It has been a long time coming, but my quilting studio is up and running. I am so grateful to my husband, son in law, and Handyman Bill for making this dream come true. For so many years, I did my sewing on the dining room table, in the guest room, and in my last house, in a very nice dedicated "sewing room". I realize how fortunate I am to have this lovely large space to pursue my passion, and won't forget to be appreciative, ever.
Things are not 100% finished. We still need air conditioning, some trim, window coverings, and a few other minor details. This post is very photo heavy, but I hope you enjoy seeing some of the things we did.
We went from a former woodshop, and a very nice one at that (photos from one year ago):
Inside the door to the left, and back wall. Notice the funky cupboards, bare light bulbs and concrete floor.
Back wall and right wall. Even though the hobby wasn't mine, when I first saw this space, I could feel the creative vibe humming!
Right wall and entrance. More funky cupboards.
Left wall and part of back wall. Sewing station for two! Sara's chair still needs to be ordered. She's been using a kitchen chair in the meantime. In a photo below, I will show close ups of my new sewing table, a former dining room table. Ironing table will be set up under the window.
Back wall with storage cabinetry. Marvelous cabinetry courtesy of Lowes. You can see a glimpse of the hardwood flooring my husband installed. I love my quilts on top, and hanging in the center. Believe me, those cabinets are pretty full of stash and supplies already!
Here are some details.
Here is a close up of the cut out Bill made in the dining table to fit my Bernina. He used my acrylic insert from my old sewing table as his pattern. He dropped a little platform for the machine to sit on, at the correct height. When the template is put over the cut out, the sewing surface is smooth and uniform. I had him leave me 12 inches of space to the right, which is about 8 more than I had on my previous sewing table. He did the same procedure in the opposing corner, so I have space for Sara (or a friend) to come sew with me. We still need to sand the edges and apply a bit of stain so it looks more finished. (And yes, my friend Thelma did make the cupcake personalized mug rug for me!)
This fun little holder came from Hobby Lobby. I have a friend who uses hers to hold her rulers, but I am using mine to hold some patterns I hope to use in the near future. It also works fine to hold a magazine or book while you are reading the cutting instructions as you work.
Cabinets are 90% organized. I used plastic tubs from Target and organized my fabrics by designer, but also have things arranged by color or type (such as "Black and White" or "Civil War"). Larger cuts of fabric are folded and stacked on shallow shelves. UFOs are in smaller project boxes (and yes, I do have a shocking number of them). That super messy looking bin is full of tote bags that are going to go in a covered container out in the garage.
If you are designing a sewing space, don't forget to leave room for some treasured momentos and toys.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!