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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Okay, so no pics of the scrappy log cabins yet, but here are some pics of the owl I'm currently working on.  This little darling will be for sale in my etsy shop soon.  I am hoping to get more of these completed over the next few weeks and will post pics as they come along. 
Tonite I will be sewing on the back and stuffing her with a silk/bamboo polyfil I found at the craft store.  Really nice and soft.  Isn't she cute? I just love these owls!
Here's a smaller version of an owl I made for Jake's Fathers Day present.  The boys each have their own owls and Jake has been asking when he got his own and I finally finished it in time for Fathers Day.  I hope to have more of these owls in various different sizes and colors available for sale soon on etsy.  They are just so much fun to make and much faster than a quilt!

So... I've been working on organizing my sewing space for the past few days.  The boys have both been really sick this week and I've been needing something to do that I can drop right away and go to them when they need me.  Organizing my sewing space seemed the right thing - and was definately needed!

Here are some pics of the dirty and disorganized room and some pics of the organization process as it comes along. 

A small pile of scrap fabric, bolts with no home, and extra batting.  A few patterns and bindings for some almost done quilts.  Really just stuff I don't have a home for yet.  
The new sewing machine table (my old dining room table) which fits nicely in this small space and is more sturdy than the fold-out table I was using in here.  I got tired of my sewing machine bouncing nearly clean off the table every time I sewed a seam.  Right now there are a lot of things piled around it.  In order to organize, I find you have to create a bigger mess first.  Seems a little odd, but it does appear to be working, so I won't knock it too much yet. 

My armoire - which is filled with fabric, thread and patterns on the top.  The two drawers on the bottom hold my finished projects for the shop as well as a few extra projects that will possibly end up as either gifts or eventually make it to the shop.

This is the bookcase I picked up at Target for $30! I really thought that was a great deal for a 5 shelf bookcase.  It matches my new sewing table almost perfectly too!

Top shelf is for current books of inspiration and projects currently underway.  This works great for me because I don't have to hunt through all my books and patterns now to find the pattern/inspiration page for things I'm working on.

Second shelf holds my rulers/templates/smaller cutting mats and some fabric for the owls I'm working on currently as well as a selection of "crafting movies" (movies I watch often while working at nite).

Third shelf holds iron, scissors and my scrap basket.

Then I have some extra room for my frequently used solid fabric stash and the storage container holds frequently used smaller items that I keep misplacing.  Buttons, extra rotary blades, safety pins, basting pins and tools, sewing needles and pins and random other things.  Bottom shelf was left big for bolts of fabric I use a lot of (my Kona cotton solids and interfacing and a few solid flannels).  Apparently that didn't show up in the picture, but it's there, I promise!

And here's a pic of the closet full of fabric, finally organized for the most part.  I decided to sort by color.  How do you all sort your fabric? I had a really hard time deciding on this but figured color would work best.  I haven't had a chance yet to see if this does indeed work best, as I haven't really had much of a chance to sew recently (other than the scrap basket).  I'll let you know how it works out.  In the meantime, I'd love to hear your ideas/thoughts/plans for sewing room organization.

I picked up a small kitchen island cart on rolling wheels at a garage sale this weekend for $12 and it is working perfectly to keep my precuts organized.  I'll have some pics to show of that later.

The hangers hold projects waiting to be quilted and bound.  That is probably about 2/3 of the projects that should be hanging there.  I know there are more, but they are hiding in the big pile of stuff I moved out of the sewing room so I could start this messy process called organization. 

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