An update on what’s going on around here. First of all: a sewing room update + a handy (and super simple!) quilting ruler storage tip that has helped me declutter my work space. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Command Hooks for Quilting Ruler Storage
My sewing room is still a work-in-progress since our house remodel this past summer. I’m gradually making progress. One day I’ll have it all put back together and do an official tour, but here’s a quick fix to an ongoing problem. I’ve been trying to find an easy access storage solution for my myriad of quilting rulers. I had a place in mind on the side of the Pax Ikea wardrobe and wanted to get a pegboard to hang them on, but just haven’t had time to do the research find one just the right size, etc.
Then one day on Instagram I saw someone using command hooks on the side of their cutting table for hanging rulers and thought: hah! That would be much simpler – even if it’s only a temporary solution until I find the right size pegboard.
I bought the clear Medium Hooks with the metal hooks. (You can find them here on Amazon.)
I can hang at least two rulers per hook, three if they’re not heavier big rulers.
So there you go. Very handy, accessible and much more organized quilting ruler storage than the previous pile on my cutting table and the floor next to the table. I love finding simple solutions to chronic messes.
Catching up with English Paper Piecing
Another update: I’ve been working on my Round We Go English Paper Piecing (EPP) blocks. It’s been good to have a handwork project while hanging out on the couch with our son.
I’ve been gradually working on these blocks for over a year. Here are some I made last fall and never shared. These are made using Sue Daley’s Round We Go patterns and templates. (They’re out of print now, but I’ve seen the Round We Go kits still available here.)
One of the reasons I love English Paper Piecing (EPP) is because I love having a portable handwork project going at all times. The other reason I love it is because I can make these really intricate shapes – there’s no way I could piece something this complicated by machine – and they turn out perfect every time. (Not that my stitching is perfect, but at least the shapes are, thanks to the paper templates.)
If you’re interested in learning more about English Paper Piecing (it’s not nearly as intimidating as it looks) Sue Daley has a great EPP introduction video with Jenny Doan at MSQC here. Sue Daley also has a channel of her own FULL of English Paper Piecing tips and tutorials.
Any other EPP’ers out there? Here’s one new thing I’ve learned over the past year. I tried the Size 15 Milliners Needles and I love them! They’re long and thin straw needles (and a little bendy) and I love the way they glide through those seams.
I’m also a big fan of Sue Daley’s pink Rotating Cutting Mat.
Here’s the latest round of blocks. One of my favorite parts of working on this project is playing with the endless color and fabric combination opportunities. It’s good to step back and look at them from a distance. I think that one on the bottom left might be a little too busy…
A common question I get is how I’ll piece these circle shapes together. Good question. I will eventually applique the circles to background squares and then piece those blocks together.
So, once more, Thank You Sewing, for providing me an outlet while we’re still dealing with a bit of a stressful situation with my son’s health. And an even bigger THANK YOU to all of you for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, and support.
We’re still trying to triangulate what’s going on, trying new things, etc. I feel confident in the care we’re receiving, it’s just one of those cases that takes time and patience (which I admit I’m finding hard to muster sometimes. I just want to see him better and not carry around the stress of uncertainty.)
I haven’t had the time to personally respond to so many sweet comments and emails, but please know how much they’ve meant. They’ve buoyed me up more than you know!