March 30, 2020

Quilting Wisdom

Devotion for the Week...

I have been very grateful lately to have quilting to occupy both my time and my mind. It's easy to get caught up in spending too much time reading news or just scrolling social media mindlessly. Neither is helpful right now as everything is dominated by Covid-19 and too much of that is unsettling, to say the least. Quilting, on the other hand, helps to settle the mind. It also helps to occupy the time spent hanging out at home.

I've always considered quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch, etc, to be great skills, but I never thought about them being part of what I consider 'wisdom' until one morning last week. I've been reading Exodus lately and in the midst of the instructions for building and furnishing the tabernacle there is a section about the garments that were to be made for the priests. It says, "Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service" (Exodus 28:2, 3).

I love that God specifically says He has filled the craftsmen with the spirit of wisdom to enable them to create beautiful things. Lots of times we think of crafty pursuits as being not very important, or we downplay the skill required. But here is God saying that these skills are a gift from Him.  Just let that thought settle in your mind.

The ability to put a quilt together is a gift from God. Knitting skills? A gift from God. Sure, we may have learned from Mom or Grandma or Youtube, but no matter how we learned, the skills were given to us by God. That makes it hard to brush them off as nothing special, doesn't it?
The wisdom to create beautiful things is a gift from God |
Background quilt is Flower Path
God wanted our world to contain things are that are functional AND beautiful, so He gave us the wisdom needed to create them. What a wonderful gift!

March 27, 2020

Stay Home and Shop Hop - Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the Stay Home and Shop Hop! I hope you've been having fun hopping around and visiting new quilting sites around the world, all from the comfort of your home (pajamas optional, but encouraged!).

If this is your first time here, an extra big welcome from snowy Newfoundland 😊 We're currently being buried under an expected 15-20 cm of new snow (so 6-8" approx.), on top of the several feet we already have on the ground. Spring may be coming, but it's always slow getting here, lol. I'm okay with it, though, as it means more time to get out snowshoeing.

Here's a peek at my current project, an inventory quilt made using my Churn pattern and one piece of each of my blue and teal fabrics. Now I need two accent colours. Yellow will be one, but I'm having trouble choosing the second one. Pink, orange, red and grey have all be suggested and now I think I need to just start pulling out fabrics and see which I like best.
Inventory quilt progress |

My Anniversary Sale has been extended through April 2nd so shop hoppers can save 25% off all printed and PDF patterns in my Etsy shop, no coupon code required. The prices are already marked down 😊

Shop the sale!

I've set myself a goal of releasing 10 new patterns this year. So far I've released three - Hollow Jewels, Formal Garden and New Life. If you'd like to follow along to see if I reach my goal and if you want to know when new patterns are released, sign up for The Bulletin, my monthly newsletter. You'll also receive my Wind Farm pattern, which is only available to subscribers.

Sign up for The Bulletin

Now on to today's list of shops! Have fun checking them all out 😊

Lone Star Pattern Works

Powered by Quilting

Cottage Rose Quilt Patterns

The Cloth Parcel

Faith and Fabric

Linen Closet Designs

Designs by Sarah J

Rona the Ribbiter Quilts

Quilt Fox Designs

Seam to Be Sew

Is this the first you've seen of the Stay Home and Shop Hop? Or maybe you missed a few shops along the way. Here are the first two lists, so you can be sure to see everyone. I'll be back again on Monday with the final list of shops.

Presto Avenue Designs

Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Love to Color My World

Hissyfitz Designs

Canton Village Quilt Works

Anjeanette Klinder Designs

Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting

Said With Love

Orange Blossom Quilt Design

DaySpring Quilt Company

Ms P Designs, USA  

Stitchin’ at Home

Sew Joy Creations

Ships & Violins

Patti’s Patchwork

Your Sewing Friend

The Geeky Bobbin

Colourwerx Designs

Kate Colleran Designs

March 24, 2020

Stay at Home and Shop Hop Day 2

If you're here for the Making Us Laugh hop, click here.

Welcome to day 2 of the Stay at Home and Shop Hop! We're staying home to stop the spread of this virus, but we can still share the love of quilting with friends all around the world, right?

If this is your first time here at Devoted Quilter, I'm Leanne and I'm thrilled you've hopped over! Click over to this post if you'd like to read more about me. The super short version is that I'm a quilt pattern designer in Newfoundland, Canada and I've set myself the goal of releasing 10 new patterns this year 😊 You can see all of my available patterns in my Etsy shop and all of the patterns are 25% off through April 2nd.

Want to follow along to see if I reach my goal of 10 new patterns? You can sign up for The Bulletin so you'll always know when new patterns are released.

I'm a huge fan of free motion quilting. My most recent finish includes hundreds of teeny-tiny pebbles. That post includes a tutorial for using crayons on your quilts, which is a great project for kids to do, too.
free motion quilting pebbles |
I recently quilted hearts and loops on one version of my Formal Garden pattern...
Free motion quilting hearts and loops |
and flowers and loops on another version.
Free motion quilting flowers and loops |
I quilted the same flowers and loops on my New Life quilt, too, though at a much smaller scale. That one uses old jeans for the machine applique flowers. You can find the pattern here.
New Life quilt pattern |
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to sign up for The Bulletin - you'll get my Wind Farm pattern when you do. It's only available to subscribers 😊

Remember, all of my patterns are currently 25% off, so now is a great time to pick up a new pattern or two so you'll have something fun to make while you're staying home.

Visit my Etsy shop!

Now go visit my quilting industry colleagues - other designers, teachers, shop owners, and more 😊 I'll be back again on Friday with another list of fun places for you to visit.

DaySpring Quilt Company

Ms P Designs, USA  

Stitchin’ at Home

Sew Joy Creations

Ships & Violins

Patti’s Patchwork

Your Sewing Friend

The Geeky Bobbin

Colourwerx Designs

Kate Colleran Designs

March 23, 2020

I'm Quilting Today Mini Quilt and Tutorial

Welcome to my stop on the Making Us Laugh blog hop, hosted by Joan of MooseStashQuilting 😊 Joan first proposed this hop ages ago, but the timing couldn't possibly be better as I know we need all the laughs we can find these days.

I knew right away when I signed up that I wanted to make a sewing related mini quilt for this hop, so I headed to Pinterest to see what I could find for memes. There are so many! The more I looked, the more I realized that my mini was going to need to include words. I didn't want to piece letters, but I didn't want to applique them, either, or do reverse applique. I briefly considered doing something different altogether, but then I remembered the crayon quilts I've seen. I had never tried the technique before, but it certainly sounded simple enough.

I had my technique and a theme, but I still couldn't decide what the mini would say, until Laura posted a picture of a tshirt in her Sewing and Quilting Deals fb group (Are you a member? You should be! She shares lots of great deals in the group). The phrase on the shirt was exactly what I was looking for!
I'm quilting today mini quilt |
How often have I wished I could say that to get out of things! Meeting? I can't...I'm quilting today. Housecleaning? I can't...I'm quilting today. 😄 It's the perfect excuse for getting out of anything we don't want to do!

The crayon technique is super simple and would make a great project to do with kids. If you have kids, you probably have crayons and if you're a quilter you definitely have bits of fabric lying around that they could colour and turn into mini quilts. This would also work on any light coloured tshirts you have, too. Just don't go to the store and buy anything right now...these don't count as essential purchases. #flattenthecurve

I started by printing out my phrase. I've seen crayon quilts done with plenty of pictures, too, so this isn't only for words. If you are good at hand lettering, you could certainly do that instead, but my writing isn't much to look at, so the computer font is prettier. I chose a font called Harrington, which is the same one I use for the titles on my quilt patterns, and I think I set the size to be 100. It was most of a sheet of paper, anyway. Then I used my fancy-pants lightbox to transfer the outline to my Northcott solid white fabric. Yes, we still have a lot of snow.
crayon quilt tutorial |
I chose to trace my letters using a regular pencil because I wanted to have that dark outline around my letters. If you don't want to see the traced lines, you might want to use an erasable pen of some sort. Just be aware that you will also need to iron this, so that might be a factor in what you use.
crayon quilt tutorial |
Once the letters are traced, it's time to pick colours! I picked through our crayons, looking specifically for Crayola ones. I find when I'm colouring on paper other brands (especially cheap ones) can leave waxy globs on the paper and I really didn't want that on my quilt. One random brand crayon snuck in, though, so I guess I wasn't paying as close attention as I thought I was.
crayon quilt tutorial |
Then colour! No fancy skills needed here...just fill in the space. Because my crayons are mostly old and used, I sometimes needed to scribble on scrap paper to try to get a bit of a point on the crayon to make it easier to colour in my skinny spaces.
crayon quilt tutorial |
When it's all coloured, lay the fabric on top of a paper towel and put another paper towel on top, then iron with a hot iron and no steam. The heat will melt the wax and the paper towel will absorb it. Keep going until no wax is left on the fabric.
crayon quilt tutorial |
I found I couldn't really see the wax on the paper towel, except for the first press when a small amount of colour transferred to the paper towel, so I ran my fingers over the letters after I had pressed it a few times. When I couldn't see or feel any more wax, I pressed another time just to be certain I got it all and then figured it was good.
crayon quilt tutorial |
Since this is a mini, it was the perfect way to use up another bit of my abundant Warm and Natural batting scraps, plus another piece of Northcott white for the backing. And then it was time to quilt! Again, since this is a mini, and because I started the quilting the same day school was shut down indefinitely and I needed a bit of stress relief, I went all in with the tiny quilting. I started by outlining each letter and doing teeny-tiny stippling all around them in Aurifil 2024.
I'm quilting today mini quilt |
I purposely stippled an irregular shape around the words. I didn't want it to look rectangular, though I did try to keep it looking sort of even. After the stippling, I switched to mint green (Aurifil 2835) and made a round of tiny pebbles. After the green, I used blue (4140) and then purple (4225) to finish it off. I had thought I might do the first round of pebbles and then change to swirls or something different, but I really liked the look of just pebbles. Plus, it's a mini, so even with tiny pebbles it didn't take long. I love that it reminds me of cobblestones.
free motion quilting pebbles |
Did I mention the pebbles are tiny? Here's a picture with a bobbin for scale.
free motion quilting pebbles |
As always, I love the back.
I'm quilting today mini quilt |
 I love the pop of the letters, especially.
I'm quilting today mini quilt |
With the purple pebbles at the edge, I finished it off with a purple Island Batik fabric for the binding.
I'm quilting today mini quilt |
The quilt finished at 10 ¼ x 13 ½ and it makes me ridiculously happy every time I see it 😊

Before I send you off to see the other projects shared today for the blog hop, I'd love to have you sign up for The Bulletin, my monthly newsletter where I share fun things to make and news from here. You'll also receive my Wind Farm quilt pattern when you sign up.

Also, I've extended my Anniversary Sale for the Stay Home and Shop Hop, so you can still save 25% off all my printed or PDF patterns until April 2nd. The prices are already marked down, so no coupon code is needed.

Thanks for stopping by! Now, hop on over to the rest of today's bloggers to see what they've made to make us laugh.

Monday March 23
Devoted Quilter (that's me!)

Cannot be Shaken

Devotion for the Week...

I have said more than once recently that it feels as if the world has slipped off its rocker. Then, because I wanted to be sure the saying meant what I thought it did, I looked it up. According to Urban Dictionary, "a 'rocker' is a device that controls the movement of a piece of machinery. When a machine if off its rocker, it no longer works correctly." Yep, that feels like the current state of the world, don't you think?

In the midst of all the news of lockdowns and cancellations, plus our own schools being closed indefinitely, one morning I read Psalm 93 and the second part of verse 1 stood out to me. Verse 1 says, "The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken."

The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

The world is actually not off its rocker and never can be, because the world's 'rocker' is God Himself. We are in His hands today just as much as we were months ago, before the first person was infected with coronavirus. I find it helpful to remind myself that God is not sitting in heaven, wringing His hands and wondering how the world is going to get through this crisis.
The world cannot be shaken |
Background quilt is Blowing in the Wind
Does that mean everything is going to go back to normal today? No. Does it mean that no one else is going to get sick? Or that no one else will die? Unfortunately, no. I would love for it to mean that, but it doesn't.

It does mean that God is with us through it all. He is in control, even when it doesn't feel like it. Our normal routines have been shaken, but the world cannot be shaken. We can rest in that.
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