Thursday, August 2, 2007

Finished - at least for now

The room is all together. The fat quarters are all refolded and put away. In honor of the event I even tucked the featherweight away on the shelf inside it's table and put the beautiful table top cover on the top of the table. There never was enough room to do this before. The shelves are almost full, and when I prewash the bunch of fabric waiting under the ironing table and put it away - my splurge from my bonus last spring - there will be no more room on the shelves. I'm happy to say that there is no longer fabric filling half the shelf to right right of the ironing board - it's all been shifted into the cabinets. This is my entire stash except for my small stash of solids, which I keep upstairs for longarm practice. I still had to stuff things into corners in ways I was hoping I wouldn't - plastic shoe boxes of cut scraps, and UFO's. I still need to make my first priority the using up of oddball size scraps, and bringing UFO's to the flimsy stage my second priority. My goal will be to have accomplished that by the end of this year.

For now I just gaze around the room and try to convince myself that all this is really real. I've waited a long time for this - I've been sewing for over 50 years. I will enjoy sewing here for at least another 30-40 years if I am lucky.

I'm sure you are all tired of seeing pictures of this room by now, so I'll call it quits. I hope to get back to posting pictures of quilting projects soon. But not this weekend. We are heading to the mountains camping - finally! - for the first time this summer. Our son had to work unexpectedly so he and Chelsea and Sophie won't be there, but Rick and Rebecca will be. Our weather is supposed to be beautiful. I can hardly wait.

Tonight I'm hoping to catch up on my emails, and tomorrow I'll start catching up on blog reading. I can hardly wait to see what you've all been up to these last few weeks.

49 comments:

Darlene said...

You made a big wish, Patti and it came true. Your room is lovely and I'm here to wish you many, many hours of enjoyment in your new Oasis!

Finn said...

Oh Patti, it is absolutely beautiful! And you soooo deserve this incredible workspace. I know you will enjoy it for years to come.
The fabric looks just beautiful in your cabinets, you are a lucky lady to have such a wonderful workroom.
Have fun on the campout and be sure to take a picture of your orphan quilts in action..*VBS* Hugs, Finn

Su Bee said...

Oh.
My.
Gosh.
What a beautiful space - I've been lurking and watching you create it. It's beautiful! Congratulations and Cheers - here's to many creative years in your new space!

Norma said...

The room looks beautiful! Now you can take a well deserved break!

Fiona said...

It looks just perfect - enjoy yourself now it's finished.

loulee1 said...

Your room looks fantastic. I wish you many happy years of quilting. Enjoy.

Carol said...

Patti it is just wonderful!Looks like a piece of heaven to me! ENJOY!

Screen Door said...

Almost too pretty to mess up. If it were my room---- I'd never come out......

Vicki W said...

It was a lot of work but sure worth the effort - it's a beautiful room!

Juliann in WA said...

What a fabulous space. Now you can retire and have such a great place to sew and create. I am very inspired and a bit green with envy. Many lovely things are going to come out of this room.

Deb said...

What a beautiful sewing room. Love the colors and cabinets and the beautiful quilt on your wall.
And oh my, it looks like a really nice variety of the 30's prints.
Enjoy and happy quilting
deb

Belvie said...

Your sewing room looks beautiful. You have a rainbow in those cabinets! And all so neatly folded and organized. Now...I'm going to have to make DH come take a look sometime soon. Maybe I can twist his arm a little and get a nice set up too! Enjoy!

JoAnna said...

Congratulations on the beautiful space -- job well done! You have a very inspiring room. I think you should have a "quilt room chistening" party (like they have with boats).

Judy said...

I never tire of seeing your room! It looks absolutely fabulous and it will be so nice to just go to a spot and find exactly the item you need. It's so light and bright now too with all the white.

You did a fantastic job!

Sweet P said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your room redo with us. I hope you get many, many years of enjoyment working in there.

Angie said...

Wow, what a beautiful studio you have now!!! Your fabrics are so gorgeous in those new cabinets! I guess you know that you are the envy of blogland now ROFL, and that our DHs will be barraged with "look at the pictures of this room...I want one JUST LIKE IT"!! ROFL Enjoy your camping trip. The Summer is rushing by on hummingbird wings!! :>

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's beautiful! I know what a huge undertaking this has been, now it's time to just step back and enjoy! I can't wait to see what comes out of this quilter's dream space first!

Laurie Ann said...

What a great room. Congratulations!

McIrish Annie said...

wow things look great! a well deserved camping weekend! have a great time.

i just got a catalog from IKEA! look out credit card! LOL

Helen in the UK said...

I'm certainly not fed up with seeing your sewing room transformation - it has been fascinating. It has even inspired me to do some tidying/reorganising of my own sewing space! Enjoy :)

Karen said...

Hi, Patti, I'm not tired of seeing pictures of your pretty studio! It looks so creative and beautifully stocked. Yum. Have fun camping!

isabel said...

I cannot let watch time and time again your sewing-room and... all your fabrics!!!
Bravo, bravísimo. Isabel

swooze said...

Your room looks wonderful! I need to get mine into shape.

San / Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow Patti, you've been putting in some long hours, but it sure looks lovely. We're looking forward to all of your projects to come.

Toni said...

VERY VERY NICE...ENJOY...TONI

Vinda said...

Your room is fabulous! I am so pleased for you. Vinda

Nan said...

Your room is absolutely gorgeous! Everything is so neat and tidy - of course, I can't imagine your sewing room not being neat and tidy! LOL
Have a wonderful weekend camping!

Quilting Kim said...

WOW - What a beautiful studio you now have. I hope it was well worth all of the hard work.

Dordogne Clare said...

Patti - that is one helluva sewing room. It is beautiful and now that you can see all your stash I'm sure you will be making inroads into it. I think I recognise your central island. A lot of friends over here have it in their kitchens and I am lusting after the same for my kitchen. This is IKEA right? Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Hugs

Quilt Memories said...

I love your new sewing room, I am green with envy as I think are so many others.I am glad you shared your pics with us as the progress was taking shape.that way we could all enjoy together.I am green with envy. Enjoy, enjoy!

Sarah Jayne said...

Wow - what a great room and stash. I'm sure, now it's finished, you think it was worth all the hard work.

Susan said...

Wow, it's so organized! I'm very impressed with the way it looks, and how much space you've created for working.

Dawn said...

Oh man! I love it!

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful room to sew in and it should inspire many new quilts. I wish you many happy hours sewing here.

Supermom said...

Hi!

I found your blog via a fellow quilter. Just wanted to let you know of a mini-quilt swap I am hosting. We'd love to have you if you are interested. The details are given at the blog link below. If it happens that you are not interested, I'd still appreciate if you could spread the word in the event some of your blog's readers might like to participate. Thanks!


Margaret
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Sølvi said...

You have done a great job - you room looks beautiful and I am sure you will have many nice hours in there - creating new quilts.
Solvi in Norway

Jan B from MN/TX said...

Thank You for sharing your wonderful sewing room! I came over from the Stashbusters... You have given me some great ideas. Jan from MN/TX

Kim said...

Your sewing room turned out wonderfully! I love those shelves. I think I need those shelves! LOL! Actually, my room is so tiny, they wouldn't fit, but I still love them. What a wonderful place you have to create in now!

GRACE said...

patti, the room is gorgeous and you can show photos of it anytime; you are so blessed to have such an elegant sewing space; ignore the drool here....LOL

Sunflora said...

Patti, your sewing room is an inspiration to me! One day I aspire to have a sewing room like yours. Thanks for sharing.

Sonnja said...

It is absolutely beautiful, Your new workspace.
Kind Regards,

Sonnja

Deb Geyer said...

It looks wonderful; I am envious. Maybe some day...

Megan said...

You've given me hope! Someday when all the kids move out I can finally claim a space for my own??? Can't wait, I just need to nudge them along!

tami said...

WOW. That turned out great. What a wonderful space.

anne bebbington said...

Patti - your studio is awesome! Worth every penny and all the hard work and some - well done!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The cupboards look wonderful with all the fabric in. Yes get rid of that fabric diet badge - buy more is my policy!

Tanya said...

I am so envious of your beautiful sewing room and your organizational skills! What I wouldn't give to be let loose in a room like yours!

Lynda said...

Patti Your stash is beautifully organised. Can you actually locate everything? I'm very envious of your lovely cupboards. I kid myself that I would be much more organised if I had the correct storage! (lol) By the way, what are flimsies?

Laurie said...

I love your cupboards. I saw some at IKEA and jwondered if they would fit in my room. I have a hodgepodge of shelves and dressers lest over from kids but at least I have a room.