Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Small Space Storage for Sewing Rooms!

I got the greatest comment yesterday on the blog from Linda:

"I just moved my sewing room to the old living room. No closet so storage was an issue! I found a perfect solution at IKEA. Take a look: A look at my finished new room is in a more recent post. Congrats on the new room and new house!"

Wow! That Pax cabinet is amazing! Love the pull out baskets! Thanks for the inspiration, Linda!!!

Well, that got me thinking. I'm transitioning from a large dedicated sewing room to a smaller multipurpose room. And I'm not the only quilter who has a small space in which to work! So come on quilters - share your ideas for storage in a small space! I know you have some good ones! Leave a comment or send me an email ( 

So yesterday I turned my back for a minute and Cooper ate the instructions for hanging the shower curtain rod. Well, he actually just ate the English language section. I'm left with the Spanish part. Needless to say, it didn't get mounted yesterday...

I did unpack a bedroom box and ended up with three large garbage bags ready to get donated to a charity. Pairing down is good! I think I only have one more box to unpack! Woohoo!

Of course we still have to go through LOTS of stuff in the storage unit, but that will happen eventually...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What's in my Trunk?

What's in those bags??? Fabric! Yesterday a friend went with me to our storage unit. We bagged up some of my fabric - yes, I have a LOT of fabric - to bring to the cottage. Soon I'll be sorting, pressing, and cutting up this load into strips and squares. I'll give the tiny scraps to a friend who can use them for an animal charity - she makes pet beds and stuffs them with little scraps of batting and fabric.

I'm actually looking forward to diving into this mess! Creating organization from chaos will be nice. I won't be starting this today, but soon, I hope.

Yesterday afternoon I went with hubby on my first hike here in our new neighborhood. The trails are neat, with the ground covered in crushed brick. We walked a couple of miles with the dogs. The humidity was fierce, but I'll get acclimated soon.

This morning I'm trimming a friend's quilt and getting it ready to bind for her. And I hope to unpack a box and hang a shower curtain rod.  Making progress, slowing but surely.

Have a great day!!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

My New Sewing Room...Before

What a mess! I thought I'd share a few photos of my new sewing room - this is how it looks this very minute. There's my sewing machine in the corner next the the BIG TV.

And on the other side of the room there is Cooper's crate in the foreground with a BIG chair in the corner. (There will be lots of hand sewing done in this chair...)

And here's the view from the doors.

And now my challenge is:
1. Get Ikea table top and adjustable legs to go over the dog crate.
2. Add more storage where ever I can.
3. Cross my fingers that everything fits.

Fabric will be tucked here, there, and everywhere in the house. Yes, I have way too much fabric...but I have plans for it. Lots of my older fabric will be cut into 2.5 inch strips and 5 inch squares - yup, I've got Accuquilt dies for that! My newer fabrics will be kept in fat quarters.

Today I have a couple of errands - need a shower curtain rod for the guest bath, along with a liner and shower curtain, and bath math. And groceries.

We are down to only a few boxes left to unpack. There are a few things I'm missing that are somewhere in boxes within storage units - who knows when we'll find them!!! But we have the necessities. I can cook again! And I have clothes to wear. Important stuff!

I'm hoping to get back to patterning the next section of Bliss by the end of the week.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

What to do with UFO tops...

Meet Kim. Sorry I cut you in half, Kim.

Kim talked to us about finishing UFO's at our guild meeting. First we talked about why we even have so many UFO's. One of the common reasons is that once you make a top you don't like the way it turns out.

Kim appliqu├ęd a hundred colorful circles on black fabric. And then she hated them. So she chopped them up and sewed them together. What a great idea! And didn't the quilt turn out fun?

And then there was this quilt...

She made it for her son and hated it. So she chopped it up vertically, mixed the strips around,I I  and sewed them back together. Brilliant. And she loves it now! And so did I!

I left very inspired! Hope this gives you some ideas..

Hubby and I unpacked lots of boxes today - yay! I now have a good plan for my sewing room. One problem is that we are keeping Cooper's crate in this room. And Cooper has a BIG crate. Adding a large table for my Accuquilt cutter and a cutting surface was going to take up too much space. So my solution is to buy a large table top and adjustable legs from Ikea. Cooper's crate will fit underneath and I can use the surface for my tools. I think this just might work!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Play Date!

Cooper and I had a play date yesterday! We visited a good friend and her dog, Wilson. The pups had a great time playing in her back yard while we chatted. Lots of fun!

And then last night: a quilt guild meeting! I'd hadn't been able to go in months and it was so good to be back. Here are a few of my favorites from show and tell.

One of our guild members gave an excellent program of finishing UFO's - really inspired me - more on that tomorrow.

I finally set up my sewing table yesterday. Today I hope to set up a few more sewing things. And I'll unpack my spices: hubby mounted my new spice rack on the inside of the pantry door last night so I finally have a place to put them. My clothes - nope...haven't gotten to them yet. My sewing stuff takes priority!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Special Delivery!

When we came from the lake a week and a half ago, we only brought what we could cram into our two cars. I did bring my Bernina, but not other sewing stuff. The dogs took of a good part of the space! Yesterday Hubby was coming back from a business trip in Birmingham and stopped by the lake. I'd sent him a list of things I wanted:

Sewing table
Cart full of notions

Yay! There are still things there I want and need, but these were priorities. Today I hope to set up my sewing space - at least get a start on it.

Yesterday I unpacked 4 boxes. The kitchen is coming together. Slowing but surely...

Since the wedding I have hunkered down here in the cottage, only leaving home to walk the dogs. Today I'm getting out to run a few errands and then back home to unpack more boxes.

I'm getting closer to sewing again every single day...

Hope you find time to sew today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wedding Crafts

I thought I'd share a few of the crafty parts of the wedding.  Doing some of these can not only be fun, but also money saving. Elizabeth picked out some cute chalkboards at Hobby Lobby months ago. Of course we used 40% off coupons! One of her bridesmaids does calligraphy and offered to letter them for her. Didn't they turn out well?!

As for the favors...
You may remember I bulk ordered hexagon shaped boxes. I bought small baggies (1.5" x 3") in the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby and filled them with orange and blue m&ms (representing Auburn University colors). You can order specific m&m colors directly from their website. The baggies went into the favor boxes.

As for the container...
Elizabeth found this cute 'composting bin' at World Market. It was perfect for the wedding colors of mint green and coral and she will use it later in her home.

The centerpieces at the reception (we made 6 of these)...

Starting at the bottom - a 16" cardboard cake round (from Hobby Lobby) covered with coral chiffon, a small cake plate (from World Market), a mason jar spray painted gold, and flowers Elizabeth made from vintage music paper. Elizabeth also made her 'toss bouquet' from these flowers.

Had we had the florist do these centerpieces, they would have been hundreds of dollars each - big savings here!

Napkins - these were not crafted - just ordered online, but don't they fit the theme of the wedding well?

Hope these ideas will inspire you for your next event.

So I only unpacked two boxes yesterday - found the cereal bowls! This morning I've started unpacking some of my clothes - I'll continue with that this morning and then move on to more kitchen boxes.