Sunday, May 1, 2016

IKEA TIVED Sewing Machine Light

Who would have thought that IKEA would have the perfect light for quilters!
Not me, that's for sure!

I love my JUKI TL-2010Q.
But one downfall is the light.  There is one tiny light that is located slightly to the left of the needle, so there is always a shadow to the right of the foot.  It's not a real problem for general sewing and piecing, but it's a real pain when I'm trying to Stitch-In-The-Ditch with my walking foot.  I need to have a good view of the seam I'm trying to stitch in, and that darned shadow blocks my view.

A couple of years ago I found a clamp-on LED Grill Light that worked great.  (You can read my blog post about it by clicking here.)  While the light itself does a good job, the downfall is that it runs on batteries.  With fresh batteries, the lighting was perfect - but as the batteries wore out, the light got continually dimmer and dimmer.  The light never stayed consistent.  Not to mention the small fortune I was shelling out for batteries!

So I went on a search for something similar that was electric.
I found several options, but the flexible gooseneck was always too short.  I needed to be able to position the lamp out of the way. where it wouldn't obstruct the movement of my quilt.

After much searching, I finally found one.
Let me introduce you to the TIVED lamp from IKEA.

Here is a little demonstration of just how much light this gives off.

First, with no lights on the sewing machine - just my standard room lighting...
(isn't that scrap of Kaffe Fassett just gorgeous?)

 Next, with just the standard issue light that came installed on the JUKI.  See how most of the light falls to the left of the needle?

 And this is with the IKEA light added.  Isn't that a HUGE difference?  And because the lamp is on a flexible gooseneck, I can position it anywhere I need, based on what I'm doing.  Ripping out stitches?  No problem - just swing it over and point the spot right on my work.  Left, right, front, back - so much adjustment makes it perfect for practically any brand of machine.

Plus it has the added bonus of being an LED light so it gives of very little heat.  I can wrap my hand comfortably around the conical metal shade when the light is on, and it's just slightly warm to the touch.

 I have mine mounted to the front right corner of my table using the sturdy clamp that came with it.  And see that knurled piece just above the clamp?  I can loosen that and raise the lamp post up or down as I like, then re-tighten to secure it in place.  So there is LOTS of adjustment in this lamp.  (It also came with a mounting plate that allows it to be screwed to the wall, if that works better in your space.)

It also has an ON/OFF switch conveniently located on the cord, several inches from the end of the lamp post.  It's the white rectangle you see under my table.  I could even fasten the switch to the table with double-sided tape if I want to.  The cord is probably 5-6' long (I forgot to measure, sorry) so I had no problem plugging it in to an outlet on the wall.

I'm sure you're now wondering - How Much???  The lamp was $34.99 and since I don't live near an IKEA, I had to order on-line, but with tax and shipping included it was still under $50.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day Special!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tasting Table Tuesday - Shhhh!

Shhhh... - There's a Low Volume Quilt in progress.

I think this is my first real Low Volume Quilt.  Certainly not typical for me, but I think I like it!
Reminds me of my Grandkids and our attempts to teach them how to use their "inside voices".


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Etsy Changes

Have you seen the new look of our Etsy shops?

Yesterday they rolled out some pretty significant changes.  When you visit a shop now, everything is on one page - no more clicking over to other pages to see sellers policies, shop announcements, About page, testimonials, etc.

It's all right there in one place.  And that's just the beginning.

I have been reading, researching, attending webinars - doing my best to learn as much as I can to make my shop better.  I strongly believe that these changes will really enhance the buying/selling experience for everyone.  If you get a chance, pop over and take a look.

Just click HERE.
(and feel free to "share/like/fave/pin/heart" or whatever floats your boat.  Every click helps.)

I would love to hear your comments about the new look!

In addition to re-working my shop layout, I've also been super excited about my newest product.  I showed you a glimpse of some coasters I made in my last post, and I had so much fun making them that I made some more - and more - and more...
(They're addictive, in case you didn't notice.)

I have two listings up now on Etsy, and more coming soon.

Here is a shot of the ones I'm working on now...

I have so many other fabrics lined up, just waiting to be made into these modern Hexagon Coasters - a mix of solids and prints - all framed with Natural Essex Linen.

Can't wait to get started on more Hexies!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Remembering the Lady in Red

This is a very special quilt.  I made it for me.  And it has a story...

This coming week marks the one-year anniversary of my mother's passing.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and feel her presence.
She was a very talented Interior Designer and had her own business for many years.

Several years ago she gave me a bundle of fabric samples.  Most of her fabrics were decorator fabrics, not really suitable for quilting.  But these were 100% cotton - slightly heavier than quilting cotton - but I thought I might be able to do something with them, so I brought them home and added them to my every-growing stash.  They probably date back to the 1990's and the colors are gorgeous.

I started making coasters.
Quilted, hexagon coasters - pairing the cotton samples with Essex Linen.
I love them, and they are addictive to make.

Recently, I spread the samples out on my cutting table, and once I saw all the colors lined up together, I knew that I had to make a quilt.

I planned, sketched, and researched, trying to come up with a design that would really show off these samples.  Then I remembered this quilt that I saw on the Poppyprint blog a few years ago and knew it would be perfect.  (Thanks for the inspiration, Krista!)

I chose this modern gray and white print for the background  Classical Elements by P&B Textiles.  It highlights every color perfectly.

While cutting the samples into squares for the quilt, I decided to omit the brightest red.  It just seemed so much brighter than the rest and I wasn't sure it would work.

But while making the blocks, I suddenly stopped and thought of how much Mom loved RED.  The last time she visited me, I took her shopping and I'll never forget the image of her walking down Main Street in her Red cape, Red hat, Red purse and Red shoes.

She turned heads.
Sure wish I had taken a picture...

So one one red square went back into the quilt and it became the "heart" of the quilt.

I don't think I would have been happy with the quilt without it now that it's done.

Krista quilted her quilt with concentric circles and I chose to quilt mine with one big spiral.
It is quickly becoming my "go-to" quilting design.  I've done it several times (here and here) and it never gets old.  I just love the modern look and the texture it gives.

So that's the story of my quilt,
"Remembering the Lady in Red".

I think Mom would love it.

(and there is still lots left to make more coasters!)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

New Etsy Listings

Remember the Checkerboard Baby Quilts I blogged about starting in December?
I finally finished 5 of the 6 quilts, and spent the last couple of days taking and editing photos, writing new listings, and generally updating things in my Etsy Shop.

Then I rewarded myself with a walk on this sunny 60 degree February day.  Good for the soul.

As I worked on these quilts, it occured to me that there is nothing that limits them to just baby quilts!
As I wrote in my listing descriptions, they are:
"Perfect on the floor for baby's "tummy-time" play - for a toddler to snuggle under at story time - or for adults who simply want to add a splash of color to a room."

Here is a picture of the five new quilts...

...and a link to the listings in my shop, Cotton Cellar.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sitting Pretty

Yesterday, my friend Ann and I spent a fun afternoon together recovering our sewing chairs.  We have talked about doing this forever and finally made a date to get them done.  It was a little harder than we thought, and took longer than planned, but we are both so happy with our results!

Here is my chair, before and after...

And here is Ann's...

Such an improvement over boring old beige!
I think my computer chair is begging to be recovered next...