Monday, November 9, 2015

Airing out the stash...


This week I finally moved some of the boxes containing "the quilt cave" from the RV garage to the house, YIPPEE!  They sat down in the walk-out basement all week until I could get to them tonight. Two of my sisters came for the weekend to help me with some of Dad and Mom's stuff, so I spent the rest of last week getting a couple of bedrooms ready for them.


The stained glass shop is not ready to move into yet, but I thought if I set up my folding tables I could unpack the boxes and let the contents "breathe."  (and make sure no scorpions wiggled their way into the boxes while temporarily stored in the RV garage...*yuck*). I am embarrassed at how good it felt just to handle and touch part of my stash again...can you get arrested for that?!?


I had six more of my "Repro Madness" 6-inch applique squares prepped for hand stitching when I moved, which I have stitched up, so now I need to locate something else to work on until I am moved into the new space.  I located some DMC floss I needed to finish three of them, and as soon as I find a ruler to square them up, I will post them.  I have actually done some stitching!!


I still have not located the proper power cord for my light box...when I completed the finishing pattern for the "Baltimore Rhapsody - Symphony," I was using a similar cord Steve found, but it would not fully illuminate the unit without its proper cord.  I guess I need to stop actively looking for it...then it will just appear!


Quilt batts made great padding and kept me from making some boxes too heavy, LOL!  I found about half of my project and scrap boxes.  I just love these art bins from Joann's that I slowly acquired on the cheap with my coupons (and there is a Joann's down here "in the sticks" and I have already started receiving coupons at the new address...how did they know I had moved?!?).


Of course, the project box I WANTED to bring upstairs to work out of while watching TV in the evening was not in THIS pile...sigh.

To maximize time spent unpacking, I have been preparing food with lots of leftovers so that I don't have to cook every day.  Since there are just two of us and I love salads, I have started preparing a bunch of little salads at one time.  We just each grab a container, dump it in a bowl, dress it, and eat it!!  These plastic Ball freezer containers are OK, but when I find my wide mouth Mason jars with one-piece lids I will use those.  They are more dishwasher friendly.

For this batch, I put the lettuces and greens on the bottom, followed by some purple or green onions, tomato, cucumber, broccoli slaw, and some cheese on top (we were out of crumbled cheese so I cut up Mozzarella cheese sticks...ha ha ha...).  Sometimes I add avocado or nuts at the last minute...YUM!


Today I am off to meet my daughter in Tuscaloosa for lunch after her morning classes and I will facilitate her getting an Alabama drivers license and voter registration.  I have an audio book in my bag (and there's a quilt shop in town!).  It will be nice to see her for a few hours.  I really miss that little squirt...

Almost in stitches (again),
Teresa  :o)

21 comments:

  1. OH, it sounds like you are on your way!! How is the hand? While I know you're excited about getting the quilt cave in shape, I don't envy you all the switching out. But, I'd help if I were close enough.

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  2. I knew you would get to a point you needed fabric in your life again. I know I did. I am still sorting. Good luck with finding everything. Chris

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  3. I am glad you have started to at least 'feel' your fabric. It will be fun for you (although a lot of work) to get to revisit each part of your stash.

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  4. I can read the relief in your lines. I am so happy that you are finally settling in. Thanks for the make ahead salad tip. I love salad but hate making it. This is a great idea!

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  5. Yay for beginning to pull out the stash. :D

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  6. every time I see all of your boxes and things for the quilt cave I am totally amazed at how much you have and how organized it all is. I think once you get your new cave set up and back to work you will start to feel emotionally better. A little at a time and you will get there - so glad two of your sibs came to help go through the parents things - that must have been very helpful to you.

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  7. So glad to hear you are stitching again!! Enjoy the day with your daughter!

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  8. Gosh, it must be so good to be finally getting to these boxes. Oh the joy of discovering new things and frustration for not being able to find what you need! Hope you had a great day out:-)

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  9. Nothing more daunting than moving a quilt studio. Good luck getting it set up again. It will be like Christmas!!!

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  10. Yeah!! The quilt cave is being built again!! I know you're happy:)

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  11. Great job, Teresa. You are making wonderful progress. Wise woman on preparing leftovers and healthy salads. Hope you unearth a stitching project soon. Jill

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  12. Oh I read your blog and this song is flowing through my brain:"Airing out the stash, airing out the stash, we will go rejoicing, airing out the stash!!" LOL Food and music--what can I say. ;--))))..hugs, Julierose

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  13. I am so happy to hear you are stitching again. Nice to see pics of the new digs. LOVE all those Art Bins - I could use a few more myself.You simply MUST visit the quilt shop - you deserve a little treat or two!

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  14. When quilters cannot sew or quilt, we need to pet fabric to maintain our sanity!! So glad you are getting to move some of your sewing things into the cave - definitely a step in the right direction!!!

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  15. I like your idea of fixing the salads ahead of time. Salad is my husband's favorite food - I just eat them because I know it's good for me. I don't really like to spend the time to cut everything up. So, if I just make one bigger salad and package them up my husband will be happier and I'll be healthier. It's a win-win. Thanks!

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  16. Where are you now living? We moved from Illinois to Tuscaloosa 2 1/2 years ago. Moving is such a big job! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  17. SO glad to see that you are getting settled and reorganized again. I can just picture you with your increasing heart rate and heavy breathing, rediscovering all that great stash!! LOL

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  18. You are going to be re-discovering your fabrics and probably come up with some new quilt ideas as you put things into their new resting place.

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  19. Wow, what a job getting all those boxes unpacked and sorted. It will be great when you can actually sit down and sew.

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  20. I absolutely adore your blog. The cat on the quilt is something we have in common...I have five cats and two dogs and three of the cats are natural fibre only cats. The ideas for salads is great...our only child is at university so it is mostly husband and I at home...and when there is quilting going it would be great to just flip a salad out of a container. I don't really have a stash but having seen yours I think it would be great to dip into such a huge choice.

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