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    Okay! Now, I am all misty-ed!
    I can't imagine a better machine than the one your darling drew for you!
    My hubby and I have been married 26 years - - second one for each of us also!
    Our anniversary is on May 1 (you KNEW I was going to ask how close our life lines are progressing, didn't you? )
    I do not believe in consequences ... and, YES! Finish that quilt!
    God bless you and your darling husband! I know He is holding you BOTH in His hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Okay! Now, I am all misty-ed!
    I can't imagine a better machine than the one your darling drew for you!
    My hubby and I have been married 26 years - - second one for each of us also!
    Our anniversary is on May 1 (you KNEW I was going to ask how close our life lines are progressing, didn't you? )
    I do not believe in consequences ... and, YES! Finish that quilt!
    God bless you and your darling husband! I know He is holding you BOTH in His hands!
    Hi Omak,

    Did you mean 'coincidences' by chance? That word would make more sense to me in this setting. LOL

    We got hitched in March. He wanted to on St. Patty's day (for the Irish in him), but alas, the wee lil church was busy that day! LOL So we chose the day before, ha ha.

    God has/does bless us, and I'm sure it is only through our faith in Him and each other that we've made it this far. Now, go dry yer eyes, here's a hankie for ya, lol.

    Hugs, Karla

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    ROFLOL ... I need my NAP!!!
    Of course, I meant COINCIDENCE ... I don't believe in them, but I DO believe in
    CONSEQUENCES! (And, God's hand in both, thank you!)
    Shame on me!
    So, now I will tell you ... my feed store guy married his new bride on March 15 - - which also happens to be my birthday ...
    hmmm.... the wheels are turning, even as my eyes are closing for nap time.
    I love quilting because when I was a kid, my babysitter used to make me lay down to take a nap which I never wanted to take. I would spent the nap time, tracing quilt stitches and the block pattern. Well, I should say that is ONE reason I am so energized about quilting.
    Almost every time I take a nap, I remember my poor babysitter and the GRIEF I foisted on her because she wanted what she wanted MORE than what I wanted ... my naps are probably HER revenge! LOL
    Thank you for catching that twisted use of a couple of good words.

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    And, do tell your darling, that we have a new calf this year, born on March 17 - - I named her PADDY.
    I love those date things
    Oh, heck ... I just really enjoy life and living, even the parts that don't look like what I thought they should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    And, do tell your darling, that we have a new calf this year, born on March 17 - - I named her PADDY.
    I love those date things
    Oh, heck ... I just really enjoy life and living, even the parts that don't look like what I thought they should.
    He will enjoy hearing this as he is a retired farmer from the Midwest. That was "pre us", but he sure did enjoy it, tho. Takes money we don't have to do. He quietly pines for them times when he watches his ol Westerns and others on his VHS tapes.

    In fact, one of his lung problems is caused from dusty fields and grain bins, called Histoplasmosis - often a problem for some back in the Midwest regions. This was not the cause of his lung cancer, in fact the docs still don't know why he has it, but is a separate issue altogether. When first diagnosed in 97, and then the removal of most of his lung in early 98, the doc gave him 5-8 years to live. It's been nearly 12 years, he's since developed a second tumor that, praise God, is still stable. He must have some pretty good plans for us is all I can figure! :D

    I just told hubby about "Paddy". He smiled and asked me to ask you if you knew what kind of music leprechauns listen to?

    Hugs, Karla

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    ROFLOL ... I need my NAP!!!
    Of course, I meant COINCIDENCE ... I don't believe in them, but I DO believe in
    CONSEQUENCES! (And, God's hand in both, thank you!)
    Shame on me!
    So, now I will tell you ... my feed store guy married his new bride on March 15 - - which also happens to be my birthday ...
    hmmm.... the wheels are turning, even as my eyes are closing for nap time.
    I love quilting because when I was a kid, my babysitter used to make me lay down to take a nap which I never wanted to take. I would spent the nap time, tracing quilt stitches and the block pattern. Well, I should say that is ONE reason I am so energized about quilting.
    Almost every time I take a nap, I remember my poor babysitter and the GRIEF I foisted on her because she wanted what she wanted MORE than what I wanted ... my naps are probably HER revenge! LOL
    Thank you for catching that twisted use of a couple of good words.
    Hi Omak,

    All too darn funny! Happy belated bday to you. My sister's is one day before yours, but I had to wait until May, a few days ago.

    My quilty wheels turn whenever I lay down, too! It's a gift/curse I tell ya. :wink:

    My old babysitter went a step further than naps. She made me eat cottage cheese everyday for lunch. To this day, I cannot look that stuff in the face, let alone eat it!! :thumbdown: Makes me shudder. The things that affect and mold our little lives, I tell ya, LOL.

    I started sewing very, very early in life, but the quilting didn't come until a few years ago. Funny how life is. There were no other quilters in our family. How sad is that? When my 16 yo grandson came to visit us last year, he got a good dose of what quiltin's about, even helping this granny with the placement of the piano keys on a quilt I was making for our newest granddaughter. Talk about fun... Hey, a pic is worth a 1,000 words...

    Hugs, Karla

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    What a great picture of Kory and the piano keys! And I have enjoyed reading the whole thread! :lol:
    When you redo the garage onto a studio, what kind of entry do you have from the house proper? Do you have to step down to the garage floor? If so, I would raise the floor leverl to the house level so you have no step! A good subfloor there will help with heating and cooling, and be easier on your feet! And then a laminate floor, or wood, or whatever, but NOT carpeting! At least not the whole room. :?
    Windows for natural light and track lights and ceiling fans will all add to your comfort level.
    In my area, ReUseIt.org is our answer to freecycle.org. It is wonderful! And if people know you are on the look out for things, word of mouth is wonderful for getting goodies!
    Sounds like you have a good relationship that will only grow!
    I wish you well in your endeavors! :thumbup:
    Dream big and make a big wish list of all that you want in your DREAM room, and then decide what you really want and ran actually use. :lol:

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    You didn't mention if you still have a big garage door...if that is part of the equation, get some old windows from a new window installation guy...in other words, what he has just taken out.........Try to call a guy and set this up in advance so that they take them out so they can be reused...tell him after you have the sizes of them and do the construction on the wall, you will pay him to install them....MAKE A DEAL. :wink:
    My cutting table is a solid maple door from my Mom and Dad's kitchen. it sets on two metal shelving racks that I got at IKEA. Great height for cutting. :D Where the door handle was is a hole that works with a cup in it,for my cutter or sweep the pins into it.
    Bookshelves...make them floor to ceiling, attached to the wall, get damaged wall board for this section. It will cost almost nothing, and won't show very much. :D
    Good Luck.

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    When you redo the garage onto a studio, what kind of entry do you have from the house proper? Do you have to step down to the garage floor? If so, I would raise the floor leverl to the house level so you have no step! A good subfloor there will help with heating and cooling, and be easier on your feet! And then a laminate floor, or wood, or whatever, but NOT carpeting! At least not the whole room. :?

    In my area, ReUseIt.org is our answer to freecycle.org. : [/quote]

    Our indoor entry is off the kitchen. It is 3 steps down to the garage floor. Thanks so much for the ideas for raising the floor level. I'm not sure what DH has in mind for that, I imagine a lot has to do with what materials we are able to get and the cost of it all. I'm sure he'll do the best he can for me. Oh, I've learned how awful carpeting can be, so I'm sure we'll look for something different.

    I've never heard of ReUseIt.org. I'll check and see if we have anything like that in our area. Trouble with being so rural is that even a Free Cycle is 30 miles away. I think there's a lot to be said for word of mouth and I'm thinking surely DH knows of some folks he can let know what we're looking for. Time will tell.

    Thanks for your great reply. :) Karla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    You didn't mention if you still have a big garage door...if that is part of the equation, get some old windows from a new window installation guy...

    Bookshelves...make them floor to ceiling, attached to the wall, get damaged wall board for this section. It will cost almost nothing, and won't show very much. :D
    Good Luck.
    Yes, a big garage door is part of the equation. DH plans to take it out and install one window and a door to the outside. That'll be nice!

    Could you please clarify the use of the wall board? Maybe it's just me, but I'm not clear on how you mean to use it? As the back of the bookcase, or for the entire wall section behind the bookshelves. Thanks so much!

    Oh, where do you get damaged wall board? I'm pretty new to all this construction stuff? Thanks, Karla

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    What a great thing for your dear husband to do for you. I can't wait to see pics as it comes along. Keep us posted.

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    Could you please clarify the use of the wall board? Maybe it's just me, but I'm not clear on how you mean to use it? As the back of the bookcase, or for the entire wall section behind the bookshelves. Thanks so much!

    Oh, where do you get damaged wall board? I'm pretty new to all this construction stuff? Thanks, Karla[/quote]

    :oops: Wallboard is part of the wall(drywall). The shelves have no backs, the wall is the back. Drywall and even paneling can be damaged at the store(Home Depot?) They will mark it down if you ask, rather than have to completely right it off. If it has dings in it or a corner missing, you can patch it and it won't reallly be visible with the shelves and books or fabric covering most of the wall. I would even paint that wall a contrasting color (check out the OOPS paints,mixing mistakes) The oops are usually between $5-10 a gallon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    And, do tell your darling, that we have a new calf this year, born on March 17 - - I named her PADDY.
    I love those date things
    Oh, heck ... I just really enjoy life and living, even the parts that don't look like what I thought they should.

    Please don't paint her green or serve her with cabbage on St. Patricks Day!! You shoulda named her Lisa, we share birthdays and yours and mine are close together too huh?


    Quiltgranny I'm sooo excited for you!! Getting to plan a brand new sewing room, how fun!!
    I didn't catch it if anyone else mentioned it...but make sure to go through the "Pictures" postings, there are some absolutely WONDERFUL pics of sewing areas posted there. You may get some great inspiration.
    One thing you can do is cut a cardboard floor, make sure to mark where your windows and doors are, and use little post it flags to make your fixtures and funiture. That way you can tinker around with staging and get inspiration on how you'd like your room to look.

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    Hi Susie,

    Thanks so much for educating this construction challenged gal! :D No need for you to have used the red faced emoticon, but it was cute, lol. This is just one area that I haven't had any experience in, so I'm starting at the ground floor, you might say.

    Gosh, how nice to know that there are ways to get some discounted drywall and paint. Again, I was clueless. I'll let DH know. He'll be pleased. Thanks so much. Karla

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    Quiltgranny I'm sooo excited for you!! Getting to plan a brand new sewing room, how fun!!

    One thing you can do is cut a cardboard floor, make sure to mark where your windows and doors are, and use little post it flags to make your fixtures and funiture. That way you can tinker around with staging and get inspiration on how you'd like your room to look. [/quote]

    Hi Lisa,

    What an awesome idea! DH is terrific with drawing and is very spatially astute. We can play house together!! LOL :lol: :roll:

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    No, I do not know what kind of music a leprechaun likes (this ought to be good ) ...
    Lisa! I am lucky I have a calf born at a normal time of year.
    We mostly do AI, and I figured ... such a small herd ... no big deal HAH!
    It is a big deal .... put this in your books to remember:
    All calves should be born in central washington in January ... the closer to each other the better ....
    even small ranchers have to have a plan .... and, a GOOD one! LOL

    I like that idea about raising the floor .... reminded me!
    I have an aunt who raised her floor in her garage as was suggested ... it was a single car garage/attached to the house, too! I had forgotten all about that ... but, I do remember that it made the room more cozy, and less like a garage ... she had indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor, but remember .... she wasn't a quilter, so the floor wasn't all that big a deal.

    Most of the time, remodeling in the inside of a house, unless you are changing your septic system or something won't require a permit of any kind. If it does .... MOVE! I know, you love where you are, or you wouldn't be there, eh?

    :roll: You know that five minute rule I am always chatting about? Well, it is that way because that is about as long as I can remember, anyway ... so, :roll: I am trying to remember what else I want to comment on ... but, I think I got caught up. :wink: so, i am going to toddle on down the list to find someone else to share my sparkling personality with before the meds kick in .... 8)

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    :lol: I'm baaaack!
    The boy! I remembered your boy! and had to stroll back through.
    What an inspiring picture that is. And, he really looks like he was into it, too!

    I keep telling our boy .... men are good at this. It is an angle thing. Men love angles. It is a number game. Men are good at numbers. Real men LOVE numbers. It is a man thing - - men are GREAT quilters.
    I was on my regular propaganda thing one day, and he was really starting to pay attention ... then he said, but I can't do those squiggly things on a quilt like you do ...
    REAL men don't do squiggles, says I ... REAL men like numbers, angles, and they have an understanding of machines that makes it all natural. Your quilting doesn't have to look like mine. Men make GREAT quilters.
    A few minutes went by:
    He comes back to the quilt frame, and he says: Wait a minute! Just why is it exactly you are doing this quilting process?
    I KNEW that REAL men ask questions, and I commended him on such an inquiring mind ...
    I explained the process, and what I was trying to accomplish, and he says: Oh! In other words, you aren't really trying to decorate the quilt, you are doing something practical.
    YES!!! I am doing something practical .... REAL men LOVE practical! YESSS!!! (keep in mind, he was almost fifteen while we are having this discussion a few months ago) ...
    Oh! he says so nonchalantly ... I can do that!
    Cool!
    then, I met his mother in the next room, tapping her little short foot .... MOM ... you have got to stop doing that!
    what? I ask in all innocence
    You make me so mad when you do things like that - -trying to convince him of something that isnt' gender specific ... why do you do that????

    Because I am a girl, my eyes are brown, and I can spell every word I said ... gender specific ... PHHHT! what happened to saying whatever it takes to get the job done???

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    I don't know if you have a habitat for humanity anywhere near, but ours has a regional store of all kinds of donated building materials new and used that you can buy to help support them. Kitchen cabinets , carpet, lumber, insulation, etc. Bargain prices!! Craigslist might be a source also.

    Are you going to permanently close the garage door up? If so, I'd worry about getting the room sealed up first (moisture makes musty smelling fabric), getting heat out there and plenty of outlets, a cable line for tv and computer, a phone line. Try to think of anything this room might be used for down the road and put the necessities in now. Tables, storage and all that kind of stuff can be added as time goes by, but the stuctural stuff needs to be done up front! Its really exciting to be getting a new room, just take your time so you don't also get a case of the "I wish I would have...". My sewing room is the size of an extra deep one car garage. Some of my storage cabinets are the only things that cannot be moved. Mine was/is the downstairs family room and was done when I bought the place. I can honestly say my biggest complaint is the lack of outlets (5 in the entire space)

    You are so lucky :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Have fun planning :D

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    You can purchase damaged sheetrock at just about any place that sells sheetrock. It's the nature of the beast for some of it to get damaged in handling. As a cabinet builder I would highly recommend AGAINST using it for backing of a bookshelf. Your bookshelf will never be square and can't be built with any precision at all. They call it wall board for a reason, it's for walls. If you need an inexpensive product for a back use tempered hardboard or masonite as most folks call it. I've been in and around the construction business most of my life and I've never seen drywall used as a backing for a bookshelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookn
    You can purchase damaged sheetrock at just about any place that sells sheetrock. It's the nature of the beast for some of it to get damaged in handling. As a cabinet builder I would highly recommend AGAINST using it for backing of a bookshelf. Your bookshelf will never be square and can't be built with any precision at all. They call it wall board for a reason, it's for walls. If you need an inexpensive product for a back use tempered hardboard or masonite as most folks call it. I've been in and around the construction business most of my life and I've never seen drywall used as a backing for a bookshelf.
    :oops: I guess I didn't explain it properly, The sheetrock is not attached to the shelves.........It is attached to the wall in the normal way. You attach the wood shelving to the wall for security and to also to prevent sagging. OK? :?:

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    [quote=omak]No, I do not know what kind of music a leprechaun likes (this ought to be good ) ...


    Hi Omak,

    Sorry for the delay in answering, been dodging the thunderstorms each day here.

    Anyway, Leprechauns listen to Sham-Rock! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Please, no tar and feathers! Remember, this was DH's joke as told to him by our 8 yo granddaughter. :)

    Karla

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    Quiltgranny I'm sooo excited for you!! Getting to plan a brand new sewing room, how fun!!
    I didn't catch it if anyone else mentioned it...but make sure to go through the "Pictures" postings, there are some absolutely WONDERFUL pics of sewing areas posted there. You may get some great inspiration.
    [/quote]


    Thanks, for reminding me of the Pictures section. I will take a stroll through there when I get a break from these nasty thunderstorms we've been having every day. Have to unplug my computer. Have already fried a couple of modems... :cry:

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    You might also check with local places that sell and install cabinents. They have to do something with the ones that need to be removed before installing the new ones :wink: Usually you can get these for free if you go and get them or a nominal fee to have them delivered. Raising the lower cabinents up on blocks about 6 inches leaves a gap that your feet can fit under so that you can stand closer to your cutting table and make it easier on your back.

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    Hi MommaB,

    Yes, we do have a store similar to what you're talking about, although it is about 30 miles away. They don't have much in lumber or sheet rock yet, mostly fixtures, cabinets, etc.

    By sealing the room up, are you talking about the insulation and sheet rocking or something else? I'm pretty sure that first on DH's to-do list. He's already talking about heating, check. Whether or not there's enough outlets remains to be seen as we're still in the process of cleaning the garage out. He knows already that I use a LOT of outlets in the little room I'm in, so I'm sure he'll make sure I have enough.

    Thanks so much for all your helpful advice. Glad you have a space that you love, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You might also check with local places that sell and install cabinents. They have to do something with the ones that need to be removed before installing the new ones :wink: Usually you can get these for free if you go and get them or a nominal fee to have them delivered. Raising the lower cabinents up on blocks about 6 inches leaves a gap that your feet can fit under so that you can stand closer to your cutting table and make it easier on your back.
    What an awesome idea!!! I especially love your advice about leaving foot room! Good thinking. Sometimes, it's the little things that trip us up.

    I'm not sure if we have any cabinet makers/installers in the area, might have to go down the pass to find them, but I'll just let my fingers do the walking in the yellow pages first, lol. Thanks for the great ideas! :)

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