July 21, 2010

Catching up

I haven't touched my sewing machine for two months. First, Bob and I were traveling. Right before we left for NYC, my sewing machine started squealing, not a good thing. When we returned from our travels, I took the squealer to the repair shop. The repair guy gave her a good cleaning. When I told him that I hadn't been able to do it myself, he said the the squealer was designed so the home sewer couldn't to this maintenance!

Then, I went to a cleaning binge. I took a total of six large boxes to Goodwill, from our various closets, a box of books to Friends of the library, and filled our trash can with things no one could possibly want. Why, you ask? I was preparing for two things. The first was a visit from Carrie and Erin, from South Carolina. I really wanted everything to be as nice a possible for them. The visit coincided with Bob's 70th birthday party, and my Aunt Vicky's annual 4th of July bash.

The other reason is I was tired of sewing in the dining room. We have a small house and the logical thing to go would be to take over the guest room and make it a sewing room. Although, I'm very logical, my heart just wouldn't let me. I love having family and friends be able to stay for a visit. So, I created this small space in my office; my very crowded office. I found the table at Ikea, and screwed the legs on myself. It's a very workable solution.

TA DA, the new sewing space:

I always have quilt designs swirling around in my head, and I was anxious to get started, but I also wanted to make a couple of tunics, using Little Folks voile. I did that first. I hadn't sewn a garment for more than 20 years. I think the last, was a formal for one of my girls to wear to a prom.

These were very easy, and they are so comfortable. I took these photos standing next to my sewing table, you can see how crowded the office is. I wore the red tunic to work on Sunday, and had many compliments. I very happy with these.

Now, I ready to make a quilt. I've been accumulating red and aqua with a quilt in mind; last night I cut the strips. Let the fun begin.


10 comments

  1. Great tops Jan. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the Aqua & Red.

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  2. Good for you on your "new" sewing room! It's definitely a must. The tops look gorgeous on you! I, too, am looking forward to your red and aqua progress!

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  3. Your tunics are cute and very comfortable looking. I hear you on the combo office/sewing room. I just made a scrap booking corner in one of our guest rooms. Eventually that room is going to be a whole scrap book/craft/sewing room. I need to clear out the bed n dresser first. We really have no real need for two guest rooms. Have fun sewing Jan!

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  4. Your tunics are cute and very comfortable looking. I hear you on the combo office/sewing room. I just made a scrap booking corner in one of our guest rooms. Eventually that room is going to be a whole scrap book/craft/sewing room. I need to clear out the bed n dresser first. We really have no real need for two guest rooms. Have fun sewing Jan!

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  5. Gorgeous! I'm jealous of my mom, she just added on a whole sewing room to her house! She has four tables set up, three with machines, one with cutting surface and tons of shelving. Sigh. I have to take over the guest room if I want space for any crafting.

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  6. Love everything in every picture you posted. I sew in the laundry/furnace/plascic sotrage container section of the basement. I dream of a sewing room. But I am like you...love having friend and family and a nice place for them to stay. So will just stay put. I was dreaming of quilting today while I was one up to my chin in weeds. Think fall will be a good time to begin again. I have some projects already lined up. Can't wait for the red and aqua quilt to be posted. You know that you are onthe clock now. No fooling around.

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  7. Oh my, look at those darling tunics and that darling gal modeling them! hahaha, have fun sewing!!!

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  8. The tunics look great on you. I think they'd be perfect for the IQF! I'm so glad you found a dedicated sewing space.

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  9. A dedicated sewing space is a must!! Glad you found some room for that. Your tunic are so cute, I wish I could sew clothes, I'm just not that talented. looking forward to see what you do with that fabric.

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