Mobile studio


Sweet hubby surprised me this week by suggesting we take a little creative retreat for a couple of days. He removed the dining table from the RV that my Dad gave us, and he put my portable sewing table in its place. It fit perfectly!

Of course, that meant we had to eat our meals sitting on the couch while balancing our plates on our laps, but that’s a small price to pay for art, don’t you think? Plus, he took me out to eat for dinner so I wouldn’t have to stop in the afternoon to fix a meal. He thought of everything.

mobile-studio-02In the picture above you can see that the built in bench was a little low when I was sitting at the sewing table, so we topped it with the cushion from the other bench, and it was quite comfortable. I was able to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of my sewing machine. I certainly don’t have that luxury at home.

Removing the cushion from the second bench left it open for my cutting station. My bins of fabric were conveniently placed right next to it.

mobile-studio-03For my ironing station, I placed my June Tailor Cushioned Quilter’s Square ‘n Blocker over the kitchen sink. It was the perfect height, so it was almost better than what I have in my real studio.

With everything so accessible, I got a lot done. I was able to sew uninterrupted all afternoon Tuesday and most of Wednesday. So nice! I finished sewing all of the units for my gradation experiment. Now I just need to finish sewing the units together.

mobile-studio-04At one point, sweet hubby playfully “complained” about me taking up the whole motorhome, but I beg to differ. I gave him the entire front of the RV: both the driver’s seat and the passenger seat. 😉 What more could he ask for? He had plenty of room to sit with his laptop and write. Plus he had a clear view of the entire park so he could watch the kids playing and other RVs coming and going.

So while I happily sewed, sweet hubby was writing a sequel to his novel. Have I ever mentioned the first novel he wrote? It is called Fallen Stars, and it is a Christian fiction novel based on the Scripture verse that says, “Do you not know that we will judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3) The story is based in the future and revolves around the jury that has to judge the angels that chose to rebel against God. The novel is available in paperback or Kindle format through

That brings me to another point. Are you an aspiring author? CreateSpace is wonderful to work with. At no cost to you, you can upload your manuscript, following their formatting guidelines, and they will print paperbacks on demand. You also have the option of making it available in Kindle format. Then, you get a set percentage of each sale. It’s a nice option for new authors.

3 Responses

  1. Ed Chamness

    I will have to check out his book…an interesting publishing option…no more rejection letters from editors with no taste…you mobile studio sounds like a great idea…but Janice and I would need a “double=wide”…

  2. Brenda Johnson

    Maria, I’ve enjoyed your posts so much. I’ve been inspired to make a portrait-inspired quilt as a tribute to my father (and his fabulous mechanical mind) to put in the fair this August. Begin the planning stages!!! Maybe if I blogged about it, it would pressure me to keep at it.

    • Maria

      I try to look at it as “motivation” rather than “pressure,” but I find that it does help me keep on task if I am blogging.