• This is where the fun begins! http://myquiltplace.com/photo/albums/renovating-the-sewing-room choose slide show option

  • With the heavy work done, the walls and space usage were next , and honestly , took the most thought. l waited 2 weeks before doing ANYTHING to the walls ( such precious space), and moved things around in drawers/cupboards to find what works for me:

  • a 42 X 36" mini design wall ( felt/batting over plywood) hung just above Janome within sit-down reach. Now intricate block construction is more visual.

  • thread cones that used to be on pegs along top of wall are now coralled in a shelf unit l made from an old drawer & 1 x4 boards cut to size

  • a white board  hangs behind the Bailey. l use it to plan out/practice my fmq stitch paths as well as planning cutting/fabric use , as it's not far from cutting table ( ok, l spent money on this one , went over budget, $ 50.) 

  • In the small overhead cupboard are my spare iron, basting sprays, starch ( all on a lazy susan l got for $1. at charrity store.) There's room for more things there...

  • Above the cutting /pressing table is the large pegboard holding rulers, thread brush, clipboards ( instructions) etc. The hooks l got meant for hanging garden tools on pegboard have small plastic snapbands holding them in place...no more loose hooks!

  • The 3 drawers in the cutting table hold measuring tapes, rotary cutters, scissors, pens/markers tools( staple remover for upholstery, side cutters, multi screw driver etc.

  • Beneath the cutting table , away from light are my plastic bins of fabric & works in progress.
  • A small dental cabinet salvaged from dump yrs. ago is converted into a light table. It's stored under the counter to make use of the drawers, and pulls out when I need to transfer patterns or mark a quilt. I still need to purchase an LED smaller light for that, the lamp I'm using now gets too hot. A scrap piece of plexiglass I found in hubby's workshop is set on top.
  • All the space was taken up in the room, so I made my design wall out in the hallway opposite the door. That's handy, since I can see it from further away now:) I used carpet tape to affix 1/2" foam insulboard to the panelled wall, stapled my (pieced) felt over it (sparingly staples into the panelling), then trimmed the edges with wood finishing trim using finishing nails to hold it all in place. If the double sided carpet tape fails, and the wall "bulges", I may have to use a few screws with washers...but so far, so good.

I may have to "tweek" the sewing space as I try new types of projects out...I may get a cutting tool, for instance, but I'm really happy with the results. And, except for the white board and design wall, I managed it on my $400. budget:)

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