The kids were home a lot this last week so I haven’t had much time to sew. In fact, I don’t think I really sewed much at all. When I did get to the sewing room, I mostly organized.
I did finish up cutting up the box of scraps I had….
The Dumbo print was my very last one to cut. The other fabric went into another spot. I hope to make some pot holders with it.
Look at my overflowing garbage can with all the slivers of fabric that was left over.
Oh my. Isn’t that the way it goes? One mess gets cleaned and in the cleaning we make another mess.
I worked on this cabinet….YEP..not the best use of space happening here, that’s for sure. UGH, what a task.
It’s looking better now but I’ll save the big reveal for once I get the sewing room all finished.
As I was working on the cabinet, I found lots of UFOs. I have plenty to be able to participate in a UFO challenge. I’m hoping Mary from Country Thread will be doing one. I think June is the last of the one she hosted last year. If she does it again, I really need to join. I don’t really care that I have UFOs. All of the ones I have are timeless to me so I don’t worry about that, I just want to feel free. More free space, less projects to delay me from the projects I desire to do. So it’s time to start tackling them. Mary, if you’re reading this, please host another UFO challenge. I need one. Do any of you need one too??
The next thing I needed to start figuring out is my book and magazine storage. I have tried many different ways of storing them….Not a single way has been successful so I took two of totes and decided this is something new I’m going to try. I am allowed one tote of current-ish books…(I am going to try to not to buy many more)…
…and one tote of books I use more as reference of inspiration.
I am making this rule for myself. I am allowed to get more books….BUT I can only have as many as will fit in these two totes. That’s enough.
Here are two of my VERY favorites.
It’s Okay If You Sit On My Quilt Book by Mary Ellen Hopkins should be in everyone’s quilt library. The book is old and looks a little dated but the info in there is timeless. Mary Ellen does an AMAZING job of teaching the math through grid work, that quilters need to know if you really want to understand how to design and put quilts together. The book is so good that it’s still in print. That’s a real testament as I got mine back in the early 90s. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
Around the Block with Judy Hopkins is one of my favorite books for inspiration on picking blocks to make in a quilt. This classic is also still in print. You can find it HERE on Amazon.
Of the books in my collection there are likely the most used ones. Do you have a classic quilt design book you hold onto?
Anymore I prefer books like these and doing my own thing making my own designs. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on making quilts others design, I’m just feeling a little more freedom.
I still have a stack of magazines to tackle…but it’s all getting better and will be an ongoing project for me to get them in control.
My quilt machine got a little overhaul. A local gal who has an APQS machine was getting new carpet in her basement. She had an APQS tech come and move her machine…the carpet got laid and then he put her machine back. Well while the carpet was being laid, the service man had nothing to do so I had him come and service my machine. Carla, my longarming friend, had her machine serviced too.
I had a new take up bar canvas put in while he was here…
Mine had gotten two cuts in it and I felt like it was bowing a little bit.
So…no longarming was done this week either.
I am finally feeling like the sewing room is coming together. Day by day and week by week I’m getting there. It serious feels lighter and nicer every time I go in the room. It’s be a heck of a lot of work but it’s paying off.
That’s the latest from the sewing room….
As far as cross stitch goes, check this out…
I now have 4 of 6 pages stitched. I’m so happy with how it’s looking. I’m going to try to push on and see if I can get a finish with this before to long. I getting so excited to see it finished. This is a Scarlett House chart called Seeking Refuge.
I hope you all have a had a few productive days and have been able to accomplish a thing or two.