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Thread: planning for new quilting room

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    Senior Member rilene's Avatar
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    In March, we're going to be moving to a house that is mostly finished, but there are 3 rooms that are unfinished. I will have a room over a 2 car garage for my quilting room! The walls are slanted on 2 sides. There is 1 dormer window, and 1 window on a straight wall. I'm in 7th heaven, but need ideas on how to plan good use of the space. Can you give me some ideas, please?

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    I'm excited for you! Your room seems to the be same as Judy Martin's sewing room. Check out how she arranged hers. http://www.judymartin.com/Sewing-Room-Judy.cfm

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    Can you post a picture of the room? That may help, as I'm not picturing it.
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    Thanks for answering!

    The first picture shows the wall with the dormer window. The second is just to the right of the first picture and shows the window on the straight wall.

    Do the pictures help?
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    Thanks! There are a lot of similarities to Judy's space!

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    I'd say put the storage along the slanted walls. You don't want the working space where you'll hit your head on the ceiling.

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    Good thing it isn't my room. I would place a chair where I could look out at the mtns. and I would not get much quilting done.
    Ok, so I would, but it would be hard.
    Lucky you to be getting such a great room. I think the link to Judy's room will be very beneficial. Also, Google 'sewing rooms' and you will get lots of ideas.
    Have fun and enjoy your new home and room.

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    I would plan a design wall big enough for a king size quilt to be laid out on :mrgreen: a smaller one to use for inbetween projects... (Hey it's my dream :wink)
    LOTS of storage, and good sized cutting and ironing stations... a nice BIG sewing table too!!!

    I think layouts are personal... I like to sew and then get up and move to press my pieces. I need to move around every little while, others want to be able to swivel their chair to do this. I would like a small area next to my machine for a mini pressing station for when I paper piece, though.

    By the way...besides the beautiful mountain views you have, I think your city is beautiful too!!! I loved driving through downtown, and at Christmas that year it was spectacular!!! :D:D:D

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    Looks like FUN!

    My only suggestion is to put in extra electrical circuits. I have a converted bedroom however hubby put in two extra circuits, for a total of three which service the room: one for my iron, one for the lighting, and one for everything else. I didn't realize that an iron uses up most of a standard 1,500 watt circuit, so it's nice to have all the extra power. One fun thing, he ran the wiring for the iron's circuit so that I could shut it off by way of a light switch next to the door so I never forget to turn it off when leaving.

    Keep posting photos as you move along, it is so fun to see.

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    Welcome! :D

    I'll bet you're excited about your future quilting studio! Here's a web site that may help: http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_g/g-412.html

    Have you ever read "Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space: Sewing Room Makeovers for Any Space and Any Budget" by Lois L. Hallock? I borrowed it from the library and found it helpful.

    I'm in the process of planning my new quilting room also. We're moving right after Christmas and I'll have almost the entire upstairs for my sewing room. The house itself is fairly small, but the second floor is all one room. There are two large closets, one of which I'll probably use for my granddaughters' toys and other belongings that they keep at our house. We're hoping to get a television and small couch to put on that side of the room. And I have to allow some space for bookshelves and possibly a desk. But the rest will be mine. There are five windows, one north, one south, and three east, so it's well lit. The ceiling is slanted on one side, but not the other. I have a large, older dining room table that will work well as a cutting table once we add risers. I should have space for a decent-sized ironing table and of course for my sewing table. There's enough wall space for a design wall. I'm tentatively planning to store my extra fabric in the large closet on "my" side of the room. The upstairs is freshly painted and newly carpeted. I'm really looking forward to getting organized! :D

    Sandy

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