So much has happened since I last sat down here to visit.
We sadly had to have my cat put to sleep 🙁 That is an experience I choose not to dwell on. The only silver lining in the whole thing, was the Kids were able to bring Wally up here and give him back when they visited. So we are still a two pet household, just chihuahuas now.
Changes keep getting made to the apartment also. I used heavy canvas drop cloths (from Home Depot) and made curtains for most of the windows. Used clip rings. And only had to make a quick hem on each. Total investment was under 100 dollars for three windows and a sliding door. They really help with the morning sun and afternoon privacy 🙂 I can open the blinds and still get an abundant amount of sunshine.
I am still working on what I have dubbed “The Colorado Beast”.
This is going to be a larger than king sized quilt for our queen size bed, lol. Jon wished to have enough drop on each side that neither would pull the cover off of the other. And long enough on top and bottom to tuck under the mattress at the foot, and go over his “pillow fort” at the head. I am having to make it in two sections then will join them by hand. My poor machine just can’t handle something this big. The kitchen island is just PERFECT for pin basting! The pictures shows one section. It was very nice NOT to have to crawl around on the floor. And there is a picture of one half laid across the bed. I will not be able to wash this here at the apartment either. Will have to find a laundromat.
I have decided I am not very good at this Blogging stuff, lol.
There have been a lot of changes since my last post. Jon accepted a relocation to Colorado and we made the move in May. It will not be a permanent move, as Texas is home. We decided not to sell the house in Texas, instead our oldest and his wife moved into it. Jon and I downsized and have chosen to live in an apartment. I have to admit, it is nice not having to do yard work, and to be able to call maintenance when there is a problem. We moved with only the necessities. I gave a lot of my fabric stash to Jamie. And left many of my crafting supplies for the girls to do with as they wish. Three of my sewing machines made the move. Even though the movers managed to drop one of the 401’s out of its cabinet (!!!) all of them arrived safely.
My new sewing area is our bedroom 🙂 Jon has been very supportive of this. So instead of dressers, one wall is taken up with my work bench and work station. Another wall is taken up with my full sized sewing table. Totes of fabric are hidden behind the bedroom door. One tote has been emptied, as I cut it ALL up into 2 1/2 inch strips for a jelly roll race quilt for the bed.
You might have noticed a slight design flaw in our apartment floor plan. There is a direct line of sight from the bathroom to the bedroom window! As you can guess that was a very rude discovery 🙂
The dining area has been turned into my office space and is housing the second 401 in its cabinet, along with my computer desk. Have I mentioned how very supportive Jon has been, lol! In a perfect world we would have chosen a two bedroom apartment. Unfortunately there is quite a housing shortage here in the Denver area. Prices are outrageous! All in all, we are very happy with the new digs. We are adapting well to seeing each other every day instead of just on weekends. I do miss the kids horribly. But I am very blessed in that they ALL call, text and video chat with me A LOT!
So what happened and where did I disappear to in 2015?
It was a tremendously hectic year here. Jon went in for a hernia repair on Jan 7th 2015, was suppose to be a day surgery. He finally came home 2 months later. It was May before all his various tubes, hoses and accessories were gone. In May I began building a paver stone patio to help work out my worries and frustrations. June brought the announcement that I was going to gain a new daughter in law in October. In July I began to have trouble with my gallbladder. August saw me in the hospital getting that removed. September I had recovered enough (in my mind) to expand the patio to accommodate the number of wedding guests expected. My Sister helped me acquire a new puppy. The October wedding was beautiful! We lost my Father the end of October. Add in a couple of road trips back and forth to Springfield Mo. Then the holidays hit me right in the face 🙂 Despite that Jamie and I switched rooms and I set my sewing room up for a second time. In December for some reason I cannot remember now, I decided to make all immediate family members new Christmas stockings.
So here I am in 2016.
Gave away the Bad Cat that kept biting and attacking me. Sadly two weeks later we had to put Teddy (age 16) to sleep. For the first time in decades we are a one cat household. And I am STILL trying to housebreak the puppy. Keep your fingers crossed that this is a quieter year!
Last month Stevie moved out on his own. That meant, finally, after many years I was able to move my sewing area out of the laundry room! No more laundry and no more cat box at my side! Celebration time for sure. It took a full week to prep room. The walls were a deep navy blue that soaked up 3 coats of paint. The nasty old parquet flooring also got a coat of paint. Hung new blinds, then began to move in the fun stuff!
Johnny came over and helped me assemble my new computer desk.
The room is 10 x 10 and has East and South facing windows. My plants are loving it in here. The East side is my printing and computing wall. Panda’s crate is tucked in the corner. And Wally’s basket is under the desk. Needless to say the windows attract the cats, so I also have cat beds scattered about the place. Old Man Teddy usually sleeps on the shelf above the crate.
My sewing machine sits smack dab in front to the two large south windows. There are Texas Lilac bushes right outside that the birds just love. Right now they are full of finches! It is easy to scoot my chair from computer to sewing machine. Don’t look at it too closely please, the cats have not been kind to it.
The west wall is taken up with my tool box and a small dresser I have repurposed into a cutting table.
It isn’t perfect yet. I need a closet door to protect my stash. Currently a shower curtain is keeping the sun away. The window unit needs to go to the storage closet. And I have another machine with small cabinet to squeeze in here. All in all I am very very happy with it. It is so nice to have things where I can fins them! Not to mention all the light.
The lucky winners for the free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 10 are;
From my Blog -Debbie of WoolenSails.
From FatCat’s Facebook – Debbie Elgart
Please contact me with your mailing address.
I was both surprised and delighted to be accepted into volume 10! You will find my block “Blessings” on page 24, block # 913. Please be sure to visit the Quiltmaker site for daily chances to win some cool prizes.
Here she is! I wanted a simple applique that could be used for both old and young alike. I can imagine Blessings on baby quilts, quilts for Angel enthusiast, or on a Prayer quilt for a friend coping with cancer.
I cannot say enough good about the program. It is a delight to use. I had a lot of fun playing around with different fabric choices. Of course my quilt isn’t completely finished yet, that won’t stop me from sharing a picture though. Please excuse my basting pins!
As you can see right now it is Mooshi. Hasn’t he grown?! Hard to believe he only weighed 3 pounds back in March. He does love his kitty snacks.
if you belong to the FCPatterns Yahoo group, then you already know I am in the process of designing a Gingerbread quilt. The “Moo” is covering up most of my sketches, but I have scads of ideas drawn out and am ready to begin playing in EQ7 with them.