Squeaked in a Finish

Crazy busy around here this week. We are definitely making progress on the house up in Downieville but it takes time and effort. Much more on Ray’s part than mine but still… On Wednesday I took a drive up to the house (it takes just over an hour’s time to get there) to let in a guy to finish the drywall. He textured the walls which took the better part of the afternoon. While he was working, I took advantage of some gorgeous weather and went for a hike. I was a little bit nervous about hiking alone. I don’t have cell reception and no one knew where I was going. I played it safe and didn’t go too far down the trail. I did find a new one though and the water was gorgeous. With the drought, the river is extremely low. Even so, it was breathtaking in spots.

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Spending the afternoon on my own up there was really nice. I haven’t honestly spent very much time alone. Four kids will do that to a person. When I got back to the house I was texting with  Ray and sending progress pictures of the work being done. We decided I should spend the night so I could: 1.) Continue this alone thing that was going so well – and – 2.) prime the bedroom once the texturing dried. The only issue was that I didn’t bring extra clothes as this was completely unplanned (spontaneity isn’t my strong suit either, so this was a good thing for me to do!)  My husband had extra clothes up there. He is a planner and is always well supplied with whatever he needs. I dug into his stuff and came up with a lovely pair of jeans and a tshirt of his to use for painting. Just as a point of reference, he is 8 inches taller than me and probably 80 pounds heavier. As long as no one came to the door, I was pleased with the look I was sporting.

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I know, it was an amazing look. I got the room primed and ready for paint. We will go up later this afternoon and finish up the painting. One step closer to having a bedroom. Wahoo!

While all of this was going on, I did manage a quick finish. I completed the chevron table runner.

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The quilting is inspired by an older quilt along on www.christaquilts.com. I reversed it though and pebbled the white sections and straight-lined the chevron. I didn’t want to pebble over the print fabric or it would have been too busy. The pebbling looks great on the white though. I combined the two stitches and ran some straight lines along the border with circles interspersed on those lines.

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You might remember that the chevron fabrics are from a Joel Dewberry line. The backing is  called Sphere, a part of Moda’s Zen Chic line. That was scored during a 50% off sale a while back.

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As usual, the binding is my favorite part. I used Daysail, by Bonnie and Camille. I love the stripes. I had originally planned to make a bias cut binding but decided I liked the standard cut better for this project. It is adorable; the blue and red stripe plays well with the Joel Dewberry prints. This is one of three table runners that I am making for my April goal for ALYOF.  The second one is nearly done as well, so I am making progress. This table runner is listed in my Etsy shop.

Saturday is my 17th wedding anniversary. Time has flown by. We are celebrating in high style, because that’s the kind of couple that we are. The plan is to paint the bedroom and hopefully finish up some electrical work in there. Jealous, aren’t you? Enjoy your weekend, whatever the plan!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Let’s Bee Social, my two favorite linky parties. You’ll find these links at the top of the page, under link ups.


9 thoughts on “Squeaked in a Finish

  1. Juanita colehower

    Love the boyfriend jeans, people pay a lot of money for those. The runner is very pretty too!

  2. Rosemary B

    How exciting. The area you are building a new house? is really pretty,
    I love the runner.
    I am caring for my parents and I start so many projects,…. I really need to finish more.
    What a fun way to spend your anniversary 🙂 Happy Anniversary to YOU

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Rosemary,
      Thank you for the anniversary wishes!! There are so many projects that I want to do but never enough time do work on everything!! So glad you came by.

      Take care,

  3. Cassandra

    Wow, Bernie! So productive. Your retreat looks beautiful–to be in the woods and near water… Oh, the best. I love the table runner, too. And, 17 years of marriage! Congrats! We just celebrated our 15th. And our celebration was as exciting as yours! Have a great weekend.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Cassandra,

      We feel very fortunate to have this little house. When we get a bit more paint on the walls and some carpet on the floors it will be wonderful! Congrats on your 15th. Time goes by so quickly! Hope your week has started off nicely!


  4. JanineMarie

    Well, that outfit looks very comfy to me! Yeah for your spontaneity. Your pebble quilting is amazing. I have not figured out how to do that yet. Congrats on your anniversary! Your plans sound fun, actually. (Just be sure to take time out from decorating the honeymoon cottage to go on a beautiful hike. And don’t forget to wear that sexy paint outfit. Your husband will adore it.)

    1. Bernie Post author

      Haha, Janine you are pretty funny! He thought my painting outfit was quite humorous. We made good progress on the house this weekend but didn’t fit time in for a hike. We get so involved in the house and before you know it the weekend is finished! Soon tho…. Pebble quilting isn’t difficult. Looking at your work, I am sure you are more than capable. Take care!


  5. Mari

    I’m super impressed with the gorgeous quilting on that runner. Looks terrific! Congratulations on your anniversary ,too! Hope you have a very festive celebration!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Mari, thanks for the quilty compliment. I appreciate it. We did have a nice anniversary… Worked hard but it was a fun weekend so that’s a good thing! Hope your Monday went well!



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