The remodel is coming along!

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It is always fun to start off with a picture of one of our dogs. Mr. Mickey decided to be the model today. Like the quilt? Keep reading to find out how to get the free pattern.

Jolly bar quilt with Mickey the poodle

If you are new to my blog, we are in the middle of a remodel and I haven’t been doing much quilting. Normally you’ll just see the new quilt projects I’m working on but for now……you get a little glimpse at our life.

The remodel is coming along!

We’re getting there, the walls are all finished, lights are hung and the other day I helped Builder Bob set doors. 

The trim and casing were delivered yesterday, but Bob’s back was sore so we took the day off and went shopping for pantry cabinets and bathroom fixtures. 

We had lunch at Texas Roadhouse and of course, brought steak home for the “kids”.

Kitchen remodel at our new houseFlooring

I love the floors! We put down Duraceramic on the entire main level of the house. With two older dogs, it just made sense to do this. 

We wanted a staggered floor design and almost…..didn’t get it. Our flooring guy started laying the floor while we weren’t there and thank goodness he ran into a problem with the rooms not being square and called Bob about it to see what he should do. Turns out he had been laying the tiles straight which we didn’t want. Fortunately, he was able to remove them and start over. 

Kitchen counter and sink

I think I already mentioned that the kitchen counters and sink were to be delivered two weeks ago but a drill bit broke and gouged the counter top so a new one had to be made. It should be delivered this coming Tuesday!

Quilt Photographing

The floor looks darker than it actually is in the photo above. This picture is truer on the colors. I am going to have so much fun photographing my quilt projects! 

This is my Modern 9 Patch pattern. Right now all of my digital quilt patterns are on sale, you’ll get 50% off automatically when you place an order.

Modern 9 patch quilt pattern

Mickey in bed

We have been sleeping upstairs whenever we are here working on the house but I didn’t realize how much hotter the upstairs would be. I’m just not handling any kind of heat well this year so last night I pulled a mattress downstairs and slept in our soon-to-be master bedroom.

Guess who joined me! Mickey was so excited when I started putting quilts down….poor dog doesn’t know where we live for sure.

The Log Cabin quilt and Irish Chain quilt are some of my oldest quilts. Would you believe that the Log Cabin quilt is the first and only quilt I have hand-quilted?

Did you notice the green quilt? That is the Jolly Bar Jazz quilt from Fat Quarter Shop. Click on the link below to read about it and get the free pattern. It is a beautiful quilt and easy to make.

Jolly Bar Jazz free quilt pattern

Jolly Bar Jazz free quilt tutorial shown on deck

Today is an exciting day!

Today our plumber will install both toilets downstairs, hook up both vanities and the shower! We won’t have to go up and down those steep stairs anymore.

Our tile guy will come back and buff our tile shower, I think we’ll be able to use it tonight!

The glass company came the other day and measured for our glass shower door. It will be custom made and take several weeks so in the mean time we’ll put up a temporary rod and curtain. 

We haven’t found a vanity we like for our master bathroom so we’ll stick the old one that was here in for now. Thank goodness we held on to it!

My new quilt room

Right now my new quilt room looks more like a storage area! I can’t even get in the mood to quilt until I can get this mess organized.

Quilt room looks like storage area

I couldn’t bring anything else up while the work was being done on the walls and floors. I still have tons of stuff to bring up…..I can’t believe I have this much stuff! Actually I can, I love my quilt fabrics and supplies!

It will take some time but I’ll make this a workable quilt space for now.

Quilt studio

The weather has been miserable with high humidity and temperatures. I am so ready for winter! Mickey and I went for a walk last night and I didn’t think it was that long but when we came home he started having trouble standing on the tile and we think it was from the heat.

I wrapped him in a wet towel and pretty soon he was okay. I know that he doesn’t care to be outside very much but he loves going for walks, I will have to be more careful with him.

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  1. Connie Dear your remodel is coming along so nicely and you have chosen your surfaces wisely. Your flooring is beautiful and will be so easy to maintain. Mr. Mickey is super cute and I am so grateful you got him cooled down. Oppressive heat is different for each of us. You and Builder Bob are amazing with your remodeling skills. Having moved and remodeled recently I can say from my wiser and older self…take it slow and easy and it will all get done. Love your quilts and Mr. Mickey definitely loves them too. Sadie must be “helping” Builder Bob? Stay cool and hydrated…all four of you.

  2. Mickey is too cute!!!!!!! What a little doll.
    It’s been so hot and humid here in Ohio. I am rarely outside lately.
    Best of luck on your remodel!!!

  3. Vicki in MN says:

    I am glad you had some major accomplishments this past week. You kitchen is looking mighty fine! I am sure you will get your quilt room in tip top shape and just perfect for what you need.

  4. Hi Connie,

    Mickey is looking so cute with his hair coming in. You guys are doing well with your renos. Just take your time don’t rush. The weather here in Ontario, (Canada) has been so humid. The past couple of days have been 40C which is 104F in the states, with the humidex. Better to be in the air conditioning. Have a great weekend!

  5. Sylvia E Anderson says:

    Glad to see all is moving along with the remodel. I can really sympathize with you regarding the weather, as we are apparently having the same weather here in the Chicago area, with lots and lots of rain. Being in our mid 80’s, we can no longer tolerate all the heat and humidity, and except for running to the store or family functions, we don’t go outside, except to fertilize plants and cut the grass. Hopefully, when it’s time for fall weather, we have something that resembles normal temperatures. I think you will be very satisfied with the flooring you’ve chosen, not only because it’s very attractive, but as you said, your 4 legged children are getting older. Looking forward to seeing more pics as more rooms are finished.

  6. Love seeing the progress being made on the new house. You’ll be moved in before you know it. Poor Mickey – I’m with him on not liking the heat and humidity.

  7. Diana Nelson says:

    Hi Connie. Love how the kitchen is coming along. It looks like things are progressin in parts of the house as well as your quil room Takes a long time to get eerything organized but in the end it will be worthwhile.

  8. Hi Connie
    So good to hear things are coming along for all of you.
    Wishing all the best.

  9. Catherine says:

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life. It’s always nice to see that other people have messy craft rooms and lots of other things going on in their lives. We’ve rebuilt a house too, so I appreciate the hard work and the excitement when it comes together. By the way. I no longer see the pictures in the emails, I have AOL. Have a great day.

  10. Hello Connie, Wonderful to see all of the work that has been done. Your new home is looking spectacular! So glad that you were able to get Mickey cooled down quickly, it can be hard to tell with our fur babies when they have been in the heat for too long. All of your quilts are lovely, it is always wonderful to see the reaction of our fur babies with our quilts and how much they enjoy them also. Thanks for keeping us updated. Have a great day!

  11. Wow, things are certainly starting to look much different that the original house now. That’s a lot of work! I’m so happy that it’s coming along and soon this will all be behind you, and you can start enjoying some free time!

  12. Your new home looks it is coming along. I love your Mickey, so sweet.

  13. Hi Connie, ur place looks lovely and will be great when its finished. Down sizing is a great feeling but the getting rid of stuff is hard so sometimes u have to be ruthless 🤗…it takes time but it will be ur home again soon. Ive enjoyed ur stories and projects. Ur helping me alot thank u. Its winter here in Australia so I’m sending some cold weather over ur way.. Take care

  14. Your remodel is looking great! Poor Mickey, this heat is awful.

  15. Jackie M. says:

    Thank you for sharing your trials, tribulations and successes. It will be nice when the work is done and your all moved in.
    I love the Jolly Bar quilt. I’m a safe quilter, by that I mean my background colours are usually not far from white or beige. I love your choice of green (which is my favourite colour) in this quilt. I think it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and start to audition colour in my background fabric. That you for the inspiration.

    1. I am so glad you liked the quilt! Normally I am like you…..white or cream background. I didn’t think I would like this quilt when it was done and it really surprised me! Take a chance!

  16. Wow, have you ever been busy. You must be so excited at the prospect of actually getting settled in your new home. Mickey looks adorable, I’m glad you were able to get him cooled down. Heat stroke is no joke in people OR in dogs and it sounds like he was close to that. I love your floors. When I was still in my condo, I considered doing ceramic floors but I was on the ground level and it was lovely and cool in summer and absolutely freezing in winter so I passed. My sister has a house in Florida and ceramic tile throughout the house. It’s such easy maintenance. I’m chuckling at your “messy” quilt room. Mine looks a lot like that right now and it is hard to be motivated to do anything when it’s like that. You had such a gorgeous studio before and I know you will again, but you must miss it a lot.

  17. Your home is going to be gorgeous. The floor is so pretty and the kitchen looks like a great size.

    Wouldn’t you love to know what the dogs are thinking? I think Mickey probably loved seeing familiar quilts being placed. Apparently they get comfort from them too. I love the new green one.

    1. Love seeing your pictures. I can appreciate the crafting room dilemma. My daughter’s basement craft room flooded with about an inch of water. Not much water but enough to have to replace the bottom part of sheetrock, baseboards & flooring. Some furniture was also damaged. Everything had to be removed or covered up. Now that it has been repaired, we are in the process of cleaning sheetrock dust off everything and putting things back in place. I am like “where did all this stuff come from?”. The room looks beautiful but will take some time to put back in place – especially with a 2 year old helper under foot. Keep those pictures coming.