Lazy Susan

Just finished painting and decoupaging a Lazy Susan / Dumbwaiter, both rather unflattering names, especially if your name is Susan 馃檪 Anyway it was plain pinewood and sits on my kitchen island, so I decided to jazz it up a bit.

Painted it with white chalk paint and decoupaged the fishies and quotes. I bought the tissue paper from the local craft shop. On top, I applied a liquid glass epoxy coating, which can take a certain amount of heat and is impermeable to stains, etc. on the side I sanded down the small amounts of liquid glass that had spilled over and coated it with a high gloss varnish

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And there you have it, a very pretty lazy Susan 馃槈

Mini Quilt

Just finished the cutest little mini quilt ever! I found the pattern at Flamingo Toes by Beverly Mccullough, here聽and I just fell in love with it, I loved the black and white theme with the dots of colour. So I was very, very uncreative and made mine the same.

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Also because I have never embroidered in my life, It was an excellent opportunity for me to learn and make french knots and embroider the birdy, I actually can’t believe I managed to make the bird, when I tried the first time it kind of looked like a huge alien vulture, so I ditched the embroidery floss and used normal sewing thread.

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I really love this project and can see myself making another with different coloured houses.

Thanks for stopping by this neighbourhood 馃檪

Storage Stool

A few years ago I bought a Storage stool, because it was inexpensive, not because I liked it, which of course is not very clever, because the minute I placed it in my craft room, it麓s been an eyesore. I wanted to cover it with fabric but wasn鈥檛 quite sure about how to do it, I also didn鈥檛 want to make a sewn cover, since I knew it would be a nightmare to fit well. So the only option left to me was using the staple gun, which I might add I have never used before, so this was the ideal project to try it on.

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The fabric I chose was an African wax batik of which I have quite a few meters. I measured the lid from one inside part to the other, cut the fabric and stapled it to the inside of the lid, the corners I folded and tucked in much like binding a quilt. I actually couldn麓t believe how good it looked.

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For the box, I measured all around added 6cm and cut, then I wrapped the box in the fabric, folded over on the top and stapled to the inside. The edge of the fabric was folded over and made sure it was nicely stretched.

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And there you have it, I was blown away by how quick and simple it was.

Needless to say, I now have a new best friend鈥he staple gun 馃槈

Almost Black on White

As promised in my last post, I聽 finally hung up my latest quilt. The proof is, of course, the usual bad photos presented here 馃檪

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The pattern is Five Smalls Crib Quilt by Kacia Hosmer, I bought it from Modern patchwork. It was just what I was looking for, simple yet striking! I just made mine wider and shortened the length.

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Every quilt I麓ve made so far has taught me something, this one taught me that when using just 2 tones, every little mistake is glaringly obvious, there are no patterns or shades of colour to distract the eye, 鈥.nope鈥 every square that is not exactly pieced, jumps up and hits you in the eyeball! But it麓s all a learning curve, next time I麓ll know to be more precise in my seams and cutting.

I absolutely love it, it麓s one of my favorites so far.

Music Rack

So…..Still on the subject of the office/music/ironing room聽 I have a wooden magazine rack, that I麓ve had forever but never painted or used. Now I usually keep my music sheets on top of the piano in a messy pile, but since I麓m on a mission to prettify this room, I thought this magazine rack thingy would work great for my music sheets.

I decided to go mustard, so I painted the whole thing in a chalk mustard color from Rust-oleum, however, it came out looking cream-colored, very little mustard there! so I bought another container of mustard from Fleur, and this was the color I was looking for, I distressed the edges so that the bottom lighter color shows through. I bought wooden music notes, and a wooden dowel, painted and distressed them in white and granite, and glued them to the rack, a little light waxing all over and Voila, there it was all done.

No more messy pile of music sheets on top of the piano.

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Well, it麓s still a little messy, but now it麓s contained to it麓s special designated music sheet rack!

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Next, I麓ll show you the quilted wall hanging I made for this room, but I still need to hang it up on the wall and then take some of my usual dreadful photos聽 馃榾 so watch this space!

Refurbished desk

I麓ve been quite busy lately, finishing up a few projects, one of them was refinishing an old desk we have. It麓s really a very plain ugly little thing, but because we don麓t use it that much, I didn麓t want to spend money on buying a new desk. Most of the time we take the PC to the sofa or dining room table and use it there, I don麓t know why maybe we just want to be near everyone else and not alone in what we call the office/music/ironing room, or maybe every-one is scared they麓ll be asked to do the ironing聽 馃槈

Well, the so-called office/music/ironing room also has the piano in it, which is blackish, so I chose a granite chalk paint from Rust-Oleum for the desk. It took 3 coats on top, a light sanding, waxed the whole thing for durability, bought a new knob for the drawer, and there it was, all done!

Here is a photo of the desk upside down, I forgot to take a foto of it before I began 馃檪

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Here it is finished, the bin basket I spray painted with some leftover grey spray paint I had, it was blue before.

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Ok, I admit, I didn麓t sand the desk before I began, so now the grain is visible in some places, and it kind of looks like it was painted white before the granite color, and then distressed, But I sure don麓t mind the effect, I got the distressed look without having to put in the extra work 馃槈

Here is a view of the room, it麓s still a work in progress, it has the bookcase in wood veneer, but I麓ve decided I won麓t paint that, I麓ll gift it and get a bookcase I saw at IKEA, which I really like.

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I麓m, also finishing up a quilted wall hanging, which will hang above the piano, and a small wooden magazine rack to store my music sheets, so stay tuned……

Hope Chest

When I turned 8 years old, my mom gave me a hope chest as a present, and thereafter I was gifted with crochet doilies, bed sheets, bath towels, etc to fill my hope chest. My mother loved my hope chest, I absolutely hated it!, I hated it when I received it at the age of 8 when I was hoping to get a far more interesting gift, and I have hated it ever since, and somehow, this unwanted hope chest has followed me all my life, my mother makes sure of that 馃檪

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The last few years it麓s been in my sewing room, where I glare at it all the time. So the other day my daughter Andi said to me鈥. Why don麓t you sand and paint it鈥.My first reaction was, no way, there is nothing that can salvage that monstrosity, with it麓s horrible lacquered finish, and the very thought of stripping the varnish from the whole thing was just too daunting. However she finally convinced me, and so we decided to strip the top and paint the rest with chalk paint.

I used my husband麓s electric sander to strip the top, and even then it wasn麓t easy, in the end, he did me the huge favor of doing most of the sanding.

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Then I painted the rest with white chalk paint, I had to apply 3 coats of paint. The hardware, I spray painted in silver and then I applied clear wax to the painted area.

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I applied a coat of mineral oil from Ikea to the sanded top, it麓s called Skydd, the minute I applied the oil the top turned a dark brown, which surprised me because I apply this oil to wooden kitchen top counters all the time, and they don麓t darken, but anyway I don麓t mind this darkish brown, it麓s quite nice.

And here is the finished product, so finally, 44 years after receiving it, I can finally say that I actually like my hope chest!

 

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Free Motion Quilting

At the beginning of the year, I chanced upon a Quilt-along by Karen from Redbird Quilts here聽I麓ve been wanting to practice free motion quilting for a long time but didn’t want to mess up any of my pieced quilts. So when I saw this quilt-along using a panel, and such a cute panel it is, from Susybee, I knew this was the perfect opportunity I麓d been waiting for.

So off I went looking to buy the Lew the Ewe panel, but as usual here in Portugal where I live, there was nothing, Quilting is not really a thing here. My options were to order online from overseas, but postage costs from the States are crazy, and even from the UK it was just too expensive, I opted to buy the Hildy the Goat panel also from Susybee from Italy, and try to adapt the free motion quilting to this panel.

Well, I must say the whole experience was very interesting, I had never sewn with 12wt Aurifil thread before, which of course, I also had to order from overseas鈥..Maybe I should just move overseas 馃槉, hopefully, one day I will find Aurifil thread in this country. Well anyway, I love the look of the 12wt thread, it麓s so bold and adds great dimension to the quilt, I used it to highlight the clouds and on the borders, will definitely be using it again in the future.

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Ok so my free motion pebbles are a little rugged and wobbly, and my meandering across the grass is a more of a lurching along the grass 馃槂 still it was rather fun, I also tried the swirls shape in the sashing between the squares. During the swirls, my thread kept breaking in spite of me trying new and different size needles, so I didn麓t have the heart to try sewing feathers, because I knew this pleasant experience would turn out to be a frustrating one instead, so on the outside border, I just quilted my usual wavy lines.

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So here is the panel all finished, or as finished as I wanted it to be, you麓ll notice I didn鈥檛 quilt the sky, in this case, I thought less was more, well that鈥檚 what I麓m telling myself anyway 馃槉

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So, what have I taken from this experience? Well, I麓m very happy I tried it, and now I know that if I practice some more, I will actually be able to sew great looking pebbles and meander along like a pro. Having said that, I don鈥檛 think I have the patience for this type of free motion quilting, it would require too much of my time and I get easily frustrated, and I still don麓t understand why my thread kept breaking during the swirls. So I think for now I麓ll stick to my straight lines and occasional wavy line quilting.

This gorgeous panel is now meandering off, to hang on my 2-year-old granddaughter’s room, she really likes the goats and bees 馃檪

 

 

 

Table Runner

This weekend I finished a new table runner. Initially, I was going to make it with Dresden triangles. I got the idea from Mama love Quilts,聽 Here聽I cut and sewed the 2 rows, however, once I had finished sewing them together, I hated the way it looked.

I wanted the runner to have an ethnic feel to it, but because I had chosen so many busy fabrics, it was just too overwhelming.

Here is a photo of one of the rows, before I cut it in half.

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Not wanting to scrap the whole project, I decided to cut one of the rows in half, flip them around and sew white borders around and in between. For the binding I used one of the fabrics, the orange-green with the yellow flowers, this fabric is a batik from Mozambique. The quilting is straight narrow lines, still my favorite method of quilting.

I am actually very happy with the result, it麓s colourful and bright, with the ethnic touch I was looking for.

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Not quite sure what I am going to do with the leftover row, I might just cut it into smallish squares add some solids and make placemats, but right now I have a few other projects in hand so that will have to wait.

Thanks for the visit, have a great day!

 

All about Pillows

It麓s all about聽pillows!

It麓s been a while since I麓ve been here, it麓s been kind of hectic, I鈥檝e basically finished up a few projects and started others, so I have a few WIP – works in progress.

Here is one of my finished projects, matching聽pillows聽for the quilt I made for my granddaughter, you can see it Here.

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I really enjoyed making these聽pillows, I used leftover blocks and scraps, made them into聽pillow聽covers with binding around them, I think the binding gives it a great finished look.

I also had some unfinished blocks from the Tulip parade wall hanging Here, that had been on my design wall forever, so my daughter the other day suggested that I incorporate them into bright pillowcases for her. So I went ahead and used plain red fabric for the background and finished up 2 cushion covers in a jiffy, and here they are.

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Thanks for listening to my Pillow talk 馃槈 have a great day!