Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Rainbow Scrap Flimsy and a Finish

Wow, another exciting blog title, LOL.

So this week my main finish was decorating the living room. Most of the furniture arrived on Monday as planned, and everything was squeaky clean and waiting for it.  But wait!  See the Christmas quilt and drawers on the right?  Well, the drawers are now put away (oops); the contractor had to shorten the depth per our drawings so that media cords could fit behind. Done and done. And that Christmas quilt covers the boxes of flooring for the hall. It’s in a good place for now (until January), since the other couch and ottoman will not arrive until then.

Darla is sitting on her Turbo Ball Toy and Alfie is sitting on the couch. Their couch. The cats love it. Thankfully, they prefer to sleep on the folded-up quilt that’s there. And Darla loves that we decorated in her fur colors.  Anyway, the rug isn’t centered and the existing couch may end up on the right wall when the new one arrives. We just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I am searching for a nice large clock (Bruce wants an antique-looking map clock) and other wall items for the large wall on the right which you can’t see. More pictures when everything is really done, in January.

But for now, we are loving our evenings in our respective chairs with tables, lamps (not shown, but they would be in foreground), with the fire going, reading our books or watching TV. That smaller left cabinet is filled with grandkid toys, and the right one now houses our DVDs, turntable, media computer, DVD player, receiver, etc. The speakers will eventually be added to the shelving once they are painted white.

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Another quilt finish! This one is November Rain for my son Ryan’s Christmas present. It, too, is in Darla’s colors, which she asked me to relay. It finished at 67x86 (or was it 83?). Anyway, the quilting is wonky/wavy line quilting and the back is fabric from half a cotton duvet cover from IKEA.

The November Rain Quilt was #10 on my Quarter 4 Finish-Along goals, which is listed HERE.

And I also was able to finish the flimsy for one of my RSC quilts this week. Here is the Improv quilt blocks in green, blue, purple and teal.  It measures 72x72 and has a couple quilts ahead of it in line for quilting..... So it may or may not be finished this month.

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I’ve been trying to grab time to read this week, and the book is Rubbing Stones, pictured below. The author, Nancy Burkey is a longtime friend of mine and this is her first book. Nancy and I were best friends in our high school and early college years. We were in Job’s Daughters together (a Masonic organization for girls) and she was my Maid of Honor at my wedding in 1974. She went on to become an MD (OB-GYN) and then switched her specialty to Psychiatry, which she practiced for nearly 30 years. She is now semi-retired (does some locum tenens) and writes. She uses her psychiatry background in her writing.

The book can be found on Amazon here, which gives a good description of it.  The book is exciting and VERY good, and I am reading slowly, savoring every morsel. I would recommend it as a great read (all the reviews so far are 5-star), even though I’m only 1/4 through!  I’ve bought six hard copies (even though I usually read e-books because I can make the print bigger for my eyes), and lots of my family and friends will be getting copies of it for Christmas.

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Today I will finish up the third kitty quilt - it’s about half quilted now. That will complete the Christmas presents, and the shopping is done. All that’s left is for me to do some grocery shopping and baking. Just a bit; everyone is coming for brunch on the 24th or 25th, so I`m only worrying about those things. Bruce and I have a rib roast together that evening by ourselves.

Linking up to Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Angela’s So Scrappy blog, where the ladies are all finishing up their 2016 quilts. And I will link up to Oh Scrap! too (If I can remember on Sunday!!)

Cathy maroon


  1. Your improve quilt is fabulous...the black sashing is perfect!

  2. Love the quilt! I haven't found time to put mine together yet, but maybe this week? I should have enough blocks for two or maybe even three? Merry Christmas!!

  3. Congrats! on your finishes. Both the living room and Ryan's quilt turned out beautifully. In fact, it looks like you need to make another quilt just like Ryan's specifically FOR the living room!! Best of luck with the rest of your Christmas quilting.

  4. The living room is looking wonderful! You should post the "before" pictures again so we can marvel at it! I love the improv scrappy quilt, too. I'm definitely going to have try some blocks like that in the coming year! Have a great week, Cathy! xo

  5. Both of these quilts are beautiful

  6. Both quilts turned out beautifully, and I'm so happy your living room is 'close enough' to finished! (Those boxes of flooring are a great stand-in for the missing couch!)
    One of the advantages of decorating around your cats is that the cat hair doesn't show... 8)

  7. I can't believe how quickly Ryan's quilt came together. Buddy things the colors are very manly. And seeing Darla sitting on the turbo roller cat toy, makes me think that maybe she needs a Roomba.

  8. Your living room rug is beautiful. The colors are a perfect blend for the room and it brings in an element of elegance. Oh my, that sounds like Dowton Abbey speech! Its your castle anyway (including the cats). Ryan's quilt is a success and also the cool colors one.

  9. Your living room looks gorgeous!! Ryan's quilt is spectacular as is your RSC16 quilt. We have a son Ryan also:)

  10. The "new" living room looks lovely! Can you come design my living room next?
    Ryan's quilt looks really cool - love the simplicity, but striking use of gray & black!

  11. Your living room is beautiful. Your kitties appear to approve. I'm so glad that the process is going as planned and relatively on schedule. Ryan's quilt is simply stunning. You certainly have a knack for color. I hope to develop mine as I gain experience.

    Merry Christmas Week. Stay warm and happy.
    xx, Carol

  12. The wait paid off big time. You have a lovely living room space where you can enjoy your holiday. Love the improv quilt, very colorful and bright. Congrats on getting your son's quilt done in time for Christmas. Have a very happy holiday!

  13. The living room looks wonderful! So cozy and inviting. And I love the cat friendly neutral tones :)

    Your November Rain quilt is spectacular. I'm sure your son will love it. Both this quilt and your improv scrappy one are giving me great ideas for tackling my scraps next year. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Have a wonderful holiday season, Cathy!

  14. Oh wow! Your living room looks absolutely incredible! SO worth the wait and all the upheaval you've been through. Obviously it has the kitty stamp of approval too, so that's all that matters. I'm sure the quilts have the kitty stamp as well!


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