Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

These.....and Those....

I have a bunch of these:

I love them for a number of reasons....they are perfect for holding down the binding of a quilt so I can do my hand sewing, they are better than pins for holding things together when I'm ready to sew on the machine because they don't stick me, and they are a great temporary hold when I'm letting the glue dry on fabric I'm glue basting.  The one drawback is the cost - they are a bit pricey.

While I was on vacation we happened into a hardware store that also had a craft section where I found these:

They were very inexpensive....less than $5 for a good sized package (I believe 20-24 were in each sack).  The spring on the larger one isn't as strong as I would like it to be for holding things like this:

But they held until I took them off (this is the handle for a market bag) which is what I needed for them to do.  I suspect that much moving a quilt around would result in a few sliding off but occasionally that happens with the red ones too.  The tiny ones would be perfect for holding on some lace while you stitched it - as a point of reference here are the three together.

If  you're in the market for something like this I would suggest the craft section at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's....I think it's only in a small mountain town that you would find crafts in the hardware store!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Artist With Words

Sometimes I come across a blog that just warms my heart.  This young woman isn't a quilter....she's a mother, a writer, a woman, an artist with words.  You might like it too.

The Hodgepodge Darling

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Parting Thoughts

We have seen the glory of God's work....

We have crossed over....

We have looked down from above....

And we're heading home....

With God's blessing over our shoulder.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rush Hour! Aka: The Caught In Construction/My Car Broke Down/Waiting In The Carpool Line Project

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to join this hop!  Thank you so much to Studio E for letting me play with your fabrics.....they were rich in color and a great quality as well.  Red, black and gray - what's not to love about that?  There were several of the fabrics I had the hardest time cutting into because I knew I'd be wishing for more when I used them all up, and I confess there was one I kept just smidgen of for "later".  I literally used every scrap of the rest of the bundle!  I did add a small bit of gingham because it was perfect with these fabrics.

And thank you to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hostessing us and to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt - without these people we wouldn't have all this inspiration.

The name of this fabric line, Rush Hour, made me think of all the times I've sat in traffic, waiting for one more car length to move.  And unfortunately the few times when I've had car trouble and been stuck by the side of the road waiting for the tow truck.  And way too often for my sanity waiting in the carpool line or in some parking lot waiting for children or grandchildren to finish whatever activity they were involved in.  Wouldn't it be nice if I had a bag of goodies/necessities in my car all the time for "just such a time as this."  (Esther 4:14)   And so my Rush Hour Bag was born.  I cut 2 1/2" strips from all the fat quarters to form what reminds me of the lanes on the highway.  :)  I used black webbing for the straps and made them long enough that they will hang around the head rest in my car so the bag won't go tumbling into the floor when I have to stop suddenly and long enough that the bag will rest on the seat and not give undue strain to the straps.

Is that not the cutest bag?  I added a bit of rick rack to the top edge....just because.  And I put in lots of pockets so that if I don't want to take my purse I can put my change purse, my credit card holder, my checkbook, etc. in and find them easily.

The lining is white because it's soooo much easier to find things and I boxed the bottom a bit and added a piece of foam board on the bottom to stabilize it a little.  Then I decided I should have a few zipper bags to organize things a little.  I wanted to take my stitching, some handiwipes, a snack, a water bottle, a notepad and pen, some sunglasses, even a few of my favorite tea bags because I could always stop and get a cup of hot water if I'm traveling.  You'd be surprised how much fits into this bag!

When I finished this one I thought it needed a little something so I added a button zipper pull.

It's my "everything but the kitchen sink" bag.

Wipes, granola bars, ear buds, holds it all.

And the cup fabric - how perfect was that for my favorite tea bags?

This time I stacked several buttons that were alike - they are really gray and not blue like they are showing in this picture.

Thinking cap on....what else would I need if I were stranded on the road?  Once upon a time I had a Toyota that kept breaking down.  Toyota you said?  One of the most reliable cars in the world?  Yep.  Four times it quit on me going to work an hours drive away.  And then I would have to wait an hour or two for the tow truck.  Only me.  Many times I wished I could get out of the car and sit under a shade tree but I had nothing to sit on.  Or it would be cold and I didn't have anything to cover up with.  So...a quilt it needed to be.  I cut the rest of the fat quarters into the same 2 1/2" strips, with some gingham added, and made a strip quilt to go into my bag.

I cut all the strips, threw them into a sack and pulled them out blind.  I sewed them end to end until I had one long strip and then put the two ends of the strip together and sewed those together, over and over until it became this size.

The quilting is straight line...a quarter inch on either side of the seams and the binding is the gingham because I had NOTHING left of the fabric.  :)  And ya'll are lucky to get these pictures because I had to maneuver around this guy to get them!

And the complete project....bag and quilt together!  It's ready for me to pick up as I head out the door - packed and ready for any emergency.

I am so in love with this bag and quilt!  And the fabric....just wonderful.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure and visit the rest of the blogs on this hop; you're sure to be inspired!