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July 11, 2019
Our Final Post Here... from Val's Quilting Studio

The hum of my sewing machines seem to almost echo in the empty house as the final quilt got 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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June 25, 2019
Thread Cabinet ~~ Richard's Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My husband. My wonderful, loving husband. Forty years we've been husband and wife. 

He's is one put-together guy and knows oh-so-many things. Sometimes I think he just knows all the things. I have no clue how he can know or understand all these concepts and mechanics and stuff. 

He can fix a leaky pipe, cook a meal, cut down a tree, explain a football game. He can tell you how safe (or in danger) you are, how to fix just about anything mechanical, figure out interest rates, grow a garden to feed the neighbors. I've barely begun ...

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June 20, 2019
And on we go............... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


This basement renovation has good news and bad news. The good news is that everything is going according to plan. The packing crew wasn't going to touch the bookcases so they had a carpenter team come in for that. They were here and the bookcases are gone. The painter was here yesterday to see the lay of the land.

The only problem is that these guys arrive with no details. It's like the restoration company said: "show up at this address and ask the lady".  Well, I have no idea what the total plan is and what is ...

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June 19, 2019
And then this happened............... from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


So you know that I'm getting a new floor in the basement. The water leak occurred on February 15th. It took me a long time to wrap my head around scheduling the restoration work and then of course once I was ready, it took time to choose the floor and get everything organized. A few weeks of travel also slowed down the process. The restoration company has a pretty aggressive schedule. There's none of this moving stuff to one side and working around - OH NO - we're going the whole hog on this install.

As a result, four ...

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May 30, 2019
Getting It Done! from Val's Quilting Studio

I wasn't sure I'd really be able to get my studio from THIS to this:

But BAM! I did!!! And now.....eighty percent of it is in storage: 

With the only thing left standing being my long-arm:
The downsizing process continues to be rejuvenating for me in spirit.
So for any of you thinking about it tackling it yourself....it's been refreshing and rejuvenating. 
It's taken me eight months to get to where I am now and I'm loving the simplicity of having less.
As for the ol' blog here....I'm playing with the ...

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May 7, 2019
A Productive Mess? from Val's Quilting Studio

Hello! Hello!! Downsizing has consumed most of my free time over the past six months. 
After yard sales, trips to make donations, craigslist sales and passing things on to our daughter, most the rooms in our home are now empty and the house literally echos. LOL!

 All's I have left  to pack is the sewing studio...and right now it's a mess!
A productive mess...as I'm literally going through everything. Craft supplies I haven't used in years went in the yard sale. Fabric I don't like anymore, gone.
And it really is hard to ...

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February 10, 2019
One more spool of thread bites the dust from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I was at IKEA the other day because I was looking for a cabinet to put my thread in. I thought of the ALEX line of cabinets. I already have two of the wide ones, but I didn't want a wide one. Gosh - I'm not sure I even have room for a narrow one. Initially, I wanted the tall cabinet, but it proved too heavy to lift by one person, so I settled on the short narrow one.

It's now made. Very simple and no parts left over. That's always good news.


My new cabinet
The ...

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January 5, 2019
More progress on Day 4 from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

Today we made major strides on the homeschool side of the room. The grandkids are so excited about this. And they are sure to get plenty of art supplies from grandma. And the grandgirls are plenty interested in my side of the room. This is going to be fun!

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January 4, 2019
Day 3 of the New Year from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

The third day of the New Year. Another day spent helping my mom, although I did get home a little earlier today. Still, very tired from some heavy duty work. I spent the rest of the day blowing my nose due to dust allergies. Well, I wasn’t going to let that hold me back. I got in the studio to work on emptying a few more boxes. Granted, I’m still working on the easy boxes! But I did empty and organize fabric from quite a few more boxes, so I’m making headway.

The next cabinet will be ...

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January 2, 2019
Day 2 of the New Year from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

2nd day of moving into the new studio

Day two of the New Year. Day two of my new studio!

I spent yesterday evening unpacking my main quilting fabric (prints and batiks) and putting it into the microscope cabinet. It has 30 cubbyholes. I had packed away two cubbyholes of fabric into each small size U-Haul boxes (which I numbered so I would know where to put them back), so it was a simple matter of filling the cabinet back up. In a very short time I had 15 boxes unpacked and that cabinet was filled! All on Day 1!!!

On Day 2, I was gone all day ...

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October 28, 2018
Mom - there's nothing to eat! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We're all familiar with that phrase. Except that my kid is gone. That was me who said that this morning as I glanced into the refrigerator this morning. I got a text from DH yesterday asking if I could stop and pick up groceries. Ah - since I left the house about 8 AM and wasn't planning to be back until about 9 PM, I don't think that's going to happen. I come home to find that he ordered pizza for dinner and there is NOTHING - I mean NOTHING to eat in that fridge or the cupboards ...

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October 16, 2018
My Studio from Quilting Solutions

Have you ever spent time reading about and looking at photos of the beautiful quilting studios that some people have in their homes?  I look at them and drool, but living in a 700 sq ft cabin doesn't leave much room for an exotic studio.  I saw a cabinet on FB that looks like a fabulous solution, but I don't even have room for that!  You can see what they have at "Original ScrapBox."  My "studio" is a bedroom.  The closet is reserved for my husband's clothes.  I keep a twin bed in my studio because I ...

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September 27, 2018
It’s A Working Studio Again from Quilts + Color

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I'm happy to be working on various projects in my studio again. I use the design wall to hang works in progress or fabrics so I can study them to get ideas and inspiration on how to use them.
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Another corner of the studio. There are 5 current works in progress laid out on the bed. These are ones that I hope to work on soon. You can also see many older works in progress hanging on the racks at the foot of the bed.
My studio is a pleasant and inspiring place to work. I also have art ...

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September 26, 2018
I'm not competitive at all.............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


There are two more days of sheer craziness and then things will calm down. Oh god - why do I even think that'll happen. It's sheer chaos at my house and this crazy schedule I set for myself this week - well, I'll be having some planning moments next week to prevent this from happening again.

I've got a lot to cover today so I'd better get started.

Here are those pictures from my studio as I promised. Loads of room for three people to sew.


Tables for three people to sew
 And there's loads of ...

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September 21, 2018
A Clean Up - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Before I moved into my studio, I used a section off my family room which I lovingly called my "Sewing Hole".  When I moved out of there, my favorite bookcase stayed, housing my vast collection of quilting and art books.  They were meticulously organized and I could always find what I needed.  Well over the last three years, that space has become more and more clutter with stuff, I wasn't quite sure what to do with.



Finally, this spring, I said ENOUGH! I made a goal that I would clean up that area by the end of summer.  Well ...

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September 19, 2018
Room of Requirement Day 6 from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

I’m tired, and I’m claiming victory! I think I have pretty much everything packed into boxes and ready to be stored away. This process took somewhat longer than I expected! I definitely forgot that I had some of that stuff. I’m thankful for my son-in-law, Eric, who has been storing this all away in his mom’s basement (thanks, Jill!). The library card catalog drawers are over there now, along with all those other boxes, the ironing boards, the rolls of various stuff, etc., etc. It’s quite a job loading it all up and then unloading ...

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September 15, 2018
Room of Requirement Day 5 from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

I had a few busy days since my last post. I might have been in the studio for a short time, but nothing worth writing about. Today I had a couple hours so I went in. Two year old Aliza was fast on my heels. Four year old Hazel wandered in after a bit. Aliza had to see my thread cabinet and look at all the pretty colors, so naturally Hazel had to see, too. That was fun, even though it wasn’t productive, but who cares, right?

Before: Library card catalog wall After: Library card catalog wall

I decided to tackle this wall. Lots of clutter and stuff. Thankfully ...

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September 14, 2018
Wall Of Quilting Fabrics And Projects from Quilts + Color

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I don’t know if you remember what this looked like before? I got rid of a lot of the fabrics that were here. I also added things that were elsewhere. I moved some things to the two side sections.
Yes, there are some empty spots. I will likely fill them with some things from the studio storeroom which will make those things more accessible….but not right now.
The biggest change is I now have like things together.

I also put things I don’t need to access often on the top shelves. The things I use most often ...

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September 13, 2018
Studio Purging And Reorganization Finished from Quilts + Color

For all intents and purposes it is done.
Does that mean I have everything in apple pie order?
Not by a long shot.
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I still have things to get rid of and things that could be more organized. They will not impede my working in my studio now.
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Yes, there are boxes of donations that need to be brought down and out. Also empty boxes and bins that I may store for the future.
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Some projects that are visible on my radar so I know they should be tackled.
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A tea cart full of projects to be finished which includes ...

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September 10, 2018
Room of Requirement Day 4 from Maria Elkins -- Original Art Quilts

Library drawersOn Day 4 (counting only the days I can actually work in there) of packing up my studio, I wasn’t able to get in there until late in the afternoon, and my sweet 2-year-old granddaughter wanted to help! Who was I to say no? I decided an “easy” task would be to pack up the contents of my library card catalog drawers. These are the ones that DD#2 and her sweet hubby rescued from a school that was being torn down and they gave them to me for Christmas in 2012! I love these drawers.

Anyway, back to ...

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