Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quilty Fixes!

I was recently asked to do some repair work to a few old quilts.  I agreed to give it a shot, not knowing exactly it would look like.  They are beautiful quilts!!
 Amazing embroidery details!
 And hand quilting.
 On this lavender quilt, this yucky guy was right in the middle :S
 The second also sported some fabulous handwork.

 It had shred like tears along the two sides and one spot in the middle.
 I believe I was able to make them display worthy.
I was able to simply cut a strip off the two edges that were torn and then use part of that to patch the tear in the middle.  You can see that in covering the holes, the corners no longer are perfectly matched.
 I simply bound the two cut edges with a similar pink from my stash.
 A simple muslin worked on the back.
 I was unable to find an exact match on the purple.  So I simply cut out a piece from one of the corners and used it here to patch the whole.
 I used my nearly the same purple to patch the corner that I used.
It was fun to get creative in mending these wonderful, old quilts.  I hope they are enjoyed for years to come.

Alissa

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Craftsy BOM 2012 is DONE!

Yay, I finished my Craftsy block of the month quilt yesterday!
This one is just for me :)
 Amy Gibson did the free course that year, my first BOM.  It was  alot of fun!
 I received these Connecting Threads fabrics for my birthday and I thought a BOM would be a perfect use for them!
 Our apple trees are in full bloom, so I used them for a little photo shoot.  Such a lovely day.
 After I finished quilting it and bound it with the lime batik I used for the backing...I remembered something.  I saved a huge stack of 2.5 inch scraps of the top fabrics to use for a binding...  I guess I'll have to make some coordinating pillows for this one :)
 Such a fun quilt and I am glad that I got it done!  I did all of the sewing and quilting on my treadle Singer.  It is a full/double size quilt and will go fabulously with my new sheets!
Alissa

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Who Has My Heart?


Who has your heart?  Such a good question.
I recently found myself struggling deeply with life, I felt like I was drowning in sorrow.  I wanted to find my joy but all I could do was despair.  It isn't a place where I want or should be.
Fear is a big struggle for me.  I let myself think on the future and what it looks like right now...and I started to panic.  I let Satan's words worm in to my thoughts and I despaired.  Things like:
"You're not enough for someone to love."
"You're too much for someone to love."
"No one wants you!"
"You have no purpose."
I gave into such thoughts and forgot to stop and replace them with truth.  My heart was breaking...

My mom and I went to a ladies retreat with some gals at our church a couple weeks ago.  I wasn't really expecting anything.  I was looking forward to time with my mom and the other church gals.  Dee Brestin was to be our speaker. She had weekly questions for us to think on before the retreat.  She would be sharing about heart idols.
We arrived late but the ladies had saved us seats.  I had to sit at a separate table only across from two of our church ladies. :(  So much for getting time with our ladies.  Dee is a sweet older lady and she shared from her heart.  I found myself holding back tears again and again.

I repeatedly make marriage/children an idol in my life.  I was despairing because I couldn't see it anywhere in my future.  I was letting my greatest earthly desire become my idol.  I was constantly trying to come up with my own plan instead of trusting God.  And I was letting my mind run wild.  But any substitute for God is idolatry.  I can not arm wrestle God.

What resonated most with me was a simple picture she gave of a flower.  The old practice of plucking the petals and saying, he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not...  She reminded us that God simply says, I love you, I love you, I love you.  I am more loved and accepted than I dared think!  Such a simple truth that I knew in my head but wasn't letting through to my heart.

I must remove the idols I placed in my heart and replace them with Christ.  I'm striving to speak to my soul, stopping the swirling whirlpool with the truth of God's word.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
 I will build you up again,
    and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
    and go out to dance with the joyful.   Jeremiah 31:3-4
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”  Jeremiah 29:10-14

I am placing my heart back in His hands!
Alissa

Monday, April 20, 2015

Family Game Night!

We had a family game night on Friday!
Fun times... :)
 We played Monopoly first, only a 30 minute version.  I won!
This is what my siblings do when you tell them to lean in for a picture.  Not what I meant!
 Then it was Apples to Apples.  Brenna won that...I didn't even get one card!
 Then it was Taboo, parents versus the kids.  We did good, but mom and dad beat us!
 Feel the love!
 Mom had to work and dad went to bed, so the kids and I finished the night off with a game of Risk.
Quinn was the big winner there.  I seem to be really bad at that game.
 Hurray for family fun :)
Alissa

Friday, April 10, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...From Tied To Quilted Plus Some

Yay, Finish It Up Friday is back :)
I was asked to do some quilting on a quilt that was simply tied.
A young lady made it for her grandmother and the ties were coming undone.
So I just did some simple quilting.
It is a beautiful quilt, in blue and yellow.  I didn't want to do anything to distract from her work so I did simply diagonal lines and then a bit of echo quilting.
Since it was tied I didn't have to do any basting, yahoo!

Since I finished that and another quilt I was mending for someone else I decided to do some just-because sewing.  I made some blocks that I signed up for in a block of the month.
I love the teapot block!
I also finished up the quilt top I put together awhile back out of someone else's applique blocks.
I didn't really trust their hand applique so I quilted over the leaves instead of around them.
I found a simple pale yellow, gardening fabric for the back.
Not sure where this quilt will go yet.  Maybe I will save it for our service quilt donations.

Alissa