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May 19, 2017
Studio move - Downsizing is not easy! from 13 Woodhouse Road

If you have been following me for a while, you must have realized I haven't been posting much on the blog lately. 

That's the reason I jumped and said yes when Cheryl announced the blog hop, I absolutely jumped onto the train!


That will give me a  reason to clean my studio, I thought!!! I had ignored my studio ever since i came back from Quiltcon. Other things had taken priority and needed my immediate attention. As a result I could not find ANYTHING that I needed and the studio had become an unbearable mess.

For those who ...

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April 9, 2017
Take time for yourself from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


First I have to say a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to those that showed up for the West End Modern Quilt Guild (unofficial title) meeting yesterday!  I was totally blown away by the response.  Now don't get me wrong - there weren't hundreds there, but given the fact that some couldn't make the time and date, we had an excellent showing for a first meeting. Get this - we already discussed and decided on a cap to the number of people in the group!  I know - first meeting and we're talking capping the numbers!

I'm super excited ...

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April 7, 2017
Boards from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Boards...A funny title for a blog post but it was definitely the theme in my sewing room this week.




An afternoon was spent making a few more design boards.  I use them all the time when I am sewing up various blocks or quilt sections right at my machine.  I like to work on multiple projects at once so this allows me to pull a section of fabrics off my design walls and stack them up next to my machine as I sew.  I can also take them to my ironing board as I sew up the blocks - keeping ...

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March 4, 2017
big cat from April Sewing Journal

So, I haven’t posted for over a month. Sorry. Just been having the winter blahs, and lots of stress at work. I have been still plugging away at my quilts. It has been cold also, so my sewing room is inaccessible. Tomorrow it should be sixty degrees, so should get some solid time in there…anyway, here is the next zoo block:

I like him, but he is a little scary with his orange eyes, I will have to see how he looks in the context of the quilt.

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March 1, 2017
Blog Hop ... magic happens here from Adventures in Life

A recent move of about 1000 kilometres also brought with it a downsize ... so instead of a much larger room with overflow i have had to seriously downsize my "stuff". This has meant i am in a small way starting from scratch ... when my LQS went out of business i snapped up her CD storage boxes painted them white and filled them with my fat quarters. Those fat quarters look fabulous stored in their little boxes ... next because i had 9 foot ceilings to work with my husband mounted white shelving close to the ceiling leaving enough room to place ...

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February 15, 2017
QuiltCon 2017: See You in Savannah! from Marcus Fabrics

QuiltConEast-DatesLocation1So, who’s joining us at QuiltCon in sunny (hopefully!) Savannah, GA next week?  We’re proud to return again as sponsors, and we can’t wait to share all that’s new with you from Studio 37 Fabrics!! For now, here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find at BOOTH 549!

  • #MarcusMugshot Mugrug Challenge:  As if ten free mugrug projects from your favorite Marcus makers wasn’t enough, you can also visit us in Booth 549 to select a few FREE SWATCHES to get your entry started!  Have your #MarcusMugshot taken right in the booth, and share ...

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February 4, 2017
Beta Above and Beyond ~~ finished top from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The BHS Beta Club is gearing up to go to convention this week and, WOW, have we been busy! First there's the candidate skit: 58 seconds of screaming props, backdrops and costumes. Then there are the academic competitions: a simple job of convincing students to participate, and creating a test schedule. and telling each kiddo when and where to be, and making sure that they actually GO to the competition. Let's not forget the arts and crafts competition: wood working, painting, pencils, photography, wreath, banner, needle crafts, and many, many more. 

Our kids finally decided that they would ...

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January 25, 2017
The new set up....... from Exuberant Color

This is the before photo.  This drafting table sits under wonderful lighting but it is too tall for short me to use for my die cutting machine.




Now I have a standard height 96" table in that spot with my Accuquilt Studio die cutter on it.  My basement isn't fancy, just concrete walls and floor with odd carpeting pieces and foam puzzle piece flooring in other areas.  It is a terrific studio with 3 cutting tables, 8 design walls and enough tables and cabinets for 6-8 people with sewing machines. 

I have a shorter table under the 96" table ...

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January 24, 2017
TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO from Quilting with Claire

In my last blog, I discussed the fact that your sewing room needed to become your STUDIO this year as you will be experimenting with your quilting.  While giving my lecture last weekend, many students had questions regarding their studio and I thought I should elaborate more on the subject. When I started to talk … Continue reading "TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO"

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January 15, 2017
Starting 2017 Gracefully, 4 from MulticoloredPieces

My studio wraps itself around me and says "thank you for cleaning" every time I enter. This took awhile because my goal was to clean only one item a day, however, here we are half way through January and I can find everything in the drawing/art supplies half of the room                                                    -->           







<--and in the sewing side of the room.







On top of the chest of drawers is an antique Persian prayer rug, inherited from my grandmother.


Despite its threadbare state, the craftsmanship commands respect.



















And I have no idea how my grandmother acquired it.



In the meantime, I attempted ...

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January 12, 2017
It's scary at our house! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yes - lots of scary stuff happening at our house.  First up though, an update on the stairs. If you read Lexi's blog the other day, there was a picture of the staircase with stuff on the steps.  YES, I know this is dangerous. YES, I know that stuff shouldn't be sitting there - it is a hazard and people have slipped and fallen.  So, I'd like to acknowledge that the stair case is FREE of stuff. Thanks to Barbara for that nag!


Staircase is empty!

The other thing I want to thank Susan for alerting me to a ...

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January 2, 2017
Still Seeking from Joy Studio

Happy New Year!

Still seeking light. And still hopeful,

in more ways than just a bright, well lit work space of course.

However,

I decided to share the Joy Studio portion and progress on our big project, to start out the blog year.

If you’ve been following us in the past two years you may remember that as we outgrew our work space it was necessary to rent additional office and Etsy shop storage areas. This was working out nicely until our shop managers MOVED! So, everything came back to the home studio causing quite the challenge in 2016 ...

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My 2017 Quilty Goals! from Val's Quilting Studio

Happy New Year Blog friends!
Here's to many happy stitches and completed projects in 2017!
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I've spent a good portion of my day in my sewing studio contemplating what I'd like to accomplish in the year ahead. As I went through my stash it became obvious that UFO's did not emerge to be a problem (YEAH!) but I did find enough projects to join OMG for the year! See: 
I'm looking forward to rejuvenating my Wonky RSC Flowers and second Saturday Sampler adventures with my quilty friend. My heart feels JOYFUL (little sampler quilt coming ...

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December 24, 2016
Tidy up time! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Really? What's with the weather here? It's above zero - the snow is melting in the dog park and if it keeps warm like this, it's going to be one big mud bath!  No!!! We can't have that!  Although, it does make for a pleasant time at the dog park when it's milder, two muddy dogs???   ICK!

So let's talk about labels for a quick second. I made this quilt a couple of years ago.

Baby quilt


Someone gave me the cut off bits and not knowing what was going to happen to them, I ...

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Moving furniture.......... from Exuberant Color

Since I moved the serger cabinet out of my studio I have room for my bookcase in there now.  The red edge on the right is the kitchen wall.




Turning to the left this is the rest of the wall.  It is about 15 feet.  I'm so happy to have a design wall on the main floor now too.  The other 8 design walls are in the basement.


I did some more baking and making Chex mix and then started putting books back into the bookcase.  

Tomorrow I'll show what went into the spot where the bookcase used ...

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December 22, 2016
What I did................. from Exuberant Color

It took me about an hour to achieve this.......what is this?  A clean work surface........something I haven't seen for a long time.  If you want to see the other side of the cabinet or want info about it go to this post.
I spent another hour going through all of the stuff on the cutting table.  It isn't cleaned off by any means but I can cut something there now.  There is a leaf folded down so if I need more space I can raise that.

I also made another batch of fudge and some English ...

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December 16, 2016
Company to sew with.......... from Exuberant Color

My youngest granddaughter came over to sew yesterday.  She wanted to make some Christmas gifts so my gift to her was all of the fabric she wanted to use.  She created 4 items which are secrets in case any of the recipients read my blog.  While she was here she put up an 8' fluorescent bulb for me and helped carry the serger cabinet (heavy!!) and chest to the basement for me.  We went out for lunch too.  It was a fun day!
We had all five boxes of flannel fabric out.  After she left I pulled out all of ...

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Studio Disorganization! from Nestlings By Robin

I would love to tell you that I am super organized and in my mind's eye, I am:)  The reality is that I work in a crazy zone most of the time until every now and again my mind tells me to STOP and take charge of the crazy!

For a peek at my old studio, click HERE.


So these pictures made it to this post because my floor is actually clean!!  Usually I am side stepping creative piles of fabrics for future quilts.  These pics are from one of my sane moments because I just couldn't think ...

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December 9, 2016
Less Writing, More Reading. Less Planning, More Making. from Jump Cut Arts

I wasn't expecting it, nor was I looking for it, but there it was - I felt renewed.

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Less Writing, More Reading. Less Planning, More Making. from Jump Cut Arts

I wasn't expecting it, nor was I looking for it, but there it was - I felt renewed.

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