So it's been pretty low key around here lately.
I've had some unexpected time off from work lately, which has lended itself to some much needed rest and relaxation. I've also been spending some quality time with my sewing machine and some projects that are totally screaming to be finished.
I've also been able to put some finished projects to good use....like my new cutting table complete with 6 super huge drawers for a serious paper and fabric stash, and a space in the middle of the table that fits a stool, in case I decide to use this table for designing or other crafting. This rough-sawn cedar cutting table is at about kitchen counter height and was finished with a linseed oil like this kind , but you can likely find both boiled or raw linseed oil at any hardware store. I'm pretty sure Chadwick used a boiled linseed oil on this project for quicker drying time (we leave it overnight) and because we decided not to paint the unit. Raw linseed oil can take up to a week to fully dry, but is said to be the better oil to use to finish anything painted as it levels the paint and reduces the appearance of brush strokes. Although raw linseed oil doesn't have the additives that boiled does, and both are made up of flaxseed oil, they are both inedible....so maybe not so great for food grade pieces (i.e. cutting boards, wooden bowls, etc).
My parents decided to come out and my mom has been so graciously been keeping me busy in the most relaxed way we could think of.....applique. I promise to provide a more elaborate history of my mother and her skill set soon, but to be brief, she is a very talented quilter who teaches sewing and quilting classes in southern Ontario and offers long-arm quilting services to those in her area. Check out her website here!
So this week I've started her newest applique class called "10 Ways to Applique" featuring a really neat floral applique called "Summer Blooms". She offers this class on her website and welcomes contact from any quilters that might be interested!
So far I've completed the background and started the applique.
This is the half-sized wall hanging measuring about 15" by 20", but the original pattern is for a much larger and very dramatic wall-hanging. I'm hoping to do the large version as flowers by midnight. Can't wait for you all to see the finished product (if ever).
I've also had a 4-set of placemats that have been going unfinished for way too long.....original due date for these bad sally's was last christmas. I just tell myself it's more about the process for me then the outcome. Imma Right?! Anyways, these "I Love you more than icecream" placemats looked like a good hand embroidery project for all the resting I've been doing. The fabric is a simple off-white batik that I free-motion quilted around the original pattern with white thread.
Here you will find some of the goings on of our daily life as well as some great ideas for yours!
Beaded Christmas Ornaments
Advent calendar DIY