The finishing touches

When I first started posting photos of my new studio space, several people commented about how much light there was, and with 4 large windows, that was entirely true……

However, when I started putting the fabric on open shelves, I began to worry about how the wonderful light would harm the fabrics. I sure didn’t want each piece to have a faded line running thru it!!!

The other concern that I had was for dust. As I ironed and folded all of my fabric, I had to stop often to sweep up the dust bunnies that had formed around the ironing table….just in front of the fabric shelves. I was astounded just how much lint and dust was thrown off by the fabric.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided that sheer curtains were the way to go. The Ikea shelves provided a perfect surface to attach the curtain rods and I can easily see that the fabrics are better protected……

I hate not being able to see the individual fabrics as easily, but by using the sheer fabric, I can still see the colors……

Hopefully the room is COMPLETELY FINISHED now…..until I think of the next thing!!!

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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!!!

Storing the leftovers

Yesterday I finished ironing and folding all of the fabrics in my studio…..

…….and was left with all of the little pieces that were too small or irregular to put onto the shelves. After a bit of thought, I decided to store them in a small plastic box.

First step was to figure out how big the pieces needed to be. After doing some measurements, I cut a piece of foam board 5×8 inches and checked to see that it fit perfectly in the box…..

I used this piece of cardboard as a guide for folding the fabrics..

First was to lay the fabric piece out…..

Then iron the extra bits in to form a rectangle…..

Use the pattern board to measure how tall the fabric needs to be…….

After ironing it to the correct height, place the pattern board on the far right side and then flip it over one time……

Next, fold the fabric to the left of the board over and iron it in place……

Finally, fold this piece in half……

….giving a perfect 5×8 rectangle of fabric.

They all look so pretty in the box…….

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!!!

Easter and Ironing

First of all, I hope that everyone had a marvelous Easter Sunday. We started off with a neighborhood walk complete with reminders that He is Risen…..

….followed by a quick gathering of some of our church family…..

It was so good see faces and hear voices!!!

The rest of the day was spent doing a bit of play and a bit of work….all in all, a MARVELOUS day!!!

Elle asked if I had any idea how the ironing surface had been made so I thought I would show a few photos…..

This is the underside of the board…..

It appears to be made of plywood (15/32), and is cut to 21″ by 60″.

There are two wood strips added to each edge and then the slanted strips that follow the contour of the ironing board base…..

It is covered by a VERY heavy felt and then topped with an ironing board fabric. The only thing that I added was an elastic band around it to help it fit tighter.

Even though it wasn’t designed for my particular board, it fits perfectly……

….and is SO sturdy. I think that it helps that the original ironing board is a workhorse!! It belonged to my Grandma and I love thinking of her when I use it!!!

On other thing that I have done for years is to plug my iron into a power strip rather than into the wall. That way, I just tap the switch with my foot to turn it on and I am ready to go. Another quick tap when I am finished and everything is off and safe.

On the fabric organization side, I am slowly working thru the blue fabrics but am finding that I have a bunch that are too small for my folding method. I am now trying to figure out exactly how to store those smaller pieces. Many people say to cut them down into strips and squares but I feel that I already have too many of those so hate to add more to it!!

I am also realizing as I fold that I am truly ready to get to work on a project. It has been over 3 months since I could walk into my studio and sit down at my machine!!!! But eventually everything will return to normal…..in the world AND in my studio!!!

TTFN…..Ta-ta for now!!!

A splitting decision….

I have enjoyed thinking about colors as I have continued to VERY SLOWLY work thru my fabrics and realized that, for the most part, the colors just naturally flow from one color to the next.

But, after I finished the Oranges, I had a decision to make……

Do I head into the reds next or should I go for browns!!

Then, as I thought more about it, I realized/remembered that Brown is not actually a color on the color wheel. I should have remembered that from my current WIP……

So….I followed the color wheel and moved into Reds. Right now I am solidly in the Pink range and boy are there a lot of shades to sort!!!

Then I have the Purples to look forward to….then the Blues…..when will this end!!!

By the way, I can’t wait to get back to this color wheel quilt and think that the next phase will be much easier when I can see all of my fabrics at the same time!!!

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.

Picking out furniture!!

The painter’s arrive on Monday morning and hopefully my expanded studio will be finished early next week. As the end has come closer, I really started thinking about how I wanted to arrange things and also make decisions about what furniture I wanted to add.

My first decision was about fabric storage. Previously my fabric has all been stored in plastic boxes which get HEAVY and, when I am working with many colors, REALLY messy. I knew that I wanted to have everything out on the shelves and easy to see (and get to)

After LOTS of searching online, and reading TONS of opinions, I have decided to go with Ikea Kallax shelves…..

…and have figured out that I have space for 2 sets of 5×5 shelves. From what I have read online, I can fold my fabrics to be 5 inches wide and get two columns of fabric into each cubicle.

Next was a way to store threads….. again I went to Ikea and decided on the Alex drawer system…..

I have some ideas about how to set the drawers up but will have to try it first before I tell you about it!!!

Finally, I wanted a new cutting table. Because I am taller, I really wanted something that could be 38 or 39 inches tall. Those are NOT easy to find. I had planned how to build one but knew that it was going to be difficult, time consuimg and fairly expensive to do!! My plan was for it to be 36″ x 60″. The first step was to buy a cutting mat that was the correct size……PROBLEM…..they don’t make them anymore!! I only found one online and it had horrible ratings!! I did find the Martelli mat and knew that it would be a good product, but it was only 30×60.

I took this as a sign that my cutting table should only be 30×60!!! When I started looking for cutting tables I ran across the idea of using a standing desk…..and magically, they are 30×60!!! I have ordered this one…..

It comes with very high ratings and, when I tried one in a local store, it seems to be very sturdy and steady. It can rise to over 40″ tall but can also be lowered if I ever want to work from my chair.

So now I wait…..and wait……and wait!!! Not really…… most of this should be in next week and I can finally get it all in place.

I can’t wait to get up there!!!