Sewing Room redux

I might like being in my sewing room even more than I like sewing.   Sometimes I just sit in there, particularly after I’ve tidied up, and I gloat.   It’s tiny, but it is all mine.   Each new piece of equipment,  each rearrangement to facilitate a better sewing experience, and I’m so darn proud of myself!

This is my latest project.   I’m making an ironing table!  I’m mostly following Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial, and it’s going to be great.  I’m going to attach those non-skid things that go under rugs to the bottom of my board so that I can lift it off and still use the table top for cutting if I want to.  it will keep me from hogging the dining table when I have something big to cut.

I’ve got a complete sewing experience nicely wedged into a 9 x 10 room.  With the plan to move my ironing surface into this corner, I’ve got a dedicated design wall behind me, and I don’t have to put my ironing board in front of it.  One thing I’ve already learned is that the ironing table must be pulled away from the wall so that big pieces of fabric can drape down the back.  I’ll probably also move the items away from the left side so that fabric can fall on that side as well.  I’ll have to move my daughters drawings.  😦

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Here’s my favorite part of the room.  🙂

Notice to my children, I love you all dearly but I am not giving up or moving my sewing room again – no matter what.  It took me a long time to get this room, and I’m keeping it.  🙂  (Is that too mean?)

 

An effort to make Pot Holder Loops – maybe a tutorial

I like potholders with loops because they can become kitchen decoration as well as a useful kitchen tool.  Because I’m a major worrier, I don’t like those little plastic circles that you can stitch onto the potholder.  The stitching could come loose and the potholder could fall onto a hot surface!  So I’ve been thinking hard about how to stitch a loop using the binding itself.  Here is my first effort.

[Later]  I took a lot of photos, and captioned all of them with instructions.  1. The captions disappeared.  2. I don’t like my technique for making potholder loops.  And 3. I don’t have the energy or interest to recreate all of those captions.  So I’m going to add a few of the photos, and most of you will be able to figure out the general idea.  I’m already on my third effort to create an elegant pot holder loop, so I will try this tutorial again in the future.  But for now:

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Calling it done.  🙂

 

Potholders – and new technology

  1. A few days ago I decided to make potholders as Christmas presents.
  2. I decided to be spontaneous and use all of a 36 piece charm square packet I purchased a few weeks ago from connectingthreads.com.  The packet was called “Good Neighbors”.
  3. I threw caution to the wind, and didn’t use a pattern!

So here is the result.

I started Saturday morning at the PMQG Sew Day and after much rearranging, I like what I’ve got.  (Thank you to Laura, last name unknown, for your help!)

They are bright and happy, and I hope they fit well into the receivers’ kitchens.

The charm pack made eight potholders.  Onto a large piece of backing, I placed one layer of Insul-bright and one layer of 100% cotton batting.  Pinned all of the potholders down and then straight-line quilted with a walking foot.

The charm pack made eight potholders. Onto a large piece of backing, I placed one layer of Insul-bright and one layer of 100% cotton batting. Pinned all of the potholders down and then straight-line quilted with a walking foot.

The backing is a dark gray essex linen-blend.

Almost forgot. The new technology part is the WordPress app that I just added to my phone and which I’m using to create this post. It’s encouraged me to make a post to my blog which is long overdue. But I’m having a lot of difficulty posting and captioning the pictures. So I’ll save my draft – and finish it on the main computer. And probably not with my new Windows 10 laptop either, which I’m also having difficulty understanding. It’s amazing how much time technology can take away from sewing!