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Organizing For The Next Step

I spent last week organizing the sewing room. It had become out of control with half started projects, piles of pictures waiting to be scrapped, and a bunch of items in need of mending. I was at the point of not wanting to go in there and it definitely was not fueling any type of creativity. Essentially, my mojo was buried. This need to get things cleaned up coincided with the addition of a long arm machine. I knew it was going to be delivered and I had nowhere to put it. Panic ensued! I’ll be blogging about the long arm and the process of researching it and purchasing it in an upcoming post. I’m super excited about it and I can’t wait to share all that with you! So, Greg and I ended up going around the house with a tape measure trying to figure out where the machine would fit best. In the end, our bedroom had the only wall long enough to accommodate an 8ft frame without dismantling furniture and shelving. It was tempting to put off the sewing room cleaning once I knew the long arm wasn’t going in there but the mess needed to be tamed.

I started with the counter and put away the scrapbooking project that I was working on because it’s on hold until I have a little more time. I also cleaned out under the counter which had unused scrapbooking tools and about 45 bags with half started hand projects. I took all the hand projects and put them in a tote that slides under my bed.







I also pulled all the small dollar store bins that are holding my fabric scraps from the built in book shelves and moved them to under the counter. With all the bags gone, they fit just fine.







Next, I took down the design wall that was covering these two hutches and gave them a good cleaning out. I packed up anything related to polymer clay which was taking up one hutch and packed that up for the attic. I cleared out unused art supplies and tidied all the sewing related items. There’s still alot on these shelves including my serger and embroidery machine but at least it’s neat and I know what is there.









The next area to tackle was the built in book shelves. These were originally built to house my scrapbook albums, totes, and papers. Pretty much that is still true. I didn’t do much here other than get rid of some polymer clay items and tidy up.







Next to the hutches are this file cabinet and my thread rack. I had the file cabinet loaded with boxes of inventory for my online shop and Quilt Cabana patterns. I couldn’t reach the thread anymore it was so high. I took the boxes, condensed where I could, and placed then under the counter with the fabric scraps.









The last area to tackle was the cutting board and surrounding area. What a mess this had become. I cleaned out under the table and put away all excess fabric and projects that were piled up.







The room isn’t perfect but I have a lot of stuff and I can’t really store it elsewhere. At least now I can go in there and work happily. And…I didn’t have to lose the counter or hutches to fit this baby!







The long arm is a HandiQuilter Simply 16 on an 8ft Studio Frame that can be set up as a 10ft if needed. The next step on my quilting journey will be to learn this machine and then use it to quilt for myself and others. It’s the next step for Quilt Cabana Patterns and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn long arming. I’ll be blogging more on this very soon!



A Finish & A Clean Space

This morning I finished the binding on the baby boy play mat! It’s just now fresh out of the dryer and so crinkly and warm. I’ll be taking this along to sell at the upcoming Christmas On The Common craft fair.


I spent some time in the sewing studio this week cleaning up and rearranging. For me, rearranging usually happens like this…I move the sewing table, ironing board, and file cabinet around and then six months later, I move it all back where it was originally! Sound familiar? All is not lost though, because I clean a few things out along the way. I think it’s important to have a new look and feel fresh in my work space. The cleaned off counter tops and dusted cabinets give me a sense of renewal. I couldn’t wait to get in there and work this week.

Here is the view as you enter the studio. Note the sewing table has been moved from where you see the end of the ironing board back to the window area. This set up is more in line with Leah Day’s suggestion of keeping the back of the sewing table up against the wall so the quilt can gather on the table and not fall down to the floor creating a pulling effect.


The bookcase remained the same. Nothing new there except now the file cabinet lives next to it instead of near the window where the sewing table is now. The bags and boxes on the file cabinet are inventory for Christmas On The Common. And now the ironing board sits in front of the bookcase under a ceiling fan/light which gives me great light for pressing.


These two hutches are perfect for storage. Previously, the design wall was covering the hutch fronts but I’ve taken the design wall down for a change of scenery. Fear not, in six months or less, it will return!


This counter space is one of my favorite areas but one that tends to become very messy as I drop items off to the sewing studio here. There’s always a pile of something that needs putting away. I like to clean this up once in awhile in the hopes that it will rekindle my longing to scrapbook. It’s hard to have a craft area that is home to two different crafts that each take up a considerable amount of space (and time!). Under the counter is where all of my half finished crochet, embroidery, felted wool, and cross stitch projects dwell.


I don’t like clutter. I have a lot of clutter to clean up before the hosting palooza of the holidays begin. I had so much going on this summer that I nearly felt paralyzed by it all and unable to clean out and simplify my work space and home. I can’t explain what a horrible feeling that was and how much time I feel was wasted except for the fact that I firmly believe I was exactly where I was supposed to be and doing what I was supposed to be doing even though I couldn’t see it then. As some of you know, I am a huge Becky Higgins fan. Becky is the creator of the Project Life scrapbooking system. She is way into clean lines and design. This inspires me. Earlier this week she released a video of the Project Life office. If you enjoy clean lines, beautiful color schemes, and simplicity, you will love this video. It is 8 minutes long. Prepare to drool. Oh and turn your volume down a little as the music seems to be a bit loud in the background.


The last thought I want to leave you with is a link to Morna McEver Golletz’s blog about what judges are looking for when they critique a show quilt. I have never entered a juried show but if I do, I will reference this article. Enjoy!