Home improvement and a little sewing

I started on a huge home improvement project over the weekend ... removing the wallpaper in our living room.  We've been living with vinyl grasspaper for 10 years and it looks dreadful.  We live in a rental, so we've been pretty cautious about launching into these types of projects.  But, after successfully removing the paper in the kitchenette and revamping it into a much needed bedroom for my daughter, it was time to move on to another part of the house.
Wallpaper circa late 1950's with vintage light fixture.
This is what is under the vinyl.  The pink and gold coordinates with our pink and gold formica kitchen countertops!  The lady of the house obviously liked pink.  This is just one layer down.  There are several more layers going back to the 1920's.  I have my work cut out for me.

Consequently, I didn't get any work done on my Triangle quilt over the weekend, but I finished up an embroidery I started on last year. 

Christmas Tree on Acid
The pattern is a freebie from Badbird Designs.  I cut out the finished design and made it into a stuffie.  I think it looks rather ridiculous and garish, but my daughter loves it so it's hanging out in her room.  I still need to add a loop of floss to the top so she can hang it up if she wishes.

I also sewed a couple of blocks for my Farmer's Wife Sampler. 

Calico Puzzle & Bat wing

Instructions & completed block
This photo gives you an idea of the general layout from the book, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt.  That's the extent of the instructions provided.  Numbered templates are provided on a CD.  This book is a HUGE disappointment, as no measurements for the individual pieces are given.  I will probably stick with the easy blocks - the ones that can be drafted out because the pieces are divisible by 6.  I don't feel the need to slavishly reproduce an historical looking quilt anyway.


Anonymous said...

Join the Yahoo group run by the book's author. The paper piecing patterns are free since you already own the book. Nice group of gals.

ParisMaddy said...

Looks like "anonymous" had a tip for the missing pattern pieces. I bought a book online once like that and was majorly disappointed---felt a bit ripped off. The blocks are turning out really cute, though. good luck.

Linni said...

the yahoo group is a great idea. They do have the paper piecing patterns but also the templates to print out block by block. And a very nice group of gals.