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Progress on the New Shop

Progress on the New Shop

While I was in Spokane, the husband and one of our employees got the shop walls framed:

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I came home and looked at it and said to him, “My, that is a very large building.” (The square footage increased substantially at some point in the planning stage.) It’s going to look even larger when the trusses and roof are on; there will be a metal roof that slopes down on either side to create two large lean-to areas. With a large garage door on the front and a smaller one on the back, he will be able to drive through it to the easement driveway. I suspect it will be big enough to park either the boom truck or forklift inside if he needs to work on them.

This is an ongoing project and it won’t be complete anytime soon as we’re paying for it as we go. As soon as it’s roofed and the walls done, however, it will be a great place to put equipment and concrete forms to get them out of the weather. I know the husband will like not having to shovel three feet of snow off everything.

He needs this. He has needed this for a number of years now but we had to get two kids through college, first. I am glad to see progress on it. Eventually, when it is finished and he gets all of his stuff moved out of the current garage, I’ll be able to use some of that space for my industrial sewing machines.

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One of the places I stopped when I was in Spokane was the sew ‘n vac place where I bought that industrial serger last fall. I wanted to chat with the owner, Ed, about what kind of thread and needles I would need for making canvas grocery bags on that machine. He was incredibly helpful. I came out of there with a game plan for setting up the serger and that’s on the schedule for this week.

I also got large-format patterns printed last week at the blueprint shop for the Nancy Raglan and the Knot Your Average Shirt, both from 5 out of 4 Patterns:

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I’d like to get the Nancy Raglan tunic cut out this week. Getting it put together would be a bonus.

Pat told me today at church that she had about half the Ritzville quilt quilted. I asked her if she was getting any sleep. She is about as fast a quilter as Margaret, so it didn’t surprise me to hear that she had made so much progress. I’ll stop over and take a look at it soon.

The Hobby Lobby in Spokane had a lot of fabric on clearance and I was able to find enough fabric to make backs for two of the quilts that need to be finished. I am whittling away at these projects, slowly but surely.

Attacking My Day

Attacking My Day

Wool Pennies

Wool Pennies