Sarah’s Hollyhock Heaven Studio
When Sarah decided to move back to Thousand Oaks, her primary criteria was finding a house with a room that could become her quilting and art studio. “I wanted to have all my creative endeavors in one place, and not spread out over several rooms,” she says. She found a perfect space in a home where the previous owners converted the garage into a large family room (and built a second little garage as the city required). The washer and dryer hookups along the garage wall provide the water and outlets for a laundry room and full bath, as well as a wet bar which Sarah now uses for painting and fabric dyeing.
A wall of cabinets provides storage and a fireplace creates a warm atmosphere on cold or rainy days. Sarah added a hardwood floor, shelving for quilting books and cubicles for fabric storage. An 8’ X 8’ foam board design wall under skylights provides ample space for projects and an inspiration section. Repurposed furniture and garage sale finds give additional creative storage options.
“Two of my favorite things growing up were sewing and art. After years of clothing construction, my sister talked me into trying quilting,” Sarah says. After a period of making traditional quilts, including several county fair award winners, she now focuses mainly on fabric art. Her art quilts have been featured in local fine art invitational shows and several California galleries. Quilts on display during this tour include traditional quilts, pictorial and other art quilts, painted canvas quilts, mixed media quilts—and many examples of different art and unique quilt styles.
Sarah’s charming interior courtyard with a waterfall and deck will also have a display of guild members’ small and wall size quilts.