The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Encouraging Signs

Ever so slowly, and hopefully on a daily basis, I am returning to
my sewing room.  After a very long illness and a broken arm,
I am calling this "my kind of physical therapy."

This past week I definitely enjoyed sewing and having fun,
even if my arm doesn't particularly like a lot of cutting right now.
I can work with that by just spreading it over a couple days.

Thank you ever so much to Marlene from
for her brillant idea of "Welcome To The Neighborhood"  visits.
We will be getting to know our blogging friends a lot better
so be sure and comment telling me a little something about yourself,
or what you have been working on or hope to be working on,
or any new quilting trends or really good tips I likely have missed,
Everything works for me ...  
What Fun -

From the first of January

To the last of January...
All that inbetween stuff is what took so long and I am pleased
it is now a workable room with new organized bookcases and plastic bins.
I "kinda know" where things are stored and anticipate rearranging as I go along.
I downsized from a 14'  x 24' to a 10' x 12' room,
spent many days unpacking tubs reorganizing
and labeling, sorting and stashing.
I now have my own gorilla shelves in the garage for batting tubs,
 and other "needful things."  Love it !!!

Projects and progress for this past week ...
Magnolia Wreath Cut Ups

An old UFO Pattern

Starting off small and all ready to sew tomorrow.
I found my tub of pillowcase kits that were made by
my Golden Girls sewing group a year ago when we sewed bi-monthly
for ConKerr Cancer patients.  A couple of the ladies have moved away
and we lost one of our very creative Golden Girls.
 I want to finish the pillowcases for ConKerr, A Case For Smiles, while
 remembering all the really good times we ladies had making them .
I started with the Easter fabric kits.

Oh so cute.
Another wonderful finish was my Redwork tea towel last weekend...
this is a Busy As Can Be design.
A future Christmas present and isn't she lovely!!!
I feel that I have a made a good start with my sewing room therapy...
which feels more like mental therapy.  I have so many kits and projects
that were packed away last year -  all just waiting for my attention.
I definitely forgot all the projects that I have been so richly blessed with.
Feels pretty darn good to be creating and sewing again.
I will be looking around to see what kind of wonderful things
I can pass on in a giveaway very soon.

Thank you for dropping by and
please have a delicious kind of day
filled with joyous things that make you happy.
Don't forget that comment!!! and come back often
to visit.
Judy C


Vroomans' Quilts said...

So lovely to see you posting again. I just adore that bunny fabric. Our quild just donated over 60 pillowcases to ConKerr. Take baby steps - we want you with us.

Janet O. said...

It is good to see you back to your creative activities again. You have many things going already.
Was it very hard to downsize the sewing room?
I love the wall of shelves for fabric!

Katie said...

So glad to hear you so cheerful and enjoying your sewing! :-)

taylorsoutback said...

Yeah for you - looks like you are definitely doing better - so enjoy seeing your new sewing area unfolding. And all those projects - wow!

Cathy said...

I enjoyed my visit! My sewing room is about 10' x 10'. It`s a challange but I make it work. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

FabricFascination said...

Congrats on getting back to your sewing, and getting over your illness.

Visiting from Marlene's Stitchin' by the Lake blog.

carolyn smith said...

Good morning nighbor. Marleene was great in doing this blog hope to meet our nighbors. Beautiful pillow cases too.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

So happy to see where you do your lovely, creative work, my friend and neighbor! You did a wonderful job of downsizing your space, it is so warm and welcoming; I love that matchstick window blind too. The pillowcases are very sweet and the tea towel is just terrific. I am so happy that you are back blogging again, but more than that that you are well enough to sew and type; thanks be to God! Life is GOOD!!

Barb said...

So glad that you are getting back to sewing. I love your fabric organized.

Barb said...

So glad that you are getting back to sewing. I love your fabric organized.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Hi Neighbor! Marlene sent me over. I am so glad that you are doing better! From experience, I know how important touching fabric can be to a quilter's mental health. Wish I was in NC visiting our son and his family - we are in the middle of a snow storm! Have a wonderful day! ~Jeanne

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Hello! I'm a first time visitor, thanks to the hop! What a beautiful sewing room! I love your shelves...they look antique? So perfect for a sewing space! Thanks for showing. My room is a mess and desperately needs help! Those cabinets would be perfect instead of the mosh mash I have now!

SpartanBabe said...

Glad to see you're back to sewing (and posting!). When I broke my leg/ankle/foot five years ago (gasp - 5!?!?) my husband bought me my Juki for "physical therapy". It worked great for my foot with the pedal pressure and all. He thought it would be a good idea...mua ha ha ha he created a monster! Take care :o)

Just Carol said...

Love that little redwork piece...very nice!

Quilt Hollow said...

I bet it feels so good to get back to do what you love. Your sewing room loves having you!

Kathy H said...

Love that redwork. Always a favorite of mine.

Sheila said...

So nice to see you back creating , you have your sace well organized . Love the red work!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so jealous of that long row of shelves with your stash on it - it's perfect for seeing what you have! blessings, marlene

Michelle May said...

It's so great to have you back. I tell ya girlfriend, I'm totally impressed by what you did downsizing from your old space to your new space. Of course, I still have fabric storage envy for those awesome shelving pieces! Looooooove them!

Hugs and love ya bunches.
:) :) :)

Lesley said...

So nice that you are able to get back to your sewing! Love your space...those shelves are just so full of wonderful fabrics! Nice to meet you in the neighbourhood!

Lisa said...

Hi, hope you get better day by day! I do believe sewing is mental therapy. It gives us purpose after limit mobility, hang in there it gets better. I know from experience. Oh, how I would love a room but the Inn is full and I love my mom and grandson, so I will sit at the table! I do pillowcases for charities too! Can't do handwork though yours is lovely! Nice to meet you come visit me sometime!

Adrienne said...

Hi, neighbor -
It's so nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I loved seeing your sewing room. What an inspiration and encouragement to me! I am moving back into my sewing room after several months of having grandchildren live with us. My sewing room had to be cleared to make room for their beds and dressers and toys. Now they are settled in their new home and I am trying to get ready to sew again! I'll be back to check in and see what you're doing.

Regina said...

Love your Redwork tea towel, so cute.

Carrie P. said...

Love those cabinets for your fabric stash! Your Magnolia project is pretty. Nice fabrics.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Love your red work tea towel and all your beautiful fabric.

Kim said...

Your Redwork is so cute. So glad you're felling better and back to seeing again. Thanks do linking up with CTTY.

Mary said...

About the time I was getting back into quilting, I fell and broke my wrist. It was wonderful when I recovered enough to start sewing again! I'm another visitor from Stitchin by the Lake.

Kristi said...

Your room looks so beautifully organized, and I just love that tea towel!

Teresa in Music City said...

Welcome back Judy! I know it is tough to get back into normal life after illness and/or injury. Quilting is the perfect therapy! And it looks like you have your space all set up and ready for some fun :*)

carla said...

Hi!!! I love your sewing room!!! Very nice!!! Love your redwork!!! Your fabrics are very pretty!!! Glad you are getting to have fun back at your machine now!!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Still stitching? I'm missing it terribly.

Sharon Dawn said...

Wonderful sewing room! I wish I was as organized as you! I love your redwork stitches!

Debbie M said...

The gingerbread girl on the rolling pin is a Busy as can be pattern.