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Q.O.T.D.: What does your sewing room look like?

Posted by quiltingfox (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 19, 12 at 15:00

Question of the Day: What does your sewing room look like? Please post a pic of your sewing room. I know I can't be the only one curious as to what other people's sewing rooms look like, so here is mine. It is small but efficient. I have a large rotary cutting mat on most of my desk, a small sewing kit/box on my desk, a small glass from my grandma that I put my fabric pens and pencils in, books and binders full of quilting patterns above my desk, plastic template sheets hanging on the wall behind my calendar, rotary cutting rulers hanging on the wall next to my desk and my most recent addition a clear 18" x 22" fabric quarter rotary cutting template hanging on the wall beside my chair. Whatever I don't want to get bent I hang on the wall. Not shown in the photo above is the wall opposite my desk that has built in storage cabinets where I store my fabric and large sewing box.

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Please share a photo of your sewing room with us.

Best to you,
Sandra


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RE: Q.O.T.D.: What does your sewing room look like?

Oh, and almost forgot, my sewing machine in the white carry case beneath my desk next to all my gardening tools. I love to get new ideas of how to reorganize my sewing space. So please post a photo of your sewing space/room.

Best to you,
Sandra


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Mine looks like a fabric bomb went off in it. Everywhere you look theres fabric except where the machines are. It's not a pretty site at all even on a good day.
I could clean it up but I'd rather get some work done in there.


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Well, I really don't have a sewing room. :-( My sewing machine is set up in my bedroom and is currently on a card table. You can imagine how unsatisfactory this is....very wobbly especially if you speed up at all. I've only had this machine for a couple of years and it originally sat on top of a sewing cabinet which housed an old Kenmore. Last summer there was an ad on Kijiji from a woman who was collecting sewing machines to go to the Dominican. I gave her both the Kenmore machine and cabinet, thinking I'd treat myself to a new cabinet, but still don't have one. They are hard to find and soooo expensive. I do my cutting on the kitchen counter or the kitchen or dr. table. My fabric is in underbed boxes. My dream would be to have a nice room to house everything with a wall of shelves for fabric and books. When that day comes I will proudly post a picture!! Dream on, Linda.

Sandra, yours looks very organized!


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There's a picture of part of mine in the thread about storage. It isn't always that messy, but I usually work on 2 or 3 things at the same time so, that's the way it is! DH doesn't care.......I put most things away and try to get everything that's on the table tops on one table and cover it with a sheet when I leave for the summer.

SharonG/FL


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Oh man! How neat! Fabric in several places and several plastic cases with projects. a Chest of fabric. Unfortunately it was a scrapbook room in it's former life, and some residuals remain (a lot of residuals, actually) Needs a lot of work. And I have a new machine coming next week and I am have GOT to get some more order in the room.
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My sewing room will never be as neat as yours, Sandra.
There's always a project in the making, and I don't pick anything up while working on it, since no one else except me ventures into that room. My machine never gets "put away" in its case, but rather sits in my cabinet, ready to go to work at a moment's notice. I do, however throw a pillowcase over it when not in use, as to keep dust off.

If I need to take a machine to church for a work day, I have a smaller one stashed in a corner.

My sewing room would never make it as a feature in any quilt magazine, for sure! But it's my get away with a beautiful view of my North gardens, and I wouldn't change it for anyone or anything!

Julie


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I was lucky enough to redo my sewing room a couple of years ago after suffering through a flood. I have since moved some stuff around but have yet to find a good storage solution for fabric without spending a lot of money.

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Fran, It looks like you have a cozy area to play in. Don't you love being able to look outside when sewing? Both of my machines face the outdoors.

I really like using the stackable bins for fabric, but am thinking about getting bigger ones, as some of the drawers are getting full. Guess I should use up the fabric, eh?

SharonG/FL


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Love those rooms, Ladies! I would dearly love to have that much room to sew, but with 8 kids....LoL...it probably won't happen any time soon. :)
I'm currently using the kitchen table for all my sewing and my computer desk drawers for my fabric! Every other inch of spare space is dedicated to all our homeschooling supplies.
One of these days, hubby has promised to build a seperate "shack" for my project area. I just wish "one of these days" would come sooner rather than later! LOL!


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Hazel,
I totally understand the pull of having our own 'project shack', however, the likelihood of being able to find time to actually leave the house to spend time there would be slim to none. :0 And I homeschool with 4 kids, so I totally relate, and realize it'd be worse with 8! If I couldn't pop downstairs to my sewing room occassionally, I'd probably never get anything done!


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I finally have my own 10x10 messy sewing room lol!!! I have windows on 2 walls so it is also the warmest/coldest room in the house.

I also am involved in several (or more) projects at a time and I leave the ironing board up so.......

I keep my door shut because it's mine, all mine, although it is messy!!!


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Yes! Jayne! I believe we may be sisters. LOL I would feel right at home in your sewing room. I'm envious of your thread collection.

I took a couple pictures today and was wondering if I would be brave enough to show you all, but I love my room so much I do want to share it with you, mess and all. I realize I am very lucky to have a room all to myself, my hobbies and my books. I was well into my 50s before I got this room and I will never take it for granted!

This is my nook, with everything in reach, including a low ironing board to the left of the sewing machine and my netbook computer on the little cutting table to the right.

This shows the sewing area and in the mirror you can see some of the the other side of the room. That's McQueen on the big ironing board.

Cutting tables and more "storage" (aka Stacks of batiks and other stuff.

Kate


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Sorry have not been back online until now - busy, busy day in town with M-I-L shopping and stopped by about 7 stores. I got a great deal of walking done in town today and was able to get 150 2" safety pins for my Grandma's quilt that I am going to hand quilt - hoping to have it pinned up by may. Maritime_Linda I too hope to one day have a whole room for my quilt sewing projects. I try to stay organized, but once I start a project my desk gets cluttered in a hurry. In the photo above is a rare moment when I had just cleaned it. Today it is clutter with Card Tricks block being made and library books and my son's school stuff.

Sharon I can relate to putting a sheet over things, as I am in one corner of the laundry aka lint room. I try not to leave projects sitting for too long on my desk as I so don't like for my fabrics to collect dust.

Julie you are so lucky that you can leave your machine out all the time.

Fran I love how you have so much space! Is that thread storage? the brown things on the side of your sewing machine table? Am trying to figure out what to do with all my thread, another storage delima of mine.

Rosajoe your room sounds wonderful. :-)

Nanajayne and Kate I love peeking in to your sewing rooms! I keep dreaming of having my own room just for my sewing/quilting/knitting/crocheting projects and a bookcase with all my books. DH says in our next home that I will have a room just for my hobbies, but that will probably be a decade or 2 from now. But I keep dreaming and planning of what I would like to do with that "someday" quilt room. Hope you all have a great weekend! Thank you all for sharing your quilt sewing rooms with us!!! :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Here's my sewing room. The yellow walls have faded a lot...I guess I should repaint. :)

Closet with fabric storage:
STASH!!!

There's a large window to the right of the closet where my cutting table is, then the next three photos are going clockwise around the room: computer, sewing machine, work table, ironing board. The room is about 10 x 12.
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sewing/embroidery machine

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These pictures are kind of old. The closet is somewhat reorganized and I now have a quilt hanging on the wall next to the computer. I also have 4 of the Kats by Kelly cross stitch pictures above the light fixtures and the Cat Town poster bit the dust. :)

Donna


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Here is my sewing machine and the ironing board is in the cabinet behind the chair. It is perfect for blocks, etc. I have a full size board down there for yardage ironing. I keep the fabrics in that old dresser, and quilt books and patterns are in the bookcase, along with scraps in the shoeboxes. The sewing machine is next to large windows looking out into the backyard.

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This is the opposite wall with the cutting table and design wall. The quilt I am working on (Feb Lotto!) is too large for it, so it is down right now. I have to put sharp things and thread away every day, since there are no doors to this room. Fabric, well, not so much.


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Msmeow I like your white metal shelves where you store your fabric - that's a nice storage area! :-) I also like have you have a separate space just for cutting and how you have your thread stored. Love the layout of your sewing room! :-)

Bozogardener I love that you have a design wall that is so cool! That is neat that you store your fabric in a dresser - my mom did that when we were kids.

Thank you all for sharing photos of your sewing rooms and describing your sewing rooms. This has been a fun post to view and read. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Here's mine:

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long view of computor area

Look at all this floor space


TV area

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computor area

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There it is in all it's glory,and believe me it doesn't always look like this.

I need to take pictures of my fabric storage!1 This room is 16x22.Used to be the master bedroom,but years ago i convinced dh we didn't need that much room to sleep in,and the rest they say is history.Enjoy the view.
Kathi


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"There it is in all it's glory, ..." you are so right Kathi! What a glorious sewing room, oh let me drool for a moment! Wow so much space - 3 desk tops for sewing, for cutting and for the computer - that is great! I especially love the thread rack! :-) Thank you for sharing and showing all the potential a room can have. Wow I have gotten so many great ideas for my "someday" sewing room from all the wonderful posts you all have done. Thank you so much!!! :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Okay here are some more photos of my sewing area in the laundry room. On the wall behind my chair are these cabinets that I use as storage for my hobby stuff. I need to reorganize them to hold more stuff.
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And here is where I am able to hang long quilts until I can get them pinned up and ready to hand quilt. This is my grandma's queen-size quilt that is tri-folded and hanging, this week I need to measure it and make a border for it. And at the end is where I store my ironing board and have a plug built into the back of the cabinet.
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And last here is a pic of what my desk looks like while in use. It is usually a catch all and can get much messier than this. But today thankfully it is not too much of a clutter so I am actually able to get something done. Hand sewing Card Tricks 9" quilt blocks for my parents' queen-size quilt, hoping I will finish it between now and during 2013, have been making blocks for it since 2009. All the blocks look identical so it gets a little monotonous. Am eager to start a Jewel Box scrap quilt.
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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Hope you all are enjoying this thread.

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Wow, you ladies are so lucky to have entire rooms for quilting/sewing! Since I just have a one bedroom apartment, I keep my machines on a small table in the bedroom for display and when I want to use them, I take them over to the corner desk since it's more stable and has more room... I cut on top of the portable dishwasher and iron in the living room... fabric is stored in one plastic bin (but I want to get drawers to be better organized because I have to dig for everything now).... I've got acrylic rulers under the bed and I used to have a wooden thread spool holder hanging above the machines, but I had to take it down when I put the irons up a few weeks ago....
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What lovely rooms you all have!


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Here's my retreat...It was cleaned up, sort of, this week so we could use my table to make curtains for a friend, by the end of the weekend it should be back to it's messy and comfortable self.... Love the thread rack someone else showed...I've got the wall space for it ...may need to do that very soon. Mine pics are missing the dogs, who are normally under foot, on lap or snoozing on the sofa whichis not shown, Nice to see everyone's space..we all spend much fun time in our places...
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Wow! I think I would be comfy in any of these! I don't have a lot of personal things in mine, especially things hanging on walls, since we moved here 6 years ago I have this problem with banging holes in the walls, maybe someday I'll get over that. This first photo is of all my cabinets where I keep art supplies, crafts, books and magazines. The cabinet stores the TV which I painted the scenery on.

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This next one is of the art table and another set of drawers with all my paints.

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The next is the sewing/work table, I keep it at an angle, the string quilt top is displayed on it.

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The next is a peek at one side of the closet where the fabric bins are.

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The last is a computer table, general purpose, and the rolling cart beside it with all my tools. The picture on the table is one of my pastel landscape paintings. (Just had to show the other side of me.) Underneath are the cookie tins that I keep thread, buttons, etc. in.

Things are lying around but it's not as messy as it usually is. The only time it isn't messy is when I've finished a project.

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Vacuumfreak, I like how you've turned your irons into artwork! For a second I thought I was watching hgtv...lol! As for all of you who have actual sewing rooms, I'm envious. I have a sewing space, and that's about it. Here are some pix of my sewing wall...
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Fortunately I don't have to go very far for my fabric or have to dig through tubs to find it. If I have a lot of cutting to do, that happens on the dining room table. The strips for my lonestar quilt are in the borders bag hanging from the shelves. In the chair are sewing books, fabric, and a quilt top I'm slowly putting together made of blocks I've received thru the seeds-n-stitches group. On the wall is an attic window block with a black cat appliqued onto it. Here's a close-up of it...
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I also use this wall to hang printouts of ideas and future projects...
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My cat Bump likes the scent of new fabric, and whenever possible he makes a bed/nest of it. Sometimes the fabric doesn't even make it out of the bag before he does this...
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Here are a couple blocks I've done lately while at my desk...
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That last block is a little wonky because it's not on a flat surface, but you can see that I've been playing with HSTs lately. I've never done a lot with triangles, so I'm making myself learn and experiment with them. I enjoy learning new things, and there's always a new technique to learn when it comes to quilting, don't you agree?

Have a great day!
Dan


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Well here is my mess LOL. I am fortunate to have a dedicated sewing/office room. My husband and I built in what used to be our carport and made the room. It is 12 by 18 feet.

First my ironing area with pattern/book shelp behind it.
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Next my cutting table

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Storage/fridge area, really just wanted you to notice that every wall is a different color!
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My sewing machine area. The thread on the wall is only about a third of what I have...
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My messy computer desk
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My design wall. It is 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
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My favorite end of the room. My fabric storage area
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Here's my office/sewing room, although I'm going to have to start calling it my sewing room/office, because I think I now spend more time quilting in it than anything else. I am very lucky to have my own little room dedicated to just my stuff. It's only 10x11, but it's all mine.

Starting at the hall door and going clockwise:
My Janome and sewing table...
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Bookshelves with my quilting, hosta, Italian and choral library (and other stuff)...

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My computer area on the left and cutting area on the right...

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Cutting table, fabric storage, files (I definitely keep too much paper) and table top ironing board. The big board is folded in the corner next to the file.

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Closet with more files, plastic cases with knitting, crocheting, thread and sailing stuff. Also hanging table clothes and clothes that have gotten too small for me that I can't bear to give away, because, maybe someday...
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I noticed that many of you have TVs in your rooms. I haven't even been listening to music when I quilt. I've been so enthralled with just quilting, but I think I'm going to start Netflixing some movies on the computer to watch while I quilt. Sounds like fun.


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Vacuumfreak glad you could join us. Like your iron display.

Littlehelen I like how your cutting table is arranged so fabric can hang off either side of the table while you are cutting. And I like how you have a desk top large enough to have your sewing machine at one end and still have plenty of room to leave your cutting mat out on the other end.

Ritaweeda I like how you have a large work surface for your sewing machine and cutting mat. Like your lamp too. :-)

Hi Dan so glad to see you here with us. I love how your sewing desk has drawers for storage! I don't have any drawers on my current desk except for my keyboard. I like how you can tack up quilt patterns and blocks on the wall behind your desk. I like your quilt blocks and how you are constantly learning how to make new quilt patterns. :-)

Jackier123 I love your thread rack! Where do you buy such large wooden thread racks? Those just look so cool. I'd love to browse through all your quilt books. I like how you have a separate cutting table and plenty of lighting. It seems you and Dan are making some of the same style quilt blocks. I love all the shelf space you have and how all your fabrics are sorted by color.

Loisf I like how you have separate spaces for cutting and sewing. That's cool that you like to quilt, crochet and knit - those are things you and I have in common. I don't have a tv in my sewing area either, but I do listen to music on a cd player adjacent to my sewing desk and since my computer sits on my sewing desk I like to listen to music on You Tube website.

I hope you all are enjoying your spaces no matter how large or how small. You have given me lots of great ideas and layouts for my "someday" quilt room. Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend. Thanks for sharing your sewing rooms / spaces with us, it has been great visiting with you all. :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Sandra, my huge thread rack is actually 6 racks all mounted to a painted piece of plyboard. I also have about a hundred large cones stored in a basket in my wall shelving unit. LOL The reason Dan and I are doing the same blocks is because this month was my birthday in the birthday blocks group and he made that block for me! It is also in the group on my design wall.

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Jackie, I've been learning a lot from the different blocks we're doing each month. I'm still a bit iffy when it comes to HSTs, so putting them into your block was a welcome challenge! I'm going to keep making them for my quilts until I feel comfortable with them, and by then I'm sure I'll have found another challenge. I hope so anyway, I've got fabric I need to be using!

Cheers!
Dan


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Jackie123,there are a lot of nice things in your sewing room~~~~~~~but what is that that hangs across the window,hooked on each end of the curtain rod???.I love that shades of brown wall hanging above your sewing machine,and also that eagle wall hanging..

I see the company that makes those plastic drawer units has made a fortune off of us!!LOL

Isn't it nice to be able to see others sewing rooms and to pick up and idea or 2 in the process.
TFS
Kathi


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hahaha that thing that hangs across the window is a yarn sample rope from where I work. I work at a major carpet manufacturer and this rope of samples comes from a line of rugs that we do. I asked for the rope just because I loved the colors of it and it is yarn. each sample pack on it has about 50 pieces of yarn about double the length of latchhook rug yarn. Again, I just liked the way it looked.

Jackie


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Thank you Jackie for telling me about your large thread rack and Happy Birthday! :-)

Best to you,
Sandra


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Jackie, I not only envy your space but the Horizon is in my bucket list as well. Would love the have that much room to spread out in and a 770 as well. lol
Having fun seeing everyones play rooms.


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I saved for 2 years for the Horizon. It was my gift to me last year. :) I started saving for the 6600 but the Horizon came out before I purchased.


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My sewing room suspiciously looks like my kitchen.

Rebecca


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Helen, I love the view out your window!

Jackie, what a great space! I don't think DH would let me take over the garage...I already took over one bedroom and the dining room. :)

Rebecca, maybe I'll take over the kitchen next, since I really hate to cook. LOL

Donna


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I wasn't sure I'd have time to do the photobucket thing and post to this but since I posted to the FW question, I got busy and took a shot of my sewing room as well. It doesn't show my fabric bins in the closet but it will be mine when my husband cleans his clothes out eventually.

I'm lucky to have a whole room. For a long time I sewed in my bedroom, laying fabric all over the bed as I worked. Extra stuff was in tubs in the basement. We built a room in the basement that had room for my tubs but I still sewed on whatever flat space I could find. Then the uncle we took care of all these years died and that vacated a couple of rooms. I claimed our old bedroom and cleaned it out a bit and consolidated my stuff. I sew on the old dining room table I stored when we moved in with him.

I'm thrilled to have a design wall and separate machines for piecing and FMQ as I always fouled up the tension as I switched between jobs.

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You can't see the thread which are in small tubs sorted by use and the shelves are under the table. As you can see, I switch between lots of projects and even the ones I've lost interest in stay up for "decoration" and inspiration.


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Toolgranny I love the quilts you have started that are on your design wall! What do you use as your design wall cause there looks like there is the wall, something mounted to the wall and then on top are your quilt pieces tacked on? I don't have a design wall right now and am not sure how to make one, what materials you should use. So temporarily I have just been hanging quilt tops on hangers with clips on them and then hang the hangers on my wall of cabinets. Usually if I lay out quilt blocks and strips I have to do it on my bed when hubby is gone to work. I love how you have so much work surface space. I had not thought of using a small dining room table as a desk, but I see now how that can give you much needed work surface space. And I really like how you have a separate sewing space and a separate cutting space, in my "someday" quilt room I hope to have 2 separate spaces as well. The structure that you have your quilt pieces laying on next to the window - is that a quilt rack, a quilting frame or a quilting machine? And your sewing pin cushion looks neat. Thank you for sharing a pic of your sewing room with us! :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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RE: Q.O.T.D.: What does your sewing room look like?

That's one thing I would like to have is a design wall. Any quick and easy suggestions on how to do it would be welcome.


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Sandra and Rita - design wall, assuming you have a blank wall to mount it to - is just an insulation panel covered in batting. It's very cheap. It's styrofoam from the Home Depot type store and comes in various thicknesses as insulation panels and they are 4' x 8' just like plywood. I bought 1" thick. It's very light and will break easily if you have trouble getting it home on a windy day. You can also trim it down to fit any other size.

You cover the panel with batting using spray adhesive and screw it to the wall. You have to use a large fender washer (ask at the store if you don't have them) so the screw doesn't pull through. I screwed to a stud but it's light enough you could just use mollies into drywall.


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Thank you toolgranny for sharing how to make a design wall. I don't have the wall space for one now, but in our next house I will in my "someday" sewing room.

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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I've used a flannel backed tablecloth tacked to a wall for a design wall and also large pieces of felt.Felt is 72" wide,so 2 yds would give you a 72x72' piece.
Kathi


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My design wall is a cheap flannel-backed tablecloth hung up on a rod with those office binder clips.


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I've used the flannel backed tablecloth for years till this room. They work very well and can be taken down when space is a premium. You can roll up your blocks inside them, too.


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My design wall is a $1.39 flannel backed vinyl tablecloth from Goodwill, tacked up over the closet doors. When I want to get into the closet, which is mostly long-term storage, I just pull the tablecloth out of the way.


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Toolgranny, I love the quilts you have on the wall.... finished or not, those are beautiful!

Here's my design wall (bed) LOL The cat would have been there, but I've shooed him off 3 times already tonight so I think he's got the idea for now.... we'll see how long it lasts.

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Thank you all for sharing what you use for your design wall. So if you use a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth for a design wall how do get the quilt blocks to stay on it when it hangs vertically? Do you just pin them with safety pins or straight pins? I know this is my stupid question of the day.

Vacuumfreak you have a very colorful quilt started, which reminds me I need to measure my Grandma's quilt top and design a border for it. Have been busy the last few days working on my son's crocheted ripple afgan.

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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For me with my flannel back tc i just place the blocks on the flannel side and run my hand across them.This just makes them stick to the flannel,no pins needed.Hand pressing is what i call it!!! LOL
Kathi


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Sandra, not a stupid question! :)

My design "wall" is flannel with curtain clips across the top, hung on a curtain rod mounted above my sewing closet. When I need it I just pull it across the closet, then I can push it out of the way. I think with a solid surface (such as the actual wall or the styrofoam board) you can just stick the fabric to it, but I have to pin mine to get them to stay. Depending on how big the blocks are I use 1 or 2 straight pins.

Donna


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Thank you bunches Kathi and Donna. Since I don't have empty wall space to mount a foam/batting board, I think I can get a skinny, long curtain rod and mount it above my my cabinet doors and use a flannel/vinyl table cloth that my M-I-L gave me. So now I just need to shop for the curtain rod. Thank you for answering my questions about pinning the fabric to the design wall. Now I just need to go measure for that curtain rod. :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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It's fun to peek into everyone's sewing space. Mine is quite humble but happy and peaceful. It's in the 'girls' bedroom, I have taken over since both girls have grown up and have homes of their own. On the second floor of this old farmhouse, by the machine I can overlook trees and the little pond where the spring overflows. From the other window, I can look up at the little woods on the hill. I come here of a morning with my hot cup of tea or coffee and just stitch awhile before I start my day.

My 'design wall' is a set of matresses I have yet to move over to another bedroom. My supplies are hidden all over in no particular place. The wallpaper, I must have picked out in a moment of weakness and it's coming down after my gardens are in and being painted a soft butter yellow. Ditto the horrible blue carpet. I'll be pulling that off to expose the wooden plank floors.

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Calliope, your first picture makes me think of "Little House on the Prairie." So cozy!


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Ok, I'm slow on the draw with this, but I finally got some pics of my sewing room. It's small, 10' x 10', but I'm happy to have a dedicated spot. We might build a new home in a year, and then I will be having a craft room built. Here is the view from the doorway (sorry the pics are dark and not so good):

View of sewing room from the doorway

Here is where I do my cutting, and I also sit here to make gum paste flowers for cakes sometimes too:

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Ironing and storage station. There is a speaker for my satellite radio in the corner on the sewing machine case, and the printer is for photo images for cakes. I have two of those storage cabinets in the room, they both hold fabric. I also have several plastic bins which I keep under the cutting table, one under the sewing table and one in the corner to the left of where I sew:

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TV on storage cabinet (fabric arranged by colour inside cabinet). I really only use the TV for background noise... I can't really watch TV and concentrate on sewing. DH sometimes plays video games on it when the room is available. Sorry for the glare:

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There is more storage in the closet, I have shelves with fabric, shelves with paper crafts and quite a bit of room is dedicated to cake decorating tools.


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Calliope: I love your wallpaper! I thought it might be an original William Morris design. It's perfect for a farmhouse!

Sandra: I find that fabric sticks right on the flannel as well. Pinning isn't needed unless I forget and open the window!


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Sorry am so late getting online today, busy day running errands in town with M-I-L and then routine housework, and used part of my afternoon to work on my son's ripple afgan. Calliope and Susan_on that's awesome that you have dedicated rooms for your sewing and quilting, rooms that look cozy and enjoyable. :-) Calliope your room with beautiful views sounds peaceful and relaxing to quilt in. :-)

Kate while I was in town today I got the rest of the supplies I need to make a quilt design wall and am excited about it. Since the only wall space I have available for a design wall is a wall full of cabinets I have with my M-I-L's and ya'lls' help have decided to use metal cup hooks and from that I will hang small metal shower rod hoops and from that I will suspend some large office clips and that will hold my extra large vinyl table cloth with flannel/cotton backing. Since I have a very active little boy I will be pinning my quilt blocks to the design wall with safety pins. I am short so installing the metal cup hooks near ceiling height will require the help of either DH or F-I-L, so hopefully it will get installed in the near future. I'm excited about it anyway. Hope every one has a good night.

Best to you,
Sandra


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Sandra, if you do not want to put holes in your wall, buy the small command strips with hooks to use instead of the cup hooks. These are very strong, and easy to use.

I like seeing everyone's sewing spaces. Mine is in my office - no picture - but it is sufficiently messy!


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Magothyrivergirl I had wondered if the small command strips would be strong enough to support the weight. If I can't get DH or F-I-L to install the cup hooks I may return the cup hooks and buy the command strips. Thanks for suggesting that as I had been wondering about that. Fixing to clean off my desk; after a week's worth of accumulation it looks messy. Hope everyone has a great afternoon. I spent some time in the garden this morning and my pink Tiffany fragrant rose is blooming thanks to all the rain we have been getting here in Louisiana and my daylilies are setting buds for blooms. :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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I have the medium size Command strip hooks and an old skinny cafe curtain rod holding up a mid-sized quilt. It seems to be holding up just fine.

Helene


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I am so envious of all of you have studios. I sew on the DR table. I just got a wardrobe off of Freecycle to hold my machines and supplies. It is 6 ft. tall, 4 ft wide and 2 ft deep. DH bought some plywood and made shelves for it so I can clean up and put my "stuff" away but have it accessible. Up until now it has been put into totes and put into a closet or upstairs in a storage area and when I want to get it out it is a major procedure. It will be so nice to have it in the same room but behind closed doors. I will also be able to display my toy and miniature sewing machines on top of the wardrobe.

Mary


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Congratulations, Mary! You must be so excited about your project. Its a great idea; I wish I had done that when I was using the family table as my sewing room!

Kate


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Mary, I can feel your excitement about having your fabric close-by. I think you'll be sewing more now, too. When we make our hobbies more convenient (and we should), we play more. And that's a good thing!!!!

SharonG/FL


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Helene I am glad to hear the command hooks hold up really well. I tried to get the cup hooks installed myself, but that part of the cabinet is solid wood and not budging so I am going to go buy some Command hooks next trip to Walmart.

Mary having your sewing storage handy makes all the difference in the world when you are working on projects. In my last house I had my sewing supplies including sewing machine stored in a bedroom closet and it was such an ordeal to drag everything out and put it back at night and at that point I sewed on the kitchen DR table too, so I can relate. Am glad to hear you now have handy storage convenient for your sewing projects. It's nice when our hobbies are hassle free.

Best to you,
Sandra


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Yes, Kate, Sharon and Sandra...I am so excited. We bought better shelf brackets today and all the shelves are in. I planned out how far apart I wanted the shelves determined by the size of storage boxes that I have. My machines fit in the bottom along with a case that holds fat quarters. I bought some storage drawers in 2 sizes at an auction a while ago. I have 3 large ones and 6 small ones and 2 of the small ones fit on top of one large one. My rulers and small cutting mats stand up at one end with a storage box beside them to hold them up. I have emptied 2 totes that had fabric, batting and notions in them and I still have loads of room. The unit has sliding doors on it and there is a strip of trim above them so I think I will put a strip of adhesive back velcro along the trim and make myself a design wall. I think this is the next best thing to having a studio!
Mary


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That sounds awesome Mary! Hope you get tons of enjoyment out of it!. We would love to see a photo of your new cabinet. Well I am off to work on my GW RR Seeds-N-Stitches May Swap - Mug Rug. I need to finish hand-stitching the applique on it. Hope you have a great weekend, the weather here has been really nice. :-)

Best to you,
Sandra


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Calliope, can I come to your room to meditate?? I think all my ills could be cured by a day's session there. BTW, I love that quilt in the floor hoop.


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Gosh, thank you. I'm beginning to take a shine to the quilt finally. It's a mixed bag. I started it when Vickie mentioned a 'star' challange two years ago. It just sort of fizzled out and everyone was too busy, and I had all these paper pieced stars, so a quilt was born, and it's nearly finished. I keep the sewing room simple by choice, though I do admire all the lovely equipment so many of you ladies are blessed with. It is where I mentally prepare for the day and yes, you can join me anytime. ;-)


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Okay, so I finally uploaded pictures to share with everyone. (And if baby stays asleep I can get them here quickly)

I have a sub-basement bedroom about 8' x 10' with one high window at ground level. It's sort of dark because that window is under the deck. When we moved in 6 years ago, and before the quilt frame came in, I started painting the panelling a buttercup yellow. Only half the room is painted at this point! lol

From the door, straight to the back wall:
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My closet storage... larger fabrics on the shelves, smaller pieces in the slide out drawers below. Books, etc to the right

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This is the wall to the right when standing in the doorway. It holds my wall of fame (kids pictures!) and my quilt frame. Under my frame there is lots of storage and new projects/project boxes.

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These drawers sit on the wall end of my sewing table as you walk in the door. They hold some ongoing projects and misc. stuff...also serves as a shelf for display up top. Table against the wall has my embroidery machine, tools & emb. thread boxes. Above are crafty shelves with rulers and threads. (the closet is to the right in this photo)

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I don't have any large, bare walls for a design space, but I did make a collapsable one that I can set up if needed for a large quilt. I find that I simply don't have enough surface space. I am a visual person, who constantly needs to layout in one layer the things I'm working on, or need to work on. If it's stacked I don't see it. A nice larger conference center would probably be perfect for me!! But until then, this is it and I'm happy I have it and can leave things out!


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jennifer_in_va I like your sewing room, that's awesome that you have room for a quilting frame. I can relate to needing more surface space to work on. I am like you when things start getting stacked I can't get anything done. LOL So off to finish cleaning off my desk. Thanks for sharing pics of your sewing room with us!

Best to you,
Sandra


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Wow! Im loving all your pics!! Im getting good ideas for my someday space lol


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I love all of your rooms!! I have a dedicated space, but not a whole room. I will try and take some pictures this evening and let you guys see :-)

Robbi


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Has anyone seen this site? Woo-ee. Talk about organized.

http://withinaquarterinch.wordpress.com/


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Wow, she must have won the lottery!!I can see why she would be pleased with it. Lots of pennies organized there. lol


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OK, I managed to get a few photos last night. My area is a mezzanine at the top of the stairs. There are 2 sky lights in the ceiling, so I get a lot of natural light when I can work during the day. The hardest part is I have to walk by it to get to our bedroom. It is really hard to walk by and not do anything!

This is at the top of the stairs. My project "wall" usually sits in front of the table and covers up the scrap area.
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A view standing where the computer is:
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One that has my project "wall":
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Robbi


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I used to have horses and just smiled when I saw the saddle where it's parked.


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Hi Christy good to hear from you. I know what you mean, I too am getting great ideas from everyone's posts for my someday quilt room, but also am appreciating my current workspace a little more.

Nannykins I checked out the site you posted about. She is really organized and must have a small fortune invested in fabric. Getting those bookshelves for $25 each was a great find!

Robbi you have a nice space to work in, it looks cozy and efficient. Love your cutting table and how you can work with it being small or you can lift up the left size and expand your cutting space. One of these days I hope to have a space with enough room to have a separate table just for cutting. And I noticed you have your thread organized in drawers. :-) The saddle is a nice touch. I grew up on a small farm working cattle preparing them for livestock shows and did a lot of fishing at an early age, good childhood memories. :-)

Well off to work on my Lotto blocks and my son's ripple afgan - hoping to have it finished by Christmas.

Best to you,
Sandra


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Oh and Robbi I love your design wall, such brightly colored blocks, makes me smile and is very cheerful! I just bought stuff to make a design wall, hoping to get around to setting it up later this month. :-) Thanks for sharing your space with us Robbi! :-)

Best to you,
Sandra


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Thanks everyone :-) We have 6 horses and there is some sort of horse picture or horse "thing" in every room of our house! The railing makes a great place to store the saddles, so we have about 4 of them hanging there total. That particular one is from Mexico. We don't use it much, but it is pretty to look at :-)

My project wall has all of my Dear Jane blocks on it. I've assembled the first 2 rows. I have the third row done, just not assembled.

Robbi


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Robbi, I am impressed with all you have accomplished with your Dear Jane. I know the challenge, I may abandon doing it by hand and attempt it via the machine. That's down the road but almost finished with SBQ so ---maybe.
Your sewing space is very nice.


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My son helped me create a quilting design wall tonight using a cotton-backed tablecloth, command hooks, and large binder clips. When in use I will be pinning quilt blocks to the white cotton side of the tablecloth, but took this photo showing the plastic side of the tablecloth cause I thought it would show up better in the photo. And I can easily take it down when we have to get in cabinets that are alotted for storing things other than my quilting stuff. I like this Mother's Day present that my son helped me create.

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Hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day!!! :-)

Best to you,
Sandra


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Sandra, I love a gift that is so useful!! What an awesome Mother's Day gift!! And I like that you can take it down when you need to.

Jayne, I'm lucky to have kept up with my DJ so far. I am behind right now (still working on last months blocks and this months will arrive this week). I actually like that the quilt is a nice mix of machine and hand work. It is really hard to get bored with the quilt with such a nice variety of blocks.

Robbi


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Thank you Robbi, I am hoping to put the design wall to use real soon. :-)

Best to you and many thanks,
Sandra


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Wow, these are amazing rooms! Mine is so small! I do have a few things I'm proud of, my Janome Memorycraft 6500, Roberts Sewing Table and my QuiltMate Pro so that I can use my iPad while I sew, watching tutorials and for quilt alongs....which I'm addicted to!


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