It has been a little over 3 weeks since we moved to our new home in Ankeny, Iowa and we are finally getting settled. I promised you photos of my quilt studio and that is what you’ll get to see in this post.
We chose to buy a house with an unfinished basement as it was about $40 thousand dollars cheaper and we didn’t really need a family room in the basement. Bob spends most of his time in the man-cave and I spend most of my time either in my office or quilt studio.
Quilt Studio Reveal
The first thing you will notice about my quilt studio is that it is a functional workspace rather than a beautiful one. We have seen quilt studios that are gorgeous with everything matching and beautiful windows for outside light. I am just as happy with my mix and match furniture that is functional and works for me.
My quilt studio uses many of the same pieces of furniture that I’ve been using through 3 moves. My most important piece is my cutting table and I was so afraid the movers wouldn’t be able to get it down the stairs but they did!
This is a brand new house and the fire code now requires basement ceilings to have sheetrock on them. I’m happy with that.
Originally, there were 3 light bulbs in the ceiling for lighting that weren’t very bright. We found these neat lights with 5 panels, 4 of which move and are LED with natural light, they are awesome. Bob also bought some for his garage/man cave.
The outside walls are covered in plastic-faced insulation. We had a piece of 1-inch foam board insulation that I put up for a design wall. I have had many design walls over the years, the sliding design wall that Bob built at the river house is my favorite.
For this design wall, I used one of the plastic tablecloths that I had used on the country quilt studio walls.
I decided to put all of my bookcases on the same wall. The top 3 shelves of fabric are all batiks. I also have most of my AccuQuilt dies and quit books on the white shelves. My fabric pieces vary in size from fat quarters, scraps, or a couple of yards. I never worry about keeping it too straight as I have a tendency to pull a stack out when I am making something. This works for me.
I also have some fabric in my IKEA bins (no longer available) and some precuts displayed. I also have some large yardage batik pieces on the top shelf.
AccuQuilt Dies and books
I also have my 2 white shelves that hold my AccuQuilt dies, quilt books, and other odd things. My long AccuQuilt dies sit on the floor next to the shelves.
This time I had enough room to place both bathroom vanities next to each other. I still plan on painting them white (I’ve been saying that since Bob got them for me at the river house). He cut tops for them and then we also place a large whiteboard on top. This makes a sturdy work surface for my electric AccuQuilt cutter and my Cricut machine.
My cutting table holds all of my scrap pieces that are cut into sizes that I use a lot. When I’m working on a project I usually go ahead and cut up the leftover fabric into sizes and put them in the bins.
I have 4 sewing machines set up in my studio. I also have a Singer featherweight under my cutting table. My favorite sewing machine is the vintage Singer 15-91 straight stitch machine. I have 2 of them and I usually fill my bobbins on the once against the wall.
If I am quilting, I have 2 lightweight tables that I can place behind and to the right of my sewing machine to give me plenty of surfaces to keep my quilt from hanging down. When you let your quilt hang down, the weight will cause you problems as you quilt.
I have a 7 hole wooden sugar candle mold that holds my scissors and other things I use all the time.
Bob made me this ruler holder several years ago and it is supposed to hang on the wall but I normally just have it sitting on a table. I tend to move things around a lot. I have more but these are the rulers I use the most.
A place to iron
It is important to me to have a large area for ironing. I use a large piece of plywood that is covered with batting and then fabric. Bob cut a size that fits above these 3d storage bins. I was always bending over before to iron and I had some totes I wasn’t using that now make the ironing surface a perfect size for me. I love my old vintage irons as they are heavy and usually have a flat surface. The best place to find them is at Goodwill or garage sales.
Remember when I first showed you the quilt studio and there was a wall that was just framed? Well, I didn’t want to look through at the other section of the basement so I decided to temporarily cover the walls. I tried sheets but you could see through them so I bought fleece which is working great!
Luckily I went to Joann’s and was able to buy the fabric at 40% off. I needed 5 pieces that were 2 2/3 yards long. I am short one piece and used a dark sheet to finish the wall for now. Next time there is a sale, I’ll go buy my last piece. I just used push pins to hold the pieces up.
This is what is on the backside of my studio and why I wanted the “fake” walls. Here I am storing my finished quilts and other odds and ends that I have.
I hope you have enjoyed a peek at my new quilt studio. I’m not sure of the size, but it is over 500 square feet.
Mickey and a friend
Mr. Mickey is having fun getting to know his neighbor! She is Lucy, a 4-year-old doodle who looks a lot like him!
One last photo of my cutting table and quilt projects that I need to work on.
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