I have had so many works-in-progress lying around over the past month or so, it’s been kind of silly. I’ve been working on this crib quilt for a little while now, but haven’t wanted to show it until it was delivered to it’s recipient at a baby shower last Saturday. The layout was inspired by this quilt, which I loved. And it sewed-up so fast!
I’ve been collecting little bits of blues and browns for a while now and waiting for just the right project. The back is a Michael Miller Disco Dot. I love that print. Quilting in aqua blue thread by my friend, Monica.
The other fabrics are from all over the map: Riley Blake, Moda, Lakehouse, etc. And all from the stash. Nice. This is the year I am going to bust that stash! No, really. I am.
Finally, many thanks to Jacque for the heads up on this awesome opportunity to not only destash, but to feel totally heroic while putting that fabric you don’t love anymore toward a superb cause. Jacque is hosting an opportunity to donate your un-needed fabric to the Kropfs who make clothing for orphans in Malawi, Africa so that they can attend school. I was so inspired when I heard about their efforts. Visit LilyPad Quilting for the details. Give away your fabric and your guilt all at the same time toward this sweet project – you could even win a prize. Thanks, Jacque for coordinating all of this!
PS. Thanks so much for the chair makeover love. I’m thinking you are all right – I’m going to leave as is. It’s easier that way too.
One more post about a yard sale find. (I really never go yard-saleing – I just got lucky, ‘happening-to-pass-by’ two garage sales in my own neighborhood this summer.) So at a yard sale down the street from my house I spotted these 2 chairs. $10 for the pair. They looked a little bedraggled but full of potential.
I used white, gloss Krylon to paint the chair. Not fancy. I probably need to add a coat of some kind of finisher, glaze or something and I’m undecided about whether or not to distress it a little bit. I’ll keep mulling it over for a few more weeks before I tackle the other chair as well. It’s still a work in progress.
Here’s the nice ‘before and after’ shot. My china-hutch re-do is still probably my favorite furniture makeover, but the chair is definitely a close second. Cost-wise per chair: Chair = $5, primer = $3.50, paint = $3.50, fabric = $2.25 for a total of $14.25. I think I can handle doing the other one.
Last month I shared the vintage Red Lattice quilt from my husband’s aunt’s home in Maine. Today I’ll share the two other antique quilts she let me photograph. I love the simplicity of this red and white quilt. It’s probably early 20th Century. I think this was made by my husband’s great-grandmother.
Here is a close-up of the quilting. Part of the quilt is quilted with this circle/orange peel pattern (which I LOVE) and part is quilted with a simple straight-line, cross hatch pattern. Makes me wonder if there were multiple quilters and why the two drastically different patterns. To be honest, I didn’t even notice it until writing this post. Funny.
Check out these fabulous fabrics. Lots of madder-red hues in there. I wonder how much the colors have changed since the quilt was assembled? Because of the log cabin pattern and the fabric colors, my guess is that this quilt was made between 1870-1890. (I’m not ready to start as a judge on Antiques Roadshow – nowhere near a professional – but this site helped solidify my guess.)
I would be interested to know the history of this one. It came through the family, but they were unsure of the details. Another reminder to label your quilts. (Note to self: would you just start labeling your quilts!) It was fabulous to see this beauty for myself. I had no idea of its existence so it was very fun to see and admire it up close. I love old quilts. They’re one of my favorite kinds of quilts.
Also, I’ve been working on my navy and green quilt. I even did the quilting by myself, on my own machine. Simple cross-hatching, but you don’t know how proud I am of this achievement. I am usually terrified of ruining my quilts by quilting them myself. I’ve had a few people ask about this one – yes, I am going to do a pattern. I’m hoping to have it ready soon – or at least when I share the finished quilt.