Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cute Baby Quilt

This was such a bright and cheerful quilt to have on the frame. This was made by a client for her sister's first grand baby due in March.  Love all the sunny yellow accenting the black and white~
Light custom with some simple line dancing in each block to keep it very soft and cuddly.
I love how easily you can work your way back and forth across the quilt with this simple yet effective motif.
Bright yellow minky on the back.  You get a couple of secondary patterns here that you can see on the front.

Yummy quilt for a little girl.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Opposite Wall...

If you happened to read my last post, this is a follow up.  Here we have the same room--just the opposite wall from the fireplace.  We lived here several months before I decided just what I wanted to do here. More than anything, I hated the light green paint.  However, this would make a great accent wall.  I toyed with the idea of painting it red, chocolate brown, hunter green, something darker... Oh, by the way, do you see the cotton candy pink dining room?  You will notice in the following photo that it's gone too, (Yay!) the entire living/dining room wraps around this central wall, (closet on this end, basement stairs on the other) so it's all connected and we painted it all the same caramel color.
 Here's what we ended up doing with this wall.
It's enhanced with several old family heirlooms:  window frames from the old farm house my hubby spent summers in, the central one encases a piece of a quilt top made by my father's maternal grandmother; the writing desk belonged to my father's paternal grandfather; the barn board behind the star is a slab of wood that was milled by my husband's paternal grandfather on his Idaho homestead...I could go on with each piece, but they all fit into the family puzzle in a warm and fuzzy way.

I hired my little 5 and 11 year old grandkids to stain the back side of these knotty pine tongue and groove boards.  It's called Pilgrim Red.  I love it!
Then, I lightly sanded to distress them a bit more.  I tell you, that's the way to go, you don't want to put too much stain on the boards, so I let them do the entire stack and they turned out perfect.  I prepped the wall by painting into and around the corners.  No use wasting paint behind the boards.

 We used a nail gun and put up the boards in an afternoon, cutting them in random lengths.

You will notice that the old cherry wood chest of drawers in the very first photo has been replaced by the writing desk.
 We simply moved the chest into the family/dining room around the corner finding it a better place.
This is a rescue wall too.  It was held captive by this enormous door bell.  It was stuck in wall nook that was 4 ft. by 14in...in between 2 studs.  Are you kidding....a 4 foot doorbell?  I had a 2 second ceremony at the garbage can and then filled in the hole with a piece of sheet rock.  The existing oak wainscoting encompasses the family/dining room and I was not too excited with it but with the right color of paint it positively glows!
 This small discrete door bell does not presume to be a major focal point.   Much better.

That's all for today.
I suspect there will be a quilt post here very soon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No Time to Quilt!

A few of my blogger friends have mentioned that they miss my quilting posts.  I have not disappeared from the quilting world, just been on leave for awhile.  I spent a lot of time this summer painting and remodeling our living room.

We moved into this house October 2012.  This was a photo I took when we looked at this house before we purchased the property.  As you can see, the fireplace, the oak mantel and the built in cupboards all blended together and were basically the same color.  The mint green walls did nothing to enhance the room.  I didn't even like the "pink" brick.  It was my least favorite room.
 After a little paint and lots of elbow grease, it is now my favorite room: so warm and cozy.
I thought I would share some of the changes we went through.  We did all the work our selves, we just pulled up the trailer at the side of the driveway and set up the chop saw and the table saw.  We could put all our materials and tools in here, lock it up at night and we still had a garage for normal use.
I sanded the oak that had to stay and be painted black, then painted a section of the wall Caramel (goodbye mint green!). We refaced the built in cabinets with painted, distressed pine.  Oak is my least favorite wood.....sigh....the whole house is full of it.  
I sanded the cabinet top, the stationary shelf, and the interior sides--all the oak that would need to be painted.  I lightly sanded the back and lightly painted it with one coat as I wanted the background showing through any knot holes  to match.  We installed stained tongue and groove knotty pine boards in the upper and lower back of the cupboards.

Before . . . oh my, oh my.  Some poor soul really spent a lot of time cutting out this intricate pattern.
 . . . after  Whew!  I feel better already.

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So, after almost a year, I finally unpacked all my old "stuff."
Here we were last winter, I couldn't get too excited about unpacking all my things and decorating for the holidays.  See what I mean about everything being the same color?  This was a wood burning fireplace and we had chopped wood for 35 years to keep 2 wood stoves going in our old house.  Hubby said no more, so we put in a gas burning fireplace and we LOVE it!

Now about that mantel.
I love those fireplaces with massive rustic timbers but I don't like the massive cost of the timbers.  We took apart this oak mantel, all it really was was several pieces of crown molding and trim nailed together.
Here's what we did: 
Built a box.
Covered ends with veneer. 
Sanded, distressed and stained.

Whoop!  I love my massive timber looking mantel and it only cost me about $40 

We spent only about $180 on the whole project but worked on it for weeks......

Stay tuned, next time I will show you the opposite wall, it has a quirky and rustic treatment.

Now you see why I have not been quilting? Yup...been busy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October Wall Hanging

Well, I just realized I had not posted photos of my October wall hanging.  I finished it up the last week in September and have been so busy remodeling the house and painting I forgot.

This was another fun wall hanging for my Mom. She laughed when I showed her this scruffy, long legged cat.  I'll be the first to admit that he is strange one, but makes this a fun, fantasy folk art piece.  I would not use wool strips for the "whiskers" again, but it was part of the kit.
When I showed the top to my daughter, she suggested I do ghosts, webs, etc in the sky.  Dang, I never thought of that....I had already done a quick blowin' in the wind background.

Here is is hanging on the background on her door. 
Have a Spooky Halloween!


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