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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Orange Seek First His Kingdom

Thanks for the kind comments on the borders.
Before adding the purple/fushia final border,
a mint green was added to the left side to balance
and highlight the verse from Matthew 6:33
"Seek first His Kingdom".

And now the quilting has begun.  Fun, fun, fun.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Quilted Jacket Renewed

Replacing the binding on the sleeves of this
favorite quilted blue jacket will 
allow is many more enjoyable days of wear. 
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

#5 Scripture Memory Challenge 2012

There's 15 of us memorizing a verse a week.
Join us?  Here's mine for this week:
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,"

Saturday, January 28, 2012

#4 More Blessed To Give Challenge

Fun hour glass blocks
combine to create this
Preemie Quilt to hopefully
encourage those around a tiny baby
in the local Neonatal Unit. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hearts "Love Is Of God"

Each row of this Art Quilt was created by a different member of the Mini Bee I was a part of at one time.  We each created a row for whose ever project we had in their theme and it was passed along to the next member.  Imagine my delight when my heart rows returned to me where I arranged them,
appliqued the wonky heart in row 4, added a border &
"Love is of God" I John 4:8
And just in time to decorate for Valentine's Day or any day for one who loves Hearts.
Now it's time to delight someone new as it is available for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Updated Bull's Eye Layout

Rearranging blocks to form a secondary design,
now I'm seeking options for the "plain" block
~ 3rd row 3rd over~
to feature a verse hand embroidered around the outer circle.
I'd appreciate other's perspectives.
I've almost ruled out the yellow block entirely.
Thoughts ....suggestions....please?

Mail Art Valentine

 3 cheerful batik hearts could represent 3 loved ones in this Mail Art Valentine.
It's ready to mail and later framed to last a life time.
Only $18 for this unique small Quilted Art piece
in my Etsy Shop.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Borders For Orange Cobblestone Piece

 Another orange piece  in the making....
still a bit unusual for me.
Question is:
 Even though the color is a bit off
in the photos,
which border to choose?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bull's Eye Lay Out On Flannel Tablecloth

 It probably took longer to decide which direction to cut these blocks
than to actually cut
 and arrange them on the flannel side of a plastic tablecloth
which makes a nice portable design wall.
Although I'm not sold on the yellow square,
I'm planning to put the verse in that spot.. 
Thoughts?  Suggestions?
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

#4 Scripture Memory Verse Challenge 2012

 Isaiah 55:11
"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

#3 More Blessed To Give Than To Receive Challenge 2012

"Collected Tears" is on it's way to
the local Solace Center where several quilts have been donated to bring fresh color and encouragement to the walls.  Having a friend spend her last days on earth there, it is a special opportunity for me to give this piece.
Psalm 56:8 reminds that
"You (God) have collected all my tears in Your bottle."
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Diagonally Cutting Up Bull's Eyes

A few days ago I posted my options of cutting up
these Bull's Eye blocks.
I've decided to cut them diagonally but haven't actually cut them yet.
Any suggestions as to handling the bias?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Community Quilts/Simple Assembly Tip

Probably my favorite Quilt Guild meeting of the year
is where we create various Community Quilts.
My kit included the blocks above which after arranging,
I used numbered tidbits of masking tape to make
piecing a breeze.  It was so much fun that I brought
home an additional kit to make.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Jose'

My favorite Son-In-Love is celebrating his birthday
in Berlin after having only moved there a few days ago.
We miss you Jose'.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Blue Love

Small pieces of Quilted Art
are fun to create and fun to give.
This one is headed to my Etsy Shop today.
Batik fabrics of blues and orange
remind that
Love is patient, love is kind,
from I Corinthians 13:8.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

#3 - 2012 Scripture Memory Verse Challenge

Jeremiah 32:21
"Set up road signs; put up guide posts.
Take note of the highway, the road that you take,
Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

#2 More Blessed To Give Challenge

A checkerboard edge, fun yellow top
and a fluffy yellow/purple pompon
will hopefully brighten the room
for a tiny one in the local
Neonatal Unit.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Flowered God Is For Us

With lots of rain here for days, it's nice to have up beat  art around.
I just added this pieced to my Etsy Shop.
(Don't miss the opportunity to register for the $30 Gift Certificate here.)
Hand sewn to a 8" X 10" black canvas, this cheerful red batik flowered Quilted Art with pieced green batik background is "matted" with black screen fiber and features
"If God is for us, Who can be against us" Romans 8:31
Ready to hang, this is the perfect encouragement for someone special.
50% proceeds benefits missions.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cutting Up Bull's Eyes

Continuing with this "all Hand" piece,
now I need to decide which direction to cut
the blocks before reassembling them.
I know which I prefer,
what's your opinion?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

$30 gift certificate to Choose Life Studio

Giveaway! One Simply Sweet Home reader will win
a $30 gift certificate to Choose Life Studio.
You must enter from the Simply Sweet Home site.
I've been filling up my Etsy Shop and will continue.  Check it out!
Check it out!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Class Samples & Update

Hopefully others will enjoy creating these Valentine  Mail Art as much as I do.
This one is for a class sample in a local quilt shop but I've also had fun teaching them in small groups in homes.
"Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your HEART"
Psalm 37:4

Monday, January 9, 2012

Early Valentines

Valentine's Day is a favorite of mine and I've created Mail Art Valentines for family and friends for many years (see 3rd photo) ....and they still have them.
Fabric Valentines can go though the mail without an envelope using a regular stamp and extra handling stamp. They can later be framed....or just played with as my grand daughters like to do.
"Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your HEART"
Psalm 37:4 "is the featured verse on this 4" X 6" small Quilted Art Quilt that encourages the recipient with Truth.
This one and more are in my Etsy Shop.
50% proceeds benefits missions.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

#2 - 2012 Scripture Memory Verse

Philippians 1:9-10 NIV
9 "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,"
 10 "so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ."
6 other ladies are joining me in this challenge (Lynne, Nell, Melanie, Michele, Alice & Rose)  Anyone else??

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 More Blessed To Give Challenge #1 Preemie Quilt

It's been awhile since I did traditional piecing
yet this Preemie Quilt for the local Neo Natal Unit
was fun to create.
I began a personal challenge  in January 2010
and continued it in 2011 and now 2012
to create something weekly to give away.
It is more of a challenge some weeks than others.
Anyone care to join me in 2012?

Friday, January 6, 2012

FAA Show & Tell

Fiber Arts Alliance is always inspiring
even when challenging weather causes
sparse attendance. 
Ann knitted and felted this wonderful purse and
even though she didn't like how the chenille yard
didn't felt, the consensus was that it added
fun interest.
See the zipper closure/decoration on this
fun loop scarf made from ribbed fabric.
Great accent piece.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Batik Fabric Tree Gift

Purple batik fat quarters into
this "tree" is such a
thoughtful, belated & fun  gift from Marti.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind

I really enjoy Valentine's Day & hearts
and create many items with those themes.
But, not just the world's view of love 
 but the real meaning of love - God's love
in all it's Truth and purity.
This collaged blue batik fabrics mingle with the collaged verse,
"Love is patient, love is kind" from I Corinthians 13:4
along with a cross created from darker blue batik fabric overlayed with ribbon embellishment in this machine quilted whimsical framed 4" X 6" Desk Art piece. Perfect for masculine or femilne Valentine's Gift or Just to encourage with Truth.
It's ready to hang on wall as well and just added to my Etsy Shop.
50% of my proceeds benefits missions.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Adoption Gift - Children Are A Gift From God

Since I find it difficult to get
machine writing to just the right size to
fit the background piece,
these 2 attempts will probalby find their way
 into another piece
Still, trial and error causes me to
be more creative and think more outside the box,
and I'm pleased with how this
Quilted Art Book Art turned out.
Congratulattions Kathy.
"Children are a gift from God"
Psalm 127:3

Monday, January 2, 2012

Gifts With Scripture

Imagine one of these fun baskets/bowls
 holding Baby Supplies, Candy, Keys etc.
Great gift ideas @ $22 + tax.
Custom orders welcome.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Scripture Memory Verse #1

Memorizing a verse a week in 2011
proved to be quite good for me,
so I plan to continue this practice in 2012.
Anyone want to  join me??
Verse #1 for 2012

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.
Hebrews 12: 1,2