My New Little Table


In early October Kalissa and I hit up out last garage sales of the season.

It was a day when I went hoping to find a particular item…a small table.  With the childcare kids I like to keep a rotating activity out on a table.  Over Halloween time I had a pumpkin, golf tees and toy hammers.  The kids would pound the golf tees into the pumpkin.  They loved it.  The activity is great for fine motor skills too.  It’s nice to have a spot for these activities in the kitchen but away from our main activity areas…but close so that I can still monitor it.

I had a “icky” table for this and was hoping to find something more fitting with the other decor of my house.  I don’t mind having a childcare in my home but I hate when it flashes “childcare” like a neon light.

Anyway…right away I found exactly what I was looking for…  $10.  It’s the perfect height for the kids to stand at.


It was a little beat up..and the legs were white but that’s all cosmetic.


I took the sander to the top- then roughed up the legs…then chaulk painted them with cream Annie Sloan paint.  After that…I applied some wax..light first then dark.


Then the project sat.  The next thing to do was add varnish to the top of the table.  That’s typically Hubby’s department…and Hubby was in the field harvesting crops so…it sat some more.  Yes I can do it, but I hate doing things I don’t know about and have to ask…like “what do I clean the brush with” and those sorts of things.  So the project waited until he was done with the harvest.

Here it is all finished. [Read more...]

Add it to the List


I got an email the other day from a blog reader Sherry W in Kasson, MN.  She, like me, is tackling a few UFOs.  She managed to get one finished…and it’s a beauty.

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This is Bonnie Hunter’s Spider Web quilt.  I have wanted to make this for a long time.  I really love it.  The free pattern can be found here.

Bonnie also did this version. (Photo courtesy of Quiltville) Read about this version on Bonnie’s site here.

I just love both versions. I actually would like to make them both too.  One of the reasons I haven’t started it yet is that I can’t decide which version to do first!!

Anyway…Sherry writes,
“I’ve been following (and playing along with) your progress on your ‘in progress’ Bonnie quilts and have been working on mine as well – so here’s the top that I finished – string spiderweb. Hopefully I will get it quilted after Christmas. I LOVE it and can’t wait to make another! But I do want to complete a few others before I start a new one. I also have all 221 of my neutral 4 patches done. I’ve made and completed the last 2 mysteries as well.

Now the list of incompletes – rick rack 9s, pineapple crazy, tumblers, ocean waves, scrappy bargello, split 9 patch, (I am sure there are more) and OH the list of the ones that I want to make!

Thanks for keeping me working on my projects and encouraging me to finish by having a challenge!”

I would hate to see a list of all the quilts that I want to make…it would be L-O-N-G!!!  The list I have of ones I am working is LONG too.  That’s okay….I love variety and I love spontaneity.  One of the greatest joys in having a large stash of fabric is seeing a pattern and then walking into your sewing room and starting to make it!  I do that a little too often.

Thanks so much for sharing your quilt with us Sherry and congrats on a finish.

If anyone else have made a spider web quilt I’d love you to leave a link in the comments.  I’ve debated on what I wanted to use as a background and seeing some of yours might help me decide.



Leaders and Enders


Quite some ago a blog reader sent me a box of scraps.  In the box were a stack of squares.  I thought they were 5″ charm squares but soon realized that they were 6″ squares.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with them.  They all seamed to coordinate.  I pondered it then thought why not make a simple quilt top of squares.

I’ve been working on it leader and ender style over the last couple months.  (If you haven’t heard of leaders and enders follow this link) Here it is.  Simple.  Very Simple.  Once it gets some machine quilting it will perk up a bit.


I always feel a little guilty that I don’t sew more quilt tops for charity.  Though simple, this one I did and once finished will keep someone warm.

I have this now sitting by sewing machine. [Read more...]

Stash Report


Last week on Monday Hubby called me and said he needed his meds refilled.  For us, that means a trip to Wal-mart which is a half hour away.  Some of my childcare kids were sick and weren’t at my house so Hubby got off work at four and Kalissa came and watched the childcare kids so Hubby and I took off.

We had another errand besides Wal-Mart so I started whining along the way hoping he might let me stop at the thrift store.  They changed their hours and are open until 6pm now.  You can probably imagine the “whoop” that came from me when they extended their hours.  Anyway he dropped me off and went to do the errand.  I didn’t find a lot but I did find this….

There are two pieces of fabric.  Each is just under a yard’s worth.  50 cents each.  I have no idea what quilt they will go in but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a spot.


People often wonder if the fabric I find thrifting is “quality” fabric.  As you can see, this is a Windham fabric.  Typically all the fabric I find is name brand.  There might be some JoAnn’s fabrics but that doesn’t bother me.  I do feel what I get and make sure it feels good.  I trust the feel test even more than I trust the name brand test.

I also found this… [Read more...]