Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 46

Thread: No more sewing room for me,:( , help!!!

  1. #1
    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    645

    No more sewing room for me,:( , help!!!

    We sold our big house and moved into a smaller one (paid for, yay!!!!) and I lost my sewing/craft room. I now have to share a small sunroom with hubby's computer stuff and a futon for guests. Right now everything is still packed up from moving in tupperware crates and there's no way I can do that! I'm used to leaving my stuff out and working on it as I get time, you know? Ughh.......why did I do this!!! I miss my room!

    Hubby says he will add on to the room this summer, but until then what do I do?

    I'm a messy quilter,and I hate having to put everything back up every day. Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with organization in small space/out of crates?? I'm thinking maybe I need a hutch or something?

    At least I'm getting some work done on my entirely by hand quilt that I've been working on for 2 years now!. I keep it in the living room on one of those portable stands and rather than pull everything out, I just stitch on it a while.

  2. #2
    Senior Member qbquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    800
    as far as storage goes, can you use some of the "under the bed" storage containers under the futon? (I don't have a futon, so I don't know the clearance space under one).

    Also think vertical storage. Behind the door shoe organizers work great too for small stuff - notions and/or patterns, etc.

    Some quilters have the sewing desks that fold up into a cabinet. That would give you more storage but you could close it up when done. (and at least in the cabinet not have to keep stuff too picked up).

  3. #3
    Senior Member qbquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    800
    Also - make use of a design wall (flannel backed vinyl table cloth works great, just tape it to the wall or use pushpins) and/or bulletin board to keep some in progress designs visible.

  4. #4
    Senior Member kountrykreation's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    My Toy Room in Texas
    Posts
    387
    Til then, keep your eye on the prize.... "(paid for, yay!!!!)", and when he adds on this summer, you get to design everything from the ground up, incorporating storage, etc, per your own liking. Congratulations!!!!

  5. #5
    Super Member bluteddi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    3,140
    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation View Post
    Til then, keep your eye on the prize.... "(paid for, yay!!!!)", and when he adds on this summer, you get to design everything from the ground up, incorporating storage, etc, per your own liking. Congratulations!!!!
    I agree... I know it's sad loosing your space.... I too am a messy quilter... I HATE putting this up each time.. I love being able to simply close the door... but as kountrykreation stated.... loook at the positive.. u have plenty to do just getting unpacked and setttled in.. summer isn't that far away.... start planning and looking thru design plans .. this is a great opportunity for u.... set ur sewing areas up like U want not according to the room. Think of all the fabric and things u can buy with no house payment!! wooo hoooooo...... congrates on your move.... I bet ur hand quilted piece is lovely....

  6. #6
    Super Member sewmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Midland, Michigan
    Posts
    1,949
    I've already told my DH that i'm not moving to another house unless it has a nice sewing room! I'd sooner do without a kitchen!!! Just kidding- well sorta, most times i would rather be quilting than cooking. I hope you can get a workable solution.
    A time to tear, And a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

  7. #7
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,873
    I feel your pain, as we basically did the same, about 3 years ago. I started keeping my craft supplies in lots of large Rubbermaid and Sterlite bins, stacked along several walls. Earlier this year, dh finished the inside of a large shed, so I now have a "sewing/craft shack." Invest in plastic bins. Lots and lots of plastic bins. Excellent incentive, to get that extra room done! ;-)

  8. #8
    Super Member urgodschild2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Disneyland
    Posts
    1,712
    Oh Nessie, do I ever feel your pain. I moved back to CA from Mass. last summer and my oldest daughter moved in with us. I have three bedrooms and my son and grandson get those. So my daughter has the entire living room as her bedroom. I live in a townhouse and so the downstairs is an L shape arrangement. My huge sewing table is downstairs and when my daughter moves out that will also be our dining table. Her packing boxes are everywhere stacked high. My couch is buried with boxes on it. I look at it and think about those people who are hoarders. LOL The only space I have is my sewing table and upstairs in my bedroom where my computer is. I am a messy quilter too and so with all the projects I am working on it looks terribly messy. I have no storage as my daughter has boxes in the storage closet too. My garage is full of all her furniture. Sigh, whenever she gets a job and moves out......I will do a happy dance. I love her dearly but I sure do miss my space. You will be happy when your Hubby adds on to your space and you can breathe.
    Barb
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    in my stash mostly
    Posts
    887
    Get one of those big storage houses that go in the back yard, insulate it, cover the insulation with paneling or sheet rock, hang an air conditioner in the side and have fund!!!! Probably be lots cheaper than builting on, too.

    Good luck, delma

  10. #10
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    5,781
    Me I have a gidget table in my bedroom and my walk in closet is full or totes, and artbin boxes with supplies, yes you do have to put supplies away as you use them but its not that hard. The keyy is to have everything really organized so its not a pain to get stuff. However I don't have a ton of fabric only 1 tote full

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    4,725
    My sewing room is an 8 x 10 'extra' bedroom. Has queen size futon; chest of drawers; antique dressing table; 2 end tables. My cutting table is one of the fold down types that JoAnns sells set up in the center of the room. I have a small table for my sewing machine. There's a very small closet that's about 1/2-3/4 height. I do also have a smaller plastic rolling cart with drawers and a reasonable sized plastic tub. Can you read that there's virtually no room to move in this room! Have to suck in the gut to get around the cutting table (which I also use for ironing - double layer towel on 1/2 of top; cutting mat on the other half). Don't really have a stash per se as obviously no room for one! BUT, I have all my fabric/books in either the chest of drawers or the one plastic tub. Readily used notions in the tiny drawers of the sewing desk. All manner of stuff pushed into the miniscule closet. Hanging coat rack on the back of the door where I have stencils on a round belt hanger (along with out of season jackets) and other things. Roll of batting standing between door/futon. Stuff under the futon. Stuff piled on top of the rolling cart and tub. My only saving grace is that rarely do we have overnight guests. When we do it's the mad cleaning frenzy. Can fold up the table to put behind the futon and cram anything left over in the drawers/closet - once it's labeled, of course. I don't think any of us are 'neat' sewers/quilters. But having a small space does require one to be a bit more organized and do things step-by-step.

  12. #12
    Super Member SunlitenSmiles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,402
    Blog Entries
    2
    thinking the kitchen might make a good sewing room....keep the fridge.....ditch the stove and put the sewingmachine there......plywood covers for the drainboards with cutting mats on top.....ironing board blocking the door....all that cupboard space when you discard all the dishes and cooking stuff.....take out menus on the fridge door

    fly these ideas across hubbys radar and see how quick that extra room is built !

  13. #13
    Super Member Cindy60545's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wills Point, Texas
    Posts
    2,437
    I agree with Sunliten! DH will get the message real quick!

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Manteno, IL
    Posts
    1,262
    hubby is going to 'add' on a room this summer and you're fretting about what to do until then......gr'fren......get out a pad of graph paper and D E S I G N Y O U R N E W S E W I N G S P A C E!!!!!! (yes I'm SHOUTING!!!) figure out all you'd need in the way of cabinets, a cutting table w/under storage, ...... oh girl....just go C R A Z Y !!!!!

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,726
    I use the kitchen table to sew!

    Ideas: get some shelving, hutch, or a sewing cabinet.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    316
    I don't have a dedicated sewing room, but most of my sewing stuff is hidden- usually!-- all around the house. Wherever you have a decorative object, think of it as an opportunity to fill a container with sewing tools or supplies. I sew my clothing in addition to quilting, so the fishermen's creel hanging on the hook by the back door is full of zippers and elastic. The old wicker picnic basket sitting on the bench nearby holds all of my serger thread, sorted by colors into ziplocs. Baskets under the mudroom bench hold interfacings. One end table has lots of drawers filled with sewing supplies. The space under the guest bed has all of my cutting mats and oversized rulers. My grandmother's wicker pram usually has bagged projects hidden under the bottom pad. The padded ironing table is covered with decorative cotton twill and can serve as a luggage table. I have command hooks on the closet doors in that room to hold other sewing supplies. My goal is to be able to tuck everything away, except my sewing table, fairly easily when we have a party or overnight guests.

    I had to move most of my sewing things out of the guest room last fall when my MIL was staying with us following orthopedic surgery; she was using a walker and wasn't very steady on her feet. During that time, I found that I prefer to sew in my master bedroom next to the picture window and I like to use the serger standing up at the breakfast room counter. DH hasn't complained yet that my rolling drawer carts are still living in his study, long after his mom went home. Last week I moved my ironing station board to the kitchen bar area with a high counter to prevent neck pain. Until my family complains, I guess I'll continue to sew all over the place.
    Elizabeth

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Normal, IL
    Posts
    561
    I designed my dream house. It has one bedroom and a humongous quilting room so I can put everthing in it that is scatterred all over the house. Dream dream dream.

  18. #18
    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    645
    I'm so glad I posted, you guys always make me feel better!!! I've been so stressed with the move and everything, I can't see the forest for the trees!

    Everyone has great ideas! I'm making a list of everyone's suggestions. This thread could so be a chapter in a sewing book! Chapter 7: How to quilt in a small space! You guys are so knowledgeable!

    I actually have an "extra" bedroom that my son moved back into....with his fiancee and baby! Honestly, though, I'll lose that space anyday to have my first grandbaby here everyday. He's a joy, even with his stuff everywhere. It's been 20 + years since I've had baby stuff around and it's really nice in a way. Plus baby quilts are a breeze to make so I can bang out several and feel like I really accomplished something, hehe!

    We decided that instead of the new room being a well, "new" room, we will add it to the sunroom instead and have a big room. The majority of that will be mine, just have to leave the futon and perphaps a chest or something. Even with sharing it will be way bigger than I had, or need.

    It is exciting planning it!! I love the sunroom feel, I also am a amateur phtographer, and the light is awesome for that and for quilting! I will still have one long regular wall that is going to be entirely cabinets and shelves. Storage!! And I want a "U" shaped sewing/cutting/ironing space so I can do it all without having to get up.

    I also am having a yard sale to get rid of some of my scrapbooking stuff. I still scrapbook, but not like I used to, so a lot of that can go. I do feel like a hoarder somedays!!! I hate watching that show, I have to go clean everytime I watch it, LOL!!!

    Sunliten, that's a great idea! LOL! Actually, I think I will do that in the garage, that's his space, he could care less about the kitchen. I could use his worktable as a cutting table, his pegboard would be great for tools, ........hmmmm....this is sounding great! Alas, no air or heat out there, though, I'd die of a heat stoke!

    Thanks everyone, so much! I guess I partly just needed to vent and have someone understand, you know? I feel selfish griping about not having a dedicated sewing space when there's people that don't even have a home. You guys help me to stay focused on what matters, and that I am lucky enough to have all my stuff and to sew at all! Even if it's not perfect!

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Huntsville, AL
    Posts
    56
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have heard about three women who all went together and bought a long-arm quilting machine, but instead of deciding which house to put it in, they rented a climate-controlled storage shed (you know the ones, right?) and set it up in there. Within a year, they have rented the two storage spaces next to their original space, opened the walls between them that separate the units, and have moved in their sewing machines, irons, all their material, sergers, embroidery machines, and they've started their own business of quilting - in a climate-controlled storage shed. Who would have thought!

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    WA
    Posts
    407
    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom View Post
    I've already told my DH that i'm not moving to another house unless it has a nice sewing room! I'd sooner do without a kitchen!!! Just kidding- well sorta, most times i would rather be quilting than cooking. I hope you can get a workable solution.
    I am with you on the "sooner do without a kitchen" and I am not kidding! LOL

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    714
    I have two sewing rooms and if they were taken away they would have to put me in the "funny farm." Hope you get your space back soon. I love to make quilts and I would leave a mess anywhere I had to to be able to quilt. Guess I'm just not that anal about mess versus quilting.

  22. #22
    Super Member jeanharville's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Saratoga, Arkansas
    Posts
    1,898
    We downsized too and I felt like a hoarder while everything was stacked in boxes waiting for a place to be. I think I've implemented all the suggestions here for living and sewing in a smaller house. But I would still like to have more space. I'm happy for you being able to look forward to additional room. Show us pictures when you've got set up.
    jean

  23. #23
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,873
    Was just thinking about when my daughter first went off to college. She and a friend shared a very small room and tiny bath. To store their personal toiletry supplies, I made them a hanging storage, for the back of the bathroom door. It had various sizes of pockets (roomy pockets, with elastic at the tops), to hold anything from TP to a hairdryer. You could fashion a similar thing, for your sewing supplies. Theirs was held up by two "over the door" hooks.

  24. #24
    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    1,099
    Blog Entries
    30
    I emphasize with you too. I have a pretty good sewing area, because our bedroom is too big (Yes, it's possible). At first, we fell in love with the room but since we have to cool it with a single window a/c, or heat with space heaters, we have decided it's too big! Besides, we are the opposite of hoarders and the room is kind of empty-ish. Or at least it was until I started quilting!! One side of our room has the bed and the other side has a big sewing desk and cutting table and ironing boards and the dresser. And there's still emptiness!

    Anyway, sounds great, doesn't it? Problem is, we have cats. And they love laying on *MY* stuff. And puking on *MY* stuff. yuck.. So I keep the sewing machine in there but everything else gets hauled from another room that the animals are not allowed in. I'm seriously considering getting rubbermaid involved. I think one big one would hold all my projects and it would be easy to fold up the one I'm working on at the end of the day and put it on top. Might help me concentrate on one project instead of three!

    One way I do keep them away from my hand-quilting project is put it in a beach bag and hang it from a hook. I could, in theory, get several beach/tote bags/back packs, etc... cheap from thrift stores and hang each project in one and hang them. That would get them up out of the way but they'd probably get pretty crinkled.

    I do enjoy having a lot of room to stretch out while quilting, so it's worth it!! When my son leaves the nest, we'll probably move back to our 2-bedroom house and I won't have room to quilt so I'll be back here, trying to see if you found a solution!!

  25. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    1,587
    Oh I know what you are goin thru...Had sewing room but Mom moved in so that took care of that! Fab storage is the worst. Have 16 or 18 66 quart containers stacked in our bedroom. They USED to be sorted by color. Sewing table in corner of dining room. Luckily its large so I can store my rulers and notions on top.
    Can you claim a closet? Get rid of clothes that you haven't worn for a year? Get rid of DH clothes he hasn't worn in a year?
    I used to look at pics of quilters sewing rooms and don't anymore. But when I was looking, I liked the idea of taking beautiful curio cabinets and storing fab! DSs are young adults so we are more flexible w/meals and one son works nights.
    Good luck w/this. Remember, quilting is therapy. You will get this under control...eventually.
    My family got used to the fact that my sewing machine is up all the time and our dining room table is usually my design/cutting table.
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.