Saturday, January 19, 2019

{Post 1,601} Moth in the Window

Some quilt patterns just grab me. Some I fight off for years before making (I like to let them marinate). When I saw this on Bonnie Hunter’s blog, I loved it immediately. I started using the HSTs for the border a couple months ago. Keep in mind that I haven’t sewn a lot in the past couple months. But I did make 240/480 HSTs. Last night I sewed them into groups of threes while listening to a podcast on decluttering. That is my new favorite hobby...decluttering. Otherwise known as being able to see the floor.

Here are the first 240 HSTs in their natural habitat.

It doesn’t look like much, but those are half of enough to get around an 88”-square quilt three deep. I will keep plugging away at the other 240. What I do it keep cutting up shirt scraps as they are available. I cut them facing a solid black so that I don’t have to fiddle with lining them up every time I pick up a pair. 

Here is the quilt from the Kindle book:

Isn’t it glorious? I think so. I thought it would be fun to write a new blog post every time I work on blocks so you can see them coming together. I made two of them way back and pinned them to my bulletin board in my sewing room.

And here’s the three I pieced today.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

{Post 1,600} Earth Shattering!

This is my sixteeen hundredth post!!  Time flies!

I did not know this post would be such a a significant number. But it is. At least to me. I have made friends through my blog. I guess you can say I am celebrating by sharing the decluttering of my sewing room. I’ve made visible progress and have the motivation to go through every box and bobbin. Nothing is safe. I have been giving things away, donating them, and selling some of my quilts.

I found 4 things today that I have been looking for for over a year. I am looking forward to deeper cleaning, but all in good time. It was so bad that I didn’t even know where to look for the missing items.

Here are two areas of my room that are vastly improved. One is right inside the door to the left. Previously the entire floor was covered about 3 feet out from the bookshelf edge, forcing the office chair even further into the narrow walkway and making the bottom shelf unreachable.

The other area of excitement is the floor in front of my cutting table. not only did I find a box of clothes my husband has been looking for for months, I can actually walk there w/o threat of harm to my person. I can see the carpet and vacuum there!!

I guess it was a reward, but when I took two large bins of stuff to donate, I was thinking I would like to have a nice plant stand for my baby-but-growing spider plant. As I walked up to the thrift store, I saw this outside for $3. It is now living in my sewing room. I am going to paint the base white.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

{Post 1,599} Area Rug Picture

I realized something that might help with my choice of hexagon colors for my new pillows. I should probably try choosing colors in the same ratio of colors as the actual rug (with a dab more blue and orange). I love the cushiness, size, colors, and patterns of this rug. I wish my husband did, too, but he might come to love it. Miracles still happen!

The glue for making my pillow is supposed to arrive tomorrow, so I am going to start gluing this tomorrow and be ready to machine sew on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

{Post 1,598} Pillows are Perfect

One of the challenges of our new-to-us living room is matching our new rug with other things. To be honest, I LOVE the rug. It is thick and plush. I like the colors and the pattern. My husband, OTOH, is not a big fan. He liked it when we picked it out and the thumbnail was 1-1/2” square, but seeing it in living color is a bit much for him. Our former decor was more regulated—our new rug is sporadic. There are touches of orangish-red and aqua-bright-blue. I am seeking to draw those out in small amounts in some throw pillows as well as leaning more towards not-so-regulated patterns. I am going to change this some more, but here are some pillow ideas I’ve been playing with making.

I am actually going with the second one down, the mixed-up-color-random one. I will be making two pillows, so I will divide the blues and oranges between the two and add some golds and dark creams to complement the rug more. It is very dark now, so I will post a picture of the rug soon. The dark brown is the actual pillow background fabric that I plan to use.

Monday, December 31, 2018

{Post 1,597} Holiday Time

This has been the most unusual Christmas for us, IMHO. We had a small gathering on Christmas Eve that included my husband and me, my single, still-living-at-home son, MIL (who was joining us for the first time...I adore her and love her company), another single son who lives on his own, and a married son, his wife and two little girls. Oh, there were two other young ladies who are my single sons’ girlfriends. I sat there thinking most of the time in the back of my mind...these girls might become a permanent part of our family. I was meeting one for the first time. When 6/8 of one’s children are married, one changes the way they think about their children’s relationship interests.

Timmy’s family (my oldest daughter and family) came over Christmas Day for a meal and spades game. Wes and I won ;)

~*~*~As usual, I did not take pictures. I like to prefer to think of it as living in the moment, not being a bad historian/mother.~*~*~

My dear husband and I worked for hours (and until the last second) to get the house ready for our little get-togethers. We put all the furniture from the living room, kitchen, and upstairs guest room in perfect place (they had been homeless for a couple months). We prepared our downstairs guest room and bathroom (think major cleaning) for our married son’s family, as they stayed overnight.

Another big thing we did was move all the toys from the guest room (where my grandson usually sleeps when he is here at least 5 days a week) to the living room closet. I usually abhor moving the “home” of items that have permanent dwellings. This time it was a great decision. The toys are now out in the living room closet, where our seasonal wall decor, movies, and game collection usually lived. Since we are sort of getting a fresh start with decor and belongings because of the recent renovation, it was a great time to do this.The TV is now downstairs, so all the movies went down there. I am still determining the best place for the seasonal decor. Some of it is large (old window frame and shutters amongst other giants).  I am currently decluttering at the “speed of life”, having just read two fantastic books on decluttering by Dana White. The first is “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind” and the second is “Decluttering at the Speed of Life”. There is a little (OK, maybe a lot) of repetition in the books, but they have changed my mind and outlook on clutter. I am a reforming clutterholic. I need MORE than a 12-step program, but I had a lot of progress yesterday. The thing I like best about this system is that one sees results immediately and does not leave a bigger mess in the wake. If (or should I say WHEN) you are interrupted and have to stop, all there is is progress, not piles of stuff that belong somewhere else. It is glorious.

Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. These are mainly being posted for my one family member that I know reads my blog. Be sure to leave a comment!

I love the nativity picture that hangs above our console table here. It is very heavy. I actually tore off some of our new drywall on the wall under the quilt because the Command hooks lied about the weight they uphold. My hubby saved the day (again, and as usual—he is the best!)

The kids’ kitchen is a new item. It was in the guest room before, but we didn’t figure my MIL would be whipping up any plastic muffins during her visit. It might go back in the guest room. Time will tell.

Is that NATURAL LIGHT in my living room? These doors, although bothersome to have installed correctly and without dents, are one of the best parts of this renovation. The car mat goes into that closet when not in use.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

{Post 1,596} Parker Fixer Upper

Here is a pic of our deck (uncovered, as it will remain) through the new French doors in the living room. Our house is a dark gray siding with white trim.

Here is our living room, from two days ago and today. Blew my mind to see the comparison.

Monday, December 17, 2018

{Post 1,595} Quilty Catch-Up

I have done a lot of quilty things since I wrote last. Here are pictures. I will skip all the descriptions.

I have also machine-quilted several large quilts for customers and for myself.