quilting content 12-3-16

I last posted about how obsessed I was with the monthly BOM by pileofabric.com called technicolor galaxy-and my obsession continued. I sewed ahead of the BOM and kept sewing until I had the blocks done
The arcs are sewn, then quilted, ala quilt as you go, which I’d not tried in quilt size before. It is so rewarding to quilt detailed patterns without wrestling a large quilt! I want to make more quilts this way! At this point (above) I did internet research on QAYG block assembly and found some great tips, and blogs to get lost in too :). Alyssa at pileofabric responded to my plea for early assembly how-to by pointing me back to her blog – duh. So, I then cut the blocks down, got my bias binding ready and went for it
I really loved putting the binding on the blocks and seeing the quilting flow together! When it came
to putting the center circle in, I admittedly got a little worried..some additional thought on how to make it work (I hoped) ahead of the time helped
Alyssa shows the use of washable elmers glue throughout the sewing process and I, being relatively old-school couldn’t wrap my head around using it…and I didn’t use it much but, it definitely came in handy! Glue was especially helpful with the back bias strips. Have you used glue in quilting?
I then pinned and pinned and crossed my fingers
For the back of each arc I used colorful solids -that I still think multiply in my stash by themselves:). I placed them in a step-down way to make the back fun :). I don’t think I used up much of my solids stash on this, oddly enough!
And, before I knew it, it was done!! The BOM and pattern have side and corner low volume blocks to make the quilt square but I wanted this to be circular as I want to hang it on a wall. I really loved every bit of making this one! Now I sort of don’t know what to do with myself! :).
I’ll be testing a couple of quilt patterns for designers soon and I can’t wait to dig in on those! I am ready for a new project! I’ll post some teaser pics for these new patterns on Instagram soon hopefully!
Speaking of which I have failed at my blog posting commitment because Instagram is so immediate! I continue to see so much (too much??) inspiration there that it continues to eat up my computer time. If you haven’t joined, please try it! There is an amazing group of talented quilters on IG. I’m going to continue to be active there, and this blog will likely, eventually end. Gone due to instant social media. I will still peek at your blogs though! Have a great weekend xx K
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I have been quite busy lately wrapping up a few things. The only exception being any more Farmer’s Wife blocks but I will catch up! I really will! First off, I am finished with my project for my Swap Partner in this fun group:
The project is now washed and ready to ship in early September. Here is a peek at the back and some of the quilting – oh I hope she likes it!
Check out this bag I’m adding to my swap package:I think I will be making many more of these. I plan on filling this up with some quilty goodies for my swap partner. I happened across the tutorial to make the bag at It’s a Pretty Modern Life. The outside is made of a remnant I picked up some time ago, but I jazzed it up with a solid pink zipper and matching lining. I also finished the August block as part of the Sew, Mama, Sew! Block of the Month. I am really enjoying this BOM, it is hard to wait for next month already! 

I am typically a follow the rules kinda gal, so this was a little bit of a stretch for me. The improvisational method of piecing this block is something I have not done much of. I admit this was really fun ‘throwing caution to the wind’ and improvising – it could be addictive!
The next couple weeks I am traveling off and on so I will have limited time to sew. I have been putting off planning on dropping off my sewing machine for a tune-up/clean up while I’m gone. I haven’t even dropped it off and I am already having separation anxiety!
I got hooked on the Janome brand from the beginning starting out on a borrowed 4800QC by Janome. I have had my 6500 for over 2 years and it’s barely had a vacation since I plugged it in. (If you go to the Janome site, check out the Horizon – very cool..I shouldn’t look at this site anymore!) My machine has taken quite a bit of action extremely well! Can’t wait to finish some quilts when my machine and I are back in action. Have a great weekend!
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Well hey – how are you doing? While I was considering and going back and forth about adding my submission to the Bloggers Quilt Festival, it reminded me of when I was feeling the same way about starting a blog about a year ago. Could I really do that? I was nervous!

I was spending hours perusing all of the creativity of my favorite blogs and was so inspired by all of the talent! I had even sent in a couple of comments on some favorite projects, all the while feeling oh so nervous about if what I’d say could portray nearly enough of how inpired I was by this talented community.
Then I decided I would try a blog too, maybe. I got my blogger identity and then didn’t do anything with it for a while. It was then I figured I needed to start a quilt to kick off my blog.
After all, I need a header for my blog and why not use one I made? I got to assembling my string blocks for this quilt using scraps from a bunch of projects, I cut up new fat quarters and used some ‘hand me down’ fabrics my Mom gave me. I had 1.5 yards of that red print in my stash that fit perfectly too. I really didn’t know how it would turn out!
As I put these blocks together I kept thinking about all the inspiration I had from others blogs, how I got emails back from the comments I made and then I got so happy with how this quilt was looking too!

Here is my favorite quilt this year which initiated me into this wonderful community and has improved my quilting, my eye for color, kicked off my involvement in virtual bees, quilt-alongs, block swaps and secret swaps. I have truly enjoyed these past 10 months and look forward to more sewing, swapping and inspiration!
Take a peek at the other projects for the Bloggers Quilt Festival ~ the stories are as great as the quilts!
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I should really be figuring out my plan for making more gifts for the holidays. I should…but then, I am easily distracted. I got to looking through my stash and found some fantastic fabric from this quilt —->.
By the way I totally loooove star blocks. Anyway, I had cut all those sawtooth star points and kept them separate in my way un- organized stash master bucket. The star points were still in place together – like triangles just wanting to be sewn together. I played with this little number ~
let’s call it a HST/disappearing 9 patch. This may or may not have been sent to my mug rug swap partner.
THEN…during my cool Stitching Sisters sewing night last week, I brought along the rest of that fabric and made 2.5″ HSTs for this:
Anyone in love with Swoon? I so totally am, and once I saw this carpenters wheel block (similar to Swoon but not absolutely) I had to try. Ya, think I’ll invest in a Swoon pattern pretty darn quick.
THEN – during the Thanksgiving holiday I got an early present from my folks….
A total PILE of batiks from Connecting Threads! SUPER fun to think about and decide projects on. Oh, I may or may not have gotten 20 spools of thread too…yippee!!!THEN, when I got back from holiday travel I had this beautiful stack of fabrics waiting which I received from a Sew Mama Sew giveaway! YAY! I had not won a fabric giveaway previously and was SO lucky to get these 12 FQs. And Ahuh, that is indeed Happy Mochi Yum Yum!! Now, just what to do with it.
While I edge closer and closer to holiday deadline (my own self-inflicted deadline) and try to avoid distraction without any success- I needed another project, so started this one:
This is from Quiltmaker magazine, and I just couldn’t stop myself. OK, I will get back on track somehow, or it’ll be gift cards all around.If you are still with me, check out this post – I think it’s worth it! See ya soon!
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Hey, over here I’m doing some sewing…yup. I have recently been asked to join a sewing group in my area, an area where there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of sewing group-age going on. I’m over-the-freakin-top pretty happy about this.
So, of course this calls for a snappy little bag to tote my goodies in so I can look all professional and cool with my new group Sewing Sisters. Jealous? :)
I have had this book Fresh Fabric Treats for a while – ever heard of it? Yeah, thought so. In preparation for my new group – SS I’ll call us – I was perusing this book….looking for just the cool deal. And..
Foundit! I have been wanting to make this bag since I got the book, and now it will be mine….alllll mine.
Best thing to do is to dig through the stash and try to find that one-of-kind fabric and….Foundit! The book example is Sweetwater Make Life, and my pick is Sweetwater Authentic…fancy that.
So far I am loving how this is turning out and it’s going together super quick. So, a happy day/SS/sewing tote for me.
In other news, my SewHappyGeek Tablerunner/Wallhanging swap partner received her tablerunner from me and I have received the nicest emails from her. It is so much fun to connect with swap partners and she’s in Australia!
I await response from the Modern Christmas Tablerunner swap partner, and shipped off another swap package for my Scrappy Mug Rug swap partner. Oh the painanticipation love of waiting. And now, I leave you with this little lovely too. I am having some fun with zippy bags using a bunch of scraps, but this one, not done in scraps, is my favorite with a zipped pocket inside the zippy.
Keeping it. Back soon with the finish (hopefully) to my new SS bag! Have a great weekend!
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I really wanted to try the spider web block and found this tutorial which was incredibly helpful. The whole runner was done with fabric from my stash and other projects plus 1 FQ for the border. I completely winged it on the border size while in progress and used the entire FQ, with no, none, zip-o left over – freaky. I sent a couple other goodies to my partner and she should be getting it any day!
You know, I keep thinking I don’t have much of a stash…I’ll keep telling my husband that (and myself too!) anyway.
For the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap I started out doing some paper-piecing. The individual patterns were super fun to do but I really had no idea where I was going.

I was planning on quilting this past weekend away on a retreat, but that fell through . So, instead I had my own ‘retreat’ and ‘went to town’ on my tablerunner project. This tablerunner really evolved. I started with the tree as my centerpiece and it took off. I found that I had that snowflake batik that went perfectly as ends and added my other paper pieced blocks bordered in red to tie it all together. I almost didn’t send it, thought it would stay with me!



AND for more post-office-ness, I mailed bee blocks for November for the bee Quilting Under the Rainbow. I had not tried the friendship block previously but I think I need a quilt of these blocks on my project list, maybe with prints on the border and in the block alternating…hmmm. Seems like every new block I try I need a project from them!


Next up, I am focusing on another project for a Mug Rug Swap..and, hmmm guess I should put together the list of things I have yet to do for holiday gifts!
See ya!

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I got another squishy package from a swap :) I spied this runner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Flickr group and loved it instantly.

(I’m stealing the photo from Sarah because of the crappy overcast weather that has been abundantly available lately) * I want her table too, wonder if she can ship this from Ireland?
I am a fan of many quilters and Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs is one of the top on my list. When I read the card before opening her beautifully wrapped gift I knew exactly which runner I received! (admittedly I got a little weepy)
Here is a great picture of the goodies + I got a chocolate bar that was enjoyed almost immediately by me. Besides this fabulous runner, isn’t that hoop and ornament so.dang.cute?!?


I absolutely adore this runner! She also won a prize for this design, which is so well-deserved and I am so thrilled for her (and me!)! Thank you Sarah!
Besides my near inability to tear my eyes off my new runner, I spent much of Saturday on a winter wonderland tour – and finished this:


So cute and SO much fun to do! While this looks complicated with foundation piecing, it went together so amazingly well. I used the patterns designed by Sonja Callaghan/Artisania and published in Quiltmaker over the past 2 issues.
And, to continue, I have been on a run with paper piecing constantly lately. Here is another project I did for a mugrug swap (sorry no close up photo) :
I saw this one and thought I’d try to do ‘my own’ version by drawing it and paper-piecing…ya, didn’t go as well as I wanted, but it worked eventually.
Think I may leave the designing aspect of paper-piecing to the designers or I need a WHOLE lot more experience.
Since I struggled with ‘my version’ of the snowman I threw in ‘my’ (not!) snowflake in her favorite fabric, batik to my partner. I think she digs it :)
Now I wonder if I will wait until say Dec. 22 before I start my holiday sewing list….always better under pressure right? Have a great day! 
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It’s a giveaway! Welcome to you first time visitors and welcome back to my followers. I hope you are having fun with the Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!
I don’t know about you all but I think my holiday gift making list is getting smaller by the second. Less that 2 weeks?! How does it sneak up like that? Oh, I have plenty of stuff going on but not anything that would be considered a non-me gift at this point. If you want to stop back and visit again some time you can see how I am progressing on this little beauty:
I am participating in a ‘row a month’ club locally and we are all making this lovely house quilt from Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar. I just started and love this already, we’ll see about the hand sewn applique’….eep.Anyway, enough with it! What is the giveaway?? Well, you could win this great book Make and Takes for Kids by Marie LeBaron.
This book is so dang cute!! There are some fantastic ideas for kids to make 50 crafts and many of these would be fun for the whole gang at kids birthday parties:






So, leave me a comment between now and 5:00PM PST December 16 ~ AND let me know a memorable kids birthday party you either had or went to or put on and why….can’t remember any? Then tell me a great idea you have for one!

I will pick the winner December 17 (via random number generator), email the big winner by December 18 and ship as soon as possible – I will even brave the postal crowds and ship before December 24 if I get your address quick enough!! YES, I will ship internationally!!!
I will also include the pictured chenille pipe cleaners so you can get started on your cute kids projects right away! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out everyone else’s giveaway – there is some great stuff out there!
Happy Holidays!
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I really wanted to try the spider web block and found this tutorial which was incredibly helpful. The whole runner was done with fabric from my stash and other projects plus 1 FQ for the border. I completely winged it on the border size while in progress and used the entire FQ, with no, none, zip-o left over – freaky. I sent a couple other goodies to my partner and she should be getting it any day!
You know, I keep thinking I don’t have much of a stash…I’ll keep telling my husband that (and myself too!) anyway.
For the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap I started out doing some paper-piecing. The individual patterns were super fun to do but I really had no idea where I was going.

I was planning on quilting this past weekend away on a retreat, but that fell through . So, instead I had my own ‘retreat’ and ‘went to town’ on my tablerunner project. This tablerunner really evolved. I started with the tree as my centerpiece and it took off. I found that I had that snowflake batik that went perfectly as ends and added my other paper pieced blocks bordered in red to tie it all together. I almost didn’t send it, thought it would stay with me!



AND for more post-office-ness, I mailed bee blocks for November for the bee Quilting Under the Rainbow. I had not tried the friendship block previously but I think I need a quilt of these blocks on my project list, maybe with prints on the border and in the block alternating…hmmm. Seems like every new block I try I need a project from them!


Next up, I am focusing on another project for a Mug Rug Swap..and, hmmm guess I should put together the list of things I have yet to do for holiday gifts!
See ya!

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I got another squishy package from a swap :) I spied this runner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Flickr group and loved it instantly.

(I’m stealing the photo from Sarah because of the crappy overcast weather that has been abundantly available lately) * I want her table too, wonder if she can ship this from Ireland?
I am a fan of many quilters and Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs is one of the top on my list. When I read the card before opening her beautifully wrapped gift I knew exactly which runner I received! (admittedly I got a little weepy)
Here is a great picture of the goodies + I got a chocolate bar that was enjoyed almost immediately by me. Besides this fabulous runner, isn’t that hoop and ornament so.dang.cute?!?


I absolutely adore this runner! She also won a prize for this design, which is so well-deserved and I am so thrilled for her (and me!)! Thank you Sarah!
Besides my near inability to tear my eyes off my new runner, I spent much of Saturday on a winter wonderland tour – and finished this:


So cute and SO much fun to do! While this looks complicated with foundation piecing, it went together so amazingly well. I used the patterns designed by Sonja Callaghan/Artisania and published in Quiltmaker over the past 2 issues.
And, to continue, I have been on a run with paper piecing constantly lately. Here is another project I did for a mugrug swap (sorry no close up photo) :
I saw this one and thought I’d try to do ‘my own’ version by drawing it and paper-piecing…ya, didn’t go as well as I wanted, but it worked eventually.
Think I may leave the designing aspect of paper-piecing to the designers or I need a WHOLE lot more experience.
Since I struggled with ‘my version’ of the snowman I threw in ‘my’ (not!) snowflake in her favorite fabric, batik to my partner. I think she digs it :)
Now I wonder if I will wait until say Dec. 22 before I start my holiday sewing list….always better under pressure right? Have a great day! 
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Remember this one, the Farmhouse Quilt? I think I may have mentioned an upcoming learning option for me and hand-applique’ too….
Ya, didn’t happen. For the record I tried – sincerely – to do the applique’ with turned edge, hand sewn and ah….big n.o. for me on that. Just could see it languishing undone via that method.
It’s like my husband would say ‘you have a powertool sewing maching, use it’
I am making my way pretty quick through these applique’ blocks, using my machine powertool and am having a blast! It really is fun!
For this project, I am using a spool of Aurifil thread, first time for me and think I am in *love* – wow. Love the other thread I use (and always have) but there really is a difference! I only have a couple Aurifil spools but the red I have is perfect for my apples and cherries for this quilt.Also, ever do a courthouse block? I hadn’t tried before- but this last week had me using up some scraps, which is better than joining in another swap or quilt-a-long – though, I am sortof in a quilt-a-long with this now that I think of it..hmm. Super quick finish for potholders that I have had on my list to do forever. Randi (love her shop!) has a series of monthly quilt-a-longs going on, and the first was the perfect way to use up scraps and to get my potholders done.


I didn’t add as many strips to 2 of the 3 minis with the project as described so I could make potholders. I just used Insul-Bright for my batting and done! Super easy. Plus, I could toss our old potholders out which makes me happy. I have another project brewing but won’t disclose it just yet. I could categorize it as maybe joining in the masses and making my own version for another ‘on the list’ project….just waiting for delivery(ies).
Enjoy!
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Me …Grumpy?! Nope…well maybe at times, but who isn’t? This cutie coffee/tea mug was a gift I received over the holidays and I totally *love* it. My all time favorite Disney character – best.ever. I may or may not also have a tattoo of the crab …hehe.
I have been busy lately, but not as busy as I want to be with sewing. I had some time off with my husband between Christmas and New Years and he got in the way..gasp. Now that I am back at work the marathon work hours are taking my husbands place…soon I will be able to return to normalcy, I better …maybe that’s why I’m somewhat Grumpy.
I have been checking out blogs and am wow’d by all the resolutions and neat and tidy sewing spaces that the New Year has brought. I do not make resolutions because I am competitive and if I can’t succeed I see no reason – right? :)
I have been thinking of being less Grumpy, perhaps by Letting GO. So, we’ll put that on the list – not a resolution, more of a focus.
I did get some time in to finish some blocks for a BOM that started in February last year. As an intro, here is a quilt my Mom made me several years ago:


She made 3 (3!) of these quilts, so understandably she was happy to relinquish her excess patriotic prints to me. I decided to use them for the star BOM at Piecenquilt – perfect right? Here are some progress pics:

I decided to resew the block in the middle left of this photo, the red was too bright

And walla! Here is the pile of blocks on my front porch (no snow!). I am deciding what to use for sashing…maybe a deep blue. Give me input if you have some!
The purple I have here in the upper left is also too bright for the blocks. I am ohso excited to be able to have these blocks finished…cuz, well, now be quiet about it but —yup, they are going back to the original fabric owner …shhh. Maybe she won’t remember how she didn’t want to look at the fabrics after making all those quilts!
As a nod to my new resolution focus – here are some very cute boys with a song (my new focus song) ‘Let Go’ by SafetySuit.
Back soon, promise.
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Scrap Vomit
I don’t care how many times I type it or say it – Scrap Vomit makes me giggle. As does vomitous and vomitorium, you get my drift…at least it is funny with the quiltalong that Katy has going on ~ Scrap Vomit Appreciation Society.

I started with what I thought was a big pile of 2.5 x 2.5 squares. I actually thought I had enough for 2 quilts but I almost ran out!

I kept adding other pieces and scraps to my squares plus I swapped out some squares with others in the group to make the quilt blocks, 35 in all

As I was trying to find time to continue sewing the blocks I found a couple other quilts and swaps I wanted in on like Modernista, Modern She Made 2, Mod Pop, Spinning Stars, Mouthy Stitches 2~ can you say over-committing, pathological joiner much? But I cannot resist!

I reaaallly wanted to finish this top before digging into anything else.

This was such a fun quilt to do because I used up all of my scraps (I even mailed out all my leftovers!) and you really don’t have to pay attention to any fabrics matching or clashing. Actually if your fabrics clash and are hideous together it makes for a better quilt!

I kept going at this and ended up with this ~

I love how this turned out – such a mix of truly awesome scraps (mostly from swapping) and oldies, uglies. This quilt will be going to Sarah in New York for quilting once I get the Valorie Wells fabric I found for a bargain as the back. I already can’t wait to get it back :)

I am off to enjoy some beautiful midwestern fall weather. You have a great weekend! Karen
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Hi. I’ve been ignoring my blog lately – mostly because 10-12 hour work days have eaten into my time, and particularly my sewing time. But, I am free-er lately and have been doing some stuff.

In my last post I broke down and admitted that I’d joined a bunch of swaps. I am happily planning the projects for my partners and with deadlines towards end of October I know it’ll work out. I just need to get on it!

Despite the joining of swaps I cannot resist, this beauty came back home from it’s trip around the U.S. and the U.K.~

This is the wrap up of the Around the Bend and Across the Pond robin I was in. Isn’t it great? I sent out the center block in January which seems like so long ago, you know?

This block is the State of Wisconsin block and it was perfect for me to start with in the Free Form Robin for many reasons, but mostly because I am not a Wisconsin native but a relatively recent resident. I just moved to Wisconsin in the last couple years full time. I had only really been a Minnesota resident previously. Guess it’s about time to admit it for me in some ways that I am in Wisconsin. There, said it – that border battle between MN and WI is still strong you know?!

I’m not a Green Bay Packer fan however, just to set the record straight.

Anywho – this block went to Virginia, Las Vegas, New Jersey, the UK, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana and came back a quilt! The Bee Free Bee I was in allowed a bunch of flexibility in what each quilter added…you could add a row, a block, some embroidery, add to a block – whatever you thought the piece needed. This was very creative and fun!

Once I received this quilt it went to the top of the pile – had to finish it – so I did :)

I did some meandering on most and waves for the water and squiggles for the grass, added straight lines to the linen frame…
The label that traveled along with the quilt and signed by my bee mates is on the back too- that is one of my favorite parts! I picked up more lure fabric for the back of this quilt in May, not knowing how big it would end up. It just made it in width from selvage to selvage and I have about a 1/4 yard left over. 😀

I honestly love this quilt and I am so happy to have it in our family room!
This is a well-traveled and wonderful quilt! Now, on to the swap stuff…maybe :)

Take care, K
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Me …Grumpy?! Nope…well maybe at times, but who isn’t? This cutie coffee/tea mug was a gift I received over the holidays and I totally *love* it. My all time favorite Disney character – best.ever. I may or may not also have a tattoo of the crab …hehe.
I have been busy lately, but not as busy as I want to be with sewing. I had some time off with my husband between Christmas and New Years and he got in the way..gasp. Now that I am back at work the marathon work hours are taking my husbands place…soon I will be able to return to normalcy, I better …maybe that’s why I’m somewhat Grumpy.
I have been checking out blogs and am wow’d by all the resolutions and neat and tidy sewing spaces that the New Year has brought. I do not make resolutions because I am competitive and if I can’t succeed I see no reason – right? :)
I have been thinking of being less Grumpy, perhaps by Letting GO. So, we’ll put that on the list – not a resolution, more of a focus.
I did get some time in to finish some blocks for a BOM that started in February last year. As an intro, here is a quilt my Mom made me several years ago:


She made 3 (3!) of these quilts, so understandably she was happy to relinquish her excess patriotic prints to me. I decided to use them for the star BOM at Piecenquilt – perfect right? Here are some progress pics:

I decided to resew the block in the middle left of this photo, the red was too bright

And walla! Here is the pile of blocks on my front porch (no snow!). I am deciding what to use for sashing…maybe a deep blue. Give me input if you have some!
The purple I have here in the upper left is also too bright for the blocks. I am ohso excited to be able to have these blocks finished…cuz, well, now be quiet about it but —yup, they are going back to the original fabric owner …shhh. Maybe she won’t remember how she didn’t want to look at the fabrics after making all those quilts!
As a nod to my new resolution focus – here are some very cute boys with a song (my new focus song) ‘Let Go’ by SafetySuit.
Back soon, promise.
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When I made this block for my partner in the For the Love of Solids 2 swap I didn’t know what I would do with it. Mini quilt, pillow cover…then I thought tote bag! My partner had mentioned a tote. Aha! This could make an interesting bag. Who doesn’t love a bag, I mean you need at least a dozen at any given time right?
Then I remembered that I’d already echo quilted the star and didn’t want to hurt it too badly. Oh, and it’s sort of an odd size at 21″ square. Maybe that wouldn’t work but I wanted to try to figure something out.
I got the idea in my head and it wouldn’t budge.
I then remembered a bag I’d made for my Mom a couple years ago that she loves. It’s the Cinch it Tote found in Quilts and More, the Fall 2010 issue. You add casing and use grommets to make it ‘cinch’. The result is a roomy bag that doesn’t feel too bulky, and you could really pile a serious volume of stuff in here!


The grommet placement worked out at the star points so I didn’t ‘hurt’ the echo quilting I did and I added a solid stripe to the back side (although I was very tempted to do another star!)


This time around I paid attention to the pattern suggestion and used 7/8″ ribbon for the ‘binding’ at the top. I know I was too nervous to try that with the bag I made my Mom before as I thought it would slip too much to sew in place. Last time I used double fold binding which is nice, but ribbon is a very clean way to finish off a bag. The handles use that same ribbon and fabric for a sturdy feel. I will do this again with bags for sure!
I added an inside pocket using some of my extra half square triangles.
Now I hope my partner likes it!…eeek! Cross your fingers for me and have a great day!
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I got myself sucked into a pile -and I mean a PILE – of swaps (plus a sewalong for good measure) and while it was fun, I got a little flustered. Most of the swaps display on my sidebar – For the Love of Solids II, The Name Game Swap, Mouthy Stitches, The Tova sewalong and the Doll Quilt Swap 12. EEEK. Who am I kidding? I LOVED it – but it was a challenge to come up with ideas and to try to create items my partners would love too.
Throw in a scrappy mug rug and a journal swap and all done in a pretty quick time period – mostly March. Anyway – here is the last swap item I just shipped for the Doll Quilt Swap 12. There has been 12 rounds of this swap and there are so many amazing mini’s out there because of it!
This quilt is 20 log cabin blocks and the logs are 1″ wide, the blocks finished at about 4.5″ I think. I used Kona Coal and scraps and I tell ya, I love that Coal color! I thought I was a Kona Snow gal forever but the darker colors made the scraps pop.
It seemed like I took on a little too much when I cut down the fabrics, but it went together super fast. I finished the blocks on Monday (thanks to an afternoon off work) and quilted it Tuesday evening with my sewing group. I quickly had it complete with the binding by the time I left too!

I was a little sad to see this one go in the mail really as it turned out better than I hoped. Hope my partner likes it!
Whew – that is it for swaps for me for a bit as I take a swap hiatus. Well, at least until I find another I can’t resist! :)
I leave you with a picture of my blooming tulips – I adore these short stature tulips soooo much!

I should be able to post an update on a (hopefully) nearly completed Swoon quilt/duvet and another UFO almost completed wrap up over the weekend. And you know what!? those are my last open projects so I’m thinking my swap hiatus could be short-lived. Off to look at Flickr! hehe
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Hi! Thanks for checking my quilt out. Don’t you just love stalking blogs and Amy’s Bloggers Quilt Festival? It is blog stalker heaven. I love seeing all the quilts and fabrics and checking out blogs that I have and haven’t seen before. It truly is bliss for me.
The quilt I have for this round of the Bloggers Quilt Festival was just – and I mean just – finished. (Just = binding sewn on before 7:00am and then handstitched by 10:30am this morning) This quilt is a long-awaited and home-improvement prone project that I am so happy to share today!
As an admitted blog stalker and Flickr freak, I love to Quilt-a-long and when I saw the Swooning on a hop along group in Flickr, I actually resisted. Yup, resisted! You see, I wanted to take my time with this quilt because I had long coveted the pattern, plus when I saw the pattern I just knew the quilt would be on our bed.
Then, it was the ‘simple’ matter of finding the right fabric and then begging negotiating with my husband. I won, well “we” did right? 😀


I adore the Echo fabric line! The designs are clean and the colors are calming to me. After some deliberation, I then decided on Kona snow for the solid. With this quilt, I made sure to check my typical impatience and competitive nature to take my time piecing the blocks. For those of you who have worked on this pattern, you know there is a pile of half square triangles and seams. I also used a scant 1/4″ seam and a just-for-this-quilt spool of Aurifil thread which is relatively new for me to use.
I think the combination helped as I rarely pulled my seam ripper out. It was so fun to piece this quilt together!
The finished top led to a change-up of home improvement order to new paint for our walls and we also considered changing to a king size bed. Ten hours of painting, selecting and replacing lighting then eliminating extra furniture later and we had a ‘new’ room ~
I was then ready to quilt the top but alas, my Janome 6500 decided she needed a vacation. The smaller Janome 4800 I have on loan would have worked but maybe not quite as well. I switched it up and went to a longarm to finish because there was no stopping now. I wanted this done so much!
I found Sarah as I was stalking through the Swooning on a hop a long group for ideas on finishing the top. Sarah is in New York! (if you have quilt tops to finish – get.a.hold.of.her.now!)
I sent the quilt and had it back within 2 weeks – within 2 weeks from Wisconsin to New York and back. This totally worked for me; competitive/impatient nature now restored :)
Check out the swirls – just *love* it!
Here is a picture of the finished product ~

A couple extra HSTs surround my label

And finally ~


Whew! SO happy to have this finished!
Quilt Stats:
Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley
Echo fabric line by Lotta Jansdotter with Kona snow
I bumped up sashing and border to 5.5″ for a duvet larger queen sized quilt (husband is cover hog)
Finished size approximately 94″ x 94″ which gives a great drop off the bed sides/end
Have fun stalking the other bloggers! Thanks for stopping in.
Karen
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Check out this picture from the other night ~

We have had freakishly weird weather this year, I suppose like about everyone huh? This picture was taken just after it rained and before it rained again the other night.
It has been super dry here, and I have been hoping for rain but I could truly do without the cyclone-like winds that have accompanied it. I pictured myself under a house with my ruby slippers on a couple times this week. As a matter of fact I think it’s about to rain again!
Anywho, do you like mug rugs? Know what they are? If you do you probably made one for or received one from a swap am I right?
I joined a super accelerated make and ship timeline mug rug swap. We only had 2 weeks to make and ship our projects, so I started my day hoping to get this started and finished. My big plan resulted in an initial false start/epic fail, but I digress. I switched gears and made this mug rug for my swap partner today~

I can’t show the whole thing because my partner and I know we have each other for this round. Wouldn’t want to spoil it!
Another super quick and fun project I finished was for the Rapid & Tiny Zakka swap. The RATZ swap June edition called for magnets. I myself love magnets, while my husband could live without them. Of course this did not stop me from joining…I mean come on 😉
These were quick and fun to do even though I totally struggled with my master-quilt-block-magnet idea. It was hard to turn the edges on these tiny quilt blocks and a binding would have thrown me right over the edge I think…I mean, what fabric width would work for binding on these…although, they may have turned out a little better ~

The round magnets are button covers with super strong (and I mean strong) magnets hot-glued on the back.
In other news, I was recently reunited with my Janome 6500 after her extended visit to the machine spa. Since her return to her rightful place, I have been putting some serious miles on her and finished quilting this quilt from the Sliced Apples QAL:
The colorful fabrics are vintage sheets and the lavender is quilters cotton. I have ALWAYS wanted to work vintage sheets into a quilt so this was ideal, quick and fun. My one word of advice, make sure your iron isn’t too hot for the non-cotton/blend sheets! The poly does not enjoy it. My sliced apples quilt is going to be donated to a charity.
Speaking of which, if you are feeling like joining in on a quilt charity group I highly recommend this one:
Katie at swim, bike, quilt is hosting her annual quilt drive, you can read more about it here. This is a wonderful way to give. I donated last year, what about you??
Have a fabulous rest of your weekend! Hugs -K
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Or, to more accurately state it in my world – putting the Swoon before the bedroom update :)
OK, I took Kirsten’s post about finishing her Swoon as a kick in the patootie and really put it into gear to wrap up my Swoon…..

so – I have mostly finished it! In my version I will be making the top into a duvet for a yet to be bought comforter for a yet to be bought king sized bed. And have it in a yet to be wallpaper border removed and repainted bedroom…hence, cart Swoon before horse redo on bedroom.
These are a couple of my most favorite blocks.

I had only 3 blocks left to do and I just got into that sewing groove and finished them all up last night -then started thinking about expanding the quilt top.
The Swoon pattern finishes at 80 x 80 inches – and the comforter size we are looking at is 110″ x 98″ (over-sized). To get a head start on expando-size I made the sashing 5.5″ versus the stated 2.5″. I will then add some additional fabric for the top/bottom and sides for drop. That will wait until I have the comforter in hand I think.
Yippee! I am glad to have these done and loooove how this looks. The Echo fabric line is simply gorgeous and I am so glad I used it for this pattern! I also sewed up the waste from the geese and will be trying to devise an HST pattern to make a pillow or two.

The pillows might wait a bit until I get that have to sewing bug again.
In other news, I did get my wicked witch ala Wizard of Oz basket for my bike and am in love with it too :)

I want to look for a basket liner tutorial/bag idea – let me know if you have seen any good ones!
Have a fabulous day! -K
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I haven’t blogged too much about the Around the Bend and Across the Pond swap that I was lucky enough to be part of. We started in January and our group of 8 had a month to add our own additions to these lovely quilts. The style of swap was a Free Form, meaning we could add to the quilt as we wanted whether it was a row, applique’, entire border, whatever we wanted. This was very interesting but was a little nerve wracking and over-the-top exciting for me to receive these quilts each month.
Here is a pic of the last quilt I worked on. I added the thin white border and checkerboard ~
Here is another one I got to add to ~

On the quilt above I added the burgundy/thin border and the Kona taragon green with 2 applique’d dresdens on the corners.
As it’s August and 8 months in, we are now done (or near done) with the rotation. I am excited to see the starter block I sent out and how it will finish after all of its travels but sorry that this group has come to an end too!
There are new bee groups starting for this group – so go and sign up! I found that I truly enjoyed this group and it was fun for inspiration to take over for my additions to each quilt. The Be Free Bee gals I sewed with were great!
There are 3 types of additions with this bee. The free form like I joined and then there is the row robin (add a row) and round robin (add a border). The quilts that are posted in this group on Flickr are amazing; inspiration each one.
Here is what I sent out in the beginning of the year:

The block is the State of Wisconsin quilt block which I found here. I will post the finish once I get it. I have seen the progression with this starter in pictures on Flickr and it is amazing what this block has morphed into!
I picked up the fish fabric when we vacationed last year in Door County, WI. If you can ever get to the Midwest you should try to get to Lake Michigan and Door County. It is absolutely fantastic. We were there at Memorial Day weekend this year and I grabbed some more lure fabric for the quilt back. Lucky us, we are returning to Door County soon and more salmon fishing!
As for other items, I have started the Scrap Vomit quilt along quilt that Katy is to blame for :). I am having so much fun with this because there are no real piecing rules to follow so it is just full-on sewing with little thought – love that!

As part of the group, I sent out 4 sets of 50 squares to other ‘vomiters’ from my scraptastic pile of 2.5 X 2.5″ squares and received some back. It is nice to have a mix of new to me vomit fabric to add to my blocks.
I had just enough of this blue Kona for the inner ring and picked up Kona berry for the outer ring:

It is easy to spend time putting these together and I already have about 7 blocks done. I will spare you the pics as it is overcast and not picture weather. More on this as I add to it for sure!
As for any other projects, I am making some progress and hope to spend time while we vacation doing more embroidery. Now, just where did Summer go?!
Have a great week! ~ K
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Are you good with scrap management? I’ve seen that phrase tied to the itty bitty and not so itty pieces we quilters tend to keep. Is there such a thing? If so, can you delegate scrap management?
Do you, yourself keep scraps? I have read where some …actually…don’t. Which I found myself wishing for when I looked at this~

See this pile o scraps? EEEK – I found I just kept adding to it…pushing the fabric down in the bucket and adding in more. I think some of the pieces were suffocating and all were horribly wrinkled piles of mess.
I rarely – and I mean rarely – dig through this pile for good project additions, and yet feel compelled to keep them. I don’t know why as I’d classify myself as a compulsive donate-er but seem to struggle with letting go of fabric.

As I was digging through this pile recently and reliving projects I found that the majority of these pieces were pretty old. I really I didn’t want to think about how old in some cases. Why oh why hang on to this!?!
I found colors I don’t really appreciate as much as I once did – the occasional fabric that I used so often that I could hardly look at it – and some pretty gnarly fabric content that made the pieces not so soft = bleck
As a stalker, well actually I am now a full-on follower of imagingermonkey, I actually gasped out loud when I saw her Flickr group for a scrap vomit quilt along. If you don’t know scrap vomit then I implore you to check out this photo ~ technicolor yawn/scrap vomit
That quilt is all 2.5″ x 2.5″ scraps! The plan includes a bunch of those squares, actually 1375 total go into this quilt. What is awesome about this is it uses up scraps plus, no rules on color, fabric style, value, contrast – ahuh – PERFECT
So – I cut all that mess up – and now I have this:

I did toss all other scraps that were less than 2″ – I just couldn’t hang on to these anymore. You know what? The toss out was actually pretty well contained too plus I found plenty of 2.5 x 2.5″ squares in the mix. This is a good go-to patchwork size for me evidently.
Now that messy pile is all tidied up, I have a larger plastic container for my solids – and I don’t feel so bad picking up this stack of loveliness :) (sort of a two-fer – or three-fer maybe)
I’m also actually getting some quilting done on top of this scrap cutting too. I quilted my low volume quilt for a finish!

I straight line quilted in boxes that criss-cross the pinwheels. The bubble fabric for the back follows the low volume theme and is so incredibly soft. I totally love this quilt! I think know there are more low volume in my future.
You have a great week! K
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I don’t care how many times I type it or say it – Scrap Vomit makes me giggle. As does vomitous and vomitorium, you get my drift…at least it is funny with the quiltalong that Katy has going on ~ Scrap Vomit Appreciation Society.

I started with what I thought was a big pile of 2.5 x 2.5 squares. I actually thought I had enough for 2 quilts but I almost ran out!

I kept adding other pieces and scraps to my squares plus I swapped out some squares with others in the group to make the quilt blocks, 35 in all

As I was trying to find time to continue sewing the blocks I found a couple other quilts and swaps I wanted in on like Modernista, Modern She Made 2, Mod Pop, Spinning Stars, Mouthy Stitches 2~ can you say over-committing, pathological joiner much? But I cannot resist!

I reaaallly wanted to finish this top before digging into anything else.

This was such a fun quilt to do because I used up all of my scraps (I even mailed out all my leftovers!) and you really don’t have to pay attention to any fabrics matching or clashing. Actually if your fabrics clash and are hideous together it makes for a better quilt!

I kept going at this and ended up with this ~

I love how this turned out – such a mix of truly awesome scraps (mostly from swapping) and oldies, uglies. This quilt will be going to Sarah in New York for quilting once I get the Valorie Wells fabric I found for a bargain as the back. I already can’t wait to get it back :)

I am off to enjoy some beautiful midwestern fall weather. You have a great weekend! Karen
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Hi. I’ve been ignoring my blog lately – mostly because 10-12 hour work days have eaten into my time, and particularly my sewing time. But, I am free-er lately and have been doing some stuff.

In my last post I broke down and admitted that I’d joined a bunch of swaps. I am happily planning the projects for my partners and with deadlines towards end of October I know it’ll work out. I just need to get on it!

Despite the joining of swaps I cannot resist, this beauty came back home from it’s trip around the U.S. and the U.K.~

This is the wrap up of the Around the Bend and Across the Pond robin I was in. Isn’t it great? I sent out the center block in January which seems like so long ago, you know?

This block is the State of Wisconsin block and it was perfect for me to start with in the Free Form Robin for many reasons, but mostly because I am not a Wisconsin native but a relatively recent resident. I just moved to Wisconsin in the last couple years full time. I had only really been a Minnesota resident previously. Guess it’s about time to admit it for me in some ways that I am in Wisconsin. There, said it – that border battle between MN and WI is still strong you know?!

I’m not a Green Bay Packer fan however, just to set the record straight.

Anywho – this block went to Virginia, Las Vegas, New Jersey, the UK, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana and came back a quilt! The Bee Free Bee I was in allowed a bunch of flexibility in what each quilter added…you could add a row, a block, some embroidery, add to a block – whatever you thought the piece needed. This was very creative and fun!

Once I received this quilt it went to the top of the pile – had to finish it – so I did :)

I did some meandering on most and waves for the water and squiggles for the grass, added straight lines to the linen frame…
The label that traveled along with the quilt and signed by my bee mates is on the back too- that is one of my favorite parts! I picked up more lure fabric for the back of this quilt in May, not knowing how big it would end up. It just made it in width from selvage to selvage and I have about a 1/4 yard left over. 😀

I honestly love this quilt and I am so happy to have it in our family room!
This is a well-traveled and wonderful quilt! Now, on to the swap stuff…maybe :)

Take care, K
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It seems that I cannot be away from my sewing machine too long lately, perhaps because I was really missing it with working too many hours.

I have been working away at a bunch of stuff and sorting through my stash too – why keep a half square at 1″ ? Here I thought I’d gathered all my scraps for my scrap vomit quilt. Oh well.

Anyway – I received another swap item, it continues to surprise me that I get items too with the swaps I’m in!

I received this tote as part of the Mouthy Stitches group. Whitney made it and she blogs here, the peacock tree. I absolutely love it! It is the perfect mix of cool colors and hand stitching. You should check out her blog, it is funny to read the movie phrases! Some of the phrases she quotes are all so very memorable from many of my favorite movies, makes me want to re-watch ’em. Hysterical! Right now Whitney is rounding up people to participate in a bee and Tom is looking gorgeous as ever.

Along with this beautiful tote came a super cute fob, which is currently riding around in my car on my keys, so no pic. I think this tote will become my full time purse as it is a good size to toss over my shoulder and pile stuff in.

Do you curve? I mean curve piece :) I have long wanted to do curve piecing, even joined in on the Mod Pop QAL so I would try it, make myself try it. I also joined in with the Vintage Block QAL and sure enough, the first block has curves! Here is my first attempt for the vintage block QAL, just to break myself in on this:

I used some low volume prints I had and some purples, I think I’m hooked! I was a little leary of this block but the pattern and my curve master foot made a big difference! I want to make more of this block! I think I’ll focus more on lighter blues with my LV prints going forward.

Unfortunately, since I had a bunch of other projects I wanted to wrap up I put the Mod Pop aside for a bit. I have however used Julie’s templates for drunkards path – and they are great! I did invest in a 28mm rotary and find I use it alllll of the time. Here is what I put together for a potential swap mini:

I had that floral from Ruby/Bonnie & Camille in my stash and I think it works pretty well with the solids. I must say I did not struggle too much with the piecing here, besides matching up my blocks. Beginners luck? If my partner doesn’t want this I just might have to keep it and make a pillow. 😀

Speaking of pillow, I made a pillow for the X-factor pillow swap and it is on it’s merry way to the recipient.

The design is a paper piecing pattern from a quilt magazine (Fons & Porter dated 2005?) called Rosette. (thanks Mom for the back issues to hoard!) I have been wanting to try this pattern for a while. I added a covered zipper closure to the back. My husband (Mr. Laughter) didn’t want this one to head out the door!

This swap is so very different and fun as you submit your pillow, no one in the group knows who created it – then, you vote on your favorite! The quilter’s pillow that gets the most points then has first selection of pillows and so on. This is such a great group to participate in! All of the pillows are gorgeous and it is fun to see all the styles. Wonder which one I get? :)

I have one more item to share but don’t have a pic – I made a Shearwater Kaftan! I did! It was very fun to put together even if I used a super soft but slightly stretchy flannel I got at Joann’s but I love it. I also introduced myself to additional machine feet on my machine, who needs a serger? This is going to be be my go-to for about every day. I need to find more fabrics I love to make more – toss me any suggestions too! I’ll share a pic next time.

Have a great week!
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You might recall this mini I made for the BA{m}S (Be a Modern Swapper) wrap up swap that I jumped in on? I made this mini for my partner ~

I adore Bonnie & Camille’s Ruby fabric so much after putting this together, the florals with grey are gorgeous! I wrote about putting this mini together a little while back. OH – and do check out Janine over here, she made an incredible take off drunkards path mini – I mean, I want it! Janine – if you are reading this, I WANT it!

Anywho, remember how I committed to showing the back of this project? My partner, the hysterical Rebecca received her mini so I can reveal it – here goes 😀

Yep, Wonder Womans panties and logo! :) Hehe!! You see, Rebecca has a thing with Wonder Woman obviously so I took off with it. Go check out her blog, she even has posted a pic of herself on her blog with power quilting cuffs on!
I used Merlin’s y-front paper pieced pattern here and swapped the boy look for the starry print. I even reversed the fabric for the inside of the panty legs. This was SO much fun!

Did you ever see Wonder Woman? I can remember watching Wonder Woman the series with the beautiful Lynda Carter. I thought she was the bomb – I mean she with her invisible airplane, lasso and powerful and stylish bracelets (that stop bullets) plus that magic belt put her right over the top for me! I WANTED that airplane!

I know Rebecca likes it and I am glad :)

If you want to check out the Sew Mama Sew giveaway that I have check it out here! I am still making my way through all the giveaway goodies listed on the Sew Mama Sew site – there is a pile of stuff to check out and great inspiration!

Have a great day! xo K
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We just got a couple inches of snow so had to bring it outside for a photo shoot. I was fortunate to have a holiday day this week and since we were blessed with below zero temps I took advantage of a sewing day. I was all cozy in my sewing room having a blast putting these 9 patch blocks together! I then spent a couple evenings assembling the top. I couldn’t wait to get it done! At the same time I really didn’t want to finish it though, you know?! Didn’t want the fun to end.
I will soon use more of my stash to put together a patchwork back for it and quilt! Yay! I think that although this quilt is a large one, it would be a good quilt for a soon to be Mommy and her soon to be born daughter.
Along with this finish, I reallly wanted to try sewing another top so I grabbed some inexpensive voile fabric and made the Schoolhouse Tunic.
I really enjoy putting together clothes/tops for myself but envision them turning out way better than they actually do, unfortunately.
I do like how this top turned out in a sense

The voile is lovely although very sheer and has this pretty detail along the edge, which I used for the hem and sleeves – so much easier than putting in a true hem :)
This top was super easy top to cut out and sew really but I think if I make it again, I’ll make this in a quilting cotton and down a size ..maybe. I just may have to sew up another even if it is a little mumu-ish without a zipper/fitted skirt. It would be really cute in a floral pattern with a cami and tights…hmmmm
Anywho – onto the next stash quilt so now I am cutting up strips to have another go at the scrappy trip quilt. I made 4 blocks a couple weeks back and did not appreciate their scrappiness and donated them…I just didn’t see continuing. I decided to attempt it again but with a semi-plan for the colors with mostly purples and yellow. I will show progress next time!
What are you working on? Do tell! :) Have a fabulous week. K
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A nearly there finish
Does your sewing machine have a permanent home, well by permanent I mean does it sink into your table? I have never had a table like that so instead had my extension table butted up against my machine which was on top of an old plywood desk. Until now…look what I invested in

Here’s a potentially better pic

The minute I received the boxes I wanted to assemble. I waited though – until after work at least! I have a 6500 Janome and there is a table from Janome that fits this machine and can accommodate other Janome machines. I wasn’t thrilled with that option so searched around and found one from Missouri Sewing Co. Maybe a little pricey? Ya…but less than the Janome table! Plus it’s a little bit bigger. The construction on this table is great and my machine has a ‘home’. Yay! The table is adjustable too which helps considerably with my usual sewing backache.

Of course, the minute it was completely assembled I had to baste a WIP and get to FMQ right away.

I had this granny square top done and even posted a picture to Flickr in August last year. It has blocks from my awesome fellow bee mates of quilting under the rainbow. I can’t wait to show the back with everyone’s signature block.

I just didn’t get around to finishing it until now, guess all I needed was the new table :) The only other WIP I have is my Farmers Wife which ….well, let’s not go there today!

For the back and binding on my granny square quilt I emptied 4 of my cool comic book fabric cardboards
which is awesome as it frees up space for more fabric right? Heheh. Oh – take a look out my window – unreal
Not too easy to see but that is indeed snow – on April 19…and ice too. Bah! Anyway, I’m going to be finishing my granny square quilt and will post more info and a finished pic next time.

I’m also thinking of my next quilt and I am having a hard time finding something I want to dig into. So, I was thinking of this –
what do you think? I love applique’ and have plenty of fabric and scraps….let me know if you have any suggestions for something similar ok? Have a great weekend xo K
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We just got a couple inches of snow so had to bring it outside for a photo shoot. I was fortunate to have a holiday day this week and since we were blessed with below zero temps I took advantage of a sewing day. I was all cozy in my sewing room having a blast putting these 9 patch blocks together! I then spent a couple evenings assembling the top. I couldn’t wait to get it done! At the same time I really didn’t want to finish it though, you know?! Didn’t want the fun to end.
I will soon use more of my stash to put together a patchwork back for it and quilt! Yay! I think that although this quilt is a large one, it would be a good quilt for a soon to be Mommy and her soon to be born daughter.
Along with this finish, I reallly wanted to try sewing another top so I grabbed some inexpensive voile fabric and made the Schoolhouse Tunic.
I really enjoy putting together clothes/tops for myself but envision them turning out way better than they actually do, unfortunately.
I do like how this top turned out in a sense

The voile is lovely although very sheer and has this pretty detail along the edge, which I used for the hem and sleeves – so much easier than putting in a true hem :)
This top was super easy top to cut out and sew really but I think if I make it again, I’ll make this in a quilting cotton and down a size ..maybe. I just may have to sew up another even if it is a little mumu-ish without a zipper/fitted skirt. It would be really cute in a floral pattern with a cami and tights…hmmmm
Anywho – onto the next stash quilt so now I am cutting up strips to have another go at the scrappy trip quilt. I made 4 blocks a couple weeks back and did not appreciate their scrappiness and donated them…I just didn’t see continuing. I decided to attempt it again but with a semi-plan for the colors with mostly purples and yellow. I will show progress next time!
What are you working on? Do tell! :) Have a fabulous week. K
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I went on vacation for a week and now I am back. Good or bad I guess, still deciding. We took a trip to Florida where the weather was nearly 50 degrees warmer every day than it is where we live. I can tell you it is pretty easy to acclimate to that :)

I brought this quilty goodness along for the ride and used it:

Almost closer to ab-used it really, my Weekender bag. I stuffed this baby full of electronic devices, power cords, zip pouches, extra flip flops, car keys, passports and it handled it all marvelously. I did feel a little bad for it after our trip, it looked a little mashed but once empty, it restored itself to normal. This is really going to be my go-to for trips. I don’t know what I’d have done without it!

While I was away I was checking on all the quilty goodness that you have been doing and had a little bit of envy that you were sewing…but I quickly got over it.

I also found out who I should ship my X-Factor Pillow Swap pillow to – it had to be a super secret until the voting was done. Here is my round 4 submission:

This round we were encouraged to submit pillows with 1-2″ finished squares and I dug right in! I am really amazed at the volume of both solids and low volume scraps I had to incorporate in this pillow. There are 144 total 1.5″ finished squares for this pillow and every fabric is different.

Totally fun to make! I tried to position the fabrics in a gradiant affect and did simple quilting plus a zipper back.

I hope my partner likes it 😉

I will be back soon to show a couple pics from the trip if they turned out OK and to show some progress on my Scrappy trip. Cannot wait to put it together!

Have a great day!Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Get cards in the mail to those you love? Exchange chocolate? I will be celebrating Valentine’s maybe with dinner tonight although I did forget about a card for Mr. Laughter…yup – pretty much neglected to recognize that it was Feb. 14 until he mentioned it. Oops.

In my defense, I’ve been a bit crazy, busy with work and more than a little preoccupied with my obsession…

Betty Lou :) I think she looks stunning now, especially since I got a snapshot outside in bright snowy daylight. I had a couple good suggestions for names for my machine but I decided on Betty Lou because it makes me laugh a little and it’s cute!

I did a bunch of clean up on this machine including the gorgeous faceplate which was a little tarnished. I got the tension mechanism reassembled correctly too. A coat of car wax brought her shine back :)

I love how this machine stitches! Prior to this machine I had only sewn on Janome (plus a super super old home machine that my Mom had years ago) – there is a difference with the lockstitch from what I see.

I am now curious about Babylock and other lock stitch machines, if the stitching is similar or if I’m hanging onto ‘lockstitch’ too much. I will take some photos and show you her gorgeous stitch soon.

Also, are you tripping? I got sucked into making the Scrappy Trip Along blocks and just finished up 30 blocks – and I mean these babies are addicting! Such a fun and easy way to assemble the blocks.

I admit, I had previously tried these blocks and made 4 but didn’t like them in the least. I couldn’t keep going. They were a little ‘meh’ to me. I tossed them in my donation pile.

I kept seeing so many gorgeous trippy blocks and quilts I just had to try again. This time I included purple and yellow solids along with purple and yellow prints plus I added pink, a gorgeous pomegranate kona – and what a BIG difference! I now love these blocks, and I am sure I will love them more when they are assembled.

I made sure I had that pomegranate in each block and they will end up scattered around the quilt. Cannot wait to see how it looks! I will show you what I hope will be a completed top soon! In the meantime, I hope you have a great rest of the week. xo K Hi. I am obsessed. Completely. I admit it here this in no way means that this admission is in order to resolve this obsession in the least :)

I have been busy with this little beauty:

Isn’t it so adorable? You might know about this machine already but in case you don’t – she’s a Featherweight 221. I am in love. 100%

She was born in 1946…June 4, 1946 from what I see with machine dating. She weighed 11 lbs then and still does. Isn’t she cute?

So – though I have already spent considerable time investigating these machines, I continue to soak up as much information on this machine as possible from books, the internet and even an online group! L.O.V.E. her.

I also decided to work on her myself as she needed (and still needs) some cleaning and I’m going to give her a bunch of new items including a belt, oil, and even a wax. I figure I can manage it because it is not in least bit electronic, is easily adjusted and can be cleaned by about anyone plus I am learning alot – ALOT!

I’ve started to dismantle stuff, clean and re-assemble.

I will put up some more pictures soon – including a close up of the gorgeous face plate. I have to go spend more time with her now.

One question you may have is – does she sew? Ya – she does now 😉

I am not usually one to assign names to things or to be anthropomorphic but I think she has feelings …and I need to name her too. Suggestions welcome.

Wish me luck! xo -K
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You know what? My powerful vision must have worked because I have my Scrappy Swoon all done!

I actually wrapped up the quilting on Saturday and then added the binding while watching a movie Saturday night. I knew I wouldn’t have time to finish it Sunday and just couldn’t wait! Here is the back
I used leftover backing fabric from other quilts for the back – yay! The binding was a tough call, as I thought I’d continue with scrappiness and do a scrappy one, but I saw this Valori Wells print in my stash that I’d used in the quilt and had just enough for binding this quilt so decision made

I think there is like 18″ left! It is a match made in heaven :) I struggled with my machine while doing the FMQ/stipple on this quilt. The tension is just not having it in some places on the back. I continued with some simple echo quilting on the orange and blue star sections

I used monofilament thread and stitched in the ditch through larger sections so that the quilt would hold together. So happy to have this finished!

Next, I spent some time on the first block from the Forest QAL too – here it is in sections.

I think there are like 18 pieces here! I saw this QAL and just had to join in. I am anxiously awaiting the block that has a hawk in it, so amazing. I will show my woodpecker put together next time. You should check this QAL out!

Plus – here is 1 group of fabrics I just had to have when I fell off my fabric diet ~

Do you like Tula? These Salt Water fabrics are gorgeous prints that I’ve been eyeing up for quite a while and just couldn’t take it anymore :) I ordered from here and I think these were practically in my mailbox overnight!

I’m waiting for a couple more shipments and will share when they get here…perhaps the extra 10″ of snow is slowing them down. Yep – ANOTHER 10″ of snow from the weekend. So done with it already!
Have a great day! xo Karen
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Last weekend, you might recall, I went out of town and we fished. Remember? I had to try out my new fish hat :)

A couple posts back I mentioned the Umbrella Prints contest that is NOW OPEN!! YAY! Go here to the Pinterest board and check out the most amazing variety of creations! I cannot believe how many things there are to see. A great Pinterest board for inspiration I think! While you are there, if you feel like you want to pin my item then go for it :)

Oh, and as I promised here is a pic of me sporting my new hat with my ‘huge’ fish:

I am trying not to laugh at my husband while he is taking this pic since he was making fun of my huge fish. Too cute to keep.

I can say that my hat ‘worked’ though :) Talk to you again soon.

Can you ever have enough tote bags? I swear, about every time I see a tote bag on Flickr or Pinterest or in a magazine I immediately feel compelled to make it. Case in point:
I saw this reversible tote bag pattern in the newest issue of Modern Patchwork magazine and ordered the leather for the handles…pronto! I bought my bison leather from this Etsy seller and my strap got to me pretty quick, I think in like 3 days!

Speaking of quick, this bag is super quick to put together. I think between quilting the panels and assembly I logged maybe 4 hours between 2 evenings.

I used fabric from Cosmo Cricket for the outside and a yellow/gray Moda organic for the inside (which I wish I knew the name of), it is so incredibly soft!

There is a long inside pocket in this tote which is helpful for keys and wallet, and good to keep separate from the pile of other stuff I usually load in a bag!

There are a couple of things on this tote that I have always wanted to try, one was to put a gusset pocket on the outside of a bag like this and two, I wanted to try an alternate material for the handles, like leather. I just love that new leather smell :) The leather came flat but as part of the instructions for this bag, you fold it and sew 1/8″ from the edge.
My Janome worked it well enough although I admit, it was a little scary to sew on leather for me! If you try this, I highly recommend using a true leather needle because I used a denim needle and think a leather needle would have been better.

I do think the leather adds a nice touch to this bag

I am now anxiously awaiting the end of today so I can be work free and off traveling with my new bag for a long holiday weekend here in the U.S.! I hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy xo KI am really looking forward to the upcoming long Memorial Day weekend this weekend! Three days off work, and we are headed to a nearby lake for some fishing. Do you like to fish? I do, but I may be doing more reading and basking in the sun versus fishing- fingers crossed for the weather!

Remember this fun challenge I mentioned?

Umbrella Prints runs an annual competition with their trimmings packages. You order a Trimmings package, create something and then you send them a link to a photo of your creation. There is a Pinterest board for the challenge too – go ahead, pin it/follow so you can revisit it when the competition is open between June 1 and June 5. I may remind you in a followup post soon.

A while back I picked up this light weight reddish jean remnant from an ‘antique’ store. My husband was looking at all the stuff in the shop and all I was interested in was their fabric bins! There was over a yard in the package for $2.00 which was a bargain I couldn’t pass up.

For this challenge, I was stumped for a while with what to make but finally settled on a bucket style/sun hat. When I was a teenager I used to wear an old fishing hat that I swiped from the fish house that belonged to my Grandpa. I wore it until it practically fell apart. I thought I was so cool wearing it…I’m sure I wasn’t. This one will be cooler!

Anyway, I created the pattern from a mix of ideas I found online but primarily used this post to draft the pieces. There are maybe 1 billion sites to visit to get ideas on how to make these! I used freezer paper as my final template – love that stuff!

As this was going to be a fishing hat, what better to decorate the sides of my hat using the cute Umbrella Prints – fish!? I drafted an applique’ fish and used Heat n Bond to cut out a school of fish for my hat :)

HeatnBond was a great choice for this project to fuse the fish. I also lined the exterior pieces of the hat with lightweight interfacing to add a little sturdiness. I really could have stopped without stitching the fish down as that HeatnBond is pretty sticky stuff but, I wanted to make sure I could wash the hat when needed so stitched the fish in place too.

Here is my finished hat! Done and fun!
I even added one of my cool new labels inside
Maybe next time I will actually include a picture of me wearing this… on the lake, catching a big fish! I know this hat is going to be a favorite this summer and I really had so much fun making it!

I’ll be back soon! xo KA little over a week ago there was a foot of snow around our house, a foot! I wasn’t here because I was at camp…I didn’t miss it. Since then the snow has melted, we have actually used our grill and it has rained, sleeted and flurried. I did also get a little sun to rejuvenate my long gone winter tan…it has been a cyclone of weather types!

Today is a predicted high of near 90 degrees. I am looking forward to it but I miss Spring – didn’t we used to have one?

Anyway – on to my recent addiction
The youtube video I found (and somehow cannot find again), walked step by step through applique’ using your machine, little pieces and interfacing. This method was a tremendous success (more below). This berry bowl block is done but the fussy cut berries sorta give me the creeps a little since I ‘fussy’ cut around flowers from a print. Up close this looks a little alien-like so I may remake it.

Daylily block – oh how fun was this! Y-seams and I are dear friends now and I’ve had fun sewing with them. I did pick apart a couple of seams on the above but it was worth it for the result.

This week I am going to work on the orange peel blocks and again use the interfacing trick

Quick steps – Trace the shape onto the interfacing, sew to right side of fabric along the line you traced (small stitch length like, 1.5), cut 1/8″ around piece then slice the interfacing and turn, iron, done! Well, the smaller the piece the fiddly-er it is to turn but it definitely works Here is one petal of my first orange peel. There are 7 orange peel blocks in this quilt so I can mix and match plenty of prints and perfect my interfacing applique perhaps.

Here is a pic of what I have done so far, I hope to get a better daytime shot next time

On other quilty fronts I received this pillow cover from Kim/KMJ Creations in the Modern She Made 3 swap –
I so love this design and in purple – my favorite! I can never have enough pillows!! They just seem to scream relax to me :)

Oh – almost forgot! I also have a stack of gorgeous kona for an upcoming QAL –
if I can redirect my brain away from Sweet Tea and Green Beans of course. I grabbed these lovelies while my Mom and I dropped into Fields Fabric in Kalamazoo, MI when we were traveling. I want a store by me! This is a JoAnn’s on steroids – I could have spent a couple days in there.

Have a great day! KI think I’m still recovering from camp

I am also super tempted to book the next camp in August – check out the instructors. I’m weighing the timing, travel and my schedule with work – but this is a seriously fun time! I enjoyed the other ‘campers’ and the time away so much that I got peer-pressured into joining Instagram. Me?! We’ll see how social media additions and me work.

Onto the quilting front, I am currently completely immersed and 100% captivated by Sweet Tea & Green Beans. I cannot stop thinking about it nor do I want to and believe my husband is tired of hearing about it (though her pretends otherwise)I do love a sampler quilt but this one? I am having a blast!! There are some challenges that are keeping this very interesting for me. Case in point, the garden path blocks were a tad challenging to machine piece
I almost started that left butterfly one over but as I was deciding what to do I happened to spy my spray starch, and voila’! Looks good enough to keep. Do you use starch? I don’t usually but have a can for ironing shirts if I need to, I think the can I have is like a decade old really!

I know what you may be thinking here…’geez, Karen is going a little wild on this quilt with all the colors’ – I am! It is me going way outside my box in so many ways and loving it! Lest you think I’m creating a quilt without places for your eye to rest, I made these double pinwheels in more mellow colors, so mellow they don’t look double-pinwheel-y at all

Now I am on to you-tubing my way to figure out the smaller applique’ for the blocks and will be trying an interfacing method this weekend to complete this block

The leaves and berry pieces are pretty small to simply cut out, turn under and machine on. I hope the trick I found works because check out this block of clam shells…eeek!

And yes, since you asked, that fabric is super brand new! It’s from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s upcoming line Koi. I was SUPER lucky to get this from her while I was at camp. Think it works for a couple clams worth in the block right? Perfect!!

I will let you know how it goes next time, that is if I can tear myself away from this. Have a great weekend!! xo KOh my gosh…I am back from Camp Stitchalot ~ what a whirlwind! I had a totally amazing time!

First off – a day of travel with my Mom to Michigan – which is a time zone away from Wisconsin which turns out to be over 500 miles each way.

My Mom :) Love you Mom!
Then in about a blink I’m back. How does that happen?

The place we stayed was so great, 70+ degree weather and sun + I missed over a foot of snow at home. Perfect timing because it melted by the time I got back

Here are the awesome projects/teachers we had ~

Then these two gorgeous gals
and

Taught us to make a circle skirt….which I do not have a picture of but it turned out great – even if I don’t wear skirts! I feel like I should now though really.

There were 26’ish in total at the retreat camp and it was a very broad mix of ages, styles, sewists with so much to share! It was great to soak up so much information and to hang out and sew! I loved it!

All in all it was a perfect opportunity to get away, get some hang-time with my Mom and to sew without the thought of work, chores or weather. I want to go back now!

How are you doing? xo Karen

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I am so looking forward to a long sewing weekend away! Have you ever done this? I have only really participated in evening stitching sessions with my local group, or a whole day with a quilt shop but not anything like several days in a row – to sew!

When I saw Camp Stitchalot on the pinkcastlefabrics site I just had to find a way to go. It is about 500 miles away from me but that just means a great reason to unplug. And…I invited my Mom to go along! She loves sewing and quilting plus we don’t get to spend so much time together anymore. I think about 1000+ miles driving and days sewing is some heavy bonding right? Maybe a little too much but we’ll have fun :)

I get to hang out with a group of sewists/quilters, by a lake, with sewing machines, and fabric, thread, cutters, rulers, notions, bags…yikes – sort of like packing up my entire sewing room right? :)

My grocery bags are coming in handy for sewing traveling. The tutorial I use regularly is here and I highly recommend it! I plan on working away on a bunch of projects that are part of our weekend plus a couple projects of my own like this one

I couldn’t wait to start this and dove right in on the hexy block

Machine piecing hexies was a breeze, slow going but worked! I created a freezer paper template, cut the pieces all out and followed this tutorial for piecing. A couple of the fabrics are not working for me and it may be re-done but we’ll see how it works with the other blocks as I add to this one.

The quilt pattern includes templates…not a fan at all of templates am I! So, I drafted some paper templates for some of the more traditional (non-applique’) blocks and I’ve stored up great advice from several tutorials on machine/turn-needle applique. We’ll see how far I get!

I hope you all have a great end to your week!! xo KI so love hand stitching my binding down! It is so relaxing and a nice finishing touch – do you agree? Sometimes I don’t want to finish a quilt because I loved working on it so much I want to extend out the finishing process. Case in point:
See in the background? Of course we still have snow – but, predictions of 60+ degree weather this weekend has my husband envisioning grilling season kick-off. I am all for that, he can cook :)

Back to my quilt – the fabrics I used here are organic from Birch fabrics and they are so wonderful to sew with, very soft! It occurred to me that this is a perfect baby quilt size as it finishes at 39 x 59 -but I think I’ll keep it for me.

The gals in my bee Quilting Under the Rainbow helped so much with the assembly of these blocks. The tutorial for the granny square block is here.

When I sent the fabrics out I included an extra strip of Kona snow for them to send back with names/locations and blogs (the reason I really want to keep this!). I put the set of signatures together and attached them to the backing – all quilters included!

The minute the binding was finished this went in the wash as I so absolutely love a crinkly quilt! It is a perfect quilt to hang in my sewing room, now I just need to find space 😀

I also participated in the monthly fabric swap group on Flickr for April and was paired with Cynthia (check out her Flickr stuff – truly amazing!) For this swap we send 4 fat quarters, a sewing notion and perhaps a sweet treat or two. Cynthia is in British Columbia Canada and we’ve been emailing back and forth about the swap plus – here is what she sent me
I have a fabulous mix of 3 fat quarters plus a pile of great scraps (we opted for scraps in place of 1 FQ)! I love it – plus, she sent me a clover hera marker. I have never seen one in quilt shops around me for some reason so Cynthia sent me one! The chocolate she sent was gone in about a instant too. Thanks Cynthia! :)

p.s. – Thank you to those of you who supported my decision, I ordered the Sweet Tea and Green Beans pattern book and I’m already picking out coveted fabrics for this project. Can’t wait! xo KDoes your sewing machine have a permanent home, well by permanent I mean does it sink into your table? I have never had a table like that so instead had my extension table butted up against my machine which was on top of an old plywood desk. Until now…look what I invested in

Here’s a potentially better pic

The minute I received the boxes I wanted to assemble. I waited though – until after work at least! I have a 6500 Janome and there is a table from Janome that fits this machine and can accommodate other Janome machines. I wasn’t thrilled with that option so searched around and found one from Missouri Sewing Co. Maybe a little pricey? Ya…but less than the Janome table! Plus it’s a little bit bigger. The construction on this table is great and my machine has a ‘home’. Yay! The table is adjustable too which helps considerably with my usual sewing backache.

Of course, the minute it was completely assembled I had to baste a WIP and get to FMQ right away.

I had this granny square top done and even posted a picture to Flickr in August last year. It has blocks from my awesome fellow bee mates of quilting under the rainbow. I can’t wait to show the back with everyone’s signature block.

I just didn’t get around to finishing it until now, guess all I needed was the new table :) The only other WIP I have is my Farmers Wife which ….well, let’s not go there today!

For the back and binding on my granny square quilt I emptied 4 of my cool comic book fabric cardboards
which is awesome as it frees up space for more fabric right? Heheh. Oh – take a look out my window – unreal
Not too easy to see but that is indeed snow – on April 19…and ice too. Bah! Anyway, I’m going to be finishing my granny square quilt and will post more info and a finished pic next time.

I’m also thinking of my next quilt and I am having a hard time finding something I want to dig into. So, I was thinking of this –
what do you think? I love applique’ and have plenty of fabric and scraps….let me know if you have any suggestions for something similar ok? Have a great weekend xo KIt is still kinda overcast and blah here in the Midwest and I heard more snow is coming. Good for the lawn, trees and gardens. I’m choosing to be positive about it!

OH! I finished my Holiday in London Duffle bag!

I risked freezing a bit so I could get some natural light pictures, overcast and cloudy as it is. I must say that I am seriously loving this bag!

For the zipper I used a double zipper so I could open it from either side and I am so glad I did! I really wish I had used one for my Weekender bag too.

The pockets on the outside translate to the same pockets on the inside

which will be great for tucking in keys, cell or fabric I just need to buy while traveling, right? :) I really love the long strap on this bag too which is detachable.

This bag was fairly easy to put together and fun to watch take shape. There are multiple layers with interfacing but I only broke 1 needle!

The lining and exterior are put together in a truly funky/new way to me which actually turned out pretty cool. I’ll try to explain it. The bottom panel exterior is sewn along one long side without sewing in with the lining (right sides together) then you turn the bag right side out to then tuck in the other 3 sides to the bottom panel for a whip stitch. I was able to use my sewing machine for 3 of the 4 bottom sides with some contortionist-like finagling resulting in a need to whip stitch only one short side. Better for me as I truly am not so great at hand stitching!

This bag will hold quite a bit and I know I will so love having it with me when I got to Ann Arbor in a couple weeks! Perhaps both this bag and my weekender will travel with me along with sewing must-haves for sewing weekend.

Up next I picked up a Trimmings package from Umbrella Prints and was thinking that I’d submit an entry into their annual contest…then thought I wouldn’t…but now think I just might! I have a plan in my head so now just seeing if it can come to life. I’m pretty excited to start!

This is what I start with! Such great prints! I will be sure to have fun :)

Have a great day xo KYes, it is still snowing here in the upper Midwest. Yes, it is April 11th. Maybe some day we will see green grass..maybe.

I will stop complaining about the weather too some day…maybe :)

I should think more positively and remember that poor weather helps in getting some sewing done! With the rain/snow/drizzle last weekend, I finally put a plan together for my partner in the Modern She Made ~3 swap and went for it. This round we are including stars in our projects, which I LOVE. So, easy peasy right? Well, not really. I had previously decided to use some templates and create a periwinkle star pillow cover but quickly dismissed that when I lost patience for templates.

Then I saw this medallion lone star and I knew I wanted to make it for a pillow cover for my partner.

I used some Tula fabrics and Kona snow for the background

I used a covered zipper closure. I hope she loves it because I love the way it turned out! I should make myself one :)

Next up, I’m working on a duffle bag which I have had on my list for a while.

Since I booked a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Camp Stitchalot (first weekend May) I decided it might be a good time to make a duffle to travel along. Perfect excuse! I am using some Valori Wells fabrics for the bag that are helping me think of Spring and Summer
Although I just started this bag I know it shouldn’t take too long so I should have a finish to show soon. Help me by focusing your own thoughts of Spring and I’ll be back soon. xo K Have you ever watched cowboy shows or movies? I mean like those old vintage shows like Bonanza or The Lone Ranger. These are classics that are sometimes played on cable TV. Certainly before or about my time but fun to watch with all the shoot-outs. I think TV has come a long way since then! And – time really goes so fast – too fast!

Speaking of time, I haven’t posted anything lately but I have been busy sewing and have a finish to show!

My nephew is graduating from high school in the next couple months and has plans to attend college away from home. I can remember when he was little and I could carry him around but now he’s college-bound and outweighs me 😀 With the dorm room beds being long twins (usually 39″ x 80″), I set about finding a easy and masculine looking quilt I could send off with him.

He texted me that his favorite colors are blue and green. I picked up all that Ocean Kona (the pattern calls for 13 yards but I made 12 work) and used some flannel pieces I had in my stash for the boxes. The quilt is pictured here on our queen bed and is a great size as it finishes at 71 x 96! Certainly big enough to cover my nephew :)

While I was piecing this quilt I scrolled through my online movie/TV stream and became completely hooked on Justified – the TV show from FX network. Ever seen it?

I’d seen previews for the show and never watched it before but now I can’t stop! I’m almost through season 2. By the way I highly recommend Amazon Prime on-demand.

Anyway, the show has just the right amount of cowboy goodness. I mean Timothy Olyphant in cowboy boots and a 10 gallon hat? Hello!? Then you throw in some bad guys and gals, shooting and a Kentucky drawl and that was it – I love it!

I think this quilt has just the right amount of masculine goodness plus it has a very cool texture if I do say so myself. I have been hooked on this serpentine quilting forever since I saw that Fiesta wall quilt in Quilting Modern and finally, FINALLY got it to work on my machine. Well, I say finally but it was more like I finally took the time to find a serpentine-ish decorative stitch that is already on my machine. It is VERY time-consuming to quilt like this but I think it was oh so worth it! It allowed for more TV watching. I also used green thread! See? Had to abide by his colors.

I spent Easter Sunday hand stitching the binding while dinner was in the oven and couldn’t wait to load it in the washing machine.

I made a matching pillow case and it is now all ready to deliver as a graduation gift. So happy to have this ready way ahead of time. Now I’m off to watch more Justified – oh, and I’ll be back with more soon. K
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If you have been stopping in regularly to see what I’m doing then you know that I love joining in on quiltalongs and swaps. The modern swaps that I have joined have been great for inspiring me to do different things and when the latest round for Modernista popped up I couldn’t resist and signed on! This latest round was for items to ‘spice up the bedroom’ so items like pillow cases, pillow covers or slippers were tossed about in the discussion thread.

My partner Sabrina has a fondness for animals with 2 dogs and she raises chickens! Check out her blog, they are very colorful chickens that have colorful eggs! So cool! Sabrina had listed on her swap list a fondness for woodland critters. I knew right away I wanted to make a pillow cover and do something with a fox so – I did

I took one look at this pattern and loved it! This paper pieced pattern can be found here. I used a mix of solids in orange and a brown for the tail. Isn’t he sweet? What a cozy cute fox

The Madrona Road print for the background was a perfect choice I think, with it’s cute sayings and reference to dreaming, a forest and a princess.
Since Sabrina likes purple, and who doesn’t really? – I also decided on Lizzy House Outfoxed (get it?) jewels in purple for the box around the fox and border. My FMQ went so smoothly that I wanted to continue on with more :) This was tough to send off!
As an add on I sent along this cutie ~
I filled the pin cushion with crushed walnuts, which makes it heavier but it is also supposed to help keep your pins sharp. I hope Sabrina loves it!

Oh, and last night I took a look around my clean sewing room, spied a jelly roll of Tapestry by Fig Tree and did a few 16 patch blocks…

I know these blocks will soon grow into a quilt – the blocks are super addicting! Have a great day! xo K
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Throughout the year as I make quilts I usually set aside at least a couple of quilts for the annual donation event 100 Quilts for Kids. Katie over at Swim, Bike, Quilt organizes the giveaway each year and I really look forward to it!

This year I have 4 quilts that I am donating to Project Linus. I am fortunate that my local sewing machine dealer is a donation site, not only because it’s convenient but because I can have good reason to scope out the new machines!

I love a stack of quilts! First up is the scrappy trip I made earlier this year

All from stash this was a very fun quilt to put together! I used a zig zag stitch to quilt this one and put it aside just for donation.

Second donation quilt is my finish earlier this year on my granny square from a 2012 Bee, Quilting Under the Rainbow.
I love this one and really had fun getting blocks from all over to complete this top! I asked for the granny squares thinking of a donation quilt, but this is a difficult one to give up! It turned out super cute I think.

Third is my jelly roll 16 patch
I assembled this one on a whim and when it was done I knew it had to be added for donation. It is the perfect size to drag around behind a toddler :)

And fourth quilt is this Halloween themed charm square quilt
I made this one a couple of years ago and had it stowed away where I didn’t see it regularly. I meant to donate this one last year but I couldn’t locate it so when I found it earlier this year, I made sure it got moved to my donation quilt pile. The Halloween prints are super cute.

All four quilts are now washed and bagged up to deliver
I will be making my way to my donation site later today and sure, I can kid myself and keep thinking I’ll avert my eyes from all the new machines there but why even try? :)
You have a great weekend! xo K
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Since I finished my first scrap vomit quilt I have been wanting another one. The typical morning at our house has me all rolled up in my first scrap vomit quilt with my dog at my feet trying to get as much of her 60 lb. body on any remaining corner. Mr. Laughter is then left out of the scenario :)

The size of this quilt is perfect at 70 x 98 for previously mentioned rolling up into and a spare corner for my dog.

I had this one quilted as I did my other by the lovely Sarah in New York. She is super awesome to work with and speedy! I just love the quilting she does. The pattern on this one is hard to see but it is lots of bubbles.

I knew exactly the fabric I wanted for the binding on this quilt so couldn’t wait to get it back from Sarah to finish.

I had just enough of that Lizzy House jewels print so that these two quilts could be a bit ‘matchy-matchy’ in at least one way. Once I was done binding it I thought the quilt seemed so much bigger than my earlier version, and sure enough it was

There was about 2″ on each side when I overlapped my first SV. I decided to wash it and now it’s almost exactly the same size. Love these quilts and so enjoy assembling all 1700+ 2.5 x 2.5″ scraps. Now I’m thinking about a low volume one :)

I also got the most wonderful surprise in the mail from Jeanine – all the way from across the pond!

I follow Jeanine and so enjoy seeing what she makes – so told her I loved her wallet creations…and she sent me one with some fabric and a card. This is in use already :) Thanks Jeanine!!
Next up for me might be this one ~

Have a great day xo KI have been feeling like I was missing something every so often lately and then it would hit me, where is my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt again? Not only do I truly miss working on it but it was out of state! Getting quilted :)

Kathy quilted this one for me. While it feels luxurious to be able to send quilts out for quilting to me, this one needed special attention. I found Kathy through Instagram posts and thought it was pretty cool that this quilt was started in Michigan, and then was quilted in Michigan. Full circle in a way.

The all over quilt design was perfect to quilt this pattern in my opinion. The quilted flowers mimic the applique flowers
When this quilt arrived back, I attached the binding the same day…I was pretty excited!

Kathy also offers an embroidered quilt label – and I took her up on it
I bought the Cosmo Cricket (2WENTY THR3E) backing for this quilt and the border print from Pink Castle Fabrics. There is a lot of Michigan in this quilt! I am going to display this quilt in my sewing room right behind my sewing machine. I will try to remember to snap a better picture of it in good light.

Speaking of Michigan, I’m trying to arrange a return to Campstitchalot in Spring or Summer next year because it is so.much.fun! I’ve kept in contact via Instagram, Flickr and emails with many of the girls from my visit last May and it has been good for my soul and quilting :)

You have a great day! xo K

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Wow – two posts so close together, what is up with me? :) You know this about me, but I say time and again how much I enjoy Flickr swaps and these last 2 swaps were as fun to create for as ever.
In my last post I showed the pillow top I had finished but not yet quilted and in the midst of picking up everything on my sewing room floor for carpet cleaners expected soon – I just went for it with FMQ in the aqua (nothing like self inflicted pressure and inappropriate timing :)

I like how the prints sort of look like ornaments and I am thankful that I snapped a couple photos of the finish when it was nice and sunny out versus what we have experienced with wintery cold weather lately…and snow is in the forecast soon, but I digress.

I used my all time favorite tutorial for a covered zipper and it worked perfectly as per usualThe cover fits a 14″ pillow form and I had to package it up right away for the swap so I couldn’t find ways to justify keeping it! Included in the package are some cute goodies that I think will work perfectly for my partner plus I used the very remnants of my 2 charm packs to make this darling needle book ~
The squares were 1.5″ x 1.5 and I had to scavenge to get enough! Love the needle book tutorial I found as it is quick, fun and a great extra to make!Ok, second swap project? You might recall that I joined in on the holiday apron swap and had to hold off sharing it because it would have been a clear giveaway that this was meant for her. She was very particular about the fabric she wanted, and while I initially hesitated, I couldn’t resist ~Isn’t the fabric awesome? It’s called Hurry Down the Chimney by Alexander Henry. Hehe :) The guys in this fabric are fun and I really enjoyed making the ‘spice it up’ apron (check out the free pattern) complete with a ruffled bottom which was far easier than I thought.I just had to highlight one of the sexy santas in a potholder too
As some girls in the swap said, I don’t think he’s really saying No :)
OK, now I’m off to do more planning as we are hosting Thanksgiving this year…13 people…eeek! Hope you are having a great day! xo K
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I finished up my Marcelle Medallion over the weekend. I also had to work by day job off and on through much of my ‘days off’ but was able to also do some quilting. I am glad I could take quilting breaks, it made it a little easier to take! In between office calls and emails, it seemed I could focus on one round of my medallion quilt and decide on a quilting pattern to try. I used Angela Walter’s book to give me some ideas~
While her patterns and steps to achieve the patterns are very straight forward, my own vision of being able to achieve FMQ perfection right away, well, that was a little off. It was fun to try some different stuff out and I think with more practice I might not be as hard on myself~
I also think a medallion quilt is perfect for testing some FMQ designs, because you can mix it up based on each border or section pretty easily. Again, I am so very happy I joined in on the Marcelle Medallion QAL. I have this quilt back on my list to try again too~
but in saturated and brighter colors :) I took some pictures of this quilt and immediately put it in the washer and dryer for squishy quilt goodness and it will soon be wrapped up for a Christmas gift I think. Seriously…that is pretty awesome for me :)
I really wanted to finish up my medallion so I could focus on some fun quilts for a friend expecting twin girls. I have been wanting a reason to buy Posy by Aneela Hoey, and twin girls seemed just the reason!This is such a cute line of fabrics, so girly and pink! Using another book in my quilt library, I found a focal fabric 9 patch quilt that is working out well with my layer cake of this darling fabric. Modern Log Cabin Quilting has some great quilts and patchwork patterns with tips on assembling the blocks. I am loosely following the pattern to make the 9 (18 for 2 quilts) log cabin blocks with these fabrics ~
9 blocks went together really fast so I think I’ll have these ready for some all-over swirls and double swirls for FMQ practice soon! Another plus? One layer cake is all it takes for 18 log cabin blocks! Pretty cool I think :)
Have a great week! xo K
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After spending much of my time on my electronic devices over the past few years following quilter blogs, Flickr and most recently Instagram, I have come to understand the grief over WIPs. Some even hold major blog events (with prizes!) to address these WIPs and it is so lovely to see all the WIPs turn into FWA (Finished Works of Art) – maybe a new bloggy acronym? Haha

I am of the unusual set in quilt blog world in that I typically don’t have WIPs hanging around. This is not because I’m not interested in starting new projects one bit. I think I’m just too anal and I also have a tendency to attribute feelings to unfinished projects…like thinking they are scoffing at me as though I’ll never finish them. Today there does remain one WIP in my closet and that is the Farmers Wife Quilt I started in what seems a century ago. But more on that later, much later.

This past summer on vacation I found quilt shops to go to in which I picked up a pattern, fabrics and even a specialized ruler to make Hexie Garden by Atkinson Designs. In this quilt I used retro-ish fabrics which is typically not my first choice but I think I may have fallen for these!

The picture of the unfinished top above is from pictures dated September – where it was nice and sunny…this is (or was) my only WIP besides aforementioned Farmers Wife – but I needed to find a deal on backing fabric to finish it ~

Making good use of my recent quilt back purchases I set out to finish this quilt and though I had high hopes of some far more intricate quilting, when I sat down to quilt it a rather lazy large meander came out. In hindsight I am glad for this as it doesn’t take over from the hexies and after a wash this quilt is so soft!

One thing I am thankful for when I get to finishing tops is when I proceed with putting together the binding as I did with this one – so, a lovely evening last weekend hand stitching binding had this one done quickly. :)

Before I finished this quilt though I made a secret pillow cover for the XFactor pillow swap as well – this is what I submitted for round 8 ~

The theme this round was log cabin with text and I had a blast making this arranging blocks here and there to finally arrive at the above pattern!! I am sending this off to my secret partner as this swap is based on your entry and voting – which results in the selection of recipient. A very fun swap! I can’t wait to see which one I get!

On a final note but far from least interesting I received a goodie package from Shay at Quilting in My Pyjamas. I sent her some flour sack dishtowels and she sent me so many goodies that I think she got the short end of the deal!
First off I adore this bag with the drawstring top – it has been planted on my sewing table since I got it along with an array of fabulousness such as ~
My husband was immediately excited about the Vegemite
These colorful linen fabrics are so amazing! I need to find a travel bag or something to make with these detailed prints – just love them, especially the pelicans. Thank you dear Shay – I’m eating chocolate with my coffee this morning thanks to you too :)

I hope you are all having a great week! xo K
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Instagram has a way of making me think that I am capturing progress, getting excellent feedback and documenting a history of what I do. The quick pics and short descriptions do help me considerably and seeing so much inspiration in the palm of my hand is amazing to say the least.
The short descriptions and quips are not enough and I need to remember that I enjoy reading blogs as well as my blog and writing things out a little and chatting with my fellow bloggers and followers! There has been a lot of stuff going on over here besides Stella ~ although she does take up some time
We do love the dog park and we totally require daily cuddling
I need to get my good camera out, but these pics from my phone give you the idea. :) She is a good dog and relatively easy but a bit of a handful too. I am so thankful for her!
In sewing news, I joined in on the Flickr Mug Rug Revival swap because I love making small projects and honestly, my husband likes them and was getting tired of the ones I got in swaps before! They are handy to have around but we do need to rotate I guess :) But before I could come up with a design for the mug rug I made for my partner I had to dig into this cute pattern by Noodlehead and Carolyn Friedlander called the social tote ~
I learned a couple of tricks and really enjoyed assembling this project! It was a little mind bending but the divided sections are perfect for hand-sewing or storing/corralling a bunch of stuff
The fabrics were from a kit for the tote that I got at a quilt shop and I think they work perfectly. SO, now that I had my hand sewing tote I could do some hand sewing right?

The theme for the mug rug swap is green or spring and so I raided my 2.5 x 2.5 scrap bucket for some green and before I knew it I had plenty put together for a green mug rug!

I didn’t mean to make it oval but my cutting was off for a rectangle so I went with it! I hope my partner likes it! Along with that piece, all of my blocks came in from my moderninstabee group and I couldn’t wait to assemble the top
I scored on the last yardage last year from pinkcastlefabrics.com the Annie’s Seed Catalog white on white print…sigh…my all time favorite print/texty fabric!! The blocks were just calling out that they needed that for sashing and a border

The blocks came from Missouri, Maine, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, California plus mine added up to a pretty great quilt top I think! I am really enjoying this bee and not only because I was the first queen! I already sent off the block for March’s queen ~
It is really fun to try new block styles! Just love the book for inspiration too. Now, next big thing over here is a pending change for my cutting table that I hope works well for my space. I’ll share progress next time (hopefully!) and an influx of fabrics that have been showing up here lately too! Wish me luck!

Have a great week! xx K
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I cannot believe how fast time is flying! By the way, I will stop making commitments to be on my blog more often as that is obviously turning out to be an epic fail. There is plenty going on here lately but more importantly, I do believe that Spring will finally hit the Midwest. Which is long overdue! It’s been a bad winter for many..warm weather may make me forget about our horrible winter though :)
OK, so where I left off last time was a promise that I would have something different to show in my sewing room and I do! I am still thrilled with this change-up
I have been saving my pennies for a change in my cutting table for a while now and finally couldn’t stop myself from getting this. I saw a picture of this table in action on a blog more than a year ago, and couldn’t get it out of my head. The height is correct, the finish works for our home and the storage, dude!!? LOVE at first sight :)
I found the table here and although it took a few sessions for my husband and I to assemble this, and without any arguments or injuries I might add, it took me no time to launch onto organization! I was a maniac for a few days going through my stash, cutting up scraps for future quilts and organizing. I adore this table!! Just after this addition to my sewing room, I got hooked on another quiltalong. I kept seeing great pictures on Instagram of the #layercakesamplerqal, also here and found no resistance to joining in on the fun! The assembly of the half square triangles according to our QAL leader, Amanda is a different way than I’ve tried before and I love it! These blocks are quite large, at 16″ finished and with 20 blocks the finished quilt will surely be wrap-upable and cuddle worthy. I am using up a bunch of different solids that I’ve had languishing in my stash and wanted to use up, matching them with some new low volume fat quarters I’ve been getting from westwood acres low volume club. I am having a blast with these blocks, they all look so different!
I have 12 of the 14 blocks done with 13-16 on schedule for this weekend to get all caught up! Pretty excited to see how this one turns out!
Oh, and of course part of my time has been taken with my Stella as well
She is now 8 months old and with the nicer weather we have been walking quite a bit and enjoying the dog park. She has been pretty amazing so far and I am completely attached to her, more so daily if that is possible! She still needs to learn how to quilt (relaxing in my sewing room) yet but she has taken over much of the house.
I hope you are having a little Spring or warm weather where you are! I’ll be back with more QAL progress soon – and I know for sure I will as I cannot wait to put this one together.
xx Karen
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Do you have a list of projects you have been meaning to get to? I’ve seen a bunch of you with a pile of WIPs that need attention :) I actually wrote out a list of things that I wanted to get to which is unusual for me but the good news is I checked a couple of things off my list over the weekend!

First off, I have had this Sweetwater sewing guide fabric for some time now and wanted to make a valance for my sewing room window.

I wish I’d spent the 20 minutes to make this a while ago! It dresses up my window perfectly. Check 1 :)

Then, I had to spend time on my layercakesampler quilt – assembling the center
The sashing really added the extra punch and separation for the blocks and I am loving this! Now I need to figure out what to do with the border. I’m considering a skinny border with the colorful solids then a little chunkier outer black border. Whew! That was a lot of sewing but oh so much fun!! Stay tuned for more on this. Check 2 :)

THEN – my neighbor emerged from winter hibernation with a baby due at about any minute. I just love making baby quilts so jumped right into a design I’d seen in the Spring 2014 issue of Quiltmakers 100 blocks.

The pattern in the magazine shows it in a large size with solids but offered the option for a 4 block quilt with scraps which is perfect baby size. The most time-consuming piece is cutting up the strips but assembly was very quick and super fun. I think I want to make a large size just like in the magazine.

So love the backing fabric – it is so soft and colorful

I calculated the binding and ended up with only this bit left over – maybe just a bit too close :)

And another check off the list :) Now to find some time to tackle the rest of my want to do check list!
Have a great week! xx Karen
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Gypsy Wife Quilt – It begins
If you’ve been hanging around my blog for a while you might remember I made the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt by Jen Kingwell last year. I still miss working on that quilt! I was so completely drawn into it that I lost track of time. Here is the link to how it ended. I am entering that quilt into our local fair for display – so wish me luck…maybe I’ll get a ribbon :)

So, with all but a couple of deadlines on my sewing schedule I jumped in on the Gypsy Wife (also by Jen). After the first block I was hooked! This one is Colour Wheel ~If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these – but I threw a couple different pictures on the blog since I’m sneaky like that. I am lucky enough to have subscribed to the Westwood Acres inside voices club before it filled up so I have many low volume fabrics that I can draw on for this quilt; not to mention a growing color-filled stash that could benefit from some air :)

The next few blocks went pretty fast. I love this block called Pershing, but it did come out about .5″ short all around. Think I’ll improvise when I put it in the quilt :)

This one I may re-do – but I’ll see how it goes when I put the sections together
Not too gung-ho about this From the Heart block as well, so it may be re-done
Really love this block called Hope from Hartford!! I used a fussy cut Pam Kitty print for the center :) This block is a less crazy Crazy Anne block – I used up my very last Annie’s seed catalog in this one – Anne and Annie – get it? :)
I cannot wait to get on with more of these blocks! I’ll keep posting pics, and hopefully more soon. On a closing note, my dog Stella (now 10 months old!) is a total cling-on so getting sewing time can be a little tricky. She loves having her paw on my foot :)

xo Karen
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I just looked and it has been over three years that I’ve been blogging and stalking blogs!! Time goes so fast doesn’t it? Since that time and after participating in a bunch of swaps and checking out blogs, I regularly add ‘need to make’ and ‘want to make”s to my project list. I hope I get to many of them, well, maybe half of them!

One of the people I follow is Janine at Rainbow Hare since I sent her a swap project some time ago. Janine has some super creative projects going on with sewing and knitting and a few farm animals thrown in ~ you should check it out! On one of her blog posts, I saw this sewing machine cover

and instantly fell in love! First of all it is too dang cute right? Secondly, my old sewing machine cover was made for my machine when it wasn’t flush with my sewing table, and lastly it was made long ago and I needed something cute to dress up my sewing machine and sewing room!

So, when Janine released the pattern and posted on her blog how to make it I went for it! I had been hoarding some linen and a darling Kokka sewing print for a while and decided they would be perfect for my version

I didn’t add the side wheels that are outlined in the pattern as I really liked this cover without. I just love how it turned out!

This project was very fun to make, and there are some cute details. I think this is the first time I’ve made bunting for anything too! You could easily take off on this with added items on this cover. I told Janine that a little roll up shade, a license plate, people peeking out the window, lawn furniture, – you know, sky is the limit!

Another blogger I follow is Aylin over here and always enjoy her use of color and her purse and bags she’s made! She has participated in so many swaps that I was also involved in that I have often crossed my fingers to be a lucky recipient of one of her projects! Unfortunately, that has not happened but seeing the opportunity on her blog, I jumped at the chance to test her Everyday Bag pattern!
I picked up a jean remnant a while back and this project seemed perfect to use it in. I am particularly hard on purses and bags, so I thought this fabric would hold up quite well.

The pattern has a magnetic snap for the flap (above) and a back zip and under the flap is a pocket

perfect for keys! Then the inside is the best part ~
There is a center zippered section and a slip pocket along the back! I just love this fabric I picked up as a contrast to the denim, it is a print by Juliana Horner and available at Joann’s!

I know there are others that are making this bag to test for Aylin and I can’t wait to see other fabric combinations. I already have another of these planned since it is definitely a perfect sized, Everyday Bag!

Hope you have a great week! xo Karen
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Gypsy Wife Quilt – It begins
If you’ve been hanging around my blog for a while you might remember I made the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt by Jen Kingwell last year. I still miss working on that quilt! I was so completely drawn into it that I lost track of time. Here is the link to how it ended. I am entering that quilt into our local fair for display – so wish me luck…maybe I’ll get a ribbon :)

So, with all but a couple of deadlines on my sewing schedule I jumped in on the Gypsy Wife (also by Jen). After the first block I was hooked! This one is Colour Wheel ~If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these – but I threw a couple different pictures on the blog since I’m sneaky like that. I am lucky enough to have subscribed to the Westwood Acres inside voices club before it filled up so I have many low volume fabrics that I can draw on for this quilt; not to mention a growing color-filled stash that could benefit from some air :)

The next few blocks went pretty fast. I love this block called Pershing, but it did come out about .5″ short all around. Think I’ll improvise when I put it in the quilt :)

This one I may re-do – but I’ll see how it goes when I put the sections together
Not too gung-ho about this From the Heart block as well, so it may be re-done
Really love this block called Hope from Hartford!! I used a fussy cut Pam Kitty print for the center :) This block is a less crazy Crazy Anne block – I used up my very last Annie’s seed catalog in this one – Anne and Annie – get it? :)
I cannot wait to get on with more of these blocks! I’ll keep posting pics, and hopefully more soon. On a closing note, my dog Stella (now 10 months old!) is a total cling-on so getting sewing time can be a little tricky. She loves having her paw on my foot :)

xo Karen
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Much Ado about (not) nothing. I have been a busy one over here and mostly it’s because I just got an idea in my head for a design for a swap (here Schnitzelandboo and #makeaquiltmakeafriend #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap on Instagram). Check it out if you get some time because there are so very many absolutely gorgeous minis – oh, check here too!When I saw this Dahlia pattern a while back, set for release first week in June I knew I wanted to make it!
Now, keep in mind that I had to order this pattern, get it in hand and make a mini quilt to ship by first week July! I dawdled. I planned. I had to wait a bit for the pattern. I became obsessed with my plans and mailman. When I did get the pattern, I gave it a few more days. Then last Monday I could take some time off work in the afternoon. Yep, a full 9 days before I had to ship I started – STARTED.
I had a bunch of True Colors fat eighths from here and dove in. Then I discovered I needed more than a fat eighth for the outer rings….OK, plan B, add in solids (I have plenty and they seem to multiply on their own!)
I was on a roll! I figured I would have no problem, in fact I thought it was looking pretty good. Then I sewed
hmm – not too flat right? seam rip then…..

Still not too right…followed by a third attempt…. and here is where I started to panic (remember if you will, I’m competitive, I was going to win!). By this time, I had posted progress on Instagram and Flickr and I couldn’t didn’t want to scrap it and start something different (I was going to win right!?). I just couldn’t figure it out. Panic and a looming deadline plus self-inflicted pressure? I became a spazz (whiner really) – me?! So, thankfully the pattern designer gave me some pointers. Perhaps if I’d been in my right mind I would have figured out..eventually. And yes, it was likely my haste plus the pressure that made it not fit too well the first 3 tries!
My fabric was getting a little tired too; in particular, that cornbread solid close to the center? It’s an organic and it was ‘growing’ after being manipulated and ironed so much. In the end I learned so.very.much! Much about the pattern, the fabrics (I am now a true Anna Maria Horner fabric nut), and myself = and thankful for a pattern designer (she has fabric out too!) who could calm me down!
I used 7 prints, 7 solids (8 including linen background) and 8 different colors of thread – for a mini that I now don’t want to send out :) I have this hanging in my sewing room and every time I look at it I sigh just a little. Would I change anything? Oh ya! I would change quite a bit in placing it perfectly, not over-sewing, not over-ironing and it with so much daily (well, hourly really) scrutiny! I would also love to rewind and take some extra time! BUT I know I want many many many more of these dahlias! Truly hope my partner likes it!
Whew – OK – back to relative normality and a couple pics of what a wonderfully rainy and sunny summer is doing to my hydrangea! It is taking over!

Have a great week! xx K
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I’ve neglected you dear blog but never fear – lots has been going on, really. I have been sewing, traveling and swapping…and enjoying some great weather for October which is surprising.

Let’s see, first off I started another quilt and I am enjoying working on it very much. I got snagged into the Moda Modern Building blocks pattern ~ here is a webshot

The pattern is sold separately or along with a kit of all Bella solids. There are a bunch of quilters posting progress pictures on Instagram and here are a couple of mine, I really like this sunshine-y one:

There are 48 sampler blocks in this quilt and they range in size from 36 inches to 6 inches finished!
I was super tempted to buy the solids but decided to use mostly stash fabrics on this! I’m pretty excited to have a place to use up some ‘squared elements’ and polka dots along with some solids!
This block has 48 pieces in it and finishes at 6″ – what in the world? Loved putting it together though :)

Last week I traveled to California for work and decided just 2 days prior to leaving that I needed a cosmetic/travel bag. I don’t know why I need to make something for trips but I usually do. I signed up for the Travel Essentials class on craftsy by Annie and went for it with the cosmetic bag ~
I mostly had everything ready for final assembly after a few hours of sewing then finished the bag up the next day!

The pattern designer recommends using her soft and stable by Annie product which gives bags good body to stand on their own and I loved using it! I really recommend trying it out. I want to stock up on it now! :) Before I made this bag, I hadn’t tried sewing with mesh or vinyl but Annie led me through the steps and in the end I really love how this turned out! The bag happily accompanied me on my California trip where I saw just a little bit more than conference rooms – at least for a bit.

Marina DelRey is absolutely beautiful :)

Have a great rest of your week. xx K
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After spending much of my time on my electronic devices over the past few years following quilter blogs, Flickr and most recently Instagram, I have come to understand the grief over WIPs. Some even hold major blog events (with prizes!) to address these WIPs and it is so lovely to see all the WIPs turn into FWA (Finished Works of Art) – maybe a new bloggy acronym? Haha

I am of the unusual set in quilt blog world in that I typically don’t have WIPs hanging around. This is not because I’m not interested in starting new projects one bit. I think I’m just too anal and I also have a tendency to attribute feelings to unfinished projects…like thinking they are scoffing at me as though I’ll never finish them. Today there does remain one WIP in my closet and that is the Farmers Wife Quilt I started in what seems a century ago. But more on that later, much later.

This past summer on vacation I found quilt shops to go to in which I picked up a pattern, fabrics and even a specialized ruler to make Hexie Garden by Atkinson Designs. In this quilt I used retro-ish fabrics which is typically not my first choice but I think I may have fallen for these!

The picture of the unfinished top above is from pictures dated September – where it was nice and sunny…this is (or was) my only WIP besides aforementioned Farmers Wife – but I needed to find a deal on backing fabric to finish it ~

Making good use of my recent quilt back purchases I set out to finish this quilt and though I had high hopes of some far more intricate quilting, when I sat down to quilt it a rather lazy large meander came out. In hindsight I am glad for this as it doesn’t take over from the hexies and after a wash this quilt is so soft!

One thing I am thankful for when I get to finishing tops is when I proceed with putting together the binding as I did with this one – so, a lovely evening last weekend hand stitching binding had this one done quickly. :)

Before I finished this quilt though I made a secret pillow cover for the XFactor pillow swap as well – this is what I submitted for round 8 ~

The theme this round was log cabin with text and I had a blast making this arranging blocks here and there to finally arrive at the above pattern!! I am sending this off to my secret partner as this swap is based on your entry and voting – which results in the selection of recipient. A very fun swap! I can’t wait to see which one I get!

On a final note but far from least interesting I received a goodie package from Shay at Quilting in My Pyjamas. I sent her some flour sack dishtowels and she sent me so many goodies that I think she got the short end of the deal!
First off I adore this bag with the drawstring top – it has been planted on my sewing table since I got it along with an array of fabulousness such as ~
My husband was immediately excited about the Vegemite
These colorful linen fabrics are so amazing! I need to find a travel bag or something to make with these detailed prints – just love them, especially the pelicans. Thank you dear Shay – I’m eating chocolate with my coffee this morning thanks to you too :)

I hope you are all having a great week! xo K
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Will winter ever end ya think? The sub-zero, piles of snow and dreary skies just.won’t.stop here in the Midwest. I think we are due for an early Spring…but a predicted 6-8 inches of new snow today isn’t making me feel Spring like.

In better news I joined in on the ModernInstabee2014 via Instagram. There are 13 hives of 12 – ya, that’s right – 156 of us! Crazy good. For this bee (I’m in hive 6) as queen bee for our month we pick a block from the book Modern Bee – 13 quilts to make with Friends and by the end of the year we have 12 quilts or one for each in the hive! I really love about every single quilt in the book. Each design is from fellow-bloggers who participated in a bee. The bee turned into a book!

As the hives were forming I was getting ready for a trip to Florida and during our time away I found out that I am queen bee for February! YIKES – I had to figure out which block I wanted and in what colors so that we could begin our bee by 2/10. This was just after our week away but I did it! I picked my block and colors – here is the test block I made ~
This is the stacked windmills block from the book. I asked the girls to use orange, green and turquoise with yellow sides. The pictures on Instagram from my fellow hive 6’ers are so fun to see! I cannot wait to get the blocks and put the top together. More importantly I can’t wait for March and the next block! I recommend this book as it is full of great stash-busting blocks with great design.

The weekend after our return from Florida and all the bee hive activity had us driving 300 miles each way to pick up my valentine gift. You see, sometimes that is what you do when you fall in love with a face like this

I have been a little worn out so excuse the phone picture but this is our newest family member Stella! (said like in the movie Streetcar Named Desire of course). She is just over 6 months old and after less that 48 hours in her new home she is learning quite a lot!

Like how to be a quilter
She seems to love ’em :) Now – hopefully I can get a full nights sleep with this little one soon.

You have a great week!
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I cannot believe how fast time is flying! By the way, I will stop making commitments to be on my blog more often as that is obviously turning out to be an epic fail. There is plenty going on here lately but more importantly, I do believe that Spring will finally hit the Midwest. Which is long overdue! It’s been a bad winter for many..warm weather may make me forget about our horrible winter though :)
OK, so where I left off last time was a promise that I would have something different to show in my sewing room and I do! I am still thrilled with this change-up
I have been saving my pennies for a change in my cutting table for a while now and finally couldn’t stop myself from getting this. I saw a picture of this table in action on a blog more than a year ago, and couldn’t get it out of my head. The height is correct, the finish works for our home and the storage, dude!!? LOVE at first sight :)
I found the table here and although it took a few sessions for my husband and I to assemble this, and without any arguments or injuries I might add, it took me no time to launch onto organization! I was a maniac for a few days going through my stash, cutting up scraps for future quilts and organizing. I adore this table!! Just after this addition to my sewing room, I got hooked on another quiltalong. I kept seeing great pictures on Instagram of the #layercakesamplerqal, also here and found no resistance to joining in on the fun! The assembly of the half square triangles according to our QAL leader, Amanda is a different way than I’ve tried before and I love it! These blocks are quite large, at 16″ finished and with 20 blocks the finished quilt will surely be wrap-upable and cuddle worthy. I am using up a bunch of different solids that I’ve had languishing in my stash and wanted to use up, matching them with some new low volume fat quarters I’ve been getting from westwood acres low volume club. I am having a blast with these blocks, they all look so different!
I have 12 of the 14 blocks done with 13-16 on schedule for this weekend to get all caught up! Pretty excited to see how this one turns out!
Oh, and of course part of my time has been taken with my Stella as well
She is now 8 months old and with the nicer weather we have been walking quite a bit and enjoying the dog park. She has been pretty amazing so far and I am completely attached to her, more so daily if that is possible! She still needs to learn how to quilt (relaxing in my sewing room) yet but she has taken over much of the house.
I hope you are having a little Spring or warm weather where you are! I’ll be back with more QAL progress soon – and I know for sure I will as I cannot wait to put this one together.
xx Karen
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Do you have a list of projects you have been meaning to get to? I’ve seen a bunch of you with a pile of WIPs that need attention :) I actually wrote out a list of things that I wanted to get to which is unusual for me but the good news is I checked a couple of things off my list over the weekend!

First off, I have had this Sweetwater sewing guide fabric for some time now and wanted to make a valance for my sewing room window.

I wish I’d spent the 20 minutes to make this a while ago! It dresses up my window perfectly. Check 1 :)

Then, I had to spend time on my layercakesampler quilt – assembling the center
The sashing really added the extra punch and separation for the blocks and I am loving this! Now I need to figure out what to do with the border. I’m considering a skinny border with the colorful solids then a little chunkier outer black border. Whew! That was a lot of sewing but oh so much fun!! Stay tuned for more on this. Check 2 :)

THEN – my neighbor emerged from winter hibernation with a baby due at about any minute. I just love making baby quilts so jumped right into a design I’d seen in the Spring 2014 issue of Quiltmakers 100 blocks.

The pattern in the magazine shows it in a large size with solids but offered the option for a 4 block quilt with scraps which is perfect baby size. The most time-consuming piece is cutting up the strips but assembly was very quick and super fun. I think I want to make a large size just like in the magazine.

So love the backing fabric – it is so soft and colorful

I calculated the binding and ended up with only this bit left over – maybe just a bit too close :)

And another check off the list :) Now to find some time to tackle the rest of my want to do check list!
Have a great week! xx Karen
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Instagram has a way of making me think that I am capturing progress, getting excellent feedback and documenting a history of what I do. The quick pics and short descriptions do help me considerably and seeing so much inspiration in the palm of my hand is amazing to say the least.
The short descriptions and quips are not enough and I need to remember that I enjoy reading blogs as well as my blog and writing things out a little and chatting with my fellow bloggers and followers! There has been a lot of stuff going on over here besides Stella ~ although she does take up some time
We do love the dog park and we totally require daily cuddling
I need to get my good camera out, but these pics from my phone give you the idea. :) She is a good dog and relatively easy but a bit of a handful too. I am so thankful for her!
In sewing news, I joined in on the Flickr Mug Rug Revival swap because I love making small projects and honestly, my husband likes them and was getting tired of the ones I got in swaps before! They are handy to have around but we do need to rotate I guess :) But before I could come up with a design for the mug rug I made for my partner I had to dig into this cute pattern by Noodlehead and Carolyn Friedlander called the social tote ~
I learned a couple of tricks and really enjoyed assembling this project! It was a little mind bending but the divided sections are perfect for hand-sewing or storing/corralling a bunch of stuff
The fabrics were from a kit for the tote that I got at a quilt shop and I think they work perfectly. SO, now that I had my hand sewing tote I could do some hand sewing right?

The theme for the mug rug swap is green or spring and so I raided my 2.5 x 2.5 scrap bucket for some green and before I knew it I had plenty put together for a green mug rug!

I didn’t mean to make it oval but my cutting was off for a rectangle so I went with it! I hope my partner likes it! Along with that piece, all of my blocks came in from my moderninstabee group and I couldn’t wait to assemble the top
I scored on the last yardage last year from pinkcastlefabrics.com the Annie’s Seed Catalog white on white print…sigh…my all time favorite print/texty fabric!! The blocks were just calling out that they needed that for sashing and a border

The blocks came from Missouri, Maine, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, California plus mine added up to a pretty great quilt top I think! I am really enjoying this bee and not only because I was the first queen! I already sent off the block for March’s queen ~
It is really fun to try new block styles! Just love the book for inspiration too. Now, next big thing over here is a pending change for my cutting table that I hope works well for my space. I’ll share progress next time (hopefully!) and an influx of fabrics that have been showing up here lately too! Wish me luck!

Have a great week! xx K
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I did it! I actually completed the Gypsy Wife quilt top …and I’m sort of sad since I had so much fun putting it together, I didn’t want it to end! I think being sad when I finish is a consistent feeling with Jen Kingwell’s patterns and me.

As with the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt, I got completely immersed in this one…it was like coming out of a super-darkened movie theater after a lengthy movie – going from extreme air-conditioning to blasting middle of the day sunshine once I was done. Know what I mean on that?

I think I used about every fabric in my stash for this, and added a couple 1/4 yard cuts that I scored on Instagram. There are a few strips that are fairly long so width of fabric was helpful in those instances!

I didn’t use many fabrics more than once in this either! If I did use any more than once it was because I simply had to because I loved it so much…well, actually I love all the fabrics in this quilt :)

Since there are so many seams with all the strips and blocks, I took the opportunity to grab a couple pictures of the back

Do you press your seams open? I tried it a few years ago and now I find that when I press seams open my blocks lie much flatter and my block sizes usually measure just right

As I was sewing this up I kept thinking about how best to quilt it and ran through a bunch of scenarios/patterns in my head. In the end I have decided to hand quilt this one. I have not ever hand quilted any quilt but I just kept thinking that would be the best finish…well, given my stitching turns out OK that is. And if my patience lasts…

I am using DMC perle 8 with a hoop and finding that I absolutely love hand quilting! I hope that my stitches even out a bit and that I get a little speedier. There are so many great tutorials and so much advie online in the quilt blogging community but there was a lot of consistent advice too.

It is quite hot to hand quilt during the summer but I don’t care…I think it’s worth it!

It could take a while to finish it, but it’s a good size (59 x 68) to hand quilt and maybe i’ll get fast :) Have a great rest of your week!
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Much Ado about (not) nothing. I have been a busy one over here and mostly it’s because I just got an idea in my head for a design for a swap (here Schnitzelandboo and #makeaquiltmakeafriend #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap on Instagram). Check it out if you get some time because there are so very many absolutely gorgeous minis – oh, check here too!When I saw this Dahlia pattern a while back, set for release first week in June I knew I wanted to make it!
Now, keep in mind that I had to order this pattern, get it in hand and make a mini quilt to ship by first week July! I dawdled. I planned. I had to wait a bit for the pattern. I became obsessed with my plans and mailman. When I did get the pattern, I gave it a few more days. Then last Monday I could take some time off work in the afternoon. Yep, a full 9 days before I had to ship I started – STARTED.
I had a bunch of True Colors fat eighths from here and dove in. Then I discovered I needed more than a fat eighth for the outer rings….OK, plan B, add in solids (I have plenty and they seem to multiply on their own!)
I was on a roll! I figured I would have no problem, in fact I thought it was looking pretty good. Then I sewed
hmm – not too flat right? seam rip then…..

Still not too right…followed by a third attempt…. and here is where I started to panic (remember if you will, I’m competitive, I was going to win!). By this time, I had posted progress on Instagram and Flickr and I couldn’t didn’t want to scrap it and start something different (I was going to win right!?). I just couldn’t figure it out. Panic and a looming deadline plus self-inflicted pressure? I became a spazz (whiner really) – me?! So, thankfully the pattern designer gave me some pointers. Perhaps if I’d been in my right mind I would have figured out..eventually. And yes, it was likely my haste plus the pressure that made it not fit too well the first 3 tries!
My fabric was getting a little tired too; in particular, that cornbread solid close to the center? It’s an organic and it was ‘growing’ after being manipulated and ironed so much. In the end I learned so.very.much! Much about the pattern, the fabrics (I am now a true Anna Maria Horner fabric nut), and myself = and thankful for a pattern designer (she has fabric out too!) who could calm me down!
I used 7 prints, 7 solids (8 including linen background) and 8 different colors of thread – for a mini that I now don’t want to send out :) I have this hanging in my sewing room and every time I look at it I sigh just a little. Would I change anything? Oh ya! I would change quite a bit in placing it perfectly, not over-sewing, not over-ironing and it with so much daily (well, hourly really) scrutiny! I would also love to rewind and take some extra time! BUT I know I want many many many more of these dahlias! Truly hope my partner likes it!
Whew – OK – back to relative normality and a couple pics of what a wonderfully rainy and sunny summer is doing to my hydrangea! It is taking over!

Have a great week! xx K
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There’s always a time for stitching right? Or, a dream to be able to do more of it at least for me. I have been very busy stitching away whenever I can, hand quilting my Gypsy Wife. I’m maybe 70% done, well that could be a stretch..maybe. Here are a couple of photos

It is taking some time and while I am usually not too patient, it is also very relaxing to lose myself in hand stitching. The slower pace also slows my heartbeat and I usually feel like I just woke up when I break from it :) My stitches are not super even nor are they consistent across the blocks, but hey that’s OK!

I used my ever favorite 505 spray baste to baste the layers of the quilt together but wanted some extra security for dragging this around with me often; so added some basting pins too

I’ve got a few blocks left to quilt then I’ll decide how many of the strips to run stitches down. I don’t want to over-quilt it since this will be on my wall in my basement (maybe) and not laid on (maybe). Once I’m done stitching and adding the binding I do want to wash it for that crinkly quilt goodness :)

Here is a before and after of my DMC spool so far

I think I’ll put a pretty good dent in the new one before I’m done, but have a 3rd spool just in case!

In sewing machine news, I made my first 241 tote by noodlehead for a swap and shipped it off this week. I don’t want to give away too much since my partner knows I’m making this for her but I made the strap super long messenger-style and didn’t plan this too much or too closely but look at my join ~
See it? :) Have a great rest of your week! xx K

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Get it? Last time I was stitching time and now I’m swappy time. Don’t worry, I won’t take off on this theme as I’ll likely forget! Hehe. I mentioned in my last post that I had actually sewn a Noodlehead 241 tote for a swap and now I can show you some more pics.

I ordered a bunch of Cotton+Steel prints since I simply could not resist them. They are gorgeous really! Here is a pic of my stack
While I’m typically drawn to brighter prints, I love the soft colors in these fabrics and the prints are amazing! If you haven’t seen these and are on the fence, look, order and buy – like now! :) Some have border prints too which I’m thinking will be great additions to quilt block borders, towels, you name it!
Anywho, my partner was quite detailed in what she liked and these were not a fave. So, I pulled in the dark arrow print along with my favorite backup ~ solids!
Peppered cotton solids that is. These are really beautiful! But, again I didn’t see this as a fit for my partner since they weren’t bright enough. So, checking my solids stash I pulled out and used red and orange and I think it works!
How’s that for true daylight photos? On top of my game for a moment I guess. I love the arrow print, and about any color could be used with it for some pop I think.
The pattern calls for adding in a magnetic snap and Anna (Noodlehead) has a tip to add in a layer of interfacing to make the snap stable plus iron in another piece on top of the snap backing. This makes a big difference I think, no sharp metal flap feeling in the bag.
I will make this pattern again, perhaps in a canvas or a quilt as you go. It is versatile and a good size bag without being too big. Very fun to make!
I also spent some time getting some jalapenos picked off of our stoop garden and wanted them to get used and not tossed out. We do enjoy the jalapenos with cream cheese and bacon but there is a limit right? Food network came to the rescue with an easy pickled jalapeno recipe ~
All 4 jars popped I cannot wait to try ’em! xx K
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I’ve neglected you dear blog but never fear – lots has been going on, really. I have been sewing, traveling and swapping…and enjoying some great weather for October which is surprising.

Let’s see, first off I started another quilt and I am enjoying working on it very much. I got snagged into the Moda Modern Building blocks pattern ~ here is a webshot

The pattern is sold separately or along with a kit of all Bella solids. There are a bunch of quilters posting progress pictures on Instagram and here are a couple of mine, I really like this sunshine-y one:

There are 48 sampler blocks in this quilt and they range in size from 36 inches to 6 inches finished!
I was super tempted to buy the solids but decided to use mostly stash fabrics on this! I’m pretty excited to have a place to use up some ‘squared elements’ and polka dots along with some solids!
This block has 48 pieces in it and finishes at 6″ – what in the world? Loved putting it together though :)

Last week I traveled to California for work and decided just 2 days prior to leaving that I needed a cosmetic/travel bag. I don’t know why I need to make something for trips but I usually do. I signed up for the Travel Essentials class on craftsy by Annie and went for it with the cosmetic bag ~
I mostly had everything ready for final assembly after a few hours of sewing then finished the bag up the next day!

The pattern designer recommends using her soft and stable by Annie product which gives bags good body to stand on their own and I loved using it! I really recommend trying it out. I want to stock up on it now! :) Before I made this bag, I hadn’t tried sewing with mesh or vinyl but Annie led me through the steps and in the end I really love how this turned out! The bag happily accompanied me on my California trip where I saw just a little bit more than conference rooms – at least for a bit.

Marina DelRey is absolutely beautiful :)

Have a great rest of your week. xx K
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Wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping it has been a good one so far! Lots has been going on in house of laughter, busy life stuff and holiday stuff and stuff of the quilty kind! I finished not one but two queen-sized quilts for Christmas gifts this year and I am so happy I did! First up, I finished my Moda Modern building blocks

This is a great pattern to sew! I really enjoyed the different blocks and using color combinations I normally wouldn’t have thought of for some blocks. I sent this quilt off to the quilter and adore how it finished! I backed it in white flannel and then bound it in flannel. I love using flannel and I need a flannel backed quilt in my house now :)

Swirls :)
The other quilt is a postage stamp using 2.5 x 2.5″ squares

I will never tire of a postage stamp quilt! I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this together; no worries of pattern, color, print! 1900 squares of fabric!! My 2.5 x 2.5″ scrap bin doesn’t look any emptier…how does that happen? This quilt was also quilted by long arm and backed in flannel! Bound in flannel too :).
Ok, then add in a bunch of swaps and you’re caught up :). Here’s one swap project to share. I love this bag that I made using soft and stable and quilt as you go for Sew Sew modern 6.

Pattern is classmate by Atkinson designs
I didn’t want to send that one off! Then I started thinking of 2015 plans. Do you have quilty plans? I decided I’m done loading myself up on swaps even though I have thrived on them and enjoyed them so much. I want to focus on big quilts! I love making them, using up fabrics and giving or using them. This last year I didn’t donate quilts which is the first time in 5 or 6 years!? I need to do that! So, with a couple exceptions I’m big-quilting it this year.
And soon co-running an Instagram QAL for a storm at sea quilt, mini, whatever! This is a bucket list design for me and I can’t wait to start! I’ll post more soon but here is an inspiration pic from quilters cache:
We are looking at a mid-February start date and it will be mostly an Instagram QAL but I will post some updates, pattern links and other stuff on the blog! Join if you can :) xx K

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As I promised, here is some info I found available for the Storm at Sea Quilt-a-long that I’m co-hosting starting in February! Yay!! Ever been curious about how this quilt is put together? Ever wanted to make one but really weren’t sure it was something that you could do? Join us!
Stephanie (@yespositively on Instagram) and Kathy (@librkat on Instagram) and I plan on making our own versions of Storm at Sea. Follow along and sewalong with us!!! There will be more info coming on Instagram (and on this blog) as we get started the week of February 9 and we have the potential for some prizes (YAY!) plus more!! Check #stormatseaqal

Here is what I have started for my SAS –

Along with my ‘usual’ text fabrics I have had these black prints in my stash forever, forever…well, I did invest in a bundle from here to round out my pile too :) I use black fabrics so sparingly and have always kept them aside for ‘someday’. Well that day is fast approaching! I also adore the color purple and pulled some fat quarters I have of shot cottons for the heart within my quilt…and maybe that lighter purply/burgundy. I may just change up this design again though since there is SO much inspiration on the Internet! Keep on reading:
If you have EQ7 then you could ‘easily’ create your own storm at sea layout and templates. If you are like me ‘sans-EQ7’ then check out the links I have laid out here.

I grabbed the coloring template I used in my picture from here and if there is any site I’ve spent time on it’s this one! There are so many storm at sea variations including single sashing, double sashing, quilts with highlighted hearts (like my drawing) and snail’s trail which is another quilt I’d love to make! There are paper templates you can print for the blocks at those sites too. Paper coloring templates for your design are also at this site on the second page.
I’m really loving this one, I may have to switch it up!

Both of the above sites have a pile of information and can get your ideas brewing!

The ever-popular Quilters Cache also has storm at sea 12″ paper patterns to print but if you aren’t comfortable with paper piecing, then there are instructions for piecing the blocks without.
If you are feeling ill thinking about selecting fabrics or if you want to dive in and sew then check out this quilt at Robert Kaufman! Here’s a pic, Jennifer Sampou’s fabrics look gorgeous in this version!

Love this! I found kits here, and here (just giving you the links, I get no kick-backs). The Kaufman site has the pattern for free too!
OK, so there’s the gist of it. Follow us on Instagram, we’ll have prizes, did I mention that? Also some pretty generous offers. Join us won’t you??

Start by thinking of fabrics, print your quilt layout to color and have fun!!! xx K
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ok…so maybe I didn’t have a tidal wave (or storm) of quilt along people for my Instagram stormatseaqal but I kept at it! I present a finished top
I had originally planned for the heart to be in the center, but it didn’t look right. Luckily I could easily rearrange it. It is approximately 40 x 40″ and a good size for me to be happy I got a bucket list pattern done!!! This is a very fun paper-pieced quilt to make and it is trippy to look at since it looks curvy but isn’t :). An Instagram friend is going to quilt it for me and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with!
Ok, so that done and I found a next project. I couldn’t help but sign up and dive in on the technicolor Galaxy BOM, especially after seeing some of the blocks completed for month one posted on Instagram. Check pileofabric.com for more on the BOM, or check the hashtag on IG #technicolorgalaxy or #skillbuilderbom. Here is my version of block one, first without bias tape-
Isn’t it cool!?! I am using stash fabrics as much as possible for this quilt (for anything quilty as much as I can this year) and am loving it!!! I also have a distinct lack of yellow in my stash and a bunch of pink…pink is growing on me :). Check out the block with bias –
So amazing right?! I am learning a lot with this BOM with block one; fabric selection, elmers glue
basting (?), plus how fun is the bias tape on this? I’m in love! I’m already starting the next round of
blocks for this so hope to post more progress soon. You have a great rest of the week :). xx K
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I last posted about how obsessed I was with the monthly BOM by pileofabric.com called technicolor galaxy-and my obsession continued. I sewed ahead of the BOM and kept sewing until I had the blocks done
The arcs are sewn, then quilted, ala quilt as you go, which I’d not tried in quilt size before. It is so rewarding to quilt detailed patterns without wrestling a large quilt! I want to make more quilts this way! At this point (above) I did internet research on QAYG block assembly and found some great tips, and blogs to get lost in too :). Alyssa at pileofabric responded to my plea for early assembly how-to by pointing me back to her blog – duh. So, I then cut the blocks down, got my bias binding ready and went for it
I really loved putting the binding on the blocks and seeing the quilting flow together! When it came
to putting the center circle in, I admittedly got a little worried..some additional thought on how to make it work (I hoped) ahead of the time helped
Alyssa shows the use of washable elmers glue throughout the sewing process and I, being relatively old-school couldn’t wrap my head around using it…and I didn’t use it much but, it definitely came in handy! Glue was especially helpful with the back bias strips. Have you used glue in quilting?
I then pinned and pinned and crossed my fingers
For the back of each arc I used colorful solids -that I still think multiply in my stash by themselves:). I placed them in a step-down way to make the back fun :). I don’t think I used up much of my solids stash on this, oddly enough!
And, before I knew it, it was done!! The BOM and pattern have side and corner low volume blocks to make the quilt square but I wanted this to be circular as I want to hang it on a wall. I really loved every bit of making this one! Now I sort of don’t know what to do with myself! :).
I’ll be testing a couple of quilt patterns for designers soon and I can’t wait to dig in on those! I am ready for a new project! I’ll post some teaser pics for these new patterns on Instagram soon hopefully!
Speaking of which I have failed at my blog posting commitment because Instagram is so immediate! I continue to see so much (too much??) inspiration there that it continues to eat up my computer time. If you haven’t joined, please try it! There is an amazing group of talented quilters on IG. I’m going to continue to be active there, and this blog will likely, eventually end. Gone due to instant social media. I will still peek at your blogs though! Have a great weekend xx K
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Wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping it has been a good one so far! Lots has been going on in house of laughter, busy life stuff and holiday stuff and stuff of the quilty kind! I finished not one but two queen-sized quilts for Christmas gifts this year and I am so happy I did! First up, I finished my Moda Modern building blocks

This is a great pattern to sew! I really enjoyed the different blocks and using color combinations I normally wouldn’t have thought of for some blocks. I sent this quilt off to the quilter and adore how it finished! I backed it in white flannel and then bound it in flannel. I love using flannel and I need a flannel backed quilt in my house now :)

Swirls :)
The other quilt is a postage stamp using 2.5 x 2.5″ squares

I will never tire of a postage stamp quilt! I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this together; no worries of pattern, color, print! 1900 squares of fabric!! My 2.5 x 2.5″ scrap bin doesn’t look any emptier…how does that happen? This quilt was also quilted by long arm and backed in flannel! Bound in flannel too :).
Ok, then add in a bunch of swaps and you’re caught up :). Here’s one swap project to share. I love this bag that I made using soft and stable and quilt as you go for Sew Sew modern 6.

Pattern is classmate by Atkinson designs
I didn’t want to send that one off! Then I started thinking of 2015 plans. Do you have quilty plans? I decided I’m done loading myself up on swaps even though I have thrived on them and enjoyed them so much. I want to focus on big quilts! I love making them, using up fabrics and giving or using them. This last year I didn’t donate quilts which is the first time in 5 or 6 years!? I need to do that! So, with a couple exceptions I’m big-quilting it this year.
And soon co-running an Instagram QAL for a storm at sea quilt, mini, whatever! This is a bucket list design for me and I can’t wait to start! I’ll post more soon but here is an inspiration pic from quilters cache:
We are looking at a mid-February start date and it will be mostly an Instagram QAL but I will post some updates, pattern links and other stuff on the blog! Join if you can :) xx K
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There are three different types of termite:

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Termites love wood. Now, as common sense would dictate, removing the food supply of pests is the rule of thumb in most household pest control. But in this instance of termite control, we can’t. In fact, as you’d learn very soon, many pest control techniques commonly applied to other bugs simply do not work with termites. Termites are social. Adult termites will help the younger ones with securing food. A colony of termites will cooperate with each other in locating existing food sources or discovering new ones.

The two types of termites, subterranean termite and dry-wood termite each have different ways of locating wood, which is their food supply. Subterranean termites reach new supplies of wood by making shelter tubes that are under the surface and relatively unnoticeable. Dry wood termites leave traces of powder-like dust, which makes their presence more noticeable. Subterranean termites enter wood through the soil.

Preventing Termites

Preventing termites begins with making sure that the building foundation is termite proof. This includes taking care of the moisture level, humidity and other environmental conditions of the building. November and December are commonly known as the “wet season” and it is during this period that household individuals should be more observant in respect to such concerns. Closely inspecting wood (wooden furniture, flooring, texture etc.) to make sure that they are clear from fungi, mold or damp substance is a crucial first step.

Remember again that termites rarely surface and are largely invisible. Without preventive measures, most household individuals only discover termites when the damage has been done. When it comes down to it, preventing termites is really about vigilance and observance. Here’s a few more tips to help with your observation of termites:

You may notice winged termites, sometimes called swarmers, appearing indoors (usually gather around lightings)

Look for mud shelter tubes on walls, piers, floor joists etc. This is what termites build and travel in as protection.

Take note of irregular bubbles on and around painted wood surfaces. This may indicate termite infestation.

Wood damaged by termites, appears hollowed out along the grain, usually with bits of dried mud lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by other types of insects or moisture will not appear this way. This coupled with the appearance of winged termites indoor, is a strong indicator of infestation. This combination would warrant immediate termite treatment. However, presence of winged termites alone does not necessarily imply an infestation. These winged termites might emerge from neighboring tree stumps, woodpiles and other outdoor locations.

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Keeping Fleas Away

The most effective way to prevent and control flea problems is to invest in professional pest control services. People use different approaches to combat flea infestation among their pets, but the fleas usually return again as those methods are not sufficient. The flexibility that comes with consulting Texas pest control services allows home owners to save time that would otherwise be spent trying and failing miserably to take preventative measures independently. When people make “do-it-yourself” attempts to solve existing troubles, the results often attract more fleas and other pests. This often results in a problem that is worse than the first one.

Pest control includes perimeter and pre-treatments. Professional treatments are always done based on the size of the home and the extent of the infestation. Areas that are a potential future problem can only be judged by a pest control professional. The perimeter work is what prevents future infestations from happening.

Fleas are mentioned above all other pests in the previous sections, but rodents, larger sized bugs, termites and other pesky animals cause problems in residential areas as well. Mice are known to carry fleas, rabies, and other diseases that can be passed on to pets in the household. The rest of the inhabitants of a home aren’t excluded from the dangers of diseases carried by rodents.

Pest control companies work to reach various pests. Treatments go beyond the animals which are traditionally mentioned. Homeowners often do not take into consideration that fleas and lice cannot be eliminated with an amateur technique. Because both insects are different from one another despite being a part of the same species, different methods have to be used, and only pest control companies can implement the right process to rid an area of both insects.

Homes can be made pests free and property damage can be avoided through a simple consultation with a pest control business. An extermination can help remove fleas, ticks, and lice from any living space, and it allows the other inhabitants to live in peace. There is nothing more comforting to a pet owner than being at ease about the safety of their home.

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An open letter to women living in the Kansas City area:”What Every Woman Needs to Know” …before opening her front door to any repairman

Dear Friend,

In my years as a woman working in the HVAC industry, I never thought I’d write a letter like this.

Now I’m doing it out of concern for the safety and security of my friends, family members, and other women living in our community including YOU! Here’s my urgent advice:

NEVER allow a repairman into your home without first knowing he has passed a background check. NEVER.

I don’t care if he looks clean-cut, is wearing a name badge, and sports a freshly ironed white shirt.

With all the news stories about repairmen who are convicted felons committing horrible crimes against unassuming homeowners (especially women), you and I must be diligent, informed, and relentless in watching out for each other.

That’s why I want to remind you that you have every RIGHT to know a company’s policy on doing employee background checks.

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Water Pressure Regulator Repairs San Antonio

San Antonio pressure regulator repair work on all brands and models pressure regulator units such as Delta, In-Sink-Erator, Emerson, Whirlpool, Kohler, Oster and many more view the entire list. If the water pressure in your house is too low or too high or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your pressure regulator problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio pressure regulator repairs at:

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Or via email. Please include your name, contact information and brief explanation of the problem that you are having with your pressure regulator. As soon as we receive the email we will contact you in order to schedule your appointment for San Antonio pressure regulator repair.

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Clogged filters

Clogged in-line filters are notorious for their ability to restrict water pressure flow. People have these little filters put in to trap sediment, and they do. They trap the sediment so well that they eventually clog up and block the normal flow of water pressure, thereby reducing water pressure. When you respond to a low-pressure call, ask the property owner if any filters are installed on the water distribution system. If one is, check the filter to see if it needs to be replaced.

Stopped-up aerators

One of the most common, and simplest to fix, causes of low water pressure is stopped-up aerators. The little screens in the aerators stop up frequently when a house is served by a private water supply. Iron particles and mineral deposits are usually the cause for stoppages. Aerators can be removed and will sometimes clean up, but many times they must be replaced. As long as you have an assortment of aerators on your service truck, this is one problem that is easy to find and to fix.

Poor water pressure

Poor water pressure is rare with bathtub valves, but shower heads sometimes suffer from a lack of desirable water pressure. The cause is usually a mineral buildup in the water-saver disk that is housed in the shower head. If you remove the head and check the disk for obstructions, you will probably find some. A quick rinse under a faucet will often clear the debris. In stubborn cases you may have to poke the pieces out with a thin piece of’ wire or replace the disk. It is also conceivable that the holes in the shower head itself are plugged.

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San Antonio pipes or hoses repair work on all brands and models pipes or hoses such as Roto Rooter Pipe Shield, In-Sink-Erator, Emerson, Norweco, Kohler, Oster and many more view the entire list. If your pipe or hose is cloged , you pipe in the house which needs to be replaced or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your pipe or hose problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio pipes or hoses repairs at:

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Or via email. Please include your name, contact information and brief explanation of the problem that you are having with your pipes or hoses. As soon as we receive the email we will contact you in order to schedule your appointment for San Antonio pipes or hoses repair.

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Noisy Pipe

Noisy pipes can make living around a plumbing system very annoying. Sometimes the pipes bang, sometimes pipes squeak, and some-times pipes chatter. This condition can be so severe that living with the pipes noise is almost unbearable. What causes noisy pipes? Water hammer is one reason pipes play their unfavorable tunes, but it is not the only reason.
Not all pipe noises are the same. The type of pipe noise you hear gives a strong indication to the type of action that will be required to repair the pipe problem. You must listen closely to the pipe sounds being made in order to diagnose the problems properly.
What will you be listening for? The tone and type of pipes noise being made will be all that you may have to go on in repairing the problem of a water hammer. Let’s look at the various pipes noises individually and see what they mean and how you can repair the pipe problem.
Water hammer
Water hammer is the most common cause of noisy pipes in a water distribution system. Banging pipes are a sure sign of water hammer. Can water hammer be stopped? Yes; there are ways to eliminate the and effects of water hammer, but implementing the pipe repair not always easy.
What causes water hammer? Water hammer occurs most often with quick-closing valves, like ball clocks and washing-machine valves, but it can be a problem with other fixtures. The condition can be worsened when the water distribution pipes are installed with long, straight runs. When the water is shut off quickly, it bangs into the pipe fittings at the end of the pipe run or at the fixture and produce the hammering and banging pipe noise. The shock wave can produce some loud pipe noises.
Banging
If a plumbing system is under higher than average pressure, it can be more likely to suffer from water hammer. There are several ways to approach the pipe problem to eliminate the banging. To illustrate these options, I would like to put the problems into the form of real-world situations. I plan to share my past experiences with you in an entertaining and informative way.
Unsecured pipes
Unsecured pipes are prime targets when you are having a noise problem. If the pipes that make up the water distribution system are not secured properly, pipes are likely to vibrate and make all sorts of pipes noise. Not only is this annoying to the ears, it can be damaging to the pipes. Pipes that are not secure in their hangers can vibrate to the point that they wear holes in themselves. If enough stress is present, the connection joints may even be broken.
Local plumbing codes dictate how far apart the hangers for pipe may be. If the pipes hangers fall within the guidelines of the local code and secure the pipes tightly, no pipe problems should exist. However, when the hangers are farther apart than they should be, is the wrong pipe size or are not attached firmly, pipes trouble can develop.
Pipes that are not secured in the manner described by the plumbing code may create loud banging sounds. This pipes noise imitates the noise made by a system that is experiencing a water hammer. Pipes squeaking and chattering noises may also be present when pipes are not secured properly.
The problem of poorly secured pipes is easy to fix, if you have access the pipes. Unfortunately, the pipes and their hangers are often concealed by finished walls. Sometimes the problem pipes can be accessed in basements or crawlspaces, but as often as not, they are Inaccessible, unless walls and ceilings are destroyed.
Once you have access to the pipes that are not secured in the proper fashion, all you have to do is add hangers or tighten the existing hangers. This is fine if you can get to the pipes easily, but it is a hard-sell to a homeowner who doesn’t want the walls and ceilings of a home cut open. There is, however, no other way to eradicate the pipe problem.

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Home > Plumbing Valve Repairs San Antonio

San Antonio plumbing valve repair work on all brands and models plumbing valves such as Delta, Scour Jet, Emerson, Terralift, Kohler, Oster and many more view the entire list. If your plumbing valve doesn’t open or close , unit is leaking or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your plumbing valve problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio plumbing valve repairs at:

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Plumbing Valves

Tub and shower valves are very reliable and seldom need repair, which is good news, because they are buried inside of a wall. Most types can be repaired, but you may decide that it’s time to replace really old fixtures. This text shows you how the real challenge in replacing a tub or shower valve is getting access to the valve without destroying the wall. So, the best time to replace these valves is during a major bathroom remodeling when walls are being replaced. Otherwise, if in order to replace the valve you have to rebuild and retile the enclosure around the tub or shower, this job can get expensive.
Some house builders have anticipated problems with the plumbing coming up sometime during the life of the houses they build, and make the tub and shower valves accessible through removable panels. Depending on the floor plan of your house, these inspection panels may be located in a hallway or closets. If your house does have a panel, you can usually replace the valve without disturbing the wall in the bathroom or shower.
Many of the single-handle tub and shower valves have a large escutcheon (trim cover) that, when removed, exposes the valve body. This type of valve can be serviced and even replaced by working through the mounting hole.
Another factor to consider before taking on this job is the type of valve you are replacing. Very old valves hooked up to old galvanized pipes are particularly difficult to work with. If the old valve is installed with union fittings between the hot and cold supply pipes, the valve is fairly simple to replace. Union fittings allow the valve to be removed without cutting the pipes.
So if you can get at the valve without having to cut up your wall and the valve is installed with plastic or copper pipes (or you have unions in the galvanized supply pipes), this is a pretty straightforward project.

Choosing a Replacement Valve

Unless you are going to make modifications to the wall, the type of valve you remove dictates the style you purchase. While you’re checking out the different valves, take a close look at the installation instructions. Some valves are designed to have the supply pipes soldered directly into the valve. Others require threaded fittings.
You’ll find a wide selection of transition fittings in copper, plastic, and galvanized steel. The fitting are designed to allow you to attach different piping systems to the new valve. Transition fittings allow you to connect copper pipe to existing galvanized pipe and the shower valve. If you have a propane torch and a tubing cutter, working with copper pipe isn’t difficult, the same fittings are available in plastic, so if soldering isn’t in your bag of tricks, plastic may be your best choice.

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The Plumbing Supply System

A well-designed plumbing distribution system doesn’t just deliver water to the points of need. It also delivers reasonably constant water temperature and pressure. Such a plumbing system will not only promote harmony between spouses but will also serve as a selling point when the home is on the market. Learn how to design and install the two most common water plumbing distribution systems and a system of your own design. Find also plumbing installation aids, plumbing common problems, and plumbing solutions. Read how to design a plumbing system that keeps the water quiet no more rushing-water noise in the walls or hammer noise coming from the plumbing pipes when someone turns off the faucet.
A well-designed plumbing water supply system can deliver a good high-power spray in the shower; a poor one, only a dribble.
How Water Gets Routed through a House
Before you start working with a house plumbing lines, you need to know three things:
First, how to recognize a poorly designed plumbing system so you won’t be sure with added problems down the road.
Second, how to design and install a proper plumbing system.
And last, what part of the plumbing water line to tee into when adding on. Teeing into a poorly designed plumbing system teeing in at the wrong place in a well-designed plumbing system can lead to major problems.
The Series Plumbing System
The Plumbing series system is the one we see most often. This plumbing design attempts to give the best water distribution for the money using just one main feed. Because there is only one main plumbing feed, you will have to put design plumbing rules
1 Drain and vent plumbing lines have priority over water lines. Run all drain and vent plumbing lines first
2 Keep water plumbing lines out of the outside wall in climates that freeze. Instead, run lines up through the floor (or under the slab) to get to the fixture.
3 All shutoff plumbing valves in the main plumbing water line, and taps to fixtures, hot or cold, should be ball valves.
4 All under-sink shutoff plumbing valves (aka stop valves or fixture plumbing shutoff valves) should also be ball valves (quarter turn) The common plumbing valves that are usually installed under the fixture have a habit of sticking and leaking with occasional loss of pressure and a few hot/cold spurts when water is used in more than one location at the same time.
The design of a basic plumbing series system is simple it uses X-in. pipe from the point where water enters the house and for the main nin through out. Because the plumbing pipe feeds more than one fixture, its diameter should be X-in. Then X-in. plumbing pipe is used to feed only singular fixtures, with the exception of undercounter taps, such as a dishwasher feeding off the kitchen faucet line.
In a poorly designed plumbing series system, you will typically see Y-in. plumbing pipe everywhere—even for the main line runs. It is this mistake that gives series plumbing installations a bad name. If during a renovation you inherit this type of installation, you will need to replace all main plumbing water lines with y-in. pipe.
Only the taps to the fixtures should remain Y-in. pipe.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the series plumbing system is its problem with velocity. With all the house water flowing through a single plumbing pipe, the velocity tends to get too high, which creates noise and erodes metal fittings, especially those made of copper and brass.

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San Antonio heating and furnace repair work on all brands and models heating and furnace units such as Carrier, American Standard, Lennox, Brown, Kohler, Amana and many more view the entire heating and furnace brands list. If your heating unit doesn’t come on , the heating unit is not blowing hot air or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your heating problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio heating repairs at:

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GAS HEATING

It was not heating until after World War II that transcontinental pipelines brought natural gas to nearly all parts of the United States, but since then upward of 35 million heating gas burners have been installed for home heating systems—twice the number that have oil heating burners. As a fuel, gas is more expensive than oil in many areas. But a gas heating burner is less costly to install than an oil burner: gas heat pollutes less than oil heat: and gas delivery does not depend on a truck’s ability to brave a blizzard. Most heating gas burners consume natural gas mixed with air in the ratio of about 1 cubic foot of gas to 16 cubic feet of air. The efficiency of the burner depends on the mixture, which a heating serviceman should adjust. Most other heating problems involve the pilot and its thermocouple safety device; this heating or furnace repair problems can generally be corrected by the homeowner.

How a gas heating works

When the contacts of a house heating thermostat close (page 300), current runs to a solenoid, opening up a diagram heating valve in a combination control. Gas flows (small arrows) from a supply line past a manual shutoff, through a heating manifold, then to tubes that mix it with air (broad arrows). The mixture goes to heating burners where ignited by a pilot. It makes heat that a heat exchanger turns to steam. Hot water or warm air; wastes go up a flue. The heating thermocouple and another solenoid stop gas flow if the pilot goes out.

Adjusting the heating pilot flame

A heating thermocouple (left and opposite, top shuts off gas if the pilot light goes out. But the pilot will not stay lighted if it is too low to heat the thermocouple. In many heating unit models the pilot flame may be raised or lowered by taking off the screw cap and carefully turning the adjustment screw on the combination control to regulate flow in the pilot supply line. Pilot reigniting procedures also varies they are on a metal tag attached to, or near. A-gas cock on the combination control. Over half the central heating systems in American houses are the forced-warm-air type-29 million units. Unlike hot-water and steam heating systems, a forced-air heating system uses no water, so there is no danger of burst pipes, no need for filling or draining. It warms and circulates air with a heating burner, a motor-driven fan—or blower—and a duct network.
Because it distributes warm air under draft, a forced-air heating system is more efficient than one that depends on the principle that warm air rises: it can send heat where needed and keep temperatures steady. So it provides comfort at lower furnace temperatures than its predecessor and burns less fuel. The heating unit or furnace may use oil or gas, a heating pump or an electric resistance coil. Most forced-warm-air heating systems humidify, or can be modified to do so and generally can be adapted to cool the house in summer. Cooling may be achieved simply by opening a panel to circulate basement air throughout the house or, more elaborately, by utilizing the ducts and blower in conjunction with a central air conditioner. Despite its versatility, the forced-warm-air heating system is so simple in construction and operation that the owner can deal with most of the problems that may occur.

How heating air circulates

The heating furnace, containing both the burner and the blower, is topped by a chamber called the warm-air plenum. This leads to a long main supply duct that feeds into branch ducts, which in turn supply openings called warm-air registers that release heated air into each room.
Dampers inside the main and branch ducts can be adjusted by lever handles to balance the flow, so that each register receives the desired quantity of warm air (page 312). Each register also has a damper to regulate air flow. Warm air flows upward from these registers (wavy arrows). Cooler, heavier air drops to the floor and flows through return air grilles to a return air duct leading back to the furnace. A small two-story house usually has one return grille per story. Larger homes may have return grilles in each room.

Haw a forced-air heating furnace works

Heating furnace, designed for a gas or an oil burner (not shown), circulating air enters at the bottom, where a filter traps dirt. The blower forces the air up into a compartment called a heating exchanger, which contains metal passageways heated to temperatures of several hundred degrees by combustion gases rising inside. The passageway exteriors heating the circulating air as the blower forces it past and on into the warm-air plenum of the network of ducts. A fan-and-limit control switches the heating blower off and on, and turns off the burner if circulating-air temperature rises too high. The combustion gases, which do not mix with circulating air, escape through a stack to the chimney. A forced-air heating system that included a heat pump would contain a second heat exchanger in the return air duct. The humidifier, which moisturizes dry air, also enhances the heating systems efficiency because people feel more comfortable at lower temperatures in moist air than in dry air. It operates on the same principle.

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San Antonio garbage disposal repair work on all brands and models garbage disposal units such as Delta, In-Sink-Erator, Emerson, Whirlpool, Kohler, Oster and many more view the entire list. If your garbage disposal unit doesn’t come on , unit is not draining or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your garbage disposal problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio garbage disposal repairs at:

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Or via email. Please include your name, contact information and brief explanation of the problem that you are having with your garbage disposal. As soon as we receive the email we will contact you in order to schedule your appointment for San Antonio garbage disposal repair.

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Garbage Disposals

If the power to the disposal is on and it still disposal won’t run, you have two options. You can tell the customer the problem is not a plumbing problem and suggest that they call an electrician or garbage disposal repair person. If you want to dig deeper, you can remove the wiring and test it to see that power is coming to the garbage disposal. If full power is at the wires, the problem is likely to be with the garbage disposal motor.
Our next service call puts you in the position of troubleshooting foul odors being emitted from a garbage disposal. The homeowner has used the garbage disposal to gobble up everything from fish to fowl, and now the odors are permeating the house.
You arrive on the job and notice the smells as soon as you walk through the door. The odor is not that of sewer gas, but it certainly is unpleasant. What are you going to do first?

Are you thinking you should check the trap first? If you are, you’re on the right track, sort of. If the trap is not maintaining its water seal, odors could be rising from the drain pipe. However, since the sink and garbage disposal are being used regularly, it is unlikely the trap has lost its seal. Unless a vent has become obstructed and is allowing a symphonic action of the trap, there should be a good water seal. To be safe, you check the trap, and it is full of water, so the smells are not coming from the drain pipe. At this point you could tell the homeowner that the odor is coming from the garbage disposal, not the plumbing and leave. This would be an acceptable course of action, but there is a better one available to you, if you know what to say. Do you?
If a homeowner asks you whether it is best to flush a garbage disposal with cold water or hot water, what would you say? Many people, plumbers included, would say hot water. In fact, I used to think hot water was the best to use when flushing a garbage disposal. I found out, however, that cold water should be used. Why cold water? Cold water is said to congeal grease and carry it down the drain better than hot water. As I understand it, there is a higher likelihood of grease being caught on the sides of drainage piping if hot water is used.

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Home > Bathtub Shower Plumbing San Antonio

San Antonio bathtub or shower repair work on all brands and models bathtub or shower units such as Delta, Elkay, Emerson, Grohe, Kohler, Oster and many more view the entire list of bathtub and shower brands we work on. If your bathtub or shower unit doesn’t drain properly , the bathtub or shower is leaking or you have any other issues with your bathtub or shower, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your bathtub or shower problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio bathtub or shower repairs at:

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The information below is designed to provide how to increase the life of your bathtub or shower unit and use them in the most efficient way, so that will save you money for future San Antonio bathtub or shower repairs. It is posted with the understanding that we are not offering advice that you do it yourself. If expert assistance is required, the services of competent bathtub or shower technicians are available 24/7 at our toll free phone number.

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Bathtub and Shower-shoe leaks
Bathtub and Shower-shoe leaks can be the cause of water draining from a bathtub or shower inadvertently. When water seeps past a bathtub or shower-waste mechanism, it goes down the bathtub or shower drain. But when the leak is at a bathtub or shower shoe, the water goes into unwanted areas, such as a downstairs ceiling.
A lack of putty on the underside of the bathtub or shower drain is the most common cause for bathtub or shower-shoe leaks. It is possible, however, that the leak is due to a faulty or missing bathtub or shower-shoe gasket. You still can see bathtub or shower where the tub-shoe gasket was never installed.
If you are faced with a situation where there is no access to the bathtub or shower shoe, you must do the repair from inside the bathtub or the shower. This is really not difficult, and it saves time and trouble of cutting out a ceiling. All that is required is the removal of the bathtub or shower drain.
Once the bathtub or shower drain is unscrewed, the bathtub or shower gasket can be retrieved and inspected. Replacing the bathtub or shower gasket requires a little manual dexterity, but it can be done from inside the bathtub or shower without much trouble.
You can put a little pipe dope or wax on the back of the gasket to make sure it doesn’t slide off the bathtub shoe before the drain is replaced. Losing your only gasket between the floor and ceiling can be embarrassing, and the tacky dope or wax minimizes the risk of loss.
By installing a new gasket, putting sealant compound on the drain’s threads, and installing putty around the inner rim of the bathtub or shower drain, you can be fairly certain of stopping a leaking bathtub or shower shoe.
Bathtub or Shower That Drain Slowly
Bathtub or shower that drain slowly are a common problem. The cause of the problem is usually either a tub waste that needs to be adjusted or a partial blockage in the bathtub or shower drainage system. A vent that is obstructed or nonexistent can also contribute to the slow draining of a bathtub or shower.
Hair is a frequent enemy of bathtub or shower drains. Even bathtub or shower equipped with strainer-type drains can be slowed by accumulating hair. Mechanical tub wastes are particularly susceptible to hair attacks. Look at the different types of wastes and see what to do when a bathtub or shower is not draining fast enough.
Escutcheon and bathtub or shower-Spout Leaks
Escutcheon and bathtub or shower-spout leaks can be extremely hard to find unless you know to look for them. When escutcheons and tub spouts are not installed with the proper gaskets or putty, they can allow water to run right past them. The water can get into the wall and drip down to the floor. The leak can spread out and be difficult to pinpoint.
A garden hose is ideal for testing this type of situation. By spraying water on the escutcheons and bathtub or shower spout, you can determine if they are leaking into the access area. If you don’t have a garden hose to use, fill a pitcher or bucket with water and splash it on the escutcheons and spout. You can use paper towels in the access area to help locate any stray water.
Escutcheon and bathtub or shower-spout leaks only occur when water is splashed against them. The most common cause is when someone is taking a shower and the water bounces off his or her body and onto the walls.

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San Antonio air conditioning repair work on all brands and models air conditioning units such as Carrier, Lennox, American Standard, Brown, Kohler, Amana and many more view the entire list. If your air conditioning is leaking, unit runs noisy or you have any other issues with it, simply call our toll free number and we will take care of your air conditioning problem. We are available 24/7 for your San Antonio air conditioning repairs at:

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Or via email. Please include your name, contact information and brief explanation of the problem that you are having with your air conditioning. As soon as we receive the email we will contact you in order to schedule your appointment for San Antonio air conditioning repair.

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The information below is designed to provide how to increase the life of your air conditioning unit and use them in the most efficient way, so that will save you money. It is posted with the understanding that we are not offering advice that you do it yourself. If expert assistance is required, the services of competent air conditioning technicians are available 24/7 at our toll free phone number.

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AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

An air-conditioning system maintains desired environmental conditions within a space. In almost every application there is a myriad of options available to the designer to satisfy the basic goal. It is in the selection and combination of these options that the engineer must consider all the parameters relating to the project.
Air-conditioning systems are categorized by how they control temperature in the conditioned area. They are also segregated to accomplish specific purposes by special equipment arrangement. This chapter considers elements that constitute the system. This text describes those systems that are used to solve the psychometric problem and control the environmental conditions of the occupied space, and Chapter 13 discusses the design of hot water and chilled water systems.

The two fundamental objectives of the air-conditioning system are to control the quality of the air in the conditioned space and the thermodynamic properties of the air. Additionally, in conjunction with other aspects of the space and system design, they become the major element in providing for the thermal comfort in the space.

Air Quality

Air quality is usually obtained through a process of ventilation combined with filtration. Ventilation consists of the removal of contaminants from the indoor air by replacing the contaminated air with non-contaminated air from the out of doors. This replacement is generally achieved through a process of dilution or, in rare cases—displacement. The amount of outdoor air required is determined by the rate and type of contaminant generation, generally as prescribed by ASHRAE Standard 62-1989 (or subsequent revisions thereof).
In many systems, the outdoor air is mixed with the return air from the space at the inlet to the air-conditioning system, and the mixture, then, conditioned to the thermodynamic state necessary to control the space temperature. However, this method need not be employed, and in many cases it is preferable to provide total thermodynamic conditioning of the outdoor ventilation air separate and apart from the space conditioning unit or directly to the space via a separate ventilating supply air system. The separate ventilating system, properly applied is preferable when using variable air volume systems because of the assurance of adequate ventilation at all conditions of load and improved humidity control in humid climates with most temperature control systems.

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When you decide to go through this
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1.Safety tools: Remember, things can go wet
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2.Drainage Plunger: Go for quality rubber
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3.Plumber’s Snake (Mechanical snake): A
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tip.
4.Slip Joint Pliers: used for a tight grip
on the pipe (metal pipes), tightening and
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5.Screwdriver: loosening and tightening
screws especially shower heads.
6.Adjustable wrench: useful to free multi
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7.Cleaning Chemicals (Environment friendly):
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8.Plumber’s joint material: Joint sealer,
fluorocarbon tape etc. For minor leakages
Where to get all these stuff? Just have a
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1.Drain Clog: Most often you or your
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a.Search for drainage plunger; make sure of
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b.Yet plenty of flushed water remains plenty
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and child toys.)
2.Pipe & Joint leakage: In Feng Shui
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Plumber’s joint sealer will help you in
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Stop the water supply and follow “how to
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3.A dripping faucet: Most plumbing problems
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If you’ve got bigger problems just call us
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Clients details, drain layouts and records of applications are stored in company data base. Plumbers in Epping Internal Drain Cleaning

Basins, baths, showers and laundry troughs drains in newer properties are generally easy to clear with small electric Drain machines, unless builders cement is causing the blockage, this can be more time consuming but has a high success rate.

In older properties where galvanized pipe is used for these drains, generally it’s a combination of hair, rust and roots which grow up the pipe from the outside drain or gulley.

Rust build up in these pipes is the most common especially basins which are usually a smaller diameter than the other fixtures. Rusted drain pipes can be scoured out with our machines and brought back to normal functionality. Plumbers in Epping External Drain Cleaning Machine

If more than one fixture is blocked or running slow then it means that the entire main drain is blocked. These drains can be cleared by using Plumbers in Epping drain machines or high pressure water jetters. Where possible we can clear the drain from the house to the ministers drain. It’s generally root intrusions causing the problem, normally near the boundary of the property. Plumbers in Epping inspect the drain with a drain camera so we can identify and locate the faulty areas.

Blocked Drains Plumbers in Epping Drain machines mechanically feed rotating cables with a cutting head at the end, down the drain line.

The cutting head cuts or scours whatever is in its path till the entire drain is clean. Various cutting heads are used depending on the type of blockage in the drain. Different machines are used according to the size and length of the drain being cleaned.

Machines are compact and can be used indoors in almost any situation. Ideal for scouring old galvanized and cast iron drains of rust or any other hard deposits. Excellent for cutting roots, even removing concrete or cement without causing any spillage or mess.Plumbers in Epping Blocked Drain Clogged Drains Cameras

A special hard cable with an illuminated camera attached to the end is pushed down the drain and is monitored on a colour screen. A locating device in the camera emits a signal with the aid of a receiver can give the exact location and depth of the camera at any time. This is invaluable as any root intrusions, breaks, sags in the drain, damaged or dislodged fittings can be pin-pointed and if necessary repaired with the least amount of excavation. Different cameras utilized according to length and size of drain thus showing exact cause of blockage. Inspection of a problem area or entire drain can be recorded in any format with narration if required.Plumbers in Epping Storm water Drain Clearing

These are generally self-contained soak wells or storm water channels and pipes, which run into soak wells.

These drains normally accumulate, debris, leaves, sand or during the dry months, roots when they are searching for water.

These can generally be cleared out with drain machines or high water pressure jetters.Plumbers in Epping Water Jetting

A long flexible hose with a special drain cleaning nozzle attached to the end, is fed down the drain. The nozzle emits very high pressure water jets that blast away anything in front of it plus propels the hose down the drain. Nozzles and hoses vary in design according to the size of the drain and the type of obstruction to be removed. Effective on long distances, good for areas of limited access and can be used indoors without causing any disruption or mess. Water jetters perform a much more thorough job on roots than drain machines and are excellent for removal of fats and grease as the water is heated due to friction. Pressure cleaning of spillage areas cuts down on time of clean up.

Plumbers in Epping has many years’ experience. Work carried out by highly experienced plumbers with a vested interest in the company

Extensive knowledge of layouts for domestic, commercial and industrial drains

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Whether you have an existing residence, are building a new home or business, you will certainly need plumbing installed into your building. Plumbers in Epping can do a thorough inspection of your walls to see where piping needs to be installed and provide you with a free estimate.

At Plumbers in Epping, our new construction plumbing experts have the equipment and technology to provide you with the best plumbing.

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Normally, you don’t have to worry about your plumbing pipes until winter sets in. That’s when the pipes can easily freeze and cause them to burst – yes, this can happen even in Australia! When water freezes, it creates more volume and causes the pipe to break. For immediate burst pipe repair in Sydney and surrounding areas, contact the team at Plumbers in Epping Plumbing Services. We serve residential and commercial properties.How Can You Prevent Burst Pipes?

To prepare for winter, you will need to take preventive measures to protect your pipes from becoming damaged.

First, take note of all the rooms in your home and check to see if they have pipes running through them. If you wrap these pipes with any type of padding material, you can prevent them from bursting. This padding can be specially designed for pipes, but if the weather has caught you by surprise even newspapers can do the trick. The point is that you keep the pipes warmer than freezing levels.

If your pipes aren’t used very often, you should allow the water to flow through them once in a while during the colder months. You could also run the hot water to unfreeze any existing frozen water. Of course, you could also use small space heaters in rooms where the pipes run. In areas where freezing isn’t a great danger, simply leaving a dripping faucet on can prevent frozen pipes. This keeps the water flowing and prevents it from stagnating within the pipe.What Do You Do If Your Pipes Have Frozen?

If you happen to turn on a tap and no water comes out, then chances are the pipes have frozen. Check other taps to see if this is the case. Locate the water meter and touch the pipes near the meter. If a section feels colder than others, then this is probably the location of the blockage. If other taps are working, then it could be a pipe in an exterior wall. Check the piping where it comes from the wall. Once you find the location, turn off the main water valve so water doesn’t surge through the pipes when the obstruction is thawed. Wrap pipes in padding to allow them to thaw slowly. Don’t try to use boiling water or flames to thaw pipes, as this will cause expansion and the bursting of the pipes. In some cases, just waiting for the weather to warm will do the trick.What Should You Do If You Have a Burst Pipe?

If your pipes end up bursting, the first thing you will need to do is turn off the main water supply. The valve for this is often located outside your home. After you have turned off your water supply, call Plumbers in Epping for immediate repairs. We offer 24/7 support and will send out a certified plumber to locate and repair the burst pipe.Plumbers in Epping Leaking / burst pipe Specialists – Any Time, Any Day Free Call1800 187 168 or 0407 940 208

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When you are in need of a kitchen renovation for your home, contact the professional plumbers at Plumbers in Epping.
Homeowners often seek to remodel their home to improve the value of the property and improve efficiency in the kitchen. The plumbers at Plumbers in Epping have extensive training and a wealth of knowledge to upgrade your kitchen.Plumbers in Epping Kitchen Remodeling

Plumbers in Epping manages a group of experienced Kitchen remodeling highly trained plumbers who can renovate any kitchen. Our master plumbers can aide you in whatever you need for your kitchen, such as new tiling, fresh appliances or remodeled piping and fixtures.

You won’t have to wait long for your dream kitchen either, as we perform the work quickly and in less time than other competitors do. We can come to your home and provide you with a free in-home estimate before making any adjustments to your kitchen. The staff at Plumbers in Epping listens to your desires so we can provide you with the kitchen of your dreams.Plumbers in Epping Kitchen Remodeling Emergency

If you are having an emergency with your kitchen remodel, our team is available 24/7 to assist with any plumbing issues. Perhaps your new sink has clogged or a pipe has burst or is leaking, let our professional staff at Plumbers in Epping be there for you. Any plumbing emergency that affects your home will be tended to immediately.Plumbers in Epping Remodeling My Own Kitchen?

Remodeling your own kitchen can appear simple but when delving into the project, there are often unexpected complications. Hiring a Sydney and surrounding Suburbs plumber such as Plumbers in Epping eliminates any confusion or further kitchen remodeling issues. If you have put in the tile incorrectly, you could end up with a cracked floor and have to pay much more than anticipated. Rely on professional plumbers to assist with building a new kitchen. We have connections with many contractors who can help with planning designs while we handle the plumbing.Why Choose Plumbers in Epping?

The staff at Plumbers in Epping has viewed many kitchens, making us able to find a solution for any type of kitchen remodel. We have knowledge on the techniques to installing correct plumbing while we also have high-technology products. Contact our Sydney and surrounding Suburbs plumbers for a free-estimate!Plumbers in Epping Kitchen remodelling specialists – Any Time, Any Day Free Call1800 187 168 or 0407 940 208

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Find Qualified Plumbers in WeymouthEmploying Plumbers Weymouth To Improve The Living Space In Your Existing Home

Remodeling shall mean anything; adding a wall, cabinet making, wall painting, bathroom or kitchen renovation or even a sink repaired and modified, all come under the category of house remodeling or redesigning.

One of the good things about remodeling is that even a tiny change in the existing construction of the home might give it an entirely fresh and new look, and lift its whole appearance from the inside or outside, depending on where the modification was carried out.

Every house has its own different harmony that gives it a ‘homey’ feeling, so it is extremely vital to maintain that when going through the process of renovation.

Also remember that trends, quality, and costs are the central elements in reconstruction (plumbers Weymouth).

One can also remodel his or her own house all by oneself when it is something simple and easy; like wall painting or maybe a little interior decorating of a room.

But, when it comes to a bit more professional work or technical work, it’s necessary that home contractor is brought in for his or her services.

A home improvement contractor (plumbers Weymouth), also known as a home contractor, is by definition, a person who works on virtually anything relating to residential remodeling or renovation.

An electrician, and for that matter, even a handyman, can be called as a home renovator, as they too fall under this same category.

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Most of all these contractors state that they are specialists. So, one should be really careful while entirely trusting somebody for their home remodeling.

Ensure that the person has enough experience and knowledge about building and construction, a legal licensing and perfect authority on his or her job.

A home contractor who has many positive feedbacks from his or her previous clients, and who is a trustworthy and renowned professional, must be the one you always go for.

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You could feel comfortable with his or her suggestions that shall also connect with your mental picture of the final look, once renovated and remodeled.

These home contractors are specialized in different categories, such as the following types.

Bathroom remodeling: Try the latest fashion, and go for trendy bathroom renovations.

If the old appearance of your bathroom is giving you a sad mood, go for the latest fittings and remodel the whole place.

In other cases, when it is in a poor condition or some part of it requires remodeling, you may always think of complete reconstruction (plumbers Weymouth) to transform it to a luxurious, relaxing bathroom.

It is quite crucial that you do the renovation job in a perfect manner, once you have decided on doing it, because remodeling a bathroom is not a common or normal task which one could do just like that.

An excellent bathroom-remodeling contractor may provide your bathrooms with your desired touch, going perfectly well with the overall look of your home.

Remodeling of the bathroom may be done not only if you don’t like the looks of it, but also when it is in poor condition, as we have seen already.

Bathrooms are supposed to be one of the most used or visited rooms in a home.

That is why it is extremely significant that one keeps his or her bathroom neat, wonderful-looking and safe.

Bathroom remodeling includes tasks like renewing tiles, installing modern showers and relaxing bathtubs, sinks, clearer mirrors etc.

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Kitchen remodeling (plumbers Weymouth): These days we notice numerous modern, distinguishing designs for kitchens, showed and promoted in various magazines, newspapers, televisions and over the Internet.

These smart advertisements have caught the attention of many people who are rather tired of cooking in their old kitchen.

Everyday we see that the trend is increasing of having the kitchens with a modern-look and a luxurious touch and in a more convenience setting as well.

As expected, more futuristic and innovative furnishings are being launched in the market, to make it unproblematic for people to select their desired elements for their kitchen.

Regrettably, not everyone is an expert in choosing the correct designs; these countless offers constantly end up confusing the customers.

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After finding a professional kitchen designer, communicate properly with him or her and describe your demands and requirements clearly.

Kitchen remodeling includes an array of features to make it appear modern and well-organized, for example, renewing cutlery holders, installing wall cabinets, holders, drawers, curtains, dining tables for large-sized kitchen, modern stoves etc.

Appropriate strategies or techniques and careful working or calculations (plumbers Weymouth) can ensure you a proficient kitchen, a great one, and in which anyone would love to cook.

Interior redesigning: It goes without saying that the owner would like to receive many ‘wows’ from as many guests as possible, as they just step into the drawing room.

One shall perform his or her dream of a beautiful house, with modern designs and styles with interior redesigning with the help of professional interior designer.

Interior decoration has three important parts – wallpapers, lighting, furniture and your floors.

The specific style that a room demands and the trends that are modern, both these will be in the mind of an experienced professional interior designer.

For example, black and white furniture with decent curtains and wallpapers give an elegant and candid look, and on the other hand, colorful wallpapers and bright-colored furniture give a cozy and fun feeling.

Both of these appearances are modern and new but obviously will be legal for different kinds of rooms.

You have all the rights in the world to dream about renovating and remodeling your house, so dream about it.

Get the perfect home contractor who would be your reliable partner in keeping with the trends in home renovation in these days of ever-changing world.

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It is very rare that one would come across a home without a kitchen, which has been a part of us for a long time.

To ensure that a kitchen has comfort and appeal, it must be designed (plumbers Weymouth) to create as much space as possible, and it should also be neat.

A well-designed kitchen should give easy access to the things you use most and should be well lit.

You may have bought a house whose kitchen was in a less-than-appealing state or you may have had a good enough kitchen which you allowed to deteriorate into a poor state.

No matter the reason for the poor state of your kitchen, it’s probable that you would want it to be upgraded to a more appealing state with enough space and looking neat.

Hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor (plumbers Weymouth) is a sure way to fulfilling this wish.

Equipped with experts, kitchen remodeling contractors serve you with the specific skills required to remodel your existing kitchen into a newer, more useful one, with more space and modern components.

The kind of job they do is determined by your budget, as well as the space available for your kitchen, to mention a few of the factors they take into consideration.

Access to a good kitchen remodeling contractor should not be a problem since there are several of them in every city.

You should choose a contractor (plumbers Weymouth) who gives you the best combination in quality of work and affordability.

It is important that you work hand in hand with the contractor to achieve the best results, tailored to your preferred style and of course your budget.

How much you are willing to spend is a key factor in determining how the contractor will approach the project.

He should know this from the beginning, as well as your preference in style and the main things you intend to use the kitchen for.

If you are not sure what exactly you want, you can make your decision easier by looking through magazines, observing the kitchens of friends and neighbors and taking note of the things that you like about them.

The Internet can also provide you with a variety of ideas.

With these resources at your disposal, you can narrow down your options then explain what you want to the kitchen remodeling contractor.

With your budget in mind, the contractors will design the best plan which should make the details you want in your project feasible.

In order to plan the project properly, the kitchen has to be thoroughly scrutinized and evaluated.

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Mostly, the main targets of kitchen remodeling are kitchen cabinets, counter tops, floorings, appliances and lighting.

These components among others are checked by the contractor to determine whether they need to be replaced.

Some reasons for replacing components include component malfunction, outdated components or the need to have a different look even though the component may still be in good shape.

Considering that having more space in the kitchen is one objective of remodeling, the contractor also looks out for how the repositioning of certain parts of the kitchen may contribute to achieving this.

Work with the contractor in the evaluation. A good blend of your views and the contractor’s expertise (plumbers Weymouth) is likely to produce the best results.

Having done this, the contractor makes a visual design of how the remodeled kitchen will look like.

These drawings are made with modern computer aided drawing software, and they provide a 3D model of how the finished work will look.

With these drawings it is easier to see how the final product will look.

Be sure, if you have any complaints about the drawing, to inform the contractor promptly for any changes to be made.

Remember, it is better that problems are spotted earlier in the drawings and the needed changes made before the actual work begins.

This precaution will definitely avert having to spend more money to do changes to the actual work.

Therefore, you should make it a point to be absolutely certain that the drawing is indeed what you want before the real work is started.

With your approval, the contractor (plumbers Weymouth) will go ahead to get the best quality of material within your budget and according to your tastes.

Your kitchen will be taken apart now. The new design of the kitchen will determine whether only some individual components in the kitchen will be affected or the entire kitchen will be demolished.

There will be clutter, there will be noise, and there will be movement of craftsmen up and down your house.

If you still live in there during the project, you might have to bear with this disturbance.

Good Kitchen remodeling contractors (plumbers Weymouth) will however put in measures to ensure that this causes as little disturbance to you as possible.

The actual work begins with craftsmen working on areas of the project which requires their skills.

These craftsmen are professionals who work according to the design.

They may include plumbers Weymouth, electricians, carpenters, flooring experts among others, depending on the scope of the remodeling being done.

When the job is eventually done, it should be what you wanted. Inspect it and be sure that everything that was agreed on was implemented.
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Everyone at some point in time experiences a plumbing problem, and when you experience yours, be sure to call Houston Residential Plumbing for quick and quality plumber Houston service. With the highly skilled plumbers at Houston Residential Plumbing, your plumbing problem will be solved in no time, and then you’ll be able to worry about more important things!

The plumber Houston service from Houston Residential Plumbing offers a great deal of benefits, and whether your plumbing issue is at home or at your office, the experienced Houston Residential Plumbing plumbers will be able to have it fixed to your complete satisfaction. You will also be able to feel confident about these services since all the plumbers at Houston Residential Plumbing are licensed, certified, experienced, and trained to handle all kinds of plumbing issues. Not only that, but you will also be able to receive free water analysis on water softeners!

With the plumber Houston service, your satisfaction is always guaranteed! In fact, if you aren’t satisfied with a particular job, then the Houston Residential Plumbing plumbers will do it again until you are 100 percent satisfied, and without you having to pay a penny extra! This kind of commitment to customer satisfaction is oftentimes difficult to find, and is just one more reason to consider these high quality plumbing services the next time you experience a plumbing issue. For more information, simply go to the Houston Residential Plumbing website or contact Houston Residential Plumbing directly by phone or email. www.houston-residential-plumbing.comHouston Plumbing, Houston Plumbers, Plumber Houston, Houston Plumber, Plumbers Houston, Comments (0)October 23, 2009

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When searching for a plumbers Houston service that will be sure to take care of your plumbing needs, look no further than Houston Residential Plumbing. All of the plumbers working for Houston Residential Plumbing are experienced and trained to tackle just about any plumbing issue out there. If you are in the Houston area and need a qualified plumber, then be sure to contact Houston Residential Plumbing.

With the plumbers Houston service from Houston Residential Plumbing, your satisfaction is guaranteed. In fact, if you are not satisfied with the plumbing job, then the skilled plumber from Houston Residential Plumbing will do it again until you are satisfied, and without you having to pay an extra penny! This is just one of the many ways to show that Houston Residential Plumbing is committed to satisfying each and every one of its customers, and one more reason to consider Houston Residential Plumbing the next time you have a plumbing problem.

If you decide to browse through the Houston Residential Plumbing website, you will be able to find out more about the high quality plumbers Houston services. Some examples of what Houston Residential Plumbing can address include back-flow prevention, auger service, main service pipe service, toilet installation, faucet and sink installation, septic tank service, and much more! In fact, there is probably no plumbing issue that Houston Residential Plumbing can’t address successfully. Find out more about these high quality services today by visiting the Houston Residential Plumbing website. Also feel free to call or email Houston Residential Plumbing with any questions, or if you need to schedule for plumbing service. www.houston-residential-plumbing.comHouston Plumbing, Houston Plumbers, Plumber Houston, Houston Plumber, Plumbers Houston,Comments (0)October 19, 2009

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Imagine waking up to a flooded bathroom or worse. This scenario happens often, and when it does, there’s no need to panic. All you have to do is call Houston Residential Plumbing, and you’ll have a highly trained, highly qualified Houston plumber come directly to your house to fix your plumbing problem in no time. This service is always high quality and comes with your satisfaction guaranteed!

No matter the plumbing problem, Houston Residential Plumbing will be able to send a skilled Houston plumber to fix it. All of the plumbers at Houston Residential Plumbing are trained, certified, licensed, and will handle just about any problem that they are likely to face. Whether you need something fixed or need a professional installation, let Houston Residential Plumbing do the job for you. Houston Residential Plumbing is always committed to providing you with a job well done and if you’re not satisfied with a particular job, then Houston Residential Plumbing will do it again until you are satisfied and at no extra cost. This kind of satisfaction guarantee is often difficult to find, so be sure to take advantage of these high quality and customer-oriented services.

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Don’t Know What To Do This Weekend? Why Not Home Improvement?

October 1st, 2013 TIP! When you make improvements, think about the rest of the neighborhood too. You may be dreaming of a Victorian gingerbread house, but it’s going to look ridiculous on a street full of split-level ranches.

The area of home improvement isn’t just a passion for those crafty with their hands. Home improvement projects provide additional benefits beyond having a nicer house to live in. A project that’s well executed can significantly raise your home’s market value. You will be provided with advice in this article that can help you complete your upcoming home improvement.TIP! When considering home improvement projects, choose one room to tackle first. Just improve different rooms gradually to save you some money and time.

It is important to dust on a weekly basis. Dust contains allergens which can aggravate allergies. Besides keeping everything as clean and beautiful as it should be, when you dust regularly you’re in an excellent position to observe the first signs of damage, wear, or pest infestations in your home.TIP! Make sure you use all the space in your home wisely when you are trying to sell. Rooms such as the office and family room need the proper furniture to accompany them.

Homes can look newer with the help of floor covering in rooms. Good and reputable flooring companies can do wonders for your floor. Often, hardwood, laminate, carpeting and even tile, can be installed in a day! Or you can look at DIY options at your home improvement store.TIP! If you aren’t installing a window in your bathroom, make sure it is at least properly ventilated. Mold can grow quickly in the moisture left behind by daily showering.

If there are small holes in walls from hanging pictures or paintings, try using spackle to renew the walls. You can buy spackle at any home improvement store. You only need a little spackle to fill small holes. Use a pin to spackle the really small holes. After it is dry, using something fairly hard to scrape off the excess and make the wall smooth. Add a coat of paint. The holes will be gone in no time.TIP! If you are planning a major landscaping project, plan it so that the style and construction complement the rest of your home. Integrating the look of the exterior of your home with the new landscaping project will ensure a pleasant result that you will be happy to live with over time.

Before you start on any project ask your family or friends for a hand. You may not be able to locate anyone to give you a hand if you have begun. You also run the risk of running overbudget or overtime, which can be a problem for outdoor projects that rely on good weather.TIP! Talk to your neighbors regarding drainage for a big landscaping project. You want to drain as much water as you can off your property.

These suggestions are just some of the home remodeling resources widely available. Continue to explore all of the creative and interesting improvements you can make to your home. Doing research before doing a project can make a difference in a disaster and a great project. Before you start a new project, have a clear idea of what must be done.

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We offer high quality services such as general plumbing services, rain water harvesting/gutters, irrigation, swimming pools, boreholes, tiles, terrazzo, and supply of materials, among others.

We do general plumbing installation and maintenance such as fresh water pipe, which work both internal and external, drainage work both internal and external including connecting septic tanks and the soak pits, connecting water tanks, sanitary installations such as; wash basins, toilets, showers, bathtubs, shower cabins, bidets, kitchen sinks, washing machines, jacuzzi bath and installation of accessories such as; mirrors, T.P holders, towel rails, soap dish, toothbrush holders etc, boreholes service and irrigation works.

In rain water harvesting, we supply and fix modern gutters and their accessories which are plastic. We gather rain water from the roof and direct it to either the surface or a tank for harvesting. We have modern techniques whereby first dirty water from the roof goes separately then the clean water goes directly to the tank. We also carry out maintenance works such as fixing old plastic gutters. We also do purification of dirty rain water from the roof. We provide irrigation services for any kind of farming. We also provide maintenance services for irrigation systems and irrigation equipment. Our experts ensure that the irrigation system is built to standard to enable our clients attain the highest produce possible. Are you in need of a swimming pool and wondering which company to trust with your project. Extra Ordinary Plumbers is here to design, install and provide maintenance and treatment services for any size of swimming pool. We carry out bore hole installation and maintenance for any type of bore hole project. Whether its in an urban area or a remote area, our team of professionals is well equipped to accomplish any type of bore hole drilling, installation and maintenance. We lay tiles in either a square or a diagonal way according to our clients preference and we also supply different types of tiles and their accessories in various colors for walls, floors and outdoor tiling.

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We supply plumbing materials such as PPR pipes and fittings, GI pipes and fittings, PVC pipes and fittings, HDPE pipes and fittings, Drainage pipes and fittings, Rain water gutters and fittings, water tanks, HDPE septic tanks, kitchen sinks, all sanitary ware, rain gutters, shower trays and bath tubs, bathroom accessories, tiles and accessories, terrazzo materials, water heaters, among others.

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Most homeowners believe that plumbing repair is tough. It does get easier if you know what you’re doing and if you have good advice for your job. The article below is full of different tips and tactics you can try out, if you need to solve some plumbing issues.

If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.Septic Tank

Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.

Avoid paying the plumber until he finishes the job. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don’t fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec. This ensures that the plumber will not abandon the job midway, and will also care about the quality of their work more.

If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Do this every time the water level gets too low.Save Money

You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.

Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. This is especially the case if you possess a garbage disposal; fats and oils cause blades to run less efficiently and slow. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.

Whenever you have plumbing work that needs to be done, you should schedule all problems at one time. Do not call a plumber for minor issues. You can save money by waiting to have everything fixed at the same time. This can save you money since plumbers generally charge hourly, as they can’t charge multiple hours per trip if it’s only one trip out.

Maintain smooth functioning of the drain in your bathtub by dropping baking soda and then vinegar down it on a monthly basis. Cover the drain up with a plug or old rag, as there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Wait a while, and then use boiling water to flush. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.Overflow Holes

Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. Overflow holes drain sink that fill too full and may go unnoticed until they are needed. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.

It is important to always run cold water while using your garbage disposal. The cold water helps keep the blades sharp and can make disposal much smoother. Avoid using hot water, as this will liquefy grease, causing it to build up in the drain and obstruct your pipes.

Cleaning an aerator can remove sediment buildup that causes low water pressure. The aerator should be removed and taken apart. Then, clean with a tiny brush swabbed in vinegar. After the aerator is thoroughly cleaned, rinse it under clear water, put it back together, and attach it to your faucet again. By removing any grit, grime and debris from the aerator, the water pressure should significantly increase.

Don’t run the water while putting food through your garbage disposal. While many people think that running water in conjunction with the disposal will cause it to work more efficiently, it simply isn’t true. The moisture can actually bond the trash to your disposal, harming things further.

Get more information about a plumber before hiring him or her. Some plumbers may not be experienced or skilled enough to be able to handle some jobs, and can actually make the problem worse. Look up reviews for plumbers, or ask people you know for a recommendation.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.
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Homeowners can find excellent plumbers who will deliver on their promises and charge reasonably, if they take the time to look around and do the required research.

If you are looking to find Texas plumbers who are professional, reliable and trustworthy, knowing how to choose them can take a lot of worry about of getting your plumbing issues taken care of.

Word of mouth has long been the best way to get quality professional help that you can count on. If you looking for a plumbing company, asking those you know and trust if they have used a company they would recommend is a great way to get started.

If your network fails to give you the recommendations you are looking for, you will need to do a little more research. An online search for Texas plumbers can reveal your options, both bad and good. However, if you look a little deeper and check out the reviews of the different plumbing companies, you will be able to figure out which companies excel.

As a last alternative, you can go through the phonebook and call the Texas plumbers you find listed there. You will need to call quite a few of them, asking questions about their response time, fees, experience, licensing and their policy on 24-hour emergency service. When you have weeded through the multitude of options, you’ll still need to further check into the customer service records of the companies you are considering hiring.

When you have the name of a couple of Texas plumbers, you must take the time to check them out. You can find out about the status of their license and any complaints lodged against them by contacting your state’s department of professional regulation. By doing an online search for reviews or complaints about a specific company you will also get in-depth consumer experiences with the plumber you are considering doing business with. This will help you make the best choice possible amongst the many plumbers vying for your business.

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An emergency Texas plumber is just what you need when you face serious plumbing problems, and you can face them much more often than necessary if you do certain things.

Even if you don’t need an emergency Texas plumber right now, there are certain things that when done will ensure that you will need one sooner or later. We all make mistakes in the way we handle the plumbing systems at home and work. We even do things from time to time that may cause plumbing problems, but quite often nothing happens. But even if it looks like everything is fine, blockages and other issues may be just over the horizon.

Below is a list of things that will cause you to need an emergency Texas plumber quickly. Even if it doesn’t happen the first time you do one of these things, it eventually will. So if you want to hire an emergency Texas plumber, this is the way to need one, fast!

* Dispose of things like paint and glue down the drain.* Pour boiling water in a toilet.* Attempt to flush diapers, sanitary pads or other bulky items in the toilet.* Rinse grease down the drain.* Attempt plumbing projects yourself when your knowledge is limited to the YouTube video you watched on how to do whatever it is you are planning to do.* Let your friend, neighbor, brother-in-law or another supposed jack-of-all-trades take care of your plumbing issues.* Plant trees and shrubs above your plumbing lines.

By not doing such things and treating your plumbing system with care, you can preserve it and enjoy many years without plumbing problems. Avoiding the need for an emergency Texas plumber is very easy for most people. However, there are always situations that can arise that are beyond your control and you may need an emergency plumber in order to avoid or limit damage to your home; to keep your business running without interruption; or to just keep your home running as it should. When the time comes for an emergency plumber, make sure you choose a leading local one with an outstanding reputation.

Call today for a free estimate from the top emergency Texas plumber serving your area.
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Below are the most common questions asked from our customers. We’ve compiled them for your immediate assistance so that you can get your queries solved in minutes. If this FAQ does not answer to your questions, you may drop us a line today or send us an email

Question#1: Does your plumber squad deal with water leakage?

Answer: Yes, sure they do! This is one of the most common jobs for which we are hired. Our professional plumbers have the right set of plumbing skills and they know how to deal with the toughest leaks. Consult us in this situation, and consider your job done in just hours with durable result!

Question#2: I think there’s a damaged water line under my house. Could you check it out and fix it?

Answer: Yes. We will use our special CCTV drain cameras and tools to inspect your water line. Once the problem gets found, our plumbers will fix or replace it (as required) in just a couple of hours.

Question#3: I am shifting to a new house in Amsterdam Avenue, Toronto. Would you help me out in inspecting the property and installing fixtures?

Answer: Once you consult us, we will send our professional team of plumbers at your doorstep the next hour. Our uniformed plumbers will inspect your new house and install your fixtures together with fulfilling their social responsibilities. Everything will be done with extreme care!

Question#4: My boss wants to update the fixtures in his office. Who should we consult?

Answer: You should consult only a professional in that case; and we are a professional plumbing service provider in the entire Toronto. Upon consulting us, you can stay assured for the job to be done in the shortest amount of time and within affordable terms. We will install showers, basins, toilets, faucets and all other fixtures as per your requirements.

Question#5: Could you replace my broken pipe without digging up my property?

Answer: Yes, we obviously can. We use the latest plumbing methods and tools to deal with such situations. With the help of our trenchless pipe replacement capability, your broken pipe will be replaced without digging the surface.

Question#6: How much should I expect to pay for the maintenance of my fixtures?

Answer: We cannot state an exact quote to you. In that case, we would recommend you to contact our officials or we will directly quote you for the job once we reach your spot!

Question#7: How many times in a year should I get my drain pipe and my fixtures serviced?

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Naturally, there are the straight forward to identify continued drips from a tap that may have a damaged thread or tap but it’s the without detection leaks that, more frequently than not, will cause the most issues and cost the most re lost water, money and inconvenience. These undetected leaks will, over time, cause structural damage as well as lead to mold growth.

There are all kinds of reasons for undetected leaks : maybe damage was unintended such as a nail or screw being pushed through a pipe when hanging a picture. Maybe plumbing joints have not been sealed correctly or pipes have simply corroded with age. New buildings tend to ‘stretch’ during their first few years too, that might cause undue tension on fixed plumbing. At least issues with new houses are normally covered by a builders guaranty.

The four easy to identify giveaway appearances of a unnoticed leak are dampness ( especially on walls ), tiny pools of water on the floor, a sour smell and or mold.

Mold could cause major health issues and will spread quickly if it’s not dealt with properly, becoming more expensive to remedy as it does so.

Dampness on walls routinely means the structure of your home is being degraded fast. Structural damage to non load-bearing walls is routinely not so gigantic an expense to deal with but damage to load-bearing walls and structures can be extremely expensive to repair not to mention involve a major upheaval in living arrangements so the earlier that issues are identified, the better.

If you need to spot any of the indications of undetected issues, you must call in an expert at the earliest possible time. Any qualified plumber or home inspector / surveyor should quickly be in a position to confirm the existence of any major problems and even if no issues are detected, paying a tiny call-out fee to a plumber has got to be worth the reassurance it’ll bring. If you have home insurance, the cost of any repairs due will typically be covered and if you’re a renter, your landlord will be responsible for the expenses of repair, which are possibly also insured anyhow.

On a final note for potential homebuyers, it is always worth paying a little additional for a full structural survey, where potential plumbing issues should be identified. Investing in such a rigorous home inspection almost always pays dividends in identifying possible issues.
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Whether or not you are a professional plumber or you know the basic of plumbing, there aren’t many tools crucial to help you do the plumbing effectively. Having these few basic tools available is a good idea to help you prepare and do the fixing in the event of any emergency in your home concerning water connection and pipelines. Execs keep assorted tools in their tool box while some folks who like doing home enhancements keep this basic plumbing supply so that they can do the fixing on their lonesome.

Tools For everybody To Use

One of the most vital things you need to remember is that there are explicit tools for every specific job or fix concerning plumbing. Washers for example, are tiny disk or ring used to keep a screw or bolt. They are made up of different materials and generally come in different sizes, it is commonly used for different sizes joint as well to stop leak.

The first plumbing tool you need to consider having is a wrench. Selecting the best wrench for you can be difficult as there is a big selection of selections available in the market these days. Adjustable wrench could be a great help. This can help you seize, turn or twist different sizes of objects such as nuts and bolts simply. Fixed wrench on the other hand does only one job, which is to work with the particular size of bolt or nut it has , for it has only one jaw opening. Other sorts of wrenches include basin wrench, pipe wrench and socket wrench.

Pliers are also critical. One of the commonest pliers you can find within every pro plumber is the tongue and groove pliers. Most plumbers however make use of water pump pliers, this type of pliers is jawed.

Pipe vises on the other hand, are used for cutting, reaming and threading pipes. These tools are built to work with different sizes of pipes. The 2 most common pipe vises are chain vises and Yoke pipe. Pipe vises handle pipes that don’t have jaws, yoke pipe handles those pipe that doesn’t have jaws.

Whether you want to learn how to be a good plumber or you just want to know the basic of plumbing for emergency purposes, having these few basic plumbing supplies within your tool box will keep your mind at ease, as these tools ensures you to do any specific plumbing activities.
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The curved traps beneath kitchen sinks and bogs are crucial but exposed. Some of the water that flows off thru the sink or lavatory drain remains in the trap as a seal to keep odours and gases from backing into the house from drain and sewer lines. But traps are usually made with relatively thin walls because they are not subjected to the high water pressure of supply lines. In time, they corrode and leak, and must get replaced.

The traps we shall talk about, called P traps, are the ones typically found in most houses. They might be made of brass, galvanized iron, steel or ( where plumbing codes permit ) plastic. The best–and most expensive–are chrome plated for looks and relatively heavy for long wear. Choose the heaviest traps you can afford ; they are definitely a better buy, especially on fixtures that get substantial use. Choose a matching material and weight for the pipes that go with a trap : the tailpiece that connects the trap to the sink or can drain, and the drainpipe that connects the trap to a drain outlet.

The trap you choose could be either a swivel or fixed type. A swivel trap can be turned in any direction on a drainpipe by adjusting a new slip nut–a helpful feature when you would like to replace a tailpiece without first removing the trap, or when you must make a connection between a drainpipe and sink that are not in perfect alignment.

Fixed traps, which screw directly onto the drainpipe, are less flexible. You can , however , replace a tailpiece on a fixed pipe without removing the trap by using a pro plumber’s tactic. Plumbers “roll the trap”–that is, they free the tailpiece and drop it sharply into the trap ; then loosen the trap and roll it to one side to get at the tailpiece. The procedure may appear tricky, but it is surprisingly easy to follow, and it makes a tailpiece replacement as simple as on a fixed trap as on a swivel.

Replacing drainpipes, on the other hand, remains a tougher job ; regardless of what sort of trap you have, you must remove it utterly to get at the drainpipe.
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If you have replaced the washer in a leaky tap but it continues to drip,look at the valve seat for signs of wear–scratches, pits or an irregular surface. Employ a flashlight to illuminate the interior of the tap and, as a further check, runt the top of a finger around the edge of the seat.

Most faucet seats are remove able, and it is better to replace a damaged seat than to try to smooth a worn one. Employing a seat wrench, turn the seat counterclockwise and lift it out. Take it to your plumbing supply store to get a precise duplicate. Lubricate the exterior of the replacement with a pipe-joint compound, push it firmly into the seat wrench and screw it into the faucet body.

If a worn valve seat can’t be removed–it might be built into the faucet–its surface must be ground smooth with a valve-seat dresser. Use the largest cutter that fits the tap body. Screw on a guide disk that just fits the valve-seat hole. Slide the cone down nicely into the threads of the tap body. Pressing down gently, turn the handle clockwise several times. Take away the filings with a humid cloth.

The most trustworthy method you can use for sealing a faucet stem is replacing the packing washer. A dribble round the stem of a tap when the water is running can frequently be stopped simply by tightening the packing nut–but don’t over tighten it. If the stem leak continues, the packing should be replenished. Packing comes either as graphite washers or as self-forming packing, a graphite impregnated twine. Some modern faucets use O-rings or cork gaskets for packing.

To replace a packing washer, remove the handle and packing nut, clean out the old packing and slip on the new. For an old tap that used self-forming packing, you can find a pre-made packing washer that fits. Push the packing washer onto the stem so far as it’ll go, and screw the nut over it, turning it clockwise.
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August 24th, 2009

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A Home is the biggest and most valuable investment of an individual’s lifetime. If you are aiming to construct a dream home of you own, you want to have an essential and vital factor in consideration and it is the proper Plumbing. You must hire a professional plumber to install and maintain a proper plumbing system in you home. This industry is the basic and essential part of each building, in order to meet the necessity for clean water and correct collection and transport of wastes.

The word Plumbing has originated from Latin language, meaning talented trade of installing and working with pipes, tubes and plumbing fixtures for safe and clean drinking and household useable water. A plumber is an individual to get handled, as he’s the person who installs and repairs the piping systems, fixtures and other water related equipments. As plumbing refers to distribution of clean transportable water, it also deals with the removal of waterborne wastes. It is further distinguished among the kinds of its usage, one used for drinking purposes and other for the sewage systems.

Nowadays, most of the materials and equipments used for Plumbing have changed and improved with clay, stones and lead materials been replaced with the modern brass, copper, steel, plastic and other non toxic materials. Plumbers employ the new advanced equipments to fix issues like using video cameras for inspecting hidden problems and seepages. They make use of high pressure hydraulic pumps and hydro jets attached to steel cables to make out sewer line replacements. Some other equipments that you come across are the water meters, pumps, filters, growth tanks, backflow preventers, gauges, heat exchangers, water heaters, wrenches, pliers and pipe vises.

Therefore correct and leak resistant Plumbing has a vital role in the construction of a home. You want to keep regular and sufficient repairing of the water systems. It is advisable to hire a good and talented plumber to have your water systems well installed and maintained. Some of the major classes of plumbing systems comprises of the potable hot and cold water supply, Septic systems, Traps, drains, vents and rainfall and the subsurface water drainage.
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July 7th, 2009

Clogged drains are common plumbing troubles that may escalate to plumbing emergency complications in no time without the appropriate plumbing solution. Do it yourself fix can be performed on a minor blocked drain, provided that you are provided with suitable plumbing tools and the right plumbing know how. In case your D.I.Y fix hits unforeseen emergency plumbing difficulties it is always suggested to have your local plumber accessible if the above happen.

Whether you choose to DI.Y correct or take the straightforward and safe way out and call in your local emergency plumber, get familiar with the plumbing basics on unclogging and clearing drains.

The following plumbing steps will guide your actions in an event of a blocked bath drain.

First inspect the opening of the drain for hair and other debris that may be easily pulled out by you to relief the block. Otherwise take an old coat hanger and bend its wires to plug the clog and pull out.

2. Failing to detect the source of the clog employ the plunger into your do it yourself repair. This action should be repeated for at least six times in which the pressure made with the help of the plunger should lift the block and open up the plunger water quickly drains away then you have effectively took away the clog, otherwise repeat the plunging action till reaching a point of quick water drainage.

If a plunger won’t clear a blocked drain in spite of your repeated plunging efforts move to a plumber’s snake. Run water, feed and turn about 3 feet of the snake into the drainpipe till hitting the hurdle. Turning the plumber snake as you push forward enables the device to catch onto the clog for you to tug out. Repeat action till you manage to wreck open the clog.

4. If after employing a plunger and a plumbers snake your drain is still blocked then it’s time to summon your local emergency plumbing services to take over.

Whatever you do dodge pouring chemicals to clear the blocked drainpipe because it’s a major jeopardy if the drain overflow and spray dangerous chemicals on your or your plumber’s faces. As well as being highly threatening for users, chemicals also damage the environment.

Emergency plumbers urge customers to set sieves on drain openings to catch debris that may otherwise clog the pipe. Further still monthly preventative upkeep can go along way in avoiding blocked drains. Fastidiously pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to melt grease and fats. Each a quarter, run down the drain half a cup of baking soda followed with half a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture sit and fats a few minutes rinse out with hot water. Looking after your drains will prevent costly emergency plumbing complications in the long run.Share and Enjoy:
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From time to time removing a radiator is a mandatory task that many folk would only trust to a plumber. For straightforward upkeep or to aid decorating, the removal of a radiator does not have to be a consultant job and can be simply carried out by the householder. Having said that, if you doubt your DIY abilities then leave well alone, except for people that have a fair experience of how their heating system works, the job can be done without too much fuss or mess.

Before beginning any kind of work on radiators it’s best to spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the system and making certain you’ve got an understanding of where assorted shut off valves are found. It is also helpful to equip yourself with all the likely tools, fittings, materials etc, to complete the job.

Do not over tighten and remain mindful of roughly how many turns it takes to close it.

It should now be feasible to lift the radiator from the wall brackets, which in turn may also be removed. This now clears the space for other kinds of repairs or decorating etc. If the wall is to be papered it’s a smart idea to replace the wall bracket screws in order to mark their location.

Refitting the radiator is usually a reversal of the removal procedure. With the connections correctly made slowly open the lock shield valve by the same number of turns it took to shut. With the bleed valve open air should be pushed out of the radiator and replaced with water from the central heating system. Once bubbles of water emerge from the bleed valve close it off. If no leaks can be seen, running the central heating will push water round the system. Practically it’s good to check the remainder of the radiators in the house for cold spots and bleed any air as could be needed.

If the radiator is to be replaced with a new one the compatibility of valves and radiator need to be checked. If the new radiator is supplied without valves it could be feasible to remove and install the old valves from the previous radiator. Treads should be cleaned and installed after binding with PTFE tape. Wall brackets could also need moving or replacing if the new radiator is a different design to the old one.
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Trenchless sewer repairs are the newest technology from the sector of plumbing. I can remember many years ago having a burst pipe at my home. When the plumbers arrived they told my parents that they would need tear up the complete front yard, as well as our drive. I was in high school then, and I will never forget the look on my mum’s face as she looked over to her rose garden. She had spent so much time getting it just the way she wanted it, and now it was all going to get destroyed.

Things are totally different now. If you have a burst pipe, or if your pipes are leaking, you now can opt to have a trenchless sewer system installed instead.

First the plumbers dig what’s called an insertion and retrieval pit. Then the trenchless bursting head is inserted into the old sewer pipe. A heavy cable is now pushed through the pipe from the retrieval pit. Approximately every twenty feet the plumbers fuse the pipe together. This new pipe is highly immune to leaks and root intrusion, so it has a long life expectancy.

This is am dazzling new technology that is now available. When you are faced with a damaged or burst pipe, you may possibly wish to find out more about trenchless sewer replacement.
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April 28th, 2009

Having issues with your drainage system? Does it have leaks? You could be in the market for a plumber. Uncertain where to turn? The excellent news is that it is fairly easy to find a reliable, experienced plumber for any of your home jobs.

One way to get a plumber is via word of mouth. Best of all, they may know someone in the area who does plumbing work who can report to your house right away.

If you can?t get the name of a plumber thru recommendation by friends, you can look at the yellow pages and find a plumbing company or a union. You can be shown a list of plumbers in your neighborhood together with contact info. so many listings, you are just about guaranteed of finding someone to touch your situation.

You can also look for plumbers on the web. They will most likely ask what is happening with your leaking taps. If it’s not that serious and you can fix it up, they’ll just give you some easy instructions on ways to fix it.

The paper in the classifieds section is a good resource for plumbers. But again, you have to make sure that you search in your neighborhood only. People who are in the web and the classifieds are the ones you need to trust. Though there are good plumbers without enough apprenticeship but with good talents, engineers would always need those which are outstanding in the field.

Some people would always run to the plumber who had been pointed by their pals even if they don’t seem to be efficient and experienced plumbers for the explanation why they charge only a little amount compared to the plumbers in the union.

If your home has some tiny issues with leaks, there’s actually no need to consult the best plumbers, paying the highest cost when even the neophyte can fix minor problems.

You need the best plumbers if you are building a new home. A starting plumber can’t understand properly the details in the blue prints, only those who have been in the field for a long time. Building a home requires the best plumbers so the plumbing features can last for a while. in the future if it leaks, you can ask a local plumber to fix it up for you.
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April 28th, 2009

mely high, a pressure reducing valve can be installed on the supply line.
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From time to time removing a radiator is a mandatory task that many folk would only trust to a plumber. For straightforward upkeep or to aid decorating, the removal of a radiator does not have to be a consultant job and can be simply carried out by the householder. Having said that, if you doubt your DIY abilities then leave well alone, except for people that have a fair experience of how their heating system works, the job can be done without too much fuss or mess.

Before beginning any kind of work on radiators it’s best to spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the system and making certain you’ve got an understanding of where assorted shut off valves are found. It is also helpful to equip yourself with all the likely tools, fittings, materials etc, to complete the job.

Do not over tighten and remain mindful of roughly how many turns it takes to close it.

It should now be feasible to lift the radiator from the wall brackets, which in turn may also be removed. This now clears the space for other kinds of repairs or decorating etc. If the wall is to be papered it’s a smart idea to replace the wall bracket screws in order to mark their location.

Refitting the radiator is usually a reversal of the removal procedure. With the connections correctly made slowly open the lock shield valve by the same number of turns it took to shut. With the bleed valve open air should be pushed out of the radiator and replaced with water from the central heating system. Once bubbles of water emerge from the bleed valve close it off. If no leaks can be seen, running the central heating will push water round the system. Practically it’s good to check the remainder of the radiators in the house for cold spots and bleed any air as could be needed.

If the radiator is to be replaced with a new one the compatibility of valves and radiator need to be checked. If the new radiator is supplied without valves it could be feasible to remove and install the old valves from the previous radiator. Treads should be cleaned and installed after binding with PTFE tape. Wall brackets could also need moving or replacing if the new radiator is a different design to the old one.Share and Enjoy:
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June 30th, 2009

Word of Mouth

Reputation is everything when selecting workmen. You need to know whether he is trustworthy, fair and competent enough to do the job. The more credible, true and experienced plumber or firm will be pleased to oblige.

Price

To make certain you are getting a decent price, contact a few plumbers and work out the average. The smallest price isn’t always the best deal as it frequently reflects a low quality in workmanship. Either the job is just expensive or the plumber is just too busy for your job and doesn’t want to decline. It is a smart idea to get a written guesstimate before work begins. Depending on the job, some plumbers will put a call out charge on the price, or charge an hourly rate. Always ask for a rough figure first as the job may only take five mins but you can be charged for a full hour’s work.

Experience

Check whether your plumber is trained for the job in hand. In the Dallas, ensure that for bigger jobs such as central heating or indeed any gas work your plumber is registered. This is not only for issues of safety such as carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s a legal need.

Guarantee

A good guarantee gives you peace of mind that that you won’t have the chore of searching for another plumber or pay for the job to be done all over again. Some independent plumbers and one or two man firms guarantee their work for 30 to ninety days. Bigger operations will be offering guarantees from one to five years depending on the character of the job, and will infrequently be a parts and work guarantee.

Plumbing is one of the most vital parts of your house so you want any plumbing work to be carried out efficiently and on time by a trained and experienced professional.
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November 3rd, 2009

Uninterested in standing in inches of water while you shower? Worried about that sink that just will not drain? Dealing with backed-up sewer pipes? Then it is time to call your local plumbers or drain correct specialists! These professionals can help you clear out your stopped up plumbing with complete, correct rooter service today!

When you have severely clogged pipes, why accept a brief fix that comes in a bottle? You might get momentary relief from the problem, but more likely you’re just pouring money down the drain-for a clogged pipe solution that essentially works, you need professional help! Rooter service is affordable and effective, completely clearing out your pipes for a long term answer to slow drains and backed-up plumbing.

With pro plumbing contractors, rootering is completely safe for your pipes and is exponentially more successful than chemical cleaners at totally eliminating the clogs, waste, and amassed dirt that obstruct your plumbing. The rooter works by literally cutting through waste within your pipes, making it effective against recalcitrant hair balls and even tree roots that have penetrated your sewer pipes! Different sized rooters are matched to the size of your pipes, and your drain contractors can even use a video inspection system to check your pipes to ensure the blockage was totally removed.

Keep in mind that if you have roots in your sewer pipes that also implies your pipes are cracked or broken. Repairing broken sewer lines is crucial for stopping sewage leaks as well as keeping roots from growing into your plumbing. If your rooter service pro encounters tree roots while cleaning out your pipes, be certain that they also provide sewer line fix to help in keeping your plumbing in top condition!

Contact your area drain cleaning service or sewer contractors to learn more about professional rooter service and your plumbing. These pros are your answer for clean, free-flowing pipes, so call today.Share and Enjoy:
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August 24th, 2009

Most owners who have resided in their house for over some years develop the basic plumbing and repair skills important to look after tiny maintenance jobs. If the john clogs or a tiny leak develops in a pipe, you’ll take pride in your capability to fix things without help from a professional plumber. And that is’s a good thing, too ; by looking after your own small plumbing repairs, you save your folks hundreds of greenbacks, add to the cost of your home, and get a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that you can maintain your own home.

While completing your own repairs could be a smart idea for little plumbing Problems, it can actually turn out to be a particularly bad thing to try on major, significant upkeep jobs in your home. Take, for example, replacing a hot water heater. While some homeowners might have the experience to do this themselves, the overwhelming majority should only depend on a professional plumber to take care of a job this big. For time consuming, in-depth plumbing repair jobs, making an attempt to teach yourself just to save a couple of bucks could actually finish up costing you more in the future.

The most perilous situation that would arise from attempting your own big plumbing projects is a probability of physically injuring yourself or a member of your folks. While the possibilities are remote, you should never risk injuring yourselves or your loved ones by attempting to repair or replace a hot water heater, gas line, water line or other large units. Without the correct tools, coaching and manpower, some of these jobs can finish up being much more dangerous than you may think. If there is any doubt in your intellect about the safety of a plumbing project, pull out the yellow pages and call Dallas Plumber.

A second, less devastating result of performing your own plumbing repairs is pricey damage to your property. There are plenty of examples of overzealous homeowners who caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to their property because they did not want to pay a plumber to solve the problem. Particularly when dealing with gas lines, water lines and sewer lines, do not attempt any important repairs or replacements without first contacting a pro plumber.

You should be happy with your ability to repair little plumbing Problems that will happen in your house, but do not let stubbornness keep you from calling in a professional for jobs you can’t handle alone. Regardless of how new or well cared for your house is, it’ll eventually experience a maintenance problem that will require an expert plumber to make a visit. By spending a few greenbacks now, you could save hundreds or even thousands with a repair job that’s far less likely to fail or cause damage to your house.Share and Enjoy:
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Rebuilding your home may be very gratifying. If you’re creative and determined to have different plumbing fixtures you have to take it slow in the fulfilment of hardware that you select. To have the look you need in your house could be a challenge that may be overcome by picking the right items to display. A gorgeous piece of hardware can change the look of any room. Finding that piece of hardware could be a frightening job.

It is important to grasp what overall feel you actually need to come out of your house. Hardware and other items should go well together. Understand that an antique piece won’t match a contemporary house. Finding antique fixtures which will complement your house could be a little troublesome but exciting at the same time. You may be amazed to find several incredible pieces that may be used as plumbing hardware in your house.

Regarding antique plumbing fixtures,eg bath tub, kitchen sinks, faucets among lots of other things, their installations must be done by the expert plumbers. Old hardware could be found from all over , therefore , takes lots of time to find. These antiques are all dear and correct care in handling and installation must be needed. For sure, you would not would like them to be damaged while being installed. So, a talented plumber should be the one to install such a cherished possession or you may finish up feeling sorry for not hiring the services of a competent plumber to install such treasures. These antiques could be found in numerous home enhancements stores. There are many divergences and brands to choose from. You must be aware if everything in your house enhances all of the pieces so that your home looks the best it can.

Verify with your provider what is needed, as an example, wrenches or pipes and fittings that would go along with your hardware. Going browsing for old hardware is not a great idea since it’s crucial that you make sure that sizes match.

Finding that perfect fixture can create a complete impression in any room of your house. Realize that any unique piece of plumbing hardware that you choose should be one that you love and should also match the fashion of your residence.Share and Enjoy:
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Learning From Dallas Plumbing The Basic Tools In Any Home Plumbing Repair

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September 10th, 2009

Whether or not you are a professional plumber or you know the basic of plumbing, there aren’t many tools crucial to help you do the plumbing effectively. Having these few basic tools available is a good idea to help you prepare and do the fixing in the event of any emergency in your home concerning water connection and pipelines. Execs keep assorted tools in their tool box while some folks who like doing home enhancements keep this basic plumbing supply so that they can do the fixing on their lonesome.

Tools For everybody To Use

One of the most vital things you need to remember is that there are explicit tools for every specific job or fix concerning plumbing. Washers for example, are tiny disk or ring used to keep a screw or bolt. They are made up of different materials and generally come in different sizes, it is commonly used for different sizes joint as well to stop leak.

The first plumbing tool you need to consider having is a wrench. Selecting the best wrench for you can be difficult as there is a big selection of selections available in the market these days. Adjustable wrench could be a great help. This can help you seize, turn or twist different sizes of objects such as nuts and bolts simply. Fixed wrench on the other hand does only one job, which is to work with the particular size of bolt or nut it has , for it has only one jaw opening. Other sorts of wrenches include basin wrench, pipe wrench and socket wrench.

Pliers is also critical. One of the commonest pliers you can find within every pro plumber is the tongue and groove pliers. Most plumbers however make use of water pump pliers, this type of pliers is jawed.

Pipe vises on the other hand, are used for cutting, reaming and threading pipes. These tools are built to work with different sizes of pipes. The 2 most common pipe vises are chain vises and Yoke pipe. Pipe vises handle pipes that don’t have jaws, yoke pipe handles those pipe that doesn’t have jaws.

Whether you want to learn how to be a good plumber or you just want to know the basic of plumbing for emergency purposes, having these few basic plumbing supplies within your tool box will keep your mind at ease, as these tools ensures you to do any specific plumbing activities.Share and Enjoy:
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June 30th, 2009

Even if you adore your home and think you know it like the back of your hand, you cannot know each nook and cranny. Especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing system. Because they are trained to work on home water systems, it only is sensible that plumbers know your home’s plumbing system best. To better understand what is needed of the plumber you hire, you must get to grips with the basic water system layout of your home. This could also help you manage any minor plumbing problems in the event that your plumber is delayed when you call with an emergency water system problem.

Becoming acquainted With Your home’s water system is way more advanced than you probably think, concerning many separate plumbing systems all collaborating to offer you with functional service and comfort. Any qualified plumber is entirely acquainted with all these separate systems and how they interact. He also should know what each problem means and how to go about solving it. The following paragraph will help you get a grasp of the assorted water systems that are at work within your home.

All home plumbing starts with a fresh water supply system. This system looks after the distribution of the distribution of fresh water water to all bits of your home that need clean water. This incorporates the water you drink, wash your dishes in and bathe in. The outdoor lawn sprinklers and the are also served by this part of the system. The plumbing for this part of the system is maybe the most intensive in your home, as it needs to serve all areas of your house.

The drain and waste water system is another vital part of your water supply. As crucial as the pipes that bring water into your home are the pipes that carry the used water away. These pipes take the water to the wastewater site in your community for correct and environmental treatment.

Another significant side of your home’s plumbing system involves correctly venting the sewer gases that naturally build up in waste water pipes. This venting is generally accomplished via a small pipe that vents the air outside to the roof of the home. This venting also permits correct pressure to be maintained permitting the drainpipes to work, as they should. It should be observed that some houses have more complicated and specialized piping systems in place that allows for the use of more varied water systems for a pool or hot tub.Share and Enjoy:
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August 7th, 2009

A Home is the biggest and most valuable investment of an individual’s lifetime. If you are aiming to construct a dream home of you own, you want to have an essential and vital factor in consideration and it is the proper Plumbing. You must hire a professional plumber to install and maintain a proper plumbing system in you home. This industry is the basic and essential part of each building, in order to meet the necessity for clean water and correct collection and transport of wastes.

The word Plumbing has originated from Latin language, meaning talented trade of installing and working with pipes, tubes and plumbing fixtures for safe and clean drinking and household useable water. A plumber is an individual to get handled, as he’s the person who installs and repairs the piping systems, fixtures and other water related equipments. As plumbing refers to distribution of clean transportable water, it also deals with the removal of waterborne wastes. It is further distinguished among the kinds of its usage, one used for drinking purposes and other for the sewage systems.

Nowadays, most of the materials and equipments used for Plumbing have changed and improved with clay, stones and lead materials been replaced with the modern brass, copper, steel, plastic and other non toxic materials. Plumbers employ the new advanced equipments to fix issues like using video cameras for inspecting hidden problems and seepages. They make use of high pressure hydraulic pumps and hydro jets attached to steel cables to make out sewer line replacements. Some other equipments that you come across are the water meters, pumps, filters, growth tanks, backflow preventers, gauges, heat exchangers, water heaters, wrenches, pliers and pipe vises.

Therefore correct and leak resistant Plumbing has a vital role in the construction of a home. You want to keep regular and sufficient repairing of the water systems. It is advisable to hire a good and talented plumber to have your water systems well installed and maintained. Some of the major classes of plumbing systems comprises of the potable hot and cold water supply, Septic systems, Traps, drains, vents and rainfall and the subsurface water drainage.Share and Enjoy:
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When it comes to plumbing there are a lot of things that most D.I.Y-ers don’t think about. Some friends of mine decided that they wanted to remodel their bathroom and wanted to do it themselves. So like most D.I.Y.-ers, they went to the local home improvement store and bought everything they needed for their new bathroom. Upon getting home with their new tub,toilet,sink,and vanity cabinet then stuffing it all into a spare bedroom, they decided the next step was to demo the bathroom. This is exactly what they did and thats when their nightmare began.

First they tore out the old sink and vanity cabinet, then the toilet and finally proceeded to tackle the tub, but the tub was to their surprise, cast iron and weighed about three hundred pounds. They decided to wait on the tub for the moment until they could get a friend to help. Since the tub wasn’t going anywhere right away, they turned their attention to the floor especially since the linoleum had been damaged by trying to remove the heavy tub by themselves. They decided to replace the linoleum, after all it’s not that expensive, right? They proceeded to tear up the floor, but to their surprise their was another floor under that one. They took that one up too then realized the sub floor under the second floor was rotten as well. The sub floor was removed and it came up easily enough in the areas where it was rotten but then they discovered that it was much harder in other areas because it was also glued to the plywood flooring underneath. They chipped and chiseled and somewhere in the midst of it all (probably when one of them said to the other “hey do you smell sewer gas?”) they realized that they had forgot to cover up the hole to the toilet flange and that it was full of bit and pieces of linoleum, shards and slivers of sub flooring, drywall and flooring nails. After taking a vacuum to the drain they decided to stuff a towel into the hole and finally, after the rest of the night and the first part of the next day, were able to get the rest of the sub floor up.

Thats when they called me to come over and help with the tub. Upon getting there I asked them why they didn’t call me? They said they thought it would be a lot easier than it was and they wanted to do it themselves and save some money. We just needed a little help carrying the old tub out. I then asked them if they wanted to save it and they replied that no they didn’t and asked me why? I told them that cast iron is brittle and can easily be broken into pieces with a sledge hammer (wear safety goggles,ear plugs and a smock or long sleeve shirt if you are going to do this). So I broke up the tub for them and then asked if they wanted me to do the job of remodeling the bathroom for them.

They said no that they could get it from there. I said okay, well just give me a call if you need anything else and I left them to their remodeling. About two weeks later I ran into them at the home improvement store
and asked “How did the bathroom turn out?”. They said, “It’s almost finished.” “Good” I said “Call me if you need anything”.

A couple of weeks went by and they called me to come over and help finish up the bathroom. After soldering a couple of pipes, redoing a few things and cleaning out the drain, we got the bathroom into a working condition and looking pretty good.

This was a three to four day project that ended up taking nearly a month to complete. It could have
been done a lot faster, easier, and probably cheaper if they had just called me to start with. We wouldn’t have had any of the pitfalls that they encountered if they had.

Not all projects are like this and a lot of mistakes can be avoided with a little research, especially if what you are attempting is not in your expertise (Newer home usually have cpvc water lines and older homes have copper or galvanized. If your not skilled at soldering pipes with a torch I recommend that you call a pro)

In these hard economic times a lot of people are trying to do these things themselves to save money but what most people don’t realize is that there are many ways to save money. Some of the cost is in buying the material, picking it up and delivering it and you can save a considerable amount of money if you are able to do this yourself. When you call a plumber and have the material already there it cuts down on the total cost substantially. We are available for advice or a little help, especially if there is an area that you are feeling a little iffy about. We can do as much or as little as you need us to. GIVE US A
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Best 24 Hour Emergency Plumbers in Bradyville TennesseeEmergency Plumber PricesSkip to contentHiring a emergency plumber in Bradyville Tennessee can be an expensive experience, primarily due to the fact that we generally only hire plumbers when something has gone wrong and we have an emergency. However, this guide will help you get the most value for your money and ensure your plumbing experience is as painless as possible.

References may lead to a final decisions. One must speak to the people referred and find out if they have good experience and proper training. One must also explain the kind of work to be done and find out if the plumber does good work.

Many families in Bradyville know that when it is beyond office hours, service fees tend to increase. If you are to employ a plumbing company that does not provide emergency services, then don’t bother calling them. Even if their staff is willing to go on overtime, chances are you will be charged with additional fees. Look for a plumbing company that specializes in emergency situations and you’re sure to get a fair price.

You should always get comparison rates from a number of different plumbers, unless your situation dictates that you do not have the time to shop around. Try to get at least 2 or 3 different quotes and ask what they are quoting and how long they think it will take. Compare and select the best option.If you live in a big city or urban area it’s not always easy to find a plumbing contractor that is competent and will have the solution that you need and there is nothing worst than hiring the wrong plumber because not only will you waste valuable time, but you will have to pay an additional person to finally do the job correctly. Here are a few time and money saving tips to help you hire the right plumber.

If your situation does not call for an emergency plumber try to go through the house and identify any problems you have and group them together to get them all done in one visit, this will prevent you from having to call out the plumber again further down the line.

It may be possible for you to buy the plumbing fixtures and fittings yourself so that you are only paying the plumber for labour. This is not always possible, depending on the situation, but well worth considering if the work you are looking into is not an emergency.Try not to just go with the cheapest possible rate you can find, even though it may be tempting. You need to consider the expertise and experience of the plumbers in question otherwise opting for the cheaper plumber may end up costing you more money further down the line.
Nowadays, the ultimate way to perform survey would be to search on the internet, because this kind of will save you power as well as time. You can make a good evaluation between plumbing solutions quickly. Check into whether they offer an instant response, that is necessary in crisis domestic plumbing situations. If you are any Hands Beachfront kama’aina (, it truly is beneficial to recognise which there are several dependable Side Seashore plumbing companies with profiles on-line. These types of trustworthy organizations present a direct response once you log on to their web sites. In addition, numerous Hand Seashore water system technicians can be obtained upon breaks. It is a essential element due to the fact mishaps tend not to take holidays. In addition, a great online seek goes for you to several purchaser reviews, helping you to measure the do the job high quality in the plumbers.
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