Sneak Peak to my Remodeled Sewing Room

The moment is almost here when I can finally move back into my sewing room.  Right now I can move in the Elna, but I'm trying to figure out a way to bring in the Pfaff too. I have a friend who comes over and sews strips and/or squares for me. I.m trying to figure out if the small table will fit and still give me enough room to move around without being too constricted. . Let me explain some of the changes. I've had new windows put in. They've already been tested thanks to Mother Nature; and they passed the test...no leakage. I had 1 window removed on the east wall and the wall made into a solid wall so now I have a place to put my design wall. I also had heat installed. The people that service my furnace were able to run a couple ducts to  my sewing room. What a difference a little heat it makes!!

Welcome to the remodeled (I prefer to say new) my.sewing room...

I'm already making use of the cutting table. I have a drafting stool on order. It goes from 24" up to 40". I'll be able to use it at either table. The Elna machine will be coming out any day now...as soon as I can get someone over to help lift it.

The bins of fabric are stored behind the cutting table and each bin is label like you see here. Every piece of fabric in my stash was measured and labeled with it's size. Then it was placed in the apprpriate bin. I used the tallest bins for this storage. By the end of the week, over half of the bins were empty and are now in the basement. I'm wondering with so many empty bins, does this mean I need to go shopping to fill them up? I left all the denim and tapestry fabrics in the basement. I had no more room to put them in the sewing room, but my basement is nearly empty

.It's amazing how many UFOs I found!!!!!! I thought I was down to 1 or 2. Who was I kidding?!

Batting storage. You can also see the ironing board that I turned into a pegboard/magnet board. You may be wondering why the curtains are so short. They are old faded cafe curtains hanging on the south wall. As the sun is going down it's very difficult to work out there until the sun gets behind the hedge that is outside the window. So hanging the cafe curtains seems to be the perfect solution. And rather than having to go buy curtain rods, they are strung on cording hooked on nails or you could use cup hooks.

Laundry area....have to have it here because I cannot go up and down the stairs to the basement. I strung a clothesline across the window to  hang special cards, notes with addresses to where I am to send quilts, names of new quilt shops I want to visit. And yes clothespins are holding the notes, cards, etc. to the clothesline.

Cabinet that holds stabilizers, wonder under, interfacing, stencils, amoung other like items. On top are tapestry fabrics I've picked out for the pillows for my secret garden. Shhhh! It's a secret. A place I can go and hopefully, no one will find me. Isn't that what a secret garden is for???

Here is a very large basket that sits under the table where the sewing machine sits. It is full of pieces of fabric that most people would throw away. As you can se in my squares i throw next to nothing away. Eventually I sit down and sew these tiny pieces together until I have a 12" square. When I get 9 squares I make a quilt from them. I also keep a strip basket under the table, but it's upstairs being put to use for a quilt I've designed that will be going to a retreat center.

This fat quarter central. I also use one of them for batiks.When I was going thru all the bins I was surprise how many fat quarters I found that people had given me as gifts or I had received at retreats. I also found that I had pieces of fabrics that were the size of fat quarters so I folded them up and put them in here. Makes it easier to find if I'm looking for that color since they are sorted by color.

We've gone all the way around the room with the exception of the design wall and my supervisor. I'm having a hard time deciding which to show first. Here goes....

I have waited a long time for a design wall. Hey you Buggy Babes out there! You just might recognize the quilt squares in the quilt I just finished. Folks they are from the 1st Annual Amish Country Retreat of 2012. I have decided to donate my quilt to a retreat center called Standing Stones in Arizona that counsels ministers, their spouses and military chaplains. This is quilt #1 of 12. I have about 6-7 tops in the wings waiting to be quilted so I can't wait to get my Elna moved out here.Buggy Babes, it's not that I don't want something to remember you all by...I'm just very dedicated to the ministry of Standing Stones. I will always remember all of you in my heart. And Susie, we will be talking ironing board again this year!! Thanks for your help Sheila. Erin, do not worry about anything....you are coming!!!!!

OK I saved the best for last....my supervisor Indy.

Indy can almost always be found in that chair looking out the windows making sure there are no cats or squirrels in the garden. When he's sure he will pull one of my gel mats over (but still underfoot) and lay down for a nap. No one, but no one had better sit in that chair even if Indy is taking a nap. If they do, Indy's nap will be over very quickly and he will let them know that that is HIS chair. I think I might have to make something with Himself's name for that chair!!! Who's the service dog around here? Uhmmmmm.......c

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Comment by Jean McCusker on February 6, 2014 at 2:51pm
Enjoyed seeing your space, Linda.
Comment by Lynn Michel on March 26, 2013 at 11:46am
Thank you Linda for sharing your sewing area with us. I love seeing other quilters spaces, large or small we all seem to make do with what we have. I really like your nice view and all the natural light you must get. I try to sew when I am doing laundry, since my laundry room is on my second floor along with the bedrooms. One of which is my sewing room. Lol. So enjoy your new space and thanks again for letting us see.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 23, 2013 at 1:09pm
i am a big dog person. but! ...Indie has stolen my big dog heart. he & his eyebrows and the attitude he projects. i just love LOVE that little dog!!
Comment by Ellie Ochoa on March 23, 2013 at 11:46am

Great Inspiration. Thank you.

Comment by Karen Lightman on March 23, 2013 at 6:05am

great room! lots of light.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 20, 2013 at 7:27pm
i wasn't sure. as i mentiond earlier, i have never used plastic storage bins before, and the only wall in spare bedroom where i can stack them is in front oc window...south facing, full sun all day long. so cardboard between bins and sun.

sure nice for keeping furballs from burrowing in and getting all snuggly!
Comment by Linda Koller on March 20, 2013 at 6:37pm

My bins are on the south windows but they sit below the window line. I've been in the house 3 years now and to date have not had any problems with fabric fading. Before the remodel I had some smaller bins sitting on top and didn't have any fading. What saved me I think is the large hedge outside that runs between my house and the neighbors. So I'm shaded once the sun gets to a certain point...I just had the sun in my eyes in the afternoon, which is why I added the curtains. I didn't want them all the way, however, because I put in a path in front of the hedge for the neighbor and I to use. This way I could see when she was coming over.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 19, 2013 at 10:42pm
oh, btw, cindy...this is such a great blog linda did here so...hope you will do one w lotsa pics when your new space done too!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on March 19, 2013 at 10:41pm
cindy, i lived on the foggy most of the time northern california coast for several years. and i had put my fabrics on shelves along side of window, no direct sun on fabrics. still had fading. decided that it had to have been the ceiling lights. and have since read that incandescent lighting will fade fabric. so- my next sewing room will have fabric on shelves again..but my design wall boards will be on rolling closet style doors. right now i have them in a closet w no interior light. the plastic bins get sunlight so i have cardboard between them and the light. don't have any experience w using plastic bins for fabric storage before now, so i don't know if they will enhance or reduce the sun fade factor.
Comment by cindy greenwell on March 19, 2013 at 7:02pm

I love your new shop, I to am in the process of building bigger and better.Everyone that I have talked to all gave me the warning about alot of windows because of what the sun does to our fabric.The desert sun here in Utah is hot,and it can bleech out fabrics fast,so we get the sun coming from south and west and it does it"s damage fast. I think I"m gonna keep my windows to the north to at least still be able to have the true lighting. You are gonna be just spoiled in your new work-area, looks like fun to me.

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