It’s not a huge space down here, but it is useable space and that is what I am so grateful for. The two bins under the table? one holds batting scraps, the other orphan blocks and parts. The gold box on top of the bin at the far end is where strings go when using the cutter.
I know there are questions abounding out there about our upcoming mystery ---when I said the name of the quilt was EASY STREET, I really meant it! There are no crumbs or strings in this quilt. The smallest “strip” size you will use is 2”, and you can wait until we get to that step to pull what you need to pull.
Don’t forget that you don’t need ALL the fabric bought, if you have to buy, before we start! The great thing about scrappy mysteries is that if you run out of one purple or aqua, or want more variety in your black-on-whites. There is time to get some. It won’t stand out like a sore thumb…or a sore left middle finger, like the one I cut opening a box yesterday…typing with a bandaid at the tip of my finger is not working so well!
Anyway – I wanted to start your day with a question and a chuckle that came my way via email this morning from Virginia O.
Good Morning Bonnie,
I have a question regarding the Easy Street Mystery.It DID make me laugh!! Especially today as I pack to leave for the West Virginia retreat tomorrow morning! Must remember the right class quilts, the right trunk show stuff, and my own projects ---make sure I have the foot control, the right foot for the machine ((WHICH MACHINE?!?)) and everything else!
If we need to purchase an EZ angle ruler, what size should we purchase: 4 1/2", 6 1/2" or 10 1/2"? Thanks for the information.
A bit of humor for your day. Since hearing your talk and taking the Blue Ridge Beauty class form you in Charleston, SC I have gone to classes twice with all my leaders and enders ready to sew and have left my class project at home. Thought that might make you laugh.
Oh yeah, back to Virginia’s question regarding the rulers ---either the 4.5” or the 6.5” Easy Angle will work. The 10.5” will NOT. Besides, it is just too big for the job –I find myself most often grabbing the 6.5” one as my go-to of choice. It fits well in my hand and works for just about everything I need it to do. I have a harder time cutting with smaller rulers.
Tan to brown to black to grey!
Speaking of grey/gray:
Interesting, no? I grew up spelling everything GREY, and distinctly remember getting it wrong on a spelling test. I wish I could now go back to that 3rd grade teacher and prove to her I wasn’t wrong. When thinking of the word grey, I think of Greyhound –which would never be spelled GRAYHOUND. SO, whatever!
Which is correct, the "grey" or "gray" spelling?Have you often wondered "Am I spelling g-r-e-y correctly...or is it g-r-a-y?". How do you spell the color grey or gray? Well, the answer is they are both correct. There are two acceptable spellings. Gray is used primarily in the United States and other areas that use US English. Grey is used in Great Britain and areas that use UK English.
The only exceptions to these rules are:
1. Proper nouns such as a last name; Earl Grey and Zane Grey would not be spelled Gray and L.H. Gray must be always be spelled Gray.
2. Greyhound as in the dog breed.
3. Food irradiation (quantity of radiation energy absorbed by the food as it passes through the radiation field during processing). 1 Gray = 0.001 kGy = 1 joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of food irradiated.
When all else fails..
grAy is how it's spelled in America
grEy is how it's spelled in England
Purple, Aqua-Turquoise and into the solids!
The very bottom shelf holds muslins. the second shelf up has everything that is 1/2 yard or less. Gosh, I’d love to take time to play with solids! I love seeing them there like a rainbow! And that sticker on the cabinet? DH had this cabinet in the garage until I confiscated it. It had been his cycling gear cabinet and that’s his biking sticker that will NOT come off. I’ve tried goo-gone and any other number of “un-stick-it” stuff and that sticker is there to stay. I don’t want to use a razor blade because it will hurt the finish of the cabinets, so ---oh well!
Fat Quarter Bins!
The center stack has a 3 drawer thingy that has rulers, etc in it. I’m going to empty that -- and they are going to go into the drawers of my hoosier cabinet we brought down from the sunroom/office upstairs:
Lots of quilty goodness can work in this lovely old hoosier! The book case will be centered on that wall where the quilt is hung – the boxes of carpet squares to do THIS side of the basement are stacked there for now.
And because I know you want to see it ---
The Sewing Machine Museum.
See? It’s really not THAT many --- is it?? *cough* Speaking of machines ---I hope to be able to go pick up the pink Atlas today, I’ve got to call first and make sure that it is ready. AND…Gerald emailed to say that the school bus orange/yellow featherweight is READY!! I’m sending a check off for that today. Whoowhoooo! Other than that, I am in no hurry to fill the remaining empty shelves you see above.
I’m off for a bone density scan this morning –and then I’ll be back here getting things ready for the retreat tomorrow. I need a big “cutting out and kitting up” session!
At this moment I’m not sure on QuiltCam tonight – I should know more by afternoon if it is going to fit in my schedule. Stay tuned and check back later!
Have a great Thursday, everyone!