Monday, March 08, 2010

Quilt Friends Rock! Someone should put that on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker or something. Friday was spent with a blogging friend chatting and stitching the day away. McIrish Annie was able to squeeze a free day out of her over-filled work schedule for a day of play.
We put the time to good use, working on a small project - Wednesday's Work by Cheri Payne.
Here's my completed top. Just need to prep the applique and get it stitched down.
Today I opened the mailbox to find a surprise!
Two packages of hand-made flour tortillas lovingly sent by a non-blogging California Quilt Pal. Looks like my dinner plans have just changed!
On the home front, today was quite a red letter day. Principal painting of the interior walls has been completed.
Fearing for our safety, Hubby and I chose to hire a professional to paint the staircase. What you cannot see in the photo is just how high those walls are. Things like scaffolding were necessary
and beyond our ability. So as long as we were hiring that professional . . . . . we asked him to also paint the upstairs hallway and guest bathroom.
They estimated it to be a two-day job, but were done in just seven hours. I am now a firm believer in the painting professional and will call upon them again and again. Knowing that I will go to bed without aching muscles while facing at least another day's work is well worth the price of admission.
And while they painted - I sewed! Here's a peek at what I worked on.
Little blocks are just such fun.

24 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

My DH used to be one of those painting professionals. I hate to paint in front of his: such a task master! Tortillas by mail, love it! And those cute little blocks. The wind is blowing here -- hard -- and I have a terrible sinus headache.

Carol said...

Sounds like a wonderful day Libby...glad you had fun.

beth said...

love your little blocks!

jilly said...

I would of hired a professional too, and I love to paint. I don't do heights, we don't get along well;-)

Homemade tortillas??? Wish some homemade tamales would show up in my mailbox...hehehehe.

Hubby has been watching me baste hexies and asking questions. I think a convert is in the making.

Enjoy your week.

Blessings,
Jilly

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The paint job looks nice, and you're right, there's alot to be said for no aches and pains. I don't think I got by to tell you, but your kitchen looks wonderful. I'll bet you're loving it!
Blessings,
Marcia

Quilter Kathy said...

Love the tiny blocks!
Glad to hear you are having some quilty fun and hiring out the work LOL!
Way to go!

Karen said...

Tortillas in the mail. Now that is a good friend and something I would never expect to find in my mail box.

WoolenSails said...

I would love to go away for a few days and have someone paint my house, lol. We did that when we had the basement done, was nice to have the walls and ceiling all finished. Now we still need floors.

Those tortillas look good, can she share the recipe. I had a good one and lost it and now mine come out too rubbery.

Debbie

Chocolate Cat said...

Quilt friends sure do rock!!!

McIrish Annie said...

I'm glad we finally got a day together. Now that I know you are just a bit over an hour away we will have to get together more often. Thanks for the super lunch and the make and take quilt. I'm putting my applique on today! Your house is gorgeous as well as all your quilts. Wish we could sew together every week!!

Lori said...

It looks like cheddar in the little star blocks- so cute!!
I can't wait to see what applique goes on the Cheri quilt.

Great idea to hire painters. Not only are your muscles not sore, you didn't have to worry about falling off a ladder!!!

Brooke said...

Your house is really looking great. I'm having some major sink envy. You have my dream sink. :)

We hired painters to do our two story entry way this past summer. They were amazing. My bedroom has ten foot ceilings...difficult, but not impossible. We planned to paint it ourselves this past fall, but after being spoiled by the professionals I decided to wait and hire it done. I know it's lazy, but they did such an amazing job and in a fraction of the time. Now, if my savings account would just grow to match my eagerness! :) Hubby keeps offering to drag in the ladder. I keep holding him off and pinching my pennies. Of course, if I'd stay out of the quilt shops that would help my cause too!!!

Judy said...

Mom's stairs have the same exact..???what 20 foot drop??? in the staircase. It essentially goes from the landing to the second story ceiling, plus on a slope of stairs! No thanks! Good idea.

Sharon said...

I agree on the "hiring". They have all the proper tools, they know how to do it right, it takes them less time etc And time is worth money! I'd rather be quilting or gardening.

Quilts And Pieces said...

ooo - I love your new little star project. Now I have to go find out what the applique is that goes on it!!!!

Jenni said...

Nice that you had a quilty day with another blogger. My staircase is the same as yours - I have a cobweb up there that will be there til eternity I guess. Your colours look great.

QuiltedSimple said...

what a wonderful day you had. and that is terrific that they were able to do all that painting so quickly!
Kris

julieQ said...

Oh, I need to paint so badly, and I am glad you were not wobbling around on some scaffold high up like that. It is so shaping up!!

kjquilts said...

We had the inside of our house professionally painted too for the first time. I love those painters! Cute little blocks!

Libby said...

I love that green! and those little bolcks..WOW!
Libby

Wendy said...

Some jobs are best left to the professionals, the painting looks great. Cute quilt and blocks, I love Cheri's patterns.

Guðrún said...

How small are these blocks?

Texan said...

yep we too have gotten to where we hire a painter for some projects... like ceilings and anything that requires scaffolding!
Since I have always been ther painter here :O)... I say woowhoo for hiring at least some of it done!

Stephanie D. said...

We need to have the inside of our house painted, and though I have done a little in the sewing room, we have cathedral ceilings, and I just don't do heights. Handyman Matters has been really reliable for other things and I'm thinking of hiring them to do the upper walls and ceilings while I do the lower stuff and baseboards. Or maybe I'll just let them do the whole thing!