Monday, April 6, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I finished one baby quilt top, adding a cloud border, making it 36"x39".  A little on the small side, but perfect for a newborn!

 
I am preparing for quilt retreat! I want to make four quilts in the 5 days of retreat. I have cut out everything so that I can make the most of the sewing time.

There are three music-themed quilts, for daughter's three music mentors:
an Elegant Star Quilt;

a Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt;

and a Tall Triangle Quilt.
The fourth quilt is a high school graduation gift for a dear friend of my daughter. 
A Hunting-Themed Quilt
I hope to get all four tops assembled at the retreat. I will need time after that for quilting and binding in order to meet a May 30 deadline!

I'm linking up with Judy at http://www.patchworktimes.com/2015/04/06/design-wall-april-6-2015/

Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday

New Small Projects!
 
At last all the Christmas Stars are finished, all 72 of them. I have put them away for now.
 
 
I found a number of small projects when I rearranged my sewing area. I dug out two of them that had pieces assembled but no plan for a quilt.
 
This one started out as half square triangles; I picked them up at an estate sale at some point, a few years ago. I decided to make the Broken Dishes Block. The fabrics are baby themed prints, with a few 30's reproductions as well.
 

I made hundreds of small hour glass blocks back in a rainy June in 2010. I pulled out two different ones, sewed them together into four patch blocks, then into rows. For the center I am working on a machine appliqued Doodle Bug from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine, Vol. 6.
 
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times!
 
 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sewing Area Rearranged

In early 2011, I purchased plastic drawer bins for fabric stash storage. I liked this very much, for I could sort fabrics by color, and they would be easily accessible.
 
Unfortunately, the weight of the drawers made it very difficult to get them opened and closed. So I unstacked the units and lined them against the wall. I hoped this would make it easier to access the fabrics.
 
Nope.
 
A few weeks ago I found this cabinet on Craigslist. It is an old storage closet that was used in a school classroom in the 1960's. I planned to put it in the master bedroom, but it was too large for the hallway and turn into the bedroom. So it is in the dining room.
 
All those plastic drawers fit into the cabinet with room to spare! I am so pleased to have easy access to each plastic drawer! I put all started projects on the bottom shelf. And I put precuts on the top shelf, including scrappy storage, cut down to usable squares.
 
I put the Koala cabinet against the long wall and added the side shelves for the first time. I put my quilt books on the left and binders with project ideas on the right. In the center are my quilt magazines. I turned the design wall on it's side.
 
 I even hung all my larger rulers on nails for better access!
 
The side of the new cabinet was somewhat scratched and it looked imposing. So I hung a loved fabric on the side and I think it disguises the storage closet well.
 
The sewing room is now on the south side of the space, and the dining room is on the north side. We have since swagged the chandelier so it hangs over the table.
 
I love the changes I made. For two years I have struggled with the sewing space, thinking the only solution was to add on to the house. But I could not commit to such a large expense when the house is plenty large as it is. I now have my sewing area in a location that is easy to use, and I can invite people over for meals to be eaten in a dining space!