This week I am joining a number of talented designers on virtual tours of our quilting spaces. After seeing the tours to date, I have a little studio envy. I wonder if they would hire out for a studio make-over.
I will admit that since quilting has taken over my life, it also continues to take over a larger and larger piece of my house. I started by commandeering a bedroom. This serves as my office along with where I do most of my piecing.
Fabric is stored throughout the room. I found some great bookcases as Office Max. They are 11-3/4" wide (inside measurement), which makes them great for storing fat quarters.
The set on the left is for my favorite collections -- Jo Morton, other Civils War, Taupes, Plaids. The set on the right are sorted by color. The overflow ends up in bins and in the closet.
Speaking of the closet. I had shelving built for it a number of years ago. I even designed the layout in EQ. The only problem was that I forgot to factor in the size of the shelving pieces themselves. Fortunately my contractor was able to adapt.
The shelves hold larger pieces of fabrics along with work in process. I try to take all the projects out once a year to inventory them and decide if I really want to finish them. I also have my scraps semi-organized. First by collection and then by size within the collection. So if I need 2-1/2" pieces of Jo Morton fabric, I will start with that box before cutting into my fat quarters.
So where do I sew?
This is fairly clean, as I am not actually sewing at the moment. Sewing table is on the right. i have a huge cutting table in back with an ironing pad on one side and the cutting mat on the other. Rulers are along the wall with another stack of the specialty rulers in a tote by the table. Lots of good hiding places for things I can't do without.
About ten years ago I decided I really wanted a longarm. But couldn't find a good place to put it in the house. I solved the problem by putting on an addition. It technically is a three season porch. However with the baseboard heat, it is fully functional all year round, even with our sub-zero temperatures this last month.
Still no window coverings, but I did put up a current rod that I can use for mounting quilts. I have found that it isn't that practical (unless you want to feature my APQS Millennium in all the shots -- and if you shoot during the day the light highlights the seam allowances).
So I have moved to photographing my quilts in my family room. I have a piece of insulation board (cover with an old sheet) that I use as a backdrop for my smaller projects. For the larger projects, I use a photo-stand, with a black sheet for a backdrop.
Bins and bins of finished quilts are also stored in the longarm room. I use my photo backdrop sheet to cover these to minimize sun damage.
I hope you enjoyed my tour. As you can see, my studio space was not "professionally designed", but an evolution as my needs as a quilter and designer have changed.
To celebrate this blog hop, I will be giving away two patterns of your choice to two people posting comments on this blog. You will have until the end of the hop (January 23rd) to post your comments. Tell me about your quilting space or give me a recommendation on mine.
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Visit Bunnie Cleland of Artistically Engineered Designs tomorrow. I met her at a creative arts business summit last year. She is not only a creative designer, but a fantastic individual. Those that follow my blog know how much I love her patterns. I've shared a number of posts regarding her patterns including fabric audioning using Electric Quilt, how to quilt these designs and a magic binding.
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