Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner....

The Winner of our Giveaway for one wonderful autographed MAZED pattern is 


Pat blogs over at Bell Creek Quilts...

Congrats Pat!!

Email me your address and I will get the pattern right out to you...

The rest of you can head over to Kristy's Etsy Shop and snag you a pattern.. she has both paper patterns and PDF patterns available..

Thanks to Kristy for providing the pattern for the giveaway...

Nancy

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Housekeeping.....

Woops!!!! Wanna know when the giveaway ends? Yea, so does everyone else. lol. Well, get those comments in before Wednesday am. I'll draw as oon as I have had my tea. Nancy

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I can make a skirt in 20 minutes....

And so can you...   Do you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, neighbor girls?  I started making these quick skirts early last month...  My granddaughters love them...


I am sure there are numerous tutorials out there that show how to make a quick gathered skirt.  This is how I do it...

You will need

Prewashed fabric for skirt (amount will depend on measurements of child)
piece of cardboard or card stock
Matching thread
1 inch wide Non Roll Elastic
pins
rotary cutter
cutting mat
sewing machine

 

The first  thing we need to do is figure out how big your skirt needs to be..  Measure the waist and length of the child. Add 1 inch to the waist measurement and 3 inches to the length measurement and WRITE THESE NUMBERS DOWN.. As fast as these skirts are to make you will need those numbers more than once.   Make sure you take the waist measurement at the place on the abdomen where the skirt will sit.  This might not be the natural waist.  The girls wear their skirts around their hips now..  My granddaughters wear a size 5 or 6 (depending on which granddaughter) but I make their skirts from the same measurements.  One wears hers a little lower nearer her hips. 

So for my 4 and 6 year old granddaughters I buy half yard of fabric and have some left over scraps.

Waist measurement  22 so I added 1 inch to equal 23
Skirt length is 10 so I added 3 inches to equal 13

 
Cut a piece of card stock 1 1/2 inches wide by the length of the piece of card stock.  You can also use a piece of card board from a cereal box.  You want the length to be between 10 - 12 inches.

So now we have our supplies -

Prewashed fabric
cut piece of card board or card stock
sewing notions..

Lets get started..  (fabric color will change within the photos as I made two different skirts.)

Using your rotary cutter, mat and ruler cut a rectangle that is WOF by the length measurement.

Mine is WOF x 13 inches

This fabric has a fold along the bottom of the photo...And it's a different size because this is for an older granddaughter...but that info comes later...

Take your rectangle and finish off all raw edges with a zigzag. Around all 4 sides..


 
Place your fabric on an ironing surface with long edges at top and bottom and short edges along sides. With wrong side of fabric facing you. fold the top edge of the fabric over the card stock and press. Do this along the bottom edge also..  You have now made the hem and waist line of the skirt.
 

 
Open up the folded edges and with right sides together pin the two shorter edges together.  Sew a 1/2 inch seam.
 You should now have a tube of fabric with pressed folded edges at top and bottom.  If you are using directional fabric now is the time to decide which is the top and which is the hem. 

Turn your tube of fabric right side out and stitch along the hem.  I  line up the edge of my sewing foot and move my needle to the left two notches.  Do whatever works with your machine.






Now lets work at the waist line.   At the center back seam, place a pin 1 1/2 inches down from the top edge of the skirt.  Don't pin the short folded edge.  Just use the pin to mark.







Now open up the fold and stitch the edges of the seam allowance down from the raw edge to the pin.  This will be very helpful when we are putting in the elastic. 

Now stitch the waist line just like you did the hem leaving an opening about two fingers wide just close to the back seam.  Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end.  





Thread your elastic through the casing. Overlap the elastic 1/2 inch and stitch together.  Make sure your ends aren't twisted. Stitch the opening closed and you are finished...

This is one of the three skirts I made the same afternoon..

For my older granddaughter who has a 28 1/2 inch waist and a 15 inch length I would buy 1 yard of fabric, cut two pieces 18 inches x WOF and seam them together along one short edge.. Then follow the same directions.   This makes a nice full skirt.. but one WOF makes it kind of skimpy... 

I hope all of this makes sense..  If you have any questions just email me.

Nancy

Friday, May 11, 2012

MAZED blog hop..

Stop by and see Kelly today....  It's her turn today to give you another chance to win a copy of this wonderful pattern...



Nancy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

what i'm working on...





I have tons more blocks to make for this one, but I already have fabric pulled to make a two color version using the alternate block given with the ruler ...

Nancy


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ding. Ding. Ding ......

Just a bit of housekeeping. Seems I copied the ETSY coupon code incorrectly. Please use BlogHop52012 to get the discount on Kristy aMAZEDing pattern. Link to the ETSY shop is in the previous GIVEAWAY post. So go..... Buy.... Use corrected coupon code.... Nancy. Returning to sewing....

Blog Hop MAZED (with giveaway!)

A few months ago a fellow member of the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild sent a shout out looking for pattern testers..  I quickly responded and was chosen ..  Kristy blogs at St. Louis Folk Victorian, and is president of the StLMQG..  When she isn't working...or going to flea markets...or sewing.....it seems she has been doing a bit of designing..

Her first pattern has just been released and as one of the testers I have the privilege of giving away a "autographed" copy of her pattern..  Yes, autographed!!

I present to you,  (drum roll please!)

Got a basket of scraps? Then this pattern is perfect..  Got a jelly roll laying around?  Add a background and you have "instant quilt"...   Great directions with pictures...some alternative layout suggestions and you have a win-win combination..

I made a pillow top with some leftover jelly roll strips ...  I did add an alternate block and directions for it are included in the pattern..  Yea...it's still not quilted and made into a pillow yet...maybe this week?

Can't wait?  Don't feel lucky?  Need it now?


ETSY SHOP


Click this link and get either a printed version or PDF sent right to you...  Use the coupon code BLOGHOP2012 to get 15% off the pattern price until Saturday 5/12 10pm CST.

You might want to save this shop in your Etsy favorites...  This girl is someone to watch..



So leave me a comment and you will be in the drawing...No Reply bloggers, please leave an email in your comment.   Winner will be drawn on Wednesday May 16th..

The MAZED bloghop started Monday with

Mary Claire over at Splendorfalls

and

Kelly over at Live. Love. Create.  will have her post up Friday..

So three chances to win a fabulous pattern...

So go...leave me a comment...and then hop over to Mary Claires' and leave her a comment...and check out Kelly on Friday..

And CONGRATS to Kristy!!  We are so proud of her...

Nancy


Monday, May 7, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

sorry...

Sorry for not blogging for a whole month...  Where does the time go?  We have started working on the house again...  We moved here last October and of course you don't do a lot outside that time of year.  Now we are catching up for the last twentyumpteen years of no one doing anything in the yard... 

So far we have (and I use the term WE very loosely here)
Dumped and spread 11 truckloads of top soil the front yard..
Planted grass and covered it in straw and watered it every night until this week when the rains came flooding down in our area..
Built two planter boxes using stone, then filled them with top soil and planted grapes and Hosta..
Cut the grass three times...
Pulled out multiple pieces of wood t
at was stuck haphazadardly all over the back yard...We have no idea why it was put there or why it was painted blue. 
Pulled down a post with a non-working bug zapper hanging from it..
Started the huge job of closing in underneath the deck...
Planted tomatoes...Ok...ok...that one doesn't count as I bought two tomato plants already in the container with the cage attached and just had to set it on the deck...

I have also been keeping up with my Bee blocks..

These were Tess's blocks for April..



Today I got Carolyn's block done...





 And started working on a new quilt..  I have 12 or 13 FQ's and after working most of the afternoon I have these blocks finished.  I am using a new ruler I bought at the AQS Show in Paducah this year.  You make a pinwheel block,  cut it with this special ruler and then add a triangle to four sides to make the square block...  It's a lot of cutting, pressing, sewing, pressing, trimming, cutting, sewing, pressing, cutting, sewing, pressing and a final cut...  I am kind of enjoying it..  I am calling it Winding Ways although I have no idea if that is the name of the block..

They finish at 6 inches so it's going to take me a while to get a large enough quilt for the guest room..  




I bought the ruler from the designer who has a website here...  I have the smaller size ruler which makes blocks from two inches to six inch finished.  The larger one makes blocks up to a twelve inch... 

So, yea...I went to Paducah this year...This was my 12th year and for the first time I stayed for longer than one day...Four of us left Tuesday morning and came back Thursday..  We had a great time and I didn't buy all that much..  I did buy a quilt kit, which I have NEVER done before..I turned the corner and there was the quilt hanging in the booth and I picked it up and bought it... It came with all the fabric and pattern and it will be the next project.  I also bought a 12 1/2 inch square up ruler..and a ruler by Bloc Loc that is truly unique..  There is a groove carved out of wrong side so the seams of your block sit into the grooves and allows you to trim the block without movement..  I bought the flying geese ruler...  and I think that is really all I bought... oh no...i forgot...I bought some Kona at Hancocks of Paducah...and some great decorator weight fabric to do this...

BEFORE

AFTER
 I love the new look...it's very cheery..however, there does seem to be a slight problem...


Sometimes your fabric disappears.. 


So, I will shut up now and let you go to the next blog...  but not before I tell you some exciting news...

Next week I am part of a BlogHop...  There are three of us that will be will giving away a quilt pattern from a new designer...  Check back here Monday for details...

Nancy

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Let's Play Tag.....

 I've been "tagged" by Cindy over at Hyacinth Quilt Designs...  If you don't already read her blog, grab yourself a cup of tea (coke, coffee or whatever) and head on over.  Cindy in a prolific quilter and designer...We both belong to the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild and she teaches machine quilting at a local quilt shop.  She has written books, lectured and taught classes...and she gets the most done of anyone in blogworld...Every time I open her page she has made another quilt...and quilted it...and it's bound... sheesh...I can't even begin to keep up with her...

I am to answer the following questions and then tag forward...


1. If you're not quilting, what are you most likely doing?
 reading... I am on book two of the Hunger Game series.. book three is sitting on the nightstand and I take full advantage of my local library...


2. Do you buy fabric with a specific project in mind or "just because"?
 I used to buy whatever fabric caught my eye and then it sat on the shelves...my tastes are all over the board and nothing I bought went together...so now I mostly buy for a certain project..
 
3. How many quilting projects do you have going at once?
Right now I am working on a guild BOM, I belong to RedBird Bee through the StLMQG so I make one or two blocks a month for whoever is "it", I have a quilt needing a border, and more quilts than I care to count that need quilting..

4. How many completed quilts do you own?
 Um...I don't own very many...maybe 5 or 6...I usually make quilts for an occasion and give them away...
 
5. How do you use your quilts, or are they stored away somewhere? 
My quilts are all either stacked up on the cedar chest in the living room or on a bed..

6. What is you favorite food?
Chinese...I could eat it everyday for every meal.. Unfortunately we don't have the best selection near us and the hubby is not a huge fan..
 
7. What is your current favorite color combination?
Gosh...Yellow, gray, white and black..   and then  Aqua, gray, orange and white... because those are the color combos for two bedrooms I am working on..
 
8. Where do you get your ideas and/or inspiration?
Pinterest...blogs..my two guilds....magazines...photos...everywhere!!
 
 So now I am to tag someone else...
 
 
and here are my questions..
 
1.  Do you buy quilt patterns or just wing it...
 
2.  If you won a million dollars, what would you buy?

3.  What is your favorite quilting notion?

4.  What quilting notion are you thinking of buying next?

5.  How many sewing/embroidery/quilting machines do you own?
 
Thanks Cindy...that was fun...and I hope not too boring...  
 
Today I am dying eggs, making brownies and getting the house straight for 15 family members coming tomorrow for Easter.. 
 
 
Happy Easter Everyone!!
 
Nancy

 
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

4 weeks, 3 people, 2 hours and $50...

My day job used to be in customer service..  I worked in a local hospital taking phone calls from the public and making appointments for everything from a mammogram to a blood draw to an xray to surgery...  it required a lot of customer service...  The goal was to make the customer happy, whether that customer was the public, the hospital department or the physician...It was hard work and I loved it.

We live out here in the middle of freakin nowhere...our only option for internet service is satellite... or dial up...  The satellite is ok most of the time...it's not the fastest and there are limits on downloading and uploading...   Four weeks ago, we realized that our satellite company was offering four new packages with faster speeds and higher downloads (or uploads or whatever loads)...  I called to get us set up...

No problems...I get the package I want at the speed I want at the price I want... Too good to be true, right?  Yea...
Their computer gets an error..
I'm told to call back in 72 hours.. to reorder
I call back..
Their computer is updating..
I'm told to call back in 72 hours...to reorder..
I call back..
I get the package I want at the speed I want at the price I want...
Their computer gets an error..
I'm told to call back in 72 hours...
I call back...
Computer error on their part...
Can I call back "MOUNTAIN TIME"...  um...why can't I call back in MY TIME???  No response...
I call back in two hours as mountain time is two hours different than central time. (that's really all I can figure out to do as silly as it sounds)
Computer is still in error mode...
Please call back in 72 hours...
This continued until last Wednesday when I was told that the package I wanted was no longer available...as of the day before...  EXCUSE ME!!  After 1 hour I was told that she would "manually add the order" and we would receive a call within 72 hours to schedule the installation day...

Will it surprise you to find out there was no call?  I didn't think so..

Today I finally talked to a supervisor...I didn't get the package I wanted...I didn't get the price I wanted...but I did get an installation date and $50 for "my troubles"... That's not nearly enough...but it's over...

So I went back to the sewing room...

I have been on quite the kick lately...something started me making these cute little skirts for the grandkids...   While at retreat at the beginning of March we visited the local quilt shop.  One of the ladies was holding a couple of jelly rolls and I asked her what she was planning to do with them..(as if we need a plan!LOL)  She started telling me how she makes her girls the cutest skirts and explained the whole thing to me... I fell in love and immediately grabbed two jelly rolls...


This is the first one I made.  I sewed enough strips together to measure one and a half times her waist measurement.  It wasn't quite full enough...but Abbie wears it..




This one is close to 3 times her waist measurement...  and much fuller..


and I got tired of sewing all those strips together and made these for Abbie...

And these are for Ava... 

I don't have photos of all the skirts...  I made a total of four for Ava and four for Abbie and somehow I ended up making one for Abbie's mothers boss's daughter..(did you get that?)

So then I got brave and bought a pattern for shorts!


 Epic fail!  They are way too long...the crouch is way too long.and bunches all up..very unflattering even on a 6 year old....and when I had Ava try them on she said "Grandma, this was supposed to be a skirt!".. well, that's the last pair of shorts I make...Apparently the girls would rather have skirts...and they are so much easier to make and fit...

So let's change things around and make something different...

A friend will tell you that this is a lot of pins for me to use!!

What's wrong with this picture?  Look carefully at the ruffle at the top of the photo... Yep..I sewed it on wrong side out. And of course I finished the edge and trimmed it so I spent another 1/2 hour unpicking the whole dang thing... Will revisit this one next week...
The next two days I will be granddaughter watching...our four year old has shingles of all things...she is miserable and isn't sleeping and it hurts and she can't go back to school for two weeks...  wish me luck tomorrow..and Friday...  I think I'll take the iPad and let her download the cupcake game...lol

And I finished my two blocks for our RedBird Bee...



These are for you, Tess.  They look wonky, but it's just the photographer...

Thanks for hanging in with me until the end... 

Nancy

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

zipit...

So have you been awake all night wondering what zipit is?  What did you guess?

Is it -

A.what your mom used to yell at you when you talked too much
B. our new dogs name
C. a new to me etsy shop



If you guessed C...you are right..(well A is also correct, but doesn't fit with this post).  A fellow member of the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild gave me heads up when we were talking about our next swap...(which is in one week and I'm still changing my mind!)  zipit is a fabulous etsy shop that is filled with zippers...every color imaginable... every size imaginable..and more...

Fast delivery...

Beautiful bright colors...

REASONABLE.... I don't want to say cheap because that makes you think these are inferior...they are not...they are a super bargain...

These were in my hot little hands just 3 days after ordering...


Not only did she send me my zippers, but she added a zipper pull and a Fortune Telling Fish!!  Inside that little package is a red cellophane fish...you lay it on the palm of your hand and it curls up...and depending on which end curls your fortune is told... so fun!!

Oh, you don't have to buy all those colors either...you can get any size in any color in any amount...just convo her and she will set up a special listing just for you...  That's great customer service....

So if you are need of zippers, check out zipit.. you won't be disappointed...

Nancy

This is not a paid advertisement.  I bought all my zippers.  I just think it's the best deal in zippers with good customer service..

Friday, March 2, 2012

VOTE!! (please?)

I entered a pillow into a contest...  I loved this pillow and it was really hard for me to give it away..I WILL make one for myself...

Go look at all the fabulous entries and if you feel it...vote for Donna's Christmas Pillow...


voting is over....thanks for all the support...I didn't win, but I got closer than I did last time!


I am packing up today for a 3 day sewing retreat next week.  I think I have 6 or 7 projects ready to go...

Wonder how many I will get to... at least two of the projects are due next Saturday so they will be first done...

Nancy

Friday, February 24, 2012

fyi...

I have had a ton of spam comments lately so I have disabled the anonymous comment feature. Sorry. Hopefully, this one blogger will go away and I can change the settings back.

Nancy ps. I'll be sewing this weekend. I know! I might even blog!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We have a winner....

Sorry that it's now Saturday evening and I just picked the winner...  What can I say....  The little "procedure" that I was to have yesterday was cancelled...but not before I was on "light food" for a day and then "clear liquids" a day and then drank a gallon of nasty tasting stuff and then showed up only to find out that, I AM, in fact, full of sh*t...and had to reschedule... and now have a whole new schedule of eating that includes TWO DAYS of clear liquid and another gallon of nasty stuff and well...you get the picture......

So on to the winner... 

I asked my favorite RNG to pick...



and that is Pat... who said...

5 Pat said...
Hmmmm...I like that necklace with several of the dresses but I keep going back to The Red Queen (in the Mad Hatter collection)and the Ponderosa in the Berkshires collection. (I have very little jewelry, too...but you chose wisely as I think that necklace would go with a lot of outfits!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Uh oh......

I won't be drawing the winning name until later Friday night. I forgot I have a small procedure scheduled for Friday and wont be hoe HOME , I meant HOME !!!at noon.
Geez......
Nancy

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway....

A couple of months ago, I took a full day class at the local Hospice in order to become a volunteer...I knew when we moved that I would need to do something to get out there...and communicate with adults..I could so easily just stay in the sewing room all day...  I mentioned something in passing to my daughter (or did she ask me? can't remember) and I signed up..   Volunteers are always needed to visit with patients.  I asked to be assigned to the office to help with paperwork.  I file, make copies, put together folders and I am sure as the weeks go on, I will learn more projects to keep me busy..

Of course that presents another problem...  I needed clothes.  Clothes that an adult would wear to work.. Clothes that aren't worn out...and that meant I needed to shop..  So one day right before Christmas said daughter and I went and I actually tried on and bought a ton of tops...and one pair of jeans (yes, as a volunteer, I can wear jeans)..

Now comes the tricky part...  accessories..  I have a pair of earrings, a watch and a few rings that Rich has given me over the years...  Yet, I don't have that cute stuff.. those pieces that just make the outfit..

Well, I might have found the buying place....  

Last week, Shabby Apple contacted me and asked if I would be interested in giving away a piece of jewelry to my readers...  I was shocked!  I have watched (and entered) giveaways at other blogs, but they were HUGE blogs...with tons of readers...Me?  not a big blog...although I love my faithful readers...

And so I went shopping in their accessories department and picked this...  It was really hard to choose from all the beautiful vintage pieces...



Key to Wonderland
I love the simplicity of this piece...  Anyone can wear this...  And I am GIVING IT AWAY TO ONE OF YOU!!

You can get two chances to win this fabulous necklace...  Leave a separate comment for each entry...

1.  Follow me (or if you already do then just leave a comment that you do)
2.  Go over to Shabby Apple and find an outfit that you think will look perfect with this necklace..(there is NO correct answer!) and leave me a separate comment with the link..
3.  Oh..let's give you three chances...leave me a message and tell me where you shop for work clothes...

And if you can't wait to see if you won...Shabby Apple is offering all of my readers a 10% off coupon that expires in 30 days... Just use threadinhand10off at checkout..

I will draw the winner this Friday Feb 17th,  at noon(ish)...  (someone remind me if I forget!)

Nancy

I have not been compensated for this giveaway...I don't get a necklace, only you have a chance to win! I do however get to use the coupon for 10% off ....  Open to US residents only...no substitutions or exchanges on jewelry..

Friday, February 3, 2012

i'm back!!!!

It's been a while... I think I am finally over the pneumonia and most of my blood work came back ok. We are still trying to figure out why my thyroid numbers are out of whack..  They have been so steady for the past 7 years...oh well...if it isn't one thing it's another!! 

I finished all the baby clothes for Abbie's birthday..  I would show you, but that will have to wait until after she opens the package on the 11th.  We are having a joint birthday party that evening for Rich (who will turn 60!) and Abbie who will be 4!  BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw, mac and cheese, lemon bars for Rich and Abbie's mom will make her birthday cake... 

I've done some Christmas sewing...



I have become a bit obsessed with these zipper bags (you too can become obsessed by clicking HERE)
and I have made 5 so far.  One has already been filled with packets of Splenda and Sweet-n-low and stuffed into my purse).   They go together so fast.  You could use them for anything... a little sewing kit,  hand embroidery, how about your rotary cutter for retreat?, tea bags, little toys, a deck of cards....really so many ideas...  I already have a couple more cut out and ready to put together...but I'm running out of zippers! lol    Sorry the photos are so dark...It's been raining since noon and it's just dark and damp and dreary here...  :- (

And of course tomorrow is the weekend...and it's not a true weekend unless there is a project in the works...  Tomorrow we tackle one of the back hall way closets..  I forgot to get a before photo...  All the shelves were full and then there was all this empty space in the middle.  We thought we would use the hanging rod, but we don't... So tomorrow there will be full shelves installed..

left side

right side

stuff 1

stuff 2
Stuff 1 and stuff 2 all came out of this closet. 

More photos Monday when it's all finished...


Nancy

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

you shouldn't procrastinate...

because then you don't find yourself in the sewing room making a diaper bag for a birthday girl when you are sick with pneumonia...





But even without a pattern, I think it turned out pretty cute..(her favorite color is purple and I was lucky enough to find two fq's). That's a sleeping bag and pillow on the left and the diaper bag is stuffed with pajamas, diapers and outfits..  I am missing the pizza party tonight and really want to give this to her in person, so I sent a "sorry grandma isn't there" card with a gift card to our local store.. That way she still has something from us to open..and I get to see her open this later.

Nancy

Friday, January 20, 2012

would you like a sneak peak...

Into my sewing room?  We have been here since the end of October and I still don't have everything the way I want it...although I can sew.. and am trying to make an effort to clean up between projects..

Just as you come into the room is my wall o'stash..  I don't have a huge stash.  I used to buy whenever I saw something I liked...When we moved here I gave a big box away to some great friends...  It was nice fabric, but my tastes have changed and it wasn't being used.  I know it went to good homes..
I now buy fabric for a specific project or I will buy yardage on sale...



Look to the right and you will see my ironing station.  Hubby built  the big ironing table and those wire basket shelves are just sitting in there..  I really need to recover it...Tomorrow I am off to the big city for a doctor's appt and will stop by Joannes..I have a coupon...  And over there to the right of the photo is my wall of embroidery including a counted cross stitch of a quilting bee that my daughter made for me about 7-8 years ago.  And underneath is my book shelf.



This is my new wall O'Quilts.  Can you see where my taste changed? LOL  I started out my quilting career with Pat Sloan and even went on a McCalls quilting cruise where she taught one of the classes... I still love her patterns, I just use modern fabric now!  The antique table was in our breakfast room in the other house and I refuse to part with it.  This is where my friends will sit and sew with me...as soon as we get Rich out of the house (he has been home far too long!) ...I have two oak chairs that are supposed to be glued up by now!   And I guess I need to get all those quilts off the table.  All those are tops waiting to be quilted!  YIKES!




This is the main sewing area.   I have so much more space to spread out!  And I love my two banquet tables... My sewing machine sits in a SEWEZI table. I love it...


This is the cutting area..  Another banquet table up on bed risers.  I am tall (used to be 5'9", probably now I am around 5'8") and I get such a back ache when I cut at a normal height table... Underneath the table is a set of drawers that right now is mostly empty... And the shelf above holds a lot of collectibles...and really just stop looking at all the crap on the floor on the left there...  I DO clean up between projects, BUT I clean up right before I start a new project...NOT after I am finished with one.



So other than the design wall which is the remaining wall that's my sewing room... It's big...23'x17' but remember...I have been married 40 years..I started by sewing with a featherweight (didn't  know they would someday be collectible or I would have kept it!) on the kitchen table of a one bedroom apartment.. I have sewn in apartments and houses, bedrooms and basements, kitchen tables and tables in the corner of our bedroom...

And today I did sew...



I finished the sleeping bag for the second granddaughter... Princess...what else?  I also cut out a pair of panties for the doll but didn't have any lace for the legs so those are on hold until tomorrow...

I REALLY think this word thing might be working!!



Nancy