28 February, 2018

Sewing table: redo

Here it is: the redo of my old sewing table. It was a find at an antique store some years ago. The table was unfinished, and had wobbly legs. It was likely originally a makeup vanity with a fabric skirt around the lower section. There were some small nails still around the top edges. If there were ever a matching stool, it is obviously long gone. After removing those small nails and sanding, this is the end result. The table now matches it's chest of drawers, painted in the same Valspar® Brisk Olive and the top varnished with the same olde maple stain. The original drawer pull was a simple wood round one. It was replaced with a round decorative, colorful pull that was in my stash for a long time. The drawer is handy for scissors, seam rippers, and other sewing notions. Have you ever refinished any wood furniture?

Well, after a few months, I am still unable to comment on most Blogger blogs. 'Still going via my Wordpress account most of the time, which is daniceseclecticblog. So, know that I am still visiting your blogs and trying to comment. Sincere thanks to all who are trying to help me. You can read more about this situation on my post here: How To Check Your Blogger Comments. Hoping and wishing that this situation would change soon. Prim blessings.

22 February, 2018

Sewing chest: re-do

Pictured here is an old wood chest of drawers, purchased about twelve years ago at a yard sale in MS. It was originally painted solid white, and had small round white porcelain drawer pulls. Actually, those pulls were not large enough to open the drawers easily. No drawers in this before photo. Looking back, 'should have made a better before photo.



There is the top, after being sanded and varnished. It was white, and I decided to varnish it olde maple for some contrast to the Valspar® Brisk Olive eggshell paint. The varnish has clear coat polyurethane already mixed in. After the chest was all dry, it got larger round antique gold tone drawer pulls. Do you like my choices for paint, varnish and pulls? Yes, in the left corner of the first photo you can see another olive item. Come back soon, that's another post. Prim blessings.

17 February, 2018

String blocks for Covered in Love

The quilt block for Covered in Love's Jan/Feb Challenge is string blocks. This was a new one for me, and they were fun to sew. They are also a great scrap-buster. I made four string blocks, and tried to use colorful and cheerful fabrics. There is a plus for this Challenge, a giveaway of two jelly rolls of fabric for two winners. Winning would be great, but the true joy is in helping this worthy cause. Doesn't it make your heart feel good to do some charity work? Prim blessings.

~Linking-up with: Covered in Love's Jan/Feb Block Drive + Giveaway~

09 February, 2018

Magnolia Mystery quilt top is finished!

Good morning to you all. Here it is- my completed quilt top for the Magnolia Mystery QAL that was hosted by Cheryl at: Meadow Mist Designs. I resized the pattern (with the help of Patty at Elm Street Quilts- thank you so much), so this one is smaller than the lap-sized version that Cheryl provided directions for. This QAL was truly so much fun. Yes, it will be quilted this year. Very soon, as my goal for 2018 is to finish all or most quilt tops that have accumulated over the past four years. Well, I definitely need more practice at not clipping-off those points! 'Still proud of it anyway, lol. The chosen colors are Kona® solids Coffee and White, and Waverly Inspirations® Aqua and Lime. The top now measures 38" X 44". In March, Cheryl will be posting many quilt tops and finished quilts in the Magnolia Mystery Parade. You all be sure to go check that out. What are you working on? Prim quilting blessings.

~Linking-up with Angie at: A Quilting Reader's Garden Link Party~

06 February, 2018

Rin QAL: completed quilt!

Here is my completed quilt for the Rin QAL. This project was educational + tons of fun. It will probably be given as a gift, but it's so cute that I kinda want to keep it for myself, lol. Many thanks to: Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs and: Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for hosting this awesome QAL. Many thanks to the pattern designer: Carolyn Friedlander, as well. Thanking my mother, who gave me two packs of Warm N' Natural© for my birthday. Here are the final quilt stats:

♦finished size: 39 1/2" X 48 1/2"

♦fabrics: 100% cottons by Waverly® Inspirations

♦backing: grey on grey print.

♦binding: same grey on grey print as the backing. Faced by machine and hand.

♦batting: Warm N' Natural©

♦machine quilting: free-motion loopy loops design

♥ Completed WIP quilts in 2018: 2 ♥

As many of you already know, due to a false positive in Blogger's filters, I still cannot comment on most Blogger blogs via my Blogger account. So, yes, it is me, from my Wordpress account, if you see daniceseclecticblog.

~Visit the Rin parade to see many more awesome quilts and blocks!~