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October 14, 2022
Sewing Organization on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Seeing Toni's great studio last week brought to mind how important it is to stay organized.  I mean, let's face it, quilters accumulate a lot of stuff.  I mean if I'm being honest, one of the best things about being a quilter is having a good excuse to accumulate stuff.  I remember once I had a teacher who encouraged me to take up another hobby, rug hooking.  I laughed and said I didn't have time for the all the quilting I wanted to do now.  I could not possibly take up rug hooking.  "But think!" she ...

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October 7, 2022
Sew Spaces with Toni Raynolds on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

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 I love seeing where other people create.  Normally, I'm not the nosey type, but when it comes to seeing people's sewing spaces, the voyeur in me comes out! This tendency popped up recently when I asked
my new friend, Toni Raynolds, to show off her space.  I met Toni in a class we took with Timna Tarr at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.    Toni's space seemed to strike the right balance of practical and cozy so I thought I'd ask her to share it with everyone.

Thanks, Toni for accepting my ...

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April 9, 2022
I did it!............. from Exuberant Color


Wow, I really did it!  I actually put most of the things away where they belonged too.  One group of fabrics went in a basket because I couldn't decide where to put them so there wasn't a lot of indecision.

One of the things I found under some other things was a pile of mottled batiks to press and cut for the 16 patch I started last September.  I got 7 of the pairs of fabrics sewn into stratas ready to slice and make 14  more blocks.  The pile of blocks at the right is the 18 I ...

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March 23, 2022
Granny Loves To Entertain from Quilts + Color


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I often refer to it as my studio in the tree tops and this is the view as I sit at the machine and sew. Granny is right there keeping me company.

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Granny loves to invite her girlfriends over to visit.

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January 20, 2022
Studio Stairwell Variety from Quilts + Color

 It is easy to change the display of the quilts on my studio stairwell.

This is the first group of quilts I hung on my studio stairwell.
This is another group of quilts I have hung over the stairwell. 
The hanging system we created makes it easy to change the display.

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January 12, 2022
Sewing Room Organization Update from A Quilting Life

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Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing a Sewing Room Organization Update with you. As many of you know, we have been in our home for just about two years. During that time, I’ve enjoyed organizing my sewing studio–primarily using pieces I brought with us from our former home. While I did purchase a new Ikea table […]

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December 14, 2021
Going Down the Organizing Rabbit Hole from Where Art & Life Meet

There are diversions and then there are DIVERSIONS!  Organizing can be one of those.  I finished the BIG piece I’ve been working on and instead of leaping into something new, I got sidetracked with organizing.  Organizing my work space, it’s pretty small so it takes some doing to spend more than a few hours on […]

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October 18, 2021
Quilting and Sewing Room Refresh: 3 Easy Steps from A Quilting Life

Quilting and Sewing Room Refresh: 3 Easy Steps

Hello, friends! Today I’m super excited to share the results of some cleaning and organizing I’ve been doing in my sewing room over the past month or so. I’ve mentioned a few of my projects here and there on the blog and on YouTube. But I haven’t really gone into much detail about them. I […]

The post Quilting and Sewing Room Refresh: 3 Easy Steps appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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October 3, 2021
Ditch quilting finished........... from Exuberant Color

I finished the ditch quilting on my floral colorwash yesterday afternoon.  On the back is one of those prints that I never found a use for and it is perfect for this little quilt.  The quilting shows on the back but on the front it is mostly not seen.

On my design wall by the sewing machine is the older project waiting for all of the new pieces to be pressed.  I remember where I got stalled on the project many years ago.  I couldn't decide whether to make it an all diagonal pattern or change the direction into ...

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August 10, 2021
Table 3 cleaned off............... from Exuberant Color

Next up for clean off was my die cutter table.  Here is is folded up so I could wipe off the table top.

Now it is ready for action again.  All that is left to do in this area is vacuuming the floor.

I plan to cut up the chunks of Kaffe collective fabrics into my 2", 3", and 4" quarter square and half square triangles and squares and put them in the appropriate boxes.  I might not make it to the bottom of the box but maybe I'll set a time limit instead of 1 1/2 hours ...

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July 20, 2021
Working & a Working Studio from Where Art & Life Meet

Wait, what??? I know, I know. You’re wondering if you stumbled upon the wrong blog. You’re thinking – what has she done? Where are all her beautiful threads that I so covet? What’s going on around here? Never fear. My threads, and everything else hand stitching related, are all, somewhat, neatly stacked on the floor […]

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July 13, 2021
Death of a Dream? from Kim Hanson Quilts

As many of you know, I’ve longed for a backyard writing shed for years. I’ve had a recurring dream since my 30’s of a peaceful, tranquil, creative space, all my own.

I visualized a little cottage-type shed, with white shiplap on the peaked ceilings and gauzy curtains blowing in the gentle breeze. My magical space had a built-in bookcase on the back wall, a comfy chair and-a-half tucked into one corner and my desk positioned in the center. Funny thing was that the little shed stood in the middle of the woods, in a beautiful, green-grassed meadow ...

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December 26, 2020
Cleaning off the table tops............ from Exuberant Color

This is the cutting table in my main floor studio yesterday morning.  I had raised the leaf and put a second cutting mat on it for a project last week.

After a very lazy relaxing day yesterday this is my progress.  There is at least one more 2 hour session to finish up.  I can even fold the leaf down now and use the original cutting mat.

My Christmas dinner was delivered by my son, prime rib and roasted veggies.  Yum!!

I sent some scones home with him.

Jack Frost visited on Christmas morning.  It was 9 degrees when I ...

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December 18, 2020
Going in different directions! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

More like spinning my wheels in different directions!  

All the wheels have now been appliqued onto the background strips.  Yeah.  Progress.  Something accomplished!  The photo looks washed out from the bright sunshine spilling into my studio.   It is cold outside (-17C or 1.4F).  It is good that we have snow on the ground, otherwise there would be water pipes bursting.  Still those wheels are something to celebrate.  Now, I can concentrate on assembling all the sections together now.

What else is keeping my hubby and I busy?  Chairs.  These chairs were purchased ages ago from a restaurant that was ...

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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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