Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Where I Sew


Jennifer is having a fun blog hop featuring some of our favorite blogger's pretty sewing rooms. 
This week she is allowing us to link up our less than pretty spaces, too.
This is where I sew. It is a work in progress.
I have a big room upstairs. It's the old master bedroom, where my mom lived for 11 years. After she moved to assisted living it didn't take me long to move all my sewing supplies to that room. My favorite part is the big picture window where I can look out over our street and see what is going on in the neighborhood. It let's lots of light into the room too.


I do most of my sewing on my old Bernina 153, but also have an 820 for quilting. (It's in the shop right now.) I recently got a Horn sewing table. It has lots of storage drawers and expands to make a big flat surface for quilting.



We have decided to remodel the bathroom connected to this room and install hardwood floors so I have held off really making this space my own with decorating and painting. This shows a nice overall view of the room. I have so many plans for that big wall. I have bunting to hang and gifts, lots of gifts, to display.


The big Bernina drops in so all is flat for quilting, but I still use the attached table on the 153. My laptop and camera are usually never far from my side when I am sewing. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I sew. I'm listening to Blood and Beauty now. The fascinating story of the Borgia pope of the 15th century.


Last year I made this cutting table from 3 cubby storage units purchased at Target and a tabletop from IKEA. It fits my large cutting mat with room to spare. This side stores some of the projects I am working on and also some of the gifts I have received that will be on display when I complete the decorating of my room. In the bottom are bins of charm squares and my purse frames.


This end stores my books, black and white scraps and miscellaneous reminders of things I need to make.


The other side holds the rest of my scraps in color coded bins. Target didn't have yellow or orange bins so I need to mark the beige with their colors.


My Oliso iron is always ready and has been a good work horse.


My design wall is just a piece of batting hung between the closet and entry doors. I wish it was a little bigger.


I have a pretty good stash of fabrics. I keep the fat quarters folded. The half yards to 2 yard pieces are folded onto comic book backer boards. Larger pieces are stored on bolts (I get them free at Joann's) and kept in the closet. There are more scraps in one bin and works in progress and orphan blocks in another.


My thread stash is pretty sad. It is one of the things I really want to get organized and displayed when I finish the room.


I started making a muslin months ago and this is as far as I got. I probably should put a cute old dress on the body form.

Two favorite pillows and the caricature portrait my sister made for me decorate one corner of my room.

Thanks for visiting. I hope by this time next year I can show you a completely remodeled and decorated sewing room.


17 comments:

Karen P. said...

what a wonderful big sewing room you have Di! You will have so much fun decorating it. I know that is my favorite part! ;-)

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

Loved peeking into your space and love that table and all the light! :) Thanks for sharing your space with us Di.

wonderlandbyalyce said...

Lovely space! Lots of light!

Julie said...

What a lovely space - I shall have to investigate audio books for when I am sewing. A great idea - what are some of your favourites? Can't wait to see it all once it is decorated.

Laura said...

Ooh your shelves are like mine but your colour coded bins are better! Is the Horn stable enough for the 820?

Geri said...

What a beautiful space you've created for your sewing! And that is so touching that the caricature is one of your favorite things!! Look at ALL that fabric - beautiful!!!

Patchwork and Play said...

If your thread stash is sad mine is just plain miserable! You have a fabulous sewing space that will evolve into your sewing 'haven'!! Thanks for sharing it!

Cindy said...

Such a happy, spacious place to create! No wonder your quilts are always so pretty :)

Ginny said...

Thanks for a peek into your creative space! Love the 3 cubie cabinets and the top from Ikea - great space for that large mat! Mine sits on the unused end of my dining table most of the time! ;)

Ginny said...

Thanks for a peek into your creative space! Love the 3 cubie cabinets and the top from Ikea - great space for that large mat! Mine sits on the unused end of my dining table most of the time! ;)

suemac said...

Love your shelves and shelves of fabric. So nice to have when inspiration strikes.

Katy Cameron said...

Love your space, and so jealous you can walk round your cutting table!

May Chappell said...

What a fun space!! It's nice to be able to visualize where everyone sews!!

Trina Peterson said...

Love it! The natural light is definitely a fortunate asset. It's the one thing I really wish I had :)

Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

You'll have to show updated photos after the floors are in and you've "finished" the room. It looks great now, so I can only imagine what you'll do with it later. Love it!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

I just saw your fabric stash...and it made my day! There's someone worse than me!!

Sarah said...

Great space. Very nice and light. I'm impressed with your number of threads alone! I can ignore that they aren't organised.