Saturday, October 3, 2009

Open Studio

My studio is featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors’ Studios magazine, but here are some photos they didn’t have space to include. Because the theme of the publication is “open studios,” Quilting Arts is also hosting a virtual studios tour this week. For more information on the Open Studios event, click here.

Here’s my machine and cabinet. I adore having my machine set down into my cabinet; I don’t think it is possible to quilt well for a long time without a level sewing surface.

My quilt “Harbinger’s Hope” hangs in the hall outside the studio. I like the green walls, but it is rather dark (the hallway is 8 feet wide and 40 feet long; it runs nearly the length of the house and is a bit cavernous), and I’m thinking about painting the hall butter yellow this winter. The fire hydrant painting is by Diane Overcash. I found the chest of drawers out for the trash at a neighbor’s house, dragged it home and refinished it. (I’ve been reclaiming castoffs like this for a long time. My kids groan with embarrassment when I slow the car down for a closer look.)

I use old jars and spice containers to hold my beads on the windowsill. I love how the light comes through them.

Old stuff and nostalgic-looking new stuff on top of a bookcase.

More of the same, plus a little quilt made years ago of Susan Branch fabrics.

Buttons and threads in old and new jars.

I can’t pass up old sewing stuff. I found these spools and clothespins on the curb, too.

The green pincushion is my design.

My kids’ finger puppets, no longer played with but way too cute to give away, sit atop paint brushes.