Friday, 28 June 2013
I have also been crocheting. I am working slowly on batman. Here is what I have so far.
It is going to look like this.
from hereI need to get better at counting my stitches each row as I am increasing like mad when I am not supposed to. This is what I mean about attention to detail! Luckily the boy will love it pretty much whatever it looks like. Bless him.
We are going away for the weekend to Newcastle to see friends. Cannot wait to see them. I think I will take my crochet with me as it is nice and portable. Have a great weekend!
Friday, 21 June 2013
Last night the first of my lovely painted shutters went up and here it is;
I got some fabric in the post this week. Firstly a bundle of fat quarters of type, which I have wanted for ages.
Then I cut into my Pam Kitty fat quarter bundle the day after receiving it and made a block from the virtual quilting bee at diary of a quilter.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
I have pirate fabric left over from a quilt I made for my son a couple of years ago. I bought far too much and if I don't use it soon he will have grown out of it. So I have gone for simple squares in diagonal lines. I have 8 different cute, piratey fabrics.
I want it to look a bit like a large one of these:
I have fleece to line it with and I have thought of a way of reinforcing it as it will be large and I don't want it to fall over and be too floppy. But other than that I am making it up as I go along. I like the handles - I will do handles too!
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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This is why, a couple of years ago, while we had moved out of our house to have it renovated, I was on the lookout for some second hand ones on gumtree or ebay. Well I found some. Here they are. These,
The seller said, oh, you just need to spray paint them, you'll be fine. So off I went with them under my arm.
Two years later my husband is doing it, hooray!
Here are his top tips for successful spray painting:
Important: Safety First! Wear a proper facemask suitable for spray painting & make sure it seals well to your face without any gaps.
- Sand the surface with 120 grit paper.
- Hang the item using temporary screws and string so that contact points are minimised.
- Blow off dust with an airgun & wipe down all surfaces with microfiber wipe.
- Get some water based undercoat & mix it up, pour some into a spare tin or sealable container. Add 10% water & mix.
- Fill the airgun with the diluted paint. Set the air pressure to around 40psi. Adjust the settings by test spraying onto the side of an old cardboard box. Set the quantity of paint by adjusting the knob at the back of the gun. Set the ‘fan’ of the spray pattern by adjusting the knob near the nozzle. Its good to have a nice wide fan to make the coverage more even.
- Start spraying! Try to do the tricky areas first. Shutters have A LOT of little nooks & crannies & it took a few goes to work out what areas to do first… You should keep the gun moving as you spray to ensure you get a good coverage without any runs. It’s a balance between having a rough finish where the paint drops have not flowed together with each other and having too much paint which runs. Its not easy, but practise & learning as you go will get you there.
- Allow to dry for 2 hours or more. Empty the paint back into the container & clean the gun with plenty of water. You need to strip the gun down every time otherwise you will find that all the pigment settles into the nozzle and blocks it. Even if you think you know better & think ‘I know I’ll wrap the nozzle in a some moist rag to stop it drying out’. No, it won’t solve the settling in the nozzle problem…
- Repeat with the top coat. Use a water based paint suitable for timber.
You need to have plenty of reflecting light to see how the paint is going down as you are spraying. Use work lamps on either side of the work piece. You will need to position yourself so that you can see the light reflecting off the paint, its harder with white paint as its not so easy to see the reflection.
Cover anything in the garage /workshop with dropsheets. A few minutes spent doing this will save your prize possessions getting covered in spots of paint!
This is the aircompressor and below is the spray gun. The gun is gravity feed. Gravity feed guns need lower air pressure to achieve vacuum. Spraying with lower air pressure has the advantages of less overspray, less waste and greater control for the painter.
The gun is being held in a vice to keep the cup upright. The gun is not by any special maker. It is just a cheap one.
So here is the first one almost finished. I just love it so! They are going to look amazing when installed too. Can't wait.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
here by sew mama sew).
I then made the handle. The one in Plum and June was pieced the whole length but I felt mine would be too garish and pink if I did that so I had only two areas where I pieced it. I made the handle out of lengths of denim and batting in the middle and quilted it in lines several times along the length. Then I sewed it onto the sides. I used a bright blue thread for all of the stitching that can be seen.
Craft and Quilt Show here at Darling Harbour so I am going to go. I am going to go on Friday. I am going to be using this very bag while I am there. If you see me with it, then please feel free to shout out 'Hey! Bag lady!!'. I will be so happy if you do!
Friday, 7 June 2013
When I laid the hexie log cabins, 16 patches and corners out it just looked so busy I decided I needed some sashing to calm it down a bit so used white. I think it really needs it.
I also want to do some hand piecing in my next project, and a bag and some smaller projects. I don't want the house overrun with quilts!