Artsy Fartsy Craft Night

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A post from Kelli–

In May, we told you about the painting class that we went to.  We ended up having so much fun that we decided to have our own monthly crafting night!  My Aunt Julie (on Jason’s side) decided to host the first night.  When we went to a graduation party this spring, she saw pictures that had been decoupaged onto wood.  After searching pinterest for instructions, she found a tutorial which served as instructions for our first Artsy Fartsy night!

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We med in Julie’s shed and were ready for the festivities to begin.  I often feel like I’m kind of in this odd place in life that I don’t have kids, so I don’t always fit in with people that have kids.  I have a job, but I only started in January and don’t have a very regular work schedule, so I don’t really feel like I have lots of work friends.  Jason works all the time and we rarely go out, so I don’t really have many couple friends.  And I’m in school, so lots of my free time is tied up studying, so it was nice to get out and do something fun!

Julie also made us some yummy food!  My favorite was the pineapple wrapped in bacon with brown sugar….WONDERFUL!  She also made dip and little cucumber sandwiches.

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To start, we all brought pictures that we wanted to use.  Julie had boards, stain, and paint.  We started by trimming our pictures if we needed to and staining or painting them.

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Then we put a layer of mod-podge on, added our picture, and then added another layer of the mod-podge.

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We let it dry for a little bid, and this is our finished project!

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Mine still needed to dry a bit as you can see the mod-podge on the top of the picture, but I’m really glad with how they turned out.  As soon as I got home, I let them finish drying and then added them to my other family photos on my entertainment center.

At the end of the night, we had a little show and share so that everyone could see what we had done.

Here are Renee’s photos–

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And Vicki’s–

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Julie’s–

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And mine–

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While I had a blast making the pictures, even more than that, I enjoyed the wonderful company.  We’ve decided that we are going to skip July because everyone has some crazy schedules, but I agreed to host for August.  I found a really cool tutorial for making a wreath out of old sheet music and I think it’ll be perfect for our little group.  Thanks ladies for a wonderful time–and many more wonderful times to come!

 

Quilt Finish: Fair and Square

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The quilt sharing continues…
While I was on quarantine I got so many quilts through the machine and gradually I’ve been able to show them off.  Today it’s the day to show off Kelli’s Fair and Square quilt.

Kelli pieced the top. I machine quilted it and bound it for her.

Writing this blog post about it is about killing me.  Just like it about killed me to do all the work on it.  I WANT TO MAKE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But I can’t until I’ve finished up a few other Bonnie Hunter quilts.  (Remember we’re doing UFO Wednesdays)  I keep telling myself you can’t start another quilt.  BUT OH I WANT TO!!

Isn’t is gorgeous??

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Kelli left this one as a UFO and it languished for a long time.  Finally I pushed her to finish it.  Do you want to know what she had to do??  Sew on two of the already completed borders…oh my.  I know I have LOTS of UFO’s but I never leave them when I’m that close.

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Auction Ending Tonight…

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Our quilt top auction is ending tonight at 10pm CENTRAL TIME.

If you missed the original post about these you can find it HERE.  I thought to recap it here so in case anyone missed it.  Remember part of the monies for these quilts will be used to support our charity quilting project.

So here are the specifics.  These are hand stitched quilt tops-only quilt tops.  All are in good condition-no rips, tears, or stains that I noticed.  To bid all you need to do is to go to the ORIGINAL POST  comment section and place your bid.  Bidding will close at 10pm on June 23th-central time.  A $13 fee will be added to each quilt top to cover shipping and to provide $100 worth of insurance.  Should one person purchase all of the auction items, we’ll figure out an alternate cost to combine some of the shipping.

#1 Quilt-  Aqua Four Patch-  76″ x 90″.  The background color on this one is just great.  AT THE TIME I WROTE THIS THE QUILT WAS GOING FOR $80.  Raised up to $101.

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Notice that the corners are mitered.

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Here’s a view of the back so you can see the stitches.

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That was quilt #1.

Now for quilt #2…this one is so whimsy.  I love it!  It is 81″ x 81″. AT THE TIME I WROTE THIS THE QUILT WAS GOING FOR $65.  Raised up to $75.

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See the unique mis-matched block.

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Here’s the stitching…

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Check out this mis-matched ones.  This quilt has a lot going on in it!  If you look close to the picture on the left you’ll see that the aqua fabric from the first made it into this quilt.  That’s making me guess that the 1st quilt was made first and this one was made later.

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Item #3.
I also have another small hand stitched piece.  This one my daughter Kayla gave me.  I’m not sure where she got it and it has no history that I know of.  It isn’t completed.  It is what you see.  It is hand stitched.  It is 86″ long and 20″ wide at the widest part.  I thought about cutting it down and making it into a table runner.

A question came in on this item…YES, the color on this is black.  Technically I might call it a dark charcoal.  AT THE TIME I WROTE THIS PIECE WAS GOING FOR $12. Raised up to $25.

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Here’s an idea of the colors in it.  This is a nice piece.  It’s too bad it’s not bigger.

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To recap…. These are hand stitched quilt tops-only quilt tops.  All are in good condition-no rips, tears, or stains that I noticed.  To bid all you need to do is to go to the ORIGINAL POST  comment section and place your bid.  Bidding will close at 10pm on June 23th-central time.  A $13 fee will be added to each quilt top to cover shipping and to provide $100 worth of insurance.  Should one person purchase all of the auction items, we’ll figure out an alternate cost to combine some of the shipping.

Charity Quilt Finish

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I just got an email for a blog reader Jill K.  She was one of the awesome people who stepped forward to bind one of the charity quilts.

The quilt that she bound was made by Ruth P in Pennsylvania.  It was such a fun little quilt.  The purple and lime worked so well together.

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For fun Jill tried to see if her beagle would be interested in posing on the quilt much like my Ruby does.  Jill writes:  ”I took the finished quilt outside to take pictures of it and decided to take my beagle with me. I have to tell you, he was not in a mood to cooperate!  Once I even threw an m&m on it!  Your dogs have been so photogenic!  My Chase needs work!  ”

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This made me laugh!!

Ruby poses on quilts so easily but I’ve been doing that with her since we first got her.  She thinks sitting on quilts is her life work!!

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