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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Diamonds quilt! on: December 26, 2012 10:01:37 AM
Love the blue against the white!  Good way to use up smaller pieces in one's stash!

Is the back white also?
Yes, the back is all white!  I find that any bright colours on the back of a white quilt usually makes it look dingy (if it doesn't shine right through), so I stick with the basics!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Paintbox quilt! on: December 26, 2012 07:59:21 AM
Thanks so much!  I wanted something modern, but not too overwhelmingly so.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Diamonds quilt! on: December 26, 2012 07:58:47 AM
Thank you!
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Diamonds quilt! on: December 25, 2012 09:52:20 PM
A Christmas gift for my new and super-snuggly nephew, Simon.

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paintbox quilt! on: December 25, 2012 09:50:01 PM
Here's a quilt I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas.  It is the first quilt I have ever made in all solid colours and I love it.  It was particularly hard to give this one away, but she did love it so much, so that made up for it!

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fiver's Scrapbook and Sheet Protector - two finished quilts! on: September 15, 2012 05:28:13 PM
Here are a couple of quilts I've finished lately!

This is a Polaroid-style baby quilt called "Fiver's Scrapbook" that was inspired by a quilt block by Lee at Freshly Pieced:  http://freshlypieced.blogspot.ca/2012/01/january-bee-blocks.html

Here are some close-ups of a few of the blocks.  My machine quilting is pretty off-the-mark in this one... don't look too closely!

And here is the label I embroidered to go on the back.  (Fiver is the nickname for this little baby that I had for her in utero.)

And here is another quilt I made for the wedding of two friends of mine.  One of them made a joke one time about me making them a quilt to protect their bedsheets from the cats.  So I made a yellow, white, grey, and black quilt to match their three cats. 

I really wanted to use a lot of greys in this quilt, but only had one grey fabric.  I am trying to use more of what's in my stash, so I ended up flipping some of the black and white prints I had and using them wrongside-up in the quilt.  I think the technique worked pretty well!  Here is a somewhat closer shot of the stripes:

And here is the quilt label.  The title is, of course, "Sheet Protector".  Smiley

Thank you for looking in!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: E is for Edward on: September 15, 2012 05:04:11 PM
This is simply incredible.  Your attention to detail is most impressive!  Wonderful job... I broke out in goosebumps when I saw it!  Absolutely gorgeous.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refinished bookcase - a long way from eight dollars! on: September 03, 2012 03:20:10 PM
I got this bookcase at the Salvation Army store for $8, and finally got around to crack-filling, sanding, scraping, priming, and painting it!  It now holds my television as well as some books and DVDs. 

The shelf was one of those plywood cabinets that you used to be able to buy to hold sets of Childcraft encyclopedia (there was a Childcraft logo burned into the kickboard).  It looked like it had been in a classroom for a long time.  It was covered in crayon and marker, and for some reason, a TON of tape... the kind that is so yellowed and brittle and no longer sticky, just good and STUCK. It took a lot of scraping and sanding to get the residue off.

I never think to take a before picture before my project is already underway, but here are a few I scraped together so you get the gist:

Sooooo much tape goo and crayons: 

For anyone interested in refinishing crappy old furniture like this, I recommend three things:

1) sanding well before and between every coat
2) priming with a high-quality primer and WAITING THE FULL SEVEN DAYS TO PAINT.  That is the worst part, but you will regret it if you don't, because your paint will be tacky until the end of time instead of nicely hardened.
3) using a gently FLECKED foam roller (usually at specialty paint stores).  A foam roller alone will give you air bubbles, but the feltiness of the flecked roller will give you a nice smooth finish.

Thanks for looking in!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wall Hanging ( Quilt ) on: August 06, 2012 08:01:56 AM
It's beautiful!  Wow... so much work.  Great job.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: FIRST EVER REUPHOLSTER PROJECT! on: August 06, 2012 07:55:15 AM
This is gorgeous!  You did a great job.  I like the original couch, too, but the new one far outshines it!

When you say a turkey carver, do you mean an electric knife?  I have a disgusting old chair I want to upholster (I have been saying it for five years, but it's coming, really), and I also threw out the cushion, but because it was totally disintegrated and stinky.
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