The kitchen and bathroom floors have been scraped and cleaned. A layer of concrete sheets has been nailed to the floor. The tiles are finally being put down. All it takes is four hard-working guys who show up at 8 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m. after getting the job finished. They did a great job. Tomorrow is grouting day. Then it is wait for the cabinets...
The electricians installed new wiring for the under counter lighting. They had to tear out some drywall to make all the connections. They did this job in about three hours. Matt and his crew replaced the drywall and put new drywall on the ceiling when they found the plaster was soft. The house originally had electric heat with heat tapes plastered into onto the ceilings. Then Monday Darrell, the drywall person, started. Darrell swiftly covered everybody's work by taping the joints and doing all the other stuff that drywall people do. Today he blew on the ceiling and then knocked down the "bumps." So now to paint everything...
The first photo is my kitchen at 9:00 am. I had three great guys who started taking out the old cabinets and then deconstructed the soffett. They had the room ready for the electrician by the middle of the afternoon. The did discover that the ceiling had to have a layer of sheet rock because of the plastered ceiling that had heating cables in it. The plaster is soft and would not hold the new blown ceiling. This whole process will take some time because the cabinets will be delivered late March. Our home life is greatly disturbed because of having all the kitchen items in crates. So we may have a lot of meals in our fifth wheel. But we have a start and this is exciting after waiting for many years. I am sure you will be tired of this before it is fully finished.
Several months ago, I saw this pattern shown on The Quilt Show by SarahRose Quilts. There was even a set of instructions for making the table topper. SarahRose Quilts calls the pattern the Winter Wonderland Table Topper. I used Moda's fabric called Paris Flea Market, so I renamed my table topper. I viewed a couple of U-tube videos covering binding inside curves. They look okay but I could use some more experience with that technique. The topper is quilted with my embroidery module. I used a couple of Diane Gaudynski feather quilting designs. I really like this pattern.
This week I have been working on rosette ribbons for a quilt and carvers' showcase in Arizona. The ribbons are finally finished and are ready for the USPS. The carvers wanted blue and red ribbons. The quilters wanted teal ribbons. I hope they like them.
The Anderson Tree of Life is bound and ready for the finishing touches. I am going to add leaves with family names on them to complete the front. Then it is on to the label. I have decided the label will be an envelope with a button flap so that a family history can be enclosed on a CD or flash drive. The quilt looks a little washed out because I had to use a flash to get the colorful border. Isn't it beautiful!! This is an Anita Goodesign pattern.
I am working on block number 67 of 70 blocks for the Tree of Life quilt. I should have the last 3 1/2 blocks finished today. Most of the blocks have been stitched together, so I will have a photo for you in a day or two. I am very tired of applique flowers! My next little project for the quilt is making stumpwork leaves with family names on them. Stumpwork is a form of applique that stitches wire into the edge of the design. The wire allows the design to be dimensional. I think it will be the neatest feature of the Tree of Life.