I began making the hexies in Oct 2010, so two years now. I work on it mostly on the go- when I'm riding the car, or waiting at the doctor's office or on my lunch hour.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This is my progress so far on Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt "East Street." Last year's mystery, "Orca Bay" was my first and it was so exciting and easy to stay on track. It was not the type of quilt I would have attempted had I seen the whole thing from the beginning, but its broken up into steps, making it more manageable. The top was finished really quickly, and as with most of my quilts, it hangs in the guest bedroom closet waiting to be quilted. I have really been looking forward to this one. So far, it kinda reminds me of a newspaper.
Here are my 2-patches. By the time I finished the 4-patches, the light wasn't so great for a pict, but you get the idea.
I was a little worried that some of the white backgrounds were more cream or ecru, but decided to just go for it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Just wanted to show off a project that I think turned out really great! I was looking for a portable cutting surface that I could move around and put away when I didn't need it. I found this microwave cart on Craigslist for $60. It was solid wood and sturdy and just what I needed (except for the color.)
Here is the before. (I had already tried out the new pulls.) The finish was really splotchy and scratched.
I used Krylon satin spray paint in "Periwinkle" and I found the new pulls at a discount hardware store for 50 cents each! Also, I just used the old hinges with a new coat of "Brushed Nickel" spray paint.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
This is a string quilt (55"x55") made for a friend's baby due in January. (I'm ahead of schedule!) It's a suprise, but I'm pretty sure she won't see this. Her colors are brown and blue and I just copied some patterns that I found when I did an internet search for string quilts. I used phone book pages for the foundation that measured 6 1/2". It's hand-tied #1 because I am not a good machine quilter, and #2 because I wasn't as careful as I should have been ironing and the top was a little lumpy. Mostly the fabric I used is from scraps- leftovers from other quilts and thrift store shirts.There's even some Washington Redskins fabric if you look close!
I am interested to see if anyone else does mostly hand-tied quilts and if there is a secret to making the knots good and sturdy. I took two stitches and made double knots, but am nervous about it falling apart!