Monday, January 5, 2015

The Truth be Told - my Sewing Room

  I thought I'd show you a "Before" photo of my sewing room.  In this photo, I'm standing at the doorway and looking in toward the window. Sometimes people have told me that I'm a perfectionist and must be highly organized, LOL. I don't think so. You are the first people to see what my sewing room was like because I never allowed visitors in there.

My sewing room was quite a disorganized mess and I certainly wasn't enjoying stitching in there anymore. Organization was very badly needed. I couldn't find fabric and notions when I needed them and I couldn't put them away either. Its no wonder some of my UFO's hadn't seen the light of day in years!

It was also becoming a place I'd just drop off my guild president stuff - notebooks, tote bags, papers, stuff, etc. I'm hoping to keep those kind of things in the office from now on.

I normally don't store my finished quilts in my sewing room but it looks like I'd just unpacked my quilt after the AQS Des Moines show.

Here's the space I have to work with. The room is about 10'x11', has a window with a window seat  facing west at one end, a closet and a door at the other end. I have two walls to work with and a very high ceiling so I plan to go up as much as is convenient.

In this space, I'll need to put my sewing desk (5'2"x25"), ironing board (57.5x19"), chair (19x24"), two design walls (each measures 4x8') plus some kind of storage for my fabric stash, patterns, rulers, WIPs, UFOs, and whatever else I need in there.

Its a challenge and I can tell you that after playing around with numerous options, there is not a good option but whatever I do will be better than before. I have sewn on the dining room table, in the master bedroom and in the basement so I know that having any space devoted exclusively to sewing is a blessing.

Next week, I'll show you the first wall and how I'm organizing (somewhat) my fabric.

Until next time,


Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Most days my sewing room looks like a bomb has exploded! You have great plans

audrey said...

I think quilting fills a need in us more organized people to let go and be 'creative' without the need to scurry around and tidy up the edges. I know what you mean about it getting so bad that you can't work anymore though! I'm so curious to see your changes!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Well, it looks way better than mine right now. Not sure I have the courage to show mine just yet. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Good luck, I know it will be worth it.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

My space gets really messy when I am cutting fabric, but I don't like to sit and sew when it is a mess so I always pic up before the sewing begins. I really need to purge some of the gadgets I have purchased over the years that I never use.

Karen H said...

My sewing room is about the same size. There just isn't enough room for all my cabinets and ironing board and me but I manage! Mind you it could do with a good tidying up!

Merilyn said...

Firstly, Happy New Year!!!! Your sewing space looks a bit like mine is at a times, so I do understand how hard it is to get new projects off the ground, if you'll pardon the pun!! I look forward to seeing how you arrange your space, all the very best with it, you may just inspire me to give mine a makeover again.....

Barb said...

reality - hooray!
can't wait to see your sew room redo

Sandy said...

I'm sure we can all relate to that photo, Mayleen. My sewing room looks just about like that right now. Good luck with the new floor plan, and be sure to show us a pix when it's done!