WHOOMP There IT Is! #4

I went batting shopping last Saturday. I was glad I brought along my grandson & nephew.  I don’t think I could’ve managed this giant roll of batting by myself. Together they carried it to the car. Neither could’ve carried it alone, but they each had to show the other and myself, just how strong they are.  If getting it to the car was challenging, getting it in the car was even more so! But we did it…and I’m happy to say I now have batting! Lots of it! I got this giant 30yd x 96″ roll of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting for $122 + tax at Mulqueen in Glendale, AZ.

Even though I now have batting, I still spent the week working on smaller projects.  I finished a project for the gift exchange at our annual Quilters Anonymous Christmas Party which will be on December 3rd.  If I remember, I’ll show a picture after the party.

 I also made something that’s been on my list for a long while…a quilters-helper apron. I had the idea to turn the butt-side of a pair of jeans into a half apron. I wish I could say it was an original idea…but after making mine, I looked on Pinterest and found that a bunch of peeps had already beat me to it! hahaha.

The 1st thing I did was cut out the entire front side of a pair shorts, salvaging the waistband…as this is what I’ll use to fasten/tie the apron.

One could use the original pockets if they are big enough for one’s needs. Mine weren’t so I removed them and made plans to add larger ones. But first, I had to figure out what do do w/the butt-seam thingie.

I decided to lay it flat to one side and stitch it down.  I think I’ve seen it done like this on some denim skirts made from jeans.

Originally I thought about hemming the edges but quickly changed my mind and left them raw to fray instead.  I added trim to the bottom but didn’t like how it would look on the sides, so I just did some straight stitching in red to add some color.  Like I said earlier, I wanted bigger pockets…though I’ve discovered a wider pocket is better than a deeper one. Anyway, I made generous pockets and decorated them before I sewed them on…again leaving the edges raw to fray.

I liked it so much I made a 2nd one. They will definitely come in handy when I work at kids camp next year!

And then I made simple Trick-or-Treat bags for the grands.

Oh, I almost forgot one more thing! I finally made something w/minky! I used it to back this simple strip quilt. I did not use batting and I did a very simple pull/roll over binding.

 I’m certain the little boy who gets it will love the cuddly softness of it.

That’s about all I have for you this week.  Now it’s your turn. Show me something good! =)

A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion


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WHOOMP There IT Is! #2

I’d like to thank everyone who linked up to my 1st linky party last week. It was a huge success! It was so much fun, I’m doing it again! 
Today I’m sharing some of my recent sewing room improvements. For the longest time I’ve wanted a sewing table that would allow my sewing machine to be flush w/the table top . Anything to help make FMQ a little easier. I found a pic on Instagram, gave it to a friend along w/measurements I felt would work for me and he came up w/a building plan.  
Well…I was off on my measurements and the 1st draft of the table came up a little short…literally! Believe it or not, I didn’t take into consideration that the machine would sit below the top of the table and I could barely fit my legs under it…which was no good considering I’m a big fan of the knee lift.  

 But have no fear, it was a quick fix w/a set of risers. They raised the table 1.25″ which was all it needed.

After sewing on it for awhile I decided that I really needed something up front to rest my hands on. Modifications were definitely in order.

And a few months later, modifications were made. I did not add longer legs though, I’m still just using the risers.

I used my old sewing table as a return which works perfectly for quilting.  

It’s also where I store Oh Susana (my serger), Penelope (my backup and sometimes traveler), and my thread case. I just realized if I turn it around, to where it faces out, I can have a guest sewer in my sewing room!

I got rid of the bookshelves in the closet and installed shelves for book and fabric storage.

I’ve heard I should protect my fabric stash from dust and sunlight, so I also put up curtains. One of these days I’d like to make cute patchwork curtains.

I raised my cutting table w/some high risers I found at Walmart. Now it’s the perfect height. I’ve got some other storage going on under my cutting table too. 
My design wall is a piece of fleece tacked up on the wall.  It’s been black since I started quilting 4 years ago, but I wanted the room to be brighter so I traded the black for a pretty mint green. 
Next on the list of sewing room improvements is a Quilters Ironing Board!
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