Here's the second 3-1/2" square ornament. I love their simplicity. They are both on the tree for now, but they might end up being gifts for someone. I quilted this in the ditch with metallic gold thread.
I think I like having a light "star" better. It sort of resembles a snowflake. This is a cream with Christmas words in metallic.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Did a few everyday things this AM, then wanted to sew so badly (even if it was just for a few minutes!). This is the result...all from scraps of fabric and batting on my cutting table. It is 3-1/2" square.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Gifts. They are a thorn in my side. I always feel like the gifts I give are inadequate. But I'm doing my best and putting a lot of heart into them!
I made two of these Little ZZ runners as gifts. One for my girl, Elisabeth (that I never posted a picture of finished), and one for someone else. The someone else hasn't seen hers yet. It turned out so nicely that I decided to make one for a surprise for a woman at my church. I admire her very much. In fact, when I grow up, I want to be as selfless, kind, and loving as she. I am going to surprise her with this tomorrow. It is finished and measures 17-1/2" x 23-1/2".
Little ZZ #3:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Nothing quilt-y going on here, but I do have two new hairdos to show. I did the first one myself. It's called a waterfall braid. I liked it. Would probably look better if I let my hair curl at the ends.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Here's the finished product on my new mantle idea for this year. We have a big, long, mantle. I am no decorator. I combined a couple ideas I saw here and there. Wes cut out and nailed everything all together for me. That's my pine cone tree on the left side (by the J) spray painted gold.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This is what I started working on tonight. I got a pine cone piece splinter, and let me tell ya----it hurt!! I had to stop. Since my adventure, I have found a better way to remove the pine cone pieces. Here you can see what I tried tonight...pruning shears, scissors, CHISELS!! None worked too well.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
While I am not completely finished, I have made great progress. My desk is completely cleaned off and organized. I even set up my charging station for my iPod, phone, camera, and tablet (back left corner). I have always set my lamp up on something, and the station itself is the perfect height. All things from the top have been put away.
Before and after (and notice in the before that my computer isn't even on the desk):
One of my sons and I have been sick for a week. Miserable existence, but it could be so much worse. I was feeling a little energy last night before bedtime, so I made a list of a few things to get done today. Then, drats, I only slept about an hour and got up until after 4:30 this morning.
The 3rd thing on my list of 21 (I stopped making the list at that point because it was becoming depressing and overwhelming) was to finish arranging the flowers in the cone in my bathroom. Here is what the bathroom sink area looked like after we took down the big mirror and installed medicine cabinets WITH STORAGE!! After much deliberation, I purchased a floral cone made out of a thick wire-looking stuff that had been aged to rust and looked good. I had a dickens of a time getting something to look good IN it, however. This is what I came up with this AM:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The center of the Little ZZ (I think that stands for Zig Zag) is finished. I am so done in. Whatever this is that has me by the throat (literally) is wearing me out. It's like a cold that has all settled in my throat. Makes me cough a lot, and I'm short of breath nearly all the time. Heaven forbid I have to WALK!!
This did, indeed turn out the projected size of 17-1/2" x 23".
Here is the progress picture on my runner. I did it. I rearranged some of the blocks. I noticed in the sample picture that there are 3-5 blocks of one color in a row, so I f-o-r-c-e-d myself to do it.
The top left corner is sewn together, and I have 3 more rows pieced to add later (just lying quietly on the design wall). Off for an errand and might sew more later.
My sweet 14-year-old got her top braces off yesterday. We left our house at 7:30 and didn't get home until 4:15. I have been under the weather (yes, that's me coughing and hacking), so I was completely exhausted after all that running around.
We went to Hobby Lobby for a couple specific things. I always peruse the quilt magazines while I'm there. I saw this little runner (17" x 23") and decided to give it a go.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This is my latest hand-piecing project. It will be a very long and slow process, but I wanted to document it for myself for the future. I started by cutting up one brown and one cream (for alternate squares). I have used 2 pinks so far. As I come across pieces large enough (5-1/2" square) of the creams for the alternate squares, I will add them to the pile.
These are LeMoyne stars. I am making them all brown and pink with one cream background per block. If history repeats itself, I will have many fabrics represented by the time this is a finished quilt top. I am thinking of making a bed-sized quilt and quilting it by hand, so look for the finish in about 14 years. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the hand piecing.
Here's another Pinterest-inspired project that was more difficult than it should have been. But now that I have some experience under my belt, I'm rolling along and nearly finished.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
This morning when hubby and I made the bed, I remembered that he wanted to put our Christmas quilt on November first. Happy November!
The brass towel rings are next! Bwahaha...I feel like a villain with a can of spray paint. It's empowering. Here's a pic of the newly-painted light fixture:
Here is light off:
One good thing about taking it down was seeing how it was put up. it just has one hole in the center for wiring. The downside is that when I went to Lowe's yesterday for ceiling paint, I looked at light fixtures. I think the one I liked was $90...and we need two! I also looked at ORB towel racks. Not for $22 each, thank you very much. I'll just spray paint our rings and see how that goes first.
The quilt isn't necessarily staying. I just didn't want to put the lightning bolt back up there ;)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Where o where did the light fixture go? O where, o where could it be? In the garage, drying after being spray painted oil-rubbed bronze to match the mirror frames! I put a space heater next to it and am rotating it, so it's nearly dry! Yippee!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Purely for your amusement, I am sharing the picture of my grapevine lightning bolt in our newly updated (somewhat) bathroom. I wanted a random shape that was not round. This usually hangs above the robe/PJ bar to the left of my sink. Hahahahaha:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Our bathroom is finished for now, but is in need of some decor for between the mirrors. I thought a wreath would be lovely, but since the mirrors are oval, that would be repeating the shape too much. Any suggestions? I love dried flowers, grapevine wreaths, quilts (haha--who would've guessed?), etc.
I might move our two wedding pics in there with some wall words or something. These are above the headboard of our bed, but might look nice in the bathroom:
You can see on the right side of the bathroom pic a little of my new valance (in the reflection in the right mirror, too).
Saturday, October 27, 2012
My husband is just THE best. I have been asking him if we could take down a big, flat mirror in our bathroom (behind the double sinks) and put up some mirrored cabinets (for storage, you know). He asked me if I wanted to go look at them (again) last night. I had resigned myself to not getting them for at least a month (we are acting our wage, incidentally). To my great surprise, we brought two new mirrored medicine cabinets home last night.
Another great surprise was the answer to the burning question..."did I paint behind the big, flat mirror when we moved in here, or did I go the easy route and leave it green?" Wes (being the eager beaver that he is) took down the mirror while I was taking Rachel to the flea market to peddle her biscuits and coffee. That explains why my "before" picture does not have the ugly, flat, too-small mirror in it. Yes! I HAD painted behind the mirror.
ANOTHER great surprise was that we had nearly a gallon of our original wall paint in the garage. I had it re-shaken at Walmart while I was out this AM, and we were ready to go.
Here are before and after shots of "the wall":
Monday, October 22, 2012
My Christmas shower curtain is finished. Lined, buttonholed, everything! No picture. I have been piecing a backing for my first Christmas quilt gift. It has been coming along swimmingly. Check it out on my secret blog.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Making up for all those days of not posting, yes?? Here is my progress on the shower curtain:
My Christmas shower curtain is coming along. I have 3 of the 7 verticle sections sewn together. You can get an idea of how it looks here, pinned to my existing curtain. I have all the panels sewn, just need to sew them to each other, line it, and make those 12 crucial buttonholes.
I'm pretty sure I like it. Finished is good, yes?
I knew I'd have a little more sewing time today. So I am starting (and possibly finishing) my Christmas shower curtain.
Recently I was shocked to find out that my husband LOVES Christmas decorations at our house. He even said something like, "I'd leave them up all year if I could."
I made us a Christmas bed quilt this year (just finished recently) that has its own story (click the underlined words to read all the posts about the quilt). That led to buying inexpensive but perfect red valances to match the quilt. Few know that our shower has a quilt for a curtain! I patterned it after one I saw in a magazine years ago. I made it when we moved in here 6-1/2 years ago. Here it is...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Finished the hand quilting on this mini. I quilted it to death. I like to use matching thread when possible and in certain instances.
I am including a picture so you can see where I quilted the straight lines since they are in matching thread and difficult to see.
~Joan (or Mom if you're Emily!)