Pieced Pastimes: Penny Rug Progress and Rustoleum

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Penny Rug Progress and Rustoleum

I haven't got much done in the way of quilting or sewing lately, but I am trying to work a few minutes a day on this penny rug.

I am always amazed how much you can get done in just a short time. An added bonus is that sewing and quilting is a great stress reliever for me. Some people go to a spa - me, I just need a needle and thread or a sewing machine.

This pattern is called 'Pineapple Grove' by 'Threads That Bind' . I bought this as a kit last year from 'Cottage Herbs' in Berwick, Maine. The hand dyed wools are just luscious.

On a different note, I bought this 'Rustoleum' paint at 'Lowes' today and wanted to give it a try on this oil lantern that I had bought at Walmart for $5.

A quick spray of the can and this is what I ended up with.

Much better! I used this lantern in my 'Nesting Box' from a previous post mainly because it fit the space, but knew that it was not prim enough for my taste. I feel much better about it now.

Until next time ~ Suzanne. Print Friendly and PDF

13 comments:

  1. That penny rug is just gorgeous....love your choice of colors!

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  2. Your penny rug is coming right along. Amazing work!

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  3. Great pattern. Your penny rug will be so pretty when you finish and your blanket stitch so accurate.
    Pretty neat idea for your lantern.

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  4. I thought I made a comment but its not here, anyway..I love your penny rug, you are doing an awesome job! Great idea about painting the lantern too. have a great night!

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  5. The penny rug is looking beautiful! Love the lantern. Gotta love spray paint!

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  6. I love Rustoleum.Doesn't it make a difference and so simple to use too.Your lamp looks great.
    I love the penny rug.I'm with the others that the colours you have chosen are beautiful. :)
    ♦Lynne♦

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  8. Love the penny rug, Suzanne...especially the pineapples.

    If you want to "antique" the lamp...which looks a thousand times better after you worked your magic on it...thin a bit of burnt umber oil paint with either odorless turpentine or boiled linseed oil (available in most Michael's or similas shops) to the consistency of sour cream. With an old cloth, wipe it all over the lantern, allowing the thinned paint mixture to settle in the cracks and crevices. Then take a clean cloth and wipe off as much of the mixture til you like what you see. Set it aside to dry which can take from 24 hours to a couple of days, depending on how much of the solution you left on. You can also apply a matte spray to seal and dry the paint. Note: Remember to follow the manufacturer's directions when using these products.

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  9. ooooh...I love pineapples...your penny rug pattern is gorgeous, love the colors, can't wait to see it finished!

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  10. This is going to be beautiful. I just love the colors. Can't wait to see it all finished. I just bought me a can of Rustoleum the other day knowing I should have something on hand to paint. I have a lantern just like yours that I have always disliked because it is bright red. Now I know what I can use my paint on. Thanks for the idea.
    AMY

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  11. Can you please tell me what kind of thread you're using on your penny rug?

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  12. I Love that pineapple penny rug! I had seen one on another blog last year but didn't kow the name of it. I am going to have to search for that pattern online now. I can't wait to see it finished!

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  13. Nice, very nice! All of it!!

    That penny rug is going to be beautiful when it is finished! You're right-- those wools are luscious!! I would prefer a needle and thread over a spa too, I'm glad I'm not the only one.

    I'm loving that lantern transformation! I thought it looked fine in the other picture, but it does look much more prim now.

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