We are on Spring Break! After 8 months filled with way more travel than we are accustomed to (road trip to Tennessee, Disney Cruise and Mexico) , I am excited to have a staycation for the next week! We have a few things planned, like doctor appointments and museum visits, but I'm really looking forward to being home, getting through A LONG list of overdue tasks, and SEWING!
Today, I focused on the most needed and ovedue...getting the sewing room back under control. Since November (judging by scraps, receipts and unfinished projects I found while excavating today) things have been piled, shoved, dumped and forgotten in there. I've continued to sew and create, but the useable space had shrunken to a very small area around the sewing machine, and it had become hard to find what I needed. I really don't know why I let it get this way. I took some "before" photos, but I'm too embarrassed to show them! You'll just have to imagine your own sewing area at its worst, then multiply by 42.
It took a few hours, but I managed to de clutter a lot of areas, and tidy up work surfaces enough so that I can function without frustration in there again. As I went, I snapped some pictures of the projects I want to finish or move forward this week. Here they are, mostly for my own accountability.
Here's another habit of mine I really don't understand. I leave projects unfinished for days, weeks, months, even, when they really only need a few minutes worth of work to be finished. Why do I do that?
|This quilt label has been fused down,|
waiting to be stitched, for about a month. Shameful
|This zipper pouch has been finished for two|
weeks - except for zigzag stitching over the side seams. Really? Who does that?
|My soon to be Black Belt daughter earned these patches |
for her karate uniform in January. Bad mom. Bad.
I am going to make sure I dedicate plenty of time this week to some projects I have been looking forward to! Some special things for two other people (giving is the best part of quilting) and something for me!
|A pieced top, backing, and fabric for the binding.|
This will be a baby quilt for my niece's soon to arrive
Baby girl. I'd really like to have it done before she arrives,
|These flannels will be a quick receiving blanket, also for|
baby Emma. Notice the owl theme?
|And, for me! Fabrics and pattern have been chosen for a long-awaited|
tote bag/purse. These colors make me happy. The cute HeXi print will line the pockets.
I will be using Noodlehead's 241 Tote pattern. It's already downloaded and printed !
Not too frightening, but definitely out of my comfort zone! Garment sewing, even alterations like these makes me a little nervous. Especially when it's fancy and for someone else.
|This could fit in the first category, too. |
These two pair of pants have been pinned
And ready for shortening for...umm, a really, really long time.
It will probably take longerror to write about them than to hem them.
|It's hard to tell, but this is a really beautiful prom|
dress that I've offered to shorten for a friend's daughter.
This friend has been very helpful to me, and they were in a bind...what can I say?
Wish me luck! There are layers and layers of tulle!
|This is a friend's copy, and I'm one of many on the list wanting to borrow|
it from her. It is of local interest, and everyone here is talking about it! Can't wait to join them!
So, do you put off little finishes for no good reason, or get sweaty palms at the idea of hems? Somebody tell me I'm not alone!