Monday, November 24, 2014

Painting project

My Wisconsin friends recently told me about a painting class they took using "chalk paint" on furniture so I was tempted to give it a try.
I had a little footstool I got at the Elkhorn Flea Market (Wisconsin, of course) last year that I've been wanting to refinish.

This is how it looked originally:

It was all scuffed up but had pretty texture. The top was icky too so that came off first--

With this type of paint, you don't need to sand or prime. Just make sure the piece is clean.

Two coats of paint is all you need.

Then I had to decide on the foot part. I debated whether to use a couple of orphan blocks or some exotic tapestry and opted for a piece of fabric I had in my stash. I love it! And it matches too! What a concept!

All done:

I'm NOT giving it my son who is getting married soon! I keep my stool at the base of my little couch I relax on. 

Now I was on a roll! I have an older Adirondack chair on my porch that has needed a new paint job. It was a faded yellow-- no more!!

Still had some extra paint so got Ryan to help paint my mailbox!

He had fun!

Here he and Emma are waiting for the trick or treaters at Halloween. I found a great new seat cushion at IKEA which matches perfectly! Another successful project completed!

I'm trying to be a better blogger!! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More eye candy

More amazing quilting!

There is a traveling exhibit in honor of the Caliifornia State Parks. What an honor it would have been to have been chosen to make one of these blocks. I thought they were beautifully done:

I love going to Napa Valley (think wine tasting) so I loved this one:

Even win a ribbon!!

This is more my style, though. 
Simple blocks in a great setting!

Now if I could ever get some sewing done I could post pictures of my own work!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A local quilt show

I had a chance to see the monthly show at Quiltworks in Bend ! I think some of these are great. I'll show you the best of the show from my dear friend Lori (Humblequilts)

I love this small ocean waves top!

Here is a view from the plane on my way back home during a storm:
We are having the darlings this weekend so my sewing will wait until next week.

Friday, November 14, 2014

More quilt show pictures, finally

Look at the detail!

These are not quilts that I would like to make but I can't get over how amazing they are. 

Look at the quilting on this!!!

More amazing quilting!

Ribbon winner 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quilt show pictures, part I

I recently went to the best quilt show I've seen in a while. I took loads of pictures which I've been wanting to blog-- been babysitting the darlings a lot so haven't had a chance u til now. Here are some of my favorites!!

Isn't this amazing!
I'm think the most impressive part of the show was the absolutely incredible machine quilting throughout :
I thought this one was hysterical! Here's a close up:

Look at that quilting!!

This is the BACK of the quilt! Her design was on vith front and back!

I've never seen quilting like at this show

Love the setting in this 

You've got to admire the quilting on these!

Many more to show you...

Here are two of the darlings loving Max: