Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Christmas Decorating DIY: Vintage Santa Mug Arrangement

Wow! Did we really just flip the calendar page to December? Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love to decorate, but this year I'm afraid it will be here and gone before I get my tree up. So to help me get into the decorating spirit, I decided to make a little vintage Christmas ornament project. I found a cute little Santa mug while antiquing this fall and it was just begging for me to take him home and deck him out. And today I did!
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I've collected vintage Christmas ornaments for years, so I gathered a few supplies from my stash and made this arrangement in less than 20 minutes. Don't you just love that little bottle brush tree with all the glitter! And I really scored when I found four packages of that vintage tinsel garland this fall!
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First I cut down a styrofoam ball to fit inside the mug and hot glued vintage tinsel garland on the top for the base on which to build the arrangement.
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I used a wooden skewer to poke holes in the Styrofoam for the ornaments and hot glued them into place, placing the taller ornaments in the back and the smaller ornaments in the front. After placing the larger ornaments, I filled in the gaps with the smallest ornaments. Ta-da! The front....
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And the back...
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This makes the cutest little arrangement to tuck on a shelf to add a little Christmas cheer.
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Just what I needed to get me in the Christmas spirit!

~Sharla

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Joining The Barn Quilt Craze: DIY Instructions

The dust has been flying as I am in the midst of my annual fall cleaning before the holidays. Since the kids and grandkids are coming home the week of Thanksgiving, I've also been doing a little fall decorating - ok, maybe more than a little, but I want the house to feel festive for the occasion. Even the barn was decked out with the barn quilt I painted last spring - finally!
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Our local historical society has been making barn quilts for the last couple of years as a fund raiser and this summer our county was declared the Barn Quilt Capital of Kansas. So this spring, a group of our quilty friends got together and made our own barn quilts to join in the fun.

I purchased my barn quilt board kit from the historical society since they were making and selling them. But, they provided us with directions if we wanted to make our own boards:
  1. Use 1/2" MDO plywood or a plywood with one smooth side, cut in 2'x2' for a small quilt or 4'x4' for a large quilt
  2. Use 1"x4" pine and rip 1.38" off lengthwise to be used for backing boards and frame. If making a barn quilt larger that 2'x2', use a whole 1'x4' for backing boards.
  3. Using the wider piece of the ripped 1"x4", cut it into 2-24" pieces. Mount these two pieces on opposite sides of the back of the 2'x2' MDO. Mount using wood glue and staples making sure the outer edges are flush with the plywood edge. Then measure the distance between your mounted 24" pieces and cut 2 pieces of that length from the wider piece of the ripped 1"x4". Mount them on the back of the MDO on the remaining two sides.
  4. The narrow part of the ripped 1"x4" will be cut into 4 pieces, 2-24" and 2-26" pieces for a 2'x2' quilt. These will be used as the frame around the outside edge of your barn quilt.
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Now that the barn quilt board is made, it's time for some painting fun! Cover all the wood pieces on all sides with at least 2 coats of paint (I used white paint and primer in one). Be sure to use exterior latex paints. I used disposable foam paint brushes as they were the easiest to clean up and cheapest to use.

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Choosing the quilt pattern was the hardest part of this whole project (well, besides getting the hubby to help me hang my barn quilt when it was done!). I did a lot of searching on Pinterest and finally decided on the Flying Swallows quilt block pattern. I sketched out my design on grid paper first.

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Using the grid pattern, I lightly drew my pattern onto my primed barn quilt board. Using a good painter's tape, I started taping off the sections by color. I painted over the tape with my white primer first to seal the tape off. If any paint was to bleed under the tape, it would be the same white as the background and not show.

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Then I painted two coats of color in the sections. Sometimes you are able to mask all sections of one color, but most of the time you will have to wait for one section to dry before you can tape an adjoining section.

Once I had finished painting my design, I touched up any spots where my pencil mark showed and allowed the paint to completely dry for a few days. Then I painted two coats of a clear non-yellowing polyurethane over all the surfaces of my quilt board and frame boards. I chose to leave my frame boards white, but if you want to paint them a color, paint them before applying the polyurethane. I attached the frame boards using a nail gun and then applied two more coats of polyurethane over all the surfaces.

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The hubby helped me hang my barn quilt this past weekend (be sure to use non-rusting screws). And I love it! I bought two more barn quilt board kits and now I can't wait until after Thanksgiving to get them painted and hung too! Hopefully, it won't take as long to get them done and hung as it did the first one!
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~Sharla

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Friday, November 4, 2016

My Block Is In The 2017 Quilter's Planner!

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I'm so excited for my latest happy mail to arrive! I couldn't wait to tear off the tissue paper and pour over all the quilty goodness packed into Late Night Quilter Stephanie Palmer's new 2017 Quilter's Planner.
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I'm not much of a 'planner person' (which may be why I don't seem to get everything done that I'd like), but this planner is the bomb! And not just because one of the blocks I designed is featured in the planner - but that's pretty awesome too!
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Stephanie has included tons of ways to keep the areas of your life - personal, work and quilting - organized. I love the different sections, like this quilt project planning sheet.
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Besides the usual calendars, the Quilter's Planner also includes lots of new block patterns, free motion quilting designs and tips, bee blocks and swap project planner, quilting reference section, and 14 quilt patterns by some of my favorite bloggers and Instagrammers, just to name a few.
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It also includes some beautiful photography of each of the quilts.
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And it's wrapped up in a laminated cover and spiral binding!

I'm so happy for my quilty friend Stephanie and her new 2017 Quilter's Planner. I hope you'll go check out her website for all the details about the planner and how to order, then we can get organized together in 2017!

~Sharla

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Decking The Halls In Fall

Wow! Summer flew by for me and I'm frantically trying to catch up with fall. I love to decorate with the changing of each season and I'm especially excited to decorate for fall this year as my kids and grandkids are coming home for Thanksgiving. Yipee!!!

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Although my two grandsons are too young to even notice my efforts (and as boys, probably wouldn't care anyway), I want them to remember holidays at Nana's as magical times and a beautiful backdrop is the first step. I started with the dinner table, creating a festive tablescape. As you can tell, I have never believed in the 'less is more' mantra!

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I've been trying to decide what dinnerware to use this year and finally dug out the old Canonsburg Brown Drip Carefree Ironstone that were the dishes my hubby took to college. I decided to dress up the ironstone with these cute pumpkin pottery plates I found at Hobby Lobby. I love the warm and rustic feel of these dishes.

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Then, of course, I had to deck out my vintage door with a wreath and quilt.

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The latest spot to get decked out was this antique wardrobe in the entry way. I love decorating this spot and sometimes I get pretty wild and eclectic in my décor choices for the wardrobe. It always seems to end up with some rusty metal junk!

I still have to decorate the outside entrance to the house and am hoping to get a few things made. Wish me luck as time is ticking away!

Happy Fall Y'all!
~Sharla

P.S. This is my one 'less is more' fall décor attempt. A simple hand embroidered towel tucked in the drawer of a china hutch.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

One For The Win!

The power of one. I may have only finished one project to enter in the 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long but that was all that was needed. To my amazement, my project was randomly selected to win an Aurora BOM pattern from Alyce Blyth of Blossom Heart Quilts!!!

I have never won a quilting/sewing giveaway before. Not through a blog hop, or through Facebook, or through Instagram (although I've liked posts and tagged people to no end!). I am so excited! Thank you Alyce!

I also want to thank all the hosts and sponsors of the 2016 Finish-A-Long that make it possible for all of us quilters and sewists to participate. What a fun way to be inspired to finish our WIPs and UFOs!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2016/10/one-for-win.html


Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long: Q4 Goals

Since the countdown to the holidays has already started, I've decided to post a smaller list of goals for the 4th quarter of the Finish-A-Long. Maybe a smaller list won't be so overwhelming and I'll actually get something accomplished!
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The first project I'm anxious to finish is my Spell It With Moda quilt. During harvest in June and July, I finished the top and made a pieced back. I even managed to get it loaded on the longarm before our girls Row x Row road trip. But, then the accident happened and that's where it sits. Once mom is released to go home, I'm hoping to be able to get it quilted since our longarm is in her basement.
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The second project I'd like to get finished is this holiday table runner I made as a test for a quilt block I designed for a blog hop. As you can see by the wrinkles, it's been folded and stashed since I whipped it up several months ago.
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I'm still needing to make my grandson the Lego Batman quilt he asked for earlier this year. Maybe for Christmas? Let's hope I can get it done this quarter!
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And lastly, there's the test project I cut from this fabric for the most recent quilt block I designed for the New Block Blog Hop. I have everything cut to make a mini quilt so I really don't think it would take that long to sew up, but we'll see if I get that far.
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I'll be linking this post up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long 4th Quarter Goals link-up.

~Sharla

P.S. For those following my mom's progress, we're almost home! She moved from the Kansas City rehab facility to our local hospital a few days ago to continue her physical therapy. Hoping in a few more weeks she'll be up walking and ready to enjoy the holidays. Thank you for all your prayers!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

One & Done for FAL Q3

Well, the 3rd quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long didn't go as planned for me. I started off the first 3 weeks of July in the combine for the marathon wheat harvest and ended the last six weeks in the hospital/rehab with mom after her accident. Needless to say, not much sewing happened for me and I only have one small finish to show for it - these two zipper totes.
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These were a quick project I made for my grandsons and you can click on the link for all the details on these Zipper Totes.

I'm linking this post up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long: Q3 Finishes Link-up. Go check out all the projects for some great quilting and sewing inspiration! And you can see my lofty Q3 goals here.

We're hoping that mom will be able to go home in the next few weeks, so let's hope my Q4 goes better!

~Sharla

http://www.thistlethicketstudio.com/2016/10/one-done-for-fal-q3.html