Friday, May 29, 2015

My May Post

...and I just squeezed it in!

Since I last posted we spent two fabulous weeks in Hawaii.  Returning to places we've been before in Maui and Kauai made for a very relaxing schedule as we didn't feel the pressure to see all the "must do's" because we already had!

Of course there was a fabric stop or two.  

Returning home meant jumping right into serious preparation for putting our home on the market.  Cleaning, decluttering, emptying closets that I haven't seen the bottom of in 20 years has been A LOT of work.  I guess it is SOP to hire a stager (thank you HGTV) to make your house look great for pictures.  Honestly I was a bit skeptical (after all, don't we all have impeccable taste?) but they did a wonderful job.  Rooms really do look larger and appropriately style neutral.  I also learned that leaving pictures of your kids around is a no-no but dogs are OK!  Awesome.

They even simplified my sewing room.

This forced me to organize my fabric shelves a bit.

Meanwhile, the renovations to the lake house are moving along well.  The new sewing room has walls and when I see it next week the room should be painted.  I can't wait to see the cork flooring.

Before we had to put my baby into storage, I was able to spend a few hours with the quilting machine (I have a Sweet 16) and finish two old projects.  The first is a little Christmas quilt and is the second half of the Serendipity quilts by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I blogged about the first one here.

I had fun trying out some new quilting patterns.  It is difficult to photograph but the border has a cross-hatch pattern that adds a very nice texture.

The second quilt I finished since we've last chatted was my very first quilt top.  I promise another post (before the month of June is over!) sharing the quilting on this one.  I really had some fun quilting it!

Between prepping the current house to sell and making decisions for the "new" house (faucets, cabinet pulls, light fixtures, wallpaper and so on),  I have not been sewing and have even fallen far behind in reading all your beautiful blog posts.  

Our home goes on the market on Tuesday.  Another major milestone in our life but one we are definitely ready for.  I can't wait to sew in my new space and share it all with you!



  1. This post is great! My husband and I just came back from an anniversary trip to Kauai on May 16th. While there we visited Kapaia Quilt Shop, twice! Thanks honey. While we were in Maui 5 years ago we visited the Maui Quilt Shop. These shops sell such great fabrics. Kapaia had many different Made in Hawaii fabrics. I can't wait to get started on my Hawaiian quilt. I highly recommend the islands for vacation. There are so many wonderful places to see and things to do. Even if you like to just sit and relax, what better place to do that than the beach! Thanks for the great blog, and best wishes with the sale of your house.

  2. Nice to see what you've been up to. I would have a really hard time putting my machine in storage, but I guess it is for a good cause.

  3. So glad to hear you had a great time in Hawaii. You look so happy in the photos :-)

  4. Hi Kathy! Wow how exciting! Good luck for the House sale! I hope everything goes smoothly and your NEW home is ready soon! Your NEW sewing room will be fantastic! x Teje

  5. Glad you got a vacation in before moving!!! Moves are so stressful, especially when you have to put your baby in storage! My grandmother used to do professional staging for awhile... like you said, it really does help your house look more neutral. Hope it sells quickly for you!!!

  6. Hi Kathy!!! Good to hear from ya here in blog land and good to see ya having so much fun!!! We'll be looking forward to that new sewing reveal for sure. Glad you are enjoying the process!!

  7. I just went through the same thing with listing my house. Lots and lots of work and a clean, tidy sewing room. I can't really work on a project, because I have to keep things spotless. =( But thankfully I sold yesterday! Soon I will have a newer, bigger room to make quilty messes in!!

    Good luck with your sale!! =)

  8. Ah... Kauai! Your new room looks fabulous and once all the work of moving is done you will be so happy there. Good luck!

  9. Sounds like you had a fun May although packing a house doesn't sound like too much fun. When will your NH house be ready?

  10. Just popped in for a visit this morning.... Hope you have had good luck selling your house. Can't wait for your post about your new sewing room when it's all finished. Love those windows!

  11. I will be anxious to see the new sewing room all done and ready to go. It looks fabulous!!


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