At a house in the country

On Sunday Lizzie held an impromptu gathering to celebrate the completion of her studio, which will be henceforth known as “Lizzie’s Shed”, and GJ and I went along. (For context, Lizzie takes our Woolly Bits class at Millrose)

Lizzie’s Shed is literally what used to be a shed at one side of their home which Lizzie’s multi talented husband, John (train driver, author, gardener, cabinet maker……..) has transformed into the most wonderful, light, airy, spacious quilting studio. Wanna see?

Apart from stitching, Lizzie’s other passion is photography (click on the link above to see some of her amazing work) and this corner reflects a little of her zest for this art form

20160119-101446.jpgThese bits and pieces of photographic equipment sit atop a set of drawers that John made (lots of furniture envy here!!)

Opposite this corner is a seating area, the rug showing Lizzie’s birthplace

20160119-101701.jpgI can see this as the perfect spot for a bit of Winter quilting basking is Winter sunlight, can’t you?

There is so much to see

20160119-101913.jpglots of little vignettes

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One end is all windows, some reclaimed, some as frames that John made and had glazed

20160119-102111.jpgI love the touches of coloured glass, and the view of part of their garden.

At the other end there’s a reclaimed Art Deco window

20160119-102214.jpga little tea/coffee making area (with great art pieces from Christine)

20160119-102610.jpga butlers sink sits below this little cupboard (made by John)

20160119-102718.jpgAnother little vignette (with more Christine artwork)

20160119-102802.jpgand yet another cupboard/meat safe by John

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Once we’d finished walking around and looking and exclaiming over everything, it was time to get out the sewing (although my eyes wandered around the studio frequently during our visit!).

Lizzie is working on a Sue Spargo

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Jacinta won the prize of a new sewing machine in the Japanese quilt competition run by Millrose at the end of last year, and she’s put it to good use making this Japanese style quilt

20160119-113831.jpgand also stitching this sweet purse by hand (left) and on the right……

20160119-114041.jpga little pincushion!

20160119-114115.jpgSue is working on GTSB

20160119-114232.jpgand has most blocks made and she’s started putting some together

20160119-114412.jpgGJ showed us her “La Passacaglia” progress

20160119-114517.jpgand worked on another block

20160119-114557.jpgI was working on “Elwood Rose” blocks, finishing one and stitching another two during the day

20160119-114656.jpgBefore it got too hot, I wandered in Lizzie and John’s garden

20160119-114744.jpgI do love a Silver Birch

20160119-114845.jpgan enchanting “where does this go?” tunnel

20160119-115003.jpga perfect garden to explore

20160119-115159.jpgLunch was delicious

20160119-115335.jpgand included a scrumptious dessert of a light-as-a-feather sponge with raspberries and maple syrup cream from Sue, with a couple of scoops of my vanilla ice-cream……yummmm!

Lizzie’s Shed was well and truly christened. Thank you girls for a blissfully delightful day.

20160119-115840.jpgEnjoy your shed Lizzie!

Meredithe x

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18 Responses to At a house in the country

  1. Irene Blanck says:

    OMG – I have sewing envy! What an absolutely gorgeous “shed”. Imagine getting to work in it – there is so much inspiration there. I think I could live there! Lucky you and GJ getting a chance to sew there.

  2. Kyle says:

    Wow! What an inspirational spot to spend the day. I have shed envy as well. It looks like a delicious day all around.

  3. Elizabeth McMahon says:

    Thank you Meredithe, lovely photos as usual. I’m sure it must be someone else’s studio/shed it looks way too posh to be mine 😉 It was an absolutely fabulous day, can’t wait to do it again…xxxx

  4. Annie Andrews says:

    Glorious shed

  5. Quilter 501 says:

    Oh my, oh my, oh my! You never disappoint with something to drool over! Stunning! Awesome! Delicious!

  6. Susan says:

    What a delightful place your friend has created! I have a couple of little sewing machines just like hers! And Sue’s “GTSB” is looking fabulous! I look forward to seeing more of that!

  7. Judy says:

    Oh dear, this has got to be the best yet!!

  8. Janet says:

    Wow what an incredible place! I loved seeing it through your eyes :0)

  9. Chris says:

    I can see either Rain or Shine this will be place of peace and joy!

  10. Cécile says:

    What a lovely place to sew there !! Lucky youuuu !!!

  11. Green with envy. What a lovely place to sit and stitch!

  12. Maree says:

    I don’t think I could have left Lizzies Shed how Divine!! Lucky too have a Handy DH.
    Thanks for sharing Meredithe

  13. OK – here’s the plan We have a studio exchange visit. You all come over here and visit my studio, then I go back with you and visit Lizzie’s studio. Oh – wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do that!!!!!!

  14. what gorgeous studio! So inviting!!

  15. treadlemusic says:

    The “shed” and its amazing contents (created by amazingly talented artists) is a joy to behold and I can see why your eyes wandered!!!! Inspiration and serenity!!!!! The treats (fabric and food yumminess) are gorgeous, too!!! Thanks so much for sharing these special moments.

  16. Linda Dutch says:

    Goodness, such an amazing space! Inspiration everywhere! Love all the sewing progress too, especially Sue’s GT&SB.

  17. thimbleanna says:

    How fun to be in the christening party! Looks like a wonderful place to sit and stitch — especially with all those inspirational projects!

  18. Kerry says:

    Does Liz hire John out?? 😉

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