Or as I like to call it, the hap-happiest time of the year.
I love reenacting, wouldn’t have done it for the last 14 year is I didn’t, but it makes everything else about life a bit chaotic from May through September. So once the canvas is put away for the last time, I get to resume a somewhat more relaxed pace and do the things I love in “regular life”.
I realized very quickly that kicking off this post-reenacting season would require some serious cleaning in my sewing room. Since I have my first spinning lesson scheduled for October 14 and I expect I will want to by a wheel to call my very own, I need to make some room in the only room I can feasibly store and use it before hubby will let me bring it home. For once I over came my usual procrastination and got right to it yesterday morning. A few before shots:
Turns out when I’m not using my sewing room on a regular basis, it becomes a dumping ground. I pull out what I need, shove things aside when I need a bit of space and generally toss stuff onto the nearest flat-ish surface instead of putting things away. To some of you this will come as no surprise…
So downstairs I went with a mission. Clean up, clean out & generally get the room ready for the offseason projects I should finish and the new ones I will most certainly begin. I decided this would be a good opportunity to let the kids get to know my sewing room, too. The door is kept shut because Tigger had a few nasty habits and I figured it was easier to remove the temptation than kill him. It worked…
In the process of cleaning, I also made a list. I’m not sure this is an encouraging list but it was not quite as bad as I expected, actually. Its a list of my PhDs… Easily ignored when they’re out of sight but finally putting it down into a tangible list might be good motivation to knock a few items off of it, right? First the list, then a few “After” photos just to prove that I actually CAN clean, I just choose not to most of the time.
- The Wedding Signature quilt. I’ve been hand quilting this one (not actively) for 11.5 years now…
- Chocolat. Also in the process of hand quilting.
- Flowers For Mackenzie. Another in the hand quilting pile
- Reproduction 9 Patch. This was an excuse to use my treadle when I first brought her home, appropriate for hand quilting during reenactments. What I hadn’t considered is how positively MISERABLE hand quilting is in in July…
- Five finished quilt tops ready to be quilted. Given items 1-4, I’m guessing they won’t see the light of day for some time. At least if I’m to do the quilting.
- Split Rail Fence star applique blocks
- William Morris Applique
- Baby Rag quilt
- Eagle Applique
- 3 different Cathedral Window’s projects
- Fabric Stamped hand piecing project
- Jelly Roll & Charm Square hand piecing project
- Miss Rosie’s Six Degrees hand piecing project
- Flannel Crazy Quilt
- Civil War Homecomings
- Friendship triangles