Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Sewing Room

When I first moved into my condo, I decided to put the sewing room in the basement.  After all, it was a nice big space; plenty of room to spread out.  Only one problem:  I found I never really wanted to go down there.  It was dark and uninspiring.

After I moved my office out of the small upstairs bedroom on to the indoor balcony (yes, my place is a little quirky), I quickly came to the conclusion that the now empty bedroom would become my sewing room.  But first I needed to take down the ugly curtains and paint:


I rather liked the purple, but was not fond of the tan.  Additionally, the place hasn't seen new paint in awhile, so it was time.  

While logic told me a quilting room ought to have neutral paint, I'm afraid my taste in paint is rather like my taste in fabric:


With the outdoor balcony and the door connecting directly to the bathroom, I believe this is supposed to be the master bedroom.  However, it is rather small.  The place was built in 1973.  And if you look at the bathtub, you'll soon realize it still sports the original harvest gold that was such a popular color at that time.  Not my favorite.

Finally got the sewing essentials moved in:





There is still a lot of fabric to be moved up from the basement, but the room is now functional.

And now I'll leave you with this:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One Thing Leads to Another

So it's like this. I moved into my condo August 1st and started a new job August 5th. There was not a lot of time to commune with the new place and get a feel for it before deciding what would go where. My brain was filled first with tests, and later with learning the job itself.  And yet I became increasingly aware that a couple of rooms just weren't working for me.

The first issue was the room I was using for the office.  It would technically be the master bedroom I suppose as it has a door directly into the bathroom and sports a balcony overlooking the golf course.  But the room is smaller than the secondary bedroom, so I used it for my office.  Beautiful view!  Problem was I have an L shaped desk.  I usually put in a corner.  Oddly this room has no corners with enough wall space to accommodate the desk.  Two corners handle part of the slider leading to the balcony, one is shortened by the presence of the bathroom door, and the other corner leads to the bedroom door.  I boldly put my desk so the neither side sat against any wall.  I had perfect view out of the slider window.



(Please forgive the crappy photo.  It's the only one I have of the office before I moved it.)

Over time, despite the great view, I became disenchanted with this arrangement.  Having my computer cords exposed seemed messy, and it didn't help that the cats found it fun to dive among them.  I was certain that one day I would come home to find my monitor in pieces on the floor.

The condo came with a quirky indoor balcony.  A space less than 5 feet wide that overlooks the living room and has a direct line of sight to a second story picture window.  I have been fascinated with this interesting architectural anomaly, despite having no clue to its purpose - other than the aforementioned quirkiness.  One of my neighbors told me that her condo had no indoor balcony as the previous owner had closed it off, made a bedroom bigger, and added another bathroom.

I began to wonder if my L-shaped desk might fit on the balcony.  The more I pondered it, the more I knew I would have to try it.  I have been thrilled with the results:




The only problem now is that the cats like to walk across the balcony railing between the desk and the filing cabinet, like some high wire act.  I try not to watch.

So what am I going to do with that room now?  Fix another problem area - move my quilting room from the basement.  I need light!  Natural light!

First, I will paint though.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Quick, Fun Gifts

Having only recently returned to quilting with some semi-regularity, and with plenty of UFOs awaiting my attention, needless to say, I had nothing quilty prepared for Christmas.  A Jeep repair took me to the other side of town a couple of weeks back, and with a quilter on my shopping list, I took the opportunity to check out a quilt store that was new to me, Hen Feathers.  (Cute name!) I was prepared to use my fall back plan - fat quarters.  I mean what quilter doesn't like squishies in the mail?  But instead, I was presented with an idea.  Not particularly quilty, but at least something that allowed me to feel I'd put a little extra effort into the gift:


The shop had a nice selection of tea towels and pre-cut border fabric for easy mixing and matching.  


I ended up making two more:



The towels are quick and fun to make up.  The all sport a little quilting, but I didn't do anything overly fancy. I think next time instead of using the pre-cut borders, I'll just pick through my stash.  :)  I may make up a few to just have on hand.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Dresden Wall-hanging - Need Suggestions.

In May of 2010, P. at The Way I Sew It, gave me the lovely Dresden center below.  She'd been on some kind of Dresden spree and had an extra.  Lucky me!  It took some time to figure out how to best showcase it, but I finally decided to mount it on the black fabric with the ribbon border.

Forgive Max.  He takes his QI duties very seriously.

Then life changed very drastically and I have only recently found a somewhat settled place.  (P. probably thought I'd forgotten about it or lost it since I've made so many moves.)  I began working on it again.  The center is quilted in a spiral and the plate itself is merely outlined so it will pop.  I began quilting the black fabric outside of the Dresden, and decided I didn't like it. No worries, I'd just rip out the quilting in that one corner (the one without pins) and start again.

Except....!  I put a hole in it with the seam ripper.  I am just so not happy about that.

Now, I am left with two choices:  take it apart and try to put it back together with an un-holed piece of black, or applique something on top of the hole.  I am loathe to do either.  I have discovered that dismantling and reassembling rarely results in a satisfactory outcome.  However, I am afraid any applique I could add would take away from the Dresden I was trying so hard to perfectly showcase.

Anyway, quilters, I am open to suggestions.