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Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~























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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

She sews Strings and other Things.

 Stretching the boundary lines here  : _) 
with color options I have not chosen.


October sewing for me has been focused on sewing for others.

I belong to a charity sewing group 
called 
Helping Hands.
We make quilts out of fabric passed on to us.

It is not always pretty fabric
It is mostly stash that others no longer have a desire to keep.

It is our job to make it pretty.

Once a month we gather..... 
We cut , we stitch, we create
With the desire to bless others in need. 

Lately I have not been able to meet with the group
 as I am usually babysitting my grandchildren.
So I spent some time sewing at home this month. 

I started with a Walmart bag of scraps.
I love scrap quilts others make.
I am a however bit challenged
 with how to make it all work together.

I found some little bear squares in the bag...

and began to wrap them with strings.

Kind of like a BEAR HUG. 



Most of the blocks are log cabin style though a few are 
more creative in using scraps as the larger bits got used up.




For 25 blocks.....
The whole process of this quilt was
If the string fits.... sew it on.

 I tried not to place clashing colors together.
I tried not to over think this.
I tried to love even the unlovely.

It was not easy. 

It is a mix of 
Big Chunks medium Strips  and Little Bits.


I did try to make a couple of traditional log cabin blocks,
light on one side, dark on the other....
I somehow felt..." I should" because
after all I was making a log cabin block.

But in the end when looking at the whole quilt
  I decided it created a hole of white
where those blocks were.

I will not do that if I make another. 



Some blocks have have matching strips
others do not.

I have never made a quilt like this and
 I am just going with the flow !



And then I got tired of sewing with fabric I didn't like.
I was starting to doubt the whole process.
Would anyone want this quilt????
I needed a pick me up.  
My string piecing was getting more challenging
as the bits were getting smaller
and suddenly.....
Creativity jumped the curb. 

I made a couple of string  houses!!
And Smiled.



 After all as a charity quilt I will be sending 
BEAR HUGS  from My house to yours ; ) 
(The light in the attic is because I sew in the attic.)

This will be my quilt label on the back of the quilt.




Favorite thing about this quilt is the pops of lime green.

Makes me think of a child  now in heaven who loved lime green.
So Mr.  TJ Goemaat......
I'm spreading some love to a child in your honor with this quilt.


Hope someone finds it to be cuddle worthy.

 And as long as it is a full color fest here....
 Yea for a touch of  
ORANGE and PURPLE!
Happy colors in my life.

Inspiration picture perfect color combo.



Saying goodbye to October : (  

After struggling most of the summer
My Bacopa seems to love October!



Thank you  for all the goodness of each day :) 



Janita




2 comments :

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Janita! I like your colourful quilt and the house blocks are fabulous! The quilt label is really pretty! Christine x

~~Kelli said...

So, I have not commented on the last few, but trust me, I have seen them and I have smiled as I read them !!! you never disappoint !!!!
I love this crazier looking quilt, and agree, it is not your normal realm of work......I love love LOVE the little pieced houses though !!! oh my, how adorable!!!

Happy Halloween, and enjoy the beautiful color God has promised us each and every fall.
~~Kelli

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