Friday, April 9, 2010

Block 1 done...House for Sale?...No More Fence!

Block 1 of my Postage Stamp quilt along quilt is done!  I've got enough strips sewn/cut to make 4 more of these blocks.  Then, I'll start over...sewing strips together, cutting them into 2 1/2" strips, then piecing them back together to make 11 more blocks...for a total of 16.  Each finished block will measure about 17 1/2" square.  

I see you math wizards shaking your heads.  Yeah.  I know.  9 squares starting out at 2 1/2"  each should give me an 18" finished block.  Right?  Well, my quarter inch foot is off...the seams are just a tish larger than 1/4".  When I need to do exact piecing, I move the needle over one notch to get perfect 1/4" seams.  But, for this quilt, I figured that as long as everything is sewn having the same seam allowance, it doesn't really matter if each individual square is just a tish smaller than 2".   Ya know?  It'll be the overall size that matters, anyway.  Being a careful (some say 'anal') person, this was a big decision for me to make!    

I am trying to be random with this.  My brain has a difficult time with 'random', but I really want to NOT obsess over placement while putting this quilt together.  

AND, did I say this before?  I am using fabric ONLY from my stash.  At least 1/2 of these fabrics are from Jane (ooh...a colored and italized word...what to do?  CLICK on it! {grin}).  Bren (there it is again!) had given me some fabric, and the rest is odds and ends that I've had for a long while.  No bright and modern fabrics in this one.  (Did you look, Kelley?) 

It's something I can work on here and there (cuz it's awfully boring to sit and sew on this for too long of a time) and it'll get done soon enough. 


So, the realtor called my landlords today and asked to show the house tomorrow.  "Are you kidding me???"  The house is in complete disarray cuz, well, you know, the painting isn't done!!!  I asked if the realtor was told this...yeah...still wants to show it.  Criminey!  

And, of course, that means that Tag and I need to vacate the house in the middle of the morning.  Okay, I know this happens when a house is on the market, but I have so much to do...{sigh}.  I do so much better staying on task when I am not interrupted.  

On the bright side, Claire is taking me out to breakfast. 

So.  Of course, I will vacuum and sweep.  Straighten a bit.  Make the bed.  But, here is what won't be changing.

The entryway...stuff on my 'antique table from Kim' and the 'corner curio cabinet' that is not in a corner.  (Everything has a name and Kim laughs at me when I call things what they are!)

The sofa sleeper piled high with...just stuff.  See the start of a newly painted wall?  Navajo White...really nice!

The kitchen table piled high with...well, more stuff.

The living room isn't too bad...but here are some things out of place.  

#1 - framed pictures not put back on the walls.
#2 - table that will be in the dining room is there where it is cuz, well, the dining room is being painted.
#3 - my hooked rugs and quilted table topper on the chair cuz that's the only place I have to put them so they don't get paint on them while the dining room is being painted.

So, they can come and they can see.  That's all I'm gonna say.


We no longer have a fenced yard.  But, Curt was nice enough to put a post there at the edge of the patio so I could put Tag's 20 foot cable line on it.  This means that I won't have to take Tag out on a leash every time he needs to potty.  YAY!  And, if I'm out on the patio, at least he'll be able to move around. 

Have a great weekend!


Tammy Burks said...

Wow! What a least maybe the quilting will keep you sane?

dexmangoldens said...

wow, no more 'running free' for Tag. Been thinking of you all day. Don't look at my blog unless you want to see a pix of Allegra and Manley. At least you have a
neat/organized mess!!

WoolenSails said...

Such a pain to have to be bothered all the time.
Have you found a new place yet? I hope you get a nice place that you and Tag can enjoy the outdoors.


Anonymous said...

Why are they not done painting? I could have painted your entire house by now by myself!!!!!
One room at a time, not one wall! LOL
The fenced in yard would be nicer when you are not able to go outside!! That could have stayed for a bit, don't you think?
Oh well, we can't change the world can we? Nice of Claire to take you out for breakfast, is Tag going along? LOL

moosecraft said...

Wow! This is happening way to fast for me... so much chaos... hugs to you, Jacque!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Jacque ~
Hope breakfast was yummy!
You seem to be handling living in chaos very well so you must not be too anal!
Pug hugs :)

Pokey said...

I hope you have an idea of when/ where you are moving, it is such a big job! We moved after 20 years and it was tough, and our BFF's are now going through it after 30 years, almost impossible....
I so like checkerboard and postage stamp quilting, yours is looking great. Nobody knows the measurement, and it only matters to me if I have to connect my pieces onto someone else's work, otherwise, it doesn't ever show up!
Oh, I enjoyed your "colored and italized" links, too-!
Have a good Saturday, Jacque!

Joanne said...

Wow - we would love to move but i would hate that part of having to get a call and vacate for a bit! Someday...

Anyway - hope you and Tag have a nice time out for breakfast.

Love your postage stamp quilt

Cathy G. said...

Hang in their Jacque! For what it's worth my house looks like that quite a bit of the time and I'm not even moving!! All my interests just pile up everywhere! Blessings to you and Tag! Cathy G