Monday, May 24, 2010

Another Busy Weekend!

Gee, maybe we should make each weekend last for 7 days because that’s when I seem to be most productive!

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First thing on Saturday morning’s agenda was to reorganize my studio because I was having problems with my laptop being situated too close to the modem which was transmitting a very strong wireless signal causing my computer to freeze when web browsing.  Because there is only one telephone jack in the room, the modem had to stay where it was.  I ended up moving my desk to where my sewing station used to be and now things are just tickety-poo!

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Then I shifted my sewing table over to where the desk used to reside.

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Another angle…

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Did you notice my scissor collection on the treadle machine in the background.  It’s grown somewhat.  *wink*  And that’s not all of them either!

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Here’s one of my stash cupboards where I ‘shop’ for fabric.

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And two others…

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And my Featherweight station where I made my nine patch minis not too long ago with bins of wool  and fabric stored beneath it.

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The first thing I did after the rearranging was to cut and prepare the fabric for Kathy’s Irish Chain challenge which I spoke about here in the last paragraph.  I decided upon a turkey red and a white tone-on-tone.

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I then made up 20 new siggy blocks for the international siggy swap that I belong to because I had completely run out of them.  I received three last week and I needed some to send out in return.

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On Saturday afternoon I completed stitching my July FFF while watching the Montreal/Philly hockey game.  Sorry but you’ll have to wait til the First Friday in July to see it,  *wink* 

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I started to piece the mini Irish Chain quilt on Saturday night but fatigue set in so I set it aside for a fresh start on Sunday.  When I turned in on Saturday night, I started to read the 11th book in the Elm Creek series called The New Year’s Quilt

Yesterday, I completed the top to the Irish Chain challenge.

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Do you think I should add a small border or just leave it as is?

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Today is a holiday in Canada.  Mr. Painted Quilt took me out for a wonderful breakfast and the rest of the day is mine to do with as I please.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

28 comments:

Darlene said...

Beautiful room - love it! I've made a big decision - yes, I have - I'm going to start tossing all my change in a jar. Why? So, I can save for a plane ticket to visit you - I want to play in your room with you. teehee!!! How long can I stay? LOL

Love the mini Irish Chain - I think no border and just bind in the same red.

Heather said...

I agree with Darlene - wonderful room, bind it in red! :o)

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Love your IRish Chain...I would add a small border :)

Handmade by Mai said...

You have a very nice and clean room. I loved to look around. And Irish chain, please leave it like it is, it's so beautiful.

Cat Haven Crafts said...

I think I would like to see some sort of red/white/pink calico print as a border to your Irish chain quilt. (Also, I am a big fan of the Elm Creek Quilt series books)!

Taryn said...

Did you enjoy the book? I just downloaded the Aloha Quilt and am not thrilled so far. Usually, I enjoy listening to the Elm Creek book series.

Tennye said...

Your sewing room is lovely, my adding those lovely displays in my sewing room would be a waste. I would make one project and they would all be covered with scraps from what I was working on. LOL I love the little quilt you just finished and the challenge quilt Irish Chain. I still have not started mine.
Tennye

Jacque said...

Loved seeing your quilt room.. I would put a small border on the Irish Chain.. I ususally like to frame my work.

Stephanie said...

I spy a hoosier cabinet! Easy to be creative in such a lovely space.

Karen said...

I was so busy looking at the Singer Treadle cabinet, I missed your scissors and had to go back to look. You should give us a count of how many pairs are in the collection now.

Claudia said...

What a great sewing room ! Do I see a picture of a dog on the wall?.....just wondering what kind of dog that is...any chance it is a Large Munsterlader ?
Enjoy your holiday!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kaaren,
Wow, what a sewing room you have!
How I'd love to shop in your stash cupboards! lol
I'd like to see a close up picture of your scissor collection.
Hm, yes, I would add a border to the Irish Chain quilt.
Happy creating,
Hugs,
Anna

Quilts and Cats said...

You truly were very busy! The sewing room looks great: very productive and nice area to work in. I would put a small red border on the Irish chain...although red binding may do the trick also. Lynne

Julie said...

i want some of whatever you're on!!!
you've done so much. studio looks great, but then it did before anyway.

yep, a tiny peep border on that mini will set it off me thinks.
xox

Lina said...

Your mini Irish chain is so clean and simple looking that all you need is a narrow red binding to set it off. You would loose the simplicity of it if you put any borders on. Lets your quilting in the open areas shine.

Deb said...

Your room looks wonderful and looks like it has a lot of wonderful space!! I think that I would bind the quilt in red and call it a day. Will keep the quilt simple but beautiful.

Vivian said...

Thanks for showing us your room. I hope you had a wonderful day doing what you want.

Robyn said...

Hello dearest Kaaren,

Ooooh you have been a busy girl and productive too.. good on ya!!

Miss you and have been thinking of you, so popping in here to say hello :-)
I'm presently head down... busy busy here too.

HUGS!!!
Rob xx

Allie said...

I'm totally in love with your sewing room! And of course the mini-Irish Chain - is there a better color than turkey red??? I would leave it with no border, just bind it in red. DARLING.
Did you finish the book yet? Loved that one! Love your readers too, so cute!

Briarside Lane said...

Great studio space! Can you host retreats... small groups...??? Sign me up!

I would prefer a small border for the Irish Chain quilt.

And Happy Victoria Day! Summer social season begins! ...Karen

Sandra Henderson said...

I LOVE your Hoosier cabinet!!!
I have a weakness for scissors also. I have not read this new book, will have to check it out. I love the quilt as is, but I am a sucker for borders so don't ask me! LOL I'd put some floral border and mess the whole thing up! I think it looks great like it is! :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Everything looks ship shape. I love when it all looks like this - makes for good creativity.

Candace said...

What a great walk around your sewing studio, Kaaren! Looks like you have everything suited exactly to your needs! I've had trouble with my wireless, too - we don't have a modem, but I stil wonder if that's the issue - perhaps some rearranging here as well!
Love the Irish Chain - I think you could go either way -borderless or with!
Cheers!

Siobhan said...

Nice room set up!

Your mini Irish chain looks great. I like the suggestions of binding it in red.

Teresa said...

My first visit to your blog via the smallquilt listserve. I love the room and your projects and especially your scissor collection. I have an addiction to scissors and the way you have yours displayed is wonderful. Thanks for sharing,
Teresa

Barbara said...

Love the Irish Chain. Are you available for cleaning, sorting, and arranging? It is nice and warm here and I have the yard work all done.

julieQ said...

I hope you are loving your changes...your space is truly lovely.

Cathi said...

Your studio looks like it must be so much fun to play in there!!