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Tour the New Quilting Studio

It’s been a flurry of activity over the past several weeks. We’ve been prepping the old house to get it ready for sale (it got listed yesterday – hurray!) and so now I took the time today to finish unpacking my studio. It’s not completely done but at least it is finally usable. Attached to this room is a master bathroom that I’m using for storage. I haven’t finished organizing that yet so it’s not pictured here. I decided to try and simplify how much stuff I have in one room with me and keep anything I don’t use very often in the closet. I want to try and keep it as uncluttered as possible (easier...
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Fabric Storage and Organization Redux (+ a giveaway)

Whew – I feel like I need a vacation from my fabric! We’ve been rather intimate the past week as I’ve been sorting, purging, unfolding, folding and moving my stash from one closet to my new cabinet.  I love my new Prepac Storage Cabinet! It ended up being just the perfect thing for me. It went together in under an hour with Ringo helping me and this thing is sturdy and well made. You can see my old fabric storage situation in this post. I was previously using the comic book board method.  It’s okay but it wasn’t working for my shelves since they are so tall in the storage cabinet. I needed something that could...
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WIP Wednesday – Lone Star Progress

I’ve made massive progress on my lone star and the top is nearly done! All I’ve got left is the 4″ border and it’ll be ready for quilting. Still not sure if I’ll have time to quilt it before class previews but I’ll try. I also assembled my new fabric storage cabinet with the help of Ringo. It went together in under an hour! I’m very impressed with how sturdy it is. Can’t wait to show photos of my stash all moved and organized inside it. I’m officially in my 30’s! It was a gorgeous evening in Florida last night: Basil decides to get up close and personal:
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Rethinking Fabric Storage

My new sewing area is still a work in progress and my biggest problem is how to best store  and  organize my fabric. Most of my fabric cuts are 1 yard or smaller. Previously I’d begun using the comic book board “mini bolt” method but I’m finding that cumbersome to maintain so I think I’ll be switching to something else.  I still love my Clip It Up system and will continue utilizing that for fat quarters and small leftover pieces. While I think the Comic Book Board mini-bolts work well I’m thinking I need to utilize the space on my shelving a bit better and make it easy to store fabric without having to wrap it...
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Sew Day Fun and a Patchwork Footstool

I promised photos from my sew day with Ann from A Girl in Paradise and here they are! I didn’t take very many because we were busy chatting and sewing most of the afternoon. You can see some of her great projects and the ones I worked on too. I was grabbing grommets in the upholstery section of JoAnns and stumbled upon this little footstool on clearance and snatched it up. I need something better for my feet at work and thought this would be a super fun project to use scraps of home dec fabric I have sitting in my bins. This was super fun! Start to finish I think it only took 30 minutes....
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Big WIP Wednesday Update

Lots of updates in this post! I can see the end nearing of my big quilting studio move finally. New Pegboards Installed I work best under deadlines. Since the A/C guy has to have lots of stuff moved around the garage it forced me to finish my painting projects. I got the dresser finished and moved out and the pegboards were done on Monday. I managed to hang them by myself. If you want to get the details on my hardware and pegboard choices you can read this previous post.  The new pegboards were painted using the same paint used on my dresser refurb.  It took two coats.  I removed all the thread and rulers from...
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My First Furniture Refurb

This was an undertaking that I’m not sure I’ll ever do again. At least with the handles that I chose. I think it turned out nice but those handles were a pain in the you-know-what. I’ve never tried installing cabinet handles before and these didn’t come with a handy screw template so I had to kind of make my own. They look pretty good despite my difficulties. I had to even trim the screws to custom lengths for the top drawer since the ones packed with the handles weren’t long enough.  Imagine me with a hacksaw and needle nose pliers cursing away at a poor tiny screw. This was my childhood dresser that my parents bought...
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Friday Misc. Roundup

I got a little bit of machine embroidery time last night after dinner to prep for my Tampa Modern Quilt Guild sew day on Saturday. First up is a lace edged heart from Big Dreams Embroidery. This will become my flag contribution for Flags for Boston that the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild is organizing. They have some suggested guidelines. I’m keeping mine simple with just the heart as the centerpiece. I wish i’d used a contrasting thread for the lace edge but oh well, what’s done is done. Isn’t the dot fabric cute? The turquoise thread was part of my May Aurifil Thread Club shipment from The Quilt Bear! It fit perfectly with the fabric. I...
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The Quilting Corner Moves

I’ve talked about wanting to move to a larger space in my house for a few months now. Since I’m mostly recovered from my respiratory illness I thought I’d try to tackle a good portion of the move today. I got way more done than I anticipated! I’d say I’m about 75% finished with the move. My sewing room was a 10×10 foot room with a small closet. I’m taking over my formal dining room and front “parlor” room which is an L-shaped space in the entryway of my home. I’ve got three large windows that face north and east so I get some really great light. There are also some nice shutters built in so...
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