Friday, April 18, 2014
Craftsy is having a huge Easter sale today (4/18) through Monday (4/21). You won't want to miss out because some of their fabric and yarn supplies will be marked up to 75% off! I've been keeping an eye on the Kaffe shot cotton bundles and it may be time for me to pull the trigger. What will you choose?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Since buying our first house in October, I've realized I don't have much furniture. And by much I mean I had a breakfast table, 3 chairs, a couch, dresser, and a full size bed. Doesn't really fill up 2800 square feet, right? At first I was frustrated that I was spending so much money on furniture and accessories that didn't even seem to make a dent in the echoing rooms. Reason (aka Mr. Sew E.T.) stepped in and told me to stop spending all our money and make a b-u-d-g-e-t. Yuck. I hate those!
We started in January and I think we're doing pretty well overall. I fell in love with this gorgeous live edge table but just couldn't fit a $7,000 dining table into the budget - go figure! I was determined to have something similar. I even went so far as to contact my local sawyer (that's the term for a person who saws wood!) who saw the picture and quoted me $4,000 to build the table and I would stain and lacquer it. Ok, getting closer, but not quite there yet...
I'd spent some time daydreaming at Ana White's blog before, and decided that now I have a house and a garage (plus a Mr. who likes power tools), why couldn't I start building my own furniture? I made myself a Pinterest board just for my ideas and even found a really cool one for a live edge inspired version using big box lumber. I decided to try the Truss Beam Table from Ana White and Shanty2Chic for my first attempt. We bought a Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System, sliding compound miter saw, belt sander, and table saw mostly from Craigslist or the pawn shops around town. We've been working on it for about a month and a half now, but I'm sure if we had a match under our bums we could have finished in a much, much shorter period of time. Lots of other things to do around the house too you know!
|Table base is upside down for finishing before we attached the table top. That's the bottom. See all those holes? Those are the pocket holes to join the boards with the Kreg Jig.|
Here's the almost finished product! I'm so excited about how it turned out. Not the $7,000 table, but it will work just as well and the cool part is we built it together. I'm always impressed with how crafty I am! I'll talk more about the finishes I used on the table to turn it from blah pine to sultry mocha in a future post. Have you made any wood working projects? How did they turn out? Do you want to see more of the projects I'm working on? My to-do list is almost as long as my quilting list now!
|Yes, this is my formal living room slash impromptu workshop. The table is so much better in person! We put the bench together last night - more on that later.|
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
As a member of the Austin MQG, I am now a proud member of the Modern Quilt Guild too. They have fun things for members like Sew Downs and fabric challenges. The most recent fabric challenge is wrapping up and winners will be announced soon!
Members were given a fat eighth bundle of Riley Blake fabrics - a few prints and solids too. We could make anything we wanted as long as it was quilted (and modern - however you want to interpret that). We could add any Riley Blake prints and any brand of solids to make the project our own. So little guidance! I just stared at my bundle for quite some time before inspiration hit.
Here's my entry, inspired by my boyfriend. We go to the movie theater for classic movies on Wednesday nights. My eyes have been opened to various beloved movies that I'd missed out on as a kid for some reason - Big, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (I couldn't believe that was Sean Penn!!), Groundhogs Day... You know before the movie starts, there's usually a silence your cell phone ad? This was when we were first introduced to the Geico camel commercial. The first time we saw it, we both laughed our heads off and played it for all of our co-workers. The second, third, fourth time we saw it, we were still laughing our heads off.
One night after the movie, I determined to sit down and work on the Riley Blake challenge. My mind wandered to the camel, and then just for fun I sketched out a camel applique quilt, adding the fun saying at the bottom. I showed the sketch to my boyfriend, who almost fell out of his chair with hysterical laughter. The crazy piecing caused me some fits at times, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I quilted using a scalloped loop to enhance the hump theme :) Once I get a hanging sleeve on this puppy, it's headed to the wall at my boyfriend's office.
Did you participate in the Riley Blake challenge? We had so many good ones at our Austin MQG meeting last week. Check out our link up for that here!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Back in December, Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! started the Catvent Quiltalong. She designed 25 different cat blocks for each day before Christmas and has the tutorials posted on her blog. I couldn't help but start a few and thought this would be a great way to use up some of my overflowing scrap bucket. Well, they're small so they don't take up as many scraps as I was hoping, but I'll have another project on my list for those soon I'm sure!
I thought these would be adorable for a quilt that I give to my dad, who's a veterinarian. Won't they look cute hanging at his clinic?
Monday, February 10, 2014
My friend Corinne has an excellent tutorial on her blog, Must Love Quilts, that's perfect for Valentine's Day. Isn't it sweet? I can't wait to make one - triangles have been on my list for awhile now!
Heart Quilt and Tutorial from Must Love Quilts
Heart Quilt and Tutorial from Must Love Quilts
|Heart Quilt by Must Love Quilts|
Remember back when I started working on my custom sewing table? I was inspired by From Marta with Love. Aren't their tables fab? My bf helped me do the power tool stuff back in November and I finally finished adding the decorative touches - aqua paint of course! I used Sherwin Williams SuperPaint in Tidewater 6477 and gave it a couple of coats of poly. It's so smooth now and the fabrics just glide right over when I'm sewing. I can't wait to start my next quilt!
That pillow under the table? Yeah that's a cat bed. Carlton and Zoey like to visit me in the sewing room and love sitting on the cat bed under the sewing table. It's made from a fish shower curtain that I found at the thrift store!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Have you been having fun with the weather? It's been crazy here in Texas! Yesterday was about 30 degrees and today it's 65, and tomorrow...well back on the roller coaster again.
I've been stitching up a few charity blocks for the Austin MQG. Jessica chose a block by Pat Fryer called Good Neighbors for this month's block. She picked contrasting blues and aquas for this lovely pattern, along with a silver or white background. I used some of the leftover fabric from my Riley Blake Challenge to piece these. Won't they all look so crisp and clean like fresh fallen snow when all put together?