Cardinal Table Topper was a gift made for my mother inlaw’s table as the Christmas holiday was just around the corner. It was all done free hand. I wanted a quick sew and this certainly ended up being just that. This is how you too can accomplish this table topper.
I found a great picture of a cardinal that was easy to interpret into a three layered design. I drew a branch on a piece of freezer paper (mat side) that I duplicated several times to make a the circular design. The freezer paper is great for this purpose, as you can use the iron to adhere the design for marking and cutting. (shiny side to face the fabric) I took the bird picture and traced it onto the freezer paper (x3) and cut it into shapes to give the three individual layers. I was now ready to move on to the next step.
Prepping the fabric with the iron on adhesive backing on the wrong side of all the fabrics to be used, was the next step. Iron the freezer paper shapes to corresponding colors on the right side of the fabric, then cut them out.
Place the pieces in the desired design and then carefully iron the adhesive side facing down, to adhere into place. remove all freezer paper before next step.
On to the free motion quilting. Have fun with this, it DOES NOT have to be perfect. I tend to follow the outline and just add in detail lines . You can either do this with the feed dogs up or down, depending how free you want to be with the quilting. I lowered the feed dogs for more free movement when doing the inner portion but kept them up when doing the birds and creating the grid in the very middle.
After you are done with the quilting, cut stips of fabric on the bias for the binding. sew together.
This is simplified version of the process, but I hope it can get you started. Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions about this piece or any of my work.
I am like the wind, I never stay still and blow in many directions. This girl is always exploring new ways to be creative.
I am currently on a kick, using the barn wood from my shed tear down to make lots of projects at the homestead. This weekend I wanted to make a bed for my extra room, it currently had a bedframe and mattress only. I was not looking for a fancy design, just a simple rustic one would do just fine. I measured the bed and remembered to add a few extra inches for wiggle room. I cut the pieces to size and started my sanding. As I wanted this rustic I did not plane the boards, just made sure they fit closely without too much gap. I sanded and sanded till there was no splinters waiting for someone to come along. As you know the more you sand, the smoother it gets and loses it’s great charm, so I set out to add that charm back in.
I did it with this lovely tool, this tool is NOT for the faint of heart, it will take your hand off if you are not careful. Twisted wire cup brush. Gnarly!
After distressing it sufficiently with the twisted wire brush, I re-sanded to take the high edges off and then assembled. Now I will be honest I wanted this to be a lot lighter but I had not received in my Briwax light pine color in yet, grrrrr, and I wanted this project done this weekend. So I changed my plans and went with what I had. I am NOT a patient crafter!
After adding several coats of wax, I buffed and buffed for an understated sheen. Looked pretty good but needed to stand back and really take it in. Much darker than I planned but it really worked well with the flooring. It grounded the bed.
I really had in mind using rope to add interest not sure how I wanted to do it, just that I wanted to do it. I drilled holes evenly on both sides and weaved the rope through the holes and anchored them on the back side. I really liked it but felt it needed something. Something in the middle. I thought I could add a dark wax/stain design, which would work great as I would not have to sand what I had already done.
I am a huge fan of primitive country style so I was on the hunt for a design that would work. The jumping rabbit caught my eye immediately on Pinterest. I copied the design, taped off the area and stained.
Here are the results of the finished headboard.
Picture to follow of the bed dressed as soon as I have time to sew the pillows and add the frame around the mattress. It is going to be great!
I have been hard at work making my first farm table for our very itty bitty kitchen. So here was the problem, my kitchen space was only 6 feet wide and could not accommodate many tables that we had looked at, so I decided to make one. We had a shed that was falling down and needed to be removed. I went to check it out! It had a lot of great wood that was in remarkably good condition, even though it must be over 50 years old. And there you go, I was in business. My husband and I set out to tear down the shed, remove the wood and pound out all the nails. We then sprayed for termites and let it dry for a week. Here is what we got.
After determining a table size of 31×66 would work best for the space, I found the straightest pieces and started sanding, planing and sanding some more. It was a daunting task as this wood was originally hand milled and nothing was straight, even or had the same thickness.. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! After hours of adjusting and planing, I was happy with how they were fitting together. No fine carpentry by any means, but looked awesome. Here is were I ended up…
After sanding the boards I noticed a crack developing in the wood so I added a star inlay to guarantee the wood would not continue to split. This task was not too difficult, not perfect, but I wasn’t trying for perfection, as it is a rustic farm table after all. It was a new skill I was learning, so I was very pleased with the results.
I decided to use a stain, wax combo to complete the top. I love this stuff (Briwax). I used antique mahogany and dark brown. Dark brown brought out all the great details and the mahogany gave it the great color. It gave this beautiful patina and just enough shine and protection.
Next was accomplishing the trestle part of the table. I wanted to use the beautiful 4″ x 6″ beams as the supports and decided to cut a nice little design into the ends.
I used a lap joint and drawbore joinery. Ended up needed a few screws to solidify the connection, which were hidden behind a button top wood plug.
After I added a wood cross pole to give the table stability, I was done and I LOVE IT!
Thought I would try something new, one to see if I could do it, two because I wanted to try something different 😉 . The other day I went to the grocery store and I came upon these beautiful green, gold and red pears. They looked delicious. So I bought a few and after getting them home and admiring their color and shape, I knew I had my next project. So I took a few pictures. Then I ate the most appetizing one, straight away.
I contemplated many backgrounds, but sort of wanted to have the pear really pop, so I went with grey. I think grey and red work great together. After thinking about how I wanted to position the pear and that it must create a shadow somewhere. I drew the pear by eye and marked a shadow reference line. I gathered all my red magazine pages and several shades of greys and like greys, and began to form the picture.
This project was great and went by quickly. I am contemplating a series of different types of fruit with different colored backgrounds that will compliment the grey background I used on this piece. This is still drying so you can see a little white haze on the piece, but it will dry completely clear.
Here is Lucky. This torn paper collage was created with recycled magazines and glue. I decided to try using a stretched canvas this time, and I really liked it. But, there was a negative when it came to framing, it was much more difficult to find wood that would easily take into account the depth of the canvas. I decided to try a oak corner molding and then ship lap for the outer frame. Which ended up being much more expensive then I had hoped. I tried to add a 3D effect with the butterfly, I thought it would give the piece a little extra movement and pizzazz. Very happy with the results.
Here is my latest recycled art piece called “One Little Piggy Smiles”. It went together quite nicely, without too much revisions needed. I did make this into a smaller size which I think will be easier for someone to find a place to hang it. This inspiration piece was a recreation from an awesome picture found on Pinterest. It was created using all discarded magazines and a piece of wall paneling. It will framed and put up for sale soon. If you are interested, please email me. The portrait size is 14.5 ” X 20″ tall. This size will change as soon as it is framed and a completed size will be provided. $229.00 * free shipping in the continental USA.
I have been hard at work trying to complete my latest portrait, Brown Cow. This was created using all discarded magazines and used paneling. There are few area that need to be reworked and completed but I am almost done. I will post the completed framed portrait next week.
Stay tuned… in the next few weeks I will be providing everyone with a step by step tutorial of a panoramic landscape collage. I have decided to redo a sofa table top and wanted to incorporate my beautiful hometown. So start collecting used magazines and some white glue. You will need something for your picture to be worked on.
Have been hard at work completing a dozen + slippers for my peeps at work. Different colors, different patterns and lots of different sizes. WHEW seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on this project. Finished my last two pairs this weekend and my cramping hands thank me for it. 🙂 If you would like to try your hand at crocheting slippers, here is the wonderful pattern I used from Happy Berry on you tube. The slippers I made were modified to have a higher ankle, (3 rows of HDC and 1 row SC). The pattern can be modified quite easily for a slim foot or wide foot. They work for men and women and to make them especially cozy, use blanket yarn. https://youtu.be/udbDqmEhJgQ