Well hello! I thought I’d kick off the weekend with a little studio tour! I’d also like to share a few of my thoughts on fabric and saving and sorting. Taking everything out and bringing it back in has been quite the process; I’ve done a lot of thinking about which fabrics I need and love (and why I need and love them)!
Okay…well a little more on that later. We’ll move around the the room counter-clockwise starting at the entry (the door on the right in the photo above). First, I have to say my room isn’t large–it’s about 10 feet by 11 feet. I could have moved into a bigger room, but I just really love the natural light that this room gets–and this room also has the built in bookcase and cupboard which is perfect for fabric storage.
I finally organized my pieces fat quarters and larger by color. I’ve been doing this with smaller scraps for a while now, but for some reason, separating the bigger pieces was hard for me. I was a little surprised at the piles I finished with: a smallish stack of red, two large stacks of pinks, a medium orange stack (must get more orange–ideas?), a large yellow stack (but truly not a lot of yellows I love in there…I’m officially on the lookout for bright sunny yellows to add in to the mix–any suggestions?), two stacks of greens, two stacks of blues, and one stack of purples and grays. I’m not a big purple fan, so it’s okay that the purple stack is small; I love blues and greens, so there wasn’t a surprise there, either. I do love red, though, and was surprised at the little selection I had. I certainly use red for a lot of bindings, so maybe that’s why the red stack is smaller.
Okay, moving around the room now, this area is just on the other side of the closet door (door on the left in the first picture). I love having my inspiration board right above the sewing machine. I can easily clear everything off of the board and use it as a design wall.
Here is a close-up of the worktable. Rulers are in the back along with much of my thread. I’m still going to need to do some thinking about what I really want on this table–I really want the things I use most easily accessible.
Just to the left of the machine is my ironing board. I’m hoping to leave it like this for most small pressing and then rotate it out into the center of the room when I’m pressing larger projects.
In front of the window is a table I heart–it belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I was always going to re-paint it, but I kind of like the yellow with the aqua. I’m not sure yet about what I really want to keep on this table. Again…I’m going for functional here. I do have a cutting mat on this table which I use for small cutting jobs. I do most of my big cutting projects out on my kitchen counter with my large mat–that way I can be with the family and not always be back in the studio. The quilt rack on the left has been in our family room for a couple of years. It was my husband’s idea to bring it into the studio, and I really like having it in there…it just really makes the room seem “homey” to me!
Another bookshelf…plans are to one day turn this wall into a wall of built-in white shelves. But for now, again, I’m trying to decide which things are most important to have readily available.
And the closet…basically lots of bins. You can’t see all the way to the floor in this photo, but I have several of the 3-drawer rolling carts in the closet as well. Some of the things in here haven’t been sorted yet…I basically moved them out and moved them back in “as is.” So cleaning out the closet will have to be an on-going project.
So, this is where I’m at. There are still some things on my dining room table that need to be sorted out. Sorting has been a good thing for me–I’ve thought a lot about everything in the room. I came across a copy of the first pattern I ever used…what a life-changing project that was ( Quilt in a Day Double Irish Chain by Eleanor Burns)! Yes, I love fabric, and I’ve loved it since I was a very young girl–so happy that my Mom signed me up for a Singer sewing class at the age of 10! On the day I turned 16 I got my driver’s license early in the morning. By lunch-time I had run my first errand…a trip to Cloth World to apply for a job. When in college and deciding on a major, I decided on English because of my love of literature and composition, but at the time, forgetting about the traditional college path and going to design school was also a real temptation. How happy I am that I’ve been able to travel both of these paths…(if I’d only known then that I’d really get to work with print and pattern and color and textiles one day).
When I started the sorting, I worried that I might have too much fabric. But I’ve come to realize that I don’t. I use this fabric every day as I work and play. I do need to keep care to keep my “stash” better organized. Doing this will be an on-going process, but it is a process I love.
If you’re still here, thanks so much for reading this quite “wordy” post. There just seemed to be so much to say about the whole “event.” And thanks for being such terrific readers…I truly appreciate every comment! Have a wonderful weekend!
Finally, congratulations to Cindy who is the winner of the Pearl Bracelets giveaway! I wish I had a bundle to send to everyone who entered–there were so many entries and so many wonderful comments and suggestions!