Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wall Art

I saw this piece of art at Target last year and really liked it but didn't like the $80.00 price tag. I took a picture with my cell and thought I would try to make my own. Here is the finished art work hanging in my family room. 
I bought a 3 foot long, 12 inch wide piece of pine at Home Depot. My husband cut it into three pieces and that was all I did until this week!
 I painted the sides a green similar to what I have on the wall in my family room. I choose three different colors of scrapbook paper that I thought would work and modge podged them to each piece of wood.

 I printed out a copy of the picture from Target and used my handy dandy Tracer projector to trace the tree on each piece of wood.
I used black acrylic paint to hand paint the tree. When the paint was dry I used a clear acrylic spray to seal them.  
 Here they are together before I hung them up.

My wall had been naked for over a year.  I am happy with the result and it probably cost me $10.00!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Bloggers Quilt Festival

I just realized I never posted about this baby quilt I made.  I am taking an English class and a History of the United States class this semester and I am doing so much writing in those classes that unfortunately blogging hasn't been high on my priority list.  Today I found out about the Bloggers Quilt Festival that Amy's Creative Side is hosting so I thought I would enter this little quilt.   My mom asked me to make a quilt for her close friend Lena's daughter who had a very premature little girl.  Little Ella was 1 pound 15 ounces at birth.  I actually babysat for Lena's children a long time ago when I was a teenager. My mother asked her prayer group ladies to come over and they all prayed over the quilt before my mom sent it off. I am happy to say that Stephanie loved it.  I got the sweetest thank you from her that just made me cry. 
 The front

 The back

One of the fabrics I bought had a flower pattern large enough that I was able to use them for appliques in the center of each block. Each block is the same I just rotated them in each row.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 44″x 58″
Special techniques used : applique
Quilted by : Kathleen Weber
Best Category : Baby Quilt


Friday, October 26, 2012

A Wonky Log Cabin

This is the first queen size I've ever made.   Twenty-five 14" blocks.  My quilt group the Wild Threads had a block swap and this is the pattern and fabric I chose.  The group made 9 of the blocks and I made the rest.  One of my quilting friends, Shirley, has a long arm so I had her quilt it for me.  This was a belated graduation gift for my daughter Jocelyn.

 Close up of quilting pattern.
 The front of the quilt.
The back.  

I decided to use the left over fabric and just make one HUGE wonky block.  Finished size is 86" by 93".  I hope it keeps her comfy and warm for many, many years.  I am so happy with it and my daughter loves it too!  What have you been up to?


PS.  I am going to enter this quilt into the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  Check it out!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 86″x 93″
Quilted by : Shirley Rouse
Best Category : Professionally Quilted, Favorite Bed Quilt, Favorite Bee Quilt