Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Spick and span !


My sewing area is a tip again. I know the reason for this and it is because of two things. The first being I usually have a good tidy up between projects and I have not been doing this lately. I've just gone from one thing to another and the mess is getting messier. The other reason is that I think - in fact I know - I need a bit more storage ! I don't actually have a whole room for my quilting - it's only half a room as I share with my DH and his computers. So in the next few days I am going to have a think about how I can make the most of the space I have. I'll see if I can come up with anything. How I wish my DH was a handyman who could knock up some shelving units or something like that. Alas he is hopeless in that department. Give him a computer network or a pc that is playing up and he's your man !! I shall have to do some storage shopping instead.

Also I think I have mentioned before that I am a dressmaker and at the moment I have quite a bit of work to do for customers. It seems the world and his wife are going on holiday and are therefore buying new clothes - that don't fit ! So they are bringing them to me to alter for them. Now this is what I do and I shouldn't complain but I just can't seem to get excited about overlocking and hemming at the moment. Just now I have 2 jackets to tailor and 11 pairs of trousers to shorten as well as a few shirts to take in as well as a bit of mending for my DD. BUT I want to quilt instead -naughty me !

Anyway yesterday I decided to have a good tidy up as well as getting some of my alterations done. Off I went - here is what I did -
Hopeless I know. I just started going through my scraps drawer as it wasn't shutting properly and started fiddling about and before you know it I was away. Actually there is a plan for these. My mum has Rheumatoid Arthritis and is not able to leave her house very often so she has a hairdresser that comes to her to cut her hair. This hairdresser has just come back from maternity leave after having a baby girl and mum has asked me to make a quilt please. Certainly said I and so these scraps were begging to be put together. I love 9-patches and these were run up in no time leaving me loads of time to finish my tidying - yes !! Er actually - no ! Ran out of steam and couldn't be bothered then.... There's always tomorrow !
I think I will make these 9-patches into Sisters choice blocks or maybe I will add 4 triangles to each or turn them on point !! Decisions, decisions !

13 comments:

Linda said...

Andrea those are so pretty, I know what you mean about running out of steam...lol... Many times I'll go into my sewing room to clean up and end up making more mess and leaving before I even look at the cleaning side of it.

Yvonne said...

There's no spick or span in my sewing room....I'm a messy sewer. Your blocks are cute. That's going to be a lovely baby quilt. I don't envy you your alterations. I love sewing but I hate mending and hemming. Good luck with your storage solutions.

Belvie said...

Those blocks will be perfect for a baby girl.

mereth said...

I used to work at a shop doing alterations and I HATED it! Especially when they were expensive new clothes and you have to take the scissors to them. Give me patchwork any day!! So I don't envy you the pile of Things To Do.
The baby nine-patches will be very soft and pretty, and I'm not surprised you got sidetracked by them. I think you should just go with the flow sometimes and not worry about what you 'should' be doing. And I love the quilt with the applique border, congrats on getting that finished too.

Wendy said...

I know what you mean about needing more storage, I went out and bought some "put together" shelfing for my sewing room and I loved it. I didn't even have to ask DH to help with assembly. Your 9 patches will make a cute baby quilt.

Sarah Nopp said...

I have to share a sewing room with a computery man too- alas.
Although in our home, he is the one with the business being run from the space, so I am shunted off to the side to await my meager portions- of a room that used to be ALL mine, by the way.
Ohhh, the things we put up with.
But don't worry about tidying unless you have visitors or clients! And then, use the mess to hurry them away LOL

Dawn said...

OH these will make a beautiful quilt!

Bren said...

I love the 9-patches! I have a hard time keeping my sewing room clean for more than a day at a time.

Helen in the UK said...

Oh - pretty!! Alternating with snowball blocks is another alternative. Can't wait to see the finished quilt :)

Rose said...

Is the sewing room meant to be clean??? lol......i work in chaos!!!! lol looooooove those nine patches!!!!

gwen said...

I bet your scraps drawer closes now, so you did some cleaning and reduced your stash! Less shelves needed! I would call that a great achievement. Your scrap flying geese quilt is wonderful, so pretty colours and I liked the stitches you used to quilt it. Take care.

Floss said...

I am not a mender, when I moved last year I found some mending that had been sitting for at least 5 year, so I just threw it out. In the future I don't think I'm going to bother with storing it for five years and just skip straight to tossing it.

vernie said...

I happened by chance to look at your blog, (via quiltchat) so interesting. I also live in the U.K. and have visited Abakhan fabrics,Mostyn,Wales. I belong to a very small quilting group here at home in the North West,uk. I loved your log cabin wall hanging.
Vernie.