Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chair Refinishing

Wow, no posts since April?

 I started refinishing this chair, that I've had since about 1992. It was being thrown away at MTSU, so I rescued it. And it's stayed in its battleship grey camouflage since then.
 Nice lines, though.
 And you can see bits of the oak underneath peeking through.
 Starting supplies - I've refinished furniture before, but not for a LONG time.
 Stripper bubbles paint!
 Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble :)
 Look at that pretty wood underneath!

 They even put a coat of grey paint on the underside.

 Ready to move to the shade again.
 Definitely progress.
 Taking a break to replant succulents :)
 Laying out supplies on the picnic table.
 Stripper success!

 Little chip in the wood that needs to be repaired
 Sanding time1
 This may or may not create problems - it's a drip of superglue that I used to glue the splinter back in place.
 All sanded smooth.

This project got started the end of May, and I hadn't gotten much done in the month of July - too much travel and work crap.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Challenge quilt complete!

Quilt turn-in day for our guild's show was yesterday.

I finished the last of the binding and the label about 9:55 yesterday, minutes before I had to leave for karate. And apparently I have a rep now - when I went to turn it in, all the other ladies asked me when I'd finished, and when I admitted it was that morning, all of them busted out laughing. Oh well- it's done :)

The last one finished was the Bloomin' Challenge quilt (rules are here on our website). The challenge specified a them related to "the end" and my quilt is based [loosely] on a memory of my daughter at my grandmother's funeral.

 Over Christmas break, I went with my brother to Ft. Denaud cemetery where a big chunk of my family is buried and took photos of my grandmother's gravestone. I transferred the photo, and cut out just the stone to fuse to the background, then fussy cut the flowers from one of the challenge fabrics to fuse around the stone.

 The Lovely Daughter's dress was one of the challenge fabrics, with the trim another of the challenge fabrics. I used the back of a print for the flesh tone. Green spiky quilting for the sparse grass.

More of the orchid challenge fabrics as crepe myrtle blossoms.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

2015 Stash Report Week 10

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 3.1
Cumulative yards in: 3.5
Cumulative yards out:  7.4
Net gain/loss: 3.9 USED

Spending since last post: $25.26
Spending this year: $53.14

This is Gridlock:
It should look familiar - it's very like my niece's quilt. I always intended to make a smaller version, but got spurred to a finish by our quilt guild's yearly challenge - it fits the challenge!

Final size 39 x 44 so ~ 2.7 yards total

I made a pillowcase - 19 x 26, so ~0.4 yards busted

$1.26 for thread on one trip
~$12 for thread on another trip
$12 at the thrift shop

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Measurements for Laura's cat suit

fingertip - fingertip = 66 inches
foot-neck = 59
inseam =30
underarm - fingertip = 26
hips = 40

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quilt history blog

I can't pin this blog, so I'm posting it here in hopes I'll be able to find it again.

Monday, February 09, 2015

2015 Stash Report Week 6

Yards in: 3.5
Yards out: 4.0
Cumulative yards in: 3.5
Cumulative yards out:  4.3
Net gain/loss: 0.8 USED

Spending since last post: $27.88
Spending this year: $27.88

A little bit to catch up on...

Three spends since the last post.

1. Trip to Jo-Ann's - $10.33 for a yard and a half of fleece to back the hearts quilt and half a yard of Kona grey for our guild challenge quilt. 

2. Trip to the LQS - Capital Quilts - for thread to quilt The Lovely Daughter's friend's quilt. Also two FQ for letters for TLD and her little :) Total was just under $12 (I also bought a tote bag which doesn't "count" for the $$ tally).

3. Trip to the thrift store (I've cut back to only the first weekend of the month allowed!) and spent $5.55. A few beads, a few bits of fabric (~1 yard), some beads.

But I had a finish! Technically not a quilt, since it's only two layers, but I used all of the fleece! A comfort blanket for a friend who just got a scary medical diagnosis. I used this Heart Block tutorial.

Ralph helps (not).
 Done! quilted in the ditch.
 Red polka-dot binding - all by machine.
 Fleece backing - it's REALLY hard to find non-juvenile fleece.
Progress was made on a UFO started end of the year:

 This needs borders; then hopefully I can piece a backing.

I also started a quilt for a different niece:
 and a challenge quilt, that is very much like the other just-finished batik quilt.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January Laundry List/December update

Combined! updates from December and going thru to January.

1. Catch up/keep up with Women of the Bible blocks. Nope. Still on the list for January.

2. Work on blue-yellow quilt. Nope. Still on the list for January.

3. Work on red-white-black quilt. Nope. Still on the list for January.

4. Work on applique quilt. I did at least one complete block, and completed the center of a flower block . Still on the list for January.

5. Make bibs. I either need to find the pattern I made, or re-make it from the drawing in my idea book. Nope. Still on the list for January.

6. Continue menu planning. Some. Still on the list for January. It was a cub scout requirement, so the Small Man did one week.

7. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff.
Nope. Still on the list for January.
8. Work on minecraft quilt for the Small Man. Nope. Still on the list for January. I did make him the minecraft pillowcase for Christmas!

9. Keep working on hooked rug.
Nope. Still on the list for January.

10. Cut squares from orange fabric and work on the galaxy wallhanging. A few. Still on the list for January.

11. Start the Lovely Daughter's sorority letters for a needlepoint pillow. Nope. Still on the list for January.

12. Stay off computer games. DONE. Now to keep it up.