Would you like a peek at my first quilt room at my river house? I can’t really call it a quilt studio as it isn’t very big. I am grateful for the space I do have and the idea that I can stop quilting and not have to put everything away like I would if I was using the kitchen table.
My quilt studio
We are walking in the door and we’ll turn to our left to take a look at my cutting table. Below it is a file cabinet and a container of Warm & Natural batting scraps, muslin scraps which I am into constantly, and below it a box of cotton Cluny lace.
My mini ironing board – the plywood is for a bigger one but I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. If I need a bigger one I set up my ironing board in the other room. Below is another old singer and scraps cut in different sizes. The other drawers hold my threads and miscellaneous supplies. I see some rulers in a stand too.
Now we are coming to my sewing machines, Simon seems to be trying to figure out what that Ghastlie thing is on the wall.
Notice I have lots of light. Builder Bob even put in some fluorescent lights….my eyes are getting old.
To the left of Simon are shelves with templates, more rulers, and of course, my much-needed magnifying glass which I’ve been using a lot lately to thread my machine. I don’t like to sew up against a wall and with the 2 machines like this, I get a big working space.
When I sit at my sewing machine I am looking at this wall that Builder Bob built me. The cupboard came from our old kitchen……it can hold a lot of stuff!
Builder Bob built these bookcases for me. They are 16 inches deep. Notice the big cupboards along the bottom…..they are full of miscellaneous….have you noticed I like that word.
The top shelves hold all of my old fabric – lots of country blue, navy, burgundy, mauve, hunter green, and browns – colors that were very popular when I was making table runners, basket lids, centerpieces, and wall-hangings 12 years ago.
Working our way around the room you see my closet (completely full) and 2 bookshelves with books, my GO! Baby, Sizzix Big Shot, and dies. Boxes of fabric strips, thread, and on top……UFO’s.
My room is 11.5 feet minus the 16″ bookcase x 13 feet minus the closet and door and I am using every inch of it. I am thankful I have a quilting room but my last one was almost 4 times this size. I think that is why I quit sewing when we moved here…..plus we used this as a spare bedroom.
Since I have used almost every inch of space when I work on something everything is on the cutting table then gets knocked to the floor or put on the sewing table and then gets knocked to the floor.
Notice in the first photo that there is stuff on the floor – 2 projects for next week. I am one of the crazy people who can’t work start on something new unless everything is cleaned up so my room really does look like this most of the time.
When I decided to start quilting again I warned Builder Bob that quilting would be all I wanted to do…..he was warned. I focus 110% (according to my best friend) on whatever I am working on.
Would you like to see what my next quilt studio looked like? This is when we moved everything out of this room and Builder Bob started setting up my basement quilt studio.
My Quilt Studios
When I updated this post I decided to add all the links to the various quilt studios I have had since 2011. What a change since then!
- Ankeny quilt studio June 2023 – where we live now
- Ankeny quilt studio April 2023 – just before our move
- Ankeny quilt studio reveal May 2022
- Maquoketa country house quilt studio March 2021
- Maquoketa country house new quilt studio setup December 2020
- Maquoketa in town quilt studio decluttering September 2020
- Maquoketa in town upstairs quilt studio September 2019
- Muscatine river house new basement studio March 2017
- Muscatine river house spare bedroom February 2014
- Muscatine river house – small quilt studio October 2011
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