The longarm is set up!

Keith and I put the table together and set up the longarm this morning. I did a very stupid thing – I didn’t pay attention to which way the back of the machine would sit at and when we got everything together I wanted to have the other side of the table against the wall. The room is too small to turn the table around and rather than take it apart I’m just going to live with it this way. The table is on casters so I can move it one way or the other depending on whether I want more room at the front or the back of the machine.

I also did some more fabric folding last night but as you can see from the shelves I still have a lot more to do. I bought more of the bins I was going to keep yarn in -they hold a lot more scraps than the baskets I have because they fit the shelves and fill the entire space.

The second picture is of the den next to the bedroom I have the longarm in. As you can see it needs a lot more work but it holds my cutting table, my sewing table, and computer desk.

String Blocks

I managed to make 4 string blocks last night for the HeartStrings Quilt Project. It took twice as long as usual because I kept having to dig in boxes for bobbins, scissors, thread, etc.

I also had to create paths through the boxes just to get to the sewing table, cutting table, and ironing board. Hopefully I can make a few more today in between a trip back to Ikea and unpacking the last box of fabric.

Another day without quilting

I thought I would get to make some string blocks today but that hasn’t happened so far. However, I just have one more box of fabric to unpack in my studio. I started folding it neatly as I put it on the shelves but quickly realized that if I wanted to empty all the boxes so Keith could help me set up my longarm table before he goes out of town on January 2nd then I’d better just put it on the shelves and go back later and fold it.

Same idea with the books – the bottom shelves are all loaded with my books but they aren’t sorted in any manner. My plan is to go back and put all my scrap quilt books together and categorize the other ones too. Soon I should be able to go to one section and see all my books on one particular topic. Scrap quilts and quilting books will be my two largest sections.

These pictures were taken earlier in the day so I’m much further along with my unpacking. I thought I’d try to hang up my tops waiting for quilting – these are just my quilts – I have 3 of my Mom’s waiting for quilting too.

Progress is being made!

Our furniture arrived from GA yesterday and we’ve been very busy the last couple days. Today we had to have everything out of the temporary apartment, clean it, and turn the keys in by 12PM. I’m glad to be down to one place here in MN especially since we still have both the house and the condo in GA. No offers on the condo yet and Chris won’t move into the house until the end of January so still plenty to worry about there.

The bedroom I’d planned to use as my studio is smaller than indicated on the floor plan so I’m having to modify my plans. Luckily there’s a small den so I’ve set up my sewing machine, cutting table, iron, and computer desk in the den and will have my fabric storage, books, supplies and longarm in the bedroom.

I found a great shelving unit at Ikea and bought two of them. They take up the entire wall of the bedroom and I’m putting my quilting books on the bottom shelves, my yarn in bins along one side, and the rest will be for fabric. I have a lot of unpacking yet to do in the studio and I won’t set up the longarm until all the other boxes are unpacked.

I did find my string bins and my sewing machine so I may start making a few string blocks for the HeartStrings Quilt Project as I unpack the rest of the studio. I do have a deadline for my unpacking since I need Keith to help me set up the longarm table and he goes out of town on January 2nd so I can’t procrastinate too long.

Comcast is coming in the morning so I’ll have my internet set back up and will be able to post pictures again too.

Merry Christmas

With the move we haven’t really been able to celebrate the season as we traditionally do. We won’t see Chris and Becky or Adam and we don’t do presents, choosing rather to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity as we have the last several years. So no tree, no presents, no home cooked meals.

One bright spot was that Adam brought homemade Christmas cookies to us the day before we left Marietta. Baking Christmas cookies has long been a tradition of ours that usually starts right after Thanksgiving and lasts until New Year’s Day. I think eating Christmas cookies are Keith’s favorite holiday tradition.

Another family tradition that we adopted from Keith’s family is the Christmas Eve Picnic on the floor. Cold cuts, potato salad, and Christmas cookies of course – eaten on the floor in front of the fire and followed by a home cooked meal on Christmas day.

Well this year we’ll be eating Christmas dinner in a restaurant (the alternative was a frozen lasagna) but on Christmas Eve we will go over to our unfurnished apartment with a picnic (sandwiches and cookies) and eat on the floor in front of the fire.

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that you enjoy celebrating your own family traditions this holiday season.

I’ve arrived

I arrived in Minneapolis yesterday just in time for some snow. It wasn’t much but did help put me in the Christmas spirit as did the cold! I have a few days to rest before the movers bring our things and the unpacking frenzy begins.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on setting up a String Quilt Project as an offshoot of the Stashbuster yahoo group I belong to. I’m really excited about working on a group charity project and hope that it will help keep me occupied when Keith is off traveling this winter.

If anyone is interested in joining us or finding out more visit our group or email me directly for details.

Don’t forget me!

Just 3 more days until I’m reunited with my honey!
Tomorrow I have to take my computer down for the move so I won’t be in touch for about a week. We’ll get to Minneapolis on December 21st and I should be able to post once again using the library computers but don’t worry if you don’t hear from be until after the 29th. My stuff will arrive by the 28th and Comcast is scheduled to set up my Internet on the 29th.
In the meantime, I’ll still have access to email because I treated myself to a new phone so I wouldn’t feel completely out of touch.