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Craftsy Sale & More on the Kansas Twister

by Karen on November 26, 2014

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As I was getting the house ready for family for our Thanksgiving feast I would occasionally take a break from it all and go to the sewing room and cut some fabric – a nice 10 minute time out now and then!  I am even cutting my leftover scraps immediately and putting them in my boxes.  I am linking up to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts and to Esther’s Blog.

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Here are some ready for me to stitch.  I think I will do the full size quilt so I need to cut a lot more still – I need 64 sets (six in each set) this bunch might get me half way there.  I have several of the fat quarter bundles to play with so I will have plenty to make this quilt and have a scrappy binding as well. (As I mentioned to someone about this fabric – several years ago I ordered 2 fat quarter bundles on a very good sale, they sent me 4 bundles by mistake – then when I notified them they told me to keep them as it was their mistake!!!!)   I took the blocks down from the design wall so they don’t get knocked off the wall – between having one of the kids sleeping in here and their dog wandering in and out I thought it best. Smile  I think my temporary design wall well fit in this space as well so when it comes time to start sewing I might rest it in front of the mini tumblers and have it all up in place and get busy sewing row my row.

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We will be busy making pie today – I wrote this post on Tuesday while having a morning cup of coffee and thinking about all that I had to do yesterday before Jessica and family descend upon us making our house of 2 people fill up to 6+dog +other daughter and hubby running in to visit at times  – I know I will have little time on the computer today but I always check e mail off and on – creature of habit Smile you know how it goes even with company everyone has their phones out or the ipads on, tv & games! I think I will be able to check my mail and hop on my computer occasionally! We are a very informal group of people.

I took a couple more photos of the new area of the house – couldn’t resist – I put my Christmas quilt up on the wall in the living room (my one concession to Christmas at Thanksgiving I like to keep the two holidays separate) so the big quilt that had been on the wall is now on the table – it comes off when we eat and placemats get put down.

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With the ceramic tile laid in place this is what this area now looks like minus the varnish that is needed and door handles.

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I might even make some time to check out the Craftsy sales listed below – I need to see what kind of fabric deals there are seeing as I am using up some of my fabric bundles lately I really need to see what kind of prices there are and maybe refill those empty (semi-empty?) spaces on the shelves!!     (Ok, I just looked and I really don’t have many semi-empty spaces on the shelves  Be right backbut one can pretend right!)

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My New Kitchen/Dining Room

by Karen on November 25, 2014

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I thought I had taken some “before” shots and now I can’t find them.  So we are just about done with the kitchen/dining room make over and I can’t find the old photos – oh well – all that is left to do is the countertop on the new cabinets – trim work around some windows and the backdoor, around the floor in areas that kind of thing and of course the varnish on new wood!!  All that will wait now until after Thanksgiving and hopefully it will all be done quickly so it will be completely done for Christmas!

As I have said Mike built a new dining room this year – if we had thought about it in the beginning it would be a little larger – but we started out thinking it was going to be a screened in back porch – after we started we quickly decided to make it a dining room instead but by then Mike had the layout with cement and some wood work had already started so it is a medium dining room instead.  We originally had a small narrow kitchen and a dining area on the end of the kitchen that had carpet in it –  now I have a long narrow kitchen and a medium size dining room and wood floor the whole way to the dining room and then ceramic tile.

Standing in the kitchen to take this photo and you can not see the peaked ceiling – I cut part of it off – maybe you can still see how high it is.  Accent lighting on the wall to make it dimmer for evening if we wish and larger lights on the ceiling on both sides of the ceiling fan for brighter.  No decorations on the walls right now other than one that the grandkids gave us of them.  It will come to us later what to do with the walls.  This area years ago went to an old carport.

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I stood in the corner to take a photo and still could not get it all in.  It is a small room and hard to get it all.  The table pulls out to seat 8 when we want and this will be enough room to walk around.

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So I opened the backdoor and stood on the back tiny porch to get a photo looking in.  The small cabinet in the corner is actually one of my hobby cupboards that we rolled in to have a small tv stand for now –  sometimes we watch the news while we eat.  It will come in handy when I machine quilt and want the tv on also.  I will take the machine to the table to spread out.  I think the room is about 9 x 12 but not positive.

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The kitchen now looks so long ending way back to the laundry room – hope to get the flooring extending into that room later also.  The floor looks so good! The old vinyl square tiles are gone!

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The new cabinet area is where the table used to be.  I will varnish the cabinets and they will take on the look of the others – a little different but should be close.  This window above them still needs the trim work on and the countertop of course.  This new countertop area and cabinets will be my baking area – I have all my spices in the two top drawers on the left, wooden mold cookie forms and rolling pins in the next two.  The top will be ceramic so good for rolling dough and plenty of room for cookies to cool and not all crammed together on one end like it normally was.  The cupboard area is about 3 or 4 inches higher as well, which is nice when you are taller so you don’t need to bend as much.  Baking pans of all sorts and a few other things are in the lower cabinet area.

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These are left over ceramic tiles from the floor we have enough left that Mike will make the countertop out of them, for the holiday we will line them up on the countertop to cover it up and make use of the space, then take them off and apply the way they should be.

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The opposite side.

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A backdoor which will have a screen door on it by spring – I love to have an open door when the weather is nice.

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Standing at the laundry room looking down to the dining room – once all the trim work is done and the varnish/counter top I will take another photo to share.  For those of you with big houses this will look small I’m sure but to me it is a big improvement and give me more work space and be able to spread our table out better than having it pushed up against the walls as it had been.

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These big blocks for the Kansas Twister quilt sure do go fast.  Right now they were on the wall but beginning to take up too much room so they are now stacked in a pile in color groups – I won’t get them back to the design wall now until I’m ready to sew.  I think I will make a twin size quilt out of them as they look like they will make a really neat kids quilt with these colors don’t you think?  They are in no particular order here – just slapped up on the wall.  Do more kids use twin size quilts or full size – that might be the deciding factor in what size I make.  I am linking to Judy’s Patchwork Times and Marelize’s  Stitch by Stitch.

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Here is Floral Fantasy spread out on the couch to show the border I am currently working on.  The big blue flower and leaf are done and I am working on the pink/blue flower and then the leaf – still two more borders left to do.  It sure is taking awhile.

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I don’t know if anyone else sometimes notices that not all their blogs listed on their feedly reader doesn’t show up – occasionally I have a couple on my reader that I know I haven’t seen for awhile and I go look at their blog to see if they have new updates and sometimes they do – I will subscribe by email and get notified when the new posts appear – one of my readers today said that she hadn’t been getting all of my post.  We all know I post almost every day so if you are not getting all of my posts if you wish to subscribe by email if you look at the blog in the first column next to the post at the top of the page right under the Translator it says “subscribe by email” just click on that and follow directions and it will let you know when I have a new post and take you to it.

Hope you all had a good weekend – it sure was a rainy drizzly kind of weekend here – not downpours but just enough that you would get wet if you were outside.  Stayed busy inside staying out of Mike’s way while he was working on the dining room/kitchen – close to the finish but the varnishing of wood will wait until Jessica and family head on out on Friday to visit with our son in laws family for a couple days before they head home to Wisconsin.  Then I will get busy with the varnish and Mike will get the countertop done – we had left over ceramic tiles from the dining room floor that he will use for the countertop – and then I think we will be finished!

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When working with little pieces of Tumbling into Insanity – the tumblers are 2.5 inches –it really helps me to keep them organized so I don’t loose track of where I want them.

First I lay out my ten rows that I work on at a time – I want to make sure I mix the colors up a bit so that is why I lay them out –

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I saw just recently that they now have numbered pins – here is one from Nancy’s Notions – very expensive I think – don’t you?  I wish a fabric notion company would ask me to try out some of their products and give a review – I bet on this one I would give a good review!

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I might have to put them on my wish list for Christmas – this is what I do to keep track of my rows – I pin the number (with little applique pins) on the first tumbler on the right hand side – this keeps me organized so I don’t loose my spot.

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I stack the rows of blocks by the sewing machine and chain stitch starting with the first two tumblers in each row – then add another to each row etc. until all ten are added – I clip the thread at the end of each row and put it next to the pile after I do all ten rows – then start with row number 1 again until all ten tumblers are sewed to each row if you understand what I mean?

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I leave the numbers on until I am completely done sewing the rows together.

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It grew Smile so did the Kansas Twister blocks – although they are just cut and the white is sew on to the color and then just resting on the design wall.  The pieces are sewn in rows so I will be stacking these by color until I get all the pieces cut and white sewn on – then I will take the tumblers down off the wall most likely and sew this one together – the pieces are big so it won’t take long I expect to put it together. (they still look like “tumble weeds” to me)

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Insanity Revisited from Friday night.

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Lots of hexies added Thursday night to the Diamonds are Forever quilt – I now have the top row of color prints added and need to add about 3 rows of white before I measure it again and figure out just how many rows have to be added.

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the left side of the top border.

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This is the corner I fixed on the right side – I need to move a couple into a slightly different place –

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I got one more segment of 10×10 tumblers done and pinned to the design wall – I will need to move the big blue hexagon that is resting on the design wall – and like I thought the pattern is an old pattern.  The blog called Sew French tells you all about it here and here.  Thank you Deb for the heads up on the information – I knew this was an old pattern that is now being called “modern.”  This is the Kansas Twister block!! (and other names) so I think that will be the name of the quilt for me too.  I like calling my quilts by the names given to them years ago.  (it kind of looks like a tumble weed too – in my opinion!)

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I’m not sure if I will be working on both of these quilts at the same time but I do know that come Wednesday we have a full house and the quilting things will be put aside for a couple days – things will be stacked up on the sewing table and out of the way.  Until then I will keep on working on them.  The mini tumblers are sewed in rows and then pinned on the design wall so it is easy to take them off and work on the Kansas Twister instead.  At some point though I will need to concentrate on one or the other I only have one permanent wall and one temporary wall that I have no place to put right now.

I thought I was done with all my painting in the kitchen but as I was putting away all my paint supplies away I happen to glance up at the ceiling and saw a few places where the old paint is showing through so today I will hurry up and fix those few spots and then put it all away – I will be glad to get this project done and out of the way!!

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I always like to work on a few projects at one time – variety is good for me.  But right now my sewing table might be a little too busy LOL.  I just had it cleaned off earlier in the week and now it is covered to the point that I should open up the back leaf on the table to give myself more space.  I decided to try out my new ruler and the pattern for the one called “Tiny Dancers”.  I sewed six segments and placed the on the table – they are not sewed together as a whole because as the pattern shows you sew them in rows – half of the units at a time and alternate whole segments so that at the beginning and end you have half segments.  I made five more rows of 10 for the tumblers and hope to do 5 more to extend that to 10 x 10 like I have been doing.  I am not sure what size this quilt will be – I always like to make big quilts but with machine quilting some of them this one might be nice to do in a twin size or full size instead.  This should be an easy one to straight line machine quilt.  Same with the tumblers except for the size of it.

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Here you can see better what I mean about half segments.  The design wall will come into play for this – and that won’t happen very much until after Thanksgiving as the sewing room will have an air mattress on the floor for one of the kids.  Jessica and family are coming from Wisconsin for a couple days next week and there will be air mattresses scattered and the motorhome parked next to the house for more sleeping space, refrigerator and bathroom!  Times like this a second refrigerator would come in handy (and more bedrooms) – but I really don’t need one for most of the year so the small one out there will do.  I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilters Reader’s Garden.

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This is the area on Diamonds are Forever border that I said wasn’t right – I noticed it after seeing the photo I posted yesterday.  I did some unpicking and sewed it correctly.

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And now that I see the other side (the left) I can see that I need to take one white out and move the top red color over one to the left to have it the same.  I know I’m picky but it is in a place where it is an easy fix now and it won’t be later.  I will lay it out first though to take another look and make sure I am seeing what I think I see there.

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Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited from Wednesday night –

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What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  Full house or just the people normally in your house?  Normally it is just the two of us and sometimes Melanie and Ric if they are available – now that they live down the road from us they will be here and with Jessica’s group too there will be 8 of us and way too much pie!!  But we are a pumpkin pie eating family – breakfast, snacks ect – we love it and it is the only time of the year I make it – I like to keep it special Smile

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