Friday, December 6, 2019

More Painting Projects

 Once it got too cold to do any more painting outside (the garage, doors and trim)  I turned my attention to inside the house.
Our kitchen has been yellow for 11 years.  I was ready for a change.  The top picture is a little darker than reality.  The bottom picture more accurate.   However, I did notice that it had darkened over the years, because under the outlet covers it was a lighter yellow.

 As you can see I went for a classic white.  It definitely needed two coats!  Fortuantely the ceiling only needed one.

 I stopped at the fridge because I was a little nervous to pull it out.  (the men were gone for the weekend hunting)
 The next week it was onto the the back hallway.  Had to take down all the hook names.  I haven't put any back up, and honestly don't know if I will.  They are so well trained, that their stuff stays on the right hooks, anyway.
 I also got brave and pulled out the fridge.  Boy did that floor need a scrubbing! (no one needs pictures of that!)  Found lots of kid magnets as well.
 The next project was ceilings.  When I had painted the laundry room a very pale blue, the wet paint looked white and I didn't see the mistakes until after they dried.  (this was a few years ago)  They've bothered me since, so I finally got around to painting the ceiling.

 It really needed it!  I've also had the fabric to make the curtains for a few years too......

The other ceiling that needed painting was the "big bathroom".  When E and I painted she told me she could trim.  Well, I'd leave that up to debate. 

So my major painting projects are done for now.  The next overhaul will be the "little bathroom".  But it most certainly is not a project for December!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

scrap management 2

More on my scrap management.  Above you can see my stacks of squares.  I cut them in whole and half sizes, 1.5" up to about 12" depending on my mood of the day.  I don't do 5.5" I cut them down to 5" since that fits most patterns.  The 1.5" I use as my leader enders.
Anything that was longer than wide pretty much went into the strips pile.  Much more on that in later posts.
As I was going through things I remembered I had started collecting squares in the past.
You can see by the dust, that was a long time ago. 
When I dumped it out I found all bunch of sizes of squares.
And apparently I was insane, because I had a collection of 1" squares.  I've kept them, but I don't know what I'll do with them.
This series of photos explains how I cut up my scraps into squares.
I find the largest square I can cut out of a shape and go from there.

I just started sewing some small pieces together.  These were some little Kaffe Fassett pieces I had.
This pile of old and pretty soft flowers made me happy. 
Also in the box were these pieces.

You may be wondering why I have so much vintage fabric. 
1. I inherited my mother's stash and that was 20 years ago.
2. People have started giving me fabric.
3. The call of the thrift stores.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Scrap Management, The Never Ending Story

This was my mega bin of scraps.  It is literally the first box I bought to hold fabric.   I've greatly outgrown it....
I had originally brought it into the house because I had some scrappy sewing to do for a couple of people.

And once it was in the house, I decided to see if I could get through it all and clean it up. 
Going through these fabrics brings back quilts and memories.  The animal ones were for a friend's baby quilt.  Said baby is 14.
This pink is one of those prints that don't seem to die.
The stars are from one of the very first quilts I ever made.
This pile were from WD's baby quilt. (another 14 y/o)
Roses from a quilt for my MIL
It truly felt like I'd never get to the bottom.  Someone on IG pointed out that the fabric probably "fluffs up" when the weight is taken off.  I think it multiplies when I'm not looking.
My table while I was sorting/trimming.
Anything that was strippy got piled on the ironing board.

I did actually get to the bottom, after a few days.  A few episodes of Star Trek (the original series) and one Bruce Lee movie.
This stack was all going back into the fabric boxes.  I decided they were too big to bother cutting up.
Alf liked the strips
When all was said and done, I only kept the following piles as "scraps"

I also do keep selvedges.  Not that I use them much...
And piles of squares.

Next blog post I'll talk about what I did with all the scraps and how I "manage" them.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A Nut House, Class with Laura Wasilowski

A couple months ago, August, I believe, Laura Wasilowski of Artfabrik came to our guild to present and do a work shop. 
I hadn't originally signed up, but they had space, and I was able to work it with my schedule. 
I'm so glad I did.  She is an excellent teacher and very fun lady.  And I was able to use things I learned in the class for my Sunrise/Sunset quilt.
The class was called "Another Nut House" and all the pictures so far have been of her work. 
She does hand dyeing of fabric and threads and all her quilts are fused.  No piecing. Seriously. 
The following pictures are Nut Houses of some of the other students.

And the following are my project.  First we had to weave to create the cap/roof.

I've been working on hand stitching  here and there.
Really, just the grass so far.
And its been at least a month since I've touched it, but it is fun and bright, so I think it will get done!