I have always
envied those with a design wall so this was my chance! Instead of moving furniture along the one complete wall I had, I covered a section with batting scraps and then stapled flannel over the top. Instant design wall! And what a difference it makes when laying out blocks. I’ll never need it to be bigger than this because I have decided I only like to make “decorator” quilts – not big enough for a bed and probably not even as big as a lap quilt. Like I said, my attention span is short. I like to make the quilts that are thrown over a table or ottoman or chair or kitchen table. Then I’m ready to move on to something else.
As you can see in these photos, I started moving all my stuff into the space and suddenly it didn’t seem so large anymore. I am sorting the fabric by color , mixing traditional, Civil War and contemporary so I’ll be more likely to use it together. This will be another learning experience for me. All the fabric will be in this building and I will take the project I’m working on to the house with me in the evenings unless I decide to sew in the shop.
The white shelves had been in the Civil War building on its side and black fabric bolts were displayed there. It also has a new life.
I think I’ll end up calling this space “the shop” as I’ve called it for 30 years. My mind can’t think of cave or anything clever. It’s always been the shop and probably will continue with that name.
I did finish the slab quilt and threw it over the quilting machine wishing I knew how to run it so it could be quilted now. I finished a small 12″ framed piece of tiny 4 patches. I hand quilted with linen thread which was a mistake. My fingers were nearly bloody by the time I finished and the thread was simply too thick and stiff to stitch nicely. I will put these photos at the bottom.
Next week I will include some pictures of both buildings as they are today – a mess but I know you’re curious. Rick should be getting home very soon so it’s time to think about supper.