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Love Slow Stitching on a Sunday :)

Happy Sunday!  How do you spend your Sundays ?  Me personally… I spend some time with God… reflect on the week behind… look upon the week ahead…  and SLOW STITCH!

Friday I finally finished the 16th block of the quilt and along with all the feathers and yin yangs I have stitched was able to celebrate 2/3 done on this hand quilting work of art 🙂

Here is the 16th block…

And here is the 17th block marked and just started this morning 🙂

 I am marking this project in the blocks with a “pounce pad” which I am learning to like but it is very different way of marking… works well on mixed darks and mediums like these blocks are though 🙂  And easy to get rid of… DEF not permanent! lol

Have you seen the ad on pinterest and facebook on how to make a swan out of a couple apples??? well my daughter tried it and look how great it turned out!

My honey has been really working hard on stripping, staining and varnishing the Martha Washington cabinet I shared with you earlier this week… it is the cabinet for my new to me 1928 White Rotary electric machine 🙂  She is out of her cabinet during the reno but she sews sooo nice… and I already have an upcoming project I plan to use her for too… she is yet unnamed 🙂

Stripped and stained already but yet to be varnished… we are using a matte finish for her and that is currently in process… above Daisy had to get in the shot… and below is a better shot of JUST the Martha Washington cabinet 🙂

Isn’t it lovely already???  I am sooo excited to sew on her and to get her named! lol

Do you name your sewing machines??? I never had one with a named cabinet before but it relates to the style of the cabinet… and when I show her off she even has it engraved on brass in the right side cabinet door!

More excitement… even though payday is close and fund are tight… we found this on our local Craigslist for $30!!  It is a vanity and will go in our main bath…

 The cabinet needs some work but my honey is really enjoying refinishing furniture and this piece is sooo HEAVY!  We used a dolly and my honey and the guy we bought it from loaded it… it looked easy so as I went to help unload…  my honey laughed at my attempt to help!  The dolly was more helpful I think! lol  Anyway close up of some of the wear on this piece that will have to be fixed before we make room for it in the bathroom…

I love the curves and the carvings… I had wanted something dark wood, with feet and a vanilla top… this has it all and for $30! WOW!  The top needs some attention too but my honey is already researching that… for now it will stay in the garage out of the weather 🙂

Do you slow stitch and wonder how to keep that thread dust free while stitching??? Does that happen to you?  I found a drop of something on my spool so I came up with a way to keep it fresh and clean during the long slow stitching process on larger quilts … check it out at Celebrate Hand Quilting blog here 🙂

Hope your Sunday is a happy one!

Linking this post to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday ~ and I don’t use frixion pen at this time so no review to add to her post 🙂

Slow and Steady Wins the Race :)

Happy Wednesday!

As I slow stitch… I think about so much stuff… upcoming projects… prayers for those around me and in my world virtually too!  So much going on in the world as well to think and pray on…

Here is my 16th block… when I finish this block I will be 2/3 done with the quilting on this beauty!

Currently I am about 1/4 done with this block 🙂  Slow and steady wins the race though! lol
As I slow stitch my honey is working on the cabinet to the 1928 White Rotary electric machine I shared with you on my last post.  He is refinishing the original and more recently varnished finishes from this beautiful red mahogany wood cabinet (we think that is the kind of wood it is! )
Here is my honey putting on CitriStrip…

The legs in the foreground are stripped now and the background legs are in stages of stripping…

gooey old stuff coming OFF!  Yay 🙂

A pic I found of what this cabinet should look like when we are done with it :)… sorta! lol
 So our goal was to strip and return it to it’s original beauty … like the stock photo I found above of this cabinet called a “Martha Washington” and it even has a brass plate I will show you later on the right side door that says “Martha Washington” on it!  Very cool piece…
Here is my honey’s stripper he LOVES and I will attest no bad smell or bad fumes from the stuff like I have experienced when rehabbing furniture myself in the past…
It does not work as fast as chemical stripper but it does a great job as you can see in the pics… must be patient and do multiple applications to get the results we got… and then a good sanding is in order so we did purchase some sandpaper too… so far we have the varnish and stain… so we are out $12.00 for the stripper and about $5.00 for various grades of sandpaper!  SCORE!!!

Here is a cool brass oil can we found in the cabinet!  Isn’t is cool 🙂  I love finding treasures like this oil can that even has a place to be in the cabinet… again pics of that later 🙂

Here is a pic my kids LET ME TAKE that is awesome I think… I love a good pic with good lighting… and love to show off my kids too… these are my 2 youngest… 19 and 15 🙂

 This is a plan I have for a quilt along we are doing over at Patchwork Friends fb page here

We are a small group of quilty friends… you are welcome to request entry as it is a closed group… but I am the admin who allows entry 🙂  Send me a PM there with a request to enter and Whallah… come Quilt Along with us as we make our own variations on this pattern!

by Wendy Gilbert & Quilt in a day this little wall hanging will be my first time to try applique… but it starts with the spools… I am thinking how Edyta Sitar did hers above in a now out of print recipe is the best inspiration for my spools…

So that is what is going on in my slow and steady week… what is going on in yours???  Would love to hear from you!

Thinking of doing a giveaway soon… any ideas on a fun gift to GET???  Or share your fave winning from a blog or other online hosted giveaway!  I have a great book I got for card making I am thinking of offering  HUGE resource book any papercrafter would love to have on their shelf… or a half yard of Halloweeny fabric… but is it too early for some Halloweeny fabric??? lol  Great LQS fabric I got in Murfreesboro TN and didn’t use!

So if you haven’t figured it out I want to hear from YOU my lovely readers… tell me what you want.. what you are up to.. and what you love about my blog the most!  I blog for me .. but I blog to entertain you too!  And inspire you I hope 🙂
Much bloggy Love!

Linking to Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation 🙂