Yes, I know…I usually blog on Monday and it’s not Monday. But we moved Wednesday, I have something else slated for my Monday blog and I didn’t want to wait to show you my new sewing space.
Our new apartment has two bedrooms so instead of my sewing space being carved out of the main living area; it’s in the second bedroom. You can see the sewing space in our one-bedroom apartment here and here.
I don’t suppose I have to tell you about my priorities. The sewing space was the first room I had organized. Now that doesn’t mean it is perfect. In fact, I know it isn’t. I want to do a little tweaking, moving the furniture a bit but I’d like to sew in it a couple of times for a “test drive” before I move anything.
The shelf unit on the right was in a closet so the top was not usable. I think I will put the rest of the books up there. That will free the bottom shelf in the sewing cabinet on the left.
And I think I need to slide the sewing cabinet closer to the shelf unit so I can put the ironing board between the sewing cabinet and the window. It will work the way it is but I have to have the bed clear against the wall.
I laughed when I was finishing the bed. In the other apartment, it was a day bed functioning as seating space in the main living area so I had all those pillows on it. Now that it is a real bed I think all those pillows might be overkill (and there are three more pillows that I put in the other bedroom in order for the stack of quilts to lay flat). I do want to point out the cathedral window pillow and the yoyo pillow right beside it. Gigi told you about cleaning and sorting here at the office a few weeks ago. We all took a few things home. Those two pillows were part of what I got. They are so pretty.
Our youngest son helped us move and at one point, he commented on how MUCH fabric I have. He has a point. But I defend myself saying I sew quilts as well as garments. The two require different types of fabric. And quilting is my hobby as well as my job so I call the fabric my Fabric Inventory. It makes it sound more businesslike than stash, don’t you think?
Here is a peek at another of my PIGS (project in grocery sacks). My mother-in-law started the black/white/pink quilt on top of the stack of boxes. I quilted it long ago and just need to put the label and binding on. I wonder why I put it away when I was that close to finished with it.
I love having an entire room, even the closet dedicated to sewing.
I don’t have my design wall up yet. It will go on the big blank wall by the bed.
I stacked my quilts on the bed so they wouldn’t stay folded in boxes any longer than necessary. I’m hoping to get them hung this coming week. There are 15 quilts in the stack. Those are just the ones I had decorating the old apartment. There are many more available at our “real” house.
One of the final touches will be machine-embroidered Sunbonnet Sue/Overall Sam curtains and a Sunbonnet Sue signature quilt for the bed. I just need to bring them from the real house.
I like being organized. This new space feels really nice. The sewing things are all in one place, out of the way so if I’m interrupted in the middle of a project, I can just go out and close the door and not have to disturb anything.
I thought it would be fun to show you one more “organization thing.” Bake, my husband is not organized. He’s a really nice guy but it doesn’t occur to him to put his keys, glasses and all those other things in the same spot every night. So last year for Christmas, he got this great shirt with a pocket for all those important items. Bake doesn’t usually wear t-shirts with pockets but I found a good deal on pocket t-shirts to embroider for him. I carefully unstitched the pockets from the shirts and saved them. Then I embroidered labels on the pockets and stitched them onto another shirt. It makes us laugh. I hope it makes you smile.
And I hope you enjoyed the tour of my sewing space. I’ll be in St. Louis this weekend at Baby Lock Tech. I’ll tell you about my trip on Monday.