Our moving date is getting closer. I'm getting very excited for the long weekend after the move so I can rebuild my sewing room. You may remember this post where I drooled over the baby changing table. I've spent the last couple Saturdays trying to find something similar and didn't have any luck. In last Sunday's paper there was an ad from a chain unfinished furniture store and they had this kitchen island on sale. I fell in love with it. Since I prefer to support local businesses I went to my local unfinished furniture store this morning. I know they carry this line of furniture so I knew I could get the island. They were having a sale today and I was able to get the island and with the money I saved I was able to buy a stool. The sale also included free delivery so when we move in I won't have to worry about going to get it.
The work surface is a generous 60 x 34 inches. Big enough for a large cutting mat and a pressing mat. No more ironing board in the room. I will also be able to get rid of the two small bookcases I currently use as I can use the shelves for books. The drawers will be handy for rulers and small items. The base cupboards will be used to storing batting.
Because this island is going to be my cutting and pressing table I'm going to paint it white so it can take a beating. I think that if I stained it a dark color it would make the room feel too heavy.
I've also learned the Internet router and wireless base station won't have to be in my sewing room as they are now. They will go down in the media room with a booster on the first floor. Yea!
On my way home from the unfinished furniture store I saw that a quilting shop had moved closer to me. Of course, I had to stop. What a great shop. Nana Sue, the owner, welcomed me to the store and gave me a quick tour of the shop. Besides all of the normal quilt store goodies she has baskets and baskets of packaged scraps. I bought a package of batik scraps (see my new header) for my Butterfly Garden quilt. The pieces range in size from 10.5 inches by 9 inches to 10.5 inches by 19 inches. Are they scrumptious?
One of her employees, Steven, gives lessons on a Mega Quilter for $125 and then one can use the machine for quilting your own quilts for an hourly fee. I think I'll be taking the class, but I'm wondering what others think of the Mega Quilter for quilting.
Thanks for all the comments on my Confessions of an Applique Rookie post. I enjoyed doing the applique and will be doing lots more. I'm off to finishing two more Butterfly Garden blocks. These are stitchery blocks. Tomorrow there are two football games and I can't wait to watch the Pats beat the Chargers and the Packers to be beat the Giants.