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October 8, 2020
Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love from Where Art & Life Meet

Every now and then my work space becomes unmanageable. I’m not the most organized person, but I know where everything is in my little chaotic work area, until it reaches a point when I can’t stand it any more. So yesterday I did what my husband always does (he’s a masterful organizer) when he’s organizing… Continue reading Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

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July 17, 2020
The Zen of Repetition on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

It's been hot.  I mean really HOT....well at least for the Lake Erie region it's been hot.  With that I've spent a lot of time hold up in my air conditioned bedroom doing hand work on my pinwheel's quilt.  There is something relaxing about the white noise of the conditioner  and just stitching piece after piece.  It's meditative and soothing.  Many summers I've spent the dog days of August finishing up hand quilting for our county fair.  I love the repeating of the small little stitches adding so much texture where once there ...

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July 12, 2020
A few changes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


Tuesday I did a little in the studio: straightened up the fabric so I could put away three containers of fabrics that I separated out some time ago. Generally one container of solids goes into the camper when we are traveling--you just never know when you need something that can coordinate with the rest of the quilt. A big container with a variety of solids can really help out in a pinch. 

A second container holds stripes and plaids that I first pulled out to create a kit of, yes, stripes and plaids. Since I was working on that over ...

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July 6, 2020
Sunrooom Studio from Quilts + Color

I set up a small studio in the sunroom on the first floor so I can walk over and sew for 5 minutes or a short time.
I am working with leftovers from previous projects making small items. It's working and I have a few done and others in the process.

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June 13, 2020
My Friday............ from Exuberant Color


My first thought yesterday was to clean my main floor studio.  You can see to the left many layers of "stuff" piled on what should be a cutting table.  Almost everything in this room is on wheels and I need to move everything out and vacuum really well.  Then I realized I can't vacuum while I have the blocks on the design wall or they would go flying everywhere so onto plan B.
Plan B was to play with stash.  I have been going through my Marcia Derse stash and had pulled this combination of soft colors.  I think ...

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June 12, 2020
Sewing Studio Make-Over ... Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So over a month ago, I decided that my studio needed a full over haul.  I  mean if you can't do a make over of your sewing room during Stay At Home Orders when can you??  I knew it was bad but I really hadn't a glimpse of how bad.  Since the federal government was kind enough to send me back some of my tax dollars, I thought I would spend some and stimulate the economy!  I set a budget of $400.  Originally when I did my studio, I tried to spend as little as possible reusing things ...

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May 22, 2020
How to Organize a Sewing Space (Part II) on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My Original Sewing Hole....I totally outgrew this space
Well, now that the leaves have finally come out, I am out of pollen induced haze.  Its amazing how good you feel when the tree pollen level drops!!    With that I'm finally on the last legs of sewing space reorganize.  If you had told me that it was going to take a month, I would have said NO WAY, but of course I didn't realize I would lose a week to tree pollen!!

So we continue.....(you can find Part I here)

How to Organize a Sewing Room ...

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May 20, 2020
More jewel tone blocks............. from Exuberant Color

18 new blocks add to the stack of jewel tone 16 patch blocks.  There are 10 more to sew later today.








I know you think I sew on a pristine clean sewing cabinet.  Here is the real truth, a notebook with my lists of quilts awaiting quilting, blocks finished the last 2 days, a tub of yellow, black and white batiks for more crazy pieced blocks, 2 Kaffe books for research, a couple new masks and a pile of pieces for more of them, a few yards of elastic.  I can only dream of a totally clean surface.  It doesn ...

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May 8, 2020
How to Organize A Sewing Space (Part I) Off the Wall Space from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So the spring spruce of my sewing space has evolved into a full blown project.  My husband was right though. Between the weather turning more sunny and a good project to occupy my mind, the covid quarantine blues have disappeared.  If I had been in the right frame of mind, I probably could have predicted that this was going to be bigger than a weekend project.  I guess, I just hadn't realized how dysfunctional the space had gotten.  THEN once I did, well.....the overachiever in me kicked in.  Plus, this is the kind of project that my true ...

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April 24, 2020
Spring Cleaning - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Six weeks into "Stay at Home" orders and I've still haven't really settled into a routine. My daughter
is finishing up her last week of college which the end of an educational journey that started back in 2000. (Where does the time go right?)  My husband is here just waiting to finish up his last construction projects before he can retire later this  year.  And then there is me.  Still antsy...and cranky.  So Paul suggested that  I do something with my studio since the federal government was nice enough to send some of my money back to ...

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April 7, 2020
Clean up, clean up, put away, put away from Art In Search

     I reached the point in my studio that I had to clean out or scream. I had so many plastic boxes and bins everywhere and especially on my floor. I had to do something. Michaels had 10 drawer rolling drawers on sale ($29.99 and coupon) and I bought 5 (one I gave to my son for his watercolor supplies). Shipped them to me for free. 
     I have to give Michaels a shout out, because one wheel in all of these units was the wrong one. I emailed them with a photo and within a few hours, they had one ...

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February 26, 2020
Keeping Busy, but not always productive :) from Bayou Quilts

I have been on another attempt to straighten and organize my sewing and craft stuff.  I've gone through my fabric stash and filled a box for Goodwill.  Added some ancient Quilting Arts magazines and even some of my beloved Prims magazines.   Started another box and filled it with more fabric and other miscellaneous items that were intended for various projects and will never be used again.  (Sometimes items move back and forth from the donate to the keep pile and back again.)  

Have to wrangle the chaos upstairs before I can play again.     

Favorite books so far this month ...

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January 27, 2020
A Quilting Life at Home | Part 1 from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life at Home featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of fabric storage cabinet

Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing A Quilting Life at Home | Part 1: my new sewing room. I’ve mentioned our recent move here and there, but now that we’re beginning work on our new home I’ll start sharing some of the details here as they relate to quilting and sewing. Last spring we […]

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January 17, 2020
The End... from Val's Quilting Studio

The hum of my sewing machines seem to almost echo in our empty house as the final quilt gets quilted....
 ...and another got binding sewn on.

I thought Jackson looked a little sad until I realized while I was ironing that he in fact just couldn't find a comfy place to rest! Poor guy! I felt so bad. With no dog bed of his own nor couch to rest upon...he finally found a cozy spot in the quilt I was binding. Smart puppy. 
 

As many of you know, hubby and I have been downsizing this year and as ...

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November 29, 2019
Moving the table......... from Exuberant Color

I decided to turn the drafting/cutting table sideways in the space so I can walk all the way around it. As you can see there is a drain in the floor there. With people coming to my studio to use my design walls I have to have something sitting over the drain because the floor slopes down all around it in about a 24" diameter. 
This is what is currently on top of the table.  I cut a quilt kit for a friend in the summer and while the fabric was out and pressed I cut off a strip ...

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November 27, 2019
A little sewing............ from Exuberant Color

I got 3 more postage stamp blocks sewn in one direction but didn't feel like turning on the iron.  My plan is to make one block every other day or a total of 4 one week and 3 the next week so these will fill the quota for this week when I get them finished.
When I measured my drafting table I did an internet search and found out there was a mat that was just one inch shorter in both directions so basically it covers the whole top of the table.









It is similar to a mat that ...

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November 21, 2019
Studio Tour from Kit Lang, Fiber Art

I promised to do a studio tour 5 years ago, so here it is! LOL

It's never been clean enough, perfect enough, arranged enough...it's never actually reached my "vision"of what I wanted my studio to look like, but as I was reorganizing and rearranging a couple/few weeks ago, I realized that it's never actually going to look like that. Alas.

So here it is. Four hundred and fifty square feet, stuffed to the gills in all its glory!



I realized when I was uploading this photo that I didn’t take one of when ...

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November 2, 2019
Antique Post Office Desks from Quilts + Color

These are the two post office desks I have in my studio. They are the perfect place to store and display my yarn,


This is the one I acquired very recently. It is a standing desk while the other one is a sitting desk. I am guessing since this one is smaller it came from a smaller community. I love them both.

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A bright idea............. from Exuberant Color

My son and daughter in law came over and helped me take down 2 tables in the basement and move things around.  This drafting table ended up where the 2 tables had been and it is right under a really bright light bulb.  Now it is perfect as a cutting table and as a basting table for my wallhangings.  It is probably the most well lit cutting table of the 3 in my basement.  I can fit 2 of the largest Olfa mats on it.  Below is a photo from 2013 that shows the other 2 cutting tables.

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June 24, 2015
Fabric Storage from Cottage Quilt Studio

I love to walk into my studio and see all of the beautiful fabrics on the shelves. However, I do not like to fold them and try to keep them neat and organized when they are folded.

I never seem to fold them the same size….so I decide to invest in some Polar Notions fabric boards. They are so easy to use and keep the fabric on display, neat and organized. I have gotten up to 10 yards on 1 board or as little as a yard. I have 100 of these boards and need to order 200-300 more ...

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