The top has been done for ages, I was just trying to get time to finish it up.
The original is gorgeous in all solids, but my solids stash is fairly small and I didn’t have nearly enough different colours to use so instead I used assorted prints and followed the designer’s general colour selections and layout. Where I didn’t have an appropriate colour to match, I swapped it out with grey or black prints. The top sews up fast, I did the entire thing, except for the last three rows, at a day retreat I went to a few months ago, hosted by the lovely Krista.
Yesterday I quilted it up, using a hot magenta thread and following the diagonal lines of the pieces in one direction.
The binding I went with Patio Dot, which I found with the help of my dear friend Bea, while shopping in Montana last summer, to really add to the colourfulness of this quilt. The back is a vintage sheet from my excellent quilting buddy Cathy, who gifted it to me at our last FVMQG meeting. (We’ve been re-watching That 70’s Show on Netflix and if you look carefully at the Forman’s kitchen, they have a chunk of this sheet in a red frame on the wall!).
The binding is almost attached, I’ll share a photo once it’s all done!
Ok so yesterday was my birthday and I had this brilliant plan to do a birthday “New Year Checklist” post with everything I am brewing and wanting to do within this year, but yeah! Didn’t get that done. Yet.
I did however get taken for a lovely cake and iced tea yesterday by my friend Lysaat the cute English Tarts, so that was simply lovely! Thank you again Lysa for the lovely birthday treats!
On the weekend, I did however finish a cabinet that we bought for the office, (well almost finished, needs some new hardware but the rest is done), at the local thrift for $20. The delivery cost more than the actual piece, so funny.
Here it is in all it’s 80’s-ish loveliness, it has potential! Can’t believe it was only $20. (Pardon the mess in the background, it’s temporary!)
My plan for it was shabby chic, an aged white finish. We went on the hunt for white chalk paint and that stuff is hard to find and is expensive! We asked at the hardware store since the usual craft store supply was sold out of all white, and the super helpful lady gave us a recipe using plaster of paris and regular flat latex paint. Worked like a charm and was a fraction of the cost of the craft store variety!
So I got busy and gave the hutch 2 good coats.
Then the fun part of aging it, my favorite part. Heavy grit sandpaper and elbow grease!
And done! Other than some new hardware, which we still need to find for it of course. It now hides all the loose bits and bobs that seem to collect in the office, everything is tidy and hidden. Much more office-like. So that was my big weekend project.
I also sandwiched up two quilts, and of course Starr didn’t let me forget to take her photo on one of them (a bit blurred but she insisted).
The other one will be a secret for a bit until some certain fabric collection of mine is released but I think you’ll like it when I can share it, and the pattern will be free available here shortly!
Of course the weather here has been stupid hot so sandwiching up two big quilts was a hot and sweaty workout, but then it always is. And why is that anyways? Who needs a gym when you can wrestle big heavy quilts?