Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Come in, come in!

Yesterday as I quilted in my sunny new sewing room, baby asleep in a bassinet by my side, I soaked up the moment for its delicious, undeserved perfection.  This beautiful new space coming to fruition at the same time as this precious, healthy new life - it fills my heart so full, so thankful.

Please, come in, come in!  I've hung some things on the wall and sorted myself out.  Would you like a tour?

new sewing Room

Coming into the room, my desk and cabinets on are the left wall.  It's great to have my fabric cabinet right beside my desk for easy reference when fabric shopping online!

new sewing Room

In the center of the room is my work table.  Then the wall opposite my desk has those three windows that look out towards the forest.  I love them so.

new sewing Room

The room is rather large, since I plan to host weekend workshops for eight students in this space.  There is enough room to bring in another large work table.  But for now, Elora's rug is enjoying the sunniest spot in the room, under the two skylights.

new sewing Room

When I asked for skylights in this room, I wasn't sure we could swing it.  Now they're my favorite thing about the space.  I'm so glad we made it work!  With five windows in this room, plus the two sky lights, it's well lit even on rainy, cloudy days.  And on sunny days like yesterday... it feels like I'm working outside!

The skylights are strategically placed near my design wall.  I wanted to be sure to have natural light for photographing works in progress, something I always struggled with in my dark sewing area.  We ended up stretching the whole twenty foot wall with batting!  Thanks to a bolt of Warm and Natural, I had a strong piece of batting large enough to do the job.

new sewing Room

Brandon drew some level lines on the wall to mark the edges of the batting and of the window trim, which he'll use to frame it.  (You can see the skylight above his head!)  Then he stapled the batting around all four sides, stretching it tight, plus one horizontal row of staples through the middle for extra support.

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After that, I just cut off the excess batting to within his marked lines.  Done!  Well, except for the trim.  We didn't have time for that this weekend.

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Of course, I lost no time putting some things up on the design wall!  Those hourglasses are a scrap project just because.

new sewing Room

It's tough to capture the size of the design wall with my lense, but this picture gives you a sense of things.  I could definitely fit two throw quilts up on the wall with space to spare.  Oh, joy!

It will be interesting to see how this wall holds up.  My experience is that Warm & Natural batting is sturdy enough to resist sagging.  But on this scale... time will tell!  The good thing is I can always take down the batting and use it for an actual quilt.  One of my old, moveable design walls has already been put to use as batting in my tunnel quilt.

new sewing Room

I can see the design wall from across my work table.  It extends from the corner of the skylight area to the French doors of the entry.

new sewing Room

So, sitting at my work table, I have the design wall across from me, my fabrics to the right, and if I swivel my chair all the way round...

new sewing Room

My ironing board and scrap drawer system are right behind me in easy reach!

new sewing Room

This weekend we hung Eleni's nursery letters in my new sewing room, as well as a mini Flowers for Eleni garland that was made in her memory.  In this glorious space with mementos of my lost baby and the sights and sounds of the rest of my family, I feel surrounded by love, nature and handmade beauty.  It often strikes me as strange to be happy again like this, to look with glad expectation towards the future, to feel lucky, blessed.  But it's real.

Joy and loss all woven together, the realest thing.

59 comments:

  1. Your resilience has been put to the test, but you’ve coped with it so well. It’s so nice to glimpses of Elora and memories of Eleni in your creative space!
    (I’m a bit envious of your design wall <3

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    1. Right? The design wall is ridiculously awesome. Only a fellow quilter would understand!! =)

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  2. Love those hourglass blocks!! For your baby?

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    1. No, the hourglasses are for no reason. I am working on a little something for baby today though!

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  3. I'm so happy to hear how filled with joy you are! Your new room is incredible. I love that design wall and those windows and skylights! Enjoy

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  4. I'm loving the wall color and the skylights. Enjoy!

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  5. Well deserved happiness. Enjoy.

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  6. It's a wonderful space and so deserved. Loved seeing little Elora on the floor enjoying it too!

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  7. Lovely...the entire space, the memory wall and the new baby along with the sounds of your family. Happiness is wished and prayed for for you and your family.

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  8. Very beautiful. I'm glad you're happy, you certainly deserve it.

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  9. I'm curious about the wall color. When should someone be concerned with the color of the room tinting the light to affect fabric selection? Does so much natural light make it a non-issue? Are any of your windows providing north light, so valued by artists?

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    1. Oh, those are some good questions! I used to work in a grass green room with little natural lighting, so all I know is that this is a vast improvement! Not sure if the soft green walls will effect my color choices. So far I'm working in the middle of the room, so I don't feel like the green is "in" my vision. I didn't know northern light was valued by artists. My room gets little to none! =)

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  10. I love the room. The color is beautiful. I am very envious of your design wall. You will make many wonderful memories there.
    Leslie

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  11. I love, love your sewing room! And Elora seems to enjoy it too:-)

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  12. A wonderful space Rachel and I'm so pleased to see your joy is real and hope lives on. You have a fantastic way of viewing life and making right choices.

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  13. Such a nice space! And such a lovely little one to share it with you. :)

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  14. A gorgeous studio space. I am glad for you and also happy to know that you were at peace when you wrote that post.

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  15. awesome...you are a special gal !!!!!!

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  16. I WANT TO SEE PICTURES OF THE BABY!!! You were teasing us there! Seriously, though, your space is lovely. That design wall is TDF!!! Unfortunately, my sewing space is in a corner of the dining room and for a variety of reasons there is almost no real wall space in the room (it's all windows, fireplace, staircase). So nice!!! Love Elena's letters and garland up, and I'm happy to hear you sounding so happy.

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  17. Yes... Joy and loss all intertwined together - blessed!

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  18. Such a beautiful serene space. Enjoy your workroom now. Soon your little Elora will be on the move taking up more of your crafting time. Happy for you!

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  19. Wow, Rachel, I love your room. Now I want to paint mine :-D
    I love the green, and the cabinets and the tables and the BABY on the floor in the sun. What a marvelous room. What an adorable baby, Elora!!! She looks happy
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    I hope it is close to the cooking room (kitchen)
    If you want the sturdiest most super duper strong design wall, save up and get the heaviest duty felt at someplace like JA fabrics. Well, buy a yard and put it up someplace and see how it works. You can get the biggest largest size, just be sure it is the good stuff :-D
    I have that on my walls. I took a yard stick and hubbies level and marked a few lines on it
    I love your wonderful work space, Rachel. I am so happy you have an office now.♥️

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  20. All those windows! All that space! I'm so happy for you.
    And you know Elora will love the design wall when she starts walking ;)

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    1. Haha, yes she will! I really needed a new design wall because my old ones were big foam boards unattached to anything. Even my big kids had accidentally knocked them over a few times. Imagine a toddler's glee at making those big, soft boards tip over and fall down! So, I figure affixed to the wall is a big improvement ;)

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  21. The travels between the two lands of joy and loss has brought a recognition of happiness and content. I am happy for you. Stitch with great love as you go forward.
    Elizabeth

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  22. This is such a beautiful room. Congratulations on getting it all together. I hope to one day have my own sewing room. I love the size of your design wall. The natural light you were able to let in is wonderful.

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  23. What a wonderful, beautiful room for a wonderful, beautiful new beginnings. Peace and blessing on you and your family.

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  24. It's a beautiful, well designed personal space and it even looks good for the soul Rachel. You will be spending many a golden hour there. :)

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  25. Very beautiful, so happy for you all.

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  26. I love it all. You have a beautiful heart! I love Elora's name...it was a baby in one of my favorite movies (Willow). God bless you! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  27. I've never met you but I feel like I know you. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself over the last few years. I rejoice with you in all the wonderous joy that your life holds now.

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  28. I love your space! I can ALMOST feel the warmth of the sun coming through those awesome windows! I don't know, a great view of the forest or a great view of your design wall with work in progress....

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  29. Such a great space to create in. Enjoy this time when baby stays where you lay her down! I still remember the day when I left my daughter in the middle of the living room floor and returned after changing a laundry load to find her . . . Gone. She had rolled under the couch! She was quite proud of herself!

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  30. I feel so happy for you. The room is splendid, it feels so cosy and all the love surrounding you is almost touchable.

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  31. I feel so glad for you, Rachel. And you just gave me a glorious idea for a new design wall in my new sewing/living room's dark corner :-) Bless you.

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  32. I am so happy for you, Rachel!! What a beautiful room to work in and so happy that you made it through those dark hours. Those memories will stay, but so happy for the blessings you have received.

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    1. Yes, so happy for the blessings and for the love that carried us all through.

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  33. It is a wonderful room, Rachel! So very happy for you, and your family!

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  34. It's beautiful - I swear it is the same green I have in both my sewing room as well - it's such a peaceful but happy colour. Enjoy - you deserve it!

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  35. I am so happy for you Rachel. This is the most beautiful serene sewing room! love love love the color. Enjoy! Mary in AZ

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  36. I am happy for you. It is a joy to see you in your new sewing space enjoying your healthy new daughter and honoring Eleni. It makes me feel good. Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Such a gorgeous space! And those little glimpses of Elora playing on the floor? Perfection :) How could you not enjoy creating in a space like that?

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    1. Oh, I do enjoy it! I hope to have a chance to share the space with others someday too =)

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  38. What peace and joy your Elani is feeling as she looks down on you all with love.
    Peg Sullivan

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  39. oh so happy for you that you have such a lovely space! this design well and the light above are so dreamy! I just enrolled in your penny sampler class! can't wait to get started!! do you know when the first lesson will be sent?? hugs Sophie (France)

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  40. What a wonderful space with so much light! Fantastic!

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  41. Fabulous new space. Love the memories of Eleni on the wall with Elora in the sunlight on the floor. Perfect!

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  42. It's just beautiful, what a perfect peaceful place for you to create.

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  43. Beautiful space. Love your huge design wall. My husband put one up for me by screwing construction styrofoam sheets directly to the wall. Two 4x8 sheets covered in batting give me the opportunity to pin big blocks that might not hold against the batting one. When we moved he reinstalled it in my new space and patched the holes. In 8 years I've replaced the batting once although I did turn it over in between replacements. He cut holes for my outlets so I can still plug in my vacuum and other appliances. Enjoy your beautiful new space. It's inspiring.

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  44. So much to take in with this post Rachel. Lovely shots of your sweet girl in the sunlight. The skylights are wonderful- you'll Have such nice light to work in. The design wall...... I can't even say how green with envy I am! (I have a tiny space maybe 28"-40" or so. Not nearly big enough. Also, the idea of hosting workshops in your studio is so exciting!

    Mostly, I am overjoyed to hear this sense of peace and contentment in your writing. Long time coming and so well deserved.

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  45. It's beautiful. I'm so jealous of your skylights and design wall!

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  46. What a truely fantastic work space - great work both of you😍

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  47. I see the Happy Apple--our daughter loved it, so did I. I bring it out when any little kiddos are visiting.

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