Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Update from Wisconsin

Yes, I know its been quite a while since I posted anything.  No excuses, except for a busy life.  That, and it's a pain to upload pictures.

Last Fall I bought fabric for a Winding Ways quilt.  I sent out 12.5 x 12.5 inch pieces to have them Accu-cut as I don't like to do templates.  I got them back pretty quick and they have been sitting in a box since before Thanksgiving.  I finally got them out to work with.  Here's my first block.

I had to take it apart and put it back together about three times before everything matched up.  I got about 15 more blocks done and then got bored and put them all away for a few months.  I have enough blocks cut out for 56 blocks.

One of the reasons that I put the Winding Ways blocks aside was that I bought some darling flannel and was itching to sew up a larger baby quilt.  Nothing fancy, but here it is:

Of course, I ran out of the pink border fabric for the last side and had to go back to the shop and buy another quarter of a yard, but now the top is done.  I have the backing for it, so on Thursday at the church quilting meeting, I'll take it and sandwich it on the big tables.

I got my Christmas quilt back from the long armer, so I am in the middle of sewing on the binding for that, too.

The other big news around here is that I had the kitchen and family room painted last week.  Its a dusky blue color (was white).  Everything except the big furniture had to be moved out and was deposited in the living room (which made the living room VERY cluttered).  Of course, now I've decided I need to replace the flooring in the two newly painted rooms so I don't want to put very much stuff back because I would just move it out again.  Then I finally got a (good) quote on moving my laundry facilities to the ground floor instead of my unfinished basement, which would impact the flooring since we'd be moving walls.   I haven't called the contractor yet to accept his quote to even find out his timeframe, so heaven only knows how long it might really be.  So I'm figuring that the mess in the living room might be there for a month or so.  I know it will all be worth it in the end, but in the meantime, it is kind of irritating.

We've had a few more snow falls that have fun (NOT) to manage.  Today its beautiful outside:  sunny and probably 45 degrees.  I was out and didn't even need my coat!  I'd like to think that we've seen the last of the snow (of course we have piles of it everywhere that are slowly melting), but then we all remind ourselves -- THIS IS WISCONSIN!