Monday, September 17, 2012

in Progress

I hope you had a lovely weekend!  Ours went by in a blur, so full it was of plans and decisions on our house project.  Yes, "project", because my plans to paint the house have spiraled into something bigger.

sad brown windows

It seems it's time to replace our windows, many of which are drafty with busted screens and a few of which are even broken (there's a break on the right side above).  The windows of our old, 1960 house (self-renovated when we bought it about 4 years ago) have brown casings instead of the now-common white ones.  That means they look brown on the outside too, which is really hampering my choice of paint color.  And boy does our house need painting!  (I'm not showing you "before" pictures until I have "after" ones.  It's too sad.)

Windows are super-costly, so it seems like we may as well replace the rusted iron porch as well, to give the outside a real chance of looking respectable.  Only a chance, mind you, because there is soooo much gardening I'd need to do to really make it shine.

In typical Rachel fashion, there is a deadline.  I want to enlarge our annual Halloween party to include Aria's entire 2nd grade class to give us a chance to get to know all those new families.  Wouldn't it be nice to have everything done in time for this outdoor event?  Totally.  Maybe not possible, but I can dream.

Ok, so where was I?   This is a sewing blog?

quilting

Yes, I hope you had a nice weekend.  I managed to quilt one of the Simply Stacked quilts in my catch-up queue.  I worked with straight lines, spaced about 3" apart, across this generous twin quilt.  How nice to experience happy quilting, without a single pucker.  It still looks so flat - I'm amazed!  I used 505 basting spray, Warm & Natural, a 3.5 stitch length and my Smarter Pfaff machine.  Maybe I got lucky?

Simply Stacked

I'll be finishing the binding by machine in a minute with my stress-free zigzag finish.  It's been love at first sight for me and zigzag binding.  Wouldn't ever go back.

always zigzag binding

It would be done already too, but this morning I was distracted by a little blog remodel.   If you click through you'll see I just changed some things in the sidebar.  Subtle improvements, but improvements... I hope.  A blog is always a work-in-progress!

15 comments:

  1. I love that beautiful open window! And great quilts as per usual

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  2. you are so fun. hope the remodel goes well and loving the new finish! ;x

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  3. Everything looks great! The blog, the curtains on your brown windows, the quilt!

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  4. Hope the plans for the party go well.
    I like the little sneaks of the quilt =D

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  5. I was too busy admiring the view out of your windows to notice the colour! It must be lovely to sew with that view. New season always equals remodel to me!

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    1. Yes, we are definitely blessed with some lovely views. That's what makes all the hard work on this place worthwhile - the land!

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  6. Congratulations on quilting without a single pucker. I love Warm and White/ Warm and Natural. The Best!

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  7. fun weekend. yes to new windows! We really need new ones, but man they are pricey! Love the blog look, and I love that you can change it as often as you'd like. :)

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    1. Seriously, Anna, It's like buying a car but not nearly as fun =(. Thanks for the blog love. I'm seeing more and more blogs with prominent pictures and I always feel welcome, so I thought I'd try it.

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  8. Good luck with the remodel!

    And I have to ask... in the second picture, what is that cute little pincushion(?) with the pencils sticking out? It's so pretty!

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    1. Ah! That is a famous pin cushion from Anna Maria Horner's first book, Seams to Me. I love using it!

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  9. Hi Rachel
    your blog its amazing....
    nice greatings from Germany

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  10. Isn't that always the case with home repairs/remodeling? I'm experiencing similar expansions of an original fix-up. Hope your updates go smoothly! As smoothly as your latest quilting, in fact!

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  11. Oh my Rachel! We are in the same spot as y'all. Our house was built in '42 was updated - all except for the windows! We are thinking it is time to repaint the trim of the house but the windows really need replaced too, and then that affect the screens, and then that brings in the window trim work inside the house....eek!!! Kind of a snowball effect. We are still trying to decide what to do. Congrats on y'alls decision!

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