Thursday, January 20, 2011

Under construction

After some serious Craig's List stalking over the last few months, I finally stumbled on an inexpensive sewing cabinet for my sewing machine this weekend.  I've always kept my sewing machine on top of the desk I inherited from my dad, which has great drawer space, but isn't a great space for sewing.

My husband helped me pick it up before he headed out of town.  He moved it into the room where I do my sewing, which he likes to call our sitting room (it's really like a den), but I like to call it my sewing room because that's the main activity that happens there.  The cabinet has created a serious domino effect in terms of organization and space, so I've spent the last several days trying to adjust and rework things to my liking.  I still seriously need to work on organization, but I'm finally pleased with the furniture layout.

BEFORE:




AFTER:





Basically, I made a a mini sewing cubicle.  I was able to get some serious work done after I did this layout.  I still need to figure out a few things, like how to organize my growing collection of quilting rulers, but I really need to get back to work on all of my WiPs at the moment.  So here's hoping that I will find time for some spring cleaning and organization next month!

Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for the cutting instructions for the Sliced Coins Quilt Along!  :)

14 comments:

  1. Your new space looks great! I love it when I see people getting sweet sewing spaces. I'm dreaming of one but until I move I have to live vicariously through my blogging peeps. Happy sewing!

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  2. I have a small table next to the big one in the dining room...this is quite useful as I do the cutting out and any laying out while sewing on the big table next to me. I have grown up kids so a lot of the time there is just me in the house so it's fine not having a room. You are well set up for quilting.

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  3. Jealous!! That looks like an ideal set up.

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  4. I think you need to put a little name plate on the front of your sewing desk (totally not practical, but fits with the cubicle :) Looks great!!

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  5. Nice! I love my table that is sitting out in the middle of the room... "they" say that for quilting the table should be against a wall so that it does not fall and pull but I find it cramped and I have mine facing open space too.

    One thing I do to stop the fall off / pulling is put the ironing board on the back of the table to help support. For something big I move my cutting table over to help.

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  6. I dont know if this is an option for you but I hang all of my rulers on the wall my size and shape. I have sturdy screws with squares, rectangles and "other". I dont have enough right now to have more separations like large squares versus small squares. But it is easy to access and out of the way.

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  7. I'm always more productive in an organized space. :)

    Last year we knew we had to sell our house (which we are still trying to do...) to move cross country, and a week before it was listed I asked my husband to repaint my sewing room. It was so ugly and boring, I needed something pretty (we had just moved in when we found out that we were moving across the country, so I hadn't decorated the room at all yet!). Good thing, too, since it's been almost a year and I'm still living here!

    For my rulers, I used to stack them on the one side of my cutting table, but that wasn't the best technique. I like to hang them on nails (use long nails and you can hang 3 or 4 together), and I also have one of those wooden racks to stand them up in. I think I prefer the nails, but I didn't want to put the holes in the wall this time.

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  8. Love your new cube ;) Is that a coin quilt I spy on the design wall??

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  9. Wow, that's nice...was that specifically a sewing table? I think it'd be dangerous to have my computer close to my sewing machine...I don't know if I'd get anything done. =)

    I'm wondering...could you make some sort of hanging something to attach to the end of the desk for your rulers? Just a thought.

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  10. Oh, wow, that looks like a FABULOUS set-up! I love it!

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  11. Fabulous set-up!

    I have a ruler holder perched on a ledge of our bookshelf - it's a flat piece of wood with slots to hold the rulers straight up. Love it.

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  12. Mary's comment about the name plate for your cubicle cracked me up.

    Your sewing arrangement looks awesome!

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  13. Don't you just love your new space. I am looking forward to tomorrows posting.....

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  14. Your rearranged sewing room looks great. I like how you now have ready access to the computer!

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