My husband and I started working on building a custom sewing machine table / cutting mat station for my new studio over the weekend, and we are getting close to being ready to install it in my studio. Let me tell you, I am READY to have access to my sewing machine again. I packed it away at the end of June, so all told I will have not used it for the better part of 2 months. I have a backlog of projects that are ready for me to tackle, so I’m going to have to prioritize what I need to work on first. Until then, I have all my beautiful fabric unpacked!
Let’s start with the obvious: my stash is 95-97% solids. The solids on my bottom shelf are cuts of over 1 yard that I can pull to use as backgrounds or backings. The middle two shelves currently are collecting my monthly yard cuts of Kona cotton as part of the Stash Fabrics Kona Club. Right now my plan is to basically collect all 365 yards and see them all grouped together, although I do already have plans to dip into some of the Kona Tangerine (more on that later!). The top shelf are my bins that contain scraps and prints, a bin for my WISP, and bins dedicated to Carolyn Friedlander prints.
Taking a step back, you can see that my sewing machine, cutting mat, and thread are all waiting on the desk to be finished and installed. I found a rug that fits in the space under my fabric stash and design wall perfectly, and when I need to baste a quilt, it should be easy enough to roll it up and tuck it out of the way for a bit. Speaking of my design wall… once we get the sewing machine table / cutting mat station installed, our next project will be to build my design wall.
This system of having my fabric out in the open on a shelf works for me because the fabric will never be in direct sunlight. And it also works for me because of how heavy my stash is on solid fabrics.
Speaking of solids, keen eyes probably noticed an unfiled grouping of blue solids on my ironing station. I just received some Premium ColorWorks Solids in Cloud Nine (lightest), Lapis, Royal, and After Midnight (darkest) from Northcott Fabrics for me to make a test version of my upcoming quilt along design. I have lots to keep me busy, that’s for sure, so it will be nice to have my sewing machine set up again later this week!
14 thoughts on “New Sewing Studio Part 2”
Such a pretty place to sew with the rainbow of beautiful solids on those shelves.
All the pretty fabrics lined up makes me smile. I gasped at thinking of no sewing machine for so long.
Your fabric looks wonderful sitting there on the shelf! Hope you get sewing soon.
OMG those Northcott blues!! I am about to order some solids from them for Heading North which you just tech-edited. I was heading (ha ha) in a warm colours direction for reasons which you will get, but man those blues are so appealing. Love how your space is shaping up; love the slanted ceiling which I also have on my space 🙂
That stack of blues is so calming and lovely. (Trying out another comment to see if it comes through.)
Beautiful and welcome back to “mainland”USA
I’d be going a little crazy (short drive) without my sewing machine. You have tremendous patience. The freshly painted, clean room looks extremely inviting. I’m slightly envious but still, I appreciate what I have. I’m looking forward to seeing the new table!
I’m very happy for you in your new home.
Your sewing space is coming together so nicely. I’m sure you will be beyond thrilled to have it completed. Your husband is certainly a handyman and it sounds like this is a joint effort. The colors of the fabric make me drool. I hope you get to sewing very soon.
Things are looking good! Love seeing that stack of color builders grow. 😉
I love that everything looks so neat and well-organized! Can’t wait to see once you have your machine set up and ready to go!
Love your new studio! Just reread an old post about a quilt store on the Big Island closing. I was wondering which one. I’ve gone to them all and was wondering.
Your fabric organization is totally inspiring. It is so neat and orderly!
Two months without a machine and I would be starting to twitch a little! It looks like you are making good progress with your studio.
What a lovely display of your fabric stash, it’s like looking at a rainbow of all the colours.