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    For a design wall that is portable and folds up......check Cheryl's design wall on-line. I have 2 friends that have purchased the 72 X 72 one and they both love it! On Craigslist, I found one that is 54 X 54 for $50.00....but I decided that is too small for most of what I make. Good luck....I still don't have one...just use the guest bedroom bed!

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    Design Wall on Craigs List

    Just wanted to let everyone know, looks like this design wall is going down in price. Good deal if you are close (not sure if they would mail it to you). Anyway, it's listed in Craigs List - Albuquerque

    ON SALE FOR $30 WAS $60.
    This is a portable free standing design wall by Cheryl Ann's. "See before you Sew" model DW1W. There is missing 2 endcaps. All other frame parts are there and in good condition.
    Fully portable -- 54″ x 54″ size collapses down to 5 x 5 x 21 inches and weighs less than 4.5 pounds. Easily assembled or stored in tote bag in just minutes. Convenient -- requires only 18 x 54 inches of floor space.
    **A design wall is an almost indispensable quilter's tool, but they are not created equally. Cheryl Ann's Design Wall comes to you in a small tote bag. (THERE IS NOT ANY FLANNEL WITH THIS FRAME) flannel surface that is stretched tight on a stable frame. The flannel is a high quality, 100% cotton, preshrunk flannel that has been measured and sewn to fit the frame. Because it is stretched tight and standing at an angle, adherence is marvelous and pinning is never necessary. A design wall like this will help you create wonderful projects and sharpen your quilting skills. When you are finished, just fold it up and put it away.

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    U know for a design wall hang up a couple of the vinyl picnic tablecloths everyone used to use. Cheap but the flannel back holds your fabric on it nicely. Can have more than 1 if need more room. My sister in nv has 3 separate ones and she has works in progress on all

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    I just moved into the basement which my Mr. demolished & re-did the walls, electricals, lighting, floor, etc.,etc. My 503a slant is in that sewing cabinet, and in front of that is my Pfaff6 which is a Battle tank.

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    Under the counter you can see some of my drawers to my Bonnie H scrap system..under the decoupaged case is my 1962 Necchi Nora. The 1st machine is my Pfaff select.


    My sweet 1925 99-13...3/4 machine....working on Bonnie's pattern "Denim Rails"


    My 1st ever design wall & I Love it.
    My mid arm & 12' frame will be going into the other half of the basement...can't wait. Also a present from my Mr. He's one of the good ones.
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    Wow, what a beautiful space! You have inspired me by your tidiness ........I'm in the middle of "refolding" fabric so I can see it. Your pictures are the inspiration to the goal! I love how you have a little doily underneath your featherweight! Thanks for the pictures......keeps us all motivated! And, love your worktable!

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    Oh Thank you NoraB. what a sweet comment. I've waited many, many years for a place like this ...Basement split by center staircase...

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    Dedicated room for my hobby....

    Someone tipped me off about a sewing table at a rummage sale. It is about 40" x 40". A recess that allows my 9900 to drop in perfectlly! $80! Love my table!

    Mobile kitchen island on casters with storage underneath, perfect height and space for the 24 x 36 Olfa mat.

    i have a bookcase that is deep enough to use those cloth cubbies for fabric storage.

    3 lower kitchen cabinets ( Habitat Re-store...$90 total!). Laminate top. Total cost was less than $200.

    Wire hanging file folder on casters that hold misc. bolts of fabric.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/mission...t-t209747.html

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    i just wish I had room to arrange tables like yours, nice work space

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    I love to look at other's quilting set ups too. By the way, The Quilt Show (online with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson) has a short segment on quilting rooms … really enjoyed looking at this today.
    I have a bedroom set up for sewing, cutting, ironing and design wall. Then I went and bought an HQ Avante. I love my Avante but no room in my "quilting room". So…… we moved out our dining room furniture and moved in my long arm. I love this set up. It is right in front of a big window so I can look out on one of our horse pastures. Now I have lots of space. (We have a large kitchen table where we usually eat … and entertain any guests … so we didn't use the "dining room" anyway. Whatever works is best!

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    Partial finished basement, I took an unfinished bedroom for sewing. The walls are actually finished but has cement floor (sweeps nicely) and unfinished ceiling with ceiling light and fan. Who looks up anyway haha. I have largeEast window, lots of natural light and I can see our driveway and street.

    There are shelves top to bottom in the closet, my parents had a tall narrow chest for important papers (much like a lingerie chest) so I have it, my Bachelor Uncles chrome kitchen table on bed risers that holds my Joanne's 32x58 cutting mat perfectly. Also have totes stored under the table - been working on emptying them.

    My ironing board has removable wide top that hubby made for me. There is tall shelf built into wall 16" x 7' and my thread among other stuff like machine feet, is in plastic shoe boxes sorted by color. My neighbor sold Avon and gave me boxes with removable lids so fabric is sorted by color on a metal shelf. Would like to replace with small plastic totes someday but boxes were free and totes cost $$ haha.

    Good light from 2 shop lines that he hung. My Great Grandmas round sewing basket is on the wall also picture of farm place where I grew up, Dresden plate quilt hung out of direct light made by Grandma - all for memories.

    Lots of stuff in here, but I actually know where to find it !

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    I just realized that I am a visual person. I love to look at pictures of sewing rooms. They are so neat and tidy and everything in its place.

    I woke up this morning and walked by my sewing room on the way to get coffee....it looked like someone tried to rob the place! It looks like I took things out of drawers, flung them around, put things on top of things on the cutting surface, extension cords running everywhere, unfinished water bottle on table, etc. Unfortunately, that's what it looks like when I'm working on a quilt!

    I like to leave things out so I can see them and use them easily (iron, water bottle, Mary Ellen's Best Spray).

    Then, I leave other things out so I can see them and use them easily (self-threading needle, magnetic pin holder, bobbin winder, bobbins).

    Then, I need to have other things out so I can see them and use them easily (water for drinking, television remotes, sewing machine oil, lint brushes).

    Hmmmmmm..........I don't know if I can ever make it look "neat" unless I stop sewing. But, that's never going to happen, so good thing my room is on the second floor and it does have a door (I think I can still get it shut)! ha!

    Hope everyone has a great day sewing and "small business Saturday" shopping!

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    If my area is clean I haven't been sewing! If it's a mess then I have been turning out a lot of work. I try to clean up after each project but that doesn't always work! In fact that is where I'm stalled right now.

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    I don't have much of a sewing space. I sew in the dining room. My White machine is in its own cabinet. I have a Janome on the dining room table. My fabric and craft stuff is in an old bureau on the side wall still in the dining room. I usually cut my fabric on the kitchen island. It works for me for now. Our house is very small so I have to use what space I can carve out...
    Quilting is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tranum View Post
    Partial finished basement, I took an unfinished bedroom for sewing. The walls are actually finished but has cement floor (sweeps nicely) and unfinished ceiling with ceiling light and fan. Who looks up anyway haha. I have largeEast window, lots of natural light and I can see our driveway and street.

    There are shelves top to bottom in the closet, my parents had a tall narrow chest for important papers (much like a lingerie chest) so I have it, my Bachelor Uncles chrome kitchen table on bed risers that holds my Joanne's 32x58 cutting mat perfectly. Also have totes stored under the table - been working on emptying them.

    My ironing board has removable wide top that hubby made for me. There is tall shelf built into wall 16" x 7' and my thread among other stuff like machine feet, is in plastic shoe boxes sorted by color. My neighbor sold Avon and gave me boxes with removable lids so fabric is sorted by color on a metal shelf. Would like to replace with small plastic totes someday but boxes were free and totes cost $$ haha.

    Good light from 2 shop lines that he hung. My Great Grandmas round sewing basket is on the wall also picture of farm place where I grew up, Dresden plate quilt hung out of direct light made by Grandma - all for memories.

    Lots of stuff in here, but I actually know where to find it !
    I bet your room is beautiful, especially with all of the things you have acquired from family and friends. I have a sewing basket that was my grandma's that she had tole painted on the top. I put recent scraps in there until I can sort them.

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    I have 3 older singers in small cabinets, a singer on the dining room table, and a small Janome on a folding table. The serger is in the sewing room. I need to get rid of a large office style desk in the sewing room so I can move some of my machines in there. Need to relocate the piano too, but to where is the question. oh and then there's the garage, where i have a table for cutting. I have PVC pipe on the legs to add height so my back doesn't hurt.
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    I laugh when I see the star of the room..the sewing machine...sitting on the smallest table. Obviously staged by a non-sewer. I used to have an old heavy laminate banquest table. I am a piler and gues how I hid the table surface? When I found a older sewing table with a drop-in for the machine..I snapped it up! About 40 x 40 with side drawers. So glad to get rid of the banquet table. It is also on wheels and the back leaf folds down. Like THAT will happen!

    Yep...alway rearranging the room but the furniture placement options are pretty much limited thanks to the pitched ceiling ( top floor of a farmhouse), two windows, two doorways. Love my space tho. Lots of ideas on this board.


    Mobile kitchen island is my cutting table.
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    my cutting table isn't mobile, it's what's left from a craft bench I had, 2 cabinets each with a drawer and hubs put a 28"x48" piece of plywood on top. If that isn't big enough I can always use the kitchen table.

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    My sewing room is in the living room, but DH & I are somewhat reclusive so we rarely have guests, and we enter the house through the garage, so it's almost a "back" room for us, the way we live in our house. When we're having guests I have to "hide" my messes, and often hide work in progress that's destined to be a gift for one of the guests!

    Otherwise the room is usually in a state of cheerful disarray, which is how I work best.

    The room itself is reconfigured periodically - I am "into" vintage machines and sometimes one comes in or one goes out that's in a cabinet and that means the room shifts around to accommodate. Right now I keep three machines set up full-time in my sewing room, and my embroidery machine is set up in my "office" upstairs.

    My "main" machine is a modern Janome that sits down in an industrial table made specifically for that model. I have a long IKEA table behind that one for extra space, and another IKEA table to my left to make a nice "L" shape. I also often have a fourth machine set up on that extra "L" side of the table, but I take it down when I'm quilting a medium or larger quilt. Directly behind me as I'm sitting at the Janome, is my design wall. I'm lucky to have a large space for that, about 9 feet square. It's made from headliner fabric with a layer of batting and a layer of flannel over it, all thumbtacked to the wall.

    On the other side of the long table I have two of my favorite vintage machines set up - my grandmother's industrial Pfaff, and a Singer Rocketeer in a cabinet. They back up to that long table too so the long table is "extra" quilt space for all three machines.

    Perpendicular to all of my machines is a long & low storage unit from Target that's on wheels; I've mounted a board to the top that's been wrapped and covered and that's my ironing surface. I can't remember exact dimensions but it's something like 2 feet deep by about 5-1/2 or 6 feet long - it's a WONDERFUL pressing/ironing surface and I love it. I leave it in place for ironing anything a yard or smaller, if I have to iron giant pieces of fabric I can roll it out a bit and have lots of room for fabric to drape down behind it.

    Across the aisle from and parallel to the pressing table is my cutting table - that's another Ikea table that's up on risers. My cutting mat is 2ft x 4 ft and that sits on the right-hand side of the cutting table. That leaves a couple feet to the left and that's where I have a little storage drawer set, a pile of my most recent magazines, and some clutter-collecting space. Underneath my cutting table I have a set of wire cubbies that I stuff all of my packaged batting into. (I have space in my upstairs office for a roll of batting in the closet as well) Along the wall above the cutting table, I have a set of rails from IKEA with hooks - top rail is for all my scissors and rotary cutters, bottom rail is for smaller rulers. To the right of my cutting table is a window that by sheer luck is exactly wide enough to fit one of those slotted ruler holders and that's where all my long/large rulers go. My extra-large strip cutting ruler gets stored upright on the floor, slid between the wall and the cutting table.

    The best part of my sewing room, though, is a 14 foot stretch of wall that I have covered in cabinetry (also from IKEA). This holds my entire fabric stash (wrapped on comic book boards except for a few large bolts) and my "other" supplies (like fusible web, Accuquilt dies, glue, my hexi hand sewing box, etc.) The cabinets are deep Billy bookshelves with doors added, so everything stays out of the sun and stays cat & dog hair-free. LOVE those cabinets!

    A fun aspect of that room is that I have most of it on voice control, via an Amazon Echo and some "smart plugs". I can turn on and off three different zones of lights & outlets (or all on or all off at once) and my sewing machine is also on a switch it can control. So when I leave the room, I can just say, "Alexa - turn off everything" and all of the lights, the iron and the sewing machine will all be powered down. I also stream Pandora through it, which is convenient when my hands are full, I can just say, "Alexa, next track!" when I don't like a song. Or, "Alexa, crank it up!!" when I do!

    I love my sewing room. It's definitely my "happy place"!

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    Here's my sewing area, its in the back 1/2 of our dining room. It is hard to take a good picture of my area. My ironing station is to the left of my cabinet, its on a stack of rubbermaid totes with a June Tailor ironing/cutting mat. The machine in the cabinet is Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2.
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    I sew in my dining room. I thought about moving everything into my small guest room on the second floor but I'd feel isolated up there. Now I'm in the thick of things (not really, it's just me and DH)! Janome is on the table and ironing board set up about 2 feet away. I keep a small cutting mat on the ironing board and use that most of the time. I keep my stash mostly in old CD cabinets because they are only 5-6 inches deep. Books/mags under the ironing board and a rolling cart with all my other "stuff" (thread, cutters, templates, etc). I have managed to keep my whole operation neatly along one wall. Of course I went ahead and bought a Simply Sixteen on a ten foot frame. Will have to put that in the basement -- I'm working on making that area "homey". Right now it's just a cold old cellar! Super excited to set up my mid arm on the frame. Always something new to learn and do with quilting!

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    How does my sewing area all fit? With grease and a shoe horn. I have the old, pre-renovation, railroad-type kitchen: 20 odd feet long and maybe 10-11 feet wide from wall to wall. Every bit of cabinetry is still in place. Counter space and back splash space is ceramic tiled. Nothing has a door on it any more. I have a double, custom sewing desk that holds the computerized sewing machines. There are my 403's cabinet that holds the 403 and supports a serger, the 99 plus cabinet that holds a second serger, a bunch of the elegant towers of plastic drawers from WalMart, a floor to ceiling wooden unit that fits over the two machine cabinets/servers. It holds books, fabrics, and sewing goodies for good measure. At a 90 degree angle from the wall, two metal shelving units from a big box store extend from floor to ceiling. S hooks are wonderful with metal shelving.

    Along one bit of cabinets, directly behind my sewing desk is my ironing board. Every bit of wall space is used. Command hooks and s hooks rule. Museum putty is nifty stuff too. Love the tile back splashes.

    The floor is urethaned oak. There are pillows and boxes for my sewing cats.

    Can you see it? If so, even if you see it only in your mind's eye, let me apologize. I am one of the ones who has to make a huge mess and I have. But it's my mess and I love it. When my DH's back is together again and I am no longer playing valet, cook, driver, picker-upper, sock and shoe putter-oner, etc., I am going to reward myself by taking the piles, drawers, etc. apart, centralizing things. And you thought it was a big mess BEFORE I got to taking it apart. Not even.

    Thank you for your pictures and suggestions, and encouragement. I may not be killed in an avalanche after all.

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    I will show you, easier than writing it all down.....lol These pictures were taken ages ago. I have a lot more stuff shoved in these rooms..........LOL

    The last one is of the Annex (we call the second sewing room where my Bailey lives) The serger and my Janome live wherever I put them when not in use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    I will show you, easier than writing it all down.....lol These pictures were taken ages ago. I have a lot more stuff shoved in these rooms..........LOL

    The last one is of the Annex (we call the second sewing room where my Bailey lives) The serger and my Janome live wherever I put them when not in use.

    What is the machine sitting alone on the large white table?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fizzle View Post
    What is the machine sitting alone on the large white table?
    That beauty is my Bailey Pro 15.
    Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
    I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
    I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)
    “If you can’t see a mistake from 12 feet away, it doesn’t exist, and there are no perfect quilts and that helps a lot,” .......Greg Biornstad

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    be careful with this--know from my own experience and that of several other quilters,that sitting too long is harder on the body than getting up and moving every hour. One friend was told by her Doc to get up and walk around for about 5 min. out of every hour to prevent blood clots, stiffening of the back & shoulders, etc.
    absolutely get up and move around. I’ve even had my ironing board on another floor. Not convienent but great exercise.

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