Can I get a Hallelujah!!!!

A little over 11 weeks after moving everything out of my studio, I can say that EVERYTHING is finished and back in order and that creating can begin again!!!!

And that deserves a HALLELUJAH!!!!

The actual construction took a bit over 3 weeks and I have spent the last 7-1/2 weeks putting everything back into place, with most time being spent at the ironing board, working thru all of the fabrics.

The cleaning and organizing process might have been faster if I had kept this advice…..

But today, I put the last piece onto the shelves and did the final re-organization. This is the rainbow result….

Fabric color walls

In the end, I moved the fabric stacks around some to get the colors that I use more often in the easiest spots. I also found that some of the earlier colors were stacked too high, meaning that it was really hard to get things in and out of the cubbies. So, as I moved things around I also split some into shorter stacks.

The shelves on the far right contain boxes of unfinished projects. I am hoping that, if they are out in the open, I might actually get them finished……time will tell!!!

My room is now divided into two areas…. cutting and sewing……

Here is a wide view of the entire room. Enjoy it now because it will NEVER be this clean again…..

The wide view of the clean studio

My first project is a Quilt-of-Valor using one of the patterns that I showed last week…..

Quilt of Valor quilt pattern

It was so much fun to finally start using the room in the manner in which it was intended…..

….although I was a bit nervous and wondered if I really remembered how to cut and piece!!!

It was a relief to find out that I did remember the basics!!!

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Corona Viruses are everywhere….

While happily ironing and folding the last of the green fabrics, I came across a Corona Virus fabric…….

I wonder….should I socially distance it from the others. I mean, it COULD go on a shelf by itself!!!

I have now finished the greens……

…..and am about 3/4 of the way finished with the browns!!!

My friend, Sue, reminded me that I didn’t HAVE to finish folding before I could start on a project. But I honestly think that something this mindless is the perfect thing to do to relax from a day in my office!!!!

I am really happy with how the first set of shelves looks……

When it is all finished I plan to do some rearranging so that the colors that I use most are the easiest to get to!!!

Hope you are finding enjoyable things to do while you are sheltering in place!!!

What color is it??

Since we are pretty much stuck at the house, I am splitting my time between doing tax returns and folding fabric.

I started with the blacks and whites and quickly got them organized…..

I then moved to yellows and golds……

Then I hit the orange boxes and the trouble began……

Are these yellows or oranges???? And, for that matter, where do all of these fit……

Are they yellows, golds, oranges or browns!!!!

I am hoping that it will all sort itself out (pun intended) when they are on the shelf…… we will see!!

Actually, yellow is an appropriate color right now as the Pine Trees are dropping their pollen and EVERYTHING has taken on a yellow tinge…..even the bird bath…..

I hope that you are all surviving this pandemic and finding time to be creative in some way.

And then there was furniture…..

This afternoon Michael and I spent several hours building furniture for my enlarged studio.

First was the Standing Desk (cutting table)…..

It was super easy to put together!!!

Then the delivery from IKEA arrived…….

I know that it said multiple boxes but I only ordered THREE things!!!!

The first set of shelves took about an hour to put together…..

In fact, since it went so well, we decided to break out the second set of boxes…..

This set only took about 40 minutes to put together and, before we knew it, the fiber/cutting area of the room was set up and ready to go……

At the end of the day, this is where the room is, although I am thinking that I will move some things around…..

I REALLY want to spend every available minute working to get this set up, but I KNOW that I have to do some real work as well…..sigh!!

Oh well, it will be a good incentive to stay focused in my office!!!

Quilting in a real big empty….

Well, the construction started out going great guns, but then as projects often do, it came to a screeching halt as we wait for the Drywall guys to come in and close in the new wall.

But, today I had time to do some more work on the Henna Girl and I was not going to let a big open space deter me!!! I swept the area well and moved my machine table out of the corner and got everything set up……

I couldn’t figure out why it was so cold in the room, but Michael reminded me that there was an area that was open to the attic…..

……so a space heater was added to sort that out!!

I spent the next few hours happily quilting along and dreaming of when this room would be completely finished!!

I am pleased with my accomplishments for the afternoon, finishing the bottom portion of her shirt…..

…although when I cropped this photo, I realized that I have the top portion to do as well!!!

I was going to work on her arms, but didn’t have the right color of thread. Instead, I added some to her head scarf…..

Also, last night I finished all of the applique on the Color Wheel quilt so now it is time to get serious about figuring what to add to the corners. I took one of my photos of the finished portion, pulled it into Powerpont, and added the corners……

Now I have printed out a bunch of copies and hope to spend part of this evening playing with possible ways to finish the corners. Originally I didn’t have any ideas, but now have several in mind. Sometimes that makes it harder!!!

Now to get off of this computer and get to it!!