Archive for October, 2008

Yes, I’m Working on It!

October 29, 2008

Doll Quilt Swap update.  All I can say is “antique and Irish linen”.

This is new for me.  Like I indicated before, I haven’t been in a swap for years, and I’m really not sure what the protocol is in some respects.  I decided to split the difference between my recipient’s style and my own.  I don’t really work much in antique fabrics or traditional notions and embellishments.  There’s a design that’s been on my mind, though, and I modified it a bit to make it work in linen.  

It’s surprising that it’s as far along as it is!  It’s been more difficult than I expected (what the heck else is new?) to find time.  

Halloween appears to be under control.  Kid number one is a very realistic princess.  I know that doesn’t sound interesting, but she’s 17 and about as far from being the princess type as they come.  Kid number two’s costume can be found here.  If you don’t get it, you don’t spend enough time on teh interwebs.  Or maybe you just don’t have geek teen-agers like mine.  We dyed his hair red and gave him a pompadour.

 He’s got a lot more hair than Rick Astley.  Maybe next year I’ll talk him into going as comedian Lord Carrett.

The younger two are a gypsy and pirate, and I’m going as a mom slaving in the kitchen so that her kids can take homemade treats to their Halloween party.  Wait, that’s nothing new.  I’ll have to put on a mask and make it official.


Found Them! [Happy Dance] Found Them!

October 27, 2008

A weekend of cleaning turned up a few coveted “lost” items in my house!  The blocks Mrs. Schmenkman made for me were at the top of my list.  Once upon a time I gave her a packet of fabrics.  She liberated some stars out of them with a little inspiration from Gwen Marston.

Then I got them back in an exchange with her a year or so later.  A few wonky sashings, a stripey bias-cut border and these little sweeties are going to take their place on a cheerful yellow wall in my house.

Luckily, I also found Mrs. S’s birthday present (from five months ago!) so I can get that on its way to her.  I also got my final 14 boxes unpacked from our move into town (18 months ago!)   I keep going down into the family room and just staring at the newly revealed bare floor like it’s some kind of national treasure.  Time to make a rug!

If You Build it, She Will Quilt

October 14, 2008

I think I’m actually getting back in the game here and I don’t even have the countertop properly installed yet!

I’m attending a Kay Capps Cross workshop on Thursday!

The Common Threads Quilt Guild in Lafayette (Indiana) is hosting Kay this month and although I’m not a member, their program director called me and asked if I’d like to join them for her lecture on Wednesday and her Winter Pines workshop on Thursday.

I’m their featured speaker coming up in Feburary, so I’d better get my act together and create something new!  They want me to speak about the Quilting Blogosphere.  So I’d better snap my butt out of my Slacker phase and get busy!

Here’s a little jump start.  I’ve joined my first swap in years.  It’s a doll quilt swap.  Not that I’ve ever been a doll quilt kind of girl . . . but it’s a small project to revv up my threads.

I have a question for you all.  What’s the appropriate protocol these days . . . try to meet the style of your Secret Swap Recipient (SSR), or make something that reflects your own style to give to your SSR?  Split the difference?  I’ve been noodling on it ever since I received my SSR’s info.  Her style is pretty far from mine, so it’s a challenge just deciding how to approach the design choices!

Closer and Closer–a Reveal!

October 13, 2008

I’m a lot closer to having a dedicated sewing space after a little visit to IKEA and a few days’ constructive work.

I decided to install IKEA Akurum cabinets in the basement for family room storage, a small sewing space, and most importantly as a practice run for my kitchen renovation.  Okay, maybe most importantly as a sewing space.  The studio is going to have to wait as I have given my space to my husband for a real home office.  We’ll shift around when we get a kid or two to move out.

Here’s what the family room looked like before we bought the house.  Nothing but potential here.

Here’s what it looks like now:

The Akurum cabinetry goes together like a charm.  All of the tolerances are tight and with the exception of one side of one cabinet that had been misdrilled (the idiot-proof pilot holes) they are perfect.  I would have returned that cabinet if it weren’t for the 2.5 hour drive to Chicago.  I just redrilled the pilot holes and used wood glue to stabilize it.  

I chose the Adel birch doors, which were priced right and look great.  I also upgraded to six-inch Capita legs because I wanted a more furniture-look, and the height is great for me.  It’s making me re-think my kitchen design a bit — in a good way.  Did I mention the hinges? IKEA’s hinges are absolutely amazing.  That presumes you actually care about such things, I guess.  I sure do!  I still have to finish the Perfekta birch countertops and officially attach them, but I am already in love with the look.

A place to sort of call my own . . . .

It’s not much, but it’s mine!  The countertop is just stock laminate from Menard’s.  Cheap.  I’m having to put extra supports in so that I can set up my machine in the middle and not stress it.  I’ll probably replace it later with something more interesting, but I chose to put my money into the cabinets at this point.  I’ll have about 12 feet x 12 feet when all is said and done, complete with design wall and cutting table.  And I only have to share with the path to the bathroom!  

Don’t you love these handles?

They’re not from IKEA.  They’re by Hickory and I found them at Menard’s.  I’m such a home-improvement geek I subscribe to the major home stores’ email lists so I can see when the good stuff goes one sale.  (Just a little clue:  the good stuff is usually marked down quarterly, so I plan my renovations accordingly.)

I am no longer afraid of my kitchen re-do!  It’s going to have a bit until the piggy bank gets filled back up, but I’m ready!