Thursday, September 1, 2011

Studio Under Construction !

Good morning from the Great State of Texas ! Some of you may know that my husband, Greg, and I relocated from Anchorage, Alaska last June (2011) and now live in the teeny-tiny town of Gatesville, TX. During this summer, Central Texas has endured almost 90 days straight of triple digit heat, and almost all the records for the highest heat and longest number of days in triple digits have been broken. Equally difficult is the significantly long period of drought. Our land is parched, our livestock are struggling, and humans are getting just a bit testy. We've heard there's a possibility of rain this weekend and temperatures returning to "normal" (in the 90's!) Collectively, Central Texas is praying for that rain and the lower temps.

On a personal note, my great news is that having been without my studio for over 2 years and thus very limited in the amount of work I've been able to produce, the cabinetmakers, carpenters, and painters are now hard at work putting my studio together ! What started as 4 white walls and a beautifully painted concrete floor (turquoise, of course!), the studio now has 85+ linear feet of upper shelving, and the 16" wide shelves will allow ample room to store all the rolls of batting! Next to be done - installation of cabinets, peg boards, an over-sized magnetic 'bulletin board,' and cabinetry under my Handi-Quilter to accommodate all the other 'stuff' that hasn't yet found a place to reside. I'm ecstatic about the progress that's been made in the last few days, and can hardly wait to get everything moved in !

Our "Letters" are due no later than Sept. 10, and our "Harmony" reveal is set for Sept. 15. I seem to do well under pressure, and it's probably time for me to get the ideas that have been floating around in my head for a few weeks out of my head, on to paper, and then into fabric. That is... if I can find all my quilting / art supplies that have been boxed up since we moved down here :-) I'm up for the challenge and excited about working on those 2 projects. I'm still very new at blogging, and as soon as I can figure out [again!] how to post pictures to this blog, I'll let y'all be the first to see the brand new "From the Harte Design Studio."

Peace & blessings to all, Kathy


  1. Thanx, Kathy, for underlining those dates for me. I went looking for my harmony top and bottom today and could not find anywhere and then when I did and went to work on it, I made a terrible un or inharmonious unfixable mistake...but that is ok...because when one finds some sort of harmony, something always happens to disrupt it! hahaha

  2. Hi Kathy, thanks for the info about yourself and the exciting news about your NEW studio. Sorry that the Texas weather has been so HOT since you've been here. Trust that it is not always like this, and that we DO actually have beautiful days. I'm looking forward to seeing your work and the brand new studio. Take a breath!

  3. Greetins, Kathy! As you may know, I have been acting the part of the dutiful granny since mid-August! Currently I am enjoying the lovely weather of Southern California. My co-granny and I are having great fun with the two children, ages 10 and 8. Grandma Marie has just taught us a fun paper craft that I recall making when I was a child. I'll probably post about that on my personal blog. But anyway, glad your work is coming along so well and I can't wait to see pictures and, eventually, the studio in person! Turquoise is my favorite color, too!

  4. Hi Kathy,
    How exciting that your new studio is near completion! I'm fortunate to have been able to renovate a space in my house a few years ago for my studio, something I had dreamed of doing for years. NOW I would love to
    down-size my house, but create a bigger studio! Enjoy!

  5. Kathy,
    Your new studio sounds awesome. I don't know about central Texas but the Gulf Coast is always miserable in August. Usually it is a scorching hot steam bath. This summer it has been a horrible oven. I had not seen 108 before but did last month. We were excited when we had a temp of 94 as a break in the heat spell!

    I have my harmony quilted but on my machine. I was really excited about the design as dealing with harmony on several levels. My soon to be 29 year old son looked at it and said "mom. why do you think this is harmony and not chaos!" See, I told y'all chaos is my natural state. I can hardly wait till Sept 15 - better get it off the machine and a letter done!