It’s hard to put into words what coming home after spending 5 months traveling and living in a 75-square foot space was like. What I can tell you is that after unpacking everything out of Wabi-Sabi Overland, I spent the majority of my first 24 hours at home in my sewing room.
A lot has changed in my sewing space; I sold my longarm just before leaving on our trip, I have a second sewing machine now, and I gained some very valuable insight into my sewing habits and needs while living in such a small environment. I spent those first hours touching almost everything in my stash and thinking about how best to re-organize my space.
I decided that I really wanted to repaint my room white. The green was a big improvement from the very dark walls that were in this space when we purchased the house, but after having the bright white walls inside Wabi-Sabi Overland for 5 months I knew the paint change in my bigger sewing space would be well worth the effort. I did leave one small wall behind my shelving and main sewing table green as an accent wall, which turned out to be a good choice because I used up all the white paint I had doing everything else in the room!
This is the new view of my sewing space as you are about to enter. I carefully curated which quilts I want to have hanging on my quilt ladder, and I hung several of my show quilts on the walls.
I found a rolling table to set up my Husqvarna Emerald 118, which I had with me for traveling this summer. I don’t know if I’ll need to have 2 sewing machines working at once, but if I ever want to be quilting and piecing at the same time, I can make that happen easily without scrambling to figure out how to set up the travel machine.
My entire fabric stash is currently able to fit on the lowest shelf of my room. The second shelf contains projects that are in work and my notions. The top shelf currently contains my batting roll of Quilter’s Dream Dream Green. I have my 50wt Aurifil thread arranged in rainbow order on a rack to the right of my Juki and a box full of lower weight thread on the lower shelf. The folded beach towel on the floor is a nice soft spot for Puppy the Cat to hang out with me while I am sewing. At 17 1/2 years old, he appreciates having warm, soft places to sleep.
And now that Sunburst if finally home for good, I’m proud to be be able to have it hanging on display in my space, too. Currently hanging in my space are Sunburst, Wonder, Downstream, and Crown Mini Quilt. The addition of my larger works hanging on display really makes the space feel special to me, and I find that I walk into the room just to gaze at the quilts from time to time.
My design wall used to be on the wall where Sunburst now hangs. Because I sold my longarm, I now have much easier access to the larger wall that used to be behind the longarm, which makes a very large design wall for me.
As you have probably noticed, I am still only blogging and active on social media once a week. We have a lot to take care of after being away for 5 months: doctor’s appointments to be scheduled and gone to and deferred house maintenance tasks that piled up due to our years of preparation for this summer’s travel. In addition to my sewing room, I have painted the wall in our living room that was built (but never final painted) 5 years ago. We have also created a new cozy study for my husband and have a lot of yard and exterior maintenance on the house. It feels good to have the time to focus on getting everything back in shape, but boy my muscles are tired from the hard work!
If you are having a lull in your creativity or need a spark to feel creative, I recommend considering one small change in your sewing space. Organize your scraps, fold or reorganize a bin of fabric, or even just dust out the bobbin case of your machine.Taking the time to touch my fabric, consider the notions I use the most, and get used to re-inhabiting my space has me excited to see what creatively comes next.