I do hope you have had a good week!
Our weather has been absurdly HOT and HUMID so we have pretty much been hiding inside in the comfort of our air conditioned house! It has been a perfect opportunity to do some “nesting-type” of things that I usually reserve for rainy days ( which we have also had a lot of actually~ rain and hot and sticky make for a particularly miserable combination!)
Anyway….the nesting thing…..We own a LOT of books. I know you have all seen my collection of quilt books, but we, as a family, also own a lot of novels and coffee table type books. We love books! My hubby is one who can read a book once and then donate it. My daughter and I are cut from a different cloth…we love certain books so much that there is NO WAY we could ever part with them….and hence we end up with massive numbers of books….
After moving into our house ( almost 2 years ago already!), I had not yet had a chance to unpack all our books. There were more important things to focus on, but also, with as many windows as we have, it was hard to figure out where I could place more bookcases! A few weeks ago I finally decided on a good place and found a bookcase that would work. It wasn’t as tall as I could have used, but it was 1) cute, and 2) very affordable. So I ordered 2 right away, figuring I would figure out where the second one would go later on.
I have to tell you that when I started opening some of my boxes of books it felt a little bit like Christmas! It was so nice to see books that I had forgotten I owned ( does that make me extremely weird?? No matter, if we are kindred spirits you’ll understand completely!). I had fun “styling” my bookcase ( and I think it adds a super cute look to our little landing at the bottom of the stairs!) and am looking forward to doing the same with the second bookcase which is now located at the bottom of the basement stairs. I am sure both will make an appearance at Christmas time when I share my Christmas decor with you because won’t these just make the perfect spots to add little Christmas vignettes?
When we had our attic space finished, we added a walk- in closet. That closet holds linens, but also games, plus wrapping paper, the ironing board, and mops and the vacuum ( it is like the junk drawer in the kitchen, but for bigger items 😉 ). It is definitely a catch-all, and it needed organizing in bad way. So this past week I decided to tackle that job as well. Do you know the book ” When you give a mouse a cookie”? Well, that is what this project felt like to me! I thought I could pull everything out of the closet and then purge and organize by placing items on my ping pong table…but my table was covered in recent fabric purchases….so that prompted me to organize my fabric….organizing my fabric brought my attention to my UFO shelf, which then had to be organized….are you getting the picture?? Long story short: The closet is now clean, and the fabric is organized, but it ended up taking days, rather than one afternoon!
This has turned into a rather long post, with nothing quilty so far, so let me rectify that right now! I found and shared a free tutorial in my FB group last week, and, even though I tried to resist starting yet another project, it proved too irresistible! You can find the link for this right here.
I pulled out all my happy scraps and started cutting and sewing…
It is really a very simple design, just squares for the center….And then you add orange peels to the border ( again, using lots of scraps!). You could of course hand applique your orange peels, but I opted for fusible web! This is really a cute and simple project. All I have left to do is stitch around my orange peels and sew together the cornerstones and then sew everything together. I think this one is also begging to be hand quilted with a big stitch and my favorite thread, don’t you?
Until next time~happy creating!