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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question quilters living in Europe, where do you buy batting online? on: May 25, 2017 10:57:02 AM
I have used both fleece fabric, fleece blanket and generic polyester fabric store batting. I have never bought it online, but when I need to buy hard-to-find sewing supplies I get them from Sewandso. I know they sell quilting supplies as well.

I actually prefer synthetic batting too, even though some traditional quilters look at me as if it's a crime. My quilts are made to be used (and washed) and when they get dirty, I want to be able to throw them in the washing machine without having to worry about it. (I do machine binding too, that's 3 deadly sins of quilting in one paragraph)
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pantry Update on: May 25, 2017 10:46:44 AM
Good to see another lovely updated pantry! It's amazing to see how much only a little bit of work can really improve the look of a room. It's a shame you're selling it though, now you're only going to have a great looking pantry for a short time and it'll probably take years before you find the time to re-do your next pantry  Grin
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: PPD Series #1- Lies of Motherhood on: May 25, 2017 10:28:08 AM
This is a really impressive piece of art! Technically it's beautifully done and I imagine you chose a very traditional feminine craft on purpose.

As for the theme, I'm very sorry you had to go through that. I hope your art helps you to get through it. I'm childless myself and I'm always surprised by the reaction I get from many women when they find out I don't have children. Quite often it's something along the lines of "Lucky you! I love my children more than anything, but ....  " and not in a joking manner. It seems to be a sort of taboo among new mothers to talk about the negative sides of childbirth and motherhood. Maybe that's why they'd rather confide in a childless woman. I think there are many women who are suffering from PPD / PPA in silence and even go undiagnosed and I'm sure all parents struggle with negative thoughts now and then. I hope your art might help women open up about these issues.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Pantry on: May 21, 2017 07:47:49 AM
Thanks! I'm really happy with it too. It wasn't even that much work but it really has improved our home. We have a small kitchen so I love the extra storage space. It took me about ten days all in all, just an hour here or there after work.


Big improvement! We have a similar under-stairs pantry in our place and it makes a BIG difference the volume of kitchen storage we have. Ours still needs a freshening up and you're contributing to my desire to get on it!

I just had a look at your blog and it seems we're both renovating an old house. I'm really happy with our house and I love all the DIY, but I absolutely underestimated the amount of work.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pantry on: May 20, 2017 11:16:41 AM
Before:


After:


What I did:
- The floor was bare, so I used a leftover piece of vinyl from the living room to cover the floor
- As you can see in the first picture, the green paint chipped. The grain paint was actually acrylic paint over traditional limewash, which is why it's chipped (it's an old house). I removed this acrylic layer, which was easy because it was a completely seperate layer and it nearly fell off just from touching it. Then I had a limewashed wall. I didn't want to keep it that way, as it leaves white marks when you touch it, but removing it completely would be a lot of work. Beneath the limewash there's only the red brick. The only type of paint you can paint directly onto limewash is chalk paint, which is what I did. It still looks like limewash, but it doesn't leave white marks and doesn't come off when you spill some water over it. I did two layers on the wall and four layers on the (wood) stairs. The stairs had big water marks on them from the previous owner accidentally tipping a bucket of water over the stairs. I didn't manage to cover the stains completely, but I didn't want to buy another can just to paint the ceiling of my pantry.
- I chose a modular shelving system so we can adapt the space in the future if necessary, but it required some 40 large 10mm holes to be drilled into a brick wall. That was about 80% of the work. It didn't help I had to recharge my cordless drill/driver a few times. Installing the actual shelves only took a couple of minutes. My local store cuts them to size for free.

(It's an old house, we had it checked out thorougly before we bought it and the water marks especially, but according to the experts the bucket of water story checks out. I love my old house and renovating it, but you really do need a proper inspection before you buy it to really know what you're getting yourself into).
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Men's boxers on: May 19, 2017 09:23:57 AM
These look great! I've been wanting to try making underwear for some time. I never really find what I'm looking for in the store. Was it hard? Are they comfortable?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2017 QuiltAlong on: May 17, 2017 11:53:22 PM
It's absolutely gorgeous, and not "just" the paper piecing! I really love the quilting too.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2017 QuiltAlong on: May 16, 2017 09:55:59 AM
All the hexies from the swap:



For scale, bed is 1.80m wide.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars for mothers day. on: May 16, 2017 05:43:42 AM
As always, this one is really pretty! The mix of the different blocks and fabrics is exactly right. I'm sure the new owner will be really happy with it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Romance of England Past round 2 on: May 13, 2017 02:22:06 AM
This sounds great!  I'd sign up for it.
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