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Thread: Re: Quilting Spaces

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    I am interested in receiving photos/ideas of work spaces from those who DON'T have rooms set aside for quilting and DO have a husband, kids running in and out of the house, a son who leaves books laying all over, a dog who isn't interested in reading but does like to do other things with books, an autistic son who is interested in my sewing machine (but I don't think that is such a good thing right now) and a little girl who is as cute as a button and loves to ask questions (all of them good) but sometimes by this point I am ready to take the sewing machine into the bathroom, lock the door and make that my quilting area. Thank you!
    P.S. It is not neccesary to fill all the above requirements...

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    I completely understand! right now my sewing area is in my living room. I also have, 2 toddlers, a 5 yr old, a husband who loves to watch tv way way to loud...Oh and a MIL who comes up as hovers over my shoulder then asks, " whatcha making".. If my bathroom was big enough i would lock my self in there also. Everything is baby locked, and it sucks that i spend almost as much time putting up everything up that i do sewing, which is probably why i don't even bother to do quilting after i get home from work.

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    The blue tote is my fabric storage.
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    The kitchen table is where i pin, cut, ect.
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    LOL!!
    Thanks for this post... now I have to excuse myself and dry off my keyboard!

    Can't wait to see the responses.

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    OK, you asked for it. I live in a small house with my daughter, grand daughter (8 years old) and my handicapped son. The only place left for my sewing is the corner of the dining room. You can see my sewing area and my computer/ sewing area. I do have a frame and a Juki sewing machine in my bedroom. That's where my stash is stored. It's close and claustrophobic and is my favorite place in the house.

    this is my sewing desk. Its stacked with projects I'm working on
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    My computer desk. It gets the overflow from my sewing area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    OK, you asked for it. I live in a small house with my daughter, grand daughter (8 years old) and my handicapped son. The only place left for my sewing is the corner of the dining room. You can see my sewing area and my computer/ sewing area. I do have a frame and a Juki sewing machine in my bedroom. That's where my stash is stored. It's close and claustrophobic and is my favorite place in the house.
    I LOVE that your computer area is also your ironing station lol...My DH would have a heart attack if i left my iron next to my laptop. =) But hey you do what you have to do to do your hobby.

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    When I get home tonight, I will send you a couple pics. I live in a townhouse with three teen girls... a room for quilting is impossible!! :) Sadly, my dining room table also acts as a cutting table. :)

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    This reminds me of what Dad did.

    Mom complained that she wasn't getting any privacy at all from us 5 kids even when she went to the bathroom.

    So Dad installed a dead bolt on their bathroom.....LOL


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    I have a room just for sewing so I can't post any pictures.

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    amen to both of you... when i was younger.. i did much more than i do now with my own sewing room (which is just as cluttered as either one of these spaces).... it one wants to quilt and create, it doesn't matter where or when... it happens.... it's our sanity afterall.... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wytetygeress
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    OK, you asked for it. I live in a small house with my daughter, grand daughter (8 years old) and my handicapped son. The only place left for my sewing is the corner of the dining room. You can see my sewing area and my computer/ sewing area. I do have a frame and a Juki sewing machine in my bedroom. That's where my stash is stored. It's close and claustrophobic and is my favorite place in the house.
    I LOVE that your computer area is also your ironing station lol...My DH would have a heart attack if i left my iron next to my laptop. =) But hey you do what you have to do to do your hobby.
    Tee Hee. The iron is just stored there. If you turn another quarter turn you are at my dining room table where I cut my fabrics and iron. I can sit in my chair and just turn it around to press the fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaBabs
    amen to both of you... when i was younger.. i did much more than i do now with my own sewing room (which is just as cluttered as either one of these spaces).... it one wants to quilt and create, it doesn't matter where or when... it happens.... it's our sanity afterall.... :)
    I am coming to realize that a cluttered workspace is almost a requirement when one starts to quilt...I hate clutter. I really try to keep everything nice and neat. But with the kids and everything yea that doesn't happen often lol. I have slowly come to accept it. Until I get my sewing studio. That is the next big thing after my wedding in Nov. =)

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    I used to sew in my livingroom....I had to clear everything off the dining room table at dinner time ( I hated that). I actually have two dents in my wood floors where kids were running through the livingroom and knocked the iron off the board and dented my floors...not once but twice! LOL
    Then I moved to the family room.....and all my "stuff" took over. I sold the furniture and everything to fit my long arm. Then the kids started complaining that they needed their game room back...so now my studio is in a converted garage ( which is attached to the house).


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    No pics, but until this house (thanks be to God for the blessing of it) I had several years with small kids and only an area, not a room. I was lucky to be able to buy a nice Horn cabinet that closed up and locked completely. It was still a nuisance to have to shift things around and do the set-up and close-up rituals, but if not for the cabinet, I wouldn't have been sewing at all. Still no dining room table, we eat Moroccan style (couches and low tables). The kitchen table is rickety and small. My sewing room furniture is the nicest we have because it's not exposed to the wear and tear of kids and b/c I bought it. :) Maybe get a June Tailor large cut n press on sale and a used, locking cabinet with drawers. Or two file cabinets (the three-drawer style) and a long piece of countertop. Lock up the sharp stuff and the power cord of the machine (even take out the needle if you have to). I'm sewing more now than when the kids were younger, and it's very therapeutic and beneficial to the family. Never give up!!!

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    My house has been a revolving door the past ten years and so I have set up "shop" in every room except the bathroom - (which I would have retreated to had it been big enough LOL!)

    Currently I am set up in a corner of the living room - nice big window so lots of natural light. Have the stash in a small bedroom along with the cutting table. This is the first time in ten years I've been able to "unpack" and half-way organize the stash - I was mildly appalled by the amount of fabric I actually have (!) :)- The picture shows the fat quarters and WIP's stacked on top.

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    Makes me feel very fortunate...I converted the smallest bedroom into my sewing sanctuary! It's not completed, but I'm happy about having a get-a-way space that's all mine! It's not near as big or elaborate or organized as some I've seen on here....but, I like said, It's mine and I'm not complaining. My Mom lived in a tiny apartment and had the sewing machine in a corner of her bedroom. Fabric and many other craft items were stored in ever nook and cranny she could find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I used to sew in my livingroom....I had to clear everything off the dining room table at dinner time ( I hated that). I actually have two dents in my wood floors where kids were running through the livingroom and knocked the iron off the board and dented my floors...not once but twice! LOL
    Then I moved to the family room.....and all my "stuff" took over. I sold the furniture and everything to fit my long arm. Then the kids started complaining that they needed their game room back...so now my studio is in a converted garage ( which is attached to the house).


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    I have scorch marks on my carpet from my kids/dogs knocking the iron off the board -- more than one -- and I finally got my corner of the kids computer/play room cleared out again so I can sew in there - my dining room table is clear for the 1st time since christmas!! I just left all the extra leafs in it so I could move all my sewing stuff to one end when we sat there.

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    I work in the corner of my bedroom. Am considering removing the easy chair from the other side of the room so that I can shove the bed over 6-8 inches and retrieve my beside table from the closet where it is currently hiding. Not sure DH is on board with that idea...

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    More pictures of my workspace are here: http://quiltingcorgis.blogspot.com/2...my-sewing.html

    I will confess that this picture was taken right after I set up the sewing desk/corner. It is now MUCH more cluttered...

    Cheers, K

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    love seeing all the pics.I used to have to sew at kitchen table also.I feel so lucky to have rooms that are mine now.took many yrs to get there though.

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    I have a small corner of the basement family room for my sewing area. I'm pretty okay with the space but what i hate is the lack of windows (there are none). I have several good lights but there's nothing like being able to open the window and let in some fresh air and light.

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    Well, I've used several rooms of our house as sewing area, When we first moved in I had a whole room to myself, then we started having kids & I moved to the corner of the dinning/l;iving room. I didn't have the floor denteded by an iron, but my 2 yr. old daughter pulled the iron off the board & onto her head! Well she's now 17 (today as a matter of fact!) & seems no worse for wear. I now have a "corner" of the master bedroom, which my husband & I share, & it is also the computer/desk area & a pass thru to the "extra" bathroom. I store TONS of stash in the room & closet, but I have already asked my 2 girls, & as of Jan. my girls will both be at college so, I will be making a bedroom they share into a sewing/bedroom for me! (Hubby snores up a storm!!!! LOL)

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    A friend of mine had her sewing machine on the kitchen counter....kids couldn't reach it, and she sewed standing up, kept the notions and fabric she was using in the drawers below the counter. She made a cover for the machine just like a toaster and mixer use to be covered and just left it there. I had mine on the kitchen table for years, most of the sewing was done at night after kids were in bed, then when kids grew up and left for college, I took over one of the rooms, then kids started getting married and bring husbands and kids home for visits so had to give up the room, DH did add on a room which I took over part of for my sewing room...it is very small, I've seen lots of walk in closets that are bigger than my room, but I have windows, a great view, a place to leave my machine and my mess. I do find that having a room, I am much messier!! LOL I just want to say that the days and years will pass much too quickly and before long your problem will solve itself! Until then, sew when you can. Laugh in the face of chaos and make quilts! Oh, the dog...mine lays right behind my sewing chair and everytime I have to move she lets me know what an imposition it is for her LOL

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    At one time two kids came home and the only place I had was a wicker toped table with a pice of plastic over it and if you got to going it would start to bounce and had to put my bens in the bottom of our closet then would have to move shoes to get to the bens

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    I am raising a 6 year old grandson, and have neighbor children here a lot. My sewing area is in the laundry room.

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    Take a look at my quilting nook. It is 3'x9' down the side of our bedroom. The rack, surprisingly, holds 100 yards of fabric and over 200 fat quarters. the board on the bed is for cutting and ironing and stowes under the bed when not in use. It works. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-111744-1.htm

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    I used to sew on the kitchen table while the kids were napping. Kept everything in bags and had to put it all away when they woke up. I had 3 daughters in 3 years, so they all took a nap at the same time. Now I have a whole bedroom to myself and bought several storage units at Lowes. They hold a lot of fabric. Can't send a picture since I don't know how. Someday one of my kids will show me how to send pictures. I keep picturing you guys sewing in the bathroom and laughing. I can see you sitting on the toilet with your stash in the tub. Too funny.
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    DH and I have five kids, all stair-stepped in ages. We were finally able to buy a house big enough to fit in when the oldest was 15. We put them in the two downstairs bedrooms and gave them a two-room rec room as well. I started quilting at the dining room table, with a few totes of fabrics and notions. Then, my DH talked me into taking over the spare bedroom (guest bedroom).
    When the oldest turned 19 (still at home and in college), MIL hubby passed and she broke her hip the same day. So, she came to live with us and all my sewing stuff moved into a wide hallway downstairs, in totes, many totes as I had "collected" more things, including furniture.
    The night that my last son moved out after graduation, I had done the touch-up painting, DH put the baseboards down, and I cleaned the carpets. I had all my sewing stuff in there by morning. It kept growing and DH talked me into moving into the two room rec room....sweet....till I outgrew it. When DD moved out and into town, I took over that room (largest bedroom in the house 11x18). Now that I have outgrown it, I also have a sewing area (room) upstairs so that I can sew there when MIL is up (I am her caregiver).
    DH totally spoils me with my quilting, but I spoil him too with his hobbies.
    He's a keeper!!!

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