Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New House = New Projects

Wine of the Day: Truth - Cuvee de Fume

Brian and I will be settling on a townhouse at the end of the month.  For those of you who know me, you know what that means... LOTS of new interior design projects are brewing.  We have already bounced around a few ideas that we would like to start out with once we get the papers all signed.

First off though, we need to get the condo in order so we can rent it out.  We have already purchased kitchen cabinets and while we wait for the to arrive we contemplate taking on the demo and redo ourselves vs. hiring a contractor. 

While these new projects are very fun and exciting, it looks like quilting might get put on hold for a few months.  Don't worry though, the crazy cat lady will be working hard on her first love; interior design!

Here are a few images I like for the new house:

Charcoal gray basement lounge

Dark wood stairs with white painted risers

Built in window seat and shelving

P.S. We also just got engaged!!!  So many fun things to look forward too :)


Friday, March 8, 2013

Quilt for Kristen's Baby #3

Wine of the Day:  The Winery at Olney - Montepulciano

My lovely coworker Kristen is pregnant with her third!  Which of course means I am embarking on a new baby quilt adventure.  She and her husband have decided not to find out the gender, so neutral palette it is.  I decided on gray and yellow for a number of reasons.  First, she told me she was thinking about painting the nursery a light gray.  Second, I like gray and yellow together.  Third, I thought I could make a mature baby palette out of these colors.  Upon fabric selection I decided to include light tan as well to add interest while staying neutral. 

I once again am making up the pattern as I go along.  This will include 3 strips of 2"x6" fabrics in grays, yellows and tans with strips of a yellow/gray patterned fabric between and around.

AKA this:

I decided all of this and cut all my 2"x6" strips in the same day.  Then, I laid it out how I wanted the colors to look.  Clearly, Kahlua approved so now I can move forward.

Here is a close up of the fabrics so you can get a better sense of the patterns.

I do think the fabrics are mature for an infant quilt but I didn't want to go too baby or cartoony with this one.  Also, I find that a lot of baby fabrics are not gender neutral so that eliminated a good deal for me.  I think with the light yellow as the dominate fabric though, it will still give it a softer, babier feel to it.  Thoughts?

Bria helping was a rare sight so I had to make sure I captured it!  That's her hiding in the hole in the background.  Actually, she is the most helpful because she stays out of the way!!!  

(I think I made up a few words in this post, no judging)