A Little Motivation

The most wonderful thing happened last week.

Saturday evening, I opened a package from Mrs. Terri. I knew it was a graduation gift. Mom asked me if I wanted to open it now or later. She was like, “maybe it will motivate you to finish school.” and I was like, “Mom, I don’t need any more motivation to finish.” But Mrs. Terri wanted me to open it, so I did. And I am so thrilled.

Y’all, the Pin Pals made me a quilt.

Several of the ladies made quilt blocks and embroidered a message, or just signed their name in the corner of their block. They picked such beautiful fabrics. There are pink and red flowers. There are text fabrics with different quilt terms. There’s a block with “Baby Ruth” embroidered in big red script letters. (That’s what all the ladies call me!) The backing is a green and white triangle pattern. Mrs. Terri quilted the entire thing with meanders and stars.

It is so perfect!

No one has ever made me a quilt before. I have always been the giver and maker of quilts! Being on the receiving end, I understand now how special and meaningful quilts truly are. They are the product of love, kindness, and generosity. To me, it’s a reminder that though distance may separate us, it cannot lessen the love that I have for my Pin Pals and the Pin Pals have for me. It is a comfort and an encouragement (not to mention it keeps me warm at night!).

That Saturday, I was sad that the sewing guild will not be here to celebrate my graduation with me. When I look at this quilt, and as I’ve read the messages they wrote on my card, I see that they’re already celebrating. They’re already proud of me and they are already excited for the next chapter of my life to start.

I think Mrs. Rose said it just right:

“I will be right there with you in spirit as you graduate and you will know we are all there with you when you wrap yourself in the quilt. You are loved.”

I can’t get over how amazing this gift is. I’m never letting this one go.

Now I really have to finish. I said I didn’t need any more motivation, but the Lord knew I needed this.

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Physics is finished. I took my last test yesterday! All I have left are two writing assignments for English. I’m almost done.

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I Made These (II)

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated y’all on my various projects. Here are a few that I managed to complete over the past four months or so:

I made 30 doll quilts for the sewing guild’s doll charity project. Each of them are different and they were an excellent way for me to work on new quilting designs.

I finished the quilt for our third floor. I just love the rainbow batiks! I really liked quilting the swirls. I think that might become a new go-to for future quilts.

I made four wonky LOVE blocks using @kelbysews’ pattern for Stash Builder Box’s Ambassadors in Waiting program! I LOVED participating in their little challenge because not only did I get to try out a cool pattern and beautiful fabric, but all of the blocks made were going to be a part of quilts for children in need.

 

I made three little Bella clutches, one for my grandma, her sister, and one of her dearest friends. This is seriously my favorite make-up bag pattern. I would totally make more of them if I had more zippers that were the right length.

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I checked off an item on my “want to sew” list: a white tulle skirt.

 

I made a mug rug to accompany some hot chocolate and Christmas Crack for a yankee gift swap. ^_^

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And last, but certainly not least, my ugly Christmas sweater.

It’s so fabulous, I know.

I Made These.

Two of my dearest friends graduated from high school this year, so I painted two canvases and wrote Proverbs 3:5-6 over it. That particular Scripture had been on my heart for a while and for quite a few months, I had been praying those verses for these two friends. I thought it would be a nice gift for them as they enter the new seasons of life. 🙂

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About three months ago, Mrs. Rose sent me a Bella Clutch kit all cut out and ready to sew. I finally got my sewing machine up and running last week (yay!) and sewed this cute bag while Mom worked on her part of the baby quilt.

This quilt was so much fun to make! I’m in love with the vibrant colors. We got most of the batiks from http://www.jellyrollfabric.net/, but we also used some batiks from our stash to add some variety. The binding is actually a hand-painted batik from a quilt kit I forgot I had. I quilted this one using my leaf stencil on the colors and I also quilted simple vines on the black sashing.

Cool story: God has this amazing way of providing for our needs. At first, we were going to use a solid black broadcloth for the backing because it would match the sashing on the quilt top and we couldn’t find a better fabric that matched. We were really kicking ourselves because we have so much fabric, yet none really came close to a winner. I was going through a bag that holds my unfinished sweatshirt jacket (that I have given up on) and at the bottom of the bag was that beautiful purple batik! I forgot I had kept that aside to bind my jacket, but it was pretty much the exact size we needed for this quilt and the batik pattern was perfect! It was made for this quilt. God is just amazing like that. 🙂

We had a card-making day earlier in the month with a sweet family from church. It was really nice to take a day off from school and just use the paper, stamps, decorative scissors, and stickers to make beautiful cards. I made about a dozen or so. 😉 I think we’ll have to do this again because I still have an enormous amount of card-making stuff hiding under my bed.

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I was able to transform an old composition notebook into my very own smashbook. I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

 

A couple other projects are in progress so you will definitely be seeing more of what I’ve been up to. 🙂

Let me just say that it feels so good to have my sewing machine up and running again and to have all my crafting supplies unpacked at last!

My Bookshelf Quilt and Wedding Cake Replica

It’s been about a month since I finished these two lap quilts. I sent them off to my two friends and then forgot to post about them. 😛

For once, I took pictures of the progression for both quilts. Partly because the lady who hired me wanted to see. Partly because I needed to remember how I made these quilts in case I make another one!

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The finished quilt top. 🙂

I also did a pear applique along with the teacup and owl. E. drew a pear and leaf template for me. The teacup was part of a panel that I usually cut up to make mug rugs. I fussy-cut this one particular so you would only see the teacups. 🙂 I made my own owl template after staring at several owl appliques on Pinterest. I’m very pleased with how my owl turned out and I love the fabrics! They’re bright, modern, and beautiful. My friend is a lover of books, birds, Alice in Wonderland and tea. I thought these appliques were perfect for her. What do you think?

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The finished product!

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The finished quilt top. Yes, that’s gold ribbon outlining every single applique piece.

This quilt was a wedding gift for my other friend. It’s based off of a cake that she made for her wedding day. I tried my best to replicate it and I think I came pretty close!

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Left: My cake. Right: the real cake

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Quilting this one took a lot longer than the bookshelf. I followed the chevron pattern on the cake, the appliqued pieces and even all of the ribbons on the bottom layers. In order to stick with all of the straight lines and clean cuts, I stitched geometrics on the borders and cross-hatched the gray background for more quilting. I love how the background turned out! It was just enough quilting so you could see texture but subtle enough that it made the cake stand out.

So that’s what I was working on the past three months. If any of you want to hire me let me know.

Cheers.

Snippets of January

E. and I have been doing puzzles on our landlords’ pool table 😀 This month, we completed eight puzzles. Two are 3-D, one is shaped like a penguin, one is from Bits and Pieces (my current favorite) and two are Looney Tunes. All of these were from Grandpa Erbon and Uncle Bob except for the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Mom found that one online. 🙂 I still haven’t opened the 2000 piece puzzle box yet. Maybe this month…

Mom and I made one baby quilt for a friend at church. She’s a modern girl and the baby’s gender is a surprise, so we used Moda’s charm pack, “Reel Time” by Zen Chic for a modern, neutral and rather cute quilt top. We tried so many new things with this quilt! After being inspired by Oklahoma City’s winter quilt show, we decided to try dividing the charm squares into two groups and appliqueing them onto this black-on-white fabric from our stash.

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God always does this amazing thing of providing just the right fabrics and the perfect amounts for us whenever we make these baby quilts. This time was no different. The striped backing was also from our stash. Same with the binding, which was about one and a half fat quarters. For the quilting, I wanted something geometric that mimicked the shapes of the rectangles and rows. So, I tried Greek tiles for the first time! It took quite a bit of practice, but I am very pleased with how it turned out. I must say that I really like doing modern quilts and I love doing these baby quilts. Not one of them are the same and hopefully these little ones will love theirs just as much as I loved making them with my mom.

After the quilt show, Mom and I stopped in our hometown to say hello to a handful of friends. We saw our old house while we were visiting our sweet neighbors. It sold, by the way, and people are living there now. I thought that if I saw it one more time, memories would flood my head, nostalgia would hit me hard and make me wish that I never left home. None of that happened, though. When I saw my old house, it was just a house. Quiet and dark just like all the other neighbors’ houses. Where we’re living now has become home. The rental house, as orange as it is, has become our place. We have adjusted to the steep stairs, uneven kitchen floor and cold water. Now we’re in the process of building a more permanent home. Last weekend, we actually got to walk through our house! It’s a skeleton at the moment, but it’s changing by the week. I am beyond excited for this project to be completed.

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My uncle came to stay with us for one night. I can’t describe just how good it was to see him. I haven’t seen him in over two years and we don’t stay in touch that often due to life, him working and studying, and now I’m busy with my last year of high school. Just having him here for a few hours was as if I was given the moon. The whole family spent the evening playing Incan Gold and Guess the Mess. We were laughing till our sides hurt, shouting at the top of our lungs because the adrenaline was high and surprising everyone with our unpredictable choices. M. won Incan Gold and Uncle Joe won Guess the Mess. I love how both games allow several people to play at once. It’s so much more fun when a big group of people all different ages play together. It keeps things interesting 🙂

This past month was a rather good month. I had less bad days than the past three months we’ve been here. After returning from my hometown, I realized that I adjusted more than I thought. I’m learning a lot about myself. I’m learning to pray about everything, not just the big and important things. Also, to pray for others more and to give thanks for everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me. I’m learning to take quiet times. To sit down, be still, breathe, and let my mind relax. I’m learning to hold on to past memories with a looser grasp. To look back on them for reference not for refuge. To look forward to the future while living in the present instead of looking behind.

I’m learning and often times learning is hard because bad habits are difficult to break. But God is faithful and He is giving me strength for each day.

Here’s to another month of living, learning and loving.