Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A bit of sewing

I made progress on the step zig zag #2 top. A few more seams and it will be sewn together.

I still have one more step zig zag to sew together. I will get these quilted and then I am done with pink for awhile.

The sanding is done and today is all about cleaning up a few corners and using a fine pad to buff the floors. I am not sure when the first coat of finish is going on, but the worst of the dust mess will be over today.

I figured out why I was so crabby. Besides the wreck at the house and hurting myself (I am much better today!) at work my area to work is so small I have no place to lay anything out. So I am fighting with dealing with the house mess and at work. There is a lot of paperwork at work and when there is no place to stack and sort, it is a problem and it makes me crabby. There are these tables that I use when they are in the room to lay out binders and paperwork, but I never know when the school personnel will be in to move them out so I can't leave stuff.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The struggle

I am not doing well dealing with the upheaval. I have been crabby - maybe because I still hurt a bit or the mess or both. Usually this kind of stuff doesn't bother me. The flooring guy had to plug his sanding machine into the 220 outlet that the stove is plugged into. I needed to do some cooking last night so there was a lot of messing around plugging and unplugging then trying to get the stove partly back into place so I had at least a little bit of room. I have a small kitchen and the stove was in the middle of it. I am so over crawling around stuff. I did get an area set up downstairs in the laundry/utility room with a small fridge, microwave, toaster, and toaster oven. I brought down everything I could think of that I would need to get thru the next few days so hopefully I won't have to go back into the kitchen.

Here is the before of the living room - the kitchen is located to the right.

The master bedroom

Guest bedroom

The entry into the master bedroom

When I first moved in I had this area changed. There was a closet two cabinets and a second door to the small bathroom. I had the closet and the cabinets ripped out, a wall built, and closed up the opening to the bathroom. Here is my drawing of the before and after

When the house was built the wood floor was installed after all the framing, so when the closet was ripped out there was a gap where the framing had been. I salvaged what flooring I could and found matching flooring at the lumber yard. I had to weave the new flooring into the existing which meant tearing out some of the existing. I saw Tommy Silva do this on This Old House so of course I could do it! Here is the patch job before I finished it last night.
I had it all reinstalled except for one row. Someone had trimmed the pieces down for me width wise, but I never got around to finishing the job. Well, last night I finished it. Here is the after

After it is sanded and filled you won't even notice that narrowed strip of flooring. I used three pieces to fill in the area, because that was all I had left of the flooring.

Here you can see the difference in color after the first sanding. I want light floors and so far it looks good.

Other than taking out the recycling and trash tonight I think I will be able to sit down at the sewing machine. I may have to borrow the neighbor's garbage and recycling bins since mine are full. The house is for sale and no one is living there so I will take advantage to clear the stuff out rather than wait another week. I just need to make some space.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winner and what a weekend

The winner of the ebook Create your own improv quilts by Rayna Gillman goes too

Charlotta

I have sent your email address to Rayna and she will send you your copy. Congrtulations!

The roofers came Friday afternoon since it was sunny out and tore out my old, broken gutter guards and replace them with Gutter Brush. There is no way I was climbing up on the roof to do this! While they were up there they found the rubber flashing around my waste vent pipe was in horrible condition.

They told me the rubber flashing needs replace about every 10 - 12 years; mine was going on 14 1/2! They fixed it

The guys also took pictures of my turtle vents and showed me that all three of them have been damaged by either birds or maybe a raccoon. They will get me new ones and replace those. I will be all set for winter!

I spent a lot of time trying to get the living room and two bedrooms cleared out for the flooring guy coming today. Friday my brother came over and the kitchen and master bathroom are now full of furniture. What a mess!

The worst part is I pulled my lower back and then I really was moving slow. I didn't get everything done that I needed to do. The floor sanding guy said he would help me slide the mattress into the kitchen when he comes today. We will have to put up plastic barricades, take down curtains, and I still need to finish a repair on the wood floor. Today my back feels better, but I am sore from my neck to my lower back. When it is time to move the furniture back, I am going to call someone to do that. I don't know who yet; maybe two guys and a truck even though I just need the two guys.

I did get two pillow cases made for a friend of my brother. Yes, the design is not all going in the same direction. I thought I had it right when I pinned it. Oh well.

I have no idea what it is going to be like living thru this floor refinishing, but it can't be any worse than remodeling I have been thru in the past. I have a feeling it is going to take weeks to get the house back together. I will post pictures tomorrow of the before.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Last chance for blog tour and giveaway

Today is the last day to comment on my post yesterday and all the other participants for a chance to win an ebook of Rayna Gillman's new book

Meantime, I made two double batches of Martha Stewart's French butter cookies. For the second double batch I used almond extract and made them rectangular. I plan on dipping part of the cookie in either white or milk chocolate and then chopped almonds. I had decided I am going to make a variety of shortbread slice and bake cookies this year to make life easier this Xmas. I can freeze the rolled dough and then just slice them when I need to bake them. I will next make several batches of toasted pecan shortbread sandies and almond butter balls. I need to find a chocolate shortbread cookie recipe to round out this group.


I did get seven rows of blocks sewn together on the second pink step zig zag quilt.

This weekend is all about getting the rest of the furniture out of the living room and bedrooms for the floor sanding guy on Monday and getting things set up in the lower level where I will be living next week. My studio is on the lower level so I can just roll out of bed and head 10 steps to the studio!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blog tour and giveaway!

Today is my turn on Rayna Gillman's blog tour. Besides this being the first time a quilt of mine was in a published book, this is my first blog tour!

Rayna Gillman https://rgillman.wixsite.com/studio78/blog has a new book out titled Create your own improv quilts.


Rayna's book is a very informative and inspirational! She takes the fear out of improv piecing and guides through the process of how to get started. The book is packed with lots of how to photos and quilts that make you want to drop everything and head to the studio! The book is written in such a way it is like Rayna is talking to only you. Take a look at the table of contents and one of many quilts show in the book.


Rayna had contacted me over a year ago about my quilt. I was very suprised and of course jumped at the chance to be included. I have followed her blog for years and was thrilled that she even knew I existed! Rayna then asked me to be part of the blog tour giveaway and of course I said yes! Here is the page in the book that my quilt is on.

I had made the quilt using the leftover pieces from this 75" x 84" quilt. I had hand dyed the blue and green fabric and it was too pretty to just toss into the scrap bin or thrown away.

I was also surprised to see that there were peeks of my quilt used on the author's page and resource page! Talk about a rush of excitement!

So now the secret that I have had to keep for over a year is revealed. You have until December 8, 2017, to sign up at each blog stop for a chance to win an ebook copy of Rayna’s wonderful book!


Friday, November 10

C&T Blog

http://www.ctpub.com/blog/create-your-own-improv-quilts-blog-tour-kickoff/


Monday, November 13

Cindy Grisdela

https://www.cindygrisdela.com/blog


Wednesday, November 15

Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine

https://terificreations.com/


Tuesday, November 21

Desiree Habicht

http://www.desireehabicht.com/blog


Tuesday, November 28

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

https://vfwquilts.com/


Thursday, November 30

Trisch Price

www.hadleystreetquilts.com


Tuesday, December 5

Melissa Shields

www.quiltingroomwithmel.com/


Thursday, December 7

Patty Altier

http://pattythequiltlady.blogspot.com




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's done

I finished the scarf I had been knitting for awhile and wore it today. One more thing done!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Knitting and Blog tour giveaway

It is suppose to get cold later on this week so I thought I needed to work on getting this scarf finished. I don't have much more to do.

Rayna Gillman has a new book out titled Create your own improv quilts.


It is a very informative and inspirational read, and one of my quilts was used in the book! Rayna asked me to be part of the blog tour giveaway and of course I said yes! The blog tour has begun and you have until December 8, 2017 to sign up at each blog stop for a chance to win an ebook copy of Rayna’s wonderful book! I will post on December 7 my quilt that was part of the book. This is the first time a quilt of mine has been in a book so I am over the moon excited and grateful to Rayna.



Friday, November 10

C&T Blog

http://www.ctpub.com/blog/create-your-own-improv-quilts-blog-tour-kickoff/


Monday, November 13

Cindy Grisdela

https://www.cindygrisdela.com/blog


Wednesday, November 15

Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine

https://terificreations.com/


Tuesday, November 21

Desiree Habicht

http://www.desireehabicht.com/blog


Tuesday, November 28

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

https://vfwquilts.com/


Thursday, November 30

Trisch Price

www.hadleystreetquilts.com


Tuesday, December 5

Melissa Shields

www.quiltingroomwithmel.com/


Thursday, December 7

Patty Altier

http://pattythequiltlady.blogspot.com

Monday, December 4, 2017

21st finish for 2017

Another baby quilt done! This one turned out 36 1/4" x 48". I used one of my pieced together with scraps batts, quilted it with Signature quilting thread, and used pieced together soft white backing scraps. I call this a step zig zag design since it looks like stair steps. I have two more step zig zag quilt tops to sew the blocks together and quilt before I will be done with my pink phase.

I ended up getting seven baby quilt sized batts made from my pile of scraps. There were two pieces of batting that were already the right size. I am set for batts for the next eight baby quilts.

While I was digging around in my fabric storage room, I found a hunk off batting that must have been the end of a roll. There are several yards so I have more for baby quilts!

Here is my pile of backing scraps. I plan on piecing together what I can and use it for the baby quilts. I would prefer to have a print for the back, but it is what it is.

I spent all day Saturday clearing out one of the bedrooms. The floor sanding guy is coming the 11th and I have to get everything out of two bedrooms and the living room. I lost track of how many trips I made carrying clothes, framed items, and furniture to the lower level of the house. I have a donate pile of clothes that I will drop off today. I still have some furniture that needs move.

Friday, December 1, 2017

another b-day present and batting scraps

My brother, SIL, and nephew came over last night to deliver a sewing project for my nephew. They had a birthday present for me! I was a beautiful wooden incense box with incense.

A couple of years ago they gave me this Buda incense burner, so now I am all set!

I was so tired when I finally got home from work. I had been out in the rain helping move gladiators (cones) around before and when the concrete truck showed up for setting the posts for a fence for the site. Dragging those gladiators was hard work. The rubber base is heavy - 13 to 15 pounds - and moving as many as I did I could feel it in my shoulders and back. I then had to play traffic cop since the truck block the sightline for parents pulling out of the parking lot. Oh, the concrete truck showed up right before school let out. Great timing - not!

I had sorted out the batting by color and size. I found two pieces that were the right size for baby quilts already.

I use stitch 13a on my machine to sew the batting together rather than a regular zig zag stitch which can cause a ridge to form.


I now have five pieces of batting for baby quilts - the two that were the right size already and three more I stitched together with pieces.

I have another one laid out that is eight pieces of batting I will have to sew together

This is what I have left of the white batting. I will try and get one more made out of these

Next I will sew together the natural batting scraps.

I didn't get to take a half day vacation Wednesday or Thursday because of the fencing contractors on site, but they don't work Friday's so I plan on making it a long weekend and take that half day today.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

20th finish for 2017

The gray and pink herringbone quilt is done! Yeah! It turned out 42 1/2" x 53 1/4". I used a gray Aurfil thread for the top and Connecting Threads silver in the bobbin. My go to batting is Warm & Natural.

I had been cleaning up my fabric storage room a bit at a time over the last couple of weeks especially with digging around looking for every pink fabric I had. I saw that I had this bin of batting pieces.

I wonder how many baby quilts would I be able to make using up what is in this bin? I will sort thru them and start sewing the pieces together to find out the answer to that question! Those scraps of batting add up to some money already spent so I need to use it.

Don't forget to sign up today on Trisch Price's blog for a chance to win an ebook of Rayna Gillman's new book

You can submit a comment for a chance to win on all the different stops on this blog tour until Dec. 8.



Friday, November 10

C&T Blog

http://www.ctpub.com/blog/create-your-own-improv-quilts-blog-tour-kickoff/


Monday, November 13

Cindy Grisdela

https://www.cindygrisdela.com/blog


Wednesday, November 15

Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine

https://terificreations.com/


Tuesday, November 21

Desiree Habicht

http://www.desireehabicht.com/blog


Tuesday, November 28

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

https://vfwquilts.com/


Thursday, November 30

Trisch Price

www.hadleystreetquilts.com


Tuesday, December 5

Melissa Shields

www.quiltingroomwithmel.com/


Thursday, December 7

Patty Altier

http://pattythequiltlady.blogspot.com



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Half day vacation?

The weather is beautiful in NE Ohio for this time of the year. It was in the low 60's yesterday so it was time to take a half day vacation and get some outside work done. I bought these screen gutter covers earlier this year but didn't install them.
I wanted to replace the gutter covers that are on the house as the plastic is disintegrating. After about 2 hours of messing around trying to get these installed on the garage where I can reach with a ladder, this is what I ended up with - four inches short! I think the measurements for the pieces didn't include that there was an 1" overlap and that is why I was short!
These were not easy to install and I had to mess with them to get them screwed to the gutter. I was so mad I ended up going with Plan B which was to take the screens off and install Gutter Brush.
I had bought a box of Gutter Brush awhile ago, but now I will have to buy more to do the house. As far as I am concerned Mike Holmes can take his endorsed screen and shove them where the sun doesn't shine!!! I boxed the screens and screws back up and it will go in the donation pile for the Habitat resale store.

Next I needed to clean up one of the flower beds. The day lilies had died back and there were some dead weeds had needed to be removed.
I also needed to remove this over gown Alberta spruce. I have a electric chain saw so I used that to cut it down.

I needed the wheelbarrow to haul the spruce to the compost pile. I had forgotten I had tossed some vinca I had salvaged in the wheelbarrow so I had to plant what had survived before I could use the wheelbarrow.

As I hauled the spruce to the back I hauled a load of sweet peat from the back to the flower bed. Two loads of very wet sweet peat and the front looked much better. There is no way I could get the stump out so I drilled some holes in it, poured some bleach on it, and I will wait until spring to see if I can get it out.

I was getting tired by this point but I had one more job to do. See this empty spot in the garage?

I now have a paper towel holder. My brother gave me a huge pack of paper towels that he salvaged from a house he was helping to empty. The only issue with the towels is they have a musty smell so I won't be using them in the house, but they make perfect garage towels for checking oil, etc.

By 4 p.m. I was tired so I headed inside to get something to eat. I need to learn to pace myself better because I could only think about doing any sewing. I was up early this morning and got the binding partly sewn on the gray and pink herringbone quilt. I will get it trimmed and stitched tonight.

Now that is what I call a vacation! LOL!!! I plan on taking another half day today. I need to get as much cleared out of the living room as I can so I can finish painting it before the floor guy comes. I also need to move out all I can out of the bedrooms too so there will be many trips up and down the steps this afternoon.