WIP: American Made Brand Placemats


American Made Brand Placemats Three Collage

While the American Made Brand 50 states blog tour is about to start up, I’m working with my fabric leftovers to make some placemats.  I’ll tell you more about it when I’ve got them all finished, but I can share that they’ll be a charity donation meant to bring smiles to some very deserving people, and I felt it was especially appropriate for the spirit of  American Made Brand.  (They said we could give away leftovers if we liked, and this is how I interpret “giving away.”)

It’s been a joy to work with these fabrics, and I’m especially liking the way they work up in patchwork.  The somewhat crisp feel presses and stitches together wonderfully.  I can’t wait to wash the finished placemats and see that quilty crinkle!



WIP: Scrappy Attic Staircase


Scrappiness Happiness Quilt Top Porch

I finished my Scrappy Attic Staircase quilt top this morning before work, just in time to drop it at the quilt shop tomorrow.  I’m keeping this one, so I stitched it full of fabrics that remind me of people and places I love.  Plus it has fun things to find, like Godzilla, the TARDIS, a Dalek, Batman, Pokemon …

Scrappiness Happiness Quilt Top

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!


American Made Brand Fabrics


American Made Brand Blog Tour

If  seeing “Made in the USA” makes you happy, you’re going to love this.

There’s an awesome company called American Made Brand making fabrics that are made from:

  • 100% American grown premium upland cotton
  • 100% American spun yarn
  • 100%American woven cloth
  • 100% American dyed fabric

Like American Made Brand says, “Not just made here.  Grown here.”  Love it!

They’re hosting a 50 state blog tour showcasing American blogging quilters (quilting bloggers?) with each blogger creating a pieced license plate to represent their state in any way they choose.  These imaginative re-invented license plates will be sewn together to make up a colorful quilt of license plates from all 50 states.

Each blogger will also be giving away eight different fat quarters from American Made Brand, so be sure to visit them all!  Did I mention there are 50 colors in their palate?  Love that.  The blog tour will start May 19th, so be sure to check back at American Made Brand’s site daily to click through to the next stop.

AMB Bundles

And did I mention that I was asked to represent West Virginia?  I’m kind of stunned by that, and completely honored and maybe even a little nervous.  (I’ll be posting my contribution on June 11th.)

I mean, these are gorgeous fabrics, and buying them brings business to American farmers, spinners and weavers, not to mention our beloved quilt shop owners.

AMB Quilts

As quilters, we love to have meaning and purpose behind the things we sew.  The love we stitch in just goes a few layers deeper with this fabric, doesn’t it?



City Grid Pillow

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City Grid Pillow in Progress

For my Mother in Law’s Mother’s Day gift, I made a pillow in reds left over from the Lava Meets Sea quilt.  Since I’ve already made a flower pillow from the reds too, I’m about out of the reds.  I may have to buy that color bundle again, it was just so perfect for so many projects.  This pattern is from City Quilts for the quilt City Green.

City Grid Pillow

I love it so much, I think I’ll use the leftover blues to make a new wall quilt to keep.

What’s one more thing on the To Do List, right?


State Math Love Quilted Wall Hanging


State Math Love Quilted Wall Hanging

As a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom, I made her a little quilted wall hanging that explains the story of her relationship with my step Dad in three easy steps: Where he’s from (NM), where she’s from (WV) and where they live together (TN).  I was never a fan of math in school, but it makes sense to me.


Budget Kitchen Makeover, During


Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Espresso

As I was finishing with the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations on our kitchen island, our dishwasher went all rogue and SOAKED the floor.  I called a plumber who replaced the disposal and told me all was well.  He didn’t remove a cap inside the disposal, so when I ran the dishwasher it had nowhere to drain but the floor.  I called him back.  He removed the cap and said the way to drain a dishwasher is by running it again, and he pushed the button.  My floor just got wetter and wetter.

I became more depressed.  Finally another plumber diagnosed the real problem, a new dishwasher was installed and I had to call in the professionals to deal with the wet floor.  Here’s the Servpro machines in action.

Serv-Pro at Work in my Kitchen

It’s not pretty, and it’s REALLY, REALLY LOUD, but they really get the job done.  And the guys we dealt with were all the nicest people.  My floor felt better, my kitchen felt better, and I felt better, too. If you ever have a water disaster like this, call Servpro.  For real, they are wonderful.

It’s still pretty ugly in there, but we’re making progress.  The floor gets measured in a couple days for new vinyl flooring and my “budget makeover” has extended way beyond what I’d imagined.

I tell myself that in six months or a year, the new disposal/dishwasher/floor will be really nice to have.  For now, UGH.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, I got a new rug for the little eating area.

New Rug

(It’s from Amazon, if you need one for yourself.)  In the photo above, I’d just done the first layer of sealer on the concrete counter.  I chose Buddy Rhodes sealers because they’re food safe.  In my online studies of Ardex concrete counters, I found a lot of people using sealers that weren’t food safe.  This was kind of a sticking point for me, and so far I’m really happy with the system.  It was easy to use and I really like the finish.  Here’s a couple pictures of the island fully sealed.

Ardex Feather Finish Counter

Ardex Feather Finish Concrete Countertops

This weekend I may be able to get back to painting.  I’m happy with the Rustoluem Cabinet Transformations kit, although that top coat is pretty tricky.  Eventually I’ll take better pictures, but phone pics will have to do for now.

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Before and After

This makes a good before and after picture, with the cabinets in the back still in their “before” state.

This is taking weeks longer (and lots more money) than expected, but we’re getting there.


Starting on Our Budget Kitchen Makeover

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Recently, Young House Love blog showed their Ardex kitchen counters project, and I felt inspired to finally start on our kitchen’s mini-makeover.  I bought some supplies and dove right in.  I’ve hated our tile counter tops since we bought this house ten years ago.  It feels GOOD to cover them up.


Jay offered moral support.  I’ve started with just the kitchen island so that we still have the rest of the kitchen available to use.  I also plan on painting the kitchen island, and then I’ll move on to the other counters and cabinets.

Since the thinner areas of concrete dried quickly, it was easy to see the tiles as the concrete was just beginning to set up.  The smudges are areas repaired after a stubborn cat decided he could walk on the counters even if I did say No.


After the first layer dried overnight, the tile lines were still faintly visible.

But with a second layer, no more tiles!  (Yay!)  I don’t have a picture of it yet, but I’m on the third layer and will decide after sanding and cleaning whether or not I’ll do a fourth layer.  I’m really hoping I’ll decide three is good, but I can be a harsh taskmaster.

Meanwhile, I’ve done a much quicker redo on our fridge.  It’s never made sense to me that our refrigerator has a black front and almond sides. So I bought a roll of black Contact paper and traced the stencils I used on our headboard wall in our bedroom.

Fridge Collage

And it looks like this:

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get started on it this weekend or not, but I have ordered a kit to paint the island.  I’ll need to order sealers for the concrete, too.  This project has slowed down my sewing, but I have managed to start on a new quilt-as-you-go cat quilt.  I need a nap.