Monday, July 15, 2019

A Finish

Selling your house is an interesting process. My realtor has called the realtor for all of the people who looked at my house. Their reasons to not buy are interesting...# 1 - the back yard is too small, #2 - they are going to look at new houses (there are a lot of new housing developments around here), and #3 is the house is too small - they should try cleaning it every morning just in case someone wants to view it, 1900 sq feet is a lot of floor to vacuum every morning (or almost every morning). But then maybe I shouldn't criticize as I've looked at over 30 house in Oregon and haven't found anything yet.

If this week is like last week I should be able to relax a bit until Thursday.

Sewing and cleaning up the sewing room every night has not been too bad, but so far everything I've worked on has been an ongoing project...

I finished (maybe) my Threadology quilt:

I decide to change the layout of the blocks, which meant I had to make four more small ones, but I sooooo like this version.  I'm still debating if I should add a small border of the cream as a final border.

I also quilted and added the binding to this wall hanging. In the picture I haven't hand sewn the binding down yet but I did finished it tonight.

Looking at the picture part of me wants to add a little bit more quilting between the flower pots. Hmmmm, maybe just one more echo line?

I rebelled against house cleaning today. Tomorrow, before I start working on the trapezoid quilt I'll clean. I don't want to tempt fate too much.

Monday, July 8, 2019

For Sale

Kinda bitter sweet...

If you would like to view the listing click here. I've had three viewings so far. Today was pretty quiet so I took advantage of that and the cool weather to work in the back yard...mostly dead heading roses.

I took a quick trip to Oregon last week to view houses. The one I really wanted to see had sold already - note to me, leave quickly - the second one I really wanted to see was about 1868 square feet but felt really small and was laid out kind of strange. There was one possibility - nice layout, but I would consider it a fixer upper, I'm not sure I want to go there. So the search continues. My truck is packed with another load to take to my mom's just in case.

I have been doing some sewing. So far I've done a pretty good job of cleaning everything up every evening. I decided to change my original plan for my Threadology blocks...

I've sewn the larger blocks together and plan on bordering it with the small blocks. So far I'm really liking the new layout and it will be a little bit bigger as I'm sashing it with the background fabric. I should have it finished for next weeks post.

Think positive thoughts for me...both buying and selling.

Monday, July 1, 2019

I got to sew!

Yay!! Stephanie and Nancy joined me for sewing this past Saturday...this is probably our last time getting together at my house to sew (boo hoo). It was fun and productive as always.

Nancy finished the center of Atkinson Designs Sugar Sand Beach Pattern - still needs the white framing border.

She might have left out a piece in the blocks but we decided it was a new design feature. I might have to borrow the pattern from Nancy...I really like this quilt.

Stephanie worked on Jaybird Quilts Snack Time.

She also did a variation of the pattern but hers was intentional. What you can't see is the black background fabric has bright color confetti. Love the bright colors.

I cut out my June Aunt Addy blocks and but them together on Sunday.

The mystery was revealed today - it is a row quilt. I've never made one before so it should be interesting finishing this up. But alas it will probably have to wait as the house goes on the market Thursday. I have to keep everything picked up and clean until the house sells. I don't know about you but I can't sew and have a clean / neat / picked up sewing room. The two just don't go together in my world. ;o)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sewing Room

I had the garage sale last weekend and overall it was a success. It always amazing me what sales and what doesn't and how people will offer pittance for something that is just about new. With a few exceptions, all of the left overs were taken to the hospice, SPCA and Restore thrift shops or the Goodwill. Both cars fit in the garage again. YEAH.

Now that the garage sale is done I could move the folding tables back into my sewing room.  My poor sewing room went from this...

Very old picture, but you get the idea. To this...

Boring!!!!! Those four things are the only items in the room. It looks so small...okay it is small, but with everything that was in it before it didn't seem small. I covered the folding table with a quilt just to add some color to the room.

And yes, that is Bella watching TV.

Monday, June 17, 2019


I'm not as tired as I was. I have bit of time when I can just sit and do nothing...except I feel guilty like there is something else on my lists that I should be doing - now. All the stuff that has to be done now is done. I've even packed up part of the kitchen just cause I had boxes that worked for kitchen stuff. I look around and feel like I've done a lot, then I'll look again and think there is soooo much more that needs done. But until I find a house there is only so much I can realistically do.

I've found batting and flannel scraps are great packing material:

Bella has been helping with the packing:

I had packed up all of her toys, but then she found the toy bag:

And unpacked them all:

My coworker, Elizabeth, gave me this Christmas ornament a few years ago - it always makes me laugh. Bella likes to play with it.

EVERY nook and cranny has been gone through and the garage sale pile is HUGE.

Hopefully all of this will be gone Saturday afternoon and I'll have made enough money to pay for moving the rest. Hahahahahaha I'm so funny.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Search Continues

I took a truck load of stuff up to my moms last weekend. While in Grants Pass I looked at houses again. I put an offer on another house, then rescinded it. Loved loved loved the house, it had the perfect sewing room and a huge kitchen, but it also had no real back yard and a very steep incline from the front of the house down to the bottom of the house which continued on down to the street behind the house. It just made me nervous. I know the house would not slide down the hill, but all the tan bark that had been put down would eventually and replacing it along with pulling weeds would be a challenge.

I am still packing up / sorting things in the house. The painter comes tomorrow and the carpet cleaner next week. Then I can stage the house and have the realtor come in and take pictures for the listing.

The sewing room is empty. It is one of the rooms that will be painted. The only thing quilt related I did was a quick stop at Jordan Fabrics to match a Moda Grunge color I ran out of. I knew they would have the right color and they did - Yay!

Since I have to include a picture with the post, and there is nothing quilt related to show. Here are my girls:

Bella the bag lady.

And Spooky playing ying and yang with the stone cat.

Monday, June 3, 2019

I'm Tired

What a difference a week makes! Last week tons of sewing, this week almost none. I did get my May Aunt Addie blocks finished. The June blocks will probably have to wait until July when the finishing instructions are released.

I decided to put my house on the market June 30th. Somebody slap me upside the head, what was I thinking! The bedrooms are getting painted on the 14th and 15th (everything off the walls). The carpets cleaned the following week (everything except the large furniture needs to be cleared out), then I'm having a HUGE garage sale on the 22nd (every cabinet, closet, nook and cranny must be checked - no mercy must be given). PLUS at least one trip to Oregon to look at houses and take my niece some furniture I no longer need (load the truck).

I've had over 11k steps on my Fitbit for the last three days and I haven't even left the house!

This makes me sad...

... I guess buyers don't want to see a large quilt frame in the middle of the living room.

I took this picture of a rose I saw outside of an office building...oops, forgot to stop and smell it.