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Monday

December 2014







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Decorating with Quilts for Christmas part 2

As promised ~ here’s a peek into how I decorate with quilts for Christmas.  I love decorating and playing around with the décor in my home.  This year is my first Christmas in this home (I moved this year).  So it’s been fun to play around with things – it’s been very different than my previous home I was in for 28 years!

I don’t really use the traditional Christmas red and green.  I’m not fond of the color green so I use it sparingly.  Mostly just in plants.  Blue is my color and it gets worked into every season!   The picture below came through my facebook feed asking “what is your Christmas color scheme”.  So, what’s yours?

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This is mine.  This little striped ornament pretty much says it all!

My color scheme

Welcome!  This is my dining room where there will be quite a few Holiday meals this week!

Dining Room

A little closer look ~ I love creating vignettes where everything is “connected”.  Arranged so that everything blends together and could be considered one unit.  The quilt on the wall is hung low enough to be part of the vignette with items on the buffet overlapping the quilt a bit.

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The coverlet draped on the top of the buffet was a find this fall at a vintagey sale I went to.  I was so excited to find it!  It’s long and a bit narrow, either a twin, or I think it may have been intended to be used as a tablecloth.  A coverlet is a top that has been finished with a back, no batting or quilting.  They were summertime covers for beds.  This coverlet was hand pieced and has a beautiful red crochet finished edge.

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At another one of those vintagey sales I purchased these two side tables for my living room.  I loved the shape and the two shelves.  I didn’t want a bunch of stuff to dust or more clutter so I’ve just placed a folded quilt on the bottom shelf.  It adds color, interest, and softness.  Neither of the quilts are “Christmas Quilts” but they just bring in the color I’m after.

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reindeer table croppedI rarely use tablerunners in the traditional fashion.  I love draping quilts.  They soften the edges…… of everything!  A quilt rolled up in a basket for a little more color and simplicity.

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A Christmas Tree Skirt of course!  This is the supersized version of our Centerpiece Tablemat pattern.

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I have an ottoman for a coffee table right now.  I love layers so I’ve got a light gray matlesse, layered with a square quilt set on point.

ottoman quilt

Anybody out there remember “Snowman Sam”?  He was the very first Sweet Treasures pattern – exactly ten years ago this month.  My home has a room off the main area with double doors that is very open to the rest of the main area.  Since I don’t need an office there, I’m turning it into a play room for the littles in my life.  They can be near everyone when we are together but not under foot.  It works out really well.

snowman Sam

So that’s my style for Christmas.  A little vintage, glitter, red & blue, and a lot of fabric.  Quilts make a house a home.  They add softness and comfort.  Use them any way.  Hang them, drape them, roll them, cuddle under them.  ENJOY THEM!!

Now that I’m all decorated, we’re waiting for Santa (wink, wink)!

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Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
6
Thursday

February 2014







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Preparing to Sew

How do you prepare for sewing/quilting?  I’ve never thought much about “preparing” myself to sew.  I guess back in 1949 the Singer Sewing machine company thought we should.  This is a crack up!!

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So this evening while sewing I had sweats on, my hair was waded up in a bun and no, I didn’t have lipstick on!  Maybe that’s why I had to do a little ripping?  Who knew!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Tuesday

March 2013







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Organization series ~ Part 1

Where We Quilt

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Where did January go??  It was a blur.  I’d planned on doing this series in January but I guess it’s going to be February ok, March.  I’ve been collecting the pictures ….. so here we go.  I’m going to do this in a few parts or it would be a mammoth post.

First ~ Where do you quilt?  It may be the dining room table (which is where I started out).  Maybe you’re tucked away in a little corner or in a bedroom.  Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to have a space specifically devoted to your passion.  Wherever you quilt, it can be organized to make it a more pleasant,  easier space to quilt in.

I have two spaces I create in.  In my home I have a large room that is divided into two areas.  One half is the family room where the TV is and where we hang out when the kids are home.  The other half is my sewing, cutting, and computer space. When the kids were home my cutting counter was a pool table.  Nice big space that no one got to play pool on much!  :-)  After the kids left home and the needs for the space changed, I remodeled and updated it to fit my life these days.  I’m so happy with it and feel very fortunate to have this great space.

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My home sewing desk area.

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Wall of storage.

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The second space I work in is a little spot I’ve created at my cabin.  I don’t seem to be able to get the sewing done I need to at home so the cabin has become my little get away where I go to sew.

Here’s where I sew at the cabin.  I’ve had the cabin for less than a year so I’m still setting up and finding what works best.  It’s not anything fancy but I love it.  It’s comfortable and relaxing.

 

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This is a little triangle space that jets off the main room.  When I saw the cabin for the first time I instantly thought “that’s where I’d sew”.  I like being in the middle of it all when I work so this arrangement is perfect.

As you can see ~ space for my machine with a desk around it (I love facing out a window).  A cabinet that will be getting shelving added to the inside for storage and maybe painted?  What do you think?  Should I paint it?  There’s so much wood in this place I think I might.  A cute little dresser for more storage.  The majority of “storing” is done at home so this is ample here.  And one of my favorite things, we attached a BIG design board to the wall.

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This shot will give you a little perspective on how the space is set up.  This is looking across the main area and you can see how the sewing space is off on its own but still attached to the rest of the space.

 

Your Space

 

You may already have a space or be thinking, “I don’t have a space” or maybe “I really need a space”.  Here’s a few things to think about.

Is there a space in your home you could turn into a devoted work space?  Try and look around with different eyes and be creative.  When you don’t have to set up every time you want to sew, you’ll be more likely to take a moment to stitch.

 

  • It could be a guest room that would get a lot more use as a sewing room.
  • A closet you could strip out and customize as a sewing cubby.
  • A corner in a room that you could devote to sewing.

 

Look around, there may be a spot you’ve never considered.

Once you’ve got your spot, think about how you want to use it and how you can make the best use of it.

 

Creative Storage

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Baskets are a great way to store groups of fabric you’re currently working with or may be collecting for a project.  I always have my big “collect all” basket that I can put random notions, fabric scraps, pictures, patterns…..items that apply to the current projects I’m working on.

Decorative pieces can do double duty for you.  A covered box you can store fabric in.  A little metal basket you decoratively display a little collection of antique crochet lace.

Think outside the box when it comes to storage.  If you’re short on space use some of the “vessels” you decorate with in your home and fill them with your quilting supplies.  Decorate with what you love.

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I love vintage so I try and work it into everything.  The white box holds notions, the white pot holds my scissors, cutter, seam ripper …. things I use often.  Stacks of fabric as a decoration frees up other storage.  And if you love fabric, what better to decorate with?

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I found this cute little dresser to hold my supplies at the cabin.  The shallow drawers are great for rulers, and tools with the deeper ones holding a bit of fabric.

Those are FUN storage solutions.  I also have the PRACTICAL storage.  The “wall of storage” pictured above at my home is full of plastic storage boxes that I store my stash and less used items in.  More on that when we get to part 2 of this organization series, organzing and controlling the stash!

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I felt this buffet would be a great cutting table.  It was the right height with lots of storage.  I had two storage sections built that I stained to match the buffet.  Backed those up to the buffet and had a top made and it’s been the percect cutting table.

Keep you eye open for that special item that can be a little workhorse for you.  Buying second had like I do most of the time can often save a lot of money and the older pieces are built so much better than most new these days.

Last but not least, if at all possible I highly recommend 2 “pin up” spots.  I love having one by my machine.  I can pin up my pattern, inspiration or a design idea I want to mull over.  I repurposed a frame I had by covering a piece of cork with fabric and placing it in the frame.

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And then a design board.  At the cabin I had a wall where I mounted 2 boards side by side for a nice big design wall.  At home I don’t have a spot I want a permanent board so I have a single board I lean against the wall.  When I’m entertaining and don’t want it there I can move it.  It also hides behind a door well if you need to tuck it away (details/tutorial coming soon).

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Well I hope this gets you thinking about your special space.  Whether you need to create a new space  or spruce up the one you already have I hope you’ve gotten some ideas here to make your space work for you.

I’d love to hear about your space or maybe the space you’re creating or changing.  Tell me about it!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri