Sunday, October 9, 2016

Granite Table

Dear Readers,

I have started sewing again this week, but I also finished a small outdoor granite table.  For the last 2 years, when I had the new counters put in, there had been a piece of granite leaning against my house by the front door.  It was the piece where the stove top was going to be...they don't cut that out till they arrive at the property to be sure it doesn't crack during shipping.

So I had this piece of granite 36 x 19 that had 4.5 inch cut outs at each corner.  So I moved it to the folding table I had put in the garage.  I then cut a left over 4 x 4 from the fence I had put up last summer into legs.  I also cut a 2 x 4 into lengths to support the granite.  I positioned the legs in the cut outs and screwed the 2 x 4 to the legs.  I then stained the legs and supports.

I had purchased 2 inch castors, but decided they looked too small, so I returned them and bought 3 inch castors.  They look more in proportion to the legs.  So today I attached the new castors and flipped the granite onto the table legs.  I didn't think I could do it by myself as the granite is heavy, I had just moved it to my dolly to get it to the garage, and kind of leaned it against the table and slid it up there.  Getting it down was promising to be tricky.  I ended up tilting it up on the edge, grabbing the cut outs and lifting it down...almost dropped it, but got it there.

I have too many sewing projects going at this is a partial list...
      1)  Pigeon Forge challenge quilt

      2)  Jere's mystery quilt

      3)  Bonnie Hunter mystery

      4)  Tumbler quilt

      5)  Celeste's mountain quilt

My other project I just set up for is to finish getting the wall paper paste off the wall in the hall...  it never ends, but it keeps me out of trouble.  It would sure be nice to have that done before Christmas time.  I will have to stop playing games on my phone to make inroads into all those projects!!

Sew on...


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Block Buddies

Dear Readers,

Last week I made some of Monica Solorio-Snow's block buddies that she talks about on her Happy Zombie Blog.   I won't give the directions here as she does a great job on her blog.  Click here to read how to make them.  Meanwhile here are some pictures of mine in process and being used.

trimming the batting to the board.
See how the pieces stick?  And because of the plastic board they can be stacked.  
I love these and I know they will help as I have to run a ceiling fan as I am of "that" age.  I hate to have pieces get away from me.

Happy sewing!!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

New Headboard

Dear Readers,

Last summer I made a headboard from a door from my grandmother's house.  I did not like how it came out.  It was too long, and did not look cool like the ones I had seen on pinterest.

So I had several people look at it and sent
pictures to Celeste, but no one really liked it.  So Celeste sent me some pictures of headboards from pinterest.  I did not see one I loved, but one looked like a braid quilt, and I liked that...but did not want to deal with cutting the angles.  So I started thinking about quilt squares that had right angles, as they are so much easier to cut.  I got my graph paper out and drew out a log cabin block using 1 x 4s for the logs.  Of course 1 x 4's are not really 1x 4, they are 3.5 inches wide.  So then I decided it needed a frame so I planned to use 1 x 6's (that are really  1 x 5.5's) for the frame.  I made a trip to Madison and picked different types of wood and a medium stain that I hoped would look different on each type of wood.  I picked a poplar, pine, red oak and cedar.  I stained all the wood and the backing board and had it ready to go.  I was a little disappointed there wasn't a bigger contrast.  Celeste and her beau, Blake, and my son Will were coming for Labor Day and we had planned to assemble the headboard at that point.  I borrowed the key to the wood shop at school and we moved over there and went to work.

Celeste, Blake and Will did the cutting, and I acted as general contractor.  At some point during the process Will moved to doing the sanding and I stained the new cut ends.  Celeste and Blake did the assembly once the cutting was done.  Even though there wasn't as much contrast with the stain as I had wanted the change in the grain was really pretty and gives it enough contrast.

It went together pretty well.  We had a few issues with tool my caulk gun  that we were using with the liquid nails, as it was bent and we had a few runs to Wal-Mart, but it went together well.  Blake screwed the frame to the backing board to further secure it.

When we came home, we had the trial of getting the door off the posts.  I had put it on to stay so that was a trial, but the kids (well adults!) worked together and got it done.  They put the new headboard on and I had them pull the mattress back so that I could put a coat of tongue oil on it to seal it.  It is all sealed and back in place now, thanks to one of my students, her bother and friends,  and dry enough that I can sleep in my room again.  :)

Veiw of the Log Cabin Block Headboard
Close up view

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Projects Upholstered Chair

Dear Readers,

Another project I did this summer was to reupholster a chair.  I had been working on it off and on for quite some time.  Well just before summer started  my son Will, my dad and his wife Nancy came to visit for my dad's birthday.  So they asked about the chair and next thing I knew, I had help on getting the old upholstery off.

I didn't make them work the whole visit.  We took time to have brunch and Jeff and Anne's and watch Jeff shoot across the pond at some turtles.

We also took some time to get together with some cousins from Grenada...
Frances talking to Duncan

Aunt Maria, Lamar Pitcock, Uncle Bobby, Frances

Emma Kate and me

Will, Duncan and Emma

After school got out, I got brave enough to to try to put the chair back together again.

It is not perfect, but it will do for my bedroom.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Soccer Stars

Dear Readers,

One quilt that I made this summer was called Soccer Stars.  My son called me one day and told me a coworker's son had cancer and he was a big soccer player.  I decided to make him quilt for when he was doing treatments.  I found a soccer panel on Missouri Star's web site.  So I ordered it.  I looked around at several quilt shops and found fabric for the background and inner borders.  I decided to make stars from 5 inch blocks and 2.5 inch squares to snowball the corners.  I chose the colors for the stars from the colors of the backing.  

Once I made the stars I sat down with some graph paper and figured out how to put them on as a border, I had to work out how big the inner borders going around the soccer field would be so that the stars would fit.

I took it to Bernina Sewing Center in Jackson to quilt it.  I decided to use a pantograph to quilt it and it went OK, till I was almost done and realized I had put the backing on 90 degrees different from what I should I bought a piece of fabric and we sewed it on while it was on the long armer and finished up!!

Never heard back from the boy on whether he liked it or not.  I know that is not why we do things but I couldn't help but be a little disappointed.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Projects - Headboard bench

Dear Readers,

In April I bought a new mattress and box springs.  It sat entirely too tall on my bed.  So I decided to make a new headboard out of an old door from from my Grandmother's home and use the old headboard and footboard to make a bench.

First I bought some 1x 6's and made a box to support some boards for the bench.  Then I cut the footboard down so it would be the right height for the bench, and cut the posts off to the height for the arm rests.

Next I attached the box to the headboard and footboard.  Then I painted everything with chalk paint.  I am planning for the bench to be exterior, although under an awning, so I wanted all the surfaces painted to help preserve the wood.  I also painted the slats at this time so it would be easy to get the parts between the slats.  Last I attached the slats and added wheels.  I am obsessed with having wheels on my furniture as I live alone, and sometimes I need to move things and it is really nice if you don't have to call someone to help you.

The last step was to add the arm rests and paint them.  Finally, I put a coat of wax on it to give it a little character.

Summer Projects - DVD Shelf

Hey all,

I did a lot of summer projects this year.  The first project I completed was a shelf for my DVD player and electronic stuff.

The cords were coming out of a hole in the wall so first I found this cool cord guide at the hardware store and I put it in.

As you can see it had been sitting on the edge of the hearth with cords going everywhere.  I planned the shelf to sit out from the chimney a little as the outlet to plug the electronics into was in the corner and there are gas lines running along he edge of the chimney.  I made the top so it would lift off so if you have to work on changing hook ups it is easier to get in there.  I also found a wooden box at JoAnn's and cut holes in it for cords to go in so the cord "nest" would be would hidden.