After ten days away, Ivy is home from her spa treatment. (Wouldn’t YOU love to spend ten days at a spa? I know I would!)
While she was gone, I was a nervous wreck, fretting over all the quilts I have yet to get done before Christmas.
But she came home yesterday. The guys from Nolting brought her back, complete with a new frame to ride on, and they set her up in the new room I had all ready for her (finally):
I’ll give you a tour of the room . . .
Here’s Ivy, set up in her new spot. She takes up most of the room, as I well knew she would (diva!):
We knocked out a wall in between her room and the adjoining room, because I knew I’d need the space to get around her. Although I can squeeze between her and the wall to get behind, it would behoove me to lose about 20 pounds to make it easier. If I’m feeling exceptionally fat, I can walk around through the other room to get behind the machine. Gotta love old houses and their little rooms. This room is 10′ x 13′.
My sister bought me some really pretty rubber mats to put on the floor where I stand to work, which will be really helpful on the ol’ bones. I mounted a whiteboard on the wall we built between the rooms. My bobbin winder is getting mounted below this for easy access.
Opposite the white board wall is a wall of shelves we built in for extra storage, and I am really glad we did! The area we knocked out was the closet for the adjoining room, which won’t need a closet for my purposes, but these shelves sure are handy (even if sort of crude). I’m storing my pantos in a shoe rack on the top shelf, along with other various items. The middle shelf is holding my books pertaining to quilting, and the bottom is still up for grabs, with my radio/CD player living there. I have room for a couple of storage tubs at the very bottom, also very handy.
Here’s looking at Ivy from another angle, towards the door and out into the landing area. The old chimney runs up through here, so I got one of those vintage hole covers to put there. I need to still do some touch-up painting, but — time! You can catch glimpses of the row of track lighting I had installed, an entire row of LED lights, adjustable, running the length of the room directly above the frame — LOVE!! (I’m usually not one to think that far ahead, so I’m pretty proud of these lights!)
I moved my white cabinet into the corner to hold various things out of sight:
The closet houses batting and customer quilts in waiting.
A note about the closets in this house: they all open INWARD! So strange. I have lots of closets, but can only use about half the space in each one because you have to leave space for the door to open inward. I will never understand this, but it is good incentive to have less stuff and not clutter up the closets. I’m trying to see it as a good thing.
Between the chimney and the closet door, I had My Cowboy put up a little wooden crate to use as a shelf, and a small pegboard to hang my tools on. Below that is my little vintage red rolling cart, to hold the tools I’m using most, and I can move it around, if I need to.
The room is not completely finished by any means. I have lots of little details yet to take care of. Lots of thread still to put away. A new handle to replace the broken one on my white cabinet. A pretty cover for the exposed breaker box. Removing the old electrical outlet and patching the hole. Touch up painting. Pictures to frame and get hung on this back wall. Notice I have another little pegboard back here to hold some of my other rulers and tools.
Immediately after the guys left yesterday, I loaded up a baby quilt to try out the new frame. It’s definitely different than the one I’m used to, but I hope the learning curve is short. As it is, I have several custom quilts to quilt, and I’m a bit scared to try one just yet. But today I’ll make more progress, and hopefully be back in business real quick.
Now to finish the utility room remodel we started nearly a year ago! Ugh! Will we ever get done with this place?
Oh, before I go, I’ll mention a couple things that might interest you. I have a give-away going on over on the Hazel’s Diary blog this week, and news about the Canning Season Quilt-Along that’s coming up. (It’s late because my 2016 got a little outta control!)
I also plan to have two more Creativity Challenges before the end of the year (in hopes that we’ll have some time for those), a few more Organizing Tasks, one more month of the 350 Blocks Project before it’s time for the grand prizes, and of course, the 8th Annual Final Countdown! So stay tuned — there’s a lot going on here before the year’s out!