A Visit To My Quilt Studio
Today I am taking part in the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop which is in honor of World Wide Quilting Day.
We were asked to share our quilt studio or a quilting tip. We’ve got some wonderful sponsors, a great coupon deal from EQ, and giveaways for five days.
Welcome to the second day of the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop!
See the list of hop participants at the end of this post. Giveaways are open only for one day (except Friday which will close on Monday) so don’t delay and enter today.
Since I have a little visitor staying in my quilt studio, I thought I would show you where she is staying.
Isn’t she a little cutie! She will be here for 3 more weeks as her owner is having radiation treatments and can’t take care of her.
Let’s go see her home away from home!
Walking into my quilt studio
We live along the Mississippi river here in Iowa so all of the houses are raised up. This is our basement/garage which is ground level.
Builder Bob has built lots of storage closets and my quilt studio. Come on in!
To the left is a row of office cupboards that my girlfriend had in her basement and didn’t want. Builder Bob built her a huge storage room in return.
I have batting in several of the bottom drawers, files in one, and…odds and ends in most of the others.
On top I have quilt books, coffee supplies, and other things.
Continuing on is one of my favorite parts of my studio.
Most of my AccuQuilt dies and electric cutter are here on my IKEA shelves.
What is in the baskets?? Batiks of course! I have a padded piece of plywood that I use for my ironing and a heavy vintage iron.
Edit: The baskets are from IKEA and you can read more about them in this post.
Right past that is my cutting table which has wheels so I can move it around.
It is 4 foot by 6 foot and I usually have it turned the other way….when I don’t have somebody staying in my quilt studio.
Edit: Here is a link to my post telling how Builder Bob built my sliding design wall.
Behind it is my sliding design wall, this is so handy and hides my shelves behind it.
Look at the photo above and you can see that I have it moved to the right. Now I moved it to the left.
There is a bookcase behind that holds paints, stamps, and other odds and ends.
The left side behind the wall has shelves for fabric and quilts. Some of my patterns are hung on the wall.
There is a piece of beadboard in the corner that I use for photos. Little Tasha is used to sleeping on a chair….after one night we realized she would be much happier if we brought down a comfy chair.
She also loves to sit right next to you but that doesn’t work well for me as I sit in an office chair and…..get up and down a lot.
Her chair is right next to mine so I can pet her or sit with her some of the time.
I actually put one of my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machines on my cutting table to use as she jumps up every time I get up.
It was easier to just stand and sew when working on a paper piecing project.
Do you see her on the chair?
She came with her own quilt (I think I made it 30 years ago) and I have also given her a new one.
Here is where I usually am sitting if I am blogging, working on a pattern or…..playing a game.
I also just finished up our taxes and got them to the accountant…. which was a relief!
My favorite sewing machine is my vintage 15-91 Singer that I bought at a auction 25 years ago.
I also have a newer Husqvarna that mainly gets used for the zig-zag stitch when I join batting scraps.
When I am quilting a large quilt like the Spellbound quilt I just finished, I move my computer and the two tables work great for supporting my quilt.
Tip: never let your quilt hang over the edge of your table, the weight makes it very difficult to quilt.
This was supposed to be my “office” area but I don’t like facing a wall.
Right now it is a catch-all for odd things and the dog food and treats. Notice the bowls on the floor. When my granddaughters come over they can use the Wii while I sew or work on the computer.
We are back at the door. I mention many times that I love rulers and templates…..these are just a few of the ones that I have.
The brown batik bag holds all of Sadie’s goodies when we go on a road trip.
She is not crazy about Tasha and does her best to just ignore her but there has been no fighting.
Sadie seldom comes into my quilt room and Tasha wants to be right beside me all day so it works out well for Tasha to stay in the quilt studio most of the time.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my quilt studio. It is where I probably spend most of my waking hours!
Thank you Marion from Seams To Be Sew for arranging this blog hop! Be sure to keep reading to find out about the giveaways and also visit the other bloggers taking part in the QQuilt Qwazy Queens blog hop!
Thank you to the sponsors of this blog hop!