Every Space Needs A Window

quilt-003_small11Every Space Needs A Window

Every creative space needs a window to gaze on the world.  Since my new space is without a window, my very first idea was to create a window.  I’m not sure why I thought to do this in fabric, but it was as if the idea was born fully formed.  I had to work out the details on scale and proportions, and do some research on quilting, and of course buy some fabric and a few other goodies.

I’ve always had a sewing machine, and am now on the third hand-me-down machine from my mother.  She used to sew a a lot, but her eyes aren’t what they used to be, so last year she sent me her very new and basically unused Janome.  I haven’t done that much with it – just mending and such.  But my sewing cabinet has lived in my closet for years now, so when I moved my craft space there too, it seemed natural to do something on my largely untried sewing machine.

And I am so thrilled with the result.  Sewing seems to be something I can successfully do in tiny increments, as my body allows more or less according to the day.  So many other crafty enterprises of mine depended on being able to devote larger blocks of time, and either I couldn’t concentrate that long or it caused too many problems for me physically.  But so far, this seems to be something I can do.

I don’t have it up on my ‘studio’ wall yet, but here it is, fully finished.  It is quilted, and measures about 20″ x 24″. The colors are so happy and invigorating.  Yay!


A New Space to Work


First priority has been a new space to work.  We were trying to get rid of some old stuff in the big walk-in closet recently, and it occurred to me that with a little reorganizing and by pitching a few things, I could create an art space for me that would work with my current limitations, and would give me the private space I have not had for a very long time.  So, I’ve moved my crafty side from the dining room table to the closet!

blog-0011This is a  picture of the primary work surface.
blog-0021And another of the sewing machine area.

And a work in progress seen under the light… More on that later.


Craft A Life

I am in a new stage in my life – newly empty nest, upcoming wedding, and searching for new meaning for this next stage.  I want to expand my creative horizons, try out new skills, and develop more confidence in my ability to create.   I started this blog because I have, for the first time in a long time, my own crafting space.  OK – It’s in a walk-in closet.  But I feel like it is mine, and I can dabble and doodle and glue and sew — in my own private world.  I will write about my first project, currently underway, very soon.