Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
The moment is almost here when I can finally move back into my sewing room. Right now I can move in the Elna, but I'm trying to figure out a way to bring in the Pfaff too. I have a friend who comes over and sews strips and/or squares for me. I.m trying to figure out if the small table will fit and still give me enough room to move around without being too constricted. . Let me explain some of the changes. I've had new windows put in. They've already been tested thanks to Mother Nature; and they passed the test...no leakage. I had 1 window removed on the east wall and the wall made into a solid wall so now I have a place to put my design wall. I also had heat installed. The people that service my furnace were able to run a couple ducts to my sewing room. What a difference a little heat it makes!!
I'm already making use of the cutting table. I have a drafting stool on order. It goes from 24" up to 40". I'll be able to use it at either table. The Elna machine will be coming out any day now...as soon as I can get someone over to help lift it.
The bins of fabric are stored behind the cutting table and each bin is label like you see here. Every piece of fabric in my stash was measured and labeled with it's size. Then it was placed in the apprpriate bin. I used the tallest bins for this storage. By the end of the week, over half of the bins were empty and are now in the basement. I'm wondering with so many empty bins, does this mean I need to go shopping to fill them up? I left all the denim and tapestry fabrics in the basement. I had no more room to put them in the sewing room, but my basement is nearly empty
Batting storage. You can also see the ironing board that I turned into a pegboard/magnet board. You may be wondering why the curtains are so short. They are old faded cafe curtains hanging on the south wall. As the sun is going down it's very difficult to work out there until the sun gets behind the hedge that is outside the window. So hanging the cafe curtains seems to be the perfect solution. And rather than having to go buy curtain rods, they are strung on cording hooked on nails or you could use cup hooks.
Laundry area....have to have it here because I cannot go up and down the stairs to the basement. I strung a clothesline across the window to hang special cards, notes with addresses to where I am to send quilts, names of new quilt shops I want to visit. And yes clothespins are holding the notes, cards, etc. to the clothesline.
Cabinet that holds stabilizers, wonder under, interfacing, stencils, amoung other like items. On top are tapestry fabrics I've picked out for the pillows for my secret garden. Shhhh! It's a secret. A place I can go and hopefully, no one will find me. Isn't that what a secret garden is for???
Here is a very large basket that sits under the table where the sewing machine sits. It is full of pieces of fabric that most people would throw away. As you can se in my squares i throw next to nothing away. Eventually I sit down and sew these tiny pieces together until I have a 12" square. When I get 9 squares I make a quilt from them. I also keep a strip basket under the table, but it's upstairs being put to use for a quilt I've designed that will be going to a retreat center.
This fat quarter central. I also use one of them for batiks.When I was going thru all the bins I was surprise how many fat quarters I found that people had given me as gifts or I had received at retreats. I also found that I had pieces of fabrics that were the size of fat quarters so I folded them up and put them in here. Makes it easier to find if I'm looking for that color since they are sorted by color.
We've gone all the way around the room with the exception of the design wall and my supervisor. I'm having a hard time deciding which to show first. Here goes....
I have waited a long time for a design wall. Hey you Buggy Babes out there! You just might recognize the quilt squares in the quilt I just finished. Folks they are from the 1st Annual Amish Country Retreat of 2012. I have decided to donate my quilt to a retreat center called Standing Stones in Arizona that counsels ministers, their spouses and military chaplains. This is quilt #1 of 12. I have about 6-7 tops in the wings waiting to be quilted so I can't wait to get my Elna moved out here.Buggy Babes, it's not that I don't want something to remember you all by...I'm just very dedicated to the ministry of Standing Stones. I will always remember all of you in my heart. And Susie, we will be talking ironing board again this year!! Thanks for your help Sheila. Erin, do not worry about anything....you are coming!!!!!
OK I saved the best for last....my supervisor Indy.
Indy can almost always be found in that chair looking out the windows making sure there are no cats or squirrels in the garden. When he's sure he will pull one of my gel mats over (but still underfoot) and lay down for a nap. No one, but no one had better sit in that chair even if Indy is taking a nap. If they do, Indy's nap will be over very quickly and he will let them know that that is HIS chair. I think I might have to make something with Himself's name for that chair!!! Who's the service dog around here? Uhmmmmm.......c