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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Shadowbox quilt and a new shelf from a mantle

At Pieceful Quilting in Riverhead, I took a class called Shadowbox Quilt. You use a novelty fabric and make window panes around it. The fabric I used was pictures of houses with quilts on the line.

The boxes in the quilt are all different sizes, which made it like a puzzle when it was time to put together.

I have it hanging in my pantry window now. Once it is quilted, I am going to hang it there since I love walking into the pantry and seeing it there. Our teacher Alice made the project fun and easy. Maybe I will make another one.

About 5 years ago, I saw a shelf that was made from a mantle and I asked Kenny to make me one. It had doorknobs instead of hooks, so I got some nice ones at an antiques store and have had them in a box all this time. I painted it white, then brushed red paint over it and then put that crackle stuff on to make it look old. Kenny HATED it when he saw it and would not put it up for all this time!! He begged me to change the color, but the other day I said, "Ken, it's time to get this old shelf put up in the mudroom." He asked me to paint it again and I said that I liked the red, so he just went along with it finally:) Here it is with the aprons hanging on it and a few farmy things on top. I am really happy with it and Ken probably is too.

With the whole house clean as a whistle, anyone can just pop on in anytime and I won't be embarrassed. Better hurry though, as it won't last long!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Vintage Fourth of July fabric for an apron

The quilting shop I practically live in, Pieceful Quilting, had this great patriotic fabric so I made a reversible apron for my friend, Diane, who is the manager there. She is a great teacher and a good friend, so I love to make aprons for her.

This fabric has little white stars all over it, and looks good as the other side of the patriotic apron. I actually got it done so she could wear it for the Fourth of July!