Monday, 22 September 2014

From K - Travelux Pearl Update (1st Year Reno)

Last April, I shared a project that my husband and I were about to start - a full overhaul reno of a 1972 Travelux camper, which we lovingly dubbed, our Travelux Pearl.
Most of our friends thought we were crazy. We found an incredibly rare vintage camper in amazing shape, and then decided to gut it. Maybe we were a bit extreme, but we decided early on that we wanted something truly our own, and after Year 1 of renovation, I think we are well on our way!

Since camping season is over for us this summer (cooler weather and work commitments are taking over), I thought it was time I share some before and after (year one reno) photos.

Front Banquet - Before
Front Banquet - After Year One of a Renovation
Kitchen - Before
Kitchen - After Year One of a Renovation
Kitchen with Wardrobe - Before
Kitchen with Wardrobe - After Year One of a Renovation
Sofa Bed - Before
Sofa Bed - After Year One of a Renovation
Washroom - Before
Washroom - After Year One of a Renovation
Some of the highlights from Year 1 of renovations:
  • Walnut cabinetry (with plexiglass upper sliding doors);
  • Solid hickory floors and laminate bathroom floor;
  • Removed the shower stall and replaced with a wardrobe;
  • New countertops and backsplash;
  • New high-efficiency LED potlights;
  • New upholstery;
  • New curtains and throw pillows (not shown);
  • New plumbing, holding tanks, tap sets, and water tank gauges;
  • New thermostat, switch plates, and furnace grates;
  • Painted window frames; and
  • Removed old cracked wallpaper.
We still have some work to complete, and are hoping to get most of it done next spring before we roll out to the mountains next summer.

Some of the remaining items on our renovation list include:
  • Polish and fix-up exterior;
  • Complete kitchen drawer fronts;
  • Complete bathroom cabinetry;
  • Build cabinet doors for the overhead storage in the end caps;
  • Build and install a folding bathroom door;
  • Build a custom solid wood table;
  • Cover fridge with stainless steel;
  • Complete final upholstery
We had such a great time glamping this year. I can't wait for next spring when we can wrap up more renos and hit the road again.

Friday, 19 September 2014

From A - Finished Carnival Quilt

More than two years after it began, I can finally say that this quilt is finished. Most of that time was spent debating how I wanted to quilt this one. In the end, I kept things pretty simple by stitching in the ditch around each block and the first border before adding a simple but sort of fancy border that I can only describe as marquis.

Finished Carnival Quilt

I marked the border by tracing around a kitchen pot lid that happened to be the right size with my trusty blue chaco liner. It actually worked out pretty great and created beautiful smooth curved lines that I would never have been able to manage freehand.

Canival Quilt

I am especially pleased with how the border quilting worked out in the corners, creating smooth pointy bits that didn't interrupt the flow in the border.

Finished Carnival Quilt

Although I was 
originally planning something a little fancier for the main panel in the quilt, I'm glad I kept it simple. I think that the simple quilting creates a sense of calm that works perfectly with the overall feel of this quilt.

I backed the quilt using one of the clothesline prints from the same collection that I absolutely love. It was a little too narrow to get the job done so I added a leftover strip of AMH voile. It is so soft. Definitely adding "back a quilt in voile" to the ol' quilty bucket list at some point.

Finished Carnival Quilt

I of course bound in orange plaid since I am powerless in the face of plaid. A pretty big part of me wishes I could bind every quilt in plaid but until someone releases a collection of plaid fabric in every colour, I'm going to have to restrain myself.

Final Quilt Details:

  • Quilt Name: Carnival Quilt
  • Finished Size: Lap size (a.k.a. 43" x 51")
  • Fabric: Various prints from Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater and some Kona White
  • Pattern: Carnival Quilt by Jaybird Quilts
  • Quilting: Stitch in the ditch with fancy border 


My art director came along for the photo shoot and seemed pretty pleased with how this one turned out. And with that, another baby quilt bites the metaphorical dust. Only 80-billion more to go!

Happy weekend friends. Hope it's a good one!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

From A - WIP Wednesday

Finally back from my epic 5-week vacation/delayed honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand, I was so excited to be reunited with my sewing machine that I managed to cover the house in fabric and WIPs in about 2 days. While I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things at home (and get caught up with all of the glamorous things like laundry and housework), I thought I'd share a quick looksie.

On my ironing board: A mix of prints from Heather Ross' Briar Rose and Far Far Away 2 collections that I can't wait to cut up.

Far Far Away

On my cutting table: Various Lotus Pond fabrics all cut up and ready to sew into yet another baby quilt.

Lotus Pond Quilt Blocks

In my machine: A long standing WIP that I'm trying to finish off.

Carnival Quilt

It's good to be back and hopefully I'll have some meaningful progress to share soon! Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.