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A New Design Wall

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

Raise your hand if you are completely over winter. I know some of you are in the southern hemisphere and I am officially jealous of your Summer weather right now. We are going through another set of extreme cold days (-35F wind chills, and we aren’t even the coldest!). We can’t really leave the house. The kids and I are so stir crazy! So over the weekend I thought I would take advantage of the cold weather and organize my sewing space.

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

I’ve wanted to build a large design wall for quite some time. Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson has a great, affordable tutorial. Somehow on Saturday I talked my husband into taking a family trip to the hardware store to get the supplies.

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

I will admit right from the start maybe I didn’t entirely think through how we were going to get home two 48″ x 96″ sheets of foam insulation board on an extremely windy day – with the backseat full of kids and carseats. I would have gotten a picture of the mayhem – foam strapped to the roof of my car, with a 2″ x 4″ on top to help hold it down, with TONS of duct tape all over, taping it to the car to keep the wind from snapping it in half – but I thought my husband was going to kill me and wouldn’t find the humor in the situation. :)

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

We did make it home, barely. We went all backroads at 25 mph. And I spent the rest of the day rearranging the furniture so the design wall would have the natural light facing it. I love how it turned out. I just need to hang them on the wall somehow. I’m hoping it’s big enough for me to stop using my “design floor”. If you have the space (even for a smaller one), I highly recommend building one! Maybe just on a less windy day.

January 28, 2014   47 Comments

A Peek into My Sewing Space

Sunday Sewing Spaces

Charlotte over at Lawson and Lotti asked me if she could peek into my sewing space for her Sunday Sewing Spaces series. I had to say yes, I love when other crafty people post pictures of their spaces! Head on over to her blog for lots of photos and a little interview with me about where I work relax!

Lawson and Lotti

January 22, 2012   12 Comments

Sew New to Me VQB Blocks and a New Design Wall

SNTM Feb Blocks

In the last week I received 3 more blocks! I’m getting really excited about this quilt. I need to get on it and finish the inner blocks I’ll be making – seen here if you don’t remember.

These blocks were sent to me by Lisa of Sophia Aster, Heather of A La Mode Fabric, and Lisa. And do you see how I have them displayed? It’s my new design wall! Ever since I saw Ashley of Film in the Fridge’s GIANT design wall, I’ve really really really wanted one. Ok, so mine is 1/6th the size. But it really works in the space and I think it will be a great place to display ideas while I hash them out.

It was really easy to make. I went to Ikea and bought the largest black frame they sold. I wrapped the plexiglass and backing in a piece of craft sized batting and hung the frame. So easy!

Design Wall

February 28, 2010   5 Comments

Twin Quilting

Quilting Twin

I thought I’d share this photo to show that I’m not just lazing around over here. ;-) One thing I’ve learned on this latest project – a twin quilt is bigger than it sounds! I am in the process of quilting it using my fancy new Bernina Stitch Regulator. Which I love by the way. I’m about 1/5th the way done and am hoping between nap time and the weekend, I’ll be binding by Sunday night.

I also had to share this next photo for everyone to see my “cage”. LOL Yep, this is what happens when you want to sew but have an adorable, 8 month old trouble maker crawling everywhere. We have a finished basement which is our playroom and I’ve put my sewing area down there so I can work while the kids play. Kyler loves getting under my sewing table and going straight for the cords! It’s funny because he will crawl up to the gate and cry, it’s almost like he thinks HE’S the one in the cage, not me! I’ve promised myself that after this quilt is done, I will clean up my space and take a proper picture to share. I swear I’m not normally this messy!

Sewing cage

November 13, 2009   10 Comments