I was thinking about work spaces the other day and thought I'd do an informal survey. Where do you do your quilting? Do you have a permanent set up or do you have to take everything out and then put it away when you are done? We are lucky to have an extra room in our house on the main floor. It is intended to be a fourth bedroom, but we started using it as an office when we moved in 13 years ago. It's still partially an office (computer, TV and large desk for files, etc) but I was able to convince my husband to let me set up my sewing space in the remaining area. Now, don't get too jealous....the whole room measures about 10' x 10'. Subtract about 3 feet for the area the desk, TV, etc take up and that leaves me about a 7 x 10' area.
I really am thrilled though! I salvaged an old kitchen cabinet for my cutting table which gives me great height for cutting (36"), put in some build-it-yourself shelves and drawers and put shelves in the closet and there you go....instant workspace. I lined the outside of the closet doors with picnic table clothes with the felted underside out for a design wall. I only have room for a small ironing board so when I have to iron large pieces of fabric, I do have to take them to the laundry room. Oh well, nothing's perfect!
Would I trade my space for a large, airy, studio? Yes! But this shows, you can make do with what you have. Even if it's just half of a spare room. Two great assets in this room are the large east and south facing windows. Now that I would not trade. Even on a snowy, winter day being able to enjoy looking outside while sewing is a great mood lifter!
Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour I am in for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue. I will post a photo of my block when it's time for the tour. It happens November 8-12. You can tour many designer's blogs, see their blocks and be eligible for prizes. Look for the magazine on newsstands in November!
Seriously, last time I posted, it was really cool fall weather. Now we've had several days in a row where we've been in the upper 70s to 80s ...even one day close to 90! Clear skies and dry weather has helped the farmers in our area get their crops out of the fields. I know Mother Nature will be bringing us back to reality soon, so I'll enjoy it while I can.
The results are in. After polling here and on other sites, I have decided to name my basket pattern "Basket Banter". That was the name that received the most votes. (see my last blog post for the photo of this project). I'm now busily at work on my next projects. One is called "Basketweave Stars" that has a lap quilt and table runner. It's all piecing and no applique. It's also made with all fat quarters! The quilt is not quite done yet. I'm still adding a border that will be scalloped and it has to be quilted by my long arm quilter, but I'll post a photo below. The other projects I'm working on is a series of scrappy pieced and appliqued small wall hangings/table toppers. I'm really excited about these as I think they can be appliqued with fabric or wool! I can't wait to try.
Well, time to get to the sewing machine! Happy quilting to you today!