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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

For the past four days, our house has been a noisy, messy, busy place.  A few months ago, we decided to renovate our kitchen.  We built this house 15 years ago, and have been trying to update a few things each year.  This fall, we decided it was time for the kitchen make-over.  Other than the walls and cabinets, we're replacing and redecorating everything else.  Today, I'm thinking...be careful what you wish for!
My son, Ryan (right) and our neighbor, Ralph, who is a master carpenter, are tearing up 500 sq ft of tile in the foyer, hall, and kitchen, in preparation for a new distressed wood floor!  I'm so excited about that.  Not so excited about the mess.  Ryan is in all his glory.  I don't exactly call it glory, but I'm happy for the change.  I think.
The tile was gone in two dusty days.
 Thought I would show you what the kitchen looked like this morning when I went down for breakfast. 

Coffee in the family room won't work either.
Clean up has started, and they have begun laying the hardwood.  I'll keep you posted on progress in a couple of day.

I took a few minutes earlier this afternoon to read your comments about your favorite season and how you like to decorate.  As I read, it felt like I was sitting around a table with friends, just having a lovely conversation.  You are all so warm, and have such passion about your favorite season, and I loved that you shared your holiday traditions as well.  Thank you so much for taking the time to  comment!  I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading them!

Some of you commented on the little Half Square Triangle quilt in the picture of the previous post (also shown above).  It's one of my leftover quilts, and by that I mean it was made literally from the leftovers of another quilt is was making at the time.  The main quilt I was making was for my pattern called Sweater Weather (shown below).  Each time I trimmed the two fabrics of the Flying Geese Connector Corners, I sewed them together right away, and made a pile of Half Squares.

 Sweater Weather
Once all of the Half Squares were sewn, I trimmed them to an equal size, then I began to sew them into rows.  I'd sew a few here and there when I had a couple of minutes, and before you know it.....it's done!  Sometimes, it works better if I just work on a little quilt like this, filling in a few minutes at a time.  If I designate it as an entire project unto itself, it gets on a long, long, long list of wanna-do quilts.  But, I know you don't do that, right?

Prairie Women's Sewing Circle ~ Journey 2 Sneak Peek!
Well, as many of you know, I have been working on the next Journey for my club, and promised a few previews of what's coming.  Here's the first preview.  These blocks are for a Friendship quilt called Remember Me.  You should know that they are not finished!  When the quilt is done, the blocks will not look like this.....not exactly.  I worked hard to create a signature block that was new and different, and am very excited about how it's turning out.  Yes, it's still in production.  I promise another peek when it's finished, so stay tuned!

Don't forget....you have until midnight, Saturday, Oct 9th, to leave a comment to the post titled Fall Contest & Holiday Decorating, and enter to win the cornhusk pumpkin.  And as you relax in your nice, clean, decorated for fall home.....think of me!

P.S. Several of you have emailed asking what fabrics I used in my Sweater Weather quilt.  No surprise - the fabrics are from the Shades of Autumn collection by Kansas Troubles Quilters for Moda.


  1. I love seeing renovations and updates to decorating. It's another way I'm inspired.

    Your mini left over quilt is cute!

  2. Good luck with the kitchen remodel. I big undertaking! Can't wait to see what the siggy blocks become and I love Sweater Weather. I love small projects. I have just rediscovered hand quilting and this would be a good one to do some on.

  3. I love Sweater Weather! The colors are so fall!

  4. The colors in Sweater Weather are beautiful and rich looking. Lovely little quilt you made from the leftovers. We are also redoing our kitchen--the dust never ends. When it's done though, it will all be worth it. Diane L.

  5. Can not wait to have a new journey. My shop is currently finishing up lesson 2 from Journey 1. The ladies LOVE it! Keep up the good work and SUPER lesson plans for me.