Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DIY Hutch in Chalk Paint

I got the baskets today to finish the hutch I started changing before moving.

This is the newly redone Hutch

An old look at the pre-2015 redo

Quite a new look, don't you think?

I love, love, love my dining room!  I've never had just a dining room and I wanted it bright and sunny. The orange quilt helps a lot!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

I'm Settled, Now What?!

I finally got the last thing put away in my sewing room.  Now I'm not sure I want to look for something to do!  That might be another messy project.

I got hubby to help me put up the design wall.  If you remember, I pinned all the blocks that were there and folded it up for the move.  Now if I could remember where I put the stray blocks that didn't fit on the old design wall.  This room is a tad bigger than the old one.  The floor is carpeted though and I miss that laminate floor I put in the other one a couple of years back.

Fabric stored for now.

And a picture of the quilts I took to Project Linus before I left northern Utah.
So, the house looks nice and neat and I just may enjoy the lazy feeling of Sunday today.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Marking Time

On our original plan we would be in St. George by now!

Darn!  We're not.

We sign on Thursday if everything goes as planned now. 

So in the meantime I've been painting.

This is my original hutch.
I wanted to update it.  We've purchased a new dining set in an antique white with a brown top--I'd show a picture, but there are mounds of stuff on it right now.  *gasp*

Here it is now with the undercoat of Annie Sloan website here   I found a retailer near me here and there isn't one in St. George, so I decided to use the extra two weeks doing some refinishing.  I love this paint as I don't have to prime.

As the hutch is now I will add a bit more orange and then I'll wax it in the clear wax and then add a bit of antiquing with the dark wax, but I'll wait to do that after we move just in case there are some scratches and stuff I need to touch up.  I'll probably add copper hardware.  I'll keep the top open without the doors (I'm keeping them just in case I change my mind.)  I'll then look for baskets for the bottom.  Maybe two on each side, but for sure, one on each side.

My other things are wrapped in old sheets and in the garage awaiting the move.  I'll update you all after we are settled, but here's a hint.  My son said, "You've waited a long time for turquoise to return haven't you, Mom!"  And another: the Vintage on Main had some Fiesta ware in a turquoise that works beautifully for this color and then Macy's was having a sale and I added some other pieces in orange.  My colorful side is sure to come out!  I have a bright orange area rug in my cart at Overstock!

Getting excited!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Life is static!

Life is full of change!

And a big one is coming for Hubby and I!

We decided to see if we could sell our house and it was under contract the first day!

We've found another place with a yard but not much maintenance and no garden. It has a patio and a place for some pots for flowers etc if we choose.  It has no basement and no stairs!  That is a plus!

And it's in sunny St. George, UT about six hours from here!

No more smoggy, foggy winters for us! 

I'm so excited, tired, and a bit overwhelmed as this all happened within a week! 

So, you won't mind if I take leave of blogging for awhile.  I have many things to do!

Friday, June 12, 2015

I'm Making Progress--City Sampler

About a month ago, I was ready to scrap this scrappy project! 

But I stuck with it.

Thursday I went into SLC and bought 26 FQ's of which I only needed about a 1.5 inch strip from each one.  You do the math at $3 a FQ.  But I got the depth of color that I needed for these blocks.  It's starting to come together nicely.  I finished block 81 this morning.

Whahooo!  19 to go!  And they look fairly easy!  Yay!

I think I now have the pneumonia behind me.  It's been a rough 3 weeks!  Today the sun is shining and I'm feeling great.

Off to Idaho later to pick up the grands for a short stay next week.

Checking in with Whoop Whoop Friday

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

350 Block Report

I've been plugging along on my 100 blocks for my City Sampler, but I ran into the need for more blue/green toned fabric and I haven't been able to shop for that yet.  So, I started working on finishing up some projects.

I used some blocks I'd made previously for this little fun quilt.

 I had a fat quarter that I just didn't know how to cut up, so I decided to use it as the center of a small quilt.  The crumb blocks filled it out perfectly and I had just enough orange and pale gray polka dot for the borders.

I used a wonky swirl quilting that is fast becoming one of my favorites.

Then I used up some string blocks that I made from some purple fabric that was gifted to me.  I started out with a black polka dot center and ran out of it, so I just added a border on each end.
The photo turned out a bit blurry and its currently in the washing machine, but you get the idea.

The backs of these two quilts have some of my favorite backs I've done!

They really look quite cute together, don't you think?

I spend some time quilting a little quilt I did some improv piecing on and also did some improv quilting!  Nothing to write home about, but it is complete!

I learned some new things about planning and executing design in quilting.
The following quilt has been in my closet for a long time.  Because of all the bright colors, quilting it presented some problems, and I just didn't want to spend lots of time in quilting and designing the quilting, so I did some meandering and some circles.
I used up many scraps in making this quilt and bid a fond adieu to this little number.  It should make some little child happy with all the bright colors and Dr. Seuss!
Block count for May is 60.

Friday, May 8, 2015


I took a much needed rest from blogging.  I needed to get my head straight and my direction of quilting defined. 

During the process my quilting machine needed some tension help, so it's into the "doctor" for now and I've been piecing.  I enjoy that part of quilting.  I've slowed down and also worked outside in the yard.

From the book City Sampler
I'm finding my way through the blocks.  My design wall won't be big enough to hold 100 blocks unless I really crowd them together.  I'm working on block 50 right now.  I just trimmed the 1.5 inch HST's for that block.  These are all 6.5 inch blocks.  My granddaughter saw me working on this and would like it.  I'll work toward that end, but by the time I get it finished, she may be into another something and out of liking rainbows.  I'm thinking a pale turquoise green would make a nice border fabric, but we'll see.  Maybe by June I'll have it put together, and if not, it'll be okay.

There's a big HMQS in Salt Lake City today, but I won't be going.  I'm still in the mode of limiting my impulse stimulation and staying on course.

So, back to the sewing.  It looks like a beautiful day, and I hope to get outside today!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring in Utah means Snow!

Yesterday it snowed--a lot and it was just like Christmas because we actually hadn't had any snow since then.  I felt like quilting, as snow seems to do that to me.  I pulled out a bag that had scraps from my big project last year and just played.  This is the top I have finished.  I think it will be fun to quilt.

The colors seemed a bit off and a bit blurry so I took another shot out on the front lawn with still a bit of snow left.

Well, I guess it doesn't look so "off" after all.  The batiks just seem to melt a bit into the deep purple.  I don't have a backing for this yet, so it will wait.  I have many still to quilt, not only for me, but for another.

The baby quilt I was going to make from pink and green stars turned into this.

 I almost gave up on the quilting because it wasn't as straight as I wanted it.  But, after washing it turned out fine.  I wanted a modern quilt and I adjusted the pattern a bit to keep it under 42" square.  The recipient wanted square and I'd used this pattern called Canvas before and it's a fun one to make up.  The pattern can be found here: Craftsy
Here's a bit of a close-up of the stitching.  I hope it's not too rough for a baby, but usually they are wrapped in flannel blankets at first.  I'm taking it to my chiropractor tomorrow.  I hope she likes it.  It is pink and lime!

I ran out of thread while binding another quilt, and I just got the thread from Superior Threads this morning. 

This will go to Project Linus.

I added these four blocks to my stack of blocks to go to Sunshine Yahoo Group.  This month is a "boy" theme.

So that's what I've been doing in my absence from blogging. 

Wishing you a happy Thursday!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

350 Block Report

I'm a few days late, but my block report for March is 82 blocks completed.

Not bad for all the quilting I did too.  Most of them were from the beginning of the month.

This morning, I'm going to go through my crumbs and see if there are any that can be used on the baby quilt I posted about on the 31st.

This is my stack of girl-brights.

Knowing me, I'll probably just keep going until they are all finished as once I get going on crumbs I find the addiction kicks in and these are so close to complete!

Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Got my Verve Back!

Yesterday I went to my favorite chiropractor.  She's expecting and baby and in the conversation, I asked if I could make a baby quilt for her.  I need to hurry as the baby is due May 1st and she won't be working too much longer.

When I asked about colors, she suggested bright pink and lime green.  Well--I am a little short of each.  So I decided to make a quick trip to a sort of local quilt store.

Hubby said to me, "It's good to have Patti back.  You are your old self again!" 

It's amazing what a little bit of inspiration can do.

The trip to the store wasn't as fruitful as I'd hoped, but I found a few fat quarters I can use.  The new lime isn't quite the lime that I was hoping for, so I dug through some older projects and I think I can pull this off. 

I want "modern".

This is my design wall from some previous scraps.

This will be fun and although I've got a few things planned today, I think I can work on some ideas for this!
Yesterday I pulled the rest of my scraps from black and white into a little quilt.  I think I'll probably send this to Project Linus if my DIL doesn't want it.  I think if she thinks about it, she will realize that granddaughter doesn't need a new quilt.  We'll see, but anyhow it's sewn together for PL and if granddaughter will get it, I have one border ready.  I'm so glad to have most of my black and white used into quilts.  I love, black and white polka dot for girl quilts, and I love having black and white checks, but other than that, I don't see myself buying much black and white again.  It just isn't "me."

The other black and white, DIL wants for a gift, I think.  Haven't heard back yet, but if not it will go for donation--or maybe I'll keep it back for a what if they do come sometimes.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Rant for the Day!

As I was binding a quilt yesterday, I found a tuck in the backing.  Darn.  Sometimes the fabric moves I swear!  I had it pinned, partially spray basted and still the tuck.  I somehow missed it, or I didn't even look at the back while I was quilting.

All my issues of what the computer has done to quilting came to a head!

I'm not a damned computer!

My quilting isn't measured, perfected or what has become "SHOW" quality.  My quilting is mostly for kids!  Kids don't notice.  Kids get a favorite quilt and they usually stick to that quilt.  Even when it gets worn.  But the quilts need to be inspected by adults before they even get to the kids!  Adults have values of how things should look and computerized quilting has even skewed that!  It's not that I don't love a beautiful quilt.  But, what have all these quilt shows done to quilting?  Has the bar been set so high by a computer that we have lost a sense of comfort from our quilts and our process?  I've wondered about that a lot!

So what are we as adults so concerned about?

My quilting is WONKY and I love it--but yesterday the love left.

Here is my two recent quilts.  Both from crumbs and both so totally different!
The green one, I sewed four blocks together to make a 12 inch block.
The yellow one I alternated the plain gold fabric with the crumbs.
The back of the gold one.

I can tack the tuck down and probably it won't be seen.  My rebellious side is coming out and I'll probably leave it as is and adopt this quilt.  I love the colors and I'll either keep it on the banister in the living room or put it in the car as a car quilt.

For now, I'm taking a rest from quilting.  I've again become possessed with the number of quilts getting to a completion stage; reducing my stash and just pushing myself.

I need more play time and I'm going to take it.  I've started a bundle of fabric I don't love anymore and will take it to the second hand store.  No shipping fees that way.  :-)  I'm not going to worry if I die with too much fabric!  My kids can just take what's left to the second hand store!

I'm going to quit worrying about kids across the ocean and start taking care of myself.

...wonder how long this rant will last!  :-)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some Days Seem Long

Hubby is on pain killers and sleeping a lot.  So--when he sleeps, I SEW!

I pulled out a backing and a top and was going to sandwich them, but the back just looked like it would make a top.  I decided to just quilt to enjoy the process and not hurry the result.  I did quite a bit of Organic quilting.  I tried using the ruler and I tried without.  I liked it better without.  No matter, my lines are not perfectly straight--they're organic.  This little quilt will be for Quilts Beyond Borders.

A close up of some of the quilting:

I quilted this little quilt that will go to Wrap A Smile.  The top was sent by another Sunshine member.
The backing was flannel waiting.  I'd tried to purchase more of it, but it seems to be discontinued, and all I had was a small piece, but just perfect for this quilt that is 38" by 38".

My quilter brought a quilt by yesterday and I got it bound.  I put it together last summer while making lots of HST's from scraps.  It is a bright spot for a friend.
Now if you'll excuse me, hubby is nodding off, I think I'll go make some blocks!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Another Quilts Beyond Border Little Quilt

I received the cute little charm pack in this little print and one black one.  I thought it would make a cute donation quilt.  I needed one in red and green for the Quilts Beyond Borders Initiative. Sharon at  sent me the charms and they are now in a quilt that will be sent to a Syrian orphanage.  I'm sure the little person will be looking at all the fun red and green charms.  It's made from a charm pack with four extra charms added, part of a black charm pack and my own charms made from Kona Honey.

Thank you Sharon!

I've temporarily lost my quilt hanger as he's recovering from knee replacement.  We'll see how creative I can become!  I've got some more quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders in the wings!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Report

It's Friday.  The week has slipped by, but I've been busy.  I've been on a mission to get as many quilts completed as possible before hubby goes into the hospital for knee surgery.  I have three more ready to be quilted and I may or may not get them completed.  But I'm happy with what has been finished.

This quilt will go to Quilts Beyond Borders as will the others of its size that follow.  I made some HST's last summer to clean out some small pieces of fabrics.  I was going to make a whole HST quilt, but got involved in making 12 inch blocks instead.  I used up lots of green and pink in some 6.5 inch blocks and added to some plain white for a bigger block.  This pattern is one I created to use up my stash and use 12 inch blocks that I've accumulated either from the Sunshine Lotto or blocks I've made myself.  I can use 6 blocks rather than using twelve, but with a bit less sewing.  I use 3.5 inch strips for the inner border, and I've been using 3.5 inch strips for the outer border, but the last quilt I put together, I used 4.5 inch for the outer border.  That way with the 4.5 inch blocks left over I can eventually use 4.5 blocks to make a quilt. 

It takes 5 strips for the inner border with some pieced for one of the top or bottom borders.

It takes 6 strips for the outer border and there will be some pieces left that can be cut into blocks.

 I used some wonky swirls for the quilting and it went quite fast.
 A Michael Miller bright orange and yellow was the backing.  My that was nice fabric.  I loved the feel of it.
This is a quilt using 12 blocks. and then a border was added.  With the blocks on hand it worked up fast.  all but two of the blocks were from me.  This worked at getting a lot of green and pink into some blocks!

This little quilt came from "What was I thinking to buy this?" category, but it worked up quickly and I had fun using some outline quilting.  It also used up some fabric I got at a garage sale for the backing.  I didn't realize it was a poly-cotton until I pressed some of it into some blocks.  So I wanted to use it up as personally, I don't like the smell of poly-cotton.  But the little quilt is charming.  I love the touch of leopard!  I'd of never thought of using it with the floral.

Our Sunshine group came up with a Tahoe block that is 10 inches and I made it into a little quilt with black and white a the remainders of a "love" fabric I kept thinking I'd use, but didn't.  It worked well with the rest of the black and white.  The other quilt is similar to the orange and pink one earlier in the blog.

Got the random strings quilt quilted.  Boy it quilted up fast and fun!  I'd ordered some 50 wt cotton from Red Rock Threads that was on sale and I used it on the top and just LOVED it.  So, since it was a clearance sale, I ordered more to have on hand.  I really liked using it that much!  This one made it to the washer before I got the photo!  That got rid of all my big marker markings!

My quilter called and had my big quilt finished.  She's been working and had taken awhile at getting at this, because working on your feet and then quilting on your feet can be quite a chore!  Needless to say I'm happy to have this one finished.  It started as a HST challenge last summer with Vicki Welsh and I love it enough to put it on my bed, rather than as a quilt in the spare bedroom.  We slept under it last night and loved it.  We now have two quilts with wool batting on our bed and I can highly recommend wool as a bed quilt.  I'll not use any other in the future!  I wish I could afford it for everything as it is so lovely!

Note:  It now needs some additional pillows, but I'll share anyhow!

With my old fashioned bed, I'm just in love with the old fashioned, traditional look of a patchwork quilt for a bedspread.  Now if I could just find a bed skirt that I liked!  I really don't want to make one, but I might have to.  This bed sits just a little lower than many premade skirts.  The one is one I had on the bed and is one of those adjustable ones, that I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond, but I'm thinking I need a darker skirt.  Oh well--that's done the road a bit as I have a few more things on my plate for now!

Well foks...
That's all folks!  Happy Friday!

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