Monday, September 1, 2014

From MaryJoG, via Rosey's posting service at no charge!

Fall is in the air,  so love the cooler nights.  The house is still 68 midafternoon.   It has been a productive day.  Have been working upstairs on the quilt room.  The grandkids moved all up to the bonus room and brought the furniture down to create a guest room in the former quilt room.  600 square feet is wonderful up there.  The floor was covered with boxes and tote bags from here and from AZ.  Bookshelves line one end and are filled with the stash.  Cubbies go along a long wall with 14 quilts hanging above them and on the other wall.  The cubbies have 19 quilt projects plus stripes, geometrics, kids prints, silks....  My work station is set at the far end of the room with the design wall on either side of the window.  A table backs up to the sewing cabinet for big projects or for cutting.  A small bookcase holds thread and tools plus disguises storage under the table.  We left the TV up should I want to watch while stitching, doubt that.  The double dresser is becoming a big ironing board.  A small table has four chairs around it for stitching friends.  The room is soft tan with tan carpet.  Some of the wood is blonde and the rest painted white.  Am using black and white to trim the curtains and for accents.  It is looking good and is even functional.
Using a drill to hang the design walls and put up curtain rods are new experiences.  Am getting better with small tools.  No desire to use any larger ones and sent them with the grandsons.  
My daughter's four children, ages 19 to 26 live here now.  They are in college or have graduated and work here.  One married which gives us five.  Two are in college, one teaches, one works in the high school library and one is getting his Masters in music ed.  All come for Sunday lunch and spend the afternoon.  The students do their laundry here.  Yesterday, they removed the antiques from over the kitchen cabinets and hung 8 quilts.  Austin is majoring in video and photography.  He climbed onto the fridge to hang the highest as the ladder didn't feel steady on the top step.  They are perfectly spaced and even cascade down where the ceiling slopes toward the dining room.  I am happy!
I'm a bit stunned to see that I've planned 19 quilts and purchased the fabric for them.  There were 21 but 4 were similar and became two.  And, there are UFOs.  Looks as though I need to live to the century mark just to finish all.  ;>)  Will only buy only an accent fabric to add to a project for the next year, am determined.  No more stash building.  Have 4 bags of fabric for donations.  Gave 5 tote bags with a project in each to my quilt group.  Each lady chose theirs.
The house has a different look and feel to it.  John loved red and it was in most rooms.  Now only two have any red.  Lime and or teal are the focus colors now.  The house feels cool and more 'mine'.  It will soon be 6 months since he passed and the grief is not as raw.  Life is good and getting better.


At September 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Mary Jo, that's what quilting does for you, isn't it. it gives you a good focus in life. Quilting is healing.

At September 1, 2014 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Fran (Sth Aust) said...

Mary Jo, your sewing room sounds fantastic and so LARGE! Fancy being able to hang so many quilts up. Is there a possibility of seeing photos? Just the job for your video studies grandson maybe? And how great that the grand-children are so much a part of your life in so many ways. Your life sounds so busy and hopefully that is what you need right now? Hugs to you, Fran.

At September 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM , Blogger MJ said...

Thanks for posting Rosey. You are right; quilting is healing. Fran, I will post pics when all is finished. Hopefully before long. It is coming right along. I stay too busy; my way of coping. Have always been a worker and love it. Am thinking that I need a part time job???

At September 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

It sounds like your house is BIG! How does one hang quilts over the refrigerator? I only have about 4 feet, then the ceiling is there. How many bedrooms do you have? My gosh. It does sound like all the grands are taking wonderful care of you, and your quilting is "healing". As we all know it is. You can give some of those new quilts to people who need a warm touch of love.
Sara in Fla.

At September 3, 2014 at 1:58 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

Mary Jo,
I am excited for you and your new quilting studio. How wonderful to have the grandchildren to do the heavy lifting and odd jobs and in return they have the comfort of home away from home. Can't wait to hear about your first project.


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