My stack of UFO’s is growing, and growing. I have THREE quilt tops completed that are ready for quilting, and several quilts where I have some blocks completed, but not quite a quilt top. I really want to send my quilt tops off to a long arm’er (is that how thats written? LOL) to be long arm quilted because I just dont love quilting with my Baby Lock. I love quilting, but I wish I had more throat space. Why havent I sent them off?
Two reasons: 1.) it is not cheap to have someone long arm a quilt for you. Most cases fall between $100-$200 from the research I’ve completed. 2.) My quilt tops arent perfect. Im still learning, and making sure my seams are even 1/4″ seems etc. Most people I have come across do expect a “tidy” top that is ready to be long armed and Im not sure mine are.
So I’m torn on how to handle these. Perhaps I’ll try my hand at hand quilting one and see how that goes.
What are you working on this Wednesday?
So as some of you may already know I’m not a big fan of spending large amounts of money on an item I can get for cheaper. Even if I’ve saved up the money to buy something new – I always try to find it used. ( with a few exceptions heh)
So lately I’ve been on the hunt for a chair that rocks and swivels but didn’t want to spend $600 plus.
Well yesterday I found a great bargain!!
I found this chair for $100 bucks and it has rockers! No not doesn’t swivel but if I find I really need that I can always buy the part for $80 and add it and it still works out much cheaper happy dance!
Without further ado.
Ignore the towel under it- need to get some felt pads to protect the new hardwood
On the baby quilt I showed you yesterday I decided to go with a wave straight line quilting. In one direction it looks like clouds and in the other waves (at least to me) So I think it was a good choice for this little quilt
Also here is a little preview of the back I choose (of course its flipped up here, so its upside down in the photo)
So this past weekend I went to Ocean City with a friend to her condo. We like to do this on occasion as it gives us a chance for some dedicated quilting I was able to complete Little Man’s Quilt Top! So exciting!
Heres a photo of the quilt laid out to see if we liked the block placement etc:
and here it is sewn together!
Overall im pretty happy with how it turned out. Now to figure out quilting and binding!
These posts are coming to you much faster than they actually occurred so really I’m doing you a favor here by posting AFTER the fact right?!
Here are some shots of the cabinets after installation. WOOT!
oh and here
and yet another shot
Oh yeah… lookin good!
Ooooh imagine my excitement when I opened the garage door and saw this!
So on my birthday (Dec 3rd!) I got the best gift ever… our old, crappy layout kitchen got removed!
Where the cabinets used to be! I think you can tell that here based on the old paint lines.
Looking into the old office/sunroom space
Plans are in place!!
Next up? Cabinet delivery!
My husband and I got married a few years back, and with that came the town home he had owned prior. I’ve always loved the area- schools are great, easy access to several major roads and 5 mins till you are “on the shore” (still 2 hrs to actual beach, but hey) There were very few things I didnt love about the house. One was that it only has a single garage, and in a townhouse… nothing to be done about that! The biggest thorn in my side has been the kitchen. It was this wonderful space that was open to the living room with a nice little eat in area. The problem? 8 cabinets. YUP in total. Allow me to demonstrate…
The layout isnt bad, but as you can see there is hardly any countertop space. If something is on the stove that corner is almost unusable because the space between the sink and the stove is only 9 inches.
Looking in from the living room
Looking in from the Sunroom/office area
Eat in area (ignore the quilting stuff. LOL!)
Stay tuned for the demo and in progress pics!
So much has happened since I last posted in AUGUST. I know im quite the slacker. To say I was overwhelmed was an obvious understatement. We spent several months looking for houses, and when we just couldnt quite find one that fit all of our needs (that came in under 800k) we decided to renovate the kitchen.
but the most exciting news…
WE ARE EXPECTING!!! YAY! I am 25 weeks pregnant, and that means of course we found out in Sept. Little Baby Boy is due June 2nd So excited.
(and even though i swore id never do this- Here’s his first photo!)
This was at 11 weeks. We are working hard on the nursery (my husband is actually painting it right now!)
So between the kitchen reno, and baby incubating do you forgive me for not being around?!
More coming soon (i promise!) including progress on the kitchen reno!
Well this isnt your typical post that you’ll find here, but I feel I needed to get my feelings “out there” so here goes:
We are in the process of house hunting. Buying or building are both options and boy let me tell you how overwhelming that can be. How does one choose? Buying a house is such a BIG item, that I want to make sure that it will suit our needs for years to come. The only problem is around here (MD) everything that is on the market is crap. People arent taking care of their homes like they used to and most of the houses we have looked at need some major work/upgrades or they do not have a garage. You’d be suprised how many places do not have a garage- let alone 2. So option number 2 comes in of building- the appeal of building is wonderful, fun, exciting, but also scares the heck out of me! Its a long process where *WE* have to pick *Everything* and what if I decide on x tile and then hate it, or hardwood floors for the entire house and hate those? I just feel like building a house might be fun, but it seems like sooooooo much work. A friend of mine told me yesterday that the toilets should match. Really?? thats the last thing I would have thought of. Matching toilets? Which makes me think perhaps I am not ready for the challenge, research, dedication or COST that building a new home might require. So I am torn…. what to do, what to do, what to do.
Thanks for listening