|Summer in the Bay of Islands.|
I didn't think I was going to have a word for this year, but one seems to have found me anyway and it's been floating round in my head unbidden....consolidate.
According to oxforddictionaries.com, consolidate is a verb that means to make something physically stronger or more solid; strengthen one's position or power; or combine a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole.
And I think it suits what I want for this year.
I want to settle into this boat life and make it work for us. I want to strengthen my quilt making and further develop my own style and way of working. I want to gather my far-flung quilting supplies and fabrics and make an effective working space here on MV Cerego. I just want to settle in and stabilise ourselves in all respects before we stretch our wings any further.
So no goals or resolutions for me. Just a word to remember (before I get excited and hare brained about anything new and shiny).
With this is mind, I've been working on organising my sewing corner in the boat.
I've had some fabric here and some at my Mother in Law's and the fabric that I did have here has been spread around in several drawers and cupboards, interspersed with batting and notions and everything else a quilter needs. (There is another cupboard identical to the one in the picture on the opposite wall, plus a small set of three drawers.) I consolidated (sorry, couldn't resist!) the fabrics into the plastic containers that slide nicely under my Sew-Ezi table and now have all my sewing notions, sketchbooks, threads, iron, UFO's etc sorted and in order in the cupboards and drawers. I've put my batting down below in a big plastic tub and eventually I'll get more of those shallow plastic tubs and move the rest of my fabric here to the boat too. They will go down below in the kid's playroom on wide storage shelves.
I cut and iron and draw and work at the dining table. The cutting mat and rulers slide nicely under the couch. I have a small heat resistant pad for ironing that slides away behind the set of drawers, but need to make a bigger, sturdier one at some stage.
The major flaw in the plan is a design wall. I've got a small portable board (you can see it in the photo above, beside the sewing machine table) but it's too small really. I've been using the floor, but that's a pain when I want to slide out my fabric containers and sit at my machine. And the cat likes to sit on my work and donate fur or rearrange my layouts.
|That's Wild Puss helping me cut batting for the design wall.|
Step one in consolidation, done.
PS - Note to my Stepmother: That is the wonderful sewing machine cover you made for me, it's just inside out! I'll explain why another time xxx