There are so many evenings that I sit on the couch to knit or crochet while unwinding in front of a television show with my husband. I would love to sit closer to him but it is more often than not that the couch and ottoman are covered with my project accessories. Sound familiar? Perhaps one of these days I will make this knit Armchair Caddy from the free pattern provided by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
The Ruthless Chatter
I am fortunate to have a bedroom size sewing room in our basement. I do have a 10-foot long arm machine frame in the room so it does cut the size down a bit and so I do need to get creative with storing and organizing in the room. Andrea’s Notebook has come up with 5 Tips to Organize your Small Sewing Space. My favourite tip that I need to employ is to use vertical space. What is your favourite tip?
Fabric is so sensory to me. I love the crisp smell of it, the colours entrance me, the feel just makes me imagine it in a completed quilt or garment. When I purchase it, often-times it gets folded and kept in a drawer until I (eventually) get to using it in a project. I like this idea from Torie Jayne of using hanging baskets to display the fabric to keep me inspired. How do you store and get inspired by your fabric?
One of my sorority sisters asked me to make her a blanket using her son’s blankets and baby clothes. I used 98% of the baby items on the front and the back. I also used a layer of cotton batting plus a layer of polyester mid-loft to give it that extra coziness you can see. I chose a free-hand meander on my long-arm machine to give it just enough density to make the negative space puff up. My “sister” and I were both proud of how it turned out. Thank you for letting me help you cherish your son’s baby
UPDATED: July 12, 2019 In my head, I see an organized craft room that houses all my supplies. Yarn is stacked neatly in shelves and buttons are organized in colour-specific mason jars so I can see my stock in one quick glance. My eyes tell me that my reality is far from this dream – especially when I’m creating a new collection, the yarn and papers creep out of my studio into my living quarters because sometimes I just need to test a pattern in front of a good Hallmark movie or British TV series. Rubbermaid bins are filled with