Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Take the "Imagine It" Tour of Quilters Cottage

Imagine the Cottage with new landscaping:
bushes and perennial flowers!
Imagine the front entry with a ramp.
Okay ladies (and gentlemen), this is an imagination tour.  That means that you will need to use your imagination to see what the Quilter's Cottage will be in the future.  It will be a work-in-progress throughout 2013, with a goal of having all improvements made by December 1, 2013.

For now, however, my husband, Randy, and I have been busy with cosmetic improvements, getting the Cottage ready for the first retreat in January 2013.  This week, Randy added lots of flourescent lighting in the sewing room, and I started painting.

So come with me on the imagination tour, I'll explain what we plan to do with each room...

This is the Dining Room.  You actually enter the Quilter's Cottage in the back, through the dining room.  The room is 3 steps below the rest of the house, so you'll have to take your suitcases and machines up three stairs for now.  In time, we'll have a ramp to the front door (see pic above).

The dining area is separate from the gathering and sewing areas.  That means that you can eat any time you want without having to clear your sewing area. The dining table can also double as a wide cutting table.

The fully functioning Kitchen will be ready soon.  The kitchen has a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, & dishwasher.  It also has a full set of dishes, silverware, pots/pans, utensils, toaster, blender, mixer, everything you need to cook up a quilter's feast. 

When we first open in January, 2013, we will not have a "with food" option for leasing the Cottage.  Right now, I'm just too busy to even think about food.  But sometime in 2013, we will be offering rental of the Cottage with food. 

Just to the left of this pic, there is a laundry closet in the kitchen.  This is where I plan to add a half-bath on the main floor.
This is the Sewing Room.  Imagine it flooded with flourescent lighting.  Randy is working on the lighting now. The main sewing area is roughly 16'x24' and will include a raised cutting table with mats and (up to) 10 individual 4-foot sewing tables and chairs.  There are plenty of outlets throughout the room.

See the fireplace?  Imagine your group quilting here this winter with a crackling fire in the fireplace...
This is the Relaxation Room, just off the Sewing Room.  Imagine it with a couple of sofas and comfortable seating.  This will be a flat screen tv mounted on the opposite wall, so you will be able to watch your favorite quilting DVDs. 
Bedroom #1:  Imagine it with (3) twin beds and a fresh coat of paint. 

When we first open, the bedrooms will be sparsely furnished with twin beds and night tables, but in time, I plan to add special touches and furniture in each room.



Bedroom #2 is the same size as Bedroom #1: Imagine it with (3) twin beds and a fresh coat of paint.

Each bed will be made with 300 count sheets and a Stitchin' Tree quilt (still making these)...  Look for a surprise under your pillow!

Bedroom #3 is slightly larger than the other two.  Imagine it with a fresh coat of paint and three twin beds.

All of the beds will have comfy new mattresses and plenty of pillows.

Years ago, previous owner, Deloah Prior converted this bedroom on the second floor into a full bath.  It's a large room, but could use some updating.  It's a full bath with a tub/shower, single sink and toilet.  We won't be able to upgrade the bathroom until we have added a second full bath in the basement, so for now, imagine a fresh coat of paint, thick and thirsty towels, and a pamper basket of hair and beauty products.

The curved staircase leads from the Sewing Room to the upstairs Bedrooms -- easy access in case you want to quilt into the wee hours of the morning!  

All of the rooms have historic window casings and are covered with vinyl blinds (came with the house, not my pic).  Imagine each room with magnetic cellular shades and customized window treatments.
This is a look from the staircase into the Sewing Room.  

This is the Back Entry. Here's where you really need to use your imagination.  Right now it is a three-season room, but very useful in the winter. This spring, we plan to attach a heated/air conditioned addition (comparable to a 3 car garage).  This will be the Stitchin' Tree entrance to the Quilters Cottage.  This is where I plan to add a small full-service quilt shop and design studio.  Quilters using the cottage will be able to pick up needed supplies and get ideas for future projects.

See the large table?  This will be the main cutting table in the Sewing Room.

Well, as you can see -- Randy & I have our work cut out for us.  I plan to work a couple of days each week to get the Cottage ready for quilters in 2013. If you want to get a sneak peak, give me a call.  I'm in the Cottage on Mondays and Fridays from now until the first week of January. 

 The first group to use the Quilters Cottage in January is our staff from Stitchin' Tree, January 6-7.  There are 9 of us working in the shop now, and this will give everyone a chance to get to know each other well.  Plus, it will give me a chance to get some valuable feedback on their retreat experience.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cathedral Window Ornaments

Nancy Cook demonstrated how to make simple Cathedral Window Christmas Ornaments twice this week.  They are easy to make, and can be pieced without using a sewing machine.  Need a new lap or car project?  Try making cathedral windows!

Look What's Quilting December 2012

The elves at Stitchin' Tree have been busy, quilting 7 days a week to finish all of the Christmas projects.  They've been so busy, they sometimes forget to take pics.  Here's a few of the quilts we've recently finished.

Jacquie Dahlin, Omaha, pieced this butterfly beauty. 

Kelly Martz pieced this Christmas throw.  Love the fabric!

Gayla Gross, Earling

Margaret Grote, Harlan

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Paper Pieced Christmas Tree

A small, but festive, group joined Delores for her paper-pieced Christmas Tree Make & Take. 
Judy Knott, Harlan