Welcome to the Island Batik Ambassador blog hop! Everyone is giving you a little peek at their creative space and today you’ll get to see mine. This is my favorite room in the whole house! Last month I bought a Featherweight sewing machine and did a post about cleaning and moving things around in my quilt room and that sparked the idea of a blog hop showing our rooms.
My room isn’t very big and I am constantly changing things depending on what I’m working on. Bob and my dad just shake their heads when they see me tearing things apart in there.Lately I have been working with AccuQuilt dies and my GO! Big Electric cutter so……I moved out a couple sewing machines so I could have a little more room. I will be doing a monthly guest post and tutorial on the AccuQuilt blog. I had a post up there yesterday.
When you stand in the door this is what you see. I like having small quilts hanging on the wall. A couple of them keep reminding me to finish the patterns for them. Right now I only have one of my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine setup (in here). The AccuQuilt GO! Big Cutting machine is on the table against the wall close to my dies.
Underneath the table is a scrap baskets and a couple boxes of different size blocks. Some of my thread is in the tall storage container.
I don’t like my sewing machine up against a wall, I feel very claustrophobic having a wall two feet in front of me. It also bothers me if my room gets too clustered with containers open and stuff all over the floor. Yes, it does happen once in a while but I’m always in a hurry to get it back in order. I have tried putting the sewing machine in front of the window but there is too much glare. I also like my little stool that I use. I believe it is actually made for guys working on cars……I love it! If I’m going to quilt a large quilt I just move one of the tables behind my sewing machine to help support the weight. I do all my free-motion quilting on my 15-91 sewing machine.
I have a view of the Mississippi river and the road so I get to see what is going on outside while I’m quilting.
Behind my sewing machine is this row of cabinets that I got from a friend when she was remodeling her basement. If you want to know what is in the cabinets….just check out my Quilt Studio page and you’ll find out. Builder Bob cut me a piece of wood a little larger than my cabinet top and I have my cutting mat sitting on it. It gives me a cutting area of 24″ x 36″. I also do my ironing to the right of it using a couple small pads and my vintage iron. If I need to iron a large quilt I just setup the ironing board in the living room.
Something I really like about my cabinets is all of these little cubbyholes. When I am cutting up fabric I try and do something with the scraps right away. I have a tray of 1 1/2″ squares and another of 2″ squares. Next to my sewing machine is a drawer with 2 1/2″ squares. Whenever one of the trays or the drawer gets full……it is time to make something with them. I also have “some” of my charm squares sitting right there in the open…..waiting to be used.
I always keep a step stool handy in case I want to reach a quilt or batting on top of the bookcase. I also use the step stool when I am taking photos of projects. Is that all the batting I have???? No way! There is a bolt in our bedroom behind the bathroom door and another one in the laundry room
Lately I’ve been picking up some of the great scrapbook containers at Joann Fabric when they are 50% off so I can keep projects separate and most importantly……visible. If something is in a drawer or a box….I’ll forget about it. Here I have some batiks that I received from Island Batik that will be used in a project for a blog hop next month. I really, really love being an ambassador for them!
Design wall……well that is something that I really don’t have. There is a small one behind the door but….I usually forget it is there and…..what is one it. Hmm, I had better finish a couple of these projects.
This month I moved my computer out of the quilt room and back out on the desk. It won’t be long and I know I’ll move it back into my quilt room.
Last month we had thought we would build on to our house so I could have a bigger quilt room but our lots are small and we forgot that our septic field runs right behind the house so…..no building on. Then Bob decided that he really doesn’t need a woodworking shop as he never makes anything anymore and the space would be better used as a quilt room. The room is in the basement and has no window so he would have to put one in. First he is working on selling his stuff. So…..maybe by next winter we’ll be working on a new room. In the meantime…..I’m happy with what I have.