Friday, July 3, 2015

It all started with a little wooden box!

I just love this little wooden box. Found it at Hobby Lobby and with a 40% off coupon, could not resist. Only problem, I wanted to use it in my kitchen and my kitchen has dark green/blue paint, dark gold countertops and red and gold cushion covers on the chairs. It just did not fit in, plus it did not fit in my small bookcase in my kitchen.

So my sweet husband offered to make me another bookcase, and paint it white to match the cabinets.

So.....I began dreaming of a kitchen makeover. Not new appliances mind you, just new paint and countertops to match my little wooden box.

My husband, son-in-law and daughter got the kitchen painted and most of the woodwork, while I went on a quilt retreat for a couple of days :). I finished up some of the woodwork when I got home.

The new bookcase was hung an I am so pleased. The little wooden box is just right for some of my miscellaneous cook books. The basket in the bottom right corner was made by my mom and holds some of her cookbooks, which I treasure.


This was one of her favorites and well worn from use. She has little hand written notes on all her books about how she might have changed the recipe.






Next problem was the kitchen chairs which no longer matched anything in the kitchen.

I found this fabric at Hancock Fabrics and recovered all four kitchen chairs, with the help of my wonderful husband. This makeover turned out to be a lot of work for him.



This is the back of my kitchen and used to be a laundry room with washer dryer and freezer. Not sure how I ever managed without this counter and cabinet space.


And now for where all this is leading....I finished this UFO this morning to use as a table topper in my kitchen. I made the top two years ago at a quilt retreat and never finished it as it simply did not match anything in my house.

The colors are just right, I must have had very good foresight In picking out the fabric two years ago :)

The little plaque below has hung in my kitchen for many years. And I am so very thankful for my husband, children, home and now a new bright kitchen.

I am also thankful for all my blogging friends. Thank you for stopping by, and what "little wooden box" have you found lately that inspired you?


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses - making progress!

The last few days I was at a mini retreat with two friends ( Darlene and Brenda) working on our Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. We have each finished all the blocks and helped each other layout the blocks and tag them In the order they will appear in the quilt. I got the first two joined together and it is so exciting to see the quilt top coming together, 2 down, 54 to go.

My new notion - these have been around for awhile now, but I just got mine yesterday. You can thread 10 needles and put them into the spindle so that as you hand sew or quilt you have 10 needles ready to go. This is great for when I English paper piece, as I use a needle with a small eye and since my cataract surgery I am having trouble seeing to thread needles. Using my clover needle threaded, I can get 10 needles threaded and loaded in the spindle in the amount of time it would have taken me to thread 2 or 3 needles without these tools. It's great when sewing in the car as well to have threaded needles at hand. Cost was $8 at a local quilt shop.

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AQS Quilt Week - Chattanooga

I am excited to announce I will be teaching at The AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga. My class is September 16 and I will be teaching a class in a method I developed for making Cathedral Window quilts. I hope you will come by and say hi if you come to the show, and maybe even register for my class.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Seminole Table Topper

Finished quilting and binding this little table topper this morning. Practicing my stitch-in-the-ditch, or in my case "near the ditch", machine quilting. Love doing this type of quilting, but sure need a lot more practice. The sewing basket and treadle machine were my mother's.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Janome 6600

I am so excited. This came home with me today. I have the older model, 6500, that I purchased used from a friend several years ago which was an upgrade from my Janome 4800. As you see I am a fan of Janome machines. I have recommended this machine to several of my friends, who purchased them and have been very satisfied, soooooooo when the store owner made me a terrific offer on this one, I could not refuse. I think my favorite feature is the built in walking foot, but then I like the Start and Stop button too, and then there is the lighting feature that lights up the whole work surface. Those are the new features I have discovered so far.

Now to play.......


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Janome thread guide hint & Saga of Tattered Puppy

Remember the poor tattered pupy from this post?

I put off mending him until "after retirement" when I would suddenly have all the time in the world to finish all my projects and then some time left over to read, play piano and nap �� So retirement and I have been sooooo busy, but they are days filled with things I love to do rather than that work!

First I stripped off all the tattered fabric. This proved quite a chore and took several days. It was this block plus another where I had used the same fabric for a background.

With that done, the puppy is now naked, rather than tattered.


I pinned a piece of replacement fabric over the block and began clipping away the fabric I did not need, leaving enough to turn under the edge to do needle turn applique. Simple enough, right???? Wrong! This process proved to be something I hope never to have to do again.

Once the applique was done, I had to requilt the block as the newly appliqu├ęd sections were not quilted. So I placed a pin in each corner of the block, carefully turned the quilt over and marked with blue tape the section the had to be re-quilted.

Easy Peazy, right? As a child, and as an adult, I could never color in the lines. Well, this also applies to doing free motion quilting following lines of a previous quilter.








I did my best though, and you know what "they" say, "If it looks good from a galloping horse....." So here is a picture of the finished repair from about 15 paces.

Looks pretty good, don't you think.....and that is as close as you are going to get to the quilting��




Here is my grandson, Levi, holding his quilt that he has waited so patiently to receive back. He is usually galloping around himself, so doubt he will see I did not quilt in the lines.









I must share a valuable lesson I learned for all of you who quilt with a Janome that has the thread guide thing for large cones of thread. I always thought it had to be fully in the upright position to work right, but my spool of machine quilting thread kept flying off the spindle.

So I tried lowering the thread guide, and lo and behold, no more problems. Now who knew? Probably all of you out there, but I even checked the manual to see if this was in the instructions ( not that I had read the manual when I got the machine) and did not see it there. Maybe I should tell Janome of my discovery or if it is common knowledge, tell them to include it in the manual, that is if anyone takes the time to read it☺️

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Seminole anyone?

Does anyone enjoy Seminole piecing? I have just played around with it a little bit, but love the designs you can make with the various piecing techniques. To the right is a project I will be teaching to my quilt club, Stitchin' Friends tomorrow. It's meant to be a pillow! But could also be a small wall hanging or table topper. Finished size is 17" x 20". I found the free pattern at http://www.fave I modified the directions a little to use 3 fat quarters.

So far I have made three of them and enjoyed the process all three times.

I did a little shopping at Mary Jo's Fabrics in Gastonia yesterday. What fun! I have a grandson due to arrive in July and need to get busy on his quilt.

This fabric will be the back of the quilt. I was happy with the colors and graphics.

The quilt top will be English Paper Pieced tumbling blocks. Now you see why I need to get going in the quilt :)

I found the fabrics shown below for the blocks. Aren't these giraffes cute? The giraffes will be used in each of the tumbling blocks as well as the outside border. The grey will be an inside border.

Can't wait to get started on this one.

Thanks for stopping by, Teresa