CQJP2015 Peacock Project

CQJP2015 Peacock Project
Only four out of 12...in progress

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017     Happy St. Patrick's Month!!!!

The square above is on my front door for the whole month!!! Working on one now for April Showers!!!!

Have you tried the latest craze???  Making a Fabric Journal, of course!!!  I made one recently, with a lot of help from Annette Graves on private messages!!! You can learn lots more by visiting her blog. Here I will give you my journey, with descriptions and pictures! I do warn you, it is an addicting project, and it will change an organized sewing room into a total chaos mess.  But it was so fun I am planning the next one!!!!
First I used 6 blocks that were on the Summer Round Robin of 2014. The participants, in order as depicted in the fabric book are: Cathy Glover, Margreet de Reus, Lauren Mattison, Barbara Scalise, Stacy Sharp and Pauline Keller.  So the pages with their blocks are in the order above.  I learned from Annette that you will not want to put embellished squares on facing pages, too many things to catch on. So each facing page is made up of things in a similar theme. Here goes!!!
This is a paper journal I sent out with the Round Robin for the ladies to write in.
These are each of their squares.  I chose a butterfly theme, and you can see how well the ladies did!! The black butterfly fabric is a favorite of mine, and was intending to use it for the pages, but my "muse" sent me in a different direction!
Had to raid my many bins of laces. I didn't want to use just white, so I coffee-dyed several different types to see what effects I would get. Some were new, some were doilies, and some were off of dresses from the thrift store!
When Annette, my muse, told me that black fabric wasn't right, I took a photo of some of my other butterfly fabrics. The very center one is what made up some of the squares.  We both fell in love with the batik piece on the right!

By laying the squares down I determined the size of my pages. This is the beginning of the outside covers.
It's now coming together, with a bias tape border to hold together with the inside page added. Some lace and pictures on the front cover on the right. Some of my dyed laces are from Barbara Nicki Lee Seavey.
Several rows of lace, on both sides, were added, lace designating the binding, and sparkles on the back. Butterfly of sequins added on top.
This is a work in progress...really, the whole room was a complete chaos!!!!
I used various fabrics for the pages, multi-variety of laces. The more the better. If they don't go all the way around, just grab another variety and keep going. Just like crazy quilting, there are no mistakes!

See what I mean. I pinned the fabrics together, and sewed the laces on by machine.
Pocket on inside front cover, place for the paper journal!  Cathy Glover's square on the right!
 This side is decorated by me, so as not to catch on the square facing it. Just some lace and doily. The hand embroidered butterfly on the top right, was taken off of an old pillow case done by my hubby's mother! 

It faces the wonderful square done by Margreet de Reus.  I simply hot glued the fabric to the pages, and the bordered with different trims and laces, some glued on, and some sewed on.

Butterflies were my first favorite embroidery to stitch when I first learned at the age of 10. My mother would thread the needle for me with 2 threads.  When she wasn't looking, I would get a couple more threads and re-thread my needle....I wanted the fat puffy look!!!! I don't know when I made the red butterfly, but it's been waiting for a home for some time!  The square on the right is done by Lauren Mattison.

I love this quote!
On this page, I used a cut-out of the butterfly from the fabric that was used for these blocks. The block on the right is done by Barbara Scalise.

This page has another butterfly by me...also waiting for a home. The quote below, I found on the internet and printed on fabric. This block is by Stacey Sharp.

This block I used a wonderful velvet ribbon to frame the silkie. And last, but not least, is Pauline Keller's block. 
Finally, the inside back cover page:
Another silkie, and quote printed on fabric! And an inside pocket, for, what else, a bookmark!!!

I thank all of these ladies for their lovely work! And I thank Annette for her help and inspiration!!!
Here's a finished picture of the book!!!

And a sneak peak at my next month's blog on April Showers!

Thanks for visiting!!! Happy Stitching!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Some of you already know that we were making plans to move last year.  We packed up some 400 boxes of our stuff and loaded it to a shed to store, while we continued to clean, refurbish and get our home ready to show. This was from April through July.  By August we put the house up for sale. With such a "hot" market we thought we would sell fast and have to be out fast, so we felt we were ready.
Even though we weren't trying to make all our money back that we had put into the house, new deck, new driveway, etc., we were hoping to at least make back what we had bought for almost 10 years ago.  After two months, and with not many people looking at the house we counseled with a good friend, whose a realtor. He suggested our prices was too high, way too high. By the time he told us what he realistically thought it would sell for, and we took in realtor fees, etc., we were way below what we had bought for.  
That was crazy...to think of taking a voluntary move, and lose money. Too irresponsible we felt. Not good stewardship of our money. 
So we cancelled the idea of moving, and proceeded to move all the boxes back to our house!!! I am going to take you on a journey of how we took this opportunity to redesign my sewing room...not too wordy...mostly pictures!
First, here's the space before we did anything...
This is the "library"...totaling 15 bookshelves! Many of these books were downsized and given away. The top picture is on your right as you walk towards my sewing room in the background.

 These shelves are on your left as you walk towards the sewing room in the back.

When standing in my doorway, this is looking back towards the other end of the library. 
 This is the desk that I had for my computer...used to need such a big desk before the laptop!!! 

 Opposite side of the room, back towards the library, this desk was for my sewing. Both desk were solid oak and extremely heavy. It took four guys to get them up the stairs last summer.

Below, as I started the downsizing of the books, the library took on this look. 
Extra storage for my sewing.

As we got the house ready to be shown, this is how it looked, below.
  Books were donated, and things we wanted to keep were boxed and stored.

Looking back at the sewing room, this is all that's left!! 

A totally empty sewing room!!! This is how the room looked when we had lookers.

Naturally, when we realized we weren't going to sell, it was time to move back in! All those boxes came back home!  Now my husband told me, to rethink how to design my sewing space.  Actually, we realized, I had never done that. Really design the space!!! It just was always Hodge-podge!!!!

That's when I knew I didn't need to stay even with the same color scheme! I needed to think outside of the box....completely!!!

If you aren't familiar with Pinterest, I would recommend it, just be forewarn that it's addicting! I spent many hours on it searching what I like, what was possible and more.  I needed to learn how to set my sewing room up so that it would be well organized, but also attractive.  If I am going to spend hours in this room, I needed to be able to love it!

You can visit my Pinterest board Crazy Quilt Sewing Room Organization for all those ideas that inspired me. There's over 600 pins, I told you, it's addicting! But there you will see how the color scheme grabbed me.  If you go to the bottom of the page, and come up, you might see a few you like!

Here's a sampling:

Since I had been working on a Peacock project, these colors jumped out at me.  Back in the 1970's I had decorated a bathroom in these colors, but you couldn't find anything with the two combined, so I bought towels, wash cloths, etc. of each color and put them together myself.  Guess I was just ahead of my time!

Now you can find these two colors every where! Also, my BFF had a bedroom growing up in lavender and I had always loved her room!!!

I do find the colors extremely relaxing but exhilarating!!!  

A trip to Home Depot was a must. I chose what I felt I could live with. Now I already knew that all the furniture was going to be all white. If I went with pastel, which is normal for me, the room would have looked washed out. My instincts told me the walls needed to be more dramatic.

We moved most of the furniture out of the rooms, or towards the center and used as work space.

The blue went up on two walls first. My husband looked at me, and said, "Are you sure?" LOL!

But then, when it was time for the lavender, well, you should have seen the look on his face! Priceless!

We stuck it out, and kept going. The more we got the walls painted, the more we both liked the colors!
I even think the names on the colors are apropos: Paradise Sky and Magic Wand!!!

 Finally...Moving in day!!! Sandy was a big help in designing where to put all the cubby holes for maximum space saving storage! All of these were ones we already had, so no new ones in here.
Putting up the cabinets was quite a challenge as they were too heavy for me to hold up. Sandy stacked boxes to support while he got the screws in to hold in place. Ingenious!!!

More boxes for this cabinet also. Below the file cabinet was found in a thrift store for $15! A new counter will be added for a desk.

Amazing how much storage we got out of the existing units, but a whole new arrangement out of them!

This is the room that used to be the library.  Sandy surprised me with the wicker dresser, which goes with the bench we already had. He found it also at a thrift store for $45!
 Sandy came up with the idea of how to put all my yarns on the closet door! Not only decorative, but always visible when I am stitching!
 Above, I display my glitter on a lazy Suzanne.

The desk complete and in use!

Buttons and Ribbons on wall.

Shelves filled up with beads, threads, and lots of books!

Lights and glass, I am addicted to.  I collected much from thrift stores and added threads, buttons, etc. for pretty storage! The San-dollars were painted by my mother years ago.
Yarns stored on hooks.
 This wall is in the first room...two views...these were new ones we bought. More glass jars for storage, books on crazy quilting and sewing.

This view looks back to the opposite side of the room. It was Sandy's idea to put these cubby holes as a room divider!

The picture above is my favorite painter, Susan Rios. Coincidentally, the title of it is called, A New Arrangement! She teaches painting classes in Carmel, California,  which is  on my bucket list to take from her!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my journey! I thank you for visiting. 
Happy Stitching!
Our favorite quote that we live by!!!