Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #62~ @ Mother's





We can't look at the flowers without thinking of Dad.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday Shirt

Last May I heard about a wish for a birthday shirt for a little girl's 7th birthday.
They brought the shirt over.  
Birthday girl Ava helped pick out the pink polka dot from my scrap fabric.
 I cut out the "7" free handed, used some stabilizer and a zig-zag stitch.  
Then we ran to the computer, pulled up some embroidery fonts, plugged the name into the computer.  Had the wish granted in about half hour.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Quilt Block Shot #6 ~ 54-40 or Fight Christmas

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #61~ Daisy Peek

Another Granddaughter has a knack for taking awesome shots - at least that's what her Nana thinks.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Atlanta Legacy Showcase 2013

 Spent this past weekend with one of my Grand Daughters by taking her to Woodstock, GA north of Atlanta, GA. to show her off.
 This is a cute little tourist town north of Atlanta not too far from I-75.  I know many travel the route to Florida.  This little town would make a nice relaxing stop.  Wished we had more time to check it out.  These are some quick road shots.



Grand Daughter played 5 games in 48 hours @ the Twin Creek Complex where they have 5 fields.  
We heard that 130 teams were represented.  By the looks of the numbers at this one park, I didn't believe that.  Then I checked out the website and found that games happened at other parks as well.














Last games, saying good-bye before hitting the road as this was the last game of the season for most teams.

Meanwhile, Grand Daughter did a great job, as usual.  
of course...she's my Grand Daughter.  So proud of her.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Quilt Block Shot #5 ~ Greek Square

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday #60~ Butterfly Symmetry

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Sewing Room ~ The Room of JOY

Do you remember my sewing room, or as some might call it these days, my studio?
I like to refer to it has my Lady's Nest as opposed to the Man Cave.
It's my room of JOY! 
I even worked here when the AC was out in 89° because I enJOY it so much.
If you don't remember this room, check back to the Feb 1, 2012 post and see more shots.

Thought I'd show you how it's changed & evolved in almost a year and a half.

Two cabinets of drawers are back to back and another cabinet with doors on the other end.  You can see extra space on the other end where I store bolted fabric & 2 monster size rolls of embroidery stabilizer.   One of the drawer units used to sit in the far corner with a shelve on top.  Now the shelf is to the left of the machine. 
Mr. G hung high shelves.  Shelves came with all the library furniture when I bought it & we couldn't figure out where to use these shelves with finished edges.   $1 each bracket from IKEA.  Mr. G also hung the $5 florescent lighting unit.  I still use the desk lamp when I need more focused light.

   No more L-shaped work area.  Now I have a triangle work area for cutting, sewing pressing.
   $2. 50 clock where I can see it while I'm working, instead of the wall clock.  
   $2 white shelving unit to hold things I frequently use.

     The basket for tiny scraps was a set of 5 I got on last year's HWY 127 yard sale for $1.  
     Yes, the shelf was curbside free and fit perfectly here with no touch up needed. 
     Just the right amount of room to store my old playground chair I had to get the year I went back to teach after my knee replacement.
    So when my little sewing student arrives, we set up the chair and move over the serger, & set up her machine.  See the power strip on the floor to the right for easy access.

     I feel so lucky to have found this $5 chair from Restore.  It is very comfortable and works here better than the big black office chair.  Most importantly, it feels good to my back, and the perfect height.  Took me about half an hour to clean it up.  That's all it needed.
 
    Cleared away some counter space so I could use the ironing board while I was standing.  I can still store it in the draw or iron with it in the drawer from my chair.

 I stole a nice wooden TV tray from Mr. G.  I think he got it at Goodwill.  It was the same height as my work surface.  With folded fabric, it can work as a space to press small quilt pieces.  
    The plastic shelving unit holds various needles & notions. The machine accessory box moved from the filing cabinet to right here where I need it. Waste basket is under the TV tray.

The shelf you see in the right corner is sitting on an old end table type storage cabinet that someone picked up on the curb and gave to me to use in my classroom.  The shelf on the right is that shelf that used to sit on top of the cabinet that is now used under the cutting table. (see the old post.) That unit used to be behind the camera in the corner.



        I guess you noticed my fabric stash hasn't dwindled any.  Matter of fact, it's grown a bit, because when you acquire fabric faster than you sew, that happens.
      
        So looking back at the old post & revising:

Looking for:
    >ideas for wall shelves
    >idea for storage organization under cutting table

    >new piece of plywood or such to completely cover top of the 3 cabinets together.  I knew I shouldn't have cut that piece down.

Ultimate wish: U shape cabinet or counter top for all sewing machines at same level with space for laptop. 


In time, if it's supposed to happen.


See updated room here- Aug. 18, 2014

         Hope you enJOYed visiting "The Room of JOY."  Come back and visit again!  It will probably evolve some more.
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Quilt Block Shot #4 ~ Farm Friendliness

One of the precut blocks from the yard sale bag.

Found instructions/pattern over @ Quilter's Cache for you.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pam's Quilts

      One of my future sister-in-laws is an inspiration to me.  As she takes a pause from going to school, she is making quilts among other things. Above is a gift for an upcoming wedding for a nephew.  I see nine patch squares with pictures using her technology abilities balanced by squares on 2 sides.
 
Pam also says this quilt was made of,
" batiks I've been collecting over the years. The quilting was mostly "in the ditch." I always sew a 4 or 5 inch rod pocket on the back in case the recipient chooses to hang it as art. I also create a quilt label in Word describing the quilt, who it was made for, my name, city and state and the year."
 




I also loved the St. Augustine Light House Wall hanging which she said she made for herself.  Pam has given away all the quilts she has made in the past and that's quiet a few quilts.
 This wall hanging was made with a kit found in St. Augustine.  
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