Thursday, June 11, 2009

Antique/new coffee table

My girlfriend Deb C. gave me this wonderful old storm window to make into a coffee table for my dye studio. This is how it looked when I started. The legs I bought are standing behind it. I began by painting on primer and 2 coats of cream color paint. I had this old bear paw quilt I bought years ago, there were only a few good blocks in it, I used them and I cut and pieced the lattice strips for the other window panes. My husband made the table so it will open from the bottom and I can change out the quilt later.

And this is the finished table, which I thought looked great, but the minute I put it in the room I knew I didn't like it with the other furniture. It was too tall and too bright, it looked like a big boat!
My furniture is too contemporary to go with it. So, my husband cut the legs down and I proceeded to repaint it again, another 3 coats. It now has 6 coats of fresh paint on and how many from years ago I don't know.

I don't know if this is as cute as it was, but now it's sort of county/contemporary (if there is such a thing) and goes a lot better with the furniture.

Here's the finished table with my furniture. Now, I don't know if I like it with the yellow quilt squares.

I did have the dye pot going trying to get green (hm mm) from comfrey. This is picture of the plant in my garden. I used leaves and stems.

And what a surprise I got gold! I thought I'd try an after rinse with iron water, I have a old iron pot that I filled with the left over dye water and simmered it on stove for a hour, I added a piece of the dyed wool and left it awhile. I ended up with this "army" green, which in real life is not that pretty, I didn't add any more fabric. I hate to add wool to an iron modifier as they say it weakens the fibers and when putting the fabric into quilts you want as much life out of your fabric as you can get.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A little bit of everything

On our way to a graduation open house Saturday we passed by these poppies growing along White Lake. They were beautiful swaying with the wind off the water. My good friend Beverly collected a large amount of fabric and a few weeks ago drove down to Gee's Bend and delivered it to the quilters there. (and no, she doesn't know anyone there and they didn't know she was coming). A quilter there gave her this wonderful small wall hanging she made as a thank you. She calls the design Brick Layer. It was designed and made by Mary Ann Pettway.

The back shows the free style hand quilting.

Our speaker at guild this month was Laurie Simpson. She designs a lot of "Americana" type patterns and her and her sister design fabric lines for Moda under the name Minick & Simpson. She's been quilting for around 30 years and bought her first sewing machine 8 years ago, a Singer Feather weight. Most of her quilts are hand pieced and quilted. She works a lot with wool fabric. I loved them. The following are a few of her quilts. This first one is a wool summer/ sailboat wall hanging.

Laurie's sister is a rug hooker. A lot of the quilts Laurie makes her sister makes a coordinating rug. This is her hooked star rug, she uses old wool clothing. Laurie with her wool star quilt.

This wool quilt Laurie made to hang in her dinning room and coordinates with her vintage Fiesta ware dishes.

Her sisters matching hooked table topper with wool "tongues" along the edge.

Laurie free hand cut wool circles for this quilt, while her sister hooked the vine surrounding the quilt.

If your interested in learning more about her and her quilts she has a wonderful blog

  • Deb Hardman
  • Allie Aller
  • Jenny Bowker Cairo