New Stash

Saturday after lunch, I visited a small fabric shop called QuiltnThings at Montrose, CA.  It has some of the most beautiful fabrics, perfect for paper-piecing when you are looking for that particular shade of a color.  I was inspired while looking at all the gorgeous, vibrant colors and already have ideas for most of these that I picked out that day.

My cat (the Honorable Tuffleberry Treestone) insisted on being on the desk, so I had to include him in the picture.

Vibrant fabrics from Quilts N Things at Montrose


Music From The Four Seasons

I designed a paper pieced music notes quilt block about a month ago and since then I wanted to make a mini quilt with colors from the four seasons.

Spring brings new leaves and new life.  Summer is for light colors, carefree time for being a bit nostalgic and daydreaming under a starry night sky.  Trees in fall are dotted with bright and gorgeous orange, red and brown leaves poised to be swept away by the wind.  Winter is my favorite season where the sparking of the stars matches the sparkling of the snow underneath.  I wrapped the seasons with green, the color of nature, and bound it with brown, the color of wood.

Four Seasons quilt with paper pieced Music Notes pattern

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Dinning Room Done

It all started with these Ikea Granas chairs.  Then I wanted to paint the dinning room.  After a couple of Home Depot runs, the colour was decided.  It’s Marina Isle from Behr.  On a rare rainy Saturday here in southern California, I finished painting the dinning room.

Dining area

For the left wall, I used four photos I took in Scotland at the Border Abbeys.  The pre-cut mats that I bought didn’t fit.  So next Saturday, I spent about an hour cutting the mats and then framing the photos.  I used only about 2 inch gap between each photo because I wanted the four photos to act as parts of a bigger picture.

Dining room left wall

For the right wall, I used two small watercolor paintings I did.  To keep with the same theme, these are painted from photos I took in Scotland as well.

There is also a tile board there that I have had for a few years now.  I use that to note down whenever I am running low on  ingredients; I can then very quickly write down my grocery shopping list off that.

Dining room right wall

Last weekend we went to pick up a darning foot for my sewing machine and it was close to lunch time.  We popped into a rug store to kill a little time before grabbing a bite.  Within a few minutes we found the perfect rug.  I am glad we didn’t pick blue as the main colour, but a rug that has a bit of the same blue in it as the wall colour.

Dining Room Carpet

The final list – (mostly things we already had from before)

2 gallons of Marina Isle paint from Behr – New

Dinning table from Pottery Barn

Chairs from Ikea – reupholstered

Rug from a local store – New

Clock from Restoration Hardware

Six picture frames from Michaels – New

Two pre-cut mat boards – New

Four custom-cut mat boards

Stand lamp from Home Depot