The New Sewing Studio

Craft Envy…Having A Place Of My Own


What used to be a chicken coop became a cabin and has now become a sewing studio!  In the above picture, the flannel board on the right sits on the floor waiting to be hung with the same clips used to hang mirrors.


Over the years, I have been having this running conversation with my husband.  I have been stuck on this thought, and I have been telling Tim I wanted my tombstone to say, “I finally got my own room.”  Now that I have this sewing space and the quilt room by way of the converted greenhouse, I’m thinking I will need to come up with something new for my tombstone.


The furniture from around my house and from my garage fit nicely.



Just a few years ago, Steve & Christine Rogerson donated the sliding glass door when the new cabin was in progress!  Now look at what a beautiful space this will be for sewing quilt projects together!


This 25 square box shelf can be purchased on line (or by phone or mail) from Pottery Barn. It only comes in dark stained wood and can be found in the office section of the catalog.  A good 8-10 years ago, my sons, Ben and Wes, helped me paint each of the boxes white as a summer group project.


A painting done on canvas by Silasa bought in Vientiane, Laos.


The blessing of having this studio will be I won’t have to put away projects while I’m working on them.


Did I mention how quiet this room is?  I really enjoy quiet reflective time to process the day. I, also, like to concentrate on  the person the quilt project is being made for when I am designing, cutting, sewing, and arranging the fabrics.

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Thanks for touring the new sewing studio!

Check back to see what the latest project I’m working on is!

Here’s hoping your craft envy need will be met soon!


A Special Thanks to DyNaMik Records LTD!


A special thanks to DyNaMik Records LTD for featuring my blog on their Rebelmouse webpage!

You can find out more by CLICKING HERE: DyNaMik Records

When you see the Shadow Box Diamond In A Square Wall Hanging Quilt…just click on the quilt picture and you will be forwarded to the Rebelmouse page of DyNaMik Records LTD.

I am flattered and honored to be featured on their page!   Thank You to the DyNaMik Records Team for your support and your friendship…all the way from Ireland to the States!

All the best to you!


Fruit in Our Yard: Blueberries and Raspberries!


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We have fresh blueberries this year!  It’s been so nice to be able to pick our own fruit and not have to buy it at a grocery store or from a fruit stand.

Maybe one of these days, we will have our own fruit stand.

No. I’m just kidding.

I don’t think I will be turning my city children and grand children into farm stand workers any time soon!


The blueberries in July.  We had to cover the blueberry plants with netting, because the birds were enjoying them so much!




I’m loving picking the raspberries to nibble on my way to the Quilting Room!


Soma and The Berries!


My manna of berries for the day!

Happy Summer Days To You!


Tight Quarters In The Sewing Cabin


This is the cabin on our property; it was originally a chicken coop from a 100 year old farm.  As you can see, it is very different from the greenhouse building, where I will be setting up my quilts.  Over the weekend, we converted the cabin into my sewing studio!


This little building was redone with recycled materials just before the greenhouse was built.


 Soma and Kaya are resting on the floor of this new work space.  It’s going to be tight quarters in the sewing cabin, but I think it is going to work out nicely.

This morning, I joked with my son, Wes, that I now have a quilting campus in the backyard!  He replied, “You have “Building  A” and “Building B.”

I will show you more pictures of my new sewing studio tomorrow!

Have a good day!


It’s Always A Good Day…

“Continue working on your “quilt.”  It will tell you something about the life you’ve lived and the things you’ve come to value.”

~Sue Bender, Plain and Simple Journal


It’s always a good day when the quilting is complete enough to roll the edge of the quilt!  The Shadow Box Diamond In a Square Wall Hanging has a lot of nice feather work.  This weekend, the quilt looked like this.


Now it looks like this…rolled on one end and small enough to change to the shorter sticks on the right and on the left of the quilt!.


I am still taking in the new quilt room, the smell of mowed grass mixed with fresh paint and musty carpets from the garage!  It smells like something fresh and new and old all at the same time!


This is what the back of the quilt looks like so far.  The lighter colored thread on the black fabric is looking pret–ty nice!

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together today!


The Quilting Room Revealed!


The New Quilt Room Is Ready!  The room was made and decorated with recycled materials…from the windows to the carpets…to the quilt stick wire storage rack!


A light, bright, airy, and quiet space with beautiful scenery is an inviting room to contain my fabric art projects!  I am so excited to have this new space!



The storage rack above the door holds close to 20 different lengths of pine quilt sticks.  These boards can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.  I recommend not using sticks made of Douglas Fir wood, as the wood is not soft enough for the tacks to hold the fabric in place.


The ceiling lights are on a dimmer switch and working!  I want to touch up the paint in a few spots and hang two Roman window shades inside the sliding glass door, and this room will be complete!  Someday, I hope to landscape the space around the room with flowers!



This space has two hooks for hanging coats and a wire rack on the wall for holding quilting thread and notions!


Even Soma loves laying in the sun in the room!

I’m preparing the large antique Double Wedding Ring quilt top to be put in the frame.  By preparing the quilt top, I mean, I am checking the seams of the quilt to make sure they are strong, ironing the top on the reverse, or sewn side, and ‘marking the quilt’ with a colored pencil and with quilt stencils to direct what design will be quilted on what part of the quilt.

  I would recommend a quilting space to keep your projects safe and ready to be worked on for anyone who can have one!  Being able to work on quilt projects outside of the hub bub of my house is very peaceful and centering for me!

Thanks for following along on this journey!


Northern Spy Apples & Nova Spy Apples


Did you know the Northern Spy Apple is a great apple for baking?  Ever since we lived in Pennsylvania and now in Oregon, each fall we’ve been buying a bushel of Northern Spy Apples from a local orchard.  Now we are growing  a version of the Northern Spy Apple of our own…the Nova Spy Apples!

The above picture was taken early in June.


Three to four years ago, Tim planted several apple trees, two Nova Spy and one Honey Crisp.  This year, we are seeing the ‘fruit’ of his labors with a healthy crop of apples on the the trees.


I took this picture a few days ago.  Sometime in September, we will harvest the apples, and we’ll make homemade apple pie.  I make the crust and Tim makes the filling.

Happy Monday!


A New Crop Of Grapes


The grapes are doing their thing. We have three different varieties of grapes this year.  There is so much to learn in tending to grapes:  From learning how to cut the vine back each winter, knowing the best way for the grapes to grow for picking, to knowing the best time to harvest the crop.  I will admit that I know the very least on how to care for this fruit!


How does your garden grow this year?


A Teaser

Putting the Quilt Room Together


After Tim and I hung this rack in the new quilt room, I couldn’t wait to begin organizing my collection of quilting thread. For some reason, the more I fussed with lining the colors of thread up, the more the image of lining kindergarten children up for a class picture at the beginning of the school year came to mind.   This little room is the start of something new for me!


More pictures of the quilt room to come!  Just a little more work to do!

The Fruit In Our Yard


The Oregon Grape Was Designated the Official State Flower in 1899.

If you count tomato plants as a fruit, then we have 10 different fruit plants growing in our yard this year. While we are pulling the Quilting Room together for the move in day this weekend, I want to share some of the pictures of the variety of fruit growing in the yard with you.


According to, I learned the following facts about the Oregon Grape:

It is “Also called holly-leaved barberry, the Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)  is a shrub native to much of the Pacific coast and and is also found sparsely east of the Cascades. Its year-round foliage of pinnated, waxy green leaves resembles holly and resists wilting (the foliage is sometimes used by florists for greenery).

The Oregon grape plant bears dainty yellow flowers in early summer and a dark blue berry that ripens late in the fall. The fruit is tart and bitter, containing large seeds, but can be used in cooking (used to make jelly locally). The inner bark of the larger stems and roots of Oregon grape can be used to make a yellow dye.”

To be honest with you, I thought this plant was another Holly Tree plant growing wild in the yard, when my husband pointed out it was not Holly, but the Oregon Grape.

Have a good day!