Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Woman Possessed

Yesterday I awoke like a woman possessed.  I knew that I had to do something to make my sewing room more functional.  After listening to friends Sandy and Debi talk about how they had arranged their work areas, I knew mine was causing me to waste time and be less productive.  I had to get up from the machine and walk across the room to press a seam open, and then squeeze around the cutting table to put anything on the design wall.  Not good.  I didn't know what I was going to do, but I knew that I was going to make a stab at it.

Here are my befores:
Sewing machine stuck in corner with no easy access to anything.

Design wall not accessible due to quilting frame (which I have yet to use :-(().  A mess everywhere.

And now, following yesterday's overhaul:
Main Sewing Table relocated behind cutting table and in front of design wall.  Pressing table, bins with projects I am working on and Leaders and Enders bin adjacent to pressing table.  

Design Wall to rear of machine with plenty of room to get to it.

Cubbies and cart relocated

Shelf relocated and redone.

Scrap saving system and bin relocated next to cutting table.  You can see the quilting frame to the left in the location where the sewing machine was previously located.  It can easily be pulled out for use if that time every comes.

In addition to moving everything around, I cleaned and reorganized.  I probably won't be able to find a thing....isn't that always the way???

Today I tried the space out, and I really think I am going to like it.  I still don't have a great place for my ironing board, but I can live with it.  And the pressing station beside my machine is wonderful.

All of the stuff on the back of the chair has dwindled to this woven rug that needs to be hemmed.

Three quilts are ready to go to the quilter.  I pieced two backings this afternoon and reduced my stash by 5 1/2 yards!!

One of the backings was from way back in the early 1980s......a Yours Truly piece, made in the USA.

And I stitched on two bindings that are now ready for hand stitching.

Finally, I did what I proclaimed I would not do.  I reorganized the quilting closet.  Didn't get rid of anything, but moved some things so that I could see what I have.  Lots of old friends in there.

The bins are still bulging with fabrics screaming "USE ME, USE ME", but at least I can get to them now.

All in all, I have to admit that I am as pleased as punch with the progress I have made these past two days.  I am ready for the New Year!!  How about you?

A nice, clean, organized work area.
Finally feeling like engaging in the things I enjoy.
A family that I love who are enjoying a very special after Christmas vacation.

Take care,


  1. You did all that in two days? I'm impressed! Can you come do the same magic to my room??

  2. Absolutely mahvelous!!! You certainly did get down to business and made good use of your area! The organizing and getting some stash used/projects done is amazing! While I don't have quite as much of a quilting stash/space as you do... I am certainly now motivated to get things organized (and done) for the New Year!

  3. That quilt frame might come in handy for hanging strip sets in a project. I had a nice wood one that came apart and went behind the couch. I used it twice then I donated it to a church group. It was so big and in the way for using in my living room which was the only room it would fit.

  4. It looks loverly and one of these days I'm going to come down and see your new - well not anymore - house LOL I redid my studio a few months ago but am waiting until I can get some cabinets and replace the wire baskets to take pictures. Hope you have a blessed new year!

  5. I like what you have done, you have given me a couple of ideas to change in my sewing roo. Thank you.

  6. I love the cubbies! Is there a commercial source for those or did you have them specially constructed? I really need something like that.