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    Three great improvements to my space

    First - the recessed are of desk for the machine - SOOO much more comfortable to sew at and better visibility!!!!

    Second - the 6" legs on the ironing/cutting table - no more backbreaking cutting sessions!!!

    Third, the design wall - a 5x6 wood frame with cross supports to keep it squared, with fuzzy flannel-like stuff from the home deco dept at Joanns. So much easier to keep the pieces organized!

    All from my DH who managed to get it all done in a few days before Christmas!

    Of course the room still has the piano and Aunt Grace's old desk and an easy chair because I can't find another place to put them, and the lighting isn't great, and not much storage, and the electrical needs upgrade so I don't blow a fuse when I plus in the space heater....but way better than when I started out quilting this time last year. HURRAH!
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    Nice space, you'll really be creating now!
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    Do you use the piano? If it is an upright and you don't use it, have someone help and turn it to the wall. The back can have pegboard put on for all your tools and you can store your batts on the keyboard against the wall. The batts are light and won't damage anything. We had to get rid of an old upright at my parents because no one wanted it but I am still sad about it. Your sewing room is looking good! A space of your own is awesome!

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    Wonderful way to start the new year. You have talented DH to do this for you.

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    Love your ironing and cutting table. The quilt on the design wall is very pretty.
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    Lovely room... just a question .... do you always have it so organized? .... nice window view also...enjoy your new digs..Happy 2012

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    Doesn't it make a big difference when creating is more comfortable? What a great guy your husband is to fix this up for you like this. And as my sister is always saying, "baby steps."

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    Looks awesome! My machine is recessed now too, thanks to my birthday present. Sure makes a huge difference. Thanks for posting!
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    Love your design wall (pretty rug, too)
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    I love that table! I was just showing my husband and he said he could make me a table (his hobby is woodworking). He asked how your husband was able to recess the machine in so perfectly. Is there something he purchased that dropped down into the hole of the table for the machine to sit on? I own a Janome 6600. Any help you/your husband could offer would be so appreciated.

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    great work space, give thanks always!
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    Your DH is a doll and it all looks terrific! Love your idea for the cutting table! The whole room looks very peaceful.

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    Very nice space. Your dh is a keeper for sure.

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    Very Nice.
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    Great improvements. I always want to make my space better, too. Now you need a good lamp!!
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    Very nice room. Congratulations on the upgrades. It is easier to sew when things are the right size.
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    Looks great. Happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Do you use the piano? If it is an upright and you don't use it, have someone help and turn it to the wall. The back can have pegboard put on for all your tools and you can store your batts on the keyboard against the wall. The batts are light and won't damage anything. We had to get rid of an old upright at my parents because no one wanted it but I am still sad about it. Your sewing room is looking good! A space of your own is awesome!
    Great ideas for how to deal with the piano, but it was my childhood piano and I want to keep it, and the problem is there's no place else in the house for it.
    I'm just happy to have a room I can work in. If I ever have to use the desk as a desk, DH made a fill-in piece which covers the hole.
    I stuff my batting in a closet and the mice haven't got it...yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne in VT View Post
    I love that table! I was just showing my husband and he said he could make me a table (his hobby is woodworking). He asked how your husband was able to recess the machine in so perfectly. Is there something he purchased that dropped down into the hole of the table for the machine to sit on? I own a Janome 6600. Any help you/your husband could offer would be so appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Suzanne in VT
    Suzanne, that is a bigger machine than my little QDC but it should work. He cut a hole in the desk the size of the machine plus that plastic little table that came with the machine, leaving a little wiggle room on the right for the cords centered in the opening of the desk. Then he built a box 3" deep to fit in the hole plus 3/4" for the bottom which can come out and site on wood frame pieces which are attached to the sides of the box underneath. The sides of the box up on the top are screwed into the thickness of the desk. I am NOT the woodworker here but I will try to get him to explain it better that I can (when no football is on TV!!!) and I'll post it.
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    Very nice room s/b lots of great things come from there. Sue

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    Thanks for saying I look organized! That is only because I don't have much of a stash, the battings are stuck in a closet, I only work on one thing at a time, only have one sewing machine, and I stuff all my thread and scissors and neat little tools and stuff in the desk drawers. DH says he'll make me a hanging area on the side of the cutting table for my rulers, but right now they are in the piano bench to keep them flat. Except for my big JT strip cutter and a couple cutting boards which lean next to the desk right now (yes it will warp them. I cant hang them on the door because it is an antique. )
    Any you cant see in the picture but a piece of the ceiling is coming down over the door from when my daughter's radiator leaked down into my room in a major way.

    Thanks for the encouragement and Happy New Year!

    But hey I am so happy to have a spot, I don't care!
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    I just watched Ricky Timms Christmas concert on Thequiltshow.com and when you mentioned the pianp in your sewing room, I thought you could play when you took breaks. He likes to and he is marvelous. I wish I could have mine in there. I would learn Cathy Miller's quilt songs....Those are fun. Thanks for sharing....
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    Love it! AND you are a Janome girl! So am I. My wonderful husband is constantly making upgrades in my sewing room for me. He got two lateral files and cubicle desk tops from where he works and set them up for a stable worktop for me - the only draw back is that the table is almost too high now, but I'm making it work. One of these days I hope to have a drop-in surface. He's put so much work into my sewing space that I can't complain - florescent lights, two great work tables, tv and blueray player so I can find YouTube videos, the list goes on and on! We're lucky girls, huh?

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    Carichar - new quilter

    Love the space really nice, question to you and others who want to give me some advise. I have everything set up however, what does everyone put their scraps into? I've tried a jar, not big enough; I've tried a box, gets filled to easy.
    Help!! Any suggestions?

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    Lucky girl! You must be beside yourself with giddiness for all the 'improvements' to your studio. Congrats.

    Would you share a bit more on the design wall. I love that it is framed in. DH is at the ready to build one for me, but I'm the holdup. Not exactly sure what I want but if you don't mind, yours looks fabulous and I'd love t 'copy-cat' your idea.

    Oh, and love the door handle! (Sorry, I'm notice things like that.)

    d

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