Friday, January 21, 2011

[ twin quilts ]

I rarely say this, so take it for what it's worth, but I love this boy quilt. The blues, the greens, the stripes, the frogs ! After I took these photos (yes in my bathroom....) I realized that I had a blooper on the cupcake quilt. Not a real blooper, but in the top right corner I saw that the two green polka dot squares were too close for my liking. That's what happens when you hurry.

I was hurrying because I wanted the quilts to get there by Friday, as in today.

I mentioned that it was one of Ryan's old troops having twins, he and his wife. She is due any minute and the c-section is scheduled for February 7th. Daddy is leaving tomorrow for a deployment. He is going to miss the birth of his two babies and at least the first 6 months.

Now you see why I was in a hurry ? UPS is scheduled to deliver the quilts today. I hope the gift brings even the smallest of smiles during such a difficult time.

Each quilt was a 48" square. The frog one had a green polka dot backing, and the cupcake had a purple backing. Each was quilted with the meander pattern.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Farmhouse Bed

I have never built a piece of furniture in my life. My experience in woodworking is/was limited to the one semester of shop class that I took in high school. I think I made a birdhouse, or a box. Obviously nothing that left a lasting impression.

Until now.

Once I get an idea in my head, I have to do it, or at least attempt to do it. The Farmhouse bed was no exception. I found the plans from Knock off Wood. awhile ago and it got mentally filed away for future use. Gavin had a second hand bed that we bought, but it wasn't holding up to my expectations and that's when the light bulb went off above me head.

Build a bed and he shall sleep in it. ( Sometimes )

So we bought the wood, rented the saw and got busy. I hammered. I glued. I sanded. I painted. I stained and then I sat back and enjoyed my determination.

You are looking at a 100% solid wood twin size bed, completely built by myself and my husband. I built a bed. A BED ! How about that Mr. Shop Class teacher ! Ha !

The plans from Knock off Wood were very easy to read and understand. The bed went together in just two days ( we got a late start on day one ) then it took me an additional day to paint and stain, and one more day to assemble and stain the bed rails.

I built a bed !

Saturday, January 15, 2011

frogs and cupcakes

One of Ryan's former troops is getting ready to have twins. A boy and a girl.

Frogs and cupcakes.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

4" square quilt

I forgot about this one. I must need to start taking some ginko or something. This is a complete copy of the quilt I made last Spring, only this one is going to be twin size.

Any idea how many little 4" squares will be used to make this quilt ?

I will give you a little hint, it's a lot. I should start a pool as to how many the final tally will be.

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I am not all that sure that this post is interesting, but I've got nothing else.

I found these ceramic bookend letters at Goodwill. $6.00. Horrible brown color. So I gave them a spray of primer and then a coat of paint. The resulting color wasn't the one I had in mind, but it reminds me of a stick of Winterfresh gum. Minty.