Things that happened while I was away

I mostly finished my Quilting studio.

I never showed you because I was embarrassed that it wasn’t all cleaned up.

Suddenly this week I realized that if it was all cleaned up, then it meant nothing was getting made.

I’ll settle for neat and well used.


NOTE:Β  Things on hold during my quilting frenzy are painting the noticeable unpainted edges of the shelving and computer table, and making those roller shades so I can block the sun from blinding me two times a day.Β  I have the fabric; I just need a minute…Β  πŸ˜‰

31 thoughts on “Things that happened while I was away

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, Linda, below, said the same thing! Things like these are like hangnails I guess. No one else notices them but but me. I suppose when I have been bothered by them enough I will take a moment to finish them. As for the blinds, they only time the lack of them bothers me is when I sit at the computer in the early AM to read email, drink a cup of coffee, and mull over my plans for the day, and in the afternoon when I am sitting at my machine to sew (that tissue in the window works but it is an eyesore from the street)… I just have to settle on which style I want to use for them. πŸ˜‰

      • katechiconi says:

        Some of our windows have those solid louvres outside that you wind to a different angle with a handle inside. I like them, but I also like a narrow venetian blind. The sun’s so strong here that fabric doesn’t block it unless you use fabric with a triple pass backing.

        • Lynda says:

          Yes, sun blocking as a backing was ordered when I bought my blind fabric. I bought the blocker to keep the fabric from fading and rotting from the sun. I also hoped that the extra layer would help to insulate in winter and on the hottest days of summer. Your louvers sound very handy!

    • Lynda says:

      Tom, we live in an embarrassingly large house for just two. Three bedrooms and a small bonus room (nursery/office). Bob has the the bonus room (used to be my quilt space) and I have commandeered one of the bedrooms. I have more room to work and more storage for the items I use every day. It makes a big difference. πŸ˜€

  1. shoreacres says:

    Just so you know — I didn’t notice the unpainted edges until you mentioned them. It did occur to me that a shade of some sort might be good, though. That bright light’s good for work, but too much light can be a bit of a problem! You are exactly right: neat and well used make for a good pairing.

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, you and Kate agreed on that score! HA, like I said to her, they are like hangnails to me. No one else notices, but they are a constant irritation to my eye. When I get a moment or sufficiently irritated enough, then I guess I will pull out the paint cans and fix it. Yes, the bright light is why I picked this room over the other as it gets the southern sun coming in in the morning and the western sun in the afternoon. I use the task lights to chase shadows and for magnification, but otherwise no lights are necessary during the day. Natural light is very soothing to me.

    • Lynda says:

      Kathy, I seem to remember that you are shifting it all up, aren’t you? Note the post in the thumbnail above entitled: “Women at Work”. I was in a non functional, roaring mess for months! LOL! I didn’t get anything sewn during that time and you seem to be unfazed by it all and producing really amazing work.

      • kathyreeves says:

        We have been moving things around, but my sewing room moved upstairs into Girl #1’s room a couple of years ago. There will be some in and out with the furniture, but nothing yet, with the garden to finish up. I hope we get a good bit accomplished after the first frost.

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, Claire! As I’m sure you know that design wall is not just for using as its name suggests.

      It also:
      ~cheers you up and on as you work
      ~keeps projects in your face so you don’t forget them in the bins and/or fabric closet.
      ~provides an ever-changing and inspiring background tapestry of quilter’s inspiration!

      Ah, my dolls… I love them, and you will notice that not one of them have teeth. The French doll (mine) and the little clown (Bob’s mom’s) were made by locally well known doll maker in Auglaize, Ohio; a relative of Bob’s.

  2. Littlesundog says:

    Shoot! I was there and did not notice unpainted edges. I just marveled at how your quilting studio spoke of warmth, joy and creativity. I know you’ve done some improving since I visited, but truly, Lynda, it felt wonderful to stand in that room and feel the creativity and marvel at your work. Now, get to work on those blinds!!! πŸ˜€

    • Lynda says:

      LOL, Lori, that was a long time ago. 2011? That little space is now Bob’s office/computer lab. I needed a bigger space to work in, and he needed to get that hot mess outta the corner of the living room! I think my studio was the TV room when you were here… its much bigger and gets sunlight through two windows all day. I’m glad you enjoyed my little space. At the time I was worried that I was being boring or something. πŸ˜€

  3. Lynda says:

    Yes, Steve, I have been training myself in the art of putting things back and cleaning as I go, but there will always be something on the cutting table, ironing station, and around the sewing machine when I work. πŸ˜‰

    • Lynda says:

      I have actually toyed with the idea of not painting the edges on the book shelves, but there is just too much going on in here, so probably best to cover them up and let them fade into the background. πŸ˜‰

  4. Joanne S says:

    Untidy? Didn’t even notice. I am busy stalking your room. The green farm table, wall-mounted wooden thread box and colorful fans speak to me. Love the tea cup beside your machine. Emits comfort. It’s already been said but bears repeating: if all is put away; creating is not happening. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Lynda says:

      What fun to see my room through your eyes. I had never seen the shadow box as a thread box; it would work wonderfully in that use! However, it holds three generations of memorabilia. Tiny dolls, little vases from Italy and France, items collected during Bob’s parents military travels during WWII, treasures from little students and more. In some ways it holds my heart. The fans are mostly from Japan I think. They were my mother-in-laws and I had to keep them. However the wooden one on the lower right with the postcard inserted is from Indonesia. It was sent to me many years ago by a dear to my heart friend. I miss her gentle spirit. That tea cup is a thread catcher. My kitten reached up and just pulled down the little bowl that had been there sending it crashing to the floor! Kittens are now exiled from my room until they stop being quite so frisky (more on them soon). πŸ˜‰ The cup and saucer are now the last bits of our nice everyday dishes purchased when we were first married. We are hard on dishes. 😦

      Thank you, Joanne!

      • Joanne S says:

        Isn’t it nice to be able to display our treasures in our craft rooms? They seem to fit in nicely there, where maybe not so much elsewhere in the house. I must admit, I am intrigued to hear more about frisky kittens! πŸ˜‰

        • Lynda says:

          Our treasures make us happy. Happy quilters are productive quilters. Or at least that is my experience.

          Kitties: They are new. We had sworn off getting more cats, but… KITTIES. What can we do,we love them!? A post is planned and photos, albeit somewhat blurry are being collected. πŸ˜€

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