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Quilting and Box Shuffling

After a night’s rest I was able to resolve my tension issues and started quilting.  This is the first quilt I’ve done in almost a year.  Prior to this one the last quilt I quilted was April 4, 2021. Four days later I decided to move and I started packing.  This is the Mississippi Quilt Association‘s BOM from 2020.  They are running it again. The blocks are available HERE.

Boxes were moved, one at a time.  Books are heavy. They’ll hang out in the corner room until my bookshelves are built.

The front bedroom is the audiovisual library.  78’s, LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, and VHS.  A box of LPs are heavier than a box of books — including the yearbooks.  All of this will be gone through and thinned out eventually.  This will go in the den after that room is finished.

The instrumental music library.  Clearly it all won’t fit in the piano bench.  I’m pondering storage solutions.  

I’m considering an Ikea Kallax.

I would use these inserts, put it on legs and fashion some doors.  But that’s a future project.

While shuffling boxes I opened the next to last box the movers packed and finally found my silverware.  I’m not sure what I thought was in the box.  It was not labeled.

I found MORE of the auction blocks.  These are smaller than the others.  I have enough for yet another quilt. I’ll sash them and set them on point after trimming them to the same size.

Moving all of the boxes means I’m able to setup my quilting space.  It’s not done, but I have a work space.

Last night the borders were added to the crazy quilt. I used straight pins to hang the quilt on the wall. I really need to get my design wall put up, but it’s on hold until the trim is caulked and that is on hold until my patio door is installed.

The quilt was loaded last night. This morning before work I started the quilting. I’ll do another pass at lunch.

The Piano Arrived

My piano was delivered Friday.  I’ve also have been unpacking the boxes with breakables in them.  I think I have 3 more boxes of breakables in the living room and the flat boxes with mirrors, glass, and artwork to unpack.

Among the things I found were this bunny and lamb that my husband painted when he was about 12 or 13.  Now if I can keep the cats off the table so they don’t knock anything off.

This is a PSA.  Clean you sewing chair wheels periodically.  I wish I could say there was no thread left on the wheels, but all I can say is the chair rolls much better now.

I’ve been sewing on my  Singer Genie since I’ve moved. But earlier this week I pulled the bobbin case to clean out from under it (is this a theme?). I wasn’t able to get it back, so I it is in the shop.  Since Saturday is National Quilting Day, I thought I’d temporarily move my sewing table to where the longarm will go and pull out my big machine.

Now it looks like the motherboard is going out on my Quilt Designer. I guess I’m due for a new sewing machine – or two.

Dinner Was Served in the Dining Room

Yesterday I moved the dining room furniture into the room.  I have the buffet centered on the wall.  There’s plenty of room at each end for the arm chairs.  They’ll be used when the leaves are in the table.

The china cabinet is on the living room wall.

The plan was to unpack the china and stow it away into the china cabinet.  However, when we moved it into place it was very wobbly – more than an uneven floor could explain.  I laid the cabinet down and discovered the leg supports were broken.  I pulled them off and we set the cabinet on this blanket so I could bring in the table.  I’m going to talk to my cabinet guy to see if he can make me replacement legs.

Dinner was leftover beef and noodles eaten at a table!



Windows – Day 2

Day 2 was cloudy, but no rain.  They finished the windows across the front. The top picture is from October, but bottom one yesterday. Sometime in the nearish future, I want to paint the door trim to match the window trim.

I rehung the sheers in the rooms. I need some sort of blind for the bedrooms – or a heavier curtain which can be drawn if someone is staying in the room.

They added the side windows in the breakfast room bay.  I opted not to have those open as the glass is only 12″ wide.

The bathroom window has obscure glass.

They also put in windows in my bedroom and over the kitchen sink.

I didn’t do the work, but I’m exhausted.  Maybe it’s thinking about what comes next.  The Piano will arrive sometime between the 15th and the 22nd, so that means I need to get the dining room setup so I can clear the boxes out of the living room.  That will be this weekend’s project.

That in turn will give me space to move the boxes of books and music out of the way of the longarm which I hope to have sometime between the 21st and the end of the month.


Today’s Progress

They have started the window install.  First is the driveway wall windows in the Quilt Studio.

The Sunroom window went in.

Finally the patio wall of the Sunroom.

It started raining about 11:15 this morning and is just now (10:45) tapering off after 4+ inches of rain. I was trimming these quilt blocks when they lifted the last window into the opening in the Quilt Studio.  I could no longer hear the rain.

This video is my attempt to show the sound dampening (no pun intended) of my new double pane windows.

Even though it rained all afternoon, the guys kept putting windows in.  I forgot to get an exterior picture of the breakfast room.  The two side windows will be replaced tomorrow.


The living room.  I’m need to move those rose bushes. They beautiful, but are too large.  Maybe next year.

The dining room.  I purchased a few Daylily roots Sunday. I think I’ll plant them in in front of this window.

Speaking of daylilies, I picked these up at Hobby Lobby. The plan was to put them on the dining room table when I get that far, but for now, they are on the entry table. I may need to do another arrangements for the dining room.

Finally, I  have the guest bed put together. The dust ruffle was delivered today. So, I used my new nail gun to nail the plywood to the slats to keep it from shifting, then started dressing the bed. I got my workout unpacking the mattress. The quilt is the 2018-2019 Quiltville Mystery Quilt – Good Fortune.  Clearly I need to make a couple quilts in the 84 x 90 range.  The bed frame has been in the family for at least 50 years.  Ted’s sister Ruby remembers sleeping on it when she was 16, it was Ted’s bed growing up and our first bed when we got married.

It’s not supposed to rain tomorrow which will make it easier for the guys to finish the windows. I think there are 8 more to install.

Window Day

It’s window installation day!  Naturally that means the cats get locked up so they don’t escape. I’ve got them in my office. There’s no door knob on the hall door, so the chair is keeping the door closed.  They have food, water, a litter box, scratching post, a toy mouse and 3 cat beds.

But Gracie is not happy.  Typically when people are in the house she hides in my bedroom, but since my bedroom is getting windows, she’s locked up with the other two girls.

I’ve also pruned the magnolia tree and hung the chimes.  My original plan was to hang them by the house, but I discovered the previous owner had put a couple of hooks in the tree to hang a swing.  I removed the ropes and instant spot for the chimes.

The first thing they guys told me was the exterior glass was broken in one of windows.  They are ordering a replacement sash which will be here in 3 – 4 weeks. Since all 5 of the Quilt Studio and Sunroom windows are the same size, this one will go in the Sunroom.

I just hope the rain holds off long enough for them to get all of the windows installed.

Chairs, Outlets and a Rug

I have finished recovering the dining room chairs. I’ve also replaced the glides on the legs.

Here’s a closer view of one of the arm chairs.

When the electricians were here back in June, they put in Light Almond outlets.  Then I painted my Dining and Living room White Lilac.  I thought I was going to have to replace the outlets — so I had my brother make sure I knew how to safely do so.  But then a co-worker told me about these paintable outlet covers.  I bought them from Amazon.

The outlet covers are also up in the hallway and front bedrooms.

This weekend I picked up a throw rug.  It has all of “my colors” in it.  But it’s too casual for the Living or Dining room.  But it looks good with my Good Fortune quilt.  I have it tossed on the platform of the brass bed. It appears that I’m going to need to either get a neutral blanket to use as a base, or make a couple of quilts to fit the new bed.  The need to be 80 x 90 since I have a 12″ mattress.  Maybe both.

More Projects

I’ve started painting the trim on the backdoor.  Someone commented that it looks like a front door.  Given that it’s off the driveway and into the Quilt Studio, I suspect it will get more use than the front door. I need to get out and finish the painting this weekend.

The painters have been here all week. Another coat of paint has gone up in the dining room and piano/living room.

– and crown moulding! I think they are to finish up the bedrooms Friday.

The timing is good.  The guest bed has arrived.  I hope it’s comfortable as I’ll be sleeping on it when I start working on my bedroom.

It also means I need to get the dining room furniture ready to move into the dining room. One chair covered, 5 to go.

In other news, assuming it’s not raining Tuesday, my windows are scheduled to be installed — except for the patio door in the Sun Room.  It won’t be in until mid-April.  That puts the painters on hold as I need to get the trim put up on that wall first.

In quilting news, I’ve called for the long arm. We are aiming for the week of March 21st. We’ll finalize the date next week.  It means it will be here before the painting is finished in the Quilt Studio and Sun Room, but the machine is 3 feet from the wall on one side, 7 on two sides and 5 on the 4th side.  I think it will be OK.

Foyer Table, Cabinets and Pulls

I need to find some Howard Restore-a-Finish in Cherry for the dinning room furniture.  I can find just about any other color at Home Depot, Lowe’s or Ace, but not Cherry.  Looking on the Howard website, they sent me to Antique Aly.  Cute little store. They has a couple of colors, but not Cherry.  They suggested Repeat Street or Ace.  So, off we went to Repeat Street.  They didn’t have any of the Restore-a -Finish, but I found this Duncan Phyfe  game table.

I’ve been looking for one (game table/foyer table) for the past couple of months.  I’ve seen some, but they were higher priced and not in as good of shape.  I snatched this one up — possibly just moments before some other folks.

I’ll need to make a quilted topper for it opened as I plan to use it as one of my tables for Bunco this fall.

After I got it home, I swung by another antique shop, Interior Market, in Jackson and picked up some Mahogany Restore-a-Finish to work on the table top. Next door is Brent’s Drugs, an old fashioned Soda Fountain. The pharmacy closed in 2009.  I grabbed a burger, then went next door to Corner Market.  It was like old home week at the grocery store – Frick’s Ham, Best Buy products and McCormick Pork Chop Bag & Season.

Next week the contractors will be back. #1 is the Living Room, or as my contractor calls it the Piano Room.  The piano will be delivered between 3/15 – 3/22.  #2 is the Dining Room — I have to be able to get the dining room furniture out of the Quilt Studio so they can work in there.  #3 is the guest bedrooms, office, and hallways. I’ve ordered a bed in a box from Sam’s and it’s supposed to be here by 3/15. The last (of the stuff started) will be Quilt Studio and Sun Room.


I mentioned in my last post that I have my office cabinets ordered. They should be ready by the end of March.  This one will go on the Sun Room wall in my office. I need to get 4 drawer pulls. I’m considering these:

On the den wall of my office I’ll have wall to wall bookcases with a couple of cabinets.


I have to decide if I want to use the same pulls, or go with the matching knobs.


Once all of this work is done, it will be time for the Den and Master Bedroom.

I have the back splash, tile, granite and paint picked.  I need to pick my fixtures, shower floor & door, plus make a decision on the cabinets. The vanity will have a stack of drawers on either side of the sink, a sponge drawer in front of the sink and cabinets below that. The mirror will be trimmed out in the flutes and rosettes that I’ve used in my office, living room and dining room. I’m not sure what I’m doing in the closet – I need to figure that out. The floor will be the same laminate I’ve used elsewhere in the house.

In the bedroom, the walls will be Crisp Linen, except behind the bed. I’m going to use Danube by Sherwin-Williams.

In the Den I have more built-ins ordered, but they can’t be started until I have the paneling down and the sheet rock up.

These won’t have the flutes and rosettes, so I’ll pick sleeker pulls. Before these can be installed, I need to get the paneling pulled down, sheet rock installed and possibly have the electricians come out.


A Long Two Weeks

It’s been a long 2 weeks.  It’s taken me 2 days to recover.  My brother and his wife left Monday morning. Between his arrival and departure, a ton of stuff got done around the house.  The pictures are not in the order of accomplishment, but rather in a tour of the house fashion.

I’ve got a new front door and it swings open in the correct direction – against the bedroom wall and not over the light switches. I would have settled for weatherstripping for the moment.  After the windows are installed, I’ll paint the trim to match the window trim.

A view from the den.  New door trim, baseboard and the wall corner trim. Tommy was trying to show me something and we liked the look from the living/piano room.  I also have a new foyer light.

This is the view from the foyer into the living room and dining room.  Trim around the openings between the rooms and baseboards.

The bullseye rosettes and flutes were also used on the living room window.  After Penny, my brother’s wife, arrived we counted the # of windows which had a broken lock or pane of glass. 10 of 16. I can’t wait until I get my new windows.

This is looking back into the foyer from the dining room.

More trim work — baseboards and the doorway into the kitchen.  I will get to the kitchen eventually. A dimmer switch was installed for the chandelier.  But another coat of paint is needed, so the fixture is currently sitting in the den.

The dining room window still needs another piece of trim.  Both the living room and dining room will get crown molding – hopefully before the piano is delivered next month.

New lights went up in the bedroom hall as well.  I think these are 6″ and the one in the foyer is 8″.

Baseboard was installed, the AC Return vent cleaned up so it doesn’t need to be replaced and the doorbell box painted.

In the front bedroom quarter round was installed.

This is looking out into the hall from the far corner.

In the corner bedroom, new baseboard and quarter round.

The door knob will be replaced.  We put the old ones back on for cat control.

The plan was to ignore my office until I figured out the built-in situation.  I made the first payment on the cabinets Saturday, so that meant we had things to do, starting with raising the outlets above the cabinet height.  The door into the Sun Room was hung, hinges swapped out and the casing trimmed.  Baseboard was pulled out and new baseboard and quarter round rough cut to size.

The baseboard was put in from the door around through the closet.  That lower outlet will be in the bookshelf.

The laundry room walls in the Quilt Studio (QS) got both baseboard and quarter round because of a weird jut in the floor.  The door into the den was hung and trimmed out.

The wall by the chimney turns out to be a perfect spot for the tea cart until the dining room is ready for furniture. The table top is under the quilt.

The chimney got a bit of quarter round to close the gap.

The Sun Room got baseboards, except on the patio wall. Those and the trim for the new door are rough cut waiting on the windows.

The door on the left is into my office, the one on the right is into the den.  Installed and trimmed out.  AT&T  came out Monday morning and fixed the phone lines.

The sun room window is trimmed out.

The QS patio windows are trimmed out. That’s extra painted trim that will be used somewhere, eventually.  I also got the AC return installed Construction math reminds me of quilting math.  The 12 x 24 filter I needed is only 11 3/4 x 23 3/4.  The thermostat was reinstalled. The HVAC didn’t work.  We poked around and discovered a blown fuse.  Replaced it and now the QS & Sun room are climate controlled for the first time since the ceiling was dropped.

Looking down the Design Wall wall. Baseboard installed.

Early in the week we painted and hung the storage room door.  Somewhere along the way the backdoor got painted.  That peach had to go.

The driveway windows have been trimmed out and baseboard installed along the wall.

I’m considering walling up the door into the laundry room, so this spot is great to store the buffet and dining table chairs.

Twist-lock outlets replaced the regular ones in the ceiling. A little bit of electrical tape and paint and it blends into the ceiling.

One of the very first projects was the outlet and converting my 25-foot long power strip for the long arm.

All the boxes have been moved to the center of the room. It will all have to shift again when the longarm is delivered.

Throughout the house are dark spots on the ceiling.  I took the ceiling vent covers down to paint. I’ll put them up after the painting is finished in the house.

All the Christmas boxes are now in my bedroom to make room for my temporary office, TV and other storage.  As soon as the office and bedrooms are finished, that stuff will move (again) and work can begin on this room.  The built-ins for the far wall have been ordered, but will be the last set built.

The backdoor got a make over as well.  The raised trim will get painted after the weather warms up again. New weather stripping was installed.  It’s not what we thought we were getting, but it works. This was the last thing Tommy did before headed home.

This was the paint room for two weeks. This must have been the first day as there is no paint on the ground yet.  We started to rent a paint sprayer, but for 2 days of rental we were able to buy one.  Buying was a good investment.  It turns out we painted nearly everyday over the two weeks.

Now to get my contractor back to pickup from here.