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    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Sewnoma...sounds like you are making great process, you will share pics , right?
    Slow progress, but some! At this point I've MOSTLY just made a huge mess but there is some organization happening.

    I'll do a big post when it's done (or nearly done) but when I get home tonight I'll post some "sneak peeks" here.

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    It sure still looks pretty. I wished my friends had living rooms like that. I could come over and sit and sew with them.


    Quote Originally Posted by craftiladi View Post
    Good for you! My hubby works out of state during the week and we have almost no company. I was happy to be in a spare rm when we first bought our house but within a yr I outgrew the bedrm. it was my husband who suggested i use the unused front living rm. We have a side door in our carport but I also can still answer the door in the front of the house. I love having all the room.
    the 1st pic is what used to be my sewing rm
    2nd pic is what used to be the living rm
    3th pic is a yr or so ago but a peek at the new revised sewing rm

    I am grew up in a house where we had looky pretty rm, use your house!!! I say.
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    Dee - What a glorious workplace - or should I say playroom? People always say, when they see a quilt, "So much work!" But I always say, "No, it's PLAY!" I love the colors of all your fabrics, too - cheerful and happy. Nothing drab or boring! Wish I had the gumption to turn one of our rooms into a real studio, but my stuff is half in the back of the kitchen and half in a corner of the living room.
    Sewnoma, would love to pics of your room when you get it done, too.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    LynnVT......you said "Wish I had the gumption to turn one of our rooms into a real studio, but my stuff is half in the back of the kitchen and half in a corner of the living room. "

    thats exactly why I did it, I was all over the place, I spent more time tracking stuff down then sewing. Now my batting is still in another rm's closet but I can handle that.
    Thanks so much for your nice words.
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    Okay, I'm a day late, but here's some work-in-progress...I'll put together a real post when it's all done but boy am I having fun filling these cabinets!

    I have 5 BILLY bookcases from Ikea, with doors, and I love them. They're mostly still empty but I've started putting some things away...

    Cabinet#1 is going to be for stuff still on the bolt, and "utility" fabrics (muslin, heat-proof stuff, canvas, vinyl, etc). The batting is just in there temporarily (batting will be stored under my cutting table, same as it is now). Also interfacing & stabilizer.
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    Cabinets 2 & 3 are where all my quilting cotton will go, and my thread (in those shallow bins in the middle there). Pre-cuts are in the orange and turquoise baskets. (My quilt inspector is already on the job!)
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    Cabinet 4 - the top is for work-in-progress, which is about all I have in there so far. Rest of the cabinet will be "other" fabrics - quilt backings, and flannel, fleece, corduroy, denim, etc. Also I have some bins that will go in the bottom of this cabinet for all my scraps.
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    Cabinet 5 is going to have some scraps that have been cut down (in some of those drawer bins) but mostly will be the catch-all for everything else! Misc hardware, glues, tape, graph paper, patterns (I only have about 5). Probably my quilting magazines will go in here too but not sure yet. Kona color card...whatever else gets in the way and needs a place to hide.
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    That's about it so far. Painters come next week (we just painted around where the cabinets were installed, they'll do the rest - we're having about half the house painted) and once they're done I can start REALLY moving in and taking good pictures.

    And just so you aren't too impressed by all my neatness in these cabinets, here's what the rest of the room looks like right now. Yeesh. DH isn't done moving his stuff out yet, and there is construction debris everywhere (we're doing more work elsewhere too). I love a remodel...AFTER it's done! I can't wait to turn all this mess into my sewing space! Everything you see in this picture is LEAVING, including the ratty old blinds.
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    Since I live alone, there is nobody to veto a move to living room, however when DH was living he would not have objected. I have an L shaped work area along two walls and two long tables in center of room. I maintain the more stuff out in the open the more successful the creative vibes are flowing. So, after one of those flows, I have to straighten up and put things away. I am maybe the worlds worst at organizing my fabric and accessories, but my intentions are good. I love my conversion of sewing area to living room... When sewing groups come over, they roam via open double pocket doors and french doors from den to dining room to living room. It warms my heart to see them enjoy this old house, especially when they bring their children. My family and guests are always interested in my projects and the quilt in a frame I am currently hand quilting, this one in the den.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamae View Post
    It warms my heart to see them enjoy this old house
    In the late seventies/early eighties there was a PBS show, with Bob Villa, called This Old House. My husband used to come over and we'd sit and watch it, and decided to buy the old house down the road.

    33 years later, we still refer to our home as 'This Old House'

    We've expanded on what we saw on the show, I never saw them add a 'sewing room.'
    Can't remember if I replied to this thread but my husband, 5 yrs ago or so, turned our dining room into my sewing room
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    That's exactly what I'd do if we didn't have a spare bedroom! Good outside-the-box thinking!

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    Sewnoma....awesome work, pat yourself on the back, you are making great process....can't wait to see more. I have to say at this point I would be pulling my hair out, I am not a patient person & don't live well being disorganized, I would never make it through a remodel, i commend you
    Dee Lowe
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    I did and loved it. Had a huge living room, and a small sitting room off the dining room. Moved TV, couch the other stuff in the sitting room and used the living room as my sewing room. There is only just me so nobody had an issue with it.

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    My living room conversion is allllmost done (more pictures are coming, I SWEAR) - my FIL came over earlier this week and walked in, looked around in amazement, and asked me when I'd started a sewing business. I just started laughing and he said, "No, seriously child, nobody needs this many sewing machines and this much fabric unless they're in business!" I just laughed harder. I have all of 3 sewing machines visible (one is embroidery-only, one is my portable) and a mere two cabinets full of fabric, and they're not even FULL. I patted him on the back and said, "You just wait and see, this is just the beginning! This is my passion, and I dream big." He just laughed and said, "No kidding!" LOL

    I know in his view I probably have the most "extreme" sewing room in the world...but really it's nickle and dime stuff compared to some of the sewing studios I've seen! His head would probably explode if I told him about my "dream" sewing studio that I'd like to create some day!

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    I have my studio in my dining room. Only problem is that when I am sitting people in the family think I am waiting for a conversation with them. I am trying, have not got it done yet, to organize so that I can get my sewing room up away from the family.

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