Tuesday, December 18, 2018

~ Making the cut ~

I find it hard to believe some quilters dislike cutting fabric.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Petting fabric for hours on end, how can you not like that?   Sure it can be a chore but I never get tired of playing with fabric.  The darling little stacks of fabric below are for my On Podunk Pond quilt.  I'll be making a GAGGLE of flying geese units in red and yellow.  From start to finish it was about 4 hours worth of cutting.  Not all at once of course.  Not that I couldn't cut them all in one 4 hour session. I started cutting late at night and had to call it a night, finishing up the next morning.  Hopefully I can start piecing these sometime today.  

This morning I need to do a few boring chores, laundry and dusting.  Then it's off to the dentist for a root canal.  Oh what a fun day. Merry Christmas to me, huh?  Mr. Podunk has assured me there's nothing to worry about when it comes to getting a root canal.  The dentist told me the same thing but you know he'll say anything to get you in the chair and get paid.  If Mr. Podunk is right I should be able to go the dentist and continue with my day as planned.  The plan is to work on my office today.  We've had a few set backs but with any remodel there's always issues.  So I'm not upset about the setbacks.  The latest issue was flooring.  Here's the first flooring we started laying.  It was given to us by our neighbor.  Everything was going along beautifully....then at about the halfway point the boards start becoming difficult to snap together.  The veneer on the top would buckle and break off.  Now my hubby doesn't get mad very often. He's one of the most happy go lucky people I know.  After several buckling issues he picks up the board and tosses it across the room.  I froze, stood there wide eyed as he ranted for about 5 minutes.  After his rant we decided to rip out this flooring.  No big deal I really didn't care for the color of this stuff anyway, it's a little too dark.  But when it's free you can live with it.  It was expensive flooring so it was a shame to just throw it away.

We decided to use the same flooring that is in our laundry/mud room.  I like this color much better.  I know dark floors are really popular right now but I'm not a fan.  This flooring is also less expensive but rated as more durable.  We've had no issues with the previous installations.  These vinyl planks are a breeze to cut and assemble. So that's what I'll be doing today instead of sewing.  When the floor is done then I can sew.

It shouldn't take too long to finish the last few rows of planks.  The closet will be the hardest but I'm confident in my ability to measure twice and cut once.  Did you see my eggshell blue wall?  I LOVE IT!  The closet will become an office.  There will be a desk, shelves for patterns, paper and shipping supplies.  Having a hard time visualizing this?

It will look something like this but without so much decor.  I need a functional work space for pattern writing and shipping.

The rest of the room will be used for staging quilts for photos to be used as pattern covers.  That's why everything is white.  And I'm considering leaving the windows bare, no window treatments. 
The window trim and new fan light have been installed.

Once the floor is finished he can add the baseboard and trim while I paint the door.  We were planning to paint the old wood trim but he made the executive decision to buy new pre-painted trim.  Good for me because I'm the painter!  I've mention before our home is a Ranch style home from the 60's/70's.  Some of the original wiring still exist.  He wanted to remove the old fixtures.  To me it is  not necessary.  My printer will be in this little nook, so the old fixture won't be visible.

I'm pretty sure most of you will be able to identify this odd plug.  But I bet there's a few that can't.  My kids were clueless. Most people don't even use the newer updated plug.  Well if your still guessing I'll let you in on the secret.  It's a phone jack!  It's seen better days.  Someone has stained it with wood stain.  I got a little messy with the paint, but since it will be hidden I wasn't worried about how it looks.  A fun little blast from the past and believe it or not it still works.

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  1. I love to cut too! That's my favorite part of starting a new quilt project. Your room is looking great and I like the lighter floors too! :D

  2. the room well look great when done, we used that type of flooring too - great idea on the closet. Window covering - only if you get so much blasted sunlight in during the summer months that it gets way to hot and you need to block it is my opinion I had to have a blind which most of the time stays open except in the middle of summer when I have to block the heat.

  3. You'll enjoy the new finished room when it's completed. You might as well do it right while you're working on it now. I've had a root canal and it wasn't a problem. I was able to go about the rest of my day just fine. The worst thing though was before he finished up, he gave me another blast of novocaine. My mouth was numb for at least 3 more hours! I couldn't drink because I just dribbled. I couldn't talk very well either so hopefully you don't have a job answering a telephone. Happy stitching!

  4. I really enjoy the cutting process too. Hope that root canal goes smoothly for you. I'm abnormally afraid of any dental work, so I was over the edge when I had to have a root canal a few years ago.

    And I like your second flooring much better than the first.

  5. What vinyl product are you using? I love your new office to be.

  6. I always read your sewing blog posts but I also enjoy seeing your house renovations too. TFS :)

  7. I like the lighter flooring better too! Have fun sewing. I hope your dental appointment went well!


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