Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From Child's Rooms to Sewing Room to Guest Room

I have spent more time and money collecting fabric for my quilting stash than I have actually quilting I think. And yet, I never have enough when I want to make a quilt and inevitably have to go shopping to match a fabric or get backing, or something. This built-in bookshelf was first meant to hold my daughter's books, stuffed animals, and trophies, but when she went to college, I took it over. Now I think it's time to take it down and use the stash. It collects dust which is the enemy in my family of allergy sufferers, and it takes up a lot of visual room in a very small room.

I bought four big plastic totes and loaded them into the attic, along with two garbage bags of fleece and batting. And then I found another bookcase full of quilt fabric in Hubby's office closet.

Yesterday, I bought three gallons of paint and moved a ton (really!) of tile from the house to the garage. It did help that the tile was in 36 pound boxes, but there were 28 of them and I had to lift each of them twice, once onto the dolly and once onto the floor. Then I painted the living room, three coats to keep the yellow from bleeding through. I swear this is the worst paint I have ever used, a Monarch premixed wall paint.

This afternoon I started on the guestroom while Brownie was there to help. We moved all the furniture except the bed into the empty living room, and put the bed in the middle of the floor. Also had to unload and remove that bookcase mounted to the wall. There was one screw in the bookcase that I couldn't loosen and had to ask a neighbor for help. After it was down I saw that the crown molding had been put up around it, so had to go get another piece of crown molding and paint it. Then I started painting that room.

And then, since I was doing the room, I thought I'd replace the electric outlets. Three of the four outlets in that room are too big or something. Everything that is plugged in just falls out. Really annoying.

Now all the fabric (my stash) that was in the wall-mounted bookcase is stacked on my bed and I have no idea where to put it. My current goal is to use up my stash and just buy fabric specifically for the quilt I want to make. Seems like I always have to go buy some fabric every time I make a quilt anyway, even if I start with some pieces out of my stash.

Here's the bedroom/sewing room minus the bookshelf and with missing crown molding replaced:

The little white bookshelf will go back on the floor as soon as the baseboard is dry enough. I sure don't want to paint that over again. As much as I disliked painting these walls, I really hated painting the trim, and I'm still not done. Hubby did agree to take off all the doors on the next nice day & shoot them all at once. It is SO nice to have a hubby who can do things.

Now that the bookshelf is off the wall and the room is painted, the room looks much more inviting, which is a good thing since it is going to be the guest room my in-laws are staying in over Christmas. I also got the carpet cleaned today. It's amazing the amount of dirt that gets ground into rooms so far from the outside doors.

Until next time, may you have blessings and quality paint,


  1. I just noticed your blog link on your TOR signature, so I'm adding your to my reader! I'm actually pretty bad about commenting on personal blogs, but I'll try. :D


  2. Time to make a crazy quilt! My favorite quilt is one that my Nana made for me when I was a kid. It was basically made up of all the excess fabric she had on hand at the time. She showed no regard to fabric type (there's some pretty ugly polyester squares!) and no regard to pattern. She just cut up all her excess fabric into squares, sewed it together, and tied it. I love this quilt for many reasons but one is that I don't have to be careful with it. I can (and have!) hauled it anywhere without having to be careful to "not ruin something so pretty that Nana spend so long making". I think I've spent every bout with the stomach flu since I was ten wrapped in that quilt, LOL. Nana made me a special, pretty quilt years later that sits on a quilt rack. I love it too but for entirely different reasons.

  3. Hi Marti! I guess we didn't know each other very well on TOR but I'm noocha there. Saw your blog link & thought I'd say hello. I like your blog a lot.

  4. Thanks everyone! I'm not good at commenting on blogs either, but I do enjoy reading them.


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