Sunday, August 23, 2015

Slowdown Sunday

The remodel is done (except for painting the door and replacing glass in the window).  The final inspection is in a few days.  I've actually been working in my new space this week and it's functioning very, very well.

 I'm getting back into the swing of things.  The drafting table is ready to go and the 6ft cutting table is working very well - with a top secret project in progress.  That mess on the bottom right is Gibby's bed.  He's very good company throughout the creative process.
 The fabric is all stacked neatly - with room to spare.  I've been working with this stash all week and it's still tidy.  Shall we take bets on how long it stays that way?
 The neatness moves over onto the other wall.  I'm a happy gal.
The new shower is pretty nifty too.

I even managed to install Roku on the tv.  That means Netflix and Acorn tv is alive and well in the studio.  British murder mysteries 24/7.

I now have a design wall.  Never had one before and I'm pinching myself.  Here it is holding ALL of the Log Cabin Swap blocks.  If I buckle down, I might get these all pieced together before my next trip later this week.

My Star A Day blocks are starting to add up too.

I made a spectacular peach upside-down cake last night.  The recipe makes a small 8" x 8" cake and the fresh peaches at the Farmer's Market were wonderful.  Here is the recipe.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This is a late post for a Work In Progress Wednesday - and it's not the usual WIP

You would think a simple remodel wouldn't take up 6 months of our lives - but you would be wrong.  The new studio is not finished, but ALMOST.

I'm typing this right now in the studio and the new tv is sort of hooked up.  I can get cable, and it says it's hooked up to wi-fi but I can't connect to streaming tv.

The more modern conveniences we have the more complicated life becomes.  The cable guy is stopping by tomorrow for the 3rd time this week.  We're becoming pals.

This was a few days ago and I actually cut some quilt kits on my new cutting table.  Ignore the rest of the chaos in the background.

This cutie (who was rescued from a local flea market) is guarding my thread cabinet.  All my threads in one place.  I get kind of choked up just thinking about it.

This sits just to the right of my computer and holds ice cold bottled water and Coke Life and possibly 1 bottle of Coca Cola in the tiny glass bottle.  Swoon.

This is the desk that Bill built for me.  The bare spot in the middle will hold my sewing machine and underneath the remote controls is my ironing board.  I'm trying to ignore all the electrical cords that are messing up my pristine, orange, view.

So, that's my WIP this week.  My goal is to actually have a quilty project to show you next week.  Fingers crossed.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Going In The Right Direction

Is the studio finished? No, but it's starting to shape up.

Gibby approves of the new quilt storage shelves.  Bill converted the bedroom closet to hold lots of quilts.  
My new stitching chair is calling out to me.
New white metal shelves from ikea will hold fabric.  This back wall of the studio is basement level, while the front of the studio is 1st floor level.  We are built into the side of a hill.
Oh look!  It didn't take me long to start putting things away!
Bill is putting together my cutting table.  I'm thrilled that I'll be able to have a huge cutting mat to fit.

In other news.......We have just gotten these into our Etsy store!! These template grips are invaluable for small acrylic templates (like Star A Day and Mrs. Billings Coverlet).  You can find them HERE in our store.

This is how I apply them on my Star A Day templates.  I cut them in half to fit on the small edge.  This makes a HUGE difference.  I'm sorry we didn't have them in stock before, but it's not too late.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday At The Market and Other Stuff

Oy!  So glad to be finally able to post here.  It took 2 hours to get these photos from my phone onto this blog post.  Never fear...... the glitchy Mac won't be making the trip to the new studio.  A new Mac is being built, as we speak, to fulfill it's quilty destiny.  If all goes to plan.... I'll start moving in fabric and books a week from now.  The only thing that might hold us up is some light fixtures are on order and I guess we can't get the final inspection until all light fixtures are in place.

So, this was my haul from the Farmer's Market this morning.  In about an hour I will start the pasta salad with heirloom tomatoes and bake a cherry clafoutis.  I saw this recipe a day or so ago and will try it.  Looks super simple.

Timing is everything.  I don't have the new fabric yet so all my time is spent getting the future studio in place.  That means basically I watch guys do sweaty stuff and  I order new stuff online.  I'm pretty good at the ordering stuff.  In the evenings I'm finishing up old projects and starting new ones.  I started this last night - the Star A Day quilt designed by Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork.
  It's called Star A Day because you make one 3" star block a day for a year (that's correct - 3")  It takes 365 star blocks to make this 81" square beauty.  A slow stitching project that needs nothing but scraps?!?!?  Count me in!
I made my first one last night.  I don't have the background squares and triangles in yet.

I even made a few more.  A perfect quiet, peaceful project that lends itself quite well for travel

Just mark and cut a few ahead and you have lots of stitching to do on the road, on your commute, or on vacation.  We have the pattern and the accompanying templates HERE in our etsy store.

Now, it's time to check on Bill in the garage.  He's making shelves and there are a lot of power tools involved.



Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Catch Up

Not a whole lot to report, but I'll scour through my photos on my phone and get you up to date.

This happened yesterday.... I finished the all blue - Austin Bluebird Sampler

I'm going to hand quilt this - in a big stitch.

We are working on new patterns (sorry - no peeks) and waiting for our new fabric.  Sigh.  I would have liked it yesterday - as one of our patterns is a bit... what should I say....."ambitious" and I need all the time I can get.

We've added some of Moda's wonderful Linen Mochi Dot fabrics in our Etsy store.  We now have Sand, Putty, and Orange.  These 30% linen and 70% cotton blends are wonderful for quilts, clothing or home dec.  They are a bit heavier than 100% cotton quilt fabric - but they still sew up beautifully.

I've had questions about the pending studio situation.  It's coming along.  It always takes longer than you think, but things like permits, and inspections keep things on a slower pace.

 As you can see, we have all the necessary documents.  The ceilings have been replaced (after all the new wiring).
 The tile in the walk-in shower and the bathroom walls are installed and grouted.
 We are waiting on more floor tile.  All the fixtures are in crates in the garage waiting for the floor to be finished.
All drywall is installed and taped and the painter will be next.  The flooring is ordered and we have to schedule installation.  After many, many ideas about the floor - we have decided on carpet.  This lower level can get much colder than the rest of the house in the winter, and our last 2 winters have swayed us toward carpet.

We chose the glass doors for the shower this morning and on our way home - decided to treat ourselves to a lovely lunch to start the weekend.
(You know I'm struggling for blog content when I have to show pictures of my lunch)

Have a great weekend.



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday Update

The remodeling work is ongoing.  The bathroom tile and the drywall is being finished today.  Hopefully there will be some pictures to share soon.

I am on Month 8 of the Austin Bluebird Sampler and I started this appliqué last night while watching Brokenwood - a New Zealand Murder Mystery series on Acorn tv.  The weather has been blissfully cool so far this summer and I stitched last night with sweatpants, sweatshirt, and socks on.

We received some lovely German scissors this week.  They got here a bit late for our American Summer sale, but that doesn't make them any less yummy. This is the larger pair with it's red leather sheath.  You can find them HERE.

These are the little bit smaller pair.  The finger holes are smaller and the tip is extra tapered for a very slim tip.  You can find them HERE

Are you on Instagram?  Oh my! So much great visual inspiration.  The last few weeks several quilt shops in Australia posted new fabrics.  I saw in several places an outrageous orange toile.  Oh how I wanted some.  Then Joanna from Fig Tree went to Paris and posted a photo of the same beautiful fabric.  I needed a piece of it.  I sent away to Australia for some coveted yardage.  What this eventually turns into is a mystery.  For now, just owning it is enough.

I don't suppose you have wanted something that was questionably useful - but you still had to have it.  It reminds me of the sets and costumes of one of my favorite Jane Austen adaptions - the 2009 version of Emma.
A few of you asked about the Log Cabin Swap I'm involved with.  
You can find out all the info HERE and organize your own swap.  



Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Good Morning everyone!  Good to be back.  I hope you have had a good summer so far.  It's been beautiful here and only one day of muggy weather so far. //fingers crossed//  

What has been going on here is a whole lot of hurry up and waiting.  The studio renovation is in progress.  It's been much slower than we anticipated.  There has been waiting for permits, inspections, and more waiting for back ordered tile.  You know the drill.  New stuff waits in the garage to be put together and I'm still running back and forth to the storage unit to find needed books and sewing tools.  I did score some nice storage baskets at Home Goods last week.  Whee!  It's starting to feel real.
 All of this hasn't stopped me from sewing. Oh no.  I'm taking part in a sewing swap.  It's kind of the perfect time as I've gotten my next patterns designs down on paper in preliminary sketches and we are waiting for the new fabrics to begin work on them.  In the meantime.......... I started the Log Cabin Swap.  Here are my fabrics on the line after being spray starched into oblivion.  Carrie's blog post about Lisa Bongean's technique piqued my interest.
I cut my strips and set to work.  Obviously, chaos is my spirit animal.
I was just getting into it when we lost power on Saturday afternoon.  Why? Who knows.  No wind, no lightning, just a soft gentle rain all day long.  By Sunday morning Detroit Edison finally had an update on their website.  Expect to be without power for another 30 hours, it said.  Ugh.  What to do?? It was even too dark to do hand work.  Couldn't run the dishwasher, clothes washer, or vacuum. Rats.   I packed up my stuff and headed to a dog friendly hotel.
Here is everything I would need for 30 hours of sewing bliss.
Not too shabby of a set-up.  Bill and Gibby were at the dog park.  After one hour of sewing I got a phone call from Bill.  Yes - the power was back on.  Well, I was all comfy and the ballgame was on a big screen tv....... I sewed for 4 more hours, then I packed up to go back to cooking and cleaning.
Here are my blocks in progress.

These are my blocks after.  The 20" block is cut into 4th's and then mixed and matched.  I can't wait to see all the other blocks in the swap.



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