Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May Day...!

I just looked up at the calendar and realized it's May 1st - WOW, has it really been almost a month since my last post?!  Well jimminy crickets - but we've been busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, (I've wanted to write that in something ever since I heard my Grandmother say it when I was much younger and blonder than I am now - we did it Grandma ;-)

Been trying to finalize ALL those quilting studio details and when they say, "The Devil's in the details"... they weren't lying!  Here's just a few pics to show what we've been up to.

Two ceiling fans and one center light installed by yours truly yesterday:

And they even work!

I now have a lifetime ceiling fan installment number of 19 plus various light/exhaust fan fixtures, (sorry, I'm bragging I know - I'm not bragging about my current manicure though, which is non-existent after trying to manipulate electrical wiring on steroids!  I'm wondering if romex destined for a grain bin ended up in my ceiling, but I digress...)

UPDATE 5/2/2013:  my youngest daughter just reminded me I hung 3 ceiling fan lights in a house she previously lived in, so my grand total is now up to 22 total ceiling fan lights!  I'm ready to retire and get my 24 kt. gold ceiling fan chain and possibly a matching set of steak knives ;-)

Set up the embroidery area:

I set this up and moved it 3 times before I settled on this location
Love it - right next to my quilting machine so I can embroider/change threads and go back to quilting, YES!

Customized quilt labels are always an option for clients   

And now we have a nice place to take-in and store quilt tops ready to be quilted:

Looks like we already have a few ;-)

The Betty Boop customized carpet bag is for transporting precious quilt tops that may be picked up/delivered during a private consultation and upon the conclusion of quilting.  ALL quilt tops and quilts will also be encased temporarily in a new secure, clear garment bag for safety and preservation.  

In-transition sewing and cutting stations:

Just until I can finish building the new cutting desk w/lots of storage and 
get my walnut sewing cabinet hoisted upstairs!

Here's part of the kitchenette, waiting for the stove and kitchen cabinets:

And I even found some time to put together this outdoor love seat on the deck:
I got this mainly to store my cast iron cookware we use on the grill - works great!

There's still plenty to do including staining the deck, but I feel like we've crossed the primary hurdle of getting most everything in place, or at least 'knowing' where the remaining items will inevitably land.  

And now, I'm going to take a brief break from construction and ceiling light installation, among other things - I'm off to load a quilt top for the first time in 2 weeks and do what this studio was originally destined for...QUILT!



  1. Love your studio and kudos to you for getting in and getting 'er done! Do have a question... why a kitchenette in the studio??? Isn't the phone for take out all you need :-)

    1. Thanks Miss Katie! I wish it were ALL done but...we're much closer than we were, and to answer your question about the kitchenette, you must've forgotten where I live, LOL, take-out? Those options are a little too far away from the farm and besides, since we're upstairs, we want to make cookies and bread while we sew and quilt ;-)