Saturday, October 15, 2011

"My Sewing Room"


In the past months, I seem to have lost my blogging mojo, but you already knew that. It seems that good old-fashioned "Catholic guilt" does wonders to motivate my dormant blogging skills. Even folks who I didn't know read my blog have asked "How is your sewing room coming?... Well, when are you going to show photos on your blog?"  Ok. I get it.Today was absolutely gorgeous outside, so I took my camera to my basement room and took new photos to show you "My Sewing Room."
I searched many thrift shops before I found this treasure to hold my stash. It's part of an old entertainment unit.  I'm still moving fabric from the closet in my former sewing/bedroom, folding it and organizing according to color. This is for my larger pieces of fabric to use for borders, binding and backing.
My "works in progress" are stored behind the floral fabric under the bar area. Out of sight, out of mind:)

 I have wanted a Big Board for pressing for a very long time. With the help of my SIL, this ironing board was created for my space. It measures 68" by 25". We purchased plywood from Home Depot, used batting, insulated fabric and drapery lining fabric. I plan to use some orphan blocks to make a colorful ironing board cover (one day....). The plastic drawers hold my scraps, fat quarters and other small pieces of fabric. It helps to organize my fabric by type (civil war, black and white, neutrals, plaid, patriotic, dog prints, holiday and strips)
 This new design wall is amazing. Using two foam insulation boards from Home Depot, covering the boards with Warm and Natural batting and bolting it to the wall, this design wall measures 86" by 88".  That's the Rotweiller quilt waitinig for an additional side row and borders.
 It's a luxury to have floor space to actually measure a quilt top for borders.
 This table was in my childhood home. I remember Mom refinishing it years ago. With bed risers added to the legs, it's become my new cutting station. Might have to purchase additional cutting mats.
 I love looking out the window when I'm sewing. Luckily, my sewing cabinet fit near the two windows. It's fun to watch the "neighborhood" from my nook.
Books, magazines, and patterns all live on the wall adjacent to the ironing station. The row of binders contain patterns ripped from my older quilt magazines. The shelves are filled with great inspiration for future creations.
 This is the one area that I've can't  decided what to do. The entertainment cabinet weighs a TON. Dear Son said it will remain in the house FOREVER. There is an old TV in the cabinet that I had hoped to use with my laptop to stream movies. The television is so old that it doesn't have the right inputs. I keep thinking we will load it and bring it to a charity shop, but it too weighs a TON. The recliner is Rusty's chair. Yogi from Aunt Polly's Porch takes wonderful naps while Polly sews, but NOT my Rusty. He watches my every move.


The only item on the wall is one of the first pictures that I had in my very first apartment over 30 years ago. The colors and simplicity of Picasso's print has always spoken to me.
Thanks for "visiting" my new sewing space. It will continue to evolve, but I'm truly blessed to have so much space to create.

18 comments:

Jackie said...

It is a terrific space! I can definitely see tons of creativity happening here.

Angie said...

Wow, it is a FABULOUS!! sewing room!! Now, how long will it take you to make it look like a lot of our 'this IS straightened up!!!) sewing rooms??? LOL Rusty sounds like my beloved black/tans that live across the Rainbow Bridge now...they never were comfortable staying in one place while I sewed. *sigh* BTW, Rusty is adorable. :)

Kathy said...

Very nice sewing room. I like the ironing board you made and the cabinets under them. Great idea!

Kathy said...

Very nice sewing room. I like the ironing board you made and the cabinets under them. Great idea!

Diane said...

Love it! The bed risers are a great innovation. I'll have to keep those in mind.

If you really don't want that entertainment cabinet, you could dismantle it to get it out of there...

Carolyn said...

Wow your sewing room is looking great. I know you are excited. I feel so blessed that my sewing room
is sort of roomy. I blogged last night about finally getting a t.v. in my sewing room. I live about 45 miles east of you down I-20. Nice to find quilters in the same state.
I love your ironing board.

Darlene said...

Oh, Becky, it's wonderful. A spot for Rusty, too. :-)

Laura said...

Very nice!!

Deb said...

Nice! It's always fun to see how others repurpose in their sewing room. I'm really in love with your Rottweiler quilt - is it a pattern?

Michelle said...

Love it!! One day I'll have space like that!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the tour of your new sewing room. It looks like a wonderful place to create. Love the ironing board idea:)

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Ok I'm ready to come over to sew! Looks fabulous!

Pat

Leisa said...

fantastic job! Love the natual light in the room. The design wall is great. You have alot of space that you can really make a truly amazing display of all your quilts.
You have a wonderful room. Thank you so much for your pics, makes me want to get mine more organized.

Pat said...

Yeah!, Glad you are back. Your sewing studio is great!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

What a great space! Enjoy!!

Brenda said...

Looking good.

Gretchen said...

WOW! What a fabulous space and it has everything plus room to spread out quilts. And it's so clean and organized. Enjoy!

Lana said...

this is really looking good! I am so excited that you actually have your own space! Enjoy!!!!