Today I will share some ideas for showing your love and remind you how very much God loves You! Truly!
“Lift up your face to God.” Job 22:26 Now Job had a quite a face to lift up to God. It was red, festered, teary, grieving. He had seen sorrow and he got the tee shirt of misery. Yep! His friends were commiserating about his woes. Almighty God heard their moaning and he stepped in to ask Job a question and it was a doozy! Ready, Where were you when I made the world? Kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Wow! I have been sharing how much I enjoy my writing books. The last two scripture quotations are written near the photo of me and my dad. It was our last dance together. “Because you are precious in my eyes and honored and I love you.” Isaiah 43: 4. I prayed for my dad. I knew he was in God’s hands and I knew he was going where there would be no more sickness and his bride was waiting with God to welcome him. “Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 I hope these thoughts warm your heart this cold January day.
I have also begun to create my valentines and some pretties for Valentines Day. Patrick took close up photos so you could see what I have been doing. You know I enjoy crafting with old greeting cards, well I cut out a heart pattern using the back of a card. Then placing the pattern on the front I cut out hearts. I made a dozen different cards with glue, paper scissors and the fronts and backs of old cards. Joy! I also made hearts using cross stitch, another was made with buttons and felt and the last was a hand stitched into a crazy patch heart. I started with scraps of fabric and placed the first piece in the center. I continued to add scraps until the piece was the size I wanted. Do not cut this pieced piece of cloth. Make a pattern a heart and use it to draw on top of the pieced fabric. Now embellish with embroidery, lace and buttons. Mine even has a blue bird pin. Now you cut out the heart shape and cut another piece of fabric using the heart for a pattern. I blanket stitched the two heart pieces wrong sides together. You can then and finished by sewing a pin or a ribbon on the back. Lastly, I am using a grape vine wreath to create a special anniversary piece which I will hang on the front door. I promise to take a picture when it is done. Oh, here is the web site information for 58,000 e books I was talking about. https://en.wikpedia.org/wiki/projectgutenberg.org Enjoy! Blessings and warm hearts, Trudy
It is always a bit sad when it is time to tuck away Christmas. This year was not nearly as sad because I planned ahead for the changes I wanted to make. I took pictures of some of the things I have done and will share them with you. It is very important to me that you understand that this was done without my leaving home and using things I had.
First this fall I made new living room curtains from sheets. I had some blue gingham and made tie-backs.
I had a finished a snowman quilt and hung it from the shelf Patrick made.
My wedgewood dishes are blue and white. Patrick worked cleaning out an old house and he choose these dishes for me as payment. Joy! I put light blue candles in my grandmom’s wooden candle holders. I placed my pieced tree and a hand carved bird in front of my tree.
I placed a quilt that has lots of blue in it on the back of the sofa. The cover on the sofa is a painter’s drop cloth.
Drop cloths come in three sizes, and each time they are washed they get softer. My coffee table and the quilt ladder were made locally and very affordable.
To finish I did a walk through to be sure there was no clutter. In the kitchen I left my shelf with my snowman up and put a blue and white tablecloth and blue gingham valences in the kitchen. The cloth and valences are home stitched. I sew neat old white buttons on the valence hems.
The little pair of gloves hanging from the snow shelf were Patrick’s when he was little. My mom got them for him. Can you find little Patrick on the shelf?
See if you can use what you have and make small changes that make you smile. I made the casing for my snowman hanging and hung it on the front door to say welcome.
I hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun!
With very best wishes for blessings in the new year, Trudy
https://www.patreon.com/user?u=15550446 Machine Piecing with Fabric Strips I enjoy sewing very much and I am a happy scrap saver. I have a pretty box just for scraps. In this box are often strips left over from other sewing projects.
Today I will show some ways these strips can be used to create a variety of items. The first item is a pillow cover. I used red and white strips, a piece of batting and left over
muslin to make a pillow top and an envelope back. To create the diagonal pieced top
I laid the first strip centered diagonally on top of the batting square. The batting was precut to the size I wanted the pillow top to be. Now lay the next fabric strip on top of the first with right sides together. Now, sew down the length of the strips allowing a ¼ inch seam allowance. Finger press the second strip to the right side. Continue adding strips to both sides of the center strip until the piece is the size you want. I added borders by sewing white strips to the two sides and then to the top and bottom.
To create a pillow back you need to cut two pieces of fabric that are the same width as the pillow top, but 2/3 the length. Press the length pieces to make a hem ¼ inch across the top of each piece and sew. Now to assemble. Lay the pillow top, face up. Lay the two backing pieces with the hem sides in the middle of the pillow top wrong side up. The hems will overlap each other near the center of the pillow back. Now, sew 5/8” Inside all four sides of the pillow. You will be sewing through the top, bating, and the back two pieces. Trim each corner and turn right side out. Insert a pillow form to complete your pillow.
I made the table runner the same way as the pillow top. First cut your backing the length and width you want the runner to be. Cut a piece of batting to fit. Lay the batting on the top of the backing with the backing wrong side up. I began adding strips from the middle out to each side. I trimmed the completed top and then using strips I bound the edges.
The heart was pieced onto a piece of muslin. I started in the center adding strips to each side. When the muslin was covered, I used the heart templet I made out of cardboard to cut the pieced piece into the shape of a heart. This can now be backed and sewn to create a heart ornament or it could be appliqued onto something.
Lastly the little tree. This will be a framed in a 5×7 picture frame. Cut the muslin base this size. Now you can strip piece sewing as directed above or you can fold a small seam allowance to one side of the second piece and put glue on this. Glue the folded side to the center piece. Continue adding glued strips from the center out till the muslin base is covered. I went to www.firstpalette.com and found a tree templet. I printed this out onto cardstock. I centered the tree measuring the cardboard to make it fit the 5×7 frame. I poked a hole in the center of the tree with my paper cutting scissors and cut away the tree shape. This I then placed on top of the pieced work. It is now ready to frame.
Hope you enjoy piecing with strips of fabric.
God Bless, Trudy
What happens when we create? Using our imagination and manipulating materials gives us sensory input. We make decisions about color, placement and scale. There is a lot of learning going on! If we allow ourselves freedom of expression we will have fun. This will reinforce our enjoyment of the experience. This is true for children and adults. Coloring within the the lines is learning self-control. It is not self-expression. As a preschool teacher I wanted to provide the children with materials and time to experience with their senses. Some of their work was simply discovery. In the class room, I would take the children’s completed easel art to make butterflies by cutting out the butterfly shape from the art then gluing a black paper insect body to the center. These flights of fancy hanging from the ceiling delighted the children.
The encouragement to create and the space to make mistakes is learning. What ever the medium: paint, fabric, fibers or threads, art is expressed through the burning light of our self expression, what ever our age.