For week 7 of the studio organizing challenge, lead by Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts, it was to learn to use a new tool. I chose my diamond Fons & Porter ruler, which I hadn't got around to trying yet. I did some searches, and came up with THIS free pattern called Ozark Star, which happens to use another ruler I already had, as well. I didn't have the pyramid ruler it calls for, but was able to use the paper template that the pattern provides.
I decided this won't be a table topper for me, but will hang in my sewing room, along side my Hazel Ilene quilt. So I used some of the same fabrics that are in the quilt, for it. I did have to do some ripping of seams a few times to get things to line up okay. I can see making this in Christmas fabrics!
Now, for week 8, Shelly just posted the challenge to:
put away stray fabric and other items.
Well I actually just did this over the past few days, as I was contemplating what fabrics to use to finish the Ozark Star.
One thing that has helped me to keep from having a huge mess when I pull out fabrics, which you can read about HERE on Sew Many Ways, is to wrap your fabrics around a file folder. I don't have too many good quilter's cottons, as most of my fabrics are poly blends or old clothes, so I was able to do this with my quilting fabrics and fill a file box. It worked great, until I decided I wanted files with actual paper patterns, in there! So I placed them in those plastic drawers, that are on wheels. They fit in great and the fabric stays neat and tidy!
I did just pick up some more file boxes on sale though, so I might just go back to using them and do even more of my stash this way.
My file folders were blue, so just incase of any color bleeding onto the fabric because of dampness(my sewing space is in my basement), I do wrap tissue paper around them first.
So, since my area is fairly neat for now, I do have mending, that a certain 6 year old, would love mommy to get done!
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