Sunday, June 9, 2013


I am finally get back into sewing.  I probably  needed a break but home renovations made it a very long break, much too long.  I've only made a couple little things like hooded baby bath towels.  I really need to make some more jeans and jean shorts (denim and/or twill).  I have about 9 yards of brown denim that I got at an auction. In my mind I see shorts, long pants and a lined (reversible?) vest with lots of pockets, inside and out. And the outer pockets have metal zippers.

What I'm most excited about is joining a "local" American Sewing Guild group.  I put "local" in quotation marks because it is a full hour away across Iowa farmland.  But I'm to the point where I think it's worth it.  I considered starting a group here in Cedar Falls, but it looks like it could be a lot of work to make it successful.  The Cedar Rapids group has a lot of good activities, so I'll join their group for now.  And next month they have a sewing retreat/day camp.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to go, but it looks like fun. I already met someone who belongs to that group (when I was at a meeting of a state nurses organization - careful what you volunteer for!).

AND I signed up to go to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Sewing and Quilting Expo at the beginning of August.  It's only a two drive from here.  I'm looking forward to the classes and vendors, as well as the sit-and-sew the day before. I think being around other sewists will be a good inspiration for me.

Looking forward to more sewing this summer!

Thanks for stopping by, and keep on sewing!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Case of the Missing Blogger

    It has been several weeks since I’ve done any sewing and even longer since I’ve blogged about it.  I did complete two blouses in August that I haven’t photographed or blogged about.  They are “okay” but not great.  More recently, we installed new wood flooring, which required tearing up the “sewing studio” and the “study”.  This included dismantling two computers, one stereo system and all the associated sewing and computer furniture.  Of course, my husband was very busy at work at this time, so I got to have most of the fun by myself.
    I was surprised at how much the upheaval bothered me.  I didn’t think it would be a big deal.  Scattering my sewing stuff to other corners of the house was actually quite traumatic for me.  The results, of course, are beautiful.  The flooring is a mixed maple, eight foot lengths, installed, then finished in place (no, not by me and DH, silly).
     While I’m at it, I’ll give you a tour of the current configuration of my sewing room.  This is the former Living Room, now renamed the “Front Room”. Due to a family room addition at the back of the house, this room fell out of use, at least until I needed a sewing space.  We’ve switched room uses once or twice, so we now call them a descriptive name (“front room”, “hearth room”, “sun room”) rather than their functional names (“sewing studio”, “family room”, “dining room”).
    This is what you see when you look left after coming in the front door:

    I love my cutting table (below).  It is a counter height dining table that I found used and then refinished. It ended up not being a cheap project, but it is my favorite piece in the room.  There are drawers on each side, so I keep it turned perpendicular to the wall so I can get to all the drawers. It has drop leaves on each end, so it can be made more compact.

    My sewing table is also a former dining table.  This one was my mother’s and folds lengthwise.  That makes it a nice narrow 20” when it is folded, yet long enough to comfortably hold two machines. Note Patrick curled up underneath the table.

    These barrister style bookcases (2) have floated from one room to another in this house. I put fabric behind the glass (hot glue gun put to good use!) to hide the usual collection of sewing supplies and accessories.

    My newest find is for ironing:
(missing picture)
    I had received a Big Board ironing board from my husband as a gift this year.  It sat nicely on my regular ironing board, but I didn’t care for the look of the ironing board in the front room.  I searched for months for a affordable piece of furniture that had storage space and was narrow enough for the Big Board on top of nicely.  Score another point for Craigslist!  I found this for $30 at a new store opened by a local lady who does estate sales (Like the TV show “Cash and Cari”).  She says that it was originally a TV cabinet that someone added sliding glass doors to.  I’m not sure about that, but the glass doors are nice and thick, with two shelves inside. My next step is to make a more decorative cover for the ironing board.
( Photo borrowed from
    I will probably have to also buy a sleeve board down the line.  And I am definitely looking forward to filling the storage space under the ironing board with ironing accessories from StitchNerd.  Check out her web site!
    So, there was a week of getting ready for the flooring install, a week of doing the flooring install, a week waiting for the polyurethane finish to cure, a few days of getting the room put back together, another week getting ready for a real estate appraiser to come check out the house for refinancing, and now a week getting ready for Thanksgiving company.  (We will have 22 for dinner, some from here in Iowa, the rest of the relatives coming from Minnesota and Nebraska.) 
    I just KNOW that one of these days I will be able to get back to sewing.  Honestly, I’ve been suffering great withdrawal from my sewing projects. Anyone with some patience to spare, please send some my way!
    The only thing the room lacks is some more color.  That will come with time, including new curtains and ironing board cover.  I have to thank DH for suggesting I write about my sewing room, since I couldn’t write about my sewing. It has been quite cathartic.

Thanks for stopping by, and keep on sewing!

Please consider leaving a comment so I know you were here.