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Rav, darling, you should know by now I'd follow you anywhere.

The quilt for Girlie's bed is Ann and Andy, a very simple two color, 16 square patch that make a lovely lattice when put together. The one for my little guy is Ocean Waves, a bit more complicated, but not that much. The biggest benefit of Ocean Waves is that it uses up a lot of scrap material. I already have the fabric for the center squares, light blue waves on darker blue, and now all I have to do is pick out the right scraps. Since the center squares are water, I'll be going with greens and yellows for a sand effect.

My husband asked me the funniest question the other day: "Do you really need to buy another yard of that cloth?" Silly man.

Other than quilting, I'm planning a large scale decorative paint job in the kids' rooms. Our house was built as a tenement in 1851, so we have low ceilings and wide plank pine floors throughout. It feels like being between decks on an old ship. We rent out the downstairs and live on the top two floors. The kids' rooms are in what used to be the attic, which means the walls are about two feet high and the rest is pitched ceilings. I'm painting everything sky blue, then will be sponging on clouds. After the clouds are dried, I'll stamp stars over them with glow in the dark paint. They'll be invisible during the day, but will show up after dark for about half an hour. Since doing it all at once is impossible, I paint one wall at a time, sometimes just half a wall.

What I'm really looking forward to, and know I probably won't even be able to think about starting until next year, is the front hallway. It's the only part of the house that's original. The problem is that it's dark and the stairs have been painted so many times it must be half an inch thick. Right now, everything is hunter green. I would like to strip the stairs and banister down to the original wood and either stain the banister natural or paint it white, paint the stairs white or light gray and put down an oriental rug runner, and stencil a period mural on the wall. Nothing too fancy, just a street or waterfront scene.

Uhura :o)
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