Here's my happy room where magic happens! I have two windows with a view of our back pasture, lawn, and swimming pond with nary a neighbor in sight.
Here's my huge cutting table which my husband found for free on Craigslist. I keep the sides dropped down because I don't have room to have them up. My extra sewing machine and serger are stored underneath.
My husband made the shelves above, cutting them from rough wood. I use a pair of scissors to snag the bins on the top shelf to get them down! The bins on the shelves contain my current projects. Yep, there are usually ten or so! The bottom shelf is my catch-all spot, and I didn't clean it for you! I use several timers to waken me out of my quilting reverie to get other stuff done. I have been known to burn food and leave laundry in the dryer all day.
This bookshelf holds about 600 yards of my stash. The other part is in my walk-in closet and is mostly precuts, leftover collections from previous projects, fabric for sewing clothes, batting, and whatnot. I don't know how much yardage is in the closet, but it takes up about twice this space. I find it really hard to break up collections even when they are scraps, and that only makes them more difficult to use, of course. I'm working on changing this because it's quite ridiculous.
In January I went through my yardage and measured and folded it onto comic boards. I originally placed them on their ends, but soon realized the shelves hold more when the fabrics are on their sides. The fabrics on the narrow shelves are backings. The bookcase is usually covered with a curtain on a tension rod to protect the fabric.
The top two shelves are my collections of Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, and Joel Dewberry fabrics, not including the fat quarters by these designers stored in the closet. My daughter painted the sign for me!
My husband made a thread rack for me a few years ago.
I found this sewing desk at the Habitat for Humanity, a secondhand store, for $40. I love it! It is so nice to have Mrs.Bernina inset into the table. My grandmother bought her in 1976 for $750, and she sewed my grandpa navy blue polyester overalls for Sunday on it! He wore his striped overalls every other day. The back of the table folds down, but it is always up for more surface area. There are plastic storage towers tucked underneath at the back. The one on this side contains one drawer of solid 2-1/2" strips, a drawer of solid scraps and a drawer of Miss Kate precuts and yardage.
The plastic storage tower on this side contains a bit of everything; serger thread, binding scraps, and other misc. items, most of which is for sewing clothes which has been overtaken by quilting! Also tucked back there are my design boards and spare cutting mat.
My husband made this sewing table for my birthday! Do you remember the rose-colored laminate cupboards from the 90s? This is one of those, remade with white paint and beadboard on the ends. I had him put the overhang on the left to create a place to store more junk. The ironing board top is 55" wide and 24" deep. I love to iron yardage on it! The two boxes hold more solid fabric, and the aqua basket holds yo-yo's.
This cupboard holds my AccuQuilt and dies. I am looking forward to collecting more dies! It's nice to have a spot for the distilled water and cup, too.
A drawer for thread cones and Triangles on a Roll.
A drawer for items I use most often when quilting. I can easily reach it when sitting at the sewing machine. I ♥ the magnetic bobbin holders. Mrs.Singer, my quilting machine, is in the family room in the shop since there's no room in the house, and these holders make it so easy to keep track of the bobbins in the commute.
This storage cabinet gets the honor of holding the iron on top and my favorite fabric strips and scraps inside!
I'm making this mini quilt to set the iron on since she occasionally leaks. The fabrics are from my favorite fabrics that are stored in this cabinet. I used this Scrappy Pinwheel Block Tutorial and made it larger by adding the white border.
My buxom bosom chair cracks me up! A shirt is a great way to hold a cushion in place on a chair back.
That's my room! You can see here how I had it set up several years ago.
You might be surprised to learn that my sewing room is in the master bedroom! We built it big so I'd have the space. I am super thankful that I have a place all my own that I can leave set up all the time. It truly is my ♥ happy ♥ place!
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