Patchwork Quilt – Part 2

On Sunday I got out my new (old) sewing machine and pieced together all of the squares for my patchwork quilt. Love the new machine. Its an old Bernina Record 830 that my Granny kindly gifted to me and after some initial teething problems (completely forgot how to do a reverse stitch) I really got into it.

So all of the squares are now pieced together and I’m really happy with the result. Just need to order some more batting now so that I can start the actual quilting…

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Kitchen makeover – painting cupboards

Its official… I have finally begun work on our kitchen.

We’ve been round and round in circles with it – shall we get a new kitchen put in which will be bottom of the range (and top of our budget) but still very beautiful compared to our current one OR paint the kitchen cabinets of our current kitchen, replace the worktop and sink etc.

We even went as far as getting a new kitchen designed. But it ultimately came down to cost. My car died a death in December costing me most of my savings so it would have been a real struggle to afford the new kitchen.

So we’re going for the MUCH cheaper option and in my opinion… much more fun option!

Unfortunately, when you read these blog posts of amazing kitchen makeovers and people who have painted their kitchen cupboards the authors talk about how solid and usable the old kitchen is. In our case I can’t even say that. It really is a terrible kitchen that was poorly installed and the units aren’t great quality. The doors are ugly wood effect melamine and nothing is symmetrical. The kitchen itself is in the middle of the house with very poor natural light so its a very dingy space.

Despite all that I think we can work on it and make it a much nicer place to cook and hang out.

The first step is to paint the cupboards. I’m going for a stark white as we already have terracotta tiles and the natural darkness of the room means the lighter the better as far as I’m concerned!

This will be a work in progress leading finally to a before and after.

Here is the kitchen when we first moved in:

And hello grime!! We spent the first two days cleaning alone.

We painted the walls white, replaced the oven and got some nice decor up. But as you can see its still a bit of a dungeon! Here is a photo of the kitchen in it’s current state:

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A Kenyan patchwork quilt

I’ve made a couple of small patchwork quilts and really enjoyed the whole process. As a gift to my sister I’m currently working on a bigger quilt using some gorgeous fabrics that she brought back from Kenya this Christmas. She spends a lot of time volunteering over there.

One of my favourite things about patchwork is the fact that nothing really has to match, yet it always comes together to make something awesome. This one seems to be no exception – I love the bright garish colours.

Last week I spent some time cutting the fabric into infinite squares and a few days back I set it all out and planned the design. That’s currently as far as I’ve got as it requires a bit more time than I have at the moment to get the sewing machine out and start piecing it all together!