Monday, November 29, 2010

Rewiring--What an Adventure!?#

Our remodeling project is slowly coming along.  We decided that four outlets with three prongs instead of two prongs would be a good thing for in my sewing room.  Fishing wiring through walls can be an interesting adventure and messy.  This project should have been done before we had insulation blown in the walls, but it was very hot this summer and I didn't want Dean working in a hot attic stringing wire.  Oh well--what's done is done :)  

Even though it's a pain, it's worth having safe wiring in the house.  Once we're done with my sewing room, two out of the four rooms upstairs will have new wiring.  When you live in a 110 year old house, the wiring can be extremely interesting.  People through the years have added on outlets and ceiling lights so when you trip a breaker it can be connected to several different rooms--an outlet upstairs, a ceiling light downstairs, ect.  I think you're getting the picture.  When we first moved in 28 years ago, my Uncle Bob was wonderful.  He replaced the old fashioned fuse box with a new breaker box.  Now we think it's a good idea to replace the wiring and try to have one breaker per room.  The wiring is probably 40 years old.  One thing I have overcome was the fear of sticking my arm in the wall and trying to find the wire that Dean was fishing up through the layers of insulation from downstairs.  He does have a sense of humor with me as his helper.  I'm trying to find the wire and getting more frustrated by the moment.  He comes up and sticks his hand in the wall and pulls out the wire with a silly grin on his face :)  I was looking in the opposite direction.

 Pictured above is a pillow that I made many years ago for a kid's quilting class.  It's sort of flat and old, but a great cushion for the knees when you're kneeling on the floor.  Just in case you're interested--the wiring on the right is the old wiring and on the left is the new.  The new has a ground wire.

This room has subflooring so we didn't have to fish it through the wall, but through the little canal which the woodwork will be nailed above.  I'm thinking about gluing the quarter round to the wood trim.  We don't need any nails accidently hitting wiring!  If it wasn't for my husband, I would have hired someone to do electrical wiring.  It can be extremely dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
  My expertise is in quilting!

There is one thing for sure.  If you and your husband can do a wiring project together and still have a solid marriage afterwards, you're doing great :)  Dean is up in the attic and he wants me to screw on the nut that is on the left side in the picture below.  It just wouldn't screw on.  I think I dropped it three or four times.  Finally we did get it together!!!  I'm just not cut out for this type of work.

Now I know why I'm a quilter and not an electrician.

Happy Quilting!!!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In Results

There was no sewing going on for my Friday Night Sew-In, but I had fun cutting out I Spy blocks.  Check out the fabric above.  What a fun fabric!!!

I spy dolphins!  I spy a cow!  I spy a pig!
No I'm not crazy, just a child at heart :)

The farm animals were fun to cut.  I tried to cut the squares so there were more than one animal in a block.

Yesterday was an extremely long day at the bakery working on a fall wedding cake.  This cake taught me patience and "no" you can't hurry tiny flowers! 

Thanksgiving is next week!  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Grandpa's Hammer, Old Sewing Room, and I Spy

You would be so proud of me.  I put up wood trim strips all by myself in my sewing room closet doorway.  It's not perfect, but it will work.  Sometime in the next few months I will shop for a new closet door.  I would rather keep the old, but the old door opened into the closet, which takes away closet space.  Also if you have small children, it's not the best plan because closet clutter can trap a child inside the closet and it's a terrible when you cannot open the door and the child is trapped inside!  We talked our son out and he now has quite a story to tell his kids someday.

My Grandpa not only farmed, but he also was a carpenter.  He loved making furniture and small items for anyone who asked.  He only charged for the supplies and never for his time or labor.  Our family has quite a bit of furniture that he has made.  I think that there is something that he has made in every room in our house.  Eventually, age and cancer took Grandpa to a better place.  There are little things like his hammer that makes me smile.  My Mom and Dad had given it to me for a keepsake and I actually use it once in a while. 

I installed some little shelves that were leftover pieces from the closet organizer that weren't needed.  So for the time being I put little cute items on the shelves just for fun.  Cone thread would also fit nicely.   I like the idea of making every inch of my closet useful.

I wanted to thank all you for such nice comments on my new closet, but I wanted you to know that as a quilting artist things can get messy and unorganized and that is okay :)

My old sewing room is still intact.  There are always several projects going on and I don't always have my sewing room in perfect order.

 Just wanted to show you that I'm working on being organized just like you
Or maybe you should be giving me advice!

 Sandi is having an I Spy Swap.  If you want to join us, please let Sandi know as soon as possible.

The weather has been beautiful this last week and warm for this time of year.

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Sewing Room Closet

Last weekend Dean was busy doing a fix it job and I was more or less in the way so I decided to install the rest of the laminate flooring in my sewing room closet.  I finished without any problems!  We still have about four more rows to do on the main floor.  It's a two person job so I'll have to wait until Dean and I can work on it together.  This week I worked on installing my closet organizer.  I know closet organizers aren't cheap, but Dean just doesn't have time to build one for me and it's cheaper than hiring someone to do it.
Last night I started organizing and moving my fabric in.

I found these wall racks at Menards.  They fit fat quarters just perfect!

This fabric I've accumulated over the last 25 years.  Some of it was given to me, but a lot of it I bought.  Now that my sons are grown and moved out, I hope to have more time to spend on sewing it up.

I even installed small shelves to fill in a small area so every inch of my closet will be in use.  Dean showed me how to safely run the table saw to cut the shelves.  I'd rather run a sewing machine than a saw.  I have a few more really small shelves I'll be installing and some hooks to hang quilt rulers.  I like everything to have its place so I can find it when I need it.

I've sorted my fabric by color, project, kind of fabric, and amount of fabric.  It probably wouldn't make any common sense to anyone, but me.  Anyway it's organized so I can find what I need.  If you want to use up that beautiful sales fabric, I have a suggestion that has really helped.

Fabric yardage that is one yard or more is rolled onto my 8 1/2" x 24" ruler, which is about the size of a bolt of fabric.  The ruler is slid out and I safety pin the amount of the yardage on the left side.  Please be sure to use the type of safety pin that doesn't rust.  Have the fabric stored where you can see it.  I like to see my fabric for inspiration, but also I don't want it fading on me so that is why it's in a closet.  My husband will be installing a new door so the fabric will be protected from fading.

My fat quarters are rolled onto my 6" x 24" ruler and folded in half again.  I found these cheap plastic containers at Wal-Mart to store some of my fat quarters until I find a better idea.
 Hope everyone is having a nice fall season.  Below are some cookies that I decorated about two weeks ago for the bakery that I work at.

It's really a joy to see little and big kids smile at our pumpkin faces.  Isn't that what life's all about making people smile!  I think that's why we all love to quilt!  Have a wonderful week and enjoy looking at all the beautiful quilts on Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Also thank you for all the nice comments on my Grandmother's Fan Quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne