Thanks For Sharing

One of the reasons I enjoy blogs is all the great ideas that people share.  Especially in areas where I need help!  A couple of weeks ago Rea Ann, over at Stash Manicure, posted a really great tip on organizing.  Click here to see ๐Ÿ˜‰
So, wanting to implement this idea as soon as possible, I set to work looking for containers as they came through the door(if sweet Archer brought home the groceries) or off the shelf(if I went to the store myself).  I was so proud of my first find!

Only problem I ran into was that my hubby and Tall Guy didn’t read Rae Ann’s post, and I had to rescue this baby from the trash, not once, but TWICE!  As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what was going to be put in here.  Very rarely do I buy fabric for an entire quilt all at once, but in May of last year, I did.  How do I know the date?  Well, it was on the receipt, of course, that was still in the bag with the fabric!  I have been wanting to make an Ocean Waves quilt, and when I found this line from Moda last year, I knew I had to have it. ๐Ÿ™‚
It fit perfectly into my green container.  Yes, I washed(scrubbed) it twice.
 I included the receipt to remind myself that, even though the container might have been free, the fabric was not.

And I even got a nifty little handle! ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’ve since been to the store, and will never buy spinach in a bag again! 
I’m the new kid on the block, all of you know much more than me, BUT, on the off chance you’ve never visited Stash Manicure, click on the button up at the top left column of this blog.  You’ll be glad you did, I know I am!!

What’s Up, SewGirl?

Ok, wake up, Jan.  It’s been over a week!  A lot has been going on, and I’ll catch you up a little at the time.
First, school has been in full swing for over a week now, with one vacation day ;).  Little Guy has finally given in to the fact that he MUST “do” school now.  When we went to by supplies he told Jewel, “Don’t buy me any school supplies!”  The other three basically picked up where we left off in May.

I’ve completed three more blocks in my stash buster quilt(you’ll see them in a minute).  When I find time to work on it, it goes surprisingly well, and comes together quicker than I thought!  Even got to use a block in a lesson to demonstrate one square inch.  Who says quilting is just for me?  I quilt so I can have examples to enrich my children’s education…yeah, I know, that’s reaching a bit far, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So today, while the rain poured and the children read I decided to tackle a project I had been putting off.  You see, I’ve always wanted a design wall, but never really had a place for one.  So yesterday I had an idea, okay, everyday I have many ideas, this one just happens to be doable. :))  I asked sweet Archer if he had a spare board out in the shop and could I borrow his staple gun.  Soon after I was presented with a six foot board, cleaned and sanded.  I already had bought a bolt, yes, a bolt, of flannel some time back, that I was going to put on the back of a quilt, obviously never made it.  So here’s what I had:

There is no real wall space in my sewing room.  It’s an upstairs bonus room that I am so grateful for, but as so often happens half of the room is under a sloped ceiling.  What I do have is this portable closet that I use to keep extra t-shirts, sweatshirts and the petite skirt from my wedding dress.

My sewing table sits just in front of it so it’s hard to get a good picture.  Can you tell where I’m going with this? ๐Ÿ˜‰  I measured the height and it’s about 80 inches high and just under 60 inches wide.  Since, my flannel was just over 40inches wide, I decided it would be easier to cut the length of fabric for the width that I needed, and sew the selvages together.  Don’t ask me why, in the moment it just seemed like the best way.

Just fixing to attach the flannel to the board when two of my most willing helpers decided I must be making a play mat, instead of a design wall.  Lol 

After lots and lots of staples :)I rolled it up…
And headed upstairs…where I unrolled it about half way and sat the board across the top of the closet.  I know, it looks huge, and true, I could have ironed it, but I’m thinking those wrinkles will fall out…eventually.
So now I have my own, and may I add, portable, design wall!
I can audition blocks without laying them out on the bed, or on the floor downstairs, and running(okay, walking) upstairs to look down.  Here are the five completed blocks for my stash buster quilt.
We all know that almost everything looks better set on point…
The bonus is that I did not spend a dime(at least not today)!
I know the pictures aren’t great, I”m a QUILTER, not a photographer. LOL
Many thanks and blessings to SewCute!!  My friend and Words Buddy!

Stash Report

Can’t believe a week has gone by since I was last on here!  I haven’t even READ any blogs in the last week!  Must spend some time catching up.

This week started off with a bang! :)) Glory and I went north to a quilt shop that had recently changed locations.  Before shopping we stopped at Red Robin for lunch, yummmmm!  Then on to the quilt shop!  I picked up The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt, by Laurie Aaron Hird, can’t wait to get started on it!
And…3 3/4 yards of fabric, already used some of it tho…  They had one of the “no photo” policies, next time I think I’ll explain more clearly WHY and HOW the photos would be used, I mean who doesn’t want FREE advertising???  BUT I was just a little sneeky and got this quick one of the floor! Lol

Had to act like I was checking a text, and a lady that worked there even came and looked over my shoulder for a second! Lol
Anyway, we had a great time, and even stopped at a second Red Robin for milkshakes on the way home!
Got my second block done for my Stash Buster quilt, so that would make two so far…
For the rest of the week, I made one little dress, two pairs of little pants, and a TON of monogramming!
On to the stash report…
Fabric in:     3.75yds
Fabric in YTD :  12.25 yds
Fabric used:     3yds
Fabric used YTD:  17.75
Total Fabric out YTD:   5.5yds
(at least I’m still able to say out, lol)
On to another busy week!  My aunt from Orlando arrives on Tuesday, she has a job interview on Wednesday at noon, so everybody say a prayer!  We would so love to have her here!
Blessings to you all, jan
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