Friday, July 29, 2016

Part II at the Duck

I did my garage graffiti star at the Duck in the morning. i was there at the crack of dawn at 6:30. haha  a lot cooler then. i left about 11 when it started getting hot. went to the beast and hung with my sister for a bit....then took a nap for a while.

But, i came back about 5:30 in the evening when the sun was past the front porch. And finally finished the door surround on the front door. i think it's been unfinished for 2 years. but once i got the porch built, then i could reach the top part safely. didn't take long to finish it up. and now i notice the brown paint is peeling in places....always something.

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And i put my house number back up, too.

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I attached the blocks around the door with Lock Tite....a construction type adhesive in a tube that you use in a caulk gun. you don't want to leave a partial tube unused as it will just harden and be unusable in the future. It took a bit more than a tube to finish the i used the remainder to put my legos on the living room chimney in the corner. it is now about 4 foot tall.

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And i measured for the pieces to finish up the black and white wall next to the lego chimney, so that will be the next pieces i work on.....until i run out of black and white graffiti pieces again.

It was pretty warm working there so i only worked for the day. I have poison oak all over my arms and legs from cleaning the fence line at the farm, and hot and sweat do not go well with poison just makes it itch more. 

I am looking forward to a break in hot weather to do more. 

Garage Graffiti Star Finished

Wednesday I got the last of the graffiti star hung on the garage at the Duck. 

This cannot really be seen from the street, so no neighbors have wanted to run me out of the neighborhood yet.  And you can't see it from the side, because of the neighbor's wooden fence on that side that is 6' tall. So, so far i am safe. haha


Here are a few close ups

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When i put a screw in here, i knocked one of the green poker chips loose. I forgot to fix it when i was there, so that is a 'next time' fix. haha

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When i measure, i always try to measure a bit short to make sure things fit....but this top right corner piece didn't want to go in. I had to trim off about 1/2"...for about 2" long. but it is under the eaves and really not visible unless you look for it. the jigsaw cut through the plastic as well as the wood. i am pleased with that. 

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Then when i got to the top at the other end....which has irregular side didn't want to line up correctly. so, instead of any cutting, i just left it....and painted to make it less noticeable for the moment. when i go back down next time i will take red and green pieces and fill in that space. 

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After all that, i got to looking at the grass and weeds that were all growing up along the sidewalk...and in the cracks of the sidewalk, so i pulled that all out.

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I went all around the corner to the gate. I disturbed a lot of ant families...and they disturbed me a bit, too. but that looks a lot neater. i filled 2 trash bags.

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This is the next section I will cover. that door is sealed shut from the inside, so does not open. i will add some 2x4s and plywood to make it come up even with the sides and then cover it with graffiti.

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It is a narrow section.....42" wide and 79" high. I am trying to think of a quilt pattern to put there. My first thought was a French Braid but i don't know if that is wise as there will be a lot of small sections. Or i could do a row quilt.....with different simple blocks in each row. 

Have you a different idea for me there? what do you think?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Animals with clothes, too

I embroidered a few more animals with clothes...except these are naked. no clothes yet. haha

We have the duck...

The elephant...

The fox...

The giraffe...

The hedgehog...

And, the hippo...

More to come...stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Elliot's Racing Car Quilt

My sister embroidered these blocks and made this quilt for her boyfriend, Elliot. Elliot is 3 years old and just got a race car bed. That boy is in love with cars.


He's a winner so he gets the checkered flag










All kids like their name on things


And the back


Threads were Glide Hawaiian Blue and White for the top and Bottom Line medium blue for the bobbin


Elliot will be dreaming of cars....but, he probably already does. I don't know...will he be a mechanic, a race car driver, own a car dealership?  or change his mind and become a chef or something. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Primitive Christmas

This was another collaborative effort between my sis and I.  i embroidered the blocks...she saw them and wanted i gave them to her and she put together the quilt top...and i quilted it for her. it will hang in the 'Christmas room' at the beast.


All the blocks, except the house, have a piece of burlap in them.


They were appliqued with my embroidery machine







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Back is a muslin. Quilting is with a groovy board


Top thread is a Glide silver; bobbin is a SF tan


I have one more to do for her, then i can get back to mine.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bunnies .... and a surprise

I just finished this little baby quilt for my sis.  She machine embroidered the little bunnies in all different colors.


There are 2 blue bunnies


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A green one


An orange one


A purple one


A yellow one


And, the surprise pink one is a bear in a bunny suit. haha   i love that one

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The back is a soft green print


Threads were both Glide...key lime for the bobbin and bright yellow for the top


I have 2 more to do for they might be next. i am rather slow in the quilting department these days.  Graffiti has its grip on me. haha

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