My First Quilt

Several months back I stumbled upon a whole new world of sewing. Don’t get me wrong I knew of quilting but I had never tired it. It looked so complicated that I decided long ago to stick with clothing. Recently I found Bonnie & Camille and fell head over heels in love with their fabric lines. This led me to also fall in love with the art of quilting. For my first quilt I purchased a patchwork quilt kit from Etsy. I didn’t really know what I was doing so I started with the basics. The kit included precut charm packs of Miss Kate, binding & a gorgeous turquoise backing.

 

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I set out to put it all together. In this patchwork quilt you simply sew the charm squares together creating rows. The rows are then sewn together to create the quilt top.

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I should note here that I had a little help arranging my quilt strips.

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After I had a nice blended array of strips. I went to work sewing them and finished my quilt top. Now I will tell you that when I begin to learn a new craft I do not learn a little at a time. I like to jump in with both feet. A lot of quilters will send their tops out to long arm quilters and have it quilted professionally. I must admit there are a lot of very talented ladies out there and I do plan to use one or two in the future. However, I thought I would do some simple straight line quilting to finish this one off. Boy, that was a job in and of itself.

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I managed to get it wrangled under my machine and quilted it with diagonal lines about 2 inches apart. It’s not perfect but it’s mine.

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I cannot express how lovely such a simple patchwork quilt is. We now fight over who gets to lay under it’s soft goodness.

Home upgrades: Making it ours

We purchased our home outside of Houston in October of 2014. I fell in love with it after an online viewing and we purchased it sight unseen from Dubai. Now, I do need to let you know we had several friends in the area that did multiple walk throughs with us via FaceTime. It was a pretty cool process actually. Anyway, there were a few little details about the house that I didn’t love but I knew with time I could create something that felt like it belonged to us. One of the first big things was to break of all of the BROWN in the kitchen.

Island update

It’s a gorgeous kitchen as is but you can see what I mean about all of the brown in there. Let me tell you, it is HARD work keeping the dust from showing on every square inch of the cabinets. After being in the house for a few months I knew that I wanted to do something to break up the brown and give it a more vintage country feel to you. While living in Dubai I stalked a lot of Instagram feeds of people using chalk & milk paint and I felt like this was the look I wanted. I purchased Kitchen Scale & Linen chalk paint from Miss Mustard Seed. At the time I could not make up mind mind if I wanted to go white or turquoise. After the paint powders arrived I decided I would mix the two to give it a more muted turquoise color. I tested several different ratios and finally decided to use a 3:1 ratio of Linen to Kitchen Scale. After sanding the cabinets for several days I started painting. Things didn’t go so well and I ended up with several spots that just would not hold the paint. I knew going in to this project that I did not want the typical chippy look but more of a worn around the edges look. The fact that some areas would not hold paint cause me a lot of grief. I stopped painting and went back to the sanding pads. After sanding a few spots more aggressively I was able to get the look I wanted. I applied two coats of paint and let that cure for 48 hours. After I then went around the edges and sanded to allow a little brown to show through. Once the sanding was completed I let it sit for a few more days. I wanted it to cure really well before I applied the coats of antique wax. I spent 2 days applying the wax and wiping off the excess to create the look I wanted. It was an easy process but time consuming as well.

Island update

Here is the after photo. It’s very hard to get great photos of our kitchen and living room. The way our home sits we don’t get a lot of natural light until late afternoon.

Island finished

I love the way it now adds some character to the kitchen. Everyone that visits us comments on what a beautiful color it is. I’m not sure that I could replicate it if I wanted to. :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

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