Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sewing Again!

Today I got my sewing machine plugged into an electric outlet and started to catch up with the Jane Austen Family Album weekly block that Barbara Brackman has been offering. This is Friendship Square to represent Catherine Knatchbull Knight, Edward Austen's adopted mother.

I decided to fussy cut the center per the instructions of Barbara Brown, but with my own twist. I used a neutral stripe and then appliqued motifs from my fabrics in the boring parts! Then I photographed it wonky, as I mean the bird to be at the top of the block.

Getting power to my Bernina 830 and iron was not an easy task. The space I have for my sewing room has no electric outlets...yet. This is what it looked like before we moved in.
My hubby had to get a heavy duty extension cord from an outlet in the finished basement side, over the hanging ceiling, into the unfinished basement side...where it is plugged into another extension cord. 

We went to IKEA in Canton, MI yesterday and picked up five Hemnes bookcases.We had thought we'd get the Billy bookcases, but the white and natural wood were out of stock! Rather than make another trip, we upgraded to the solid wood Hemnes line.

Self serve is a lot of work.
But the real work is ahead, putting together the bookcases. Then we can take our library out of the boxes.
HEMNES Bookcase IKEA Solid wood has a natural feel. The shelves are adjustable so you can customize your storage as needed.
I just loved these chairs and table. I want something like this in the family room for laptop compuers, crafting, or to sit with a book sipping tea. 


  1. Congratulations on getting back into sewing mode, and your appliqué on the Friendship Square block is very pretty. I think you'll be glad you bought the Hemnes bookcases. I have two of them and think that they are both sturdier and more attractive than the Billy versions. I'm excited to see what you do with that room.

    1. Martha we will be happier we got the better bookcase. When we fill them perhaps the electrician will be able to get to the fuse box, and things will start to fall into place in my sewing room!