Tuesday, July 10, 2018

{Post 1,589} This is Happening

I have started the machine quilting on my daughter’s wedding quilt. About 8-9 years ago, she expressed a desire to learn how to sew. I tried to show her how to sew on a machine. She just could NOT get a seam to be straight and equidistant from the needle...but she has so many other skills. We resorted to hand piecing. Alas, that was as disastrous. So I packed up her project (a scrappy rail fence with same centers) until she had interest in it again. Well, that never happened. So I took out her hand piecing and made this for her wedding. I am quilting it with a Wonky Feather pattern from Pajama Quilter. It will finish at 81” x 97”...a twin sized quilt or a couch throw. I have made a few passes, and this is how it’s looking...

Meanwhile on the cabinet completion meter...Wes put the lower sink-side cabinet doors back up for me last night. We agreed that with this, that, and the other, I should wait until AFTER Rachel’s wedding (8/18) to do the last side of the island...it is a doozy, and will take much work. The other part (other than it will need the most prep work because of a legion of daily living) is that it consists of 8 drawers, whose contents we use daily. They would have to be boxed up or on the island for use while the parts are being painted. Rachel’s bridal shower is 7/22. I am the shower hostess at our church, so a lot of that is on me. Plus, we still have two of our grandsons (newly-4 and 7 months) 24/5. 

Fortunately, the really terrible island side is not visible when one is in the kitchen, unless they are preparing or cleaning up food. That happens to usually be me, so it doesn’t bother others much.

Enjoy something you love doing today!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

{Post 1,588} Barn Quilt and More Kitchen Update

Our church has an annual family camp. On the way back this year, I spotted this beauty and snatched a picture...

Speaking of wooden quilts, I plan to make one of these flags after seeing a friend’s (she purchased hers, but how hard could this be?)...

Meanwhile in the kitchen...the cabinet painting is moving along. I took off two whole weeks from working on it for our VBS and then family camp, with a few days in between.  We made a few changes while all this was happening in our kitchen. We went from a double wall oven to a single. My husband finished out the upper oven section with a shelf and added an electrical outlet in the back for our Power Air Fryer Oven while he was at it.

Then I literally begged him to cut off the scalloped wood canopy above the sink and replace the fluorescent light with another type. It makes the kitchen look so much more modern. Here is the before.

Notice in this after picture that I also painted the little sliver of wall between the cabinets and the window white. So many changes!!

There are five doors drying in the garage right now. Once those are back up (lower under the sink cabinets), all that is left is one side of the island. That is the area that has had the most wear and tear, but they are the newest cabinets in our kitchen, so the original wood should be in the best shape. There are 8 drawers and 4 doors on that side, but I am eager to finish them. 

My daughter’s wedding is in six weeks. I must finish the island before then and do all things wedding. I happen to be the shower coordinator at my church. That means I plan and run the bridal and baby showers. It will be odd doing that for my own daughter,  but I’m planning already. It is actually in a little over two weeks. I picked up some fabrics for a pendant banner and some thick scrapbook paper for a garland of various-sized circles. On my way to the register, I saw the bouquet. Those are the exact colors of her wedding (Tiffany blue, blush pink, and white). I grabbed that since it was half off as well. Lots of ideas rolling around up in my little brain.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

{Post 1,587} Kitchen Upgrade

I am doing a huge project....painting all my kitchen cabinets. We have an island as well as a built-in desk area with 6 doors’ worth of upper cabinets above it. I started with the island and lower desk cabinets so I could see if we liked the paint color I selected. It was so different from our former cream that it took a day or so for us to get used to it. Those doors/drawers also did not need any prep other than washing, so I opted for the easiest starting place.

Here is the before of the desk with the lower drawers out:

In the above picture, the upper cabinets are still the off-white color, not freshly painted...yet.

Here is the after...the grey is called Mindful Grey. The uppers are painted bright white in this picture.

I still need to clean and paint the kickplates. That will be an awfully hard job for me. At my age and health, it is hard to get down on the floor and back up!

The hardest part (for me) of this project is waiting for the paint to dry. It is advised to let it cure 3 days before putting it back up. In the meantime, many drawers and doors are emptied out and all over the counters and floor.

To add to the mayhem, there are several other things going on here....

~My 3-year-old and 6-month-old grandsons are with us 24 hours a day 5 days a week.

~Our double ovens died right after I baked the first 12-count pan of 200 cupcakes a few weeks back. We opted to buy a single oven to replace it because of cost and amount of use the double oven has had in the past couple years with 4 of us here instead of 10 (and the other two are leaving at the end of the summer...one forever and one for a semester). It has been partially installed for over a week. That means tools and mess all over the place.

~We have a friend who lives alone and is blind. He fell Tuesday when he was with 2 of my children. They took him to the hospital. He came to our house from there. He will need extensive surgery and is finding it very difficult to do the easiest of tasks for himself as you can imagine. 

I will do more updates soon.

Monday, May 7, 2018

{Post 1,586} Long Time No Blog

I have nearly forgotten about my blog! Today I cleaned a lot of things out of my sewing room. When I did, I found 3 finished blocks for my Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Ironically, I had just folded up the top and put it back in the closet. I got it out to see what I should be working on this coming weekend when we drive to pick up our son in Florida. It will be at least 10 hours down and 10 hours back. With other possibilities for hand-sewing time while we are different places.

Here is the top as it is today. I am wondering if I should make it long enough for a pillow tuck. I think I will. Especially with finding the 3 additional completed blocks.

The green and purple fabrics near the bottom are my color selections for what I thought would be the last block. But then I found these three in a basket on my pegboard.

I will likely move them around some before stitching it all together.

I served this fabulous tray of finger foods for a graduation reception for my daughter and her fiance...two of my favorite people.

Here they are...getting married 8.18.18:

Rachel’s fiance actually graduated with honors, so the speech bubble is so hilarious. A woman at our church used these for a graduate fellowship there, and I used them during our party.

Monday, April 23, 2018

{Post 1,585} Alabama Bound Finished

This is a quilt I recently finished. I started making it with no one particular in mind. I posted a pic of the progress on Facebook, and one of my daughters said it should go to Alabama to live with its cousin quilt made from upcycled men’s shirts. So Alabama Bound, it is. This is Bonnie Hunter’s Virginia Bound pattern. It’s the only pattern I’ve made twice, and I am not opposed to making it a third time. It’s 79" x 94".

I also finished the center of my daughter’s twin-bed-sized wedding quilt. She asked for a quilt for a guest room bed. Back story is that she started piecing this when she was 11. She is 20 now, and marrying the perfect man for her. She could not sew a straight line on the sewing machine to save her life, so we switched to hand piecing. Worse. So in an attempt to salvage our relationship, I packed it away. Fast forward to a couple months ago. I pulled the box down and asked her if she was OK with me finishing it. She had already asked for a twin-sized quilt. I ripped out the few pieces that had been haphazardly pieced and started over. Here is the center. 

It still needs to be trimmed. I am going to add a narrow dark border, then a larger one (but not too large as it is already twin-sized). She likes it!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

{Post 1,584} Another New Project

Maybe it’s just me, but I go through spells where I start a bunch of new quilts all in a relatively short time.

Here is one I started today. It is from Bonnie Hunter’s book, Scraps and Shirttails. It’s called Cactus Patch and finishes at 83" x 92". I might make it a tad longer for a twin bed.

Here is the one block I have finished as well as the pattern for the whole thing.

I’m not loving the light greenish triangles in my block, but I’m currently addicted to string blocks.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

{Post 1,583} Wedding Quilt Started

My daughter, Rachel, is getting married in August. Years ago she asked me to help her make a quilt. This is not a slam on her in any way, but sewing is just not her thing. She has a terrible time sewing a straight line on a machine. So we tried hand piecing. Long story, short, we ended up putting this mostly cut-out quilt top in a box, in many pieces, with a few blocks hand pieced by her.

I found it in a sewing room clean-up and ripped out the few blocks that had been hand-pieced. I used it as a leader/ender recently and just finished piecing all the blocks. They are all on my design wall now. If I have done the math correctly, it will measure about 96" x 64" if sewn as is without borders. She wanted it twin-bed size, and we are fairly close with this. 

It is night time (close to midnight), so the picture is not as bright as it may have been. I see one blocks that I am moving (that was the purpose of the picture), and I’ll start sewing the rows together soon.

I have been sewing a lot more than usual, and just promised a couple more quilts in the near future. Stay tuned!