Now don't get me wrong, at first read, "(angst) at having two sewing rooms" is probably, "Like, say what? I'D LOVE THAT!!"
Sewing room in Ontario:
|Bella is a permanent fixture whether it's North or South sewing room|
|Brady's Christmas quilt in progress|
Sewing room here in Florida:
A complete bedroom all to myself!
|Photo-bombed again by Bella|
So what's so terrible about having two sewing rooms? Well, here are the issues, in no apparent order.
1. Hauling: The obvious is that I have to cart my stuff 1000 miles between them when we leave one place for the other. I have it down to a science now: two Rubbermaid or Sterilite tubs, a terrific 2-part rolling toolbox I bought at Canadian Tire, (which stays mostly packed with essentials all year round, paper list inside. You never know when a retreat might just beckon!), my machine in her rolling case (from Fabricland, a great buy with lots and lots of zippered pockets that can be, and are stuffed), and often a zippered vinyl pouch (from a comforter or sheet set, you know?) containing a project. Or two. Here I was in the spring of 2014 ready to head north:
One of the tubs isn't visible here, but you get the idea.
2. Batting is bulky. This year I brought down one 1/2 yard or so by 90" with a smaller chunk for perhaps small projects or to Frankenbatt. I figured I could (and I did) go and buy some if needed.
3. Chair: my chair up north is much comfier than my cheap but serviceable IKEA chair I have here. Both seem to have static electricity build-up! I've taken to wiping my hands from time to time on a dryer sheet which I have wrapped around my presser foot knee lift. It helps.
4. Stash: WAAAAAHHHHH! That is the hardest part of this, period. I've sewed since I was 12, quilted for 20 years; ergo considerable stash: yardage, 1/2 yard or smaller pieces organized in stacking plastic sterilite drawers, and then scraps in ziploc bags and in Rubbermaid boxes. I cannot cart it back and forth, so I have to decide on projects I want to complete, not that big of a deal, especially if I (and I usually do) have them organized with the fabric all together. This year I brought down several scrap and/or small pieces of fabrics for various ongoing projects, but it's a fraction of what I have. And it's never enough.
Example: right now I am madly into, and loving, my next quilt, one I've designed myself! It's going to a very special recipient... 'nuff said for now.
This afternoon I made the design decision to use many ivory 3" squares, in other words, scraps! I have tons of neutral scraps in Kingsville. Did I bring any? Nope. All I have is few scraps from the neutrals in Fleurs, and yardage for a winter quilt, as yet to be designed, but fabric is pulled. Will I cut into the yardage? Absolutely, for a half dozen or so 3" squares. Will I have to visit Alma Sue's Quilts? In all likelihood. Makes me really depressed, can you tell?
5. Threads: not a problem...I pretty much bring 'em all! I also have a great supplier close by, Sewing Supply Warehouse (online store) and their retail store, Expert Sewing Center.
6. List of Essentials: I learned to do this when I was in the guild in Alberta. We had a weekend retreat once, sometimes twice a year. Because of working full-time, this simplified and expedited the process of packing Thursday night to be ready to take off Friday right after work for the retreat. I've carried it over into heading down to Florida in December and returning to Ontario in mid-April.
7. No Avanté: this is difficult, to be away from the machine for 4.5 months, especially when it is still very new to me. However, I used my Bernina and my Elna before her for FMQ, and it isn't that big of a deal, although it is really a treat not to have to manipulate a quilt around a 7.5" throatplate.
Sadly, I always run into situations where I know I have the tool or the fabric, but it's not with me. I bought Marti Michell's Peaky and Spike rulers last winter for a Christmas trees quilt. I brought the fabric with me and forgot the rulers this year. Either I will make templates (joy), I will figure out a way to do it without the rulers, or I won't make it this winter! Luckily, I'm not out in the back of beyond, (as some of our retreats were, lol) so I can always go and buy something in person or online if really necessary.