Monday, December 12, 2011

Occupy Your Sewing Room

Occupy Sewing Room

Boy, did I ever need this. I haven't had any time to sew since a week before Thanksgiving. We had a special guest coming for dinner and it sent me into a frenzy of cleaning, no my house isn't that dirty, normally I just vacuum  up the tumbleweeds of dog hair that roll through the living room, but nervous energy set in and I cleaned closets and everywhere else that I don't normally think about.

Then my computer died and what a stressful mess that was. I did manage to put together a Christmas wall hanging for SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show, which oddly caused some strange reactions from some people. My life has been really weird for weeks. 

So, when the time came to Occupy Your Sewing Room, I pulled a couple of WIP's out and thought I would just finish them, But.....that very day these came in the mail

There's nothing like some pretty new fabric, when life has been.... odd. That's Martinique by Moda. 
I told everyone to leave me alone, dinner would be whatever involved a phone call and I started cutting.

Here's the finish, yes I finished it!

But, I didn't stop there, no it felt so good to be creating again, I started on this

Not finished, I'm working on the borders and life did rear it's ugly head again, did you know Christmas is almost here and there seems to be lots to do? I had to make a couple of trips to the mainland, but I feel refreshed and ready to tackle it all.

I do want to share one of the true joys in my life and the reason I laugh everyday. As soon as I hung the quilts and grabbed the camera the photo assistants woke up.

See the bottom of the picture? 
Yep, that's a Brady Bug peeking out at me, which led to Maya needing to help

And things went down hill from there, but all is well and no quilts were harmed in taking these pictures.

Thanks so much to Barbara from Cat Patches. When I signed up I thought it would be fun, I didn't know that it would help save my sanity.

Thanks for coming by,


  1. You have been busy! Both of these are great.....and the helpers are too cute. Like your idea of hanging them up with clip hangers...very cleverful you are. Glad you are back up and running with the computer....hard to imagine going without it.

  2. Dana, what lovely quilts! And I agree, the Martinique is very pretty ... and pretty fabric is definitely therapeutic! Merry Christmas!! :)

  3. Beautiful work, Dana! You got a lot done.

  4. Beautiful finishes, and I love the peeking pooch!

  5. These are beautiful!!! Martinique is one of my all time favorite lines, and so perfect for the Keys! Tomorrow is my day to occupy my sewing studio... hope I can be as productive as you: )

  6. Somehow I think I should hate you, I cannot imagine getting the two tops done in one day! Great job, happy finishing!

  7. Your fabric & quilt is beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

    Now you have me curious about the weird comments/reactions in the Christmas quilt show????? Off to investigate.


  8. Love the dogs! mine do that too. And the cats....
    Great quilts. and I posted that "occupy" sign on my blog even though I found it too late to enter. Love it!

  9. Love the dogs! mine do that too. And the cats....
    Great quilts. and I posted that "occupy" sign on my blog even though I found it too late to enter. Love it!

  10. Hello Dana,
    I love the first quilt especially. Good luck with the finishes.
    Happy days.

  11. Gorgeous! I love what you did with the Martinique... I have a layer cake I haven't got to yet. Such pretty quilts!

  12. I thought I'd lost your blog and was finally sitting at the computer when thinking about you so I was able to find you again. You've been so busy!