Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sewing Room

I've been sewing at my kitchen table for 2 years now.  It's actually a decent spot with a nice light and view.  The only time we use our table for any normal dining activities is when we have guests over.  Then all the stuff gets moved on to the floor and back out when they leave.  As far as my fabric and supplies.. well.. they're just all over the place.

From July 2010, the 'before AND long ago' picture:
Pink Baby Blanket
Our second bedroom was being used solely as a guest bedroom.  My husband has been wanting to empty it completely for a while but I wasn't willing to part with the bed in it.  It has water stains on it (odd yellow stains  but i swear it wasn't pee!) and everything but it was the MOST COMFY BED EVER.  It's better than my current bed, and I would have totally switched it out but it's a full size not queen.  So many of days (years) has he been asking me to part with it but I wanted it for my naps guests.

My husband has come up with a GREAT system to teach me how to purge stuff.  First he starts by moving it around so its unusable but has great excuses for doing so.  In the case below, he propped the bed up against the wall so I had most of the floor to use for basting a quilt I was making in December.

I started using the newly found floor space as my design wall.  So after I got used to it, he proposes a new idea.  This weekend he said "If you get rid of the bed in that room, you can use the whole room as your sewing room."

I contemplated this for a while.  (What? It was REALLY comfy)  Then about a half hour later that bed was like the plague and I was already in the process of craigslisting it.  I went and bought a 6' folding table and (as you can see in the picture above) and set it up in the room before dragging the bed into the middle of our living room floor.... which is where it currently sits because craigslist people can be really flaky sometimes.

This is still a work in progress as I'm not sure what's the best setup for me yet.  This is the new 6' folding table setup with my machine on the right and cutting board on the left.  I might go buy another table specifically for my cutting board because I like being able to walk around it instead of shifting my fabric to make a cut.

Here's a flashback for you: This is the exact same window as in the picture above but the color on the walls is what the previous owners left me with 8 years ago.  It took 2 coats of primer and then a coat of paint to cover it up.  The green line is uneven because I yanked down the most ugliest dark green and white flower border that used to be lined around the room.

I take that back.  I cannot say it was the ugliest wallpaper border EVER.  That title goes to the bird feeders in my living room that were pretty much super glued to the wall:

Ok... back on track!

I started randomly hanging stuff up on walls.  My rulers have a habit of storing themselves on the floor, so hopefully the wall solution will work for me.

Here's my fabric addiction:
(That pink box is filled with fabrics I yanked out for the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild block swap but I still haven't decided upon a pattern)

You should recognize the pillows below.  The one on the left is still waiting to go to its new home.

I have the Kona quilt hanging in the spot where I'd like to put a design wall.  It might get moved, it might not.  Not sure yet!

And finally I can begin using my knee presser foot lifter thingy again because it fits on this table!

And yes, that's my dining room chair. :)


  1. Your sewing room looks awesome! Good idea to pass on the bed in favor of the 6 foot table... I can't wait to see what you make in there!!

  2. You are turning it into a fabulous space! Much better use of the room, in my opinion! (I am only a tiny bit jealous!)

  3. Awesome! I can't wait to see what you do with your sewing room. Definitely need to make a design wall. I made it 6ft x6ft and I love it.

  4. Your sewing space is cool. It is so fun to see it come together. I'm with Traci, I love my design wall too.



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