Monday, December 24, 2012

Back to Basics

It's a beautiful Monday morning here in my part of the world and a glorious day to not be working. Today is the day before Christmas and its very relaxed in my household. All the Christmas preparations are done so now is the time to just 'be'. And to just 'be' is what I'm doing right now as I type this post my cat meowing at my feet for attention.

I browsed my quilting bookcase this morning in search of Jenny Beyer's 'Quiltmaking by Hand'. I've read through this book multiple times and its a text I continually go back to whenever I'm in a slow paced quilting mode. I do most of my piecing by hand so it's lovely to read the wisdom of a well known and highly respected quilter talking about the methodology I use most. And I always come away from the book with a positive feeling toward how I chose to piece my quilts.

I pulled out Jenny's book this morning for a couple of reasons. One, I'm hand quilting a section of my Psycho 70's apple core quilt and a stitching refresher is always welcome and two, I recently decided against investing in a machine quilting frame so I'm putting my brain back into its rightful place, I.e., back to basics.

It was a really difficult decision not to buy a machine quilting frame. Before recently I never really considered investing in one of these modern home sewer marvels. But a quilting friend who quilts for a living has decided to upgrade and therefore wants to sell her existing frame quickly. She's selling her old frame (and machine) at a very good price and it made my mouth water thinking I might buy it. However after I took a breath and let my head do the thinking instead of my heart, I knew it was not the right choice for me. I quilt strictly for creative self expression and enjoyment. Because its my hobby and not my livelihood I find it very hard to justify a 4 figure cost. My darling husband, being supportive in whatever decision I were to come to, had to listen to me waiver back and forth for days before I made the final decision and that was not to buy it.

So, in order to get my head, and heart, back into the right place for me, I'm re-reading Jenny Beyer's book and I'm so glad I am. Already I'm looking forward to this evening in front of the TV, quilt hoop at the ready, husband and dog on the couch and me in my favourite chair fighting for space with my cat, quilting away as a movie entertains us. Now that I think of it, it would be pretty difficult to drag a 10 foot machine quilting frame into the living room!

Merry Christmas everyone. I wish you all health and happiness this holiday season. And I hope we all have a wonderful new year ahead of us.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Little Hand Work

There's nothing I like better than setting up my stand alone quilting hoop in a sunny, comfortable spot in my house.  One of my favorite places is in my living room in late afternoon.  This time of the year the light is beautiful and perfect for some serious hand quilting.

What is in my hoop right now is what I'm calling my Psycho 70's Apple Core quilt.  It's a rather modern creation.  I hand pieced all the apple cores together then machine appliqued a substantial strip of them off center onto a pure white background.  The back is also plain white.  I then sandwiched it and machine quilted lots of wavy lines perpendicular to the strip of apple cores using variegated thread in multiple colors.  I'm now hand stitching in the ditch around the apple cores with deep red, heavy gauge embroidery thread so that on the back I'll get the outline of the individual apple cores.  I also want the hand stitching in this area to be big and noticeable hence the use of heavy gauge thread and the larger stitches.

 I want to talk a little about hand quilting.  I know the accepted belief in hand quilting is that you want your stitches as small and as close as possible - and I'm not necessarily disputing that.  I believe however hand stitching really is a personal choice.  I sometimes think that if I'm going to all the trouble and time of hand quilting a piece then I want those stitches to show.  That's not to say I'm going to make huge stitches (unless of course I want the effect I'm going for like above).  Having said this I'm certain none of my hand quilted quilts would win a prize at some national quilt show because my stitches aren't that small or that invisible.  But I'm happy with them.

Also, when it comes to hand quilting, I'm a stab stitcher.  Meaning I work my needle one stitch at a time 'stabbing' the needle straight down into all layers of the sandwich and with the hand underneath, stabbing the needle back up to complete the stitch.  I'm not a needle rocker and never have been.  It was once commented to me by a member of the 'rocker' camp that she couldn't believe I hand quilted one stitch at a time.  It made me laugh because isn't that how all stitches are made?  Of course I understood her meaning in that she believes I complete one stitch as a time before moving to the next.  I don't though.  Even with the stab method you can take multiple stabs (around three at a time for me...) before pulling the thread through.

My needle going into the fabric completely straight up and down

You can see a successful 'stab' must be executed with the needle straight, no lazy angles.

The needle coming up from the back - again straight up, no angles.

My multiple stitches.  I stab the needle about 3 times before pulling the thread through.

I'm almost finished with this quilt.  Hopefully I'll have it on the bed within the month as a few of the quilts I use on a regular basis needs some TLC.  One needs a new binding and another needs mending in places.  I NEVER keep any of my quilts stored away for special occasions.  I believe everyday is a special occasion which means of course that none of my quilts will go on in perpetuity.  But that's ok with me.  I'd rather use them and love them because for me that's why they were made.  I'd rather have the memories made under them then the museum piece for future generations.

Time for some more stitching.

Oh - and this is why I can never get much hand stitching done.  What is it with cats and quilts?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lets Talk Log Cabin

Just recently the Husband and I went on a camping trip. If any of you know me personally you'll know that camping is not my most favourite of activities. I'm more of a 5 star hotel kinda girl. Bugs, wilderness, lack of standard toilet facilities and a barrage of midnight animal noises really doesn't thrill me. But I believe compromise is an important part of a loving relationship so each year I put on my game face and off I trek into the woods to play happy camper for the love of my husband. It just so happened that this year, unlike previous camping excursions, involved days and days of constant rain. God, I must love this man....

During my trip I was thankful to be in close enough proximity to a 3G connection for my iPad that only wavered occasionally. And on day two of believing the Ark must be on its way to rescue us from certain death by drowning, I received a welcome email from the on-line media department of Fons and Porter asking if I would give a review of their latest ebook entitled:

This email of course made my day for numerous reasons. Number one, I got an email from Fons and Porter asking my opinion on something and two, I got a free ebook to read and critique which took my brain out of the wet and into a good place of reading what I love and getting to write about it. Sweet.

So, without further chatter, let me get down to the task at hand and talk about Build Your Best Log Cabin.

What the authors of this ebook strived to do, in my opinion, is take the very traditional log cabin block and present quilts made from them in a fresh and modern way without sacrificing the traditional aspects of what the log cabin has always been about - simplicity in block design and creativity in putting it all together. Not only did they show log cabin quilts made fresh with interesting block configurations and the use of bold modern fabrics, they also showed the log cabin in its more traditional form with drawn graphics presentations of long established layouts. And also being a quilt history nut, I really enjoyed the titbits of historical data given throughout the book regarding the blocks history. It's only a short book but I found it jam packed with information.

I particularly loved the 'woven' log cabin done in solids. I think this is modern log cabin at its best and is a pattern I'm definitely going to give a go myself. I was particularly pleased to see a quilt with pattern and instructions created by well known quilter and quilt TV presenter Ricky Timms included in the book. The instructions for his Bears in Bertie's Cabin quilt are easy to understand and execute and the info about heavy gage thread and trapunto techniques are very informational.

In summary, I really enjoyed the ebook. For such an abbreviated text it packs a lot of good information with inspiring photos to get your creative juices flowing. Damn, now that I'm all excited I'm going to have to start a log cabin quilt. As if I don't already have too many projects on the go.....

The good people at Fons and Porter are sharing this link so you can download your own free copy of Build Your Best Log Cabin.

I have a feeling I won't be the only one starting a new log cabin quilt very soon.


Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm Back!

That's right.  After a shocking hiatus of two months, I'm back in the saddle and ready to write in my blog again.  I won't go into details as to the reason for my absence.  But as I've written before, life always comes before blogging so lets just say that life has been keeping me busy.  Now that the everyday has calmed down to a low rumble I'm happy to be putting words to the digital page once more.  I'll try not to leave a two month gap again.

Even though I haven't written, quilting has gone on in my life -  just in a much diminished capacity. I've finished the first of four blocks of what will hopefully be an appliqués table covering. This is it below.

 I'm making all the blocks the same motif.  Now that I've completed needle turning the first block I'm in a quandary as to how I would like to quilt it.   I'm thinking that as the finished piece will be very symmetrical it would work well as a quilt-as-you-go project.   I'm wondering if I should hand quilt it or machine?   I think probably machine since its going to be a functional as well as ornamental piece, machine quilting will make it a bit more durable and long wearing.

I'm considering this piece as a bit of practise going into my Baltimore Album quilt.   I'm not putting a timeframe on when I want this mega masterpiece to be completed.   I'm just going to let it evolve as it will.  Sort of a metaphor for life really - just let it evolve as it will.....

And on that note I'll close this post.   I'll 'speak' with you later.  I'm glad to be back.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Baltimore Album Dreaming

I have ALWAYS wanted to make a Baltimore Album quilt.  Ever since the very first time I set my eyes on one I thought they were amazing.  Beyond the obvious awesomeness of the workmanship that goes into one, the quilt as a whole is a very impressive entity.  The first time I saw one I was about 24 years old and quilting was not an everyday part of my life.  I had made quilts, with my grandmothers tutor-age, but during that time of my life I had other things keeping me busy and sewing didn't play a part.  But even though I didn't quilt then, I was amazed by this beautiful piece of textile art in front of me.  It was at Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts where I happened on a traveling quilt exhibition.  I loved almost all the quilts on display, but the lone Baltimore Album quilt stopped me dead in my tracks.  I stood there for a very long time mesmorized by it's beauty.  I examined each block and wondered at the detail and fine needlework.  Each block told a story in one singular seen.  I knew, then and there, that one day I would make one - and probably only one.

Flash forward 20 years (give or take) and I still haven't made a Baltimore Album quilt.  I've been afraid of applique for a very long time.  I always thought it was beyond my skill set.  All those small, intricate stitches that are almost invisible (if done right...) intimidated the hell out of me.   However last year, for the first time, I attempted some needle turn applique.  This happened because a woman in one of my quilt groups is a master at applique.  Whenever she would show at a meeting with a new applique project I was right there beside her to watch and comment and drool.  She urged me to try it and I always said it was too difficult for me but she persisted.  Finally she took me under her wing and showed me the ins and outs of needle turn and let me go.  I have to say now I love it.  As I've always been a big fan of hand work and any project that is mobile enough to be carried with abandon from my sewing rooms to parts unknown, applique fits the bill perfectly.  And now that a year or so has gone by since Judy so graciously urged me to give it a go, my mind is starting to edge toward the thought of tackling the ultimate in applique - the Baltimore Album quilt.

I know what kind of scenes I want in it.  Sticking with tradition I want an American eagle.  I want the cornucopia of plenty, I want fruit baskets and wreaths.  And I also want to add parts of me and my life.  I want to put the Statue of Liberty in my quilt.  I want to depict a house filled with love.  I want scenes of relaxation and activity.  And I probably want to put my two beloved pets Daphne and Bella in there somewhere.  I have all these visions in my head of what I'd like to put into textiles but I just don't know if I have enough skill to pull it off.  Anyone who knows me well knows I never start anything as a beginner.  I'm just too impatient for that.  If I see an intricate quilt I like that I want to made, then I want to make that quilt.  I don't want to work on a beginner quilt to work my way up to that quilt.  It's all or nothing for me.  I know what I start my Baltimore Album (and I can feel its going to come soon), I'm going to work on the all or nothing blocks I have in my head.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Craftsy Month

To my pocketbooks detriment, Craftsy, the on-line instructional video site, has been running a sale on all their offerings.  Any class for $19.99.  Their classes usually run anywhere from $35-39 each.   Not that this is outrageously expensive for genuinely good tutorials on a wonderful range of techniques - it's certainly not.  I'm just cheap and would rather spend the money on fabric I don't need to add to my ever growing stash of more fabrics I hardly have the room to store anymore.....  Anyway, when classes are only $19.99, I'm there.  I've purchased four in two days.

I will now be spending a lot of time watching: 

  • Machine Quilting Negative Space
  • Color Play for Quilters
  • Inspired Modern Quilts
  • Thread Art
 I love modern technology because not only can I watch these tutorials anytime I want through my computers (I use the plural here because who doesn't have more than one computer anymore?), I can also watch them anytime I want on my iPad.  And my iPad goes everywhere with me - even to bed.  It's a sad truth that when the husband and I head into the bedroom at night more often then not we both lie there each with our own iPads propped on our laps deep into whatever interests us most.  It's usually quilting for me and bicycle stuff for the husband.  This is the way of the modern marriage. 

OK, it's isn't always iPad time.....

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Like it was yesterday...

The new World Trade Center Memorial Fountains
Today is September the 11th - a very significant date for any American and a New Yorker for sure.

I remember when the World Trade Centre was under construction.  I remember school visits there.  I remember bringing my husband there for the first time and then resting with him outside in the buildings statue area while eating a piece of Godiva chocolate purchased in the shop within it's walls.  Most of all I remember seeing those beautiful towers from the Staten Island Ferry so majestically rise above all other buildings in the skyline.....

I've never written about this before and I find it hard even now to write what little I have.  It's still painful.  Perhaps one day I'll come to a peaceful place about it but today isn't that day.  Too many innocent people died for no reason.  No reason at all.  May they all rest in peace and their families find solice for their loss as the years pass.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Decisions, decisions....

I'm in a quandary.....

I'm of two minds lately with the project I just started, which is the Grandmothers Choice block of the week by Barbara Brachman.  As I've of late become very interested and active in the modern quilt movement I'm thinking I should approach this project with the idea of making it modern and fresh.  Then again I love reproduction fabrics (and have loads of it...) so should I use the William Morris fabric I have to create this quilt?  Decisions, decisions.....

My solution, since I couldn't make a decision is that - I've made a decision.  I'm going to do both.  If I'm going to be a fence sitter on this then I'll be a committed fence sitter.  Here are my first two blocks (only one block has been posted this week, but I'm making two each week for two different style quilts):

William Morris fabric in blues

Modern solids in greens

There are going to be 49 blocks in all at 81/2 inches each so at the end of the project I'm going to have two lovely quilts in two very different styles.  I'm going to hand quilt the traditional and machine quilt the modern.  I'm hand piecing both because that's what I enjoy the most.  Truly sitting at a sewing machine for any length of time gives me anxiety.  I much prefer to bring my piecing to a sunny, quiet and comfortable place and leisurely work my needle and thread through the fabric while contemplating life.  THATs relaxation to me.  So making two blocks each week is no big deal.  I did both of these blocks in two days (a day for each).

My idea for the traditional quilt is to keep to the color theme of blues, greens, greys and a little white.  And for the solids I'm going for every color under the rainbow with each block in one color.  The block above of course is in greens.  I'm also playing with the idea of making the modern quilt a quilt-as-you-go by adding a small border, sandwiching it, and then machine quilting each block as I compete it.  I haven't decided yet though.  I do know that the next time I square off my blocks I'll be more gentle with the pinning of the solids as the pin holes really show up (they blend in with the prints).  Hopefully once I add a border you won't see the pin holes.

So, this is the beginning of my year long project.  Yeah!

Friday, August 31, 2012

I'm a Honey Bee Quilter

I love Bees.  I’m talking about the insect here, which as this is a quilting blog might easily get confused with a quilting bee.  I love that they play such an important role to life here on Earth.  We know that over 1/3 of our food supply relies upon them for pollination services and we know that pollination is essential for the reproduction of the plants the bee services.  So if the honey bee does not pollinate the crops, the crops do not grow and produce the food that gets harvested and brought to the store where we buy it.  So there is a direct connection between bees pollinating and sustaining life on Earth.  

Why may you ask am I taking about Bees?  Because I feel in the quilting world I’m a honey bee.  Just as a bee hops from one plant to another, I find myself hopping from one quilting style to another.  Bees pollinate in their travels, contributing the all important elements needed in the chain of reproduction.   I feel that as I move back and forth from one quilting style to another I leave a little behind in knowledge and skill that perpetuates the craft – sort of like quilting pollen.  Perhaps I’m looking for a way to legitimize what may appear as my flighty interest from one quilting discipline to the next (traditional to modern to traditional and back again).  It isn’t that I love any one style over the other; I love them all just as the bees love all flowers.  

 I’m babbling about this because lately I find myself stressing over what to bring to show and tell at quilt meetings.   Because I easily move from traditional style to modern style projects almost on a daily basis,  I find myself finishing more of one particular method then another so I have nothing for show and tell when I’m going to either my traditional group meeting or my modern group meeting.  I’m hesitant to bring say a traditionally pieced Lemoyne Star project with reproduction fabric to my modern group meeting even though this may be my latest finished project or particular interest at the moment.  I’m afraid to have someone call me out and say ‘hey that’s NOT modern!’ and of course my feelings are the same for my traditional group.  When did quilting meetings get so stressful?  Sometimes I just want to quote what Jack Nicholson said in the movie Mars Attacks “why can’t we all just get along?

Perhaps I need to keep my honey bee quilting tendencies more focused in order to have projects to show for in more than one discipline.  I suppose I’ll strive to do this.  But remember just like the honey bee I can’t be held back for long because otherwise the delicate balance of the quilt world might collapse and we’ll be left with just granny yoyo quilts or abstract line quilts exclusively. 

Oh the Humanity!

(Geez, I must have drunk too much coffee today to write this dribble.....)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Grandmothers Choice - Votes for Women

I'm embarking on another year long block of the week project.  God only knows I shouldn't take on yet another project but I can't help myself.  I truly enjoyed the weekly posts of the last 12 month endeavor I participated in when I did the Civil War 150th anniversary quilt posted each week by Barbara Brackman  I hated to see it end I enjoyed it so much.  So I was really excited to see Barbara is hosting a new block of the week starting in September. 

This quilting project is called Grandmothers Choice - Votes for Women and its focus will be on the history and stories from the women's suffrage movement.  I love history.  And I especially love history as it pertains to women.  My vintage book collection that I've assembled over the years has over 50 books focusing on women's domestic history.  So this particular project really sparks my interest.

As I've just finished my fabric reorganization project and can now really see what fabrics I have in my stash, this morning I went shopping on my shelves to see what I have available to use for this upcoming project.  Before I went to my stash however I browsed a few website selling fabric (see, fabric collecting and buying really IS an addiction!!!) to check out what's new out there.
Fabric in William Morris/Art Nouveau style from my stash

After looking at absolutely gorgeous fabric on line, I've narrowed my focus down to William Morris (WM) style prints.  WM prints reflect the Art Nouveau design era with naturalistic presentations of nature.  Prints in this genre have a lot of vines and leaves presented in a flowing style.  Sadly in my own collection I have only ONE genuine William Morris but I have a good number of prints characteristic of the WM style that I could use.
My only William Morris print

I've decided along with traditionally styled WM I'm going to add a modern touch and incorporate contemporary WM inspired prints.  The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of combining 'old' and 'new'.  I like eclectic and I think this will be a good marriage of opposing styles with the common thread of an interpretation of a particular designer that will in the end compliment each other.  At least it makes sense in my head.  I'll have to see how a few completed blocks come together first to really see if this is possible. 
WM on the left - modern interpretation on the right

Some modern interpretations of the Art Nouveau style

And you know, as much as it pains me, I'm going to have to buy a few more genuine WM prints otherwise the quilt will have too much busyness without real cohesion.  I wonder if my husband will understand this when I come home with more fabric.......

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Taking Care of the Small Stuff

Carrying on with the theme of all my posts lately, I'm going to talk some more about reorganizing my fabric collection.  As I've already written in another post, I'm thrilled with the outcome of putting my bigger cuts of fabric onto bolts and putting them on shelves, just like in a fabric store.  So after getting those bits into order I turned my focus to my fat quarters and smaller cuts of fabric (under 80cm lengths).

I thought long and hard how to organize them as well.  At first I considered putting them on smaller bolts to make them a mini version of my shelved fabric.  But after some thought I decided against that.  Number one, what a tedious project to have to cut boards to such a small size and two, once I had them on boards where would I put them?  On a mini shelf or Heaven forbid, back into a box.  No.  I needed to think of something else.  I thought of just folding them neatly and stacking them.  But I've tried this before and I eventually get frustrated when I want to pull something from the bottom of the pile because inevitably the entire stack gets messed up.  No, I wanted organized but easy to shuffle about without messing up a lot of things.

I came up with rolls.

Rolling my fat quarters solved a lot of problems.  I could store them in multiple ways - on end or piled on top of each other in a pretty basket and I could easily sort through all of them without messing up all the tedious folding of piles of fat quarters stacked on top of each other.  They look neat and tidy and they're so easy to just unroll and use.  If I decide I don't want to use that fat quarter all I have to do is re-roll and throw it back into the pile.  Easy!

To keep the rolled fabric from unrolling I used a simple printed strip that is held together with tape on the end. 

I tried to keep the rolls uniform in size but I wasn't annal about it.  Also I rolled not just fat quarters but also large scraps and fabric cuts smaller than 80cm (in other words not big enough for bolts).  Initially I wrote in the square box on the strip how much fabric was in the roll but after a while I stopped.  I can pretty much tell how much fabric is on a roll just by it's size.  Large - more than a fat quarter, medium - a fat quarter and small, scrap.  Again, easy.

I really like that I can literally spill all the rolls out onto the table to sort through and pick out what I want without making a mess. 

Overall I have to say my fabric reorganization project has been a real success.  I'm almost ready to start digging into all this visible stash to make something.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Thing of Beauty to Behold...

OK, what can I say?  I’m extremely pleased with the results of my fabric reorganization project.  I mean look at these shelves.  Are they not a thing of beauty?

I started this project with the objective to get my fabric out of the storage bags and boxes I’ve been using for years.  I wanted to actually SEE what I had without doing the ‘dumpster dive’ into multiple storage places.  After having conversations with many quilters I’ve come to the conclusion that using fabric from their stash is always a challenge simply because they forget the great stuff they have already bought because it’s out of sight.  And when they do remember some wonderful print that would be just perfect to use, they spend an unbelievable amount of time hunting in their stash for it.  Sometimes with luck they find it and other times out of shier frustration, they just forget it altogether.  Having experienced the ‘forget it’ just recently, I was determined to fix this problem once and for all.

What quilter doesn’t love browsing the quilt store shelves?  Running your hands over the fabrics, picking a few bolts out and matching them with other bolts on other shelves….  That’s just what I wanted from my fabric stash.  I wanted a quilt shop in my house.  So that’s what I strove for – visibility and accessibility.  Using the bolt system just like quilt shops do really is the solution.

Of course I can’t take credit for this idea.  Creating your own bolts and shelving them has been talked about plenty on quilter’s blogs.  Everyone comes up with solutions for themselves that fits their needs just as I did.  As I wanted to complete this project without spending a fortune, I wanted to find a ‘bolt’ solution that was cost effective and not too troublesome to do.  All I can say is thank God for my husband.  He is my ‘go to’ guy for technical problems.  If I can explain what my objective is well enough to him, he almost always comes up with a solution.  In this case I needed for him to suggest a material to be used as bolts that met these requirements:

·      Light weight
·      Adaptable in size
·      Acid free

Acid free is very important when thinking of what to use for your bolts.  I discovered the hard way years ago that storing your fabric in cardboard boxes that are not acid free, leads to the eventual destruction of your fabric.  I had scraps from a quilt project stored in a box for years and when I decided to use them in another project, I was dismayed to find that though looking perfectly sound, once you picked them up they literally fell to pieces in your hands.  The acid from the box ate away at the integrity of the fabric and they were useless.  So acid free above all else was paramount in my concerns for the bolts.

Right away my husband suggested MDF.  His reasoning was that it was cost effective and easy to size.  I researched this on the net and found that unless specifically indicated, MDF is treated with an acid process.  I told him this wouldn’t work because of the acid problem.  He came back with the suggestion of using a barrier between the fabric and the MDF.  Brilliant I thought!  And I knew just what I was going to use.  Years ago a quilting method was making the run of the web using a plastic wrap material called Press and Seal.  I found Press and Seal for less than $2 at the Reject Shop once and bought 20 rolls of it.  Needless to say I never used the stuff and it’s been stored in boxes in my sewing room every since.  Here was the perfect time to use it up.

What’s really amusing is that written across the top of the box is the statement ‘thousands of uses’.  I bet the makers never thought of this.

So, I spent days covering all the MDF boards my husband cut for me with Press and Seal.  I then spent days pulling out all my fabric and folding them onto the boards.  I found that anything less than 80cm of fabric wouldn’t work well on boards as there’s just too little of it to wrap well.  So only 80cm + fabric went onto the boards to be put on shelves.  Anything smaller would go with the billions of fat quarters and scraps I’ve yet to come up with an acceptable storage solution for.  That will be for another post.

One more thing I decided to do was utilize a three shelved rolling trolley to hold my bags of scraps and fat quarters.  This is perfect as I can roll the trolley out of the closet to get a good look at everything on the shelves.  Easy.

The next step is to organize the fabric on the shelves in some kind of order by color,  style and other categories.  But right now after working on this project for almost two weeks – I’m going to drink some wine and just sit back and admire my new in-house quilt shop.  I can’t wait to go shopping for my next quilt project!