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Sewing Sewing Sewing and Raining Raining Raining!!!

It has been raining every single day here folks!  Wow… the Valley River runs through our yard and we are concerned that at this rate the constant slow rain may make it overflow it’s banks!  So to not think about that I have been Sewing and Organizing!!!

Here is a photo of Holli, my friend who has a farm in Kentucky and is a military wife as well… so she dreams of retiring to her daddy’s farm there while they are about to move to Washington DC!!!  She is excited for her husbands new post… and their plans… she may even take this banner she requested with her to keep the farm nearby while 11 hours away!!!

Once I figured out how to make this banner for Holli… personalized as she specified (she sent me a charm pack of her fave fabric and answered some questions for me… I got it together…

 And before I knew it … a bit at a time… it was all working out!!  I even found a needle in my stash…

 meant for elastic threading … that I used to thread the red ribbon in the lace at the top of the banner pieces 🙂

Then I finally mailed it… & she received it on her 3 year quilting anniversary 😀

Isn’t Holli just glowing in this photo… the first photo above of the banner was in my kitchen on a mocked up window… now it hangs on the fireplace at her farm… it may go to DC before it lands in the windows of her sewing room at this same little farmhouse !!!  Glad I made it durable!! lol

So this is one start and finish in the same month for Julie at the Crafty Quilter’s UFO/WIP Link Up… but anyone that follows me knows I have a major UFO that got finished this month as well!!!  I will show this one to Julie as my finish for this month…

Stars Among Us was pieced and borders taken off and redone and quilting plan revamped SEVERAL times before it was a finished quilt… now it hangs proudly in our kitchen on the hanger my bestie brought to us on a visit last fall!!!  See Julie’s Link Up HERE!

See my pages that keep me in focus this year here…

Today I am focusing on organizing and slow stitching …

My first slow stitching focus will be to sew on this new hanging sleeve onto my bulls eye wall hanging…

 We had it hanging on the wall in Florida with a skinny pole and I (for what unknown reason) made a skinny hanging sleeve on this quilt… so now it is time to get a proper hanging sleeve on it… it is made and pinned to the top evenly ready to stitch down as soon as I finish this post.

I spent a good bit of the last of the week organizing my sewing room…

 By Colors!

 See all the organizers from the dollar store I got… and I had to get more to make this work right…

The last photo shows all the scrap reorganizing I have done… and the bit left to do as well.  Much of that is donated scraps from my friends and batting though… this last part will be a true joy to go through ❤

I had all my scraps organized by size … 5 ” 2 1/2″ strips and scraps too… I redid ALL that to color family instead… I had to divide the blues into 3 containers… light, medium, and dark!  I also have a full shelf of blue on the boards I organize with in the closet!!!  I will show you all my closet in next weeks post but here are some of the boards of luan that my honey cuts for me and I wrap fat quarters and larger on…

And here is a whole stack of those boards… 96 to be exact as I keep running out so while I napped one day my honey cut a whole big board of luan into little boards for me 😀

These are now in the sanding process to make sure none of my sweet fabric gets splintered 😀

Each quilter is different when needing to organize… I am glad I have a mentor like Connie who lets me do things my own way and find out what works for me through school of live and learn for yourself! hahaha… she helped me organize like a well known quilter suggests… only for me to realize over time THIS WAY may be better for my kind of quilting.  We will see!!!

Here is my newly recovered ironing board hanging by a hook on the back of my sewing room door … safely hidden until I need it again!

 Here is a little bitty pair of pliers we got in a lot of things the other day… my honey said I could have them for my bag making supplies!!! AWESOME… posed here next to my small gingher scissors so you can see how small the pliers really are!!!

 Waiting patiently is the quilt and fabric for the 14″ outer border to be cut and fit…

 And our sweet Molly in her crate in my sewing room … watching and sniffing all the fabric as I sort it! lol

 She got a name badge with my phone # on it for her collar this week too… we found it from a nice Etsy seller very affordably 🙂

Next up is my awesome progress on the Spiral Log Cabin quilt on my frame!!!!

Taking pointers from a fellow quilty blogger… I turned OFF the lights and lightened this photo up some using my phone camera options….

 I think that shows off the quilting better than I was able to get it before for y’all!

And our fireplace has kept me warm on these not cold but cool and wet days… will it quit raining y’all???

After consulting with Connie… I decided the center would be best with an overall design like I did the stars quilt… except this time I wanted something a bit looser so I decided to go with a “baptist fan” design…  Here I am marking baptist fans on the center…

 I made my template with quilters template plastic I had and a hole punch (regular size) at 1 1/8″ from the starting hole.  Then put a pin in the starting hole as in the photo above to let the template swivel without moving the fixed beginning hole.  Then I mark the 5 holes above (odd numbers are recommended for this template)… I got most of my information for this template making HERE. And look how it turned out!!!

 Here I am already rolled and working on the second row…

 Here you can see WHY I chose the green chalk to mark with.. it shows on all the colors in the center of this quilt…

 And here is a good photo of where I am at this moment…  I will be back here later today when the hanging sleeve is on the quilt and it is all being washed 😀

Here is a look at my shangri-la spot in this home… this and my sewing room… okay the whole 1 1/2 acres is my shangri-la spot!!!! hahaha  But this ranks in one of the highest areas in our home I enjoy…

I am linking all this slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching party HERE …. and
Wendy’s Quilts and More Peacock Party HERE for lovely hand stitching and photography from down under too!  Please take time to follow the links to each.  They should open in new windows so you don’t lose your place here… then come back .. I have a few more things to share!!!

I think last week when I was sharing our home renovation plans I didn’t well explain what we were doing… here is the kitchen reno that occurred this week…

And a video of Molly figuring out that my honey is really making those noises coming out the end of the 12 foot tube left over from the vinyl we put in the kitchen!!!

and the finished result …

Transitions between the vinyl level and the laminate level still to come but we got oak 1/4″ boards for that 😀  Soo excited to see this kitchen all coming together!!!!

Here is a Singer Sew Handy Model 20 sewing machine we have up for sale this weekend too… it certainly is a beauty and the case in such nice condition is a rarity to come with a working sewing chain stitching hand crank Singer…

We have a Sew handy similar to this one in our collection already… and it has the case just like this one… we love using it and it is such a conversation starter when we have company too!!!

I am reading this book now a bit each day too…

 So as we prepare for my honey’s upcoming surgery (hip replacement on the 27th if you can send up happy thoughts/prayers they would be appreciated) you can see we are staying busy busy busy!!!

Stay in love with your life though and you won’t falter in your plans to succeed 🙂

Whooping Organization & Happy Friday!

It is Friday.. that means time to link up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric addict and WHOOP!!  Today… as previously promised.. I will share the remodel that occurred to my sewing space… especially organizing a stash!!!

You see I just started my quilty infatuation with luscious fabrics when I started quilting about 3 years ago… since that time I have made about 12 quilts and gathered small amounts of leftovers from each but not much… I can estimate the fabric well it seems 🙂

Now I have projects completed and projects planned and a stash… time for a little extra organization since I like this hobby so much! 😉

My honey built this cool cabinet from some plywood he got for FREE!  Now he will add doors.. but you really want to see this space come to life not look pretty yet right?

 I organized what I had and separated by like things… books in one area, mags and patterns I want in another section, fabrics I had already separated by future project on the shelves…

 Now what about the floor and the messy desk too!

 ABOVE you see my whole space now… check out the organization.. and because of this organization I was able to work on Oh My Stars a bit more too!  Update on that Saturday 🙂

Let’s go through how we decided to organize the shelf… remember it was just open real estate… and I didn’t have lots of $$ to invest in this project.  I did all this with a organized friends help… I advise asking an organized friend if you want the best results… buy them lunch if you like.. but that part was sooo worth it to me!!!  We spent about $25.00 on my stuff and a few organizational things for my honey to make our separate spaces look like one cohesive space 🙂

Anyway, top shelf is future projects and a couple bags to grab quickly if I want to quilt on the road (we do a lot of traveling to neighboring cities and towns).

Books take up half of the next shelf… standing up are books… laying down are mags and recipes that don’t need to droop by standing up! lol 

Next to the books is my main stash.  This looks small but several of my “future projects” are holding stash right now… so that will be liberated and wrapped around the boards my honey made me.  (He made custom fit boards and a shelf divider there so my stash could be compact as well!  We used luan for the boards (work as comic book boards) and are not affected by the humidity like the cardboard would have been for me.. plus they will last forever!

The next 2 shelves are my honeys… funny he built this for him and I took over… but truly he loves it with all my quilty stuff organized 🙂  … 

The next to the bottom shelf holds stash cut to my idea of manageable sizes… more on that if you are interested in figuring out what works for you 🙂  … and MORE future projects.. I have a lot of those don’t I! lol

The bottom shelf holds large yardage items in the 31 flip flop bag… and my big steam iron for ironing large yardage items only… otherwise I don’t use steam anymore.

Then all that is left is a couple storage cabinets and some mags I need to go through …

So here is to Organization and a Happy Friday to you!

I am trucking away on Oh My Stars and should have a finish posted tomorrow I hope 🙂

Here is my view of the world…

I watch the birds bath from here.. I hear my bubblers running water.. I enjoy the sunshine when it comes out to play… which is most every day here on Florida’s east coast!

Hope you have something fun to Whoop about this Friday.  Just click HERE to see what others are Whooping about and link your own up too! 

Have you organized your stash and kept it organized?  Do you have any tips for a newer quilter like myself for good stash management??  Would love your feedback in comments below 😀

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!