Sunday, August 10, 2014

Patchwork Quilt for the Guest Room!

    Patchwork Joy Quilt
Plus a Scrap idea!

This quilt was done in 12 1/2 inch blocks
I wanted an easy and colorful quilt.
size is 60x72

I used fabric from my stash, some vintage, some modern.
I also took a visit to JoAnn's for more fabric!
I brought in what I wanted to work with for colors, just
let them know "in coming fabric".
I have tried using a photo of fabric but on hands is the best!

One more advise, when you think you have the final selection
at home, take a few days, I stacked mine countless ways, looking at the colors and patterns.  Even after cutting out all my squares and laying them on the bed, I pulled some out and arranged again.  When you have it, take a photo for sewing
placement.  Have you ever messed up you blocks?
Oh Yeah!


I machine top stitched several directions. 

I love vintage chenille, and this one is yellow and in great shape, so yellow colors were one choice. 
I did mention, I wanted the room to be bright and cheerful.

On my binding for the 1st time, I cut 2 1/2 inches
instead of 2 1/4.  Love it!  Notice the toilet paper roll,
good for keeping your binding, I always do my binding
before top stitching the quilt.  Getting to that ready made
binding is a good feeling, almost done!



Now for the scrapy idea!
Our Guest room has it's own Bathroom!
Yes, lucky guest! 
I looked and looked for towels, and was lucky enough to find some yellow and chenille looking ones.  Now towel shopping is not easy and a whole new story to tell!  To find quality towels and
ones that absorb water off your body is a true challenge, not to mention a good size and oh yes, ones that don't get snagged with threads coming from every direction!
I used my scraps and sewed them on the towels!

Now I am on the hunt for bathroom rugs!
Take care and thanks for the visit!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shabby redo of mid-century Desk

blue for this Mid-Century Desk
Mid-Century was right on this one!
It was really in bad condition, had an unknown rough life, but with a little work and paint
is renewed and ready for a new century!
The legs were strong and still wanted to stand tall.
I love the indention for the drawers, smooth lines!

I told you it was in bad shape, but that is the challenge!
We won't even get into the drawer repair!
All are opening like spreading soft butter on toast.

Never give up on a piece, it came out better
than I thought.

This is a better true picture of the Blue, photographer
needed! :}

Due to the condition and the paint I used.  I choose to distress it lightly.
Chalk paint would have been good for this one!

Yes, I even did the back!  I love to save the original wood
if possible, just used poly stain.  I wanted to stain the drawer
fronts, but no way, paint needed there!

Thanks for looking and the visit!
Take care,


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Vintage Vanity Redo

       This was a beautiful find, only missing her 8 wheels
              and with my redo addiction I called her the
                                         "Vintage Lady"



Painted White and Distressed with her lovely
hardware, dovetail drawers, and new wheels,
her redo is complete.

Vintage lady rolled away
to a new home!

take care,

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Tribute Quote

                                      Memorial Day Tribute

For Those we Lost
For Those who Fought!

Our Eagles will Soar
In Honor of You!
      -Marilyn Hogan-Ansari

RIP Mike

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter decor and craft

Easter Mantel

Real Daisy flowers, artificial Easter flowers with eggs, and the frames I painted and distressed.

Kitty Sheba sits here, it was worth a picture!
It is nice and warm and she is the center of attention!

Do you remember these?

My Grandmother made these from Xmas Cards, these baskets were popular in the 60's and 70's.  This Grandmother decided to do one with Easter cards.
I made my pattern 4 inches on the bottom and 4 1/2 on the sides.
There are patterns online search Christmas Card Baskets.
Just place the template over the area you like on your cards.
Cut out 12 cards and you will need one large card or I used poster board for the bottom of the basket.

The Bottom is also 4 inches on the sides, I just marked with pencil marks for the holes to sew your blanked stitch.  for the cards I made from tracing paper a template to mark for holes.

I found the easiest way to make my holes was with a nail, light weight hammer and of course a piece of wood for underneath.
Just tape, tape!

Make sure and pair up your cards and tap your holes so they line up for sewing.  I put a little stick glue in the middle of cards
to hold in place and very small scotch tape on top and bottom
of tracing paper.

To make it easier for your yarn, use your yarn needle and completely go through the hole.

Sew Blanket Stitch around each pair of cards and your bottom.
Then attach the bottom first with thread.  I used transparent thread first, not a good idea, hard time threading, and keeping track of the thread.  Aggravation and a few bad words said, before I finished it with matching yellow thread.

Finish and I added from one of the cards an Easter Greeting in egg shape, just stick glued on.  Now, Grandma did not do that, or use Easter Cards!

I put a plant inside, thinking, what am I going to put inside?
 Easter grass of some type and of course Chocolate would do!

Now on to the Scrapy, Decoupage, Quilted Easter Eggs

I have a lot of fabric scraps from quilting and sewing, This little box is nothing, I don't throw away anything!
In the sewing room going through my drawers of stuff, it came to me to do Easter Eggs with scraps?

First I poked a hole in each end of the eggs, blew them out, and almost my tonsils, until I got the hang of it!  The little pieces of fabric cover the holes, just spread Elmer glue on, take a scrap, place where you want and put more glue on top.  Using your fingers, its fun and easy to slide the pieces around, a warm rag is good for your hands, I wished my grand kids were here for this one!

Happy Spring and Easter

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Easy Spring Easter Wreath

Happy Spring to all my visitors!

I was a little under the weather, even though it is around 75 degrees and so sunny, but unable to go out and get supplies for a new Wreath for Spring.  It was time to take my St Patty's Wreath down!  My neighbors know me, and must be wondering, what's up with her? 

I had the twig wreath that I use for many occasions and went to my Easter box to check on what did I stash last year?  Yes, found artificial flowers with eggs, now how lucky was that!  Most of use can use items we already have, right?

Below is all it took!

Just clip off the thick stem bottom and then just stick the individual stems in and place where you like!

This made me feel much better and took very little time!

I hope all is well and you are enjoying your Spring time!

Take care, 
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Irish Fabric Ribbon DIY and Decor

Just a Shamrock  hello and a wee bit of luck and fun for St Patrick's Day to Ya!
A banner of Shamrocks from the Dollar Tree I purchased last year, I knew I would use them 
sooner or later!

I really did not do that much this year for an Irish Lady!
I wanted to share my Hair Spray trick!  
You see I needed a nice big green bow and wanted  green ribbon on my already made Burlap Wreath from an earlier post.  I had planned for days to get that green ribbon!   Have you just wanted to do a project, like right now at that moment?
Well an idea came to me.  Fabric ribbon, I have a fabric stash!   So I Found just the right material, but it was too limp to make a bow?  Hum?  Checked the house for spray starch, found some from 10 years ago,  it was full but the spray tip was missing, go figure!  I tried every spray tip I could find in the house, crazed but no luck!  Not wanting to go to the store, I came up with the idea "Hair Spray". I had just the Hair Spray too stiff for my hair!  YES!

I cut the width I wanted,  ironed out any wrinkles and went outside where it was sunny and warm to spray the strip and let it dry.
I sprayed 3 times heavy too, letting it dry each time.   This worked for me, I was happy with the stiffness.

Any firm hair spray should work.

I could use a bow making class, but I did it!

This should be a pot of gold instead of a pot of cones!

I love white candles, you can do so much.   I just added some green ribbon 
And glue stick.  I told you, I did not do a lot, but a little is good sometimes?

I love my chalk board, use it all the time, this one is in the dining room.
Take Care, Marilyn
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