28 February 2012

3 in a row

3 in a row - oh so colorful!

I just love this backing fabric.  Picked it up on a whim at Joann's and it couldn't have matched more perfectly than this!

23 February 2012

HST blocks

....and with this I have reached my 100th post!  

I think the best thing about making these Half Square Triangle blocks is the size.  They are a full 16" when completed.  I made a few extra when working on the throw size quilt so I made 2 quick baby quilts out of them.

 A pink/green version and a turquoise/yellow version.  Some quick quilting and they'll be ready for the next little babies heading this way. 

19 February 2012

Red and White quilt top

 Just needs a border

so close!

 Last triangle standing.... as soon as I post I'll get it together and put the top pieced sections together.   A few border pieces and my quilt top will be ready for quilting!  Yea!

Jess Quilt all finished.   Just needs a label and a final spin through the wash.   :)   Hope it finds a good home and brings in some money for the Teen Center

13 February 2012

red and white piecing - weekend project #2

Here's my red and white quilt progress....

all the bags and blocks
laying out the pattern

I don't feel confident enough in my piecing skills to run one super long strip of blocks so I pieced in smaller sections and attached as I went

one more piecing section and I'll have the top together.   Probably not be able to get back to this til the weekend.   That's a lot of squares to take over an office/playroom floor :)

I've noticed when I photograph something I have an easier time checking pattern or color balance by looking at the photo rather than looking at the project in front of me.  Does anyone else find that happening to them?   I think it's the smaller size of the photo that helps me. 

11 February 2012

weekend project 1

You may remember I had 2 projects going at once.  Despite the sweeping illnesses that went through here last weekend I am chipping away at both projects bit by bit.
Here's the auction quilt for my friend Jess (calling it the Jess Quilt)

It is all sandwiched up and ready for quilting.  I'll just give you the peeks until I get it to her at the end of the month.

I've also got a teacher bag and play doh valentine gifts in the works with the kids this weekend...

....off I go!

03 February 2012

Murals in the Shaffer Mansion

A friend of mine has a relative who was restoring a very old and dilapidated mansion in my area.

After years of very time consuming restorations, the final touches were going to be several murals added to the master bedroom, the largest full bath, and this little half bath.   These were finished in 2010.

This is a period home with an owner who loves choosing creative wall coverings.   Here's the smallest half bath off the main living room.   Alice and Wonderland.   She wanted the feel of a wooden tree stump.   

Can easily say it's the strangest thing I've ever painted!

Oil-based paints on a brand new (never been used because I painted before it was installed!) toilet.

This is a mural above the fireplace in the master bedroom.   It's the homeowners Grandfather (standing), Grandmother (seated center) and friends boating on the Susquehanna River that runs at the edge of town.   It was a black and white photo, she wanted the same feel but with a touch of color. 

 This is the blank wall in the full bath.   All painted trompe l'oeil style.  There is no molding, that was painted as well.   This is the home the family grew up in.  The other 2 walls of this room are solid windows but this one faces the interior of the house so we decided on a false window.


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