Irish Lake Quilter

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Moving On Up!



Thank you to all who were so kind and sent birthday wishes! Aside from the fact that the number keeps getting higher, it was a great day. Among other things, Chris and girlfriend Anne, gave me a book of inspirational readings called The Quilt of Life. Michael's card played "I'm Walking on Sunshine". Fun!!

For the past several days I have been moving my sewing room from what is the laundry room to what used to be the guest room. As you all know, a laundry room (no matter how large) is a busy place and not always the best for spreading out projects. On Tuesday, the pink and green applique blocks were spread out on the floor, ready to be sewn. Little Dog was quite comfy as she slept on them and Michael was trying to dodge them as he did his laundry. ARGH!! Enough, I said, and made the decision to move to the guest room and that any overflow company would result in the use of an Aero Bed. It is rare that we need more beds, so I felt safe in emptying the guest room. Our home has wood floors thruout most of the main level and they are to be screen buffed and recoated in a couple of weeks, so everything has to be moved out of the laundry room any way. I packed most of it up and enlisted the strong back and arms of a 23 yr old son and moved to the upstairs. It is sooo cozy and I can now spread things out, walk out and close the door and avoid a lot of frustration. I still need to clean out one of the closets in that room (Christmas storage) before I can move my stash up. But that isn't a big deal - I just wanted a place to work without the need to put everything away when laundry had to be done. ahhhh.........


This is Little Dog, or Leah, Michael's pound puppy that he got while in Fort Collins a couple of years ago. She was found wandering the streets at the young age of about 6 months. We had to put our favorite pup down about a year later, so she has taken over a warm spot in our hearts. The picture below is of Big Dog (Jordan) whom Leah has replaced. The reason I'm posting her picture is to show you what a gal did for us - this is all thread and small scraps of fabrics. I sent her a picture and she duplicated it and really did a wonderful job.......the likeness is unbelieveable. It is amazing how these animals work their way into our hearts - even if they do enjoy sleeping on our quilts! :>)



Hopefully my next post will have pictures of a completed pink and green top!

10 comments:

Sweet P said...

Hooray on getting a sewing room! You'll be so happy with your own space.

teodo said...

Happy Birthday in late. ciao ciao

Libby said...

Congrats on the new sewing room. We gave up a dedicated guest room some years back. The realization that it was used far less than a month out of the entire year made us rethink use of the space - it was a wise move.
It's so true that animals just expand our hearts - I know it is very true for me and Harper . . . she sure fills my days.

Screen Door said...

I loved that book. There's a special place in heaven for people with pups....(especially pound puppies).

paula, the quilter said...

Fort Collins? as in CO? I live in Loveland! Cute pup.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

OK, now I'm in tears! The quilt portrait of Jordan is absolutely wonderful. I've had a few incredible dogs leave indelible pawprints on my own heart; and yet, the capacity to love another is infinite. Enjoy your new space, sounds like you already are!

Nicole and Phil said...

wow, what a lovely quilt of your dog, what a great friend!

swooze aka Suzette said...

That picture of the dog is gorgeous! Don't overdo on that move! It is good as you will get to see and touch everything and refresh your memory on what is in your stash! Hopefully you can cull anything you don't love anymore in the process!

Sharon said...

My sewing room is in the basement. . .and I would love to have the room to move upstairs -- it is dreary without being able to see outside.

Just color me green. . .but I'm really happy for your move!

Sharon said...

My sewing room is in the basement. . .and I would love to have the room to move upstairs -- it is dreary without being able to see outside.

Just color me green. . .but I'm really happy for your move!