Quilty Pillows

QUILTY PILLOWS

Sometimes you buy some fabric and it sits in your stash for 2 years because you can’t bear to cut into it.  

For this beautiful Arizona fabric, however, that was not the case. I knew these gorgeous cottons were destined for quilty pillows and a large comfy couch quilt but…

Sometimes you get fabric and it sits in your stash for 2 years becuase your life is in storage, you have baby number #5 and you move across the country….

This past summer I had a blast sewing up different styles of quilt blocks I had never made before. I especially love the Aztec Tile block pillow. There were 182 2″ square blocks involved in piecing this pillow!  

The Upside Down

THE UPSIDE DOWN

The Way it is for Worshipers of Christ The King

Have you watched Stranger Things?  A young boy, is captured by an evil creature/spirit animal from a supernatural realm that runs parallel to his small town. When Will is rescued from this realm and brought back to his own, he can still see what is happening in the Upside Down because he is inhabited by the Spirit of this animal.  Will can see lucidly behind reality to another one that is happening at the exact same place and time, but no one else can.  It’s pretty fascinating, and it’s not altogether unlike my own experience as a believer who now has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit…

I’ve been stuck for a month in the Book of Daniel, reading the story of three men over and over again. These men worship the King of Kings. And the way God treats them makes my soul shake and my throat hurt with tears. I see the mechanics of how God sometimes works in their sweet and miraculous story. I too have seen His hand of deliverance in my own life.

If you’ve never read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednago, then please do so! It starts in Daniel Chapter 3, when God, who places rulers and authorities in their position (Romans 13:1-2), inclined King Nebuchadnezzar to make an image of gold. Nebuchadnezzar then commands the people of Babylon to worship the golden idol.

So backing up, remember God had appointed these three Jewish guys (through Daniel), to the Kings Court over all his affairs. If you are a Christian, you live by a different set of wisdom than the rest of the world. Your worship of the King directs your steps. Your path is lighted by eternity and your eyes see past the shadows of temporary glory to a far surpassing glory as a Heavenly Citizen. So if your earthly King requires you to do something sinful, like say worship another god, then that’s where your submission to the earthly King must stop. You do this because you live in the “Upside Down”. The Kingdom of God has an entirely different economy.

So here’s the rub. These three guys are given a command by their earthly king to worship a false god. “And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”

Everyone except Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

So God appointed some rats. The Chaldeans were more than happy to maliciously rat out these Jews in order to make themselves look good to the King and get those Jewish boys who thought they were above the law into the punishment they surely deserved….

This illustrates two very important truths that every worshipper of Jesus will come to recognize throughout the Bible.

1. God appoints you. He puts you where you are, in the position that you are. There isn’t a minute of your life out of his loving and sovereign care. Do you trust Him? Do you believe He is good? You matter, and where you are, who you are with, is no accident.

2. God appoints trials to rise up. For your good and His glory. He sovereignly sent those malicious Chaldeans to tattle to the King. He has purposes for these trials. Good purposes. When we share in His sufferings, we become more like him.

Sometimes things don’t look good because they are not good. People spreading lies about you that aren’t true and ruining your life are not good. People getting abortions and killing innocent babies are not good. The hard things in life are the hardest to deal with because we want a God who gives us all good circumstances, with no pain. We don’t want to share in His sufferings. We don’t want to deal with abortion. How could God let that happen? We don’t want to talk about sexually abused children. How could He allow this? We don’t want that because we don’t understand a Sovereign God who works all things for our good. We are not patiently looking into eternity. We want it fixed now. His ways are not our ways, they are higher and in the end, HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT. All the murderers who call evil good will answer for their sin, and all the sinners saved by grace will be justified by the King who took all that sin upon Himself to make it right.

Let’s continue with the story. Next, the King verifies that these malicious Chaldeans are telling the truth. Now at this point He has to be a man of his word, because his own glory and reign are at stake.

13 “Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king.14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.[c] But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.”

3. God sustains us during our trials. I think we can see how God is not cruel, nor is He evil, though He does allow it for our good. We see this in His sustaining grace.  Even before the Lord rescued these men, they proclaimed His glory. “If not, we will not worship you, O king.” They said this to King Nebbuchadnezzar’s face. They said this because the Lord was with them. Everything becomes clear in a crisis. What really matters is made evident. We find strength for the hard things that we did not know we had because God is providing it in that very moment.

I really LOVE THIS NEXT PART>>>> v.22 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

The men who threw them in were burnt up. Killed. TOAST. You take part in defaming God’s name, and it isn’t pretty. Justice is not always this swift, but in this case, part of the miracle was the great contrast of the mighty men being killed just by a near flame while the whole time these Worshipers of the one true King were not harmed. Their clothes did not even smell of smoke. The fire had no power over their bodies.

4. God will always make things right. So get out of the way. You don’t need to worry or manipulate your situation. Wait for God’s deliverance. The men who threw the Worshipers into the fire got dealt the death penalty for not standing up for what was right. They worshiped a false god. They aided and abetted evil. God took care of it. In the end He will make it right.  Should you fight for justice? Yes. But should you do it out of fear or trust? I think those are two very different fights.

5. God’s glory will always be revealed in our suffering. I am willing to bet it was pretty hot and scary in that furnace. Suffering for the King produces a vibrant miracle in the life of a believer. It refines us like precious metal in a fire. We are able to see God’s worthiness, and what He has done for us, and all of a sudden, it’s not upside down, to step into a fiery furnace and place our trust in that God. God always gets the glory in these unexplainable situations.

25“But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!”

See God getting the glory there? One minute King Nebb is demanding his own glory, the next he is declaring that there is indeed a MOST HIGH GOD!

What happens next is quite Upside Down.

27 “And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside[f] the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”

6. God delivers His Worshippers. Whatever your earthly situation, be encouraged. God will deliver you. if you bow down at His throne, then this fiery trial that has come upon you is no accident. Don’t panic. Be obedient and wait on His deliverance. Offer your body to serve and worship the ONE TRUE GOD. We can be sure it will come.

Place your trial in the light of eternity. Trust in the MOST HIGH GOD. He is mighty to save.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

As I walk through season after season with my God, I have begun to see a glimpse of the Upside Down when a trial first arises. In Stranger Things, when Will sees a glimpse of the Upside Down, I get goosebumps because that is how it is for Worshipers of the King. We can see behind the shadow of this world, with Spiritual eyes. This is how it is for us. Start looking, friends. Start seeing.

MORE STORIES OF DELIVERANCE:

2 Kings 6:17

Luke 13

Beautiful Illustration of this passage by the amazingly talented Megan Ganovski!

scripture art

Beyond thankful for the amazing editorial guidance of Lori Chally….

Magnolia Wreath Tutorial

Hey friends! I’ve got a lovely Magnolia Wreath Tutorial up on the blog today for you. I first came up with this several months ago for my Makers Cottage Night. I really wanted to make a tutorial for all the friends who requested it that live far away but I struggled with finding a good backdrop large enough for a wreath.

I’ll be throwing caution to the wind and using a much too small poster board for this while awaiting my newly ordered one to arrive. 

Shall we get started? It’s really pretty easy and Hobby Lobby has everything you need! Make sure you use the weekly 40% off coupon in their app! If you time it right, you can buy the leaves when the greenery is on sale and use your coupon for the wreath part. That makes this project cost roughly $15… 

Supplies:

  1. One large bunch of Magnolia leaves from Hobby Lobby 
  2. One 18” grapevine wreath
  3. Wire clippers or pliers
  4. Glue gun
  5. Glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Cut each stem off your bush. Each stem has three leaves. Each of these bushes should have 10 stems.
  2. Next, take each stem and turn all the leaves facing up. Spread them apart by slightly bending the wires inside the stems. They should lay flat.
  3. Now get your wreath! It’s go time! Carefully find a spot to slide in your flattened 3 leaf stem horizontally. The goal is to make sure these puppies are as flat against the wreath as humanly possible. 
  4. This process will get trickier as you begin adding your next stems and spacing them evenly around your wreath. So keep sticking them in HORIZONTALLY. Don’t be afraid to get a little harsh with your stems if needed. They are pretty sturdy. In the picture below, I’m showing you that to get even spacing on your stems, you’ll want to go about 2.5-3” apart for point of entry. 
  5. Once you have all your stems placed, try to make sure the overall outside shape of your wreath is a circle. This may involve bending some wires to tame a wild leaf here and there. Scrunching and pulling are acceptable techniques! Avoid oval shapes or one leaf noticeably farther apart from another. Keep ‘em flat!
  6. Flip it over! Arrange leaves to be evenly spaced once more. No gaps or “ovally-ness.”
  7. At this point you are likely to discover that some leaves just will not stay in the perfect place. Here is where you grab your glue gun. Don’t use a mini cool temp one. Use a big momma. It’s like $3 extra and sooo much more efficient when it comes to wrangling a wreath. In this step your likely to need a little patience or Netflix. Hot glue takes a minute or two to cool and set. You’ll want to press down and hold each leaf until set because if you don’t, the finish will get ripped off the leaves and damage them.   Make sure to secure each stem entry point as well. 
  8. Last step but most important! To get that “simple” look you want to press your wreath. Leave it facedown and put something on top of it. Like a textbook or a big pot. Leave it for an hour-ish. Go paint some shiplap or something. 

TaDa! Your done! Easy Magnolia Wreath Tutorial. So easy, right? Thanks for reading! Comments or questions? Leave them below in the comments box and I’ll get answers for you. 

The Hermione Pattern: Top, Tunic, Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

I don’t really know how I could name this sewing pattern anything else but The Hermione.  I listened to the HP novels {for the first time ever!} while envisioning this design, drafting it on pattern paper, and then making the first sample. Ironically, I was sewing other things while most of the design gears were turning in my mind, but that’s how it goes.  Mindless doing with the hands busy begets the brain space for creative mode to flourish.  Do I need to back up and dwell on the crazy fact that I was 35 years old before I read Harry Potter?  We can talk about it later….

The Hermione Pattern

What I have here is a really quick, super flattering PDF sewing pattern for women! This pattern is truly magical like it’s namesake.   Top, tunic, or dress in 2 hours. What is not magical about that? There are no fancy complicated things going on here.  First you have a boatneck, which is elegant, and tends to dress up an outfit.  The top has a cuffed dolman sleeve, which makes the piece come together quite quickly.  { Confession: I used to think Dolman sleeves were super ugly, and basically people were just too lazy to make a real sleeve.  I am here to admit I was wrong! I am sorry.  Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.  Am I the only one? } The waist line is an empire height, which can be easily lowered, if you need a more on trend drop waist look, but as a mother who kind of struggles with a diastasis recti, I like this line up higher.  It is flattering if you have a bit of a mummy tummy or not.

 

This top hits me at the top of the hips, and was drafted for my 5’9″ height.  You can easily shorten or lengthen the top, tunic or dress.  It’s slightly gathered and has a tulip hem.  Seriously, this pattern is very easy to adjust!  I provide tunic and dress lengths on the pdf printable pattern but you may want to construct the top and then measure for a custom length from the bodice.

I’m so excited to release this pattern.  It was finished this July, but after testing I really needed to make a lot of adjustments.  I am BEYOND grateful for the women who joined my new Facebook Testing Group in September and helped me fine tune the pattern.  They are amazing! I could not have done it without them.  I need to go back and make my first pattern even better now with their expertise!

Check out my Instagram feed for sew and tells of the pattern!  @handfulofarrows #hermionepattern

You can join my testing group HERE.  I’d be just over the moon to have you!  I have lots of patterns to draft and test in the future.

You can buy The Hermione Pattern in my Etsy shop HERE!

Here’s the size chart and few important facts like measurements, yardage, etc… (I’ve included links on the pattern to a FBA Dolman tutorial if needed.)

 

Bunny Pacifier Pattern

NEW SEWING PATTERN

Hey there! Ruby and I worked on a pacifier holder pdf sewing pattern this Spring.  It has a cute bunny shape and snaps to hold her paci’s. She really loves Chicco pacifiers and those are exceptionally hard to find when they are dropped under a crib or in the car because they are clear.  Whoever designed those, must not have had actual children….

So here we are.  Necessity is the mother of invention! We have not woken up in the wee small hours even once to find a paci since I made this! A few notes about this pattern.  This pattern is NOT FOR NEWBORNS.  This pacifier holder is for toddlers who have control of their arms and can run, walk, and play.  I started using this for Ruby at 15 months of age.

FABRIC

The pattern works best with terry cloth or flannel for the main fabric and quilting cotton for the inner ear pieces.  You only need a small amount.  I used this terry cloth from the Fabric Shack.  The inner ears were Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous Collection.

SNAPS

The snaps need to be really high quality for safety reasons.  I suggest using KAM SNAPS.  Here is a great little set of pliers and snaps on Amazon that I use for just under $20.

The pattern comes in an easy to print pdf download.  The pattern is on one 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper and the instructions include pictures and are contained to one sheet of paper as well.  It’s really a quick and easy project. You can make one in about an hour.  May your nights be filled with uninterrupted sleep from now on!

Email subscribers will receive this pattern for free!  So if you sign up in the next 24 hours you can get in on the freebie!

Happy sewing!

 

 

bunny pacifier clip sewing pattern

THE MATERIALS I USED:

The Bestie Quilt #1 – Lone Star Farm Quilt

 

Quilts are made for many reasons,  and yet I think the common thread that all quilts have are their purpose.  I really don’t think that purpose is primarily physical warmth.  When I make a quilt for someone, I have an emotional connection to the person and I want to communicate my love for them. In other words, I have “all the feels”…  Usually the gifted person has blessed my life or they are dear to me in some way that needs commended or they are a tiny human, soon born to a momma whom I love… and the opportunity to creatively express what a gift they are to me is a quilt.

BESTIE QUILT

My first bestie quilt is not for my first bestie. I’d have to say she is my first mom friend and cultivated my love for sewing in a way that nurtured my creativity.  She spent many hours helping, teaching, and encouraging me through the early days of marriage and first baby and hard trials and happy young days.  She taught me how to “pick a chicken” when money was tight.  She taught me to laugh when my kids made messes, and to just throw away those underwear when I was traumatized at potty training my first daughter!  She even showed me how to iron my seams to the dark side….Haley carried on the tradition my mother began of “the older woman teaching the younger woman” how to be a worker at home from Titus even though she wasn’t much older than I.  I’m so thankful God placed her in my life.

FABRIC AND PATTERN

It’s been a long time since we’ve lived in the same town, but she is often on my heart and in my prayers.  One winter evening as I was gazing at my fabric piles, I felt the urge to make her a quilt.  In fact, it seemed ridiculous that I had not done it yet.  As I began pulling out the fabric, I knew exactly what she’d want and how I wanted to lay it out.  I challenged myself this year not to buy anything new but to persevere and make quilts with what I have.  I have so much.  It always feels good to use what you have.

I chose to merge two separate collections of farm and canning prints by Riley Blake Fabrics and some denim chambray from AGF.  I patched in a few pieces from Joann Fabrics as well that I have had since God only knows when….

The pattern began as a lone star quilt block, but then I carried out it’s border with half square triangles to make the star burst out and featured the center using the chambray as contrast.  The quilt was a lot of fun.  While I sewed, it was a great opportunity to reminisce, pray for Haley and to finish several books on audible! In fact, I have a link from Amazon for 2 free audible books here if you want to grab it!  I enjoyed the last Harry Potter novel, tried to listen to Fantastic Beasts, but it was too tedious, and ended with Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman.

 

lone star quilt

Fun facts about Haley’s quilt:

-At the last possible minute as she was pulling out of her long farm driveway in Illinois to leave for Arkansas for a week, her postman pulled in to deliver the box. Phew! PTL!  She took it with her in the car.

-I tried quilting tiny lines close together for the first time…loved it!

-I used red pearl cotton to hand quilt the chambray sections.

-Ruby Jane loved this quilt, and probably thought it was hers.  She helped me photograph it. Why does it have to be so difficult to photograph quilts?! I need help.

I have a few more bestie quilts already in the works, but first I’ll be working on my #4 daughters quilt.  She is getting so big and it’s time for her twin size quilt!  Her 6th birthday is in a week!

Here are some links to the fabrics and batting I used! Annnnnnd lots more pictures below!

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About Me

Hi! I'm Andrea. I'm 35, I love to sew and I work at home parenting our 5 girls and freelance designing. My blog is about my sewing, design projects, and my walk with Christ. Our family just moved to Lynchburg, VA for the husband to attend LUCOM. I'm glad your here!

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