I’ve never given much thought towards “memorial quilts” and what they might entail. I recently had the privilege to work on one for a colleague. There wasn’t much to work with, very few outfits, as her sweet baby girl passed at four months of age many years ago.
What a humbling opportunity. Although, I did not know this mother so long ago when this tragedy happened, working on this quilt was a little emotional for me. Each little smocked dress or printed sleeper has a story I am sure.
I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.
Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.
. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?
Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing.
. . . viola! Our new coffee table
George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.
I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . 😉
Happy New Year! We’ve been enjoying a long and lazy holiday break. I finished my last project for the year just in time for Christmas: 16 quilted table runners for family and friends.
Quilted Table Runner
Over the past year, George and I learned a lot of new tricks and techniques, received much appreciated advice and made a few friends while doing what we love: creating, building and crafting. I am honored to share a few of my favorite blogs with you; knowing you’ll find something to enjoy from their posts as much as I: Fox and Finch Antiques, Hello, Scarlet, and Ol’ Perly Jenkins.
I look forward to attempting new projects this new year. I did not realize how “crafty busy” we had been until I looked back over 2014. Indulge me as I share a few with you:
Well, I have three, actually 😉
Salvaged Wood Shelf
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
Architectural Wall Art
By far, the easiest project!
DIY Necklace Holder
Though, not a 2014 project, this was the most viewed one for the year.
Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table
Anyone see a pattern here? I guess we like creating with wood. 🙂 I’d love to know your favorite 2014 post or project.
Here’s to a fantabulous New Year to you and yours! – – Joanne
So much crammed into one month. Are your weekends busy, too? LOL . . . We are all so very proud of our son-in-law on his recent graduation. I marvel at those who balance their lives with work, raising a family, keeping house, the reserves AND complete university.
We celebrated our daughter’s and sister’s birthdays at a fav Mexican restaurant. The waiters presented my sister with a flan dessert and my daughter a shot of tequila. 🙂 #agediscrimination?
On a recent Saturday, I tagged along to a modern quilt club meeting with friends. Some amazing quilts were collected for the ALS Foundation. Very cool . . .
And now, on to the Upcycled Jean Quilt:
I’m stoked. I just completed my second quilt; a lap quilt for my grandson. Keeping to a simple pattern, I reused old jeans and added patriotic fabrics. I wanted to make a “boy” quilt for him to use on a cold winter evening while snuggling on the sofa.
I’m still in the learning phase. Made plenty of mistakes.
I learned that all jeans are not created equal; especially stretch denim. 😉 Who knew?
I am fascinated by modern quilts. Getting ready to start my third quilt project. 🙂