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Monday, July 13, 2015

Finally, I'm making progress on my sewing studio!

Not a major remodel or upgrade.....but getting a more organized system for my quilting and sewing projects!

This time the room itself is the project!

We bought more of the square "cubies" which make everything look good! In my case, I didn't want to hide the fabrics, my mind works best when I can see and be inspired by the colors and patterns!

This one was sitting on the floor, which I do not like...unless the bottom row were to have the matching baskets to hold the fabric...which would keep me from seeing it!

[This could get really neat and tidy if I folded each fabric around my 6" ruler then stacked them carefully....maybe later....]

I was able to find something to put this next shelf on, making it higher. Then topped it with my vintage aqua Singer sewing machine....charming!

A few hours later, I have now arranged and reaaranged that first cubie.....and found an old chest to put under it, lifting it about 22" from the floor! Yeah!

It now holds my self-portrait from when I was hand quilting. Next to it, my mother's metal coffee tin which has rick rack and trims that she saved. On the wall is a little blue sunbonnet she had made for me when I was little.

Things are looking better!


I still have lots of things I have to display....the sketchbook with a fun sketch I did several years ago from my mother's high school senior picture.....I notice it is mostly a black and white drawing and just below her are black and white fabrics. She loved prints in black and white!

This is only one wall....there is still a lot to rework and organize (donate?) furniture and fabrics in other areas of the room!

My desire to make clothing as well as quilts means I have even more fabrics to "stash"! And patterns!

This week I got excited again about that "granny chic" cotton house dress idea! I wrote about this earlier this year after finding "dottie angel" on the Internet. She has just come out with a pattern for her "frock", or that is Simplicity has just released it. Simplicity 1080. Selling out nationwide and being back ordered. Unusual!


The author of the Pleasant View Schoolhouse blog loves to sew....and has posted about her frock .....

I do love hers even more than the ones on the pattern! The gingham gives me an idea, as I have some of my maternal grandmother's aprons with cross stitched on gingham.....lovely work. I think I will use them along with some vintage looking florals.....


This should make a nice cool cotton dress for floating around the house and garden this summer!

Now to get that pattern when I goes on sale in a few days!

Looking one more time at my new happy space! [ there is a kitchen island from Target being used as my cutting table! Wonderful!]


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A couple more Idaho memories!

Visiting the zoo and Wes on the carousel!

Dining out in old downtown Boise, al fresco. They have great summer weather!

We had yummy tacos, and beer! The tacos were soft corn tortillas and came with great metal holders! I ordered some for us, as I like making fish tacos!

That's all from that trip, (I think). I am working on quilts,....

Taking painting classes...these quilting ladies I worked on today....still need fine tuning.

And these hens! They are so much fun to do....collage and acrylic paint!


I also fell in love with a piece of cotton,which my friend, quilter Paula Mariedaughter had purchased.

So, I ran and got enough for a cool cotton summer dress! It reminds me of Japanese indigo fabrics, so I chose a pattern that has a kimono look....

It is fun to wear too!

That's all now, off for a free woodwinds concert at the botanical gardens!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Writing from Idaho

A long awaited trip!

We love being here with our son's family!

These two made breakfast for me the first morning!

Wes is full of energy and very busy!

Baby Ben is busy sleeping and growing! He has a great little sparkly smile sometimes!

And big wondering eyes! He just melts my heart!

Love his little dimpled chin, too!


Andrew treated me to lunch that first day, at a tea room. Veggie sandwiches on gluten free bread AND they had dairy free green tea (matcha) ice cream! We shared this, it came with two little spoons!



Wes loves riding his bike on their quiet street, very little traffic and lots of kids!


Mary, the peaceful mother of energetic Wes, loves holding baby Ben!

Here are two more of the baby....and I may return later with even more!


Steve, playing toss the tennis ball with Wes and Juniper! When Wes happens to miss the catch, doggie Juniper retrieves and brings it back to Grandad!

Fence staining.

Cuddling baby Ben.

Our boys!





On another note, this is National Sewing Machine Day!

Here a kindred spirit has collected a few Kenmore 3/4 size machines from the 1970's! I guess the addiction is a shared one!



Monday, June 08, 2015

Tomorrow I go to meet my newest grandchild!

Here our son, Andrew holds the latest addition, Benjamin Lee, while Mary and Wes look on!

A wonderful time for all of us!

Now, a recap of the past week, in photos which have found their way here, to my iPad!

The twins, Nina Kate and Sophie Jane were flower girls in a wedding outdoors in Savannah!
(Nina finding a bug on Sophie's dress!)

[These are the dresses, with brocade tops and tulle skirts, which I took to them (after sewing them here) the first of May.]

Their brother, Bindley was the ring bearer.


I found a freaky double flower, galadia, in our backyard! The two blossoms grew face to face, "kissing". And on only one stem!



Black-eyed Susans and lilies burst into bloom!


I made two greeting cards for friends......

And I coveted these traveling art supplies!


The lilies bloomed some more!

I admired this stitchery from Japan!

All hand sewing and raw edges, no problem!

And this sweater being knit of leftover yarns...LOVE!


Our daughter, Laura, took her daughter, Lilia on a sweet 16 birthday trip to Mexico.

I tried making gluten free flat bread using equal parts almond flour, tapioca startch, and water.....sea salt.

Still enjoying these!

Then I scored a pint of green tea (matcha) ice cream, and enjoyed a new taste!

I am working on scrappy quilts....inspired by this quilt to use up some of my stash...

Instead, I started making these blocks....

12 down, 8 more to go...for a small quilt. Blocks are two fabrics each, 2.5 inch squares!

That's all for this week.....


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