Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Pressing Table

I made myself a pressing table a week or so ago. I saw the idea on Pinterest a long time ago and thought it would be awesome to not have to lug out my ironing board to press quilt blocks. So I've been watching for wooden TV trays at the thrift store ever since. I found one a few weeks ago for $4.99 so I bought it.
The tray had been painted before and was chipping, which didn't really matter to me since I was planning on painting it. It's really easy to make one of your own, you need the following materials:
  1. Wooden fold up TV tray
  2. Batting (I used a craft size package of Warm & Natural, it gave me two layers)
  3. Silver ironing board fabric (found by the yard in the utility fabric section)
  4. 100% cotton home decor weight fabric
  5. Staple gun & scissors
  6. Paint (optional)
After a good sanding, I used the same aqua spray paint from my vintage desk for the legs and bottom. I didn't bother painting the top since it would be covered. Of course, you don't have to paint yours. The original inspiration I found was unpainted. Then just staple everything in the following order: batting directly on wooden tray, then ironing board fabric and home decor fabric on top.
Easy as pie! I've been cutting up fabric so I can't wait to get sewing so I can use my little table. It will be so nice to have it by my machine so I can press my blocks without moving away from my machine.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Before & After: Vintage Sewing Desk

Remember that sewing desk from almost a year ago? Well, it's finally out of the garage! :)

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 I used the Rustoleum Furniture Transformations kit in Winter Fog for the desk. My husband was so nice and painted it for me. We only had enough for the exterior, both sides of the doors and their shelves. The interior we just gave a good cleaning and left it unpainted. We did need more paint for touch ups so I brought one of the shelves to get it color matched and then got a sample size in a flat finish. It's a teeny bit lighter but you'd never notice unless I point it out.

I found the prettiest blue glass knobs at Hobby Lobby and waited until they were half off to purchase four of them. All the other hardware is original and unpainted. I purposely did that because the new knobs had some brass on them so they matched the original hardware. My husband had to jimmy rig them a bit because of the free arm movement, but he made it possible. Just don't look inside. :)

 The thread racks were discolored so they got a few coats of aqua spray paint to freshen them up. It turned out to be an almost exact color match to the blue knobs. Makes me smile whenever I open the doors. :)

All that's left is to get my Singer 403A oiled up and then bolt it in.
Whoever owned this desk before definitely made good use of it. When I was cleaning it out prior to painting I found pins, needles, bobbins, thread, buttons, and velcro. I hope I make good use of it as much as its' previous owner. I can't wait to sew on it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fair Isle Poinsettias

I got my poinsettias done! I had to re-cut the middle strip for one of the blocks since it was 1/4" off but other than that we're good. My piecing is getting better and I'm feeling pretty good about the math I did for this quilt in two colors. I already sewed them into their rows. Next step: fir trees!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Feed Company Block of the Month

I'm having lots of fun stitching up Sweetwater's newest block of the month featuring their new collection Feed Company.
When I saw it on their blog last year I knew I had to get it. It's my Christmas present from my husband (that I purchased while he was at work hehe) and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed.

So far I got three of the blocks done and I'm working on the fourth. I'm on the fence with doing more embroidery, I've only done the borders so far. I'm toying with the idea of embroidering the letters, but I haven't decided yet. I figure I'll live with it for a bit and see if I want to add any more later. I'm already looking forward to next month's blocks. :)

If you missed out on this BOM keep an eye on their blog, they are having another BOM featuring their Christmas collection Holly's Tree Farm. I can't wait! I'm getting that one too. :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking back and moving forward

My original 2014 quilt goals were simple, I wanted to finish 3 quilts that have been lingering (either in my UFO pile or in my head).

1. My mom's quilt
2. My sister's quilt
3. My second son's quilt

Well, I succeeded in getting two of those checked off. Two out of three ain't bad in my book. :)

My pinwheel sampler quilt was the first quilt done off that list. I set a deadline and got it done by summer. This quilt was done in memory of my second son, Joseph, whom we lost to miscarriage.

My sister's quilt was her Christmas present this year. Super easy pattern, I just let it sit unfinished far too long. But she loves it so I'm happy. :)

And my mom's quilt? Well, it's half way through cutting. :) I cut all of the colors, and got through part of the white. She wants pictures on her quilt so I'm waiting on her to pick out her favorites.

I have a few quilts that are still unfinished (like the Great Granny Along and Fair Isle) but I'm hoping to get those done this year. I also purchased Sweetwater's newest block of the month featuring their upcoming collection Feed Company. I hope to at least have the top put together by the end of the year.

My quilt goals for 2015 are:
1. My mom's quilt
2. Winter Wonderland block of the week (a birthday present)
3. Fair Isle
4. Great Granny
5. Feed Company block of the month
6. Thanksgiving tablecloth embroidery (not really a quilt but still a goal)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Quilty Christmas

My sister got a quilt this year for Christmas. It started out as silent auction prize for her fundraiser. But when the silent auction didn't happen (and I had already bought the fabric) I decided to make this her Christmas present.

It looks more complicated than it really is. It's actually a super easy layer cake pattern.

I quilted it myself on the diagonal about every 3 inches in a cream thread. I'm happy with how it turned out. :)

I made the tag on Spoonflower before the auction was cancelled. But I figured it could still go on the quilt since there's no auction-related details on it. I found the little heart tags at my local quilt shop and thought they were too cute. They say "P.S. I love you"

All in all I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And she likes it too, so that's all that matters. :)

Quilt info:
Pattern - Double Sliced Layer Cake
Fabric - Sweet Serenade by BasicGrey for Moda fabrics (layer cake and backing)
              Serene (NOBU-86 in black) by Nobu Fujiyama for Kona Bay fabrics (binding)

Friday, October 31, 2014

My first quilt patch. Bonus: Happy Nevada Day!

I had to patch a quilt yesterday. Can you see it?
A little about now?
Did you spot it already?
Of course, being the one who fixed it I can spot it every time. But my hope is that with the busyness of the print it's not noticeable to anyone else unless it's pointed out or they get a closer look.

The hole is actually pretty small  so I originally thought I could just darn it with matching thread. Well both my machine and hand attempts failed, so I settled on a patch. The first patch was too big and went over the seam, making it very noticeable. So I unpicked my stitches for the umpteenth time and started again. After fiddling with getting it the right size and with the right angles, I was able to sew it on with tiny stitches. I went around it twice to make sure it would stay.

Funny thing is that the patch ended up in the shape of Nevada, my home state, and today is Nevada Day (happy 150th!). This is also the memory quilt for my second son, who was miscarried in Nevada. Coincidence? There's no such thing. God orchestrates it all and that little hole with that patch was meant to be there from the beginning. Now, regardless of where I live in the world I will always have a little piece of Nevada with me, to remind me of my home and my son.

Happy Nevada Day to my fellow Nevadans!

P.S. It's pronounced "Ne-vadd-a" not "Ne-vah-da." We natives are quite sensitive over that. :)