Saturday, December 5, 2015

Busy! Busy! and an interruption

I have been busy lately.  It's Rush! Rush! Rush! season.  I'm having my little quilt guild's Christmas party at my house on Monday, but, I've had a few interruptions, so, I haven't decorated yet.

Our oven has slowly been going out for the past 8 years.  At first, if you wanted the oven to reach 350 degrees, you set it for 355 degrees.  Now, you set it for at least 375 degrees, and hope it stays there.  It is a oven/microwave combo, so, when the microwave 'smoked' on me, just before Thanksgiving, I decided I wasn't waiting any longer to replace it. 

I found a double oven at IKEA, and bought it.  We purchased a microwave on Monday.  On Tuesday, a friend helped us remove the oven/microwave unit, and told us what we needed to do before we could install the new double oven.
old oven/microwave combo
Well, with a double oven, I knew that I'd lose one of the drawers under the oven area.  Hubby had to do some 'construction' to make everything fit properly.  Of course, the people who built the house had to make it difficult, by gluing the wooden supports to the cabinet walls, thus making it almost impossible to cut them down to size.  Hubby finally figured out how to get everything done.
oven cabinet area, see our new microwave?
Oh yea, and while we were doing the construction, the new double oven had to go somewhere.
new double oven, in my kitchen
Our friend came back over yesterday, to help us finish installing the new double oven. 
New Double Oven
We tested it out last night, and it works!  Woohoo!  I've wanted a double oven for years!  This sure will make Christmas dinner easier to make. 

In between the oven interruptions, I did get some stitching done.   I quilted the Frog Churn Dash quilt.
top, before quilting
I have also made the binding for it.  I just need to sew it on, and stitch it down.
frog quilt, quilted, with binding, waiting to be attached
I also made some more mug rugs.  I saw these mugs at the thrift store, and knew I had the perfect fabric for some mug rugs to match them. 
2 mugs with rugs, and 2 spare mug rugs
I also made 3 more pillowcases, bringing my total up to 20.
frogs, text speak & emoticons, and confetti
We have a tree up, with lights, but, because I've had the dining room table covered with the frog quilt, I haven't unpacked any ornaments yet.  All my Christmas decorations are still in the basement, since we've been involved with the oven.  At least I can cook for Monday night now, even if the house isn't decorated. 

I still have lots of stitching that needs to be done.  I'll be rushing around for the next few weeks, I'm sure. 


  1. My oven has died too - well, one front burner still works. BUT I don't cook so there is no hurry to replace it. I have a micro wave, crock pot and toaster oven which will suffice for now.

  2. Your new ovens are beautiful. I can only imagine how happy you'll be not to have to guess at your baking temps any longer. :D Enjoy!

  3. Busy woman indeed! Your churn dash quilt caught my eye as I have been wanting to make one with an elongated churn dash! Happy Holidays.

  4. Our dishwasher was giving us signs that it was dying. So we replaced it right after Thanksgiving. This is the second time we had to replace an appliance during the holidays. A few years ago our fridge gave up right BEFORE Thanksgiving. That was not a very happy day. Glad you got your new oven. I'm sure you will enjoy having it bake correctly now :-)

  5. I'm so jealous, that double oven looks great and I'm sure you're going to love it. I think the holidays are appliance break down season, they always seem to break when we need them the most.

  6. My oven is going out out also. I love your double oven!

  7. Our range died last year right before Thanksgiving. We bought an old one on Craigslist, I wanted to see if I liked gas. Love it now to save the money to get a new gas stove and a double oven. All that going on and you still managed to get sewing done!

  8. I'm happy for you with your new ovens--although sorry the installation wasn't easy. It will be so much fun to use!

  9. When I was growing up, my younger brother could keep everything running for fat beyond the expected life. We got a new over when we moved back but I worry about the sounds the fridge makes from time to time. One of these days it may reach the end.
    Love those churn dash. The decorating can wait. (ours always does)

  10. I would love a double oven, of course my hubby would think it's silly because I don't cook! Ha! Looks really nice, Cheryl!

  11. Love, love the pillowcase fabric on the left....easy to see why, eh? Give me a shout if you can, I have a question on my vintage machine.... quiltnsrepatyahoodotcom

    1. Forgot to leave my signature....Snoodles at Lilypadquilting! Ribbit!


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