We arrived at my Quilt-y Cousin’s today. Nina lives in a small town in Maine called Roxbury. If anyone knows Maine, it’s near Rumford and Mexico. Nina’s home is an old school converted into a home by her husband, Ron. Ron has passed on now but Nina continues to enjoy the home and the spacious quilting area Ron provided for her. I think you’ll enjoy seeing her space. She didn’t know I was going to do this so there’s been no “prettying” the space; it’s the way she uses it.
This is maybe two-thirds of the great room that Nina calls her “Living Room”. She has a armoire with a TV in it, plus several large comfy chairs and her computer station in the area that’s behind me when I’m standing right in that lower left corner of the photo to take the photo. It was a cafetorium for the old school at one time, I think.
This piece of furniture is a piece I gave her. It used to be in my quilt room when we had our house in Portland, Maine. My husband built it for me. It’s 5 feet x 5 feet square and rolls on wheels. On the reverse side, it’s open to store a few bins.
Those are two super-sized cutting boards on the top of the surface and you can see the openings for storing tubs or whatever. I couldn’t part with it when we sold the house and I knew the Perfect Place for it to go, and I’m happy to say Nina loves it as much as I did. The top of the rolling table hangs over the base enough so that people can sit comfortably around the table with sewing machines if they choose, and which we did often.
Nina’s sewing station with her machine covered by a lovely cover she made, and a stack of jeans she’s hemming “for a very short man” she said. The laminate floor makes cleaning up all our threads and scraps a cinch!
Cabinets top and bottom holding fabric, fabric and more fabric. On the countertop are many of the gadgets that make sewing more pleasurable. You can see a pegboard in the back corner that hold quilting tools. Love that!
Center rear of the room. You can see a section of the original slate chalk board still on the wall with the chalk rails and all. The boards covering it are in place, but the slate is still behind them. A lovely “Attic Window” sampler that Nina made when her embroidery machine was still a novelty. Now she’s moved on to bigger – and FAR better — things.
This is her current embroidery machine which does everything except cook for her! It’s amazing! She can do huge embroidery designs and the machine just chugs away after she has placed the thread and set the design in the computer part. I’m afraid to even breathe on it!
Her latest acquisition, a serger.
Meet Nina Hodgkins, Quilt-y Cousin. I should actually say ONE of my quilt-y cousins as I have at least one other, her sister, Jan. Yes, her last name is the same as mine. Our husbands were not related, or maybe related VERY far back. Now we call ourselves Sisters.
That’s the tour of the quilt studio. It’s so much fun to come here to sew with Nina. We’ve been doing it for years, and I hope we do it for years to come!
We went to the local moose grounds tonight, just before dark. No moose. Then just as the light disappeared except for the moon, out of the woods came a lone moose. He was pretty far away and I didn’t want to get out of the car and disturb him so I tried to capture him in the photo. It’s a poor photo but if you look really hard, you’ll see him right about in the center of the bog.
Keep on stitching, gals.