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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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    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

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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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    Like so many, I too have not been blessed with my own sewing room. Actually, my sewing space is portable because I have limited space. I sew on a TV tray (and sit on an uncomfortable wooden fold up chair) and when I'm not working on anything I put the sewing machine away and fold up the TV tray so I have more room to walk around in...I set up in the space between my coffee table against the wall on one side of the room and my mattress against the wall on the other side. Its a real pain sometimes...espessily since that's where Nick sleeps when he stays over so I always have to make sure there aren't pins on the floor around where the TV tray once was before he shows up (and they like to get underneath the carpet threads). Not easy having a room that's a sleeping, sewing, entertainment, and eating area. Doesn't help that its small to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    http://www.younge.com/sewing%20rooms.htm This site has some very interesting rooms in it.
    And now I want to go throw rocks at my sewing room!

    This is a great web site and there are lots of neat ideas to use. Thanks for sharing!

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    I'm so jealous I could spit tacks, with the following qualifier:

    My space are the kitchen and coffee tables in a small one-bedroom apartment. Funny thing is I give thanks each and everyday for the space, and means to be able to quilt, stay sheltered, and survive fairly comfortably when others do not.

    Sometimes then it's not about things we don't have, but those we do. Got fabric, will sew!

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    Here is my quilting space......no it is not always this clean!

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    Serger Cabinet and Design wall
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    Ruler wall
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    More of my space

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    Cutting Tools and more storage
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    As Yvonne said, "I'm going to go throw rocks at my sewing room!" LOL! Still laughing at that, Yvonne! Connie, your studio is so cool! I wanna come over and sew.

    Here's another link that shares sewing rooms from the members on this board:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/1371.page

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    Chele, You can drop by anytime.

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    Thanks everyone for all your pictures and suggestions! And Yvonne, I agree, after looking at some of those beautiful sewing rooms I want to throw rocks at my space too! :)

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    Connie, your sewing room is the tidiest one I have ever seen! Are you sure you are using it enough? LOL

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    My sewing area is in the basement now. I don't have pictures yet but maybe will soon. Its a little cold in the winter but I love it. I still have alot I need to do to it to get it like I want it but for now its great. I have to share the room with my sons pool table but I use it to lay my quilts on when I need a big space. It works out great.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    Connie, your sewing room is the tidiest one I have ever seen! Are you sure you are using it enough? LOL
    :lol: LOL!!! :lol: Too funny!

    I measured out my sewing room. It is 17'x24'. I love how big it is. The president of one of my local guilds was over sewing on Friday and we were talking about having mini-classes down there. My quilt room is in the basement and while it could use a few more lights, it isn't bad. I think I'm just getting old and my eyes are not what they once were. :roll: I also have a guest bedroom so anytime any of you are passing through the Idaho Falls area, definitely let me know! :!:
    ~Tiffany


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    Wow Connie, how do you stay so organized? I don't konw if I could work in such a need place.LOL Right now my "sewing room" has a computer tower, moniter and keyboard (that I am "cleaning up" for my grandson to use to play games) setting in the floor, a stack of clothes that need mending, a big box of papers I took out of the filing cabinet that I have to sort through before destroying,a chair that we can't find a home for and did I mention this is my home fooice too. I know that somewhere in there is my sewing maching.LOL Thats why I do not post a picture.

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    I would throw rocks at my sewing room too but there isn't any room for the rocks to get in! :))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lois-nounoe
    I would throw rocks at my sewing room too but there isn't any room for the rocks to get in! :))
    :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :shock: :lol: :lol: :roll: :lol:

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    Connie love your sewing room also my daughter loves your Washington Redskin pennent(shes a redskin fan like her dad)

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