after receiving them, absolutely love. This allows me to play with fabric and look at texture and pattern in a different way. It was so fun! I used the "Baby Blocks" pattern from the book, "Sweet Celebrations" compiled by Lissa Alexander. The quilt measures 37.5 x 44.5. It is quilted with soft wavy lines in pink on the front and white on the back.
Because Cotton Cuts was kind enough to send me a box to try, I am going to pay it forward and give this quilt to one of you! I am having a giveaway on Instagram (IG name is sewnwithgrace) and all you need to do to enter is visit me there and leave a comment on the post. I will choose a winner by random number generator on Wednesday, December 7.