QuiltCon: the ice bucket challenge

WALKING and standing at QuiltCon should be an Olympic sport. I walked so much I got blisters on the heels of my feet. I can’t remember the last time I had a foot blister.

My hotel was a one-mile walk to the Pasadena Convention Center, much longer than I was expecting. I wore supportive and comfortable shoes. But it wasn’t enough.

At the end of Thursday, the first official day, my feet needed attention. I filled my hotel ice bucket with ice and poured the ice in the bathtub. Then ran cold water.

Such relief. I cannot describe it. Now I know why athletes sit in ice baths.

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In honor of the QuiltCon Ice Bucket Challenge, I’m donating to the ALS Association. If your feet hurt from QuiltCon, consider making a donation.

 

I’m back at my sedentary job, and my feet are resting until next time.

Happy Feet,

Wanda

My new sewing/office space

Advertising works on me. I saw an ad for Havenly.com on Instagram and was intrigued. They’re an online design service. For $199, you get two design concepts, an initial design and a final layout for the room plus a shopping list. You pay them and they handle the rest. You can buy all or nothing. Check out their designers here.

Using photos I uploaded and my Pinterest page, my designer, Heather H., of Austin, Texas offered two concepts:

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Concept One

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Concept Two

 

I made comments about what I liked and what I didn’t. I told Heather that Concept One was “sew sweet” and Concept Two was “sew cool” and I wanted to be COOL. That resulted in this concept:

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I commented again and this was the final presentation:

Initial Design

I purchased the desk and the cutting table as well as a computer keyboard system from HumanScale.

The curtains were listed at $530 for the two panels and I knew I could make them myself. I contacted my friend Ana who works at U-Fab and is a fellow Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild member. She found me a great option, $12.99 a yard, and they made the curtains for $89 each, which is a great price, for a total of $300 for the two panels.

I painted the walls a light gray, Reflection, from Sherwin Williams.

I decided to wait to buy the rug since I had a rug I could use for now. After everything arrived I placed the furniture in different locations. The cutting table was bigger than I anticipated but I love the counter height and the extra space. I’m undecided about getting the chair — which I think is heavenly.

Now for the GRAND REVEAL. I don’t know how those magazines and design bloggers get such great wide views. You’ll see it got dark while I tried to get the perfect shot.

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View from the Entrance of the Room

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View of the Sewing Machine Table and Cutting Table.

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Cutting Table — love these street signs I got at a salvage yard. The lamp is handmade from an Etsy shop called Lampada.

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View from my desk.

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Scrap bins find a home under the cutting table.

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More scrap bins on an old ladder we purchased in 1990. The print, Peachy Keen, was bought through Havenly.

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My new desk. I use Big Book of Quilting to raise my laptop. I use two monitors so it looks cluttered. Those design bloggers probably would have styled it by removing them, but this is real life.

The design wall came with me from the apartment, and I’ve blogged about it previously.

That’s it — somewhere between Sew Sweet and Sew Cool.

Wanda

Whew!

We moved into our new home almost a month ago. It started out with a bang. We were moving some items in Dave’s pickup truck and as he exited the vehicle, the only tree in our yard slowly fell on the roof and hood of his truck. Dave watched, helplessly. He was not injured.

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Luckily, across the street was a car alignment shop and one of the mechanics, Bill, knew someone who could come over right away and extract the tree from the truck. The local collision center sent a tow truck. It was not totaled. Yippey! Ti’s a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and the current value is about $3000. It doesn’t have a lot of mileage so we were relieved we didn’t have to buy a new vehicle.

We used a rental vehicle and our insurance for that ran out last Friday. At $38 a day, it adds up fast. We picked the truck up on Friday. It cost $5800 to repair. We had $500 deductible. But, wow — a very expensive tree.

We used movers for all our furniture and that part was seamless.

Unpacking and organizing takes longer than you expect. There is disorder almost everywhere. We have sheets on the bed and clothes in the closet, plus clean towels, so we are not suffering. We have eaten out a lot, and it’s time to go on a diet.

I’m excited to design my new office sewing studio. More on that later.

Wanda