Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Design Wall January 24

Oh, who am I kidding, there isn't much on my design wall. My sewing area is a mess.

To see what other quilters have on their design walls go to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Before I talk about the mess though I did get more piecing done for Dinner Plate Dahlia.

Now, on to the mess. This room has been a work in progress for a long time. I waited a few years after Son moved out before I turned it into my sewing room. I leave the bed there for when he visits. I can't get it organized in a way that makes it easy to work in. I know that part of the problem is that I have too much stuff! You can see in this photo that I can't use the big ironing board because it has piles of stuff as does the bed.

I started with this four-drawer filing cabinet. One drawer holds sewing machine parts and manuals.
One drawer has counted cross stitch kits and fabrics. The bottom two drawers held the embroidery floss. I was given a lot of boxes of DMC thread. I decided I didn't need all that thread. I pulled a few skeins of each color and will donate the rest. I now have an empty drawer. I am sorting through my buttons, organizing them by color. I've ordered small clear plastic bins. I think they will all fit in the bottom drawer with some room left to store various trims.
Next, I chose patterns to go with bundles of fabrics. These got put into bins and labeled.
I got smart and taped labels to the handles. That makes it much easier for me to see what is in the bins.
I also decided what patterns I wanted to use with fabrics that I bought to make some tops.
Husband bought these baskets for me thinking they would be good for storing fabric in. He was right! I got them better organized. They are actually meant for use in the garden. You can find them here.
While going through things, I found this project. Several years ago I intended to make Roman shades for the bay window. I actually got one made for one of the side windows. It is lined with an insulating curtain liner. The only thing left to do to finish it is the hem. 
I decided not to make the curtains and now I don't know what to do with this. Take it apart? There are more panels made that haven't been sewn to the liner. I might just sew the panels into a quilt. I am also thinking of making a quilted jacket. That blue sweatshirt in the photo above was purchased at a very good price and would make a good base for that.

I had some split 9-patch blocks left from a quilt I made. Sewn together they make a 30-inch square. Small baby quilt? Table topper? Wall quilt?
I also found this old UFO. I had started hand quilting it. I am working on finishing it. It is called Magna Chroma and was bought as a kit. I have appliqued our last name initial in the center of mine. 
Do you see my helpers?

This is a photo of one made by someone else.

I'll get back to organizing today.

Stay safe and well.
Happy quilting!


Judy Hansen said...

Hi Cndy,
Good job on sorting and organizing things in your quilt room. I know sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the task, but it looks like you are making good progress! Hugs, Judy

loulee said...

Oh my goodness you have so much going on! No wonder you need helpers.
Keep at it, one day you get things just how you like them.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

You are making GREAT progress! I LOVE your projects - and your helpers -;))