It’s the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, 2011. I’m really not into New Year’s resolutions, but I am an avid believer in “new beginnings” and “second chances.” I love new calendars, new pads of paper, new boxes of crayolas, new journals, etc. You get it…things with fresh starts. So to start off this new year and to bring you what’s happening in my studio, I had to clean it up from the disaster scene left there by Christmas preparations.
Also for myself, I need tables cleaned off, things put away and a fresh new place to start. I also needed to do this for you, my guests. So come on in to my sewing studio.
For those of you who have my book, In the Studio with Judy Murrah, you will notice this space is not the same as what was in the book. Five years ago we moved back to Houston from Victoria, so I could be in the Quilts, Inc. office on a regular basis. Giving up my studio there, which we’d converted from an exhisting garage, wasn’t as hard as I expected. Our new home provided me with several places upstairs in which to work and to store the mountains of craft items I have collected over a lifetime.
I will give you glimpses of my other upstairs spaces and places as we go along. I have collections of fabric, ribbons, laces (old and new), threads, beads, buttons, trinkets, paints, papers, vintage photos, old ephemera, antique linens and cutter quilts, etc. I LOVE them all and love to work with all these things. I call myself a crafter rather than a quilter or a wearable artist, because I use many different products to create now. How about you? Do you have a stash of stuff you can pull from as we start our journey together?
I have planned our first “playday” as a simple project easy enough for the beginner, but maybe something you have not tried. You will need some fabric scraps, trims, trinkets, stickers, people photos, cardstock, sweet sayings from the heart and a few other things plus your sewing machine. You have these things, right? I have them gathered at my sewing machine now.
I can’t wait to start on them, so I can show you and teach you in our next visit early in January. Until then, have a very Happy New Year with love.