Jun 13, 2011

And the work continues!

It was a fairly quiet weekend here- no ladders, no men on the roof! Saturday, I dodged the rain and drove down to one of my favorite quilt shops and had a bit of me time. I managed to pick up some overdue blocks and a bit of fabric (one to complete an on-going project). I also picked up Jo Morton's new book Banner Day! This one is fabulous- well all her books are, but this one is really fabulous! I'd post a photo, but for some reason blogger isn't cooperating. Oh well. Yesterday was a very quiet day here at Casa M. I decided it was time to attack the two spots on the living room rug that were bothering me. Success for the most part- think I'll respray today and they should be 100% gone. Then, since the ceiling taping and mud went up on Friday, I thought it was high time to bring the breakfast room out of the 80's. First job- get rid of the cutsey bird house wallpaper border and the not so professionally done chair rail. Didn't take any time at all, and the room already looks better. I am going to dispose of the very 80's vertical blinds and finally make those drapes I intended to do. Happily I never got to it before- as I would have done something more fu-fu and would be disposing of that now too {smiles}. I am just going to make simple panels for each of the big windows - and hang 'em high! I think the room will look tall and elegant and I'll be able to see the gardens with out peeking thru verticals. Once the wobbly computer table is replaced with youngest daughter's gorgeous black desk, and I spruce up the rest of the furniture that has to stay I think the room will be more in keeping with my new sensibilities. I also know it is going to lead to more trouble as I will want to do the same to the kitchen and half bath. They're all connected you know! Time on my hands...a bad thing! I've told the husband I am going to ask our contractor about putting hardwood flooring in the nook...and I may ask about going right thru the kitchen as well. We'll see!
After all the manual labor (including laundry) I pulled out a very old project! I had been working diligently on Vintage Valentine for some time years ago. Too many years ago to fess up to. It was supposed to be a wedding gift for son and DIL. Once I got side tracked, I felt that it was never going to happen, so I decided to just "forget" I had it. For some reason yesterday I decided I wanted to finish it after all-- and finish it for their anniversary in October. There is going to be a lot of frantic needle turn going on if I am to stick to that commitment. Good thing they don't know this was even in the works! I had considered just scrapping the entire idea as I'd like to make them individual quilts anyway, but being the good momma I try to be, I'd like to accomplish it all. Delusions of grandeur, me thinks!!
And with that...it is time to begin another week. I am a free bird today and need to grocery shop. And thus it begins...I hear a ladder, guess I should sneak into the shower before there is a face in that window!

Jun 10, 2011

Still here....

I didn't forget that I promised photos of the wonderful Quilt Show from last weekend...I just don't have access to the photos as my iMac is sitting disconnected and completely unusable as we get work done at the house. My hope is that the taping and mudding of the new ceiling in the room where Mac resides will get done today. I'm not holding my breath (the work is moving right along so I won't rush things), but I'd sure like to be able to share what I've been working on. I've also realized that I never posted photo(s) of the "new and improved" quilting room! Soon. I will get it all up soon. OK, lets hope so .
Wishing you all a happy weekend- perhaps with some stitching??

Jun 7, 2011

Here We Go Again!

Blogging comes once a month it seems, but it isn't as if I have nothing to show...
it is just hard to find time to sit and share with all that I have going on. Now don't go feeling sorry for me. It is a "problem" of my own making. Work, family, gardens, sewing...yup all still need attention.
With the multiple projects in various stages of completion already strewn around the sewing room, why do I let myself get crazed and start anew when I know I shouldn't?? We all do it, don't we (don't we??)?
Oh well, can't help myself, here I go again....look at this mess-

why do I "just have to" choose projects requiring tons of cutting, sewing, pressing, and trimming of half-square triangles? Thus the mess above. It's a little mess- the bigger one is already swept into the trash basket. But those little cut, sewn, pressed and trimmed half-square triangles look so cute.

and after I add all of this

I end up with 4 of each of these.
(It's a good thing- I need 127 blocks!)

Just couldn't help myself. I fell in love with this quilt from a brand new book Winning Fat Quarter Quilts. At least I think that is the name...will have to recheck to make sure I have my facts right!

I knew I had more than enough fat quarters to make every quilt in the book (probably could go straight to king size- nothing small here, but I decided on full/queen). I started pulling these

It was easy to get 32 light/dark combos. I have plenty in the drawers of that triple dresser that I joke about. Wow. I could free up space in the drawers. No, don't ask why I would need to do that...and no, I haven't been to a quilt shop (except to work). But VQF is looming! No, no...no spending! I have more than my fair share (hahahah-insert your favorite evil laughter...)
Cutting is fast, easy and you don't waste any fabric (it is done in pairs). I now have a small canvas basket filling with scraps for a future project (oh help me!! It is a sickness.). Do I get time off for good behavior? Oh, actually, I did! and what did I do...I went to a quilt show. Lots of ideas there....yes, I need help. Lots of it. Desperately seeking help. Photos from the show will be forthcoming...if I can stop making those half-square triangles!!
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