The Big Finish… Part Uh, Four? Five? Oh, Whatever!

So, want to show off a few more quilts that I was able to finish this week. See, you don’t get anything for ten days and then you get bombarded! Sigh.

First up is a quilt I had done with something new. It was an iron-on fusible material laid out in a grid pattern. I believe it came in 1″, 1 1/2″ and 3″ grids. I purchased the 1 1/2″ grid as I thought any smaller and it would have become a bit bulky and the 3″ didn’t seem like enough challenge.

DSCN3115This required 2″ squares that sewed down into 1 1/2″. Its quite a nice cheat, you lay the pieces on the fusible and iron. Then you simply fold on each line, top to bottom and sew your seam. When all the horizontal lines are sewed, you simply press the vertical lines and sew them.

DSCN3114The only “trick” that I can share with this process is that you need to keep the seam straight and uniform or you get funky folds.DSCN3113When done, I added a border. The border didn’t seem as, oh, you know, substantial, so I simply ironed more of the same gridded stablizer. It is supposed to wash out in two to three washings, so I figure it will soften uniformly across the quilt.

DSCN3112The backing is a nice solid that when brought to the front for the binding, has a small contrast. This quilt is going to be one of those soft, broken-in lap quilt that will do nicely on the sofa.

`6 blockThis next quilt is for a friend of mine who along with his wife, welcomed a second baby into their life. I started it and completed it before sending it off to be machine quilted.DSCN3110This is what happens sometimes. When I sent them off to be quilted, I also sent about 12 or 15 more along with it. I let Gloria do them as she wanted, choosing the thread color and sewing motif or theme. Every once in a while on special quilts I’ll define this, but we sort of fell into our relationship because she wanted to try new stitch patterns and I just wanted my quilts done.

DSCN3109So, long story short, this quilt was for the new arrival of baby Maxine but now that it is done, I think the baby is about three years or so!DSCN3108The color isn’t really true for this quilt, these are very strong shades of violet or even purple. It looks more like shades of blue. But I still love the way it turned out. What I like to call 16 block inside and out!DSCN3107I can’t say that I love all my quilts. Some are downright ugly! But mostly I am pleased with the results and little things that I try and am pleased when it works out.DSCN3106Here is a standard nine patch, this time in pinks. I tend to do a lot of pink quilts for some reason, maybe because I never had a daughter of my own to be the recipient. I find that no matter the pattern or shade of pink, they all blend together beautifully.

DSCN3105So, that’s my son helping (and hiding) behind the quilts. There are a few more to be revealed in one more post.

Sometime tomorrow morning, The Kid and I are heading south, ultimately to visit The Alamo in San Antonio. We plan to just take our time and see the sights and do dumb stuff. I love that he is still willing to do things like this with his ol’ Mom.

But, that means there won’t be as many posts on this blog… maybe I will have to play a game and find fabrics that reflect the trip (where I can) along the way.

julie

Wonderful World of Paint Stir Sticks

A while back I ran across some decorating schemes using paint sticks. I’ve been using paint sticks for many things, from whole projects to repair. The one I am going to show you today was actually The Kid’s idea. He came up with the idea and did all the work. I am so impressed, and happy too.

DSCN2386See, this is how I’ve been storing my glass paints. I started with those tubs, left over from cookie dough, but I soon filled them up and expanded to a small cardboard box. But when that overflowed, I knew I would have to do something a little more ‘constructive’. I started talking about it with The Kid, mentioned that I had a few dresser drawers that might work, but left the design and build to him.

And this is what he came up with:

DSCN2387This is a bunch of paint stir sticks. Lots of cuts and glue. But this is so cool! I loaded it with the paint bottles head in, so that I could see the color from the bottom. It also keeps the glue at the tip, which is handy since you’re not supposed shake this paint, so keeping the paint at the tip makes it easier to use right out of the box.

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I buy paint from Home Depot constantly, so I don’t feel bad about taking a handful each time I go it. You can see the branding in orange paint.

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Here it is loaded up. The dividers are placed with just a hint of a downward angle, to keep the bottles from falling out when moving it. He added a handle to the top to move it easily.

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This is a little chart that I put together (work in progress) that shows all of the different colors of paint dry. I have found DSCN2393that this is essential, as many of the colors look nothing like you might imagine they would be dry. I have had to remove some paint on a couple of projects when I found that the color dry was nothing like the color wet. I have a list of the colors and their numbers that gets stored behind the frame. Its an interesting piece of art all on its own, I think.

So, I had promised to write a few posts about what I use paint stir sticks for. This is the first. I also used them a lot when building the doll house, especially in the kitchen. I glue them side by side and then use them as thin, yet strong boards.

In thess photos, the fronts of the bottom cabinets and the little cabinet next to the fridge were built using the stir sticks. Also the pub table and stools. They are made of 100% pine, so they are wood, and can be used in any way that one would use wood. At least in small portions. Which when working in the scale of doll houses, is perfect.

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The little wood box next to the fireplace was another project. I’ve made numerous and varied sizes of boxes, sometimes just to hold supplies.     DSCN1893

The doors and shelves were a perfect place to use the paint stick wood. Nice and thin, yet strong and paint-able. The perfect size when working in miniatures.

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Some more shots of the wood as it was used:

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DSCN1876I find that whenever I go to Home Depot – which is often – I stop by the paint department (if I am not already going to that department specifically) just for a handful of sticks. And sometimes I even use them to stir paint!

We’re having a wet and cool stormy day here in the Midwest and I am thinking that not much is going to get done. At least not anything outdoors.

julie

 

 

PS…for those interested, I am not being paid for nor sponsored in any way for the mention of any products or stores in this post. I just like the way that these particular products work and want to share with you!

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