Monday, December 9, 2013

I'm a Quilter!

   I did indeed sew this weekend. I told you in my last post I was going to. I'm a quilter again! After nearly 8 months of selling a house, packing, storing, building a new house; moving and unpacking, I didn't forget how. :) I was snug as a bug in a rug in my almost studio Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday after church. I didn't leave except for bathroom breaks and nourishment. It was good for this quilter's soul, let me tell you.

   I found the paper-piece patterns for a Courthouse Steps (4 1/2" blocks) quilt I started last March. Although I could not find the impressive stack of finished blocks anywhere. Now where could they be?! The finished quilt requires 400+ blocks. I gave all my scraps away at my workshops this summer in 2 gallon bags as door prizes, so I had to spend a good amount of time cutting 1 1/4" strips before I could sew. I made 12 lovely little blocks. I feel so much better now. Quilting really is my therapy and cure for anything that ails me. Here they are...

    Those little blocks are so much fun to make. I'm going downstairs to sew more now. :)

    I took a couple more pictures of the house to show you. This is the entry from the garage. It comes thru the laundry room. In a past post I showed you the antique tin ceiling panels I bought. I painted them white and put them on the walls here for wainscotting and topped with a wide Colonial trim board. I think it gave my laundry room some instant old character. What do you think?

  If you are in the laundry room, this is what you see now. I don't mind standing there folding clothes with this view. :)
 A closer look at the details...
  This is the view as you leave the kitchen to go to the laundry room or garage. That old cubbyhole cabinet used to be in our family room. Randy is less than thrilled with it here, but I love it. The tree is my "Sewing Room Tree" normally.

  Ok, I'm off to sew!!! Keep stitching!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fashionably Late!

    Once again, time has flown by me and I'm late in posting. Just as I thought I had my new home in order, unpacked, and decorated, it was time to unpack some more and decorate for Christmas! I loooooove Christmas and have tons of decorations, including 5 trees and my village to put out. It was a little more complicated this year. In the moving process decorations were hurriedly packed and NOT put together in totes the way I normally store them. It was like a scavenger hunt finding all the matching pieces that normally go on each tree or to put together the village. An added problem was the display platforms I built to hold the village was designed to fit in the old house. To display the village in the new living room, the plywood pieces had to be re-cut to fit the angles in the walls here. Thank goodness, Isaah was home for Thanksgiving and willing to help. He carried the plywood up and down the basement stairs five times so I could make cuts, check for fit, then re-cut again and again till it fit around the bend in the living room wall and back towards the entryway. He's a gem! Of course, he loves my village and is adamant at following family traditions to the letter every year, so not putting the entire village up because of not fitting was simply not an option to him. Not to mention he made a couple dozen trips downstairs to carry up all the totes of village pieces and tree decorations. I'm posting some pictures of the results. i hope you enjoy them.

  Welcome to my home at Christmas! My Mom painted the 5 foot tall Santa years ago before she was legally blind. The wreath was made for me by my sister.
   The wreath is decorated with cow ornaments. I collect them and have a cow tree every year with over 250 cow ornaments (just not this year!) because the downstairs isn't finished or started yet.

The Santa tree adorns the dining room. That window faces the street.

Another dining room view. The window ledge holds the village houses of people living in the mountains and can be enjoyed from both rooms. My sister also made the Santa in his sleigh table top decoration for me.

 The fireplace corner of the living room with greenery and Santa bedecked mantle. The tall Santa is another one Mom painted.
 The hall tree holds a favorite rag doll holding her Christmas stocking and a little button tree I made 20 years ago.
 A closeup (blurry, oops!) of the mantle clock and Santas. I'm adding more of my Santas once I find that box!

   To make room for the village, the quilt cabinet was moved to the wall where the couch usually is and the couch is hidden under the village. the quilt cabinet is topped with Santas, trees, and a 4 year old gingerbread house my niece, Tina, made for me. I keep it in a ziploc bag in a tote and it hasn't mildewed yet, but I did have to glue some pieces back on this year.

          Closer look.

     A closer look at Santa.
 And then my village, starting at the entry and wrapping around the angled wall into the living room...


The long side in the living room...

      A full view...

                     A closeup of the edge of town and beginning of the countryside...
The industrial end of town with the grainary, the wheelwright shop and bell factory behind them...

 Next post I'll share photos of my Kirkwood, Missouri trip last month. Right now I'm actually going to go downstairs to my not yet built quilt studio where all my quilt stuff is and I'm going to sew! Really! I'm going to create something. I don't know what, but something, anything sewn and/or quilted. It's been months and I can't wait another minute. I hope you all are enjoying decorating for Christmas and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Keep stitching!