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    What a great reference this post will be, thanks for such a compehensive list of things to think about. LOVE the idea of an outlet in the middle. I can position it so it is under the cutting table, but near the edge. Just think... a light, a glue gun, all the things you might want to plug in and use on that big surface. YUP gotta do that!! Flooring: we were thinking of a laminate that looks like old farmhouse boards. Can you tell me more about how cork would be better, or would laminate work.
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    Think about how you store or want to store your : fabric, thread, notions, rulers, rotary cutters, books, magazines, patterns, stabilizers, batting, yarns, paint, dyes, etc. Will your fabric be on open shelves or in drawers of some kind? What flooring will you have? I have a cork tile floor and love it. It's smooth, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Also easy to keep clean - just vac. it. Where will your pressing area be? A large board or regular ironing board? Will you have a small pressing surface next to your sewing area to use while piecing? What kind of lighting will you have? Where will your design wall be and how large? Also will it be portable or stationary? Where will your cutting area be? Make sure it's a good height for you. What color paint on the walls? Make sure to put in enough electrical outlets, you might want some in the middle of the floor, instead of all on the walls. Will you have more than one sewing machine set up, a serger perhaps or a long arm? Don't forget to include some wall space to display some of your creations.

    I'd use graph paper to plan out the design of the arrangement for the furniture in your new space. Cut out to scale shapes for the furniture and built-in cupboards/counter space. Move them around until you find one that you like and what will work for your needs. This is when you might figure out where the electrical outlets will go in the floor.

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    Regarding cabinets and storage....on word CASTERS! Yep, get the kind that lock in place. You can place your ironing table/cabinet on them. When you need to roll it over to your sewing machine and then when you are done, roll it under the counter to keep it tidy. And, I am one of the creative people who tend to change my room 1 or 2 times per year to help keep the juices flowing...a different perspective out the windows.

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    Wonderful plans. Fantastic grandson. Just want to squeeze him.

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    Don't overlook having a large design wall. I personally love to see my quilt "grow" a block at a time. I do a lot of sampler quilts so the final view is important before sewing the sashing and making permanent choices about block placement.

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    Congratulations. I envy you.
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    Enjoy your new sewing room. Your grandson is adorable.

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    Beautiful little grandson !!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by morforles View Post
    Creating your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner by Lois L. Hallock is what I got. A little pricey, IMHO, but it might just be the thing to help you. Amazon has it. OR, buy some graph paper, make cut outs of your tables, machines, etc. and you can design exactly what you want. Good lighting built in is a MUST. Oh how I wish I had that space! ENJOY IT!!

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    This little flyer/book was the biggest waste of money. I thought I was getting a real book but it was just a fold out flyer thing. If you wanted mine, I could send it to you. PM if you are interested. Don't waste your money on it like I did. It would be okay for free but for the $10 plus postage via Amazon...bad investment.It came in a brown envelope that had been bent up. I was unhappy.
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    being over the age of 60, I would not like bending over all the time with the 16 ft. of cabinets, I would rather have tall cabinets with loads of shelving, not too deep... Maybe some doors with windows to see the nice array of colors. Tall cabinets(or built in shelving) on both ends of the windows with a great big window seat with storage under the seats
    .It is going to be a great adventure for you, best of luck. What a super house warming that could be, bring FQ's as a gift!

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    I would be looking at every photo in magazines and online of quilting studios for ideas if it were me. Once you can come up with some sort of floor plan, you should be able to mentally walk through the space and know exactly what you want to put where. Then you can order your cabinets. Keep us posted, this is exciting.

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    I just saw a picture of an organized closet that contained a CLEAR peg board. I dislike the look of pegboards but clear sounds awesome. I am considering buying 1-2 in order to hang my rulers and stencils. That might be a cool addition to your room.

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    Dotha's post about Lois Hallock's "Planner" must refer just to a companion item that goes with her book. The book itself is wonderful. I pored over it for months before making decisions for my sewing room. My space is only 11 x 13 but has a big walk-in closet. I had our carpenter make a table that serves as both cutting and ironing space. It's on casters and has a large drop-leaf. It's the very best thing in the room...other than my beloved Bernina, of course!

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    Thanks for the tips. I am also all about dressers and other things on wheels, etc. Hadn’t thought about them locking but at least for some items that would sure be a great idea. Glad you brought it up.
    Quote Originally Posted by cousinpenny View Post
    Regarding cabinets and storage....on word CASTERS! Yep, get the kind that lock in place. You can place your ironing table/cabinet on them. When you need to roll it over to your sewing machine and then when you are done, roll it under the counter to keep it tidy. And, I am one of the creative people who tend to change my room 1 or 2 times per year to help keep the juices flowing...a different perspective out the windows.

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    That adorable grandson and his sister.

    Thanks, we think so! Here he is with his sister at her third birthday princess party. He was the Frog Prince.
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    Enjoy your new sewing room. Your grandson is adorable.

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    So here is an update regarding the new studio we are planning to build very soon.
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    I have a space in my garage where I am accumulating stuff that I hope to use in my new studio whenever it is finally ready for me. My DH and I have been to a ton of yard sales, flea markets, and antique stores. It’ s just something we love to do together.
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    Today I found this little foot stool for only $18 and I can’t wait to put in on wheels, and cover it in something new and inspirational.

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    I love these little boxes, I can see them painted in a primitive way with words stenciled on them like BUTTONS, THREAD, and OTHER JUNK who cares if that is not what ends up in them. LOL

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    This baby buggy – dolly sized – was a must have even if it did go for $100. I can see it draped with doll quilts and of course my antique baby dolls. Let’s hope there’s room for it after I get done with all the essentials.

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    $15 – wow. I think this is from an old sewing machine cabinet, great place for something!

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Size:  226.4 KBAnd now for the grand prize winner. We bought this a few weeks ago for $250.00 It has 30 little drawers that were once used for those little cards at the library. It is VERY heavy. Which is why I am glad it comes apart in four pieces (top, 15 drawers, 15 more, and base with legs)
    What a find for a sewing room. Are you jealous?

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    So excited for you! Keep us posted so we can enjoy the process with you.

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    [Quote]MG: where to put computer? I never thought about that, that’s one thing I have rethink! So glad you mentioned it. Thread? Not sure. I want to display some of my quilts, and my antiques, as well. May not have wall space to do thread that way. There is going to be lots of windows on two of the four walls. In the past I just threw it in baskets on shelves. I use those little tiny plastic bags from Hobby Lobby so they don’t collect dust or get all tangled. I am so totally naďve about what you mean by “Quilt inspectors”[Quote]

    Sorry about that. My quilt inspector is a 6 pound black poodle. If I'm in my sewing studio, so is she.
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    ROFLOL on the quilt inspector issue. I guess mine are my two little grandkids, Ella 3 and Leo 1˝. I hope to have room to squeeze in some fun toys and maybe even a rocking horse.

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    Smile Update on new quilting studio

    I went antiquing again. Came home with four new "finds" Then i started thinking.... Maybe I should make sure it will all fit. ??? A couple of you advised me about graphing it out. So I found a copy of the preliminary design, from the architect and tried to “reproduce” it on cardboard, in a one inch to one foot ratio. I made little pieces of paper for each item I envision in the space. They are pinned on with quilter's pins so I can arrange and rearrange so this may not be the final design. I keep looking at it and trying to envision working in the space. Below are pictures of the plans, along with pics of my latest antique store finds.

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    This little hobby horse was only 10 dollars, and I want to repair the crack and add a quilted saddle. Ella and Leo – my quilt inspectors – will love it.

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    Love this table. The pictures on the top will have to go or be covered with some of my own. I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

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    A nice vintage mag rack for the latest quilting magazines.

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    I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see the finished addition!

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    Your new space sounds wonderful. Have fun planning it.

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    The large rocking horse is the same one we received used from a friend and my husband painted it for my first child, a girl, who rode it Christmas morn even with the wet paint!! haha! she had red britches all day! Thanks for bringing back the memories. Loving your stuff and your plans. Will be a perfect space for creating! keep us posted!

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    thanks, Helen6869, I told DH the rocking horse would have to go at the end of his office space cause that was the only empty space left, on my floorplan. I want to keep open space between the office area and the sitting area, not just for walking but for the two munchkins to play there. The horse will move into the open area when in use. He said he would "tolerate" that! I said he better "tolerate" it or else he wouldn't get his "mancave" in the basement under this room. LOL
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    I'm officially moving!

    I will not be posting to this thread any more. Sorry guys, but if you want to see the finished studio you'll have to come on over to the haven. Everytime i go to send a reply or update to QB i end up sending it two or three times. My computer says it has to recover the page. If I didn't think to save it somewhere on my own computer i have to go back and type it all over again. It doesn't happen at the haven. only here. This is a great forum and i have enjoyed my time here but the Quilting Haven is so much more user friendly. so much easier to navigate. And i just don't have the patience to update stuff on both boards. I'll drop in now and then just to look around but my personal journaling and sharing will mostly be done at the haven. http://www.quiltinghaven.com/online-...961/#msg119961 In addition to my journal regarding the studio, i started an album of quilts i have made. http://www.quiltinghaven.com/index.p...a=album;in=356
    I know i will see some of you over there because i have already!!!!

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    Wow, you will have fun designing your new quilting studio and buying things for it. Have fun!
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