Monday, February 23, 2015

Sewing Room Tour (part two)

As promised we're back in my sewing space today to finish the tour. An organization reveal just wouldn't be complete without a before and after shot of a closet now would it? It looks innocent enough doesn't it? But history shows that most of us have skeletons of some sort in our closets and you are about to see mine...
The mayhem that started it all. My former fabric storage lack of organization! (hangs her head in shame)
TaDa!! The new, improved and completely organized closet. My books and craft closet. Perhaps you can tell from the picture that the main problem with this little closet is that it's built into a sloping wall space so that the back has an angle that takes up a lot of room making the upper portion unusable. That's why it really didn't work too well for fabric storage. But I was stubborn and persisted! I think this is a better use of the space. Now it holds my few bolts of muslin and interfacing and craft paints. I can actually see what I have!
To keep the books upright on the wire shelves I put them in boxes according to subject. I kept only those I really wanted and donated about 30 books to the local library. Hopefully some other quilter will find some inspiration in them.
Each box is clearly labeled so I can find what I'm looking for quickly. Some of those reference books I go to again and again for help with technique.
All those odd pieces of batting and a couple of large pieces are in the back corner but clearly visible.
A little hard to see but in this picture are bulky rulers hanging from 'S' hooks. The ends of these shelves are perfect for this. Having these visible is a bonus too.

Opposite the cutting table is a sitting area where I can do some hand sewing while taking advantage of the good lighting upstairs. Can I just say that this is also an excellent spot for an afternoon nap.
My hand constructed cutting table was built by a friend who is now deceased. I think of him often as I use it. It certainly has served me well. Tucked underneath are two re-purposed nightstands, more yard sale treasures which hold my machine embroidery supplies.

My corner of our converted attic measures 14ft by 11ft. I share with my husband's exercise equipment, the grand kid's toys and spare beds for the times when family visit. A goodly size by anyone's standards and I feel very fortunate to have it. For most of my life I sewed on the dinning room table after the kids were in bed and crammed my stuff under my bed so this is a real luxury and I know it. Thanks for taking a look it just tickles me to be able to share it with you.

Don't forget to click on the link for your chance to win my Blogaversary  Giveaway!!
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Until next time,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sewing Room Tour


My sewing room make-over is finally finished and I'm really excited to show it to you. In order to truly appreciate how awesome this is you might want to go over to the before post where I show what a disaster this was. (Avert Your Eyes) Did you go? See what I mean? Look how tidy and organized I am now.
Thread storage
A sewing station for my beloved, 25 year old Bernina. Those scrap bins are waiting for me to cut pieces down to size and put them into marked containers. The drawers on the right are a $10 yard sale find I hauled home about 10 years ago, lots of storage and fits under the windows. I only wish I had taken the time to paint it before I moved it upstairs. Too late now, it weighs a ton.
That chest fits perfectly under the windows and holds my embroidery machine, a Janome 350E. Next to it is my everyday piecing work horse the Janome 6600. I love this machine because of the built-in dual feed. The table came with it and works great in this space. A small rolling chest for notions is on the right. Lots of natural light in this room even on gloomy days.
I made sure that I didn't have to give up an inch of my design wall. I really need all of that space since most of the time I'm not sure where I'm going with a quilt design until I get it up on the wall. The ironing board stays up all the time and it's very convenient having it close to the sewing machine when I'm piecing. Just bring it down to eye level and swivel around to press.
My fabric! Out in the open where I can see it. Yikes! Was this ever a pain in the tushee. The whole reason I decided to reorganize was because the tiny closet was impossible and I had given up on the whole fabric storage thing altogether. It took THREE weeks to sort, press and fold. I was ruthless about what I kept. Three large, black trash bags of fabric were given away and still I am left with this hoard.
Now it's sorted by color and/or type (Civil War, Batik, 1930's etc) and larger pieces that might be backings or enough for the backgrounds for bigger projects have their own bins. Started projects have labeled boxes too so that I know exactly what I have ongoing and where all the parts are. No more searching for the rest of the red I was sure I had for that border, if you know what I mean.
My label maker sure got a workout! It was so satisfying to slap a label on those bins. January was a great time to decide to do this because all this organization stuff is on sale at the first of the year including the wire shelving.
If I were really being crazy I'd arrange everything in a color wheel kind of way. I just may do that once my exhaustion wears off.
Next post I'll show you the rest of the room - YES there's more to see! What do you think about the make-over so far?

Don't forget to click over to the Blogaversary Party post and leave a comment for you chance to win. 





 My thanks to all my readers/followers. You are the very best thing about this blog and I want to give you something to celebrate the time we have spent together.

This complete McKenna Ryan Art Quilt kit. Instructions and fabrics, everything you'll need to make this beautiful art quilt. The finished project measures 29 1/2" x 21". All you have to do to win is leave a comment at the blog party post (RIGHT HERE) and tell me what you favorite thing about quilting/blogging/whatever your hobby is. I'm interested in knowing what my readers are doing these days. You don't have to be a follower to win but of course I'd love it if you decided to follow my blog. I'll draw the winning name on March 15. So, if you've ever wanted to try a McKenna Ryan pattern now's your chance! Click on the link to leave a comment and be eligible to win.


Until next time,

Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome to My Party!

I have things to celebrate today, two finishes and a Blogaversary! Last post I told you about my wedding anniversary which is a pretty big deal and now it's on to the other anniversary in February, my 3rd Blog Anniversary! Of course to celebrate I'm having a give away but I'm saving that for the end of this post.  Read on for the other cause for celebration.

I actually have a quilting finish to tell you about. Will wonders never cease?
Alaskan Stargazer
The Alaskan themed wallhangings are complete and have been gifted. I blogged about them in these posts, here and here. I decided to quilt it in a very linear way and added some jade stone embellishment to represent the six companions on our wonderful Alaskan trip. Jade is the state gem stone of Alaska.
I tried to bump up the contrast a bit so that you could see the stones . The border has a wintery star fabric since the recipients, Marsha and Bill are avid astronomers.
North to Alaska
I just couldn't resist using these turquoise bits to represent sea foam in the next wall hanging. The whale and salmon splashing in the waves.

Raven holds the six jade friendship stones.  This wallhanging went to Jay and Carol. What a wonderful time the six of us had together, here's to many more fantastic adventures.
 Your reward for reading this far!
Dogwood Lane Rambles Third Blogaversary Giveaway!!

 My thanks to all my readers/followers. You are the very best thing about this blog and I want to give you something to celebrate the time we have spent together.

This complete McKenna Ryan Art Quilt kit. Instructions and fabrics, everything you'll need to make this beautiful art quilt. The finished project measures 29 1/2" x 21". All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post and tell me what you favorite thing about quilting/blogging/whatever your hobby is. I'm interested in knowing what my readers are doing these days. You don't have to be a follower to win but of course I'd love it if you decided to follow my blog. I'll draw the winning name on March 15. So, if you've ever wanted to try a McKenna Ryan pattern now's your chance!

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times for the first time in a l-o-n-g time.

Until next time,

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My 2015 Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you near and far and most especially Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Chris.
Valentine's Day 1968

It doesn't feel as if 47 years has gone by but we have the proof. We are a lot grayer and we've gone from just the two of us
to this:
Unruly family photo 2014
I could not be more blessed. I hope you all have a wonderful day with the one you hold most dear.

Until next time,

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Folsom Virtual Quilt Show part 2

Welcome! If you're looking for the Grow Your Blog post you can find it here.

To continue on with the virtual Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild Show I'll remind you that there were many, many wonderful quilts to see but I only took picture of those that I found particularly intriguing or unique. Just my personal take on the show. We all have different taste and this year these are the ones that I found the most interesting. (Disclaimer: Some of my pictures are blurry because I was using my husband's little camera and we cannot get that to focus correctly no matter what we do. I think we should throw it in the drink!)
Klimt In Jewel Tones by Penny Hanscom
As you can see from the ribbons this three panel quilt garnered a lot of attention at the show. I have to say that it wasn't too impressive from a distance but once I got closer I could see what all the fuss was about.
Fine work and attention to detail, really needed to see this one in person to appreciate it.
The next quilt I have to show you is a complete contrast. It shouted from across the room. What an eye popper!
Poppies Gone Wild by Nancy Holinski
The pattern is from the book Positively Pineapples by Nancy Smith and Linda Milligan.
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Judi Montgomery
I'm a sucker for redwork and this pattern by Crabapple Hill is so charming I just had to include it. Wouldn't this just make any home extra cozy at Christmas time?
I bumped up the contrast in this photo so you could see the redwork a little better. Notice Santa driving away in his sleigh?
Mandarin Mum Melody by Ila Darling
There's a lot going on here and I was very interested to see how Ila set together four smaller convergence quilts to create this. The addition of the applique mums pulls it all together.
The show stopper for me, my favorite of the entire day begins with this and ...
Glacier Star by Debi Henry
ends up here! This is a winner on every level. The color combination, the piecing, precision and placement. Beautiful quilting too. A Judy Niemeyer paper piecing pattern.

I hope you enjoyed our virtual quilt show. I have a surprise coming up for all my blog readers in the next post so...

Until next time,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rainbows, Unicorns & Quilts



Let’s start off with the rainbows and unicorns even though they happened at the end of the day not at the beginning. Still, they were the most amazing part of the day and I like to start off with a bang whenever I can.
 This rainbow greeted me when I came out of the market after doing some quick shopping. Isn’t it terrific? Really the largest and closest rainbow I’ve ever seen and lucky me I had my camera in the car because I had just been to a quilt show. (Don’t worry more about that later.) So I was super happy when I got in my car and hopped on the highway for the one hour plus drive home in a small drizzle. As I headed up the road I could tell I was headed closer to the rainbow and wished I could take more pictures because the colors were becoming more intense. I thought to myself, “Wow, I’m going to see the end of the rainbow, maybe even the pot of gold.” Here comes the unicorn part – as I drove along I realized that I was going to drive right through the end of the rainbow! That’s right, I passed right through the colors of the rainbow and for one brief second I was bathed in unicorn breath or pixie dust or whatever rainbow colors are made of. So amazing, I was gob smacked!!

After that story my whole reason for being on the road might seem like kind of a letdown but truly the rainbow was the icing on the cake. I was out and about attending the Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild 30thAnnual Quilt Show. I love this show and make it my business to attend each year usually with my friend Jeannie. Jeannie let me down this time by choosing to sail around South America for two months instead, go figure. Instead of taking a million pictures I concentrated on quilts or techniques that seemed unusual or patterns that I haven’t seen before.

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Leaves (and more leaves) by Suzie Quinnell
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Here's a closeup of one of the leaves which as far as I could tell were ink drawn on fabric zentangle style.
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Storm at Sea in My Stash by Sylvia Earl
The arrow is pointing to the feature I most loved about Sylvia's beautiful quilt - the edge finish of piping and prairie points.
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Each prairie point was embellished using her machine's fancy stitches to make them extra special. I love details like this.
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Flower Arranging Class by Laurie Vatacich and her friend Doris
We don't see many 1930's style quilts any more even though these used to be all the rage a few years ago. This little quilt was so cute and some of the fabrics were original 30's fabrics.
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Streamers by Donna Dale
For the Civil War buffs and miniature fans out there, I have a place in my heart for both. This was so well done.
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Kaffe A La Mode by Lin Squires
Lin is a long arm quilter who has done quilting for a lot of my friends. The front of this quilt doesn't really convey what she's going for. It's not until you look at the back that Lin's true talent shines through.
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the back view of Kaffe A La Mode
Here's another amazing piece of quilting this time done on a regular sewing machine, not even a short arm or so called sit down quilting machine.
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Poppies by Jenny Lyon (front view)
Jenny does such amazing work and is a generous local teacher who shares her expertise. The front and back of this quilt were positive and negative images, both perfect and perfectly awesome.
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Poppies by Jenny Lyon (back view)
That's all of the quilt show for today. I have other quilts from the rest of the show for you to see in another post. Until then I hope you too can find the end of a rainbow.

If you're looking for the Grow Your Blog post you can find it here. 

Until next time,