Thursday, September 3, 2015

My DIY Guy


Before he retired last year, my husband used to talk about how he was going to "make things with wood". Now that he has organized his garage and acquired new table saws, he is ready for projects, and I came up with a few ideas to help him fulfill his carpentry dream. Here are some of the things he has made in recent weeks.

He made a holder for my acrylic rulers


He fashioned a large rustic bird-feeder to make feeding easier for the growing population of cardinals, blue jays, robins, and smaller birds that frequent the other two feeders. When we first moved to this house, we rarely saw any birds, in spite of the fact our yard backs up to thick trees and a small creek.


He placed a bird bath close to the feeders and planted a crape myrtle, one of our favorite trees. Next spring I hope to fill this little garden with wildflowers and herbs. I can see all this from my sewing room.


He built this gorgeous shelf above the tub in my bathroom. He based the design on a picture I liked from this blog


BEFORE: I wanted a small island in the kitchen, so he refinished and re-purposed this buffet. The wood on it was nice, but we wanted more of a contrast with the wood of the kitchen cabinets, so he painted it dark espresso and made a new top for it (pictured below).


AFTER: Although the drawers are missing in the "before" shot, he replaced the pulls on the drawers with ceramic knobs.


He got to practice his "round-over" and sanding skills to make this nicely finished top for the island

With the island in place, we reorganized and simplified the kitchen, so it all looks less cluttered, and we are loving it. It's always fun to have a new look in your home. Now he wants more projects!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Oh Scrap! - Offset Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks


I have an affinity for rainbow quilts, and when I saw a tutorial for a scrappy offset log cabin block on Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework done in rainbow colors, I loved it. I made one block, was hooked, then added three more the following week. Today I added four more colors to the mix.



I haven't yet decided on my design or whether to add another color, but I would like to end up with a nice-sized lap quilt. Cynthia made 36 blocks in 9 colors and added 6 blocks of background colors for a 54" by 63" quilt, shown here. She is a very prolific quilter, and she keeps me inspired!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

I am linking to Cynthia's Oh Scrap! linky party

Friday, August 21, 2015

Farm Girl Friday SAL - Week 17


It's Farm Girl Friday, and here are two more blocks to add to the collection! This week's blocks are Pinwheels and Postage Stamp. They were both easy to assemble and sew. Each block is 6 inches.


I'm not big on pinwheels, but I have to admit these are pretty cute.


Postage Stamp is a great stash buster! Individual blocks are 1-1/2 inch squares.


I almost have enough for a small quilt. I love the look of the blocks grouped together.

Be sure and visit Lori's blog for neat variations of how to use the blocks! Also view other participants' blocks and variations on Instagram #farmgirlfridays. You can access the schedule by clicking the Farm Girl Vintage icon in the sidebar.


"In other news" I am in the process of quilting the Little Joys quilt. I made a scrappy binding for it, so I'm excited to see how it all comes together. A little late to the party on the Little Joys Quilt-Along, but hey, I'm still ahead of the game on Christmas projects!

And yes, I was still distracted this week. This gorgeous quilt by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation and this book, Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan are my latest obsessions. Sigh.

Have a fun weekend!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Farm Girl Friday SAL - Weeks 15 and 16


Every couple of days I see a new quilt pattern I'd like to try, and that makes it so easy for me to fall behind on my blocks for Farm Girl Fridays. I was complaining to Bernie of Needle and Foot about how tedious it is to cut the background for these little blocks, and her response was "Keep going with that Farm Girl Vintage. I am loving it and quilting along with you vicariously. It is adorable." Bernie's blog is so fun to read, she makes the most gorgeous blocks, and she is even writing a quilt pattern. I love the inspiration and encouragement I get from other bloggers!

Out To Pasture

Pumpkin Patch

Peas and Carrots

Pie Cherries

Here are all the small blocks so far

Farm Girl Vintage is my first experience in sampler quilting. Each time I make a block I am amazed at how all the little pieces of fabric are sewn together to create a "picture". Lori Holt's instructions are so well written, and I am more and more impressed with her creative mind. Be sure and check her blog for lots of ideas! Also view other participants' blocks and variations on Instagram #farmgirlfridays.

Hope all of you have a restful weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Distractions

Lately I find myself distracted from other ongoing projects, and the culprit is inspiration from other blogs! On Stitch Mischief I found this scrappy variation of Camille Roskelley's Norway pattern and immediately downloaded the pattern to try my own scrappy block. I love everything about Jade's design and will probably shamelessly copy it, but I also want to make the pattern version of it.


Another distraction is buying forbidden fabrics! I did very well the first part of this year with my moratorium on purchasing fabrics, but I have slipped back into fabric addiction. I justified my purchases though. I needed this Hello Bear fat eighth collection to make a quilt for this little guy - my great-great nephew (yes, great-great!).


Love the quirky characters of Hello Bear - it will be perfect for a two-year old boy. I found it at one of my favorite Etsy shops.


I will need more Moda Marbles to make a quilt for my granddaughter, patterned after the pillow I made for her birthday. I had to search a bit to find the quantity I wanted and found it at this online shop.


This fabric, Wishes by Sweetwater, was on sale, and I need more low volume prints, so into the cart it went!


And this print I simply fell in love with - Flight Patterns by Tamara Kate.


I did catch up yesterday on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks, and today I hope to finish up the Little Joys quilt. I hope all of you are having a happy, undistracted week!

I am linking to Cynthia Brunz's Oh Scrap!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blue Heart Birthday Pillow


On Saturday when I posted about this pillow for my granddaughter's birthday gift, I was a little doubtful I would finish in time for her birthday on Sunday. However, quilting it was easy, and the envelope back went very smoothly, thanks to this excellent tutorial by Christine(who has a wonderful blog at Patchwork Allsorts).

We met our son and family at a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate; beautiful granddaughter was very happy with her pillow (and her cash )


Our goofy grandson trying to take her pillow away (top photo) and photo-bombing (bottom photo)


This was my first attempt at an envelope style pillow. In 2013 I made a giant Texas A&M pillow for my grandson (blogged about here) and finished it with a zipper. Zippers look neat but take time, and since time was key for me I looked up Christine's tutorial. An hour later I was stuffing the pillow! Christine's instructions are perfect and easy to follow, and I was so pleased with the final result.


I did simple outline quilting around the heart and straight line quilting for the remainder.


The pattern is called floating heart, and I used fabrics from Kate Spain's Honey Honey line, Moda Marbles, and some low volume white and gray scraps. My granddaughter said the pillow matched her room perfectly, and that she would be very happy with a quilt of the same colors, so that goes on my to-do list!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Race Is On - Birthday Pillow


My youngest granddaughter will be 12 tomorrow, and this morning at 11:00 I got the bright idea to make her a pillow in addition to her gift of cash. Her bedroom has been in transition for a couple years, but her walls have a chair rail with blue paint below, so a pillow with blues and touches of gray and white should do the trick.

I have loved this floating heart pattern for a long time and thought a blue heart would make a worthy substitute for red and pink. I didn't offset the heart because the area is small - only about 14 inches square - and I wanted the heart to be the center of attention.

My time is running out. We have some "must-do" plans in the morning, then we are meeting for the birthday girl's dinner late tomorrow afternoon. I have the top pieced and am quilting it but still need to make an envelope back using Christine's excellent tutorial. Will I make it in time???