Friday, July 06, 2007

Would you like the tour?

You remember weeks and weeks ago I started cleaning up my workspace, then got bogged down with other things, including making a few little pieces. I finally finished the job today. I have to admit that pictures of people's sewing rooms/studios are a bit boring, but I understand now why people post them. When you finally get it all cleaned up you just have to share it with someone! So, come along with me on the tour—it won't take long and you won't be required to walk very far.

Here we are standing in the hallway just outside the door. Straight ahead you see part of my stash. These are the fabrics I am currently using most often, filed semi-neatly in the dishpans I bought at the dollar store. More dishpans are in the shelves at the right. That blue-gray carpet is a pain. Threads and snips stick to it like velcro.

Just inside the door, to the right, is the closet where the rest of the stash lives. This closet is very deep to the left. There is a lot of stuff in there. The closet didn't have a door on it, so I made a curtain out of an antique sheet with beautiful tatting across the top edge. The little plaque says, "when life gives you scraps, make quilts"—a long ago gift from my friend Muriel when I first started quilting.

Now, swiveling around to the left you see the sewing/pressing station and the requisite little tv set. The bulletin board has all kinds of stuff on it. There's a poem up there by Alice Walker called, If There Was Any Justice (I'd own van Gogh's Starry Night). I have never seen a quilter's bulletin board that didn't have quilt show ribbons on it. That cute little '50s style secretary's chair is from my Dad's office. It is very comfortable and adjusts and rolls.

Here's my work table. It is counter height, so it's very comfortable to stand and work or cut on. The flannel-covered board has current projects as well as that mandala piece that didn't work for a piece I made years ago, but I like it so well I keep it out, hoping I will figure out something great to do with it. I thought about making it into a clock. It has 12 points. The crow is my journal quilt, which I am not supposed to show on my blog or web site. Forget you saw it. You can only see part of it, anyway, so I don't think this counts. The gray thing on the right is my lightbox. My favorite tool. I use it constantly. I bought it at a yard sale. What a find.

And in this drawer—oh wait—I wasn't planning to show that. Avert your eyes. Move along.

Ray came up to admire the cleaned up room and suggested he take my picture. Then he made me a tall, cold drink. What a guy.


  1. I would love it if someone would come do my sewing room, then there is the Longarm Studio, well, lets face it the entire house has become a Quilters nightmare. Thanks for sharing, it does give me some inspriation. Glad you were treated to a tall cold drink especially in our heat wave we are having here in oregon.

  2. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Crow? What crow? Nice room! It's got everything you need. The cold drink is a nice accessory too ;-)

  3. Nice sewing room. I need some shelves like that. I may get someone to come in and make them to fit the space. We have a friend who is retired but does work like that pretty cheap and a very good job. If I can stand to take some more days off while he works in there. Lol.

  4. I'd say you've got just about everything you need, even your own drink

  5. How big is your studio? It doesn't look very big, but your work refects soaring vision.

  6. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Oh, good for you. Now I expect even more fabulous work to come out of this space.

  7. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Au contraire, m'dear! I find seeing other peoples' sewing rooms to be fascinating. (I think it's the interior designer/organizer in me.) And I think people who share photos of theirs are very generous. Thanks for the tour--and I don't even need a tall cold drink.

    And here we go again (parallel lives dept.): I have that very same folding sewing table. Sears? A hundred years ago? Yep. I actually saw someone sell one on eBay, listing it as a Bernina table. It did work well for my old Singer.

  8. Looks great. Wish mine did; it's a diaster area. It will have to get cleaned up soon because it is also the guest room and my parents will be here in a couple of weeks. I like your clock idea.

  9. I have no idea what crow you are talking about. Your sewing space looks fantastic and as for that drawer -- everyone (quilters especially) need at least one place to just shove the junk. The clock idea for the mandala is fantastic. I know I wouldn't mind remembering I'm late if I were looking at a clock like that.

  10. Anonymous10:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing your sewing-room,
    could you explain about the lightbox ??? And how can I contact you ?
    HB ( not used to this blogger thing :-) )
    What's this crow talking all about (grin) ???

  11. Love the drawer!! It reminds me of the top of my desk.

    Stay COOL and have Ray bring more tall, cold drinks.

  12. Thanks for the tour, Terry!

  13. I love to see where you work-a peek at the artist at work. Always inspiring.

  14. Delightful space to work in.