Friday, January 23, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Churn Dash Medallion Quilt

I did not piece this quilt.  I was simply commissioned to do the quilting.
It is a neat pattern though, I myself have never made a medallion style quilt.
 You can't really make out the quilting on the front, there is a lot going on there. I used a sage green thread on top and it really blended well.
 I thought about doing an all over floral-type design, but opted for something more along the lines of what I usually do.  I guess I chickened out mostly :S  Those all over quilting designs scare me a bit.
Instead, I decided to quilt the medallion churn dash and then do little ones in the small blocks all around it.  I used a pepto-bismol pink on the back.  It coordinated well and I will probably never use it on my own. 
 On the first outside border I did a bit of a curling ribbon pattern, although you have to know it is there to see it.  I tried.
 I went ahead and washed and dried it before passing it on, there were a few spots in the piecing that called for a small tuck here and there.  You can't see them know, with its lovely washed wrinkliness :)
 I used a green, leaf print for the binding.
 Another fun finish!  I hope it is enjoyed by its owner.
Alissa

Friday, January 16, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Sunbonnet Sue and More To Do

This week's finish was a joint effort.  My great-great grandmother Semedia made these Sunbonnet Sue quilt blocks. My mom ended up with them and decided to make them into multiple projects for many family members to enjoy.
 Then we put them away for awhile.  In the meantime my grandmother passed away and my mom had two more children.  So, when they were pulled out again we had to do some shuffling to figure out how many and who.
One wallhanging is now DONE!  I machine pieced them and my mom hand quilted it.  I even thought about it ahead of time and got hanging corners put on the back!
 It is so fun to look at the fabrics my great-great grandmother used and the AMAZING blanket stitches she did by hand. 
 I don't know if this counts as a finish or not.  Mom and I got she and dad's headboard in place.  For Christmas I found her some half doors to use.  We were able to just stick them between the wall and the bed and they aren't moving about. 
 Next on my sewing list...a bit of purple!
Alissa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

While The Kids Play!

I teach a MOPS preschool class twice a month.
Yesterday during free play I got out my fun felt faces set.
When the kids sat down to watch the video later I went to pick up all the pieces.
But first I...

Hehe!

Alissa

Friday, January 09, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Brenna's Wonder of Oz Quilt

Since I made Quinn his very own Star War's Lego quilt for his birthday I decided it was time for Brenna to get a Wizard of Oz quilt.  She loves the books more than the movie so when I found oz fabric (Magic of Oz, by Wilmington Prints) that wasn't the movie I snatched it up.
 I purchased the panel of 8 squares featuring cool oz prints and some coordinating fabrics too.
For the other blocks I looked up some quilt blocks that would go along with the theme.
This one is the Kansas Star.
 Kansas Troubles.
 Home Again.
 World's Fair.
 Kansas.
 Pathfinder.
 The fabrics were lovely!  I really like this one I used for a top and bottom border.
 I kept the quilting pretty simple since there is a lot going in this one.  Here are some of the panel blocks.
 This block is technically called California Trail I think, but it looks like a twister so I went with it.  I was able to spiral it out to the edges of the quilt.
 I used a green and read plaid on the back.  She opened and saw that side first and wasn't quite as thrilled as when she turned it around :)
 More fun fabrics.


 This quilt comes in as a twin size.  It could have been wider, but I was quickly running out of fabric.  I actually used scraps to finish up the binding.
 She was excited to have her little "Oz Corner" expand to her bed :)

Alissa

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Post Christmassy Projects.

I finished two Christmassy projects...after Christmas :)
Neither of these projects were much planned.
 I made a moose...I did not intend to make a moose in my spare time.  In some of the fabrics I've received was a panel with this moose's parts and dress.  I picked it up the other day while we were all lounging in the basement together.  Once I started I realized how like a doll this was and did not want to continue...but I'd already started.
 Mom thinks she's cute and wants to keep her :)  The table runner also came from some gifted fabric.  There were these sets of four sewn together already.  I didn't want to just keep them or to throw them away, so a table runner it is!
 All our Christmas decorations were already up and now available table spot was found, so I hung it on our cupboard.
 It could have gone here too, I guess!
 I added the appliqued trees to give some focal points.  My little sister had this star button that looks fabulous atop the tree.  I'm thinking maybe next year I'll add more buttons as ornaments on the trees.
And now we pack them all away for next year.  But, hey!  I cleared some fabric out of my way too large stash :)

Alissa

Moving Forward

Hmm, well the Christmas season has ended and the New Year of 2015 is upon us.  This Christmas I was very busy.  My brother and his family came for a week but due to my bosses vacation I had to work much of the time they were here.  I just never felt much opportunity to sit and enjoy the season.  However, something did strike me.
  Each year we spend a great deal of time preparing for Christmas. We buy gifts, we decorate, we sing songs, we make TONS of food.  There are parties, gatherings and much more prepping us for Christmas.  Christmas is a time of preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ, who took on flesh to save us.  And now Christmas "time" is over.  What next?
  I don't want to stop this fabulous build up we create!  We prep and prep and then it is just over?  Why don't we continue with the current this year?  Don't stop at the nativity, at the birth of a Savior.  I want to focus this year on following on and getting to know this Jesus, this God come down at Christmas, Emmanuel, God with us.  So, friends...let us read on, let us continue where Christmas leaves off.



After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.    Matthew 2:1-12