Let Me Introduce You To….

The Sowers of Jireh.  A friend of mine introduced me to the group a little while ago.  She brought in some of their amazing products and told the story of how they began and the work they are doing.

The Sowers of Jireh began October 2011 in San Vicente, El Salvador by a group of determined young Calgarians. It started with a dream of starting a sewing centre where women could come and learn a skill, or use one they already had. This in turn would help them support their families. Even more, it would give them hope, confidence and a chance at a better life.

Is Sowers a misprint? Nope. Just a play on words. Jesus tells a story about a sower in the Bible. As he sowed his seeds, some fell on rocks, some fell in the ditch, some among thorns and some in rich fertile soil. We, like the sower, are trying to plant and cultivate ideas, dreams and skills among some impoverished people in El Salvador so that they can grow and flourish.

They have some terrific products on their website like their quilts, bracelets, silk screen items and some fun coasters.  You can even design your own quilt.  They give you plenty of customization options with their products.  You can even design your own shirt to silk screen.

Please check them out.  They are making some great things and doing some amazing work.

 

 

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Brown Bag Challenge 2014

What a year the guild had this year.  One of the challenges we had this year was the Brown Bag challenge.  Each participant put 4 fat quarters into a brown bag.  Then each participant selected a different brown bag and their goal was to make a quilt out of those fat quarters and 1 meter of fabric that you added.

It has become one of my favorite challenges.  Probably because it is so challenging.  You have only a certain amount of fabric that you have to make something out of.  It is probably easier than I make it, but I always try to get the most BANG for my fabric buck.  I could make something on the smaller size and have lots of fabric left over, but I try to make a nice size wall hanging or table cover.

Thanks to the help of Canoe Ridge Creations  and her Fresh Mini Club.  This pattern is called Fireworks and it w as the pattern from July 2013.

This was the back.  I had to use every last inch of fabric I had left to complete it.  I had bits and pieces left.

I did some straight line quilting as well. That took a lot more time then I had thought, but I really liked the end result.

This is the one that I got.  Isn’t it wonderful.  My friend Donna made it, though I had no idea when I selected the brown bag in June.  That was the twist this year.  In June when you brought the finished quilt, you put it in a brown bag and on the table.  During our last guild meeting the participants then picked another bag and whatever quilt/quilted item was inside you got.

The one I got has a home on my coffee table and it is perfect.

 

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One Year

Our little Ella is a year old.  I’m not sure how that happened exactly and where that year went to, and it has been an amazing year.

We have a lot of laughs, smiles, clapping, and adventures.  She crawls everywhere.  Enjoys playing the piano and bike riding, well riding in the trailer at least.  She is very chatty and stubborn – which she gets from her father :)

We are excited to see what this next year has in store for us.

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Foreign Currency Quilt

A few years ago, quite a few years ago if I’m being honest, I went to a quilt retreat. It was the same weekend as Nate’s birthday.  I wasn’t going to go at all because birthdays for me are a pretty big deal, they mean dinner to celebrate together, a family party, basically a weeklong celebration.  In my opinion they are a BIG DEAL.  So I wasn’t going to go at all, but Nate said I should go.  So we struck a deal, I would go, but I had to make him a quilt for his birthday. He picked out the pattern called Foreign Currency by Cherry House Quilts and picked out some Mirage Fabric from Connecting Threads.    I pieced the top while I was at the retreat. Unfortunately, this is where is sat for a while.  A long while, years while.  It hung over my head, I thought about this top every time I went down into my sewing room.  I had batting cut and ready and a back pieced….but again thats where it sat. This past year, while I was at home with Ella, I decided it was time to finish this.  I was going to, heck or high water, finish this for Nate’s birthday this year.  It took me a while to decide how to quilt it, but straight lines seemed to be the best option. Its really big!  Bigger than I thought.  A great size lap quilt :)  Though I think Molly likes the quilt better than Nate does.

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Baby E’s Quilt

I really love making baby quilts.  There is something about creating a quilt that a little one will use.  Ella uses hers all the time.  She sits and “reads” on it, plays on it and tries to wrap herself in it.

Our friends just welcomed a new little girl into their family and as our gift to them I made the quilt in the picture above.

I made the quilt out of 2 charm packs, a kona cotton pack of white and another one called High Street by Lily Ashbury.

The quilt is made out of half square triangles, which as we know is my “favorite block of all time.”  I decided to make it using that block simply because it is so versatile and there are so many possible quilt designs.  I finally settled on this braided look.  The design worked so well with the fabric and the BRIGHT pink binding and backing made the colors pop even more.

I don’t think this picture does the colors justice, but it sure turned out to be a pretty little quilt.  Pretty for a pretty little girl.  I am pleased to say that the quilt found its way safely to Vancouver.

 

 

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A Little More Stitching

Two more blocks to go, that is what I have left to do on the Snowman A to Zzzzz quilt before I get to put the top together.

I had some time during the month of March for some uninterrupted hand stitching.  I had all my blocks prepped and ready to go and away I went.  During that week I completed 6 of the remaining 10 blocks.

Since then I finished up two more blocks leaving only two more to go.  I’m dragging my heels a bit with these last ones because I’ve enjoyed stitching them and am not quite ready to let this stitching project go. Besides, I’m not sure what hand project I would go to next.

Though, I am looking forward to being able to put the whole thing together.  Maybe, just maybe I will actually get it done before Christmas.

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Back to Work

My time has come, after 10 wonderful months of being at home with Ella, for me to head back to work. Last Monday, I returned to my school and my full time teaching position.

It was a day filled with mixed emotions to say the least.  I was excited to be back and flailing my arms and working through musical challenges, but I was missing my time with Ella.  Our play time, eating meals together, and splashing in the bath.  Just being with her and her silly expressions and laughs I was going to miss terribly.

I mean seriously look at that little face, how could you not miss being with her.  The first day was a  busy day, with little blips here and there, like passwords not being remembered (it had been 10 months and they weren’t exactly priorities during that time to remember) and no class lists to be found.  As I watched the clock throughout the day I found myself thinking about what Ella would be doing, napping, playing or maybe having a bite to eat.

In all honesty it was a great week.  The students were incredible and made the transition back into work an easy one.  I feel bad that I had such a great week though and enjoyed my time there, guilt.  I missed Ella and our time together.  I was anxious to get home every evening and spend time with her.  I have that fear of missing something.

It was a tough decision to go back, I basically fought it with the moment she was born until the day I walked into the classroom again.  The next 3 months will be a real learning experience for me with a lot of questions left to answer.

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