Saturday, August 08, 2009
This Works for Me
This is my new set-up, in the garage, while weather is pleasant. My knees said, “No more groveling around on the floor when a quilt needs sandwiching/basting.”
Several of you wanted to see a photo of table legs and PVC pipe. The legs on each type of table may be different. These legs are slender with only a slight curve, and the brace is high up on the leg. We experimented with a paper towel roll to see how long the PVC pipe needed to be. Also, PVC pipe has standard sizes – these are 1 ½ inches. I can physically JAM the pipe on the leg when I’m setting it up, and it stays there. Also, I can do this job myself.
Happy Day! For me, sometimes a small change inspires improvements and creates energy. My table set-up in the garage resulted in a LOT of scraps being cut into 2 and 2 ½ in. strips – already, I feel less stressed, and more in control of my mess. I left the big door open, and could hear the birds outside, and I had a LOT of physical space. The radio was on, and I’m listening to Nebraska Public Radio, Car Guys.
DH became enthused and got to sweeping and tidying up the garage, better than usual. He WAS looking a little worried I had invaded his ‘private’ territory. We even moved 2 lawn chairs into the garage, just for sitting. We even have a wood stove in here. Not fancy but this arrangement does the job. (and ... no TV!!!)
(Alright now, I don't want any comments about Ma and Pa Kettle, happily sitting outside in the garage! LOL )
I use basting spray and pins, and yes, there is PLENTY of ventilation! Flies were not an issue but something to consider. I wouldn't leave the quilt here for any length of time.
This arrangement is a major improvement for my quiltmaking process.
(BTW, appliqueing those red flowers was NOT fun!)