Friday, September 30, 2011

Busy by the Sea

Our contractor told us that work on our house would go quicker if we would leave so we are at the beach trying to be patient.  If you have ever had work done on your house you know it is very frustrating and requires lots of patience.  One bedroom will be completely redone because the walls and floor got wet.  Furniture in most rooms in the house will have to be moved.  Thank goodness my sewing room was not damaged at all.  Everything had to be moved out of the attic. 

We are very fortunate that our insurance company has been good to us.  We have heard horror stories of certain insurance companies not wanting to pay up.  We are also taking this opportunity to paint and put in hardwood floors which I have always wanted.  And the best news is new furniture!!  I am working on some quilted pillows to go with my new sofa which is very colorful.  Also the hand quilting helps me to focus on the end results and not the inconvenience. 

I think I will machine quilt this one in parallel lines to give some texture.

I did this yesterday and I am not sure what to do with it.  Could be a cute pillow or maybe the beginning of a quilt to use in my new room.  I have some fabrics with me but inspiration has not hit me yet.  I am thinking of maybe doing some 6" squares in different patterns,  log cabin, 9 patch, etc and then putting them together. 

Any suggestions?

I had to include this picture of my precious younger grandson on his quilt.  Notice the boots,  it was in the 90s that day.   Do kids get any cuter than this?


 I found this quote and thought it fit what I was feeling.

 I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
Duane Michals

 I am trying very hard these days to concentrate on how our house will look in a month and not the way it looks right now.  I am also trying very hard to be grateful that someone else took the stuff out of the attic and I didn't have to.  Believe me only about 25% of it will go back.  I am going to take this opportunity to purge!!

 I am also loving playing with Pinterest these days.  So much fun to look and see what other folks are looking at.  It is very convenient for me with my redecorating. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Starry Nine Patch

Progress on our house is very sloooow.  They came and worked really hard two weeks ago and then we didn't see anyone for 9 days.  It is frustrating.  The room upstairs will have to be stripped down to the studs to be sure there is no water damage in the walls.  The good news is our insurance company has been very cooperative and we will be able to do some overdue updating.  

Thankfully my sewing room was not damaged at all.  I have been doing a little sewing.  My daughter asked me to make a quilt for a co-worker of hers who adopted a baby girl.  My aunt did something similar with nine patches and stars.

Here is a close up.

My husband wants a quilt for the young woman who cuts his hair.  I found this idea at Film in the Fridge.  What a great idea.  I am going to use bright solids between the rows. 

Some of our furniture was damaged by the water coming in the house.  We have made a lot of decisions in the last few weeks.  Hopefully this mess will only last a few more weeks.