Hello everyone! After taking a nice little break last week, I’m back with an update and project report on what’s currently on my sewing table. The main thing I’ve been making for the past few weeks is handmde fabric masks for family and friends. It felt good to get a lot of those done and distributed.
I’ve got fabric washed and prepped for more and will definitely be making more of them over the weeks ahead, but decided it was time to put them aside and catch up on other sewing projects including a couple of upcoming project tutorials.
First of all, I’ve finally figured out the layout of my Riley Blake Quilt Block Challenge blocks. It took me a little longer than I originally thought it would to figure out what I wanted to do with these blocks. (Partly because I’ve been in a bit of a quilting-funk lately.)
Here is a sneak peek of the layout I’m planning. It’s mostly sewn together now and I’m in the process of getting it put together and will plan to share the instructions and pattern this weekend! Thanks to all who have been patiently waiting. I’m excited to get this one off my design wall!
Making a Personal Portable Pressing Table
As I mentioned, I haven’t worked on any quilting for a few weeks. Which I know isn’t that abnormal of a statement for most people. But since my chosen profession is quilting, and I’ve got a bunch of commitments to other people, it felt a little indulgent and sometimes irresponsible to set that aside. But I’m lucky I can do that. And breaks from jobs are good.
I did get some small projects off my ‘to-do’ list and that felt motivating. (Sometimes it’s those little project wins that help get motivated while you’re feeling a creative-block.)
One of those little projects was recovering my portable pressing table.
Fabric I used: Lori Holt fabric – it’s Home Decorator weight (heavier than quilting cotton – closer to canvas) from her My Happy Place collection available on Etsy or from the Fat Quarter Shop (affiliate links).
Here’s how my table was looking after 5 years of heavy duty use.
Definitely time for a re-cover.
If you’re interested in making a handy pressing table for yourself, I have the list of supplies needed plus the steps of how to make a portable pressing table in this post.
It’s one of my favorite supplies in my sewing room – I love that it doesn’t take up a lot of space and it’s right at the same level of my sewing machine so that I can swivel and press easily from my chair. (Just be careful when you’re wearing shorts not to accidentally burn your knee with your iron. Doh. Who does that?? Well, hopefully nobody besides me. 😆)
Also checked-off my recent to-do list: two of the pillow coverings for our outside patio furniture. (I still have two more to go, but I’m definitely calling these an accomplishment. Even more so because zippers were involved!) The stripe fabric is an outdoor fabric from Joann’s.
We’ve lived in our house for almost 11 years and this is the first year that I finally bought real patio furniture. We are definitely part of the trend of people turning to their own backyard/garden during this year of travel restrictions! This spot has now become one of my favorite places. It’s a nice quiet place that I can escape to when the house feels full of non-stop people and noise.
I can honestly say that I’ve spent more time on this back deck in the past month than I have during the past 11 years combined! It’s been an interesting time to appreciate more simple things in life, hasn’t it?
Another recent finish – my Pretty Little London cross-stitch project from Satsuma Street. I started this project 5 years ago and then ran out of enthusiasm because I didn’t love the colors I’d picked.
For some reason cross-stitching has sounded so soothing to me over the past few months, I think I like the portability of it and we’ve done a lot more just sitting around together as a family. So it’s been a good opportunity to pull this out and finish. I’m still doubting my color choices but they felt like the colors of the London I know and love.
I have some more London projects in the works at the moment that I’m excited to share. 🙂
New Sewing Projects
My renewed interest in crossstitch coincided nicely with Camille Roskelly’s new Stitchville pattern release. So this one is up next on my docket. (Pattern available here.)
For some reason I have to be a rebel and choose my own colors. Which doesn’t always turn out how I’d hoped (see project above). So I’m taking my time trying to find just the right thing before I start…
A couple of other projects up next on my cutting table: a simple patchwork baby quilt with Sandy Gervais’ latest Riley Blake ollection Ready, Set, Splash! .
I’m also playing with this cheerful bundle of prints from Lori Holt’s Prim collection + the raindrops from Shawn Wallace’s Noah’s Ark collection. I’ll have this project ready to share with you next week!
So there’s the latest update. It’s nice to see a clean work surface at the moment, but I’m actually excited to make some new messes with these fun new piles of fabric! It feels good to have my quilty-mojo back.
PS Whenever I share my sewing space, I frequently get questions. Here are more details:
Reversible Cutting Mat: from Riley Blake Designs, designed by the Tattooed Quilter. I love the giant size. I’ve seen it still available online in the 18″ x 24″ size, but haven’t been able to find the larger 24″ x 36″ version online. May still be available in shops or you can find other 24″ x 36″ cutting mats here.
Design Wall: I bought mine years ago from my local quilt shop. You can find a similar ready-to-hang Design Wall by Fons and Porter here or from Amazon (sorry I had the wrong link on a previous post). Or there are lots of tutorials to make your own: Here’s a tutorial to make a permanent design wall to hang in a studio, as well as a list of make-you-own portable versions.