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June 17, 2008

Feelin’ It

Filed under: blessings,house — Kathy @ 7:19 pm
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I’ve been nearly pain free for a week plus one day now, which means I’m finally getting back to normal. Mother nature kindly let the summer weather begin right about the time I began to feel better too, which was a very lucky coordination. I feel like sewing, shopping, visiting, singing, reading, playing and blogging once again. Cleaning? Laundry? Still don’t feel like that, although I have to do it to keep things under control.

So first off, an update on the house construction is in order. The siding is all up and is getting painted now that the rain has let up.

The mason can start on the rock pretty soon.

The patio and the porch both got poured. Michelle at Medici did the design of both, and when she gave it to the crew, one of them called her “the concrete bitch.” I think she takes it as a compliment.

Front porch

Back patio

The finish work inside is going full steam ahead. There’s a lot of it to do, but I’d say they are at least half done and it’s looking really awesome. B & J Custom Building is doing meticulous work. Thank-you Brian and crew for keeping at it and treating me so well.

Dining room bowed windows

More dining room

Front entry oval window

Living room ceiling


Bonus room upstairs

Master bedroom fireplace

My big storage room, front.

My big storage room, back.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with three views out the back of the house of the exact same thing.

The first is from the back door of the basement.

Second, is from the doorway to the deck, main floor.

And this last one is from the balcony off the master bedroom upstairs.

On a sad note, Pam, the assistant designer at Medici, is leaving to go live in Salt Lake City. She has been like a good friend to me as we have worked on my house. She’s always cheerful, always on task, has an unbelievable memory and great taste. I just don’t know what we would have done without her, and I hate to lose her, even though almost everything is decided on right down to cabinet knobs. Pam, good luck to you and your husband, and keep in touch! Maybe you’ll have to come up to a party in the new house.

B & J and Medici will have a house in the Cache Valley Parade of Homes in Providence starting this week-end. I wish it was my house that was done, but I’ll go and check out this Parade home anyway. Because I feel great, and I’m so thrilled that I do.


April 2, 2008

One Step Closer

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 5:52 pm
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The drywalling is done, and today I spent 3 hours doing a walk-through of my new house with the designers, Michelle Dunker and Pam Jensen of Medici Design, and the builder, Brian, the B in B & J.  It was kind of tedious because they speak their own language with words that I don’t understand, all having to do with building.  I was so tired towards the end all I could think about was lying down to rest, but I muscled through and in the end lots of the builder’s questions about the finish work were answered.  It gets easier to imagine myself living in that house with the completion of every phase.  Man I’m excited for that day to come!

The garage walls are getting finished.

Complicated looking heating and plumbing stuff.

Detail of the doorway between the family room and the kitchen.

This might be the craziest looking thing in the house, and it’s right inside the front doors no less.  I never planned on this, but when the stairway was built, the architect had the stairs that lead up sticking out into the upper part of the room.  It looked like a big angled mistake.  This is the fix the designer and builder came up with to disguise it.  It does look much better than before,  and quite dramatic.  Not what I would have ever envisioned, but I can live with it.

February 23, 2008

Hammer and Nails Update

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 3:15 pm


The siding continues to go up.  This is the raw color; it will get painted pretty eventually.

The exterior trim is going up.  The guys are doing such neat work.

Finally, the weather allowed the shingles to get started.  I like the way they look.

A round of inspections was completed last week and the insulation is now in.  It’s that white stuff on the wall in the background of this photo.  The sheet rock is going up on ceilings and walls.

So that’s good progress.  And it’s starting to look like there is a light at the end of this long, long tunnel!

January 21, 2008

Project Patience

Filed under: house,quilting — Kathy @ 6:25 pm
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The building project is in a deep freeze, but the audio installers came anyway and had a walk-through with me to make sure everything they put in is going in the right place. Everything takes so long that I can’t hardley imagine what it would be like to actually live in the house–right now it just seems like an ongoing project.

11 am in the morning, this is why there are five fireplaces in the house!

The idea of a long winded project inspired me to get out this quilt top. To say I’m taking my time with it is an understatement!

I’m embarrassed to say how long ago I started this quilt. It was before I had a stash, before I knew you should only buy your fabric from your local quilt shop, and it was also before I understood the world of longarm quilting like I do now. It was the first big quilt I ever pieced and it is intended for my son Andy, who is now 21 but I think he was maybe 8 years old when I started it. You do the math, I’m not going to!

I got the directions from a book called Quick & Easy Quiltmaking. One of the authors, Sara Nephew, developed a method of piecing the tumbling blocks pattern without any set in seams. She is the inventer of the clearview triangle and still one of my favorite quiltmakers. I think I did a good job with the light, medium and dark values, and I still like this quilt, even though it’s been so long since I put it together (and even though the borders look like they are going to be wavy.) I even started marking it for hand quilting at one time, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.


Here’s a closer shot.There are no flowered fabrics in this quilt because that’s what Andy wanted, but there ARE leaves. I have to laugh a little at some of the cheap fabrics, but hey, they work, right? I guess I should find someone to quilt it for me. Otherwise Andy might never get this quilt.

January 15, 2008

I Saw Dust

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 4:58 pm
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The new house continues to take shape. The contractor, the electrician, the plumber and the hvac man have all had their crews hard at work on the innards of the house.

15 can lights in the quilt studio

Plenty of natural light plus 15 ceiling lights in the quilt studio. I hope it’s enough!

Family room french doors

These are the doors in the main floor family room that lead out onto the deck. Right now there is a plastic film on the glass obscuring a view of a whole bunch of snow.

Platform for master bath tub

This is the tub platform in the master bath.

Platform for new washer and dryer

Here we see the platform in the laundry room for the washer and dryer. Bending to do laundry with a bunch of titanium hardware in my back will be a thing of the past. The bending, not the hardware.

Next week the audio man comes to do the prewiring for internet, tv, sound system, telephone and camera. Oh, ya, surveillance cameras pointing to the front porch/driveway, with a display on the television. We’ll be so CIA.

After that I think the drywalling will start, and the changes will seem more dramatic.

It’s a good thing I had four kids to teach me some patience before I started this project, because that is the second main thing you need in regards to building a new house, patience. And you can guess what the first main thing you need is, and we’re just not going to talk about that!

November 15, 2007

I Can Has Houz?

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 11:13 am

Today the new house was buzzing with workers. Some walking on the roof like insects putting black tar paper on. Some inside and outside putting in the windows. All those windows will be in by the end of the week, and they are looking fantastic. I took my mom on a little tour of the house today and I think she could tell how excited I was by it. I’m loving the floor plan so much; it feels just right. I’m thinking about the killer parties I can hostess in the summer with that deck and the great Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings I can have with all that room and those warm fireplaces. You are all invited!

The doors haven’t come yet, but those oval windows are sweet.

Breakfast room with those cute diamond pane windows.

Dining room bowed windows from the outside.

A view from the street after the roofing guys finished with that black stuff.

My construction company, B and J Custom Building, is doing an awesome job. My designer, Michelle Dunker of Medici Co., and her assistant Pam, totally saved me on this project when they came on board back in February when we were still working on the floor plan. I love them both so much. To see some of Michelle’s work, look here at the photos. She does both the interior and the exterior designs. I cannot say enough good things about these people and can recommend both companies wholeheartedly.

November 6, 2007

Bringing up the Rear

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 11:20 am

From the street, we wanted our new house to look fairly modest and low profile. So instead of looking three stories tall, it looks like one story with some windows in a shed dormer. From the back, with the view windows and the walk out basement, there is no way to disguise the size. That’s OK though, because there is not a street behind our house, so anyone who sees it will be looking across the hollow from a distance of about one and a half football fields away. (This distance was scientifically calculated by Jo while lying in bed with twenty internet windows open.) Here are views from behind the house.

From the southeast corner.

From the northeast corner.


Here you can see the drop-off that goes down into the hollow, looking northeast.


Standing where I am in the picture above, I couldn’t get the whole house in my viewfinder. I like that the house is big though. I’ve been craving elbow room for the past eight years and it’s finally happening. I’ve also been craving a garage, a quiet street, enough bedrooms, a shady back yard and kitchen appliances younger than my children. Yup. Dream house.



November 2, 2007

Going Underground

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 6:04 pm

The builders actually started in June. The first task was “the big wall,” an underground retaining wall made of reinforced concrete that extends 20 feet below the natural grade of the land. This is what you have to do when you buy a building lot on a sandy, silty hillside and decide to perch your future house so far out on the hill that walking out the back door requires a safety net.


This is the big hole for the big wall, looking south.



Here is the big wall itself, looking northeast this time.



Finally, who doesn’t like to get something really big and expensive and then bury it in the sand forever? Not me!



November 1, 2007


Filed under: house — Kathy @ 8:11 am

It took me a long time to come up with a name for this blog. So just what does this name mean? Maybe it’s a metaphor, maybe it’s an obsession. Time will tell. That fabric in the header is a little bit of my stash, and was all stacked up just waiting for this name to come to me and this blog to materialize. I’m sure I’ll be sharing my quilting and other sewing projects. However, my biggest project is building my dream house.


This is my lot before any construction started, back in May of this year.


These are the house plans that took two years to hammer out.


And this is how the construction looks today. I’m so excited about it I can hardly stay in my shoes for jumping with joy, even though completion is many months away. I’ll post a few more pictures of how the house got to this point later but now I have to take a time out to do the happy-house-dance to the tune of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” because that is where the sweet view is in this house.

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