Quilt-as-you-go Zipper Pouch

zipper pouch 1

zipper pouch 1

A couple of weeks ago I got on a scrap busting mission and decided to make some quilt-as-you go panels that I could turn into different projects later.  And then this week, I sewed up some of the panels into quilt-as-you-go zipper pouches for some easy gifts when I need them.  I really do love the QAYG method (quilt-as-you-go) method because it turns wonky scraps into some great things!

Here’s how you make the zipper pouches if you need to make a few for yourself and for gifts!

zipper pouch 2

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Simple DIY Beach Towel Tutorial

serger style towel instructions

Last month was national serger month and we were lucky enough to help celebrate by contributing a project for an ebook put together by Baby Lock.  The serger that I use happens to be a Baby Lock brand serger and I am IN LOVE with it.  I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or even want a serger but now, after having my own, I use it just as often as I use my sewing machine and wonder what I ever did without it.

So, when we were asked if we wanted to contribute a project I jumped at the chance and put together a super easy tutorial for a beach towel made entirely with my serger.  It’s one of those quick 30 minute projects that are fun to make and totally usable.

Here is the tutorial in full:

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Cute Cactus Picks

Cute Cactus Picks

Cute Cactus Picks

Recently I have been loving my little cacti and have an entire army of them around my house with most of them hanging out in my entry way.  They look so cheerful all lined up there on the table where I come and go everyday that I thought it would be fun to have them all giving my visitors little greetings.

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A Leap TO Faith

It's a leap to faith

Yesterday I was on one of our flights home from quilt market when I ran across a short little article in one of those Sky Magazine things.

Admittedly I was tired, still not well, and very ready to see my family but I when I read these few simple paragraphs they left a large impression.

The jist of the article was this:

It's a leap to faith

Apparently the phrase “leap of faith” has a blurry past and while it is attributed to Kierkegaard he was never noted for saying that.  However, he has been recorded for expressing thoughts explaining a “leap to faith”.  (Or so the article said.)  And while I don’t really care about the origin of the phrase I was interested in what a difference changing those two little letters made.

A leap to faith means something more powerful to me than does a leap of faith.

Perhaps its where I am right now….maybe I’ve been humbled beyond where I’ve ever been humbled before…to the point where I have to simply state that I can’t do it alone and so I turn my path over to my Father in Heaven (my God…my Higher Power…whatever name you choose to use).  And for me it’s a leap.  Not a leap OF faith but a leap TO faith….to a place where I trust something outside of myself.

To a place where I let go of the tidy plans that I have made and say a holy yes to plans that are waiting for me.

It’s time to let go of the rails I cling to and make the leap.

I’m terrified.  But not to leap…well…that is far more frightening.  So I’ll go.

I’m sure there will be more leaps to faith in the future but today I will start with just his one…..

-liZ

Four Corners Fabric Line

four corners fabric line real

Today liZ and I are beginning our journey at Quilt Market with our new fabric line…and we are both so nervous.  It’s like those days back in Seventh Grade PE class when you are wondering if anyone is going to pick you for their team, or if anyone will even like you.  It’s a bit terrifying…

But in the meantime while we put on our courage and set up our small space at Market, we created a video for you all to see a little more about our new fabric line with Riley Blake Designs, Four Corners.

The Four Corners fabric line designing process has been a long one for us, over two years, but we feel so great about this collection.  We like to say that the Four Corners really is where my style and liZ’s style meet in the middle…and it truly is.


We’d love to get the word out….will you share the video for us?  We’d so appreciate it 😉

Elizabeth and liZ

 

They always wake up a day older…


The other day my four year old and I were sitting at the table and eating snacks. I was sipping a soda and he was munching on a bowl of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers… something we’ve both been doing for years. goldfish crackers He was telling me all about his field trip to the farm the day before and did I realize how stinky the pigs really were, and how there was a baby horse that lives with the goats and how hilarious that was….and it was one of those mornings that I want to remember. Just one of those ordinary days that are the best of the best. He was munching on Goldfish crackers…and I was learning all about farm life but mostly wondering where in the world the last 4 and a half years have gone. I remember when my kids were babies and the endless nights and hours of feedings, crying, diapers and no sleep. But those hard moments of parenting seem light-years away now….and listening to all my kids tell me stories about their adventures when I am not there make me yearn to hold onto each one of them for a bit longer. goldfish crackers

Because as we sat there and had snack time I realized something:

#1. Now that he is older he really is a funny kid.

AND

#2. Now he is older.

goldfish2_edited-1 I started to think about how, without my noticing, the activities have been changing over the years. Where he used to sit and rock him on my lap, he now spreads out next to me when we are reading books at night. And one day…all too soon…time spent with his mom will be replaced with friends, activities, and his growing up life. I was reminded of a quote I had heard long ago that I now suddenly understood. Young Boys Quote

It was penned by J.M. Barrie the author of Peter Pan and reads, “Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older.”

They always wake up a day older. And before we know it our sweet babies are grown. My little guy is growing up. He starts Kindergarten next year. And I wonder how much longer are we going to sit together at the table chatting crunching Goldfish crackers? I don’t know. But I what I do know is that I don’t regret any of the time that we’ve spent there together…and that I will make the most of the time that I have left with him before I wake up one morning and realize that he’s all grown up.

~Elizabeth

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I Promise It Won’t Be Boring

I dont know where I'm going quote

I dont know where I'm going quote

This is the perfect quote for today.

Sure it’s almost dinner time and I’m just putting up the post for the day but that’s not because I’ve been lounging around.

In fact, I just got home and as I pulled in the driveway with my phone ringing, Grace singing, and Ruth calling first dibs on the sidewalk chalk I started to laugh.  For the past few weeks everyday has been like today, a non stop whirlwind of work, chores, kids, meetings, homework, doctors appointments, and deadlines.

So as I rush around for the remainder of the day packing for quilt market, finishing laundry, making meals, going to track practice, and emailing teachers I know one thing for sure…that while I never know where I’m going (or how I’m going to get there for that matter) my life will be anything but boring.

-liZ

 

*NOTE:  As we slowly reveal over the next few weeks what we have been working on behind the scenes our workload will go down and our blog will return to business as usual….and I promise, that won’t be boring either!

 

Designer Joi’s Sewing Holiday

Set  vintage retro mannequin shopping badges and labels

Recently, especially in our newsletter, Elizabeth and I have talked a lot about a pile of behind the scenes projects that we have been working on.  Most of those projects have been rather large and we haven’t been able to share them but this week we get to finally tell you about several of them!  So today we are starting off with one of these projects that we are really excited about:

Set  vintage retro mannequin shopping badges and labels

Set vintage retro mannequin shopping badges and labels

Designer Joi’s Sewing Holiday.

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zipper pouch 1

Quilt-as-you-go Zipper Pouch

A couple of weeks ago I got on a scrap busting mission and decided to make some quilt-as-you go panels that I could turn into different projects later.  And then this week, I sewed up some of the panels into quilt-as-you-go zipper pouches for some easy gifts when I need them.  I really do love…

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serger style towel instructions

Simple DIY Beach Towel Tutorial

Last month was national serger month and we were lucky enough to help celebrate by contributing a project for an ebook put together by Baby Lock.  The serger that I use happens to be a Baby Lock brand serger and I am IN LOVE with it.  I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or…

Read More »

Cute Cactus Picks

Cute Cactus Picks

Recently I have been loving my little cacti and have an entire army of them around my house with most of them hanging out in my entry way.  They look so cheerful all lined up there on the table where I come and go everyday that I thought it would be fun to have them…

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