2013 Projects

It’s that time of year where I summarize the sewing projects I finished last year.  A variety of projects completed for my family and our new home. 

Not pictured in the collage are the fabric projects I completed for my sister’s laundry room (Just blogged about below).  One project I did finish, but never blogged about was the basket quilt which was a gift  for my other sister.  I finished it shortly after Christmas, but did not ship it to her until after New Years as I figured it would get hung up somewhere due to the UPS snafu.

A couple of firsts this year …

Mitering -  I had to miter the Civil War quilt or I felt I had too because I used a stripe for one of the borders.  It just seemed all wrong to not do it after spending so much time making all the blocks and I’m really pleased with the results.  I read everything I could about mitering before I started and found the best advice was to use glue to secure the seams and pattern matching before sewing.  I also cut the stripe border about 1” wider than I needed so that I had enough fabric to square it up after I finished.  

Label - It seems criminal I have never labeled any of my quilts til my sister’s basket quilt.  :-(   Oh well, maybe I can change that going forward.  Here’s how I did it. 

  • Added stabilizer (Pellon) to the fabric I wanted to use
  • Pressed freezer paper to the back of this and then trimmed it to 8.5 x 11  
  • Created the label text in Microsoft Word using a desired font and found the curly cue heart in one of the symbol/miscellaneous fonts.  Check those out some cute little symbols to consider
  • Then I followed this gal’s tutorial to attach the label 

Fancy Packaging / Washing Instructions -   After I saw this video by Kim of The Fat Quarter Shop I knew I wanted to do something unique to package this quilt.  A crate would be way too big for this quilt, but lucky me I found some wire baskets at the Home Good store.  They had several of these on the shelf — I should have grabbed a few more for future gifts, but did not.   Geez - they were only $10.   I  bought a couple of ribbons at Jo Ann’s that matched the colors of the quilt to add a pretty bow. 

I added a box of color catchers (it’s inside the quilt) and paper clipped washing instructions on the fold just above the bow (not shown in pic).  I’ve never had a quilt bleed before and chances are this quilt will not either, but it’s good to pass along the  tips.  

  • Gentle wash - cold water
  • Add 1/2 cup vinegar (to prevent bleeding)
  • Add 1 sheet of color catchers to washer (in case it does bleed)
  • Gentle dry 

Nan's Basket Quilt Label

This was quilted on a Gammill Statler Stitcher by my LAQer using the panto called Gala Vine by Anne Bright.  She also quilted my Civil War quilt and on that one I picked Celtic Vine also by Anne Bright.  You can see a bigger version of that and the other projects by clicking the links below — it will take you to my Flickr albums. 

Onto 2014 projects… the first one will be another gift quilt and I may have to use a crate for that one.  :-).  


1. Nan’s Basket Quilt Wrapped, 2. Beck’s Quilted Drapes, 3. Becks Room After Bed, 4. Beck’s Gingham Bedskirt, 5. Sewing Bath Wreath, 6. Sewing Bath, 7. Double Takes II Pillow, 8. Swoon Inspired Pillow, 9. Nan’s Basket Quilt 1, 10. Nan’s Basket Quilt 2, 11. Nan’s Basket quilt wrapped 2, 12. CW Quilting Closeup, 13. Mitered Corner


My Sister's Laundry Room Fixups

Happy New Year!   I’m busy working on another quilt that should be finished up in a week or two, but meanwhile I wanted to share  another fixup we did @ my sister’s house last summer.  I was there for over 6 weeks to help my son with some things, but also spent lots of time with my sister as we tackled a complete redo to her bedroom and also her laundry room.  Here’s a link to the bedroom fixups if you missed that.  

This is her son’s home so most of this is stuff he left behind when he moved out West.  He plans to rent this house out when my sis retires and moves out. He is a car hobbyist so he has tools everywhere including in the big honking garage.  Plus a boat load of stuff accumulated over the years.  Don’t we all?




This is a nice window and great area to “pretty up”.   We had already added the mini blind and the curtain that I made.   You might not notice, but there is a piece of crown molding missing above the window, so we chose to mount the rod at that point to conceal it. Chances are that will never get replace unless her son returns to complete some renovations before he rents out the house.  

We were experimenting with how to add a table area in here and also wanted to hide the ugly floor below which was missing some tiles.  A gas line running near the floor hampered how we would ever fix the tile ourselves so that’s when we decided to go for a table that we could skirt.

She had the cart in the garage, but the top was too small so we bought a butcher block wood top from Lowes to make it larger. The goal — spend $$ only on things she could keep.  

We did cleanup stuff behind the curtain, but I have no pictures of it.  Nothing fancy — just cleared out what was not needed and organized things better.   The material is from Hobby Lobby (love those coupons).  It’s duck cloth so it has a nice weight to it.  

We added baskets from Michaels on the top shelf and a band of green ginham check to reduce the amount of polka dots on this curtain otherwise we thought it might loook a little “clown like”.  :-)  


The lamp and books she had laying around the house and the wood trays and basket/flowers are from TJ Max.  


We only had enough gingham check to band the bottom of the table skirt.  She stores some big pots and pans underneath.  And she replaced the original lamp a few days later with this one as we really wanted something a little chunkier.  


And we can’t forget Madi - a black lab that belongs to her son, but my sister takes care of her  24/7/365.  :-) She loves to play ball so we chose to give Madi some wall space for her stuff.  

It was a difficult area to work with due to the circuit breaker box, plumbing, and electrical outlets, but it is what it is.   Somehow we lucked out and found these canvas prints that had most of the colors used in the room.   

 It was a fun fix up and my sister is very happy with it.  Somehow I never got a picture of the entire wall with the washer/dryer.  Other than the Madi side, it’s pretty boring.