Finish It Up Friday ~ My Jeep UFO

I finished my little Jeep UFO!

I used Superior Thread’s Mono-poly thread on the top. It was the first time I’ve used this in Friday and I was pleased at how well it behaved.

Here’s my little buddy, Pierre. I miss him.

I kind of wish I had made this Jeep the same color as my Oscar, but honestly, this color makes for a better composition.

I bought this fabric on one of my trips to Phoenix. It was perfect for the back!

My mitered borders turned out okay and I think it really does look like a frame.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out. Losing the trailer was definitely the right thing to do.

And here it is in its new home, just above my collection of toy Jeeps in the sewing room.

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Quilting and Learning, Busy Hands Quilts , Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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UFO Progress

Thank you for all your kind thoughts and words! I am trying hard to take it easy. Sitting still is not my strong suit.

Remember this UFO? I bought the kit for this from a quilt shop last summer. It was part of a row by row project. I was only interested in this part because of the Jeep and the dog.

I made the dog white instead of brown so it would look like my Pierre. The sign was supposed to give directions to a quilt shop. I struggled for ages with what to do with this long narrow piece. I finally decided to get rid of the trailer. It’s cute, but I don’t have one in real life. I decided the lake was Lake Huron, about 15 miles from my house, so I lettered the sign accordingly.

I like this much better! I decided to frame this like a photo. I found this old bit in my stash for the frame and mitered the corners.

I like this so much better now. It’s a good memory of my Pierre too.

Come back tomorrow to see the finish. Have a great day!

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Moving Slowly

On Sunday, I cut out enough pieces from my vintage stash to make 6 of these little blocks. On Monday, this happened:

Yep, darn carpal tunnel surgery! But all went well. Mr. Wonderful has taken good care of me. My good friend, Donna, loaned me a stack of Quilt Folk magazines to read. What a great publication! By last night, I just had to see if I could sew a bit one handed.

It worked! Yes, that is black thread. It was in the machine and I knew I couldn’t thread it left handed so the black stayed. These little snips helped too.

I got a couple more done. It took forever!

Then it was time to head back to the couch for more reading and elevation of the arm.

It was so very satisfying! I have more blog posts coming that I scheduled ahead. But responding to your wonderful comments probably won’t happen for a while.

Have a great day!

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Leather Pouch

Thank you for all of your comments on our reupholstery project! After working on that, I came home anxious to try a small leather project myself. I bought a bag of leather scraps a while back at Good Will so I pulled them out.

I found a smaller zipper in my stash.

It didn’t take long to make this little pouch. It is about 4 1/2 by 6 1/2.

It is far from perfect, but I learned a lot doing it. These are the needles I used.

And this is the machine I used.

While I had the leather out, I decided to experiment with the metal stamps.

Again, not perfect, but this technique has potential.

It made a good zipper pull anyway.

Have a great day!

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Reupholstery Project

Daughter #3 loves Mid Century Modern style. She has long wanted an Eames Lounge chair, but with prices in the thousands, it wasn’t in her budget. However, she found this 1963 Eames knock off made by Plycraft on Craigslist. It is from 1963 and knockoffs were much better made back then!

This chair still had the original leather upholstery.

So she bought a leather cowhide and we went to work. We replaced all the old foam.

SIL was a fantastic help.

I’m no expert when it comes to upholstery. I still can’t believe she trusted me to help with this. We sure learned a lot! It was scary cutting into that expensive leather.

The buttons were scary at first, but not nearly as bad as I feared.

And look at it now! We did a great job!

Daughter #3 did a great job on the wood restoration. And SIL found the perfect replacement bolts.

Isn’t it beautiful?

I am going to making welting to go around the edges, but that might have to wait just a bit with everything going on.

Have a great day!

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When I went through the snafu with waiting for the track supports for my long arm, the company gave me some gift cards for my trouble. I used one to buy thus set of couching feet.

I finally got around to trying them out.

Like most things, it isn’t quite as easy as it looks on YouTube! But the videos are helpful. The couching feet have a hole in the center just big enough for the yarn and thread to go through. As you stitch, the thread stitches the yarn to the surface of the quilt. Sometimes it moves too fast and the yarn didn’t get stitched down.

I also learned that I have to keep the yarn loose, but beware of kinks.

Also, filling in areas will take a lot of practice!

It was a fun experiment. It will be fun to play with some different yarns. It could be fun to use this technique on a baby quilt.

Have a great day!

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Puss in the Corner Progress

I finally started quilting this top.

This is the best photo I could get of the quilting so far.

It’s slow going, but at least it is started!

Have a great day!

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