Sewing Sanctuary

Let me start this off by saying that I am a really clean person. I actually enjoy folding laundry and putting it away, gives me a sense of accomplishment. This is in my house though, the public area that people see. In my “Sewing Sanctuary”…well that is another story. It is my creative space and it looks like it most of the time. Lately, however, I seem to be losing a lot of important things…rulers, fabric, rotary cutter, you know, things most quilters can’t live without!

My wonderful hubs even has taught Anne to say “Hot Mess Mommy” – she says it quite well too. So yesterday, while Anne happily played and colored in my sewing sanctuary I went to town organizing and cleaning!

This is where the crux of the action happens. Underneath the wall hanging (tutorial next week), is my mother-in-laws old Kenmore Sewing Machine, my old Janome, and my mom’s old Pfaff Hobbylock Serger.

My hubs and I had the opportunity to design certain aspects of our house and this room was designed with sewing in mind. I have 4 windows for lots of natural light and the big window looks out over our front yard (love it!). I can iron under the window. I have my book case which holds my knitting, sewing and quilting books, along with several quilts in progress. My cutting table is from Ikea and I love it. Underneath that is all my yarn storage and my GO.

Sorry about the weird angle I was trying to cut the glare on the cabinet. When I designed this room, I specifically designed it without a closet – I wanted to be able to see EVERYTHING – I thought it would help hold me more accountable, but as you know from Tuesday’s post, that hasn’t really helped. I got this cabinet from Ikea and made the fabric bins so I could sort all my fabric by color.

Here is my computer area. I would say this is where I do my blogging, but it isn’t. I do that on my lap top, along with my quilt designing. This is my distraction when I’m sewing. I like to put on DVDs of MASH while I sew. I enjoy the humor and lightheartedness of the show while it addresses serious issues of army life. (Hey, gimme a break on this one, I am an army wife!)

So there you have it, my little sewing sanctuary.  I will be guest posting over at Created By Cori next week for her Spring Clean Series. I will be showing you how I organize all my quilting rulers. For more on cleaning and organizing, go check out Michele and Pat from Quilting Gallery’s Learning Center. They did an entire series on Studio Organization…I should have paid more attention and been more on top of it last month!


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17 Responses to Sewing Sanctuary

  1. Mishka says:

    Oh Melissa, your space is fabulous! Those fabric baskets are really cute.

  2. Kristy says:

    Wonderful! What a lovely sewing sanctuary!!! Love your color coordinated cabinet!

  3. Uli says:

    Nice space!!!

  4. Sondra says:

    Fabulous room!!!!!! I love it, Melissa. I just hope that Little A doesn’t rearrange it!!! (the future interior designer). I love the light, space and your arrangement. It is fun to see where you make all of your amazing quilts!

  5. Debbe says:

    I’m going to bring my stuff to your house and sew.

  6. Anna says:

    Two words I like – Ikea and organizing rulers! Well, I guess that is 4 words!

  7. Jacque says:

    How nice to have a large space just for quilting and sewing! (Turning green with envy) Love all the light and color!

  8. OH ; I LOVE IT !!!! I’m in the corner of our family room , and it’s not very organized !!! LOVE your fabric bins ; can you share how you made them ??? This is just such a nice open BRIGHT creative space !! I’ve got to go to IKEA ; our nearest one is 2 hrs away ……

    • Melissa says:

      Mickey, I used the tutorial from Whipstitch Modern Sewing:

      I changed the measurements to fit my shelves. I wanted them longer and taller. They are really easy to make and the tutorial is super easy to follow!

  9. oh ; and can’t wait for the wallhanging tute !!

  10. Vi cki says:

    What a great room! I love the windows and those fabric boxes – brilliant!! Thanks for the tour. 🙂

  11. Lisa L. says:

    I am still SO jealous of your sewing space!! One day!!! 🙂 It looks great btw!

  12. Connie says:

    Wonderful room Melissa! Plenty of light and room! I just recently took the closet out of my room for more space and it was a catch-all anyway. I will be watching for that Spring Clean series, sounds like fun!

  13. Gene Black says:

    I love your nicely organized (not to mention BIG) sewing room. I am glad to hear that someone else watches DVDs while sewing. I was beginning to think I was the lone ranger on that. (and I enjoy watching MASH too!)

  14. Jenny Pedigo says:

    What a great quilting space! That red cabinet is the perfect fabric cabinet….I’ll trade you sewing rooms?

  15. Sharon says:

    I love seeing sewing spaces as it always gives me new ideas for my own. I really like your fabric bins to sort your fabrics!

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