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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Another Flimsy, Another Finish, Etc.

I finished another flimsy. This one is modern.  Some of you might be thinking I’m just a flimsy maker, but I’m not. I do finish quilts. I’m just taking a short break from the actual quilting part to make tops.  I’m working on building up inventory for my Etsy shop.  I’d like to take it off “vacation status” by mid October and have at least 20 items to list. I’m also waiting on modifications on the DIY sewing table in order to quilt more comfortably.  
I made me another bag.  It’s a LARGE quilt carry bag that stretches to over 45″ when full of quilts.   It’s a quilt as you go pattern from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott of  The Quilt Room.  I used fabric from the Laurel Burch Jungle Songs collection.  The pattern called for magnetic snaps but me being “Ms. Thrifty”, decided to go w/the cheaper option of sew-on snaps.   Needless to say, if I make it again, I’ll use the magnetic snaps. I’d also put some batting in the strap and make it longer.   
I added faux buttons to the outside of the bag too.

This is Penelope. A back-up/traveler/loaner I bought for $25 from a coworker whose Aunt (owner) had recently passed away. She runs beautifully.

And this is Oh Suzanna!  I got her for $25 too from the same coworker.  I had no idea how awesome sergers are! I’m happy to add her to my collection.  
Connecting Threads had their Essential Cotton Thread on sale for $1.95/spool. So I bought a few spools.

I pulled the old Black and Decker stand-by out of the closet.  I finally got fed up dealing w/my constantly dripping Rowenta Effective. I cannot for the life of me remember why I put this baby in the closet in the first place. It doesn’t drip and it gives me a little warning beep when it’s getting ready to shut-off.  I hope to use it until I can get the Panasonic Cordless 360 , which has been on my wish list for quite some time.

I won these adorable magnetic needle minders from a giveaway that Lara B. of Buzzin Bumble had a few weeks ago.  They are from an Etsy shop called YumYumButtons.

My new pen! It’s cigar style (fat) and made of Bubinga.

And lastly, I visited Quilt n’ Sew Connection in Prescott Valley and practiced a little woodgrain fmq on an awesome, if very expensive machine.  The Bernina Q20 which is a sit-down longarm. Yes! It is now on my wishlist too!

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

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Almost Forgotten Finishes

I can’t believe this…and I can’t remember if it’s ever happened before…AND it may never happen again, but this is my 2nd post in one week!
Tonight on my blog reading list I saw a TGIFF! post from M-R Charbonneau of Quilt Matters and it reminded me that I have some finishes I haven’t shared w/y’all! 
So, without further ado… 
Mystery Quilt – started June 2014 finished June 2015

Snap Bags – A recent commission
Things not so finished…
Basket Weave Batik Placemats

This flimsy is a pattern called Modern Lattice by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

It’s a flimsy

This flimsy is a pattern called Vintage Summer (2014) by Jeni Baker of In Color Order. It’s one I’ve been wanting to make for awhile and finally did last weekend.

It’s another flimsy

Today’s finishes…

And yet another on the sewing table…

And last but not least…one of David’s finishes. He turned me this gorgeous seam ripper! It’s made of Koa, which is a Hawaiian wood.
  Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!
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