Sunday, February 15, 2015
My friend Angi made this fun one. It was 41x51 (if I remember correctly) and she asked for modern quilting. I tried to keep this on the lower end of my pricing chart, so I stayed away from rulers, SID, and any type of marking. It was really a fun one to do. Here is a close up:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
This was really a fun little project to do. It's another little table runner made by Christina and I felt like doing swirls. I have instructed her to do the SID between the little white border and the body of the piece - that's so I didn't have to add my ruler plate and change threads, etc.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
My daughter made this table runner a long, long time ago, and I just unearthed it from the 'to be quilted' stack. I have been waiting for the right piece to do straight line quilting. I wish I had electric channel locks, but I put in a few extra steps by walking around the machine to place the grips on the wheels for the poor man's version of channel locks. Then I realized I could just stitch it from the same side as the grips! Ha!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Repairing Scratched Pier 1 Wicker Chairs
Well this is not quilting related, but I thought I would post a follow up to a post I wrote a year or so ago. The post was about my wicker chairs and what can I do to repair them.
Fast-forward one or two years and this is the result I finally did it! I am really really pleased with the outcome. I just used furniture wood stain. That is it. I cannot believe that there are no other posts about how to repair wicker chairs on the Internet and trust me I did a lot of research.
Closeup of un-repaired chair.
Not one article mentioned furniture wood stain. Pier 1 had no suggestions for me On these particular chairs I used cherry.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Are you an Over-Analyzer or a Nike Just-Do-It Type?
I am an over-analyzer. I don't want to be. I know there are advantages to all that research. I probably get better prices on airfare and hotels than most. Maybe my appliances last longer, too, because I buy a better made version. Or, maybe it's all in my head and I just think I am getting a better deal.
Whatever the real answer is, being an over-analyzer means it takes me more time to finish a project because it takes so much more time to start one. For example, take this adorable little wall hanging that belongs to Peggy. I looked at this for days deciding how I would quilt it. It didn't help that it is the first customer quilt I have started in almost six months.
Finally, my just-do-it brain just took over and my years of practice and experience helped, and my needle just flowed over this top. It felt so good.
Not too much quilting, I think it's just right. Would you have stitched over the snowman's face? Let me know. I couldn't.
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