Remember how I wondered where I would find a big enough space to lay out my 250+ Orange Peel applique blocks? Welp, turns out moving every piece of furniture out of your main floor living space opens up a lot of room for laying out big quilt projects! (Not that I highly recommend it.)
It’s been quite an unusual summer around here. If you read this post (or follow me on Instagram) you may remember that the heroes of this blog discovered a water leak in their kitchen, resulting in most of the kitchen (including cabinets, walls, and floors) ripped out mid June. Thank goodness for insurance, but the restoration process has been SO S L O W…
Last week we week we had to move everything out of our main floor (including ourselves for 3 days) so that the floors could be repaired and refinished.
Floors are done. They’re still a little too orange, but that’s what you get when you have a 20 yr old house with Red Oak floors. It’s an improvement on what it was before and I’ve decided I’m done thinking/worrying about it and they’re fine. (Someone please support me in this…)
(Also, because I know someone will ask, the blue pain is Tidewater by Sherwin Williams.)
Before we moved the furniture back in place, I used the space to layout my quilt blocks. It was a great use of the space! (And then I realized, why didn’t I spray baste a bunch of quilts on the empty floors right before they came in to sand and refinish? Would have been the greatest time. A wasted opportunity. I guess was too tired at the time to think of it, lol.)
Also, step back and appreciate this view because this is also the cleanest my sewing room has been in a long time. 😉
We’ve slowly started moving the furniture back into place this week (except the fridge and the piano which have to wait 2 more weeks while the floor finish continues to harden.) At the moment they’re in the family room next to the couch – so you can make a sandwich and play a tune and watch TV all from one spot. ?
I’m starting to move everything bit by bit back into my sewing room now and I finally set up my sewing machine again last night. I’ve missed using it! I’m using this opportunity to be more deliberate about what I bring back into this room. I’m going to replace an old china hutch (this is the former dining room after all) with a Pax wardrobe from Ikea as it will be much more practical at hiding all of the
crapola stuff and keeping the room a little more organized. So the process will be slow, but hopefully worth the patience and time to get things set up more effectively.
Our kitchen is taking its own sweet time too. We’re still almost a month out before we’ll have the kitchen put back together. I know these are #firstworldproblems and a lot of others are dealing with far more difficult circumstances. The end result will be a lovely updated, refreshed kitchen. But I’m surprised at how the whole thing has definitely sapped a lot of my creative-energy/mojo. I swing back-and-forth between being motivated to get the house prepped and ready to being totally frustrated and deflated as I wait for contractors to get back to me with their unpredictable time tables and watching our summer plans not turn out as we hoped. ?
I think the thing I’m looking forward to most, is just getting back into our regular routines. I’ve felt a little like I’ve been living in the Upside Down/Dystopian version of my house. Not just because of the vacant kitchen, but the additional piles of boxes, kitchen supplies, sewing machines, books, other-stuff-I-didn’t-want-to-pile-up-in-the-garage all over the house.
I guess I share because so much of social media is the highlight reel and I thought I’d share a slice of real life. As well as a shout-out/we’re-in-this-together fist bump to all of you out there going through your own #reallife. Hang in there! You’re not alone. We’ll get through it, right?
Orange Peel Applique Blocks
Now back to quilting – I’m so loving where this is going! I’ve had questions about these blocks and promise to create a tutorial for how I made these orange peel applique blocks. There are lots of applique methods out there and I tried a few different ones in making these orange peel applique blocks. I’ll talk about them and share the one that worked the best for me. As soon as I get kids back to school and off to college – hopefully early September.
And speaking of tutorials, I’m working on new tutorial for a crib-size quilt using Deena Rutter’s Joey fabric. Stay tuned for that by the end of the month!
And, just because I haven’t had access to my sewing machine for weeks, doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Thank goodness for my favorite handwork project to keep me entertained. Especially those days we had to be out of the house. Here are my latest Round We Go English Paper Piecing blocks. I’m still not sick of making these. Pulling the fabric combos is still my favorite part!
Looking on the Bright Side
Not speaking of quilting or tutorials. This week we got out of the house mess and went camping in the nearby mountains. This has become one of my favorite traditions over the past few years – a night camping and hiking with my family in Albion Basin near Salt Lake City. Keep in mind, this is coming from the girl who, until just a few years ago, hated camping!
It’s become one of my favorite ways to refresh and revive – especially at the end of the summer. In addition to the meadows of wildflowers and beautiful vistas, I love the time to just take a breath and hang out with my family; uninterrupted and undistracted.
It was especially fun to have all six of us together in one place. I’m realizing those times are going to be more and more rare over the coming years. I’m getting ready to now move both of my oldest girls to college. In the midst of our dystopian summer chaos, it hasn’t really hit me until just now. And I’m starting to feel all the feels. But, since you’ve already heard so much from the emotional side of me, we’ll save that for another post.
Life is good. I’m trying to remember that. Although it makes me tired, it’s the challenging stuff that makes you tougher; and keeps life more interesting.