Tuesday, November 17, 2015

a non-quilty project

I wish I had a before pic.....  but I just didn't think of it.  When we went on our vacation to our family cabin in BC this summer - on the way home we stopped off at the dump to get rid of the trash from the trip.  Hubby spied an old set of moose antlers (there was a set of deer antlers too, but he didn't get those - and now I wish he had!).  He took home a set of grayed/weathered/slightly mossy moose antlers.  I wasn't too thrilled with them, especially since they sat at the base of my front steps for a few months.

THEN, I had the idea....  to paint and frame them!  YES, they would be fantastic.  And, I wasn't wrong!

First, (after approval from hubby), I let the antlers dry in the shop for a couple days, then brushed them off with a stiff brush.  Then, paint.  Aqua, of course.

This was kind of a pain!  I think it took at least 8 coats of paint - the antlers just kept soaking up the paint!

 The frame took almost a whole can itself - it is a vintage frame I have had for more than 20 years, but it was stripped to bare wood (it was gold when I got it 20 plus years ago, ewww).
The wood is cedar fence boards - I dry brushed them with white and aqua paint, then stained over them with a driftwood stain.
Hubby thought the frame needed a white accent, so he talked me into adding that (which I do like, although it definitely have a 50's vibe to it now, LOL).  The fence boards are attached with a strip of luan stapled at the top and bottom to the fence boards and the frame.

Then, I bolted the skull onto the wood backers! (The skull already had holes in it from the previous owner, so I used those holes).  I ended up having to do a BUNCH of grinding/cutting on the back of the skull to get it to lay flat-ish on the boards.  Not a fun job, but it was necessary as the cut the PO did wasn't very flat.

I hung it in my bedroom on the wall across from the doorway so it can be seen from the living room :)

Isn't it fabulous?!!!  I adore it SO much!

The thing you can see just to the left of the antlers is a shelf above the bed I made 18 years ago (I have sheers hanging from it that are my 'headboard') - I think it's time it come down and get painted (and maybe new sheers).......  It is displaying my hubby's snowboards.....  I am debating about what color to paint it though.  Walls are white.  I don't think I want white, but I think maybe white sheers.  My favorite color scheme is aqua/red/navy/gray/white (basically Bonnie and Camille minus the pink hehe).  Possibly a pale gray, lighter than the driftwood stain.....


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tiles quilt - take 2

I finally buckled down and finished my quilt top that I started for the Tiles Quilt-along.....

I love the way the alternating solids in the 25-patch blocks make the 100-patch blocks stand out.  They look like pixels :)  Now, to decided HOW to quilt this one!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Moda Bake Shop - Sunny Trips

I am finished with my latest Moda Bake Shop project!  This one I call ''Sunny Trips''

For the quilting, I followed the diagonals of each block going both directions creating a curvy X in each square. The quilting just adds so much to it I think! :)

When subcutting the strip sets, there was approx 5-6'' of strip set left at the end, so I cut them into equal lengths, opened them up and sewed them end-to-end to make a pieced backing :)  I love using bits of the leftovers from the front in the backing :)

The backing really shows the texture of the quilting!!! :D


Monday, September 28, 2015

Etsy shop sale

I have put everything in my Etsy shop on a huge sale :)  As much as 50% off!
I have several quilts on sale:


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why I love Moda Bella solids

I love Moda Bella solids!  I have tried other solids, but the fact that Moda Bella is *the same width* as quilting cottons is huge.  I have used other brands and been disappointed when they were quite a bit narrower (shorter when cut into strips to use with jelly rolls). 

Having fun today with some jelly rolls and Moda Bella 'Horizon Blue'.  Isn't it such a bright cheery color?!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Piecing a quilt backing

My mom and I did a ladies day out for my birthday on Wednesday - we were actually picking up my car (it had some engine work done on it), so we made a couple stops on the way home.  One was a quilt shop we had never been to before.  I finished my civil war quilt top recently, so I was looking for a backing suitable for it.  I found a brown/cream print in the clearance section of the quilt shop - it was marked $5/yard.  Then, they had a coupon for an extra $2 off - so it was $3/yard!  THEN, when I was having it cut (I got 5.5 yards), my mom mentioned giving me my birthday money - and the clerk mentioned they give 20% off  for birthdays.  So, 20% off the $5 was $4 - then $2 more off - making the material $2/yard!!!  So, even with tax, the backing was only $12-something!!!  What a deal!

Anyhow, I realized quickly when I got home that I should have gotten another 3 yards - my quilt top is 90.5''x90.5''.  Usually, I will piece in material from the front to make up in width, but I really didn't want to do that on this quilt.  So, I used this calculator/technique and found I had JUST enough to make the quilt backing JUST BARELY big enough.

I did it a tiny bit different - instead of moving the triangles until it was the width I needed, I estimated how much offset it would need and cut 7.5'' off of the tips of the triangles before sewing the diagonal back together.  If I do it again, I think I will do only 7'' because it is barely long enough, but plenty wide now (it is 91''x94'').  This is the most common size quilt that I make, so I am sure I will be repeating this.

This is how the seam looked on the back:

And, on the front, you can barely tell it is pieced!

Success I would say!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bright Sun, Moda happy mail

Yesterday was Moda Happy Mail day!  I got this lovely bunch of fabric to start a new project for Moda Bake Shop :)  Fun, bright colors!  Fabric is ''Bright Sun'' by Sherri and Chelsi