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Thread: What Does Your Quilting Space Look Like?

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    We live in a very small apartment and unfortunately I have a lot of quilting stuff. I really need to get it under control and need some suggestions for storage of everything. Does anyone have any suggestions for thread, bobbins, scissors, etc?

    Anyone want to share a picture of their space?

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    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
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    My sewing machine shares a space with a double be, cutting table and bookcase. The closet is full of fabric and so are two small plastic chests. I am the LAST one to give advice on storage because no matter how large the space, I will fill t up as soon as I can! :lol: :lol: I am a pack rat and never met a piece of fabric that I didn't like. the only way to control my spending habit is to stay out of the fabric stores and stay off of ebay. I am hooked on quilting and want and convince myself I need everything I see, so I try not to look! :lol: :lol:

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    Melissa, that sure is a challenge! I'm lucky enough to have a room devoted entirely to sewing now, but I wasn't always this lucky. There were many apartment years with limited space, sometimes just a corner of a closet. I used a lot of stackable storage boxes with labels for everything. Most of our quilting rulers have holes drilled in them, so I hung those all together from one wire clip ring hooked over the clothes rod. The cutting board and quilting hoops hung the same way. Magazine clippings, downloads, pattern templates...those all went into organized notebooks. There were thread boxes, fabric boxes. You name it, it had a box!


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    Hi Melissa. I am very, very blessed to have a room devoted to all my quilting and I have plans for shelves and whatnot, but I haven't made it that far yet. I do have pictures to share, but they are not from my quilt room. Every year one of my local quilt guilds has a Sewing Room Tour. I go and take LOTS of pictures. I found a few that deal with sewing in small places and I will post a bunch of them for you. I hope they help.
    ~Tiffany

    PS. These pictures are posted with permission.
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    Here are a few more. Hopefully something here will help.
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    I was watching simply quilts this morning and she had a bunch of tips on there this morning and one of them was to use the silverware basket out of an old dishwasher for scissors, rotary cutters, etc.. and also an office desk organizer that rotated and held alot of stuff like that..... I think I have one of those dishwasher baskets around here somewhere! I thought it was a great idea!

    Tiffany, great pics and great ideas for storage!

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    Great pictures, Tiffany. I dream of having a whole room to sew again.

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    Melissa,
    I don't know if you're familiar with this company or not. They have some really clever storage ideas, very inexpensive too. I have two "spice shelves" from them. They are meant to be mounted by their tops under cabinets, but I didn't put the piece to do that on them when I assembled them, instead I attached screw eyes and picture wire and hung them in my storage room to hold thread extra containers of pins and such. There are also pegs down both sides which i use to hang embroidery hoops. (sorry can't take pics for you) I also have a small vanity with 3 drawers on either side where I keep trims etc. I store my machine, a mail organizor for my scissors and rotaries etc, one large and a couple smaller sewing boxes. On the back wall of the storage room (about the size of an apt. bathroom) I have a bookshelf where I keep my fabric, also I have a couple rubbermaid tubs to store what won't fit on the shelves batting and fiberfill etc. Any way...here's the site (I'm looking strongly at the slack hanger to put larger pieces of fabric or cut strips on. it would hang nicely in one of the corners or on the back of the door.)

    http://www.lakeside.com/catalog.asp?N=36+461&IDXPG=2

    Hope it helps...maybe I can talk my oldest into using her new digital camera to take pics for you :)

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    http://www.younge.com/sewing%20rooms.htm This site has some very interesting rooms in it.

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    Hi, I'm new to quilting. Like you, I have limited space. Here are some of the things I'm using to try & get track of my things. All of my cutting items are in a clear plastic shoe box. Most of my rulers are in a clear container. Threads in another clear plastic box. As for my fabrics, I take a picture of each one and have them on a disc. My fabrics I place in a space bag. And since I also do beading and needlepoint/cross stitch, I use the larger tote boxes, to keep similar items together. Along with keeping a list on my laptop. And, the locations. :-) I hope that this will give you and others, some more ideals.

    Have fun. :) :)

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