Thursday, August 28, 2008

Coffee Time Quilt Studio Tour

A couple of my on-line groups have been sharing photos of their sewing rooms. I thought I'd join the fun and share mine as it looks today. So grab a cuppa of your favorite beverage and come along to Coffee Time Quilt Studio.

My studio is at the top of the stairs. This is what you see as look straight into the room. The windows face the east and I get tons of morning light. My design wall is to the right. It is an office divider wall I got from work. The rocking chair was a Christmas present to me. It is painted in Red Sox red and blue and has Red Sox logo on it. I use it as a place to do hand work or when I have my laptop in the studio or as a work space when company comes to visit and sew.
Here is my main work area. The table is for the sewing machine. I have a small storage unit I bought from IKEA for my sewing machine tools, extra hand needles, rotary blades, etc. The kitchen island I bought as my moving in gift for the studio. I use as my cutting and work space. In the base cabinet I store WIPs. It has four drawers that hold miscellaneous odds and ends. There are four open shelves that store some completed tops, a few books and printing supplies.
The north wall has two 5-foot closets. The one in right is all mine. What do I have in here? On the top shelf the baskets hold some UFOs and fabric. The box is all my Christmas fabric. The next shelf down is another box of UFOs and there are some other storage containers you can't see. The next shelf holds completed tops and my sewing extension table. On the right is my pine cart that holds cut scraps. The plastic bin holds FQs. I use the bar stool when I want to sit and design. I got it free when I purchased the kitchen island.
The left closet holds a mix of stuff: winter coats on the left; a hanging shelf from IKEA I use for storing backing fabrics; DH's old shirts waiting for me to cut apart and use them. There is some batting in there too. The moving box on the floor on the left is scraps. The box on the right is desk top items from our old place. I need to clean it out and pass on some of those items.
As you turn to the right from looking at the closets I have this shelving unit from Target. On top are my collectibles: pin cushions, jars of buttons, a doll. The red and yellow baskets hold various future projects. The purple basket is my stitchery work. On the bottom shelves are printouts from my Quilt University classes and notebooks of quilt patterns. The wooden box and the container under it hold my machine threads. The pink table cloth on top was my great aunt's. It's probably the most girly-girl item in the studio.
Next to the shelves is my previous cutting table that now holds my 32 inch flat panel TV (I have to able to watch my sports while sewing, don't I?). Projects I'm working on will often fins a place to rest here. Underneath the table is my antique sewing table (BTW, lemon oil and a day in the sun got rid of the musty, smokey smell). I always keep a couple of empty boxes on hand for mailing out goodies. There are two paintings I made for our old place that waiting for a second life in our new place. I will probably cover them with fabric and hang them somewhere. Even though the cutting table, sewing table and kitchen island were purchased a different times, they are from the same furniture line. All of them need to be refinished and I'm thinking of using some Red Sox and Patriots colors to do that.
The last item in the room is the bookcase. My cable box is on top along with items that get put down when I walk in the door. Yup, I don't have a lot of quilt books. In fact the lower right shelf is mostly home renovation books. I gave away a lot of books when we moved. I kept those that had techniques I want to try or patterns I'm interested in making. There is a sewing basket my MIL gave me. On the bottom right shelf is my fabric for my Butterfly Garden quilt.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Coffee Time Quilt Studio. Come on over anytime! I'd love to have you visit me.
Sweet P

13 comments:

Finn said...

What fun to see your sewing studio! It looks like such a lovely place to work, and would be fun to visit *VBS*
You are soooo organized, I wanna be just like you when I grow up!
Glad you are joining the New Years Eve party! Hugs, Finn

Lilly said...

How nice it must be to have such a well equipped and organized working space. I am sure you really enjoy it. Congrats.

Aileen said...

Your studio is beginning to look lived in, as opposed to mine which should be condemned.

Teresa said...

Thanks for the tour - looks like a great place to sew, watch tv, read or just sit and contemplate.

Candace said...

thanks for sharing, I love getting to peek in other people's spaces. It looks like a great place to spend time.

Brenda said...

How wonderful to have so much space and to be so organized. Looks delightful and a great area to sew...sew...sew! Thanks for sharing.

Rhondee said...

I love your sewing studio. How neat and spacious it looks. Everything is in its place.....WOW! I'm really impressed. Storage is definitely the key. Great job. Thanks for the tour. Have a great weekend.

Kay said...

I love the bookcase and the cutting table. It is so bright and light and cheery. :o)

Libby said...

What a great space you have . . . longing for the day when I can have a place to call my own with my supplies all in one spot *s*

Melinda said...

I love your room - thank you for sharing it.

Jodyrose said...

Wow, how organized! Thanks for sharing.

Connie W said...

Everything is tidy and organized...ready to sew. Looks great!

Mad about Craft said...

It's lovely to have so much space. In UK rooms you just don't get the space. I share a room 1.5 metres by 2 metres with my husband's computer table, filing cabinet and half a very small bookcase.