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July 31, 2018
Sewing room update from Susan P Blog

This is a very cold winter and we have found that heating this old house is turning out to be a very expensive experience. We mostly use a woodburner upstairs, which means it is lovely and warm there and still freezing cold downstairs. It is the same on the days we decide to use the heat pump instead of making a fire, but although the heat pump does the job upstairs it is very expensive to run

At first we considered installing a heat pump downstairs too, but when my husband retires we will be on a limited income and ...

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July 3, 2018
20 Steps to an Organized Sewing Space from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life Organized Sewing Space

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing something I’ve been trying to finish up for you for a little while!  While organizing over the past few months I’ve felt that it would  be nice to have a printable check list to mark off my progress.  And then I decided to make one to use…and I thought you  might find it useful as well.  So today I’m sharing 20 Steps to an Organized Sewing Space.  And I’ve got a printable PDF you can download to help you every step of the way!

First, some tips ...

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June 29, 2018
The Sewing Space from Quilts....etc.

I had to reorganize my sewing space a little bit so that I can leave the antique machine out so that I can use it seeing as it works.  I had planned on putting it on the shelf for a decoration.  Yesterday though I got it as clean as I could get it, oiled everything […]

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June 25, 2018
Home! from Quilts....etc.

Four Weeks away – and always so much to do once you get back home.  We came home to a jungle it seems – Melanie and Ric were not able to take care of the yard the last week or so due to too much rain so the grass has not been cut, the garden […]

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May 21, 2018
Bird Brain from Quilts....etc.

I have been working on Bird Brain again the last couple of days and making a little progress This is the area that is left to do – above the white line although I noticed I did it wrong – on the left side it should be 3 down from the top The bird currently […]

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May 11, 2018
Shelves Up from Quilts....etc.

I’m having internet issues so keeping this a little shorter than some post and less photos and lets see if I can get it to post. We worked on getting shelves up above the work tables and they look really nice – wanted to keep with the rustic setting.  I will figure out what all […]

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April 28, 2018
Dream Sewing Room from Expect Moore

When my friend Cheryl asked if I wanted to be part of her sewing room blog tour, of course I said yes. In part because I really don’t know how to say no to anything… and in part because I really needed a deadline. My sewing and crafting room has been in serious need of a facelift for months, and having a deadline would give me the motivation I needed to get it all put together. Read on to for the story of my new space, and be sure to check out the links at the very end of ...

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Dream Sewing Room from Expect Moore

When my friend Cheryl asked if I wanted to be part of her sewing room blog tour, of course I said yes. In part because I really don’t know how to say no to anything… and in part because I really needed a deadline. My sewing and crafting room has been in serious need of a facelift for months, and having a deadline would give me the motivation I needed to get it all put together. Read on to for the story of my new space, and be sure to check out the links at the very end of ...

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April 23, 2018
Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2018! from The Inbox jaunt

    Good Morning, Quilters! Welcome to The Inbox Jaunt!  Whether you are an old friend or a new visitor  joining us for the 2018 “Spring Clean Your Studio” Blog Hop–WELCOME!!! First, a big thank you to Cheryl Sleboda of … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018
A Lot of Quilting Done- It Was Cold Outside from Quilts....etc.

What else could I do but sit around in the house and watch a movie and a recorded tv show and work on my quilts – it was just too darn chilly outside yesterday – one of the small towns in NE Arkansas even had snow flurries – on April 15!!! this is crazy.  Give […]

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April 4, 2018
The next step … and some news from Quilting and More...

My sewing room has been put into “shrink” mode so that I can begin the quilting on my most recent project. LOL! I needed to extend the back leaf of my table to support the quilt’s bulk, so the room is suddenly about two feet narrower than usual, and moving around in here is tricky. […]

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March 22, 2018
About Time to Use This One! from Alamosa Quilter

How old is the oldest fabric in your stash? I mean yardage, not scraps. I didn't sort through my entire stash but I pulled this one out to use it for a project recently and noticed that it is from 1997!


And I had three yards of it! I only used about 1/2 yard for the project I was working on so I still have about 2 1/2 yards of this. Sheesh! I wonder what I bought this for?

I didn't start sewing until about 1995 so this must have been purchased early in my sewing ...

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March 15, 2018
Quarter Inch Presser Foot from Quilts....etc.

I have a new quarter inch foot with a guide for the Babylock that I purchased on line and I’m very happy with it, I love how it holds the fabric in place and the guide is really great.  I do have one problem though and wonder how you all deal with remembering something.  My […]

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February 22, 2018
Mrs.Singer Antique Longarm Quilting Machine on Throw Back Thursday from Busy Hands Quilts

Congrats to Joni, who won the Island Batik and Aurifil bundle in a recent giveaway.  I have another giveaway running right now, so go find it!

It's Throw Back Thursday!  Here's Mrs. Singer, a 31-15 mounted on a longarm quilting frame.  I purchased her in 2010.  She is between 87 and 117 years old!  This machine and the quilting frame on which she sits are currently for sale after having purchased a HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher, Gratitude, last year.


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February 12, 2018
I ♥ My New Sewing Table Machine Insert! from Busy Hands Quilts

When I bought my Juki in 2016, the acrylic table insert I had for my previous machine no longer fit, so I've been sewing these past two years with the over-sized table the Juki came with, and overall it's worked out pretty well.  Trouble is, I'm very short, and my hands were a lot higher than my elbows when sewing.  Because of the depth of the table, I couldn't raise my chair any higher and still fit my legs underneath the table.


A few weeks ago, I decided to get an acrylic insert for my table ...

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February 6, 2018
Sewing Room ~ mini update from A Quilting Sheep

I decided the other day that I needed to change things up a little bit in my sewing room. I have been looking at this wall hanging for a very long time. It was time to make something new to hang in its place. 


What could be more perfect than Thimble Blossoms original Spools quilt pattern? Some of my most treasured  Bonnie and Camille scraps are in this quilt. 


Saturday I spent the day making a sewing machine cover for my Bernina. Nadra @ Ellis and Higgs wrote a great tutorial. It is written in German, but Google translate is helpful ...

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January 30, 2018
Bird Brain from Quilts....etc.

Cutting the pieces out in advance for the Bird Brain blocks even though that was a boring two days of work made the blocks go faster yesterday even though I had cut several of the pieces out wrong – luckily they were too big so I can cut them down ok.  I added some sashing […]

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January 19, 2018
Fresh look and a Fresh Sewing Room from Sylvia Stitches

Starting the year off with a fresh clean sewing room.  Decided to give this blog a fresh look too.  I love the minimalist look with more white space, and modern flair of grid layout.  All the prior content is still here.  It is still on Blogger, so the links remain the same.  Nothing is lost which makes me very happy.  Yay for a fresh start!

And the sewing room???  I cleared it out, rearranged it a bit (again), and organized as I put things back.

New layout for Sewing Room
My sewing space is 17.5' long and 9.5 ...

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January 13, 2018
Place to sew…..and relax from Susan P Blog

I love my sewing room. It is where I do my machine work, hand work, read, watch Netflix. A place to enjoy. It is not fancy with chandeliers or anything fancy, but it’s got everything I need, and more. I moved my sewing machines so that I can see the view when I am sewing, definitely didn’t want to sit with my back to it. And my embroidery machine also found a home very close to my other machines

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January 9, 2018
Perfect Embroidery Machine Mat from Sylvia Stitches

My large Baby Lock Destiny sewing & embroidery machine sits on a table in my sewing room.  I have heard from others that a mat under the machine reduces noise and vibration.  I have found the perfect mat for my my needs.  It is the perfect size even with the embroidery arm module attached.


I looked online to see if there is a commercially made mat for sewing machines.

There are of course, and Brother makes one in the correct size for the large machines:


But this mat looks like a giant mouse pad to me.  You know the kind with ...

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