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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.
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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 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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    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 08-17-2019 at 08:43 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps

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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
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez View Post
    Yes, do what works for You!

    I'm a messy quilter and have a messy sewing room, a very large room where I have a 4ftx8ft sewing table, love it But I hate not being downstairs with hubby in evenings when he relaxes and watches tv. So, I watch tv with him and do not sew. My sewing machine is very heavy and it sits in my sewing table, removing it, carry it down and up the stairs is no fun. Wish I had a featherweight so that I could sew at the dining table that looks into the family room ... I would get so much more quilting done And spend time 'near' hubby.
    What if you bought a 2nd machine for simple piecing, need not be expensive. Saving the quilting for upstairs .
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    When I first moved into my home, I made the living room my sewing room, but found it was too crowded and it just didn't work, the lighting was wrong too, so I moved into the family room which is just off my kitchen. I like it much better this way. When people come in the back door, they see my sewing room first and are fascinated, and I use my living room for watching TV. I found I had more space in between pieces of furniture and I could put lights where I needed them. It was just a better space for me. It also has linoleum instead of hard wood and is easier to clean and I don't have to worry about pins and other things that could damage the floor.

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    Have a basement sewing room but when DH was dealing with heart issues, I wanted to be closer to him in his chair, so I moved my machine upstairs to the end of the kitchen table. We eat at the counter anyway unless someone is here. We could watch a movie together & I wasnít abandoning him. I can also sew on the sun room table but itís round & I donít like round for sewing. I pressed on a 2íx2í padded board & used the kitchen island for my cutting table. Heís recovered & Iím back downstairs again.

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    I used to have a bedroom as the sewing room got too much stuff. Hubby passed away 3 yr ago n I decided to turn my never used garage into a sewing studio. In winter got too much snow to get car out. So Iíve remodeled it with white metal walls n ceiling, indoor/outdoor carpet on the cement floor for now. I have large lateral file cabinet I store my fleece in, a large cabinet I put wheels on that I store my backings, my batiks and whatever else needs a home in it. I have 6 bookcases with fabric stored on. Iím in the process of putting it on the magazine boards w/the shirt collar clips. When my sister comes to get her original ScrapBox that I bought for a song, sheíll help me organize by color. I also have an original ScrapBox that I purchased from the company n love it for my thread batik fat qtrs my charm squares n all my notions. I love having that all in one place. As soon as I can get new pictures taken I will post them. Need to finish cleaning up out there. I had to have a ramp built so I could get out there with my walker

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    I have my sewing studio that DH built for me 20+ years ago. It is a great space as I am mentioned before. I even have a bathroom attached right next to the cutting counter and across from my computer station. I keep 4 sewing machines in this room. I do the majority of my piecing in here. I have taken over the guest room for the most part with the Grace frame and Brother's 1500se. However there are 5 other sewing machines in there. My fabrics are in my studio while batting and thread,most of it anyway, are in a sewing cabinet in the guest room. Now when we have company over night I have to move WIPS off the bed and rearrange things a bit but only one who thinks that is to much work is DH. He loves that I make good use of both spaces though isn't crazy about everything on the guest room bed (Opps!). With it being only the 2 of us anymore I make as much good use of my space as possible. This way it is an active house for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieSue View Post
    DH and I have decided to arrange our house the way we use our house. That means moving the sewing and quilting machines from the lower level to the living room where all the space and light are. We were only using the living room furniture 4-5 times a year, so we moved our 'gathering space' to the lower level and we'll make it cozy for gathering. We'll see how this goes for a while. Has this worked for anyone else?
    My entire downstairs is pretty much my studio, that has a kitchen & bath.. LOL
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    My sewing room is the only room upstairs. I love it. There is a bath room and it has a walk in door to a large attic so I have plenty of storage. The stairs give me exercise and the grands love zooming down on a bin lid. Before buying this house my sewing room took over the den and attached bedroom. Too big an area because I filled it up. Big mistake when you have to move. LOL
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    I guess I am lucky enough to have my own quilting studio/building. Had it built in 2006. 16 x16. It's so cute. I am a messy quilter so I can just shut the door. It's looks like a cute little cottage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurlync View Post
    I have a separate room for my longarm and fabric collection, but all my piecing is done in the living/dining/kitchen area which is all open with an island in the middle. My cutting mat is on the island, my ironing board is along one wall and my sewing machine sits behind the love seat flanked by drawer units. And just a couple months ago, I turned the wall behind the sewing machine into a design wall! I love the design wall there because the "decorations" are constantly changing and, if I want to hide a miss-mash of quilt blocks (from working on multiple quilts), I can just hang a quilt or top right over what's there. I figure visitors just come and go, but I Live there!
    I think that your last sentence sums it all up perfectly!! I agree 100%.
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