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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.

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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!

Tasha and her new quilt

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!

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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.

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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.

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Edit: The baskets are from IKEA and you can read more about them in this post.

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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.

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Her chair is right next to mine so I can pet her or sit with her some of the time.

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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.

There is a piece of bead board in the corner that I use for photos.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

March 16
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

March 17
Freemotion by the River
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20
Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21
Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22
MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew

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Connie with her dogs

About Connie

Hi, I’m Connie Kresin Campbell, the quilter, writer, and photographer behind Freemotion By the River. I enjoy inspiring others with my quilt tutorials and patterns. You’ll also see my sweet adopted dogs from time to time.

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  1. Hi Connie: A great space to create. Every crafter/quilter would love it! The cutting table and design wall are both great. Nice job Builder Bob. Way to go Connie. Not envious, just happy for you.
    All the best.
    Shirley in CANADA

  2. Totally jealous of this space and how well organized you are. I think I have a large enough space for me but the organization is still missing. Love seeing Sadie! People have asked me how I get things done, it’s because we never put our machine away. I don’t put the oven away, or the refrigerator, so why do people put a sewing machine in a box, in the closet, in a room far away….or worse a storage unit. Scary.
    Beautiful space!

  3. Ann Schapansky says:

    Wow! What a quilt room. Such wonderful ideas.

    1. I would live in there! Awesome!

  4. Diana Nelson says:

    Hi – I enjoyed the tour of your space and will have to get the Algot system for my Go cutting system. Are the Algot shelves petty study? Am trying to save space for the dies and will have to use the bookshelf and basket idea. I also have a 15-91 set up and use it occasionally and want to start using it more often. It’s a nice machine and a work horse. Also am enjoying your posts.

  5. Thanks for the tour!

  6. You have the most amazing quilt studio.

  7. Beautiful studio and adorable pups! Thank you for sharing in the hop … 🙂 Pat

  8. What a gorgeous space you have to create in! And such sweet fur babies to keep you company!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your quilting space. It is beautiful.

  10. Nancy Myers says:

    I am envious. Your room is spectacular!

  11. I’m still so jealous of your huge room. I totally agree on the small rooms causing stress. Mine continues to do that to me Connie. I remember back when Curt first made all the changes to the room to convert from teen bedroom to my sewing room and how much I loved it. I still love the fact that I have my own sewing room and am not in the living room, but the problem happened when I started buying stuff. LOTS of stuff. Now it feels claustrophobic and like I’m penned in from all sides. So yep, small rooms can cause stress. But, I’ll give a lesson to someone reading that may just be starting out – don’t buy everything you see; trust me. You’ll love it all until you can’t do anything without moving a bunch of stuff around for 10-15 minutes first, and then when done, have to move it all back again. ugh.

    Maybe I should sell everything and start over. HAHA. I think my husband would divorce me, so I guess I need another answer. LOL

  12. Lynne Stucke says:

    OK. So, I am totally disgusted at how neat and clean and tidy and spotless your studio is!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How on earth do you manage it????? Thanks for sharing this beautiful space. (lynnstck[at]

  13. it’s great to see your room again and I never noticed the couch before! also are those Accuquilt dies hiding under your TV??under the table

  14. Hi, Connie! I enjoyed your studio tour. It showed a real work room and not a show place. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks Karen, I love my studio and it is definitely setup for work…..if it looks good that is a plus 🙂

  15. You have a wonderful sewing studio. I love how spacious it is.

  16. Gayle Fahrion says:

    We are builders too and I love getting free things I can use in my studio. Nice space!

  17. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Thanks for the tour! I love seeing how different sewing/quilting rooms are set up. It helps me get ideas for mine! (And such a cute visitor you have there, too!)

  18. Karen Christensen says:

    I’m envious of your sewing space. What a great area

  19. Connie I love seeing how wonderful your quilt studio is. You and Builder Bob are a great team. Tasha is grateful for you keeping care of her. Sadie is too cute and just needs more attention since you rescued her. Happy Quilting Bliss Dear…<3

    1. Thanks Sherry, we are really enjoying both dogs and I am so glad to have a nice studio to share with Tasha 🙂

  20. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    I wish I had that space. I also love using my vintage 15-91. Thanks.

  21. Love your studio! The sliding design wall is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!

  22. Lori Morton says:

    Love your Studio!! So organized & beautiful!! Thank you for taking us on the Tour! & sharing your ideas 🙂

  23. Wow – beautiful studio. I can’t wait to have the space for one. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

  24. What an awesome space! Thank you for sharing it all. And I’m really loving those basket shelves.

    1. Thanks! I am hoping to pickup some more of the basket shelves, they are great!

  25. Hi Connie, I loved seeing your studio. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and inspiration.

  26. Edith Gorzo says:

    Your studio is so awesome Connie. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Love your sewing space – so incredibly organized and you have the best companions!

    1. Thanks Susan, I am one of those people who works better with organized space 🙂

  28. I love your sewing studio, especially your sliding design wall.

  29. Connie, your studio is wonderful! What a great space to spread out and store your treasures for sewing. I have a small bedroom and feel lucky to have that much, but it’s getting cramped in there! Love the pictures of your pups, too.

    1. Thanks Kathy, I used to have a small room and this new studio is so enjoyable!

  30. Your room is great! I especially love the wire baskets you use to hold your fabrics. Thank you for sharing your room with us.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I do love the Ikea Algot storage systems!

  31. I love how organized and beautiful your studio is.

  32. Jeanne Brown says:

    Love your room it looks great .

  33. Allison CB says:

    Your studio is awesome – tons of space and great light!!! (and I love your furry assistant!!!)

  34. Lucky you! Mine is just a little corner of the Kitchen! Hard to be creative sometimes.

  35. Love the way your Accuquilt dies are stored. I need to do that someday… Your space looks so big. Thanks for the tour.

    1. Thanks Kathy, I find if I keep it out I use it more often. My room is about 500 sq foot.

  36. What a great studio! I’m a wee bit jealous of several things. You are a fortunate woman, but I think you know that already! Thanks so much for sharing these photos.

    1. Thanks Susan! I am very, very fortunate to have Builder Bob!

  37. As I have mentioned here before, your studio space is absolutely wonderful. The moving design wall feature is one of my favorite pieces. You are fortunate and I know how special it must be to you. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Melody Lutz says:

    Creative studio! That pegboard has got me thinking…….looking at my mishmash wall.

  39. Love your studio. Covet. Covet. So much room. So much creativity. Nothing negatives there. Thanks for sharing. I am a paint by number kind of person and I really enjoy the workings of others that enhance my life and the life of my family.

  40. Lisa Marie says:

    That’s a lucky pup — I would be glad to live in that studio! HaHa. It is wonderful though!

    1. Thanks Lisa Marie, I could live in my studio too! Actually I practically do!

  41. Thank you for the tour of your sewing space. It looks awesome! Thanks!

  42. What a sweet little visitor to keep you company while you sew. Thanks for sharing your great room with us. It is amazing. I especially like that moving design wall.

  43. tonia conner says:

    Your set up is fantastic. Such sweet pooches, hope your friend health returns.

  44. Wow!! what a fabulous studio… you are blessed. Thanks for sharing your fabulous space!

  45. I love your sewing space. It gave me an idea for my small space.

    1. Thanks Nancy! I used to have a small space, just be creative!

  46. It mus be really nice to have a handy man. I have never seen cabinets with drawers at the bottom, only doors. I can see how they would be very useful for storing things like batting. So, do you do all your sewing and quilting on the vintage Singer machine?

  47. What fun to peek into your creative space and see all your delightful designs. What a cheerful place to work in.

    1. Thanks Joan, it definitely is my “happy” place!

  48. Angela Short says:

    What a nice studio!!

  49. WOW, that is a lot of space!! Lucky You. Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to coming back and checking out some of your tutorials.

  50. Thank you for sharing your space with us! It is always great to see how others overcome space challenges and storage ideas!

    1. Thanks Anita, I know I always enjoy seeing others rooms too!

  51. carolyn montgomery says:

    love your studio, you are so lucky to have so much space. your quilts are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Carolyn, I was in a much smaller room until last year……I could live in this room!

  52. You have an awesome space for creating! Thanks for sharing and giving me inspiration.

  53. apple blossom says:

    thanks for the studio tour. love the golf fabric as well

  54. Susan Spiers says:

    WOW! What an amazing studio! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  55. I have always loved your quilting studio! But I have a question… I noticed you store your Accuquilt dies on end. Have your longer ones bent at all? I just have a few but haven’t found a good way to store the big ones.

    1. Thanks Linda, none of my AccuQuilt dies have bent. I know they say not to store them on top of each other. Many of mine are 4 years old and still fine.

  56. Wow nice sewing space….lucky girl…I have a weiner his name is muffin because when he came home he looked like a little brain muffin…he’s 13 now…..

    1. Thanks Anna and I bet you really enjoy your little Muffin!

  57. Kathleen M Trail says:

    Furry friends are sew much fun to share your creative time! Love your studio!

  58. Thank you Connie for this great tour! Your studio is a dream! So much space and Bob has done fantastic job with you! I love the sliding design wall and all the table space! Lovely place also for a furry visitor. Perhaps Sadie realizes later also how nice it would be to spend time here with you.
    I think it’s common that dogs can ignore each others. Our little Foxy ignored Nero some years! x Teje

    1. Thanks Teje and I do remember you saying that Foxy ignored Nero. It has been fun to have a companion in my quilt room!

  59. Lori Smanski says:

    wow, I adore your space and organization. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  60. Connie, I can never get over how pretty and functional your quilt studio is. I just love it. Your cutting table alone would fill half my sewing room!
    Tasha looks so happy in her chair. I know what you mean about her jumping up everytime you get up. Jack does the same thing to me. I get up, he gets up and follows. It always makes me feel guilty that I disturbed him. lol
    By the time Tasha can go home, you aren’t going to want to give up your little sewing companion. 🙂

    1. I feel the same way Pat! Guilty that Tasha jumps up and I’m not going anywhere. I think she enjoys being here as much as I enjoy her! She went home today and will be back Monday morning.

  61. Wonderful studio space. As I’ve said before, I envy your natural light. My space is really good sized but doesn’t get enough light. Love the idea of the moveable cutting station too, along with the extra storage it gives. And today, seeing how neat and organized your studio is, I am reminded that I need to do some cleaning in my sewing space again.

    1. Thanks Sara, the window is on the west side of the house and with all the white walls and ceiling I do get good light….plus all the lights Builder Bob put in. I work so much better in a organized space 🙂

  62. My floor has not been that clean since I set up the sewing machine in that room!!!

    1. LOL, this new dog that I am watching puts everything in her mouth! I can’t drop a single piece of fabric or paper!

  63. Love the space. i really like your sliding design wall.

  64. Your studio is wonderful! Thank you for the tour. You are really going to miss Tasha when she returns to her home. My Hooligans are in and our of my studio as long as I’m there. Odie has his place on the daybed, but sometimes Boomer will claim it… Treats will settle the matter! I somehow missed the organization gene, but seeing your space, I can dream!

    1. LOL, thanks Miriam! I missed the “cooking gene”!!

  65. Lorene Holbrook says:

    Love your sewing room! Esp your sliding closet door!

    1. Thanks! I did a post earlier showing how Builder Bob made it. If you do a search on sliding wall you’ll find it.

    1. Thanks Carole, now you know why I practically live in here!

  66. Joyce Carter says:

    You have a wonderful sewing room, Connie. I love the storage area. And everything looks so neat.Thank you for showing it today.

  67. Love the IKEA storage! Do you remember what they were called or if they still carry them?

  68. Thanks for the tour. Now I know how you got your name. I love your studio and wish I had 1/2 that space. Love how you have made the pooches comfortable too.

    1. Thanks Carol! I do love my quilt studio along the river, just wished my window faced the river 🙂

  69. Great giveaway, enjoyed seeing all the sewing rooms.

  70. What an amazing place to create! Enjoyed seeing the doggies, too!

  71. Liz Horgan says:

    So many great organizing ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Bonnie Larson says:

    I love all your space. Thanks for sharing

  73. What a lovely sewing room! Love all the storage and organization.

    1. Thanks Marian, we all seem to work differently……when I am in a crowded space (like my last quilt studio) it stresses me out. I work much better with lots of open space.

  74. What a great storage space, I love the pegboard wall with the rulers and such, so organized… I also love how you hang all your projects all over the wall. I wouldn’t mind having all that space, but then I know if I had it, I’d want to fill it up.. I’ve gotten so used to “crowded space” that having open space would make me a little nutty I think.

    1. Thanks Marian, we all seem to work differently……when I am in a crowded space (like my last quilt studio) it stresses me out. I work much better with lots of open space.

  75. I love the storage and the pegboard.