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A new place to sew!

Got my new sewing space all sorted out!

My new sewing area

I need to hang more pretty little things on the wall, but otherwise, it’s all set. I have a cutting table. Hurray!

And I get to look out these doors all day long. This is what I like about living in Los Angeles… it’s a big not so pretty city, but you can find calm green spaces to be in.

My view

Lastly, this is the first use of my design wall!

Pink & Green part two

Still need to buy felt that is all the same color but meanwhile I love it!! No more moving fabric around on the floor while I try to keep the cats off it. I can actually arrange and rearrange to my heart’s content!! And step back to gaze… I am oh so pleased about it.

And now, as I look at this photo, I see the need for some more rearranging! This is clearly the other half of the pink and green baby quilts for the twin girls. Decided to push out my usual love for squares and do something with triangles. Can’t go wrong with a fun zig zag quilt. Now to sew it all together…

Got this fun and bright baby quilt all finished up!

Birds & Blooms baby quilt

Settled on the name “Birds & Blooms” for it, but I’ll have to make another quilt with birds & flowers so that the name “Flowers & Fowl” is used.

Along with the new sewing room, I have a design wall and a new place to take photos of a finished quilt. I need to get the lighting sorted out more, but it’s already better the past situation: spread out on the bed where it was really tough for me to get a wide shot.

Birds & Blooms baby quilt back

And a couple of individual blocks close up…

Birds & Blooms baby quilt detail

Birds & Blooms baby quilt all folded up!

A quick fix.

All quilting has been put on hold while my husband and I completely rearrange our house. This is not fun, but the major bonus is that now I’ll have my very own sewing room! And it’s a much sunnier room than I was previously sewing in. I’ll post photos once I’m feeling like it’s a bit more put together…

Meanwhile, I needed a sewing fix! I use an ironing board that folds up and down from a door, and I discovered that the new door it was on doesn’t stay put, making for an unacceptably wiggly ironing board. I instantly knew what the solution was!

Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson!’s great door stop tutorial! It’s a fun and quick project and works perfectly, as demonstrated by one of my cats:

Door stop in action

Door stop

Here’s some quick photos of the latest simple baby quilt top.  Half of a set of two quilts for twin girls.

Pink & Green baby quilt top

Pink & Green baby quilt top close up

Not sure what to do for the second one… I’m thinking the same fabrics in a different simple design?  Not sure… anyone else made quilts for twins or have any ideas? I’ve found it really fun in the past.

Twin Baby Boy Quilts

I love the challenge of making two quilts that are a set, but not exactly the same.  Also, I probably enjoy it even more because I AM a twin!

Yesterday Cate (my twin sister who just bought a house) had her house warming party. I finished all of the pillows and cushions just in time! There is more work to be done on the patio in that the bare cement blocks will be covered and painted, but meanwhile, the sewing is done!

Before:

And after! MUCH prettier and cozier!

Patio

Patio

Patio close up

I used this tutorial for the side and bottom cushions and it worked perfectly! Considering the bottom cushion is about 9.5 ft x 3 ft, I put it to the test, and it passed with flying colors. The hardest part of the whole process was actually getting the foam in the huge pillow because I couldn’t find a zipper that was longer than 22 inches. But I managed and it all paid off! It’s a really cozy hang out now and it got loads of use at the party yesterday!

By the way – does anyone know what this fabric is called or who makes it?? The shop was no help and there’s nothing printed on the slevedge… it’s a mystery I’d love to solve!