Monday, February 10, 2014

savoring

Yesterday I had a moment, several actually, when my heart overflowed with wonder for human art.  The world is a glorious, beautiful place; and then, somehow, creative souls add even more beauty - in music, in paintings, in dance, in color.  It's far too wonderful to savor in one lifetime.  That is sure.

for my littles on Valentine's Day

I am in a pondering mood, but today I set out to do something really practical.  I made quilted boxy pouches for my littles as Valentine's Day surprises.  I chose fabrics that mean something for each child.  For Aria, the two fabrics from her first mama-made Easter dress. And for Liam, some Ed Emberley prints he considers his own (I used them for his sleeping bag).

Ed Emberly!

As I was making, the baby steps sparkled.

savor the in betweens

Do you notice the in betweens?  It's one of the things that nourishes me about sewing, how the process can be as lovely as the goal.

savor the in betweens

And I am thankful, so very, to get to sew like this.  Even if I do have lots of other things calling me today, I took a bit over an hour to make something with color and texture and function all of which feed by soul and become a blessing to someone else also!

boxy pouches

Like last time, I did a simple, one-piece construction.  My center prints were cut 8" x 10" and framed with 1.5" cut solid strips.  The quilting is 1/4" apart.  Boxed at 1" in from the corners.  These finished boxy pouches are about 4" x 7", just about pencil box sized.  I'm thinking to stuff them with fuzzy socks and a little candy for Valentine's Day.

 boxy pouches

Sometimes my mom or dad had little surprises for us.  It always made me feel so special, on a day that's mostly about couples, that they had thought of us.

Ooh, I should hang my felt heart garland!  It's time.

28 comments:

  1. these are wonderful, Rachel. I love how you framed your prints, makes for such fun pouches. I might have to give it a try soon, thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. These are lovely Rachel. I adore the colours and fabrics used in Arias pouch so vibrant and pretty.

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  3. Rachel, I can only totally agree about art and creativity. how it nourrishes our souls and adds good to the world as a whole. I also often wonder at the human ability to create beauty, usually when I look at Pinterest boards. You surely add to this beauty by the way you write and create. love your sweet bags! hugs from France

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    1. Thank-you, Sophie. We all have a beauty to contribute, I am sure!

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  4. So lovely to make a Valentine’s gift for your little ones and they both look great!

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  5. Love the little valentine gifts for the kids- so cute!

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  6. What a great valentine gift for your 'littles' (love that term).

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  7. As someone who revels in the process as well, I really enjoyed this post. My little one is getting a reading pillow for Valentine's Day based on this tutorial. Loved every minute of making it! http://www.polkadotchair.com/2012/09/on-the-go-reading-pillow-tutorial.html/

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  8. They look great and I'm sure they will get a lot of use. I love that its one step, no lining to worry with. I will have to try this method :)

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    1. Right? I tend not to "fiddle" with small projects, but having it be one piece helps me get over the inertia.

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  9. I really like your pouches. I love channel quilting on bags, it gives them so much body.

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  10. I am sure they will enjoy their Valentine gift. The fabric for both boxes are chosen with lots of love and thoughts. How blessed your littles are.

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  11. I completely agree with your sentiments and have often had similar thoughts. These are very special gifts, certain to be treasured forever. Wondering about the thread weight used and stitch length on your marvelous quilting? Thanks!!

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    1. Thank-you! The stitch length is "4" on my Juki. It's what I like to use for quilting. My Juki goes even longer! I used regular weight thread this time. It is Connecting Thread thread!

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  12. That animal print fabric for your son is wonderful. i remember making a valentine's box each year out of a shoe box when in grade school. doilies, glue, wrapping paper, and such. Remembering that makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!

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  13. Ah you sound like you are overflowing with love and talent as always xx

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  14. "the process can be as lovely as the goal" I SO love that thought! It is so very true. There are times where I have felt that completely. (Others not so much, LOL, when ripping stitches or rethreading the serger because a thread broke, LOL) But on the whole there is something so satisfying about putting effort into something that you plan to bless someone with, and just the satisfaction of watching a project come together bit by bit. Lovely post!

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    1. =). Yes, there are definitely times with the process is very un-lovely - frazzled mom, scant seam, messy free motion quilting. But, thankfully it can go the other way too!

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  15. Lucky kids these pouches are so cute. I am missing my youngest as she is on school camp for two nights! You have inspired me to make one for her as I know she will love it.. I also agree with you about creating. After 18 years bringing up five kids making my first quilt saved me from feeling burned out. This new hobby (obsession) has energised me and made me a happy and content wife and Mum.
    :)

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  16. Super cute pouches!!! Thank you for sharing how you made them.
    ; )

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  17. Good morning, Rachel! my mthr gave us Valentine treats, too. Usually red panties & a cookie from the 2 little local shops in our neighborhood. Those were the good old days- when neighborhoods had their own little shops! Love your sewing! Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!

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  18. So cute! Love the fabrics, quilting and construction. So playful! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. So cute! Love the fabrics, quilting and construction. So playful! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I love the quilting on the pouches, it really gives the pouches that extra something special.

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  22. How long a zipper did you use for the pouches that started out as 8x10" pieces? Thanks Rachel.
    Kate

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    1. I'm not absolutely sure anymore, but I may have used a 9" zipper (barely long enough?) or a longer zipper and shortened it to fit.

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