Hearts and words

I’ve been putting final efforts into preparation for a village show this coming Saturday. I hired stall space at last years Oakley Village Show and had a thoroughly pleasant afternoon chatting with passers by and listening to the events happening behind me in the little grassy arena. This year I’m teaming up with a jewellery making friend and we’ve been thinking of new things to make that might appeal to customers. Following a brain storming session in a coffee shop we came up with the plan for me to make fabric hearts with a ribbon loop while Mary went away and put together a selection of pretty charms to hang from the loops.

A selection of the fabric hearts, some quilted some not.

A selection of the fabric hearts, some quilted some not.

To make the hearts I quilted little 'sandwiches' made of backing and top fabrics with two layers of wadding between.  I used masking tape as a guide line for the quilt stitches - quicker than some other methods and no marks to remove after stitching :-)

To make the hearts I quilted little ‘sandwiches’ made of backing and top fabrics with two layers of wadding between. I used masking tape as a guide line for the quilt stitches – quicker than some other methods and no marks to remove after stitching 🙂

I’ve been raiding my Grandmother’s button box for embellishments to add to the hearts.  I wonder if anyone reading this has any knowledge to share about buttons?  I think some in the photo below may be pre-1950s.  The pink, green and clear buttons to the right of the photo are all made of glass.


Mary and I are hoping to sell the fabric heart/charm combos for around £5 each.  I’ve found over the years that people browsing craft stalls at local fetes tend not to spend more than £10 an item.  My cushion covers and quilts attract attention (and admiring comments 🙂 ) but I rarely sell them.  As a result I try to add less expensive items such as tote bags, table mats and bunting to my stall in the hope of making some sales. On Saturday I’ll be adding some fabric baskets and the hearts to the items on the table.

As I sat at my sewing machine this morning I reflected on Jesus’ teachings in the chapter from Luke’s Gospel that I had read a few hours before.  I learned again the need to check my thoughts and words against God’s standards.

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”  Luke 6:45

I need to listen to what I’m thinking and saying and in this way check what is in my heart – what are my attitudes and motivations?  Much is revealed in the words formed in our minds and speech! A dear friend and I prayed together this afternoon – both out of sorts at the prospect of spending time with other people we find difficult.  As we meditated on Jesus’ teaching we found we needed to confess our wrong thinking and ask Him to give us the loving patience that these people need/deserve.  We parted sure in the knowledge we won’t meet the challenge perfectly but none-the-less much better equipped to rely on the loving mercy God showed to us and the people we find ‘difficult’.


PS. I think the fabric hearts count as ‘cute’ so I’m linking with Alyce for Sew Cute Tuesday! Press the link and take a look at some cute/square quilted goodies being made around the world…


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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7 Responses to Hearts and words

  1. Colleen says:

    Best wishes for a good sale, Allison !

    • Thanks Colleen! I’m trying to be positive and anyway it’ll be a nice afternoon out especially if the sun shines – we are not being blessed with August type weather at the moment!

  2. Nancy says:

    I hope your hearts sell well. They’re very fun. The buttons! I have similar buttons in my grandmother’s button box, but I don’t think I could part with them. At least not yet.

    I was pondering that passage in Luke a week or two ago. The note I put in my scriptures was that when I see/think good about others, there is good. It’s not always easy and we don’t succeed (we are human, after all) but it’s always good to try. I think it lets us draw closer to the Savior.

    Best wishes for success at your sale on Saturday.

  3. Helen says:

    Well the forecast for tomorrow seems reasonable and I hope the fair goes well for you and your friend
    Have fun ! And keep smiling

  4. What a lot of work ! Hope your sale goes well, I’m sure people will not resist your charming little gifts! X

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