Thursday, January 30, 2014

She Who Sews

Update : February7,2014 ~ I'm linking this post up with




 I have to start this by telling you how much I adore this fabric !
 I ordered mine on line. When it got here, the more I looked at it, the more I liked  it ! 
OK....So, It's here....I like it....now....what in the world am I going to make with it ?

It has to be something for my sewing room.....but, what do I need ?
 A pin cushion ?....no, that's not grand enough.... 
A pillow ?....Don't need one in here. 
What's the most important thing in this room ?.... My new Janome sewing machine of course !
What does it need ?....A cover ?....no, that would probably be thrown in the corner most of the time.
What I need, is to know what all those fancy stitches on that thing will look like when I use them.
 A BOOK OF STITCHES !....That's what I'll make ! Oh, wait a minute....they call those kind of books....gulp....bibles, stitch bibles. I don't think I could call it that.... a Bible is God's Sacred Word. 

Over the next few days as I worked on the pages of different stitches, (which are on Kona solids),
 I pondered over those two words....book or bible.
 I decided, why not just ask God what he thought about calling it a stitch bible. So I did !
 A few days later it was time to make the first cuts in the Handmaids fabric. As I began to cut, it was like my eyes were suddenly opened....for the first time since the fabric arrived I began to see the word God printed on the fabric......and then scripture started popping out at me.......Colossians 2:2, Philippians 3:14 and II Corinthians 9:6 ! Yes, God had answered my question. 

It's important that I have a book to show me what the stitches will look like when I adjust the width and length on my sewing machine. God's Word tells me how to have a relationship with Him, through important correction and instruction and tells me of the width and length of the love that Jesus Christ has for each one of us.   I will think about God every time I use my stitch bible and it'll serve as a reminder that 
God answers questions, all I needed to do was ask Him.         

My stitch bible is machine quilted, hand embroidered, appliqued and embellished.
 I used rat-tail cord to bind the edges.... and grommets and rings to make the pages easy to turn.
Can you tell which buttons are real ? 
This picture gives you some idea of how much quilting there is on every page.
I made the stitch pages first, then when I appliqued and decorated the Handmaids fabric I referred back to those pages of stitches time and again. So this stitch bible is handy and necessary in my sewing room. 
It's one of those kind of things you just want to hold and pet. (quilters will know what I mean by that )
Sew Who Sews is Me Who Sews !
 I chose the lady on the fabric panel that I thought looked the most like me....Now stop that laughing !

The numbers at the top of each page, collate with the numbers on my machine and the numbers in the middle of the pages are the stitch length or width.

 The needle in the pin cushion is something I got from Shelly's buttons and more.
You may have to click the picture to see it better.
I thought this page was a pretty good representation of how my mind works. The cogs of my mind are always turning, the sewing machine up there represents what I think about...probably too much....
 and the stars are More Stars in Comanche.
 I quilted a square inside one of the circles and added some loose cords....draw your own conclusion !  

The hands remind me of the nail holes in Jesus hands. I had that charm, a cross with a heart in it.
 It's put on with a cord of red thread. 
This is to remind me of the blood Jesus shed because he loved me enough to die on the cross for my sin.
  
Here is a list of the talented people that are sharing this day with me !
January 31
       More Stars in Comanche 
Carla, You have done a fantastic job of organizing and
 cheering us on ! Plus you send the nicest emails.
Have a great day
and God bless you.

82 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I keep a stitch bible too, but not as fancy as this one - wow!!

Scrapatches said...

Vickie ... this is a beautiful and useful way to give thanks to He Whose Hand guides She Who Sews ... Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Judy B said...

What a great way to keep your stitches! Thank you for sharing.

Gmama Jane said...

I am SOOO impressed Vickie!! This is not only practical and useful, it is Gorgeous!!! I would love to have a stitch Bible if my machine's stitches worked as they are supposed to work. When I get a new machine, I will have one of these stitch bibles of my own. Love it!!!
Gmama Jane

Amy said...

That is such a fabulous idea. Love all the little details you added to it. I have a Janome also and have no clue what half the stitches look like. I might need to make a stitching guide like this myself. I too would have had problems calling it a bible, but The Lord works in mysterious ways and your little guide is a reminder. Beautiful work, as usual.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am just floored on this one. I WANT IT.... especially the stitches guide...what an inspiration you are. Thanks and greetings from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Judy said...

Vickie, I am just speechless!!!!!! WA-OOOOHHHH! Great, greatest, it is wonderful! You are the biggest star in Comanche, at least for me! Wonderful, well, just speechless, as I said!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh my goodness Vickie - not only is your Stitch Bible going to be the envy of every single one of us who own a Janome but you told your story so beautifully! Every time I start to stitch something and want to use a special stitch I spend so much time testing each stitch to see which one will work best. I never thought of making up a book of stitches and now that I've seen yours I can't wait to get started on one of my own! How did you "stiffen" your pages - did you use batting or something a little more stiff? Love, love, love this project! blessings, marlene

Rachaeldaisy said...

Vickie, this is just the most amazing sewing creation. I just wish I could flip through those wonderful pages in real life. This is truely brilliant!!

Nellie Duclos said...

Vickie-What a fantastic idea! We all must come to the point in our life when we have just about everything we need, not just want. So for you to create this book was perfect. I know I'm about at that point and would like to use all the wonderful fabrics I've accumulated over the years without buying new stuff but it's really difficult because these fabric companies and designers keep coming out with terrific new designs that are difficult to pass up. Thanks for sharing.

charlotte said...

WOW! I am awe struck! That is such an amazing thing.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Vickie, you did an amazing job on a beautiful and creative project!

Marian said...

Beautiful!!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Oh Vickie, it is simply smashing! Your idea is inspired (and we know by whom) and so beautifully executed. I loved the thought that you did not have a mistake, but a design opportunity. Thank you for this awesome piece of art!

Mdm Samm said...

Ohhh My word "Other Other lady" this is lovely. If I did not realize how long it took, I would order one ….each page is really a piece of work…a TESTAMENT wink to how your mind and heart really works…totally a gem!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Vicki!! just adorable...what an idea!!

*Tyler* said...

Wow your project is amazing. Great job!!!!!!

Darlene said...

This is absolutely amazing. I love your cross references in your creation. When I purchased the fabric I didn't realize the scripture references until I laid it out to admire it when I got home and fell in love all over again with this fabric line.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Wonderful! My LQS encourages us to make a stitch bible also, but never anything this beautiful! Am encouraged to make mine now!

Carla said...

This fabric has inspiration all over it. I love it. Your stitch bible is so perfect in every way. The little details make it so YOU! I wish I would have thought to make one for this. I really "need" one! What machine do you have? I love the little spools and scissors stitches. I have machine envy now....
Thanks for hopping, Vickie. As usual, I am inspired by your beautiful project.

Jeanie said...

Fabulous, Vickie, just fabulous! It's God that gives us our creativity and you have used your gift perfectly! Beautiful project!

Leah said...

What a clever way to showcase your machine stitches. I love this idea!! The book is spectacular!

Carol said...

Fantastic project! I started a stitch bible when I got my Janome last spring and then kind of let it go so I could do other projects. I'm going to finish it and use Handmaids fabric for the cover! You are SEW creative! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

I love that idea and your stitch Bible is lovely. I am going to have to make that so I can keep track of the stitches on my machine. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

Wow! This is truly a wonderful thing! I would not want to let it out of my sight! What a great job you did! I love how you made your project an act of worship! Beautiful!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I adore the fabric line, and love how you used it. The quilting, embellishment, using your machine and using every stitch and changing it. I don't know what half the stitches are on my newer machine. Also seeing God in the project made it even better. Thanks for a great read this morning. I am truly blessed because I have had two filled with God's word this morning.

Robin said...

WOW, what an awesome stitch bible! You did a fantastic job of putting it all together and adding such wonderful little touches. I rally should follow your lead and make myself one. I have a Janome also and so far have used only about four or five specialty stitches. Great work!!

Thearica said...

This is FAB!!!ulous!!! You have such great ideas! Bravo!

patchouli moon studio said...

Fantastic Book Vickie! I have made some fabric books in the past and they are fun, but with this great fabric and those stitches, it's fabulous! I don't have a machine that has that many stitches, but I did years ago and rarely used any of them. It is good to actually see the stitches. I sewed some stitches on fabric scraps and numbered them, but they look like garbage compared to your beautiful book/bible!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Vicki - that is absolutely the most perfect use of this fabric! I had never thought of actually stitching out the stitches... and I love that you called it your stitch bible.The scripture references all over the fabric makes it all that much more special. This is truly you! Thank you for such a wonderful idea.

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

Wow! You went through a great deal of work for your stitch bible. I'm sure it will be a handy tool for you though. (I make scribbled notes all over my machine guide book on stitch widths and lengths but your method is much better.) Well done. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Carol said...

Oh, my, goodness, I need one of these! Not only is it useful, it is absolutely gorgeous! I wonder if I can whip one up by next week...hmmmm...nope! You continue to wow me and I'm falling all over myself just looking at your sweet stitch bible and your great post about it.

krislovesfabric said...

This is wonderful!

Just Quilt It said...

I've been wanting to make on of these. All I can say is "WOW", you did a superb job.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Wow... is this the greatest ever. Not only a really functional book, but with Handmaids fabric, it's perfect! Love how you camouflauged your boo boo's! Design element it is! :-)

Joyce Carter said...

Good morning, Vicki. What a great idea to make a book of stitches. Since my old machine broke and I had to get a new one, I haven't taken the time to play with it to learn all the stitches. This would be awesome to make to keep as a reference. The way you decorated yours is beautiful--adding such a very special touch. Thank you for sharing.
I wanted to thank you for your wonderful and special post for today.Isn't it amazing what our Father has done for us? He is always there for us. Sometimes when I have a problem, i try to handle it myself. They seem so small compared to everything else going on in this world. But EVERYTIME I talk to Him about them, He always gives me such peace in my heart that I wonder why I waited to take it to Him in the first place.He truly is AWESOME and I thank Him for being in my life. Thanks to you, Vicki,and have a wonderful day.

Brandy Pettit said...

This turned out really neat! I'm glad you found a spiritual connection with it too, it's not often that happens. I had to look up the verses, and I enjoyed how uplifting they were. I like the page with the "inner workings of your mind", that's too much fun! Thanks for sharing Vickie!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

What a wonderful project! Thank you so much for sharing :)

jan said...

Your stitch bible is beautiful. I love that it will always bring you joy everytime you use it! Thank you for sharing.
xo jan

Michele T said...

Wow!! I would never have thought to make something like this!! Awesome!!

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness! If there's a prize at the end of this blog hop, you should win!! This is amazing! Can I send you my sewing machine so you can make one for me?............ :)

tink's mom said...

What a terrific idea. Ingenious. love every single page. bravo

MoeWest said...

Gorgeous! This would inspire sewing so much more than my sample stitches on scraps of fabric. I'm filing this idea for when I get a new machine.

Shari said...

Hey Vickie! I've been meaning to do something similar...but all the designs in my mind cannot compare to your work of art. With Him at the helm, I could expect no less! Fantastic !!!

Leslie said...

I love every part of this project...fabric, layout, scripture, usefulness.....everything.

Kathy H said...

Great project. What a wonderful idea to have a book of the machine's stitches. i have to stitch it out on a scrap everytime to see if that is what i want. I will have to make something like it.

Lisa said...

What a neat creative awesome book! I love it!

madebymeinred said...

Now you've done it! I don't know what to say. You've blown me away. What's wonderful use for that fabric.

Purl Buttons said...

What a fun way to use this fabric! You have made a good resource for yourself and practiced everything, too! Very Impressive.

Createology said...

The time and thought you have put into such a useful tool for your sewing love is truly amazing. I adore "She Who Sews" fabrics and your Stitching Bible. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

JanesQuilting said...

OMG....that is beautiful. I love the idea. What a great reference tool to have and you sure are displaying it well. Thank you so much for the tip.

Debbie M said...

That is one of the cutest and best ideas ever!

Rosa said...

I love everything about this project.It`s spectacular.Thanks for sharing!!

vicki said...

Cool project! Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

Nancy C. said...

Ladies, Vickie is my friend so I got to see this up close! I was as WOWed as you all were! She did an extremley awesome job designing and creating her Stitch Bible! Her work, as always, is just meticulous!

LJ said...

Outstanding! Totally fantastic and so darn useful on top of that. I noticed the rat-tail binding and wondered if you'd taken a class with Carol Waugh. All the wonderful details you added with embellishments and quilting are like frosting on the cake. You "WOW" me!!

Janarama said...

OMG, what a brilliant idea! Not only is it useful, but it's beautiful too. I can see why you are the other, other lady. ; )

maggie said...

Vicki, I am blown away by this project. I can see that you had inspiration after prayer to make this and it reminds me a bit of the verse fromProverb 31vs.13. She seeks wool and flax,and willingly works with her hands.
In any case it is really wonderful and very creative and useful, You made great use of the panel.
Well done.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Lixie said...

Wow - that is really amazing!

Denise said...

OMGoodness this book is awesome! and I LOVE the references to GOD! Beautiful job!

Cindy said...

Wow, fantastic reference! Wonderful project!

Doris Rice said...

Oh girlfriend! You have outdone yourself! It is over the top fabulous! And even though I got to "pet:" it in person, I missed so many details. There are also so many details that you can't see her but can see in person. What a true testimony for all of us too!

cass said...

Amazing, i love everything wow you are just so clever.

sandra said...

Wow what a wonderful idea and such a beautiful job you did on it. Thanks for sharing

Theresa said...

What a great idea! Love it!

Baa. xxx said...

Wow!! Thatis seriously AWESOME!!! what a clever, clever idea and it will be so useful. Brilliant! You have wowed us speechless!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Beautiful work and great idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

Susan said...

What a fantastic idea! I absolutely love it!!

Britt-Inger said...

So wonderful and fantastic. You are always full of awesome ideas and the stitch Bible is a fabulous work of art.
Thank you for sharing your creativity to us. Have a great weekend.

Cecilia said...

Great idea! I enjoyed reading about your design process.

Prima Donna said...

OMG! This is fabulous! And, those fabrics are to die for. I love it.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I need to make a stitch book one of these days. I just don't use my Janome enough, especially the fancy stitches on it. I love how you turned your 'bible' into a book to not only help you with your sewing, but, to also remind you of who gave you the talent that you have, and to remember why He is so important to all of us (or should be). Great job. My mind works like the one in your book.

gpc said...

What a great project!

Connie said...

What a beautiful project and a great reference piece to have!

Mara said...

So inspirational, no wonder you need a stitch bible, your machine makes a lot of stitches.

joystudio said...

Hi Vicki - I don't know where to begin. Your Stitch Bible is stupendous! And what better fabric would be suited for such a clever project. I am so delighted and honored to see what you created with my "She Who Sews" fabrics. I am so glad the scripture references popped out at you the way you described as you cut into the pieces. It was a joy to read your Handmaids™ fabric experience. Thank you so much for sharing this. Excellent job on your project and your post! ~ J. Wecker Frisch

Beth Strand said...

Wonderful! I just love what you did with your book! Beth @ Words & Stitches

SIMPLESEW said...

Love it..

Sara said...

Neat, neat,neat! Very clever and detailed!

Lindsey said...

Love this Vicki! What an awesome book! You did a fantastic job on this! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
-Lindsey
Fabric Frenzy Friday

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

I love your stitch bible, this is such a wonderful idea, I need one too!!!
Please tell what you used to stabilise the pages?
Thank you for always beeing such a great inspiration!
Bente

Nicole Coppens said...

Vicky, cette réalisation est magnifique!! beautifull!!
Je n'ai jamais pensé à faire une bible de points, vous me donnez une très bonne idée, mais elle ne sera pas aussi parfaite que la vôtre!!
bravo