Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Now that I've made them into 'yardage' I can get going on making them into the finished items. I had to share a peek at what they look like so far...
and I shall get busy with the next steps so that I can share some finished sewing projects with you shortly.
Friday, September 26, 2008
which I am calling the "Stars of Friendship" quilt, in honour of my friend, Amandajean. Sometime ago, I mentioned that I loved the cherry print fabric she used in one of her many beautiful quilts. That fabric inspired my colour choices for my star quilt. I fell in love with the red and aqua combination! Now, you can imagine my surprise to receive some of this very fabric from Amandajean in my mailbox one morning.
It looks perfect as the binding on my quilt! I was so excited to have this beautiful print to use.
My quilt story doesn't end there, though. Moving delayed my finishing this quilt. Then, I couldn't find my iron! I searched and searched through my packing list. For some unknown reason I never recorded the iron in my itemized box list. Gah!
I ended up searching through many, many boxes to find it ( I was getting more and more exasperated the longer I looked). Finally, I found it - I was starting to think it had been left behind in our move. Upon finding it, I was set to finish binding my quilt. Somehow though, in my rush to bind the quilt, I miscalculated how much I would need. Genius that I am, I ran out of the cherry print - several inches short!
I was considering removing the cherry print and replacing it with something else. Then I emailed Amandajean and she saved the day (or my quilt!) and is sending me more of this delightful fabric so I can finish.
Yeah, I know. She's amazing. How lucky can I be to have such a understanding and generous friend? Seems the least I can do is name my quilt in her honour. Many, many thanks, Amandajean!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I have kept our belongings packed to motivate the search. We're still sleeping in our sleeping bags, keeping our clothes in duffels bags and sitting on the floor or staircase to eat. This week I gave in. First, there was the homecooked meal and fresh baked bread (all requiring me to open boxes).
The end of the week found me putting the legs back on our kitchen table, but not for us to dine at. For a more important reason...
for me to finish quilting my star quilt!
I realized that I must be patient with my house search and waiting until we move again before I resumed my sewing, was really not making me happy. Sewing makes me happy, so why should it be held off as if it's a reward? My family seems to agree that using the table for sewing rather than for dining, is more important right now.
We all know that a happy woman= a happy family. ;o)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Can you listen to these songs and not be happy? I'm glad I stumbled onto this video clip this morning. I managed to see this movie with girlfriends at the theatre before I moved away from them. Now when I hear ABBA songs I think of my friends.
I needed a bit of a boost to start today. I'm still house hunting. I'm trying to be patient about it all and remain hopeful. I had hoped we'd be settled before now. Especially with my youngest son's birthday just days away. Anyways, I guess I should go dig my ABBA CD out of one of the boxes and maybe I can keep up the positive energy seeing this video gave me this morning.;o)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Perfect fall colours and stripes. I love stripes. I especially love self-striping yarn. The moment these beauties are off the needles, they will be on my cold feet! The temperatures here are decidedly those of autumn. The summertime heat is gone! Autumn temperatures make me quite happy to resume my knitting.
Monday, September 8, 2008
This is the creative space I've set aside for myself in our unsettled housing situation. I've missed being creative since we've moved and I needed to get back to stitching on my embroidered tablecloth.
I've completed half of the embroidered design to date.
My fingers are 'itching' to get back to my quilt and other sewing projects, but for the time being, I shall have to appease my creative appetites with smaller, portable projects like my tablecloth. Once we have made our housing decision and settled in, I will be very glad to get my machine set up and back in action. Although, I'm pretty tempted to set up a makeshift sewing area sooner. Afterall, there is another empty corner in our temporary bedroom....
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I'm in a lovely old house with maintenance issues and problems like missing light fixtures and switch plates (seems someone ripped these off Edith's walls and ceilings to turn a buck without the new owner's knowledge or permission). Thankfully, my husband had capped all the bare wires before we moved in and we know we could go pick up some second hand fixtures to have Edith back in action with some proper lighting.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
and despite accumulated years of paint, they still open! These windows were the first thing I cleaned. I couldn't resist them.
This old fashioned light fixture is in the upstairs hallway and to our delight, it actually works.
I found two styles of metal heating vent covers. I really wish that they hadn't been painted through the years.
Edith still has original doors and many of her doors have this style of antique doorknob. Not all of them are lock style doorknobs such as this one found in the kitchen (my husband has joked that I could lock our hungry teens out of the kitchen to prevent their late night food raids....;o)
Edith is around a hundred years old, so her original floors were hardwood. Unfortunately, some have been carpeted over and the other parts that are uncovered are in desperate need of refinishing, but I found this bit of flooring in fairly nice shape located in a bedroom closet.
Here's the door that separates the living from the front foyer (or in our case from the room where we store outdoor gear, such as bikes and garden hoses ;o).
This lovely trio of hinged windows is located at the front of Edith on the second floor and is actually the smaller set of windows in this room. Lots of natural light in this upstairs room.
Now you've had a peek at the interior of Edith and maybe you can understand why I have been charmed by her. You might also be more confused now by my statement that we would be leaving her.