Sunday, November 20, 2016

kitchen - in progress

Our house was a custom build for a couple that owned a corn dog food truck business (random, I know). Their kitchen was designed with a place for two full sized fridges, right across from each other. We considered tearing down this awkward mini wall, but it was going to involve new flooring throughout our kitchen + living space, and that wasn't something we were interested in. We opted to make that space into a little coffee bar.

Here's some "befores" when I did our first walk through after our offer was accepted, just to jog your memory of what we were starting with:




And when we started to work on our house during the in-between phase of our renters leaving + us moving in:


Nothing in our home had been updated since 1993 when it was built (or so it seemed...) so we were very excited to give our kitchen a little bit of character and bring it up to speed on our style. Austen found a furniture company who also make kitchen islands to design and build an island and matching cabinet for our coffee bar. They stained the butcher block tops to match our dining table, which was handmade in the 1970's and given to us by Austen's grandmother. We asked for a sage green on the base of both and love the pop of color while still feeling very neutral.




Still on our to-do list is to stain our cabinets the same color as the butcher block tops, replace the countertops with a granite, and the backsplash. I'm leaning towards some sort of a brick backsplash or something with a little more pattern than just subway tile, and completely open to granite suggestions from a family friend who knows this kind of stuff inside + out.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

the dwell block swap quilt


If you follow me on instagram (@katiegarrettquilts) then you've seen some of the dwell blocks from a Cotton + Steel swap that Jackie Padesky, Angie Brandl, Haley Anderson, and myself created. Those ladies are rock stars with the sweetest hearts, but in true fashion, I was the last to finish my blocks. Feeling motivated by my three day weekend, I cranked out not only the blocks but also piecing the quilt top.

There are a lot of Bonnie & Camille dwell blocks + quilts floating around instagram these days, so as if our bold and funky Cotton + Steel blocks weren't different enough, I decided to completely change up the layout of my quilt. Traditionally, it's sashed with 3 1/2" rows and laid out into four rows of four.

Mine is sashed with 2 1/2" in between each block vertically and in the columns. On the off set rows, I used pieces that are 9 1/2 X 7". The original pattern calls for 16 blocks, but we each made 5 for a total of 20. I left out two of my simpler blocks so that my quilt top uses 18 total. I'll put a nice chunky border of 4" all around the quilt edges and quilt it with minky backing for an extra cuddly quilt.

I love the story behind this quilt. If only y'all could see our instagram messaging thread! We are kind of a hoot. These ladies are not only so talented, but so tender hearted, and so dear to me. Now to figure out what our next swap needs to be...

Monday, August 29, 2016

because


Sometimes, I just hit that blogging dry spell.

Life either gets too busy, or too normal. There's either something to share and zero time to even sit down, or there's nothing at all to share.

We are definitely in that first category right now.

I'm gone from 6:40am-4:00pm every day, spending a couple of hours with Austen + Sophia in the evenings, and then quilting for a couple of hours once she goes to bed. I climb into bed with her (our newfound co-sleeping is for another post...but it's wonderful for us) and then wake up in the morning to do it all over again.

Life is so good, though. We are back on the mountains after being in some horribly low valleys for a really long time. We are close to family and friends who are like family. We are building back up our village that we felt we didn't have for so long. We are ripping out old plants and prepping the soil for new ones come spring, both literally and figuratively.

It's good. Still hard at times, but so so good.
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