Pull Up A Chair…Let’s Talk Crafts (Volume 2)

Life gets crazy pretty fast.

And with warm weather (hopefully) around the corner, things aren’t going to slow down.

So I thought it would be nice today to take some time to just chat. This post was such a hit last time around, why not grab a cup of coffee and join in the fun again?

(Plus, I just really love talking back and forth with all of you!)

Let’s do it today, now, before we’re (again…hopefully) busy outside, soaking up some sunshine!

Comment on any of the topics you see below. (If you’re reading this in your inbox, just click here to go right to the Nikki, In Stitches site where you’ll be able to comment!) Feel free to reply back and forth to each other. I’ll be jumping into the fun, too!


Nikki, In Stitches

1. The End Is Near

If you’ve been around here for awhile (and by awhile I mean like at least four years!) you may have seen bits and pieces of this Baltimore style Halloween quilt posted. It is finally almost done, but I feel like I’ve said that many times before. The entire quilt is actually assembled, and the borders are on. I’m now hand appliquéing a border of bats all the way around the outside, and then it really, for real, will be done.

What’s the longest you’ve ever worked on a project?

Truth be told (and this is painful for me to admit) this isn’t my longest “WIP.”

I actually have a paper pieced quilt that I started in (chokes into her hand so that it’s hard for you understand her) 2006, that is still in pieces in a corner of my craft room. <— I can’t believe I just admitted that.

2. I’m Painting Everything In Sight

Tis the season (almost) for yard sales, so I’m gearing up by sharpening my furniture painting skills. I’ve painted a few things in the past, but used very basic techniques. Pretty much “paint, sand, wax” was my go-to method. I’m hoping to add in a few new tricks of the trade to the pieces I pick up this spring and summer. I’m actually dreaming of a complete craft room makeover so I have my eyes open for pieces I could store supplies in.

Are you a furniture painter? Have you tried it? With the new paints on the market now, it’s really not as hard as you might think.

3. Connect?

Have any Silhouette owners out there tried Connect? It (and the Designer Edition upgrade are both on sale this week) but I can’t give an opinion on it, or provide any tips for using it, since I don’t yet have it. I’ve posted here before about how much I love the Designer Edition upgrade, but if anyone still has questions about what it offers over the basic software, feel free to post them here!

If you’d like to see the Designer Edition in action, you can find a quick video in this post.

And if you’d like to purchase it (or Connect) for yourself, just click here and be sure to use promo code STITCHES!


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