What I’m Working On…

Oh my…my sewing room is still a disaster.  Here is proof.

Well, this picture isn’t so bad but others sure are…


Things are piled up EVERYWHERE.

My hope is that this might be one of the last weeks of complete chaos.  My countertop is scheduled to come in near the end of next week and Buck said he’d try to come home and help me put it all together.  Fingers crossed it works that way.

In the meantime, I threw a quilt on the quilting frame and tackled that this week.  I’ll share more about that on Friday.  But do you know what that means?  I only have a few more quilt tops to finish before I am completely caught up with quilting all of my quilt tops.

My focus this week is to keep working on these quilt tops while I keep working on painting and finishing projects in the garage that will be coming to the sewing room.

I previously had a clothes rack here where I hung all of my finished quilt tops that weren’t quilted.  I decided to take it out.  My rationale.  If I kept a place to store unfinished quilt tops, then I would always have an excuse not to finish quilting the quilts right away.  If there was no place to keep them, then I’d likely quilt them right away….right??

It looked like this….

Sewing-room-2

So I took that out and moved this here instead….Isn’t that MUCH nicer?  Plus it’s a display of quilts and who doesn’t love that more?


Many of my favorites are here.  I can see a couple I should probably have out and on display downstairs, as they are fall quilts, but oh well…not happening now.  I’m too deep in this sewing room clean up.

My Franklin treadle sewing making is in the parlor cabinet.  Kramer and the kids got that for me for my Christmas/Birthday present one year.

I have figured out that I am selling my Singer 99 in its cabinet.


It’s a sweet little machine and runs wonderfully.  I REALLY like it and have enjoyed being its owner but, I don’t use it enough and in the new sewing room configuration, it doesn’t fit which makes me sad, but it’s okay.


I bought it at a garage sale a few years ago.  You can read the whole story about it HERE.

99’s are really petite.  It’s only this big… 12″ is all.


She’s a 1956 model.  She’s aged well.

I paid $50 for it.  It’s in good working order and I’m only asking what I paid for it. There isn’t a chair for this.

If anyone is interested in my machine, drop me a note at rogjok@iowatelecom.net.

I have A LOT of work to get done before Buck gets here, painting and upholestry projects and more, so hopefully the wait for the big reveal won’t be too long…I’m hoping in two weeks, I’ll have it all done.  Fingers crossed and again, if anyone is in the market for a sweet little Singer 99, I have one for you!

19 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Dorothy Borders

    My mom had a treadle sewing machine when we lived in Clearbrook, Minnesota. I would love to buy the machine if it’s still available. Let me know. I can drive down to pick it up.
    On pins and needles,
    Dorrie Borders

  2. Donna T

    Can’t wait to see your new quilt studio!! Jo you may want to keep your eyes out for an old gun cabinet to store your quilts! My friend sent me a picture of one that had been painted and all their quilts were stored in it. With a clear glass door, it makes a great display cabinet for quilts!

  3. Kate

    Jo, you have made good progress with your sewing room. It really looks nice. Can hardly wait for the reveal!

  4. Pat

    I’m glad you are taking your time to design your sewing studio and find what works for you. The items that have recently put in place are looking good. Once you have storage in place things will go quickly. Is your long arm machine in that room?

  5. Toni Wood

    I recently sold my 99k. Sweet machine but like you it wasn’t used enough. Not getting any younger so really downsizing big time.

  6. Ellie

    Your sewing room is coming along beautifully. It will be such a pleasant place to work once you get it all together! I’d love to buy your 99 but I don’t have any use for it and there isn’t any place to put it. (Sigh! )

  7. Carla

    I couldn’t help but notice that the little basket isn’t under the plant stand…. which means it’s getting painted? I wonder what color you chose!! I have a 1920s 99 and you will rejoice with me, I’m sure, when I tell you I finally got the tension perfectly! It had been an ongoing battle for which I was ill equipped. I’m enjoying following along as you redo your space.

  8. Elle

    Your sewing space is coming along nicely. When I finish a flimsy, I hang it on the rail of my mid-arm. A big pile just can’t happen that way ;-)

    Happy painting and finishing up your sewing room items that are coming in next!

  9. Deb E

    Love how your sewing studio is turning out! It’s a lot of work, but so, so satisfying, when you can walk in & all is organized, and it looks good. I had to laugh – the Singer sewing machine, built in 1956? Its the year I was born — and the year the house was built that we bought/live in! I have a Singer featherweight (“Rose”) that was built in 1938, the same year my mother was born….my absolute favorite machine. Thank you for your blog – I wake up every morning looking forward to seeing what you’re doing now! Have a great day….. Deb E

  10. Judith Fairchild

    I don’t see a disaster I see a work in progress. You are rearranging everything and still managing to keep up. With your quilting. Lady you flat out Rock!

  11. Sharon Harmon

    I would love that 99 from my birth year if I wasn’t so far away. South Carolina is just a little far of a drive. ☹️☹️

  12. Ruth

    What a great idea, Jo, to remove the flimsy top holding area and change it for a Finished quilt area!! Your sewing room is looking better with each change you make. Congratulations!

  13. Marsha V

    Your sewing room is looking great!! I love how you are refinishing the furniture. Looking forward to seeing the finished room!

  14. Jo Post author

    Patty I have two people who have already contacted me. If something should fall through, I’ll contact you. THANKS…

  15. JustGail

    I don’t think your room is such a disaster. It looks like you’ve been busy. Also, I find “real world” sewing room photos far more fascinating than the spit & polish magazine (social media?) ready shots. They show so much more about how well a room works, or doesn’t. Like the clothes rack making it too easy to pile tops and ignore the quitling backlog vs. the gorgeous cabinet with finished quilts stacked on top. I’m sure you’ll be glad when it’s finished though and I look forward to seeing the results!

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