Monday, April 30, 2012

May UFO Challenge

The UFO for May is one I've had around a long time. This was a guild round robin sometime before 2003. I know because we went to Germany for two years that September, and I made this before that....sometime.

It's wall hanging size, and I don't know what I will do with it once it is finished. I guess I could, you know, hang it on a wall.

I made the center block, and provided the fabrics for there rest of the quilt. I like it, I wonder how I'll quilt it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Painted Stairs

 Here is the fun I've been having, painting and also trying to make a couple of rain jackets for Joe and me. We are going to Ireland this summer, and I understand it rains nearly every day, thus the raincoats.

Back to the stairs. They have been unpainted, unfinished pine and quite ugly for a while. I got tired or looking at them, so researched how to paint stairs. I've primed, painted two coats of the  yellow border and one coat of the green. I need to paint one more coat of the green, then top it all of with urethane. I was trying to figure out how to make the paint more permanent. You can get deck paint, but it is oil-based and quite stinky (or so I believe). I was reading lots of information on the net, and one (or more) people said to top it off with urethane. Well, it works for hardwood, so why not paint. I know it will eventually scratch, but I'm OK with that. It certainly looks better than it did before. I guess any change is an improvement.

No quilting lately, but still, stuff is getting done.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Design Wall-April 16, 2012

We had an interesting morning...the snow was heavy and wet. We had about 6 inches and it was nasty, but beautiful to look at. The sky was beautiful and a lot of the snow is already melted.

The quilt for April is done. It's kind of small, but I think it will be a nice baby blanket. I have a niece who is pregnant, so maybe for her. The backing is blue fleece, and it will be cozy.

If you want to see more design walls, check out Judy's blog.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Design Wall Monday-April 9, 2012

Here is the quilting I have done on the SnW so far. Not much, and not very fancy, but it gets the job done. I don't know what I am going to do in the vertical sashing yet, but it will be simple too. 

I have one whole column quilted and have started the next.

You can see the backing/batting, a simple blue fleece.
And here is what I did with most of my day today. I know it doesn't look like much, but I sanded, vacuumed, wiped down, then put some wood filler on the unpainted landing. This whole staircase used to have  carpet... you know that burnt orange color that was in about 30 years ago...yeah, that color. We took it off quite a while ago (after the renters from hell left) but haven't gotten to the stairs yet. I'm tired of looking at them, so until we put hardwood (or something) on them I'm painting. This is just the primer, then I'm going to paint the risers yellow and I was thinking of terracotta to match the tile, but now I don't know. Maybe something more fun, like spring green :^).

I still have to sand the filler, then probably one more coat to make it nice and flat, then paint the landing and then the stairs at least one more time.

If you want to see what is on other design walls, go to Judy's blog.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Yay! Done! (and Design Wall)

It's only the 1st of April and I'm done with the March UFO. I backed and bound it with sort of a light olive green fleece. I asked Joe what he thought of it, he asked who it was for. I said if you want it, you can have it, so now he has a quilt that he likes, YAY!

The colors on the one below are pretty true, but mostly I posted that one because you can see the beautiful blue skies today. We are getting some buds on the aspen tree outside the house (just a few so far) but there are some, which is pretty early. 

Now on to the next UFO, it's this one, and I think it will be easy. It's pretty small and I think I already have some fleece to finish it!

Then I have to make a fleece and a raincoat for myself. I don't have a pattern yet, but I think I'll just modify a shirt pattern I use.

Check out Judy's blog to see more design walls.


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