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...]

UFO Challenge


I’m doing pretty good squeezing bits of time here and there.  It’s not amazing progress but progress none-the-less.

Last week I left you at the point that I had all of the neutrals and all of the brown pieces sewn and trimmed.  This week, the pieces are sewn together and ironed.   Of course, that didn’t happen without a hitch.

I was happily sewing along and realized I was about six block short.  I didn’t have enough neutral pieces.  UGH.  I hate when that happens…but somehow I vaguely remember sewing three neutral string pieced blocks.  Hmmm…where could they be.  Part of was tempted to not look and simply sew three more but then the other part of me wanted to check it I had imagined it or not.

I figured if I had sewn them, they would likely be in the laundry room downstairs.  I put things there that I think I might get to during nap time…and sure enough, after a little digging, I found them.


Then the three got de-papered, trimmed and sewn to the remaining brown pieces.

Here they all are..sewn and ready for the next step. [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...]