It started with a set of sheets…..

I had been thinking about updating one of the bedrooms in our home where the grandkids usually stay when they come to visit. It was still decorated in high-school-girl turquoise and lavender from several years ago when I still had a high school girl living here. I had seen a set of sheets at Target that I liked and had considered buying them but just was not ready to commit to a color scheme.  Then one day I walked by and saw this…..

sheets

 

A 40% clearance sticker! Decision made.  I picked out a soft grey paint  ( Essential Grey by Sherwin Williams) and had the Mr. start painting the room.  I also  knew I wanted to make a quilt for the room and since I had never made a star quilt before thought this might be something to try.  As usual, I started with my graph paper and dimensions and came up with a design.  Someday I will wise up and just use a pattern but I actually like doing it myself.

Design-on-Paper

 

Then, just to be sure my design and dimensions would transfer appropriately to fabric, I made one of the quilt squares.

finished-block

 

Satisfied that the design would work, I determined the size of all the pieces I would need and started cutting out the fabric. Cutting fabric is my least favorite part of making a quilt, but I love having it all done at one time.

Cut-pieces

 

Dave was getting ready to go out of town for a few days so I set up my sewing machine in front of the tv and each night after work I sat down to sew and literally watched 14 back episodes of Fixer Upper. My kind of fun!  In this picture I had sewn all the squares and attached the inner borders to make rows.

rows

I then sewed the rows together and attached the outer borders. I knew when I started this quilt that I was going to have it machine-quilted but at the time I was not sure where I would take it.  The last time I asked the person who had machine-quilted three other quilts for me,  she had a six month long waiting list.  Then I remembered that the Missouri Star Quilting Company, a place I visited last year (see that post here), will do machine quilting for a very reasonable price.  On their website all you do is enter the dimensions of the quilt, pick out a quilting pattern, batting and a backing fabric if needed.  You can also have them bind the quilt although in this case I want to bind the quilt myself.  Then you just pack the quilt up and send it to them.

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about sending the quilt top through the mail, however within just a couple of days I received the nicest email from Sarah at the Missouri Star Quilting Company;

Dear Theresa,

Your quilt top arrived safe and sound. We have delicately hung it up and it will soon be mingling with the other wonderful quilts. The final step in the journey to becoming a masterpiece is getting closer every day! Your quilt displays wonderful craftsmanship and precision. You should be proud! Thank you for letting us be a part of this beautiful quilt! We will handle it with great care and treasure it as if it were our own!

I am sure this is probably a canned response they send to all their customers but just knowing they had received it and would be handling it with care set my mind at ease. Now I cannot wait to get it back…..they say it will take 4-6 weeks but I am sure hoping it will be sooner. In the meantime I need to make about 24 feet of binding so I will be ready when it is returned!  Pictures coming soon of both the room and the finished quilt.

Lamp Quest

For the past month or so I have been looking for a pair of new turquoise lamps for my basement remodel project.  I have searched at Home Goods, Kirklands, Macys, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and several other on-line sources.  I have found many that are perfect with regard to size, color and style, but not so perfect when it comes to price.

expensive lamp2

Expensive lamp

I was ready to start looking for white (boring) lamps until this past weekend.  The Mr. and I were hobbling around Target, actually it was just me hobbling, when we spotted this lone lamp sitting on the shelf.

lone lamp

The color and size were perfect and the price was GREAT!  The problem was there was only one.  I jotted down the product number thinking I would be able to come home, hop on the computer and order two of them on-line.  No such luck…..they were not for sale on the Target web site.  I thought about the lamp for a couple of days and then decided to run (hobble) back to Target and hope the lone lamp was there.  YEAH!   It was there and I quickly purchased it and brought it home.  After work today, the MR and I jumped in the car armed with a list of 5 other Target stores.  I was on a mission to come home with another matching lamp.  At the first Target we stopped at, we found  another lone lamp on the shelve.  But one lone lamp was all I needed…….now I have two!!  I love it when my plan actually works!

The race is on to get the basement project complete before surgery……only three weeks left.  The things left on the to-do list include:

  • Install floating shelves on the wall
  • Paint two end tables
  • Make the window valance
  • Make a few throw pillows
  • Hang artwork on the walls
  • Hang pendant lights over the bar

There are a few other things we would like to do, like build a wine rack into the bar cabinet (which will require my brother-in-law’s services) and install a new light fixture (which requires new in the wall wiring) but I am pretty sure those will not happen in the next three weeks so I am not even putting them on the list.  I can be practical if I have to be!

Between hosting an Easter brunch, work, a trip to Omaha, and pre-op visits to the doctor and the hospital I will be hard pressed to get all these items done in 18 days but I am going to give it a try!  Hope you all have a great Easter!