A View of My Quilt Life

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amazon Prime Day = New Studio & Stash Additions

Amazon Prime Day is basically Black Friday in July.  Since DH & I are Prime members this year, I decided to check out some things, you know, just take a look see. What could it hurt?  Besides the checkbook, of course. 

There were a lot of items. A lot of items! And, since I didn't have all day to sit on the computer buying things we don't need, the checkbook was safe. I did score some new things for the studio & the stash. First up - Art Bin Double Deep Super Satchels.

These will provide some great project storage. Like for the new colors of Marcus Fabric Aged Muslins I got.

There are a few more colors of this collection I want to get my hands on. A few of them are:

Not sure what they are going to be yet, but I do like the muted colors and hand on these. They are a little older so finding them will be a challenge.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Vintage Blocks Project

And this one time, I went for a drive...

It seems like a lot of my quilt stories start with a road trip.  Well, this one is no different!

The 2018 Sauder Village Challenge has been announced. It's called Modern Vintage: "This year’s challenge focuses on the incorporation of unfinished vintage quilts or blocks into a Modern Quilt aesthetic.  Scraps of vintage blocks and top fragments are to be recycled to create a new and innovative quilt."

I knew about the theme back in June when I was in Shipshewana during their quilt show and found some cool vintage blocks to use for this challenge. The red & white star blocks are hand pieced.  The red work blocks are a little stiff and definitely in need of washing, as there is some unknown staining. The star blocks will also be hand washed & I'm expecting the red dye to release in the process.  It can't be helped, they need a washing.

Yep - red dye release during washing, just like I thought.

The embroidered blocks are cleaner but they are still stained.  I may be removing that part of the block with some creative design choices.

The second part of the challenge is to use at least three (3) American Made Brand solid cottons along with the vintage bits. And of course, you need to buy the solids out at Threads of Tradition - the quilt shop in Sauder Village. Located in Archbold, Ohio, the shop is about 250 miles from me. That makes it 500 miles round trip or all in a (long) day trip. At this point I was just winging it color scheme wise. There is no design plan yet, so I need to cover my bases without going overboard.

This is what I came up with, planning right there on the cutting table at the shop. Going to be interesting to see where this leads, though I have plenty of time. I like getting these fabrics as early as I can so they're ready for a winter project.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Working the Cherry

Time to introduce the cherry part of the treadle TV stand project.

It's a lovely piece of two inch thick, twelve inch wide, 48 inch long slab of live edge Michigan cherry.

Still has some bark on it that needs to be removed. That's where I come into the project.

The DH is handling the actual construction, as well as the initial planing and sanding. I'm on de-barking, some sanding and finishing coats of Varathane poly.

It went well & quick

It even got a first light sanding with a Scotch Brite pad to get the last bits of bark off. There are two edge dings that need to be addressed. One on the front and the other on the back. This lovely slab will be on the top of the legs, with a shelf of one by eight cherry about seven inches under the top, to hold the DVD player and satellite box.

The bottom of the unit will be open to accommodate an antique wooden carpenters chest that will provide great storage for the studio. The chest is in the studio now but the TV sits on top of it and can't be easily accessed.
Can't wait for this to be done & in place!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Treadling Project sans Fabric, Thread & Machine

No, don't have the 1921 Singer 66 Redeye treadle machine up & running yet - that's still on my long term project list.  But the new project does involve a Singer treadle or more specifically the legs irons from a Singer treadle.

This pair was gifted from my friend, Scarlet last fall. They are just the end legs and perfect for the new TV stand for my studio. They are in great condition, though in need of cleaning.  While they don't feel dirty, the cast iron seems to attract and hold dirt differently - a scrubbing with dish soap didn't shift it. 

But I have a secret weapon!  409. Yep, it's grease cutting properties cuts through anything including light surface rust. Works great with a Scotch Brite pad.

It also works on aged cedar fence grunge - ask me how I know.
Summer 2017 Fence Cleaning
After washing, rinsing repeated and sun drying, the legs were ready for the next step - taping off the center medallion.  At first I was just going to paint everything and then go back & repaint the medallion in gold and red.

Until I found this when I cleaned them. Left side was after scrubbing and right side is before.

The original paint!  Plans changed and I decided it would be better to leave this, paint the legs and then use car wax to protect the medallion front.

So I taped off and painted. Which paint?  That was a BIG decision.  Many people repaint in gloss black. I found a bright red gloss set picture. And I considered a few  Rustoleum hammered paint colors.

Then I found this:

I set up the painting area on the patio and commenced.



And the unmasking:

I still need to wax the medallions but I am thrilled at how they turned out.  I have another set of these legs to make a matching machine shelf unit and will also use the soft iron paint on them

Up next is the wood portion of the project. Working in different mediums is a nice change of pace.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Finish - Solstice Sampler

YAY!!  I have a Finish to share with all of you!

But first, some process/progress pictures of the past few weeks.
In keeping with the aged muslins used, I wanted a basic color thread.  I choose this YLI hand quilting thread.

In hindsight, I should have gone to a darker variegated or a darker cream/beige solid for an even more aged look and better blending, especially given the quilting.  I forgot that with mini size complex blocks, there are a lot of seams to traverse and you occasionally get some bobbly quilting lines because of them.

I like the look of the back. 

It's amazing how much time it took to quilt this small project (21 inches by 24 inches).  But turning every 3/4's of an inch take time and patience. The outer rows of blocks went a little easier because I could keep going from one block to another and then another. Harder to do that on interior rows because I didn't stitch in the ditch first to stabilize the project. So glad when I got to trim stage

I auditioned all the colors for binding and landed on the darkest blue to frame it.

And finally - Solstice Sampler

I really like the Marcus Fabrics Aged Muslins.  I want to design another full size project with them and there are more colors available in this line. 

I've been quilting on the Phoenix project so a post on that is coming soon, along with some non-fabric, quilting related things.