Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Winter Break

My daughter's school is closed this week for winter break.  I guess since Florida doesn't really experience winter, many families go where the snow is.  We go to Montana.

project prep
I thought I would take this opportunity to show you where I sew when I'm in Montana.  My machine shares space with an assortment of items from ski boots to paper towels.  

fancy dancy sewing machine cover
My sewing machine used to hang out in the bedroom, but my family frowns upon sewing when we are all together.  Recently I relocated my sewing machine and supplies into the mudroom so I could sew quietly and without interrupting my family in the early morning hours or late night when the house is asleep.

pincushion from Bari J tutorial
This trip, however, I have been sleeping in to rest up before QuiltCon next week!!!  The only sewing I have done this week is to make a pincushion. 

different angle
I followed Bari J's tutorial to make the pincushion and stuffed it with crushed walnut shells.  The cushion isn't as fat as I'd hoped.  I brought the shells from home in a ziploc bag not realizing how much was needed.

Mud room in all its glory
Here are a few more pictures of my sewing space.  Just keeping it real.  You'll notice my sophisticated and creative sewing machine cover there.  I guess I haven't hung up my JMR wallhanging yet either.

my cutting table
Right next to my machine is the area I use for a cutting table.  Invariably I need to rearrange the overflow of paper towels, Keurig k-cups, and miscellaneous sewing supplies.  

fabric storage
One shelf in the pantry cabinet is utilized for my fabric.  As you can see, the other shelves hold important necessities such as bug spray, sunscreen, napkins, dog toys and gift bags.

I do love my sewing closet.  I also love that my family would rather I spend time with them ;-)

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stitching,


  1. I love the fact you take your machine on holiday ; ) enjoy your time together

  2. Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy your family! They are what everything is all about!

  3. Cute pincushion! I may have to try that tutorial.

  4. Fun. I hope you have a great time in Montana and at Quiltcon!