[Tip] – When You’re In A Crunch for Sewing Time…

… be sure to have all of your supplies!

I was in a crunch when I needed to finish the last Rock’n Round Robin row onto a quilt which I showed last week. Well, I was in such a time crunch when I was working on this (about 3 weeks ago) and the night before I was struggling to stay awake at the sewing machine (but of course once I went to bed, it took me forever to fall asleep which led me to thinking why am I not sewing if I am not sleeping but yet I can’t get to sleep if I am not laying down…) and finally decided that this was just going with me to work the next day!

Today I thought I would share with you a quick tip for utilizing just about anything around you or the place you are in, in order to get your sewing done! I am sure we have all been met with deadlines but have other commitments (like the job that keeps the utilities on :::insert sad face here:::) and among life in itself, can’t find the time to get it done; I got her done! hehe

Supplies Needed:
(They will vary depending on your project)
Project at hand
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter (or scissors if in a real punch)
Fabric Marking Pen/Pencil
Ruler (of any kind at this point)
(If you remember)
Pin Cushion
Portable Design Wall
Whatever else you can think of…
Luckily it was a slow day at work (or I would have never done this) and I was able to take up shop downstairs in my office’s basement. The large break room table became my sewing table and cutting table…

One of two very large couches became my design wall…

A small white chair with a white rag on it next to the last electrical (in my reach) plug was available; which was also where all phone lines and electrical is based became my iron board…

The small table to the right of it became the table where I laid the blocks out for ironing.

So to say that when in a crunch and needing to sew, I have quite learned that I don’t need all the fancy set ups and all the appropriate devices such as tables and ironing boards to sew… if I want to sew I really can. Yet they say that with anything, don’t they? If you really want to do something, you will. So I did.

 I am grateful that I work for a company that supports ME and not just the job I do FOR them. I hope you enjoyed today’s quick TIP! Never say never when it comes to sewing! You CAN get it done.

I am linking up and sharing my tip over at Tips and Tutorials Tuesday w/ Late Night Quilter so stop on over and check out all the other great Tips and Tutorials or share yours!


Fine Tuning Tips & Tutorials: Making Your Own Fabric Bolts

Hey everyone! Quick update today, I am joining the fun Linky Party with Stephanie and Michelle over at Late Night Quilter! The Linky Party is to bring together Tips and Tutorials, old, new, revamped, updated and every which way between! I hope you decide to hop on over and join in… grab an old Blog Post of any tutorial that you believe would be helpful and useful to many others!

For my participation, I have updated a prior post from MAY 13, 2014 – Fabric Bolts – Making Your Own. If you’re like me and like to visually see your fabric for consistent inspiration and well, just because you like to look at it and think it’s pretty (either excuse wins it for me!) and like them on fabric bolts and haven’t figured out how to go about doing that or the store bolts are too large for your space or the fabric pieces you have, this post is for you! It’s totally affordable for anyone and everyone’s budget! Plus, you have all of the material already, all you have to do is go buy PROJECT BOARD! Just go check my tutorial out already.


This is where it all started and my bolts, before the sewing room makeover
After the sewing room makeover; doesn’t the fabric look scrumptious all bolted up?

The above picture shows two blue striped fabric boxes; however this now holds all of my 8” x 10” Color Inspiration Club 1/2 yard cut bolts. I love them!

Now there are plenty of ways to store your fabric and everyone likes to do it differently, this is only just how I personally like to display and store my fabric. Don’t get me wrong, I have some in my closet that is stacked! That tends to be more of my flannels, fleece, sheets, etc. but for the real fabric, I love for it to be surrounding me!

I am linking up and showing my stuff off to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday w/ Late Night Quilter, be sure to stop by and show your stuff off, too!