Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stash Organization


Ever since I saw the post  by The Lovely Poppy about using comic book archival cardboard to make “mini” bolts, I’ve been energized!  There are several other ideas out there on making mini-bolts — withfoam board, corrugated plastic, etc.   I ordered 300 pieces even though I had no idea how many I needed.   I just couldn’t have more than 300 pieces, right?   This is what one of the piles of fabrics in my stash looks like:

One of several piles of fabric in my stash!
Tackling that pile was easy — at least most of the pieces didn’t require ironing.   Some of the larger cuts will need to be done differently, so I’ve set those aside for now.  But here is the result!  Two large storage boxes of fabrics!  I used over 200 “bolts” and still have a few remaining so I guessed well.  Voila:
And, best of all — I got a call from the Bernina service man this morning and my machine is ready to be picked up!   My Sew Ezi table was shipped from California yesterday.    

Sewing Room Review


I have a Oxford 3×5 notebook (on spiral) that is my constant companion!  A few days ago, I measured the room I intend to set up as a sewing room. 

After perusing the web for furniture and sewing room ideas, I came up with the following items:

Bookcase (Ikea):

Corner Bookshelves - adjustable and modular (5 separate pieces)

Cutting Table (Horn of America):

Closed Cutting Table with Storage

Oodles of storage!


Sewing Table (Sew Ezi):

Not my machine -- but you get the idea!

Chair – Heavenly Sewing: – Am I dreaming?  We shall see how much it costs!

Sewing Chair by Heavenly Seating

Wal-mart Futon (for extra sleeping with the grandkids visit)–in tan if it’s available, or red?  Decisions, decisions.

Futon -- in RED please!

Now —- will it all fit?  On to the next planning phase — put it on graph paper!  I will save that for another post!

And still waiting . . .


I carry around a book of index cards with all of the Freshman Year project information (yardage and page number).  That way, if I’m at a fabric store, I can purchase the correct amount of fabric to make the samplers in the course.  Some of my fabric color choices are quite different from what Harriet or Carrie’s chose for their project.  I think most of my seletions will turn out fine.

I called “All About Sewing” to find out if a specific presser foot (Bernina Stitch Regulator) would work on my old model 830 — nope.  But the person I spoke with was the man who will be servicing my machine.  He had nothing but praises to sing about that particular model.

I went shopping for fabric at lunch and got a few pieces.  Then after work, I stopped by Janet’s Quilting Bee to match up some of the fabrics to finish the requirements and then on to Block Therapy to get another match.  While I was at Block Therapy, a few fabrics caught my eye. 

In my escapades today, I finally purchased a light ivory solid to finish the very first sampler.  Harriet’s is blue, light blue and white.  Mine will be dark red tonal,  red print on ivory and a “mottled” ivory.  The ivory will not be needed until Volume 2, but I wanted to get it while the red print is still “whole”.  I prefer auditioning larger pieces of fabrics together to ensure the tones match.   

Fabric Selection for "Carrie's Sampler"

These are my fabrics for "Carrie's Sampler"

Now, if I could get my sewing area set up and machine back . . .

Unneeded Item


Well, I am re-reading the course this morning and it looks like I purchased an unneeded item yesterday — Harriet & Carrie recommend snipping the threads as you go with small scissors.

In the section about cutting the strips and chain sewing together, I have not been able to successfully understand this sentence on page 30: “You are pressing the seams toward the vertical strip so that the seam allowances are not pressed back on top of themselves.”  Maybe when I get the pieces in front of me it will click!

Waiting, Waiting . . .


I’m not sure how long it will take for my machine to be serviced at All About Sewing, but–anything for an excuse to visit a new quilting store!  My DH dropped off my machine last week, so today, while out and about, we went to Mobile, AL to do our “errands” — it’s just about the same distance as Gulfport, MS.  While there,  I purchased a presser foot adaptor for my Bernina and a Curve Master foot.  I have a “Baseball Quilt” to make for Grandson #2.

Curve Master Presser Foot

I also purchased a tiny thread cutter to stick on the side of my machine.  The old one fell off.   

I ordered some grey and black spools of Presencia Thread (YIKES! $$$)–very expensive.   I’m also loading up my “wish list” with Harriet’s other books on  Next, I need to check my supply and perhaps purchase some machine needles.  I doubt that I have any 79/10 size for the 60/3 thread coming in.

I read the lesson on straightening fabric.  I’ll need to buy some starch too . . .

The book has arrived!


I’ve had my Quilter’s Academy Volume 1, Freshman Year for several days now.   I ordered it off and was so anxious to receive it, I was listening for the UPS truck to come down the street.  I met the driver at the door!  

Volume 1 - the very basics


A bit about me:  I began sewing when I was 5 or 6 years old and made my first dress for my first day of school on my mother’s Necchi.  That was 1960.  A few short months later, I made my “Easter Dress” and appeared in the Daily Advertiser!  I applied myself to sewing 4-H projects and competing.  I don’t think I ever “won” anything, but was advanced enough to match plaids and make tailored button holes.  My parents got me an inexpensive sewing machine when I was in high school.   In the late 1970s, I replaced it with my current machine — a Bernina Record Electronic 830.  This machine was one with mechanical moving parts — no software, no digitizing, nothing that would “fry”.  I think the “electronic” refers to the pedal.

I’ve always wanted to quilt, but thought you had to do everything “by hand”.  In the 1990’s, I joined up with a local quilt guild, but it was just too much to do with young children, a job, and home.  I’m hoping to make some quilts for the grandchildren this upcoming year, and realized I needed to understand some things about quilting that you don’t learn as a seamstress.  

I hope Harriet & Carrie Hargrave ‘s Quilter’s Academy series will fit the bill!  So far, there are three volumes out and the fourth will be published in May.  I’ve pre-ordered Volume 4 from as it has a good pre-purchase price.  Volume 1 is “in hand” and I can inter-library loan the other two volumes before committing to a purchase.  As impressed as I am with Volume 1, I think purchasing the others will be a good investment. 

I am also grateful to have found the errata information for Volume 1 — nothing like having clarification / correct information! 

Erratta Quilters Academy

I’ve gone ahead and read the first chapter and am rereading it tonight.  I sent my Bernina Record Electronic 830 off to get cleaned/oiled and adjusted in Mobile — the nearest dealer.  It’s a real gem of a machine, and based on what I’m reading in QA#1, I’ve got all the presser feet I need, including the walking foot!  Yay!

My sweet Bernina 830!

The biggest task ahead of me is setting up my sewing area.  My sewing cabinet is very uncomfortable to sit at and I think the best thing for me will be a portable Sew-Ezi table.  I am cleaning out the spare bedroom–major task is to decide where to move the items that I don’t want to give up, and tote the rest to the church for their spring yard sale. 

I have quite a few templates and rulers from my original quilting fling, and my son “found” my fabric stash.  Washing and ironing it all will be another major task.

Tomorrow’s TO DO: 

Clean out thge spare room and create a sewing area

Order the Sew-Ezi table

Check out adjustable height tables for cutting