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    Quote Originally Posted by aliaslaceygreen
    You have been given lots of great ideas!!!
    page three of this thread is where I have more currents shots of my studio...I still have more to do, but it is coming along....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-44879-3.htm

    Don't be afraid to try and reject some things; it takes time to find what works for YOU!
    good luck!
    But don't toss right away, put in a closet, etc. live with your new space a while, easier, less expensive if can re-add stuff as need arises. I have to really fight myself to toss anything, but I am working on it, do they have a 12-step program for packrats?

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    What a wonderful idea. I was going to use a trundle bed so I could still sleep at least two.



    Quote Originally Posted by Janette
    My sewing room is also my guest bedroom so it was crowded in there and awkward. I solved it by putting a Murphy bed with drawers and shelves along one wall so the bed only takes up 18" and I have the rest of the room for sewing. Expensive, yes, but I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Busy weekend here too. Lots of cooking to do in the morning, kids arriving in their campers, 9 grandkids (teenagers and older). So I will say goodnight and thank you all so much. I will check back on Monday. And when I have the sewing room finished, I will post the AFTER pictures, but that is going to take me a while! So much sorting and pitching to do.
    Have a great time w/your family. Don't toss anything for at least 2 weeks after you clear out room, trust me you may regret it....so many times i say to myself, why didn't I wait to be sure not usable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corry
    Okay, now how many of you have a kitty that loves to lay on your sewing table or on your stash for a comfy bed? I don't mind my cat coming into my sewing room while I am in there working but i don't want her making a habit of laying up on my table or fabrics. So I had to keep the door shut to my sewing room to keep my pets out. Well during the day it gets rather hot in my sewing room with the door shut but i need to keep it shut because of the animals...what to do...lol Hubby bought me a little window unit a/c but I only run it when i am in the sewing room. But still had the problem of it getting hot with the door shut. My stabilizer I use for machine embroidery got gummy with my thread breaking from gummed up needles. Well one day I said to my hubby...I need a screen door for my sewing room! A month later hubby brought me a screen door and took the other door off and put my new door on. It is soooo cool!! He painted the door and the screen PINK! It matches my room with the pink curtains and pink dresser! Well it works out great. The room is nice and cool with the a/c circulating thruout the house like it should and the pets can't get into my sewing room. I will take a pic of my screen door tomorrow and send it in. It is homemade of wood but looks really nice I think. My kitty is not so happy about it but that's life..lol My design wall, shop light hung from the ceiling and my screen door are my favorite ideas for my sewing room.

    Add an antique, really old so beautiful, screen-door to the room. they can still talk to you and you to them
    :lol:

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    When my son was still at home, his best friend worked for a cabinet/counter top company and they threw away damgaed or unwanted counter tops. I got several long ones and my husband built stands for them to rest on. I have one long one on one wall and a short wider one on another wall that I use as as cutting table, and a short narrow one that I use for the serger. Those three tops were the best things I got, and I could build my sewing room around them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Oh, my goodness! So many great ideas. I am going to make a list of the ideas that will work best for my little room and I will keep refering back to this thread to refresh my memory so I don't forget anything! I love the pics. Without a doubt this is the best forum on the web! Honest.

    I am so excited about getting started... but all my company has arrived so I will be busy for another day. After that, I will get started tearing this room apart. Fun and family tomorrow, then work and fun afterwards. I'm going to take pics of the progress as I go (boy is this going to be a mess for awhile!)
    thanks ;-)
    Have you thought about keeping a small notepad in your pocket? That way you can jot down all the ideas everyone will give you while they are there this weekend. Have a great time!

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    So many great ideas, and wonderful, loving families willing to help create the spaces, large or small, which we so treasure. God bless them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim
    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    great topic, I love the pegboards.
    I also like my stuff handy so I made these.
    I added binding to plastic and formed pockets by sewing it to the background fabric. Then I put some batting on cardboard, put the fabric on it and stapled it on the back.
    Granny 59...I LOVE that magazine holder! May I ask how you made it? That is exactly what I want for my room. I saw something similar at the container store ... yours is very nice!! Kim in Madison WI
    Hi Kim
    I just took a long strip of fabric of the desired width and folded the pockets by putting the magazines in as far as I wanted them to show up. By folding the fabric to the back and staple it in place they became secured.
    Hope this makes sense. If I have to explain something I realize my limitations of your language.
    Granny
    granny59 Did you leave the bottom of each section raw-finished or sew each and turn right-side out before attaching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal
    When my son was still at home, his best friend worked for a cabinet/counter top company and they threw away damgaed or unwanted counter tops. I got several long ones and my husband built stands for them to rest on. I have one long one on one wall and a short wider one on another wall that I use as as cutting table, and a short narrow one that I use for the serger. Those three tops were the best things I got, and I could build my sewing room around them.
    Wow! You are really blessed. You know we love to see pics :lol:

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    I had a friend give me a portable "craft table". I don't know where she bought it, probably Michaels. It is 36 inches tall, and has a surface of 36 inches by 24, approx. It also has a power cord with sockets on the front and a shelf of "cubby holes" that you drop containers in to hold paints, brushes, etc. I had my dh cover the cubbies with pegboard. I covered the table with thermal batting and a cover. This table sits to the left of my sewing machine, I use it for a pressing table. The iron is plugged in and sits on the pegboard, I just swivel to my left to press as I sew.

    I remove the cover to help me baste or to cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim
    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    great topic, I love the pegboards.
    I also like my stuff handy so I made these.
    I added binding to plastic and formed pockets by sewing it to the background fabric. Then I put some batting on cardboard, put the fabric on it and stapled it on the back.
    Granny 59...I LOVE that magazine holder! May I ask how you made it? That is exactly what I want for my room. I saw something similar at the container store ... yours is very nice!! Kim in Madison WI
    Hi Kim
    I just took a long strip of fabric of the desired width and folded the pockets by putting the magazines in as far as I wanted them to show up. By folding the fabric to the back and staple it in place they became secured.
    Hope this makes sense. If I have to explain something I realize my limitations of your language.
    Granny
    granny59 Did you leave the bottom of each section raw-finished or sew each and turn right-side out before attaching?
    there is no sewing involved, just a long piece of fabric being folded back and fort

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    Recently getting all of my fabric out of boxes and into plastic stacking drawers has improved my productivity tremendously. I purchased 18 skinny stacking drawers (3 inches deep) for cut quilting pieces and some additional 8" deep stacking drawers for yardage. I was lucky enough that they fit in my closet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by Corry
    Okay, now how many of you have a kitty that loves to lay on your sewing table or on your stash for a comfy bed? I don't mind my cat coming into my sewing room while I am in there working but i don't want her making a habit of laying up on my table or fabrics. So I had to keep the door shut to my sewing room to keep my pets out. Well during the day it gets rather hot in my sewing room with the door shut but i need to keep it shut because of the animals...what to do...lol Hubby bought me a little window unit a/c but I only run it when i am in the sewing room. But still had the problem of it getting hot with the door shut. My stabilizer I use for machine embroidery got gummy with my thread breaking from gummed up needles. Well one day I said to my hubby...I need a screen door for my sewing room! A month later hubby brought me a screen door and took the other door off and put my new door on. It is soooo cool!! He painted the door and the screen PINK! It matches my room with the pink curtains and pink dresser! Well it works out great. The room is nice and cool with the a/c circulating thruout the house like it should and the pets can't get into my sewing room. I will take a pic of my screen door tomorrow and send it in. It is homemade of wood but looks really nice I think. My kitty is not so happy about it but that's life..lol My design wall, shop light hung from the ceiling and my screen door are my favorite ideas for my sewing room.

    Add an antique, really old so beautiful, screen-door to the room. they can still talk to you and you to them
    :lol:
    The door my hubby made looks like the old timey doors. When I am in my sewing room I let my cat and dogs come in with me. It is when I am not using it that they need to stay out of there cause my cat wants to lay on my fabric and beside my sewing machine. Now they can't get in but the a/c can circulate in there and keep the room cool.

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    I have not read all of these suggestions so sorry if this is a repeat, but my favorite ideas that I used in my sewing room is the picture rail right up by the ceiling so everything is movable, and the pegboard on the chains so I can move it anywhere I want anytime I want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Okay, I should have gone ahead and posted pics right at first... but here is my office/homeschool classroom/soon to be sewing room. I didn't tidy it up, so be kind :D

    As you can see I have a lot of light in the evening across the desk that will be my sewing machine desk.
    Melody, do you teach homeschooling to others or to your children? I taught mine for a total of 17 years. I remember how much stuff I had for homeschooling.

    Where are you putting all that you have in the office? :?: :D

    Not sure what size the room is that I call my sewing room. It is not as big as I would like and has one window. I began pulling stuff out of there yesterday and am trying to sort through everything. My 'before' pictures will stay on my computer until I have the 'after' ones taken. A little tooooo messy to show now. Blessings to you as you go through yours. I will be watching your topic with great interest!

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    Sew Extreme... I have been teaching my grandson for 2 years. It isn't the typical homeschool, it is K-12 Virtual Academy in Ohio. I can't say enough good things about it. His books are in the pictures, but they don't show up very well in all the clutter. :lol: Actually, I have 2 grandchildren in K-12 and one more probably enrolling next year. Congratulations to you for being a homeschooling mom for 17yrs! Some days can be tough, but it's so rewarding.

    Believe it or not , but both desks have drawers that are almost empty... hence, the clutter. A lot of my clutter comes from my genealogy work, which is finally going to get filed properly. I am the family historian (self appointed :lol: ) and I also have charge of all the old family albums on DH's side of the family. Those are being scanned into my computer, catalogued and put into albums along with the family histories. Big job but I love it. I don't do scrapbooking (I really don't need another hobby!) I have already done 3 albums with the histories, so it won't take too long to organize what's left. I hate being unorganized. And I'm very anxious to get started on this room.

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    It's been a wonderful weekend with the family and today was especially nice. And so here I am, reading through all these posts while everyone has gone to bed. I love the pictures that have been posted.... more things to add to my list. :thumbup: I have recuited one of my grandsons to help move furniture out of the room. Although, the 2 desks are solid as rocks and move just as easily, so I am having second thoughts about taking them out. My husband made the one that the computer sits on when he was in high school, many years ago, and the drawer space is invaluable and I plan to put that to good use.

    The plans are starting to form in my mind's eye, thanks to all of your suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal
    When my son was still at home, his best friend worked for a cabinet/counter top company and they threw away damgaed or unwanted counter tops. I got several long ones and my husband built stands for them to rest on. I have one long one on one wall and a short wider one on another wall that I use as as cutting table, and a short narrow one that I use for the serger. Those three tops were the best things I got, and I could build my sewing room around them.
    Wow! You are really blessed. You know we love to see pics :lol:
    I don't know how to post pictures. Do anyone have any ideas? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have not read all of these suggestions so sorry if this is a repeat, but my favorite ideas that I used in my sewing room is the picture rail right up by the ceiling so everything is movable, and the pegboard on the chains so I can move it anywhere I want anytime I want.
    What kind of picture rail is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Sew Extreme... I have been teaching my grandson for 2 years. It isn't the typical homeschool, it is K-12 Virtual Academy in Ohio. I can't say enough good things about it. His books are in the pictures, but they don't show up very well in all the clutter. :lol: Actually, I have 2 grandchildren in K-12 and one more probably enrolling next year. Congratulations to you for being a homeschooling mom for 17yrs! Some days can be tough, but it's so rewarding.

    Believe it or not , but both desks have drawers that are almost empty... hence, the clutter. A lot of my clutter comes from my genealogy work, which is finally going to get filed properly. I am the family historian (self appointed :lol: ) and I also have charge of all the old family albums on DH's side of the family. Those are being scanned into my computer, catalogued and put into albums along with the family histories. Big job but I love it. I don't do scrapbooking (I really don't need another hobby!) I have already done 3 albums with the histories, so it won't take too long to organize what's left. I hate being unorganized. And I'm very anxious to get started on this room.
    Ah the genealogy bug bit too!!! I have it bad, as well...And have so much STUFF...and DO do the scrapbooking (hence the mess on the OTHER side of the studio!)

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    Ah the genealogy bug bit too!!! I have it bad, as well...And have so much STUFF...and DO do the scrapbooking (hence the mess on the OTHER side of the studio!)
    Yes, I was bit YEARS ago and have YEARS of notes, books etc, half of my bookshelves were devoted to gotta-have county histories and cemetery books and plat books and maps. There is no cure for the genealogy bug anymore than there is for the quilting bug :mrgreen: but that's okay with me! Except for the disorganization. I cannot function well without some kind or organization, or at least a method to my madness!! Also, I admit that I tried the scrapbooking, but it just wasn't for me... I was so relieved to discover that. I do not need another bug to bite me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I have not read all of these suggestions so sorry if this is a repeat, but my favorite ideas that I used in my sewing room is the picture rail right up by the ceiling so everything is movable, and the pegboard on the chains so I can move it anywhere I want anytime I want.
    What kind of picture rail is that?
    Actually I went to an Amish man and he had made this trim with a small rabbit in the back. I don't remember what it was intended for. I turned it upside down and attached it to the wall. As long as it has a ledge to hang the hooks from you can use almost anything. Makes it able to move anything anywhere in the room at any time.

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    [quote=garysgal]
    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal
    When my son was still at home, pics :lol:
    I don't know how to post pictures. Do anyone have any ideas? thanks
    Hi Garysgal, to post pictures you hit the browse button where you are posting your reply. This will take you to your computer's insides and you find 'my pictures' or whatever your pictures are stored in. In mine I store pictures in folders either titled with the month and year or other titles like 'vintage machines', etc.

    You click on your folder or photo. If you click on a folder that has your photo in it, you will have to go down and also click 'open' to open your folder. Then when you click on your photo and then click 'open' again, it will pop onto this site.

    You will see to the left of the 'browse' button, empty space. You can click in there and write what you want to about each individual photo. Cool, huh?
    :D

    If I learned to do it, you certainly can. The best thing is that you asked. Let me know if I need to clarify any part of this, ok?

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    Thanks everyone for your help in posting pictures. I will take some and post them hopefully this week. Right now I am battling an abcessed tooth so as soon as I get that taken care of I should feel better and can get going.

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    Do you mean furniture castors or bigger wheels which can go on gates? I have two drop-leaf tables which are great for dining height but not for cutting - I put pieces of 2x4" pine timber on top and then have a spare piano hinged 3x6' table top left over from another project I made previously which I keep along the wall behind the actual cutting table, but it is there for easy expansion if I need it. I'm also a DIY-er. 8-)

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