Yes the work has begun to clear things out to get the sewing room empty which mean cleaning a few other parts of the house out too. Melanie and Ric will put the living room chair in their storage rental until so I will have the short wall in the living room (that joins part of the kitchen) to put my sewing machine table up against and my square quilting hoop that is in the work shop will come up – I can fit my office chair in a corner with the hoop and can quilt there – with the sewing machine next to it. Please excuse the mess we do not live in a “perfect” house it does look lived in. That end table might have to go out to the work shop so I have enough room in this area for sewing table, office chair and square Grace hoop. I will leave pin basting the Postage Stamp Quilt until I need to take the quilting frame apart – last minute you know!
I didn’t think to take a before photo of this part of the closet that I was working on in the bedroom. I got a lot cleaned out – there are some shelves on the right hand side of the closet behind the wall that were absolutely stacked with unnecessary garbage – I mean really will I ever use over a dozen picture frames and why did I store them there where they were not easy to get to. – They have been moved to two boxes and taken to the workshop and the shelves now hold hand bags, and some other odds and ends. I will be able stack project boxes, scrap boxes and maybe sewing machine bags ( I have two that I barely use) on the floor up to about 3 feet high once I get that little step stool moved – need that to reach the sweaters easily on the top shelf. And I am getting a small 2 shelf unit to put shoes on instead of that big round thing that has shoes on it now too – I’m not a shoe person and I don’t even have it all full.
Three bags and odds and ends stacked up for the donation store – even though I don’t need to for what I am doing seeing as I am going to the donation store (MARVA) I will go through the kitchen first and add another box or two to the pile from there – again – how many coffee cups and glasses do you really need we are a household of two people with two more as regular visitors in and out – and old baking pans – 4 cupcake pans – really! when I make them I only make a dozen at a time – where did they all come from. So many things stacked up on the shelves that I really and truly do not need or use – time to downsize more.
Now this – don’t laugh is Mike’s side of the sewing room – he is starting to clean out his closet that has the make shift book shelves in with computer books that are over 15 or 20 years old – antiques lol – yes they got to go. Also travel books, history books, genealogy – every thing (or most) is available on line now. He wants to take this wall out and dismantle the closet – wasted space full of junk. It will make the room slightly bigger. Yes he is not a neat-nick like I am – the odd couple – I’m neat/he is not – it gets hard to deal with at times!
so enough on the cleaning – I barely did any sewing yesterday but progress was made at the quilting frame each evening and I rolled it down again and I am on the half way row – when row 5 of blocks gets done it is half way – I would like to get it to that point before I pin baste and dismantle the quilting frame. Which reminds me where does one buy the heavy strip fabric for the “leaders” is that what they are called for the quilting frame fabric that you attach your quilt to? It really needs new fabric – what is on it now is getting quite old and shabby at places and seeing as it would be coming apart it would be a good time to replace that – any place on line – I want the heavy stripe – nothing light weight. I believe the same kind is used for long arms as is the 3 roller hand quilting frame.
And one more hexie getting started for the Handful of Scraps quilt – when this one is done I need 3 more for this “ring” around and I will start to attach them all and then start to square up before I add a border.
Goodbye 2016. Hello BIG savings. Don’t miss the End of the Year Sale at Craftsy. All sorts of supplies are now on sale, check out the new Boundless line of fabric – solids $5.60 a yard – I love their bright white and have been getting it instead of Kona Cotton – a little more of a savings on it and it feels pretty much the same. Kits, fabric, notions, yarn – it is all there – Robert Kaufman flannel on closeout in the Sewing Fabric section (not in the quilting fabric) I think at $4.40 a yard I got some for pajama pants? Also in the Sewing Fabric (not quilting) are several different patterns from Liberty of London $14.80 a yard – I believe it is usually over $25 a yard? I have never gotten it but I know some of you like it. Robert Kaufman white muslin at $2.80 a yard in that same section of fabric. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have fun browsing from your chair in your pajamas.
Sale through Saturday the 31st at midnight! Click on the links to get you there – thanks.