30 October 2012

Greatest Addition--& Subtraction--to My Sewing Room

This is the best change in my sewing room yet.
Last year, I re-painted, moved things around,
optimized space/storage and added a nifty shelf
with lots of organizing options.

I'm a person who needs space,
and I just wasn't feeling it.
I decided it was finally time to chuck 
the ironing board for something like this:

I use our old kitchen table as my cutting table
and, not in the picture below, a matching 
baker's rack provides great storage.
The breakfast bar was just an extra surface
for things like my computer & embroidery machine.  

I found a small piece of aspen for about $10.
(I think it was 3X3?)
I also saved some time by having Lowes 
cut it to size for me.
The simple directions can be found here.
 (The Insul-Brite I had, but I did want fabric that coordinated with the room.  
Buying just fabric and the board, the cost for all was under $20!)
I chose to use a staple gun instead of tacks.

I also put non-skid pads on the bottom;
these do a great job of holding the board in place.
(Hard to see in pic but marked with the arrows--I ran out of them
so I didn't get one in the middle-front.
So far, I don't notice so I may not bother to buy more)

Bonus 1
My cutting mat fits perfectly on one side.
In working on these flying geese that required a 
lot of piecing, ironing, cutting and piecing again,
this option is ideal!  So handy!
(As long as you don't try to, ahem, iron on your cutting board!)

Bonus 2
The breakfast bar is a little higher than a regular 
table or ironing board and therefore much easier 
on one's back!  If you find one of these at a garage sale 
or thrift shop, grab it for your sewing room!

Bonus 3
Wider and more stable work surface.
(I have a small cutting mat that has an ironing surface on the other
side but I never use it!  Just doesn't seem to be functional enough.) 

The things I used to keep on here?
My new MacBookPro is so 
compact it can hang out anywhere.
The embroidery machine & my Cricut are now
on the shelf below.  The ironing board can be taken
off and slid along side the table whenever I need the
surface for something else.
My old "real" ironing board?  It's back in
the laundry room where it belongs!
Thanks to Pleasant Home for such a great idea!

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21 October 2012

The Christmas Projects Have Begun, Too!

On to my next project.
This is Lynette Jensen's "Star Sled Quilt." 
(more applique!)

Both my sister and I chose a larger print 
than Lynette used in her book Cozy Cabin Quilts.
This complicated the cutting-out process 
but, we survived. 

Mine is definitely Christmas-themed. 
I just love the print--there are even snowmen in 
most of the yards!  So cozy!

My MIL loves quilts, neutral colors and Christmas.
The way this is pieced (or not so pieced!) together,
this seems more a blanket than a quilt.  It has
some neutral colors but also those of Christmas.
What do you think?  By the time I quilt it, 
it should have a more quilt-y feel and look...maybe?
Should I give it to the in-laws for Christmas?

My sister chose a more versatile theme--just
a general "winter" print.  I think she has someone
in mind to gift this to for Christmas as well.

My sled quilt is all basted; I have even begun quilting.
But then I noticed an issue with the stitches.
So, off to "doctor" went my sewing machine 
for its put-off-too-long tune-up.
Now there's nothing for me to do but knit...
and go to jury duty this week [shudder].  
Lucky me!

20 October 2012

The Fall Projects Finally Begin

For once, my absence is due to sewing! 

Recently, my sister was able to come along
on the quilt shop hop that I participate in every fall.
Each armed with our project ideas, 
we were able to get just about all we needed 
by raiding the clearance racks of 11 different shops!
Whatever else we needed....well, did I mention
we went to 11 different quilt shops!?

I've had this idea from a McCall's quilting magazine
in my files for years and I'm so happy to have finally
made it!  It really makes our mantel a focal point.
 (Too much applique for my tastes--not doing it again!)

Doesn't every project have its lesson?  This one? 
If you haven't quilted in quite a while,
 you probably should warm up before going straight
to the real thing.  This is hanging above my fireplace,
though, so no one should see it too close up!

The area above the mantel recesses a couple
inches but we've never filled it in with, say, 
a mirror or tv.  My alternate:  a wall-hanging.  
And now, I choose to focus
on my one wonderful moment of genius 
instead of the last 10+ years of, um, not-so-genius.
 It JUST recently occurred to me to hang it 
by a tension rod.  Smart, huh?
(We won't talk about the painful hours I've spent over the years
trying to get things to hang there correctly!)

Another project to follow....

09 October 2012

I Really Am Alive...

Truly, I am.

Basically, I've been fall cleaning like mad.
(The house is almost spotless!  Well, it was for about a day...
Broke things while cleaning.  Not good.)
Incurred hail damage from a storm--getting a new roof!  
(Let's hear it for insurance!)
Did some wedding dress shopping (she found it!).
Got my first speeding ticket in 18 years.
(Don't want to talk about it!)
Went on a quilt shop hop (have new fabric, must quilt)!
Had my entire family over.
Upped my volunteering at church.
Made a quilt top.
Have family visiting for about a month.
Dreading jury duty in a couple weeks.
Attending son's football games (5 and 0, baby!).
Took care of sick kids.
Worked on apples (applesauce, etc).
Processed peppers.
Bought a new car. 
(insert The Dreaded Tag Office Visit here)
Took on moderating a Bible study.
Lost 14 lbs and counting...

Well, there's some of it anyway.  I'll spare you the rest.
Most of it's behind me now and, at least for tomorrow,
I'll finally have a full day of sewing!

Please bring on the nasty winter weather,
even though autumn is the best,
so that I simply have to tell the world NO!

That's just so hard, isn't it?
Still, life is full and that is good.
I have no complaints!

But I really miss following blogs and blogging.
My reader is so full of posts of everyone's quilts!
Hope to have quilt pics of my own coming soon!

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