27 October 2020

Something New & Tuesday To-Do's

Happy Tuesday to all!
*First of all, I just found a bunch of comments from the
last few weeks that never went to my email.  I apologize
for not responding...and I'm still trying to figure all of this
out:  the new Blogger format...UGH!

As I write this, it's 25 degrees and snowing!
Winter has hit right in the middle of fall. 
I'd be happy with a couple more weeks of
autumn but I guess snow is cool, too.  It's just
that Christmas songs are popping up in my head.
Can't they wait just one week?!?

With so much going on lately, I've been a little off
on my Tuesday lists.  Travel and fall clean-up
first, and now a "little" sewing room construction.
My list will follow but I'm excited to share how
my "surprise" construction project turned out.

Several years ago we re-floored our entire house,
some in carpet and the rest in wood flooring.
I spent so much time picking out the perfect wood floor
(it's really hard to match it to so many surfaces)
but it was worth it--we love it.  The decision to
keep carpet in the bedrooms was an obvious one
(though I think I'd be happy with wood everywhere) 
but when it came to my sewing room I wavered back
and forth for months:

Carpet = better for my back when standing, quieter,
warmer, no fabric-fuzz showing constantly.
Wood = much easier to maintain in the long run,
no allergens, prettier (in my mind), chair can roll

I figured my back was the main issue so I went with
carpet (a short berber)...and soon regretted it.
I liked the cushion and warmth but it started showing
wear within months where I stand at the cutting table.

Then I had a freak accident:  a whole domino
mishap with a soy candle grand finale.
The kind that you watch happen in slow motion.
It cleaned up--and came right back within
weeks (repeatedly) so I finally just lived with it.
And, I would find myself sitting at my machine,
slightly off and contorted in my chair because it
didn't roll well and unknowingly I wasn't lined up
correctly--and this was actually hurting my back
probably more than standing on a hard floor would.
Within a year, I'd decided I needed the wood but
it just seemed so wasteful to pull practically-new
carpet that I put it off, all the while keeping an eye
on the product, making sure it wasn't discontinued.

Sad empty sewing room, yucky floor

Lately I've been getting some extra sewing in while
watching movies and football with the hubs.  When I
do this, I set up a temporary sewing station that
happens to be on the wood floor.   I've been able
to feel the difference an easily-rolling chair makes
so...I finally ordered my floor.

I have felt pretty guilty about that first bad decision.
When they took the room measurements I was told
transition piece would have to go in the doorway
even though the same wood is in the hallway.
 (It's not a floating floor.)
It's a little hard to explain but this really upset
me because I love the look of the smooth flow
 from room to room and I knew it would be a
reminder of that bad decision. However, I held on
to a wee bit of hope because I knew the installer
to be very good at what he does.  Just maybe...

By the way, if you want a
Fabric Collection Reality Check, there is nothing
like moving everything out of your sewing room
to make you realize that you should stop buying.


Okay, we already knew that but I mean
REALLY realize!

So guess what?  When the installer arrived, he took
one look at that doorway and said, "Oh, yeah. 
I can make that work."   A ha!

And by 3 pm, I had a new floor.

How funny to look at these pics from last Thursday,
knowing it was so hot (84 degrees in the house).
Just a few hours later, the cold north wind came up
and the temp dropped fast.  Now I'm looking out
at snow.  This is much more cozy!

But, anyway...
The minute they left, I walked into my room and
knew it was the right decision.  I love the look and
the practicality of this floor.  Fuzz, dirt, spills and
wear but in an instant, it can be back to looking
brand new again.  Carpet on the other hand...

The doorway is not 100% perfect but it's so close.
No one will ever know and it's so, so much better
than a dumb plastic transition piece sticking up.

I chose to leave the carpet in the closet because
without it it would be nothing but a fuzz collection
in there.  This transition looks fine and it's not even
seen when the door is shut but I think that plastic
strip would look just awful in my doorway.

Okay, I've gone on about my floor long enough.

What have I gotten done?

September Glow had to come down off of the design
wall for the floor installation so, after some feverish
sewing, I was able to get 7 of the 10 into rows.
Love those marking pins.

I had to re-figure the arrangement of the last
three rows but all 10 are sewn up now.

I also sewed up 6 "catchers" for the chicken coop
from their feed bags.  I won't explain these;
just know they are part of a system that keeps
the coop much cleaner, especially in the winter when
it's no fun being out there in the cold.  It's a big deal
get these done because I always put them off;
plus, they take up so much space in my closet.

Our oldest son came home for a quick visit and to
celebrate, belatedly, his 21st birthday, along with
our granddaughter's first birthday. 

My Meow! quilt was gifted along with the
Snow Day quiet book (timely!) and 2 cute sweaters
knitted up by Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting.  How
fun to give ALL hand-made gifts!

In all, not much accomplished but I did empty
my entire sewing room and then bring it all back,
which is bigger than a thorough cleaning and
reorganization.  In my mind, this trumps anything
else on a weekly to-do list!

Next week?
I so (sew) need a nice calm week of sewing.
It seems it has been forever!

1) Get September Glow into one piece!
This is also my October goal so it needs
to happen in the next couple days.

2) Load Ombre quilt

This was from last summer.  I have no plans for
it so I set it aside till I found a backing but I've
finally decided to just use a white-on-white that I
need to move out.

3) Work Christmas gifts
I've been in the mood to do this all last week
but now that there is snow on the ground?

4) Enjoy my floor
Easily accomplished with #'s 1, 3 & 4.

I'm thinking it needs a nice big jelly roll rug.
I'm wondering if a large one would be hard
on my shoulders/back, or even my machine?

So, the cold days have hit.  I have a day of sewing
ahead, soup on the stove and some sourdough
bread in the oven.  Remember all that broth I made
last summer from our old chickens and fresh herbs?
And the lemon thyme that I dried?
It's time thyme to start putting it all to use.

A great recipe made even better with some
extra effort.  (I add extra lemon and 
often replace the kale with spinach.)

Happy quilting!

Linking up to
Home Sewn By Us:  Tuesday To-Do #64


Debbie said...

The floor looks great and the transition matching in the doorway will fool most people, so don't stress over it. Just enjoy the look and feel of wood. Sew what you can when you can is a good motto I think.
Be careful with a jelly roll rug...they will slide easily on that wood floor. I would probably opt for a narrow runner with the non-slip grid under it instead....for safety.

Vicki in MN said...

I think you were super productive, might not have been sewing, but wow, just look at your room! I have carpet in my sewing room and it desperately needs replacing. I wonder how wood would be, but one door it would be up against carpet and the other up against vinyl. I just don't think it would look good. But to redo carpet is worthless in the long run it would get ruined again anyway! Thanks for the shout out!

Joyful Quilter said...

Your house looks lovely with the snow outside. It is cold and dry here, no humidity at all.

Your floor looks wonderful! Even on carpet I use the padded ergo mats in front of my cutting table and ironing board, makes a big difference in how my back and feet feel.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! That really is a lot of work! I had to do something like that when we had a leak in the wall and out came my desk and all the bookcases...oh my! It was a jumble but felt good to get it back in better order. I love the quilt on the floor and the little ones playing there. It makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it? Hugs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope my comment went through! I'll check later! WHEW!

Raewyn said...

hehe snap with the comments! So pleased you are happy with your decision to change the flooring. It already sounds like you are enjoying it! I think totally emptying and then re-filling your sewing room is a very productive time - plus you actually got sewing done on top of that - well done :-)

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Cheree! What a wonderful tale you weave! What a big job - completely emptying out your sewing room. We will be doing something similar in 2 weeks - new floor in the kitchen, dinette, powder room, laundry and front entry. It's all one big area but without too many items to move. I hope. We have four transition pieces - I can sure understand why you didn't want one across the room entry. Yay for giving us a closeup of September Glow. That background fabric is gorgeous as are the nine-patch. I love the dots and little stars! How sweet that you got to see your son and your granddaughter. I adore Vicki's sweaters - I've always been going to order one for my littles. Good luck with this week's list - I am tickled pink to see the Ombre quilt. I still haven't started mine. Geez. Thanks for linking up. ~smile~ Roseanne

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your new floor looks gorgeous, Cheree! Definitely worth the time and effort of cleaning out the room!

Needled Mom said...

You will be so much happier with the wood. Who ever created Berber carpet anyway? I have it in two bedrooms and it shows everything. It’s no surprise that you did not get much sewing done. Flooring in such a major disruption.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice floor, enjoy!

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