Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lots of Go! giveaways

I have noticed a lot of AcuQuilts being given away this week with the same requests for entries...hmmm. well i will post about only one as using this to post about all of them would be kind of cheating...i do not want that. you have until september 2nd to enter on sherri's blog..a quilting life. Good luck to you!

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Winner and a Huge Thank You!!

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Max: 120
Result: 41

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Patty said...

You sewing room is gorgeous! Zoe looks like my dog Rooney even the little bit of white on her chest. We got him in New Hampshire last year around this time, but he's originally from Kentucky. I can't over the resemblance! I now follow you blog and this fabric would be ideal for a wall hanging I'm making during a retreat it's kinda like an American Beauty.

August 25, 2010 5:13 PM

 Patty, i hope you enjoy the fat quarters. I had to go back and find you twice as the random number generator erases the number. just an fyi for those who may use it in the future. I also reduced the number to 120 due to multiple entries in case anyone was wondering. Patty, I will email you and get your information so i can get your package to you.
 It is so wonderful to be back and i am overwhelmed by all of your comments! I had a lot of fun reading over some of your blogs and everyone had so many nice things to say as well as some wonderful ideas! i have not cut into the stash myself so i thought i would easily make up my mind how to use it after reading your responses. i was so wrong. overwhelmingly most would make a quilt and i think the d9p gets the most votes BUT a few of you sent links to patterns confusing me even more....hahaha. i think i will do what i normally do. circle around flickr, fondle the fabric, sketch around abit, fondle the fabric more and eventually make a decision.

 I wanted to address some specific questions and since i DID take the process pledge i am applying it to the sewing room. yes, i had a great room to start with. since we are basically empty nesters i do not have small ones running around and getting into things. just zoe and, as you could see, she is an excellent friend. she naps through most of it. I forgot to add that i bought a battery operated dirt devil upright that swivels. so..no dog hair or thread is left behind. i vacuum each day the room is used. the room is a basement which is good because i am out of the way, it is quiet, it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter but i only have one little window. the before pic clearly shows i had piled everything in here and it was a mess but once i got going here are the things that made it easy and inexpensive to complete.

1. The pegboard. it is actually two white pegboard sheets. cost: 12.00 ea. at home depot. 4 nails and small peices of styrofoam taped behind it to keep it off of the wall.
    the pegboard kit. I used every piece in this kit. here is the link. cost 13.00. that was it. Total 37.00

2. The design board. this is nothing but styrofoam sheets found at lowes or home depot for around less than 10.00. they are around 1x12x36" in a package of 6 and my husband measured the wall, taped multiple pieces together into a two sheet thickness (we could not find the thicker ones). i covered it with a package of warm and natural queen sized quilt batting (i thought white would get dirty faster) that i got on sale and secured it with t-pins. The entire wall was less than 30.00.

3. The cutting table was found at ReStore. If you have one in your area I strongly encourage you to go there. You can find virtually anything to build a house, room, whatever for a very good price and a very good cause. It is the Habitat for Humanity Warehouse. I picked up that table for 30.00 and it just needed a good cleaning. If i had a larger room I could have found much more there.

4. The fabric cabinet was found at a local used furniture store. I did not even have to paint it. It was ready to go and i would be embarassed to tell you how much fabric that dude can hold. I wish i had room for another one. I wish i could find another one. it did cost around 120.00. I always bargain at these stores. It pays off! The smaller shelved cabinet and the chest of drawers also came from used furniture stores, they were each less than 30.00 each and needed a fresh coat of paint.

5. Most of the decor (including the Couture pics, rugs and fat quarter baskets,) were found at tjmaxx or marshalls over a period of time.

6. Zoe was found at the local animal shelter a year ago last january. support your local shelter. she is the best dog i have ever had.....truly.... :)

7. The rest of it you all already know where to find!

so...that is the story of the sewing room and some tips for you. I hope yours turns out to be one you are happy with. I did keep a folder of ideas and rooms and it helped. Here are some of the images from my folder.

I want to send out a special thank you to those of you who sent so many here from your wonderful blogs. It is much appreciated.

Congragulations to our winner!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


oh my goodness you all. i lost an entire summer and have missed you. i have had multiple issues from a broken foot to family crisis..blah, blah, blah. however, do you remember this? this was when i was at a goodstage in the process. it got much much worse.
the before
i am so happy to have this done and all of you have given me so much inspiration. here is the end result.

i know it looks like a big jumbled overcrowded area but really i found room for everything. i had a lot of fun with the details even though i have yet to recover the lampshade and chairs.
my sewing table has access to both computers

the rolling cart has everything i may run out of

i finally have a desk for some organization
......and shopping
sometimes you find just the right thing.

the pegboard freed up a lot of room

even a place for zoe's treats


a great design wall 95x75 inches
i love my hubby

i am going to leave it at that. if you would like to see the full scheme of my sewing room i invite you to go to my flickr page. i do not want to bore you to tears here.


i wanted to thank all my friends and followers, swappers and bee buddies for their unyeilding patience with me this summer. almost all my projects have been late and nothing of any interest has been on the blog. i will be giving away a full FQ set of AMY BUTLER LOVE. why amy you ask? i found when i rearranged all my fabric that i had more of her fabric lines than i thought. it really grew on me and i have seen some beautiful things made with it. i wanted to get it in before SOUL BLOSSOMS comes in so we all have a chance to work with love before we spend our money on the next release.

to enter simply join my blog. mention it on your own blog and if you do not have one have a friend do it for you. spread the word (guilds and groups,) and let me know what you think you might do with it when you post. i have seen a beautiful disappearing nine patch by providence handmade, i hope she posts it...as well as some clothing.
the last day for entering is sunday the 29th at midnight. the winner will be chosen by a random generator and will be notified by email (do not forget to leave me yours when you follow and join.)

good luck . i have missed you guys so much
full set of FQ of Amy Butler LOVE

how cute are these? from rubyandstellahome on flickr

and this gorgeous quilt by
red pepper quilts at http://www.redpepperquilts.com/