Scripture Pillow

I needed a quick gift for a church leader and thought this would be a good idea. In my personal devotions I’ve been studying the different names of God from the Bible. On Monday, I give praise to Elohim, the name used in Genesis 1:1 to indicate The One, True, Faithful God. Tuesdays, I praise El-Elyon, The Most High God from Psalms 47:2. On Wednesday, it’s El-Olam, The Eternal God from Gen. 21:33. So since I needed the gift on Wednesday here’s what I came up with.


I picked up this upholstery fabric and beautiful ball fringe from Hancock’s. The embroidery was done on a Brother Quatro 2.


Isn’t that a great verse?  Here’s another one I did a few years ago–it’s was my best friends favorite verse in Isaiah 41. Do not fear for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


This one was done on a Bernina Embroidery attachment. The top one is about 5″x10″. The bottom one about 5″x5″, something you could put just about anywhere, the bed or a chair,  a bench in the entry hall.

Ask people what their favorite Bible verse is. It’s a great way of sharing Christ with others.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

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Last two monkeys of 2012

I finally finished making monkeys for the year. This is for a friend’s granddaughter.

She’s been one busy monkey earning all those merit badges.

This one is for my 9-month-0ld granddaughter.

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Happy Thanksgiving

By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15


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Wacky Wednesday

Hello, my name is Alice, and I haven’t bought fabric for 6 days.

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Monkey fabric

Isn’t this the cutest monkey fabric you’ve ever seen?

This would be the cutest border around a monkey quilt!

Fabric is Bethany Berndt Shackelford for Quilting Treasures

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The other class I took at our recent quilt retreat was a Feathers Free Motion Quilting class taught by Ms. Feathers herself, Sharon Schamber.

She was a very good teacher and the easy instruction made me feel like I could be successful with quilting free motion feathers.

We started out by making a 6″ long spine down and then back up or as in this picture over and back in the shape of a soft “s”.

Then each feather is approximately  3″ out from the spine. Make a soft “s” out and then back. At the outside the feather is no wider than your thumb. Here’s a picture of a complete feather.

When you get to the bottom, you come back up by outlining the feathers as shown and then starting down the other side. So…here I go.

A little shaky at first. But it was fun trying.

On this one I drew the spine and then forgot to stitch it. Try again.

See the blue marks out to the side. Just make your width marks from two fingers to four fingers wide as a stitching guide.

Feathers can be 2″ to 4″ just so they are approximately 3″ long. I can see my improvement. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

Check out Sharon Schamber’s feathers.

Maybe someday I can….naaaahhhhhh!




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One of the classes I took at retreat was Mandala Wall Hanging. I started out with this fabric.

We used this pattern.

Learned to use this 10 degree ruler…

And voila…

These pictures were taken at night so not real good but you get the idea. The finished piece will be about 31″ square or you could had borders or more mandalas to make a lap quilt.


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Uncommon Divas

Our local guild, Uncommon Threads retreat was this week-end so the next few posts will be about the retreat. First of all, the Challenge block. If you saw my post about the challenge fabric, we were to make a 12″ block using this fabric.

I asked for suggestions/ideas and you all suggested lava lamp, butterflies, 70s, and then someone said they saw hair. So I decided to try a Diva  (the retreat theme) and use this challenge fabric for her hair. Here was the final block.

Button earrings, challenge block hair, tape measure hair band holding a rotary cutter and lots of embellishment crystals. (diva like) I was really pleased with the results. When I arrived at the retreat and walked in and saw the other blocks I laughed out loud.Check this out.

Three people saw hair in the challenge fabric. This one was especially cute.

I voted for this one. Really creative.

Here’s some other cute ones.

More about the retreat later. Especially the class with phenomenal instructor  Sharon Schamber. Here’s a preview.


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A couple of cuties

Oh. My. Word.

I had a great time making these beauties. This little diva has a sequins  dress, pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings. But the fascinator is what makes her!! And have you ever seen a cuter monkey face?

Add a boa and voila! She just comes to life, doesn’t she?


The little veterinarian is just as adorable. Complete with monogrammed animal print scrubs, stethoscope made by my DH and her favorite little puppy.

Okay, the puppy is a little scary. Maybe her collar is a little too tight!?

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President’s Block

Every year the outgoing President of our local quilt guild receives a block of her choice from each guild member.  With these signed blocks she puts together a quilt to remember her time as our leader.This year our outgoing president requested basket blocks because she is the local Longaberger basket representative. Here’s my contribution.

I’m always at risk to become known as the “monkey lady.”  This monkey applique is from Designs by JuJu. I just made an applique and cut the lower part off so it would look like it is in the basket. Then I hand appliqued the pin cushion and details.

I’m one project closer to starting my Christmas gifts.  Where are you on Christmas gifts?

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