If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Finishes

I have been busy but not at sewing the past week
Was able to make a few blocks of the Retro Air-Ship Propeller. If you hadn't read all about earlier this month about how Karen and I are both making. You can see the post here about the pattern and how to get free copy or one to purchase.
I can add here that after writing that post, Deb at Frugal Little Bungalow decided she was going to join in the fun. I think that is wonderful and I think the more the merrier.

Well started out with this block

Now my thoughts were this was going to be a good pattern to use up some of the fat quarters and scraps. Which is what I'm going to do,

Here are the two we decided we would make for the month.

But if know anything about me I sometimes can just stop when I find a good idea. 
This is a 1930's pattern and I do have a large collections of 30's reproduction fabric. Which was obvious when it came to moving it out of the sewing room.
Came across a tub of fabric that was pink and turquoise 30's
I like that combo and figured I would make a 30's quilts, well that day is here.

So here are another set for the month.
For the background on these will be the same fabric instead of a variety like the others. I like Kona Cotton Snow when making 30's quilts.

Also want to share what little progress on the Words to Live By 

So far I have one side done and half of another.

I think it takes longer to place them like I like then it does to sew them together.

It is a lot of HST. 
Getting it done slowly.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Debut of floors

Been busy this past week putting furniture and some items back in the house. 
With that said I still do not have it all in place but enough where I can give a good idea of what was before and what is now.

My house was built in 1982 and had all original carpet and vinyl. 
carpet was in ever room except kitchen and back bathroom, my bathroom did have carpet which was eliminated.

Carpet was brown and the vinyl was a dark tan with a darker pattern which made the house dark. My goal was to lighten it up without going white. 

So here are before and after pics

I think I was able to get a brighter look in the kitchen.
Turned out so much better than I thought, I was really worried this tile would be too big and not look good together but it does.

No more carpet ...... YEAH!!!!!

Got the tile look but the warmth of the vinyl.

Don't we love our hexagons 

I can not say enough on how much I like this carpet. It's so soft, clean and brighter.
I will not miss the old carpet at all and so glad it's gone.
This is a temporary setup in the sewing room right now. I would love to get a storage/cutting table but right not this old bread/pastry table will work.


LOVE .... LOVE .... LOVE ...

second photo is more like the true color
It looks likes the old homes in Sacramento that I grew up around.
I feel so at home now.

I am so relieved that it is over now but it was so worth it.

Thank you for putting up with me during all this.
Now life is getting closer to normal

Monday, September 19, 2016

What's Up 09.19.16

They have worked on the livingroom floors and wish I could say they are finished but no. Hopefully one more day and I can get my house back in order. I can handle chaos for so long and I believe I have reached my limit. 

The plus part to all this is that I'm in my sewing room for most of the day, need to stay out of their way.

Today was a day of sewing all the parts completed so far together to the Words To Live By.

Getting closer to the end.

 Since this part is done, it's time to sew all the HST for the outer border. Somewhere around 120 for each side. Hadn't counted yet ....
just guessing. That section above is only half of the top border.

Tonight a little more quilting.
I am so slow at it compare to some.
But I do enjoy quilting.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Slowly Going

Now that the carpet is laid, it's time to think about how I want to set up the sewing room..... and all I can say is the first to be put back is my sewing machine. 

I knew where that needed to be, the rest is all going to be change. And I've decided I am not bringing it all back in. 

Most of my day went toward trying to get the place a little more back the way it was.

Now that is evening and time to relax I'm working on quilting the Rocky Road. 

It's been a while since I had done any quilting on it.

Linking up to Kathy's Quilts

Friday, September 16, 2016

Getting Closer to a Finish

I'm so glad it's Friday and can say that besides the kitchen floors being finished, now the carpet is also finished.  
Hopefully if all goes as planned, which nothing has yet, they said the hardwood will be finished by next Tuesday.
Then the tough part starts and that is going through all my stuff before putting it back in the house. Really need to purge some things, have way too much stuff.

Before I had to clear all out of the sewing room I worked on "Words To Live By

Completed the corner sets of HST and sewn them to the center block. 

Also was able to sew the appliqued blocks together.

Hadn't had time to get the light border strips on before they came this morning but at least I'm ready when I do get my room somewhat back together.

Haven't yet decided how I want to set up my sewing room and what I want to put back in it.... definitely not all I had in there.
The past week while emptying it out I been liking the open, less clutter room and my goal is to keep it like that. Which means a good portion will have to stay in the garage. 
Image result for messy garage clipart

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Last month when the "little dudes" came for their visit I thought it would be fun to have little chicks for them to learn about and care for while here.

So I order 18 chicks, a variety of pullet (girls) and had them delivered the day before they arrived.

oh they are so cute and the boys were elated with them. In fact I was worried they would love them to death but all was good.

Here they are at 2 weeks

Now they are 4 weeks old and they have grown a lot, they are now getting their feather and are in what I consider the ugly stage,

not cute fuzzy chicks and not fluffy pretty hens. 

Poor things.

I don't normally get chicks this time of year cause where to keep them is a challenge. Because it's to hot in August to keep them in the garage and in the house is ok the first couple of weeks but for a little over a week now they have outgrown their box and need a bigger space and out of the house.  They do smell like stinky birds now. 

Today I looked around and all I could find was a old rabbit cage. It will work for now until this weekend. The carpet will get laid Friday and I can start moving stuff in from the garage . Then I can move them out there and hopefully most of this hot, humid temps are over.
They can not get too overheated but still need to be warm and I think it about that time. I'll have a fan out there for them just in case.

Won't be able to put them outside in the hen house for a couple more months, maybe around the first of November.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Having Productive Day

Yesterday was a very productive day for me and the installers had most of the kitchen floor in and today they are finishing it up. I am so pleased with how it looks. But it sounds like it will be next weekend before the whole project is completed, that's hardwood and carpet.

Now I was able to do 2 quarter sections of the center portion of The Words to Live By

and now I'm working on another.

Yesterday I was able to complete the last 2 Farmer's Wife blocks.
So tonight at the 30's Club meeting they'll have more blocks for me. You see I'm the tester, making sure there is enough fabric and that directions are correct which makes me few months ahead of the group.

I plan on taking the I Spy quilts as Show and Tell tonight... can't think of anything else.

The leader and ender I mentioned the other day and had no ideal what I was going to do.....well I do now. The other day while looking on Facebook I came across this post on one of the group I joined and someone was looking for the name of this pattern.
I knew the minute I saw it this is what I'll use all the 9 patches I'm making

There was a comment by someone naming the quilt.
It's design by Primitive Gatherings (by the way who design the Words to Live By I'm working on) called Settler's Trail.
I was going to order the pattern until I found out the 9 patches finish out to 1 1/2"  half the size of what mine will turn. It would do me no good cause all of the fabric requirement would not work or the size of all the pieces. 
It would show me how to assemble but I think I can come up with something close to it on my own. Wish my strips were smaller, would make it so much easier.

Right now for the leader and enders...... it's sewing the strips together and this is what I have so far. 

Have a good pile of strips and 2 1/2 yards of the background fabric but I'm thinking it is going to take a lot more of the background. 
Tonight while at Sager Creek I'll check to see if they have any. I hope so and maybe they will cause that is where all of this fabric came from originally, repurposing a BOM they had.

Linking up at esther aliu

Monday, September 12, 2016

What's up 09.12.16

This morning while I'm writing the installer just arrived and will start laying the kitchen tile. 
They said that they would have it all in today, I just wish they could of been working on finishing the hardwood. The sale rep was not there Friday and we all left messages. I hope they will replace the bowed planks soon. They told me that the carpet layers will not install the carpet until the floors are finished. Don't know what that means, will we be waiting a length of time...sure hope not. I want this to be over soon so I can get the house all back together.

I'm in the sewing room out of the way and have a couple projects to work on.

 All the embroidered/applique pieces trimmed and now it's time to start assembling a half square triangles on the "Words To Live By".

So far up on the design wall is one quarter of the corner units that need to be sewn. Figure I'll work on one quarter at a time. Its nice to see how much is completed and it's starting to look like something.

 Also need to work on the last two blocks for the Farmer's Wife month  #14. Our 30s club is meeting tomorrow evening and I need to have them done before then. Which should be no problem just because they are not paper pieced. I work so much faster when piecing and not PP.
As you can see from the picture is was printed out to be PP but I'm doing it mostly by piecing.
Other than that.... that's pretty much what I expect for today and hopefully it will be a productive day. I hope you all have a productive day also thank you for stopping by.

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