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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.

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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!

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