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Thread: "New" Sewing Room

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    Quiltin'Lady's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,

    I've so enjoyed seeing everyone's lovely sewing spaces, that I decided to take advantage of my newly-clean room and take some photos to share. We actually finished this room about a year ago, but it's been in such heavy use since then that I haven't had a chance to take any pictures of it.

    Like nearly everyone, I wish it were bigger. Sigh. I also wish that I had some wall space -- as you'll see, it's all covered. There is a small quilt to the side of the wall bed, but it got left out of the photos.

    It's not perfect, but it's the nicest thing I've ever had, so I really am enjoying it. Hope you like it, too!

    Batting, yarn, books, tools, patterns (boxes of stash above)
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    My knitting and quilting books, tools and thread and other notions in small drawers, patterns in small/large file boxes, fabric above in plastic bins
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    My DH and I live in a relatively small house (well, the bedrooms are small, at least). We share one room as our joint office space and the third bedroom was used as a guest room. The difficulty was that we seldom had need of a guest room and I desperately needed space for my quilting and knitting supplies. I was also sick of sewing on the dining room table. I needed a room of my own! (h/t to Virginia Woolf!) Once we figured out what to do with the bed, the rest happened pretty quickly. What IKEA didn't have, my husband made -- including the new wall bed. I would love to be able to have my fabric just out on shelves the way that so many other quilters do, but I frequently work with the window open and the dust would be a killer. As is often the case, I no sooner got all the storage units in place when I realized I needed more room! Ack! I guess I'll have to wait for our next house...
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    More....

    I have a huge felt design wall in the dining room (just outside this room), but I needed someplace to hang all the pretty little minis I was collecting and to put up reminders of the projects I want to work on next. (I forgot to put those back up when I took the photo; they hang from the lowest bar.) It all goes away when the bed needs to come down.
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    A few more...

    Close-up of the darling birthday quilt my talented cousin made for my "LV-th" (55th) birthday. The alphabet she had didn't have numbers, so she improvised! Cute and clever...
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    Just a sampling of the Red Rose Tea figurines I've collected. I've got some from every set going back about 25 years. I've also got many extras, if anyone would like to swap!
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    Amazingly, all this disappears when we need a guest room again. The sewing table folds up and stands in the right corner next to the bed, the table* behind it (which holds my figurines and my ironing "board"* and iron) drops down against the wall, leaving just the 4" header. The side of the cabinet in the corner has pegboard* to allow me to hang my various rulers and other tools. I bought the TV and VCR on eBay; I like to watch movies I've TiVo'd while I sew. I have a pair of nice wireless headphones that I use -- otherwise I have to put the volume up so high (to be heard over the machine) that my husband goes nuts. (*More clever work by my DH.)
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    Last one, I promise!

    A better look at the TV cabinet. It's actually meant for use in a closet -- the little bins where I keep my FQs are actually shoe storage! My DH made a pull-out lazy susan for the TV so that it would be "aimed" at my chair and not the door! The bookcase to the right of the door has: his cookbooks + back issues of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines; plastic salad mix containers filled with WIP; knitting patterns in file boxes; more cookbooks; and finally more plastic drawer units. The little thing leaning against the cabinet directly in front of you (under the window) is a wonderfully clever folding swift that my husband made for me for Christmas one year. I use it to hit the on/off switch on the power strip next to it, which lets me turn off light/sewing machine/iron all at once.
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    It boggles the mind.......

    You have so much stuff and seem to know what it is and where it is.

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    What a great room. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    It boggles the mind.......

    You have so much stuff and seem to know what it is and where it is.
    Ahh, but I've been doing this for a while, Lisa! :-) I buy books cheaply online; I used to belong to a Keepsake Quilting FQ club, so a lot came from there; and I buy fabric from wherever I can find it on sale. I also inherited a bunch of stuff (notions/fabric/etc) when my mom passed away.

    And don't forget that it's quilting stuff AND knitting stuff (although now that I think of it, I do have a big bin of yarn under the table in our office!).

    Give it time, you'll soon have a good collection, too! :lol:

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    WOW!!! You have a wonderful room!!! I love all of the storage :D:D:D

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    Your room is so well organized, I could definitely learn something from you! I really like your space!

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    Thanks for all the photos! The wall bed really saves you space HMM-can I get DH to do something like this? Lucky you.

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