Today I’m going to a linky party hosted by one of the 2016 new quilt bloggers named Melva who blogs at Melvalovesscraps.blogspot.ca . Its all about sharing the space where we quilt. Needless to say I’m excited (and a tiny bit nervous) to share my quilty play place with you.
First let me say, that I tidied it up quite a bit before I invited you over. And I caution you not to look in the corners, because some of the dust bunnies hiding there are bigger than my sewing machine.
When I come into the room, on the left is my cutting table. Many years ago, when I was really into my “contemporary country quilting” stage (is there even such a thing?) I pieced and hand quilted these blocks and hubby had them framed for me as a gift. (There’s another one on the other wall which you’ll see it in a few minutes). It was a really amazingly thoughtful gift and it still makes me smile when I see how well those churn dashes are quilted. They were and still are, one of my all time favourite blocks to make.
That cylinder rolled up on the table is my 2016 Teal Mini-Quilt which I’m getting ready to send to my partner Tony Jean Dickerson in the USA.
My hubby has a silly sense of humour. He decided to surprise me one day with this wooden portrait of me in “sewing mode”. Seriously folks, this is what I have to deal with every day. Below it are several of my fabric bins. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t opened these bins except to add more fabrics for a loooooong time.
Next up is more of hubby’s creative art work for my walls (its a button and a needle with thread), another log cabin framed quilt and a glimpse of one of my bins of larger cuts of fabric. Once upon a time those drawers were colour coordinated, starting at the top with green, red, neutral, blue and yellow. I rarely buy solid colored fabric and often cannot decide what colour is dominant in a fabric, so things have gotten a bit muddy over the years. But it is still one of my best go to spots in the room. On top of the cabinet is the first mini-quilt I ever made. I made it for our PEIMQG Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright, but I didn’t’ like the way it turned out, so now it sits on the top of the cupboard.
Here is another stash bin. I’ve opened the “black” drawer at the bottom. For some reason this is my cats favourite spot to nap and he often comes in and cries for me to open it, so he can curl up in it. Thank goodness he is not in there now. That would be mighty embarrassing.
Next to the bins is a small open cabinet that I use to store backing fabrics and batting. Sitting on top is another of hubby’s DIY projects. Its a small portable ironing board.
A portable pressing surface is a godsend. Just Saying. Get one, or make one if you can.
I also have a ruler storage space here and a spool rack (another hubby project….what would I do without him?)
Above my sewing space is a large open shelving area, where I am currently using the top shelf to store some WIPs. My most recent finished quilts look lovely stacked on the bottom. I enjoy having these close by, where I can look at them every day and know that there will be another finished one there someday soon.
Next stop on the tour is the open shelving area on both sides of my sewing area. This is a very flexible space and currently I am using it to store FQs, books, magazines and albums containing pictures of the quilts I made back in the day before I started storing pics on my computer and Instagram. As you can see, my “little scraps basket” is getting mighty full so I’ve recently added another one to the top shelf beside my water jug. Yikes I need to get a grip and do something with these.
The lower shelves provide a perfect spot for me to showcase the beautiful fat quarters I’ve been collecting recently and the ones I’ve pulled for the projects I’m working on now. It appears that quite without my being actively aware of it, I’ve become a modern quilt enthusiast. Check out all my modern low volume FQs on the middle shelf and large print pretties and stacks of jewel toned FQs.
Last thing on the list is my design wall. I know its small, its behind the door, and its usually covered with bits of thread or orphan blocks. I would be absolutely lost without it (do I need to say that Hubby put that there for me?)
So there you have it. This is where I spend many happy and creative hours every day. The picture is of our granddaughter Jessica when she was a little girl. I cannot believe that she’s 21 years old already and I’ve been quilting since before she was born. Time flies scary fast.
I know I am extremely lucky to have a dedicated sewing room in our home here on PEI after years of sewing in the basement laundry room in Sherwood Park, Alberta. This one has a window that looks out over our front yard. Hubby is the gardener and I take no credit for the beauty that I see whenever I look out any of the windows in our house. Oh yeah in case you missed it, there is usually at least one big poodle dog sitting on the couch looking out that window or looking at me while I work.
He has a very keen eye and often offers constructive criticism of whatever it is I’m working on, unless of course he is trying to catch the cat…
I hope you enjoyed the visit. I’m glad you popped in. Please come back anytime (but don’t be surprised if my sewing room looks like it was hit by a tornado — which is the way it usually looks).