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Faced with the exciting, yet daunting, task of setting up my sewing room, I am remembering the three previous sewing areas that I could call my own. The first was just a lowly table, two feet by four feet, which housed my sewing machine and cutting mat. It was tucked under the window of the room that was also used as a den, guest room and home office. It was wonderful.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
But, making quilts takes up a lot of space. As my goals turned towards long-arm quilting, I knew I needed a larger space. I got the room that normally didn't house anything but naughty kitties at night (the only way to keep them off the counters). The cats were happy to have free reign of the house, and I was the overjoyed recipient of a large room for my very own. Just storing my quilting supplies was a huge undertaking, but we managed to fit everything in that I needed, including my own long-arm quilting setup.
I spent several years in that sewing room, but I didn't spend a lot of money. I turned two narrow cabinets into a custom cutting table simply by placing them back-to-back. The amount, and size, of quilting supplies that could fit in there was amazing. And, when I got my first embroidery machine, and began my journey of discovering embroidery quilting, it got tucked onto one side of this large cutting table. Flexibility was the name of the game!
The walls were adorned with racks and racks of sewing thread and other tools. The addition of large fluorescent lights gave me the perfect balance to see well. The built-in desk and shelves in what had been the closet gave me much-needed work space for my sewing and serging machines. It was truly a fantastic room and setup. I became a bit spoiled.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
When we moved to Greece, I had the option of a huge finished basement for my sewing studio. Making quilts in this space would have been absolutely astonishing. Fortunately, it never worked out. If it had, I would have lost all of my machines in a huge leak when our radiators got tampered with. Instead, I had a choice of a good-sized bedroom (without a closet) or a tiny bedroom (with closets). I floated around from room to room, even creating quilt embroidery in a hallway for a while until I decided on the larger bedroom.
The new dilemma was that I didn't have any furniture for the new room. My old cutting table cabinets didn't make it through the move, and my old desk was still built-in at the old house. We watched for sales and finally got the room set up. The only problem was that there was no room for storing my quilting supplies. Lots of space. None for storage. Two flights down to the basement and my stash.
In this room, I spent less time on quilt making and a lot more time using all the wonderful machine embroidery quilt designs I had collected over the years. The second floor, where this room was located, was always spotless because I would clean and organize while my embroidery machine did the work of quilt embroidery. Lovely.
My new setup is still in limbo. I have the furniture for any choice, but the spaces are limited. We are moving into the smallest house we have lived in for over almost two decades. One less bedroom. No basement for storage. It looks like I will share my sewing space with the laundry room and storage space in the garage.
I don't know if I'm okay with that or not, but I do know that I will be back to making quilts and adorning them with fabulous embroidery quilting very soon!