This room was Gennifer's when she was growing up. To me, it is the best bedroom of the house The french doors open up onto the patio and pool and orange grove beyond. It is very pretty and peaceful looking out.
I removed the closet doors, and wallpapered in there, and had our friend Tommy G. the electrician put an electrical outlet inside for light.
That is my wedding dress on the wicker dress form. I love having that in there for me to look at and enjoy every day. It was such a beautiful dress. I had it cleaned and boxed for 30 years, and last spring my daughter and I were giving her best friend a bridal shower, and I had the idea to take my dress out and display it along with the cake and all on the day of the shower. It was in perfect condition, and I saw no reason to put it back inside the box and out of sight again, so I am now enjoying it every day.
I put a bookshelf in the closet to house my "stash" but every quilter out there knows that my stash on that shelf is only a small portion of it. I have more "stashed" everywhere in this room. In bins under the cutting table, in the wicker trunk under the design wall, in the ottoman, in the drawers, on the closet shelves......everywhere!
Looking towards the corner where I do my machine sewing. To the right on the sewing cabinet is my antique featherweight that belonged to my Aunt Connie. It is an amazing work horse!! I do all of my piecing on this machine, and take it to classes as well. And the other bigger machine is an older model Viking, that has 8 different cams to insert for numerous stitches, and designs. I love this machine, and only know a fraction of what it can do!
My cutting table purchased about 10 years ago from JoAnn's. It is getting rickity, but still functions for me.
I have all my goodies within reach, and some favorite keepsakes up on the shelf at the back.
This is a corner that is just to the right of the cutting table, with my wing chair and the new foot stool I just found at Target. I was going up and down the aisles like I always to when in Target, and saw this ONE cream colored foot stool that would be perfect for this space. I didn't buy it at the time, and went home and told Greg about it that night. I told him it was the only one they had, and that if it is still there tomorrow I am getting it. He said...I am putting my foot down....no foot stool, I forbid it, you don't need it, NO!! So I went right down the next morning and bought it!!! Luckily it was still there waiting for me to take it home!
That big pillow doesn't usually go in that chair, I don't know why it is there now. And boy those walls look blue! It isn't that dark in actuality. But the soft pink looks so much better. I will post a picture of the correct wall color next week. The foot stool has a removable lid so you can store more "stash" in there too!
The rolling cart is a spare I used to have in my kitchen. It is so functional that I didn't want to get rid of it, and even though it makes my sewing room even more crowded, it provides the perfect height for another cutting table and/or work surface. It has a huge deep drawer and two shelves to store what else....more stash.
The quilt on the wall between the chair and cart was a gift from my parents from the Amish Country. It is all hand sewn by Amish women. Very pretty!
My design wall is nothing more than a dressmakers board, that I covered in lightweight batt, and then flannel. It is SO handy!!
The old shutter behind the wing chair I just love. It is weathered, and worn, and I keep clothespins on it to clip my patterns to it.
On the design wall are several leftover Thimbleberries Club projects that are needing to be quilted.
On the back of the door is another space I put design wall up for projects in the making.
Looking towards the door from the back of the room.
And finally, the quilt top I just completed. It was a fun pattern to do! I thought I had taken a photo of this quilt top before you cut it all up. But you sew charms together alternating between charm pattern and background squares, in checkerboard fashion, 7 across and 9 rows down in order to get the size topper I am about to show. Then, using a small square template, you line it up on the seams and cut out these wonderful shapes and again, sewing them row by row, in proper order, gives you this fantastic pinwheel design! It was so fun to do! I had always shied away from using templates, thinking them difficult to use. But this was not the case on this quilt.
Can you spot my mistake? On my very first cut I flipped the template and cut in the wrong direction. I went ahead and sewed the whole row, thinking if it was too obvious I would add some applique. But once I got borders on it didn't bother me so much.
Here is a close up.
Mine is made with Cotton Blossoms by Moda, and I used a Thimbleberries ecru background fabric. The sawtooth border is a dark brown and mossy green I found to match the Cotton Blossoms from JoAnn's. And the outer border is also a Thimbleberries, Cottage Gardens.
I need to get batt and back for it, and either send it out or machine quilt it myself. This was a fun table top quilt to make!!!