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Saturday, February 26, 2011


My sewing room is my haven.   I get to use my creative energies and can be in my room for many hours.  Now you may think that my room is large and lovely.  Well, my sewing room only measures 7 x 8!  With my room being this size, I have to take advantage of every inch.

In this corner of the room, I have my fabric in plastic bins.  I have them sorted by color and/or category.  For example, I have all my Civil War Reproduction in one bin.  That way if I want to work  on a quilt from a particular era, I know which bin to go.  As you can see, I use every possible space to store my fabric.

In this one, I have my cutting table with more plastic bins under the table with fabric.  I use two wall cabinets as my bookshelves for all of the books that I have. 

My new sewing machine.  My old one had finally bitten the dust.  Jorge knew that I do a lot of sewing and needed a better machine.  So when we were at Factory Sewing Center in Muncie, I came home with a new machine.  It is a great machine and I have put it to good use.

Would I like a bigger room?  Yet betcha!  What would be my dream sewing room?  This would be it!

Someday.  Well, I can dream can't I?

Friday, February 25, 2011


What do I see outside my windows?  Snow!  Here we had 5 inches. 

This is the view from my kitchen window into my back yard.

My bush in the front of my house.

So what do I do when the weather is like this and it's not wise to venture out and drive?  Why I sew and bake!

These are three of the blocks that I made today for the Evening Star Guild block of the month.

These are for the Redbud Quilt Guild block of the month.  My very good friend and awesome designer, Ellen Murphy, has designed these blocks.  She is in charge of designing the blocks of the month for Redbud. 

 The other activity that I did was bake.  These dinner rolls turned out better than I had imagined.  They are now ready for dinner.  I'll have a very happy husband.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Evening Star Quilt Guild Block of the Month

One of the guilds that I am a member is doing  a block of the month using Eleanor Burns' book Stars Across America.  I looked at my stash and found five of the seven fabrics that I needed.  I still needed some help because I came to a mental block.  Dawn Cornell came to the rescue.  She is the owner of The Quilt Shoppe in my hometown of Anderson, IN.  I brought my fabric choices and she gave me her recommendations.  She is an expert in color theory and her choices were exactly what I was looking for.  It never hurts to ask for help and to be able to find the right help.  Thanks Dawn.  Now the adventure will begin!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. --George Bernard Shaw
Blogging is new for me, but I've been enjoying other people's craft and design blogs so much, that I decided to try my hand at it, too. Perhaps if I start out slowly, I'll get the hang of it and be able to keep up with semi-regular posts.

I was first introduced to sewing when I got married and I was immediately hooked!!! I just couldn't get enough of it. My very first project was a quilt.  Little did I realize that the pattern I chose was not one that a beginner should have chosen.  The pattern was the Dresden Plate.  It took me several years to get it completed but I did finish it.  I like having unique things and found that sewing and crafts allowed me to design things that were totally my own. I could choose fabrics I love and sew a new creation.  I love it all----the colors, the textures, the shapes!!! And I don't limit myself to sewing---I like paper crafting, scrapbooking,  antique/flea market shopping, photography and I learned to knit a couple of years ago. Now, all of that sounds pretty "domestic", but actually that's not a very good description of me.

Given all of that, I couldn't be happier about the recent resurgence of all things homemade!! I love it!! Though my projects have changed through the years,  I find myself once again obsessed with fabric and patterns and ideas and not nearly enough time to do all that I have planned. While I dream about using up the huge stashes of fabric and papers in boxes under my bed and in my closet, more frequently I realize that I am purchasing new selections that will be "just perfect" for my latest project. So, for now, I will satisfy yet another hobby (computer) by posting on this blog.