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Sewing Rooms

Today we went out to visit our friends to see the work being done in there kitchen remodel. But as always Paula and I ended up in her sewing room. She has one of the prettiest sewing rooms I've been in and I wanted you to see some of her oh so sweet little ways of storage. The deep frame below holds a good selection of thread and the shelf above many little goodies. Paula has a wonderful eye for displaying her work and the vintage quilts she owns. She also has a wonderful collection of sewing machines, all which work. I think she has 2 (or more) of the little Featherweights. One in the treasured white.


The little green shelf was a find at a local craft show and she got two of them and spools fit perfectly. She also put her smaller bundles of fabric out where she can see them in vintage containers. Such lovely colors.
Another sewing room that isn't quite ready to be seen yet is my friend Jeannette's. She is doing a major remodel to her room, but I'll save that for later. One…

Tools of the Trade & A Talented Friend

Someone in our Art Quilt group on Quilt With Us mentioned Annemieke Mein so I googled her and sat in front of my computer, mouth hanging open in awe. If you have not see her work, please go check it out. I just can't describe it and won't even try. I've never seen anything like it. I ordered her book that day! When it got here I looked at it over and over. I've just started reading it thou yesterday. So I was inspired to once again try to pain on fabric. It's turned into a mess in the past and I was determined to keep going till I got it right. This was my study from yesterday. I wanted these leaves to be a background for a wall hanging and was determined to use this fabric. It's very loose woven. The leaf on the top has watered down paint, no good. Then the more I did I started to figure out the thickness of paint I needed to keep it from bleeding all over the fabric and getting outside my drawing lines. By the last leaf I was pretty close to what I wanted. So…

Barbara's Thread Painting

As I mentioned yesterday I was inspired by another quilters thread painting on the Quilt With Us Site. I wanted to share a few samples of her work with you. This pretty much amazed me and got me to try it for myself. I'm not seeing these as possible accents blocks in my quilting and who knows what else. It was almost like therapy doing the one I've done too. Very relaxing. I love to quilt my quilts, it's my favorite part. The only bad thing is when it's larger than a wall hanging sometimes I get the old shoulder pain from moving the quilt around after about 30 min. With these small sections like the little dragon which is only 6" wide there was no discomfort due to it's small size. Another plus. Now about Barbara Blackwell's work.
Barbara is from Melbourn Australia and works from home sewing dog training harnesses & collars. This is quite the contrast to her beautiful thread painting. From her site, "I've always tended to sew things fairly fast…

Snowy Days & Time For Sewing

Had plans today, but with a little snow on the ground I figured I'd just stay indoors. This morning I was on the Quilt With Us Site and I'm in the Love of Art Quilts group and was very impressed with one of the members, thread painting and thought I'd give it a try. I've not really done much of this type of stitching. So I found a simple drawing in one of my books and traced it on white cloth and started stitching away. I was having such a good time I didn't stop till it was finished. I haven't done any free motion practice in a good while and needed the practice anyway. So this little dragon was a good practice and good fun.
Now back to the world of graphic design and getting a freelance job finished. Not as much fun as sewing, but has to be done. After that then I need to work on some class samples for my advanced jewelry class at JoAnn. I really enjoy teaching there. We had open house this past Saturday where the customers can meet the teachers and see what n…

Free Fabric Is Good, Finding A Place For It...

I was lucky to have 3 friends pass on fabric to me. The first bunch was in a plastic bin and was about 1/2 full, so I just sat it in the sewing room and slipped into my best Scarlet Ohara and figured I'd worry about it tomorrow. Then about a week later the second batch showed up. I was busy with other things, so I just sat it on top of the plastic bin. The 3rd bunch was pretty big and was in one of the larger Ikia bags. My sister had hit the mother load at a yard sale. So now the pile is up to my waist. Then I came back from my scrap booking weekend and all that stuff lives in the same room too. Well it looked like a storm had hit. So today I was determined to get it all cleared and organized. I put away all the paper craft stuff pretty quickly and had a good feeling the fabric would go as quickly. No way. I was thinking I'd just put the fabric on the shelf but it just wouldn't fit. So I took everything off the bookshelf except for my oriental fabrics (shelf with the baske…

Packed For the Weekend

Well tomorrow is the long awaited start for the scrap booking weekend. I just don't seem to have time to do this except for this one weekend. Seems like when I'm home I just sew and do a little poly clay, but don't get around to paper crafts. I'm ready thou and excited about going. My friend Stefanie of Stationery with Style, is hosting this and it's just great fun. There are about 40 ladies with nothing on their minds but scrap booking. I also plan on making cards one day. Last year I did this and the blank interior cards lasted almost a year. They come in so handy. Well this is the "little bit" of stuff I'm taking with me... My sister said if she forgot anything she felt I've have it. Almost forgot one of my most important items. The pillow I made last year to make my folding chair comfy. That chair is very hard on you without a pillow after about 8 hours of sitting. You'd think with my "padding" it wouldn't be - :0




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Snowy Days & Time For Sewing

4 days ago it snowed all afternoon and we ended up with 4" in our part of Nashville. That's not much by some folks standards but around here it might as well have been a foot. Southern'rs don't do snow well. Hubby got out Saturday afternoon and shoveled off the drive so he could go to work. That is the street the other side of the fence in the photo below. Our side street didn't get cleared/salted so it sticks around a little longer. It's finally turned to slush today and should be gone off the roads by tomorrow if the sun stays out. It might even get up to 40 tomorrow! That is one great thing about Nashville weather, if you don't like it just wait and it will change. The dogs however loved the snow and want to go out and play in it more often than I would have thought. It was frozen so hard in the photo below that she didn't even sink into it. This was the day after it snowed and got down to 7 that night.

Well the yearly scrap booking weekend is upon m…