Friday, December 20, 2013

Real Studio Tour - where I work

The REAL Studio Tour

Today is the final installment of the Real Studio Tour, so hold on to your hats!

You have seen this many times - one of my two design walls. It is 8' x 8' and is almost big enough. See the doorway to the left? That is the laundry/dye studio. I will get to that room in a minute.

Turn 90 degrees to the right and here is my other design wall which is 7' x 8'. I don't do much designing on this wall. You can see it is full of small pieces that I have collected from other quilters, a piece from my Mom and things I have made. I keep ideas, bits of ribbon and items I don't want to lose, and pieces and parts for starts of quilts. You could say this is more of a bulletin board than a design wall.

Then there is my 8' x 8' table. I use this table for my cutting and pressing. I clear everything off when I need to pin baste a quilt. I love this table!


Under the table I put a piece of plywood and I can store my cutting mats here when I am pin basting.

I usually keep the one leaf of the table down so I am working on a 6' x 8' table. The table can be configured to 4' x 8', 6' x 8' or 8'x8'.


Another 90 degrees right and here is my sewing area and entertainment. I have two other tables that were made the same height as my sewing machine cabinet so that I have a bigger area to spread a quilt out when I machine quilt. I keep extra spools of thread in a printer type drawer and of course I have my framed picture of me with Richie Sambora.

Between the TV and the design wall is the doorway to the laundry/dye studio. I have a big sink in there to the right of the washer. This room is kind of a mess/catch all. I am definitely not the organized person Vicki is!

On the opposite wall I have wire shelving with my dyes and other art supplies.

Now if we go back into the sewing studio here is a look across the foyer to the fabric storage room on the left and Peg's room on the right.

The fabric storage room is my personal quilt shop. These shelves hold my commercial prints, solids, batiks, African fabrics, and linens. The tubs at the left have scraps, and the boxes on tops hold Velcro, interfacing, and other groups of sewing stuff.

This corner of the opposite wall holds my hand dyed fabric, quilting thread (on the top shelf), there are rolls with leftover duvetyne, car cover fabric, lining for my living room drapes when I get around to making them, and the stack with the two black boxes are full of fat quarters that I was selling. The table was a desk I used for years and works great in this room for auditioning fabric when it is not covered with stuff! Right now I dumped a tub of scraps on the table (I vowed not to buy any more tubs so when I need one, well this was my solution!), there is fabric for pillowcases I need to make for Xmas, a pile of fabric in the upper left corner for a project I have been collecting fabric for, a pile of books, and homespun fabric that I will be making one or two quilt tops for Vicki next year for the veteran's project. Underneath are two more tubs of scraps and a display box project I want to make for my son.

The other corner of the room has a shelf with my UFOs, what is left of my Mom's fabrics, another tub of scraps, and a tub of wool.

The closet in this room from top to bottom - bolts of iron on interfacing for t-shirt quilts, on the hangers are larger yardages of fabric and my stash of baby quilts when I need one in a hurry, completed quilts, and tubs with fancy fabric like silk, flannel, and vintage fabrics.

In Peg's room I have a cabinet that holds my books and photo albums.

Along this wall I have a quilt rack with a quilt top and the backing, buttons in the blue mason jars, and on top of my son's toy box a quilt I will be fixing up for a friend.

The closet in this room has my art quilts, sewing supplies, and miscellaneous stuff.

So there is the tour of my studio.

I am taking vacation over the holidays to work on the house. I will probably squeeze in a bit of sewing also. So I may not be posting for the next week or so. Have a happy holiday and be safe!

8 comments:

Vicki W said...

An EIGHT x EIGHT TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh, what a dream! Did you build it? I love your spaces. Like Wanda and me, you have a home in your studio not a studio in your home. :)

Exuberant Color said...

you have a lot of great space and I know you have worked hard to update your house and make the spaces work for you.

DanaJ said...

Don't forget the year in review of PTQL, if possible.

elle said...

Wow, you have a lot of space. I really like both of your deign walls. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wow - do I ever envy you that large table space! Of course, having said that, I know full well it would be suffering from piles in short order. Thanks for inviting us to visit.

Kathleen Wilson said...

Love your studio tour. Fabric dyeing is something I have never tried. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon - IN said...

So grand that you have so much space to spread out in! Your 8 x 8 table sure is handy!

QuiltSwissy said...

Thanks for the tour! I enjoyed seeing where you do your sewing and storing. Mine is nowhere near as organized at the present time. But I am hoping........as I always do.....that that will change soon........