Friday, February 19, 2010

String Challenge Peek & Happy Camper!

First of all, thanks to the many of you who have been concerned about my absence, lately -you have no idea how much it means to me! It amazes me how quickly the days go by when you're busy! Just taking the car for it's 60,000 mile service involved nearly a day as the dealer is an hour away! Same with doctor and dentist - another hour away in a different direction. We've also been very busy around the house!!

Stephanie has been hosting a "No Strings Attached Challenge". I decided to participate as I'm also trying to use only stash this year along with Ulla and others. I finished my first project, which is a gift, so here is just a peek. I'll reveal the whole thing once the gift has been received. This is great fun using your scrap strips to make blocks, then making those into whatever comes to mind! I had no plan when I began this project, but as it evolved, it became clear what I wanted to do! I also made up a new pattern of freehand machine quilting, and am quite pleased at the result!

The reason I'm a Happy Camper is because our other rug finally arrived! Here it is below as I unrolled it to make sure it was the correct color before the delivery fellow left!
Now I can finally reveal our newly painted and decorated dining/living room! There is still a considerable amount of "tweaking" to be done with my decorating, and also the chandelier will be replaced and re-centered over the table with something different. Enjoy the photos, and bear in mind that it's difficult to take photos of the true colors!

Below the TV is currently on a table. We plan to hang it on an adjustable arm from the wall just above the table.




Last week I received a lovely "Hello and Welcome" email from someone who has been reading my blog. Amelia (no blog) and her friend Betty (also no blog) had been trying to figure out where the Squash House was located. After my post on porches, they realized I was right in their town! I replied to Amelia's email and invited her to meet me for coffee! We had a wonderful, long chat and realized how much we had in common - we both fly fish with our husbands and we both quilt! Amelia and her husband are also transplants to this area from another state. We both look forward to getting together again! Isn't blogging fantastic?!

24 comments:

Ulla said...

Your string blocks are adorable and the quilting so beautiful! The colours seem to match your house perfectly. So good for you to finally have your carpet, and paintings done.

Quilt Hollow said...

I love, love, love this post! First off that strings quilt has caught my eye and I'd like to know if there is a pattern that I am overlooking? Love the colors in that!
OK...next up the rug...gorgeous and well worth the wait. As look at your home I noticed something...we have same paint colors or at least it looks it in the photos. Your home is warm and inviting.
Then...just how cool is that to meet somebody in your own hometown that reads your blog and likely freaked out to see porch photos that were all to familiar to her?! Then to quilt and fish! You've got a fantastic friendship in the works.
Enjoy your weekend...glad you popped in for a visit.

Linda said...

Love your string project, such soft relaxing shades. How nice that you got to meet more ladies in your town. Love, love, love your living areas. I spy some beautiful antiques.....

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Love your quilt, the colors are so pleasing and will go wonderful with your yellow walls and that scrumptous rug!!
Meeting new people from your blog, how perfect. Sounds like we will be hearing more about adventures with your new friends. :))

pratima said...

Hi Candace, your string blocks are looking so yummy and the colors are very warm just like the decor of your cozy home. Everything looks just lovely and the rug is beautiful :)
How cool to meet a new friend through the blog!

Anne said...

Love it all. The rug is perfect and the house is really looking wonderful. Not sure where you have any tweaking to do other than the TV swivel. So great that you've met some new friends. Blogger ARE the best!

Jackie said...

Welcome back!

I love the quilt you gave us a glimpse of. Your quilting is gorgeous.

Speaking of gorgeous, the rug is perfect. You sure had a long wait for it. The secretary on your short wall is something I've always wanted but every time I find one they are either in very bad condition or thousands and thousands of dollars. Squash House is looking fantastic!

CJ said...

Wow Candace, I love the quilt block, the wall colors, the rug, and the house in general, it looks so wonderfully warm and inviting!!

The only string quilts I've done have been in dark colors, I LOVE yours!

ferne said...

I love what you have done with the house. It has such a warm and homey feeling. How fun to have met up with blog friends in person!

Gran said...

Thanks for the peek into what you have been busy doing in your life. Making a home that is beautiful - should be in a magazine - is a work of art. It all looks warm and inviting, reflecting YOU!

Barb said...

First of all, love your stringed block....and totally love your home....it is amazing. Yes, that is wonderful about Amelia...how fun is that? Great post today!

Jackie said...

Your string quilt is beautiful! But wow, the home remodel is just gorgeous! I love it all from the colors of the walls, right down to the rug. Beautiful!

onlymehere said...

So much beauty in this post! Love the rug and the strings. How fun for you to meet a blogging buddy! It looks like you've made a true new friend. The paint looks really nice on my monitor too and it was fun to see how it all came together in the pictures.

Darlene said...

Oh, I love your string quilt project - can't wait to see the whole thing.

Your new rug is fabulous and the entire house is coming along wonderfully. I know you and Mr Squash are having fun.

A new friend with more than one common interest. Awesome.

I've missed you but I know you're super busy, Candace. Always nice to 'see' you.

Melanie said...

lovely strip blocks. Glad the proper carpet came this time. The room is really coming together well.

How lovely to have a local quilting pal.

AnnieO said...

I like the colors in your string quilt. If it wasn't a gift it would look terrific in your living/dining room! Have fun with your decorating and your new friends; blogging is wonderful!

Kaaren said...

Love your craftsman furniture, Candace. It looks like if was "made" for your new home. The colors you went with for the walls is wonderful. Is the fireplace wall wood or paper? It's hard to tell from the photo.

I would have waited for the carpet too. It's beautiful. As is your string quilt. It's the colors again.

My Mom used to tell us not to do anything bad in our lives because the world is too small to find a place to hide. If only she knew the truth to her words, especially as a result of blogging. How cool is that about your new friends! It's becoming more and more like home every day!

*karendianne. said...

Candace! Wow the house looks amazing. What a haven your home is. Whew. Thanks for sharing.

Your new quilting pattern that you came up with is DIVINE. Just perfect to go right along with your beautiful string blocks. Gee wiz you amaze me. That's nothing new of course. I just had to reiterate the fact with a restatement. :)

Big kitty love to Sophie from the entire kitty contingent over here at LeeHaven. Purrs, *karendianne.

Kim said...

I'm wondering about how to assemble the strings quilt too, but I forgot all about that when I saw how lovely your home is looking. Very pretty and comfortable ~ all is looking just right. Also, very happy to learn that you've found a fishing quilter friend right in your own back yard. Delightful! :-D

Stephanie said...

Love the string project--pretty colors and great quilting. Now for your house...oh my goodness...warm, cozy, GORGEOUS. I was noticing all of your antiques. Did I seem some quarter sawn oak on the drop front desk? Wonderful table top phonograph. We have an oak floor model. And they rug...well it was worth the annoyance!!! How fantastic you met some people with common interests.

SewCalGal said...

Your string project & quilting looks lovely. And I am in love with your new rug. Looks great in your home, but I think it would look great in mine too! And I'm so very happy you are making nice new friends in your new hometown!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well it is beautiful. The room is warm and inviting. The wood makes it so rich. You've really created a wonderful home.

Carrie P. said...

That is so neat to meet some new friends.
I really like that string quilt you made. Someone is going to be very blessed to get it.
So glad you finally got the rug thing straightened out. It is beautiful and your house is now a home. Lovely.

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow the house pictures are wonderful! It looks so warm and inviting, love the peek to the kitchen as well. You guys must be so happy there!