Welcome to my "Happy Place"!
My design wall is 6 foot square and made of acoustic ceiling tiles and covered with a flannel sheet trimmed to size and tucked behind the tiles.
My sewing table - 7 feet wide - was custom made by my husband using two standard cabinets and a custom counter top. I have pattern books in the left cabinet, sewing machine operator's manuals in the drawer above it and sewing notions like my scissors, pins, needles, and extra thread (cones) in the drawers on the right.
He built the box to allow the machine to sit flush with the top and "modified" the portable table that came with the machine.
My thread/bobbin rack - relatively small in comparison with others that I have seen, but sufficient for me.
And a few shelves to display a few of my favorite antique and special items, such as the sewing basket that belonged to my paternal grand-mother, the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks mug that my "Pieces of my Heart" block appeared in, an assortment of pin cushions, antique buttons and portable speakers so that I can listen to podcasts or pandora music as I sew.
A west facing window so that I can keep track of weather and it offers a great view to Dave's shop in the back yard.
A second sewing table for my Babylock Jazz holds a ruler rack that keeps all of my rulers at my finger tips.
More shelves to display and hold some special items (another sewing basket- this one from my maternal grand-mother and more buttons and vintage spools).
The wall-hanging is the first quilt I made that I entered into a challenge. Bellow it, is my "Quilter's Laundry Day" that features a freshly laundered take of my first published block - Pieces of My Heart. I have found that the larger wall hanging is great for holding notes!
My storage closet... It really needs to be re-organized (some kids games still live there) but for the most part the nearly 3 feet deep space is sufficient in holding all of my batting, some unfinished projects hang and more storage bins for fabric that I have "inherited" from others.
I hope that you enjoyed the quick tour of my studio... my happy place. for years my sewing machine was in the living room. I really didn't mind it, except that I didn't have a design wall. I could enjoy watching the food network or some hallmark movie as I sewed... it wasn't all bad.
And then our children moved out - one graduated with her Bachelors degree, and the other moved to an apartment so that she could be a PTA student (but the school had no dorms). So we ended up with two empty rooms at once.
One became a real guest room... and the other??? It became my sewing room! Woohoo!
Do you have a designated sewing space?
Or do you have a space in your living area that serves in double duty?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you.