Monday, February 29, 2016

The Never Ending Project

Sometimes you work on a project so long it just becomes part of your daily life. You think it will never end, like that relative that needs a place to stay for a few days that turn into weeks, then months, and eventually years. But eventually it's over and you have to figure out what you're now going to do with yourself. 

I have to admit I've sometimes worked on something so long I get tired of looking at it. But this one has stuck with me. I still love it as much as the day I started it. Which is a good thing because it would be a shame to spend this much time on something and not wish to display it!


This project has so much history with me. It accompanied me on an Alaskan cruise, to so many doctors appointments and spent long hours with me when I didn't have the energy to do anything else. This one is special. I almost can't believe it is finished.


Friday, February 19, 2016

A Look Inside the Studio

Welcome to my studio, affectionately known as Sheville. This is where I spend the majority of my time so I've tried to make it as efficient and comfortable as possible.


The flooring is painted concrete. It was one of those projects that seemed like a good idea at the time, then after 12 hours on your knees when you realize you're still only half way you rethink that. I love it, but I wouldn't do it again.


This space was used as a workshop by the previous owners. To say it was rough when we moved in would be an understatement. I go back and forth trying to decide if I want to finish the ceiling or not. Maybe someday. For now I'd rather spend time quilting.


The cutting table is an old library table that had a gash in the top and mismatched drawer pulls. So I had my husband build a larger top out of plywood and added some antique casters to raise it to the right height for me.


I've separated things out in different workstations. You can see the area below does double duty for the embroidery machine and paper crafting. The pie safe stores my fabric stash and the shelves on the left hold scraps, kits, and projects in progress.


The drawers in the ironing station hold sewing notions. I'm adding label holders soon so I don't have to open all 24 drawers to find what I need.


This corner serves the longarm with rulers, thread, tools and batting. Specialty batting and customer quilt tops are stored in the pie safe.


My favorite part of the room is my sewing desk that my husband built for me. It has served me well all these years. It is a pint-size piece made to fit my 5' 1" frame. It has saved me from much pain in my neck and shoulders. If the house ever catches fire, you'll find me trying to drag this out of here.


Thanks for stopping by. There is plenty of room here so if you're ever in the neighborhood feel free to join me.