WIP Wednesday

My current art quilt project is coming along!


I have finished piecing the sections of the sky portion of the background, and now I’m working on the sea portion. I designed this quilt to be pretty large and this is the part of the process where I think, why did I do that? It’s working out fine, though, and actually the sea is coming together pretty quickly. Once the sea is done, I’ll piece the sky sections together and then connect the sea and the sky and create the land that will be on the right side of the background.

The sky is made of square pieces, so I chose to make the sea rectangles for some variety. I also chose to piece the sea on the diagonal, which I hope will add some feeling of the movement of water to that section.

Feeling that I don’t have as much time to work on this as I’d like has me convinced that after this project, I will focus on some smaller pieces. Not that they’ll necessarily end up taking any less time, but perhaps they will feel quicker?


Guest Room before

We’re finally getting ready to refresh the guest bedroom. It’s one of those domino things – we hated the light fixture because the glass part was pink and it made everything in the room look weird. The room itself is also painted a pale pink, which doesn’t help. So then that led to thinking that we should repaint before putting up a new light fixture. But then, before we pick a paint color, we needed to pick out an area rug because after we paint we’ll pull up the carpet and expose the original hardwoods. So until we picked an area rug, we couldn’t proceed, and I’m a cheapskate so I was loathe to spend too much money on a rug that’s going to be primarily covered by a bed. But then several things happened at once: we got a generous xmas gift from K’s mom and grandma, and Home Depot was having a 20% off sale plus free shipping on all area rugs. Woot! I don’t have pics up of the rug yet, but here are some before pics of the room as it is now.

guest room (before)

In the one below here you can see that we got as far as buying a new light fixture, and that we only have one photo hanging on the wall in here so far.

guest room (before)

Big blank wall just waiting for some shelves/shadow boxes/what-have-you to display some of our many toys and gewgaws.

guest room (before)

We had new windows put in a few years ago and we never got around to painting the trim or repainting the window frames/sills. Yuck.

detail of window frame that needs help

Old light fixture:

we removed the crappy pink light fixture halfway

This is me giving a thumbs-down to the sickly salmon color on the closet trim and to the bleh pink on the walls and closet doors. These colors are so bland and pukey!

thumbs down! to the icky salmon trim and pink paint

This is the door, the part that faces the hallway. I don’t know what happened to it before we moved in, but clearly the previous owner thought painting over it would hide it. Fail.

don't know what happened to this door, but it wasn't good

And this is a detail shot of the edge of the door. The previous owner clearly subscribed to the school of thought that all rooms should be painted IN THEIR ENTIRETY – including the inside of the door, the inside of the closet, and so forth. She also really, really, really liked the color pink (just wait till we get to the master bedroom- even the ceiling is pink!). Anyway, you can see in this photo that the paint on the inside of the door is really globbed on, and varies in color from the front of the door just enough to clash. There’s also a little bit of some other, third color, but only in tiny bits here and there.

detail of crappy paint job on the door

guest room (before)

So, that’s that. Coming soon: rug, new paint, lack of wall-to-wall carpet.