September 27, 2010
A Quilter’s Jewel Box
My friend Lori
opens the door and we enter a jewel box of creativity,
where light and inspiration fill every surface.
The custom cutting and work table,
a child hood dining table that once held 7 family members,
now facilitates masterful quilt preparation. A Storm at Sea is under progress.
The hand crafted , smooth edged custom frame
sits firmly with feet that guarantee no sliding,
and snugly holds removable cutting boards .
The custom colour of this vintage cupboard
is embellished by Grandmother’s delicate pansy embroidery,
and filled with quilts
and new family heirlooms.
The clever and highly functional design wall
is placed at a gentle angle,
with bonus storage located behind
and multiple, carefully organized drawers below.
The design board easily displays a large or multiple small tops – like this memory from a Paducah trip.
The gentle angle easily holds even finished quilts without pins.
This gem was embroidered by Lori’s Mum and completed and quilted by Sue H.
The painted brick end wall, is a showcase for special quilts,
A very clever custom hanging system makes it easy to change out and hang precious quilts .
The nook is filled with more treasures , a large custom ironing board topper,
a comfy family heirloom rocking chair ,
and this gorgeous Susan Purney Mark design Shattered Garden .
Other treasures tucked in the corner are for Lori’s Paverpol dolls,
another of her creative ventures.
Spool lights frame a cheery window , outdoor garden scene ,
and indoor tin collection
which holds beautifully organized and sorted thread.
Benefiting from the natural light, is the sewing center.
Beautiful tools are readily available.
A lovingly restored and waterproofed tin holds glues and other liquid tools.
This vibrant art quilt, overlooking the sewing area,
is composed of Lori’s hand painted and printed cloth ,
and story filled buttons
like these favourites, from her mother’s life.
A comfy rocker provides a place for handwork ,
and contemplation of Lori’s impressive fabric palette.
The artistic talents of Lori’s gifted husband are very evident in these custom cupboard and
amazingly organized and displayed fabrics.
Meaningful and heartfelt memories are everywhere.
This is a basket of embroidery discovered in Winnipeg.
Jars of beautiful beads and buttons await Paverpol creations by Lori and her grandson.
Lori started out as a bear maker, and this is one of her favourites.
But the stars of this jewel box are the fabrics.
Organized, classified and labeled by theme ,
and amount .
Each piece is carefully wrapped on its own cardboard bolt.
It is pure pleasure
Below , more carefully planned cupboards were designed to fit specific boxes
that hold future quilt projects.
A slide out board provides extra space for detailed work.
Drawers hold embellishments , pieces of past projects ready to adorn the record journal,
Other drawers hold specialty tools.
All quilts and projects are carefully recorded in a journal
with notes , material samples and photos.
The craft and embellishment work area has another lovely garden view .
Featured are two of Lorie’s favourite Paverpol ladies and a special beach washed bark Paverpol vase.
The irons all have stories too.
The one on the left was found brand new and in the box hidden in a crawl space of the house.
The one on the right belonged to Lori’s Grandmother.
This impressive cupboard
is chock full of art supplies and quilts in waiting.
Ah, here is the AMAZINGLY TALENTED MAN,
Ron, who created this space for his beloved , equally creative wife Lori,
Satin Moon guest artist .
What a joy it is to know them.