Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Spruce Up: Progress Report

Well, I really wanted to draw a "winner" from the people who posted their links or commented on last Saturday's blog, but since it was just a small group, I've decided that you are ALL winners! So, I'm going to send you a very special Pin Cushion custom made by ME! How about that? Please e-mail me your mailing address at if you have decided to join in the Spring Studio Spruce Up.

IF you are just joining us today, no problem! I'm going to do a BIG drawing at the end of the spruce up and I'm going to give you an extra entry for each comment on blog posts between last Saturday and May 1 (the end of the Spruce Up). SO there is still time to join in!

MY Progress Report:

I've drunk the fabric folding kool-aid (you know that already if you've watched my view-torial) and I LOVE it! I DON'T love having to re-press all my fabric again, but it's worth it to be able to get much more fabric on a shelf! That means, MORE room for MORE fabric!! Have you drunk the fabric folding kool-aid and tried it out? If so, please tell me and if you'd like to send me a picture, I'll post it on THIS blog. Before and afters are great, but just afters are great too.
I also tried to ribbon storage idea of wrapping ribbons on wooden clothes pins and storing them in jars. I LOVE it! Yes, I had to hunt around town for those wooden clothes pins (NOT the kind with the wire thingy) and then I had to actually wrap the ribbon the pins, but it was fun and since I don't have an overwhelming amount of ribbon, I think it looks pretty cool.

Other than that, not much else has happened on the storage spruce up front. I went to a wholecloth quilting class on Thursday and these are the fabrics I brought for my quilt. They are from Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson (and yes, we have them in the shop!) The big flower is one side (1 1/2 yd) the pink flowerish pattern is the other side (1 1/2 yd) since it's a wholecloth quilt there isn't ANY piecing involved! All we did was bring it to the class already sandwiched with the batting (I used fusible, which I LOVE) and then she showed us how to do this really cool technique to quilt it which ends up looking like PLAID!! I'll have to show you when I get it done. I have to bring it already quilted to class next Thursday so we can put the binding on, which I'm going to use the orangy-pink fabric and we'll add a piping, I'm using the stripe. FUN, FUN! Oh, and I get to use ALL the threads I have in the picture, that's the fun part!
Now it's time to LINK UP your Spring SPRUCE UP! If you've taken any pictures and posted them, please link up below. If you don't want to post pictures, just add a comment to tell me you're participating. (Does anyone think I use capital letters too much? I can't help it I'm EXCITED!)

Happy Stitches,


  1. The fabric folding technique reminds me of the folding boards that we had to use when I worked at the Gap (many moons ago)! I'm going to have to refold my fabric now.

  2. I have the exact same jar you do for your ribbon.

    I'm not sprucing anything else up but I may have a finished laundry soon, which is pretty darn exciting. There will be a BIG post about this when it's done!

    And I watched your view-torial and it's great to see what you look like. Thanks for posting.

  3. Thank you for the invite to post over here. I can't wait to see what other people come up with. And thank you for leaving such a nice comment.