Sunday, November 30, 2014

A little mini

I'm participating in a holiday swap with my Wisconsin friends that is to be a 12" block mounted and framed. I had a tough time deciding on what to make since they are all such great quilters!! The bar is high!
I chose a Kim Deihl pattern from her new book. Now I'm struggling trying to find the perfect frame! 12x12 is not an easy size to find.
Hopefully this will pass muster!

The baskets are each 3"! It was really fun to make. I sewed down the handles while watching a little TV, which I don't often get to do.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We had all our kids, my mom and our three darlings so it was quite a crowd. The darlings stayed with us a couple extra days so that was special!

We are off tomorrow for our annual Paris trip and I'm quite excited. I'm busy packing a little package for my dear friend Will who I am very excited to see again.

Here are a few  more favorites from the quilt show that I didn't post before:

I love this color combination 

This is just too cute:

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