Wednesday, April 29, 2015

studio organizing challenge ~ week 17

Shelly's challenge for this week, which you can find HERE, has been to:

clean up the area around your sewing machine.

This is how mine had looked:

It was time for a change. I'd been using my vintage WHITE machine to work on the jean quilt, and realized how nice it is to have space to my left for working on.

This old machine just powered through the denim, with no problem. I just love it! I did make progress on the quilt, but I don't think it will be done for the end of the month, as I was shooting for. I think I'll hand quilt it and add a border and maybe a few more rows. But it's coming along...

So I decided to move my Kenmore over and put the laptop on the desk. That way, if I need space for working to the left of the machine, I can easily move the laptop out of the way. This is what it looks like now:

I also decided to put my Hazel Ilene quilt back on the wall, and put some sewing tools there, that were in the way on my cutting table.

It needs something on the wall, to the right of the quilt, but I haven't decided what yet. 
Thanks again, Shelly, for the weekly challenges! 

And just because this makes me smile, I'll post this of my daughter, who picked and arranged a bouquet of garden flowers, just for me! :)

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 20, 2015

studio organizing update

I am still working away at Shelly's Studio Organizing Challenges, which you can find HERE on Prairie Moon Quilts.

Week 13 was to:  work on your one UFO that is closest to finished.

I chose to finish another mug rug, that I just needed to choose a backing and binding for. I wasn't happy with some of the stitching, so had tossed it away in a drawer. But then I figure my kids won't care and decided to just finish it. These little mug rugs are great for a drink and a cookie!

It was made with some scraps left over from doing a Christmas table topper. The star is appliqued and it's quilted with some machine embroidery.

Week 14 was to:  eradicate a pile.

Well, that bin of stuff pictured in the last post, was a big pile! It took awhile to sort. I cut up some shirts for the fabric, old sheets went for rags to my husband's work on a farm, and the jeans were cut down to strips. They are now laid out on my design board for a quilt to be pieced.

I first saw this type of jean quilt HERE on Piece N Quilt. I've wanted to try it ever since. It shouldn't take too long to piece together, so hopefully it won't become another UFO!

Week 15 was to:  choose one small area that needs attention and work on it.

I've been working on bins of old papers and stuff just outside my sewing room, and trying to clear this one area up, but I'm afraid no pics of that will be shared! It's one of those areas of our house, that things get piled up. I think I'll treat myself to some new fabrics when I finally get it all done!

Week 16 is to:  organize your ruler collection. 

I didn't take a 'before' pic, but I just took them all down and rearranged them a bit, so it now looks like this:

I got the frame from a friend that was tossing it out. It was on a vintage tapestry picture and she was replacing the frame. So my husband added the peg board for me, and it's worked out great for my rulers and cutting mats. It's a lot of wall space dedicated to them, but I find these rulers expensive and really have no other space to store them properly. My cutting table is just to the left, so they are within easy reach, too. 

Now back to that jean quilt. I'll aim to post the finished quilt by the end of the month!
 Happy stitching!