Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At last, the batteries and charger for the camera have been located. Not only was I able to take a couple of new pictures this morning, but I found a few still on the memory card that I have not yet shared.
Another look at Union Blues now that it is completely finished.
The mini quilt on the right is made from the trimmed corners of the blocks in the larger quilt. I couldn't resist putting them together.
While I'm still in the process of bringing stash and associated quilting supplies up from the basement, there have been some bits of sewing going on. I came across this cowboy print that just begging to made into pillow cases for the 1Million Pillowcase Challenge.
I didn't know of a shop in my local area participating, so these are winging their way to Fat Quarters Quilt Shop.
Also I stitched a window valance to match the curtain in the laundry room.Fresh batteries and a real camera let me take a more representative picture of our new flooring in the kitchen.
We are so pleased with the results. Slowly but surely the last bits are being put away. I'm holding off on the 'ribbon cutting' until the new counter chairs arrive, which should be in a couple more weeks.
Cooking in the improved space is so much more enjoyable. I tried a new recipe for shortbread cookies this week.
They sure didn't last long.
From the 'everything-old-is-new-again' department, look at our 'new' coffee table for the family room.
The space for a table is limited if we care to have any room to walk around. We had been keeping our eyes out for something that would fit all of our needs. The light bulb came on - what about the old toy box? This was my toy box, with a maple finish, as a little girl. With a coat of white paint, it was pressed into service for The Princess.
Then, sadly, it was neglected for a number of years - including being left outside on the patio in all sorts of weather. Hubby lovingly cleaned it up, sanded it leaving just enough of that white paint to help tell the story, then applied a fresh coat of stain and new hinges.
I'm so glad he was able to breath new life into an old friend. I can still remember the feeling of that heavy lid dropping on my little fingers while digging for a favorite toy. After 50 years together, looks like the old toy box and I are ready for at least another 50 more.

32 comments:

Kathie said...

love the union blues and that little hst quilt oh my that is just adorable!!!!!
hmmm shortbread sounds yummy!
love the curtain you made, perfect
the floors look amazing.
glad to hear everything is finally working out and almost done. ready for more snow????
Kathie

Gail said...

I'm glad you found the camera batteries! I think your new floors look lovely. I just recently moved all my sewing/crafting stuff and my office stuff from the basement to the upstairs--it is SUCH a job! Not just the actual hauling but the finding of homes for everything. I love it and I know you will too. I like the pillow cases and quilt. I need to look for pillow case instruction and make some of those.

AnnieO said...

Glad you've been getting important stitching done while still trying to get all the moving in and moving around completed. I have gone round the quilter's bend saving cut off triangles too--love your idea of setting them all together--so cute! The floors did turn out well, and excellent job your DH did on that toy box. You must be getting a good feeling of satisfaction from these accomplishments.

julieQ said...

I thikn you are so clever to make a darling quilt our of your cut off corners! Love your Union blues quilt...gorgeous.

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Hi Libby! Wow it sure looks like you haven't had a dull moment! New floors look great! The union jack quilt is simply beautiful, and BRAVO on re-purposing your treasured toy box!

Sharon said...

How clever to re use your toy box. and your new quilt is beautiful. I have a bag of 1/2 sq tri's waiting to be sewn into a top. Corners from Blooming Pineapples. I've got blue and brown, working on red right now, and plan of making a green on. THEN I'll work something out of the left overs! LOVE your floors, you made a good decision!

Stina said...

Love your Union Blue quilt... and who can not fall in love with the little one..:o)
Love the shortbread picture... :o)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your union blues looks wonderful! And I love the little quilt from the cut off triangles! I"m saving mine from Brownstone to do just that! Your floor looks great, and I LOVE your toybox! What what eye candy today! by the way, can you share the shortbread recipe if it turned out good? I LOVE shortbread but never have tried to make it.

Karen said...

Union Blues is right up my alley!

Darlene said...

Wonderful quilts, Libby.

I'm glad you're much happier with the floors - they look fabulous.

The repurposed toy box is a wonderful idea.

sewprimitive karen said...

If there's anything I love, it's an old wooden box. Yours is very pretty.

Loris said...
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Loris said...

goofed on that last comment...let me try again....
I love the Union Blues! Perfect for your New England table. I like to use up scraps like that too. Great use for them in your little quilt... a great table topper or the like.
Your floors really do look perfect now. You will be glad for years to come that you went through the trouble to get them done right. And your DH did a great job on the toy box. Awesome re-purposing.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh Union blues and the "scrap" quilt from it are gorgeous! I just love that those little tidbits were put into another fun little quilt.
(glad you found that camera!) Hee!
As always...fun to pop in and see what is going on at yours. I do love those floors and am anxious to see the unveiling of your new kitchen complete!
Toy Box...that many years!! Wow...I'm envious and think it is a fantastic piece to use!!

Sylvia F said...

lovely quilts and also thank you for mentioning about the pillow challenge will definitely participate
Sylvia F

MARCIE said...

I love your toy box story! That just brings joy to my heart to know you have treasured that for so long. And what a great husband to re-do it again for you! It is perfect with your sweet little quilts. And Union Blues is thru the roof gorgeous! Also the little off spring.
And oh happy day for your floors!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Wow...I love the union blues! And I love the fact that you used the scraps to make the HST.

Thanks for sharing the sweet story of the toy box! Great job of breathing new life into it.

Bundle up & stay warm.

quiltmom said...

Your floors look great and so does the coffee table. What a clever husband to reinvent your toy box. I can't think of a better use of it. What a great place to store your projects when you are working on some hand quilting projects.
Happy ribbon cutting- Libby- The shortbread looks great too.
Warmest regards,
Anna

quiltdolls said...

i wanted to know what patterns are in this blog. the bigger quilts. I would love to make them.

kim from san diego

Carol said...

I love your Union Blues and the little HST quilt is wonderful. The floor looks awesome...I can smell the shortbread and the toy box is just the BEST! What a great story!

Nines said...

Yeah for finding the camera parts! Great pictures!

Lori said...

I love the quilts! I'm so glad you found your battery charger!!

What a great idea to use your old toy box. It is really nice and I'm sure you'll enjoy and appreciate so much now that it is out where you can see it.

my3Kitties said...

what quilt is pictured underneath your little triangle quilt. love the colors of all three. im having trouble myself getting inspired to sew...

quiltdolls said...

it is quiltdolls

send me a e-mail

knaylor@san.rr.com

kim from san diego

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm glad things are coming along well in your kitchen. The flooring looks great. I love the toy box story too. It's a beautiful piece of furniture. Great quilts too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Guðrún said...

How great to have that old toy box still around. The union blue quilt/table topper is gorgeous.

WoolenSails said...

Love that quilt, really looks beautiful on the table with the white chairs. Very clever idea to use the toy box for a table, love the top on it.

Debbie

Dixie said...

You have been busy! Love your quilt, pillowcases, valance, and the shortbread looks delish. I love buttery cookies! So nice to use your toybox and love the history behind it. I use the "cedar chest" my parents purchased for me for my 8th grade graduation in 1974 as a coffee table. It was made by a 90 year old man who earned extra money in his retirement making these wonderful chests. I think he sold them for $35!
Looks like we are in for a storm heading in from the coast this afternoon so good applique and soup weather!

Janera said...

I enjoyed my first visit to your blog. Lovely! Come over and visit sometime.

Pokey said...

Your floor is beautiful, and a lot of work-we just did ours in the 300sq foot bedroom.
Your Union blues is a pretty one, don't you love a finish? Shortbread cookies sound so good, too,I eat mine with lemon curd. I may need to make some today, you've "flung a cravin' on me"!

Stephanie D. said...

The floors are lovely--glad you held out.

I once stopped by a yard sale where the guy had taken the kids' old toybox and made it into a wooden bin for the kitchen. I have yet to scrape off the painted leaves where they had glued on some flowers, and it needs new screens on the front, but it's very sturdy and I have put it to good use.

QuiltedSimple said...

love the union blues! and that trunk is gorgeous
kris