Archive for April, 2008

Sunday Stashbusting and Progress report

Nothing to report here this week….except maybe the progress on unpacking my sewing room and stash and a renewed goal of using what I already have on hand rather than purchasing more fabric. Unpacking and sorting through your entire stash will really make you think about the wisdom of stashbusting rather than stash-enhancing.

I’m much further along than this photo shows – just 5 or 6 more boxes to unpack!

Oops – I just remembered I bought 2 fat quarters this week to make a postcard. My intention was to make it while I was waiting to unpack the stash but the stash got unpacked (mostly) before I made the card.

So…
No stash used this week
1/2 yard added (minus a few inches from each fat quarter for the postcard)


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Slow progress

Can you see all the boxes in the bathroom in the far right corner?? Those have all been emptied now.
Keith wants to know how long the fabric will stay neatly folded. Probably not long enough to make it worthwhile to fold it all so carefully. Having to unpack all this fabric is a good incentive to continue my stashbusting efforts.

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Unpacking

Since we can’t unpack the kitchen or living room yet, I’ve been able to work on my sewing room. Both shelving units are up and I’m unpacking and folding fabric. The shelves survived reassembly better than I expected with just one shelf getting banged up.

Tempers are high and we’ve been fussing at each other on and off all day – I keep having to remind him to keep his voice down – we don’t want the new neighbors to hear us yelling at each other.

Right after I got mad about him about opening my sewing room boxes (I want to organize as I go) he came across my bobbin winder for the longarm – since I need that to start quilting and wouldn’t have come across it for several days – I’m kind of glad he wasn’t listening to me!

We tossed a weeks worth of dirty laundry into a box on Wednesday morning and have been searching for that box for a couple days so we can get laundry done before our trip to San Diego – just when we were worried that it didn’t get dropped off, I found it! Normally at this point I’d leave the laundry for Keith but I’m still having fun with my new machines!

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New kitchen counters

There’s a lot of light in my kitchen and I think that makes these counters look a little lighter than they actually are – the last photo is probably darker. The plumber comes back Sunday morning to hook things back up. I still have to redo the tile backsplash but I haven’t decided on the tile yet.


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Kitchen remodel

Because I don’t have enough stress in my life, we’re doing some remodeling. The painting was first and today they’re putting in the new counter-tops. Here’s a before photo for you.

Life is easier now that I’m not running back and forth between here and the apartment. I’m heading upstairs now to assemble the 2nd set of fabric shelves.

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It fits

The longarm is set up and it fits better than I expected. I’ll only walk around one side (I did the same at the apartment so I’m used to it). If you remember, I downsized to a smaller machine and to a 10 foot table when we moved last year but this room is slightly smaller than the one I used in the apartment.

Deb uses the space under her machine for storage and I might give that a try. In the apartment, I moved the machine back and forth so it didn’t make sense to put stuff under it but I don’t think I’ll be moving it here.

That’s my desk in the corner – already kind of messy but I’ve been *working* off of it for almost 2 weeks now. I need to do some filing.

It looks small in this picture but there’s more than enough space to walk around the machine.

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Blogging

I’ve had a few comments and emails from readers surprised that I’ve continued to blog. I admit after 2+ years of blogging – I’m addicted to it. In my everyday life I’m constantly thinking – “I’ve got to get a photo of this for the blog” or “I need to write about this on the blog”. I bet the other longtime bloggers are the same and once it becomes a habit it doesn’t take but a few minutes to write a brief note and post some photos.

So, here are today’s! I had wonderful suggestions to spend some time reading and cuddling with Chesty so I took about an hour this morning and started reading the new Benni Harper mystery by Earlene Fowler (thanks to Mom for sending it to me!). You can see Chesty is still kind of bummed but he’ll adjust – just don’t tell Keith that he curled up on his pillow!

Since I can’t unpack the kitchen or living room yet and Keith isn’t home to help me put the longarm table together, I started on the fabric shelves. The first is almost done….

I just need Keith’s help to muscle those last few pegs into place.


Speaking of Keith, forget all the nasty, terrible things I usually write about him (just kidding). He earned big points this morning by going over and cleaning the apartment by himself and has already done the walk thru. I can’t believe we escaped without any *deductions* or charges. I’ll admit there’s a ding or two in the walls in the sewing and longarm rooms.

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Unpacking

Even though I thought we downsized significantly last year with the move to Minneapolis, we’ve still got too much stuff!

I couldn’t figure out why these last two moves were so *difficult* and then I realized I had just started quilting about a year and a half before we moved to Atlanta. I had one bookshelf with some fabric and my sewing machine. Now after 7 and 1/2 years I have too many quilting books to count, way too much fabric, the longarm and all the supplies that go along with it.

That’s my downtown view along with the truck.

They’re going to put in our countertops on Friday so we won’t even unpack the kitchen stuff, of course that means we can’t get the living room organized either.

The master bedroom and bathroom are completely unpacked! Sheets have been washed, the bed is made and I’m heading up there shortly to join Keith.

This is the sewing room and I managed to move all the stuff out of my way so I can reassemble my shelves against the far wall. Somehow my instructions to leave the entire middle and right side of the room empty didn’t get through!

I’m afraid to show the longarm room yet – it’s a tight fit and I’ll wait until I get the table set up to show you.

Thanks for all the comments and well wishes on the move – I appreciate all the encouragement.


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It’s Moving Day!

Up early to pack up the last boxes (bedding, toiletries, etc) and after the moving van arrived, Chesty and I drove over to the townhouse to wait. Keith is *supervising* the loading of the van and tells me they should be heading this way by lunchtime!

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Unquilted tops

I was uploading the log cabin top to my online album and realized I’ve been so busy quilting tops for family and HeartStrings the last year that I’m getting behind in quilting my tops. These are still waiting for quilting.
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