Collard-Greens.SoldMy quilt, Collard Greens is going to a new home. It will hang at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC through March 5th with the show Masterworks of the Artisans of The South Carolina Cotton Trail.

The Studio

Is up and running!  I need to get the photos off of my phone so I can post some here.  Everything is done – except for the storage closet.  The contractor we had lined up to do that said he couldn’t come until September, so we (meaning my husband David) is going to be doing it.  Today he is going to start working on putting the two doors together and later, weather permitting I will paint the barn door hardware.  Meanwhile, I’m working on the 1st of three quilts for the Fly Me To The Moon exhibit and quilting the Swamp Fox Quilt Guild’s raffle quilt.  Life is good!

More progress

Yesterday was a very productive day in The Studio. The electrician got the exterior lights up, the outside and inside receptacles, and the boxes for the fans. The contractors got the metal wall in place except for one panel. Today all of that should be finished up. That will leave the storage closet and design wall doors…and moving in!

The Floor…

When we started talking about converting a storage garage into my studio, I decided I wanted to keep the cement floors, but wanted to add some color.  After searching the web and Pinterest I came across transparent concrete stains.  I found a picture of a floor I liked but finding a contractor was not as easy.  Finally the folks at Sherwin Williams here in Hartsville gave me the contact info for Cosmetic Concrete LLC.  I am so thrilled with the end result.  These pictures do not do the actual floor justice.

Thank you Jamie and Gilbert of Cosmetic Concrete LLC., I am thrilled with the results!

More Progress on the studio today

This morning the beams that will support the sliding design wall doors, the baseboard and window trim and the wall material was delivered.  Then the insulation contractor came and blew in the ceiling insulation.  The wall insulation may get done later today or tomorrow.  AND the AC unit is going to be installed either today or tomorrow.   The floor is scheduled to be done at the end of the month.   The lights (there are eleven fixtures with four 4000K led bulbs in each – it’s going to be BRIGHT in there!) have been ordered,  the sliding door hardware has been ordered.  So progress is being made!


Insulation for the ceiling.

More Progress

The Studio is moving right along.  The brick on the front has been completed and the bead board for the ceiling has all been painted.  The HVAC lines have been run and the interior electric is in.  Next step the ceiling will be installed, then lights, insulation and walls. Then the floor!


Exciting happenings!


We moved to South Carolina in February 2013 and lived in our motorhome until September 30, 2013 when we moved into our new home.  From November 2013, when our “stuff” got here from CT until now, my sewing “stuff” has taken up a good portion of the house.  One of the extra bedrooms is home to my longarm quilting machine, the other is home to my fabrics, threads, embroidery supplies and sewing machines, and the dinning room is home to the embroidery machine.  We looked into adding a 2nd floor, but that would have been a lengthy (and costly) option.  Instead we have decided to convert the 24′ x 24′ building in the backyard into my sewing/art studio…AND that construction has started!  We have installed windows along the north side of the building as well as french doors with picture window side lites on the front – replacing the garage door.  The front of the building is going to be bricked to match the house, and the plain old concrete floor will become a colorful stained concrete beauty.  The ceiling and some of the walls will be covered by  beadboard painted white (or maybe distressed), there will be a metal accent wall, and the back wall will be entirely storage covered by sliding design wall doors (Thank you Sarah Ann Smith for the inspiration and idea!)  Today the electricians will be coming to start the interior wiring.  There will be LOTS of overhead lights and LOTS of plugs.

The Garage

The Garage – Before


The Studio – After


I traveled to Charlotte NC last week to attend a workshop taught by Sarah Ann Smith.  I have “known” Sarah online for many, many years, and had the pleasure of meeting her in person a few years ago when Deirdre Abbotts and I traveled to Fall River, MA and had dinner with Sarah.  You never know about workshops…will there be “one of those” students?  Will the teacher actually teach you something?  Will you find out you really don’t like the technique being taught?  This workshop was WONDERFUL!  I can’t say enough about Sarah’s ability to keep the class engaged for three days, offering helpful suggestions and gentile critique.  My sister actually went with me, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.

This is my result from day 2 of the 2 day workshop:daylilly


And on day 3, which was actually a separate one day workshop on thread painting in which we learned the techniques for adding shape, shading and texture to our designs, only we did it on a photo that Sarah had printed onto the fabric at Spoonflower – what a great idea!  (Note to self:  remember to try that with the pinecone project!)


And of course the required picture of the two of us