Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Reclaiming my Studio Part 6 -- The Gnomes Have It

Well, I’ve hit a real slow down this week.  I’ve been wanting to sew instead of clean.  Oh no!  Now what?

This past week, I’ve been playing with the cutest row quilt that I recently designed.  Of course, once I had the design, I wanted to select fabrics.  Then once I had selected the fabrics, of course, I wanted to sew, right?  Wouldn’t you?

I fell in love with all of the gnome stuff at Christmas time and found the cutest gnome block on Pinterest.  That inspired me to design an entire row quilt of jolly little tubby gnomes.

Here is my gnome row :

Aren’t they the cutest????  My row has five gnomes, each with his own combination of a red hat and a green body.  They will be the centerpiece of my row quilt.

I know, I know.  Sewing isn’t really cleaning, is it?  

But wait, it is!  HONEST!

I am making this gnome quilt using only my stash, so I am downsizing my collection of fabric!

Yes, I will get back to cleaning for real, I promise, but in the meantime, I am going to enjoy the process of sewing and making something fun.  

Stay tuned to see how my row quilt turns out.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Reclaiming My Studio Part 5 -- Electricity

The obvious reason for cleaning, purging, and organizing my studio was obviously the great mess that I've created in the last year and a half.  But there is a secondary reason, too.

For Christmas, my Dad gave me electricity.  Sounds strange, huh?  He literally wrapped up a box of electrical guts and junk.  Bear with me, please. 

This was probably one of the most unusual gifts that I had ever received, but it was one that I was very excited about.  You see, I have to be creative when connecting my sewing machine and iron to electricity.  It usually includes several extension cords and strips.  My Dad is going to install electrical outlets in the middle of my sewing space where there is a post (which helps hold up the house), then I won't have to worry anymore (sometimes I blow a breaker when there's too much plugged in at the same time).

The new electrical outlets will really make a big difference in my studio -- having easy access to electricity will make it easier for me to create my new sewing and cutting table with a bajillion cubes underneath for organizing my baskets and bins.  And with better electricity, I can add more lighting which will make sewing easier and more comfortable.

I can't wait....