I haven’t posted in a while but I have been sewing. I’ve started one of the projects for my Andalusian tile template set and am in the process of cutting and sewing and writing.
I’ve also completed 2 of the 3 cushions I’m making to go with the bed of Roses quilt. The third just needs the back sewing on. I English Paper-Pieced the bows, then appliqued them by hand onto the background. I got the pattern for the bow from my Japanese quilt block book – My Favorite Patterns 163 Quilt Patchwork Block Squares. Then I sandwiched them using my favourite batting – Vilene/Freudenborg Quiltlite – and machine quilted them.
Here are the two I’ve already completed.
This is what I’ve been doing.
The drawers that I refaced using the oil-based polyurethane had a slighlty creamy, antique look to them whereas those I did with the water-based polyurethane were pristine white. What’s more even days after doing them they still ponged! The smell was giving me a headache so I ripped it all off and started again with water-based poly.
You can see the difference between the two finishes below.
Last time I told you that I was redoing my desk drawers. They are 24 years old and in dire need of a facelift. Here is how they looked before I worked on them.
The only problem was that I nearly gassed myself using an oil-based polyurethane to finish. Even when it was dry it stank for several days. In fact even now it has a faint chemically pong. It caused me no end of asthma type problems.
Anyway, today I went and bought some water-based polyurethane to do the other drawers and that was much less problematic. I’ll show those when they’re dry.
If you want to revamp some item of furniture then this is what I did.
I lightly sanded the drawer fronts and then wiped them down. I cut some fabric an inch bigger than the drawer fronts on all sides. I smeared the fronts and the the underside of the lip evenly with PVA glue and then I placed the fabric on the glue. I smoothed out the fabric and made it taut and then I used a staple gun to secure it.
Once this was accomplished I painted on the polyurethane and waited for it to dry.
It may or may not need another coat. I haven’t really decided yet but for the moment it’s looking fine and is a great improvement on the tatty drawers that were there before.
Today I decided to do a little upcycling. I used two old cutting boards, which were themselves made from off-cuts of my IKEA benchtops, and turned them into pressing boards. Then I decided to give my desk drawers a facelift. I’ve had them for 24 years so they’ve seen better days. I’ll show you the desk drawers in another post but for now here are my pressing boards.
I have several off-cut chopping boards that I have oiled and have screwed little legs onto but these two were surplus to requirements. I started by giving them a good scrub in hot water and bleach and then I left them out in the sun to dry.
The next step was to use some off-cuts of batting – this one is 60% wool and 40% polyester.
I sprayed the board with 505 Basting spray and then smoothed the batting over the board. I cut the batting so that it would hang over the short edges but just sit nicely on the long ones.
Because they are made from IKEA benchtops they are quite heavy which means they tend not to move when you’re using them and because they are not as soft as my ironing board, pressing is more efficient. I plan to keep one beside the sewing machine and the other is a gift.
Did you do anything crafty over Easter?