Monday, May 21, 2012


I can hardly believe that it was 2 weeks ago today that we started construction on our basement and addition.  If you have ever been through a home remodel or lived in a construction zone, you know what I'm saying when I'm talking about the noise and the dust and dirt.  Since there was only a crawl space under part of our house, there was a bunch of excavating that needed to be done.  But let me tell you how worth it the dust and noise here in the house has been!  In 2 weeks time we have come from this.....
To this............

Pretty impressive considering that there is also a full, brand new basement under our 117 year old home. 

Last night was the first time I was in the basement since the floor was poured on Friday and I got a first hand look at where my new quilting home will be.  Too bad someone didn't have a camera to capture the moment.  I JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW GREAT IT WAS!!!  I didn't have my camera with me, but I do have a picture of what it looked like from above on Friday.
Can you believe this is ALL MINE??????  Am I the luckiest person in the world or what?!  So during my visit to my quilt cave last night I found myself laying things out in my head and it was BEAUTIFUL!  Hubby even surprised me a week ago and told me that he was putting a window in there for me.  Now it's below ground, but at least when I'm down there working there will a bit of natural light and I'll know whether it day or night.  You know how it is when you're working on something and next thing you know 3 or 4 hours have passed.

The upstairs will have to be finished before I get to move into my space, but that will give me even more time to decide exactly how I want Nina's new home to be.  I want her to have the nicest room she could possibly have.  She deserves it. 

I'll keep you updated on progress.  Keep your ideas coming!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Construction Update-Day 4

4 days into construction and we have 2 walls up!  I actually got to stand in my new quilt room last night after work.  What a feeling!!  I found my mind going every which way planning where things were going to go in there.  Here's a view of my new room.  May not look like much to you, but looks like heaven to me!!
Now everything has not gone as planned.  If you have ever lived through any construction on your home, I know you can relate.  Day 3 we had a "little" mishap and part of our old basement wall collapsed.  It was going to come down eventually, but not quite yet.  Thankfully no one was hurt, including our house.  The workers got everything shored up before they left and assured us that the house was still sound.  But talk about sleeping with one eye open that night!!  WOW!!
Here's a picture of the mess!!

Yikes, right???

Can't wait to come home tonight and see what progress has been made!  I'll keep you all updated!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Have you ever daydreamed about creating a perfect quilt room or craft space?  For the longest time I have thought about what I would do if I had a large space instead of my tiny little room.  Now I know that I'm lucky to even this tiny space for nothing but sewing and quilting.  I start out as a quilting nomad in my home.  Moving from room to room and having to leave my mess where ever I happened to be sewing cutting at the time.  Or worse yet, having to clean up and put stuff away so we could sit at the table and have dinner.  Currently we have a very small bedroom that I can at least leave everything sitting out and just close the door until I'm ready to go back at it.
Rather than small, let's say it's cozy!  The room is small enough, there isn't even a closet in there.

Well, hubby and I have been talking about putting an addition on the back of our house, redoing our basement and digging out the crawl space that is under part of the house.  Well, the time has come.  They started on our project this past Monday and we are in day 3. 
This picture was taken on the 2nd day of construction.  This was all dirt the day before.  Nina and my new home will be in the basement here.  We will have more room to play in than we will ever no what to do!  It'll be about 24ft x 14ft!  I know, holy cow!!!  You are one lucky girl!  And I know just how lucky I am!!!!

So now I'm facing the dilemma on what do I really, really want in my new play area.  I have spent a lot of time just gathering ideas.  One of our Scrap Squad gals has an area that she uses to spray baste her quilts.  What an awesome idea.  So I'm thinking that I really would like that also and it could double as my design wall too.  But I would like to use cork, so that I could pin right to the wall without putting holes in the drywall.  So that will be a must have!

A huge cutting table would be great too.  I have found a couple of ideas on line that I really like.  I love the idea of being able to have book shelves under there.  Here are a couple of picture that I would like to use a combination of the two.

Also, I should be thinking about what long arm I would like.  The AQS show will be in Des Moines this fall and I suppose that I should wait and test drive them all again. 

I really like this idea for my storage of fabric etc.  Will my room every be this neat????  Too funny to even think about!

I know that I will have a million decisions to make in the next few months.  There will be paint colors, tile and/or carpeting, light fixtures etc.  I'm hoping that Nina and I will be in our new home by Christmas.  So I guess that I have a little time yet to keep dreaming and tweaking.  So if anyone has any ideas, share please!!  We only get an opportunity like this once in a lifetime, so might as well get it right the first time!