Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Designer’s Mystery Blog Hop…Welcome to Week 3


Hey Everyone!

Welcome to this Mystery Blog Hop hosted by Fat Quarter Quilt Shop…This hop is featuring 12 Moda designers and their blocks using  the Avalon fabric line, from Joanna from Fig Tree and Company…This Mystery Quilt is actually a row quilt.  Remember it is a Mystery…we are not showing you our blocks…you can however sign up here for this BOM, click here:  2013 Designer Mystery BOM

The first row of blocks were baskets…View the posts here….

The second row of blocks were stars…View the posts here…

The third row are houses…the other two designers posting this week are:

Lynne of Kansas Troubles

Polly & Laurie from Minick & Simpson  

and then I am the third….now we were asked to talk about our DREAM HOME…hmmm this was a photo I pinned the day before I was asked to send in a photo of my dream home…so off it went to Chelsey at FQS…but then the more I thought about this I actually have a confession…


Last Fall, Nick & I purchased what will become our Dream Home….it is a little rough right now…but it has some great possibilities…so lets visit a few of them…first…it is on a lake…Now if any of you know me…you know we have this wonderful floating cottage aka “our boat”.  I love our boat, but here is the kicker…If we have a really HOT summer…our lake gets so green and full of algae, we cannot allow the dogs in the water!  We have had a boat for 4 years…two of those years were HOT, no swimming…So our boat is now FOR SALE!  Why would we want to sell our boat if we now have a Lakehouse?  Well our boat is big…you can sleep on it…. no need for this big boat…it will have to be a fishing boat or PONTOON-Yeah, you know that song…On the pontoon..

Now…back to the Lakehouse…that is what we call it…I did not want a cottage…but my dear husband was not “letting it go” if you know what I mean…now I do not need another property to up keep….so when he said to me one Sunday…Hey …ya wanna go see this house on the lake? (you know how we talk up here)…  It is only 25 miles from here?  To get him off my back I said Yes, sure…and off we went…I knew I could find something wrong with it….Well…we arrived…and I took one look at the view and I was mesmerized….I did not want to leave…I was in love with that water!!! that sunset that was going to happen…those loons that were swimming by….I didn’t really care about the house as long as it wasn’t falling down…which it was not…


It was built in the 1920’s… this is a picture of it back then…now what do you notice?  Yes…that is it! Its kind of secluded! we sit down at the end of a dead end and we are on a point…so water on two sides…Now there have been some updates, since then….some good…so not so good…Now here is the current pic as it sits in the wintertime….I am standing on the end of the dock…The house is now turd brown with turd brown trim….who paints a house brown with brown trim???? but look…see that by the edge of the water…on the left?  That is a guest house!  It is so cute…but again lots of brown and paneling (YUCK) and needs some love…


Now a peek at the inside…since September we have done a few things…painted…the walls were completely white…we added new appliances, new kitchen and bath knobs,  and furnished it…that is it…we have been too busy to do anything else and I have decided we are not going to do anything until we know if it

IMG_8771IMG_8792major until we decide if it is going to be our lakehouse or our real house….We are going to spend this whole next summer enjoying it and the water before we dive into anything…

It is all open concept…my sewing room is out in the middle of the room…see my cutting table…the dining room, computer nook and kitchen is to the left.  Now I wanted to keep this house bright and sunny and “lakehouse” like..

It was painted a nice grey…with yellow accents…I found some cool furniture…see that plaid couch?  It looks like some wool I own!!! But as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it for the lakehouse…

The best thing about the kitchen is I can reach in every cupboard…It was designed for a shorty like me!IMG_8772

A few more things…a little reading/stitching nook in my stitchinIMG_8770g room…Then the upstairs is one open loft…It was painted a nice blue and my cousin Rick made me these “old looking” head boards with the industrial lights in them…I just love how these turned out…I need to find something better than those dust ruffles…but the antique quilts sure add a big impact to this room!!!


This is all I am going to show you for now…and now that my “secret” is out…you know why I have been “pinning” lakehouse stuff on Pinterest!!! I will let you all know how  my family and I are enjoying the  our lakehouse…and keep you all posted!  Hopefully it will become our DREAM house!

Thank you for visiting with me today…stop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop to sign in for their give-away today!  Fat Quarter Shop Blog…

all for now…LB

ps…Jeter says “HI”


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I live in Butte Des Morts, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 31and Jake 30 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

37 thoughts on “Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Designer’s Mystery Blog Hop…Welcome to Week 3

  1. So glad I finally get to see some pics of your lake house (and my guest house – lol!!). Love what you’ve done so far. You have so many helpful, talented family members – those head boards are super cool!

  2. Beautiful and so relaxing! The grey and yellow look so good. Love the ruler board, did you make it?

  3. I love this place–brown on brown outside notwithstanding. You have made the inside so inviting! Speaking of inviting, maybe when Julie comes to “her” guest house I will invite myself to join her. : )

  4. The guest house could be MY retreat house. I know you are in WI so it would be really convenient for me! Love the house and what you have done to it. Good luck with your decision.

  5. Love it! My husband and I are looking for a Lakehouse too. I hope we fine one as nice as yours. Love those quilts! And the yellow print chair in the living room. Enjoy!

  6. Love the pictures of your new lake house. It certainly looks like a dream house to me.I bet you and your family will make many treasured memories there this summer.

  7. It’s looks like a new ‘dream’ house to me!! Love the open feel to it, all the windows, the decor and esp. the headboards ~ really neat idea! Beautiful home and well kept ‘secret’, lol.


  8. Week 3 – wow that was a fast two weeks!! Guess I better go back to the beginning. But…I love your lakehouse. Just beautiful, looks cozy and relaxing. thanks for sharing.

  9. Love the lakehouse!!! It is exactly what I want but only in Branson, MO where some of my family lives. REally like the headboards with the antique quilts.

  10. Well, hands down, it’s a winner!! Those headboards are wonderful!! I think you will make many happy memories there! Wnjoy!

  11. Pontoons are like floating living rooms–we love ours! Your house is lovely and I can’t wait to see more of what you do with it. I am also wondering about that cool giant ruler in the corner??

  12. I completely understand selling a boat because your dogs can’t enjoy it. We sold our house because we had too many puppies for our neighborhood! 🙂

  13. Love those headboards on your dark blue wall. The quilts don’t hurt it either. I know how you love that guest cottage but it would make a great quilting studio too.!! Enjoy your tennis.

  14. Ohhhh, I “love” your lakehouse! My husband and I could certainly live there year round. I am so envious. The work you have done looks fabulous. I hope you enjoy it as much as you should.

  15. WOW!! It is a dream home all year! Your chair by the windows is a little piece of heaven. May I ask you what type of carpeting you installed with two dogs running around? We have 3 – 5 dogs at times and need new carpeting after building our new home only 4 years ago. Their nails are a killer.

  16. Just lovely. I adore all of the quilts scattered about your home. I bet seeing your dream come to life is going to be a lot of work, but so worth it! And you’re right. Brown on brown? Really?? Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  17. Wow, how very nice, what difference the inside from the outside. I look forward to more pictures, like summertime and after you change the turd brown. I have always wanted a lake home. I am so happy for you.

  18. Lovely Lake House! We are trying to get our kids to buy a house on the lake – told them we would buy the pontoon! I think they are seriously looking. Have fun at yours.

  19. Great houses were built in the 1920s. We have lived and loved our 1929 Connecticut ‘farmhouse’ since 1998 and continue to work on its unique and lovable features. Congrats on building a dream home with love and hard work!

  20. I love the ruler also…..wherever did you find it?? Love what you have done in the house…love the grey & yellow. Great job!!

    1. Wow! First, I love your dream house! That porch is to die for! However, I also really like your lake house. Love the colors you have used so far–all of your quilts look so nice there. I really like those headboards!!!! It is looking great!

  21. Some people visit their lakes houses every weekend in the summer, some lucky ones can even get a week or two to enjoy it, but the best part of a lakehouse is when fall and winter comes and everyone goes home and you get to enjoy all the lakes beauty in solitude

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