Another Home Improvement Post – Family Room Near Completion!


We brought in the carpet that’s been in the garage and unrolled it.  It will take a few days for it to relax and remain flat.

Jim finished the painting of the trim and hung the door to the basement yesterday!  For our cat Chloe Jim installed a cat door and I spent the morning teaching her how to use it…DSCF9343-002

The door closes automatically after a few swings back and forth.DSCF9345-001

Here’s another angle of the room…DSCF9348-001

Now the next project begins (we still have a few before we’ll call this room finished).  This next project is to make a tv hutch.  Instead of buying something new I wanted to re-purpose an old IKEA modular system we’ve been using in the kitchen.  I’ve shown this thing before but we’ve been parting it out lately so here’s another grab…DSCF9355-001

It has served it’s purpose so we are scavenging off of it for new uses!  My thought was to take three cabinets and screw them together for the tv hutch…DSCF9351-001

They are now in the workshop getting fitted with a base.DSCF9352-001

Everything we’ll use for this project will be re-cycled, up cycled or re-purposed!  Even the paint I plan to use will be something we’ve had in the basement for a long time (back in the days before little samplers we had to buy quarts, remember that?)!

Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend everyone and get out and enjoy the fall colors!  They won’t last long!  DSCF9340-003

Happy Home Improvement!


A Day at the Quilt Show!

I spent the day running errands, working on this new business venture I’ve slipped out in my last post and taking a trip to the Dupage County Fairgrounds for the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild Show!

I’m almost official!  I have just one last step before I can flip the switch and make the big announcement!  As a side note, I’m just amazed at the amount of bureaucratic and paperwork stacks I’ve had to work my way through in order to start this business. My mind is nearly mush trying to keep it all sorted out!

So off I went to the Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild show to just absorb some inspiration and fun!  I’m uploading these photos all at once.  I tried to capture the quiltmaker’s information with each photo.


Taking Product Photos

Hi Friends, Followers and Family!

I’m not quite ready to make the big announcement yet, but if you’ve noticed my postings have been very infrequent there’s been a reason.  I have been secretly hiding from you my adventure of starting a new business!

When the timing is right and all the legal paperwork finally comes in I’ll be ready to make the arrangements for the Grand Opening affair and tell you all about it but for now I’ve been working on the back end, product photography and inventory!

Some out-takes from a recent session…first these lovely fat quarters in earth tones perfect for our changing season…DSCF9402

…and this collection of browns and tans, more fall inspiration…DSCF9491

Oh!  Did I inadvertently give it away?

Stay tuned everyone!  This is an amazing adventure!

Happy Quilting, Happy Sewing!


On The Home Improvement Front – We Have a Floor!

We have been (mostly Jim…I just help lay out the boards and cut an end every now and then) working hard to get the floor finished in the family room. DSCF9294-001

This room took 3 days to complete.  First, Jim had to work the transition from the Kitchen into the room.  There were a lot of small cuts.DSCF9298-001

Then once we were in a straight away it went relatively quickly…DSCF9303-001

…one board after another…DSCF9300-001

…until…TA DAH!


Birds are singing and the heavens have opened up!  Laaaaaaaa!


Jim spent Monday finishing the last row by hand and last night we went to Home Depot to pick out the trim for the walls.

Happy Home Improvement Everyone!


An Almost Design Wall Wednesday

This is as far as I’ve taken it this week…DSCF9337

The inner border is on and the 2nd border is still in the works.  Turns out these quarter square triangles take a bit of effort to get the points perfect.  DSCF9306

I’ve had to re-sew about a half dozen and use a template to line up the matching points.  So far I’m okay with the long sides being perfectly aligned however the top and bottom I’m going to need to ease in some of the top in order for the border to fit.  I’m working on the top and bottom sections at the same time, you can see those at the top of the photo below…DSCF9336

If all goes well with this 2nd border I’ll be onto the last border and have already decided on a quilting pattern for this!  So exciting!

On the home improvement front this week…PAINT!  The family room is painted!DSCF9340

The color is called ‘Stoney Path’ and sorta looks like chocolate milk although that wasn’t really what I was going for.  I picked out a paint color that I thought would work with the floor, the rug and the chairs that will be in this room — as well as not clashing with the rest of the house! Easier said then done!

Don’t look too close at the walls.  They were a real pain and we did our best to get the drywall right but once the first layer of paint went on we could tell we should have done an allover skim coat.  I will tell you though, I had no idea what an allover skim coat was until this project!  C’est la vie!  We have to rimind ourselves that this house is 50 years old so it has some character to it and will not look like a new house.

It will look great once everything is finished.  I can’t wait.  Because once this is done it will be time to work on the KITCHEN!  I have waited 18 years for a new kitchen and it will finally happen!  Just the thought of not having a drawer fall out or getting a pantry cabinet is giving me chills!

Whoo Hoo!

Hey!  And what’s up with this cold snap we are having in the Midwest?  I am so not ready for Fall!

~Happy Quilting, Happy Home Improvement projects everyone!


Big Day Yesterday

A fairly infrequent occurrence in my lovely part of the country are bursts of very intense storms.DSCF9071

This happened on Friday afternoon.  In about 20 minutes the winds whipped up so severe that whole trees toppled over and large limbs fell.  DSCF9074-001

I was driving home when the storm hit and I pulled over in a sheltered area AWAY from tree limbs.  I’ve learned over the years that is the best thing to do!

It wasn’t until I was about a mile or two from home did I realize that my neighborhood got hit pretty bad.  Fortunately, no one was injured and most of the damage is superficial.  The neighbors got together to help clean up…DSCF9090-001

And the Village arrived to start the removal process of the large Maple…DSCF9104-001

This morning I was a bit sore from all the tree removal lifting…sooooo out of shape I am!

I started the work on the boder…


And Jim started the painting of the family room.  Our big home improvement project continues…DSCF9329

More later.  I’ve got to run a few errands and attend a meeting today…

Till then, have a great weekend!


Snow in October has a plan!

A quick work-up in EQ7 and a check to make sure I have enough fabric and out comes a solution for the borders!Log Cabin 1

Yup…should work!DSCF9282

It’s raining cats and dogs outside right now so I’m going to go upstairs and get this going!

Talk to you all soon!


Snowing In October – Jim Names a Quilt

Jim walked into the guest bedroom -which also serves as my design wall and staging area – looked at the wall and proclaimed “snowing in October!” followed very quickly with “hey, that block needs to be turned…”.

See if you can find the block he’s talking about…DSCF9282

This top was partially made up by MOM.  I think it was her first attempt at a bed size quilt waaaaay back when I was in High School.  I can’t remember the exact year but it was definitely between 1982-1986.  She made a sampler block quilt about this same time period and rumor has it my brother wore it out.

The pattern is Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day Log Cabin…DSCF9276

…and when I was home last winter I had my Mom find all the pieces and give them to me…DSCF9283

The top consisted of 15 blocks sewn together in the Fields and Furrows arrangement (and one turned wonky).  There was a missing component, an eyelet center that was lost so I found some fabric that looks coordinated and completed 5 more blocks.

There is enough of the fabric strips to make 7 more blocks.  I think I’ll ponder this for a day or two.  The extra blocks could be pillow cases, or the strips made into half square or quarter square triangles for the border, something  to jazz it up a little or used for the backing or binding.  Just something to think about.

This was a pattern book from a time when the rotary cutter hadn’t yet made it into mainstream quilting…DSCF9277 DSCF9279  DSCF9280 DSCF9281

Everything was TORN!  I remember doing that too back in the early days.  I hated it because you get all those loose threads entangled on everything!  Uggh!

It also makes it hard to get things perfectly sewn.  My blocks are slightly larger then Mom’s so I’ll have to play with these a bit.

This is a SUPER easy pattern to put together.  I made the 5 extra blocks in an hour.  This pattern is still available, but has been updated of course and is also a feature of two videos …

Part 1:


and Part 2:


Easy right?

Can’t wait to get this one off of the WIP list and onto the ‘Needs to be Quilted’ list!

Till next time, have a great weekend!



Design Wall Wednesday – Almost There!

Progress is steadily being made on this Scrappy Saber Sawtooth Star quilt.  I sewed the flying geese borders on last night and this morning.  Now the only thing left is the outer border!  Whoot!


I think the darker borders make the blocks stand out!  Glad I went with that…

Till next time!


The Sweet Ride! A Fun Chocolate Themed Bike Tour!

I’ve heard of this ride but always find out about it too late!  This year I saw a blurb in the village newsletter and made sure I put it on the calendar!

This is the Sweet Ride.  It is a bike tour around my little town with stops at participating shops.  This year the beneficiary was a Senior Dog adoption group called Young At Heart so OF COURSE we had to participate!

Start and End: Morkes!  This is a family owned Chocolate Shop! DSCF8926-001 DSCF8928-001

Stop 1: Signature Sweets!  Another family owned business.  They were serving Chocolate Gelato!  Yummy!  Plus, they were making paninis for our lunch later on in the ride…


Then it was time to meet the pups up for adoption!  These dogs were ALL so sweet.  I sure hope they get great homes.  Check out their website (link up top) and watch their video.  They are raising money for a permanent home…



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Stop #3: A new business for us is Loving Care Animal Hospital!  They were in Rolling Meadows but are now in Palatine!  It’s always good to have Vet choices.  They were serving up refreshments and more chocolate!DSCF8934-002

Almost my favorite place in town…Mikes Bike Shop for Stop #4.  I love looking at all the fun new bikes.  Another family owned business and a great place to bring your bike for tune-ups or stop in to check out what’s happening.  They were serving Chocolate Milk and cookies!DSCF8938-001 Then the last stop was D’Vine Wine!  Okay…there’s a theme here…another family owned business!  This time it was Chocolate Wine!!  It tasted like a chocolatey Bailey’s.  Yummy! DSCF8940-001

We did buy some refreshments while we were there….who are we kidding?DSCF8939-001

Then back to Morkes for lunch.

All in all we rode 25 miles so the little indulgences along the way certainly were burned off.  We chose to do the add-on miles to make it longer.  The stops without the add on miles is about 10 miles so a family with kids could do it with ease.

I need more of these rides…or just rides in general.  Mikes fixed me up with a new water bottle holder…you can see it there on my handle bar!  No more reaching way down between my legs to get my bottle!  (My bike is the blue girly bike below)…


Now I’m recovering…but will be ready to go again!