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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Repair To Restore A Vintage Quilt

I was given this #vintage #Sue Bonnet quilt from either 
the 1930's to 1940's to make some repairs
 to this old damaged quilt.

I thought I took a picture of the damaged quilt but 
my files showed none.  (This blog was posted and
some how deleted.  I am rewriting and reposting.)

It's hard to tell but, a few of the dresses 
on the Sue Bonnet quilt needed to be 
replaced.  Here's one damaged dress.  

Before I attempted to work on this quilt I had 
to find some matching fabric that would go 
with the original pieces.  I did find the bright 
yellow one you see on the right.  It actually was
 a reproduction fabric from the 1940. 
 It was way to bright to use on the quilt so I 
bleached the fabric.  I would have liked the 
fabric to remain yellow but the end result was great.

after                                                                    before

After preparing the fabric
I carefully removed the embroidery floss from 
the dresses, the sleeves and on part of the bonnet
 in order to replace it and create a new pattern.  
The rest of the embroidery floss was 
removed from the bonnet once I started sewing.

I traced the dress onto the fabric I 
prepared.  The original fabric had the seam 
allowance folded under so I just added
 1/4" seam allowance to each dress.

I had to reverse one of the pattern 
pieces because Sue was facing the other way.

Here you see the dress pinned in place with 
the seam allowance turned under 1/4".

I also pinned the sleeve in place. 

I matched the color of the original embroidery floss used 
and began to sew.  In order to make it look right I did 
remove the rest of the embroidery floss from the bonnet.

When it came to repairing the larger holes on this vintage quilt I simply took some cotton thread and stitched around the hole to prevent the hole from getting larger.  The smaller holes were mended by hand with the same cotton thread to match the fabric.

Here's the end result and the quilt has been restored.  Can you tell which ones were redone?

He Has Made Everything Beautiful In Its Time.  
Ecclesiastes 3:11 

Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY-Painted Family Tree

For sometime now I've been wanting to paint a tree in the hall way of my house.  I finally got the nerve to do it.  

I simply used acrylic paints, and it actually turned out really nice.  The pictures you see in the photos are a few of the  ones  I had hanging before the tree.   


If you want to paint a tree, have no fear!  It's only paint and you can paint over it!

First, look on line to get a feel of what type of tree you want.

Second, decide where you want to paint your tree.  Do you want to paint the tree in the center of the wall, to the right, or to the left; how big, or small, etc. Also, what room of the house you want the tree in.  I have a girlfriend who wants to paint one in her daughter's room.

Then pencil an outline of your tree onto the wall.  I drew my tree on the left side of the wall.  I used a ruler to draw the  trunk of the tree just to make sure it was straight.

Third,  paint  the tree with two different colors of brown paint.  It didn't take much paint which I was really surprised.  I found I had to dip the tip of my brush with some water to smooth it out on the wall.  My tree is very simply.  It dried fairly quick. 



 Paint your leaves and hang your pictures!!

I'm in love with my wall.  Who knows I just might paint a few more leaves and branches on the right side of the same wall.  

Hope you will give this idea a try and if you do, please post your pictures of your wall!  I would love to see them.  Because I really do love trees.

He Has Made Everything Beautiful In Its Time.  
Ecclesiastes 3:11