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Friday, June 28, 2013

Finally an organized sewing room/center

When I got rid of the huge computer setup I used to need for my embroidery machine, I had lots of space in this cabinet that needed to be organized better for my daily sewing.  Today Kenny put shelving in there to make it more user-friendly and so that I would not have to keep things stacked on top of each other.  When everything is stacked, you have to take it all out just to use one thing!  Not fun.

I am so excited about the shelves and the hooks on the door.  It looks like a mini-quilt shop when I open the doors!! YAY!!  I got a few more plastic boxes for projects and fabric and now it is organized by each thing I am working on or want to work on soon.

Doesn't it look great!?  It's awesome that once it is closed it looks like nothing is going on!  Now I am ready to spend the summer quilting and sewing curtains and stuff.  I have to get two quilts done for my kids (they are getting married next June in a double wedding!!)  Plus I have to make a baby quilt for one of my best friends at work who is having a baby any day now.  Once she has the baby I will make it since we don't know what the gender is. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Batik lattice basket quilt and some hand embroidery

Well, it's officially summer and I am off for 11 weeks!! It was such a wonderful year, so it was almost a shame that it had to end.  On the upside, it's great to leave when it was still awesome instead of wanting the door to hit them in the backside on the way out! :)  So now it is time to clean, organize, read and sew my head off.  This quilt is something way outside of my comfort zone as far as color goes, but I really love it so far.  The jelly roll is called Dancing in the Rain by Edyta Star (I think that is her last name)  and I had to have it when I saw it last fall.  This quilt is also something that would not normally appeal to me, but it was intruiging, so I took the class.  It is all unfinished seams (until each row is attached) which is how you get the basket weave effect.  Not a big hassle, but tedious.  I will work on it a little every night instead of all at once. 

I just love hand embroidery!! Crabapple Hill is a lovely company that has gorgeous products, so I buy tons of them from my friend Janet at Farmhouse Quilts in Cutchogue.  We are doing a class each month to get the embroideries done, which is a good motivator.  This is one quilt I will never give away when it's done.  I could not bear for it to have dogs and cats or anything laying on it!!  It will be one of those things that someone will get once I am long gone. 

Close-up of the open seams on the lattice quilt.  This is actually easy, but there are threads everywhere as you go along.  I'll post it as it gets bigger.  There are 13 rows total and I think I have three done!  Today I started really cleaning the kitchen.  Cabinets empty, stuff thrown out and moved around.  Tomorrow I will finish it and clean the pantry. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Square in a square quilt

We made this quilt in a class yesterday! So easy and fun! Love it.