Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Sewing Room, Office, Guest Room Combo

There are a lot of pictures in this post, but I love to see pictures of sewing rooms, so I hope that they won't be too many.  My old sewing room was about 11 1/2 by 13, and this one is about 16 by 23 feet, so you'd think lots more would fit, only it doesn't seem that way.  I pretty much got everything in, plus a couple of chairs, but I don't see where I can fit a design wall in this one, so I guess I'm back to a design bed.  My new job requires me to be hardwired to the internet, so it was necessary that I move into what was formerly the family room and DH's office, and he move into my sewing room.   We even had to give my daughter a recliner that wouldn't fit, go figure.  This view is from the door that goes into the kitchen, the closet and laundry area are to the right.

This is the wall on the front of the house, the opposite end from the closet and laundry.  I did have a computer in my sewing room and in the family room, now I have two in the same room about 10 feet from each other.   My laptop is on the little laptop desk that my brother made for me.

This is my new office area, and it backs up to my sewing cabinet and Bernina 1130.  The cabinet also hides lots of black spaghetti wires.

The closet is on the left, and the laundry on the right. 

Looking into my office area to the right.  My embroidery machine is on the grey cabinet beside the bed.  Can you tell that I like to know what time it is?  There are at least four clocks in here.   I also have a thing for garbage cans, I think I have 6, but what the heck they're cheap.  It makes for more efficient working.

Looking into the desk that I will work from.  I didn't realize it was so smeary until I took this picture.  I have since wiped it down a bit.  This desk is actually a small oak farm table, but I bought it about 28 years ago to be my desk.  How long before it can be an antique, lol.

Another view from the dining room door.  I got to keep the 50 inch TV.  My laptop desk is on one side of it, and my cutting/ironing table is on the right.  On the wall to the right of the TV is my Small Strip Twist that I made out of leftovers from a grandson's quilt to cover the fuse box.  It is from Bonnie Hunter's pattern.  My Daughter and three of her son's came to help and the boys said that "grandma" has baskets under everything.  What can I say, I like to quilt and they are a necessity.   They came this past Sunday and put in about 4 hours.  It's Thursday and we're still working on it.  Too much "stuff".

The funny shaped conglomerate of tables, two wooden oak typing tables of the same vintage as my desk, and the two folding plastic tables are where my Juki lives, and where I quilt.  Leah Day recommends this configuration, but that it be against a wall.  I don't have a wall, but hope that it will still work out ok.  My Janome Platinum is between the Juki and the cutting/ironing table.  It used to be in the family room, and hasn't moved.  I have four machines in here, the Juki for quilting, Bernina for piecing, embroidery machine, and my Platinum, I think that I'm pretty well set up as far as machines go.  I also have a featherweight on top of the bookcase.  It works, but I don't use it as of yet. 

Another view from the dining room door.  I do have more floor space in here.

Looking into my new work area.  It also holds much of my stash.  It was a quick move, and I'm not well organized as far as areas.  My desk area is mixed with my stash area, my embroidery area isn't very close to my threads, etc.

View toward the dining room door.   The cabinet by the door was already there and I kept it and my DH's bookcase.  He got my bookcase, cabinet and TV.  The quilt rack is new and holds my Roll Roll Cotton Boll, and my Christmas Unstrip Road

I made this double hourglass block this morning, the only sewing that I've done in a week or so.  It's from 'A quilt block a day'  from facebook.  This particular version is from Cluck Cluck Sew.

I didn't use the home made template that she recommended though.  I used this as recommended by Amy and Bonnie.  I made this sample block with 2 1/2 inch strips and the block ended up 8 inches finished 8 1/2 inches now. 
As an after thought I remembered the inside of my closet. 

The batting, quilt top, king sized flannel sheet, and the container they are sitting on are going to be my Iowa (Carolina) Christmas.  Hopefully, I will get to it soon I think it's time that it was on my bed and not "closet clutter".   I made the top when it was a mystery, but now it's in Bonnie's "Scraps and Shirttails II".   Here is a picture of it without the borders, which are in the container above.  It's huge.

Looking to the right of the closet.  The closet is about 3 by 7 feet.

Looking to the left of the closet.  That's the tour.  If you are still with me, I hope that your eyes haven't glazed over. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Job

Things have been crazy here.  I got a job.  It's work at home on the computer and so I've been trying to get my working area prepared.  My sewing room is becoming my husbands office, and our family room where he had a corner is becoming my sewing room.   We had a lot of help getting started on the process, my daughter and 3 of her boys came over yesterday and helped for about 4 hours, but there is still a whole lot to do.  It's getting there, but the old bones ache and slow things down, lol. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rocker in Use

Dominic shares his new Rocker with his friend Handy Manny.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mackenzie's Rocker Cushions and Small Quilt to Match

My daughter and I worked on these together also. 

These pieced backings are a lot more trouble as they are like a puzzle, but I think this one is kind of cute, and it's all leftover flannels so is soft and cuddly.  the cushions are also pretty cushy, 4 layers of fabric and 4 layers of batting.  The seat has a layer of carpet liner to keep it in place, but it gives it a little more cush, too.   I like the feeling that I was able to use bits of this and that to come up with something that is also cute.  It is all leftovers except the cushion fabrics and the quilt front. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Misc. Pictures

My previous co-worker sent me a picture of her daughter with her quilt.  She had some dental surgery and wasn't supposed to lie down, so Laura brought in a chaise lounge, and she looks very cozy in the chaise lounge with her quilt.  Hopefully, it brought her a little comfort along with her ice pack.

We met my son Robert and his son, our grandson, Kevin at Cracker Barrel today, had a nice breakfast, and gave them their quilts.  here is Kevin's on his bed.  They had a fire a while ago, and have an apartment now, but didn't want to replace a lot of stuff, so their beds are on the floor, for now anyway.  My son seems to like it that way, says simple is easy to take care of.  

My son's room with his new quilt.  His wife is out of the area right now, and when she's back, of course he will have a fancier room.    

Today was Dominic's birthday party, and his chair was ready.

He was having a very good time.  

Sometimes it's nice to see the things that you have made and given actually in use and many times you don't get to see them.  This time I was lucky enough to get some pictures, so I thought I'd share.
Also, I'm shamefully behind in answering and acknowledging comments, and I intend to rectify that soon.  I apologize and will catch up.

Another Quickie Strippie

This is for Mackenzie, who will be 2 in December, I don't think she'll have to wait that long for these though.  The teddie bear fabric matches her rocking chair cushions that are in progress, also.  Like Dominics, this will be about 42 by 42 inches.

This is the scrappy flannel back.  It is 'different' but cozy.   Again, piecing the back and the batting take longer each, than the front.  I'll also use scrappy binding.  Again, also, these are extra fun because my daughter and I are making them together for her grandchildren and my great grandchildren.  It is a labor of love with someone I love, so very special.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finishes for September and 15 Days Left

My Crazy Mom Quilts 36 Patch Quiltalong quilt is finished and will be given to my son, probably this weekend.  I asked him if the flowers would be ok, and he said that since he's a married man it shouldn't be a problem.  Both of these quilts are about 60 by 84 inches. 

This is my grandson Kevin's Turning (Twenty) Twelve.  I figured that if his dad was getting one, so should he.  I thought the light might be better outside, but 'artfully' arranging was out of the question.  Every time I touched them, they fell. 

Here are the backs.  I got a king sized flannel sheet on sale, and added some leftover flannel to it.  That navy flannel shows and picks up everything.  I figure that if they just lay them on the floor, they'll never have to vacuum again, lol.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Small Finish

The little Gator quilt for Dominic is finished.  DD came over last night and after a few suggestions from me began her first free motion quilting.  She went like a house afire, and I told her that her quilt pattern should probably be called 'Slinky', as it reminds me of the children's toy.  It worked, and it is finished, but since she has more quilting to do she figures that she needs a less intensive pattern of quilting, so I'm going to send her some You Tube links to watch.  I think she did well for a first attempt by someone who had previously not given quilting done by herself a thought. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Last Minuter Quilt

This is Dominic.  He will be two soon.

I decided to make a small quilt for Dominic to cover with when he rocks in his new rocking chair.  It's leftover University of Florida Gator fabric, and will be about 42 by 42 inches.

The back was more time consuming to put together than the little top.  Piecing backs is like a puzzle.  I'm hoping that my daughter will be able to make her first attempts at FMQ on this.  She is not really interested in being a quilter, but does plan to do a quilt for Christmas for her stepdaughter.  We need this quilt for Saturday, so I may have to do it myself. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rocking Chairs

My grandson David  is engaged to Dominic's mama, so almost officially Dominic is my DD's GS and my GGS.   Last week we started his rocking chair cushions, and today we finished it.  It is cushy with four layers of batting, and has a square of carpet pad on the bottom to keep him from sliding about.  His new Grandpa will be putting the chair together this week (right now it has no legs or rockers), and his second birthday party is next Saturday, so we are almost ready.   Today we also started the cushions for our little Mackenzie's rocking chair.  We are early as her second birthday isn't until December, but it will just be a bit early.   We also have little Cecilia GG child number three, but she is still too small for a rocking chair.  I'm saving the pattern for next year though.