Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Moving Right Along

Some updates on all my projects - house and quilts - today.

Here's my most recent quilt project.  

This is a custom order for a pink baby girl quilt.  We are using Tanya Whelan's Ruby Slipper Roses.  I cut patchwork squares 3.5 inches and am doing just a random layout.  The fabrics are so pretty they don't need a fancy pattern to shine.

As you can see I just finished the top and hopefully I will get started basting and quilting it today.

In other parts of the house we are making some good progress on the powder room project.

The majority of the wallpaper is off the walls.  I just have a few spots up high to get done.  Of course I had to buy a new ladder to do that.  The 6 foot ladder just wasn't tall enough in this house so we have invested in a nice 8 foot ladder.  

That funny square patch under the light is from where I removed the old mirror.  It was stuck to the wall with adhesive and I was able to get it off in one piece - thank goodness.

More exciting though is the new floor...

Doesn't it look swell!!!  The tile guys got it done in 2 days and then we let it cure for a couple of more just to make sure it was all good before I started putting ladders and such on it.  So I have a little bit of prep work to do and then I'm on to painting.  You can see where I started from in this post.

I still have to find a new faucet and light fixture too.  All the ones I like are kinda pricey so I haven't brought myself to spending the money yet.  My plan is to wait until everything else is done and then my husband is all like "...just get what you want and get this bathroom done".  Then I won't feel guilty about my expensive faucet taste:).

In the bummer category we ended up buying not 1 but 2 new furnaces. 

The one that serviced the 2nd floor and the attic broke down and needed an expensive part, but since it was 20 years old we just decided to invest in a whole new furnace.  And since the HVAC guy was having a sale plus a rebate from our gas company we decided to replace the one for the downstairs too.  I would rather have spent the money on fun stuff (like pretty faucets) but I really like knowing we have brand new furnaces for next winter.  

By the way, I asked our HVAC guy about discount for paying in cash and he gave us 10% off to pay in cash (as in cash cash - dollar bill cash) versus charging us 3% to pay with a credit card or no surcharge for using a personal check.  If you're in the market for a big piece of equipment you might want to ask your dealer if they will give a cash discount - it can save you a lot of money.

We've also been doing a lot of work in the yard so I think I'll save that for a separate post later this week.  The mulch is being spread as I type so I'll try to get some pretty pictures this afternoon.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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  1. Lovely quilt, such pretty patterned squares.

    1. Thanks. The fabric is so pretty I may just order some more for myself.

  2. Love the quilt top! The Tanya Whelan prints are so pretty. I think I gotta get me some. :-)

    1. I got mine at but has some too.

  3. The baby quilt looks sweet. I really like Tanya Whelans fabrics. Love hearing about renovations. You bathroom floor is wonderful and I'm a little jealous

  4. Such a pretty quilt. Loving your bathroom already.

  5. Those fabrics are so pretty and feminine; the baby will be especially lovey lying on it :-) and your floor is fabulous!!!
    ~ Tracy

    1. This will be a very girly quilt. There's just something so sweet about pink floral baby girl quilts.

  6. Such pretty quilts! As for your new furnaces, don't be that upset about them; think of it as an investment. Your old one was bound to fail any time now, so replacing it this early, and at a 10% discount, is certainly a bargain. Your new ones should serve you for a long time, so they would pay for themselves in the future.

    Duane Simpson @ Accutemp Cooling & Heating


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