Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Love Patchwork and Quilting

I had jumped at the chance to make some projects for Love Patchwork and Quilting a couple of months ago.  This magazine is out of the UK and is now a monthly publication that is really fun and modern. 

They included a pattern for my Sprocket Pillows in 2 sizes…

..and my Baby Blocks Quilt (aka Road Trip Quilt).  I made the quilt in this boy version and a low volume (or low value??) girl version.

I quilted the boy version with straight lines about 1/2" apart and the girl quilt with organic wavy-ish straight lines.  I love the result of the slightly wavy lines.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Finished Fall Churn Dash

I finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago but with all the stormy weather we’ve had I haven’t been outside to get pictures!
The back is a Denyse Schmidt print from Joann’s.  The binding is my favorite shade of teal Bella Solid (but I can’t remember the color name!). 
I quilted it with loopty loops and stuck it in the wash…it’s soft and crinkly and getting lots of use!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Duck Egg Blue

I bought this little dresser at Goodwill downtown Seattle a few weeks ago.  I actually liked the way it looked before but it needed some sprucing up.

This was my first time using Annie Sloan chalk paint.  There is a lot of info on the internet about Chalk Paint…but basically you don’t have to sand or prime and it leaves a matte almost chalk-like finish.

I love almost everything about this paint.  I love the colors it comes in, love that you don’t have to sand, love that there was almost no odor so I could paint inside, love that it went along way…I used maybe 1/4 of the quart on this dresser, and love that it dried fast!

I don’t love the price (it’s almost $40 for that quart!), it’s only in boutique stores, and it really should have a topcoat over it to prevent watermarks/chips.  I put a water based polycrylic over the paint to seal it and make it durable…or wax works well too but is more labor intensive. 

All in all I’m really happy with the result and I’m sure I’ll be using chalk paint a lot more…if only because I don’t have to haul the furniture into the garage and sand/clean/prime it before hand!

Hope you all had a nice Halloween!