I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.
About a year and a half ago I confessed what a mess my sewing room was and pledged to do some spring cleaning and get some order. I made progress on and off over that time, but did not make a lot of headway. My long term plan was to remove an old sewing cabinet/desk and add a couple of bookcases to the already existing two, plus do a little rearranging. Earlier this month I decided to tear apart the room and buy the bookcases. I'm proud to say that 10 days (and a very sore back) later, I am done!! I'll show before and after pictures to show the fruits of my labors. I'm so happy with how it turned out!
First, as you walk into the room...
The west wall with the old sewing cabinet...
...and the west wall with my craft armoire moved into its place. I put some of my favorite sewing boxes on top and an old brass lamp.
The south wall with the craft armoire and one of the bookcases on the right. There is a second bookcase on the left that didn't make the photo.
The south wall with the two new bookcases in the middle. I was so excited to get matching ones for the two that I bought several years ago!
The southeast corner with my cutting table...
The southeast corner with the cutting table rotated 90 degrees and one leaf dropped.
...close-ups of my cutting table/desk work area...
...and finally the north wall
One last picture of my Butterscotch photo bombing. He has found his new hang out place.
I'm so excited with how everything came together...even better than what I had imagined it would. Now to put it to good use!
Here is my progress on the Everyday Crazy Table,at from Primitive Gatherings. Most of the blanket stitching is done and I've started adding some of the decorative stitches. I needed to order some more threads in order to complete the blanket stitching and my order came today...yay!
Saturday is my Second Saturday meeting at Quilts Plus so I needed to get the most recent block pieced. I was on vacation during the last meeting so I was a little behind. I took advantage of the sewing time and pieced together four other blocks that I had already cut the pieces for. This months block is top center. The other two on the top are extra blocks I made from a prior month, and the bottom two blocks are from the Second Saturday patterns from 2013.
Last weekend was a class with Lauren Sauer for the Book of Beries. I don't have any pictures to show right now except for the Cartonnage box we made on Friday to store our finished piece.
I have always wanted to learn Lisa Bongean's process for wool appliqué so when I needed to take additional vacation time this summer I decided to sign up for her class. While the class was for intermediate students and I had never done wool appliqué, I felt that my experience with needework and quilting would serve me well and hopefully I wouldn't be overwhelmed. Lisa was such a good teacher and went through all of the steps so it was easy for us to follow. The class was held at her studio/warehouse so we we led on a tour of the areas where she dyes her wools, warehouses supplies, cuts all the parts for kits, prints her books and spends her days designing and creating her beautiful quilts. We were also the first to here that her article for American Pathwork and Quilting magazine was about to be published.
Here is my piece after two days of class. I still have a lot of work to do, but feel it is coming along nicely and can't wait to get it finished!
I love working with the Valdani per level cottons and acquired a nice little stash on my trip. Here is how I decided to organize them.
This weekend I have a class with Lauren Sauer for her "Book of Berries".
I had the opportunity last month to drive to Menasha, WI to take a 2 day class from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. Lisa is a fabulous designer, teacher and great business woman. Her shop Primitive Gatherings is located in the heart of Menasha, WI and a close drive to her studio/warehouse and retreat house.
My first stop was the shop which was in the middle of road construction. I made it after a title guidance from one of the ladies at the shop who provided directions to me over the phone.
I had the pleasure of staying at the retreat house for the three nights I was in town. It was the prettiest, most comfortable place I could have imagined staying. It was decorated in primitive style with a vast array of quilts. I took a lot of pictures inside and outside...here is a peek.
I'll post more later about the class I took there...the real reason for the trip.
Since my last post I was able to get all of the pre-stitching done for the two Jackie du Plesis classes I took through Western Reserve Sampler Guild. We left bright and early last Friday morning so we would have time to explore the Amish area south of Akron. Our main stop was at a huge hardware store that specializes in non-electric household and hardware needs. The highways in the area were a bit narrow, and quite windy and hilly. Since I was driving there was no way to get pictures, however I was finally able to coax by BFF into taking one picture.
Here are the finished models of the instructor's pieces for the classes we took.
The Unplayed Piano Etui...
...and Behold Thy Beauty.
I will most likely start on Behold Thy Beauty as it's not as complex to assemble and is such a beautiful piece.
In the meantime I'm getting ready for a trip to Wisconsin to take a wool appliqué class at Primitive Gatheirngs with Lisa Bongean. The piece measures 22" x 15" and is called the Everyday Crazy Tablemat. I'm looking forward to learning Lisa's techniques for wool appliqué. After class is over I'll spend a few days in Door County...hoping to take some good pictures on my Wisconsin trip.
I've also been busy in the sewing room and made my first Schlep Bag. This one is a gift and I'm happy with how it turned out. I will definitely be making more.
We have a class this weekend with Brian Haggard who specializes in hand embroidery and crazy quilting. We'll be machine a pin cushion mounted on a wrought iron clamp for a class with our sampler guild. I'll try to get some pictures to post at a later date.
...and finally Lauren Sauer is coming in three weeks to teach Book f Berries. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends from Minnesota!
Most of my stitching lately has been for a class with Jackie du Plesis in July for "Behold Thy Beauty". There are five band sections for the body of the bag, the top and bottom of the bag and some smalls. Here is my progress to date. I have 3 out of 5 sections for the bag completed plus the top and bottom.
I'm taking a break and decided to go back to working on The Toy Chest from Betsy Morgan for awhile. I'll try to post pictures of that later. In the meantime, here are the the fruits of my labor so for the last two weekend classes with Betsy up in the Chicago area. On the left is the pin cushion for "Tall Year Square", in the middle is the barrel button we made in class that go on each corner for TYS, and on the right is the waxer keep for "This One's for Betty"