Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Sewing Room and a Strip Tube Ruler

I haven't posted since the last day of summer and we are well into winter!  We've had birthdays, Veterans Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and not a single post from me.  All of those events were great.  I kept busy, mostly doing all sorts of activities with the grand kids.  Christmas was a joyous and wonderful time for our family.

Now we are well into the New Year and I hope you are all doing well.  I do visit your blogs and thoroughly enjoy all of the knowledge you impart and seeing all the wonderful quilts, crafts, food and activities you all are doing.

As for me, I have a new sewing/quilting room.  For several years our daughter and grand kids lived with us.  Consequently, the entire downstairs was their home.  We are fortunate enough to have a separate kitchen, laundry and bathroom downstairs so they were able to have their own space.  But we had to fit all of our stuff in half of it's usual space - no easy task.  Last February they moved about 6 miles away.  I still watch the grand kids five days a week.  However, it is very nice to have peaceful evenings with my DH.  It was also nice to be able  to  finally create my own space.  DH has a nice new office, too.  Here are pictures of the progress on my sewing/quilt room:

Before (the carpet was maroon - yuk!)

After paint and before new carpet. I wanted a bright color. It is a sunflower yellow - love it!

With new carpet! Not the best picture but you get the idea.
Now this all happened last spring and I have been working on setting it up for  awhile.  I have changed the arrangement of the sewing table, cutting table, two shelving units and ironing board at least three times - probably more.  I am driving DH crazy!  Just this week I finally stumbled upon a setup that I think is going to work.  As soon as I get it cleaned up a bit I will take a couple pictures of it.  I'm sure it will always be a work in progress.  Plus we still need to make a cutting table.  I have a folding one I bought at JoAnn's years ago but it's so wobbly and drives me crazy.

I am currently working an a fun project involving a Strip Tube Ruler and Batiks.  It is sooo much fun!  Here is a sneak peak at what I have on my work table.

Tube after it is cut into a triangle.  When you press it open it is a square.  See below.

Four squares make this.  This is so easy. 

I will try to post more often and update you on my progress on this project, too.

Have a pieceful week.


1 comment:

  1. Great space, Karen! And I love that strip tube project - I may need to give this technique a try!

    Welcome back!!