Friday, November 18, 2016

Operation: Resistance Droid

With Christmas less than 6 weeks away, I started piecing my son's gift. I'm making him a twin sized BB-8 quilt to go with his newly decorated Star Wars room. I was really good about cutting out all of my fabric and labeling each cut -- it's something I never do. I had everything organized and I got to sewing.  Here is my progress so far:

As you can see, I have his head done and have begun working on the body. It wasn't until I was editing this photo that I realized that something wasn't right. After another look at the piecing instructions, I realized that I skipped 2 steps so I'll be ripping out some seams and cutting more fabric.  So much for being super organized. On the bright side, I noticed my mistake before the quilt was bound! I'm already thinking about how I want to quilt this. There's going to be a lot of negative space to fill which is exciting and a bit daunting at the same time but it's going to be a fun challenge.

Monday, November 14, 2016

We've Graduated to the Grown-up Table

Earlier this fall, we pulled the trigger on a new dining room table. It was long overdue and it's certainly a step up from our 14-year-old Ikea table. My husband and I kept joking that with this purchase we can finally be called grown-ups. When it's fully extended it seats 12 which is perfect for a family of 3. :)  But in all seriousness, it's exactly what we need since we've hosted Christmas every year since moving to Florida. And this year we're hosting Thanksgiving too.

The moment this table was delivered, I slapped some old and tattered placemats on it. It's really nice wood, and while it has that distressed rustic look, I want to protect it. Hence my desire to make some nice placemats that coordinate with the turquoise window treatments.

I wanted them to be durable so I used decor weight fabric and did some basic 1/2-inch straight line quilting. I've made 4 placemats so far and think I have enough fabric to make 2 more.

This is project #4 that was on my 2016 Finish Along for this quarter!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Finally Motivated

Isn't it amazing how quickly you can finish a project when you finally dedicate the time to it? I had only just posted about my November goal on Sunday and it was finished Monday evening. I'd been procrastinating on making the last window treatment in our living room for months and I'm not even sure why. Maybe it was because it required a trip to the hardware store, maybe because I was going to have to match up the pattern on the fabric. Whatever the underlying reason for putting it off, I finally decided to tackle it because we're hosting Thanksgiving in a few short weeks.

Unlike the mini windows, where I only used foam core for the structure, I needed to use a piece of 1" x 3"  lumber to accommodate the 7-foot length. As you can see in the photo above, we get a lot of great sunlight into this room. I considered adding some sheer curtains with it but my husband really, really, really hates curtains in front of a sliding door, so this is how it will stay.

I think my biggest win on this project is matching up the pattern when sewing the fabric. It ended up being easier than I thought (I used this video tutorial if you're interested in doing this yourself). Here is a close-up, standing on a chair right in front of it. You can't tell at all when you're anywhere in the room.

Now I feel accomplished for the week. Now if we could just get motivated enough to paint and finish decorating the rest of the house...

I can mark this project off of my 2016 4th Quarter Finish Along list, too!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

November's One Monthly Goal

November is one of my all-time favorite months. Nature's color palette of orange, rust, deep red, and brown always makes me smile. I think that is why orange is one of my favorite colors. I love decorating the house for fall, with bright orange mums and pumpkins everywhere. Unfortunately, here in Florida, we don't see all of those brilliant colors in nature. Lucky for me, though, when it comes to decorating for autumn nobody does it better than Disney.

Of course, this is also when I go into holiday prep mode, trying to finish all those handmade Christmas gifts and any holiday decorating projects that I want to complete. Since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, I'd like to finish up some of those decor projects on my to-do list. An autumn table runner would be nice, but my priority is to get the last pelmet box made for our sliding glass patio door.

I purchased the rest of the fabric for this project but it's going to require a trip to the hardware store for some supplies. Here is a finished pelmet box over one of our narrow dining room windows.

If you recall, I made these boxes using foam core. The slider doorway is more than twice the size of these windows so I need to make it sturdier with a wooden frame. I also need to get clever and match up the pattern since the fabric width is only 60" wide. I've been procrastinating on this project for months, but now's the time for me to just suck it up and get it done.