I am so very excited to share my finished studio with you. There will be the usual tweaks, but most importantly my Handi Quilter Avante, Winnie, is installed, as is my sewing room and all my fabric. I have loved planning the space and what works best for workflow, making it fresh and functional, but being sure I add a healthy dose of ME!
So, without further ado…..
Here is Winnie’s room, with not a lot of room for anything or anyone else! She’s one big Mumma!
One of my favourite features of this fit-out has been making my enormous design wall!
I was just going to do the usual thing and put a row of tacks across the top of the batting to hold it in place, however I saw a suggestion, I think on Facebook, where someone put a dowel across the top and bottom of her design wall fabric/batting and then hung it on hooks. More secure and neat for my mind. I used narrow metal curtain rods with shallow hooks – 4 of them in total spaced across the length of the rail. For scale, the rail is 250cm long, so the batting is about 230cm wide, and about 250cm tall. I used a cotton queen sized batting that I bought cheap, but didn’t really love the quality of. Waste not want not!
The sewing room may seem crowded, but with clever storage and furniture arrangement I have made it so functional it’s a dream to work in!
Yes, basically all the furniture is from Ikea. My huge cutting work bench is a kitchen island. I had to have it outwards into the room because I love being able to cut fabric from three sides. The pressing desk is 2 Ikea Expedit units with 15cm high legs from the kitchen department screwed into the bottom of them. It will have a full size 78cm square pressing board top when I can get a handy hubby to cut some plywood for me.
A small computer desk where I do most of my photo editing and blogging, and Ruby, the Janome 7700, is reigning supreme on the red desk in front of the window.
I’m in love with the fun details we were able to add in to the room – vintage button tins and tray from my parents, little Miss Mischief (I wonder who she could be?) and a couple of owls and other meaningful things. The miniature canvas will have some of my favourite Tula fabric stapled around it (when I work out which one I want to use!)
All of the wooden crate/shelves around the room came out of the drawer units we had to demolish to make way for the new studio! Some of them have pretty fun details, as you can see. I love my vintage canisters, even if they are mostly missing their letters now. My Mother gave them to me soon after I was married – can you believe I was going to throw them out a couple of moves ago? Thank goodness common sense reigned!
You can see in this shot all of my paint chip samples taped up on the interior shed door (far right), ready for final selection and painting. My chalkboard door in-between the two rooms is still a work in progress, but I hope it won’t be for much longer.
Some more practical touches around the room include having hooks on the edges of the cutting table for all my most used rulers, also my rotary cutter and a pair of fabric scissors. Because the top overhangs the sides by an inch or so, they are rarely knocked or in the way, but keep my tools handy all the time.
I also have a little rubbish bin on every desk – absolutely vital for scraps and trimmed loose threads – they will just hang around on your quilt or clothes forever if you don’t deal with them!
For reference this smaller sewing studio is roughly 3m by 2.8m, or 9.8 by 9.2 feet for all my American friends. I’m stoked with how much I have fitted in to this space, and how well it all works together.
Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. Every time we walk into the studio we are amazed by the transformation that has been wrought, turning a dungeon into a quilter’s paradise. If you would like to book a time to come and see me, talk quilting, or just have a coffee, please feel free!
So it gives me great delight to declare the Juicy Quilting studio open!! I have already had several quilts booked in, with more on the way. If you have something that you want me to quilt – I’m offering Edge 2 Edge or pantograph work at the moment, then you need to get in touch with me as soon as possible so we can work out the details!
So, what’s your favourite part of the room? Are you envious of my Winnie, or maybe my crates? Or is it my queen size design wall? Shout it out in the comments, I’d love to hear!