Finally getting around to posting some pics of my two new sewing areas (separated by a Jack and Jill bath). Except for hanging some small quilts on some of the bare walls and paring down my five large boxes of quilting magazines, I can say it is relatively done and ready for business! To say I'm excited is putting it mildly! And yes, there is already a charity quilt designed, fabric selected and ready to get started on my cutting table. Woot woot! Get ready to be inundated with pictures...
I realize it's been quite awhile since I've blogged, but didn't realize it's been almost 4-1/2 months worth of awhile! Time is flying -- fun or no fun. Fun - choosing new master bath shower reno stuff, flooring, paint, furniture. Not Fun - The mess involved in the removal and installation of said master bath shower, flooring and dealing with lazy painters and roofers who are always late and leave early, thus not putting in a full days work and doubling the time needed to paint or roof. Fun - Arrival of said furniture and adding decor items to make my house a home. Not Fun (Torture Even) - Not being able to sew a stitch (FOR THE PAST 5 MONTHS!) as everything sewing-related is still packed away and I still need to decide on new furniture for the sewing room(s). Am leaning toward actually getting a Koala sewing cabinet for my monster Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold, as well as white shelving units (open and enclosed) and a large design wall. Plus am trying find something like a half-shelving unit that can house my multitude of Accuquilt dies and my Electric GO on top of it so I don't have to set it up when I want to use it - it will always be there ready for me. Fun - Yes, ROOMSSSS! I will now have two designated sewing rooms for my creative pleasure! They are right next to each other with a jack and jill bath in between. My house is coming along. All the repairs are done - new roof, new floors, entire interior painted. Now I am in the middle of putting things together. Some rooms are more put together than others, and I am patiently (impatiently?) awaiting my new Plantation Shutters. Oh, I can hardly wait for those! I'm so sick of nothing, nada, zip on my windows. I have completely changed the color-scheme in my home. Instead of reds, oranges, golds and browns (with builder beige walls and tan carpet/tile) , I have gone to teals, yellows, whites, grays and browns (with yellow walls and waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout the whole house). Here are some pics of where I'm at so far...
And, this! This is my favorite purchase! It holds ALL my quilts. All 30+ of them! Well, except for two oversized queen quilts that I sometimes use on cold Florida nights in the winter. Those are in my master closet. But there is still room in there for a few MORE! Woohoo!
Still have my Office to finish decorating, and of course, the two sewing rooms, as well as the J&J Bath, my Dad's bath and his bedroom. Can't wait to get back to normal, Suzy
Happy New Year everyone! Hope it's a great one! Just thought I'd share my past year of quilt finishes. Not as many as the previous year, but it is what it is. I will say there were many more starts than finishes. LOL! Well, here they are... Six quilts that fall into the "Finished in 2017" category.
Three were charity quilts, one is a donation quilt for our Guild's upcoming Quilt Show's small quilt raffle, one was the Opportunity Quilt for our upcoming Quilt Show that is currently being raffled off, and then there's my published quilt. Maybe next year I'll be more productive ... especially if I concentrate on finishing some of my UFOs instead of creating new ones. *grin* Fingers crossed, Suzy
Yay! I finally got in some sewing/quilting among all the chaos here. I've finished sewing the center of the Mystery Quilt that I designed for my Guild. Unfortunately, I can't show you that here (yet). *grin* But I can show you what I just finished quilting and binding. I made this cute little quilt (15" square) for our Guild's Small Quilt Raffle that will be held at our Quilt Show in late February.
Feels good to finally get some quality time with my machine!
I must apologize for neglecting my blog for so long. I have had some damage from Hurricane Irma and have been working behind the scenes with insurance companies, claims adjusters, repair peeps, etc. It has been an ongoing cycle. Sometimes I feel I'm running around in circles, and then other times I feel like a manatee out of water. But I refuse to complain too much because there are so many others who fared much, much worse than I did. To top it all off, I'm still trying to keep up with my Guild's Mystery Quilt/Clue of the Month that I committed to spearheading. Clue 5 goes live next week, and I've just finished putting my center together, not including borders. I really needed to get it to that point so that I knew for sure all my Clue instructions were correct. Even though I had a friend do the same, I wanted to be certain first-hand. I can breathe much easier now knowing that all is well and everything is as it should be. Now to assemble the borders and get the entire top complete before my house is torn apart and repairs begin and I won't be able to sew for who knows how long. No, don't worry -- my sewing room is intact. However, I had water damage in my master bedroom, my office, as well as a front bedroom and bathroom. Lots of drywall work, carpet removal, flooring replacement, painting and a new roof will make for a new "hurricane," with boxing up ALL rooms, and furniture being moved and re-moved hither and yon. To top it all off, I had previous plans to attend the Houston Quilt Festival with several friends, so I won't be home for a week from 10/30-11/6. So things have been on hold for a bit until I return and the upheaval can commence. Meanwhile, I have had my bedroom dresser, nightstand and jewelry chest in the living room, and my office stuff has taken over the dining room since the storm hit in early September. But the current chaos is nothing compared to what's to come. LOL. At least I can kinda laugh about it now. At the time, I was a wreck. Thank heavens for insurance. Thanks for understanding, Suzy
The giveaway winner of the magazine is... #6 - Ady! Yay, Ady! If you could contact me via my email, I'll get it right off to you! Thanks everyone, for reading my blog and for entering! Happy Quilting! Suzy
As previously mentioned, I am giving away the extra copy of McCall's Quilting Magazine - Nov/Dec 2017 issue that they sent me featuring my quilt.
If you would like an opportunity to win, just leave me a comment below. I would also be tickled if you hit the "Follow" button for my blog, located on the right sidebar. It's not mandatory to win or anything, just hoping to reach that elusive 100 Followers mark. I'm so close... :o)
I will draw a name around 7pm EST tomorrow evening (Sunday), and the giveaway is open to all my blog readers, not just the US. Be sure to check back around then, because if you're the winner, I will need a way to contact you to mail you the magazine.
Amanda Jean Nyberg (aka Crazy Mom Quilts), gave a lecture and trunk show at our Guild on Wednesday. Not only is she talented, she is so very sweet, pleasant and friendly. I was quite happy to finally meet her after following her blog pretty much since I started my own in 2008. You all know how much I love me my scrappy quilts! :o)
I was also lucky enough to take her full-day class on Thursday. We were able to work on whichever quilt we chose from her most recent book "No Scrap Left Behind." There are so many that I want to make, it was difficult to choose. But rather than going through all my scraps just to schlep them to class and back again, I saw my solid stack staring at me, and ran with it. I'm sure there will be more quilts made from her book in the future -- especially the string rail fence one called "Scrap Happy Rails." That one really tugs at my heartstrings.
"Scrap Happy Rails" Quilt
I'm working on the quilt "Ring Me," but will likely rework it and make it my own. I also doubt it will be as large as the one in her book, as I have so many quilts already in the works that need completing. *grin*
"Ring Me" Quilt
In between socializing and lunch, I was able to finish 5 blocks in class before my back really started to bother me. The chairs where the class was held (a church) certainly weren't made for sewing -- especially for 7 hours.
I feel I really got to know quite a bit about her, as a few of us went to dinner together both Wednesday and Thursday evening. It was a ton of fun.
Have you ever Googled your name? Well, I don't know what possessed me to do so this morning, but guess what I found?!?! Keepsake Quilting has made my quilt design, "The Night Before Christmas," into a pattern for sale on their website!
I am a retired 58-year old widow with two lovely, grown daughters. I am also blessed with a wonderful teenaged grandson, and two beautiful teenaged step-granddaughters, or granddaughters-in-love, as I choose to view it. *Grin* Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.