Remember when I was working so hard to get my sewing room clean? A while before that, I had filled out a survey for McCall’s Quilting regarding Baby Boomers and our quilting habits. One question was “Would you be willing to share a picture of your sewing space?” I answered yes. McCall’s contacted me and wanted a picture of my sewing room which meant days and days of cleaning. The magazine is now out, though I’ve just subscribed and haven’t received the issue, nor have I seen it but I think it’s just a small picture that’s included in the article.
After a bit of soul searching, I’m going to share the pictures of my sewing space. Every single day I realize how blessed I am to have what I have . . my family, my husband’s job, living in an area where real estate prices are extremely low, my sewing area . . and so much more! When Vince and I married, my sewing room had been a small bedroom in my house in Louisiana. My stash fit on a 3 shelf book case that was about 48″ long. In KY, my sewing room started out in a room that was about 6′ x 8′ and basically a storage room. It had no windows and the furnace was in a corner. It was pretty miserable for the amount of time I spent there. When I got the longarm, I put it in the family room that was downstairs. Chad was about 10 at the time and that was his space! Chad did not welcome the longarm into his room and it was a hostile environment for a while. That little bit of history is just so you know I haven’t always had a big, nice room and I appreciate my space tremendously.
So, before anyone starts comparing my sewing room to your sewing room, remember: I’ve sewed on the kitchen table; I’ve stuffed all my sewing stuff in a tiny closet and quilting is a business for me . . it isn’t only a hobby. It isn’t about the space we have, it’s how we use that space!
This is kinda what you see when you walk into the room from the stairs. The Bernina 1230 and a Singer 301 are always set up. Underneath the longarm, where that log cabin quilt is . . there are two twin size mattresses stacked up there. If we have company and run out of sleeping space, we pull those mattresses out and make room for two more. There are a lot of doors in this room, and that post in the middle. The post is a support beam and can’t be moved. The door directly past the longarm goes to a handicap ramp that leads to the garage upstairs. The door to the right of it is to a storage room, which is all concrete and where we run for tornadoes.
The stash, ironing table and cutting table. The stash is stored on metal shelving units from Sam’s Club. The ironing table is a piece of plywood attached to a pine book case. The cutting table is a workbench type thing with drawers, also from Sam’s Club.
The design wall is behind the sewing machines. What you can’t see but just to the other side of those storage containers (which contain UFO’s), is my desktop computer. The door right next to the design wall is another storage room. The door next to that is Chad’s bedroom. See why it’s so hard to sew when he’s home and sleeping?
If I’m sitting at a sewing machine, I’m kinda facing the longarm. There’s a TV there. The door by the TV leads to the downstairs garage. I would love to put the longarm in that garage. It’s heated and cooled but . . it’s also a storage room right now and it’s pretty full of “stuff”.
There’s a wet bar with a fridge (Dr. Pepper, you know!) and a little space to have a table and chairs but we have bookshelves with quilt books! The door leads outside so Speck can go out and do his business or I can go check on the chickens.
Now when I’m sewing, you’ll know exactly where I am! 🙂 And . . I only wish the sewing room was still this clean!