Saturday, June 5, 2010

From this.... to this!

(Note to Don... please do not read anything in parenthesis.) (You already are, aren't you?)

Ok... my sewing space has been a disaster for months and it's time to get organized! For the past year, my sewing machine has been in our livingroom and my *fabric* has been either stuffed in a box in the closet upstairs or squashed into a big bag in the loft area above our garage. When I pulled out a new project to work on, I had to scrounge around looking for the right fabrics in various bins. Did I mention that there WAS no order to the fabric in either location? Then, after cutting the fabric, I USED TO toss the scraps into a box under the computer. Said box WAS overflowing.... Oh! I've been cutting at the kitchen table and ironing on a teenie weenie little 14" ironing board. Both cutting and ironing spaces WERE too low and I wound up with a tired back when I did much of either chore. And the ironing board WAS, well, less than inspiring to look at....

Soooo... we have this great open area in front of our window where we had our Christmas tree last year. Usually, our two rocking chairs sit in that space during the summer. But, somehow, they have spent very little time tucked into their corner since Christmas. Maybe *fabric* could live there outside of the holiday season??? I bought stackable drawers at Walmart... and they stacked up to a perfect ironing board height!

Next came the hard part... convincing my dear (sometimes cranky, ahem...) husband that we could build an ironing board. He rolled his eyes at me a bit, but came through the door the next day carrying a piece of plywood 20" by 38 1/2". He'd even carefully rounded the edges. (If any of you have the chance to see this ironing board in person, please notice the beautifully rounded edges even though they are covered up with two layers of batting and a piece of fabric. He'll secretly be glowing under the eyeball rolling...) AND he helped me use those giant, scary staples to attatch the batting and fabric. (Ok... I'm really not scared of the big stapler, but don't tell him!)

Oh! The fabric! I tried to convince myself that a nice, quiet fabric would fit the decor of our cozy, country livingroom. You know... braided rug, rocking chairs, wooden cabinets. But I *LOVE* this Kaffe Fassett print. So cheery! And I'll spend several hours some days staring at it. (Ok, ok... so I didn't try terribly hard to talk myself into a boring fabric :o)

When we finished the ironing board, I realized that my cutting mat fit beautifully on the top of it! It takes up about 2/3 of the board space, leaving plenty of room to iron small pieces on the side. When my husband (of great wisdom... this is in parenthesis so that it doesn't go to his head) heard that I was going to put the cutting board on the ironing board, he objected and said that I might nick the ironing board. I reassured him that I have never run off the edge of the cutting mat.

Yesterday, I happily spent several hours cutting fabric. (Until I nicked the edge of my new board. A tiny little 1/2" nick that has already been repaired and hardly shows.) (That was in parenthesis, Don!)

Happy sewing! I'll have some fun stuff to post soon! Just have to sew together yesterday's cutting :o)

1 comment:

Karen M said...

Your right, that is much nicer than plain fabric. There is so much energy in it. Happy ironing.