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Painting the Family Room and a Birthday

It was a long week! We had painters here from Tuesday thru Saturday!
They spent 4 days on just the family room.
The first day was the most caulking I have ever seen! The caulked the entire ceiling. Though that sounds like an odd thing to say, picture a ceiling of tongue and groove, that is almost 60 years old. Then an old paint job (15 years)  that did not use caulking...and shifting that occurs with time...
They were up on ladders for hours!
Then they primed and sanded and vacuumed and then they painted.
The entire room was enclosed in plastic....
Now, remember the bookcases?? Yes, that was part of it too. So, before, everything those books had to move. Yikes!
Talk about feeling out of sorts.
So, the guys moved the rest of the books, the furniture and covered everything.
The plan was to paint the room the same restful color that the living room, halls and kitchen/diningroom are painted. It is a color by Dunn Edwards....Pierre grey (similar to agreeable grey by sherwin williams) which…
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A Little bit of This and That

I need to sew, something everyday, or I get grumpy!
Today, it was a pillow....ah.....
I found a cross stitch panel that someone had done, and fell in love with it. It's actually a covered bridge, but it looks kinda like a barn...so I took it home, no idea at all what to do with it.
Today, it hit me....a pillow!
When I went to the closet, I found a pillow form....sweet!!
The panel was almost the right size, at least width wise....height wise it was a tad short. I measured and sure enough it was almost 5" different...so, I went to the closet again and found 2 1/2' strips from another project...perfect! So, I used those on each end....
So what about a backing....hummmm. I love linen. The family room, where this may end up is being painted a taupe grey....so into my drawer where linen lives, and there was a remnant from another project...grey linen....
So, long story short....I literally just stitched it together....and made it an envelope closure...that I stitched closed wit…

Fall Decor

There is a certain light that comes in the windows here. It triggers something in me that causes me to turn into a whirling cleaning redecorating fiend.
My husband laughs..."...it's the light!!". In actuality it is indeed.
This week I stripped down the drapes in the family room (there are 7), the drapes in the dining room, and the living room...they all got washed. Then, in the living room I decided I hated the dark grey (charcoal) color and went to IKEA to get something else. The something else I liked was a pair of soft grey linen drapes they used to have. Yeah, they don't have them anymore...sigh....
So, I purchased a couple sets of some cotton drapes that were the same color...they look very calming and soft.
In actuality I am in an anti-drape crisis. I hung them in the living room as this room faces the street and feel we need to be able to close the windows off from view...and the dining room?? Well, sadly, the way I hung some frames makes it unbalanced without…

My couch, my couch

Remember back when I made a slipcover out of linen for the living room couch?? The one that took so long to make??
Well, I did a great job I must say as I had to wash it recently...it now has a throw slipcover over it to protect the slipcover. No, really, I am not kidding....
A 9x12 drop cloth is covering it...not that it does that much...but better than the alternative....
 Now you know why.... Little imp...who's not so little anymore...was taught by Tucker, before he left us....to use the couch as a lookout...it's also her favorite spot in the house...... Who can resist that face anyway??  I have bigger battles than to try and keep her off....so, we let it happen.... Have a great weekend... Nancy

Done .....

Well, another quilt down....
This one is for my Grandson, Royce....
It's for his birthday....and I'm afraid that by the time he gets it, he will no longer be that excited about dinosaurs! Just yesterday, he was Batman...and his mom said...yeah...moving on to superheroes.....
Sadness....
But, he can enjoy for a time, then it can go to Ryan...when Ryan is into dinosaurs....
Oh Well...
This quilt took me months to make...each appliquéd dinosaur took roughly 35 minutes.
The main body part is a panel...obviously...chosen months and months ago at a craft fair.
I did echo quilting around each appliqué and some of the printed dinosaurs....then all over meandering quilting....
I also played with different techniques on the border...some worked...some didn't...but I felt an almost 4 year old wouldn't care, right?? The main part of quilting is to get it done so it can live the life its meant to....keep him warm when he needs it and be a castle, or a cape or whatever his wonderful…

Still in Stitches

I've been busy!!
I literally have 6 quilts started in different stages of completion. Really!
They are mostly destined for birthday presents or gifts for others....but I've been busy.
Last Saturday I had my Pickle Pie Club....that was the first one I disliked....I didn't complete the item, and it I had gotten a third of the way through and had cut fabric all wrong, so had to start again....It was a crossover bag, and it will never come to pass. I had to remove it from the hoop as I needed that hoop for a project that was ordered....yup...I had a sale!
This is a darling bib for a baby boy....ordered by a friend. I charged her $20. Which considering it takes two hours to make this bib, I didn't think was too much.....she let me know she thought it was a bit much. When you consider fabric, thread, time etc...it isn't. This is a quilted item (it doesn't show so much in the picture)...but it is fairly complicated...What do you think??
Then, while the embroidery unit…

What to do With a Scrap Basket

If you are a quilter. There will be scraps. Lots of scraps. Always.
My scrap basket was overflowing....some odd 30 quilts later....
This is only a portion of scraps....
from this basket...
It sits to my left and as I cut, pieces big and small go in here...
It helps keep the table where I cut clear...well mostly....
However, after a while, the scraps start to take over...big ones, little ones, long ones, short ones...now it sounds like a Dr. Seuss story.....
but at some point one needs to stop and take control. What to do?? Make a crazy quilt!
Well that is just what I did...
What didn't make the quilt was either tossed or donated....(yes, places like Savers, Assistance League, even Goodwill will take them...just bag them and share)



It is now a finished quilt top, waiting to get quilted...but I had other projects that took priority...
So it hangs in the craft room.
What is fun is each block tells the story of another quilt or several...
I even had a doily in there...which I used on …