A View of My Quilt Life

Monday, March 5, 2018

Almost Move In Ready

Things are really coming together on the condo redo.  Carpet is being installed TODAY!!

Home Depot is running a free installation with purchase deal right now, which includes removal and haul away of the old carpet. That alone was SO worth it!  I have no desire to wrestle with carpeting in any way shape or form.

I chose Stallion II carpet, in the Derby color, for a nice, light neutral carpeting.

The kitchen floor:
Before - it has seen better days. 

I could not leave this untouched. Fortunately, TrafficMaster Allure vinyl is fabulous! It sticks to itself, not the underfloor. I chose the Sedona three tile section which is 12" x 36" each, rather than the narrower wood look planks, to speed the installation. 

I have the wood look planks in this flooring in the downstairs bedroom at home. It's installed directly over the concrete pad with no issue and is wearing great, or rather not wearing at all.
During - the first course is the most important to get positioned correctly. As a bonus, there wasn't much crawling around on the floor because I could make the few necessary cuts up on the countertop. 

After - well, almost after.  I was short by 4 sections, or 5 partial pieces.  They go where you see the protective paper covering the adhesive flanges. By the time this post goes live, the floor has been finished and appliances are back in their positions.

A sneak peek of the kitchen floor with the carpet.

In between the kitchen tasks last week, I tackled the bathroom. My brother handled the ceiling repair. I handled the wallpaper border removal, the caulking, the painting of the walls and the vanity. 

The walls went from off aqua to a light, sunny yellow to coordinate with the yellow flecks in the wall tile. 

The floor needs scrubbing. A few towel bars need to be put back up. The shower rod and brand new shower curtain will be installed and the bathroom is done. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Interlocking Pieces

Not back in the Studio yet, but I was working with a different kind of interlocking, overlapping, repeating pattern kind of pieces.  The condo kitchen was up next for a cosmetic facelift. 
Before - the light grey tiles, while structurally sound, had seen some better days. 

The color was, um, hideous. It was too light, slightly bumpy in texture and boring!

During - I found a great facelift product: Tic Tac Tiles. 

These install right on top of other existing surfaces, including ceramic tiles.  Amazon had the best price (50 tiles for under $180) and I had them in two days. They are resistant to heat & moisture, are anti-bacterial, anti-mold and made from eco-friendly materials.

I started the first two tiles working from left to right - WRONG!  They need to be installed right to left in order for the overlap to work. 

After - the completed tiling project. I LOVE the way the tile  colors work with the cabinets and countertop. 

I replaced the old, carved, antique copper knobs with simple brushed nickel ones. And to finish off the project, I installed some narrow trim - much like binding on a quilt.

The condo is thisclose to being done and ready for market. Up next is replacing the kitchen floor and an update to the bathroom.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

7 Weeks vs. 7 Months

Then - 7 and 1/2 weeks
vs. Now - 7 and 1/2 months

Odie's grown a bit, to say the least, weighing in at roughly 45 lbs. His unusual color (black sable) has turned a few heads as it is quite striking. 

Never expected it would change this much when I first saw him at 3 and a half weeks but I love it. And him, too!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Oh and what's this???

Did someone sneak in a new quilt challenge? Why, yes, yes I did! 

If I get really motivated, I may actually get something designed for the 2018 Hoffman Fabrics Challenge. Haven't done one of these in years, so why not. Of Course, I'll need to pick up a few more fabrics for this project.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sweet Treats

I'm still job hunting. 

It is a long, drawn out process, that can be an emotional rollercoaster at times. Everyone faces it during their life time, so I'm not special in that regard.  How I balance out the ups and downs is by giving myself a few small rewards. 
Sometimes it's a special yummy treat to eat.
 Sometimes it's a special yummy addition, or two, to my Stash.
Low calorie coral!

Balancing blues!
The blue and white sea creatures in the upper left corner is NOT a batik - it's a printed In The Beginning fabric. Had me fooled for a minute at first glance.

Simply stunning seashells!

The small blue and white whale square is a neat little pincushion.

If looking at the new fabric isn't enough to balance the mood, I just remember that it's 5 o'clock somewhere.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Color Me Cream!

While I haven't been in the studio much the last few weeks, I have been busy with color, projects, bits and pieces.  It's time to get my late Aunt's condo on the market. In order to do that, some repair, cleaning, and painting needs to be accomplished.
Starting in the dining area & living room - check out the Mint & Mocha color scheme.

While I'm not saying I like it or not - the milk chocolate brown needed to go. The walls of the dining room area are only 7 feet tall. It leads directly into the kitchen and neither space has a window, so no natural light.

I started with a coat of Kilz latex primer before the new color went on - Behr Premium Ultra Paint & Primer with stain blocking, satin finish in Belgian Cream.  It took two full coats to get it to this point. The green is staying and being refreshed. Everything else will be Belgian Cream, and I mean everything else - walls, ceilings, trim, even parts of me! 

Unfortunately, my Aunt was a smoker (ICK!) and the walls in the primary bedroom were, well, gross and the paint about 13 years old. The second bedroom wasn't as bad but obviously still needed to be painted.

And the ceilings, and the hallways, and all the trim. Miles of trim. Multiple coats. So far, I'm about 4 and a half gallons of the Cream paint in and will definitely finish out the last half gallon.  Of course, some of this lovely shade of Cream has landed on me - my hands, my hair, my clothes & my shoes!  

I removed all the ceiling tiles from the kitchen, labeled them (much like quilt pieces) and gave them a fresh coat of paint before reinstalling them. You can see the color age/change difference on the picture I labeled. 

All the fan blades were taken down & bleached clean. I am here to say that Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bleach spray cleaner has been a lifesaver! Totally cuts down on the amount of elbow grease and overall time spent on cleaning.  The trick is to let the product have enough time to work.  For the fan blades, I used Dawn dish detergent and a scrubbing sponge, as the thin wood could not be left to soak.

There's still more to do - my brother is repairing a section of the bathroom ceiling before I prime & paint it, the fridge and stove need a deep clean, and a few more odds and ends, as well as cleaning.  The last big thing is to have all the carpeting replaced - I need to get some quotes on that in the next two weeks. 
That's been keeping me busy in my spare time and unfortunately, out of the studio.  Need to balance that better.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Mini Finish!

I had thought I would do an aqua binding on the mini Mystery Quilt.

And then I thought again! Sometimes I wish I could just leave well enough alone and not always have this urge to make everything "better".  I know it's part of my DNA, but come on already! 

Anyway... the aqua binding became an aqua binding with a dark blue flange. 

There was some wrestling to get the navy flange placed properly and while it's not perfect, it got stitched down so I could move on.  I always love the trimming off part of the quilting process.  There's just something so satisfying about getting to this point - all nice and clean edges.

I should have trimmed the batting a 1/8 inch past the flange edge to give me a better line to follow for attaching the binding. It would have lined up with the stitching guide on the bed of the workhorse.  As it was, I had to eyeball the  path down the center of the right toe of the presser foot - harder than it had to be!

I think the dark blue flange gives a good, contrasting visual stop for the cream and coral.

The size of this mini meant the binding hand stitched down in a jiffy. The label is already attached, though not completed as it still needs a name!