I have two sewing rooms and if they were taken away they would have to put me in the "funny farm." Hope you get your space back soon. I love to make quilts and I would leave a mess anywhere I had to to be able to quilt. Guess I'm just not that anal about mess versus quilting.
We downsized too and I felt like a hoarder while everything was stacked in boxes waiting for a place to be. I think I've implemented all the suggestions here for living and sewing in a smaller house. But I would still like to have more space. I'm happy for you being able to look forward to additional room. Show us pictures when you've got set up.
Was just thinking about when my daughter first went off to college. She and a friend shared a very small room and tiny bath. To store their personal toiletry supplies, I made them a hanging storage, for the back of the bathroom door. It had various sizes of pockets (roomy pockets, with elastic at the tops), to hold anything from TP to a hairdryer. You could fashion a similar thing, for your sewing supplies. Theirs was held up by two "over the door" hooks.
I emphasize with you too. I have a pretty good sewing area, because our bedroom is too big (Yes, it's possible). At first, we fell in love with the room but since we have to cool it with a single window a/c, or heat with space heaters, we have decided it's too big! Besides, we are the opposite of hoarders and the room is kind of empty-ish. Or at least it was until I started quilting!! One side of our room has the bed and the other side has a big sewing desk and cutting table and ironing boards and the dresser. And there's still emptiness!
Anyway, sounds great, doesn't it? Problem is, we have cats. And they love laying on *MY* stuff. And puking on *MY* stuff. yuck.. So I keep the sewing machine in there but everything else gets hauled from another room that the animals are not allowed in. I'm seriously considering getting rubbermaid involved. I think one big one would hold all my projects and it would be easy to fold up the one I'm working on at the end of the day and put it on top. Might help me concentrate on one project instead of three!
One way I do keep them away from my hand-quilting project is put it in a beach bag and hang it from a hook. I could, in theory, get several beach/tote bags/back packs, etc... cheap from thrift stores and hang each project in one and hang them. That would get them up out of the way but they'd probably get pretty crinkled.
I do enjoy having a lot of room to stretch out while quilting, so it's worth it!! When my son leaves the nest, we'll probably move back to our 2-bedroom house and I won't have room to quilt so I'll be back here, trying to see if you found a solution!!
Oh I know what you are goin thru...Had sewing room but Mom moved in so that took care of that! Fab storage is the worst. Have 16 or 18 66 quart containers stacked in our bedroom. They USED to be sorted by color. Sewing table in corner of dining room. Luckily its large so I can store my rulers and notions on top.
Can you claim a closet? Get rid of clothes that you haven't worn for a year? Get rid of DH clothes he hasn't worn in a year?
I used to look at pics of quilters sewing rooms and don't anymore. But when I was looking, I liked the idea of taking beautiful curio cabinets and storing fab! DSs are young adults so we are more flexible w/meals and one son works nights.
Good luck w/this. Remember, quilting is therapy. You will get this under control...eventually.
My family got used to the fact that my sewing machine is up all the time and our dining room table is usually my design/cutting table.
I know your pain-since my move across country my little bedroom has all my sewing tables-collapsed against the wall- fabrics and tons of misc quilting treasures along with the bed -dresser and a lg TV so in order to be creative its just to much work so all I've done is make curtains (at the dining room table)
since being here and it was easier to buy the fabric then dig through dozens of totes and being in a rented house I have no options of adding on a room or nice shed. And I decided to make do til I find a place to buy. Althou I hate the thoughts of moving again but I believe with a lot of patience the wait for my own creative corner with a door will be so worth it.And of course I pray to the Quilt Fairy for any assistance she can give
If the futon is too low, buy bed risers and then you have under-bed storage--hidden, of course! I could have a 20 x20 room, and it would still look like we'd had an earthquake!
How about moving DH's computer stuff to the garage or bedroom & claim the room all to yourself for now. Bet your new room would get done lots faster that way. (A devilish giggle.)
I sew in my kitchen. In my living room I have two computer armoirs without the shelves and have storage bins with my fabric separated by color and the small slots hold the other items. I use my built in stove top for my ironing board, unless I have large pieces and then I bring out the ironboard. I use my kitchen table as my cutting board and sewing area as we eat in the living room every day anyway. It is a bit messy but you make do with what you have. When I get company I put everything in the armiores and close the doors and no one sees anything.
Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles
I think you should just work on your hand quilt and spend some time drawind/designing your new room. That is fun too!