Quilt ADD in therapy

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Colorado, United States
Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIPs - Sooooo Close to Two Finishes in My Sewing Areas, and Baby Start-up

Making bits and pieces of progress around my conference presentation prep - enough for me to smile about, even though it takes all week to do what many of you can whip out in a half day.  :D

I got this super cool pin cushion from Elizabeth's giveaway at Pieceful Life



My husband is happy, I'm sure, that pins are no longer getting plopped onto the side table to occasionally fall on the carpet (and sofa. . . )!  In Florida, my hand-stitching was done on an old cloth sofa that I shamelessly used the arm for poking pins into. These sofas are also quite old and worn (came with the house - we upsized and have no funds for a while to replace them), but they're leather, so I had to act normal with the pins.  ;D


And that's where I sit each evening, stitching, as we watch our dinner-time TV show. Love that lamp. My great-uncle Rudy made that himself, and it looks great in this Colorado home with wood trim.

This station right now is processing my Amaretto Cottage! (Isn't Margaret's quilting LUSCIOUS??) Hmm, and I guess nobody could get this monster handstitched in just a half day and do a proper job. So I feel a bit better. 


My Hawaiian Etude is also SOOO CLOSE! It gets secondary priority at this station - being bumped every time there's a binding/label/hanging sleeve to work on. But the king quilt is just a little large for taking to appointments and wait-times when picking up Marissa at school, so the Hawaiian piece is still making progress. This is the first time I've attached a binding 100% by hand, and I'm almost finished putting it on the front.


My other stations in the "basement" got a good workout this past week to get Amaretto Cottage to the hand-stitching station.

The house is on a slope, so really there's only one small room around on the back side that's a true basement area. I love this sewing nook!!  I fight SADD, so that window bank is awesome when I'm sitting at my FMQ machine in the white desk (it's a Viking Sapphire). You see 1/3 of the window bank.



Having both desks there is extremely helpful when I'm quilting - especially if the back is corduroy or minky. The golden one is an old computer desk that had a hutch. Well, we haven't had a non-laptop for years, and the hutch was just overbearing. So when we moved here and I verified that the desk matched my sewing table's height, I placed them together. I'd intended to buy a white folding table to put behind my sewing table, but Scott came to the rescue by cutting down the supports of the hutch to make it match up. Perfect!

This side is my piecing station, which actually had nothing at all at it last week (a rare occurance, but I really wanted Amaretto Cottage to get full attention).



While we're here - a view of the rest of my sewing area. The ironing board is purposefully several steps from the machines. Sitting for long periods is really bad for anybody, and especially bad for us folks with Lupus and poor circulation. So I make myself have to get up and walk a bit each time pressing is needed. That door next to the iron? The storage room! And it's all mine! It's got fabulous shelves built in aisles, and not much of it is non-fabric related. Heavenly. 



Behind me is the pool table and some more of the basement. Yeah - We're not finished unpacking. I'd wanted to keep all boxes and mess in the garage, but Florida Girl soon found that the space is critical for vehicle storage in Colorado winters! One day this will all look pretty.


Back to sewing concerns. For Amaretto Cottage's 112" squareness, I had to dismantle my piecing station.


See why?! And that's all bunched up and tripled-over on itself!


There's no way I could have worked with all that getting piled behind the machine without the added space of the hutch extension. 

 

Meet Lionel Stitchy.  Love this guy. He's a little squished there, but the college girls gave him to me for my birthday, specifically to keep me company while I sewed. (Thus his name. Am I dating myself?  heh!)



So - now that Amaretto Cottage is upstairs for handwork, my machines are both back where they belong, and I'm getting ready for the next FMQ. Practicing a motif Wendy Sheppard shared at Ivory Spring. That's plexiglass with duct tape around it. Perfect for dry-erase practice and quilt design fussing. You just have to make sure not to get that ink on the quilts. Thus the tape. And when I applied the tape, I made sure the front is wider than the back so that I always put the same side against the fabric. Just to doubly ensure that no faint smudges get on the quilts.


The piecing station will soon get some attention after its break. These 10" squares are my first foray with the the 8-in-1 method for HSTs. Need a baby quilt for my youngest sister's first-born, due next month. Going to make the barn raising layout and practice some FMQ in the white diamond bands.


Found this fun "Owl and the Pussycat" fabric in my stash, along with some other blues to play with it. And man, that bolt of Kona Snow I got 18 months ago is still saving me with this stash-only restriction! I've got a nice hardcover copy of the book on order - it even matches the coloring/theme of this fabric - very cool! I hope to also make a book tote featuring this fabric to go with the quilt and book.


Thanks for letting me sneak in some journaling. I really love this new home. 


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21 comments:

Joan said...

Oh Lyn - what a great blog page. You are so busy - I love where you do your sewing...you look so organised where you have set up your machine. I also love you pincushion...AND that huge quilt you are in the process of. Thanks for the great read and the chance to catch up on what you are up to,.

KaHolly said...

Wonderful post. I love seeing where everyone does their magic!

Nedra said...

It's so fun to see your sewing spaces. Thanks for the tour.

Newbie Jen said...

Wow, looks like you have really been busy! Thanks for the peak into your life.

Donna~~ said...

Wow! So many lovely things in the works & a great place to do them. I envy all the light you have where you sew (as well as the space). And you are so smart about getting up to iron--I always keep my iron right next to me, but given my room size, there's not a lot of choice! May need to retrhink that!

Shannon said...

The quilting on your hawaiian applique looks so gorgeous. I love the whole thing, you'll have to post a bunch of detail shots when you do the finish reveal.

Gari in AL said...

YOur sewing nook is great. I love sewing by windows although I rarely look out of mine. Now, I would cover that pool table with plywood and use it as a cutting station. And I envy your storeroom for fabric. Oh, that would be wonderful!!!

Chris said...

Your sewing space is wonderful. What a great to the trees outside. We don't have many trees here so I really appreciate that kind of view :)

heather said...

I used to know a woman who was an above the knee amputee. She would hand sew in bars during pool tournaments and stick the pins into her knee where all the padding was to attach her prosthesis. It would freak people out.

ANudge said...

Great sewing space. It's always fun to see how others create and in what. Your Hawaiian quilt is going to be something! But then all your quilts are. I can hardly wait to see it assembled. And thanks for sharing on Applique Thursday!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I LOVE seeing sewing spaces and yours is great! All that natural light... wonderful. My bad habit is leaving little threads on our sofa arm. I need to make one of the many cute thread catchers I've pinned one of these days~

FlourishingPalms said...

How nice to see your sewing, quilting and walkabout ironing station. It's so fun to see where people work. Looks like you've got a nice, light-drenched place... if you can making sewing time during daylight hours! The quilting on Amaretto Cottage is exquisite, so you'd best take your time to do a good job of hand-sewing down that binding! LOVE your tip about the plexiglass! Now, how have I missed this great idea until now?! Is this your own concept? It's really wonderful. That multi-HST method is great, isn't it? I've taught that in a class, making as many as 24 at once! Just need big pieces of fabric and some math. Lionel Stitchy, huh? His mustache is missing!

Celtic Thistle said...

Great tour Lyn. Sounds like you have everything organised to suit you just perfectly, even down to the new pincushion!

Esther Aliu said...

What a fabulous place to sew, all that natural light!!

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

I really appreciate your sewing room pics! And your timing is perfect. I have a Sapphire as well and just finished wrestling a quilt through it to FMQ. Quilting near the middle is so tricky, even with the larger harp space the big quilts still get stuffed in there and it is a workout to move things around! Your beautiful work though is inspiring me to continue!

Lynne said...

What a fun tour of your sewing room and everything you've got going on!

landscapelady said...

You are soooo lucky to have such a great space! If you ever want to adopt a 57 year young quilter, give me a call ;-)

Josie said...

Love your sewing space! So much lovely light. I make myself walk to the ironing table too. If I didn't my backside would fuse with the chair ;o) Beautiful pincushion you won... no more perforated sofas for you.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love seeing where people create! You've got lots of wonderful space! It's great you showed your couch too. I have a pincushion but my pins still end up on the floor around the couch, oops.. Lionel Stitchy is hilarious!! What a great sewing buddy!

Kate said...

Great sewing space. I'm really envious of your window bank. That's the biggest drawback to my sewing room, I don't have a lot of natural light. Thanks for linking up this week.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, boy your quilt sure does take up the room while you put the binding on it. You are really making progress on your UFOs. Well done. Love your sewing space too.