Friday, February 23, 2018

Something Other Than Quilting

Somehow I got the wild hair that I wanted to change my kitchen.  I started looking at pinterest.  I found several great ideas and decided for me that chalk paint would be the way to go.  A local business that sells Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was having a class.  I signed up so I could add a few tricks to my repertoire.

Before I start the story, here is my finished kitchen.

This is the kitchen before starting:

I wasn't sure of the color so I gathered some swatches.

I thought I might like orange, but I just wasn't sure.  I thought underneath my first desire that the old ocher was probably the best color and one I wouldn't tire of.  

So I went to the class.  The instructor said don't chose something close to your wall color.  So I picked old white.  I also did one in orange just to see.

 *Didn't like either.  So I tried brown and the old ocher.

I decided on old ocher and went to work.  
I did the bottom first.  I found some really sloppy work by the cabinet makers.
First I decided to use the brown as a backsplash.  I thought it would really go with the granite that was installed, but that I didn't really like.

Onto more of the bottom.
I knew now, that I really liked the color choices I'd made.

Here is the finished kitchen.  Red rugs have been ordered for the stove and sink fronts.  Hubby added new hardware.  
I love the new look!

Monday, November 27, 2017

All Tidied Up For Thanksgiving

Now that Thanksgiving is come and gone I'll post LOL!

I was in a self imposed time line of finishing two quilts before Thanksgiving so I could deposit them at the Project Linus drop off.

These are the two I finished.

 This was taken upside down and I didn't notice and even after taking it from the wash I forgot to retake the picture, but I think its a cute one anyhow!

 I loved the elephants.  I paid full price for them because I thought they'd add so much to the quilt.  

These are the quilts I sent to Project Linus on Wednesday.  Feels so good to send them off, clean up the sewing area and closet!

Yesterday I did some leisurely sewing and as the sun changed and I had to turn on the overhead light I snapped these photos of my current project.

Puppy is peacefully resting to the whir of the sewing machine.

This looks like a great quilting week ahead!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

One More Completed

The days are getting shorter and my quilts are going out the door.  This one is from my bin of black and white.  So I grabbed some yellow and turquoise and made this one.  

I need to get a better system for quilting.  I was looking at Patsy Thompson clamps for suspending the quilt and take the drag off of it.  This one was especially heavy for my table top quilting machine.  I also need an extension, but I just don't have the room, so I'm going to add those clamps next pay day!
Quilt Suspension System #1 by Patsy Thompson Designs LTD

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Strings and Things

My favorite quilt is the string quilt.  I return to it so often.  It seems so simple--just sew some strips on a piece of muslin.  But, the putting them together is where the surprise comes in.  I had some purple scraps and this came from them.  

An old friend from high school cheerleading loved this, so it will be sent to her as a reminder of our friendship.

Of the three high school friends I have, two of them have lost their husbands within the last six months.  This one is for Sue.  It started out as mine, but her husband was such a bright spot in everyone's life, I decided I'll send this to her as a remembrance of his bright and cheerful personality.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Quilt for a Dear Friend

I have a very dear friend who is also the spokesperson for the Humanity Party.  One day he asked if I would make a quilt for him.  
I laughed and replied, "It might be the last thing I do!"  Well, it wasn't, but I want to share it here.

I got the logo from and then set out to try to find fabric to go with it.  I finally hit upon some success!  

Then I had to cut it out.  Heart attack mode:  What if I cut it wrong and couldn't replace the fabric.  But I did experience success!

Natalia Bonner quilted this quilt so beautifully.  I couldn't thank her enough for her beautiful work.

The quilt in its new home:

The label
This is probably my show quality quilt that will never make it to a show, but it was gifted to the Messenger.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! Quilts Complete

Oh my, does the quilting make it.  I got a couple of quilts quilted this week and one mailed off to Australia.

I purchased a packet of 2.5 inch squares.  Just one, and then I sewed them with the bright lime.  Yay, one more thing from my stash!

These two quilts will go to Project Linus.

This one started as some star fabric and I intended to make a Christmas quilt, but it never got done and I kept coming across the 9 patches.  So I finally bit the bullet and finished up with various fabrics.  The backing was a piece I bought and never really wanted to cut into it, so I used it and add some spare blocks to the backing to make it wide enough.

This one is a favorite.  It's from my favorite colors.  A friend in Australia loved it so it's now on its way to her.

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