My Sewing Room


I love bright sunny days, especially when they come into my sewing room!

This morning I’m making a Tiny Dresden plate with the sun literally on my shoulder!

I love it when the sun comes into my sewing atelier.

It makes me smile.

Much better thoughts than when I’m thinking about summer being almost over and winter on the horizon…ugh.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts!!!

I have a new fave tool too.

Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop mentioned these scissors on one of her IG live sessions a while back so I thought I’d try them.

Very nice!

I know why they’re her favorite now.

They’re perfect for trimming my little Dresdens.

The very small, sharp point gets right up there next to the seam.

No thread tails here!

This morning in the sunshine I also finished sewing the binding onto the two preemie quilts that I demonstrated straight & bias binding on for our guild last night.

I made them quickly yesterday morning with a couple of orphan blocks from my Baby Love book.

Since Sue H. didn’t know I had a “baby” book I’ve added pics of the covers & a link.

It’s on my website’s “Book” page.

Lots of baby quilts including; pieced, appliqued & one of my signature quilt-as-you-go quilts plus a bag perfect for a diaper bag & bonus pillow that the applique is “free” when you make the “Baby” quilt. The letters are the negative shape that results from cutting out “Baby” for the quilt.

The preemie quilts are ready for some TV time.

Do you make charity quilts?

Our guild is very good about making all sizes of charity quilts.

I don’t do as much as I should, but I did make this one and donate it last month.

They can be quick & easy (or not so much)

& fun too when you have nice tools!

I’m so glad I also found this Dritz Might Steam Iron.

It’s so light-weight & HOT!

Perfect for the hours of repetitive ironing on my Tiny Dresden petals.

I just added the scissors ($18.50+ shipping) to my notions page on my website

& the iron ($32.00 + shipping) is there as well.

Back to the sunshine!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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As the sun streams through my sewing room windows this morning I’m not sure which I’m enjoying more, this lovely new “Timeless” collection by the extremely creative and talented Jo Morton for Moda, or the extra light in my room so early in the morning.

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The colors and designs are very “Jo Morton” I think.

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Pretty, creative and new, yet they feel like the civil war prints that I also love.

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Coming to a quilt shop near you soon I hope!

You can see the whole collection here on Moda’s website.

I’ve got work to do.

I’m dreaming of Dresdens.

But today is my mom’s birthday, so I’m looking forward to spending this day with my parents and whatever that entails… hopefully ice cream!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

I’ve been making Morris Earthly Paradise Tiny Dresden petals…

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Trimming…

I feel like I’m gardening.

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I have 21 different floral prints…

nicely tended in rows…

because I don’t want to accidentally sew a petal into the wrong plate!

With a bit of help from Betsy

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I’m able to keep the string of sewn petals wrinkle-free and untangled.

Thanks, Betsy!

What are you doing in this heat?

I saw this morning that over 118 million of us are experiencing triple digit heat!

Thankfully it’s raining here right now.

Just keep sewing…

Susan

Last winter my friend, Susan, turned me onto EstateSales.net.

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Heard of them?

If you go to their website you can see estate sale listings in your area.

If I were you I would stop there.

Whatever you do, DON’T,

I repeat DON’T,

sign up for their email notifications of sales in your area.

They’ll ask you to put in a number for the mileage radius you’re interested in.

If you do this, they keep nagging you about sales;

when they open, when they close, and they show photos too, sometimes in the hundreds!!!

Don’t look! Please, don’t look!

I’m warning you because I did this.

Two weeks ago I was minding my own business on a Thursday morning, just getting ready to get back to sewing after eating my breakfast and remembered that I had received a reminder of a sale less than 10 minutes from my house the day before. (They give you advance warning so you can plan your schedule around them.) Nothing piqued my interest in the photos so I wrote off going.

It was a dreary day & I didn’t feel like minding my own business…

I wasn’t going to go, I needed to get back to work,

but no one was here to tell me “get to work” so I went.

I found a few old treasures for my history-major son.

Who knew you could acquire flags that have been flown over your state capitol?

I didn’t think much about the specific dates this particular flag was flown until I gave it to my son, it came with an official document.

As we were discussing it, I was reminded that it was the summer we had moved when I was young …and the summer ELVIS DIED!

Too bad, it flew the week after he died. If you’re an Antique’s Roadshow fanatic like me, you’ll know if you have multiple interested groups in something the value automatically goes up, darn! Day late and a dollar short as my mom always says.

Well, it probably flew during his funeral. (lol…)

Blake will enjoy hanging it in his history classroom.

I took one more look in the garage that I walked through to get into the nice home and stumbled upon something I wasn’t in the market for.

It was labeled as a desk & I had no need for a desk.

As I looked a bit closer I knew it wasn’t a desk. It had cut-outs for sewing machines in two different tables that could be screwed together by a third corner piece, making an “L” shaped unit.

I thought a bit more…it was like new…

I debated for quite a while,

then, knowing I had the ability to haul it home,

I bought it!

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It was tough, but I waited for someone to come home to help me unload.

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Nemo is a good companion & model, but not so much help at lending a hand…

& Dori, she was just busy exploring what else I might have brought home for her.

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Well, that was the easy part, getting it home.

In case you don’t know me, I’m quite the creature of habit.

I like what I have, that’s why I have it.

I wasn’t looking for nor did I think I “needed” new sewing furniture,

but somehow I knew it was meant to be.

I wasn’t even in line at the sale when it opened for goodness sake.

It should have been gone by the time I got there since it was such a great find.

That evening was the big senior farewell orchestra concert so I had to let it be for the night.

The next day I emptied out my sewing room.

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For those of you that have been to our house,

YES, this REALLY is my sewing room.

There is a wood floor in there!!!

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Recognize the quilt on the wall?

Now you believe me, right?

It took me about an hour to get everything out of room

and 10 seconds later I was moving the pieces in.

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Yeah, they’re on wheels!

I knew right away I was not going to use the corner computer table so it went to the basement for future configurations like when we move to the mansion and my sewing room is 50′ x 50′, ha,ha.

I actually contemplated moving to the basement, but it’s too cold down there.

I would hate it!

And I’m pretty sure my DH wouldn’t want to move my wonderful light.

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I had fun moving the two tables and Betsy, my helper, around the room.

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My sewing room has evolved over the years.

It’s actually our “dining room.”

You better not be caught eating in there!!!

When we built our house 24 years ago we didn’t have any dining room furniture so the dining room sat empty until our first child was born a month to the day after we moved in.

First I put the baby swing in there and then the playpen then as I started learning to quilt, my sewing machine went in there… eventually we didn’t need a swing or playpen

and the rest as they say “is history!”

It’s been perfect because I could watch the kids, cook and be in the middle of everything while I sewed because the room is open to the rest of the house.

This is where I “live” all day, every day

except when I’m cooking or doing other less useful things, or sleeping.

(or going to estate sales)

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The drawer unit is actually a separate piece of furniture that slides under the top drawer that is part of the 5′ table, slick! I’m not used to drawers, so I’m still trying to decide what to put in them.

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Soon I decided the 5′ cabinet was too big for the middle window.

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 Since the 5′ cabinet has a fold out table, perhaps here?

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 But, I send my quilts out for quilting so I probably would not use this feature.

That’s when I decided since the smaller table also has a machine cut-out I could sew on it

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and use the 5′ table as my new cutting table.

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I decided to face the drawer unit out, so I could access it easier.

I still needed an ironing table at my right

so I brought my little desk back in.

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It’s white too so it matches perfectly.

 So, my machine is where it has been for the past however many years, but now it sits in a pretty white table.Suzn+Quilts+New+Sewing+Tables+Cutting+TableI have a little bit wider but shorter cutting table with “real” storage underneath.

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Plus the ability for a friend to come & sew with me if I move the cutting mat.

(But you better come quick. I don’t know how long it will last before I start filling it so full it won’t be easily evacuated by all my sewing junk good stuff!)

The only thing left was to order a new filler so the openings will fit my Bernina 930.

I hope to have that very soon, can’t wait…

I’m sewing anyway, it’s just a little inconvenient with the opening as it is.

Just keep sewing!

Susan