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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 2362057 views.

From: Judy (DJZMOM)


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...

When we did the remodel of what became my sewing room with adjacent laundry & pantry, I deliberately had the pantry shelves NO DEEPER than 12".

That is so wise.  I have a few deep shelves that resulted from converting an old coat closet that faced the short direction.  I grumble when I have to get to the rare storage way in the back of those deep shelves.  SO noted!!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...

I also had those vertical slat-things on the sides of the pantry that allow you to adjust the height between the shelves.  It was more efficient to have the ability to adjust the height of the shelves to accommodate the different size of pantry items.  Soup cans don't need as much height as cereal boxes. 

Another brilliant thought!  Thanks!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said...

start collecting pictures of those features you'd like in your dream home.  You may not incorporate all of them.  You might decide that ultimately you'd rather not have that item.  BUT, sure as shootin', if you don't have the picture to jog your memory, you're not gonna remember it!

And that includes ideas of how you want your "ideal" sewing room to look like!! 

We both have been doing just that!  I have a private Pinterest file on such and many ideas on my other Pinterest boards will be so very helpful.  I avoided Pinterest for so long but finally succumbed about 5 years ago during a bit of a weakness.  But it really is a delightful way to keep track of ideas and projects without printing right away.

David is writing a detailed paper with "chapters" for each area and room.  This for any designer/architect we want to meet with and interview.  We want them to understand the concept of "designing from the inside out" and it will also help to see if they'd be willing to work WITH us not just FOR us.  We already know it costs less to share ideas and sketches in pencil first BEFORE the final details are drawn on the final blueprint plans.  Once the mechanical pencils and rulers come out the prices go UP!


On the cruise I took last year, the only port stop was Bermuda - quite a beautiful place, but it's one of the most expensive places to live in the entire world.  Many millionaires live there or have vacation homes there.  Anyway -- their only source of potable water is rainwater, so literally EVERY SINGLE HOUSE has a rainwater collection system.  There is no such thing as "city water," and de-salinization is WAY too expensive.  Fortunately, they do get a lot of rain.  

Judy (DJZMOM) said:

take along handwork and just sit under a tree or in the car for an extra 20 minutes

Some great suggestions. Thanks! Yup it would be nice if you were closer I really need some distractions right about now as there is so little me time and all about what he needs and wants right now. I am also tired of driving back and forth to Colorado and New Mexico right now, just want to be in one place longer than a week and get settled in and do something for me. I guess he will be working this week remotely so that is better than him just sitting around.


From: LindaPutt


Wow - it sounds so exciting.  I think you'll really like it there.  My son lives in Ft. Collins and we go see him nearly every year (except this year due to covid).  We've always said that if we moved back to Colorado it would be to Ft. Collins.  We really like it there.  Have you visited the cute little down town area yet?  The main street at Disneyland is designed after it.  There's so much to do in Colorado - lots of outdoor activities.  It's a college town so you're still going to get some of that political environment.  David is right about the weather.  If it snows one day it's usually melted in a day or two -  then if feels like fresh spring weather afterwards.  The big storms are infrequent.  Congrats Judy!  I can't wait to hear more about your adventure.  I'm excited that I may get to see you when we visit my son too.


From: LindaPutt


Oh Ami.  I so feel for you.  Hang in there girlfriend!

Re:  Fabric challenge

Are we limited to wall hangings, bags or table runners, or or other quilted items also allowed?



Shelves no deeper than 12" - BRILLIANT!  In my pantry, they are twice that - and floor to ceiling, adjustable height.  It's easier for me to reach to tall shelves by stepstool than to reach to the back of the lower shelves, which requires getting down on my hands and knees, so I have put some pull-out baskets down there.  It's nice to have all that space, but what were they thinking?  .... logistics, people!  ha  

Some of you may remember the quilt I was working on at the retreat,well, It'sfinally finished . It became much bigger than I ever intended it to be. I think it's more of a bedspread than a quilt. It measures 96"x96" according to my quilter. 

If I remember how I will post a couple of pictures here.

This shows the quilting


I can't find the picture of the label. But I hand embroidered it. And I was quite pleased with it. The quilt is a wedding gift for a young friend of mine. I'll give it to her this week.