Oh, if only I could be sewing in my room as much as I am at work! This room was a work-in-design for many years. DH and I have moved about every 4 years for the past 25 years, so I’ve had a LOT of sewing rooms, from a card table in the kitchen to a sewing room in the bedroom. Every time we put a new sewing area together I’d think of another way of tweaking the design and a note would go into the design file. So, when we had to move yet AGAIN for his job I had only one condition – I would get the sewing room I’ve always dreamed of. He agreed, and I held him to it! I am blessed to be able to have this room, and I remind myself every time I walk into it. I thought you might like to see it too:-)
Let me add this disclaimer before we begin: This room is rarely as clean as these pictures! However I do try to thoroughly clean and sweep between each quilt I make.
So, here goes. I’ll take you around the room. Here’s the view when you walk in. All of the cabinetry was made by a friend who was also a general contractor (that helped us save some money, thank goodness!). The cabinets were made to height for me, as I’m a bit tall (5’9″) :
There is room for my sewing machine and my serger (which rarely sees the light of day anymore). I also have room for my computer for when I do embroidery work (which has been twice in 5 years) or just want to play with EQ. I also store stuff in every single inch of the room, even under the tables:
I’ll even crawl on the floor to store stuff!
At the end of the sewing table and around the back is more storage (you can never have too much storage!). What’s that hanging on the wall holding fabric? A towel rod we had bought several years ago but never used. It’s great for holding the fabric for the current quilt I’m making. It doesn’t get wrinkled while it’s waiting to be cut.
<em>Helpful hint</em>: When the contractor asks where you want your outlets, don’t give him a general area. Mark EXACTLY where you want them. As you can see, they put mine in exactly where I marked them. I wanted them down closer to the table. Oh well. They still work!
Because of the odd-shaped window setting I wanted a window seat built (older picture – no longer have this iron!)
And the contractor suggested adding storage (duh!). Both the center and right side open up. Oh, and that’s Opus from Bloom County. He’s been my Patron Penguin of Sewing Rooms for the last, I don’t know, 15 years?!:
And don’t you just love the window covering?! It’s made from Styrofoam and fabric and weighs practically nothing. I love the fabric. It makes me giggle whenever I look at it – it’s women fabric shopping!
The design wall is just two 48×32″ insulation boards covered with batting and some leftover flannel. To the left is the white board for jotting notes and to the right is a small quilt I use to attach the quilt show pins I’ve picked up over the years. The cutting table is 6 ft. long and just over 4 ft. wide. It has room for two stools and is 42″ tall so I don’t have to bend over to cut fabric. You can also see the fabric cabinet on the left:
There is a bookcase at one end of the cutting table packed to the gills…
…and more drawers and storage at the other end. I even had them run electricity to the cutting table and have an outlet on either side. Comes in handy when I need to use the mini-iron to make applique.
The fabric cabinet is nice and deep. I am, of course, obsessive about sorting my fabric so I keep it in tubs. Yes, I even label the colors.
And last, but not least, the pegboards that hold everything else:
So there you have it. If you’re ever in the area bring your quilt and I’ve got a place just waiting. I may be paying for this room for the rest of my livin’ days, but I love it every time I walk through the door. I’m at home here. Oh, and remember your slippers – walk on my floors in your bare feet at your own risk!
I’d love to see your sewing area too – it’s such fun to see where people create such beautiful things! Please – post pictures on your blog so I can visit too!
Wow! That is such an awesome room! Just how big is it, anyway? I wouldn’t be able to come visit you – I’d never go home! What are you going to do if you move again?
Peggi, if I have to move again I’m gonna cry, that’s what I’m gonna do. However, if we really want we can take the cabinets – he installed them so everything can be removed!! The room itself is a squidge bigger than 16 x 16′. DH is having fits though – I now have a quilt frame and of course it won’t fit in here so it’s upstairs in the loft. He says my quilting is taking over the house LOL!