The Big Reveal

It has been soooooo difficult to NOT share the baby steps of the completion of my sewing room! It’s been mostly done for over a week, but there was still wood on my counter! And sawdust on the floor and tools all over the place! Until this afternoon. Ha! Since I took the Christmas tree down today (don’t judge) I thought I’d clean up in the new room too. 

This first pic was taken from the doorway. This room is humongous now! Eleven by eighteen feet, to be somewhat exact. On the right is the cutting table, which still needs some of the trim so I don’t jab myself in the hip when I walk by. The chair is my spare chair. For now, it will be there, away from the sewing counter. A small bookshelf with a few books, baskets and stuff for ironing. And a picture of the amazing husband who made it all happen. My ironing board with its new cover is conveniently behind the sewing area. I love the cd rack full of charm packs, a couple jelly rolls and my fave piggies top it off.


The next pic is my sewing area. 


I know, right! So. Much. Room.

Husband still has a couple things to do regarding wood, stain and nails. But for the most part, I have a stinking TON of space! Those magazines have been gone thru and aren’t there anymore! I’ve got two sets of bright pink drawers, pretty much full of the stuff they used to hold. But I did dump all of the thread into one drawer instead of the wall thread racks. I’m not sure if I’ll use them again, I figured I’d see how it goes like this for a while.

A close up of my personal space.


The walls seem really empty, don’t they? I’m guessing that will change. I sewed a little bit today, just to see how it all flows…. it’s awesome.


I love my chair. My daughter and I painted both chairs pink many years ago. I had gotten them at a garage sale. Then we decorated them as we saw fit. Like I said, I love my chair.

Guess what I finally get to use!


Ta da! I’ve had this for years and years but the counter was always so high, it just was absurd trying to make it work. I’d have to lift my foot way off the ground to do it. Now the whole counter is the perfect height for me to utilize this awesome accessory. Booya!

I’m still trying to figure out the best place for my calendar and clock. 


Maybe on that weird spot I never noticed until I saw this picture. I figure I’ll get them up in the next couple weeks. 

The view from the sewing area.


There’s the chair my daughter painted, cute, huh? I love the carpet squares. We got them at a very reasonable price and laid them out so the stripes alternate direction. I was so happy that they’re dark, dark gray and not some goofy color. I’ve got the extra sewing machine under the cutting area for now, so that’s fun. All of my BLOCK magazines (which are more like books because there are no ads) are in the bookshelf that supports the cutting counter. I like to keep them handy. The binders in the other bookshelf are where I put lots of patterns from the magazines I went thru last year. Another favorite organizational tool I use is the piece of wood that is holding my rulers. So handy dandy.


See that rope basket (for lack of a better word) on the floor? I got that at Target for $5 and I wish I had gotten more! It’s pretty, it’s soft and it’s being used for a garbage can! I need something right by the cutting table and for now it works. I got the floor mat at Costco and it is really nice. I’ve never had the space for one before and I think I’m really going to like it. (The sides of the cutting table are where the trim still needs to go. I bumped into the corners about 4 times this afternoon.)

The cedar closet is still pretty much the same.


It’s still got a bunch of stuff in it that I need to find a place for…..like the mini design wall. Not sure if I’ll put that up again or not. The floor is so spacious, I may just use it. Maybe. I was going to move the shelf units from the cedar closet to the far wall, but I think I won’t. I like the open space and I think I’ll be able to baste in here on the floor, instead of just outside the sewing room in the basement. 

My previous space….


I know! What a difference! I am so thrilled with my new space! I got a lot done in the old space, a lot! I’ve made quilts for family and friends. I’ve made just about whatever the husband can dream up, and believe me, he can dream up some doozies. I taught my MIL to quilt in that tiny room. The makeover still just amazes me.

Years ago I mentioned to the husband that we could knock down the office wall…… He didn’t go for it for about 11 years. Then suddenly he’s asking me what I’d like and what I’m thinking. So I made my little mock-up and showed him. AND HE MADE IT HAPPEN! He didn’t even freak out when I chose the paint color. I love love love the colors in there. 

But I LOVE LOVE LOVE him more.

Thank you, my dear man.

LL

What a Month!

Since I last blogged quite a few things have happened: birthday parties, sewing two gifts, Christmas, some very stressful days, a new year and new president, a new job for the daughter and finally…….a SEWING ROOM REMODEL! 

Yes, it’s true! The remodel is in the finishing up stages, and it’s so pretty! I will show pictures soon of the NEW room, but first, we’ll refer to the old room(s).

Here is my previous sewing space before clearing it out.


It was a good space and served well for 13+ years. But it seemed cramped and tiny, especially if I had a guest sewing too. The room is approximately 9′ x 11′. The L shaped countertop took up lots of space and made it seem small. 

Here it is emptied out a bit….


I know! Clearing everything out makes it look so big! Anyway, the wall to the left, above the long counter, is what was removed. My husband’s office is on the other side. Here is that photo.


This room is also 9′ x 11′, so now my sewing room is HUGE! HUGE, I tell you!


This is the point we were at earlier this week. It looks like a disaster, doesn’t it!? Now the mess is cleaned up and the walls are painted and the office door is gone! It’s a wall now. It’s amazingly awesome to have a room built especially for the purpose of sewing.


Since we still have a bit to do, I will just share this pic for now. The short countertop has become a cutting table, WITH a bookshelf end. The ugly tile is under the carpet tiles, which are the perfect color! 

And the walls! I love the two *sewing room fuschia* walls. (When I went to get more paint, they renamed the color for me. Ivan, the paint guy, asked what room it was for…so I told him. Then he asked if “sewing room fuschia” was okay as a name for the paint. I think it’s beyond awesome!) And the weirdo place at the top of the pic, it doesn’t really look weird. Must be the light or flash or something.

The trim for the countertop will be finished up soon. Husband is even talking about building some undershelves so this could get even more awesome! AWESOMER!!

Friends, I can’t even tell you how this room is a dream coming true for me. The space is just wonderful, as you will see next time, and the gift of Mr Man giving me his office space, it means so much.

Hoping to have more pics soon!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

LL

The Runner

When one has a piece of furniture that is longer than your average piece of furniture, one needs a table runner to fit. This has been my mission the last day or so. I actually opened one of my Massdrop purchases and USED IT!  I decided to go with a star pattern, but it’s one I haven’t done before. 

Now I know why. Oy! It’s lovely and eventually I got the hang of it, but thank goodness I only made six blocks.


These are the fabrics I chose to be my “lights.” I love the one with the 🈚️🈷🈺 writing. The next pic shows the “darks.”


These all had to be paired up a certain way to get the design right. A light and a dark, a dark and a dark, another light and other dark. It confused me so I only did one block at a time. Well, one quarter of one block at a time. It was a trip, let me tell you!


My attempt at organization.

Once I finished the blocks, I had some pieces leftover so I decided the layout would be offset, instead of a regular type of row of blocks. I added four plain squares to one side of each block. Then turned every other one so they did this.


Today I will layer, quilt and bind it, so it’s all set for the new furniture.

🎶 Under pressure 🎶

Have a good day!

LL

“Capture the Moment”

Earlier this year I put a quilt together, using a pattern my MIL picked out. I enjoyed the process and love the fabrics! Then it was put away for a while. A few months ago I put borders on it, and put it away again.

I learned a couple weeks ago that our church ladies were putting a basket together for a bride-to-be! I signed up to make a quilt, because that is just what I do. 

Did I have time to work on it? No. Did I commit to something I wouldn’t be able to finish? Maybe. Did I go for it on Saturday and finish it with time to spare? 

Oh yes. I. So. Did.


The bride’s favorite color is red, so this UFO was the perfect thing for her. I love that there are bits of pink in the quilt too, as that’s MY fave color. I think I used two different charm packs and the red strips were from a 1.5″ roll. I quilted it with the swirly twirls I’ve been doing lately, and used a classy red for the back. 

I hope Kim and Mark enjoy this gift. I really enjoyed the making of it, over time, of course.

❤️LL

It’s been over a month…..

Since I’ve blogged. But I have been sewing like crazy! I finished three quilts during the last couple of weeks, all for special people at the children’s home.

The first was a retirement quilt for the principal at the school. This woman has worked there for 25 years in one capacity or another, and she’s my friend! I used the same fabrics as I did for one of the auction quilts in September. She was very surprised and pretty happy with it.


I named it “Blessed.” I know she has blessed many in her work, and I’m certain she feels quite blessed too.

The next two quilts were for the raffle for the staff at the children’s home. I made them Christmas themed, because it seemed the thing to do! One was the Jelly Roll Race pattern, so easy peasy. And cute! The other is the Big Star Charm pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I haven’t seen a pattern for it, but the tutorial is on you tube. 


Both were made using fabrics from my stash, collected over 20 years. The big star pattern actually doesn’t include the pinwheel in their tutorial. Well, it does, but Jenny uses all the same fabrics, so it looks solid. I liked that a lot too, but I figured since it IS a pinwheel, it should BE a pinwheel. These quilts were both “won” by very special women that I just adore! Both are my friends and I’m thrilled that they’re so happy with them!

At the end of September we got to finally go on a vacation. It was the most wonderful trip and at the perfect time! Pretty much exactly what we needed! One of the stops on our cruise was Astoria, Oregon. This is where the movie The Goonies was filmed in part. We walked the whole town, 15,000+ steps according to Mr. Fitbit, and found a quilt shop.


It was a cute little shop, and I picked up a few pieces of cotton. Another neat pic from the walk…


Kinda panoramical. Astoria was pretty overcast, cold and rainy…not sure really WHY the ship stopped there. Like I said, the vacation was wonderful and we had a blast.

Now I start cleaning and preparing for Thanksgiving. We are hosting this year and there is much to do. I’m hoping to get some sewing in too. 

Hope all is well for everyone!

LL

Don’t Judge Me

Well, it’s been a few days since the auction for the children’s home and I’m done pouting that my quilts didn’t bring in the BIG BUCKS I was hoping they would. For the seven quilts I took, $830 was the grand total. Not shabby at all, but not what I was hoping either. It does thrill me that the Minion quilt went to a young lady who LOVES it, so that is a happy. And the HST quilt was “won” by a nice young man who got it for his wife who couldn’t be there. So, I am happy that the quilts will bring joy.

Now, I will tell you a secret. My sewing room will be getting a face lift this winter; knock a wall out here, move a counter there…. So today I moved a square shelf unit in the cedar closet so I’d have a little more space NOW. Here’s how that looks.


I also went thru my books and moved them down a shelf. I love this new look. In reality I lost the top of the bottom shelf, but I like the “seems like it’s organized” look. It kind of is, but it still needs work. And one of my fave ways to store jelly rolls and charm packs is a 6′ CD shelf. It’s tall and thin, and perfect! (No pic of that today though, sorry.)

See the bolts on the left? I straightened them up and rearranged the red bins above them too.


It’s nice when half the closet is tidy.

What? Half. 

Yes.

Here’s the other half.


I know.

Yes, I’ve got a bit more to do. This cedar closet “room” is oddly shaped so it’s difficult to find a place for the Christmas bin of fabric, the flannel and the weird fabrics my husband likes me to use to make him stuff with. Oh, not to mention the UFO’s…..

Yes, there is still much to do, but I’m not in a rush. 

I may need some more shelf units though…

LL