Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

New Floor, New Quilt

Tuesday the flooring guys were back.  The hall, office, and front 2 bedrooms now have flooring.  Now to get the baseboards in so the painters can come back.



Saturday I went to the local quilt shop for their ‘Sew What’s New’ event.  They had class samples and sale prices. I had no intention of buying anything and came home with Stripology Mixology 2 and the Creative Grids Flying Geese ruler. I went back and bought the Stripology XL Ruler, and now I have started my interpretation of Athena.


It looks like I have it figured out.

Design Wall Monday – 1/24/22

This is the first Design Wall Monday post I’ve done in a while. These are the fabrics I’ve picked for the mystery quilt Brandon Quilters are doing this year.  I’ve got my small flying geese made and have the pieces cut for the next bit of piecing. I was able to pull all but the darkest green from my stash.  It’s time to use some of my fabric that I’ve been saving. I love this paisley. It’s been sitting in my stash for 14 years.

This past weekend I played a bit with my Accuquilt Go! Big.  It came with the 8″ Qube. I pulled out the Quarter Square Triangle to see what I could make. This is a block for my orphan box.

I’m currently stitching in a make-shift environment.  The sewing machine is on a folding table behind my recliner in the den.  The Go! and my cutting board are in the Quilt Studio on the other side of the plastic.  The plastic won’t come down until the doors go up and the doors won’t go up until the floor is done in the den.  That will be after my bedroom and bathroom is done.



A UFO Finish!

Way back in 2005 I took a hand quilting class in preparation to hand quilt my Double Wedding Ring (DWR) quilt. I got the grid work done and maybe one of the swirls and set it aside – possibly because I spilled tea or Diet Dr Pepper on it.  Anyway I went on to quilt the DWR as well as the pieced blocks in my nephews quilt and this sat in the bottom of the box of UFOs and on the top of my UFO list since it was my oldest ‘top’.

The back of the pillow is this sweet vintage print from my stash. I watched this video to make the pillow cover.  Oh – it is a 16″ pillow form that my SIL gave me.


Quilting and Remodeling

There’s so much going on it’s hard to know where to start.  Q comes before R so we’ll start with Quilting.  One of my quilt guilds is doing a Pizza Box Quilt/Challenge/Round Robin. Whatever it’s called, I’ve put 2 yards of the multi-colored print as my focus fabric, 2 yards of the black as my background fabric and a fat half-yard of each of the other fabrics into a Pizza Box, along with this block.  I brought home someone else’s box and will make a block with their fabric and take it back next month.  We’ll keep swapping until there are 12 blocks in the box when we will get to see what everyone made.  This will be a quilt on next year’s UFO list.

Speaking of UFOs, I pulled out this whitework square that I started in 2005. I’ve been working on it all week. The spots are either tea or Diet Dr Pepper. I didn’t wash them out because it would have washed the quilting design out. My goal is for this to be my first finish of the year and the first UFO I cross off the list.  We’ll see.

The last bit of quilting is this new to me Accuquilt Go!Big.  I’ve had a bit of tennis/golf elbow and thought this will save some wear and tear on my joints.  It came with 9 dies and an 8″ Mix and Match Qube.  At the moment it is sitting on my folding cutting table which is open in the doorway between the Den and Quilting Studio.  I’ll need to figure out a more permanent solution.  Which I suppose is a good segue into the Remodeling portion of this post – if you are still reading.

The painters have been here all week. They’ll be here again on Thursday to put up the final coat of wall paint. This is the corner room. I had the shelves pulled out and between the light paint and the removal of the shelves this room feels so much bigger.

I pulled down the shelf on the far wall of this room as well. It just seemed to be too high on the wall. Another coat of paint is needed here as well. The paint in the two bedrooms is Crisp Linen.

This is the office which will be painted White Lilac – the same color as the Living Room and Dining Room.

With the paint done, the floor will get put down in these 3 rooms and the bedroom hallway next week.  Which means it’s time to get serious about the master bedroom and bath.

The paint is Crisp Linen, except for the window wall.  It will be Sherwin-Williams Danube.

I’ve picked this Akua mosaic tile for the accent, the white tile is the shower surround and the vanity counter and shower seat will be Snowflake granite. That’s the sum total of my planning, but need to get on the ball as by this rate I’ll be ready to start by the first of the month – not that any of the rooms will be finished – well maybe the front bedroom.




A Quilting Challenge – Really?!!

I’m living in a house which has NO room completed, so naturally, I’m going to participate in my quilt guild’s UFO Challenge.  I’ve picked 12 quilts which need to be completed and shown by December 5th, 2022.

1- Hand Quilted White Work. This is my oldest quilt “top” from sometime in 2005.  I took a hand quilting class in preparation to quilt my DWR.

2 – QIAD Green & Cream Swap from the fall of 2006. It’s my 3rd oldest UFO.

3 – Johnny’s Strip Twist.  I started this at a quilt retreat in 2016. I had problems with my 1/4″ seam, so started over. I have enough sections to make at least 2 quilts.

4 – Pink & Black Auction Crazy Strings. I bought the blocks at an auction in 2018. This will be the 3rd quilt I’ve made from them. I pulled the fabrics when I thought I was going to a Sit-n-Sew in December so I’m counting it.

5 – Christmas Wall Hanging. My SIL and I purchased the fabric for this quilt at the same time — July 2018.  Hers is finished, I have part of 1 block done.

6 – Frolic the 2019 Quiltville Mystery Quilt. This looks like it just needs to be quilted.  But I need to make the backing bigger, so I’ll be making more blocks.

7 – Baubles ‘N Beads – I made this top in August 2020 and just need to quilt it.

8 – Shimmer – I’m using the leftover fabric from Bauble ‘N Beads and Atomic Starburst to make this quilt. I started it  August 2020.

9 – Atomic Starburst – the top was completed in March 2021, which is why it’s listed after Shimmer.

10 – MQA BOM – I finished the quilt top the end of September 2021 – so it is possible to piece with the house torn apart.

11 – Ruby’s Sampler – I started this the New Year’s Eve 2020. I still need to write up the patterns for the blocks and of course finish making the top.  I need to make 4 more blocks.

12 – SQG BOM – The first block came out February 2021. I made 3 blocks before I stopped sewing last year to start packing.  I didn’t get a picture of the 3rd block.

In addition to the above I’m participating in a Pizza Box Challenge – one block a month with one of my guilds & I’m considering a mystery quilt with the other guild.  The retreat usually has a lotto block – I’ll try to make one; a swap block – I’ll probably skip this time; and a mystery quilt – which I may not do either.

My goal is to not start anything new, but now that I think about it, there’s a pot holder and possibly a sweatshirt jacket in my future.



More Lighting

I’ve been debating the dining room light since I took down the old fixture and realized “doing it over” wasn’t really going to work.  I spotted this one at the lighting store before Christmas, but wasn’t sold on it.  I decided I need to get my table first. Then a chance remark at the quilt shop about antiques had me reaching out to my sister in regards to my parents dining room set. When I asked her if she thought if she would ever have a space for it, she said not in the foreseeable future and if I want it I can have it as long as it stays in the family.  So, I now know I will have a traditional cherry wood finish dining table, buffet and serving cart.  That sealed the deal and I raced to the store last Thursday to buy the light.  Even better news, is they were selling the display and it was 40% off.  I brought it home this afternoon.  I’ll get it hung after the table gets here.

The electricians were also called back.  My bathroom lights went out Wednesday sometime between 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  I thought maybe a bad breaker, but it turns out it was a break in the wiring.  While the electrician was here, we discussed the ceiling outlets in the Quilt Studio and the 3 phantom switches by the den door going into the Quilt Studio.  I think I can safely call the guys in to put the insulation in the ceiling over the Quilt Studio and Sunroom.



This morning the flooring guys arrived.  I left about 20 minutes after they arrived as I had a couple of appointments and got back about 20 minutes after they left.  When I walked in the backdoor I saw this.  The Quilt Studio.

The Sunroom:


I walked through the laundry/breakfast/kitchen into the Dining Room:

This is looking across the dining room into the living room and the foyer – which needs another coat of paint.

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

The floor was stopped here until we can go down the hallway and into the bedrooms.  We laid this much so I can call for the piano – but I really need the the baseboard and crown molding put up first.  Once the piano is in the room, it’s not getting moved.  In the meantime, I need to see about ordering a couple of doormats – both inside and out so I can cut down on the amount of dirt that gets tracked in.

Light Switches

I hope that I can eventually do away with my labeling – or if not, do something more professional looking, but in the short term, I used a dry erase marker.

These are the switches by the main entrance to the Quilt Studio.  They are located on the laundry room wall.

The top panel and the panel by the back door are lined up identically.

  • LT – Track lights on the left by the driveway
  • CF – Ceiling Fans in the Quilt Studio
  • ML – Main lights in the studio
  • CP – Carport/Backdoor

Bottom Panel

  • Covered Switch – the ceiling duplex outlets
  • D – light over main door into the studio
  • RT – Track lights on the right by the patio
  • DW – Design Wall


Just as you walk into the Sunroom from the Quilt Studio on the patio wall there is another bank of switches

  • ML – Main Lights in the Quilt Studio
  • CF – Ceiling Fans in the Quilt Studio
  • RT – Right track lights
  • SR – Sunroom Ceiling Fan

There are 3 more switches in the space

  • Single switch for the Sunroom as you come out of the office
  • Single switch next to the design wall
  • Double switch by the patio door – the left one is for the patio lights and the right switch is for the security lights on the corner.

A Long Day

Wednesday I took the day off from work. I had 2 goals: 1 – talk to the guy about flooring and 2 – go look at crown moulding and baseboards.  The shops were in opposite directions, so the plan was to do flooring in the morning, come home and make a call, then look at moulding in the afternoon before capping off the day with a movie.

As I was getting ready to leave, my doorbell rang. It was an Amazon delivery and workers to fix the gable on the carport. I moved my car, came back inside and my brother called me.  I was late leaving for the floor place.

This is the final option – just as soon as I see the estimate.  I picked up 3 samples, brought them home and my contractor was here.  So he, my SIL and I wandered around the house with the samples and decided on this 7″ board.  The 9″ board was just too wide in my hallway.

I then hauled the samples back to the shop, and wandered over to the tile side of things.

I think this is the shower tile I’m going to go with. If I run the tile horizontally, I’ll do a 6″ band of the accent around the shower.  If I orient the tile vertically, I’ll do a 12″ band floor to ceiling behind the shower head.  I’ll like to run the accent in a band over the vanity as well.  I did not go in to pick shower stuff, but while I was there…..

We stopped for lunch at a brunch place.  That omelette was really good. Then it was off to the moulding place.  I brought a couple of samples home and will look at them closer tomorrow.  Of course at this point I realized I forgot my notebook at the flooring place, so back the other way.

Since there was an upholstery shop nearby, we stopped in. I don’t remember the background being as dark as it shows in this picture, but I suppose it’s possible.  I was looking at the flowers and leaves.

The colors of this stripe are more vivid as well.

After this we came home. I took a nap as we were going to the 7 PM showing of West Side Story – the 1961 version.  There was a 10 minute intermission!  During intermission I looked up the running time – 2 hours 33 minutes.  I could have used an intermission when I went to see No Time to Die a few weeks ago.

Now that I’ve seen the original which was not “modified from the original version to fit my TV Screen and running time” I might just have to see the Steven Spielberg version coming out in the next week or so.

Too Much Light?

There are 2 airports nearby. I might have to be concerned about aircraft trying to land on my house when I have all the lights turned on.

In Kansas City, my sewing area was lit by 2 ceiling fans over the longarm, each with a single bulb and a swing arm lamp by my sewing machine. Already I have more light since there are 3 bulbs in each fan.  All the lights in the room are LEDs.

I almost think the 5 strip lights give me enough light – at least to quilt. The light will be behind me when I’m at the sewing table.

I’m not sure of the exact angle of the lights yet, but these should be plenty if I’m cutting/pressing (under the far window) or sewing (under the near window).

I suspect these lights will only be used when friends are over quilting with me. There’s room for at least 3 sewing stations along that wall.

The design wall will be well lit.

I added a light by the back door.  I’ve bought light bulbs 3 times trying to get the right size/type.  Clearly I need to try again and get lower wattage so the neighbor doesn’t complain.  I have 2 of those fixtures for the patio which will be put up next week.

I just have a simple flat LED light in the “entryway” of the studio.

By comparison the Sunroom rather dark.

The electricians will be back next week to finish up.