We are on the move again! When we moved to our house here in Maquoketa, our plans were to remodel it and then add on a quilt studio. The remodeling happened first and then we waited for the river house to sell which took longer than we thought it would.
Finally it was sold but now everything is crazy because of Covid and storms. All of the contractors are booked out for over a year and the prices have really gone up. I’ve been told to be patient but at my age……I don’t want to wait two years LOL.
I’ve also been house-hunting, looking for the perfect
home quilt studio. Last week a house on the golf course was listed and looked like it would work. It had a finished walkout basement. We immediately scheduled an appointment to see it.
Funny story – we have had two storage buildings since we moved up here and finally emptied one out so Bob went to let them know.
Hermes Auto and Upholstery is who we rented them from. We also get our automobiles worked on by them and – Brenda does upholstery, sells quilt fabric and Accuquilt supplies. She has a wonderful selection of fabrics and is a registered Handi Quilter dealer.
Anyway, Bob mentioned we were going to look at a house and she mentioned that an acreage out by them had just come on the market and told Bob about it. We immediately made an appointment to see it.
We looked at the house by the golf course first and it would have worked for me but not for Bob. I have to admit that both of us already had our hearts set on seeing the house in the country.
It is the perfect place for us! 4 acres with woods, lots of trees, a large building out back for storage, and a beautiful house with the perfect quilt studio!
I will have a walkout basement which will be perfect for Mr. Mickey, there is a beautiful octagon deck and I can just imagine all of the beautiful quilt photos I’ll be able to take.
This is probably the photo that caught my attention first, what a beautiful room in the basement and look at those bookcases! I was imagining all of the quilts I could put on them. A fireplace would be a perfect backdrop for photos!
I have to admit that when I walked down the basement stairs and saw this room, at first I was disappointed. It looked bigger in the photos and I wasn’t sure if it would work for a quilt studio.
Bob had gone down before me and heard me sigh. “Honey, come look at this.” he said. I walked through another door and there was the perfect quilt studio!
Perfect Quilt Studio!
Only a quilter/crafter can look at this room and see the potential and ignore the clutter made with moving. This room continues around to the left and is the whole width of the house. The cupboards that you can see will probably be taken down and used in Bob’s man cave.
I don’t want to show too many pictures of the house but can you see that there is a 3-season room off of the living room? We will be adding heat to this so we can use it all year long.
There are 4 bedrooms and 2 fireplaces. It is in move-in condition and not far from town. We made an offer on it right away and it will be ours! Closing will be November 13th and I can’t wait!
The storage unit we thought we didn’t need anymore….Bob had fun calling Brenda and telling her that we bought the house and….needed the storage unit back again.
We want to get our house on the market so the broken gazebo with the tarp came down, the doggie fence was removed and now I need to make at least one bedroom upstairs look like a bedroom. The upstairs bathroom has also been quilt storage.
My daughter and granddaughter started helping me last night and we will work on it more today. We packed up 6 bags of quilts and pillows last night. Kimberly is quite the expert at folding and filling the bags! These will all go into storage until we move.
Our plan for today is to empty the quilt shelves and tear them down. We will probably fill another 20 or more bags of them. The plastic is 6 mil, Bob has had a large tube of this for years and now we have the perfect use for it.
I have to take Mr. Mickey for a quick walk and then it is time to work on my quilts!
Did I mention woods?
We will have a small amount of woods and there are already some trails. While walking on the trail, there was a small deer close by. There are apple, plum, pear, and oak trees in the yard which means lots of wildlife!