Saturday, August 31, 2013

Catching Up a Bit

So, I had a long list of things to do and there haven't been many things marked off. Let's see...

1. Sash/Square up and quilt donated blocks for the Moore Oklahoma tornado victims. (As soon as they arrive) Ready to quilt, just have to get the backing and batting.

2. An English Paper Piecing project for a friend. (By September)
(Unfortunately I had to bow out of this one, just didn't have the time.)

3. Two memory quilts for a friend who lost her husband last year. 

4. At least four more NICU quilts. (I'd like to get more done if possible)

5. Finish up all BOMs that are currently ongoing.
     A. Paper pieced
     B. Traditional
     C. Deck-Ade the Halls
     D. Bea's Sampler
(I'm not finished, but I'm getting close. This is the latest for Bea's Sampler)
6. A Cover/Stand for my tablet pc.

7. Baste and quilt a vintage quilt top for my cousin.
8. A few dresses along for my Little Klaire. (One so far)
Gotta be ready for the first Razorback game!!

9. Maybe some pants and appliqued shirts for LMW (made a new bag for his little Mother's Day Out days and Story Time at the library...does that count?

(The following need not be done by Christmas, but they are long over due)

10. Paint my tv cabinet

11. Paint an old end table my father made for me

12. Sand and refinish the top of my dining table

13. Make new bedding for myself

14. Repaint my front door. (Ugh!! This is WAYYYY overdue)

15. Reorganize my craft/sewing closet. You take your life in your hands when you open the door....

(Added recently.)
16. Repaint a desk I'm using in my sewing room.

17. Paint a corner shelf that is in my sewing room.

I added some things to my list that I didn't post. I hung a new quilt rack and shelf, my husband made a lovely rustic ladder to hang some quilts on, and I rearranged my sewing room.
I feel good about my progress, even though it's not as far along as I'd hoped by now. It will happen though, I just have to trudge on and keep the faith!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hanging Around

I spent the day hanging things.
This is the quilt rack SR found for me in one of the flea markets we shopped. Remember?
I painted it and hung it up, then draped his great grandmother's quilt over it. I didn't realize how much aqua/teal it had in it so I was delighted when I actually took a good look at it hung. In my sewing room, there is mostly blue, aqua, teal, and some orange thrown in for a pop.

You see this machine sitting in front of the quilt? Her name is Pat. I named her Pat after SR's aunt who gave her to me today. She was made in the 1950's and sews like a dream. I can't wait to get the adapter I ordered so I can put a walking foot on her.
It's been raining sewing machines for me lately. I'm loving it!!!

I also hung some quilt squares that I framed. The frames were like this. Four of them hung on my Mom's sewing room wall and I've had them in mine since her passing. But, I needed a change.
This is what I did. (Sorry about the glare of the ceiling light.)
  I also hung one under the watercolor of my great grandparents old home place.
Have you tried those new Command frame hangers? They are the bomb! No extra holes in the walls.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quick But Happy Post

I have been really sidetracked lately on all my projects but I'm making some progress. I wanted to show everyone what my awesomely awesome husband made for me today.
He put it together with weathered cypress boards. Why do I have a ladder in my house you may ask? Well, I'll tell you.....

On second thought, I'll show you....
LOVE IT!! The top quilt is one my Mother had made for me the Christmas before I married. I chose the colors and pattern. The second is the one I made for my Mom when she was sick with that "C" word we won't mention. The third is one I won years ago. As my quilt collection grows, I'm sure I will rotate quilts from time to time.

My sewing room is coming right along. I can't wait to get it all finished so I can show you!!



Monday, August 12, 2013

Repurpose Recycle Reuse

I have a fun before and after post for you.

I am remodeling my sewing room, and I had two of these on the wall that just didn't go with my plans.
I wracked my brain trying to figure out how I could use them. I even asked my friend Y in GA what her thoughts were on it and VOILA! She and her daughter brain stormed and came up with the obvious solution.  (Well, obvious if I had half a brain these days)

First, I took off the candle part of the sconce. No easy task mind you. I used an old hack saw blade. No saw, just the blade. Ummmm, not very easy but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I sprayed them white and then found an old metal curtain rod I had laying around and painted it too. I distressed them all and put them all on the wall marrying the two three.  I then  hung one of my quilts on the rod.
I'm tickled with the result.
Yay me! Now I have other ideas I need to implement. It's getting there!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Progress

Well, yes I have made progress, but I also added more to my list. Not gonna go into that though, because it can get a bit old and uninteresting. *grin*

This is a picture of what inspired me.
Now, keep in mind I didn't have a bead board backing, nor a light aqua wall. And my depression era glass is cobalt instead of aqua. Subsequently, mine looks quite different.

Here is the before:
And here is the after:
Not as much distressing on mine either, but that's ok. I am not as "in love" with it, but it does look better in person than in this photo.

This is the desk I'm going to try to paint the robin's egg blue with the distressing.

I love it, but it just doesn't go with my idea of what's going to happen in this room. Here's a reminder of what it looked like when I bought it.
I'm forever changing up and re-doing things. But that's what makes it fun.

Ok, back to work!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

List Update

The problem with my lists is that I always add to them before I get much of anything marked off. Case in point.

1. Sash/Square up and quilt donated blocks for the Moore Oklahoma tornado victims. (As soon as they arrive) (Still waiting for them to get here, but they should arrive this week)

2. An English Paper Piecing project for a friend. (By September)

3. Two memory quilts for a friend who lost her husband last year.

4. At least four more NICU quilts. (I'd like to get more done if possible)

5. Finish up all BOMs that are currently ongoing.
     A. Paper pieced
     B. Traditional
     C. Deck-Ade the Halls
     D. Bea's Sampler
(I have two more of them done.)

6. A Cover/Stand for my tablet pc. (Made the stand but realized I used the wrong pattern so back to the drawing board for a cover/carrier. )

7. Baste and quilt a vintage quilt top for my cousin. (Almost done. About 85% finished)

8. A few dresses along for my Little Klaire. (She's growing so fast, I have no idea what size to make. She outgrew two new outfits within a week. Amazing!)

9. Maybe some pants and appliqued shirts for LMW

(The following need not be done by Christmas, but they are long over due)

10. Paint my tv cabinet

11. Paint an old end table my father made for me

12. Sand and refinish the top of my dining table

13. Make new bedding for myself

14. Repaint my front door. (Ugh!! This is WAYYYY overdue)

15. Reorganize my craft/sewing closet. You take your life in your hands when you open the door....(What a relief!)

Added:
16: Paint used filing cabinet for storage in sewing room. (I would have finished that today if I hadn't run out of paint.)

17: Paint old window I bought at a flea market white. Someone turned it into a shelf for display and I've been wanting to make one. I found one made for less than a vintage window costs at most flea markets. (One coat on. Will get second coat on tomorrow if all goes as planned)


18: Paint an old hollow interior door to use as a sewing table top. Can't do that until I get a second filing cabinet. I'll be using them to hold the table/door top. 

In case you can't tell, I'm in the remodeling mode for my sewing room. I think I mentioned it. I have found some drive over the last couple of weeks so I think my whining will stop now. I have a long list, but it gives me something to work toward.