Friday, January 22, 2016

Working right along

As you know, I said this month was the "great muck out" of the sewing room. I have a bad habit of just going and looking for something or working on last minute things and scattering things around. This is especially true when I am trying to get things done for inventory because I have a show that weekend. Or maybe, trying to get things together for a retreat weekend. I let it go too far this time.
Here are a few before and after pics.

This is my work table where I work on servicing sewing machines.

This is after. The cover is covering a machine I have torn into to work on. At least I have room now to work.

You couldn't even see these 2 before. I had stuff stacked all around them.

This counter was soooo full of fabric scraps I only had a small space to cut on.

This is my machine rack. Some of these are my own personal stable, and some will be gone through and new homes found for them. The quilt tops that are hanging off the side are some of mine that have backing and binding and are ready to be quilted. Sadly that is only about 1/100th of my unfinished quilts.

As I have been cleaning I have been stacking stuff in one corner that I figure I will decide what to do with when I make my way around to that stack. I am now at that stage. A lot of this is stuff that I now longer do or have interest in doing. Some is a "what the heck" thing. It either goes to Goodwill or trash or to someone that still does other crafts.

This is that corner. Once that corner is cleared I will have a chair that will go there for when I'm working on hand work or ?????.

I also finally got my entertainment center together. I did not have TV service downstairs (we never ran a cable when we built it). I could watch DVD's though. I now have TV service downstairs. This little area is serving as my desk area for the computer and the rest of the stuff (stereo, TV, etc.).

It is slowly but surely coming together again.

That's all for now.
Til later,
Hugs & Stitches,

Saturday, January 16, 2016

First Finish of the Year!!

Here is my first finish of the year. Yay!!!!

Here is the back of the quilt.

This quilt will be my car quilt. This will go in my 1962 Ranchero when I get it fully restored.

I have been busy trying to get the sewing room cleaned out. I've made pretty good progress so far. It still looks like hell down here, but it is getting to be an organized hell :-), I'm getting much better at turning loose of things I no longer want to do.

I guess that's about it for now.

Til later,
Hugs & Stitches,

Friday, January 8, 2016

First Post of 2016

Here we are, a week into the new year.
I have been busy trying to get the sewing space cleaned up. I've gotten a good start on it. Now if I can keep up the pace.
I have already cleaned one corner where I had 2 machines (in cabinets) buried. You can now see them and use them.

Then I started working on a PILE of stuff I had between the ironing board and cutting counter. It had to be 4 feet high (I kid you not). You can now see the floor somewhat. In that mess I had some wild fabrics that I had put away for a someday project. Well I know what that project is now so I wanted to deal with those. This project is using 2 1/2" strips, so I cut them.

The last 2 Thursday's my BQB has come over for our sewing day. The first Thursday I finished up this little project. Now I just need to get it quilted.

This Thursday I picked a project out of the bucket (I'll explain the bucket a little further down) and got that done. I had pieces of 2 1/2" strips left from a couple of Christmas jelly rolls that I used to make Scrappy Trips top. I wanted to use everything up so I started piecing them together and then cut them into blocks. Scraps left over from that I pieced to make more blocks. I put it all together and them had some border fabric I added. It ended up being about 48" x 56". Not too shabby. I also had an extra block from the scrappy trips left over and I will make a pillow out of that.

Now I'll explain the bucket comment.
In the first picture you will notice a blue tub sitting on one of the machines. This holds UFO's. There are about 5 of them. When I work on something (either by myself or when BQB comes over) I must work on something out of that tub. Once those projects are finished I put 5 more UFO's in. The only exception is when I need to do class samples. In other words, if I am not working on something for the business, if it is for personal stuff, I must work out of that tub. Maybe, after I get a few of those finished, I can allow myself to start something new.

I think that's about it for now.

Til later,
Hugs & Stitches,

Friday, January 1, 2016